DEATHS - 2018 JUNE

June 1

Ex-footballer Timothy Pereira dead
Timothy Pereira, former football international who represented Tata FC, died. Pereira was 75.
Pereira first played for Goan sports and State Bank before joining Tata SC and played along with other Tata stalwarts like Hafeez, Johar Dad, Marto Gracias, Tony Martin and Babu Narayan.
He played for the country in 1967-68.Pereira also played hockey and represented Catholic Gymkhana in the local league.

June 4

Veteran journalist Leela Menon dead
Veteran journalist Leela Menon, 86, who pursued the cause of women and the marginalised sections of society, died.
She was the Chief Editor of Janmabhumi daily. Ms. Menon had worked in national dailies earlier. A slew of her exclusive news reports, including investigative ones, were noted nationally. She was born at Vengola, Perumbavoor, in 1932.
Ms. Menon served in the Postal Department as a clerk before studying journalism.

June 6

Socialist leader Laxman Patil-Bhosle dead
Senior socialist leader and former vice-chairman of the Nashik DistrictCentral Cooperative Bank (NDCC) Laxman Patil-Bhosle alias 'Lakhutatya' died. He was 84.
Patil-Bhosle was the founder chairman of Zilla Mazoor Federation and was closely associated with the Rashtra Seva Dal and Janta Dal.

June 8

World War II photographer David Douglas Duncan dies at 102
David Douglas Duncan, who helped change the role of war photography by exposing the anguish of soldiers in Korea and Vietnam, has died at age 102.
A close friend of Picasso, Duncan used his photos to chronicle the artist's life and work. Duncan's images of the 1968 Democratic and Republican conventions and how they represented America were also widely celebrated.
Yet, Duncan's most influential work was as a combat photographer. Instead of portraying soldiers as heroes, he portrayed them as ordinary humans, tormented or courageous on the battlefield, exhausted or fearful behind the scenes.

June 9

Congress leader LP Shahi dies, Rahul Gandhi tweets condolence
Senior Congress leader and former Union minister LP Shahi died. He was 98.
Shahi, who hailed from Bihar, was a freedom fighter and a former CWC member. He was first elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1980 and became an MP from Muzaffarpur in Bihar in 1984.

Veteran Goa Congress leader Shantaram Naik passes away
Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress leader Shantaram Naik passed away. He was 72. He was till recently president of Goa Pradesh Congress.

Legendary Brazilian tennis player Maria Bueno dies in Sao Paulo
Maria Bueno, the Brazilian "queen" of tennis, who won three Wimbledon and four US championship singles titles, died at age 78.
Nicknamed the "Sao Paulo Swallow" for her ability to dominate the net, Bueno was a teen prodigy despite having no formal coaching, according to the International Hall of Fame, which she entered in 1978.

June 12

Senior journalist Xavier Rutsa Passed Away
Vinyulhou Xavier Rutsa, a prominent Kohima-based journalist who wrote for The Times of India for more than 15 years, died. He was 41.
Xavier, as this affectionate and warm-hearted journalist was known as, began his career as a staff reporter in The Daily Review, and published from Kohima, in 1998. He later worked for The North East Herald and Nagaland Post before he started writing for The Times of India until his death.

Former Saurashtra cricketer Mulubha Jadeja dead
Former Saurashtra batsman Mulubha Jadeja died.He was 88.
Mulubha, a right-handed batsman, represented Saurashtra and Railways between 1945 and 1964.
He played 31 first-class matches, scoring 1,373 runs with an average of 26.92.

Prominent Bangladeshi writer Shahzahan Bachchu gunned down
Bangladeshi writer and publisher Shahzahan Bachchu was shot by unidentified assailants. The 60-year-old author, known for his outspoken views on secularism.
Bachchu had received several death threats from extremist groups due to his outspoken support for secularism. He was a former district general secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh. His publishing house Bishaka, which is based in Dhaka’s Banglabazar area, specialises in publishing poetry.

June 13

Spiritual leader Bhaiyyuji Maharaj commits suicide in Madhya Pradesh
Spiritual guru Bhaiyyu Maharaj (50), known for the massive following he enjoyed in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and among leaders from across the political spectrum, shot himself dead.
The model-turned-godman, who had played a key role in getting social activist Anna Hazare to end his 2011 agitation for Lokpal at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and who was invited in 2013 by Narendra Modi (then Gujarat CM) to Ahmedabad during his Sadbhavna fast.

June 15

Senior journalist and writer Adiraju Venkateswara Rao passed away
Senior journalist and writer Adiraju Venkateswara Rao passed away.He was 79.
Rao, a native of Khammam district, worked in different Telugu and English newspapers.He also authored several books.
He played an active role in the separate Telangana agitation in 1969 and the state government honoured him during the Telangana formation day celebrations recently.

