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Monday, March 25, 2013

Tone Pavček, Slovenian author and translator, died he was 83.

Tone Pavček  was one of the most influential Slovene poets, translators and essayists from the first post-war generation. He published a number of collections of poetry, well received by readers and critics alike. He also translated numerous Russian works into Slovene.

(29 September 1928 – 21 October 2011)

Early life

Tone Pavček was born on September 29th 1928 in Šentjurij in southeastern Slovenia. He lived in Šentjurij until he was 16 years old. He attended the first grade of elementary school in his home town, but was soon sent to a boarding school in Ljubljana. In Ljubljana he completed a classical high school, and went to study law from which he graduated in 1954, although he never performed legal services afterwards.

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Anis Mansour, Egyptian writer and columnist, died from pneumonia he was 86.

Anis Mansour, also transliterated as Anīs Manṣūr was an Egyptian writer.

(August 18, 1925[1] – October 21, 2011[2]
Anis Mansour was born in Al-Mansoura. He obtained his BA in philosophy in 1947 and started his journalistic career in the same year by joining "al-asas" newspaper staff, and later he joined many other newspapers and magazines such as "rose al-yousef" and "al-ahram". In 1976 he became the editor in chief of "akher sa'a" and "october" magazines.
Anis wrote more than 170 books on many subjects, some of which were translated into French, Dutch and Russian. he translated about 200 short stories and more than 20 plays into Arabic.[3] he introduced Alberto Moravia to the Arabic literature by being the first to translate his works into Arabic. His best known book is "حول العالم في 200 يوم : الحائز على جائزة الدولية / Ḥawla al-ʻālam fī 200 yawm : al-ḥāʼiz ʻalá jāʼizah al-dawlīyah", ("Around the world in 200 days") [4] which was his actual journey around the world in the beginning of the 1960s, the book gives many facts and traditions of the countries he had been to, including India,Japan, the USA and others, and also his meeting with the Dalai Lama.
Anis died in Cairo.

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Digby Jacks, British president of the National Union of Students (1971–1973), died he was 66.

Digby Jacks  was President of the UK's National Union of Students between 1971[1] and 1973 and was subsequently a trade union official for the Manufacturing, Science and Finance trade union.[2]

(16 May 1945 – 21 October 2011)

A member of the Communist Party of Great Britain when elected NUS President, he was the second candidate from the left - in this case the Radical Student Alliance, succeeding Jack Straw, also elected on the RSA ticket, to win since the beginning of the Cold War: national student politics having previously been dominated by an anti-Communist alliance.[3]
After his term as NUS president he wrote the book Student Politics and Higher Education (ISBN 0853153264), which examines the broad left's political strategy in student politics.[4] Retiring as a regional officer for the Amicus trade union in 2005, he was a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Hounslow until 2006 and secretary of the lobbying group Alliance for Finance.[5]
He died in October 2011. [6]

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Bertram Nelson Herlong, American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, died he was 77.

The Right Reverend Bertram Nelson Herlong  was the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee.

(October 16, 1934 – October 21, 2011)

Early life

He was born in Lake City, Florida and graduated from Columbia High School in 1952. He received a bachelor's degree in Literature and English from the University of Florida in 1956, and married Barbara Ann Vickers in June, 1957. The couple had two children, Angela and Michele.[1]


After the death of his brother, George, Herlong was called to the ministry and enrolled at the University of the South where he was awarded a Bachelors of Divinity[1] in 1959. He was ordained to the diaconate on July 25, 1960 by Edward Hamilton West, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, and to the priesthood by the same bishop on March 13, 1961. Herlong's ministry began at Church of the Epiphany in Crestview, Florida and he was the first vicar at St. Jude's Church in Valparaiso, Florida. He became Canon Pastor at St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida and was Assistant Headmaster and Chaplain at Jacksonville Episcopal High School.
Herlong earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1970 by taking classes over seven summers. He was appointed associate rector of Trinity Church, Wall Street in 1972, becoming vicar of Trinity's St. Paul's Chapel in 1977. He continued his education at the New York Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry in 1980. He was also active in the community, starting a hospice at Beekman Downtown Hospital in Manhattan and organizing St. Margaret's Housing Center for seniors. He was also a director for the New York Board of Trade.[1]
He became Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, Detroit in 1979. In 1988, he was a candidate in the episcopal election of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida before being elected bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee on January 30, 1993. He was consecrated on June 26, 1993 and awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1993.

