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Bhageerathi Amma, India’s oldest studentFrancoise Arnoul, French actressLieb Bester, South African actor and musicianDieter Kirk Brummer, Australian actorRaymond Aniello Cavaleri, talent agent and actorHo-Kau Chan, Chinese actress and Cantonese opera singerJohn Cornell, Australian film producer, writer, and actorLawrence Seymour Goodman, British airman and bomber pilot who served in World War IIGregory Fishbeck Knapp, American professional football coachHerbert  Kofer, German actor, voice artist, and television presenterMilan Lasica, Slovak comedian, actor, singer, writer, lyricist and satiristDavid John Leckie, Australian media executiveJenny Lynn, International bodybuilder and figure competitorJackie Mason, American stand-up comedian and film and television actorParatene Matchitt, New Zealand sculptor and painterCarlos Romeu Muller, Spanish graphic humoristUttam Nepali, Nepali artist, writer, and actorArif Nizami, Pakistani journalist and founder of the <I>Pakistan Today</I> newspaperIvan Noel, French-Argentine film director and producerThomas Patrick O'Connor, English comedian, television presenter, and actorRoberto Andres Pandolfo, Argentine singer, musician, and guitaristYevgeni Borisovich Pupkov, Kazakhstani ice hockey defensemanRoger Quemener, French racewalkerAlfie Scopp, English-born Canadian actorAndre Thysse, South African professional boxerMary Ward, Australian actress of stage, television, film, and a radio announcerCharles Edward Weiss, songwriter and vocalistNyan Win, Burmese politician

Art and Literature

Paratene Matchitt (88) born in 1933 inEast Cape, New Zealand. He attended Auckland Teachers' Training College in 1955 and 1956.In 1957, he began his career as arts and crafts adviser for the South Auckland Education Board. In November 1964, Matchitt was exhibited with other artists in Hamilton. Matchitt is best known for his large-scale public sculpture such as the City to Sea Bridge in Wellington and Auckland’s Aotea Centre. His paintings and sculptures are held in many national collections. Matchitt was jailed for two and a half years in 2001, convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl. In 2006, the High Court at Napier threw out charges against Matchitt of drugging and date-raping a 29-year-old woman, citing no evidence that the woman had either been drugged or raped. Matchitt died on July 19, 2021.

Uttam Nepali (84) born Uttam Prasad Karmacharyaon April 30,1937, in Kathmandu, Nepal. He studied art at the Lucknow College of Arts and Crafts. In 1959, after completing his studies Nepali returned to Kathmandu where he held an exhibition at the Tri-Chandra College. After the exhibition, King Mahendra bought many of his paintings. In the beginning, Nepali painted Hindu gods but later moved to modern art. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he produced paintings employing modernist forms like expressionism, abstractionism, abstract-expressionism and surrealism, and incorporating traditional Nepali themes, paper and color. His works have been exhibited in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Japan, South Korea, the Soviet Union, Australia, among others. He was awarded various accolades for his work including the National Genius Award in 2014 and the Suprabal Janasewa Tritiya Award. In 2000, he was awarded to be a lifetime member of the Nepal Academy. He acted in two Nepali films and in 2004, he published his poetry collection titled UttamNepalikaKavitaharu. Nepali died on July 21, 2021, due to heart problems.

Business and Science

David Leckie (70) was born on May 4,1951, in Sydney, Australia. Leckie attended Newington College from 1962 to 1968. He then studied at Macquarie University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in economic and financial studies. Leckie first worked as a salesman for Nine Network starting in 1977. He later became its managing director in 1990.Under his leadership, the network spent all but six weeks atop the television ratings for the next decade. Nine's dominance over its rivals began to diminish in 2001, when a new ratings system was established. He was consequently dismissed in January 2001. In 2003, Leckie joined Seven Network, although it struggled during his first several months, the network's fortunes rebounded after it agreed to a deal with The Walt Disney Company. This enabled Seven to broadcast popular American shows. He resigned as CEO of Seven West Media in 2012, but continued advising the company for four years. Leckie cut his finger on a garage door in 2008.This injury led to septicemia, resulting in him being placed in an induced coma. His health did not completely recover from that infection and he died on July 20, 2021, in Robertson, New South Wales.

