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Aliya Khambikova, Russian volleyball playerDesiet Kidane, Eritrean professional racing cyclistKirsi Marjatta Kunnas, Finnish poet, children's literature author, and translatorIgor Yuriyevich Nikulin, hammer thrower who represented the USSR, the Unified Team, and later RussiaDean Stockwell, American Actor

Art and Literature

Kirsi Kunnas (96) born on December 14, 1924, in Helsinki, Finland. Kunnas has authored poems, fairy tale books, drama, translations (e.g. Lewis Carroll, Federico García Lorca) and non-fiction. Her books have been translate into Swedish, English, German, French, Hungarian, Estonian, and Polish. Kunnas received the title of Academician of Art in 2009 and the Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2012.Kunnas died in her sleep at her home in Ylöjärvi, Finland, on November 8, 2021.

News and Entertainment

Dean Stockwell (85) born March 5, 1936, in Los Angeles. Stockwell grew up between LA and New York City. As a child actor he was under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, starting his acting career in 1945. As a young adult, he played a lead role in the 1957 Broadway and 1959 screen adaptations of Compulsion In 1962, Stockwell starred in the film Long Day's Journey into Night, for which he won a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. He appeared in many films, including Married to the Mob, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His television roles include playing roles in series Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica. His acting career spanned over 70 years. He died on November 7, 2021, in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.


Aliya Khambikova (21) born on January 1, 1999, in Russia. Khambikova was a middle blocker for Russian second-division team Ufimochka-UGNTU from the city of Ufa, which lies around 1,165km east of Moscow. Khambikova, who had been playing for the team since 2019, last appeared in early October. Her passing just over one month later appears to have led to unfounded claims that Covid-19 was the cause. Some unconfirmed reports in Russia have stated that Khambikova had been diagnosed with leukemia. She died on November 7, 2021, in Moscow, Russia.

Desiet Kidane (21) born on October 10, 2000, in Asmara, Eritrea. She raced for the UCI Women’s Continental Team WCC Team. She competed in the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, England, in the women’s road race. She also competed at the World Championships in September, but failed to finish the 98-mile race. Tekeste represented her nation in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, taking part in the criterium, a duo time trial and road race. She competed in four races in October 2021. She died on November 8, 2021, after being hit by a car while training in Asmara, Eritrea.

Igor Nikulin (61) born on August 14, 1960, in the Soviet Union. In 1979, Nikulin won the European Championship among juniors. In 1981 he became the bronze medalist of the Universiade. At the World Championships in 1983 Nikulin came fourth and in 1987 placed fifth. At the European Championships, he won silver and two bronzes. At the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, Igor won a bronze medal, losing to compatriots Igor Astapkovich and Andrei Abduvaliev. In 1994, at the European Championships, Nikulin finished fourth. Nikulin was the USSR champion in 1981, 1982, and 1984, and silver medalist in the 1980 and 1983 championships. He died on November 7,2021 in Moscow.

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