(21 August 1950 – 1 April 2021)
Swiss Patrick Juvet, the former disco star known for interpreting hit songs like "I Love America," "Where Are the Women," and "Lady Night and Solitudes," and who debuted in the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Je vais me marier, Marie, "was found dead aged 70 in his apartment in Barcelona, Spain, his longtime manager Yann Ydoux announced. His manager said that an autopsy will be done since the cause of his death is not yet known. Patrick Juvet has lived in Paris, France since the early 1990s, but he frequently visited Spain and his native Switzerland on occasion. Swiss model and singer-songwriter born in Montreux, Switzerland, had a string of hit records in Europe early in his career. In 1973, he released his first album, followed by two more the same year. He was mainly involved in making pop albums, but in the latter half of the 1970s, he found international success as a disco music performer. "I Love America," his greatest hit, reached the top twenty in France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as the top ten in the US disco chart. His song Where Are the Women? became a major success in Europe in 1977. With the disco songs Got A Feeling and I Love America, Juvet went on to have even more international success. He started working on disco songs with Jaques Morali and Henri Belolo, the creators of American bands The Ritchie Family and The Village People, in the late 1970s. Victor Willis, the Village People's lead singer, contributed as a lyricist to the album. When the disco era came to an end, the singer was unable to maintain his popularity, and he only released a few more albums on a sporadic basis over the next few decades. With the release of the album "Solitudes" in early 1991, Juvet returned to Paris and his roots as a singer-songwriter. He was accompanied by French-language performers including French singer-songwriter Françoise Madeleine Hardy, French-Canadian lyricist and music executive Luc Plamondon, and French singer and actor Marc Lavoine on the disc, which featured more intimate and emotional songs. His autobiography Les bleus au cur: Souvenirs (“Bruises on My Heart: Memories”) was published in 2005. In the book, he discussed his long music career and his often mentioned bisexuality.
Cause of death: unknown.
Clara Lamore Walker (also known by her married name Clara Walker), an American competition swimmer who competed for the United States at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London, won three national championships, and later set 465 national and 180 world swimming records in multiple masters age groups, died of natural causes at the age of 94 in a North Smithfield assisted living facility, her family announced. She captured the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) breaststroke titles in the 200-meter (outdoor, 1945), 100-yard (indoor, 1947), and 220-yard (indoor, 1948). LaMore participated in the 200-meter breaststroke ( four lengths of the 160 ft Olympic-sized pool) in the 1948 Summer Olympics when she was only twenty-two years old, but swore after her last heat that she was definitively giving up competitive swimming for good, and semi-retired from swimming according to her biography on the Fort Lauderdale's International Swimming Hall of Fame website. Later, she worked at Western Hills Middle School as a teacher and guidance counselor. Clara LaMore didn't start swimming again until she was 54 years old (1980) after her doctor advised her to do so to relieve back pain. In her first meet, LaMore set a US record in the 50-yard breaststroke in the 50-54 age competition group, which motivated her to resume training and began to engage in competitive swimming again. Clara LaMore broke more than 180 worlds and 465 American records (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke) on her way to becoming the most decorated master swimmer of all time. For eight years in a row, she was named the Outstanding Masters' Swimmer in her age group, and in 1995, she was inducted into Fort Lauderdale's International Swimming Hall of Fame. LaMore never had children of her own. Her US Navy officer husband, Mr. Doneal Walker, died in the 1970s.
Cause of death: natural causes.
William "Billy" Evans, an American police officer who was stationed outside the north vehicle access point along Constitution Avenue during the " US Capitol incident " on April 2, 2021, when a driver in a car breached a barrier near the north entrance of the US Capitol in Washington and struck him and a second officer, has sadly died at the age of 41 at a hospital in Washington, DC of his injuries sustained in the attack, his family and Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman announced. Officer William "Billy" Evans, a native of western Massachusetts, a former athlete, and the father of two children, served with the United States Capitol Police (USCP) for over 18 years, joining in early 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Evans, an 18-year veteran of the police and a fantastic former athlete who excelled in a variety of sports, is a real hometown hero and patriot who risked his life to defend our country and unfortunately lost it.
Cause of death: Injuries sustained in April Capitol attack.