Arif Nizami (74) born October 14, 1948, in Pakistan. His father, Hameed Nizami, was a journalist, literary figure, Pakistan Movement activist, and the founder of the newspaper, the Nawa-i-Waqt. Nizami had been an editor of The Nation, but left due to personal disagreements with his uncle, who was the managing director and Chief Executive at the family-owned newspapers at that time. In 2010, he founded Pakistan Today newspaper and served as editor of the newspaper. In 2013, he was made caretaker minister for Information and Postal Service. In 2015, Nizami became CEO of Channel 24. He was also the host of a political talk show Debate News Analysis. Nizami is also known for previously hosting a current affairs show on Samaa TV. Nizami died on July 21, 2021, from complications from a heart attack he suffered earlier in the month.


Bhageerathi Amma (107) born in 1914 in Kollam, India. Her formal education ended at Class 3, when her mother died in childbirth. Class 3 is considered the middle stage of education with students being between 12 and 14 years of age. After the loss of her mother, Amma was responsible for raising her younger siblings. She lost her husband in her mid-thirties and was left with six children to raise. Amma was reported to have six children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. At the age of 105 when she decided to continue her education, one of her six children and three of her 15 grandchildren were dead and she was living with the fifth generation of her family. Amma passed the Class 4-equivalent examination, with a 75 score, making her the oldest person to do so. Amma was awarded the 2019 Nari Shakti Puraskar for her contribution towards women empowerment. Amma died on July 23, 2021, of age-related ailments.

News and Entertainment

Françoise Arnoul (90) born on June 3, 1931, in Constantine, French Algeria. She was the daughter of stage actress Janine Henry and artillery general Charles Gautsch. While her father continued military service in Morocco, the rest of the family moved to Paris, France, in 1945. After learning drama in Paris, she was noticed by director Willy Rozier, who offered her a major role in the film L'Épave. Her American film debut came in 1954 in Companions of the Night. She appeared in 41 films during her 67 year career. Later in life, she moved into television, appearing in different TV movies and mini-series and also turning to character parts. She published her autobiography entitled Animal doué de bonheur in 1995. Arnoul died on July 20, 2021, in Paris.

Lieb Bester (72) born on April 15, 1949, in Transvaal, South Africa. After graduating from Stofberg Boys' High School in 1967, Bester did his nine months of compulsory military service in Walvis Bay. He made his acting debut in 1969 in the play, Die RykWeduwee van Uys Krige. He had roles in 13 films over his 30-year career. His first feature film was Seun van die Wildtemmerin 1973. Bester played various musical instruments, including the piano, organ, keyboard, accordion, concertina, and guitar. He was part of the dance group Take 3. He had a successful career on television and was best known for his role as Fritz Retief in kykNET's soap opera, Villa Rosa. For this role, he received an ATKV Media Veertjie for Best Actor in a Soap Opera in 2012 and 2013. Bester died on July 21, 2021, after being hospitalized for a second time due to COVID-19.

Dieter Brummer (45) born May 5, 1976, in Sydney, Australia. He began his career starring in the television soap opera Home and Away. Brummer was nominated for the Gold Logie and Silver Logie Awards for "Most Popular Actor" in 1994, but failed to win. However, he went on to win the "Most Popular Actor" silver Logie Award in 1995 and 1996. According to his mother in an April 2007 interview, she stated that he was working as a window-cleaner between acting roles. In 2014, he joined the cast of Winners & Losers for 5 episodes. Brummer was found dead on July 24, 2021, in Sydney, Australia of an apparent suicide.

