WARSAW — Jan Kulczyk, who became Poland’s richest man after buying companies from the government and selling them to private investors following the fall of communism, died after undergoing heart surgery. He was 65.
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Peg Lynch, a trailblazer for women in broadcast entertainment who wrote, owned and starred in one of television’s first sitcoms, “Ethel and Albert,” has died. She was 98.
Ann Rule, the bestselling true-crime writer who once befriended serial killer Ted Bundy, has died. She was 83.
ST. LOUIS — Joe Williams didn’t march to the beat of a different drummer; he strolled with his own rhythm section.
NEW DELHI — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, an architect of India’s missile program and the country’s 11th president, has died. He was 83.
LOS ANGELES — When James L. White was being raised by a single mother in rural Kentucky, he was taunted by children who chanted, “Who’s your daddy?”
In the early 1970s, while much of the world seemed to be spinning out of control, Fred Slatten offered escape in the form of shoes — crazy-high heels and towering platforms that lured rock stars and fashion mavens to his glitzy boutique in West Hollywood.
Van Alexander, a musical jack-of-all-trades who co-wrote Ella Fitzgerald’s biggest hit in the 1930s, led a swing band, composed arrangements for other bandleaders and later became a composer and music director in Hollywood, died July 19 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.
LOS ANGELES—Howard Rumsey, a bass player who turned a down-at-the-heels sailors’ hangout in Hermosa Beach into ground zero for West Coast jazz, has died. He was 97.
LOS ANGELES — The investigation into the slaying of cop-turned-reality-TV-attorney Loredana Nesci continued Thursday in Redondo Beach, Calif., while Nesci’s boyfriend remained in police custody as a suspect in her killing.