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Tony Adams, Vermont TV sports anchorPhilip W. Anderson, Princeton physicistAnne Bass, arts patronBeryl Bernay, versatile performer, photographer, and journalistLorena Borjas, transgender activistPatricia Bosworth, right, actress and biographer, with Audrey Hepburn in 'The Nun's Story'Zev Buffman, theater producerRafael Callejas, former president of Honduras and later its soccer federationDon Campbell, inventor of 'locking' hip-hop dance styleArianne Caoili, international chess masterIrena Chalmers, author of cookbooksVery Rev. Antonio Checo, priest at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Queens, NYSam Clayton Jr., Jamaican sound engineer and recording producerMichael C. Cooper, film-flam manTom Dempsey, football kickerTomie dePaola, children's author and illustratorRichard di Liberto, museum photographerSteven Dick, Scottish diplomatJoe Diffie, country singerPape Diouf, former president of French soccer clubDavid Driskell, authority on black artJudy Drucker, south Florida impresarioKevin Thomas Duffy, US federal judge in NYCIra Einhorn, hippie guru who murdered girlfriend Holly MadduxEd Farmer, White Sox player and broadcasterGet Farrell, educatorRear Adm. Edward L. Feightner, WWII US Navy air aceLila Fenwick, first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law SchoolAnita Fial, home economist and marketing expertDr. William Frankland, British allergistDr. Richard Friedman, psychoanalyst who studied homosexualityJosé Maria Galante, Spaniard tortured by Franco's policeManolis Glezos, Greek WWII resistance heroRafael Gomez Nieto, last Spanish soldier who helped to liberate Paris in WWIIHenry C. Gonzalez, first Latino elected to public office in South Gate, Calif.Dr. James T. Goodrich, pediatric neurosurgeonJeff Grosso, skateboarding starNur Hassan Hussein, Somalian politicianWalentyna Janta-Polczynska, Polish patriotLouis Johnson, dancer and choreographerAlby Kass, California resort owner and amateur singerVincent J. Lionti, Metropolitan Opera violist and Youth Symphony conductorEllis Marsalis Jr., jazz pianist and patriarch of New Orleans musical familyLeila Menchari, Paris window dresserAlan Merrill, guitarist and singerCristina, cult singerRev. Joseph A. O'Hare Jr., longest-serving president of Fordham UniversityRichard Passman, aeronautical engineerKrzysztof Penderecki, Polish conductor and classical composerAlbert Petrocelli, former NYFD battalion chiefBucky Pizzarelli, jazz guitaristGita Ramjee, leading AIDS researcherWallace Roney 3rd, jazz trumpeterSergio Rossi, Italian shoe designerSandra Santos-Vizcaino, first NYC public school teacher to die of coronavirusAdam Schlesinger, Emmy- and Grammy-winning musician and songwriterDavid Schramm, actor on 'Wings'Ken Shimura, Japanese comedianVictor Screbneski, advertising photographerHarland Svare, NY Giants linebacker and LA Rams coachCheryl A. Wall, Rutgers professorAlbert K. Webster, former managing director of NY PhilharmonicBill Withers, singer and songwriter

Art and Literature

Anne Bass (78) arts patron who helped to raise the profile of ballet in the US. Bass was well established in Fort Worth before she made her name in New York and before her much-publicized divorce from oilman Sid Bass in the ‘80s. Her other interests included gardening and architecture. Her country estate in northwest Connecticut, in Kent, covers about 1,000 acres. Bass remained best known as a champion of New York City Ballet and its school, where she was a board member from 1980–2005. She died of ovarian cancer in New York City on April 1, 2020.

Tomie dePaola (85) children’s author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy. DePaola worked on over 270 books in more than 50 years of publishing, and nearly 25 million copies have been sold worldwide; his books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Strega Nona, his most endearing character, originated as a doodle at a dull faculty meeting at Colby Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, where DePaola was a member of the theater department. The first tale was based on one of his favorite stories as a child, about a pot that keeps producing porridge. Strega Nona: An Original Tale, which came out in 1975, was a Caldecott finalist for best illustrated work. Other books in the series include Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons and Strega Nona Meets Her Match. DePaola was badly injured in a fall last week and died of complications after surgery in Lebanon, New Hampshire on March 30, 2020.

Richard di Liberto (82) as chief of photography at the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Di Liberto was one of the “upstairs” employees—the curators, conservators, and administrators who run the museum. His photos of the Frick Collection’s artworks illustrate books and catalogues and helped to create the museum’s visual identity. He died of Covid-19 in Manhasset, New York on April 1, 2020.

David Driskell (88) one of the US’s most influential black artists and a leading authority on black art. Driskell was a multimedia artist who used the trees around his Falmouth, Maine cabin as a feature in his work. He went to Maine in the ‘50s to study at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, part of a wave of artists who came to the state from New York. He later wrote several books and more than 40 catalogues and curated ”Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750–1950” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the ‘70s. The show was pivotal in paving the way for the study of black art history. Driskell died in Hyattsville, Maryland on April 1, 2020.

Greg Farrell (84) educator who applied the self-confidence and teamwork forged by Outward Bound wilderness expeditions to teaching literacy and other programs in the nation’s public schools. Farrell was founding president and chief executive of EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning Schools), a partnership begun in 1992 by Outward BoundUSA and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. EL Education partners with hundreds of schools in 35 states to improve curricula, coach teachers, and provide other support to prepare mostly underprivileged students for college and careers. Farrell was also a founding board member of New York City Outward Bound Schools in 1987. He was the original executive director of the Fund for the City of New York, from 1970–90, a philanthropy established by the Ford Foundation to encourage innovation in a municipal government hide-bound by bureaucracy. Farrell died of acute myeloid leukemia in New York City on March 29, 2020.