Carla Maria Zampatti, an Italian-Australian fashion designer, successful businesswoman, and founder and executive chair of the renowned Australian fashion label Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. which owns a chain of over 30 boutiques and concept stores across Australia, has sadly died aged 78 at St Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst, New South Wales, from injuries suffered in a serious fall about ten days ago while attending the opening night of La Traviata at Lady Macquarie's Chair on a peninsula in Sydney Harbor, her family announced. Born in Lovero in the Province of Sondrio in the Italian region Lombardy in 1942, Carla migrated to Australia in early 1950, setting up her first fashion collection 15 years later, and in 1970 her famous fashion label Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. Her beautiful designs have been worn by some of World’s most influential women, including Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, former Australian politician and prime minister Julia Gillard, Australian singer, songwriter, and actress Delta Lea Goodrem, American-born Australian actress, producer, and singer Nicole Kidman, Australian singer of Italian descent, Filippina Lydia "Tina" Arena, Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality Ita Buttrose and current New South Wales prime minister and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party Gladys Berejiklian. She was the mother of daughters Bianca and Allegra, son Alexander, and had nine grandchildren. Zampatti held several directorships, including chairman of The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Corporation, director of former Australian shopping center company the Westfield Group, and a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). Zampatti also was a board member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation at the Museum at Old Parliament House in Canberra, the European Australian Business Council (EABC) located in Sydney, Australia, Australia's leading contemporary dance company ''Sydney Dance Company'', MCA Foundationkoja provide philanthropic support, and The Vice-Chancellor's Industry Advisory Board. In the 1987 Australia Day honors, she was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contributions to the fashion industry as a designer and longtime manufacturer. In early 2005, Carla Zampatti was honored by Australia Post, and named a commemorative Australian postage stamp, along with other Legendary Australian fashion designers, Prue Acton (often referred to as "Australia's golden girl of fashion"), Jenny Bannister, Collette Mary Ann Dinnigan and with one of Australia's most prominent contemporary fashion designers Akira Isogawa. Zampatti was married to Leo Schuman (married 1964; divorced 1970) and former Australian politician, diplomat, and barrister John Spender (married 1975; divorced 2010).
Cause of death: complications from a fall.
English actor Paul Ritter, who played family patriarch Martin Goodman in Channel 4's television sitcom "Friday Night Dinner," has died of a brain tumor at the age of 54, alongside his wife and two sons, according to his longtime agent. Paul Ritter, a versatile character actor, was born on March 5th, 1966, in Kent, a county in the southeast of England. Ritter had roles in many films hits including the 2007 British comedy '' Son of Rambow '', alongside Bill Milner, Will Poulter, and Jules Sitruk, 2008 spy film (James Bond series) '' Quantum of Solace '', alongside Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko and Mathieu Amalric, 2009 fantasy film directed by David Yates ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'', alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Jim Broadbent, and 2011 epic historical drama ''The Eagle'', alongside Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong, as well as television programs including British crime drama series Vera (2011 - 2017), TV film adaptations of William Shakespeare's history play ''The Hollow Crown'' (2012), British historical fiction television series ''The Last Kingdom'' (2015 - ) and 2019 historical drama television miniseries Chernobyl. Ritter was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2006 for his performance in Helen Edmundson's play "Coram Boy," and a Tony Award in 2009 for his leading role in Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy of plays "Norman Conquests."
Cause of death: brain tumor.
Joe Krebs, a legendary Washington, D.C., broadcaster who spent more than 30 years at WRC-TV, the NBC-owned and operated television station affiliate in Washington, D.C., has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 78, WRC-assistant TV's news director, Matt Glassman announced. His death comes just five days after the veteran newsman was honored by SAG-AFTRA (The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) for his devoted contribution to the union and its members over the years. In early 2017, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent treatment and procedures. Krebs served in the Navy as an Assistant Public Affairs Officer on the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy ("Big John") after graduating from law school. Krebs worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in St. Luis County before entering the news industry. Later in his career as a news anchor, his legal skills will come in handy. Joe Krebs began his broadcasting career in October 1970 at WFMY-TV, the CBS-affiliated television station in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he stayed until August 1973. He began his career as a general assignment reporter in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a focus on Winston-Salem, the county seat of Forsyth County, where he also produced and anchored Sunday newscasts. Krebs covered The North Carolina General Assembly, the governor's office, and politics in Raleigh, North Carolina for the next two years as the station's national correspondent. Krebs joined Baltimore's WBAL-TV in August 1973 and remained there until March 1980. Krebs was the morning anchor for NBC Washington from 1980 until he retired in March 2012 and was well known for his relentless search of cold cases and reporting on them. Krebs had been co-hosting the morning news with legendary anchor Barbara Harrison from 1994 until 2010 when she was replaced by new anchor Eun Yang. Joe Krebs was also a union shop steward at WRC, where he was president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists 8 (AFTRA) Washington — Baltimore Local chapter for many terms and chair of the National Broadcast Steering Committee, a central body of executive authority with special status. Krebs has received several Emmy Awards for his broadcasting work. Joe Krebs is survived by his wife Mary Lynn.
Cause of death: pancreatic cancer.
Midwin Charles, a prominent defense attorney best known as a legal analyst for CNN and MSNBC, has sadly died at the age of only 47, her family announced her passing on her social media accounts. There is still no word on the cause of death. Midwin Charles grew up in the Brooklyn area of New York City, where he was born, raised, and lived. She was a strong role model in the Haitian community since she was Haitian-American. Charles formed Midwin Charles & Associates LLC, a boutique law firm providing comprehensive expertise in criminal defense, industrial and civil litigation, after graduating from prestigious Syracuse University and earning her law degree from American University. She was a frequent commentator on law, pop culture, and politics for a variety of television shows and networks, including CNN, MSNBC, and the American syndicated talk show The Wendy Williams Show, as well as a substitute host for the radio show "Express Yourself" on Mediaco Holding's 107.5 WBLS in New York, and Manhattan's SIRIUS XM Radio. Midwin Charles was also a legal contributor for CNN's In Session (a former American cable television channel), where she presented regular legal commentary for live trials. Charles was a member of American University's Washington College of Law's Dean's Diversity Council, which is situated on the western side of Tenley Circle in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. where she served on the board at Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) which is focused on molding BIOPIC women into the next generation of impactful leaders. She has lectured at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, and worked on the Civil Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, which has over 160 committees focused on legal practice areas and issues and written for HuffPost, formerly called The Huffington Post. Yvette D. Clarke, the U.S. Representative for New York's 9th congressional district, recently presented her with the 2018 Shining Star Award.