Herlong's principal consecrators were


He was succeeded as diocesan bishop by John Crawford Bauerschmidt, eleventh Bishop of Tennessee, who was consecrated on January 27, 2007.
Herlong was a member of the Board of Directors of The Living Church Foundation and episcopal visitor of the Community of Saint Mary, Southern Province. He was considered a leader among conservatives in the Episcopal Church USA.

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Yann Fouéré, French Breton nationalist, died he was 101.

Yann Fouéré  was a Breton nationalist and a European federalist.[1] His French birth certificate names him as Jean Adolphe Fouéré (French name, as the French State at the time did not allow Breton names). He was born in Aignan, Gers.[2]and died in St.Brieuc, Brittany.

(26 July 1910 – 20 October 2011)

He fled France after the French liberation in 1945 and took Irish citizenship in the early 1950s. One of the founders of the Celtic League along with his compatriot Alan Heusaff, he lived to be 101 years old.[3]
On Sunday, 21 January 2007, Eoghan Harris published an opinion piece in the Irish Independent alleging Fouéré had collaborated during WW2. The sole cited references in the article were Google search results.[4] Fouéré was alleged to have been a collaborator during WW2, but was fully exonerated in 1955 following his voluntary return to France to face trial.[5]


His daughter is Irish actress Olwen Fouéré.

  • L'Europe aux Cent Drapeaux, 1968
  • La Bretagne Ecartelée, Nouvelles éditions latines, 1962
  • Problèmes Bretons du Temps Présent
  • "En prison pour la libération de la Bretagne". Nouvelles Editions Latines (Les Cahiers de l'Avenir de la Bretagne), 1977
  • Histoire résumée du mouvement Breton, du XIXe siècle à nos jours (1800–1976). Quimper: Editions Nature et Bretagne (Les Cahiers de l'Avenir de la Bretagne; 4), 1977; ISBN 2-85257-027-0
  • Europe ! Nationalité bretonne… Citoyen français?, Coop Breizh, 2000
  • La Patrie interdite, Histoire d'un Breton, France Empire, 1987
  • Ces Droits que les autres ont …, Les cahiers de l'avenir de la Bretagne
  • L'Histoire du quotidien La Bretagne et les silences d'Henri Fréville (avec Youenn Didro)
  • La maison du connemara, éd. Coop Breizh, 1995
  • Projet de loi portant statut d'autonomie pour la Bretagne par Yann Fouéré, Thierry Jigourel, Jean Cevaër, et al.; Parti pour l'organisation d'une Bretagne libre. Saint-Brieuc (21 Pl. Du Guesclin): les Cahiers de l'avenir, 2001

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Sylvia Robinson, American singer (Mickey & Sylvia), music producer and record label executive, died from heart failure she was 75.

Sylvia Robinson was an American singer, musician, record producer, and record label executive, most notably known for her work as founder/CEO of the hip hop label Sugar Hill Records.
She is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre. The first was "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, which was the first rap song to be released by a hip hop act.[1] The second was "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.

(March 6, 1936 – September 29, 2011) 


