DEATHS - 2019 March

March 1

British-Indian Academic Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya passed away
Bangalore-born Mr. Bhattacharyya, an IIT alumunus, was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002 for his services to science and technology.
He was born in Bangalore, Karnataka and studied at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.
He was awarded with Padma Bhushan in 2002.
Russian Nobel Prize winner for physics Zhores Alferov passed away
He was the first Russian to win a Nobel Prize since Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev won the peace prize in 1990.
A staunch believer in communism, Alferov was born in 1930 in Belarus, then part of the Soviet Union. He was a member of the party faction in the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament.
Alferov shared the nearly USD 1 million award, which recognized his research work in the 1970s in information technology which paved the way for computers, CD players and mobile telephones, with two U.S. scientists Herbert Kroemer and Jack Kilby.

March 2

Katherine Helmond, star of 'Who’s the Boss?' and 'Soap', passed away
Helmond received seven Emmy Award nominations, including one for her performance in the TV show 'Everybody Loves Raymond' in 2002.
More recently, the seven-time Emmy nominated actress voiced Lizzie in the "Cars" franchise and appeared on "True Blood."

Oscar-winning composer Andre Previn passed away
Previn had composed music for dozens of movies. He won the Oscar for "Gigi", "Porgy & Bess", "Irma la Douce" and "My Fair Lady".
He also made two albums with Dinah Shore and recorded a collection of Christmas carols with Julie Andrews and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with Andre Kostelanetz.
He also wrote songs and scores for 1950s films "Bad Day at Black Rock", "Designing Women" and "Hot Summer Nights".
Critics described Previn as a “wunderkind in a turtleneck” and the “Mickey Mouse Maestro” when he was in his 20s and 30s.

March 3

Former Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari passed away
Adhikari also served as Finance Minister.
He was very popular among the common people for introducing "Aafno Gaun Aafai Banau", a development programme aimed at developing villages across the country by giving them the authority to select local projects on their own.The scheme was launched in 1995 when he was Finance Minister in Manmohan Adhikari government.
Prime Minister and NCP Co- Chair KP Sharma Oli has expressed condolences on the demise of Adhikari.
Adhikari is survived by his wife and three daughters.

March 5

American TV Actor Luke Perry Passes Away
Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, died after suffering a massive stroke.
Perry had played construction-company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie Andrews, for three seasons on Riverdale, the CW series that gives a dark take on Archie comics. A fourth season has been slated.
He born and raised in rural Fredericktown, Ohio, Perry gained fame on Beverly Hills, 90210, which ran from 1990 to 2000.

Former union minister Venur Dhananjay Kumar passes away
Venur Dhananjay Kumar began his stint in politics with Jana Sangh and entered the BJP in 1983, after which he contested polls from Mangaluru constituency and subsequently became an MP.
He worked as a minister in the central government at the time when late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the aviation minister.

March 7

Jerry Merryman, co-inventor of the World’s First Handheld Electronic Calculator Passed away
Jerry Merryman, one of three people at Texas Instruments (TI) credited with inventing the world’s first handheld electronic calculator in 1960s, died at the age of 86 years at Dallas, Texas.
The team was led by Jack Kilby, who made way for today's computers with the invention of the integrated circuit and won the Nobel Prize, and also included James Van Tassel. The prototype the trio built is at the Smithsonian Institution.
The team filed a patent for the finished prototype in 1967 for the battery-powered product known as “Cal-Tech” which could fit in the palm of the hand and was capable of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division.

Famed wrestler King Kong Bundy passed away
King Kong Bundy, the pro wrestler best known for facing off against Hulk Hogan in his prime.
King Kong Bundy was 6 feet and 4 inches and weighed about 458 pound. Bundy made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981.
He defeated SD Jones at the first Wrestle mania in 1986.
His most iconic wrestling moment came five years later when he battled Hogan in a steel cage match at Wrestlemania2.

All India Matua Mahasangha’s chief advisor Binapani Devi died at 100 in Kolkata after a prolonged illness
The Matuas, a Scheduled Caste community, are a significant political force in West Bengal.
She headed the Matuas sect, a religious refugee community from Bangladesh and was the widow of Pramath Ranjan Thakur, great-grandson of Harichand Thakur who was the founder of Matua Mahasangha.
With an estimated population of 30 lakh in the state, Matuas can influence results in at least five Lok Sabha seats in North and South 24 Parganas districts.

