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Clyde Bellecourt, 85, a Native American civil rights leader and founder of the American Indian Movement, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Minneapolis. The American Indian Movement, which started as a local organization in Minneapolis in 1968, grew into a national force, leading protests throughout the 1970s, including the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1973.
Maria Ewing, 71, a soprano and mezzo-soprano known for intense performances who became the wife of director Peter Hall and mother of actor and director Rebecca Hall, died January 9 at her Detroit home. Ewing made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1976 in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and sang 96 Met performances until her finale as Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck in 1997.
Bob Saget, 65, a Jekyll Hyde comedian who happily transitioned from the sane to the mundane, gave fatherly advice on “Full House,” hosted the family-friendly clip show “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and told some of the dirtiest jokes imaginable stand-up sets and cable TV specials, was found dead in Orlando on January 9. The cause was not known, but the local police statement said detectives found “no evidence of foul play or drug use.”
Dwayne Hickman, 87, the affable, apple-cheeked actor whose starring role on the acclaimed sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis would haunt him for more than half a century, died January 9 in Los Angeles. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Marilyn Bergman, 93, the Oscar-winning lyricist who worked with husband Alan Bergman on The Way We Were, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?, The Windmills of Your Mind and hundreds of other songs, died in her lot Angeles home January 8th. She died of respiratory failure unrelated to COVID-19. Her husband was at her bedside when she died.
The Bergmans, who married in 1958, were among the most enduring, successful and prolific songwriting partnerships, specializing in introspective ballads for film, television and the stage that combined the romance of Tin Pan Alley with the glitz of contemporary pop.
Andrew Jennings, 78, a leading British investigative journalist who uncovered multimillion-dollar vice and bribery in the upper echelons of two of the world’s largest sporting bodies – the International Olympic Committee and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association – died on January 8 at a hospital in Carlisle. near his home in North West England. The cause was an aortic aneurysm.
Jennings was memorably scruffy, with a scruffy style of dress that made wrinkled TV detective Columbo look suave, yet was considered one of the finest investigative reporters of his generation. The Washington Post once described Jennings, whose reporting also targeted London police and the Italian mafia, as a combination of Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein curled up with “a hint of Scottish burdock and lots of flannel.”
louis simpsons, 85, who helped pick stocks for famed investor Warren Buffett as part of a career in finance that spanned more than 50 years, died in Chicago on Jan. 8 after a prolonged illness. In his 2004 letter to Berkshire shareholders, Buffett included a section titled “Portrait of a Disciplined Investor,” in which he said Simpson’s selection has yielded a 20% compound annual return since 1980, compared to 14 % for the S&P 500 Index.
Michael Parks, 78, the former top editor of the Los Angeles Times who spent 25 years as a foreign correspondent and received a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the fight against apartheid in South Africa, died of kidney failure and a heart attack at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California. Jan. 8, after suddenly falling ill at home earlier in the day, his son Christopher Parks told the Los Angeles Times.
Michael Lang, 77, co-founder and promoter of the 1969 Woodstock music festival that served as a touchstone for generations of music fans, died January 8 in New York of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Along with his partners Artie Kornfeld, John Roberts and Joel Rosenman, Lang put together the festival, which has been billed as “three days of peace and music” and drew around 400,000 people to the hamlet of Bethel, about 50 miles northwest of New York City Located on land owned by Farmer Max Yasgur for iconic performances by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, The Who and Jefferson Airplane. The bushy-haired Lang features in Michael Wadleigh’s 1970 documentary film, which chronicled the festival.
CalvinSimon, 79, singer and founding member of influential cross-genre music collective Parliament-Funkadelic, died on January 6. His death was announced on George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic’s official Facebook page, which wrote: “Fly on Calvin!” Simon, whose cause of death has not been released, was a member of the 1950s doo-wop band The Parliaments , which became part of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective.
dr Beatrice Mintz, 100, a cancer researcher whose many groundbreaking discoveries included the pivotal finding that certain cancer cells could be tamed through contact with normal neighboring cells without the use of harsh treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, died Jan. 3 at her home in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania , near Philadelphia.
Judith Davidoff, 94, who trained as a cellist and later mastered a range of stringed instruments not widely played for centuries, notably the cello-like viola da gamba, and became a leading proponent and player of early music, died December 19 at home in New York. At 7 she began studying music, at 18 she performed as a cellist with the Boston Pops. She studied at Radcliffe College and the Longy School of Music and earned a soloist diploma.