DEATHS - 2017 September

September 2

Marathi poet, activist Shirish Pai passes away
Noted poet Shirish Pai, credited with introducing ‘Haiku’ to the Marathi-speaking world, passed away. She was 88.
Born in 1929, Ms. Pai was the daughter of noted writer-journalist ‘Acharya’ Pralhad Keshav Atre. She started writing ‘Haiku’ in 1975. She studied Japanese ‘Haiku’, its origin and nature and published five Marathi ‘Haiku’ books.
Ms. Pai also translated some Japanese ‘Haiku’ from English to Marathi. She also worked as a journalist in the Maratha newspaper and participated in the ‘Samyukta Maharashtra’ (United Maharashtra) movement.

September 4

US poet John Ashbery dies at 90
John Ashbery, an enigmatic giant of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died at age 90.
Few poets were so exalted in their lifetimes. Ashbery was the first living poet to have a volume published by the Library of America dedicated exclusively to his work. His 1975 collection, “Self—Portrait in a Convex Mirror,” was the rare winner of the book world’s unofficial triple crown- the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle prize.

TMC MP Sultan Ahmed passes away at 64
Sultan Ahmed, Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP from West Bengal's Uluberia constituency, passed away. He was 64.
Ahmed had been a Union Minister of State for Tourism in the UPA-II.

Arunachal Pradesh Health Minister Jomde Kena passes away
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed shock and grief over the demise of his Cabinet colleague Jomde Kena.
Jomde Kena was the Minister of Health and Family Welfare. Earlier, he also held the post of Deputy Speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

September 5

Journalist Gauri lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru
Senior journalist, editor and activist Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at the entrance of her home in Bengaluru West.
Four bullets were pumped into the editor of the Kannada weekly Lankesh Patrike at her doorstep after she had stepped out of her car and opened the gates to her home which lay in darkness at around 8 pm.

September 10

Veteran kannada actor R.N. Sudarshan passed away
Noted south Indian actor of yesteryear R.N. Sudarshan died.The actor was the fourth son of R Nagendra Rao, a well-known film personality in the Kannada film industry.
He had acted in more than 250 films, carving a niche for himself in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil movies. After playing the lead role in about 60 movies, he started appearing as a villain in rest of the movies.

September 11

Former Odisha Health Minister Syed Mustafiz Ahmed passes away
Former Odisha Health Minister Syed Mustafiz Ahmed (76) passed away.
A popular leader, Ahmed had served as health minister between 1990 and 1995 when Biju Patnaik was the chief minister.

September 13

LGBT rights activist Edith Windsor passed away
Edith Windsor, the woman who broke barriers and became a gay rights icon when she sued the federal government to recognize her same-sex marriage, died at the age of 88.
Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the 2013 US Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, giving gay and lesbian couples access to federal benefits and laying the foundation for the landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the country in 2015.

September 14

Constitutional law expert and Senior Advocate PP Rao passed away
Noted constitutional law expert and senior counsel P P Rao died, was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006 and was regular commentator on legal affairs.
The eminent lawyer completed 50 years of legal practice in July 2017. Born in July 1933, he completed his LLB and LLM from the Osmania University, Hyderabad, after which he started his career by teaching law in Delhi University in 1961.

September 15

Veteran actor and ‘Sopranos’ mobster Frank Vincent dies at 80
Frank Vincent, a veteran character actor who often played tough guys, including mob boss Phil Leotardo on "The Sopranos," has died. He was 80.
Vincent had small roles in two Spike Lee films, "Do the Right Thing" and "Jungle Fever." Among his more than 50 movies, Vincent also was in "The Pope of Greenwich Village," ''Last Exit to Brooklyn," ''Night Falls on Manhattan" and "Shark Tale''.

September 16

Marshal of the IAF and 1965 war hero Arjan Singh dies at 98
Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force and the only officer of the force to be promoted to five-star rank, died.
Singh, who led the IAF during the India-Pakistan war in 1965, is considered an icon and a war hero. He was visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and chiefs of three forces in the hospital. The Punjab government has declared three days of mourning as mark of respect to the Marshal of IAF.

September 17

‘Father of nephrology in India’ Dr.K.S. Chugh dies of cancer at 85
Dr KS Chugh, the “father of nephrology in India”, breathed his last at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. He was 85.
Dr Chugh was emeritus professor and former head of department of nephrology at the PGIMER. He was a recipient of several national and international awards, including the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, in 2000.

World’s Oldest Person Dies At 117 In Jamaica
Violet Mosse Brown the oldest person in the world who was the last living subject of Queen Victoria and worked for 'masters' on a Caribbean sugar plantation has died aged 117.
She became the world's oldest person on April 15 this year at 117 and 38 days, taking the title from Italian Emma Morano, whose life spanned three centuries and was born in 1899.

September 18

BJP MP Mr.Mahant Chandnath dies of cancer at 61
BJP MP from Alwar Mahant Chand Nath, who was battling an "aggressive thyroid cancer", passed away.
Nath, head of the Baba Mastnath Mutt in Rohtak, was laid to rest in Samadhi at the mutt premises with full state honours. He was 61.

September 19

Ex-Karnataka minister Qamarul Islam passes away
Qamarul Islam, the former Minister and Muslim leader from the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, passed away. He was 69.
Mr. Qamarul had a long political career and represented Gulbarga (North) constituency six times. He was the Municipal Administration and Wakf Minister in the Siddaramaiah Cabinet for three years, but was dropped in last year’s reshuffle — a decision that left him miffed. In July this year, he was appointed the All-India Congress Committee secretary in charge of Kerala.