Cause of death: unknown.
Former NFL player Phillip M. Adams, the gunman (mass murderer) who killed five people including a prominent doctor Robert Lesslie, his wife Barbara Lesslie, and their two underage grandchildren in South Carolina, killed himself at his parents' home, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson announced. He was 32 years old. Tolson said evidence left at the scene of the shooting led them to a former football player as a suspect. He said they spent hours searching for the suspect before finding him in his parents' home, evacuated them, and then tried to talk Adams out of the house. They eventually discovered him in a bedroom, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. Adams' parents live near the doctor's home in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Adams had previously been treated by Robert Lesslie. Adams was born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and attended Rock Hill High School there. Adams saw action as a reserve and on special teams during his freshman year at South Carolina State University. He had 12 tackles, two interceptions, and a 30-yard punt return to his credit. He appeared in 11 games for the Bulldogs as a freshman. Adams played as a defensive back for multiple teams including the 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and the Seattle Seahawks after starring at South Carolina State. Phillip Adams also suffered multiple injuries in the NFL, including traumatic brain injuries and a fractured left ankle.
Cause of death: suicide by gunshot.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark), the longest-serving royal consort in British history, and the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England who was at the Queen's side for more than her six decades of reign, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces.
Philip died just twelve days before the Queen's 95th birthday, and two months before his 100th birthday. A longtime household doctor at the royal residence vaccinated him and Queen Elizabeth against COVID-19 in January 2021. Prince Philip was admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital in central London in mid-February 2021 as a "precautionary measure" after feeling ill. Buckingham Palace announced on February 23 that Prince Philip was "responding to treatment" for an infection. He was moved to St Bartholomew's Hospital (commonly known as Barts) by ambulance on March 1, 2021, to begin care for infection and to undergo "checking and observation" for pre-existing heart disease. On March 3, 2021, Prince Philip had a satisfactory operation for his heart disease and was moved back to London's King Edward VII's Hospital on March 5, where he was discharged ten days later.
He spent seven decades in the shadow of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, but his charisma ensured that he would never be reduced to a professional spouse. Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921, on the Greek island of Corfu, to Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice, Louis Alexander Mountbatten's eldest daughter. When the family left Greece, Philip was just one and a half years old. And he spent his early years in France, attending a Parisian school before being sent to Cheam Preparatory School in Berkshire. From there, he went to Gordonstoun and then Dartmouth's Royal Naval College. Cecilie, one of Philip's four sisters, died in an air crash in 1937, along with her German husband, mother-in-law, and two young sons, along with her German husband, mother-in-law, and two young sons. At the moment, his sister Cecilie was eight months pregnant. When Philip was an eighteen-year-old teenager he first met thirteen-year-old Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth, his third cousin from their descent from Queen Victoria. They fell in love, but her father, King George VI (the last emperor of India and King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth), did not want them to marry right away.
Philip spent a year as a cadet at the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC, Dartmouth), before returning to Greece and spending a month with his mother Princess Alice of Battenberg in Athens in mid-1939. He returned to Britain in September at the request of the Greek king, George II, the eldest son of King Constantine to begin training for the Royal Navy, the United Kingdom's naval warfare force. The following year, he graduated from Britannia Royal Naval College as the best cadet in his class.
He continued to fight in the British forces throughout WWII, while two of his brothers-in-law, German SS officer Prince Christoph of Hesse and Berthold, Margrave of Baden, the head of the House of Zähringen served on the German side. In January 1940, Philip was commissioned as a midshipman. He spent four months on the battleship HMS Ramillies, one of five the Royal Navy Revenge-class super-dreadnought battleships in the Indian Ocean, defending convoys of the Australian Expeditionary Force (the volunteer personnel of the Australian Army) followed by shorter assignments on the County-class heavy cruiser HMS Kent, Royal Navy (RN) heavy cruiser HMS Shropshire, in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
After Greco-Italian War in October 1940, he was moved from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Fleet's Queen Elizabeth-class battleships HMS Valiant. Philip was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant on 1 February 1941, following a series of courses at Portsmouth in the county of Hampshire, South East England, in which he earned the highest grade in four of the five parts of the qualifying test. He took part in the Battle of Crete which began on the morning of 20 May 1941 and was mentioned in dispatches for his service at the Battle of Cape Matapan, where he was in charge of the battleship's searchlights. Besides, he received the Greek War Cross, a military decoration of Greece, awarded for heroism in wartime.
