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Liz Claiborne, fashion designerJoel Siegel, longtime movie critic on TVMajzoub al-Khalifa, Sudanese presidential adviserByron M. Baer, former NJ legislatorPhilip Baloun, NYC party plannerInez J. Baskin, civil rights journalistChris Benoit, pro wrestler, son Daniel, and wife NancyJimmy Bland, terminally ill Oklahoma killerAlida Bosshardt, Dutch Salvation Army workerTina L. Brozman, bankruptcy court judgeEdouard Brunner, former UN mediatorLaura Buonpastore, aspiring singerFrank Welsh Burke Sr., former US congressmanSeth Cook, teen with rare disease, progeria (premature aging)Mahasti Dadehbala, Iranian pop singerMoshe Decter, Jewish writer and activistRamiz Delalic, Bosnian Muslim warlordJupp Derwall, German soccer coachRear Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey, WWII submarine commanderJohn (“Jack’’) Flynt Jr., former US congressmanIke Hagen, ND politicianJohn Hansl, German immigrant, a former Nazi camp guardHarry B. Henshel, former head of Bulova Watch Co.John Hightower, Georgia killerBobby Hussey, college basketball coachWilliam Hutt, classical Canadian actorJoerg Kalt, German cinematographerBruce R. Kennedy, former Alaska Airlines CEORabbi Abraham J. Klausner, first US Army Jewish chaplain to visit Dachau after its liberationPatrick Knight, Texas killerCharles W. Lindberg, Iwo Jima MarineJimmy Marks, Gypsy civil rights leaderAshraf Marwan, son-in-law of late Egyptian presidentGeorge McCorkle, songwriterKiichi Miyazawa, former Japanese prime ministerBill Moss, founder of gospel groupEmilio Ochoa, former Cuban politicianSilas H. Rhodes, cofounder of NYC art schoolNatasja Saad, Danish rapperFred T. Saberhagen, sci-fi writerPam Smith, women's basketball coachRalph Stayer, founder of Johnsonville Sausage Co.Robert E. Sweeney, former US congressmanCarlo Ventre, Italian murdererNina Vyroubova, postwar France’s leading ballerinaHunter Ward, rock guitaristEdward Yang, award-winning Taiwanese film director

Art and Literature

Silas H. Rhodes (91) cofounder of a trade school for cartoonists and illustrators in Manhattan that he built into the School of Visual Arts, one of the nation's most important colleges for art and design. Rhodes and illustrator Burne Hogarth, perhaps best known for drawing the "Tarzan of the Apes" comic strip for many years, founded the Cartoonists & Illustrators School in 1947, primarily to serve returning World War II veterans. Rhodes died in his sleep in Katonah, New York on June 27, 2007.

Fred T. Saberhagen (77) science fiction and fantasy writer best known for his Berserker series about intelligent machines out to destroy the human race. Saberhagen’s book Berserker (1967), a collection of stories about giant warships invading with the intent to destroy all life, was the springboard for what became a long and popular series. He died of prostate cancer in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 29, 2007.

Business and Science

Philip Baloun (61) considered one of America's preeminent party planners, whose art combined in equal measure the skills of a florist, theater designer, engineer, sorcerer, and psychotherapist. Baloun's prices started around $30,000—that for a simple affair for which he provided flowers and décor. He died of pancreatic cancer in New York City on June 28, 2007.

Liz Claiborne (78) fashion designer whose styles became a cornerstone of career women's wardrobes in the '70s and '80s. Claiborne's brand emphasized ensemble sportswear, quality, and keeping the price tag below that of other designers. She died after suffering from cancer for several years, in New York City on June 26, 2007.

Harry B. Henshel (88) last member of the Bulova family to head its high-end watch company. Bulova Watch Co. Inc. was started as a jewelry store by Henshel's grandfather, Joseph Bulova, in New York City in 1875. It was under Henshel's tenure that the company released the Accutron watch, a ground-breaking battery-powered timepiece that used a tuning fork as the timing mechanism to achieve greater accuracy. He died in Scarsdale, New York on June 29, 2007.