March 9

Kenyan Olympic athlete, Daniel Rudisha passed away
Daniel was a teacher and an athletics coach after he retired from the sport where he made his name when he won silver in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
He was also part of Kenya's 4X400m relay team in the same Games.
He is the father of David, 800m World Record holder and Olympic 800m champion.

Former Puducherry lieutenant governor Virendra Kataria Passed away
The 21st Lt Governor of Puducherry and former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, Virendra Kataria, passed away.
He served as a Lt Governor of the union territory for about a year from July, 2013.
He was the first lieutenant governor to visit the prison and review the security measures.
He visited traders, who were attacked by rowdy elements demanding money. During his 1 year tenure, he made himself easily accessible to all sections of people.

March 11

Three-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist Kelly Catlin has Passed away
American Cyclist Kelly Catlin won three straight team pursuit world titles on the track from 2016 to 2018, claiming silver in the same event at the Rio 2016 Games.
She competed for Rally UHC Cycling on the road and was studying for a graduate degree at Stanford University.
Catlin also won individual pursuit bronze at both the 2017 and 2018 World Track Championships.

March 12

Veteran Hindi Newsreader Vinod Kashyap passes away.
She served All India Radio for about 30 years.
The veteran newsreader started her career in Radio as a drama artist.

About All India Radio:
All India Radio (AIR), officially known since 1956 as Akasha Vaṇi ("Voice from the Sky") is the national public radio broadcaster of India and is a division of Prasar Bharati.
Motto: Bahujana Hitaya Bahujana Sukhaya

March 13

Sir John Richardson (95), art historian and friend of Picasso has passed away.
John Richardson, the art historian who devoted more than a quarter century in writing four-volume biography of Pablo Picasso died in Manhattan, New York while working on the final instalment of the biography.
The name of the biography of Pablo Picasso is “A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy 1881-1906”, which was followed by editions covering 1907-1916 and 1917-1932.
Richardson's criticism and scholarship brought him a Whitbread Award in 1991, election to the British Academy two years later and a knighthood in 2012.

March 14

Formula One director Charlie Whiting has died in Australia.
Charlie Whiting began his F1 career in 1977 working at the Hesketh team and the Englishman later moved to Bernie Eccelstone’s Brabham team in the 1980s.
He joined the FIA in 1988 and became a race director in 1997.
He was official in charge the season-opening 2019 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne but died 3 days prior to it.

March 15

Head of Basava Dharma Peetha at Kudalasangama and a prominent Lingayat leader Mathe Mahadevi, passed away
She was born on 13th March 1946 in Sasalahatti, Chitradurga in Karnataka.
A staunch advocate of Basava Tatwa (Basava philosophy), Mathe Mahadevi was one of the most vocal leaders of the movement demanding separate religion status for the Lingayat faith.
In 1966, she received her Jangama initiation as an ascetic in the Lingayat order of wandering mendicants. 

Former Member of Parliament and State minister Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy passed away
Forensic reports have confirmed that he was murdered by being stabbed to death. A preliminary post-mortem report found seven stab wounds on his body.
He was elected from the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency on Congress ticket in 1999 and 2004.
He was twice elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly (1989, 1994) from Pulivendula.
He was also elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2009 and served as Agriculture Minister in Kiran Kumar Reddy’s cabinet.

W.S. Merwin, Poet of Life’s Damnable Evanescence passed away
W.S. Merwin is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former US poet laureate.
He won a National Book Award, 2 Pulitzer Prizes and a spate of other honours.
Merwin completed more than 20 books, his first book of poetry, A Mask for Janus, was published in 1952.

March 16

Darryl D’Monte, senior journalist, columnist, and environment crusader, passed away in Mumbai: Died
Darryl D’Monte’s career included stints as resident editor at The Indian Express and The Times of India in Mumbai.
He was the chairperson of the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India and was the founder-president of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists in Dresden, Germany, in 1993.
D’Monte wrote Temples or Tombs: Industry versus Environment, Ripping the Fabric: The Decline of Mumbai and its Mills.
He had served as the President of the Bandra West Residents Association and in 2002 helped drive a citizens-led initiative to construct a promende by the Carter Road shore.

