Bennie Pete, Bandleader Who Kept the Beat After Katrina, Dies at 45

A tuba player and the leader of the Hot 8, one of New Orleans’s high-profile brass bands, he brought music to his fellow citizens in the difficult days after the storm.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hot-8-music-group, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #jazz, #music, #new-orleans-la, #pete-bennie-1976-2021

Joan Washington, Dialect Coach to the Stars, Dies at 74

She taught Penélope Cruz, Jessica Chastain and countless other performers how to sound like someone else.

#actors-and-actresses, #chastain-jessica, #deaths-obituaries, #grant-richard-e, #movies, #streisand-barbra, #theater, #voice-and-speech, #washington-joan-1946-2021

Jane Powell, Hollywood’s Girl Next Door, Is Dead at 92

Typecast from the outset, she was a star of movie musicals before she was out of her teens. But her big-screen career peaked when she was in her 20s.

#actors-and-actresses, #deaths-obituaries, #metro-goldwyn-mayer-inc, #movies, #music, #powell-jane, #royal-wedding-movie, #seven-brides-for-seven-brothers-movie

Jean-Claude van Itallie, ‘America Hurrah’ Playwright, Dies at 85

He was a central figure in the experimental theater movement for decades. His best-known work, a trilogy of one-acts, opened in 1966 and ran for more than 630 performances.

#america-hurrah-play, #deaths-obituaries, #la-mama-etc, #theater, #van-itallie-jean-claude, #writing-and-writers

Ida Nudel, ‘Angel’ to Soviet Jews Seeking to Flee, Dies at 90

During the Cold War, she fought for the rights of others and waged a 16-year fight of her own for an exit visa to Israel. She finally won in 1987.

#cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #immigration-and-emigration, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #nudel-ida, #russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Cho Yong-gi, South Korean Megachurch Leader, Dies at 85

His mammoth Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul symbolized the explosive growth of the religion in the once war-torn country.

#cho-yong-gi-1936-2021, #christians-and-christianity, #deaths-obituaries, #missionaries, #south-korea

Kaycee Moore, Actress in Black Directors’ Seminal Films, Dies at 77

She explored her characters’ inner lives in movies like “Killer of Sheep” and “Bless Their Little Hearts,” independent works that grew out of the L.A. Rebellion movement.

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #bless-their-little-hearts-movie, #burnett-charles, #daughters-of-dust-movie, #deaths-obituaries, #killer-of-sheep-movie, #los-angeles-calif, #moore-kaycee-1944-2021, #movies

Norm Macdonald, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Comedian, Dies at 61

Acerbic, sometimes controversial, he became familiar to millions as the show’s “Weekend Update” anchor from 1994 to 1998.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #macdonald-norm, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

George Wein, Jazz Festival Trailblazer, Is Dead at 95

He brought jazz (and later folk music) to Newport, R.I., and made festivals as important as nightclubs and concert halls on jazz musicians’ itineraries.

#deaths-obituaries, #festival-productions, #festivals, #folk-music, #jazz, #jazz-on-a-summers-day-movie, #newport-ri, #newport-folk-festival, #newport-jazz-festival, #wein-george

Abimael Guzmán, Leader of Guerrilla Group That Terrorized Peru, Dies at 86

Mr. Guzmán, whose Maoist movement, Shining Path, killed tens of thousands in the 1980s and ’90s, sought to bring the world to a “higher stage of Marxism.”

#abimael-guzman, #deaths-obituaries, #peru, #shining-path

Carl Bean, Gay Singer Who Turned to Preaching, Dies at 77

After recording “I Was Born This Way,” a club favorite, he entered the ministry and founded a church for the L.G.B.T.Q. community.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #bean-carl-1944-2021, #black-people, #christians-and-christianity, #deaths-obituaries, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #i-was-born-this-way-song, #los-angeles-calif, #pop-and-rock-music, #unity-fellowship-church

Elizabeth I. McCann, Tony-Winning Broadway Producer, Is Dead at 90

In a career that began in 1976, she brought more than 60 productions to the New York stage, including “Equus,” “Amadeus” and the work of Edward Albee.

