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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 take a look at the lives of the individuals who 
have passed away. They include legendary test pilot Scott 
Crossfield, who was killed Wednesday morning when his plane 
crashed in northern Georgia. He was 84. Crossfield was a 
test pilot during the post-World War II era who was the 
first person to fly twice the speed of sound. In today's 
issue, we say goodbye to director Scott Brazil, author 
Ellen Kuzwayo, pioneer Hollywood stuntwoman Polly Burson, 
and soap star Henderson Forsythe.

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Emmy-winning producer/director Scott Brazil of "Hill Street 
Blues," "The Shield" and "CSI: Miami," among others, has 
died in Sherman Oaks, Calif., at age 50. Brazil died Monday 
night at Sherman Oaks Hospital of respiratory failure due 
to Lou Gehrig's disease and lyme disease complications. The 
executive producer and director was working on the set of 
FX's "The Shield" as recently as Thursday, using a motorized 
wheelchair to meet with writers, casting staff in preparation 
for the next episode. Brazil won two Emmys for producing 
NBC's "Hill Street Blues" in the early 1980s and directed 
many primetime series episodes including "Buffy the Vampire 
Slayer," "JAG," "CSI: Miami" and "Nip/Tuck." In tribute to 
Brazil, "The Shield" did not shut down production this week. 
"Everyone, I think, felt more comfortable staying together 
and working rather than sitting at home trying to deal with 
this," "The Shield" creator and executive producer, Shawn 
Ryan said. Brazil is survived by his wife, a daughter, a son, 
his parents and a brother.

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Ellen Kuzwayo, South African author and advocate for women's 
rights, has died this week at the age of 91. She suffered 
from complications associated with chronic diabetes, her son, 
Bobo, told the South African Press Association. Kuzwayo's 
1985 autobiography "Call Me Woman," made her the first black 
writer to win South Africa's CAN Literary Prize. She also 
became a spokeswoman for the suffering and triumphs of black 
women under apartheid. In 1996, she published a collection 
of short stories called "Sit Down and Listen: Stories from 
South Africa." Kuzwayo was also an active member in projects 
to teach women and improve living conditions in Soweto. 
She is survived by two sons, six grandchildren and three 



Renowned rodeo trick rider and pioneer Hollywood stuntwoman 
Polly Burson has died in Ventura, Calif. She was 86. Burson 
died in the hospital April 4 after a short illness, the Los 
Angeles Times reported. Burson was 25 when she launched her 
Hollywood career in 1945, standing in for Mary Moore in the 
Republic Pictures film, "The Purple Monster Strikes," the 
newspaper said. She went on to stand in for Sophia Loren, 
Shelley Winters, Ruth Roman, Barbara Stanwyck, Yvonne De 
Carlo, Anne Baxter and Doris Day. She broke broke her back 
several times as well as arms and legs, dislocated her 
shoulders and suffered many concussions. Some of her most 
memorable stunts were for Betty Hutton in "The Perils of 
Pauline," for Jean Peters in "Niagra," for Julie Adams in 
the classic "Creature From the Black Lagoon" and Kim Darby 
in "True Grit." Burson received a Golden Boot Award from the 
Motion Picture & Television Fund and was inducted into the 
ProRodeo Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame 
and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

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Henderson Forsythe, who played the beloved Dr. David Stewart 
for 31 years on CBS' "As the World Turns," has died in 
Virginia at 88. Forsythe died Monday at his home in 
Williamsburg Landing, Va., The New York Times reported. 
Forsythe was an accomplished stage actor and won a 1979 Tony 
Award for his portrayal of Ed Earl Dodd in Broadway's bawdy 
musical, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." He also 
created supporting roles in the stage productions of "Who's 
Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "A Delicate Balance," "The Texas 
Trilogy" and "The Birthday Party." Forsythe replaced Ernest 
Graves in "As the World Turns" in 1960 and portrayed Dr. 
Stewart until the character's unfortunate demise in 1991. 
His film credits include "Silkwood" and "End of the Line" 
while his TV roles ranged from the father of "Dr. Kildare" 
to episodes of "Law & Order." In 1994, he was Col. Harland 
Sanders in commercials for KFC restaurants. Forsythe is 
survived by his wife, two sons and four grandchildren.

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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1910, Samuel "Mark Twain" Clemens, remembered not only 
for authoring many books but also for his humorist maxims, 
quotations and opinions, died at the age of 74.

In 1955, the great scientist Albert Einstein, whose name 
became synonymous with the theory of relativity, died in his 
sleep. He was 76.

In 1992, actor and comedian Benny Hill, best remembered for 
his comic antics on The Benny Hill Show, died of a heart 
attack. He was 68.

In 1994, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the 
United States, died at the age of 81.

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