Mourning for Zimbabwe's Mugabe marred by dispute, stampede
Controversy over where and when former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be buried and a stampede which injured several people trying to view his body marred the mourning for the deceased leader Thursday. A crowd insisting to see Mugabe's face in the partially opened casket surged past a police cordon, causing a crush in which several were injured at Rufaro Stadium in the capital's poor Mbare neighborhood where thousands had come to view his body. "I want to see my father," said Margaret Marisa, 63, one of those who pushed their way into the line. "I was a collaborator who supported him in the war against Rhodesia. I have supported him ever since.
Robert Mugabe led Zimbabwe beginning in 1980, first as prime minister and then as president since 1987. One of the most controversial presidents in the African world, he was re-elected to presidency multiple times until his forced resignation in November 2017. Let's take a look at the life of the former Zimbabwean leader.
Mugabe was born on Feb. 21, 1924, in the Kutama village of Southern Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe. The country was a British Crown colony then and the laws were oppressive toward the natives, causing limited opportunities for jobs and education.
Zimbabwe plans Mugabe's funeral and burial next weekend
Zimbabwe plans Mugabe's funeral and burial next weekend
As a child and the third of six children, Mugabe helped his mother earn the livelihood for the family. His father, a carpenter, left to work on a Jesuit mission in South Africa and never returned.
The primary influence on his life was Father O’Hea, the director of the local Jesuit mission school that Mugabe attended as a boy. It was the school director who instilled in the young man his rights and that of all men to be treated equally and with respect.
Mugabe attained a teaching diploma in 1945 from Katuma’s St. Francis Xavier College. He went to study at Fort Hare in South Africa, from where he graduated in 1951 with a Bachelors in Arts. He earned six more degrees that included a Bachelor and a Master of Science and a Bachelor and a Master of Law.
In Mugabe's village, relatives say he was very bitter before death
In Mugabe's village, relatives say he was very bitter before death
After his graduation, Mugabe started lecturing at Chalimbana Teacher Training College in Northern Rhodesia until 1958, after which he taught at the Apowa Secondary School at Takoradi, Ghana. While in Ghana, he also taught at St. Mary’s Teacher Training College, where he met Sally Hayfron (L), his first wife.
When Mugabe returned to his hometown in 1960, the demography of Southern Rhodesia, under the new British colonial government, had drastically changed as thousands of black families had been displaced by the white families that had immigrated there.
Realizing that the government was denying black majority rule, in July 1960 he agreed to address a protest at Salisbury’s Harare Town Hall. Mugabe (L) motivated the protesters and cited the example of Ghana that had achieved independence through Marxism.
Zimbabwe's Mugabe to be buried at national shrine, family says
Zimbabwe's Mugabe to be buried at national shrine, family says.
A few weeks later, Mugabe (R) was elected the public secretary of the pro-independence National Democratic Party (NDP). He assembled a militant youth league to fight for black independence in Rhodesia. The government banned his party in 1961.
The banned NDP changed into the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), whose membership stood at a staggering 450,000. The union’s leader Joshua Nkomo (L) was invited to meet the United Nations, which in turn ordered the British to suspend their constitution in Rhodesia. However, nothing changed over time and Nkomo’s ineffectiveness started fueling doubts about the leader.
In 1963, Mugabe and his supporters founded a resistance movement called the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) in Tanzania. He was arrested by the police when he went back to Southern Rhodesia and remained in prison for 10 years.
While in prison, Mugabe used secret communications to launch a guerilla operation in 1964, to free Southern Rhodesia from the British rule. In 1974, he was allowed by Prime Minister Ian Smith to leave prison to attend a conference in Zambia (Northern Rhodesia).
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Robert Mugabe was a controversial character in global politics, before his ousting as Zimbabwe's president in 2017 after nearly four decades of rule. It was a leadership marred by violence, persecution and corruption - and the former president's outspoken tendencies caused controversy, too. © PA The Queen and Prince Philip with Robert Mugabe in Buckingham Palace Following his death, we have curated some of the most revealing quotes Mr Mugabe made during his lifetime.
