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Li Peng, Chinese leader derided for role in Tiananmen crackdown, dies at 90

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.

Art Neville, member of Neville Brothers, Meters, dies at 81

Mr. Neville, who was nicknamed “Poppa Funk,’’ performed with his siblings in the Neville Brothers band and founded the groundbreaking funk group the Meters.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano who oversaw Iran deal dies at 72

Mr. Amano, a Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade, died at 72, the agency announced Monday.

Robert Morgenthau, bane of rogue banks and scofflaws, dies at 99

Mr. Morgenthau became one of the country’s most powerful district attorneys and revolutionized how the job is done.

Russell Smith, lead singer of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, dies at 70

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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In addition to inventing the Lifeline system, Dr. Dibner was among the so-called BU Five — faculty members who refused to cross picket lines set up by striking clerical and technical workers in 1979.

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.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2009 file photo, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau speaks during a press conference in New York. Morgenthau, the longest-serving former Manhattan district attorney who tried mob kingpins, music stars and white-collar criminals and inspired a character on

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, shown during a masters tennis match in London in 2014, won five singles titles during his career.

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. Mitchell, a lecturer at Harvard’s School of Public Health, created a group that sought to improve diagnoses and care.

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.

Mr. Laingen stepped from one of four planes carrying the freed Iranian hostages to their official welcome in Washington.

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.

FILE - In this July 1959 file photo, Elijah

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.

Mr. Landers also served as a private detective while working for the Herald.

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.

FILE - In this April 12, 1997, file photo, Pernell Whitaker, right, leans away from a punch by Oscar De La Hoya during their WBC Welterweight Championship fight at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. De La Hoya won by unanimous decision. Former boxing champion Pernell Whitaker has died after he was hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach on Monday say Whitaker was a pedestrian when struck by the car Sunday night, July 14, 2019. The driver remained on the scene, where Whitaker was pronounced dead. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

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.

Mr. Charnin rebuffed suggestions that he stage the musical as camp instead of straightforward realism.

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.

Dr. Feigenbaum was regarded as one of the leaders in the effort to find overarching commonalities in how systems become chaotic.

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’s smooth baritone led the eclectic sextet the Persuasions. He died last week in Phoenix.

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.

Ms. Nalayeh in the northern Somali city of Las Anod. She was 43 when she was killed Friday in a hotel bombing.

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.

Dr. Corbató, a longtime professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with his computer in 1965.

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.

Ms. Nolan, who stood out as a woman in a field dominated by men, also wrote nine books.

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.

Former Argentine president Fernando de la Rua, center, who attracted voters with his image as an honest statesman and later left the country plunged into its worst economic crisis, died Tuesday. He was 81.

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’s consortium won the design competition for the National Museum of African American History in 2009.

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.

-OUTSIDE GREAT BARRINGTON, MA-May 15, 2014-Globe Staff Photo by Stan Grossfeld- Jim Bouton, 75, author of Ball Four, and a former Yankee 20 game throws his knuckleball against a wall he built behind his home in the Berkshires. Cocoa, a border collie and housekeepers dog plays backup catcher.

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.

FILE -- Ben Barenholtz, a distributor who nurtured the careers of many renowned directors including David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, at home in New York, July 24, 2017. Barenholtz also launched the Òmidnight movieÓ phenomenon by screening ÒEl TopoÓ at the Elgin Theater in Manhattan in 1970, an innovation soon copied widely. He died on June 27, 2019, at age 83. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)

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.

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, file photo, actor Rip Torn attends the New York premiere of

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.

Mr. Gilberto, performing on his guitar at Carnegie Hall in New York, was considered one of the fathers of the bossa nova genre.

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.