Notable passings of 2012

In this Jan. 6, 1985, file photo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Freddie Solomon (88) prepares for a handoff after lining up at quarterback during the NFL football NFC championship game against the Chicago Bears in San Francisco. Solomon has died at age 59. Solomon lived in Florida and had battled cancer over the past year. The 49ers announced his death on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Risberg, File)

December 27, 2012 5:10 pm  • 

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"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

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