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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
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Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

We remember the youngest member of the 1980s hitmakers the 
Pointer Sisters, June Pointer, who has died this week of 
cancer. We remember the director of Chicago's Lyric Opera 
Center for American Artists, Richard Pearlman, who has died 
of lung cancer at age 68. We also remember legendary Indian 
film star Rajkumar and Helen "Bobbie Nudie" Cohn, "the back-
bone" behind her husband's Hollywood Nudie suit business.

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JUNE POINTER, SINGER WITH POINTER SISTERS, DEAD AT 52                            

The youngest member of the 1980s hitmakers the Pointer 
Sisters, June Pointer, has died of cancer in Santa Monica, 
Calif., at age 52. Pointer, who had been hospitalized since 
January, died Tuesday, her family said in a statement 
released Wednesday. "(June died) in the arms of her sisters 
Ruth and Anita and her brothers, Aaron and Fritz, by her 
side," the statement said. "Although her sister Bonnie was 
unable to be present, she was with her in spirit." The 
multiple Grammy Award-winning Oakland, Calif., sisters had 
a string of hits in the 1980s such as "Jump (For My Love)," 
"He's So Shy," "Automatic," "I'm So Excited" and "Neutron 
Dance." June Pointer admitted to years of substance abuse 
and pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine in 2004, 
E! Online said. Her drug problems led to her eventual 
expulsion from the singing group, E! said.


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RICHARD PEARLMAN, LYRIC OPERA DIRECTOR, DEAD AT 68

The director of Chicago's Lyric Opera Center for American 
Artists, Richard Pearlman, has died of lung cancer at age 68.
Pearlman died while in a coma Saturday at Rush University 
Medical Center, two years after his cancer diagnosis, the 
Chicago Tribune reported. Pearlman began training opera 
stars of the future at the center in 1995. Under his direct-
ion, the Lyric's apprenticeship program became one of the 
top four in the country along with those in Houston, San 
Francisco and New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Tribune 
said. He trained from 1960 to 1963 under four legends of 
opera and theater: Gian Carlo Menotti, Franco Zeffirelli, 
Luchino Visconti and Tyrone Guthrie, the Tribune said. His 
directing debut for the Washington Opera was the first U.S. 
staging of Berlioz's "Béatrice et Bénédict" in the 1964-
1965 season. Among his many directing debuts through the 
years was the first professional production of the Who's 
rock opera "Tommy" in 1991, starring Bette Midler, for the 
Seattle Opera. His survivors include an aunt and several 
cousins.
 

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RAJKUMAR, LEGENDARY INDIAN FILM STAR, DEAD AT 78

Legendary Indian film star Rajkumar died of a heart attack 
Wednesday in Bangalore, India, at age 78. The star of more 
than 200 films was discovered unconscious at his home and 
pronounced dead at M.S. Ramaiah Hospital, the Press Trust 
of India reported. "We tried to revive him but could not 
succeed," his personal physician, Dr. Ramana Rao, told PTI. 
"We did everything." The actor had been in poor health ever 
since his abduction six years ago by the notorious bandit 
Veerappan, PTI said. The actor and three members of his 
family spent weeks as hostages in the forests of southern 
India before being released. He was most recently hospital-
ized for chest pain a little more than a month ago. As word 
of his death spread, hundreds of grief-stricken fans flocked 
to the actor's home, where his body was brought from the 
hospital, PTI said. The city of Bangalore was described by 
the BBC as "virtually shut down" as residents mourned the 
actor's death. Government officials declared a two-day period 
of mourning, closing government offices, schools, businesses 
and theaters, the Times of India reported.


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HELEN COHN, MATRIARCH OF NUDIE SUITS, DEAD AT 92

Helen "Bobbie Nudie" Cohn, "the backbone" behind her husband's 
Hollywood Nudie suit business, has died in Valencia, Calif, 
at age 92. Her husband, Nudie Cohn, created the colorful 
rhinestone-bedecked suits first favored by country stars in 
the 1940s and later embraced by rock stars as well. One of 
the most famous Nudie suits was the gold lame number created 
for Elvis Presley in the 1950s, the Los Angeles Times said. 
Hank Williams Sr., Roy Rogers and Buck Owens were all buried 
in Nudie suits, the newspaper said. Another notable Nudie 
suit, worn by Gram Parsons in late 1960s, was decorated with 
marijuana leaves. Elton John, Keith Richards and Johnny 
Cash were all dressed by Nudie as well. Even after the death 
of her husband in 1984, Cohn continued to run the store for 
10 more years with her daughter and granddaughter. The big 
plastic horse that stood outside the Nudie store along with 
its sign and an original sewing machine are in the Country 
Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Cohn is survived by two 
granddaughters, three great-grandchildren and a sister.


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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1912, Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red 
Cross, died at the age of 90.

In 1981, Joe Louis, who held the heavyweight boxing champion-
ship of the world for almost 12 years, died of cardiac 
arrest. He was 66.

In 1990, actress Greta Garbo, who starred in some of Holly-
wood's most memorable romantic movies of the 1930's, died 
at age 84. 

In 1995, actor, folk singer, and author Burl Ives, died at 
the age of 85. 

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