Obituaries of note

Compiled from staff and wire reports
Published April 23, 2006

SCOTT BRAZIL, 50, an Emmy-winning producer-director, whose television shows included The Shield and Hill Street Blues, died Monday in Los Angeles. He died of respiratory failure due to Lou Gehrig's disease and Lyme disease complications, said FX Networks spokesman John Solberg.

WALTER CLYDE "PUGGY" PEARSON, 77, credited with creating the style of play made famous by the World Series of Poker, died April 12 in Las Vegas, his family said. He was known as the father of no-limit freezeout poker, the game Benny Binion turned into the World Series of Poker at his Horseshoe Club casino in downtown Las Vegas in 1970. In a freezeout tournament, all players start with the same amount of chips and play until one player wins them all.

MORTON FREEDGOOD, 93, a bestselling author who wrote The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and many other detective and mystery novels under the pen name John Godey, died April 15 in West New York, N.J.

ELLEN KUZWAYO, 91, a South African author and women's rights and antiapartheid champion, died Wednesday in Johannesburg. She was the first black writer to win South Africa's premier CNA Literary Prize for her 1985 autobiography, Call Me Woman.