Bruce R. Kennedy (68) former Alaska Airlines chief executive (1979-91) who led the company's expansion as an international carrier before stepping down. Kennedy was credited with expanding Alaska's routes in the western US and to Mexico, and with developing its Horizon Air subsidiary. He was killed when his single-engine Cessna 182 crashed while trying to land in Cashmere, Washington on June 28, 2007.

Ralph F. Stayer (92) founder of a Wisconsin sausage company that helped to popularize bratwurst in the US. Stayer bought a butcher shop in 1945 and turned it into the million-dollar Johnsonville Sausage Company. Its brats are sold seasonally at some 4,000 McDonald’s nationwide and in 16 NFL stadiums. Stayer died in his sleep in Naples, Florida on June 24, 2007.

News and Entertainment

Inez J. Baskin (91) journalist and civil rights supporter who covered the Montgomery bus boycott for black readers locally and nationally. Baskin was a reporter for the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser's "Negro News" section. She died of an internal ailment in Montgomery, Alabama on June 28, 2007.

Chris Benoit (40) Canadian professional wrestler who performed in Extreme Championship Wrestling (1994), World Championship Wrestling (1995-97), and World Wrestling Entertainment (2000-01). Benoit made his WWE debut in 2000, after stints with ECW and WCW, and was at one time world heavyweight, world tag team, and intercontinental champion. He was found dead along with his wife, Nancy Daus-Benoit* (43), and their son Daniel (7) at their suburban Atlanta, Georgia home on June 25, 2007. Investigators believed Benoit strangled his wife and smothered their son, then hanged himself in an apparent murder-suicide. Steroid abuse was suspected, but medical experts later blamed extensive brain damage caused by the violence of his profession. Benoit had sustained several concussions during his years of professional wrestling.*Daus-Benoit was a professional wrestling valet and manager in Jim Crockett Promotions, Extreme Championship Wrestling, and World Championship Wrestling. She made her wrestling debut in 1984 under the names Woman and Fallen Angel before she managed other professional wrestlers, such as Kevin Sullivan, Butch Reed, Sandman, and many others. She married Canadian WWE wrestler Chris Benoit in 2000.

Laura Buonpastore (14) aspiring singer who went by the stage name Laura Brooke and performed her blend of folk, alternative, and blues on the children's stages at SunFest and at the South Florida Fair. Buonpastore recently was featured in a local magazine and on educational TV for her songwriting and was planning to record her first CD this summer. She was killed in a car accident in Miami, Florida on June 30, 2007.

Mahasti Dadehbala (60) Iranian pop and classical singer, a veteran celebrity of Iran’s Golden Years of Music, who had sung more than 400 songs and contributed more than 200 music albums with other Persian singers for over 35 years of top performances on the Persian pop music scene. Dadehbala was also a sister of the late Persian pop legend Hayedeh (d. 1990). She died after a long battle with colon cancer in Santa Rosa, California on June 25, 2007.

William Hutt (87) widely regarded as one of Canada's finest classical actors and a founding member at the Stratford Festival for almost 40 years. Hutt was involved in 130 productions as either an actor or director. He died of leukemia in Stratford, Ontario, Canada on June 27, 2007.

Joerg Kalt (40) French-born German cinematographer whose works established him on the German-speaking avant garde scene. Perhaps best known for Crash Test Dummies (2007)—the adventures of a luckless young Romanian couple in Vienna—Kalt had established a following even before that feature film premiered in May in Germany after prize-winning festival showings. Kalt killed himself in Vienna, Austria over the weekend of June 30-July 1, 2007.

