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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun." Bishop Hall

Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

This week we say good-bye to comic book illustrator Dave 
Cockrum, who created the X-Men characters that we recognize 
from the recent movies. "They took his characters and made 
an industry out of them, said Neal Adams, a well-known 
illustrator. This comic book genius touched the lives of 
many, and next year, Mr. Cockrum’s rendering of Wolverine 
is scheduled to be used on a postage stamp.

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Wearing Superman pajamas and covered with his Batman blanket, 
comic book illustrator Dave Cockrum died Sunday. The 63-year
old overhauled the X-Men comic, helped turn the title into a 
publishing sensation and major film franchise. Cockrum died at 
his home in Belton, South Carolina, after a long battle with 
diabetes. A family friend said he will be cremated in a Green 
Lantern shirt. Cockrum and writer Len Wein were handed the 
X-Men, a group of young outcasts enrolled in an academy for 
mutants. The premise had failed to capture fans. Cockrum and 
Wein added their own heroes to the comic and many signature 
characters Cockrum designed and co-created -- such as Storm, 
Mystique, Nightcrawler and Colossus -- went on to become part 
of the "X-Men" films. "Dave saw the movie and he cried because 
his characters were on screen and they were living " Meth said. 
He also said Cockrum will be remembered as "a comic incarnate. 
He had a genuine love for comics and for science fiction and 
for fantasy, and he lived in it," Meth said. "He loved his 


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The best-selling author of "Primal Fear,", died on Friday. He 
was 81. He started on his first novel, "Sharky’s Machine," 
while a juror. Mr. Diehl, then 50, was bored by the trial and 
started writing fiction on a notepad. The book, published in 
1978, became a best seller and, in 1981, a movie starring Burt 
Reynolds. Mr. Diehl was unemployed when he got the news that 
the book was going to be published, when his agent first 
called to tell him, the phone line went dead, sice he hadn't 
paid the bill. Diehl’s other novels included "Primal Fear," a 
1993 thriller, which became a 1996 film starring Richard Gere 
and Edward Norton. Mr. Diehl was formerly a writer for The 
Journal-Constitution and had been a freelance photographer and 
magazine editor. He also served in World War II as a ball-
turret gunner aboard a B-24 bomber.


Pat Dobson, one of four starters to win 20 games for the 
Orioles in 1971 and later a member of an illustrious pitching 
staff in Baltimore and a savvy scouting department with the 
San Francisco Giants, died at the age of 64. In 1971 Dobson 
went 20-8 for the Orioles, rounding out a rotation which 
included Jim Palmer (20-9), Dave McNally (21-5) and Mike 
Cuellar (20-9). The 1920 Chicago White Sox are the only other 
team in major league history to have four 20-game winners. "He
is one of four that everybody will remember," said Earl Weaver, 
the former Baltimore manager. He also won a World Series ring 
with the 1968 Detroit Tigers. After his playing career ended, 
Dobson spent 8 seasons as a pitching coach for Milwaukee 
(1982-84), San Diego (1988-90), Kansas City (1991) and Balti-
more (1996). This year, his ninth with the Giants, Dobson was 
a special assistant to Brian Sabean, the team’s general manager.



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Anita O’Day, whose vocal style made her a premier singer of 
both the big-band and postwar jazz eras, and whose taste for 
fast living secured her name as one of jazz’s toughest survi-
vors, died yesterday in Los Angeles. She was 87. Her career 
took off for the first time in the big-band era. "When you 
think of the great jazz singers, I would think that Anita is 
the only white woman that belongs in the same breath as Ella 
Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan," said the 
jazz critic Will Friedwald. Through most of the 1940s, Ms. 
O’Day ranked among the best of the big-band vocalists. Her 
Sunday afternoon performance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, 
as captured in Bert Stern’s film "Jazz on a Summer’s Day," was 
one of her great offhanded achievements. She sang an insinu-
ating "Sweet Georgia Brown" and a breakneck "Tea for Two." Ms. 
O’Day was fond of asserting that she was not a singer, but a 
song stylist; she took pride in her self-made technique and 
her ability to deliver a tune with confidence, no matter how 
frenetic the setting.


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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1986, Cary Grant, the actor who starred in such classics 
as "His Girl Friday," "Bringing Up Baby," and "Suspicion," 
died at the age of 82.

In 1984, Robert Louis Stevenson, poet, novelist and essay-
ist, who wrote the children's book "Treasure Island," died 
at the age of 44.

Also in 1986, Cuban-American actor and television producer, 
best known for the popular television sitcom "I Love Lucy," 
died at the age of 69.

In 2001, rock musician George Harrison, who achieved legend-
ary status as the lead guitarist for The Beatles, died at 
the age of 58.

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