In June 1942, he was assigned to the HMS Wallace, a Thornycroft type flotilla leader that participated in convoy escort missions off the east coast of England. In October of that year, Philip was appointed the first lieutenant of HMS Wallace, making him one of the Royal Navy's youngest first lieutenants at the age of 21. In July 1943, as Wallace's second in command, he rescued his ship from a night bomber attack during the invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, one of the major campaigns of World War II. Philip formulated a scheme to launch a raft with smoke floats, which successfully diverted the bombers' attention away from the ship, enabling it to slip away unnoticed. In 1944, he transferred to the new destroyer HMS Whelp, one of eight W-class destroyers where he served in the 27th Destroyer Flotilla of the British Pacific Fleet that saw action against Imperial Japan. He was present in Tokyo Bay in the southern Kantō region of Japan, when the Japanese surrender instrument was signed on September 2, 1945.
In January 1946, Philip returned to the United Kingdom aboard the Whelp and was assigned to HMS Royal Arthur (shore establishment), the Petty Officers' School in Corsham, west Wiltshire, England. Before their engagement, he gave up his inherited royal title and took the surname of his uncle, Louis Mountbatten, a British Royal Navy officer, and statesman. In July 1947, they became engaged, and on November 20th of that year, they married. Philip was made His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh before they wed. When Elizabeth became queen in 1952, Philip retired from active military service, having attained the rank of commander, and was made a British prince in 1957.
Philip was Elizabeth's consort for over six decades, accompanying her on official duties and public appearances all over the world. He also contributed to the work of several organizations, with a preference for those concerned with the environment, sports, and education. In 1956, Philip founded the Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Young People, which has since grown to 144 countries. He was a polo player until 1971, and he also competed in carriage and boat racing, as well as piloting airplanes and sailboats, oil painting, and collecting art from around the world.
He served as President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA, London) from 1959 to 1965. Philip was also president of the International Equestrian Federation in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 1964 to 1986, and chancellor of the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Salford, and Wales, the United Kingdom's sixth oldest university.
Prince Philip wrote to his eldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales, in January 1981, advising him to choose whether to propose to Lady Diana Spencer or end their courtship. The Prince of Wales felt compelled by his father to make a decision, and he did so in February of that year, proposing to Diana. Unfortunately, the Prince and Princess of Wales' famous marriage had broken down by 1992. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip held a meeting between Charles and Diana in the hopes of bringing them back together, but it was unsuccessful. Prince Philip also wrote to Princess Diana, expressing his dissatisfaction with both Charles' and her extramarital affairs and requesting that she investigate both his and her actions from the perspective of the other. Philip, who had completed over 22.000 solo engagements and over 5.400 speeches since November 1952, retired from royal duties on August 2, 2017, at the age of 96.
Cause of death: has not yet been revealed.
DMX (born Earl Simmons), a legendary New York rapper and actor, died at White Plains Hospital in New York after an overdose that resulted in a fatal heart attack, according to his family. He was fifty years old.
On Saturday, April 3, Earl Simmons was rushed to the hospital after overdosing on drugs. His lungs and heart were severely damaged, and he was put on mechanical ventilation, remaining in a vegetative state during his hospitalization.
DMX has spoken publicly for years about his addiction issues, including how he began using crack at the age of 14, depression, and bipolar disorder, and he has been arrested over a dozen times in the last 20 years on a variety of charges, including drug abuse, burglary, and animal cruelty. Simmons was born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970 and grew up in Yonkers. He suffered from crippling asthma attacks as a child, and his mother and her partners abused him, causing tooth loss and serious facial damage. He ran away from his mother's abusive actions as a youth by roaming the streets of New York at night and hanging out with stray dogs, the barking of which he later integrated into his distinct musical voice.
He started rapping in the early 1980s and spent a decade establishing his name before contracting with Columbia Records in 1992. This connected him to colleagues such as Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter), a rapper, songwriter, and record executive, Ja Rule (Jeffrey Bruce Atkins), hip hop group The Lox, and rapper, record producer, and actor LL Cool J. (James Todd Smith). Simmons also briefly formed a group called Murder Inc. with Jay-Z and Ja Rule in the mid-90s, which appeared on Mic Geronimo's song "Time to Construct," but soon disbanded due to an argument between DMX and Jay-Z.
After releasing the single Get at Me Dog for Def Jam in 1998, he followed up with his debut album Dark and Hell Is Hot, which included one of his most popular tracks, Ruff Ryders Anthem. The album debuted at the top of Billboard's Top 200 chart and has since sold over five million copies.
In addition to music, he had a successful acting career, appearing in films such as the 1998 crime thriller 'Belly,' in which he co-starred with Taral Hicks, T-Boz, and Method Man, and the 2000 action film 'Romeo Must Die,' in which he co-starred with legendary Jet Li, the late Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, and Russell Wong, "Exit Wounds," a 2001 action film starring Steven Seagal, Isaiah Washington, and Anthony Anderson, "Cradle 2 the Grave," a 2003 action film starring Jet Li, Anthony Anderson, Kelly Hu, and Tom Arnold, and "Last Hour," a 2008 crime thriller starring Michael Madsen, David Carradine, and Paul Sorvino. He also appeared in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man in 2006, which documented his everyday life.