She was born as Sylvia Vanderpool (aka Vanterpool[2]) in 1936 in New York City.[3] She began recording music in 1950 for Columbia Records under the billing, Little Sylvia. In 1954, she began teaming up with Kentucky guitarist Mickey Baker, who then taught her how to play guitar. In 1956, the duo now known as Mickey & Sylvia, recorded the Bo Diddley and Jody Williams-penned rock single, "Love is Strange", which topped the R&B charts and reached number eleven on the Billboard pop charts in early 1957. After several more releases including the modestly successful "There Oughta Be a Law", Mickey & Sylvia split up in 1959 with Sylvia later marrying Joe Robinson that same year. Sylvia re-started her solo career shortly after her initial split from Baker. In 1961, the duo reunited and recorded more songs together for various labels. They're most noted during this period for singing background on Ike & Tina Turner's hit single, "It's Gonna Work Out Fine". In 1964, frustrated with the music business, Baker moved to Paris.
In 1966, the Robinsons moved to New Jersey where they formed a soul music label, All Platinum Records, the following year, with artist Lezli Valentine, formerly of the Jaynettes, bringing the label its first hit with "I Won't Do Anything". In 1968, the duo signed a Washington, D.C. act named The Moments, who immediately found success with "Not on the Outside". Within a couple of years and with a new lineup, the group scored their biggest hit with "Love on a Two-Way Street", which Sylvia co-wrote and produced with Burt Keyes and (uncredited) lyrics by Lezli Valentine. Other hits the label and its subsidiaries, including Stang and Vibration, would have included Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame", the Moments' "Sexy Mama" and "Look at Me I'm in Love" and the Whatnauts/Moments collaboration, "Girls".
In 1972, Robinson sent a demo of a song she had written called "Pillow Talk" to Al Green. When Green passed on it due to his religious beliefs,[4] Robinson decided to record it herself, returning to her own musical career. Billed under simply Sylvia, the record became an instant hit reaching number-one on the R&B charts and crossing over to reach Billboard Hot 100 #3, plus also reaching #14 in the UK at the beginning of 1973. She was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in May 1973.[4] Robinson would record four solo albums on the Vibration subsidiary[5] and had other R&B hits including "Sweet Stuff" and "Pussycat". "Pillow Talk" has been called an early example of prototypical disco music and went on to sell two million copies. The vocals are replete with moaning and heavy breathing, predating Donna Summer's orgasmic moans on "Love to Love You Baby". The drumming rhythm would reappear in 1985 on Kate Bush's "Running Up that Hill", then again in 1987 on Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love".
In the 1970s, the Robinsons founded Sugar Hill Records. The company was named after the culturally rich Sugar Hill area of Harlem, an affluent African American neighborhood in Manhattan New York City, known as a hub for artists and performers in the early and mid 1900s.[6][7]
She co-wrote and produced Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's most successful single, "The Message", which is credited as the rap song that brought socially conscious lyrics into hip hop. She persuaded the group to record the song while it was still an estranged demo recording, surprisingly created by a studio percussionist for the Sugar Hill Gang.[8] By commercializing the market for rap records, Robinson is credited as the mother of modern hip-hop. The song "Rapper's Delight" , which was performed by The Sugar Hill Gang, brought rap into the public music arena, and revolutionized the music industry as it introduced the idea of re-using existing compositions, a practice that later became known as "sampling".[citation needed] . Sylvia's song, "Sunday", was sampled by Moby in his 2002 album 18. Later acts signed to Sugar Hill Records included all-female rap/funk group The Sequence, featuring a teenage Angie Stone (recording as "Angie B"), who had a million-selling hit in early 1980 with "Funk U Up".
After Sugar Hill folded due to changes in the music industry and the presences of hip-hop labels Profile and Def Jam and due to financial pressures in 1985, Robinson, who had by now divorced Joe Robinson, continued her efforts as a music executive, forming Bon Ami Records in 1987. The label was noted for signing the act The New Style, who later left and found success as Naughty by Nature.
Robinson died on the morning of September 29, 2011, aged 75, at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey from congestive heart failure.[3][9]


Mickey & Sylvia

  • 1957: Mickey & Sylvia
  • 1957: New Sounds
  • 1957: Love is Strange
  • 1973: Do It Again
  • 1996: The Willow Sessions
  • 1997: Love is Strange: A Golden Classics Edition


  • 1973: Pillow Talk
  • 1976: Sylvia
  • 1977: Lay It On Me
  • 1990: The Great Works of Sylvia & George: Queen & King of Sweet N.J.

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Antonio Cassese, Italian international law expert, Yugoslavian war crimes judge, died from cancer he was 74.

Antonio Cassese was an Italian jurist who specialized in public international law. He was the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the first President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon which he presided over until his resignation on health grounds in 1 October 2011. He died on 21 October 2011.[2]

(1 January 1937 – 21 October 2011) 

Early life

Born in Atripalda, Cassese was educated at the University of Pisa (at the prestigious Collegio Medico-Giuridico of the Scuola Normale Superiore, which today is Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies), where he met his mentor, Giuseppe Sperduti, who was an international lawyer and a member of the European Commission on Human Rights. Cassese eventually decided to pursue an academic career in public international law under Sperduti's guidance.[3]

Academic career

Cassese was the Professor of International Law at the University of Pisa from 1972 to 1974. In 1975 he joined the University of Florence, where he served as professor until 2008. He was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, from 1979 to 1980 and professor of law at the European University Institute from 1987 to 1993.[4]
He published extensively on international human rights law and international criminal law. He was the author of International Law and International Criminal Law published by the Oxford University Press, the co-founder and co-editor of the European Journal of International Law, and founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Criminal Justice.[5]
Cassese was granted Doctorates honoris causa by Erasmus University Rotterdam, Paris X University and the University of Geneva, and was a member of the Institut de Droit International. In 2002, he received the Grand Prix awarded by the Académie Universelle des Cultures, presided over by the Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, for "exceptional contribution to the protection of human rights in Europe and the world".[5] On 13 November 2009, Cassese received the Erasmus Prize for his services in the field of international law.[6]

