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Peter Robins, 65, the original voice of beloved Peanuts character Charlie Brown has died. Robbins died by suicide, according to a statement his friend and agent, Dylan Novak, sent to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. It is not known when Robbins died.

Robbins began voicing Charlie Brown in 1963 and is recognized for his work on the holiday classics “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, and “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”. As a child actor, his credits included playing Patricia Harty’s son, Alexander Bumstead, in the late 1960s comedy “Blondie”. He also appeared in the TV shows “The Munsters”, “Get Smart and “The Boatniks”. Robbins had a long history of mental illness, Novak said, and was open about it.

Sheldon Silver, 77, the former New York Assembly speaker who was one of the most powerful figures in state government for two decades before his 2018 conviction for corruption, died Monday, the Bureau announced. federal prisons. He was serving his sentence at Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, but was in a hospital in nearby Ayer, Massachusetts. The Manhattan Democrat was serving a sentence of more than six years for using his influence to benefit real estate developers.

Fatma Girik, 79, a beloved 1960s and 1970s Turkish film actress and former district mayor, died in an Istanbul hospital on Monday of multiple organ failure while being treated for COVID-related pneumonia. -19.

Along with Turkan Soray, Filiz Akin and Hulya Kocyigit, Girik was considered one of the four most iconic actresses in the Turkish film industry. She starred in some 180 films, often portraying strong and combative characters. In 1989, Girik was elected mayor of Istanbul’s Sisli district for the now defunct populist Social Democratic Party. Girik held the position until 1994. In recent years, she has appeared in several Turkish television series.

Edgar S. Cahn, 86, a lawyer who sought to harness the power of the law to promote social justice, helping to establish the largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans and training future lawyers who share the likeminded as the founder of the former Antioch Law School in Washington, died Jan. 23 at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The cause was congestive heart failure.

Justice can be served, as Cahn has demonstrated throughout his career, through the inglorious but important work of taking clients – regardless of their ability to pay – and guiding them through Byzantine processes of the law and bureaucracy to deal with challenges such as an eviction notice, repossessing a car or denial of government benefits.

Thierry Mugler, 73, the scandalous and revolutionary French designer who dominated European catwalks in the late 1980s and early 1990s, died on January 23. More details were not available. Mugler, born in Strasbourg, France, was one of the main architects of a late 1980s aesthetic that married S&M and haute couture. Her figure was a sort of inverted triangle with giant shoulders and a nipped-in waist. He loved latex, leather and curves. The Mugler brand was purchased by Clarins, the beauty conglomerate, in 1997.

Don Wilson, 88, the co-founder and rhythm guitarist of instrumental guitar band The Ventures, surf rockers who helped put Washington state on the rock ‘n’ roll map, died Jan. 22 in Tacoma of causes natural.

The group’s hits included “Walk, Don’t Run” and the theme song to “Hawaii Five-O”. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. The Ventures had 14 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With over 100 million records sold, the Ventures are the best-selling instrumental group of all time.

Ventures founders Bob Bogle and Wilson were masons when they purchased guitars and chord books at a Tacoma pawnshop in 1958. The pioneering band’s rise came years before the career of fellow Washington and future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Jimi Hendrix and Heart. The Ventures were integral to the Pacific Northwest’s garage rock boom of the 1960s, alongside acts like Paul Revere & the Raiders and The Kingsmen out of Portland, and fellow Tacoma bands The Fabulous Wailers and The Sonics.

Thich Nhat Hanh, 95, Vietnamese Buddhist monk who was one of the most influential Zen masters in the world, spreading messages of mindfulness, compassion and non-violence, died on January 22 at his home at Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam . The death was announced by Plum Village, his organization of monasteries. He suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2014 which left him unable to speak, although he could communicate through gestures.

The prolific author, poet, teacher and peace activist was exiled from Vietnam after opposing the war in the 1960s and became one of the leading voices of a movement he called ” committed Buddhism”, the application of Buddhist principles to political and social reform. In 2018, he returned home to Hue to live out his final days.

Dennis Smith, 81, a teenage hell and high school dropout who turned into a famous New York City firefighter, bestselling author and outspoken advocate for the safety of his colleagues and the public, died Jan. 21 in Venice, Fla. . His death in a hospital was caused by complications from COVID-19, his son Sean Smith said.

The first of 16 books, “Report from Engine Co. 82” (1972), was a chronicle of the city’s busiest fire station. The book sold approximately 3 million copies, ennobled Smith as a champion of his profession, and inspired countless men and women to become firefighters. His “Report From Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at the World Trade Center” (2002) was No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Nino Cerruti, 91, the dashing Italian fashion designer and textile descendant who modernized menswear with his soft, unstructured tailoring and dressed generations of movie and TV stars on and off screen, died Jan. Vercelli, Italy. His death, in a hospital, resulted from complications from hip surgery, according to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Cerruti was “the founding father of the post-war designer revolution”, wrote International Herald Tribune fashion critic Suzy Menkes in 2001, adding that he presaged “the Made in Italy revolution, in which traditional work has been transformed into a streamlined factory”. -manufactured luxury product. Cerruti has given wings to many designers such as Giorgio Armanu and Narciso Rodriguez.

Jana Bennett, The 66-year-old influential American-born broadcast director and program maker at the BBC who helped redefine the presentation of science on television died on January 11 at his home in Oxfordshire, England. The cause was glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive brain cancer, which was diagnosed in 2019.

She began her more than three-decade career at the BBC in 1979 as a news intern and became director of BBC Television. During his tenure, the BBC introduced several new formats and programs including “Sherlock”, “Planet Earth”, “Strictly Come Dancing” and a modernized “Doctor Who”.

Norman Win, 82, a Seattle lawyer and mountaineer, and one of the Pacific Northwest’s foremost wildlife advocates, died late last month. Winn has spent decades scaling Washington state’s tallest peaks, protecting its wilderness from deforestation and mining, and pushing for legislation that protects parks, lakes and lakes to this day. and wildlife sanctuaries to the Arctic Circle.

He was managing partner of Smith, Brucker, Winn and Elhert from 1974 to 1994. For several decades, Winn was involved in a dizzying number of conservation groups and political efforts, while climbing so many mountains that he has become a highly respected figure in the outdoor community. His longest tenure was with The Mountaineers, where he served as a director of the organization in 1985 and 1986, chairman of the board of directors from 1975 to 1977 and, for several years, president of the outdoor division and the preservation.

Winn worked with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on the Plum Creek land swap, which was approved by Congress in 1999 and involved the swap with a logging company of more than 42,000 acres of forest land in the Cascade Mountains. Of the many books he helped publish, “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land” was perhaps the most impactful because he temporarily prevented it – with the help of Sens. Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. — oil drilling in certain parts of the Arctic.


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