Raymond Cavaleri (74) born on January 17, 1947, in Syracuse, New York, his parents moved to California when he was six months old. He worked as a child actor during the early 1960s, appearing on television in episodes of The Roaring '20s, Thriller, Dennis the Menace, Going My Way, Mr. Novak, and Combat!. In 1962, she starred in the memorable Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “The Children of Alda Nuova. He made his final appearance as an actor in the 1975 film Lepke. In the early 1980s, Cavaleri switched careers and became a talent agent. He founded Cavaleri& Associates in 1981. He represented actors, directors, writers, and other Hollywood talent. In 2009, he was a producer on The Hitman Diaries: Charlie Valentine. Cavaleri was also a drama teacher at his alma maters, Alemany High School and California State University, Northridge. He was the founder of the Los Angeles theater groups, the Camille Ensemble, and the Cheherazade Ensemble. Cavaleri died on July 19, 2021.

Ho-Kau Chan (88) born in 1932, in Hong Kong. Chan first studied at Langfong Cantonese Opera School. Chan rose to fame in the 1960s as the widely acknowledged “queen” of supporting hua dan performer. Chan joined the Hing Sun Sing Opera Troupe in 1962 as a lead female Cantonese opera singer. She then joined the Chung San Sing Cantonese Opera Troupe in 1965. Chan is known for her role as a married woman or woman warrior. In 1953, Chan crossed over as an actress in Hong Kong films. Chan first appeared in A Battle in An Old City in 1953. Chan appeared in many Cantonese opera films, her last film was Secret Agent No. 1, in 1970. Chan has played roles in over 130 films. In 2006, she was awarded an Honorary Fellow from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Chan died on July 23, 2021.

John Cornell (80) born on March 2, 1941, in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. He was raised in Bunbury. As a journalist, Cornell reported on local events in Perth for The Daily News, becoming editor of that paper at 26yearsold.In 1971, while working as a producer for the television show A Current Affair, Cornell recognized the talents of a Sydney Harbour Bridge rigger, Paul Hogan. Cornell became Hogan's manager and often appeared alongside him in his popular television show. He produced and co-wrote the screenplay for Hogan's 1986 film Crocodile Dundee which became the highest grossing Australian film. He also produced and directed the successful 1988 sequel, Crocodile Dundee II.Cornell and Paul Hogan were investigated for alleged tax evasion in 2004. They were also investigated by the Australian Crime Commission "over the use of offshore accounts to bank royalties from the Crocodile Dundee films". They were later cleared of any wrongdoing by the ACC. Cornell died on July 23, 2021, in Byron Bay, Australia, from complications related to Parkinson's disease.

Herbert Kofer (100) born on February 17, 1921, in Berlin, Germany. Berlin. He went to acting school and started his career in 1940. From 1941 to 1945, Kofer served in the Wehrmacht, the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany. He was a prisoner of war. When he was released, he worked in different theatres in Berlin. Kofer was both the presenter of the first moments of East German television and the host of the final show nearly 40 years later on December 31, 1991. Beginning in the late 1950s, he had roles as an actor in films, TV series, and shows. After the reunification of Germany, he founded his stage show “KöfersKomödiantenbühne”. In March 2008, he published his biography. Kofer died on July 24, 2021, in Berlin, Germany.

Milan Lasica (81) born on February 3, 1940, in Zvolen, Slovakia. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Bratislava, where he studied theater. He met Julius Satinsky in the early 1950s. Together they began performing when they were still students. The team succeeded at the Tatra Revue and then founded the Korze Theater. After the communist occupation in 1968, the theater closed. Lasica and Satinský performed on TV in the program Someone is Behind the Door.Studio S was then established in 1982 on the premises of the former Tatra Revue. Lasica became the head of Studio S in 1989 and in 1999, and it was renamed Studio L + S. Milan Lasica has also starred in Czech films such as Heartfelt Greetings from the Globe; Bulldogs and Cherries; Three Veterans; Dear Friends; Yes, I Served the King of England and others. In 2003, he received the State Medal of Merit from President Václav Havel. Lasica died on July 18, 2021, in Bratislava, Slovakia from heart failure. During his performance, just after he had given a bow after one song from his show, he fainted on stage. The attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Jackie Mason (93) born Yacov Moshe Hakohen Maza on June 9, 1928, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Mason came from a long line of rabbis, which included his father, his grandfather, his great-grandfather, and his great-great grandfather. When Mason was five years old, his family moved to New York City. As a teenager, Mason worked as a busboy at resorts in the Borscht Belt in New York's Catskill Mountains. In 1953, Mason graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in his double major of English and Sociology from the City College of New York. At age 18 he became a cantor, and at age 25he became an ordained rabbi. Three years later, he resigned from his job as a rabbi in a synagogue to become a comedian. Mason received a special Tony Award and two Emmys. He holds the record for the longest-running one-man show in Broadway history and the longest-running stand-up show in the history of London's West End. Mason died on July 24, 2021, in New York City after a two-week stay in the hospital.

