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Leslie Bricusse obituary

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The songwriter Leslie Bricusse, who has died aged 90, was a quiet man with an unshakeable sense of his own worth, an outlook justly cultivated in the early 1960s when his two stage musicals with Anthony Newley, Stop t...

Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, dies aged 84 – video obituary

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Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state, has died at the age of 84 from Covid complications. Powell was a retired four-star general who served as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in the early 1990s, b...

Colin Powell obituary

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Colin Powell, who has died aged 84 from complications of Covid-19, rose higher in public office than any previous black American, the youngest chair of the joint chiefs of staff. Then, when the second Bush administrat...

Sir Gerry Robinson obituary

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Sir Gerry Robinson, who has died aged 72, was one of the most articulate and successful British business leaders of the 1990s, despite being branded “the upstart caterer” by John Cleese when he shocked the media estab...

Lonnie Smith obituary

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Few Hammond organ players induce the bar staff of jazz clubs to stop clinking bottles for fear of puncturing a sonic mood of almost inaudible fragility – the ingenious Hammond B3s having started life in the 1930s as p...

Sir David Amess obituary

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Sir David Amess, who has died aged 69 after being stabbed while holding a constituents’ surgery at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, was the Conservative MP for Southend West in Essex. Though he spent more than half his life ...

Michael Ferguson obituary

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The producer Michael Ferguson, who has died aged 84, transformed the fortunes of EastEnders after it had fallen into a lull four years after exploding on to British television screens. One of his secret ingredients pr...

Paddy Moloney obituary

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Paddy Moloney, who has died aged 83, was a founder and the leader of the Chieftains, a band that made Irish traditional music famous across the globe. A composer, arranger of traditional music and innovative musician ...

Rick Jones obituary

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The actor Rick Jones, who has died aged 84 of cancer, found fame in the 1960s and 70s as a children’s television presenter - notably on Play School and Fingerbobs – when his musical talents were discovered by the BBC....

Budge Patty obituary

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In 1950 the US tennis star Budge Patty, who has died aged 97, gained the men’s singles titles at both the French Open championship and at Wimbledon – a double win that is still a rare achievement for any American play...

James Brokenshire obituary

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James Brokenshire, who has died aged 53 of lung cancer, was the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup and a minister in successive governments, including in the cabinet of Theresa May. Following May’s rise to the ...

Richard H Kirk obituary

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Richard H Kirk, who has died aged 65, was a key figure in the development of British electronic and DIY music, from his co-founding of the Sheffield-based band Cabaret Voltaire in the 1970s, through his 90s recordings...

Robert Richardson obituary

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The crime writer Robert Richardson, who has died aged 80, started out as the inventor of Gus (Augustus) Maltravers, an erudite playwright and classic amateur sleuth in the tradition of the English detective novel/stor...

Sir John Chilcot obituary

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Sir John Chilcot, who has died aged 82 of kidney disease, was the quietly spoken mandarin famous for his excoriating verdict on the conduct of the Iraq war, begun in 2003. It changed the perception of one of the most ...

Jonathan Cooper obituary

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The barrister Jonathan Cooper, who has died suddenly aged 58, was the driving force behind numerous human rights campaigns over the past 30 years. Exuberant, knowledgable and admired by a wide circle of friends, he wa...

Pee Wee Ellis obituary

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In the summer of 1968, with black America aflame following the assassination of Martin Luther King, the singer James Brown summoned his musical director, the saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis. Together they came up with a son...

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