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A chronology of those who died in 2014

December 25, 2014


April 3

— Paul Salamunovich, 86, longtime director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale who helped score movies including “The Godfather,” in Los Angeles of complications from West Nile virus.

April 4

— Anja Niedringhaus, a courageous and talented Associated Press photographer who covered everything from battlefields to sports fields, shot and killed while covering elections in eastern Afghanistan.

— Kumba Yala, 61 a former president of Guinea-Bissau who was elected in 2000 and ousted in a military coup three years later, in the West African capital of Bissau. No cause of death was given.

— Curtis Bill Pepper, 96, a longtime foreign correspondent for Newsweek and the author of eight books, in Todi, Italy. No cause of death was given.

April 5

— Peter Matthiessen, 86, a rich man’s son who spurned a life of leisure and embarked on extraordinary physical and spiritual quests while producing acclaimed books such as “The Snow Leopard” and “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” on Long Island, New York. He had leukemia and had been ill for some months.

April 6

— Mickey Rooney, 93, the pint-sized, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, in Los Angles of natural causes.

April 7

— Peaches Geldof, a model, media personality and daughter of Irish singer Bob Geldof, in Wrotham, England. Her death was sudden and unexplained.

— Mary Cheever, 95, an accomplished author and poet best known as the enduring spouse and widow of John Cheever, surviving by decades a husband who used their lonely, but lasting, marriage as an inspiration for some of his most memorable stories, in Ossining, New York. She had been battling pneumonia.

April 9

— Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson, 87, a former Trinidad and Tobago prime minister who was held hostage for days and shot during a bloody 1990 coup attempt, in Port-of-Spain, of several conditions related to diabetes.

April 10

— Jim Flaherty, 64, former Canadian finance minister and a fixture on the world financial stage who had retired just three weeks ago, in Ottawa. No cause of death was given but he had been battling a rare skin disease.

— Richard Hoggart, 95, a distinguished cultural historian and significant witness in the court case that ended British censorship of “Lady Chatterly’s Lover,” in London. No cause of death was given.

— Sue Townsend 68, a British comic author and social critic who created the angst-ridden teenage diarist Andrian Mole, in Leicester, England after a stroke.

— Phyllis Frelich, 70, an award-winning actress who starred in the Broadway version of “Children of a Lesser God,” in Temple City, California, of a degenerative neurological disease, progressive supernuclear palsy, or PSP, for which there is no known treatment.

April 11

— Patrick Seale, a veteran British journalist and author of books on Middle Eastern affairs as well as one of the world’s leading historians on Syria, in London. He had brain cancer.

April 12

— Jesse Winchester, 69, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam war and wrote songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez. He had cancer.

April 14

— Nina Cassian, 89, a Romanian poet and translator who obtained political asylum in the United States after the communist-era secret police found her critical poetry scribbled in a friend’s diary, in New York after a heart attack.

April 15

— John C. Houbolt, 95, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA’s successful moon landing in 1969, in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

April 17

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin American passion, superstition, violence, persecution and inequality, in Mexico City. No cause of death was given.

April 19

— Kevin Sharp, 43, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, in Fair Oaks, California, of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

April 20

— Alistair MacLeod, 77, an award-winning Canadian author who was best known for his short stories and novel “No Great Mischief,” in Windsor, Ontario of complications from a stroke.

April 21

— Win Tin, 85, a prominent journalist who became Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy, in Yangon. He had been hospitalized for respiratory problems.

— Daniel Anker 50, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who directed and produced a documentary detailing a 1935 sled run in Alaska to deliver a lifesaving serum, in Anchorage of pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma.

April 23

— Mark Shand, 62, the brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales and a chairman of an elephant conservation group, in New York after sustaining a serious head injury in a fall.

April 24

— Hans Hollein, an Austrian architect and designer who won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and whose work ranged from big museums to tiny shops to furniture and sun glasses, in Vienna, after a long illness.

April 25

— Stefanie Zweig, 81, a German-Jewish writer best known for her autobiographical novel “Nowhere in Africa,” in Berlin after a short, serious illness.

April 26

— Rashad Harden, 34, a house music and footwork pioneer who performed as DJ Rashad, in Chicago of an apparent drug overdose.

April 27

— Herman Hyman, 82, who founded The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the 1960s and saw the premium coffee chain grow to hundreds of stores around the world, in Camarillo, California, of natural causes.

April 29

— Assi Dayan, 68, an Israeli actor and director known for his trailblazing films and troubled personal life, in Tel Aviv. He had suffered from several undisclosed illnesses.

— Walter R. Walsh, 106, who captured gangsters as an FBI agent in the 1930s and went on to train Marine snipers and become the longest-lived Olympian, in Arlington, Virginia. He had suffered a recent minor heart attack and his health deteriorated.

— Al Feldstein, 88, whose 28 years at Mad transformed the satirical magazine into a cultural institution, in Livingston, Montana. No cause of death was given.

April 30

— Bob Hoskins, 71, a British actor whose career ranged from noir drama “Mona Lisa” to animated fantasy “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” in London after a bout with pneumonia. He had Parkinson’s disease.

— Bassem Sabry, 31, one of Egypt’s most respected bloggers and a democracy advocate who chronicled the country’s turmoil since the 2011 uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo after an accidental fall from a high-rise building.

— Nicholas Martin, 75, an actor-turned-director who managed two theater companies in Massachusetts and earned a Tony nomination award for directing “Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike” on Broadway last year, in New York. He had throat cancer.

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