September 20

Stanislav Petrov, who prevented possible nuclear war, dies at 77
A Soviet officer whose cool head and quick thinking saved the world from nuclear war has died aged 77.
Stanislav Petrov was on duty in a secret command centre outside Moscow on 26 September 1983 when a radar screen showed that five Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles had been launched by the US towards the Soviet Union.

September 21

Yesteryear actor Shakila Passes Away
Yesteryear Bollywood actor Shakila, known for her work in films like Aar Paar and CID. She was 82.

Legendary Boxer, Jake LaMotta Passes Away
Former boxing champion Jake LaMotta died at the age of 95.
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LaMotta, born on July 10th, 1921, competed in 106 professional bouts during his illustrious boxing career, going 83-19-4. He had several noteworthy moments during his 13-year run inside the ring before his final contest in 1954. LaMotta fought Hall of Fame boxer Sugar Ray Robinson an astounding six different times, handing the legendary fighter his first boxing loss in one of his crowning moments.

September 22

Liliane Bettencourt, world’s richest woman passed away at 94.
Liliane Bettencourt, heir to the French L’Oreal hairspray empire and the world’s wealthiest woman, who was at the centre of a long-running French courtroom saga over alleged hangers-on who took advantage of her frailty to elicit money and gifts, has died aged 94.
Bettencourt, whose net worth was estimated at about €33bn (£29bn) this year, was the face of one of France’s biggest cosmetics conglomerates and had once captured the public’s imagination as the nation’s poor little rich girl.
She was the daughter of Eugène Schueller, a chemist and one-time Nazi sympathiser who made a fortune as the inventor of modern hair dye and founder of L’Oréal. Her mother died when she was five, leaving her alone with Schueller whose company she inherited.

September 25

Renowned Marathi writer, journalist Arun Sadhu passes away at 76 in Mumbai
Renowned Marathi author and senior journalist, Arun Sadhu (75) passed away in Mumbai.
“Arun Sadhu’s novel Sinhasan and Mumbai Dinank are landmark in Marathi literature. He wrote on contemporary issues, problems of metropolitan life very effectively. He guided generations of journalists.

Legendary soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68
Charles Bradley, the legendary soul singer and a late-in-life headliner, died in Brooklyn. He was 68.
The singer did not reach mainstream fame until his later years, releasing his debut album 'No Time for Dancing' in 2011, followed by 'Victim Of Love' in 2013 and 'Changes' last year.

Former world’s heaviest woman Eman Abd El Aty passed away
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, once known as world heaviest woman, passed away.
The Egyptian national, who weighed nearly 500 kg, was airlifted to Mumbai in February and she underwent a weight loss procedure by bariatric surgeon Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala at the Saifee Hospital. She was shifted to Abu Dhabi in May after some differences with her sister and the Saifee Hospital management.

September 27

Veteran Bengali actor Dwijen Bandyopadhyay passed away
Veteran Bengali actor Dwijen Bandyopadhyay, a known name in theatre as well as cinema, died. He was 68.
He had acted in both art house and mainstream films like 'Chander Bari', 'Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy', 'Phoring', 'Autograph', 'Prem By Chance' to name a few.

Former Speaker and sitting MLA of Nagaland Kiyanilie Peseyie dies
Former Speaker of the Nagaland Assembly and sitting MLA Kiyanilie Peseyie died.
Peseyie was 69. Peseyie was the sitting MLA from the eight Western Angami seat. He was a Naga People's Front (NPF) MLA.

Former National women’s hockey coach Antony passes away
P.P. Antony, former national women’s hockey coach who also trained and taught coaches at the Bengaluru SAI centre, passed away. He was 68.
A former Kerala State player, Antony was the coach of the junior national women’s team for many years and helped the team win a four-nation tournament in the US in 1999 and a bronze at the Junior Asia Cup.
His impressive stint as the junior national coach prompted the then Indian Women’s Hockey Federation to hand over the reins of the senior national women’s team to him in 2001.

Veteran freedom fighter Suryamani Panda dies
Veteran freedom fighter Suryamani Panda died. He was 96.
Panda, who participated in the Quit India Movement in 1942.Panda, was vice-president of All India Freedom Fighters Samity and working president of the State Freedom Fighters Samity.
He was imprisoned for participating in freedom movement against British Raj. During Quit India movement he took part in the agitation.

September 28

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner dead at 91
Hugh Hefner, who founded the sexually explicit men’s lifestyle magazine in 1953, died.
Playboy Enterprises was born in Chicago, he was the son of Methodists, served as a noncombatant in World War II.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Illinois. Hefner published the very first issue of Playboy in December of 1953.

September 29

Congress Veteran leader Makhan Lal Fotedar passed away
Makhan Lal Fotedar, a veteran Congress leader who was a close confidante of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, died.
Hailing from Kashmir, Fotedar was ushered into politics by Jawaharlal Nehru in early 1950s and he gradually strengthened his position in the Congress to become one of the most powerful persons in the party.

September 30

Veteran actor Tom Alter passed away at 67
Veteran theatre, television and film actor Tom Alter, best known for his performances in “Shatranj Ke Khilari”, “Junoon” and “Kranti”, passed away aged 67.