DEATHS - 2017 June

June 1

Parvathamma Rajkumar passes away.
Kannada film producer Parvathamma Rajkumar, wife of the late Kannada superstar Rajkumar, passed away. She was 78.
Parvathamma was the only woman producer - distributor - exhibitor of Kannada films. Vajreshwari Combines and Poornima Enteprises, started by her, have produced many of the films starring her husband Rajkumar and sons Shivarajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkmar and Puneet Rajkumar.
She has produced over 80 films. Their 87th production was Run Antony starring Vinay Rajkumar, her grandson.

June 2

Roberto de Vicenzo golf player passes away.
Argentine golfing great Roberto de Vicenzo died at the age of 94. De Vicenzo started out as a caddie in 1932 but rose through the golfing ranks to win the 1967 British Open, beating the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
He won 230 tournaments worldwide, including four PGA titles.

June 4

Character actor Shivraj passes away.
Character actor and the most recognizable faces in the Hindi cinema of the 1950s and the 60s, Shivraj died, He worked in hindi Cinema for 5 decades.
He was an essential element of many films even though he may not have been the most important aspect, recollects film and music expert Pavan Jha. If the film were to be compared to a car and the hero-heroine to its engine, then Jha likens the veteran actor to the nuts and bolts of the vehicle - not talked about much but of immense value.

June 7

Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi passed away.
Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, a tycoon known for his lavish billionaire lifestyle and far-reaching international connections, has died in London at the age of 82.
U.S.-educated Khashoggi brokered arms deals around the world, earning handsome commissions and operating in a shady business while partying with global elites.

June 9

Eminent rights activist Mehrunnisa Dalwai passes away.
Mehrunnisa Dalwai, wife of prominent Muslim activist and thinker late Hamid Dalwai and the protagonist of a reformist movement 'Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal', passed away. She was 87.
She married Hamid Dalwai in 1956 and worked with him for justice and equal rights for Muslim women.
She had spearheaded a march to 'Mantralaya' in Mumbai seeking abolition of triple 'talaq'.

Former Kerala assembly speaker T.S. John passes away.
Former Speaker and Minister T.S. John passed away. He was 76-year-old founder leader of the Kerala Congress.
Mr. John became a political activist during his student days at SB College, Changanassery. An advocate by profession, he represented the Kallooppara Assembly constituency four times.
He was Speaker of the Assembly during 1976-77 and Minister for Food and Civil Supplies in the A.K. Antony-led Ministry in 1978. He became Minister in the succeeding Ministry led by P.K. Vasudevan Nair.

Veteran Congress leader, P. Govardhan Reddy passes away after cardiac arrest.
Senior Congress parliamentarian Palvai Govardhan Reddy died.
He is a five-time MLA from Munugodu constituency Mahabubnagar district. Reddy was representing Telangana in Rajya Sabha since 2014 and served as a state minister twice during the 1980s.
Born on November 20, 1936 at Nadimpally village of Acchampet mandal in Mahabubnagar district.

June 10

Adam West, TV's Batman dies at 88.
Adam West, who starred as Batman in the 1960s television series, has died at the age of 88.
He achieved global fame when he was cast as the caped crusader. The series premiered in 1966 and ran for three seasons before it was cancelled by ABC.

June 12

Veteran Telugu Poet, Writer C. Narayana Reddy Passes Away.
Legendary Telugu poet and writer C. Narayana Reddy, a recipient of the prestigious Jnanpith award, passed away.
The 85-year-old doyen of Telugu language had to his credit more than 80 publications, which include poems, songs, lyrical dramas, ballets, essays, travelogues, ghazals - original and in translation - and literary criticism.
Born on July 29, 1931 in Karimnagar district, the eminent writer and lyricist was the most distinguished Telugu poet of his generation. He was also the president of the Telangana Saraswatha Parishath.
He had received the Jnanpith Award for the year 1988. He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1977 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992.

June 16

Architect of Germany's re-unification, Helmut Kohl passes away.
Helmut Kohl, Germany's ex-chancellor and architect of reunification in 1990, has died at 87.
Kohl led Germany for 16 years (from 1982 to 1998). He is credited with bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Together with his French ally President Francois Mitterrand, he was responsible for the introduction of the euro.

Former Chief Justice P.N. Bhagwati Passed Away.
Former Chief Justice of India P.N. Bhagwati passed away. He was 95.
Justice Bhagwati was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 1973 and became the 17th CJI in 1985.
He was the architect of a new concept - Public Interest Litigation (PIL) - for dispensing justice to the voiceless poor on whose behalf a third person could approach the Supreme Court or high courts.

June 17

'Harry Potter' Actor Sam Beazley Dies At The Age Of 101.
Actor Sam Beazley, who starred in 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', has died at the age of 101.
Beazley played Professor Everard in the hit film franchise.
Beazley had enjoyed success as an actor both on stage and in film.
He began his professional acting career as a teenager in the 1930s, including performances in 'Hamlet' and 'Romeo and Juliet'.


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