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Obituaries of note

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 15, 2003


ANTHONY CARUSO, 86, a veteran character actor, died April 4 in Los Angeles. He performed on stage and appeared in more than 120 movies and 110 television shows. He was the quintessential bad guy of any required ethnicity, especially in westerns or gangster films. Born to Italian American parents, he frequently was cast as Italian or Greek or Mexican.

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LESLIE CHEUNG KWOK-WING, 46, a pop singer and actor who played a homosexual Chinese opera singer who commits suicide in the Oscar-nominated Farewell My Concubine, plunged to his death April 1 in Hong Kong. Police said they found a note on the body saying he was plagued by "emotional problems." He recently was nominated for best actor in Sunday's Hong Kong Film Awards for his role in the horror film Inner Senses.

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DR. ARTHUR C. GUYTON, 83, the author of one of the world's most widely used medical textbooks, died April 3 in an automobile accident near his home in Jackson, Miss. His wife, Ruth, 80, was injured in the crash and died Thursday. Dr. Guyton had been chairman of the physiology department at the University of Mississippi. In 1956 he published the Textbook of Physiology, now in its 10th edition.

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EDWARD KEATING, 77, an activist and founder of the Catholic magazine Ramparts, died April 2 in Palo Alto, Calif. He used the magazine, which grew to a circulation of 400,000, to fight the hypocrisy he saw in the church. Ramparts eventually took on other centers of power, particularly the U.S. government.

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LLOYD L. BROWN, 89, a novelist and journalist who helped write Paul Robeson's 1958 autobiography, Here I Stand, died April 1 in New York City. He went on to become managing editor of New Masses, a literary journal that published works by Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes and Richard Wright.

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EVA NARCISSUS BOYD, a teenager known as Little Eva when her first recording, The Loco-motion, hit No. 1 in 1962, died Thursday in Kinston, N.C. Her age wasn't immediately known, though various sources place her year of birth from 1943 to 1946. She was discovered by Carole King and Gerry Goffin after they hired her as a babysitter. She also had the Top 20 songs Keep Your Hands Off My Baby and Let's Turkey Trot.

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DAVID AZARIAN, 51, a pianist and composer who fell in love with jazz listening to radio broadcasts behind the Iron Curtain and followed the music to the United States, was killed March 29. A vehicle struck him while he was changing a tire by the roadside on Interstate 93 in Stoneham, Mass, state police said. His career took him from the Composers' Union of the Soviet Union to the stage of such U.S. jazz venues as the Blue Note and Carnegie Hall in New York.

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