George McCorkle (60) founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band who wrote the Southern rock favorite, "Fire on the Mountain," which became the Tucker Band's first Top 40 hit single and remains one of the most popular songs in Southern rock. McCorkle had recently been diagnosed with cancer. He died in Lebanon, Tennessee, about 35 miles east of Nashville, on June 29, 2007.

Bill Moss (76) founder of the gospel group The Celestials and father of current hit gospel singer-songwriters J Moss and Bill Moss Jr. Bill Moss last performed in March 2007 in Nashville, Tennesee before emphysema forced him into the hospital. He died in Detroit, Michigan on June 25, 2007.

Natasja Saad (32) Danish rapper known as Little T who had won the Irie FM’s influential Big Break contest in Jamaica in 2006 and had recorded her debut album Release (2004). Saad had been touring and traveling with other artists, such as Queen Latifa, Tribe Called Quest, Massive Attack, Ninja Man, and Lexxus. She was killed in a car accident in Kingston, Jamaica on June 24, 2007.

Joel Siegel (63) longtime movie critic on ABC-TV's Good Morning America, famous for his weekly, often humorous reviews. Siegel was known for his sense of humor, movie acumen, and sharp judgment. A Los Angeles native, he landed in New York City in 1972 and worked as a reporter for WCBS-TV. He also hosted Joel Siegel's New York on WCBS Radio. In 1976 he jumped to WABC, cementing his reputation as a film critic over the next 30 years. In 1981, he joined Good Morning America and became a regular as the network's entertainment editor, easily recognizable by his thick mustache and glasses. He died of colon cancer in New York City on June 29, 2007.

Nina Vyroubova (86) Crimean-born leading ballerina in postwar France who brought a romantic temperament and a classical silhouette to the Paris Opera Ballet, to Roland Petit’s first company, and other troupes. Vyroubova died three weeks after her 86th birthday, in Paris, France on June 25, 2007.

Hunter Ward (26) guitarist of the Houston-based indie punk band The Poor Dumb Bastards. The band had won the Houston Press Music Awards twice and Best Punk Band of Houston in 2007. Ward was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in Montrose, Texas on June 30, 2007.

Edward Yang (59) Taiwanese film director who won the best director award in 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival for Yi Yi (A One and a Two), about a Taiwanese family that copes with the serious illness of their elderly mother. Yang was known for his realistic portrayals of modern Taiwan. He died of colon cancer in Beverly Hills, California on June 29, 2007.

Politics and Military

Majzoub al-Khalifa (55) top Sudanese presidential adviser who played a key role in Darfur peace negotiations in 2006. Al-Khalifa was driving to his home village of Khawad with his brother when their car flipped over. Both brothers died of their injuries near the northern Sudan town of Shendi,on June 27, 2007.

Byron M. Baer (77) longtime proponent of open government and a champion of the underdog who served in the New Jersey Legislature for more than 30 years. Baer was a Democrat who represented Bergen County. He served 11 terms in the Assembly (1972-94), then was elected to four terms in the Senate. He died of congestive heart failure in Englewood, New Jersey on June 24, 2007.

Edouard Brunner (75) former United Nations mediator in the Middle East and Georgia-Abkhazia conflicts who labeled British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher "vindictive’’ over the Falklands. Brunner said in his 2002 memoirs that Thatcher personally sank talks on restoring British ties with a newly democratic Argentina after the Falklands war. He died near Lake Geneva, Switzerland on June 24, 2007.

Frank Welsh Burke Sr. (87) former US congressman (D-Ky.), state representative, and Louisville mayor. Burke was remembered as a public servant who pushed to integrate city government and supported labor unions. He died in Louisville, Kentucky on June 29, 2007.

Rear Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey (93) one of the Navy's top submarine commanders in World War II and a Medal of Honor winner. Fluckey sank 29 ships, including an aircraft carrier, and members of his crew once blew up a Japanese troop transport train on shore. He died of Alzheimer's disease in Annapolis, Maryland on June 28, 2007.

