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Aggrey Siryoyi Awori, Ugandan economist, politician, and Olympic hurdlerEsther Bejarano, one of the last survivors of the Auschwitz concentration campCarmel Budiardjo, British human rights activistSanford Clark, American country-rockabilly singer and guitaristTerrence Michael Donahue, American football coach and executiveRichard Donner, American director and producer of film and televisionSuzzanne Douglas, American actressRobert John Downey Sr., American actor, director, producer, writer, cinematographerJean-Michel Dubernard, medical doctor specializing in transplant surgeryMaidarjavyn Ganzorig, Mongolian cosmonaut and academicAbebech Gobena, Ethiopian humanitarianMichael Horovitz, British poet, editor, artist, and translatorPatrick Roland John, first Prime Minister of DominicaJames K. Kallstrom, FBI Assistant DirectorMatiss Edmunds Kivlenieks, Latvian professional ice hockey goaltenderMax Solomon Lewis, University of Chicago shooting victimRichard Dick Lewontin, American evolutionary biologist, mathematician, geneticistVladimir Valentinovich Menshov, Soviet and Russian actor and film directorDaniel Mickelson, American actor and modelJovenel Moïse, Haitian entrepreneur and politician who served as the president of HaitiLeandro Prates Oliveira, Brazilian track and field athleteRaffaella Pelloni, Italian singer, dancer, television presenter, and actressChristopher Romero, American professional wrestlerGillian Mary Sheen, British fencer and Olympic championWilliam Smith, American actorMichael Soles, all-star Canadian university and Canadian Football League fullbackChick Vennera, American actorPanniyampilly Krishnankuty (P. K.) Warrier, Indian Ayurveda practitioner

Art and Literature

Michael Horovitz (86) born on April 4, 1935, in Frankfurt, Germany. He was the youngest of 10 children who were brought to Britain from Nazi Germany by their parents. He studied at Brasenose College, Oxford, from 1954 to 1960. In 1959, he founded the periodical New Departures, while still a student. He continued to edit it for 50 years, coordinating many poetry events such as Live New Departures, Jazz Poetry Super Jams and Poetry Olympics festivals. In 1969, Penguin Books published Horovitz's Children of Albion anthology. In 1971, Horovitz published The Wolverhampton Wanderer, an epic of Britannia, in twelve books. In 2007, Horovitz published A New Waste Land: Timeship Earth at Nillennium. In January 2011, Horovitz contributed to an eBook collection of political poems entitled Emergency Verse - Poetry in Defense of the Welfare State. Horovitz fronted the William Blake Klezmatrix band in which he played the anglo-saxophone, an updated and extended eunuch flute. Horovitz died on July 7, 2021, in London, England.


Business and Science

Jean Dubernard (80) born on May 17, 1941, in Lyon, Rhone, France. Dubernard attended Lyon Medical School in 1965 and Harvard Medical School in Boston in 1967. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Lyon in 1967 and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Lyon in 1971. His achievements include France's first pancreas transplant in 1976, being leader of the team that performed the world's first hand transplant in 1998 and first double hand transplant in 2000,and co-leader of world's first face transplant in 2005.He was also a professor at the Claude-Bernard Lyon-I University and a researcher at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research. He is the author of over 500 international medical publications. He died July 10, 2021, in Turkey from a heart attack.

Richard Lewontin (92) born in New York City and attended Forest Hills High School and the École Libre des Hautes Études in New York. In 1951, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University. In 1952, he received a master's degree in mathematical statistics followed by a doctorate in zoology in 1954, both from Columbia University. Lewontin held faculty positions at North Carolina State University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Chicago. In 1973,Lewontin served as Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard until 1998, and as of 2003 was the Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at Harvard. He was leader in developing the mathematical basis of population genetics and evolutionary theory, he pioneered the application of techniques from molecular biology, such as gel electrophoresis, to questions of genetic variation and evolution. Lewontin received many awards including the Fulbright Fellowship, National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Membership of the National Academy of Sciences, and Sewall Wright Award from the American Society of Naturalists. Lewontin died on July 4, 2021.

