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A chronology of those who died in 2015

A chronology of those who died in 2015

MARCH

March 1

-- Vinod Mehta, 73, founding editor of India's Outlook magazine and a fearless and irreverent commentator on Indian politics, in New Delhi of multiple organ failure.

March 2

-- Mal Peet, 67, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, in Britain of cancer.

March 5

-- Cardinal Edward Egan, 82, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, in New York of cardiac arrest.

March 8

-- Sam Simon, 59, a co-creator of "The Simpsons" and animal-rights advocate who made a midlife career shift into philanthropy and channeled much of his personal fortune into social causes, in Pacific Palisades, California. He had advanced colon cancer.

March 9

-- Jim Molyneaux, 94, a quiet but canny politician who led the Ulster Unionist Party through some of Northern Ireland's bloodiest years and the early period of peacemaking, in Belfast.

-- Frei Otto, 89, an architect and engineer who pioneered lightweight and flowing roof designs for stadiums and other structures and was to receive this year's prestigious Pritzker Prize, in Leonberg, Germany.

March 10

-- Richard Glatzer, 63, who co-wrote and directed the Alzheimer's film drama "Still Alice" alongside his husband, Wash Westmoreland, in Los Angeles of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

-- Florence Arthaud, 57, one of Franc's most beloved sportswoman and the first woman to win the prestigious Route du Rhum trans-Atlantic sailing race in 1990, in a helicopter crash in a remote part of Argentina.

March 11

-- Jimmy Greenspoon, 67, the keyboardist for rock band Three Dog Night, in North Potomac, Maryland, of cancer.

March 12

-- Terry Pratchett, 66, a popular British fantasy writer and creator of the ebullient, satirical "Discworld" series, near his home in Salisbury, England. He had Alzheimer's disease.

-- Michael Graves, 80, a celebrated architect who created whimsical postmodern structures and later became well known to the masses for designing products for people with disabilities and household goods such as whistling Alessi teakettles and stainless steel colanders, in Princeton, New Jersey, of natural causes.

March 14

-- Valentin Rasputin,77, a revered Russian writer who was a prominent member of a literary movement in the 1960s and 1970s known as Village Prose that focused on peasants in the Soviet Union, in Moscow.

March 15

-- Mike Porcaro, 59, who was the son and brother of prominent musicians and carved out a long, successful career as the bass player for the award-winning pop group Toto, in Los Angeles. No cause of was given, but he had suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a disease that attacks the cells that control muscles.

-- Sally Forrest, 86, an actress-dancer who graced the silver screen throughout the '40s and '50s in MGM musicals and films such as the 1956 noir "While the City Sleeps," in Beverly Hills, California after a long battle with cancer.

March 16

-- Bernhard "Buddy" Elias, 89, the first cousin and last close relative of teenage Holocaust diarist Anne Frank, in Basel, Switzerland, of apparent natural causes.

-- Andy Fraser, 62, who co-wrote the rousing rock anthem "All Right Now" when he was the teenage bassist for the British rock band Free, in Temecula, California. No cause of death was given, but he had been diagnosed with AIDS and cancer over the years.

March 18

-- Samuel Charters, 85, a vital historian of American blues, folk and jazz who helped introduce a generation of music lovers to Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell and other performers, in Stockholm of a bone marrow disorder after a serious illness.

March 19

-- Michael Brown, 65, a songwriter and keyboardist who co-wrote the 1966 hit "Walk Away Renee," in Englewood, New Jersey, of heart failure.

March 20

-- Malcolm Fraser, 84, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power in 1975 by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided and led his country for eight years, winning three elections, in Canberra.

-- A.J. Pero, 55, the drummer for the heavy-metal band Twisted Sister, while touring with another band in New York state of an apparent heart attack.

March 21

-- Alberta Watson, 60, a Canadian film and television actress, in Toronto after a long battle with cancer.

March 23

-- Lee Kwan Yew, 91, the founder of modern Singapore who was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired worldwide for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations while in power for 31 years. He was hospitalized Feb. 5 with severe pneumonia and later put on life support.

March 24

--Yehuda Avner, 86, a former Israeli diplomat and aide to a string of prime ministers who turned his insider stories about the country's leaders into a best-selling memoir, in Jerusalem after a long battle with cancer.

March 26

-- Tomas Transtromer, 83, a reclusive Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner, in Stockholm after a short, unspecified illness.