Rock Guitarist, Dick Dale Passed away
American Rock Guitarist Dick Dale, popularly known as the King of the Surf Guitar was died due to ill health.
He recorded the hit song ‘Misirlou’ in the year 1962.
Dale's "Let's Go Trippin”, first played in 1961, is viewed by many as the first-ever surf rock song. His debut album, "Surfers' Choice" came out in 1962 and earned him appearances on Ed Sullivan's show and in "Beach Party" the 1963 Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello movie.

Former White House Economist, Alan B. Krueger passed away
Alan B. Krueger advised two presidents and helped lead economics toward a more scientific approach to research and policymaking was found dead at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, United States after committing suicide.
He was born on 17th September 1960 in Livingston, New Jersey, United States.
He was an assistant secretary of the Treasury from 2009 to 2010, as President Barack Obama’s administration tried to lead the United States out of its worst recession since the Great Depression.
He was the Labour Department’s chief economist under President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 1995.

March 17

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away in Panaji
Manohar Parrikar was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment in February 2019. Since then, he received treatment at various hospitals across Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa and the US.
A six-time MLA and former Defence Minister, Mr. Parrikar was born on 13th December, 1955.
He served as Chief Minister of Goa for 4 times and he was among the few from Goa who made it to the national level.
He held the Defence portfolio in the Narendra Modi-led government from 2014 to 2017 after which he returned to being Goa Chief Minister once again.
He is the first IIT alumnus to serve as MLA of an Indian state and was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2001.

Veteran Bengali actor Chinmoy Roy passed away
Actor Chinmoy Roy is well known for his portrayal of comic characters.
He was born in Kumilla district in present-day Bangladesh in 1940, Roy had started his career in Bengali films in the 1960’s and became indispensable to the film makers for his portrayal of comic characters retaining the very essence of Bengaliness.
He was noticeable along with big names such as Soumitra Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh in films like Basanta Bilap and Dhonni Meye.
He worked in films like Basanta Bilap and Dhonni Meye. He also worked in children’s fantasy Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne by Satyajit Ray.

March 19

Former Supreme Court judge Satya Brata Sinha (74) passed away
He was appointed as a judge of the apex court on October 3, 2002 and he retired on August 8, 2009.
In December 2000, became the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court and in 2001, he was transferred to the Delhi High Court before being elevated to the top court.

March 21

Captain Samant, decorated naval officer behind sinking of Pakistani shipping fleets in 1971 passed away
Captain Mohan Narayan Rao Samant (89), who passed away in a Mumbai hospital, was a decorated Indian naval officer who played a pivotal role in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.
He was an awardee of Maha Vir Chakra for his bravery.
He had trained over 400 Bengali college students as maritime commandos in the run up to the 1971 war against Pakistan.
In 2012 Bangladesh Govt conferred him the “Friend of Liberation War” honour.

Sulur MLA R. Kanagaraj of the AIADMK dies due to cardiac arrest
He was first-time MLA (AIADMK) from Sulur constituency.
Kanagaraj was an agriculturist and had no criminal cases against him. He was elected as an MLA for the first time in 2016. Previously he has been the president of panchayat in Coimbatore district.
With his demise, the total number of vacancies in the Tamil Nadu Assembly rises to 22.
Renowned Indian Artist Haku Shah (84) Passed Away
Haku Shah’s art works portrayed the simplicity of life, and he was known for staying true to Gandhian principles and philosophy. He died at his home in Ahmedabad after suffering a cardiac arrest.
He was well known for his tribal and folk art. He established a tribal museum at Gujarat Vidyapith in Ahmedabad.
In 1980, he also set up the Shilpgram in Udaipur.
In 2009, he published his memoirs titled, Manush.
He received several awards including the Padma Shri in 1989.

Veteran Kannada actress L.V. Sharada Rao passed away
L.V. Sharada Rao passed away in Bengaluru after fighting a prolonged battle with breast cancer.
Sharada was best known for expressing emotions with her eyes.
She earned Karnataka State Award for her acting in the role of a widow in the film ‘Ganiamma’ movie.
She is also well-known for acting in films like 'Vamshavruksha' (1971), and 'Adi Shankaracharya' (1983)

March 22

Karnataka Minister and Congress Leader CS Shivalli (57) Passed away
Karnataka Minister for Municipal Administration and senior Congress Leader, Channabasappa Sathyappa Shivalli passed away, in Hubballi.
He represented Kundagol constituency in the Legislative Assembly for 3 Terms.