Panniyampilly Warrier (100) was born on June 5, 1921, in Kerala, India. Warrier studied Ayurveda, an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent, at Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College. He had been the Managing Trustee of the Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) in Kottakal and was also AVS's Chief Physician. Warrier had tried to propagate this holistic approach to treatment of diseases through his writings and speeches. He established a research laboratory for the identification of medicinal plants and to ascertain the chemical identity of its pharmaceutical constituents. This facility has grown into the Centre for Medicinal Plants Research. Warrier authored and published the five volume treatise “Indian Medicinal Plants – A Compendium of 500 Species”. He was awarded Padma Bhushan Award in 2010 from the Government of India for his contribution to Ayurveda. A plant discovered by scientists at the Centre for Medicinal Plants Research has been named in honor of Warrier as Gymnostachyum warrieranum. He died on July 10, 2021 in Kerala, India.


News and Entertainment

Sanford Clark (85) born on October 24, 1935, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was raised in Phoenix, Arizona from the age of 9. He first began performing in the Phoenix area in the early 1950s. While in the Air Force stationed in the South Pacific; he formed a band, which won a talent show in Hawaii. Returning to Phoenix, he and his friend Al Casey met Lee Hazlewood, then a local DJ. Clark, with Casey, recorded one of Hazlewood's songs, The Fool, in 1956. The song became a hit in the U.S., peaking at No. 14 on the Country Singles chart, No. 5 on the R&B Singles chart, and No. 7 on the Billboard Top 100.Following the song's success, Clark opened on tour for Ray Price and Roy Orbison. Moving to Hollywood in 1964, he recorded for several other labels and had several almost-comebacks. A few years later Clark left the music business, working in construction, though he occasionally recorded in later decades on his own label, Desert Sun Records. Clark died on July 4, 2021, in Joplin, Missouri, where he had been receiving cancer treatment before he contracted COVID-19.

Richard Donner (91) born Richard Donald Schwartzberg on April 24, 1930, in the Bronx, New York. Initially, Donner changed his name when he set out to become an actor. Unable to find success an actor he turned to directing. Donner was on the staff of Desilu, where he directed commercials. He transitioned into television dramas in the late 1950s, directing some episodes of Wanted Dead or Alive and The Rifleman. During his early career as a director he worked on over twenty-five television series. After directing the horror film The Omen, he directed the superhero film Superman, starring Christopher Reeve. Donner later went on to direct movies such as The Goonies, Scrooged, and the Lethal Weapon film series. He and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, owned the production company The Donners' Company, best known for producing the Free Willy and X-Men franchises. In 2000, he received the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Donner died on July 5, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.

Suzzanne Douglas (64) born on April 12, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois. Douglas attended Thornton Township High School, graduating in 1975. After high school, she studied at Illinois State University; graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She later became a student in the Master’s Program in Jazz Vocals at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, and earned a Master's degree in music. Douglas has numerous television guest star appearances, she is best known for her role as matriarch Jerri Peterson on The WB sitcom The Parent 'Hood. On stage, Douglas performed the role of Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera starring Sting and Dr. Bearing in Wit, where she was the first African American to perform the role. Douglas was a two-time Image Award winner, and also won a Black Oscar, a Reel Award, and the Mary Martin Award. Douglas also appears in the Rel Dowdell film, Changing the Game in 2011. Douglas was an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and was a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA, The National Council of Negro Women, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and Jack and Jill of America. Douglas died on July 6, 2021, at age 64, at her home on Martha's Vineyard. She had been suffering from pancreatic cancer in the two years leading up to her death.