DMX had 15 children with a variety of women. He was married to his ex-wife Tasher Simmons, a childhood friend, for eleven years before they divorced in 2010.
Cause of death: complications from a heart attack.
Bob Porter, a prolific record producer, discographer, writer, and heralded jazz, and R&B authority whose voice has been heard continuously on the air at New Jersey 'WBGO (88.3 FM, "Jazz 88") since its earliest signal in early 1979, has died aged 80 due to complications from esophageal cancer at his home in Northvale, New Jersey, his wife, Linda Porter announced on social media.
From the 1960s to the present, Bob Porter has released hundreds of jazz and blues records. He produced notable albums by jazz tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, soul jazz alto saxophonist Hank Crawford, jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom Edward Hammond Boatner Jr. (known professionally as Sonny Stitt), jazz and rhythm-and-blues saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman, jazz guitarist Pat Martino, soul jazz, hard bop, and jazz blues guitarist Melvin Sparks, jazz organists Jimmy McGriff and Don Patterson.
Porter began broadcasting Portraits In Blue, a syndicated radio program featuring blues, R&B, and soul music, at WBGO in Newark, New Jersey, in early 1981. Porter regularly wrote for magazines such as Down Beat, a monthly music magazine devoted to jazz and blues, and Cash Box (published weekly until 1996). He also contributed expertise to organizations including the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which recognize achievements in the music industry.
He was nominated for five Grammys for his achievement in the music industry, winning in 1980 for his liner notes for Savoy's The Complete Charlie Parker and in 1986 for his work as a reissue producer for Atlantic Rhythm & Blues.
He was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's selection committee in Cleveland, Ohio, Since 1990. He has also served as the master of ceremonies for the Chicago Blues Festival. In 2009, Porter was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Cause of death: complications from esophageal cancer.
Justo Jorge Padrón, a Spanish author, essayist, and translator who received the Canary Islands Prize for Literature in 1997, died at the age of 77 of Covid-19 at the La Paz Hospital in Madrid, his wife announced.
Padrón, a well-known poet of the Spanish generation of the 1970s, was born during World War II on October 1, 1943, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He studied Law, Philosophy, and Letters at the prestigious University of Barcelona, where he also published his first two collections of poetry, Trazos de un parenthesis (1965) and Written in the Water (1966).
Padrón returned to the HomeTown of Las Palmas in early 1967 and worked as a very successful lawyer for seven years. During this time, he published his first poems in a variety of literary supplements and became acquainted with the modern Spanish poetic promotions. He quickly left to devote himself completely to poetry - his true and only love. It was included in José Agustin Goytisolo's (One of the most respected Spanish poets, scholars, and essayist) anthology 'Nueva Poesa Espaola', a selection of poems by Spanish poets published in the publishing house "El Bardo" in 1968.
In 1976, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institute of Hispanic Culture selected him to represent new Spanish poetry on a tour of twelve Latin American countries. In 1977, he experienced one of the most emotional moments of his career as a specialist in Nordic literature: he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature on behalf of Spanish poet Vicente Aleixandre, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to health reasons.
He was nominated for an armchair at the Royal Spanish Academy - Spain's official royal institution tasked with maintaining the Spanish language's stability, in the 1990s, but he did not win. Complete Poetry, 1965-2000 (2000), Hespérida II: the Colombian Gesta (2008), and The beat of the world, anthology (2010) are among his most recent titles.
He also published several essay books, such as Modernism in Swedish Poetry (1973) and Postwar Spanish Poetry (1980). El Arte del Poema (2015), his best novel, was published in Romania by Editura Universul simultaneously in four languages: Spanish, Romanian, English, and Russian. Padrón's other works have been translated into over thirty languages, including Swedish, English, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, Russian, Albanian, and Bulgarian.
Among the many honors, he has won are the International Prize of the Swedish Academy (1972) an institution that also decides who will be the laureate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Boscán Prize (1973) formerly known as the Booker Prize for Fiction (1969–2001, the Royal Spanish Academy's Fastenrath Prize (1976), the Brussels Gold Medal (1981), the Medal Gold Award for Chinese Culture (1983), the Europe Prize for Literature (1986), the Sofia International Prize for Literature (1988), the Orpheus Prize (1992), the International Prize of Trieste (1999). and the Senghor Poetry Prize (2003). He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Valparaiso in 2005.
Cause of death: COVID-19.
"Sopranos" star, Joseph Siravo, who played Tony Soprano's father, has died after a long battle with prostate cancer at the age of 66. The news of his death was confirmed by actor Garry Pastore, who paid tribute to his deceased colleague on Instagram.
