Passages: notable deaths
The week's notable deaths.
Angelo Dundee, 90, the boxing trainer who ran Muhammad Ali's corner from his professional debut as Cassius Clay through the epic bouts that made him a three-time heavyweight champion, died in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday.
Don Cornelius, 75, the producer and television host who created the dance show "Soul Train," was found shot in his Los Angeles home Wednesday in what appears to be a suicide, the Los Angeles Police Department and the county coroner's office said.
Mike Kelley, 57, the daring and influential contemporary-installation artist who counted the band Sonic Youth and artist Paul McCarthy among his collaborators, died Wednesday in Pasadena, Calif., police said. According to police he had committed suicide.
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, 88, who was retired, died in Wynnewood, Penn., Wednesday after battling dementia and an undisclosed form of cancer. He had been the leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1988-2003. He was sharply criticized but never charged by two Philadelphia grand juries investigating child sex-abuse complaints lodged against dozens of priests in the archdiocese.
Jimmie Begay, 86, a Navajo code talker from Sawmill, Ariz., died Wednesday after a fall. He was one of about 420 Navajos trained to transmit messages in a code based on the then-unwritten Navajo language. The code talkers sent thousands of messages without error on Japanese troop movements, battlefield tactics and other communications, helping to win World War II.
Robert B. Cohen, 86, who built the Hudson News chain of newsstands, died Wednesday at his home in Palm Beach, Fla.
Wislawa Szymborska, 88, Poland's 1996 Nobel Prize-winning poet whose simple words and playful verse plucked threads of irony and empathy out of life, died of lung cancer Wednesday at her home in Krakow.
Cleveland Donald Jr., 65, the second black graduate of the University of Mississippi, died Jan. 26 of natural causes at his home in New Milford, Conn. He enrolled at Ole Miss in 1964 and graduated in 1966 with a history degree. Along with James Meredith and another person, he entered Ole Miss under a federal protection order.
John D. Lowry, 79, an entertainment-technology innovator who founded Lowry Digital Images, the movie-restoration company in Burbank, Calif., that worked its magic by returning film classics such as "Casablanca" and "Star Wars" to their pristine state for DVD release, died. Jan. 21 at his home in Camarillo, Calif., The cause of death is unknown.
Camilla Williams, 92, believed to be the first African-American woman to appear with a major U.S. opera company, died last Sunday at her home in Bloomington, Ind., of complications from cancer. Her debut with the New York City Opera on May 15, 1946, was thought to make her the first African-American woman to appear with a major U.S. opera company.