Robert Downey Sr. (85) born Robert Elias Jr. on June 24, 1936 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. He changed his surname to Downey (after his stepfather, James Downey) when he wanted to enlist in the United States Army while being underage. His work in the late 1960s and 1970s was anti-establishment, reflecting the nonconformity popularized by larger counterculture movements and given impetus by new freedoms in films, such as the breakdown of codes on censorship. In 1961, working Downey began writing and directing low-budget 16mm films that gained an underground following, beginning with Ball's Bluff in 1961. He moved into big-budget filmmaking with Greaser's Palace (1972). His last film was Rittenhouse Square (2005), a documentary capturing life in a Philadelphia park. Downey's films were often family affairs. His first wife Elsie appears in four of his movies, as well as co-writing one. Daughter Allyson and son Robert Jr. each made their film debuts in the 1970 absurdist comedy Pound at the ages of 7 and 5, respectively; Allyson would appear in one more film by her father, while Robert Jr. would make appearances in eight films directed by his father. Downey died at his home in Manhattan on July 7, 2021. He had been battling Parkinson's disease for five years.

Max Lewis (20) originally from Denver, Lewis was living in Chicago attending the University of Chicago. He was double-majoring in computer science and business economics. Lewis was president of the University of Chicago chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity. In addition to being AEPi’s president, Lewis was director of operations for the student investment firm, Promontory. He also studied at UChicago’s Chabad in its Sinai Scholars program. In late June, Lewis was offered a competitive summer internship, third year internships usually lead to job offers. He could have returned to Denver and worked from home, but he decided to stay In Chicago and work at the company offices. On July 1, Lewis was commuting home from his summer internship when a stray bullet pierced the window of his train car and hit him in the back of the neck. Lewis was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center and had emergency surgery. Once brought out of sedation, Lewis was paralyzed from the neck down but cognitively aware. He refused all sedation and pain killers from the moment he woke up and was told what had happened to him. On July 3, doctors asked Lewis to make a choice: remain on a ventilator for the rest of his life or remove life support. He blinked his choice to his parents and doctors: remove the ventilator. Lewis died July 4, 2021.

Vladimir Menshov (81) born on September 17, 1939, in the Soviet Union. As a teenager Menshov worked as a machinist, as a sailor on a diving boat, and as a supporting actor at the Astrakhan Kirov Theater. In 1961 he entered the acting department of the Moscow Art Theatre School. In 1965, after graduating, he worked for two years as an actor and assistant director at the Stavropol Regional Drama Theater. From 1970 to 1976, He worked under contracts as an actor at the film studios Mosfilm, Lenfilm and the Odessa Film Studio, compiling over 100 credits. Menshov's directorial debut took place in 1976 with the film Practical Joke. His second picture, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears became one of Russia's box-office record holders, was awarded the State Prize of the USSR, and then the Oscar (1981) as the Best Foreign Language Film. In 2015, he expressed support for the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and was blacklisted in Ukraine as a result. In 2016, he was forbidden by the Security Service of Ukraine to enter Ukraine for five years. Menshov died on July 5, 2021, in Moscow, Russia.

Daniel Mickelson (23) born on October 4, 1997, in Atlanta, Georgia. The actor had two credits to his name, but was described as a “rising star” in the industry. He was best known for his role of Billy is the fourth season of web series Mani, as well as the horror film The Killer Clown Meets the Candy Man, which was released in 2019. He is the brother of model and Instagram star Meredith Mickelson. Mickelson launched a fashion brand and clothing line called Kids Back Home in January. Mickelson died on July 4, 2021, cause of death was not disclosed.

Raffaella Pelloni (78) better known as Raffaella Carra. She was born on June 18, 1943, in Bologna, Italy. When she was eight years old, she left home to continue her studies in Rome at the National Academy of Dance. Carra made her film debut at age nine, inTormento del Passato. She made five other feature films before 1960 when she graduated from the national film school of Italy. In 1965 she moved to the U.S. and acted opposite Frank Sinatra and others in Von Ryan’s Express, but soon returned to Italy and became a host on the television variety show Canzonissima, which frequently featured song-and-dance numbers performed by her. Often at odds with the censors, Carra became the first television personality to show her belly button on camera. She also became popular in Spain with another variety show, La Hora de Raffaella, and in South America after moving to Buenos Aires in 1979. Carra returned to Italian television in 1983 with Pronto, Raffaella?, and continued her TV career until 2019, including as a stint as a judge on the Italian edition of The Voice. A Spanish musical film based around her songs, Explota Explota, was released in 2020. She made 25 studio albums during her career, most recently in 2018.Carra died in Rome on July 5, 2021 of lung cancer, an illness from which she suffered over a long period, but details were not publicly revealed until after her death.

