Sunnie Mann, Wife of Former Beirut Hostage, Dies
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Sunnie Mann, wife of former British hostage Jack Mann, died today of lung cancer, her doctors said. She was 78.
Dr. Helen Soteriou of the Evangelistria Clinic said Mrs. Mann’s condition worsened overnight and ″she passed away very quickly.″ She said Mrs. Mann had been a heavy smoker.
Mann, 78, a World War II fighter pilot and subsequently a pilot with Middle East Airlines, was held hostage in Lebanon for more than two years by Islamic extremists.
Mann was freed Sept. 24, 1991.
The couple settled in Nicosia soon after Mann’s release. Mrs. Mann wrote a book about her experience during her husband’s captivity, titled ″Yours to the End.″
Mann was kidnapped in west Beirut on May 12, 1989, and his abductors demanded the release of unspecified comrades held in London for the 1987 killing of Palestinian cartoonist Ali Naji al-Adhami. Scotland Yard said no one was held for that slaying.
He was freed by the Revolutionary Justice Organization 28 months later in response to Israel’s release of 51 Shiite Muslim prisoners and the handover of the bodies of nine Lebanese guerrillas.