Leila Menchari (93) for more than 50 years, window dresser Menchari transformed the windows of the Hermès flagship store in Paris into exotic worlds that allowed any passer-by, even for just a minute, free access to the fantasies of a luxury brand. She built enormous winged feet and spinning meteorites and embedded a sparkling Pegasus within a jeweled geode. She brought in artists to lend their visions to the displays. In the process she elevated the store window into an art form. Her windows at 42 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the store’s address, became so famous that the Grand Palais in Paris in 2017 held an exhibit devoted to her work, “Hermès Takes Flight: The Worlds of Leïla Menchari.” Menchari died of the coronavirus in Paris, France on April 4, 2020.

Victor Skrebneski (90) photographer whose striking photographs of celebrities and models including Cindy Crawford, Bette Davis, and Orson Welles were a fixture of advertising campaigns and gallery shows for more than 50 years. Skrebneski first became well known for photographing a print advertising campaign for Estée Lauder, a contract he landed in 1962. “The Estée Lauder woman,” as the campaign came to be known, ran for years in glossy magazines and featured a series of models shot by Skrebneski, often in settings that suggested old money and refined taste. Later he began drawing acclaim for his celebrity portraits. The black turtleneck became his signature: he photographed Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Andy Warhol, and many others wearing one. Skrebneski died of cancer in Chicago, Illinois on April 4, 2020.


Business and Science

Philip W. Anderson (96) physics professor at Princeton University whose explorations of electronic behavior in solid materials like glass, crystals, and alloys led to a 1977 Nobel Prize and deepened science’s understanding of magnetism, superconductivity, and the structure of matter. Much of Anderson’s most influential work concentrated on randomly structured, or “disordered,” materials that lack the regular crystalline composition of most matter. He was especially interested in the behavior of electrons within those disordered materials, which include certain kinds of semiconductors. In 1958 he published a paper in which he showed how electrons in disordered materials can either move freely or become fixed in a specific position, as if stuck in glue, depending on the degree of disorder. His finding of how electrons behave when trapped, or localized, became known as Anderson localization and was later extended to the properties of light and sound waves. Anderson died in Princeton, New Jersey on March 29, 2020.

Irena Chalmers (84) in the late ‘60s, well before the era of celebrity chefs and the flood of cooking shows, Chalmers found herself stuck with six fondue pots at La Bonne Femme, the cooking school and specialty food shop she had opened in Greensboro, North Carolina. At the time, few in that small Southern city had heard of fondue. So to promote the dish, Chalmers wrote a slim volume of recipes called Fondue Cook-In. It worked; the pots sold, and the book was the first of more than 100 titles she wrote or later published for other cooks, many of whom became well-known cooking authorities. Chalmers also wrote the recipe booklets that came with a wave of new products, like the Cuisinart food processor, yogurt makers, microwave ovens, and French Le Creuset cookware. With an ability to market ideas and a sense of what cooks really wanted, she emerged as a spotter of talent and created a book packaging company. Chalmers died of esophageal cancer in Kingston, New York on April 4, 2020.

Anita Fial (87) home economist and marketing expert who helped to make Florida sweet corn, Mexican mangoes, and avocados staples at green grocers. Fial even helped to revive the demand for radishes and celery. She retired in 2011 as president of Lewis & Neale, a public relations firm that represented food growers and manufacturers. During her tenure the firm came to represent the Florida Tomato Committee, the Florida Fresh Corn Association, the American Mushroom Council, the Dairy Council, and the American Spice Trade Association. Fial died of the coronavirus in New York City on April 2, 2020.

Dr. William Frankland (108) one of the top allergists of the 20th century and a researcher who helped legions of hay fever sneezers by distributing daily pollen counts to the British public. Frankland, among the world’s oldest active scientists, remained vigorous to the end, despite having come close to death several times in his long life. He was born prematurely, weighing just over 3 pounds, and he contracted bovine tuberculosis as a child. Later, while serving in the British Army, he spent years as a malnourished prisoner of war in Japanese camps. He had another brush with death when he used himself in an experiment with a biting insect and had an anaphylaxis reaction. Frankland was best known in professional circles for several groundbreaking clinical studies. In 1954 he proved that pollen proteins were the parts of plants most useful in preseason allergy inoculations, and in ‘55 he debunked the efficacy of treating asthma with bacterial vaccines. He was an early proponent of using allergen injections to desensitize patients with severe allergies and developed immunotherapy serums for hay fever sufferers. He died in London, England on April 2, 2020.

Dr. Richard Friedman (79) in the ‘80s, when marriage and adopting children seemed impossible dreams for gay men, psychoanalyst Friedman became their champion. His 1988 book, Male Homosexuality: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective, showed that sexual orientation was largely biological and presented a case that helped to undermine the belief held by most Freudian analysts at the time that homosexuality was a pathology that could somehow be cured. Although the American Psychiatric Association, the dominant mental health organization in the US, changed its diagnostic manual in 1973 and stopped classifying homosexuality as an illness, psychoanalysts continued to describe it as a perversion, and many believed it could be cured. Using studies of identical twins and theories of developmental psychology, Friedman made a scholarly rather than ideological case that biology rather than upbringing played a significant role in sexual orientation. Suffering from cardiac and metabolic conditions, he died in New York City on March 31, 2020.

Dr. James T. Goodrich (73) pediatric neurosurgeon known for successfully separating conjoined twins in a complicated and rare procedure. Goodrich was thrust into public view when he conducted a series of four operations over nearly a year on Clarence and Carl Aguirre, twins from the Philippines who were joined at the tops of their heads and shared major veins in their brains. Goodrich led a team of surgeons at Montefiore’s Children’s Hospital, and the twins’ story generated headlines and was the subject of TV specials. During the final surgery, in August 2004, the team discovered that the twins’ brains were connected by more brain tissue than they had initially thought, a potentially serious complication. The team decided to continue, and hours later Clarence and Carl lay next to each other, alive and well. Now 18, they had no major complications after the surgery. Goodrich died of the coronavirus in the Bronx, New York on March 30, 2020.