William Smith (88) born on March 24, 1933, in Columbia, Missouri. His family later moved to Southern California, where he began his acting career at the age of eight. Smith served in the United States Air Force. During the Korean War, he was a Russian Intercept Interrogator and flew secret missions over Russia. He had both CIA and NSA clearance and intended to enter a classified position with the U.S. government, but while he was working on his doctorate studies he landed an acting contract with MGM. In a Hollywood career spanning more than 75 years, he appeared in almost three hundred feature films and television productions in a wide variety of character roles. In 2009, Smith published The Poetic Works of William Smith. Smith retired from film in 2014 except for a cameo appearance in the comedy Irresistible in 2020. According to one of his workout partners, Jeff Horner, Smith was also an accomplished athlete, receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Bodybuilding and Fitness in 1995. He was inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame in 2010 and became an honorary member of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures in 2000. Smith died on July 5, 2021, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Los Angeles.

Chick Vennera (74) born on March 27, 1947, in Herkimer, New York. Vennera began dance lessons at the age of three, piano at seven, and clarinet and saxophone shortly thereafter. After high school graduation, Vennera left New York for California to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. Two years later, Chick entered the Army where upon completing basic training he was assigned to the Signal Corps. After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Vennera embarked on a career as an actor and dancer. He was also a musician, playing several instruments. His first acting role of note was in the Broadway production ofGrease, having toured with the musical for a year. He continued as a performer and appeared in the 1978 filmThank God It’s Friday where he performed a dance routine on top of several cars. His acting career continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in many films and television series. In 1989, he appeared in three episodes ofThe Golden Girls. Vennera also ventured into voice acting in the 1980s with roles on Hanna-Barbera programs. However, his most notable role was Pesto on Warner Bros. Animation/Ambllin Entertainment’s hit animated series Animaniacs. Vennera taught for over a decade at the esteemed Beverly Hills Playhouse before starting his own school, The Renegade Theatre Group, in June 2009. Vennera died on July 7, 2021, from cancer at his home in Burbank, California.


Politics and Military

Aggrey Awori (82) born on February 23, 1939, near the Ugandan/Kenyan border, he was the tenth of seventeen children. Awori was selected for elite military officers’ training at Sandhurst Military College in the United Kingdom. His father rejected the idea of his talented son joining the military. From 1961 to 1965, he studied at Harvard University on a scholarship. The first year he took nuclear physics, but then switched over to political economics. While at Harvard, Awori became the first person in heptagonal track history to win three events—the long jump, high hurdles, and the 60-yard dash. By the time he graduated from Harvard, Awori held three outdoor and five indoor school records. He also represented Uganda in the 110 meters hurdles at the 1960 Summer Olympics and the 1964 Summer Olympics, but failed to win any medals. Awori received his Master of Arts in Economics from Syracuse University. In 1967, Awori was appointed the first local director of Uganda Television (UTV). In 1971 Awori was jailed for two months after Idi Amin's coup seized power. After his release from jail, he went into political exile in Kenya, where he taught political journalism at the University of Nairobi. After Idi Amin was overthrown in 1979, Awori returned to Uganda. He ran for a seat in the National Assembly of Uganda, but lost. He then became Ambassador to the United States, until1985. He served as Uganda's Ambassador to Belgium from 1985 until 1987. He died on July 5, 2021, at a private hospital in Uganda.

