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Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta, 75

FORMER Senator Ma. Teresa Aquino-Oreta, sister of the late senator Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., has passed away, her son, Malabon Mayor Antolin A. Oreta lll said on Friday. She was 75.

Actress Valerie Harper of Mary Tyler Moore Show, 80

ACTRESS Valerie Harper, who won four Emmy awards playing budding feminist Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic 1970s TV series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her own spin-off sitcom, died on Friday at the age of 80.

Broadway producer Hal Prince, 91

HAROLD “HAL” PRINCE, who won a record 21 Tony Awards as producer and director of some of Broadway’s biggest hits of the second half of the 20th century including The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, and Evita, died on Wednesday at age 91.

Cruz-Diez, Venezuelan kinetic artist, 95

CARACAS — Carlos Cruz-Diez, a Venezuelan artist who shaped the field of kinetic and optical art during the 20th century, died in Paris on Saturday, his foundation said on its website on Sunday. He was 95.

Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer , 75

AMSTERDAM — Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, best known for his role in science fiction classic Blade Runner, died on July 19 after a short illness, Dutch news agency ANP reported on Wednesday, citing his family. He was 75.

Boy-band producer Kitagawa, 87

TOKYO — Johnny Kitagawa, one of the Japanese entertainment industry’s most powerful producers and the Guinness record-winning brain behind many of Japanese pop music’s most popular boy bands, such as SMAP, died on Tuesday at 87 after a stroke, his office said.

João Gilberto, founder of bossa nova, 88

SAO PAULO — Brazilian musician João Gilberto, 88, who developed bossa nova music and helped turn the style into a worldwide craze, died on Saturday afternoon in his house in Rio de Janeiro, relatives confirmed through messages in social media.

Novelist who wrote tales of sex and shopping, Judith Krantz, 91

JUDITH KRANTZ, the writer of best-selling novels such as Scruples and Princess Daisy who stoked women’s yearnings for professional success, romantic adventure, and Rodeo Drive fashion, has died. She was 91.

Actor, director Eddie Garcia, 90

LEGENDARY actor/director Eddie Garcia died as a result of an accident while doing what he loved most — acting — after suffering a neck fracture on the set of his new television series. He was 90 years old.

‘Poor Little Rich Girl,’ fashion icon, heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, 95

IS IT possible for anyone to truly have it all? Gloria Laura Vanderbilt; socialite, artist, writer, and designer, died in her Manhattan home in June 17, 2019 aged 95. The life she led sought to answer the question.

Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director, 96

ROME — Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96.

The Carol Burnett Show’s Tim Conway, 85

EMMY-WINNING actor Tim Conway, who brought an endearing, free-wheeling goofiness to skits on The Carol Burnett Show that cracked up his cast mates as well as the audience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, his publicist said.

1950s, ’60s Hollywood star Doris Day, 97

ACTRESS Doris Day, who became one of the greatest box-office attractions of her time as the cheery, freckle-faced personification of wholesomeness, died on Monday at the age of 97, her foundation said on Monday.

MinDA’s Abul Khayr Alonto, 73

DAVAO CITY — Secretary Abul Khayr D. Alonto, the first Muslim to head the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), died on the evening of May 9.

True Faith co-founder Ferdie Marquez dies

FERDIE MARQUEZ, one of the founding members of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) band True Faith, passed away on Sunday due to a heart attack.

Queen of Jazz Annie Brazil takes her final bow, 85

THE country’s queen of Jazz, Annie Brazil (born Justiniana Bulawin), died of pneumonia at the age of 85 on the afternoon of March 5 in Quezon City, her children — singers Richard James B. Merk and singer Rachel Anne Wolfe, and Raffy Wolfe — confirmed in separate Facebook posts on the day of her passing.

Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, 49

LONDON — Keith Flint, the Prodigy lead singer who captured the hedonistic spirit of 1990s British rave culture, has died aged 49 in what the band’s founder described as a suicide.

90210 actor Luke Perry, 52

ACTOR Luke Perry, who rose to superstardom on the teen-oriented 1990s US TV drama Beverly Hills 90210 and then aged into a fatherly role on comic-based Riverdale, died on Monday at the age of 52 after suffering a “massive” stroke last week, his publicist said.

Composer Andre Previn and Soap’s Katherine Helmond both pass at age...

ACCLAIMED conductor, composer and pianist Andre Previn, a versatile musician who won four Academy Awards for film scores and led some of the world’s great orchestras while mastering a rainbow of musical forms, died on Thursday at age 89, his management company said.

National Artist for Architecture Francisco ‘Bobby’ Mañosa, 88

NATIONAL ARTIST for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” T. Mañosa, passed away due to a lingering illness at the age 88 on Feb. 20.

Fashion’s ‘creative genius’ Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

PARIS — Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the fashion industry with his extravagant outfits and striking catwalks, has died aged 85.