Mugabe used this chance to escape to Southern Rhodesia, where he assembled guerilla trainees along the way. The battle between the government and the guerillas raged on throughout the 1970s, leaving the country’s economy in shambles.
In 1980, Southern Rhodesia was finally liberated from British rule and became the independent Republic of Zimbabwe. Running for elections from the ZANU party, Mugabe was elected prime minister of the new republic.
In 1981, fighting broke out between ZANU AND ZAPU. However, Mugabe (2nd L) was re-elected as the prime minister in 1985. Peace was finally brokered between the parties in 1987. A week after this pact, Mugabe was appointed the president of Zimbabwe.
(Pictured) Mugabe with Libya's President Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli, Libya, on Aug. 7, 1982.
In 1989, he launched a five-year plan to repair the failing economy under which restrictions were eased for farmers, allowing them to designate their own prices. The scheme worked, and by the end of 1994, the country’s finances were growing, especially in the farming, mining and manufacturing segments.
In January 1992, Mugabe’s wife passed away and in 1996 he married his long-time partner Grace Marufu (R).
Comment: I met Robert Mugabe in the late 1970s. What he told me still haunts me.
The Zimbabwean rebel leader wanted to be a different kind of African president. He was — just not the way I thought he meant. “We are not going to make the same mistake the rest of Black Africa has made,” Robert Mugabe told me in the late 1970s in an interview for Newsweek. “We are going to learn from their mistakes.” We met in Mozambique, the headquarters for his guerrilla army, which was then locked in a seemingly interminable war against the white minority regime in Rhodesia.
By 1996, Mugabe’s policies and way of ruling started creating dissatisfaction among the citizens, who had once worshiped him as their hero. Prominent among these were his seizure of white people’s land without compensation, and his refusal to give up Zimbabwe’s one-party constitution.
High inflation was hurting the economy and to make matters worse, Mugabe’s appeal to other nations for monetary help was rejected in 1998 because he failed to meet the one condition for the aid – devising a program to help his country’s failing rural economy.
He further strained foreign relations by passing a controversial amendment in 2000 that made Britain pay reparations for the land it had seized from the blacks, failing which he would seize British land.
His winning the 2002 presidential election was clouded by speculation that he had stuffed the ballot box. That caused the European Union to place an arms embargo and other economic sanctions on Zimbabwe.
Mugabe won the 2005 parliamentary elections, with his party winning 78 seats. The vote was marred by allegations of pre-election malpractice and rigged vote-counting.
The 2008 general elections brought the first defeat for Mugabe, who lost to opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai (pictured) in the first round. However, Tsvangirai withdrew from the second round because of a surge in violence on his supporters, which he alleged was ZANU sponsored. Mugabe won with an overwhelming majority.
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Mugabe’s refusal to hand over the reins of the country to another man led to a violent outbreak until Mugabe and Tsvangirai (L) agreed to a power-sharing deal. Mugabe went ahead to formally announce his candidacy for the 2012 presidential elections.
He was again elected to power in 2013 with 61 percent vote, but since then the dismal economy has continuously strengthened the wave of opposition. On Nov. 15, 2017, the Zimbabwean Army took control of the country, saying it was “removing criminals around Robert Mugabe” as the president remained confined to a house arrest. At that point Mugabe refused to resign.
The country’s ruling party, ZANU, sacked Mugabe as its leader on Nov. 19, 2017, appointing former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his place. First Lady Grace Mugabe was expelled from the party altogether. According to reports, Mugabe agreed to the terms of resignation the day after, as several of his demands were agreed to, which included full immunity for himself and his wife, and that he would get to keep his private properties. He officially resigned on Nov. 21, ending his 37-year reign.
During the 2018 general election, Mugabe publicly announced he wouldn't support Mnangagwa (pictured), for forcing him out of the "party I founded."
