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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.

Thank you for joining me this week as we say goodbye to 
several great individuals. We say goodbye to a famed Chicano 
poet, a British author and journalist, an R&B pianist and 
songwriter, and a man who acted, produced and directed. 
Please continue reading to learn more about these folks. 

Remember you can comment on any part of this issue or read   
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TRINIDAD SANCHEZ JR., CHICANO POET, DEAD AT 63

Weeks after suffering two strokes, famed Chicano poet 
Trinidad Sanchez Jr. has died at the age of 63 in a San 
Antonio hospital. The San Antonio Express-News reported that
Sanchez was admitted to Methodist Hospital in the Texas city 
on July 17 and when news spread that he died there last 
Sunday, the literary community immediately mourned his loss.
Wearing his trademark black beret, Sanchez, who was born in 
Pontiac, Mich., put together a formidable writing career 
during his life, ranging in topics from gun violence towards 
children to spicy Chicano food, the report said. The Express-
News said that medical costs for the "Why Am I So Brown?" 
author have eclipsed $600,000, prompting the creation of a 
number of area fundraisers to help his widow Regina Chavez 
y Sanchez cope with the costs.


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ANTHONY CAVE BROWN, AUTHOR, DEAD AT 77  
  
Author Anthony Cave Brown, a British journalist who wrote 
several books about espionage, has died in Warrenton, Va., 
at the age of 77. Brown suffered from dementia and died July 
15, the Washington Post reported. During his career on Fleet 
Street, he was known as a hard-drinking, free-spending and 
adventurous reporter who interviewed Egyptian President Gamel 
Abdel Nasser, took a ride on the first nuclear submarine and 
smuggled a Boris Pasternak poem out of the Soviet Union, 
claiming he lost a second poem during a drunken night in 
Berlin. Brown eventually settled in Washington, saying he 
was drawn to the U.S. capital by the Freedom of Information 
Act. His first book, "Bodyguard of Lies," described Allied 
efforts to deceive the Germans about the D-Day invasion. His 
last book, "Oil, God and Gold," about the oil company Aramco, 
was published in 1999.


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FLOYD DIXON, R&B PIANIST AND SONGWRITER, DEAD AT 77 
 
R&B pianist and songwriter Floyd Dixon, whose "Hey Bartender" 
was brought to the masses by the Blues Brothers, has died in 
Orange, Calif., at age 77. The 1997 W.C. Handy Award winner 
who specialized in the style known as jump blues died of 
cancer Wednesday at Chapman Hospital, the Los Angeles Times 
reported. In addition to "Hey Bartender," other popular Dixon 
recordings included "Wine, Wine, Wine," "Call Operator 210," 
"Telephone Blues" and "Too Much Jelly Roll" by Jerry Lieber 
and Mike Stoller. Dixon helped launch the careers of Ray 
Charles, B.B. King and Robert Cray among others, the Times 
said. The advent of rock 'n' roll in the early 1960s pushed 
Dixon out of the limelight but he came back with a successful 
European tour in the mid 1970s and his 1997 live recording, 
"Wake Up and Live!" on Alligator Records won the Handy award 
for comeback blues album of the year. Dixon never married and 
is survived by two cousins.


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HAROLD SCOTT, ACTOR AND DIRECTOR, DEAD AT 70

Actor, producer and director Harold Scott, who was the first 
black artistic director of a major American regional theater,
has died at the age of 70. Scott starred in noteworthy plays 
both on and off Broadway before making history as artistic 
director of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park from 1972 
to 1974. Scott was also a member in the Repertory Theater of 
Lincoln Center, where he performed in Arthur Miller's "After 
the Fall" and "Incident at Vichy," Thomas Middleton's 
"Changeling" and in Eugene O'Neill's "Marco Millions." 
Frustrated with his limited opportunities as an actor, Scott 
then turned mostly to directing, at major regional theaters 
around the country, including Seattle Repertory Company and 
Washington's Arena Stage, as well as on Broadway.


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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1962, actress and blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, who 
enjoyed an incredibly glamorous career, died at the age of 
36.

In 1964, Jim Reeves, one of the first country western artists 
to achieve international stardom, died in a plane crash. He 
was 40.

In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce, who was known for his sardonic 
humor, died of a drug overdose at the age of 40.

In 1984, Richard Burton, rakish stage and screen star who 
was married to Elizabeth Taylor, died at the age of 58.

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