Deaths (Obituaries)

Christine Kaufmann, Actress in ‘Town Without Pity,’ Dies at 72

Ms. Kaufmann, who was born in Austria, won a Golden Globe Award for her Hollywood debut in the film and later married Tony Curtis.

Darlene Cates, the Mother in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,’ Dies at 69

She was spotted on a talk show discussing her obesity and had never acted professionally before being cast as Johnny Depp’s mother in the 1993 film.

Christina Vella, Author of Sizzling Works of Narrative History, Dies at 75

The writer recounted the story of the Baroness de Pontalba, a New Orleans-born heiress shot by her French father-in-law in a dowry dispute.

Robin O’Hara, Producer of Independent Films, Dies at 62

Ms. O’Hara got her start as a producer in the mid-1980s at the Kitchen, the experimental performance space in Chelsea.

Bernie Wrightson, Artist and a Creator of Swamp Thing, Dies at 68

Mr. Wrightson, who learned his craft by studying comics and taking correspondence courses, loved to meet fans and attend conventions.

Derek Walcott, Poet and Nobel Laureate of the Caribbean, Dies at 87

Mr. Walcott’s intricately metaphorical poetry captured the physical beauty of the Caribbean, the harsh legacy of colonialism and the complexities of living and writing in two cultural worlds.

Fiora Corradetti Contino, Opera Maestra, Dies at 91

An acclaimed conductor, she specialized in the visceral, unsentimental realism of Italian verismo opera and was also a music professor and vocal coach.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Author and Filmmaker, Dies at 51

Her death came 10 days after a “Modern Love” column in The Times about her illness titled, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”

Gustav Metzger, ‘Auto-Destructive Art’ Provocateur, Dies at 90

A political radical whose entire career consisted of pointed attacks on the capitalist system, Mr. Metzger inspired Pete Townshend to smash his guitars and amps.

Ren Hang, Provocative Chinese Photographer, Dies at 29

Mr. Ren, who was known for erotic images of naked young models, jumped from the 28th floor of a building, according to a report by The Beijing News.

Paula Fox, Novelist Who Chronicled Dislocation, Dies at 93

Ms. Fox wrote for all ages, offering closely observed portraits of loss and abandonment. It was terrain she knew all too well.

Neil Fingleton, Mag the Mighty of ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies at 36

Mr. Fingleton, Britain’s tallest man, played high school and college basketball for teams in the United States.

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