Mugabe died on Sept. 6, 2019, at the age of 95 in Singapore battling ill health.
The body of Zimbabwe’s founder Robert Mugabe arrived at the country’s main airport on Wednesday, but his final resting place remained a source of mystery amid a dispute between some family members and the government.
Zimbabweans wait for the arrival of the body of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to the country after he died on Friday (September 6) in Singapore after a long illness, Harare, Zimbabwe, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Obituary: Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe promised Zimbabwe democracy and reconciliation. but the hopes for the future dissolved into violence, corruption and economic misery.
Mugabe, one of the last “Big Men” of African politics who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years until he was ousted by his own army in November 2017, died in a Singapore hospital five days ago.
He is proving as polarising in death as he was in life, as the fight over where he will be buried threatens to embarrass his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and deepen divisions in the ruling ZANU-PF party.
© REUTERS/Feline Lim A hearse carrying the body of the late former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe leaves the funeral parlour for the airport in Singapore The former president’s body arrived at Harare’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport shortly after 1330 GMT. A military guard of honour stood at attention as the casket was removed from the aircraft, draped in the national flag and accompanied by security chiefs.
“The entire nation of Zimbabwe, our people, across the board are grieved and are in mourning because the light which led us to independence is no more, but his works, his ideology will continue to guide this nation,” Mnangagwa said.
“On the day we shall lay him to rest, on Sunday, I appeal to you in your hundreds, in your thousands, in your millions to show your love of our great leader who has left us,” he added.
Mugabe’s wife Grace, dressed in black with a black veil, was next to Mnangagwa at the airport. Also present were Mugabe’s daughter Bona and Savior Kasukuwere, a former Mugabe cabinet minister and staunch ally who has been living in self-imposed exile in South Africa since early this year.
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the former general who led the coup that overthrew Mugabe, was conspicuous by his absence at the airport. He has been receiving treatment in China since July for an unknown illness
Crowds had gathered at the airport well before the scheduled arrival time, with some wearing T-shirts bearing Mugabe’s face and others with Mnangagwa’s image, while music blared from loudspeakers.
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Peter Fonda (Feb. 23, 1940 – Aug. 16, 2019)
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Kary Mullis (Dec. 28, 1944 – Aug. 7, 2019)
The American biochemist died of pneumonia at the age of 74. He was the co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for inventing the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). He was also known for his eccentric views, publicly disagreeing with the scientific community on issues like climate change and AIDS.
Sushma Swaraj (Feb. 14, 1952 – Aug. 6, 2019)
The veteran Indian politician, who served as the country's foreign minister from 2014 to 2019, died in New Delhi, India, after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 67. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people." Swaraj had not contested the 2019 general election because of health concerns.
Toni Morrison (Feb. 18, 1931 – Aug. 5, 2019)
The novelist was the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Some of her best known novels are “The Bluest Eye” (1970), “Sula” (1973), “Song of Solomon” (1977) and “Beloved” (1987), all of which explored the African American experience (particularly the female experience) within the black community. In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for “Beloved.” She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama in 2012.
