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Tribute show tonight for theater icon Tony Mabesa

THERE will be a program honoring the “Lion of the Theater,” Antonio “Tony” Mabesa, who passed away last Friday after a seven-decade career in theater and film. Tonight for Tony: A Celebration will be held today at 4 p.m. at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Opera singer Montserrat Caballe, 85

BARCELONA — Montserrat Caballe, who took opera into the pop charts by singing “Barcelona” with Freddie Mercury three decades ago, died aged 85 on Saturday.

Jefferson Airplane band co-founder Marty Balin, 76

LOS ANGELES — Marty Balin, a co-founder of the legendary rock band Jefferson Airplane whose soulful tenor gave the band its distinctive sound, has died at the age of 76, his representative said on Friday.

US playwright, ‘king of comedy’ Neil Simon, 91

NEW YORK — Neil Simon, the prolific and Pulitzer Prize-winning US playwright celebrated as the king of comedy who won more Oscar and Tony nominations combined than any other showbiz writer, died on Sunday. He was 91.

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, 68

LOS ANGELES — Ed King, a former lead guitarist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd who co-wrote one of the group’s best known hits, “Sweet Home Alabama,” has died at age 68, a founding member of the band said on Thursday.

Kofi Annan: the UN’s ‘rock star’ secretary-general

United Nations -- Kofi Annan, who died Saturday at the age of 80, led the United Nations through the divisive years of the Iraq war...

Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul , 85

LONDON — British author V.S. Naipaul, a famously outspoken Nobel laureate who wrote on the traumas of post-colonial change, has died at the age of 85.

PHL loses cultural icons Guillermo and Guerrero-Nakpil

THE PHILIPPINES has lost two formidable women in the passing of historian and journalist Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, 96, and art critic Dr. Alice V. Guillermo, 80.

Carlo Benetton, co-creator of ‘United Colors’ brand, 74

MILAN — Carlo Benetton, the youngest of the siblings behind the famed United Colors of Benetton brand, died aged 74, the company said last week.

Stephen Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator, 90

NEW YORK — US comics artist Stephen Ditko, co-creator of Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died. He was 90.

Joe Jackson, patriarch of the US musical Jackson dynasty, 89

JOE JACKSON, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael, daughter Janet, and the Jackson 5 on the road to stardom but also verbally and physically abused them, has died at the age of 89, his family said on Wednesday.

Chefs remember Anthony Bourdain

FOR A generation of chefs and food enthusiasts, Anthony Bourdain’s book Kitchen Confidential was a passport to the seamy, sexy world of restaurant kitchens.

Actress, screenwriter Mely ‘Miss Tapia’ Tagasa, 82

MELY PALOMA TAGASA, best known for her portrayal of of the character Miss Tapia in IBC-13’s Iskul Bukol situational comedy series passed away early...

Physicist Stephen Hawking, who conquered the stars, dies at 76

LONDON — Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while himself working under the shadow of a...

‘Little black dress’ designer Hubert de Givenchy, 91

PARIS -- Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the “little black dress” and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has...

Monetary Board member Araneta passes away

MONETARY BOARD Member Valentin A. Araneta, a veteran of the banking industry, passed away on Feb. 21, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas...

Film and television director Maryo J. delos Reyes, 65

ACCLAIMED film and television director, Maryo J. delos Reyes passed away Saturday night at the age of 65 after suffering a heart attack in...

Music’s loss: Moody Blues’ Ray Thomas, 76, and French singer France...

LONDON/PARIS -- Musician and singer Ray Thomas, a founding member of the band Moody Blues, has died at the age of 76, his record...

Jazz man Eddie Katindig, 80

JAZZ MUSICIAN Eddie Katindig or Eddie K passed away at the age of 80 after battling lung cancer. According to his sister, Letty Soriano, Mr....

Sound of Music actress Menzies-Urich, 68

LOS ANGELES -- Heather Menzies-Urich, a star of The Sound of Music, which continues to win hearts worldwide after more than half a century,...

Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia, 77

PARIS -- French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77,...

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, 91

PLAYBOY founder Hugh Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his groundbreaking men’s magazine and built a business empire around his...

Actor Richard Anderson, boss of Six Million Dollar Man, 91

HOLLYWOOD -- Richard Anderson, who played the boss of both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman in an on-screen career stretching...

Barbara Sinatra, last wife of Frank Sinatra, 90

NEW YORK -- Former model Barbara Sinatra, a humanitarian activist who was Frank Sinatra’s last wife, died Tuesday in California, her foundation said. She...