Carlos Muller (73) better known as Romeu. He was born on May 17, 1948, in Barcelona. He studied teaching, but left his studies to start Arts and Crafts. He began his career in 1971, drawing for Nueva Dimensión. He has worked as a scriptwriter and occasional actor for television. He was the creator of comic series like “Los Hijos Sin Padre” and “Historias de Miguelito”. Romeu also one of the founders of the satirical magazine El Jueves. His comic strip “Miguelito” was published daily, including the Sunday supplement, in the Spanish daily newspaper El País from the paper's foundation in 1976 until 2009. During his career as a cartoonist and comedian, he collaborated with numerous magazines and newspapers, such as Por Favor,Triunfo, Interviú, PlayBoy. Romeu was a recipient of the 2011 Gat Perich International Humor Prize. He died on July 24, 2021, in Barcelona, Spain.

Ivan Noel (52) born in 1968 in Beirut. Noel received a Bachelor of Arts in music and education from the University of York, specializing in soundtrack composition. He began his career as a professor, teaching music and composing. He also performed concerts in Paris as a solo classical guitarist and piano accompanist. Noel won awards for his photography and his compositions prior to his film work. In 2006, he sold his house to finance the filming of his first feature film, In Your Absence. It was a low budget production made with unknown actors. The film was featured in several festivals, including Vancouver, Palm Springs, Chicago, Bahamas and Athens. In Vancouver the film finished fifth out of more than 200 film entries. Noel would produce a total of 10 films in his 12-year career. Noel died on July 19, 2021,by suicide in Argentina. He left a farewell video where he stated, "When one loses his essence there is no reason to continue."

Thomas O'Connor (81) born on October 31, 1939, in Lancashire, England. O'Connor attended St Mary's College. He became a mathematics and music teacher at the St. Joan of Arc School and was also assistant headmaster. After teaching, he appeared as a comedian in working men's clubs. His television break came when he appeared on The Comedians. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was one of the most popular faces on British TV. He continued to host many shows including The Tom O'Connor Road Show for the BBC. This show ran daily and was watched by over 12 million viewers each day. His stage acting debut was in The Perils of the Pond at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, in 1991. O'Connor also appeared in summer stock theatre, cabaret tours, and pantomimes. O’Connor was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2007 and died on July 18, 2021.

Roberto Pandolfo (56) born on November 22, 1964, in Buenos Aires. In the late 1970s, he formed a band called Everlasting, with his high school classmates from the Don Cornelio Saavedra technical school. After high school, Pandolfo found success with the band Don Cornelio and the Zone, which ignited the Argentine rock scene of the 80s with their four albums. In 1989, Pandolfo decided to leave the band. His next band was The Visitors, a band in which the singer and composer incorporated Latin American rhythms for the first time. Pandolfo recorded five albums with The Visitors. He was currently the lead singer for the band La Hermandad. He had planned to return to the stage, on August 7 after Argentina loosened the Covid-19 restrictions. Pandolfo died on July 22, 2021,after he fainted as he walked along an avenue in Buenos Aires. Resuscitation attempts were in vain.