Joe Longthorne (May 31, 1955 – Aug. 3, 2019)
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Harley Race (April 11, 1943 – Aug. 1, 2019)
The eight-time National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) world heavyweight champion died aged 76 following health complications. The news of his death was posted on wrestler’s verified Twitter account by his son, who wrote: "Today at 12:50, we lost the man that fought up until the very last of his existence. More information will be released soon, but just know that he loved pro-wrestling and the fans that loved him. Harley Race, we love you." In his career, Race worked with several major wrestling companies including the WWE and the NWA. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, NWA Hall of Fame and Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Harold Prince (Jan. 30, 1928 – July 31, 2019)
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Russi Taylor (May 4, 1944 – July 26, 2019)
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Rutger Hauer (Jan. 23, 1944 – July 19, 2019)
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Peter McNamara (July 5, 1955 – July 20, 2019)
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Karl Shiels (1972 – July 14, 2019)
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Pernell Whitaker (Jan. 2, 1964 – July 14, 2019)
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Rip Torn (Feb. 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019)
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Cameron Boyce (May 28, 1999 – July 6, 2019)
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John McCririck (April 17, 1940 – July 5, 2019)
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Arte Johnson (Jan. 20, 1929 - July 3, 2019)
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Max Wright (Aug. 2, 1943 – June 26, 2019)
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Gloria Vanderbilt (Feb. 20, 1924 – June 17, 2019)
Born into great wealth, the heiress's father died when she was two and she became the subject of a custody battle between her mother and her aunt that went to the U.S. Supreme Court (her aunt won). The public was fascinated with the story of the "poor little rich girl" during the Great Depression. Vanderbilt became a popular model, and she was a prolific painter, but she was best known for being a designer jeans pioneer in the 1970s and '80s. She married four times; her fourth husband, Wyatt Cooper, died in 1978, leaving her with two young sons. The older son, Carter Cooper, died by suicide in 1988, a death that Vanderbilt called "the final loss, the fatal loss that stripped me bare,” and said she did not think she could survive it. Her younger son is CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.
Mohammed Morsi (Aug. 8, 1951 – June 17, 2019)
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Franco Zeffirelli (Feb. 12, 1923 – June 15, 2019)
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Edith González (Dec. 10, 1964 – June 13, 2019)
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Gabriele Grunewald (June 25, 1986 – June 11, 2019)
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Dr. John (Nov. 21, 1940 – June 6, 2019)
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José Antonio Reyes (Sept. 1, 1983 – June 1, 2019)
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Roky Erickson (July 15, 1947 – May 31, 2019)
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Niki Lauda (Feb. 22, 1949 – May 20, 2019)
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Herman Wouk (May 27, 1915 – May 17, 2019)
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Bob Hawke (Dec. 9, 1929 – May 16, 2019)
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Tim Conway (Dec. 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019)
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Doris Day (April 3, 1922 - May 13, 2019)
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Peggy Lipton (Aug. 30, 1946 – May 11, 2019)
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Silver King (Jan. 9, 1968 – May 11, 2019)
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Max Azria (Jan. 1, 1949 – May 6, 2019)
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Red Kelly (July 9, 1927 – May 2, 2019)
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Peter Mayhew (May 19, 1944 – April 30, 2019)
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John Singleton (January 6, 1968 – April 29, 2019)
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Josef Sural (May 30, 1990 – April 29, 2019)
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Mya-Lecia Naylor (Nov. 6, 2002 – April 7, 2019)
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Seymour Cassel (Jan. 22, 1935 – April 7, 2019)
Cassel, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "Faces" (1968), died of Alzheimer's disease, aged 84. A frequent collaborator with directors John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, his memorable films include "Minnie and Moskowitz" (1971), "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976), "Rushmore" (1998), "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004).
Nadja Regin (Dec. 2, 1931 – April 7, 2019)
The Serbian actress, best remembered for playing Bond girl in "From Russia with Love" (1963) and "Goldfinger" (1964), died at the age of 87. A few of her other film roles include "The Man Without a Body" (1957), "Don't Panic Chaps" (1959), "Solo for Sparrow" (1962) and "Downfall" (1964).
Tania Mallet (May 19, 1941 – March 30, 2019)
Popular for playing Bond girl Tilly Masterson opposite Sean Connery in the 1964 movie “Goldfinger,” Mallet died at 77. The news was confirmed on March 31 on the official James Bond Twitter account, which read, “We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in GOLDFINGER has passed away. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”
Nipsey Hussle (Aug. 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019)
Known for his hip-hop numbers such as "Hussle & Motivate" and "Double Up," Hussle was shot several times outside his apparel store, Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Aged 33, the Grammy-nominated artist was pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital.
