Li Peng, the former Chinese premier derided as the stone-faced “butcher of Beijing” for his role in the bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in 1989, died Monday in the Chinese capital. He was 90.
Arthur Ryan, who founded the low-cost fashion chain Primark, dies at 83
Mr. Ryan began his business as a single store in Dublin and grew it into an international retailing giant, including in Boston.
Marylou Whitney, ‘Queen of Saratoga,’ dies at 93
Marylou Whitney, a successful thoroughbred breeder and owner whose family helped keep Saratoga Race Course open in the 1970s, has died.
Mitch Petrus, former Giants offensive lineman, at dies 32
Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Mr. Petrus died of heat stroke Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital after working outside that day at his family’s shop.
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Mr. Neville, who was nicknamed “Poppa Funk,’’ performed with his siblings in the Neville Brothers band and founded the groundbreaking funk group the Meters.
Mr. Amano, a Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade, died at 72, the agency announced Monday.
Mr. Morgenthau became one of the country’s most powerful district attorneys and revolutionized how the job is done.
Russell Smith, the lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the country-rock band the Amazing Rhythm Aces, died July 12 in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 70.
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Andrew Dibner, former BU professor who pioneered the medical alert device field, dies at 93
He a Boston University professor when he and his wife, Susan Schmidt Dibner, were pioneers of the medical alert device industry.
Robert Morgenthau, longest-serving Manhattan DA, dies at 99
He spent more than three decades jailing criminals from mob kingpins and drug-dealing killers to a tax-dodging Harvard dean.
Italian writer, director Luciano De Crescenzo, dies at 90
Luciano De Crescenzo, an Italian writer, actor and director, has died in Rome after being hospitalized for a few days. He was 90.
Peter McNamara, who won three tennis Grand Slam doubles titles, dies at 64
An Australian tennis player who won three Grand Slam doubles titles, he reached a highest singles ranking of No. 7.
1960s prankster Paul Krassner, who named Yippies, dies at 87
Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said.
Dr. Marc Mitchell, a pioneer of digital health care for the world’s poorest patients, dies at 70
The longtime lecturer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health also founded D-tree International.
Aaron Rosand, renowned violinist with a famous fiddle
As a coda to his career, Mr. Rosand sold his beloved rare violin for some $10 million and donated $1.5 million of that to a music institute.
Cesar Pelli, designer of iconic buildings around the world, at 92
Although his work was wide-ranging, Mr. Pelli was particularly known for his skyscrapers.
Dr. John Tanton, quiet catalyst in anti-immigration drive, dies at 85
Dr. John Tanton was a small-town ophthalmologist who founded or fostered the nation’s leading anti-immigration groups, which have helped shape President Trump’s hard-line immigration policies.
Edith Irby Jones, trailblazer for black doctors, dies at 91
Ms. Jones, who was the first black student to matriculate at a previously all-white medical school when she enrolled in 1948 at what is now the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, died Monday at her home in Houston.
Ernie Broglio, who pitched for Cardinals, Cubs, dies at 83
Ernie Broglio, a 21-game winner in 1960 who is remembered most as the player traded by the St. Louis Cardinals for Hall of Famer Lou Brock, has died.
Andrea Camilleri, author of Inspector Montalbano novels, dies at 93
Andrea Camilleri, who took a late-career stab at writing a mystery novel and came up with the Inspector Montalbano detective series, which became wildly successful in Italy and was the basis for a popular television series, died Wednesday morning in a hospital in Rome.
Alan Rogan, keeper of rock guitars, smashed ones included, dies at 68
For decades, it was his job to repair the expensive electric guitars that the Who’s leader, Pete Townshend, smashed onstage as part of his act.
Bruce Laingen, top-ranking US diplomat held in Iran hostage crisis, dies at 96
Mr. Laingen was visiting the Iranian Foreign Ministry offices when his staff was overrun, bound, and blindfolded at the US embassy. He also was held hostage for more than a year.
Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Red Sox, dies at 85
Green, who was 85, played parts of four seasons with the Red Sox.
South African musician Johnny Clegg dies at 66
Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed by the apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
John J. Landers Jr., award-winning photographer and Boston Herald picture editor, dies at 82
He was part of a team at the Boston Herald American that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1979 for coverage of the Blizzard of 1978.