Judicial and public career

Cassese was Chairman of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights from 1987 to 1988 and President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture from 1989 to 1993. He represented the Italian Government on many occasions at UN meetings on human rights and served as the representative at the Geneva Diplomatic Conference on the Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflicts from 1974 to 1977.[5]
He was the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), serving in this capacity from 1993 to 1997.[7] After his tenure as President, he continued to sit as a Tribunal judge until February 2000.[5]
In October 2004, Cassese was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to be the Chairperson for the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur. This Commission was to investigate potential international and human rights violations taking place in Darfur, and to determine whether or not acts of genocide had occurred.[citation needed]
On 25 January 2005, the Commission issued its "Report to the Secretary-General." The Commission found that while there was evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the government of Sudan had not committed acts of genocide. This finding was contrary to the position of the United States, which had already labeled the Government's activities as "genocide". The Commission recommended the U.N. Security Council use its referral power under the Rome Statute to refer the Darfur case to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. This recommendation was expected from the Commission, as Cassese was known to be an ardent supporter of the International Criminal Court. In March 2005, the U.N. Security Council acted upon the ICC recommendation and used its referral power for the first time to refer the Darfur case to the ICC.
In October 2008, Cassese was legal advisor to the European Committee for Delisting the PMOI (People's Mujahedin of Iran).[8]
Cassese was elected as the President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in March 2009.[9] He was the first president of STL.[10] He resigned on health grounds on 1 October 2011[11] and was succeeded by David Baragwanath.[12]


Antonio Cassese died after a long fight with cancer in Florence on 21 October 2011. He was 74.[10]

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Bohdan Osadchuk, Ukrainian historian and journalist, died he was 91.

Bohdan Osadchuk  was a Ukrainian historian and journalist.[1]

(1 August 1920 – 19 October 2011)

Dr. Bohdan Osadchuk was born in Kolomyia. He was a professor at the Free University of Berlin, one of the most senior members of the Ukrainian Free University (UFU) of Munich, and a long-standing freelance writer for Kultura, a Polish emigre magazine published in Paris (editor Jerzy Giedroyc). In 2009 he was awarded a Bene Merito Honour medal by Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski in recognition of scientific achievements and efforts to Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation.[2]
He died in Czechówka near Myślenice situated in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.

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Hikmet Bilâ, Turkish journalist and author, died from lung cancer he was 57.

Hikmet Bilâ was a Turkish journalist and columnist. He was the author of three books about Turkish political history.

(1954 – 21 October 2011) 


He was born in Zonguldak in 1954. After graduating from high school, he was admitted to Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences and earned his B.A. degree from international relations department.[1]
Hikmet Bilâ started his journalism career in daily newspaper Yeni Ulus in 1973. He wrote columns in several Turkish newspapers including Milliyet, Cumhuriyet, and Vatan. He worked as editor-in-chief at leading news channel of Turkey, NTV.[2]
He died on 21 October 2011 in his Ankara home after suffering for 1,5 years from lung cancer.[3] His funeral was held at Teşvikiye Mosque and buried in Ulus Cemetery on 22 October 2011.[4]
His brother Fikret Bilâ wrote a sad and mournful article about Hikmet Bilâ after the funeral.[5]

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Roger Tallon, French industrial designer, died he was 82.

Roger Tallon[1] was a French industrial designer.

(9 March 1929 – 20 October 2011)


Cabin on the Montmartre funicular, 1991
After studying as an engineer (1944–1950), Tallon was employed by Caterpillar France and DuPont. In 1953, he joined Technès, the technical and aesthetic studies office founded in 1949 by the father of industrial aesthetics Jacques Viénot, and Jean Parthenay. Being rapidly promoted to Technical and Artistic Director at the agency, he became the sole director after Viénot's death in 1959.
In 1957 he enrolled at the École des Arts Appliqués ("School of Applied Arts") in Paris, and put in place the first design course in the country. In 1963, he set up the Design Department of the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris.
As a consultant for the US company General Electric, Tallon designed refrigerators and washing machines and set up the Design Department of the American company.
In 1966, the Téléavia P111 portable television was put on the market against the advice of the Board. It broke the mould of TV design and was a great commercial success with a cult following.
In 1973, Tallon set up the agency Design Programmes. Brother-in-arms with the LIP watchmakers, he created the Mach 2000 brand of watches and chronometers. In 1974, with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, he created a concept aircraft cabin for Air France.
After leaving Euro RSCG, he continued to work independently. Roger Tallon died on 20 October 2011 after a long period of sickness.[1]