Siravo first appeared on screen in the 1993 film Carlito's Way. Vincent "Vinnie" Taglialucci is a character in the film who seeks vengeance for the deaths of his father and brother at the hands of a crooked lawyer (Sean Penn), accusing Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) of assisting in the murder. He played John Gotti, the American gangster, and leader of the Gambino crime family, in the 2015 film 'The Wannabe,' and Gene Gotti in the 1998 Stanley Weiser made-for-TV film "Witness to the Mob."
We will recall him for a variety of theatrical and television appearances. In addition to The Sopranos, he has appeared in the series "For Life," "The Blacklist," "Made in Jersey," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Law and Order," and the films "The Study" and "Motherless Brooklyn." “Shark Tale,”.
He has also performed on the stages of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatres. Among his Broadway credits are 'Oslo,' a Tony Award-winning play by J. T. Rogers that dominated the 2016-17 awards season, winning the 2017 Tony Award for Best New Play, the Obie Award for Best Ensemble, the Drama Desk Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle, the Outer Critics' Circle, and the Lucille Lortel Awards, all for Outstanding New Play, produced by Lincoln Center Theater.
He was a part of the original cast of the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical 'The Light in the Piazza,' with a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel - also at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City; and 'The Boys from Syracuse,' with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, at the Roundabout's American Airlines Theater, and Herb Gardner’s 'Conversations with My Father', with Tony Shaloub and Judd Hirsch, at the former Royale Theatre. Between 2006 and 2012, Joseph Siravo performed over 2000 times in 38 cities as part of the 1st National Tour of Jersey Boys, a jukebox musical written by Bob Gaudio in 2005.
He was also a highly regarded producer and educator. Siravo has taught at some of New York City's most prestigious actor training programs. After earning his MFA from the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program, where he studied under the tutelage of Ron Van Lieu, Master Teacher of Acting and later Chair of the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and Olympia Dukakis, director, producer, and teacher, he went on to join the faculty at NYU Grad Acting, headed by the legendary Zelda Fichandler, teaching Voice, Speech, and Text with a primary emphasis on Shakespeare.
Cause of death: prostate cancer.
Adolphe "Ady" Steg, a Slovak-born French urologist, Holocaust survivor, and Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, has died of natural causes at the age of 96, his family announced.
Ady Steg was born on January 27, 1925, in the First Czechoslovak Republic (the Kosice Region of eastern Slovakia) to an Orthodox Jewish family. In 1932, he moved to Paris. He was able to flee to the free zone with his sister after escaping the Vel d'Hiv roundup (a mass arrest of Jewish families by French police and gendarmes in Paris on 16 and 17 July 1942), thanks to a smuggler and false documents, and was sheltered by the Abbot Glasberg in the Gers, in the Occitanie region of Southwestern France, before being sent to the college of Sarlat, in the Dordogne in southwestern France.
"Ady" Steg began testifying about the Third Reich's Nazi regime's crimes against the Jewish population around this time. He then joined the resistance as a member of the Sarlat FFI (French resistance fighters) and the Gers' 3rd Battalion of Armagnac. Mordechai Steg, his father, was a survivor of Auschwitz.
After the war, he went on to study medicine, specializing in urology in Professor Pierre Aboulker's service at Cochin Hospital, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Jacques, Paris, before rising through the ranks and succeeding his mentor at the urology chair in Cochin. He was a prominent member of the French Urology Society's board of directors. In 1992 and 1994, he performed prostate cancer surgery on President François Mitterrand as part of his responsibilities.
Ady Steg is survived by his wife, Gilberte Nissim, a gynecologist and former resistance fighter, and their two children, Philippe Gabriel, a professor and cardiologist, and Jean-Michel, a banker. Ady Steg was a Legion of Honor Grand Officer and a National Order of Merit Grand Cross recipient. Besides, he was appointed Doctor Honoris Causa by the universities of Jerusalem and Athens. From 1984 to 1992, "Ady" Steg served as Secretary-General of the European Association of Urology.
Cause of death: natural causes.
Bobby “Slick” Leonard, an Indiana native who was one of the most beloved names in Indiana basketball and the only man to ever lead the Indiana Pacers to a championship, died at the age of 88 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the team has announced. The cause of Leonard's death has yet to be revealed.
Leonard suffered a heart attack on March 13, 2011, shortly after the Pacers beat the New York Knicks. Leonard was later said to be in good health but was given an unspecified period to recover and was replaced by Austin Croshere, a former player and TV analyst for the Pacers.
Bobby "Slick" Leonard has been a broadcaster for the Pacers for almost three decades and brings a unique insight to each game along with his extensive basketball knowledge. For 12 years, from 1968 until 1980, he was the head coach of the Pacers, winning over 500 games and three ABA championships (1970, 1972, 1973). Bobby is one of only six Pacers players to have a banner raised in his honor in the rafters of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the team's indoor arena in downtown Indianapolis.
Leonard, who was born in Terre Haute in 1932, led Indiana University to a national championship in 1953. The Pacers' coaching legend returned to the team in 1985 as a color analyst, first on television with Jerry Baker, then on radio, where he still co-hosts with Mark Boyle on WFNI 1070 AM, where his trademark phrase "Boom baby!" after a Pacers three-point shot can still be heard during games today.