Alby Kass (89) was known for his powerful voice. Kass, who owned the Riverlane Resort along the Russian River north of San Francisco, was also lead singer of a Yiddish folk group, the Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Kass and his wife Wallie combined their love of community service and performance to found the Russian River Jewish Community group and a local choir. They performed often as Tevye and Golde in local productions of Fiddler on the Roof. Kass died of COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus, in San Leandro, California on March 31, 2020.

Richard Passman (94) aeronautical engineer whose career took him through the early stages of supersonic flight, spy satellites, and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Passman was involved in crucial space-age projects, many of them secret—unlike the work of the civilian space program, which made public figures of those who blasted into space and some of those whose work got them there. He joined Bell Aircraft as the company was creating the Bell X-1, the first aircraft to fly faster than the speed of sound, or Mach 1 (about 770 miles per hour). He was chief aerodynamicist on its successor, the X-2, which reached Mach 3. He was aircraft designer for Bell’s X-16, a spy plane, but the government instead chose Lockheed’s U-2. Passman then moved from Bell to General Electric and raised his horizons from aircraft to spacecraft. He was a manager in a part of the company responsible for creating systems that allowed objects sent plunging through the atmosphere to withstand the blazing heat of reentry. He died of the new coronavirus in Silver Spring, Maryland on April 1, 2020.

Gita Ramjee (63) after earning a Ph.D. at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa in 1994 while raising two young children, Ramjee was exhausted. Her thesis had been on kidney diseases in children. She had worked in a pediatrics ward at a local hospital but took a job on a small research project in a different field because it promised a less frantic pace. It was a life-changing choice. The research involved whether a vaginal microbicide was useful against AIDS, then rampant in South Africa. The research put Ramjee in contact with sex workers, who told chilling stories of economic hardship, high-risk behavior, and men who were indifferent to using protection. She became a leading researcher on the AIDS epidemic. She was chief scientific officer at the Aurum Institute in Johannesburg, which battles AIDS and tuberculosis, and had previously been director of the HIV prevention unit at the South African Medical Research Council. Those jobs put her at the forefront of the effort to contain AIDS, especially in eastern and southern Africa, which has long had the highest rate of HIV infection in the world. Ramjee died of the coronavirus in Durban, South Africa on March 31, 2020.

Sergio Rossi (84) as teenagers, Sergio Rossi and his brother, sons of a shoemaker, traveled up and down the Italian Riviera selling shoes in the years after World War II as the country was rebuilding. Sergio joined the family business in the ‘50s and by 1968 had introduced a namesake line, becoming one of the first major figures in the Italian footwear industry. He was part of the generation of Italian artisans who emerged after the war determined to take the country’s expertise in leatherwork and accessories from local family businesses to the world. He was known for his perfectly balanced, often spindly, heels and styles like his signature Godiva stiletto. Rossi died of the coronavirus in Cesena, Italy on April 2, 2020.


Education

Greg Farrell (84) educator who applied the self-confidence and teamwork forged by Outward Bound wilderness expeditions to teaching literacy and other programs in the nation’s public schools. Farrell was founding president and chief executive of EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning Schools), a partnership begun in 1992 by Outward BoundUSA and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. EL Education partners with hundreds of schools in 35 states to improve curricula, coach teachers, and provide other support to prepare mostly underprivileged students for college and careers. Farrell was also a founding board member of New York City Outward Bound Schools in 1987. He was the original executive director of the Fund for the City of New York, from 1970–90, a philanthropy established by the Ford Foundation to encourage innovation in a municipal government hide-bound by bureaucracy. Farrell died of acute myeloid leukemia in New York City on March 29, 2020.

Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare Jr. (89) longest-serving president of Fordham University who transformed it into a national institution and applied the moral rectitude of his clerical collar to civic reform in New York. O’Hare created a core curriculum at Fordham, integrated the campuses at Rose Hill in the Bronx and Lincoln Center in Manhattan, and increased the Jesuit-run university’s endowment more than sevenfold. He oversaw the construction of a $54 million neo-Gothic research library and transformed Fordham into a residential university by building four dormitories (including one now named O’Hare Hall) in the Bronx and a 20-story residence in Manhattan to house another 3,500 students. O’Hare, who served from 1984–2003, was Fordham’s 31st president. He died of liver cancer in the Bronx, New York, on March 29, 2020.

Sandra Santos-Vizcaino (54) for scores of children and parents, being assigned to Santos-Vizcaino’s third-grade classroom at Public School 9 in Brooklyn felt like winning the lottery. She spent four years as one of the most beloved instructors at PS 9, in the Prospect Heights neighborhood, part of her 25-year teaching career in New York City, the country’s largest public school district. The best elementary classroom teachers are able to mix warmth and love with discipline and purpose, and Santos-Vizcaino mastered that balance in spades. She was believed to be the first public-school teacher in New York City to die of the coronavirus, on March 31, 2020.

Cheryl A. Wall (71) author and longtime Rutgers University professor who helped to elevate Zora Neale Hurston and other black women into English literature curricula. In a teaching career of nearly 50 years, Wall championed racial diversity both in the curriculum and the classroom. She encouraged more black students to major in English and to pursue postgraduate degrees and widened the scope of literary scholarship to include black novelists, poets, and nonfiction authors, including essayists, whom she considered central to the black literary tradition. Wall died of an asthma attack in Highland Park, New Jersey on April 4, 2020.


Law

Michael C. Cooper (66) for decades Cooper ran small-time investment and marketing scams in Topeka, Kansas, repeatedly clashing with securities and consumer protection agencies. In 1997, as Senate hearings in Washington were dramatizing supposed abuses of taxpayers by the IRS, Cooper saw an opportunity to profit from public resentment of the tax system—and to move up from a local flim-flam artist to a national one. He launched Renaissance/The Tax People, a tax-avoidance business that ultimately ensnared about 50,000 Americans. His business involved soliciting investors who would pay up to $1,200 plus $100 a month for each “package” of tax-avoidance methods they received, with promises that their income tax obligations would shrivel. A Kansas state judge shut the firm down in 2001, ruling that it was an illegal pyramid scheme that had cost customers and investors at least $84 million. Tried, convicted, and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, Cooper never got out. He died in Leavenworth, Kansas three months after bypass surgery, on April 3, 2020.