Tallon and his team created hundreds of products, including industrial robots for Peugeot, the apparently purposeless 8mm film camera "Veronic", the Gallic 16 and 14 Towers for the Belgian company La Mondiale – a quantum leap in machine tooling –, airport vehicles, forklifts for Fenwick, graphic images for Fenwick Aviation, and a slide projector for Kodak.
In the art world, Tallon worked with Yves Klein, César Baldaccini, Arman [sic], and was contacted by Catherine Millet, founder of the art press review, to create a brand that has hardly changed to this day.
Tallon became a household name[citation needed] in areas including tableware, furniture, interior design, reflector lamps for the German Erco, ski boots for Salomon Group, toothbrushes for Fluocaril, oilcans for Elf, and so on.


In the transport world, an early Tallon design was the Derny 'Taon' motorcycle and he later took on the Mexico City Metro and, for Alstom and the SNCF, the Corail train and the TGV. Ergonomics, colours, lighting – and everything down to the route maps found in each train. With the couturier Michel Schreiber, he designed new staff uniforms.
The TGV Atlantique project started in 1986, Eurostar in 1987. A new Montmartre funicular saw Tallon conquer the hill of Montmartre in 1991. In 1994, after several mergers, Tallon's company and ADSA became Euro RSCG Design. He has worked on Texan and Canadian high-speed trains, double-decker TGV trains for France, the Paris Métro project Météor, the VAL 208 for Matra, and the new branding for Finnish Railways.


  • 1985: Grand Prix National de la Création Industrielle from the Minister of Culture.
  • 1992: Insignia of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the President of the SNCF.

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Morris Tabaksblat, Dutch industrialist, died he was 74.

Morris Tabaksblat, KBE , was a Dutch captain of industry. He was a former CEO of Unilever and chairman of the Tabaksblat committee which drafted the Tabaksblat code.

(19 September 1937, Rotterdam – 20 October 2011, Wassenaar)


Tabaksblat was educated at the gymnasium in The Hague prior to studying law at Leiden University.

Career at Unilever

Tabaksblat joined Unilever in 1964. During the first twenty years of his career at Unilever he had positions in marketing and sales in the Netherlands, Spain and Brazil. In 1984 he joined the boards of Unilever NV and Unilever PLC. He was responsible for marketing and the product group 'personal products'. Later he worked in New York as regional director for North America. In 1994 he became chairman of the board of directors.

Later career

In 1999 Tabaksbat left Unilever and became chairman of Reed Elsevier, a position he held until 2005.
Tabaksbat was also chairmain of the War Trauma Foundation in Amstelveen and chairman of the councils of the university of Leiden and the Leiden University Medical Centre.
From 1999 until 2001, he was chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists.[1] In 2003 Morris Tabaksblat became chairmain of the 'Tabaksblat committee' which drafted a corporate governance code, a code of conduct for remuneration of managers in the Netherlands.
Tabaksblat received a knighthood of the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 1995. In 1999 he was appointed honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and in the same year he was also appointed Grand Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau.

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Iztok Puc, Slovenian handball player, only Olympian handball player to represent three countries, died from lung cancer he was 45.

Iztok Puc was a Slovenian handball player who was one of the world's top players of the 1980s and 1990s.[4] During his career he has played professionally for RK Borac, RK Zagreb, RK Celje and RD Prule 67 and won a total of 18 domestic trophies. He was also a member of the RK Zagreb squad which won the elite EHF Champions League in 1992 and 1993. He is the only handball player who represented three different countries at the Summer Olympics (Yugoslavia, Croatia and Slovenia),[5][6][7] winning bronze with Yugoslavia in 1988 and gold with Croatia in 1996. In 2009, he was named the best overall player in the history of Slovenian handball.[8] After his death an award named in his honour was introduced and is awarded annually to the most promising young handball players in Slovenia and Croatia, given alternately one year to Slovenian and another year to Croatian player.[9][10]