Agnès Varda (May 30, 1928 – March 29, 2019)
The veteran filmmaker, known for being a key figure in the French New Wave cinema, died at the age of 90. In her six-decade-long career, she made celebrated films such as "La Pointe Courte" (1955), "Cleo from 5 to 7" (1962) and "The Creatures" (1966). Her last TV documentary, "Varda by Agnès," released in 2019.
Shane Rimmer (May 28, 1929 – March 29, 2019)
The Canadian actor, known for voicing the character of Scott Tracy in the TV series "Thunderbirds" (1965-66), died at his home in England. He was 89. A few of his well-known films include "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), "Superman II" (1980), "Gandhi" (1982) and "Batman Begins" (2005). He also made a number of uncredited appearances in movies such as "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), "Live and Let Die" (1973) and "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977).
Bruce Yardley (Sept. 5, 1947 – March 27, 2019)
After a long battle with cancer, the former Australian cricketer died at the age of 71. Popular as "Roo" among his teammates, the off-spin bowlers played 33 Tests for his national team, with 126 wickets under his belt, between 1978 and 1983. He later served as a coach for Sri Lanka.
Denise DuBarry (March 6, 1956 – March 23, 2019)
Best remembered for her portrayal of Lt. Samantha Green in the TV series "Black Sheep Squadron" (1978), DuBarry died aged 63 from a rare fungal illness. Some of her other acclaimed performances were in movies and TV series such as "Being There" (1979) and "Monster in the Closet" (1986).
Ranking Roger (Feb. 21, 1963 – March 26, 2019)
Roger Charlery, who was better known as Ranking Roger, died at the age of 56 at his home. He had suffered a stroke last summer; he was also diagnosed with two brain tumors and lung cancer, which was revealed in January. Best remembered as the vocalist of the band The Beat, he later came to be associated with General Public. A few of his hits include "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save It for Later," "In Love with You" and "I Confess."
Scott Walker (Jan. 9, 1943 - March 25, 2019)
The singer and songwriter, best remembered for his unique baritone voice and songs such as "The Electrician," "Joanna" and "It's Raining Today," died aged 76, his record label, 4AD, announced. After tasting great success in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of pop trio The Walker Brothers, Scott embarked on a solo career near the end of the decade, finding and popularizing his iconic sound in the world of avant-garde and experimental music. He continued to release solo numbers, under the banner of 4AD Records, until his death.
Charlie Whiting (Aug. 12, 1952 – March 14, 2019)
The veteran Formula One race director died, aged 66, from a pulmonary embolism in Melbourne, Australia. FIA President Jean Todt said: "It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie's passing. Charlie Whiting was a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula 1 who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport. Formula 1 has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie."
Kelly Catlin (Nov. 3, 1995 – March 8, 2019)
The track cyclist died at her home in California, U.S., aged 23. Her father Mark Catlin confirmed in a letter sent to VeloNews that she died by suicide. She won three consecutive team pursuit world cycling championship titles from 2016 to 2018 and was a part of the silver medal-winning U.S. women's pursuit team at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Jed Allan (March 1, 1935 – March 9, 2019)
Allan, known for appearing on the shows "Santa Barbara" (1986-93), "Days of Our Lives" (1977-85) and "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1994-99), died at the age of 84. He also hosted "Celebrity Bowling" between 1971-77. The actor was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 1979.
Jan-Michael Vincent (July 15, 1945 – Feb. 10, 2019)
The actor, who was best known for starring in the 1980s TV series "Airwolf," died at age 74 after suffering cardiac arrest, TMZ reported.
Luke Perry (Oct. 11, 1966 – March 4, 2019)
The actor, best known for his role as Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died days after suffering a massive stroke. He most recently has been starring in the CW’s comic book adaptation show “Riverdale.” His publicist said that when he died, Perry “was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp,” and other friends and relatives.
Keith Flint (Sept. 17, 1969 – March 4, 2019)
The Prodigy vocalist died at the age of 49 at his home in Essex, England. An iconic musical personality of the 1990s, Flint is associated with the band's big hits such as "Firestarter" and "Breathe." He even started his own band called Flint. Aside from his career in music, he also owned a motorcycle racing team, Team Traction Control that debuted in 2014.