Kevin Thomas Duffy (87) federal judge who presided over decades of high-profile trials in Manhattan, including those of mob bosses, radical revolutionaries, and the terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993. Duffy was probably most widely remembered for presiding at the trial of the Islamic militants who were convicted in the 1993 attack on the trade center. He also oversaw another trial in the ‘90s involving an aborted plot to blow up as many as a dozen American airliners over the Pacific Ocean. In the ‘70s he heard a prolonged, contentious case over cleaning up New York City's air, and in the ’90s he presided in an emotional clash over the exclusion of an Irish gay and lesbian group from the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. In handling those and thousands of other criminal and civil matters over almost 40 years, Duffy gained a reputation for being colorful and often controversial in the courtroom, displaying an independent, even defiant streak and delivering unvarnished comments from the bench. He died of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in Greenwich, Connecticut on April 1, 2020.

Ira Einhorn (79) former hippie guru who lived the high life in Europe for years after murdering his ex-girlfriend in Philadelphia in the ‘70s. Einhorn was serving life in prison after being convicted twice—once in absentia—for the murder of Holly Maddux, who disappeared in 1977; 18 months later her remains were found in a locked steamer trunk in the west Philadelphia apartment they shared. Einhorn vanished just before his trial in 1981 and was convicted in absentia in ’93. He was living under assumed names across Europe before he was finally caught in 1997 in a converted windmill in France, where he lived with his Swedish-born wife. He was brought back to the US in 2001 after the French government was assured he would be given a new trial and not face the death penalty. He was convicted again at a high-profile trial in 2002. He acknowledged that Maddux had complained about his womanizing, but he denied killing her and said he was surprised when her remains were found in his closet. He died in a state prison in western Pennsylvania of natural causes unrelated to the COVID-19 virus, on April 3, 2020.

Lila Fenwick (87) when Fenwick was a student at Harvard Law School in the ‘50s, she was doubly invisible. She was a woman, and she was black. Neither of those hurdles stopped her from doing what she wanted to do. In 1956 she was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law, and she became a human rights official at the United Nations, a lawyer in private practice, and a benefactor, establishing, with Dr. Doris Wethers and Dr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette, the Foundation for Research & Education in Sickle Cell Disease. Fenwick had been suffering from dementia before contracting the novel coronavirus. She died in New York City on April 4, 2020.

José Maria Galante (71) Spaniard who gathered evidence of torture and other abuses committed during the Franco dictatorship in Spain. Galante did so for decades, despite an amnesty law passed two years after Franco’s death in 1975 that was designed to help smooth Spain’s return to democracy. Galante, known as Chato, fought particularly hard to bring to trial former members of Franco’s police, including an inspector, Antonio González Pacheco, whom he accused of torturing him and many others. In an interview in 2014, Galante recalled how he had found that his torturer was living near him in central Madrid and explained why he was determined to have the former inspector judged. He continued his crusade even after Spain’s national court rejected an extradition request for the former police inspector, filed by a judge in Argentina who was investigating the case. Galante died of the coronavirus in Madrid, Spain, on March 29, 2020.


News and Entertainment

Beryl Bernay (94) actress, photographer, journalist, and amateur anthropologist. Bernay appeared in several stage shows, including a 1955 production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth in Paris with Helen Hayes and Mary Martin. While there, she photographed artists Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall and wrote an article about them that was published in Harper's Weekly. Between 1962–65, she was the creative force behind All Join Hands, a TV program produced by the United Nations Children’s Fund in which she and her puppet cohosts, Miss Bookworm and Doodle the Travel Bug, narrated a show highlighting different countries. Bernay held several jobs at UN agencies, often as a communications official. In July 1977, she accompanied Margaret Mead as her assistant on the anthropologist’s last field trip to the Balinese mountain village of Bayung Gede. Bernay died of the coronavirus in New York City on March 29, 2020.

Patricia Bosworth (86) actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies of several stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. Bosworth played a nun opposite Hepburn in the 1959 classic The Nun’s Story. She also wrote biographies of actress Jane Fonda and photographer Diane Arbus, who once photographed Bosworth in a Greyhound bus ad. Her biography of Arbus was the basis for the 2006 film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, which starred Nicole Kidman. Bosworth studied acting at the Actors Studio alongside Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and Fonda. She worked on Broadway and appeared on TV shows including Naked City and The Patty Duke Show. She turned her attention from acting to focus on a career in journalism as a successful editor and writer for New York magazine and was an editor for several publications including Screen Stars and McCall’s. She also wrote about her own life in The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love & Art in 1950s Manhattan (2017). Bosworth died of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus in New York City on April 2, 2020.

Zev Buffman (89) Israeli-born impresario whose fascination with show business began in childhood. After playing minor roles in films, Buffman turned to producing in the late ‘50s. He produced or coproduced dozens of shows on Broadway until 2009, among them Jimmy Shine (1968), a comedy starring Dustin Hoffman, and revivals of Peter Pan, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, and A View from the Bridge. His last Broadway credit was as one of many producers of a revival of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Buffman died of pancreatic cancer in Seattle, Washington on March 31, 2020.

Don Campbell (69) invented locking, a style that eventually permeated hip-hop dance, because he had a hard time doing the robot. Campbell was practicing it with friends in his college cafeteria in 1970 when he forgot the next step. He locked his joints and froze for an instant, accentuating the dance and captivating his spectators. That move became the cornerstone of Campbellocking, later shortened to locking, a form of dance that led to popping, b-boying, and other styles often collected under the label hip-hop. Campbell later formed a dance troupe, the Lockers, which performed in support of artists like Sammy Davis Jr. and Parliament-Funkadelic, and on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, The Carol Burnett Show, and Saturday Night Live. Moves like those he pioneered have since appeared in dance routines by Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, ’NSync, the Backstreet Boys, and many others. Campbell died of cardiac arrest in Santa Clarita, California on March 30, 2020.