Leonard and his wife, Nancy, lived in the northern Indianapolis suburbs. The couple met at Indiana University and would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this year. They are the parents of five children and seven grandchildren.
Cause of death: unknown.
Peter Warner, one of Australia's most prominent sailors who won the Sydney to Hobart race (The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race) three times, in 1961, 1963, and 1964, and heroically rescued marooned children in the South Pacific, killed at the age of 90 after his yacht capsized off the Byron coast in the far northeastern corner of the state of New South Wales, Australia.
The 90-year-old drowned when his boat rolled off the coast of Byron Bay at the famously dangerous Ballina Bar, and waves tossed him and a teenager overboard. The 17-year-old teen was unharmed and managed to pull Warner to shore, where frantic locals attempted to resuscitate him until emergency medical services arrived and pronounced him dead.
Peter Warner is best known for saving a group of shipwrecked Tongan teenagers who had been marooned on an island for a year and were presumed dead in 1966. The legendary skipper was sailing past Tongan Island 'Ata when he found burned patches in the grass. His father Sir Arthur Warner (31 July 1899 – 3 April 1966) was an English-born Australian businessman and politician who founded Astor Radio Corporation, one of the country's largest electronic manufacturing firms at the time, which started operations in 1926.
He returned home as a teenager in late 1949 to study law at the University of Melbourne but left again three years later, just six weeks into his law degree. At that time, he served in the Royal navies of both Sweden and Norway. He studied Swedish and passed the exams to become a Swedish master's ticket holder. Warner eventually returned home to study accountancy and work for his father, Sir Arthur Warner, for a few years, but the sea beckoned.
He then lived in Tonga for 30 years, traveling across the South Pacific and helping to found the Ocean of Light International School in Tonga. Warner's autobiography was published in three volumes: Astor: Adventures Ashore & Afloat (2020), Ocean of Light: 30 Years in Tonga and the Pacific (2020), and Twilight of the Dawn (2020). (2020).
Cause of death: drowned.
Bernie Madoff, the infamous American market maker, Wall Street investment advisor, financier, and former chairman of the Nasdaq stock market, best known as the mastermind of the biggest investment fraud in U.S. history, which ripping off tens of thousands of people of as much as $ 65 billion and who was serving a 150-year prison sentence for his scheme, has died from natural causes at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, US, the Bureau of Prisons and his longtime lawyer Brandon Sample announced. Madoff, a self-made financial guru, was 82 years old at the time of his death.
During the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, he demanded an early release from jail, citing health issues such as kidney disease. Bernie Madoff was born in Queens, New York, in 1938, in a lower-middle-class Jewish neighborhood. Emigrants from Poland, Romania, and Austria were Madoff's grandparents.
Mr. Madoff, the son of European immigrants who grew up in a lower-middle-class Jewish neighborhood in the New York borough of Queens, founded his eponymous company Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities in 1960.
Mr. Madoff served as chairman of the Nasdaq stock exchange, and the firm became one of the biggest market-makers, mixing buyers and sellers of stocks. Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities occupied three floors of a high-rise in midtown Manhattan in the 1980s. He ran a legal business as a middleman between buyers and sellers of stock there with his brother and later two sons. The Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States prosecuted the company eight times because of its extraordinary returns. But the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) never discovered that Madoff was secretly spinning a web of phantom riches behind the scenes, in a separate office held under lock and key, by using cash from new investors to pay dividends to old ones.
In 1992, two people filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about investments they made with Avellino & Bienes, the successor firm to his father-in-accounting law firm. Madoff used money from existing business investors to pay new customers, which is a common Ponzi scheme strategy. Bernie Madoff was a well-known and revered financial expert on Wall Street for more than five decades, but his life came crashing down in 2008, during the midst of the financial crisis and the global recession, which caused the scheme to fail and ultimately prompted Mr. Madoff's downfall, when investors affected by the downturn attempted to withdraw around $7 billion from his funds and he was unable to cover it.
Madoff summoned his family to his Manhattan apartment and admitted to his sons that the family company in which they both operated was founded on "one huge lie." He was led off to jail in handcuffs after several months of house arrest in his $7 million Manhattan penthouse apartment, to sporadic cheers from furious investors in the courtroom. His illegal activity wreaked havoc on his victims' lives, resulting in suicides, bankruptcies, and home foreclosures. Fake account statements were circulating at the time of Madoff's indictment, claiming that clients had $60 billion in assets.
Since pleading guilty, he was sentenced to prison in 2009. Popular actor Kevin Bacon, Hall of Fame baseball player Sandy Koufax, and legendary film director Steven Spielberg's charitable foundation, Wunderkinder, were among those defrauded. He was so despised that he went to court wearing a bulletproof vest.
Banks in the United Kingdom were among those who lost money, with HSBC Holdings reporting a $1 billion exposure. Royal Bank of Scotland, Man Group, and Nomura Holdings of Japan were among the other corporate victims. But the scam did not only affect the wealthy and large corporations; Madoff defrauded both the wealthy and the poor. The total loss was reported to be $65 billion, which included profits Mr. Madoff's clients thought they had made due to forged account statements. More than $14 billion of the more than $17 billion in cash losses has been recovered.