André Previn (April 6, 1929 – Feb. 28, 2019)
The renowned composer and conductor died at his home in Manhattan, New York, U.S., aged 89. In a career spanning seven decades, Previn won four Academy Awards for his work in the films "Gigi" (1958), "Porgy and Bess" (1959), "Irma la Douce" (1963) and "My Fair Lady" (1964), ten Grammy Awards and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also named honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Katherine Helmond (July 5, 1929-Feb. 23, 2019)
The Golden Globe-winning actress known for her performances on shows such as “Who’s the Boss?” and “Soap” passed away at 89 at her home in Los Angeles, California, U.S. “She was the love of my life. We spent 57 beautiful, wonderful, loving years together, which I will treasure forever,” her husband, David Christian, said in a statement. According to Manfred Westphal, chief marketing and communications officer for APA, Helmond died of complications from Alzheimer’s.
Lisa Sheridan (Dec. 5, 1974 – Feb. 25, 2019)
The American actress known for her performance in "Invasion" and "CSI" died in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. She was 44. The news was confirmed by her manager Mitch Clem, who said: "We all loved Lisa very much and are devastated by the loss we all feel. She passed away Monday morning, at home, in her apartment in New Orleans. We are waiting for a coroner's report on cause of death."
Stanley Donen (April 13, 1924 – Feb. 21, 2019)
Best known for movies such as "On the Town" (1949), "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) and "Two for the Road" (1967), the American director died from heart failure, aged 94. In 1998, he was honored with a lifetime achievement Oscar "in appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation."
Brody Stevens (May 22, 1970 – Feb. 22, 2019)
The stand-up comedian-actor died at his home in Los Angeles, California, U.S., aged 48. According to TMZ, Stevens reportedly committed suicide. "Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community. He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious. He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time," his representative said in a statement. "The Hangover" (2009), "Due Date" (2010) and "The Hangover Part II" (2011) are some of his notable works.
Louisa Moritz (Sept. 25, 1946 – January 2019)
The actress, best known for playing Rose in the Oscar-winning film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," died at the age of 72 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. According to her representative, Moritz died last week at her home. Her other notable works were "Up in Smoke" (1978) and "The Last American Virgin" (1982).
Clark Gable III (Sept. 20, 1988 – Feb. 22, 2019)
The grandson of "Gone with the Wind" star Clark Gable (1901-60) died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, U.S., confirmed Variety. He was 30. His sister shared the news about the death on Facebook, writing, "My brother was found unresponsive this morning by his fiance and didn’t wake up .. I LOVE YOU CLARKIE I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you my heart is broken and shattered RIP.” Gable was an aspiring actor who hosted many episodes of the reality TV show "Cheaters" (2012-13).
Peter Tork (Feb. 13, 1942 – Feb. 21, 2019)
The musician was best known as the bassist for the 1960s teenybopper group The Monkees. The band was formed for an eponymous TV show that was created to evoke the Beatles comedies “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” and was hugely successful, selling 35 million albums in 1967. Tork left the group soon after the TV show ended, hoping to shed the "novelty act" label. He struggled through the '70s then rejoined with the band when the Monkees enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the mid-'80s. He also played with his own bands, including The Peter Tork Project and Shoe Suede Blues, and appeared in small roles on a handful of TV shows.
Karl Lagerfeld (Sept. 10, 1933 – Feb. 19, 2019)
The iconic fashion designer, who was the creative director for Chanel, passed away in Paris, France, reported the BBC. Lagerfeld, who worked until his death, had been unwell for several weeks. He was 85.
Andrea Levy (March 7, 1956 - Feb. 14, 2019)
Award-winning author of "Small Island" died at the age of 62 due to cancer. The writer is known to have explored the experience of the black British in the years after Windrush in a series of novels. In 2010, her last novel "The Long Song" was nominated for the Booker Prize and adapted for BBC One in 2018.
Gordon Banks (Dec. 30, 1937 - Feb. 12, 2019)
England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper died at the age of 81. Banks' former club Stoke City shared the news on Twitter via a statment from his family, which read, "It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him." Banks was considered to be one of the greatest footballers of his generation and was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times. He also earned 73 caps for England.
Pedro Morales (Oct. 22, 1942 – Feb. 12, 2019)
The WWE Hall of Famer died at the age of 76. He had reportedly been battling Parkinson’s disease. The Puerto Rican wrestling legend became the fourth-ever WWE champion in 1971 and held the title for 1,027 straight days. He was the first Triple Crown Champion in the history of WWE. After retiring from professional wrestling in 1987, he became a Spanish-language commentator.
Albert Finney (May 9, 1936 - Feb. 8, 2019)
The English actor died peacefully after suffering from a short illness. Finney is best known for playing 'angry young man' Arthur Seaton in the 1960 British drama 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning'. Throughout his career, Finney received five Oscar nominations, and a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in 'The Gathering Storm'.
Kristoff St. John (July 15, 1966 – Feb. 3, 2019)
The actor, known for his role in the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless,” died in his home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, California, U.S., aged 52. His attorney Mark Geragos confirmed the news, tweeting, “Few men had the unique strength, courage & sensitivity that @kristoffstjohn1 lived every single minute of every day. He impacted everyone he met and millions who he inspired and in turn admired him. On behalf of @MiaStJohnBoxer & @TheStJohnFamily thank you for all of your love.”
Jeremy Hardy (July 17, 1961 – Feb. 1, 2019)
The English comedian died of cancer at the age of 57. A regular on TV and radio panel shows, including "Mock the Week" and "QI," Hardy was also a frequent guest on the BBC Radio 4 shows "The News Quiz" and "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue."
Clive Swift (Feb. 9, 1936 – Feb. 1, 2019)
Best known for playing a hen-pecked husband in the BBC One sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances," Swift died at the age of 82 after a short illness. He had also acted in other shows, including "Peak Practice," "Born and Bred" and "The Old Guys."
Emiliano Sala (Oct. 31, 1990 – January 2019)
The Argentine soccer player was on board a light aircraft that went missing on Jan. 21, 2019, while flying from Nantes, France, to Cardiff, Wales. His body was recovered from the crashed plane on Feb. 7. In a statement, Dorset Police said: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.” At the time of his death, the center-forward had just moved from his former club Nantes to Cardiff City.
Dick Miller (Dec. 25, 1928 – Jan. 30, 2019)
The veteran actor, best known for his roles in "Gremlins" (1984) and "The Terminator" (1984), died at the age of 90 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Over his six-decade-long career, he had over 175 movie and 2,000 TV appearances. Miller is survived by his wife Lainie, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Autumn.
James Ingram (Feb. 16, 1952 – Jan. 29, 2019)
The singer-songwriter died at the age of 66 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. He was a winner of two Grammy Awards and earned two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. He was a frequent collaborator with Quincy Jones, and had also co-written Michael Jackson's "Pretty Young Things." A few of his well-known hits include "Baby, Come to Me," "I Don't Have the Heart" and "Somewhere Out There."
Michel Legrand (Feb. 24, 1932 – Jan. 26, 2019)
The celebrated French composer, conductor and jazz pianist died at the age of 86 in Paris, France. He was the recipient of three Oscars and five Grammy Awards among other accolades. He is best remembered for classic film songs such as "The Windmills of your Mind," "I Will Wait for You" and "You Must Believe in Spring."
Kevin Barnett (1987 – Jan. 22, 2019)
The comedian and writer, who co-created the Fox series "Rel," died at 32. He was vacationing in Mexico a few days before his death. United Talent Agency confirmed the news on Twitter on Jan. 22 and wrote, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and client Kevin Barnett. He was an incredible talent and a wonderful person. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We will miss him.” Barnett's cause of death is not known yet. His notable works include the Fox series "Unhitched" and TruTV's sketch comedy series "Friends of the People."
