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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Tony DiCicco, coach of US women's soccerYuri Drozdov, Soviet spymasterCarla Fendi, one of five Fendi sisters who started Italian luxury fur businessPete Flynn, longtime NY Mets groundskeeperTim Hague, Canadian boxerAlbert ('Prodigy') Johnson, half of rapping duo Mobb DeepRobert ('Skipper') Perry, South Carolina state legislatorOtto Warmbier, US college student held in North Korea

Business and Science

Carla Fendi (79) one of five sisters who transformed their family leather goods business into a global luxury fashion house long known for its furs. The sisters opened the first Fendi store in Rome’s historic center in 1964 and in ‘65 hired a young designer named Karl Lagerfeld who helped to catapult the Italian brand into global fame, with a focus on designing luxury furs. Each sister had her role, and Carla, as Fendi president, was the family business’s public face until they sold to the French luxury group LVMH in 1999. She was honorary president until her death in Milan, Italy on June 19, 2017.

News and Entertainment

Albert ('Prodigy') Johnson (42) rapper, member of the hardcore New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy found success in the '90s with fellow rapper Havoc in Mobb Deep. The duo's hits included “Quiet Storm” with Lil Kim, “Shook Ones (Part II),” and “Hey Luv (Anything).” Mobb Deep earned a platinum plaque for the 1999 album, Murda Muzik, which featured the memorable remix of “Quiet Storm,” still performed by Lil Kim on the road today. Mobb Deep also reached gold status with the albums Infamy, Hell on Earth, and The Infamous. Prodigy released several solo albums, including the gold-selling HNIC (2000). He had battled sickle cell anemia since birth and was in Las Vegas, Nevada for a performance when he died, on June 20, 2017.

Politics and Military

Yuri Drozdov (91) Soviet spymaster who oversaw a sprawling network of KGB agents abroad. A World War II veteran, Drozdov joined the KGB in 1956 and was dispatched as a liaison officer with the East German secret police, the Stasi. In 1962 he took part in the exchange of Soviet undercover agent Rudolf Abel, convicted in the US, for downed American spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers. Working under diplomatic cover, Drozdov was KGB resident in China in 1964–68 and in the US in '75–79. In 1979 he came to head a KGB department overseeing a network of undercover agents abroad, the job he held until resigning in ’91. He died in Moscow, Russia on June 21, 2017.

Robert ('Skipper') Perry (77) former South Carolina state representative known for his candid humor. Perry was frequently seen around Aiken and the Statehouse grounds on his Segway. He represented Aiken for 10 years in the House, retiring in 2008. The Republican was an Aiken city councilman from 1971–87 and mayor pro tem from ‘89–99. The University of South Carolina graduate ran a liquor store and sold real estate in Aiken. His son, Richard Perry, is US Sen. Lindsey Graham's chief of staff. Skipper Perry died in Columbia, South Carolina on June 18, 2017.

Society and Religion

Otto Warmbier (22) American college student who on June 13 was released by North Korea in a coma after almost 18 months in captivity. US doctors described Warmbier’s condition as a state of “unresponsive wakefulness” and said he suffered a “severe neurological injury” of unknown cause. Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion. He was put before North Korean officials and journalists for a televised “confession” and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor. He died six days after his release, in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 19, 2017.


Tony DiCicco (68) coached the US to the 1999 World Cup title before an overflow Rose Bowl crowd in a landmark for women's soccer. DiCicco became US coach in 1994 and led the team to the gold medal at the ‘96 Atlanta Games, the first Olympics to feature women's soccer. Then he guided a team filled with superstars—women's sports trailblazers such as Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Michelle Akers—to the 1999 World Cup crown. In the final, the US beat China 5-4 on the winning penalty kick by Brandi Chastain in Pasadena, California before 90,185 fans, by far the largest attendance for a women's soccer game. DiCicco died of cancer in Wethersfield, Connecticut on June 19, 2017.

Pete Flynn (79) groundskeeper for the New York Mets who spent 50 years manicuring baseball diamonds from the Polo Grounds to Citi Field. Flynn began his tenure with the Mets during their inaugural season in 1962 at the old Polo Grounds. He was head groundskeeper at Shea Stadium from 1974–2001 and remained on the grounds crew until retiring in ‘11, two years after the team moved into Citi Field. One of Flynn's favorite memories was of driving The Beatles onto the field in front of 55,000 screaming fans for their famous concert at Shea Stadium in 1965. He died on June 20, 2017.

Tim Hague (33) former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter known as “The Thrashing Machine.” Hague, who grew up on a farm in Boyle, Alberta, was a heavyweight trained in jiu-jitsu. He was 21-13 as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter before switching to boxing in summer 2016. He died in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada two days after he was critically injured when he was knocked out in a boxing match against former Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Adam Braidwood, on June 18, 2017.

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