Raymond A. Brown

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ¿ Raymond A. Brown, a veteran New Jersey defense lawyer whose high-profile clients included former boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, has died. He was 94.

Brown, a Montclair resident, died Friday from pulmonary disease, said his son and law partner Ray Brown Jr. He had practiced law for 59 years and had continued working until March.

Carter was convicted along with another man of murdering three people in a Paterson bar in 1966. Their convictions were overturned in 1975, but both were found guilty a second time in 1976. After serving 19 years, Carter was freed in 1985 when a federal judge overturned the second convictions.

Brown also represented Joanne Chesimard, a Black Liberation Army member who was convicted of gunning down a state trooper in 1973. She fled to Cuba after escaping prison in 1979 and is now known as Assata Shakur.

Family members and colleagues say Brown's well-known cases were just one aspect of a career that was fueled by a desire to defend the defenseless.

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Luis Aguile

MADRID (AP) ¿ Luis Aguile, an Argentine singer-songwriter whose career blossomed after he moved to Spain, died in a Madrid hospital on Saturday, his manager said. He was 73.

Best known for worldwide hit song "Cuando Sali de Cuba" ("When I Left Cuba"), the baritone had been suffering from stomach cancer. He was being treated at Sanchinarro Hospital in a northern suburb of Madrid, where he died, said manager Victor Saboya.

Born Luis Maria Aguilera Picca on Feb. 24, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Aguile moved to Spain in 1963 just in time to benefit from the birth of popular music television programs that suited his lighthearted, polished style perfectly.

The singer-songwriter composed some 400 songs and recorded twice that number in a career that also encompassed the Spanish operetta style known as "zarzuela."

Aguile had been working on two major projects before his death, Saboya said.

The first, a zarzuela entitled "Viva Madrid, Grandes exitos de Broadway" ("Long Live Madrid, Big Broadway Hits"), was approaching completion and the other, an homage to "Martin Fierro" an epic work by Argentine poet Jose Hernandez, had long been Aguile's cherished personal ambition.

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Jacques Chessex

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland (AP) ¿ Jacques Chessex, one of French-speaking Switzerland's leading novelists and the first non-Frenchman to receive the prestigious Prix Goncourt, has died, officials said Saturday. He was 75.

Chessex collapsed Friday evening while participating in a public discussion about a play that had been adapted from one of his novels, said Daniel von Siebenthal, mayor of the western Swiss city of Yverdon. He told local radio that the author died shortly afterward.

Chessex was among French-speaking Switzerland's leading writers and was honored in 1973 with the Prix Goncourt literary award for his novel "L'ogre" ("The Ogre"), a largely autobiographical account of a difficult father-son relationship. All previous winners had been French.

The novelist sparked heated debate this year with his last book, "A Jew Must Die," which recounted the 1942 killing of Jewish cattle trader Arthur Bloch in Chessex's hometown of Payerne. It was not warmly received by locals.

Chessex was born on March 1, 1934, the son of a high school director whose suicide in 1956 caused deep trauma for the budding writer.

He had already become known locally with his collection "Poems" as an 18-year-old, but broke through as a prose writer with a series of books in his 30s that made him popular in the French-speaking world.

His 1967 book "The Confession of Father Burg" debuted as a play on Thursday, the night before his collapse at Yverdon's city library.

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Marvin Fishman

MILWAUKEE (AP) ¿ Marvin Fishman, one of the original owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday at a southeast Wisconsin hospital following a stroke, his daughter said Saturday. He was 84.

Fishman was instrumental in raising money to bring the Bucks to Milwaukee in 1968. The next year, the team drafted Lew Alcindor, who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Bucks won an NBA title in 1971.

The team released a statement Saturday expressing its sympathies to Fishman's wife and three children.

Leslie Hayes of Whitefish Bay said her father sold his interest in the team in the mid-1970s. She remembered her father having players over to their house and taking them out after games.

Fishman served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Afterward, he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He started a real estate company in 1952 and later branched out into developing subdivisions.

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Stephen Gately

PORT D'ANDRATX, Mallorca (AP) ¿ Stephen Gately, a singer with the Irish boy band Boyzone who made headlines when he came out as gay a decade ago, died Saturday. He was 33.

Gately died while visiting the island of Mallorca in Spain, the band said in a brief statement. The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Gerald Kean, a Gately family friend in Ireland, said Sunday the singer died of natural causes, without identifying them. Kean said an autopsy was expected to be conducted Tuesday.

Gately and his partner Andrew Cowles, who were wed in a civil union in 2006, were in Mallorca together, the band's statement said.

Boyzone was a U.K. hitmaker in the 1990s and announced a comeback tour at the end of last year. Gately also had released several solo singles and appeared in stage musicals, including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

He revealed his sexual orientation to a British newspaper in 1999.

Boyzone was one of the biggest acts to come out of Ireland in the 1990s.

Boyzone sold millions of records and topped the British charts with six No. 1 singles during the 1990s, including "All That I Need" and a cover of the Bee Gees' "Words."

The group was formed in 1993 by impresario Louis Walsh, who placed an ad in the press announcing auditions for Ireland's first boy band.

Donna Mae Mims

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) ¿ Donna Mae Mims, the first woman to win a Sports Car Club of America national championship in 1963, died Tuesday. She was 82.

Mims died of complications following a stroke, said Aaron Beinhauer, director of Beinhauer Family Services, which is handling the arrangements.

Known as the "Pink Lady" because of her preferred color for cars, Mims worked for Yenko Chevrolet and the company's sports car division and started racing in 1958, according to Beinhauer Family Services. Mims' association with the car company led her to race cars, including the Camaro, Austin Healey, MG, Corvette and Corvairs.

Mims participated in the original Cannonball Run, where her 1968 Cadillac limousine was wrecked with her teammate behind the wheel. She also became known as "Think Pink," ''Donna Amazing" and "Free Maui."

Lionel Pincus

NEW YORK (AP) ¿ Lionel Pincus, founder and chairman of New York-based private equity firm Warburg Pincus, has died. He was 78.

Pincus died around midnight Saturday in his Manhattan home after a long illness, according to a spokesman for his longtime partner, Princess Firyal of Jordan.

Pincus founded Warburg Pincus in 1966. Since then the firm has invested more than $29 billion in more than 600 companies.

It holds stakes in a variety of companies including Fidelity National Information Services Inc., which processes financial transactions; Nuance Communications Inc., which makes speech recognition software, educational company Bridgepoint Education Inc., and drug developer Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Before founding Warburg Pincus, he was a partner of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. He was also a founding director of the National Venture Capital Association and is Chair Emeritus of the Trustees of Columbia University and a member of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers.

He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and held an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Warburg Pincus Co-Presidents Charles R. Kaye and Joseph P. Landy said in a statement Sunday that Lionel Pincus was a committed steward to the firm's success.

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