Sam Clayton Jr. (58) musician who made sure the world heard real reggae, even when the people making it came from countries far away from its birthplace, Jamaica. Clayton, who was born and raised there, was a producer and sound engineer at Kingston’s famous Harry J. Studio, where he contributed to music by Jamaican roots reggae artists like Horace Andy and Ernest Ranglin. Clayton also worked with many foreign artists, including Americans, like Harrison Stafford, and Germans, like Sebastian Sturm. He lived in France for some time, spoke fluent French, and worked with many French artists, including the groups Danakil, Dub Inc., Brain Damage, and Broussaï. He also was a sound engineer for the Jamaican band Toots & the Maytals and the British group Steel Pulse. David R. Hinds, Steel Pulse’s frontman, called Clayton a “well-rounded individual” who filled multiple roles for the musicians he worked with, including touring manager, guitar and keyboard technician, studio engineer, producer, and even percussionist. He died of the coronavirus in Kingston, Jamaica on March 31, 2020.

Joe Diffie (61) country singer who had a string of hits in the ‘90s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man.” Diffie was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years. His hits included “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “Bigger Than the Beatles,” and “If the Devil Danced (in Empty Pockets).” His mid-‘90s albums Honky Tonk Attitude and Third Rock from the Sun went platinum; 18 of Diffie’s singles landed in the top 10 on the country charts, with five going No. 1. He shared a Grammy award for best country collaboration for the song “Same Old Train,” with Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart, and others. His last solo album was The Bluegrass Album: Homecoming (2010). Diffie announced on March 27 that he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. The singer died two days later in Nashville, Tennessee on March 29, 2020.

Judy Drucker (91) south Florida impresario who for decades brought the stars of concert music, opera, and dance to Miami, elevating the city’s cultural scene. From the late ‘60s until around 2010, Drucker presented talented artists to the Miami area, including Beverly Sills, Isaac Stern, Vladimir Horowitz, Yo Yo Ma, Leonard Bernstein, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Richard Tucker, Twyla Tharp, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman, Daniel Barenboim, Wynton Marsalis, and the Three Tenors. She also arranged for performances by many of the world’s foremost orchestras and dance companies, like the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Bolshoi Ballet. Drucker was a tireless promoter and fund-raiser. She created and ran several different organizations, including the Great Artists Series and the Concert Association of Florida. She died of Alzheimer’s disease in Miami, Florida on March 30, 2020.

Louis Johnson (90) choreographer, dancer, and director whose career spanned Broadway, ballet, and modern dance. As a dancer and choreographer, Johnson was known for his extensive range. He performed in Broadway shows like House of Flowers and Hallelujah Baby! and in the screen and stage versions of Bob Fosse’s Damn Yankees. He created works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem and was choreographer of the 1978 film adaptation of The Wiz. Johnson was nominated for a Tony Award in 1970 for his choreography for the musical Purlie. He recently tested positive for the coronavirus and died of pneumonia and renal failure in New York City on March 31, 2020.

Vincent J. Lionti (60) for more than 30 years Lionti, a violist with the Metropolitan Opera, sat in the pit looking up at dimly lit conductors. But in Westchester County, New York, he stood on the podium looking out at the players of the Westchester Youth Symphony. Lionti followed his father, C. Victor Lionti, as leader of the youth orchestra. Vincent began playing with the ensembles of the Greater Westchester Youth Orchestras Association when he was 12. He led the Westchester Junior Strings, another of its ensembles, for four years before taking over the Youth Symphony in 1997. As a 21-year-old violist, Lionti was among five young musicians introduced by Isaac Stern in 1980 at a concert of chamber music at Carnegie Hall billed as “Isaac Stern and …” He performed extensively thereafter, appearing as a soloist and in a variety of small groups and with orchestras. Lionti died of the new coronavirus five days before his 61st birthday, on April 4, 2020.

Ellis Marsalis Jr. (85) jazz pianist, teacher, and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan. Four of Marsalis's six sons are musicians: Wynton, a Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning trumpeter, is America’s most prominent jazz spokesman as artistic director of jazz at New York's Lincoln Center; Branford, a saxophonist, has won three Grammies, led The Tonight Show band, and toured with Sting; Delfeayo, a trombonist, is a prominent recording producer and performer; and Jason, a percussionist, has made a name for himself with his own band and as an accompanist. Ellis 3rd, who decided music wasn’t his gig, is a photographer-poet in Baltimore; their brother Mboya has autism. The eldest Marsalis died of pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 1, 2020.

Alan Merrill (69) guitarist and singer who cowrote the song “I Love Rock & Roll” that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett, who scored a major hit with it in 1982. Merrill wrote the song for his band The Arrows and recorded it in 1975. He was born in New York and grew up in Switzerland, Los Angeles, and Japan before starting his music career in New York, where he died of complications from the coronavirus on March 29, 2020.

Cristina Monet Palaci (64) cult singer known only by her first name who brought avant-garde sensibilities to New York's dance-music nightlife at the turn of the ‘80s. In the anything-goes downtown New York of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Cristina cut a unique figure—a hyperliterary, well-to-do, seen-it-all performer who taunted club music culture with songs that could be read as wry parody or progressive updates. She suffered from several autoimmune disorders, including relapsing polychondritis, for approximately 20 years. She had tested positive for the coronavirus and died in New York City on March 31, 2020.

Krzysztof Penderecki (86) award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works have been featured in Hollywood films like The Shining and Shutter Island. Penderecki was best known for his monumental compositions for orchestra and choir, like “St. Luke Passion” and “Seven Gates of Jerusalem,” although his range was much wider. Rock fans know him from his work with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. A violinist and an educator, Penderecki built a music center across the road from his home in southern Poland, where young virtuosos have the chance to learn from and play with world-famous masters. His international career began at age 25, when he won all three top prizes in a young composers’ competition in Warsaw in 1959—writing one score with his right hand, one with his left, and asking a friend to copy out the third score so that the handwriting wouldn’t reveal they were all by the same person. Penderecki died in Krakow, Poland on March 29, 2020.