(14 September 1966 – 20 October 2011) 

Early life

Puc was born in Slovenj Gradec, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia on 14 September 1966. During his youth he lived in Šoštanj with his mother and without his father, whom he met for the first time at the age of 25.[11] In elementary school a gym teacher named Miro Požun, who was aware of the situation at Puc's home, took young Puc under his wing and became his mentor.[11] Požun, who eventually became one of the best coaches in history of Slovenian handball, was the first who noticed the enormous talent that Puc had and eventually introduced him to the local handball club RK Šoštanj, which he also coached.[11] There Puc became the most promising young player of Yugoslav handball.[12]

Club career

Puc was first noticed by RK Borac in 1983 when their goalkeeper, Yugoslav international Zlatan Arnautović, spotted him and reported his findings to the club officials.[12] He was then tracked by the club and their scouting service and a few years later the young promising player was given an offer to join their club. Abas Arslanagić, the coach of Borac, which was one of the top Yugoslav clubs at the time, wanted the young teenager to join his team immediately, however, Puc was persuaded by Miro Požun to finish high school first and complete at least some form of education.[11] Puc listened to his mentor, finished high school one year later and finally joined Borac in 1985 where he signed his first professional contract.[11] Upon his arrival in Banja Luka, he immediately became the best player of the team and the best goalscorer of the entire league.[13] Although he has never won any major domestic honours with Borac, he is nevertheless considered as one of the best players in history of the club.[12]
He later played for RK Zagreb from Croatia, and RK Celje and RD Prule 67 from Slovenia.[14] During his career he won a total of 18 domestic trophies and was a member of the Zagreb squad which won the elite EHF Champions League in 1992 and 1993. He is most remembered for the game-winning goal in the 1993 Champions League final where he scored in the final seconds of the game.[14] He has also won three Croatian league and three Croatian cup titles. His longest spell was with Celje where he played for five years during which time he won five Slovenian league and five Slovenian cup titles and played in the EHF Champions League semi-final three times in a row.[14] Miro Požun was the head coach of Celje during the 1994–95 season with whom Puc won his first Slovenian league and cup title.[15] He made a total of 136 appearances for Celje, scoring 630 goals in the process.[14] Puc last played for Prule 67 where he won both domestic titles, league and cup, in the 2001–02 season and appeared in another Champions league semi-final one year later.[14]

International career

His first taste of international success came at the 1987 Junior World Championship when Yugoslavia won gold, and Puc was noticed as the most prominent player of the winning team.[3] One year later he won a bronze medal with the Yugoslav senior team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. He played his last game for Yugoslavia at the 1990 World Championship where his team finished fourth.[16] With 97 appearances, he is the third most capped Slovenian player in history of the Yugoslav national team.[17]
Following his move to RK Zagreb in 1990 and the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, Puc became a Croatian citizen and played for the Croatian team with whom he won gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He won two other medals in major tournaments with Croatia, a bronze medal at the 1994 European Championship and a silver medal at the 1995 World Championship.[4]
In the late 1990s he switched his national side allegiance in favour of Slovenia, the country of his birth. He then played for the Slovenian team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where the team finished eighth. Slovenia qualified for the Sydney tournament after finishing fifth at the 2000 European Championship.[18] The play-off match fifth place was played in Zagreb against host nation Croatia, Puc's former team. Puc was one of the best players of the game and Slovenia won the match 25–24, thus securing the last available spot for the 2000 Olympics.[18] He played 34 games for Slovenia, during which he scored 120 goals.[14]


After his retirement at Prule 67 he assumed the role of sports director at the club.[14] Soon afterwards he moved to Florida, USA together with his wife Jasenka, who is the daughter of the Croatian handball player and 1972 Olympic gold medalist Hrvoje Horvat,[2] in support of their son's Borut tennis career. He and his wife sold all of their family possessions and enrolled their son to the world famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.[19] At the time of his father's death, Borut Puc was ranked 502nd on the ATP list[20] with Goran Ivanišević as his tennis coach.[2] Similar to his father, he also represented both Slovenia and Croatia. He started his career representing Slovenia and did so until the late 2000s (decade) when he changed his allegiance to Croatia.[2]