#albee-edward, #deaths-obituaries, #mccann-elizabeth-ireland, #mccannnugent-productions, #new-york-city, #nugent-nelle, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

Michel Laclotte, Who ‘Created the Modern Louvre,’ Dies at 91

He championed two of the most debated architectural projects in recent Paris history: the Musée D’Orsay (in a former train station) and the Louvre pyramid.

#architecture, #art, #aulenti-gae, #deaths-obituaries, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #laclotte-michel, #louvre-museum, #musee-dorsay, #museums, #paris-france, #pei-i-m

Sri Lanka Baila Star Sunil Perera is Dead at 68

The frontman of his family’s popular band combined the country’s unique, Latin-influenced sound with politically biting lyrics.

#baila, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #music, #perera-sunil-1952-2021, #sri-lanka

Michael Constantine, Dad in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ Dies at 94

He won an Emmy for his role in the TV series “Room 222” and played many characters over the years before becoming known as the hit film’s patriarch.

#room-222tv-program, #actors-and-actresses, #constantine-michael, #deaths-obituaries, #my-big-fat-greek-wedding-movie

Phil Schaap, Grammy-Winning Jazz D.J. and Historian, Dies at 70

His radio programs, most notably on Columbia University’s WKCR, were full of minutiae he had accumulated during a lifetime immersed in the genre.

#columbia-university, #deaths-obituaries, #jazz, #jazz-at-lincoln-center, #music, #parker-charlie, #radio, #schaap-phil, #wkcr-fm

Joseph I. Kramer, the ‘Country Doctor’ of Avenue D, Dies at 96

Shunning the New Jersey suburbs in 1969, he set up a pay-what-you-can practice on the blighted Lower East Side and for three decades was a hero to the poor.

#deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #kramer-joseph-i, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny

Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Era Violinist (and a Son of One), Dies at 90

His father, David, was one of the 20th century’s finest violinists, but Igor more than held his own as a musician and interpreter performing throughout the West.

#classical-music, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #oistrakh-david, #oistrakh-igor, #violinists

Michael K. Williams, Omar From ‘The Wire,’ Is Dead at 54

Mr. Williams, who also starred in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Lovecraft Country,” was best known for his role as Omar Little in the David Simon HBO series.

#deaths-obituaries, #flatbush-brooklyn-ny, #home-box-office, #lovecraft-country-tv-program, #television, #the-wire-tv-program, #williams-michael-kenneth

Stephen Vizinczey, ‘In Praise of Older Women’ Author, Dies at 88

His best-known work, somewhat scandalous for the mid-1960s, treated sex frankly and sold millions of copies.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #hungary, #in-praise-of-older-women-the-amorous-recollections-of-andras-vajda-book, #vizinczey-stephen, #writing-and-writers

Willard Scott, Longtime ‘Today’ Weatherman, Dies at 87

Mr. Scott, who played both Bozo the Clown and the original Ronald McDonald on television, was a longtime weather forecaster on the “Today” show who emphasized showmanship over science.

#deaths-obituaries, #national-broadcasting-co, #scott-willard, #television, #today-tv-program, #weather

Keith McCants, Football Star Laid Low by Drugs, Dies at 53

At one time the N.F.L.’s highest-paid defensive player, he left the league after six seasons and fell into a spiral of addiction, homelessness and desolation.

#deaths-obituaries, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #football, #mccants-keith, #national-football-league, #pain-relieving-drugs, #sports-injuries, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

Patricia Maginnis, Pioneering Abortion-Rights Activist, Dies at 93

In the years before Roe v. Wade, she helped shift the debate away from the rules governing abortion providers to women’s right to control their bodies.

#abortion, #assn-to-repeal-abortion-laws-aral, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #deaths-obituaries, #maginnis-patricia-1928-2021, #naral-pro-choice-america, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #san-francisco-calif, #womens-rights

Delores Custer, 79, Dies; Gave Star Turns to Cornflakes and Noodles

A longtime food stylist for big-name companies, she was a master of the craft and taught students all over the world how to sweat a glass or perfect the pizza cheese pull.