Experimental Singer-Songwriter Scott Walker (76) passed away
American songwriter and producer Scott Walker passed away after fighting a prolonged battle with cancer.
He was born in Noel Scott Engel in Hamilton, Ohio in 1943. His real name was Noel Scott Engel.
He joined the Walker Brothers for a final album together in the 1980s and he was popularly known for the song “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”.

March 23

Folk Artiste and Radio commentator Anasuya Devi (98) passed away
Noted folk artist, music director and writer Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi died at Houston in the U.S.
She is a recipient of Kala Prapoorna award. She got her first gramophone record at the age of 8 years.
She composed and sang the famous patriotic song Jaya Jaya Jaya Priya Bharathi written by her uncle Devulapally Krishna Shastry.
Her book Bhava Geetalu, a compilation of folk songs, was released in Chennai last year.
She was also an awardee of lifetime achievement award in America and ‘Queen of Folk’ award in Paris.

Rafi Eitan: Mossad spy who captured Adolf Eichmann had passed away
Rafi Eitan (92) led the Israeli team that captured Holocaust mastermind Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
He commanded an eight-man team who flew to Argentina in 1960 and spirited Eichmann back to Israel to stand trial.
He is seen as one of the fathers of Israel's intelligence services.

Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah (67) passed away
Shahnaz Rahmatullah, a renowned South Asian singer, popularly known as Shahnaz Begum, passed away in Bangladesh after suffering a heart attack.
Her career spanned five decades and encompassed a number of genres, particularly national songs.
Rahmatullah emerged as a singer in Dhaka in the mid-1960s, beginning her career in radio at the age of 10. She sang many patriotic songs during the liberation war of the 1970s.
In 1992, Rahmatullah was awarded the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh.
In 2006, Shahnaz's four songs were ranked on BBC's list of top 20 greatest Bengali songs of all time.

March 25

Jain monk Hitruchivijayji passed away
Monk Hitruchivijayji one of the last disciples of Acharya Ramchandrasurishwarji, passed away due to ailment in Ahmedabad. 
The monk was known to have taken diksha at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The monk’s diksha had been one of the biggest event of this kind with about two lakh persons taking part in the ceremony and subsequent lunch.

March 26

Well known Mumbai civic activist HS D'Lima (84) passes away
Mumbai activist HS D’Lima who fought against illegal constructions and slumification of Mumbai’s gaothans passed away.
He relentlessly pursued with the authorities to make Andheri gaothans on SV road a safe place after the fire brigade declared it a fire hazard.

March 27

Malayalam writer Ashita (62) passed away
Well-known Malayalam writer and poet Ashita passed away after fighting a prolonged battle with cancer at a private hospital in Thrissur.
She was born on 5th April, 1956, in Thrissur, Kerala.
She was awarded with the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for her story collection Ashitayude Kathakal in 2015, the prestigious Padmarajan Award – Thathagatha (2000), Lalithambika Antharjanam Award (1994) and Edaserri Award (1986).

Former Australian Test cricketer Bruce Yardley (71) passes away
Former Australian Test cricketer, coach and commentator Bruce Yardley lost his battle to cancer and passed away.
Yardley, debuted for Australia aged 30, started his cricketing career as a medium-pacer but later turned to be an off-spinner.
Yardley had coached the Sri Lankan team in the late 1990s

Russian space pioneer Valery Bykovsky (84)Passed Away
Valery Bykovsky was the 11th person to venture into space and who held the unbroken record for the longest solo spaceflight.
He made the first of his three flights to space in 1963.
Bykovsky first flew aboard a Vostok 5 spacecraft in June 1963 and would go on to take part in two more USSR missions.
He was a recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union and Order of Lenin awards.
Prafulla Rajguru (82), veteran journalist passed away
Veteran journalist, academician, social worker and columnist Prafulla Rajguru has passed away due to hip injury in Jorhat, Assam.
Rajguru had retired as the head of the department of English from DCB Girls College in Jorhat in 1997. He had then joined leading Assamese daily ‘Amar Asom’ as resident editor of the Jorhat edition, which he served till year 2000.
He was also the founder president of Jorhat Press Club and was its adviser till his death.
Rajguru authored four books and was a member of several social organisations like the Asom Sahitya Sabha.