Esther Bejarano (96) born December 15, 1924, in French-occupied Saarlouis, her family later moved to Saarbruecken, where Bejarano enjoyed a musical and sheltered upbringing until the Nazis came to power and the city was returned to Germany in 1935. Her parents and sister Ruth eventually were deported and killed, while Bejarano had to perform forced labor before being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943. Because her grandmother had been a Christian, Bejarano was later transferred to the Ravensbrueck concentration camp and survived a death march at the end of the war. Bejarano emigrated to Israel after the war before returning to Germany in 1960. After once again encountering open anti-Semitism, Bejarano decided to become politically active, co-founding the Auschwitz Committee in 1986 to give survivors a platform for their stories. Bejarano was awarded the Carl von Ossietzky medal and held the Cross of Merit, First class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. She was honored with ethecon's 2013 Blue Planet Award for her relentless activity for peace and against anti-Semitism, racism and fascism.Bejarano died peacefully in Hamburg, Germany on July 10, 2021.

Carmel Budiardjo (96) born June 18, 1925, in London. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in 1946 from the University of London, where she became active in the National Union of Students. She worked in Prague for the International Union of Students, before moving to Indonesia in 1951, where she became an Indonesian citizen in 1954. She worked first as a translator for Antara, the Indonesian news agency, then in economic research for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, later studying at the University of Indonesia's School of Economics and then lecturing at Padjadjaran University in Bandung and Trisakti University in Jakarta. After General Suharto seized power in 1966, her husband was imprisoned, spending 12 years in jail. She herself was arrested and later imprisoned in 1968 for three years, and was then deported to England upon her release in 1971. After returning to England, she founded Tapol, a British non-governmental organization monitoring human rights issues in Indonesia. She was also the author of a number of books on human rights and politics in Indonesia and was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for her work in 1995, being nominated by the International Federation for East Timor. Her organization Tapol remains active, with Budiardjo playing a very important part in its activities until her death. Budiardjo died on July 10, 2021, in London.

Maidarjavyn Ganzorig (72) was born in Tsetserleg, Arkhangai in 1949. Ganzorig finished his secondary education in 1968. He studied at Kiev Polytechnic Institute earning a degree in heating and precision automated devices maintenance. He graduated in 1975. In 1978, he was selected as the backup to Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa for the Soyuz 39 mission, and would become the first Mongolian in space.In 1984, he received a Candidate of Technical Sciences degree. From 1984 to 1991,Ganzorig was Head of the RS Laboratory at the Institute of Physics and Technology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and since 1991 served as the Director of Informatics at the Remote Sensing Center, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar. Ganzorig died on July 4, 2021, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Patrick John (83) born on January 7, 1938, in Roseau, Dominica. He worked as a shipping clerk before leaving to organize the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU).In 1965, he was elected mayor of Roseau. In 1974, John became Premier after the resignation of Edward O. LeBlanc. John became the first Prime Minister of Dominica on November 3, 1978, when the country was granted independence from Britain. After mass protest forced him to resign, John unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the government with the backing of white supremacist groups. As a result, he was jailed for twelve years, of which he served five years. Following his release from prison, John became a local football administrator. In 1992, he was elected President of the Dominica Football Association (DFA). Under his leadership the DFA became a FIFA affiliate in 1994. He served as President until 2006, when he was voted out of office. In May 2008, he was re-elected as President of the DFA. In November 2011, John was banned by FIFA from the sport for two years and fined $3,300 for his part in an alleged bribery scheme involving FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam. John died July 6, 2021, in Roseau, Dominica.

James Kallstrom (78) was born on May 6, 1943, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1966, and subsequently served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Captain. Kallstrom served two tours during the Vietnam War. He joined the FBI as a Special Agent in February 1970 and was assigned to the Baltimore, Maryland. He led the investigation into the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800. He was a supervising agent in the New York investigation of the Cosa Nostra criminal network that resulted in the Mafia Commission Trial of 1985–1986. Kallstrom worked for 27 years at the FBI from February 1970 until December 31, 1997. He left the FBI for private sector employment in the financial industry beginning in 1998. After the 9/11 attacks, Kallstrom returned to the public sector to lead New York state's public safety office. Kallstrom was host of the Discovery Channel show The FBI Files and co-founded the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which assists children who lose a parent in the line of duty. He died on July 4, 2021.