#advertising-and-marketing, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #custer-delores-1941-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #design, #food, #food-styling-the-art-of-preparing-food-for-the-camera-book

Ernst van de Wetering, Authority and Arbiter on Rembrandt, Dies at 83

His decisions on whether a painting was authentic, a copy or an outright fake could jolt the art market. “No one else alive knows as much as he did about Rembrandt.”

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #rembrandt-research-project, #research, #van-de-wetering-ernst, #van-rijn-rembrandt-harmenszoon

Edward J. Greenfield, Judge With a Writerly Touch, Dies at 98

He often luxuriated in the richness of the English language, going off on whimsical digressions and enlivening the law with colorful asides.

#deaths-obituaries, #greenfield-edward-j, #new-york-state, #supreme-courts-state

Edmond H. Fischer, 101, Who Helped Discover How Cells Talk, Dies

He and a colleague identified a mechanism by which cells communicate, a Nobel-winning breakthrough that paved the way for disease-fighting drugs.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #deaths-obituaries, #fischer-edmond-h, #krebs-edwin-g, #nobel-prizes, #research, #university-of-washington, #your-feed-science

Kashmir Separatist Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is Dead

Mr. Geelani was an uncompromising opponent of the Indian government’s control of the Kashmir valley and favored Pakistani sovereignty over the mostly Muslim region.

#deaths-obituaries, #geelani-syed-ali-1929-2021, #india, #kashmir, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #kashmir-valley, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #territorial-disputes

Mikis Theodorakis, Greek Composer and Marxist Rebel, Dies at 96

He waged a war of words and music against a military junta that banned his work and imprisoned him during its rule of Greece, from 1967 to 1974.

#communism-theory-and-philosophy, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-obituaries, #greece, #music, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #theodorakis-mikis, #zorba-the-greek-movie

Carolyn Shoemaker, Hunter of Comets and Asteroids, Dies at 92

After her children left for college, she unexpectedly became astronomy’s record-setting spotter of unidentified objects hurtling through the cosmos.

#asteroids, #comets, #deaths-obituaries, #records-and-achievements, #shoemaker-carolyn, #shoemaker-eugene-merle, #space-and-astronomy

Lee (Scratch) Perry, Bob Marley Mentor and Reggae Innovator, Dies at 85

With a four-track tape recorder in his Jamaican home studio, he opened surreal sonic vistas and cultivated the image of a mad genius.

#deaths-obituaries, #grammy-awards, #jamaica-west-indies, #marley-bob, #perry-lee, #reggae-music, #wailers-music-group

Ed Asner, Star of ‘Lou Grant’ and ‘Up,’ Is Dead at 91

Best known as the gruff newsman he first played on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” he was also a busy character actor and a political activist.

#actors-and-actresses, #asner-ed, #deaths-obituaries, #lou-grant-tv-program, #movies, #television, #the-mary-tyler-moore-show-tv-program, #up-movie

Don Poynter, Who Made Toilets Talk and Golf Balls Walk, Dies at 96

His line of novelty items was wide-ranging. Jayne Mansfield posed for him so that he could make a shapely, sexy hot-water bottle.

#deaths-obituaries, #inventions-and-patents, #mansfield-jayne, #novelties, #poynter-don-1925-2021, #the-addams-family-tv-program

Bob Diamond, the ‘Tunnel King’ of Brooklyn, Dies at 61

First he discovered a long-forgotten rail tunnel. Then he spent decades trying — in vain — to revive Brooklyn’s trolley system.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #brooklyn-nyc, #cable-cars-and-trams, #deaths-obituaries, #diamond-robert-s-1959, #long-island-rail-road-co, #railroads

Jeanne Robertson, 77, Down-Home Humorist With a Pageant Past, Dies

She told family-friendly stories from everyday life, about things like family squabbles and sending a man to the grocery store. Her YouTube fans were legion.

#beauty-contests, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #miss-america-organization, #public-speaking, #robertson-jeanne-1943-2021, #sirius-xm-radio-inc

Stephen B. Oates, Civil War Historian, Dies at 85

In a quartet of biographies, he explored how slavery and racial oppression could exist in a land based on the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.

#books-and-literature, #burns-ken, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #deaths-obituaries, #history-academic-subject, #oates-stephen-b, #slavery-historical, #the-civil-war-tv-program, #university-of-massachusetts-amherst, #writing-and-writers

William G. Clotworthy, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Censor, Dies at 95

A self-described “professional square,” he fell in love with the show, and worked with its writers to tweak questionable material. Cast members called him “Dr. No.”

