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A chronology of those who died in 2008

A chronology of those who died in 2008

Jan. 1
_Helen Suzman, 91, a South African anti-apartheid activist, in Johannesburg.
_Johannes Mario Simmel, 84, an Austrian-born author whose novels are said to have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide, in Zug, Switzerland.
Jan. 3
_Pat Hingle, 84, a veteran actor whose career included a role as Commissioner Gordon in several Batman movies in the 1990s, after battling blood cancer, in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.
Jan. 10
_Coosje van Bruggen, 66, a Netherland-born art critic, historian and sculptor who collaborated with her husband Claes Oldenburg on his giant sculptures of mundane objects, in Los Angeles.
Jan. 12
_Arne Naess, 96, the Norwegian philosopher, writer and mountaineer best known for launching the concept of "deep ecology," in Oslo.
_Claude Berri, 74, a fixture for more than 50 years in contemporary French cinema as an actor, writer, director and producer, in Paris.
Jan. 13
_Nancy Bird-Walton, 93, the aviation pioneer who became the first woman in Australia to operate a commercial aircraft, in Sydney, Australia.
_Hortense Calisher, 97, a prize-winning writer and former president of PEN, in New York City.
Jan. 14
_Jan Kaplicky, 71, an Award-winning Czech architect based in London, after collapsing in Prague.
_Ricardo Montalban, 88, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in MGM musicals and later as Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island," in Los Angeles.
Jan. 16
_Andrew Wyeth, 91, the artist whose works included "Christina's World," in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
_John Mortimer, 85, the British lawyer-writer who created the curmudgeonly criminal lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey, in the Chiltern Hills, England.
Jan. 20
_Dina Vierny, 89, muse to French sculptor Aristide Maillol and model for painters Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, at an undisclosed location.
Jan. 25
_Marguerite, Baroness de Reuter, 96, the last link to the 19th century founder of the Thomson Reuters news agency, at a French nursing home near the border with Monaco.
Jan. 27
_John Updike, 76, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, of lung cancer in Danvers, Massachusetts.
Jan. 27
_Mary Crist Fleming, 98, founder of American schools abroad, in Montagnola, Switzerland.
Jan. 28
_Billy Powell, 56, the Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player, in Orange Park, Florida.
Jan. 29
_Helio Gracie, 95. one of the main creators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that gained worldwide popularity in Itaipava, Brazil.
Jan. 30
_Hans Beck, 79, the German creator of the colorful plastic Playmobil toy figures that sold by the millions around the world, near Lake Constance, Germany.


Updated : 2021-03-01 16:06 GMT+08:00