Bucky Pizzarelli (94) after many years as a respected but relatively anonymous session guitarist, Pizzarelli became a mainstay on the New York jazz scene in the ‘70s. A master of the rhythm guitar and a gifted soloist, he was sought after for recording sessions in the ‘50s and ’60s and can be heard on hundreds of records in various genres, although he was often uncredited. He also toured with Benny Goodman and was a longtime member of the Tonight Show orchestra but was little known to all but the most knowledgeable jazz fans until he was in his 40s. When Johnny Carson moved The Tonight Show to California from New York in 1972, Pizzarelli stayed behind. Freed of the responsibilities of a regular job, he began performing more frequently in New York nightclubs and attracted attention. In 1980 he began performing with a new duo partner: his son John, 20 years old at the time, who became a jazz star in his own right. The elder Pizzarelli died of the coronavirus in Saddle River, New Jersey on April 1, 2020.

Wallace Roney 3rd (59) virtuoso trumpeter whose time as Miles Davis’s only real protégé began a prominent career in jazz. By the time he linked up with Davis, Roney was already a leading voice in what came to be called the Young Lions movement, young musicians devoted to bringing jazz back into line with its mid-20th-century sound. He was already associated with Davis’s legacy. Many dismissed him as a musical clone, talented but lacking the necessary distance from his idol to claim his own creativity. Yet as his career went on, Roney managed to neutralize most of those criticisms. His understanding of Davis’s playing was only part of his musicianship; his own style took its place in the lineage of jazz trumpet playing. Roney died of the coronavirus in Paterson, New Jersey on March 31, 2020.

Adam Schlesinger (52) Emmy- and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter, known for his work with his band Fountains of Wayne and on the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Schlesinger was nominated for 10 Emmys for writing comical songs across several TV shows, winning three. He was also nominated for an Oscar for writing the title song for the 1997 movie That Thing You Do. He died of the coronavirus in Poughkeepsie, New York on April 1, 2020.

David Schramm (73) veteran stage actor best known for playing rival airline owner Roy Biggins on Wings. Besides his eight seasons on the ‘90s NBC comedy opposite Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Tony Shalhoub, Thomas Haden Church, and Rebecca Schull, Schramm also appeared in the TV movie The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story (1990) and the miniseries Kennedy (1983; as Robert McNamara). His film credits include Let It Ride, Johnny Handsome, and A Shock to the System. Over 40 years Schramm appeared in multiple Broadway productions, including The Acting Company’s 1975 repertory productions of The Three Sisters, The Time of Your Life, Edward II, and The Robber Bridegroom. He died in New York City on March 29, 2020.

Ken Shimura (70) popular Japanese comedian who drew inspiration from American comedic icon Jerry Lewis. Shimura attracted fans of all generations with his slapstick comedy and funny faces. The news of his death came as new cases of coronavirus have spiked in Tokyo, with the city’s governor warning of an explosive spread of the virus in the region. Tokyo had 68 new cases on March 29, bringing its total to 430. Nationwide, Japan has confirmed 2,578 cases, including 712 from a cruise ship. Shimura’s death sent shock waves throughout Japan, where many people, especially the younger population, are seen as lacking a sense of urgency about the virus. Shimura was diagnosed with pneumonia after contracting the coronavirus. He was hospitalized on March 20 after developing a fever and breathing troubles and was put on a ventilator. He died in Tokyo, Japan, becoming Japan’s first known celebrity victim of the virus, on March 29, 2020.

Albert K. Webster (82) managing director of the New York Philharmonic who ushered the ensemble into the modern era, when major orchestras began to resemble corporations. Webster held the Philharmonic’s top post from 1975 through ‘90, mostly coinciding with Zubin Mehta’s music directorship. Webster’s accomplishments were unglamorous yet crucial: enormous growth in subscriptions, gifts, and the endowment, and musicians’ salaries. Beyond the Philharmonic, he helped to create the American Arts Alliance and worked with the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts. Webster died in New York City of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, on April 3, 2020.

Bill Withers (81) wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the ‘70s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day,” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Withers’ songs during his brief career have become the soundtracks of countless engagements, weddings, and backyard parties. They have powerful melodies and perfect grooves melded with a smooth voice that conveys honesty and complex emotions without vocal acrobatics. “Lean on Me,” a paean to friendship, was performed at the inaugurations of both US Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me” are among Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Withers, who had heart problems, died in Los Angeles, California on March 30, 2020.


Politics and Military

Steven Dick (37) Scottish diplomat who dreamed of working for Britain’s Foreign Office. Dick had worked his way up the diplomatic ranks and had the potential to become an outstanding diplomat. He was fluent in Hungarian and had studied Arabic for a year before joining the British Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as head of press in 2011. In 2014 he became a political officer at the British Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, then chief of staff to the Foreign Office’s chief operating officer in London. In December 2019, more than 10 years after he joined it as a desk officer at the office’s migration directorate, Dick became deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, where he died of the coronavirus on March 31, 2020.

Rear Adm. Edward L. Feightner (100) World War II Navy air ace who shot down nine Japanese planes while flying propeller-driven fighters, then played a prominent role in the testing and development of postwar Navy jets. In his 34 years of Navy service, as a combat pilot in the Pacific, an instructor, and a test pilot, Feightner flew more than 100 types of planes. While he was a junior Navy officer, he twice shot down three Japanese planes on a single day and took part in battles in the Solomon Islands, the Caroline Islands, the Marianas, and the Philippines. In the late ‘40s he became one of the early test pilots at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland and flew or analyzed the systems for fighters, transports, and helicopters. He became head of the Navy’s fighter design program and was twice awarded the Legion of Merit for his testing and administrative activities. He received four Distinguished Flying Crosses for his combat exploits. In the early ‘50s Feightner was a member of the Navy’s Blue Angels, whose close-formation flying and acrobatics thrilled crowds at air shows. He died in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on April 1, 2020.