#censorship, #clotworthy-william-g-1926-2021, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #national-broadcasting-co, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television, #writing-and-writers

Lila Gleitman, Who Showed How Children Learn Language, Dies at 91

Building on the work of Noam Chomsky, she designed elegant experiments to show that syntax is hard-wired into the human brain.

#children-and-childhood, #chomsky-noam, #deaths-obituaries, #gleitman-lila-1929-2021, #language-and-languages, #psychology-and-psychologists

Jerry Harkness, 81, Dies; Star of a Historic Integrated Basketball Team

He was an All-American forward for Loyola University Chicago, which started four Black players against an all-white Mississippi team in the 1963 N.C.A.A. tournament.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball-college, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #harkness-jerry-1940-2021, #loyola-university-chicago, #mississippi-state-university, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #race-and-ethnicity

Donald Newlove, 93, Dies; Novelist Explored the Depths of Drink

His acclaimed fiction and a memoir had a common theme: alcoholism. After becoming sober, he called his former besotted muse “Drunkspeare.”

#alcohol-abuse, #alcoholics-anonymous, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #newlove-donald, #writing-and-writers

Larry Harlow, Influential Figure in Salsa, Dies at 82

He was born into a family of Jewish musicians, but he made his mark in Latin music, as a pianist, bandleader and producer.

#deaths-obituaries, #fania-all-stars-music-group, #fania-records, #harlow-larry, #hommy-a-latin-opera-opera, #latin-legends, #latin-music

Michael Morgan, Adventurous Oakland Maestro, Dies at 63

As music director of the Oakland Symphony, he sought diversity in his audiences as well as in his programming.

#black-people, #chicago-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music, #deaths-obituaries, #morgan-michael-d-1957-2021, #music, #oakland-calif, #oakland-symphony, #race-and-ethnicity

Inge Ginsberg, Holocaust Survivor With a Heavy Metal Coda, Dies at 99

Her rich life, spanning three continents and 11 decades, entailed wartime espionage, volumes of poetry, songwriting and a late-career turn as a rock band’s frontwoman.

#concentration-camps, #deaths-obituaries, #ginsberg-inge-1922, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Micki Grant, Groundbreaking Broadway Composer, Dies at 92

With “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” she became the first woman to write the book, music and lyrics of a Broadway musical.

#black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #dont-bother-me-i-cant-cope-play, #grammy-awards, #grant-micki, #manhattan-nyc, #music, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

David Roberts, Who Turned Adventure Writing Into Art, Dies at 78

He was an accomplished mountain climber with a literary gift to match, and the author of dozens of books.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #mountaineering, #roberts-david-1943, #writing-and-writers

Jean Breeze, First Woman of Dub Poetry, Dies at 65

She was known for the passion of her performances, the raw honesty of her stories and her use of Jamaica’s lyrical vernacular.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #breeze-jean-1956-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #england, #jamaica-west-indies, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

Rand V. Araskog, Former Chief of ITT Corp., Dies at 89

Over two decades, during a tumultuous time for American business, he winnowed an unwieldy corporation and fended off corporate raids.

#araskog-rand-v, #corporations, #deaths-obituaries, #itt-corporation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures

Charlie Watts, Bedrock Drummer for the Rolling Stones, Dies at 80

Mr. Watts, who had no taste for the life of a pop idol, was an unflashy presence with the band and brought to it a swinging style.

#charlie-watts, #deaths-obituaries, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #rolling-stones

Buckie Leach, Coach of U.S. Gold Medal Fencer in Tokyo, Dies at 62

Under his tutelage, Lee Kiefer became a first for the United States. Leach led the women’s national foil team in five Summer Olympics. He died in a motorcycle accident.

#buckie-leach, #coaches-and-managers, #deaths-obituaries, #fencing-sport, #olympic-games-2020

Hissène Habré, Ex-President of Chad, Dead at 79

Habré had been sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of crimes against humanity, including torture and sex crimes.

#chad, #deaths-obituaries, #habre-hissene, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity