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Teacher who led Aberfan pupils to safety dies, aged 75

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_wales/1262000/1262917_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534564045_fccdcce30fffe7361a4ee5b8db481b9e<p><b>The schoolteacher who led her young pupils to safety after the 1966 Aberfan disaster has died, aged 75.</b><p>Hettie Williams was teaching at Pantglas …

Teaching

Aretha Franklin, 'queen of soul', dies aged 76

The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, her representative has said. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at her bedside.<p>“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our …

Aretha Franklin

VS Naipaul obituary

The greatest literary virtue of the Trinidad-born writer VS Naipaul, who has died aged 85, was instant readability. He constructed clear, irreducible sentences, and marshalled them into single-minded paragraphs. His control of language and the rhetoric of his novels were such that he could persuade …

Literature

VS Naipaul, Nobel prize-winning British author, dies aged 85

The writer VS Naipaul, who explored questions of place and identity for more than half a century, has died aged 85.<p>Turning from the comedy that began his career, Naipaul cast a steely eye on the shards of empire in a series of novels and travelogues. Unflattering portraits of the West Indies, …

Literature

Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul dies aged 85

<b>Novelist Sir VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died aged 85, his family have said.</b><p>Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.<p>His wife, Lady Naipaul, called him a "giant in …

Literature

Arsène Tchakarian: French Resistance fighter dies aged 101

<b>The last member of an immigrant group who fought the Nazis for the French Resistance has died aged 101.</b><p>Arsène Tchakarian escaped a Nazi crackdown in which 22 of the group's fighters were shot by the German occupation forces in Paris in 1944.<p>He was awarded France's highest honour.<p>President Emmanuel …

France

Joël Robuchon, Michelin star French chef, dies aged 73

<b>French celebrity chef Joël Robuchon will be remembered for many reasons: earning more than 30 Michelin stars, creating the world's best mashed potato, and hurling a plate at a young and "difficult" Gordon Ramsay.</b><p>The chef, who has died aged 73, later revealed it was the only plate he had ever thrown …

France

Barry Chuckle, one half of Chuckle Brothers duo, dies aged 73

The entertainer Barry Chuckle, one half of the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, has died aged 73, his manager has said.<p>“It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family,” said Phil Dale.<p>Chuckle, whose real …

Paddy McGuinness

Bernard Hepton obituary

Never on the front cover, but always somehow familiar, Bernard Hepton, who has died aged 92, was one of those actors you were always glad to see again. He could be plain and morose, or authoritative and stern, or he could be extremely funny, but he never let you down, whether as the German …

Henry Viii

Pat de Groot obituary

At the end of Cape Cod, in the wild place known as Provincetown, the artist Pat de Groot, who has died aged 88, was “bohemian royalty”, according to her friend John Waters, the film-maker. During her 70 years in the town she shared the beach with Norman Mailer, Mary Oliver, Mark Rothko, Robert …

University of Pennsylvania

Former Holyrood presiding officer Sir Alex Fergusson dies

<b>Sir Alex Fergusson, former presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, has died aged 69.</b><p>The former Conservative MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries stood down from Holyrood after 17 years of service in 2016, and was subsequently knighted.<p>He served as Holyrood's third presiding officer from 2007 to …

Great Britain

British sailor Tony Bullimore dies aged 79

The British sailor and entrepreneur Tony Bullimore has died at the age of 79, according to reports.<p>Bullimore became world-famous after he survived for four days when his yacht capsized in the freezing waters of the Southern Ocean in 1997.<p>Despite the ordeal in which he huddled in the upturned hull …

Southern Ocean

Bernard Hepton, star of Colditz and Le Carré, dies aged 92

Bernard Hepton, the celebrated actor who traversed the worlds of theatre, television and radio, has died at the age of 92.<p>Bradford-born Hepton was best known for his television work and, in particular, his roles in Colditz, I, Claudius and as intelligence agent Toby Esterhase in two BBC John le …

Henry Viii

Paul Madeley obituary

So versatile was the footballer Paul Madeley that in his 18 years at Leeds United during the 1960s and 70s he played in every position bar goalkeeper, prompting his team-mate Johnny Giles to describe him as “seven top-class players in one”. The ultimate utility player, Madeley, who has died aged …

Football League Cup

Obituary: Mary Ellis the air pioneer

<b>Mary Ellis blazed a trail for female aviators, as one of the first women to fly Spitfires, heavy bombers and jet aircraft.</b><p>She was a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), which employed civilians to deliver planes from factories to airfields during the Second World War.<p>However, her …