The scandal also took a personal toll on the family: on the second anniversary of his father's arrest in 2010, one of his sons, Mark, committed suicide in his New York apartment. Despite reports that he was unaware of his brother's wrongdoings, Madoff's brother, Peter, who helped run the firm, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison in early 2012. Andrew, another sibling, died of cancer at the age of 48.
Bernie Madoff was a well-known philanthropist who served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations (NPOs), also known as non-profit entities, many of which are charities and foundations around the world, including the Chais Ftrusted his company with their financial endowments, as the legal structure of their management. The collapse and freezing of his personal and corporate properties impacted corporations, charities, and foundations all over the world, including the Chais Family Foundation, which is owned by an investment advisor, money manager, and philanthropist Stanley Chais, and the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, which runs Jewish youth programs, the Picower Foundation, which is owned by businessman Jeffry Picower, and the JEHT Foundation, a New York City-based left-of-center grantmaking charity, were both forced to close.
After his son Andrew was diagnosed with lymphoma, Madoff contributed nearly $6 million to research into the disease. Since early 1991, Bernie Madoff and his wife Ruth have donated two hundred thousand dollars to political causes, the majority of which has gone to the Democratic Party, one of the two largest contemporary political parties in the United States. Bernie Madoff’s life story was screened in Sam Levinson’s 2018 television biopic film 'The Wizard of Lies''. The film stars Robert De Niro as Madoff and Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife Ruth.
Cause of death: natural causes.
Marvin Leroy Keyes, a former pro football hall of fame running back and safety who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League (NFL) from 1969 to 1973, has died from congestive heart failure and a cancer recurrence at his home in West Lafayette, Indiana, according to The Eagles and his wife, Monica. A recent first-round prospect was 74 years old.
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, was his alma mater. As a halfback on offense, he was an All-American, and on defense, he played cornerback and return specialist and punts. Before settling in as a reliable strong safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, Keyes, Purdue Football Legend played both ways. Purdue defeated USC 14–13 in the Rose Bowl in January 1967, and Keyes was a part of that victory. Keyes was named Big Ten MVP in 1968 after scoring 114 points and setting a team record of 19 total touchdowns, which he still holds. Keyes also holds the team records for single-season rushing average (6.6 YPC in 1967) and career rushing average (6.6 YPC) (5.88).
The Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Keyes with the third overall selection in the 1969 NFL Draft. From 1969 to 1972, he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He began his career as a running back, racking up 637 total yards and three rushing touchdowns as a rookie. In 1970, he didn't get much playing time and was transferred to strong safety in 1971, where he had six interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Before joining Kansas City in 1972, Keyes had two interceptions in 14 starts. Leroy Keyes retired from the NFL in 1973 with the Kansas City Chiefs.
After an injury ended his NFL career, Leroy Keyes worked for the School District of Philadelphia as a desegregation specialist for 16 years before becoming the assistant athletic director for the Purdue Boilermakers, Purdue University's official intercollegiate athletics teams.
As part of Purdue football's 100th anniversary celebrations in 1987, Leroy Keyes was named the All-Time Greatest Player in the program's history. In 1990, Keyes was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Cause of death: congestive heart failure and a cancer recurrence.
English actress Helen McCrory (born Helen Elizabeth McCrory), star of Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter, has died of cancer at her home in London, her husband, actor Damian Lewis announced.
McCrory, who was born in London to a Welsh mother and a Scottish father, studied acting at the Drama Centre before spending a year in Italy. In 2006 and 2010, she starred as Cherie Blair in Peter Morgan's films The Queen and The Special Relationship.
She also starred in the James Bond film Skyfall as Narcissa Malfoy. She starred as Polly Gray, the Shelbys' matriarch, in the BBC's period mystery drama Peaky Blinders, and she also appeared in Doctor Who, Inside No 9, His Dark Materials, and Penny Dreadful. Peaky Blinders started shooting the sixth season this year, with McCrory set to reprise her role in the upcoming series, which will air later in 2021.
She played Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine in Charles II: The Power and the Passion (2003), as well as supporting roles in films including Interview with the Vampire (1994), Charlotte Gray (2001), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), and Casanova (2002). (2005). She played Cherie Blair in Peter Morgan's follow-up film The Special Relationship, which she reprised (2010).
She starred in two miniseries last year: "Roadkill," a Masterpiece production in which she played the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom opposite Hugh Laurie, and "Quiz," a fact-based thriller about the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" controversy.
McCrory married Damian Lewis, an English actor, presenter, and producer, on July 4, 2007, and the couple has a daughter named Manon and a son named Gulliver. Their primary residence was in Tufnell Park, in the London boroughs of Islington and Camden, and a secondary residence was in Sudbury, in the English county of Suffolk.
In the 2017 New Year Honours, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama and contributions to the arts.
Cause of death: Cancer