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GUADALAJARA, Spain (AP) _ Lt. Gen. Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, best known for

December 16, 1995

GUADALAJARA, Spain (AP) _ Lt. Gen. Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, best known for confronting soldiers as they stormed Parliament in a 1981 coup attempt, died Friday after a car accident. He was 83.

Gutierrez Mellado was filmed leaping from his chair in Parliament on Feb. 23, 1981, and getting into a shoving match with the civil guard leader of the attempted coup as soldiers fired guns into the air.

The clip became one of the most famous symbols of Spain’s transition to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.

The insurrection ended when soldiers obeyed King Juan Carlos’ orders to stay in their barracks.

Following the 1977 general election, Gutierrez Mellado, a lifelong military man, was appointed minister of defense. He left office in 1981.

Nancy LaMott

NEW YORK (AP) _ Nancy LaMott, a cabaret singer who had performed at the White House, died of uterine and liver cancer Wednesday. She was 43.

Told that she only had a few hours to live, she proposed to her companion, actor Peter Zapp, and they were married in a bedside ceremony.

LaMott began her singing career at age 15, performing with her father’s dance band in Midland, Mich. She went on to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at the White House for President Clinton.

The Clintons called LaMott Tuesday to say their thoughts were with her.

Her albums include ``Beautiful Baby″ (1991), ``Come Rain or Come Shine: The Songs of Johnny Mercer″ (1993), ``My Foolish Heart″ (1994), and the recently released ``Listen To My Heart.″

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