Alfie Scopp (101) born on September 15, 1919, in London, England. As a child, he and his family emigrated to Montreal, Canada. During World War II, he was part of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Newfoundland. It was during this time that he began a career in radio, working for the local station CBG. In theater, he worked in different Toronto productions, as well as working for National Film Board of Canada. He attended Lorne Greene's Academy of Radio Arts after the war. He provided the voice of the Scarecrow in the 1960s animated television series Tales of the Wizard of Oz, as well as the TV film Return to Oz. He was part of the voice cast for the 1964 Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, where he voiced the characters of Fireball, various male elves, and Charlie-in-the-Box . He played the character role of bookseller Avram in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof, which won three Academy Awards and was nominated in seven more categories in 1972.Scopp died on July 24, 2021, in Toronto, Canada.

Mary Ward (106) also known as Mary Ward Breheny. Ward was born on March 6, 1915, in Fremantle, Western Australia. Ward began acting professionally shortly after leaving high school, and later studied at the Perth drama school. She also studied in Britain, and worked as a speech therapist alongside Lionel Logue who was the speech therapist who helped King George VI overcome his stutter. Ward worked in England in repertory, stage, theatre, and film before returning to Australia prior to World War II. Upon returning, she became one of the first female radio announcers for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during the war, where she was billed as The Forces Sweetheart. Ward resumed her stage work in the 1970s with the Melbourne Theatre Company, remaining with the company until 1983. During the late 1980s, she had supporting roles in film, as well as appearing in soap operas in guest roles. After starring in a 1989 television movie, she returned to the theatre and, in 1991, appeared in the play Alive and Kicking. Between 1999 and 2000, she played a recurring character in a police drama. Her acting career spanned six decades, until retiring in 2000. Ward died on July 19, 2021, in Victoria, Australia.

Charles Weiss (76) born on March 18, 1945, in Denver, Colorado. His parents owned a record store in New York. Through his parents, he met Lightnin' Hopkins. Hopkins was impressed with his drum playing and took him on tour, where Weiss had the opportunity to play with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Roger Miller, Dr. John, and others. Weiss was the subject of Rickie Lee Jones's hit song "Chuck E.'s In Love", from her 1979 debut album. Weiss and his friend Johnny Depp were instrumental in resuscitating the Viper Room, which later became notorious when River Phoenix died there in 1993. In the May 14, 2002, episode of Gilmore Girls entitled "Lorelai's Graduation Day", Weiss appeared as the proprietor of a record store in New York City. He made brief cameos on two 1990Married... with Children episodes as a homeless man and one on an episode of Brotherly Love, as Leo the garbage man. He also made an appearance on My Wife and Kids. Weiss was a lifelong bachelor and had no children. Weiss died on July 19, 2021, in Los Angeles, from cancer.

Politics and Military

Lawrence Goodman (100) born on September 24, 1920, in West London. Goodman attended Herne Bay College in Kent, where he became a member of the Officer Training Corps. In 1937, he enrolled in an electrical engineering course prior to joining his father's film and advertising business in London. In 1939,shortly after the outbreak of the war, Goodman volunteered at the age of 18 for the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was accepted for aircrew training. He joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1940. Goodman completed his training and was awarded his flying badge on April 24, 1942, and commissioned as a Pilot Officer. He was the last surviving wartime pilot of the No. 617 Squadron RAF (a.k.a. the Dambusters) which carried out Operation Chastise, an attack on German dams on May 16 and 17, 1943. He completed 30 operations before the end of the war in May 1945. After his military term of service was complete in 1945, Goodman joined 604 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force, flying Spitfire XVIs from RAF Hendon as a reservist. He rejoined the RAF in 1949 during the Berlin Airlift, initially flying Hastings in Transport Command and finally retiring in 1963. During his 21 years of service, he flew over 3,500 hours in 22 different aircraft types. He continued to fly as a private pilot until he was over 90 years old. He was awarded the Légion d’honneur in 2016. Goodman died on July 18, 2021.

Nyan Win (78) was born on November 20, 1942, in Burma. After graduating with a law degree from Rangoon University, he served as a High Court advocate from 1970–1973 and worked as a government prosecutor until his retirement in November 1988. During the 1990 Burmese general election, Win was elected to parliament representing Paung Township, with approximately 55 of the votes. Win served on the National League for Democracy's Central Executive Committee and was a party spokesman. Win joined the NLD in 1988, soon after the party was formed following the 1988 pro-democracy uprising. In the wake of the Myanmar coup d'état on February 1, 2021, Win was detained by the Myanmar Armed Forces. He was accused of inciting public disorder and kept in the Insein Prison, where he contracted COVID-19. Win was transferred to Yangon General Hospital in mid-July after his condition worsened, but died on July 20, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar.