Carol Channing (Jan. 31, 1921 – Jan. 15, 2019)
The theater actress and singer was best known for her lead role in "Hello, Dolly!" and continued to perform into her 90s. Channing also acted in movies and received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for her performance in "Thoroughly Modern Millie." On television, she was a favorite on talk and quiz shows. She died of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California.
Jo Andres (May 21, 1954 – Jan. 7, 2019)
The filmmaker and choreographer died at the age of 64. The cause of her death hasn't been released. Andres, who was married to actor Steve Buscemi for over three decades, was known for her 'film/dance/light' experimental performance art in the 1980s. She also served as a dance consultant to the Wooster Group.
William Morgan Sheppard (Aug. 24, 1932 – Jan. 6, 2019)
The “Star Trek” and “Doctor Who” actor died in Los Angeles, California, U.S., aged 86. The news of his death was confirmed by his son and actor Mark Sheppard on Instagram. “We went to spend some time with my father today. Though he couldn’t speak, we held hands, he laughed and was so happy to see us. We left and came home. A good day. He was rushed to hospital and passed at 6:30 pm, my mother by his side. I am so grateful that he didn’t have to suffer any longer. Thank you for all your kind thoughts, love and prayers,” he wrote alongside a photo of his father.
Bob Einstein (Nov. 20, 1942 - Jan. 2, 2019)
The American actor and comedy writer widely known for TV series such as "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" died at 76. The news was confirmed on Twitter by his brother Albert Brooks. He said, "R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever."
Gene Okerlund (Dec. 19, 1942 – Jan. 2, 2019)
The professional wrestling ringside interviewer and WWE Hall of Famer passed away at the age of 76. Known popularly as “Mean Gene,” Okerlund was renowned for his ringside commentary and for posing tough questions to wrestling legends such as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.
Daryl Dragon (Aug. 27, 1942 – Jan. 2, 2019)
The singer, 76, died of renal failure in Prescott, Arizona, U.S. He was popularly known as a part of the '70s duo The Captain & Tennille, which he formed with his then-wife Toni Tennille. The couple divorced in 2014 after 40 years of marriage. Tennille said in a statement, "He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him."
A convoy of 4x4 vehicles with number plates bearing the letters “RG Mugabe” and the former leader’s signature were also on the runway.
Leo Mugabe, a nephew and family spokesman, declined to say where Mugabe would be buried.
Mnangagwa said the body would be taken to Mugabe’s palatial home in the capital, known as Blue Roof, after a detour to a military barracks for prayers.
On Thursday, ordinary Zimbabweans and supporters are expected to pay their last respects to Mugabe at a Harare soccer stadium, where the body will lie in state before being taken to his rural home in Kutama, 85 km (50 miles) from the capital, he added.
Mnangagwa and his party want Mugabe buried at a national monument to heroes of the liberation war against the white minority Rhodesian regime.
But some of Mugabe’s relatives have pushed back against that plan. They share Mugabe’s bitterness at the way former allies including Mnangagwa conspired to topple him and want him buried in his home village.
Sunday’s burial will take place a day after a state funeral, but officials said the burial site would only be known after consultations with the family.
Mugabe left behind an economy wrecked by hyperinflation and deeply entrenched corruption, and a raging political rivalry between ZANU-PF and the opposition MDC.
The MDC said in a statement on Wednesday that it had postponed its 20th anniversary rally because of Mugabe’s funeral. It said: “Notwithstanding our legendary differences with Mr. Mugabe, we have no reason to exhibit barbarity by hosting a national festivity during his funeral.”
Obituary: Robert Mugabe.
Robert Mugabe promised Zimbabwe democracy and reconciliation. but the hopes for the future dissolved into violence, corruption and economic misery.