Style icon Lee Radziwill, 85

WHAT A life it must have been, to be as fabulous as the world can allow, and still become just a footnote in somebody else’s story. Caroline Lee Radziwill, style icon, and one of the characters of the great Kennedy panoply, died in her New York home on Feb. 15, aged 85. Yet for everything she had been (socialite, writer, interior designer, PR executive, actress; princess, even), it is both a blessing and a curse that she will enter history known primarily as being the younger sister of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

Kundiman stalwart Armida Siguion-Reyna, 88

ENTERTAINMENT industry stalwart, patron of the arts, actress, singer and promoter of the kundiman, Armida Siguion-Reyna took her final bow on the afternoon of Jan. 11, passing away at the age of 88 at the Makati Medical Center after a battle with cancer, according to her sister, Irma Potenciano.

Rock legend Joey Pepe Smith, 71

WIDELY considered as the father of Philippine rock, Joseph William Feliciano Smith — better known as Joey Pepe Smith — passed away Monday morning at the age of 71.

Legendary French composer Michel Legrand, 86

PARIS — French composer and pianist Michel Legrand has died at 86 after a career in which he stood out for soundtracks in screen musicals with Catherine Deneuve and that won him three Oscars.

Rambo producer Vajna, 74

BUDAPEST — Andrew G. Vajna, the Hungarian movie producer behind Rambo, Evita and other international hits, died in his Budapest home on Sunday following a long illness, the Hungarian National Film Fund said.

Fashion designer Cesar Gaupo, 72

FASHION designer Cesar Gaupo died on Saturday, Jan. 19, having just celebrated his birthday. He had just turned 72 on Jan. 6.

Jazz musician, producer Bob Aves, 64

FILIPINO jazz musician and producer Bob Aves passed away on the night of Jan. 14 in Bacolod City. He was 64 years old.

Carol Channing, Broadway’s ‘Dolly,’ 97

CAROL CHANNING, who won over audiences with her giddy, guileless charm in signature roles in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, died in her California home on Tuesday at the age of 97, according to her publicist.

Razorback drummer Brian Velasco, 41

RAZORBACK drummer, Brian C. Velasco, died of suicide Wednesday morning in Manila. He was 41.

Daryl Dragon of pop duo Captain and Tennille, 76

LOS ANGELES -- Singer and pianist Daryl Dragon, best known as The Captain of 1970s soft rock duo Captain and Tennille, has died at the age of 76, his publicist said on Wednesday.

Big director and actress Penny Marshall, 75

WASHINGTON — Penny Marshall, who played an endearingly graceless character with a thick Bronx accent in US television’s Laverne & Shirley before becoming a pioneering film director with hits including Big and A League of Their Own, died at 75, her publicist said on Tuesday.

Grammy-winning singer Nancy Wilson, 81

GRAMMY award-winning singer Nancy Wilson, whose hits ranged from R&B to jazz and funk, died at her California home at age 81 on Thursday after a long illness, her publicist said.

Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes, 95

LOS ANGELES — Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Panther, and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday.

OPM singer Rico J. Puno, 65

VETERAN SINGER and an icon of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), Enrico “Rico” J. Puno, passed away on Oct. 30 at the age of 65 due to cardiac arrest.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ Robin Leach, 76

Los Angeles — Robin Leach, the high priest of pizzazz and an early pioneer of reality TV with hit show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died, family and colleagues announced on Friday. He was 76.

US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

NEW YORK — Designer Kate Spade, one of the biggest names in American fashion known especially for her sleek handbags, was found dead Tuesday in her New York apartment. She was 55.

Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, 70

LOS ANGELES — Larry Harvey, the man who founded the popular Burning Man countercultural festival, died Saturday after suffering a massive stroke in early...

Avicii death a coming-of-age in electronic music boom

NEW YORK — Rock ‘n’ roll had Buddy Holly, the psychedelic era had Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and grunge had Kurt Cobain. Now...

‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer, 49

LOS ANGELES — Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, died Saturday. He was 49. While no cause...

Oscar-winning Cuckoo’s Nest director Milos Forman, 86

OSCAR-WINNING Czech-born film director Milos Forman, celebrated for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, has died aged 86, his agents told AFP...

Japan anime giant Isao Takahata, 82

TOKYO — Oscar-nominated Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, who cofounded Studio Ghibli and was best known for his work Grave of the Fireflies, has...

Rebellious jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, 89

NEW YORK — Cecil Taylor, the rebellious pianist whose dissonant, nearly percussion-like approach to the keys helped set the stage for the free jazz...

Actress Susan Anspach of Five Easy Pieces, 75

LOS ANGELES — Actress Susan Anspach, who appeared in the 1970 classic Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and other films, has died at...

NYPD Blue creator Steven Bochco, 74

WASHINGTON — US television writer and producer Steven Bochco, the creator of iconic shows such as Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, and LA Law,...