Gregory Knapp (58) born on March 5, 1963, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After attending Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California Knapp went on to Sacramento State University. As a quarterback at Sacramento State University, Knapp enjoyed a distinguished career where he ranked among the Hornets' career leaders. He went to training camps with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1986,Los Angeles Raiders from 1987–1990, and the San Francisco 49ers 1992–1994. Prior to joining the 49ers as a coach, Knapp spent nine years on the coaching staff of Sacramento State, as running backs coach from 1986–1989, receivers coach from 1989–1990, and offensive coordinator/assistant head coach from 1991–1994. The New York Jets hired him as its passing-game specialist on January 18, 2021. On July 17, 2021, Knapp was hit by a motorist while riding his bicycle in San Ramon, California, near his home. He died from his injuries on July 22, 2021 at a hospital in Walnut Creek, California.

Jenny Lynn (49) born on January 22, 1972, in Petaluma, California. This is where she competed nationally in cheerleading. She began weight training after high school when she was an aerobics instructor and competitor. As a fitness competitor, she earned her pro card in 2001 at the National Physique Championships in Nevada. In 2003, the figure division was created, with a focus on less muscle than bodybuilding and without the acrobatic routines of fitness. Lynn won the inaugural Figure International at the 2003 Arnold Classic. That was the first of her 12 pro figure titles, including the Ms. Figure Olympia, which she won in 2006 and 2007. Lynn last competed in the 2009 Figure Olympia. In recent years, she focused on network marketing and online coaching. Lynn died on July 19, 2021, after suffering a seizure in her sleep.

Yevgeni Pupkov (45) born on January 18, 1976, in Oskemen, Kazakhstan. Pupkov played in the Russian Superleague and Kontinental Hockey League for multiple teams throughout his career. His last team was the Voskresensk Khimik of the KHL. He was a member of the Kazakhstan men's national ice hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. The Kazakhstan team had a record of one win, against Latvia and four losses. Pupkov died on July 24, 2021, from Covid-19.

Roger Quemener (81) born on June 17, 1941, in France. Quemener became a member of the Parisian police department in 1963.At age 28, while watching another legendary walker, Gilbert Roger, pass by in Noisy-le-Grand, that moment made Quemener decide to begin participating in long distance racewalking. He was French champion in the 100 kilometers in 1971, 1972, and 1975. In 1979,Quemener won the classic Paris-Strasbourg, a walking race of approximately 321 Miles. In 1981, the Paris-Strasbourg Race changed names to the Paris-Colmar Race. Quemener won five times consecutively from 1985 to 1989. His total of seven wins stood until a Polish walker surpassed 7with a total of 10 wins. Quemener is still the most successful Frenchman in the longest walking event in the world. Quemener would later become the deputy director of the event. He died on July 18, 2021, in France, from inoperable peritoneum, liver, and stomach cancer.

Andre Thysse (52) born on March 24, 1969, in Germiston, South Africa. He won the South African amateur light-middleweight championship in 1989 and 1990. Thysse made his professional debut on April 14, 1999, and scored a points victory over Adriaan Fourie. Thysse won his next three fights before losing by a close points decision in a six-rounder. On June 23, 2001, he stopped Thabiso Mogale in nine rounds to win the vacant SA super-middleweight title and in November he retained the title. In 2005, he made three successful defenses of his national title, beating Patrick Simelane, Daniel Bruwer, and Andile Tshongolo. Thysse never publicly announced his retirement from the ring and quietly faded out of the limelight. He subsequently went into business investing his earnings, renting a warehouse near the OR Tambo International Airport and shops at the Carnival City Casino and in Meyersdal. He also became a boxing promoter. Thysse died on July 22, 2021, from the Covid-19 virus.

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