Senior editor Shujaat Bukhari killed by gunmen in Srinagar
Unknown gunmen shot and killed Shujaat Bukhari, veteran journalist and editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper in the heart of Srinagar.
Bukhari was The Hindu's correspondent in Srinagar from 1997 to 2012 and a contributor to the Frontline magazine.
Mr. Bukhari was a popular commentator on national TV channels. His brother, Basharat Bukhari, is Law Minister in Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s government.

June 16

Former West Bengal minister passes away
Former West Bengal minister and CPI (M) leader Satya Sadhan Chakraborty passed away. He was 85. Chakraborty, who served as the state higher education minister for over a decade.
He was elected to Lok Sabha from South Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency in 1980.
In 1991, Chakraborty won the assembly polls and was appointed as state higher education minister, a post he held till 2006.

June 19

Puan, world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies aged 62 in Australian zoo
Zookeepers have paid emotional tribute to the world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan, ''a grand old lady'' who died at a Western Australian zoo.
Puan was given to Perth zoo in 1968 and is believed to have been born in Sumatra 1956. At 62 years she lived well beyond her typical life expectancy and was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest verified member of her species in 2016.
According to the zoo, Sumatran orangutans rarely live beyond the age of 50. Puan played a key role in breeding programs and gave birth to 11 children. She has 54 descendants in Australia, the US, Indonesia and elsewhere around the world.

Noted Telangana mimicry artiste Nerella Venumadhav passes away
Noted mimicry artiste Nerella Venumadhav died in Mattewada in Warangal city in Telangana. He was 85.
Venumadhav served as an MLC in 1971 in the undivided Andhra Pradesh. He rose to international fame after his enthralling performance at the United Nations. He was conferred scores of awards, including the Padma Shri in 2001.
A veteran mimicry artiste, Venumadhav began his passion – mimicry - at the age of 15. Over the years, he mastered the art and inspired scores of people to take up the art form. He was instrumental in introducing a course in mimicry in several institutions, including the Telugu University.

June 20

Australian golfer Peter Thomson also called ''the thinking man’s golfer'' dies at 88
The Australian golfing great Peter Thomson has died at the age of 88. The five-time British Open champion had been treated for Parkinson’s disease for the past four years.
The first Australian to win the British Open, he claimed the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equalled only by the American golfer Tom Watson. On the US senior circuit he won nine times in 1985.
Thomson served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses across the country and around the world.
He also helped establish the Asian Tour and worked behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organisation where he was chairman for five years.

June 21

Veteran Pak diplomat Jamsheed Marker passes away
Veteran Pakistani diplomat and world record-holder Jamsheed Marker passed away in Karachi. The 95-year-old died after a prolonged illness.
Marker served as Pakistan's top envoy to the United States and more than a dozen other countries for over three decades.
He has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under the title of "World's longest-serving ambassador", starting from 1965, and also being the "ambassador to more countries than any other person".

Renowned humourist, satirist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi passes away
An era of Urdu literature came to an end when the most celebrated humourist and satirist of our times passed away. Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi died in Karachi. He was 94.
Some of his most popular works include Chiragh Talay, Khakam-ba-dahan, Zarguzasht, Aab-E-gum and Sham-e-Shair-e-Yaaraan.
In recognition of his contributions to Urdu literature, the government of Pakistan conferred upon him two highest literary awards Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 1999 and 2002, respectively.
Yousufi was born in the then princely state of Tonk in United India. His father was the political secretary of the state. Yousufi migrated to Pakistan in 1956 and became a career banker.

June 22

Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, Charles Krauthammer Passed Away
Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died.
Sometimes scornful, sometimes reflective, he was awarded a Pulitzer in 1987 for “his witty and insightful” commentary and was an influential voice among Republicans, whether through his syndicated column or his appearances on Fox News Channel. He was most associated with Brit Hume’s nightly newscast and stayed with it when Bret Baier took over in 2009.

Veteran journalist Prabhakar Choubey passes away
Veteran journalist and litterateur Prabhakar Choubey passed away. He was 83-year-old.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh condoled Choubey’s death and said that he, in his career spanning 54 years, made invaluable and memorable contribution in the fields of journalism and literature.

Koko: Gorilla who mastered sign language dies in California
Koko the gorilla, who appeared on National Geographic magazine cover, could chat, tease and even argue with scientists using more than 1,000 hand signs, has died in California at the age of 46.
Koko- the primary ambassador for her endangered species, who redrew the lines of animal-human communication passed away in her sleep.
At birth, she was named Hanabi-ko - Japanese for "fireworks child", because she was born at the San Francisco Zoo in 1971. She was a western lowland gorilla.

June 23

Poetess Sujatha Devi Passes Away
Poetess and winner of the Kerala Sahitiya Akademi award, B Sujatha Devi, passed away. She was 72 and leaves behind two sons.
Sujatha Devi, also a well known travel writer, had served as English professor in various government colleges in the state, including the Maharaja's college in Kochi.


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