Manolis Glezos (97) Greek World War II resistance hero who remained active in politics into his 90s. At age 18 Glezos and a friend and fellow university student, Lakis Santas, climbed up the Acropolis in Athens at night and cut down the Nazi flag that had been raised there one month earlier when the country fell under German occupation in the spring of 1941. Glezos was repeatedly imprisoned during the war by the occupation authorities and after the war when Greece endured a three-year civil war and decades of political upheaval. He worked as a journalist for the official Greek Communist Party newspaper and the left-wing daily Avgi and remained active in politics throughout his life. He reentered national politics in 2012 as a Member of Parliament with the left-wing Syriza party led by former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras before being elected to the European Parliament in 2014. Glezos died of heart failure in Athens, Greece on March 30, 2020.

Rafael Gomez Nieto (99) last surviving member of a company of Spanish soldiers who fought with French forces in liberating Paris from Nazi occupation in 1944. Gomez Nieto was still a teenager when he fought in the Spanish Civil War, joining the Republican forces that battled the Nationalists led by Gen. Francisco Franco. More than 500,000 people were killed in the 1936–39 conflict. As Franco’s forces advanced, declaring victory on April 1, 1939, Gomez Nieto and his family joined hundreds of thousands of Spanish refugees who fled over the Pyrenees to France, hoping to find safety. But, like many others, Gomez Nieto was locked up in one of the harsh internment camps that were hastily thrown together for refugees in the south of France. He later joined with Free French troops in North Africa, enlisted in 1943, and became part of “La Nueve,” a company that reunited veterans of the Spanish war. The company was part of French Gen. Philippe Leclerc’s famed 2nd Armored Division that fought in the Allied liberation of France and took Paris on August 25, 1944. Gomez Nieto died of the new coronavirus in Strasbourg, France on March 31, 2020.

Henry C. Gonzalez (84) often told the story of how he survived a shooting while mayor of South Gate, California. It was 1999, the height of a corruption scandal that cost the town more than $20 million. Gonzalez was one of the good guys, and one night, after a long day at City Hall, he stepped out of his car and was shot in the head. The bullet miraculously bounced off his skull, and as he lay on his driveway, pretending to be dead, his wife ran after the shooter, falling in the middle of the street. The assailant was never caught, but the shooting did not stop Gonzalez from serving nearly 30 years as the first Latino elected to office in South Gate. He died in Whittier, California on March 29, 2020.

Nur Hassan Hussein (82) prime minister of Somalia during a crucial transitional period beset by insurgency and humanitarian crises. Hussein studied law in both Somalia and Italy and spent decades in various government jobs, including serving as a law enforcement official under Somali dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Hussein became the country’s attorney general in 1987, four years before a decades-long civil war began. He became prime minister in November 2007 as tens of thousands of Somalis were fleeing their homes amid fighting between Islamist insurgents and Western-backed Somali and Ethiopian forces. As that humanitarian crisis unfolded, Hussein was recognized for overseeing negotiations with the insurgents, leading to the signing of a peace agreement in mid-2008 and the formation of a unified government several months later. He remained in office until February 2009, replaced by the new president, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed. Hussein was appointed Somalia’s ambassador to Italy. He died of the coronavirus in London, England on April 1, 2020.

Walentyna Janta-Polczynska (107) among the last surviving members of the Polish government in exile, formed after Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Janta-Polczynska—known then as Walentyna Stocker—emigrated to New York after the war and married Aleksander Janta-Polczynski, a journalist and poet. They opened an antiquarian bookstore in the city, and their home in suburban Elmhurst, Queens became a gathering spot for Polish artists, writers, and expatriates who had fled the Communist dictatorship that had taken power after the war, including literary figures like Zbigniew Herbert, Jerzy Kosinski, Jan Kott, and Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz. Janta-Polczynska died in Queens, New York on April 2, 2020.

Albert Petrocelli (73) retired New York City fireman known in Staten Island’s Huguenot section as that nice man with the rosary beads and the bountiful garden. Petrocelli walked the local streets, rosary in hand, offering to say prayers for those who could use them: a neighbor, a crossing guard, anyone. But he was more than a retiree with beads and time on his hands. He served in Vietnam, was a former New York Fire Department battalion chief, and lost a son in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. He died of the coronavirus on April 1, 2020.


Society and Religion

Lorena Borjas (59) when transgender women in Queens, New York needed a safe place to be tested for HIV, Borjas turned her home into a clinic. When others were arrested and charged with prostitution, she bailed them out. When some faced deportation after an arrest, she created a nonprofit group to arrange for their legal representation. Borjas was an activist who drew on her own experiences as an immigrant transgender woman to help others. She became a guardian angel of sorts for the transgender community in Queens, helping women to deal with sex trafficking, police harassment, substance abuse, and health problems. She died of the coronavirus in Brooklyn, New York on March 30, 2020.

Very Rev. Antonio Checo (67) in 2005 Checo became a mental health clinician at Mt. Sinai Queens hospital, one of his many jobs devoted to helping people. He was ordained a priest and became rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Heights, Queens and spent many years working full-time in the church and at the hospital, allowing the practical service of his social work to inform his ministry. Checo took over St. Mark’s in 2009, when the congregation had dwindled to about 20 members. He helped to revive the church, which now has a congregation of about 180 people. His parishioners included blacks, Latin-Americans, white people, and immigrants from South America, the West Indies, and the Philippines. Checo enlarged the church’s food pantry, emphasizing staples like rice on which people in his neighborhood relied. He conducted two Sunday services, one in English and one in Spanish, and did his best to ensure that his parishioners were able to navigate New York's bureaucracy to receive the help they needed. Checo died of the coronavirus on April 1, 2020.