John ("Jack") Flynt Jr. (92) former 12-term US congressman (D-Ga.) who in the ’70s twice defeated political newcomer Newt Gingrich. Part of the Democrat establishment when that party dominated Southern politics, Flynt served in Congress (1954-79) until his retirement. He died in Griffin, Georgia on June 24, 2007.

Orville ("Ike") Hagen (91) former North Dakota lieutenant governor and state labor commissioner. Hagen was lieutenant governor (1961-62) under Gov. William Guy, when that position was elected separately. He died in Watford City, North Dakota on June 24, 2007.

John Hansl (82) German immigrant whose US citizenship was revoked because he was a Nazi concentration camp guard during World War II. Hansl maintained that he committed no atrocities during his service as a guard at concentration camps at Sachsenhausen near Berlin in 1943 and Natzweiler in France in '44. He came to the US in 1955 and became a citizen in '60, but a federal judge revoked his citizenship in April 2005, ruling that his conduct as a guard proved he advocated or assisted in persecution. Hansl's appeal was denied, but he died of congestive heart failure before he could be deported, in Des Moines, Iowa on June 29, 2007.

Charles W. Lindberg (86) one of the US Marines who raised the first American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II. Lindberg spent decades explaining that it was his patrol, not the servicemen captured in the famous Associated Press photograph by Joe Rosenthal, that raised the first flag as US forces fought to take the Japanese island. He died in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, Minnesota on June 24, 2007.

Ashraf Marwan (62) controversial son-in-law of Egypt's late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, suspected of being a double agent for Israel during the 1973 war. Initial indications suggested that Marwan fell from his apartment balcony in the St. James Park neighborhood of London, England on June 27, 2007.

Kiichi Miyazawa (87) former Japanese prime minister (1991Ð93) and holder of many other top government posts who helped to guide Japan from postwar ruin to economic superpower. Miyazawa died in Tokyo, Japan on June 28, 2007.

Emilio Ochoa (99) believed to be the last remaining signer of Cuba's 1940 constitution. Ochoa was elected a senator in 1940 and served until '48. In 1960, he fled Cuba but returned to the island in '61, hoping that Cuba's '40 constitution would be revived after the Bay of Pigs invasion. He left Cuba for good in the early '60s and lived in Venezuela, Nebraska, and Illinois before moving to Miami in 1972. He died of cardiac arrest in Miami, Florida on June 27, 2007.

Robert E. Sweeney (82) former US congressman (D-Ohio, 1965-67) and candidate for Ohio attorney general. Sweeney was twice the Democrat nominee for that office (1962, '66), losing both times to Republican William Saxbe, who later served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Sweeney died after battling numerous illnesses that began with a heart attack in 1999, in Gates Mills, Ohio on June 30, 2007.

Society and Religion

Jimmy Bland (49) Oklahoma man convicted of the 1996 murder of his employer Doyle Windle Rains (62), who was shot in the back of the head. Bland's attorney had asked the US Supreme Court to block his execution because he was terminally ill with advanced lung cancer and doctors said he had as little as six months to live. He was executed by lethal injection in McAlester, Oklahoma on June 26, 2007.

Alida Bosshardt (94) Dutch woman who spent more than 50 years working for the Salvation Army and established a center in Amsterdam’s red light district for prostitutes and drug addicts. Bosshardt joined the Salvation Army in 1934 and established a "good-will’’ center that eventually became a place where troubled people—prostitutes and their children, the homeless, and drug addicts—came for shelter and social services. She died in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on June 25, 2007.

Tina L. Brozman (54) former chief judge of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, whose work helped to change international bankruptcy law. Brozman handed down rulings that had a lasting effect on how the government dealt with bankruptcies involving multinational corporations. She died of ovarian cancer in New York City on June 26, 2007.