Jovenel Moïse (53) born on June 26, 1968,in Nord-Est, Haiti. In July 1974, his family moved to Port-au-Prince, where he continued his primary studies. With little investment capital, Moïse launched his first business, JOMAR Auto Parts. That same year, he began development of an agricultural project of organic banana production from a plantation extending over 25 acres of land. In 2001, Moïse partnered with Culligan to start a drinking water plant for distribution. In 2012, he founded AGRITRANS SA, introducing an agricultural project that helped create Haiti's first agricultural free trade zone, a 2,500acre banana plantation in Nord-Est. This project was supposed to export bananas to Germany, for the first time since 1954; however, only two containers were ever sent. In 2015, President Michel Martelly designated Moïse as the presidential candidate. Moïse received 32.8 of votes in the first round of the elections held on October 15, 2015, with 54 candidates competing. In February 2016, after incumbent President Michel Martelly stepped down, at the end of his term, special elections were held by parliament. On November 27, 2016, election officials said Moïse had won the 2015 election in the first round, based on preliminary results. Moïse was sworn in as President on February 7, 2017, for a five-year term. On July 7, 2021, Moïse was killed when an unidentified gunman attacked his residence. Martine Moïse, the First Lady of Haiti, was hospitalized for wounds sustained during the attacks.


Society and Religion

Abebech Gobena (83) was born in 1938 in a small rural village in Showa Province, a historical region of Ethiopia. Her father was killed during the second Ethio-Italian war, so she was raised by her grandparents until the age of nine. At the age of 10, she was married without her consent, but she ran away toAddis Ababa. There, she managed to get a basic education and later worked as a quality controller at a coffee and grain company. In 1973, she went to Wollo Province for pilgrimage. At the time, the area was severely stricken by famine. In a feeding center, Gobena saw a child next to her dead mother. She distributed the only thing she had to other victims, a loaf of bread and five liters of holy water, and brought the child along with another orphan to her home in Addis Ababa. In one year, she brought 21 children to her home. Gobena established Agohelma, one of the oldest orphanages in Ethiopia; it provides various services including institutional care for 150 orphans, formal and non-formal education, HIV/AIDS prevention activities, habitat improvement and infrastructure development, empowerment of women, among others. Since its establishment, over 12,000 needy children have been supported by the association with over 1.5 million people having benefited either directly or indirectly from the association in different regions of the country. She was often called the Mother Teresa of Africa. Gobena died from the complications of Covid-19 on July 4, 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Sports

Terrence Donahue (77) born on June 24, 1944, in Los Angeles, California. After not being recruited in high school, he was a walk-on at San Jose State University, Los Angeles Valley College, and then the University of California, Los Angeles. He played two seasons for the Bruins as an undersized defensive tackle. His 1965 team was the school's first to win the Rose Bowl. After graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in history, Donahue became an assistant coach at the University of Kansas until 1971, when he returned to UCLA. Donahue remained an assistant coach until becoming the head coach in 1976. Donahue's Bruins won five Pac-10 titles and appeared in four Rose Bowls, winning three. He became the first head coach to win a bowl game in seven consecutive seasons. He left coaching after the 1995 season to become a college football commentator. Donahue was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000. From 2001 to 2005, he was the general manager for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. Donahue died on July 4, 2021, at his home in Newport Beach, California, following a two-year battle with cancer.