Sports

Tony Adams (95) Vermont sports anchor for 35 years at WCAX in Burlington. Adams began his career at WMUR-TV in New Hampshire before joining WCAX when the station made the switch to TV in 1954. The transition from radio to the small screen was a traumatic one, but once he made the jump Adams became synonymous with Vermont sports, coining the memorable signoff line, “Goodnight, good sports.” He was the voice of the University of Vermont football, basketball, and baseball teams for 20 years and was lead announcer for Dartmouth football for 10 years. Adams retired from the sports desk in 1989 but continued to host WCAX’s Across the Fence daytime show. His death on March 31, 2020 was not believed to be related to the coronavirus.

Rafael Callejas (76) former president of Honduras ensnared in an international soccer scandal and convicted in the US of taking bribes while president of his nation’s soccer federation. Callejas, a member of Honduras’s conservative National Party, was the nation’s president from 1990–94, a time of pronounced economic difficulty in Central America. He was the first opposition candidate in Honduras to take power through a peaceful vote in 57 years. He later spent more than a dozen years leading the Honduran soccer federation, known as Fenafuth. He stepped down in 2015, when the US Justice Department announced a sweeping corruption case focused on soccer officials and sports marketing executives around the world. Callejas was charged along with dozens of other men, including his top deputy at Fenafuth. At the time of his indictment, Callejas belonged to the TV and marketing committee of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, headquartered in Switzerland. Unlike numerous defendants in the case who for years never answered the corruption charges against them—with some men dying in their home countries while fighting extradition to the US—Callejas surrendered to authorities soon after he was charged and pleaded guilty three months later. He died of acute myeloid leukemia in Atlanta, Georgia while awaiting sentencing, on April 4, 2020.

Arianne Caoili (33) chess master and a prominent figure both in the chess world and in Armenia, where she lived. In the world of chess, Caoili stood out—not only for her talents as a player but also for the glamour she brought to what is often thought of as an unglamorous game. Her first major international victory was in 2000, when she won the Asian Girls Under-16 Championship tournament in Bagac, the Philippines, on her 14th birthday. Later she won the London Chess Classic Women’s Invitational in 2009 and, that same year, the Oceania Women’s Zonal, a qualifier for the world championship. Caoili played seven times in the Chess Olympiad, the game’s preeminent international team event. She represented her native Philippines in 1998 and 2000 and, after moving, represented Australia in 2004, ‘06, ‘08, ’10, and ’12. She was awarded the title women’s international master by the World Chess Federation, the game’s governing body. Caoili died two weeks after being seriously injured in a car crash, in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, on March 30, 2020.

Tom Dempsey (73) kicker born without toes on his kicking foot who made a then-record 63-yard field goal. Dempsey’s game-winning field goal against Detroit on November 8, 1970 stood as an NFL record for 43 years until the Broncos’ Matt Prater broke it with a 64-yarder in Denver in 2013. Dempsey was born in Milwaukee without four fingers on his right hand and without toes on his right foot. He kicked straight on with a flat-front shoe that drew protests from some who saw the specially made kicking shoe as an unfair advantage. In 1977 the NFL passed what is widely known as the “The Dempsey Rule,” mandating that shoes worn by players with “an artificial limb on his kicking leg must have a kicking surface that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe.” Dempsey spent 11 seasons in the NFL: his first two seasons were with New Orleans (1969–70), the next four with Philadelphia, then two with the Los Angeles Rams, one with the Houston Oilers, and the final two with Buffalo. He retired after the 1979 season. He died of the coronavirus in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 4, 2020.

Pape Diouf (68) former president of the French soccer club Marseille (2005–09), the only French team to win the European club title. Shortly before his time at the club ended, Diouf signed Didier Deschamps as the new coach, and Deschamps won the French league title and League Cup in his first season. It was Marseille’s first league title in 18 years. Deschamps also coached France to World Cup success in 2018. Diouf was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal in 2012, one of that country’s highest honors. He died on March 31, 2020 in Dakar, Senegal after contracting the coronavirus; it was that West African country’s first COVID-19-related death.

Ed Farmer (70) All-Star reliever who spent nearly 30 years as a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox. Farmer was 30-43 with a 4.30 earned run average and 75 saves while pitching for eight teams over 11 seasons. He was an All-Star for the White Sox in 1980, when he saved 30 games—then a club record. Farmer joined Chicago’s radio booth on a part-time basis in 1991 and became a full-time analyst in '92 alongside play-by-play announcer John Rooney. He assumed play-by-play duties in 2006 and completed his 29th season in ’19. He died in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2020.

Jeff Grosso (51) skateboarder from Arcadia, California who rose to the heights of greatness in the ‘80s before falling to the depths of despair and eventually making a comeback. Grosso broke onto the skateboarding scene as a 12-year-old when he began riding as a professional. Two years later, in 1982, the shoe and apparel company Vans began its sponsorship of him, which continued into 2020 with his popular YouTube show “Love Letters to Skateboarding.” Known for his hard-charging lifestyle and wit, Grosso was the unofficial historian of skateboarding, always ready to share a story and insight into the sport with a younger generation of skaters. He talked openly about depression and addiction, including pain pills after multiple surgeries following skateboarding accidents. He died in Newport Beach, California on March 31, 2020.

Harland Svare (89) played linebacker in the celebrated defense that helped to take the New York Giants to three NFL championship games in the ‘50s. Svare became at the time the youngest head coach in the NFL’s modern history when the Los Angeles Rams hired him in 1962. Playing for eight pro seasons, his first two with the Rams before joining the Giants in 1955, Svare was acclaimed for his football smarts. Lining up at left linebacker, he was positioned alongside Sam Huff, the middle linebacker, whose tackling, portrayed in the CBS documentary The Violent World of Sam Huff, came to glamorize defensive play. The Giants routed the Chicago Bears, 47-7, in the 1956 NFL championship game, then lost to the Baltimore Colts in the memorable ‘58 sudden-death overtime title game and again in ’59. Although he had tested negative for the coronavirus, Svare died of respiratory arrest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on April 4, 2020.


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