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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.

It's time to remember those who have gone before us this 
week. Kenneth Lay, the founder of Enron who faced life in 
prison on fraud charges, died of a heart attack while on 
vacation in Colorado. Soap opera star Benjamin Hendrickson 
died unexpectedly of unknown causes this week at age 55. 
Hendrickson was known for his role as Hal Munson on the 
daytime soap As the World Turns. We also remember stand-up 
comedian and television legend Jan Murray, Mercury Records 
co-founder Irvin Green, and theater director Lloyd Richards.

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Kenneth Lay, the founder of Enron Corp. who was convicted of 
fraud and conspiracy in one of the largest business frauds 
in U.S. history, died of a heart attack this week at 64. Lay 
was convicted May 25 along with former CEO Jeffrey Skilling 
of defrauding investors by lying about Enron's financial 
strength before the company plummeted into bankruptcy 
protection in 2001. Lay faced life in prison and was 
scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 23. Lay had built up Enron 
into a high-profile company, but it collapsed after it was 
discovered the company's finances were based on fraudulent 
partnerships and schemes, and not on the profits that it 
reported to investors and the public. Although he and 
Skilling maintained that there had been no wrongdoing at 
Enron, the jurors didn't buy their defense. Lay is survived 
by his wife, five children and stepchildren and 12 grand-

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Soap opera star Benjamin Hendrickson died last weekend of 
unknown causes at his home in Huntington, N.Y., at the age 
of 55. He had starred as Detective Hal Munson on "As the 
World Turns" since 1985, Soap Opera Weekly reported. "The 
entire daytime community has lost a dear friend and a 
talented actor who brought to life the character of Hal 
Munson," said " As the World Turns " Executive Producer 
Christopher Goutman. "Benjamin always joked that he was 
hired for one day, then, before he knew it, he had 
impregnated the leading lady and had to sign a contract. He 
intended to stay with the show for one year. How lucky for 
us and the fans that we had him for 21 years." He won the 
Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2003. "The 
quality we will miss is Benjamin's joyful sense of humor," 
said Ellen Dolan, who portrays "ATWT" Detective Margo Hughes. 
"His humor was one of his most endearing qualities."


Stand-up comedian and television legend Jan Murray has died 
at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 89. His son 
Howard Murray said his father had been suffering from 
deteriorating health for the past few months, The New York 
Times reported Monday. Murray belonged to a close-knit 
generation of New York stand-up comics. "The house was 
always filled with comedians," said his daughter Diane 
Murray, recalling her father's friends -- Sid Caesar, Milton  
Berle, Shecky Greene and Buddy Hackett -- who would gather 
for dinner and poker games at Murray's home. Murray's 
gravelly voice and quick wit kept a generation of Americans 
thoroughly entertained through a long string of television 
game shows, including "Songs For Sale" and "Dollar a Second," 
the Times said. He also created and produced his most 
popular show, "Treasure Hunt." He appeared in many movies 
and worked as a substitute host for Johnny Carson on "The 
Tonight Show." He retired at 82, citing asthma. 

Irvin Green, who co-founded Mercury Records and helped 
launch black recording artists through a jukebox network, 
has died in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 90. Green helped 
start Mercury in 1944, making it into a major record label 
by formulating a novel distribution strategy, the Palm 
Springs Desert Sun said. While the major record companies 
used network radio, Green promoted jazz, R&B and country 
western songs through a jukebox network. He was able to get 
music played nationally that had previously been known only 
locally, the Desert Sun reported. Green built and promoted 
a "black sound" by backing such greats as Sarah Vaughan, 
Dinah Washington and the Platters. Mercury helped Louis 
Armstong get his first No. 1 hit with "Hello Dolly." Green 
died of natural causes Saturday morning at Desert Regional 
Medical Center in Palm Springs. He is survived by his wife, 

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Lloyd Richards, a pioneering black director who became one 
of the most influential people in the U.S. theater, died on 
his 87th birthday this week. Richards' son told The New York 
Times he died of heart failure in New York. A native of 
Toronto, Richards grew up in Detroit and became interested 
in theater in high school, although he studied law at Wayne 
State University. He made his Broadway debut in 1959, 
directing Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play "A Raisin 
In the Sun." The play received a standing ovation on opening 
night and ran for more than a year. Richards was known for 
the playwrights he nurtured, ranging from Hansberry and 
August Wilson to Wendy Wasserstein and David Henry Hwang. 
He also helped introduce the work of the South African 
playwright Athol Fugard to the United States. Richards 
headed the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill 
Center in Waterford, Conn., for many years.

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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1930, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes 
and a noted spiritist, died of a heart attack. He was 71.

In 1934, Marie Curie, one of the greatest scientists of this 
century, died at the age of 66.

In 1961, Ernest Hemingway, who achieved world-wide fame and 
influence as a writer, died at the age of 61.

In 1971, jazz musician Louis Armstrong, who made remarkable 
achievements in the jazz circle of America, died at age 71.

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