Matiss Kivlenieks (24) born on August 26, 1996, in Riga, Latvia. He played for Prizma Riga during the 2011–12 season. That was his only season with the team, and he only played one game. At the age of 17, he moved to the United States and joined the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. Kivlenieks ended the season with the best statistics among the goalkeepers and was recognized as the best player in the league. Despite going undrafted, Kivlenieks signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets worth $2,497,500.He started immediately the next season with the Blue Jackets, American Hockey League affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters. During the 2019–20 season, Kivlenieks was recalled on multiple occasions to the Blue Jackets. In October 2021, Kivlenieks extended his contract with Blue Jackets for the next two seasons. On July 4, 2021, Kivlenieks died after getting out of a hot tub to flee a mortar style firework that tilted toward him and several other people. It was originally reported that while Kivlenieks was fleeing the hot tub he slipped and fell, hitting his head on concrete, causing his death. Further investigation determined his cause of death was a result chest trauma. It has been determined that the percussion from the blast caused the fatality.

Leandro Oliveira (39) born February 2, 1982, in Bahia, Brazil. He started competing at a national level in 2006 and finished in third place in the 1500 meter race at the Brazilian championships. The following year he won a silver medal at the 2007 South American Championships. He ran in both the 800 meters and 1500 meters events at the 2007 Summer Universidad, but did not progress beyond the preliminary races. He did not compete internationally in 2008 and 2009. At the 2010 Ibero-American Championships he won a bronze medal in the 1500 meter race. In 2011, he won the South American Road Championship one mile race, as well as the 1500 meter title at the 2011 South American Championships. After winning the Brazilian title in these events, he was selected for the 2011 Pan American Games, where he finished 18th in the 200meter race. Oliveira died on July 6, 2021, in Sao Paulo from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Christopher Romero (55) better known by his ring name, Chris Youngblood. He was born on February 10, 1966, in Amarillo, Texas. Romero was the son of Ricky Romero. He began his pro-wrestling training at the age of 13 and made his professional debut as Chris Youngblood in 1985. He started teaming with his brother Mark in 1986 upon the death of their older brother Jay. Romero and his brother Mark had a very successful run as one of the most popular tag teams in Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council. The Romeros left the WWC to sign with Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling where he and Mark were known as The Renegade Warriors. In the late 1990s Romero began using the name The Visionary, and competed in many Japanese tours as a singles competitor. After an injury in 2005, Romero formed the Romero Academy of Wrestling where he managed a group of older wrestlers known as the Bloodline. In late August 2007, Romero made a rare wrestling appearance, where he was victorious but seriously injured his knee. Romero continued to run Romero Academy of Wrestling, now ROW 101, until his death on July 7, 2021, in Portland, Oregon.

Gillian Sheen (92) born in London on August 21,1928. Sheen first took up fencing while studying at North Forland School in Kent, and won the schoolgirls’ title in 1945. In 1947, she won the fencing Junior Championships, while studying at University College Hospital in London to become a dental surgeon. In 1949, Sheen won her first senior national title and took the British Universities title for five consecutive years. In 1951, she won a gold medal at the World Universities Championships. Sheen participated in the 1952 Summer Olympics but was eliminated in the second round. She went back to the Olympics in 1956 and took the gold medal for Great Britain. She participated at the 1950 World Fencing Championships in Monte Carlo, where she won a bronze medal in Team Foil with the British team. She represented England and won a silver medal in the individual foil at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada. Four years later she won the gold medal in the same event at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. She competed until 1963, winning her tenth and final British Championship in 1960. In 1962 she moved to New York City and set up a dental and orthodontic practice with her husband. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honors for services to UK sport. She died in Auburn, New York on July 5, 2021.

Michael Soles (54) born on November 8, 1966, in Pointe Claire, Quebec. Soles played his high school football with the hometown St. Thomas High School and played his university ball in Montreal with McGill University (1986–89). As a Redman he was a three-time all-star and rushed for a then team record of 2,231 yards in 20 regular season games. He was elected to the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. Soles was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos and started a seven-year career with them in 1989. His best season was in 1992 when he rushed for a career-high 656 yards. He won the Grey Cup in 1993. He finished his career with the Montreal Alouettes. He won the Lew Hayman Trophy in 1996 as best Canadian player in the East. Soles finished his 11-year career with 3,007 rushing yards, 3,501 receiving yards, and 45 touchdowns. After retirement, Soles worked in finance. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2005. Soles died on July 7, 2021.


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