Deaths (Obituaries)

Tobe Hooper, Director of ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ Dies at 74

Finding little to scare him in most horror films, Mr. Hooper was inspired to create a low-budget movie that became an influential classic of the genre.

Jay Thomas, Actor on ‘Murphy Brown’ and ‘Cheers,’ Is Dead at 69

Mr. Thomas, who won two Emmy Awards, was best known for his role as Eddie LeBec, an ice hockey player who was married to the character Carla Tortelli.

Bea Wain, Star Singer of the Big Band Era, Dies at 100

Among the tunes Ms. Wain helped make famous on radio and records was “My Reverie,” based on a melody by Debussy.

Brian Aldiss, Author of Science Fiction and Much More, Dies at 92

Mr. Aldiss wrote scores of novels, memoirs and short stories, including the inspirations for the films “A.I.” and “Frankenstein Unbound.”

John Abercrombie, Lyrical Jazz Guitarist, Dies at 72

Mr. Abercrombie had a knack for understatement and was an expert at finding the moments of opportunity in a band’s interplay.

Sonny Burgess, Rockabilly Wild Man, Is Dead at 88

Mr. Burgess, who recorded for the storied Sun label, was a full-tilt rocker capable of whipping audiences into a frenzy.

Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91

Mr. Lewis rose to fame as Dean Martin’s comedy partner but went on to a major solo career with films like “The Bellboy” and “The Nutty Professor.”

Stuart J. Thompson, Award-Winning Broadway Producer, Dies at 62

Mr. Thompson, whose productions were nominated for 20 Tony Awards and won six, helped mount hits like “The Book of Mormon.” “He elevated me,” said Patti LuPone.

Stuart J. Thompson, Award-Winning Broadway Producer, Dies at 62

Mr. Thompson, whose productions were nominated for 20 Tony Awards and won six, helped mount hits like “The Book of Mormon.” “He elevated me,” said Patti LuPone.

Jo Walker-Meador, 93, Dies; Raised Country Music’s Profile

Mrs. Walker-Meador was the first employee of the Country Music Association and its longtime executive director.

Bruce Forsyth, 89, Cheeky Fixture of British TV, Is Dead

Known for his toothy smile and crowd-pleasing charm, Mr. Forsyth was recognized by Guinness World Records as the male entertainer with the longest TV career.