Illness and death

In early 2011, Puc was diagnosed with lung cancer that spread to his liver and bones,[5] and succumbed to the disease on 20 October 2011 in a San Diego hospital,[2] just a few days before the Champions League game between Zagreb and Barcelona, with the revenue of the match intended to be donated to help cover the costs for his treatment.[21] On 5 November 2011, a Handball Day was held in Celje, Slovenia, where two matches were played. In the first one, the 2000 Olympics Slovenian squad beat the Croatian squad composed of players who won the 1996 Olympic gold medal 29-25, while in the second match the regular squad of Slovenia beat the squad of RK Celje 35-32. This event was organized prior to Puc's death and matches would have been played even if he would still had been alive, as the main purpose was to gather donations for Puc and his family as financial aid for his treatment. Organizers collected around 17,000 euros and the revenue was bestowed on Puc's family.[9] At the end of the match, which was seen by 4,000 spectators, the arena was completely dimmed. He is survived by his wife Jasenka and son Borut, a tennis player who resides in Florida, where the family moved to in 2005.[22]


"Iztok Puc is possibly the best left back ever to play handball. A player with a great shot, overview on the field,... he had it all."
Despite being known for his relaxed approach to training,[11][24][25] Puc was described as a fiercely competitive and mentally tough player.[11][26] At the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Handball Federation of Slovenia in 2009, Puc was named the best left back and the best overall player in the history of Slovenian handball.[7][8] Three days after his death, his former club RK Zagreb hosted Barcelona in a EHF Champions League match at Arena Zagreb. A clip of his match-winning goal for Zagreb in the 1993 EHF Champions League final was shown and 15,000 people joined in a minute-long standing ovation in memory of Iztok Puc.[27] In 2011 the Slovenian Olympic Committee together with the Croatian Olympic Committee and in collaboration with the Handball Federation of Slovenia and Croatian Handball Federation, introduced a joint award named in honour of Puc (Iztok Puc Award) that is awarded annually to the most promising U–18 handball player.[10] The award is alternating between the two nations every year and is given alternately one year to Slovenian and another year to Croatian player.[9]

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Sue Lloyd, British actress (The Ipcress File, Crossroads), died from cancer she was 72.

Sue Lloyd was an English model turned actress with numerous film and television credits.

(7 August 1939 – 20 October 2011) 


The daughter of a GP, Susan Margery Jeaffreson Lloyd was born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. She attended Edgbaston High School in Birmingham and studied dance as a child, attending Sadler's Wells Ballet School.[1] As her height (5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)) increased, her possibilities for a career as a dancer diminished, and she became a showgirl and model, and, briefly, a member of Lionel Blair's dance troupe.[2]
She was one of the last two debutantes to be presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1958; the final such ceremony.[3]

Films and television

She made her film debut in two espionage themed films in 1965. Lloyd was a glamorous foil to Michael Caine's Harry Palmer in the spy thriller The IPCRESS File, and she later appeared alongside Caine's Palmer in Bullet to Beijing (1995). In 1965 she had a role in The Return of Mr. Moto[4]
In the same year Lloyd played the regular role of secret agent Cordelia Winfield, alongside Steve Forrest in the 1965-66 British ITC television series The Baron. Originally Lloyd's character only appeared in the pilot episode with Steve Forrest's sidekick played by Paul Ferris. Pressure from the American television network who were to screen the show replaced Ferris with the glamourous Lloyd.[5]
In 1971, Lloyd starred in a stage version of the TV series The Avengers playing John Steed's sidekick, Mrs Hannah Wild. She also appeared with several other stars in the 1976 Lindsay Shonteff imitation James Bond film No. 1 of the Secret Service.
She made many guest appearances on several popular shows of the 1960s and 1970s including The Saint, Department S, Jason King, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Persuaders! and The Sweeney.
Other film credits include Corruption, Revenge of the Pink Panther, The Stud and The Bitch. On her twitter page Joan Collins said that she and Lloyd had to get drunk prior to their nude scenes[6]
She is probably best known, however, for her long-running role as Barbara Hunter, née Brady, in the soap opera Crossroads, beginning in 1975, and she remained in the role until 1985 when Sue and her on-screen and future real-life husband, Ronald Allen, were sacked from the series. To the surprise of many (he had lived with Brian Hankins for most of his life until Hankins's death from cancer),[7] she married Allen, six weeks before his death from cancer on 19 June 1991.[8]


Sue Lloyd died on 20 October 2011, aged 72, from Cancer.[9]

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Hunter, Australian rapper, died from cancer he was 36.

