DEATHS - 2018 FEBRUARY

February 3

'Mad About You' actor Louis Zorich passes away at 93
Tony Award-nominated actor Louis Zorich, best known for his role in the NBC TV show "Mad About You", died in his New York City home. He was 93.
Zorich worked in films like "Coogan's Bluff," "Popi," "Cold Turkey," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Muppets Take Manhattan," and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." He earned a nomination for Tony in 1969 for his performance in "Hadrian VII".

February 4

BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Hukum Singh dead
BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Hukum Singh, who was suffering from breathing problem, died T.J.P. Hospital in Noida. The 79-year-old leader was admitted to the hospital for nearly a month.
Singh, who was elected from the Kairana seat, is survived by five daughters. He was an MLA in Uttar Pradesh for seven terms and a minister in the state before entering the Lok Sabha in the 2014 polls.

Veteran Telugu actor Lakshmi Devi passes away
Veteran Telugu actor Lakshmi Devi Kanakala passed away at the age of 78. She was reportedly suffering from multiple age-related illnesses for the last two months. She passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad.
Lakshmi used to be a popular actor in the 1980s. She is known for films such as Prema Bandham and Police Lockup.

February 6

John Mahoney of 'Frasier' fame dies at 77
John Mahoney, a veteran character actor best known for playing the curmudgeonly dog-loving father of the title character in TV's "Frasier," has died. He was 77 years old.
Mahoney, who played Martin Crane, father of Frasier Crane and Niles Crane, on the long-running sitcom, died in Chicago after a short illness.
Peri Gilpin, who played the character Roz Doyle in "Frasier," recalled that Mahoney sang at her wedding, and she recalled some of his best-known performances.

Pioneer of Children’s Theatre Sudha Karmarkar passes away
Sudha Karmarkar (83), the veteran theatre artist, director, and pioneer of Children’s Theatre, has passed away.
Karmarkar founded the children’s theatre in Mumbai which is known as ‘Bal Rangbhumi- Little Theatre’ and directed various plays for children. She not only directed the plays but also acted in the plays.

February 7

Kathakali maestro Madavoor Vasudevan Nair passes away
Kathakali maestro Madavoor Vasudevan Nair collapsed on stage and died while performing at Agasthyacodu Mahadeva Temple, Anchal. He was 89. Though he was rushed to a nearby hospital, he was soon declared dead by doctors. He is survived by wife Savithri Amma, son Madhu and daughters Mini and Ganga.
A recipient of several awards, including Padma Bhushan, he was the follower of the Kaplingattu School, the particular style of south Kerala.
Madvoor had also worked as a faculty in the Thekkan Kalari (Southern school of Kathakali) of Kerala Kalamandalam and was the principal of Kalabharathi performing art institute.

Former minister and TDP leader Gali Muddu Krishnama Naidu passes away at 70
Teacher-turned-politician, senior TDP leader and former minister Muddu Krishnama Naidu passed away due to sudden health complications at a Hyderabad hospital. He was 70.
Muddu Krishnama Naidu underwent a heart surgery three months ago. He died due to multi-organ failure.

Ex-BJP chief Kangir Jamoh of Arunachal passes away
Former president of BJP Arunachal Pradesh unit Kangir Jamoh died at a hospital in Guwahati following prolonged illness.
Jamoh who was also president of Adi Baane Kebang, the highest body of the Adi tribe, was 67 and is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. He had served as president of BJP state unit from 1998 to 2003.

February 9

Australia champion javelin thrower Bannister dies aged 33
Australia’s champion javelin thrower Jarrod Bannister has died suddenly in the Netherlands.
Bannister, 33, who won gold at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and was the national javelin record holder, had been training and living in Europe with his girlfriend.

Noted litterateur Chandrasekhar Rath passes away
Eminent litterateur Chandrasekhar Rath passed away at the age of 89. He died of old age ailments at a private hospital. He was recently nominated for Padma Shri by the Union government this year for his contribution towards Odia literature.
Rath, a prolific writer, has written several novels, short stories, essays and poems during his illustrious career. He has earned many accolades for his thoughtful writings on different issues. His literary works touch the hearts of his readers.
His three novels, Yantrarudha (The Instrumented) 1967, Asurya Upanivesh (The Sunless Colony) 1974 and Nav Jatak (Regenesis) 1981, have given him a special place in Odia literature.

Former minister Anil Patel dies
Former Minister in the then Narendra Modi government and founder of Ganpat University, Anil Tribhovandas Patel, died in a private hospital. He was 73. Patel was suffering from prostate cancer for over three years. He is survived by wife, two sons and two brothers besides a cousin brother.
A close friend of Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Anil had vacated his Mehsana seat for him.
Patel was born at Lanva in Patan district in 1944. Very active in public life, he was chairman of Mehsana Urban Co-operative Bank and head of Umiya Sansthan, Unjha. He was also chairman and managing director of Apollo Group of Industries. The besna will be held in Mehsana.

February 10

Former New Zealand captain Bevan Congdon dies
Bevan Congdon, who led New Zealand to their first Test win over Australia, has died one day short of his 80th birthday. He passed away in Auckland after a long bout of illness.
Congdon made his New Zealand debut in 1965 and played 61 Tests in a career spanning 13 years. Batting mostly at No. 3, he scored 3448 runs at an average of 32.22, his seven hundreds including two in back-to-back innings in England in 1973, at Trent Bridge and Lord's.

'Psycho' star John Gavin passes away
Veteran American actor John Gavin, who starred in Imitation of Life, Psycho and Thoroughly Modern Millie, has passed away at the age of 86. The actor succumbed to complications from pneumonia and had battled leukemia for a long time.
Gavin starred as Julius Caesar in 'Spartacus' and 'Imitation of Life.' He also won a Golden Globe for 'A Time to Love and a Time to Die' when he played Ernst Graber. In addition to this, the actor was signed to a contract and almost played James Bond in the film 'Diamonds Are Forever'.


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