Seth Cook (13) Washington state teen who captured hearts all over the world, suffering from progeria, a rare disorder that causes accelerated aging. Cook was featured on NBC’s Dateline in February 2006 and was able to attend the annual reunions of children with progeria hosted by the Sunshine Foundation, a Pennsylvania-based wish-granting organization for seriously ill children. He died of a heart attack as a result of the disease, in Darrington, Washington on June 25, 2007.

Moshe Decter (85) writer and activist with a lifetime of devotion to Israel and Jewish causes who organized the first American conference on Soviet Jewry in October 1963. Decter wrote and edited for various publications, concentrating on Jewish topics, and held leadership posts in Jewish organizations. He died of congestive heart failure in New York City on June 28, 2007.

Ramiz Delalic (44) one of Bosnia's most notorious former Muslim warlords, who stood trial before a local court for the March 1992 killing of a man during a Serb wedding in old Sarajevo, an episode many Serbs say triggered the 1992-95 war. Delalic was also one of several underworld figures who helped to defend Sarajevo against former Yugoslav army and Bosnian Serb forces but then ran racketeering and extortion rings that may have detained, beaten, or even killed Serb civilians. He was gunned down at the entrance to his apartment building in Sarajevo, Bosnia on June 27, 2007.

John Hightower (63) Georgia man convicted of fatally shooting his wife, Dorothy Hightower (41), and his stepdaughters, Evelyn (19) and Sandra Reaves (22), at their Baldwin County home in 1987. Hightower admitted he had been having marital and drug problems just hours before he entered the home and started shooting. He was executed by lethal injection in Jackson, Georgia on June 26, 2007.

Rabbi Abraham J. Klausner (92) first Jewish chaplain in the US Army to arrive at the Dachau concentration camp after its liberation in 1945 and a strong voice for thousands of Holocaust survivors who remained in displaced persons camps for years after the war. Klausner was leader of Temple Emanu-El in Yonkers, New York, a Reform congregation (1954-89), until his retirement. He died of Parkinson's disease in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 28, 2007.

Patrick Knight (39) Texas man sentenced to death for the murder of an Amarillo-area couple, Walter Werner (58) and his wife Mary Ann (56), both abducted from their home and later fatally shot in the head execution-style near their home in 1991. Knight was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on June 26, 2007.

Jimmy Marks (62) nationally known Gypsy civil rights leader whose family was featured in the PBS-TV documentary American Gypsy. Marks became famous in 1986 when police raided his home and his father's, looking for stolen items; they found $1.6 million in cash and $160,000 in jewelry. But courts later ruled those raids were illegal—the police searched family members not under investigation—and in 1997 the city agreed to pay the family $1.43 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit. Marks had been in critical condition since June 22, when he suffered a heart attack at his dentist's office. He died in Spokane, Washington on June 27, 2007.

Carlo Ventre (59) Italian man charged with killing his American girlfriend, Toni Dykstra (29), at her apartment in 1998 after he kidnapped her daughter. Ventre was sentenced to nearly a year in prison but was held without bond in the US while he fought extradition back to his native Italy in 2005 shortly after his appeals were dropped. Ventre collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack on the stand while testifying in court in Rome, Italy on June 25, 2007.


Jupp Derwall (80) coach who led Germany’s soccer team to the European title in 1980 and a runner-up finish at the ’82 World Cup. Derwall had a record of 45 wins, 11 losses, and 11 defeats as Germany’s coach. His run of 23 games without defeat is still a record. He died in Frankfurt, Germanyon June 26, 2007.

Bobby Hussey (67) former head basketball coach at Virginia Tech and Davidson. Hussey won 310 games in his coaching career, including 179 at Belmont Abbey, where he worked for 10 seasons. He died in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 26, 2007.

Pam Smith (47) Wittenberg University's most successful women's basketball coach. In 21 seasons at her alma mater, Smith had a 401-170 record and led Wittenberg to seven NCAC conference tournament championships and eight NCAA Division III tournament appearances. She died of cancer in Springfield, Ohio on June 26, 2007.

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