Royal Family

Haruki Murakami's new novel declared 'indecent' by Hong Kong censors

The latest novel from Haruki Murakami, Japan’s most celebrated literary export, has fallen foul of censors in Hong Kong, where it was ruled to be indecent by a tribunal and removed from display at a book fair.<p>Hong Kong’s Obscene Articles Tribunal announced last week that the Chinese-language …

Hong Kong

Lord Carrington obituary

Peter Carrington, Lord Carrington, who has died aged 99, was the longest serving member of the House of Lords. He held office in the governments of six successive Conservative prime ministers and, as one of the most distinguished statesmen of postwar politics, would, in another age, have been an …

Clive King obituary

Clive King, who has died aged 94, was the author of several children’s books and is best known for Stig of the Dump, the original and imaginative fantasy story of the friendship between Barney, a boy of the modern era, with Stig, a boy from long, long ago who lives in a nearby chalk pit in a home …

Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank's first wife, dies aged 101

<b>Nancy Sinatra senior, the first of Frank Sinatra's four wives and mother of his three children, has died aged 101.</b><p>Her daughter Nancy Junior said that she had "passed away peacefully".<p>"She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything," she wrote.<p>Nancy Sinatra …

New Jersey

Stig of the Dump author Clive King dies aged 94

<b>The author of children's classic Stig of the Dump, Clive King, has died aged 94.</b><p>Stig of the Dump has never been out of print and has sold more than 2 million copies since it was published in 1963.<p>King's book, Hamid of Aleppo, was published in 1958. Other books included The Twenty-Two Letters, The …

Books

Tab Hunter: how Hollywood's boy next door became a gay icon

Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter, the beloved boy-next-door of 1950s Warner Brothers classics like Battle Cry, The Burning Hills and Damn Yankees, died on Sunday at the age of 86. A blonde, square-jawed and wholesome symbol of mid-century American masculinity, Hunter, born in 1931 as Arthur Gelien, …

Tab Hunter: 1950s Hollywood idol who hid his sexuality dies at 86

<b>Actor Tab Hunter, one of Hollywood's biggest heartthrobs of the 1950s, has died at the age of 86.</b><p>Hunter was a screen idol in the 1950s and early '60s thanks to such hit movies as Damn Yankees and Battle Cry.<p>He also hosted his own TV show, while his song Young Love went to number one on both sides …

Star Trek

Alan Gilzean: Former Tottenham & Dundee striker dies aged 79

<b>Former Dundee and Tottenham striker Alan Gilzean has died at the age of 79 after a short illness.</b><p>The 22-time capped Scotland international had been diagnosed with a brain tumour just a few weeks ago.<p>Gilzean, known as the 'King of White Hart Lane', moved to Spurs in 1964, scoring 133 goals in a …

Soccer

Claude Lanzmann: the man who told the story of Shoah

Death must have taken him by surprise. He loathed death; it made him very angry<p>‘Come and have dinner, I’ll cook Bresse chicken. You don’t hold any grudge against Bresse poulet, do you?” The man on the phone didn’t need to give his name. Claude Lanzmann never introduced himself; he didn’t need to.<p>I …

Motorcycle racer William Dunlop dies after crash in Skerries 100 practice

The Northern Ireland road racer William Dunlop has died after a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 in County Dublin.<p>The 32-year-old rider from Ballymoney, County Antrim, was a member of the Dunlop dynasty of racing greats and a repeat winner of the North West 200 and Ulster Grand …

Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko dies aged 90

Steve Ditko, the Marvel Comics artist who gave the world the woven webs and soaring red-and-blue shape of Spider-Man and the other-worldly shimmer of Doctor Strange, has died, authorities said. He was 90.<p>Ditko was found on 29 June in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene, …

Comic Books

Elvis Costello reveals cancer diagnosis as he cancels tour dates

Elvis Costello has revealed he was recently diagnosed with “a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy” and has cancelled tour dates while he recovers from the subsequent treatment.<p>Writing on his website, the singer-songwriter said: “Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should …

Music

Peter Firmin obituary

The artist Peter Firmin, who has died aged 89, was a pioneer of children’s TV. The classic programmes he made with Oliver Postgate, including Ivor the Engine, Bagpuss and The Clangers, were loved by generations of British viewers.<p>The world they created during their 30-year partnership involved a …

Dame Gillian Lynne obituary

Since the 1970s, British musical theatre has boasted a professionalism and audacity once thought exclusive to Broadway. Much of the credit, entrepreneurial and creative, has gone to Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber, but an equally vital force was the choreographer, director and dancer …

Alan Longmuir obituary

“Just a plumber from Edinburgh who got lucky” was Alan Longmuir’s dry assessment of his career. To the young girls who lionised his band, the Bay City Rollers, he was considerably more. The group’s founding member, Longmuir, who has died aged 70 after contracting a virus while on holiday in Mexico, …

Siblings