Mortimer Caplin, charismatic and hard-driving IRS commissioner, dies at 103
Caplin brought political savvy and an extrovert’s flair to a somber profession mostly characterized by its fascination with loopholes and number crunching.
Pernell Whitaker, tactical, defensive boxing champ, dies at 55
His nickname was Sweet Pea, a southpaw who slipped in and out of the pocket and rarely gave an opponent an opportunity to land a clean shot.
Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84
Mr. Charnin promoted and developed what he described as an optimistic musical for a cynical time.
Mitchell Feigenbaum, an architect of chaos theory, dies at 74
A mathematical constant that is one of the keystones of chaos theory has been named for him: the Feigenbaum constant.
William Dannemeyer, conservative congressman from California and anti-gay crusader, dies at 89
The seven-term California congressman exemplified the archconservative politics of Orange County.
Susan P. Bloom, who taught and elevated children’s literature, dies at 80
The Framingham resident, who died June 7, formerly directed the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons University.
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died.
Hodan Nalayeh, Canadian-Somali journalist called a trailblazer, dies at 43
As bombings and attacks rocked Somalia in recent years, Canadian-Somali journalist Hodan Nalayeh found what she believed was a higher calling: showcasing the hidden beauty of her homeland and its people.
Anita Epstein, who chronicled her infancy during the Holocaust, dies at 76
Months after Eda Kuenstler’s liberation from concentration camps, she appeared at the home of a Catholic family in Poland to reclaim her daughter. Anita, then 3, did not recognize her as her mother. She already had a mother.
Fernando Corbató, a father of your PC — and password, dies at 93
An MIT professor, he oversaw a project that allowed multiple users in different locations to access a single computer simultaneously through telephone lines.
Paul Benjamin, ‘corner man’ in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ dies
In a career that lasted almost half a century, he also appeared on screen opposite Clint Eastwood and other stars and was frequently seen on television.
Janne E. Nolan, principled adviser on world affairs, dies at 67
Ms. Nolan, an expert on international affairs and arms-control issues, lamented the reluctance of skeptics to speak out against policies they believed to be wrong.
Fernando de la Rúa, ill-fated president of Argentina, 81
Mr. De la Rúa resigned as president amid one of the most spectacular economic collapses in modern history.
Phil Freelon, architect who helped design Smithsonian’s African American Museum, dies at 66
His firm specialized in designing public buildings, including other cultural centers devoted to black life in Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte, and San Francisco.
Vivian Perlis, oral historian of American music, dies at 91
Mrs. Perlis founded Yale University’s Oral History of American Music, which collected audio and video interviews that she directed for more than 40 years.
Jim Bouton, baseball pitcher whose ‘Ball Four’ gave irreverent peek inside the game, dies at 80
Bouton, a once-promising pitcher with the New York Yankees, found greater fame as the author of ‘‘Ball Four,’’ an irreverent, best-selling book that angered baseball’s hierarchy and changed the way journalists and fans viewed the sports world.
Marie Ponsot, poet and winner of National Book Critics Circle Award, dies at 98
After a promising start as a published poet in the 1950s, Marie Ponsot put her career aside. She was a single mother in New York City, with seven children to raise.
Valentina Cortese, Italian film actress, dies at 96
She was best known for her role as a fading, tippling movie diva in François Truffaut’s “Day for Night,” which earned her a 1975 Academy Award nomination — as well as an apology from the winner, Ingrid Bergman.
Ben Barenholtz, midnight-movie Innovator, dies at 83
Mr. Barenholtz began the midnight-movie phenomenon at his Manhattan theater in the 1970s and nurtured the movie careers of David Lynch and the Coen brothers.
Michael Colgrass, composer who transcended genres, dies at 87
Mr. Colgrass, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, created genre-crossing orchestral and chamber works.
Emmy-winning actor Rip Torn dies at 88
Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan, overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in theater, television and movies and win an Emmy in his 60s for his comedy turn on TV’s “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Jack Renner, recording master and a founder of Telarc, dies at 84
Mr. Renner was Telarc’s chief engineer, tackling the difficult task of how to record ensembles in a way that would capture the truest sound.
Brazilian musician Joao Gilberto dies at 88
Mr. Gilberto was a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter considered one of the fathers of the bossa nova genre that gained global popularity in the 1960s.
South African aiming to be 1st black African in space dies
Mandla Maseko, a South African man who had won the opportunity to become the first black African to go into space, has died in a motorcycle crash. He was 30.