Robert Alan Hunter , better known as Hunter or Huntz, was an Australian rapper and hip hop artist. He was a founder of Perth's hip hop scene in the 1990s and a member of the MC collective Syllabolix (SBX) Crew. During his career, he released four albums: Done DL (2002), Going Back to Yokine (2006), Monster House (2010) and Fear and Loathing (2011). Hunter died of neuroendocrine cancer on 20 October 2011, aged 36.

(1 October 1975 – 20 October 2011)


Robert Alan Hunter was born on 1 October 1975 and grew up in Yokine, a Perth suburb, with his father, Bob, his mother, Trish, and his sister, Simmone.[1][2] He was known for writing raps about his home and life.
In the 1990s Hunter emerged as a battle MC and hip hop artist.[3] Hunter, and fellow Perth-based hip hop artists, established the MC collective Syllabolix (SBX) Crew. In 2002, Hunter's song "Jam Roll", produced by Optamus, was included on the Obese Records compilation, Culture of Kings Volume 2.[4] In the same year, his song "Wake Up" was included on the Obese compilation Obesecity.[5] On 10 May 2002, Hunter's first album, Done DL, was released in collaboration with Downsyde's Dazastah on the Syllabolix label via Obese Records.[6][7][8] In 2006, Hunter and his partner, Laura, became the parents of a son, Marley.
On 1 June 2006, his second album, Going Back to Yokine, followed.[9] His song, "The Big Issue", was released on the 2006 Kiss my WAMi audio CD and audio jukebox DVD for the 2006 West Australian Music Industry Awards Festival[10] after he was nominated for an award that year.[11] His next album, Monster House was issued in 2010,[12] he collaborated with Sydney-based DJ Vame. Hunter's fourth album, Fear and Loathing – with SBX member Roy Mortimer aka Mortar – was issued in May 2011.[6][13]
In November 2009 Hunter was diagnosed with terminal neuroendocrine cancer.[1][14] He wrote, "I was diagnosed with cancer. Neuroendocrine tumours on the pancreas with metastasis to liver... I was devo'd of course as this is pretty much a death sentence".[15] The news generated support from the Australian hip hop community and, in November 2010, a charity eBay auction was organised by fellow MCs, Bias B and Len One called Heat 4 Huntz to raise money to help Hunter and his son.[1] Hunter died of his cancer on 20 October 2011, aged 36.[3] In August, one of Hunter's last live shows was at the Railway Hotel, with Mortar, performing the entire Fear and Loathing album.[6]
At the time of his death, Hunter was working on a charity album in support of youth cancer organisation, CanTeen.[1][16][17] The album, Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen, was released on 2 December 2011, and completed with the help of fellow SBX crew member, Dazastah.[18] It includes songs from Hunter, Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, Downsyde, Koolism, Bias B and Hermitude.[19]
Hunter was an influence on Australian hip hop artists such as Drapht, who had been included on Hunter's 2002 Done DL album, after writing raps secretly for three or four months and showing them to Hunter. Hunter had been in Drapht's sister's class at school, and Drapht had seen him perform at the Hyde Park Hotel along with Dazastah and Downsyde.[20] Drapht helped raise funds for cancer research based on his friendship with Hunter in the 2011 Dry July fundraiser.[21] A documentary entitled Hunter: the Documentary was made about his career and battle with cancer.[22][23]
Hunter is survived by his 5-year old son, Marley, his partner, Laura, his mother, Trish and his sister, Simmone.[2][24]
At the 2012 Western Australian Music Industry Awards Hunter was post-humously inducted into the WAM Hall of Fame.


Studio albums

  • Done DL - Hunter and Dazastah - Syllabolix / Obese Records (10 May 2002)
  • Going Back to Yokine - Hunter (solo album) - Syllabolix (1 June 2006)
  • Monster House - Hunter and DJ Vame (2010)
  • Fear and Loathing - Hunter and Mortar – Obese Records CLND004 (6 May 2011)
  • Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen Compilation, Hunter plus various Australian hip hop artists – SBX for Charity Hiphopcan001 (2 December 2011)

Extended plays

  • Lucky Matt's Tatts – Hunter (solo EP) – Obese Records (2005)


  • "Jam Roll" song on Culture of Kings Volume 2 - Obese Records (2002)
  • "Wake Up" song on Obesecity - Obese Records (2002)
  • "The Big Issue" song on Kiss My WAMi CD and audio DVD - Western Australia Music Industry (2006)

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