DMX, 50, born Earl Simmons, the raspy-voiced hip-hop artist behind the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” who had one of rap’s most distinctive voices — literally and metaphorically — suffered “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to a statement from the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he died.
Prince Philip, 99, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, father of Prince Charles and patriarch of a turbulent royal family that he sought to ensure would not be Britain’s last, died Friday at Windsor Castle in England. His death was announced by Buckingham Palace, which said he passed away peacefully. He had recently been hospitalized while undergoing treatment for an infection and recovering after heart surgery.
Alcee Hastings, 84, a former civil-rights lawyer and federal judge who served in Congress for nearly three decades as a Democratic representative of Florida and became the vice chairperson of the House Rules Committee, died Tuesday. Hastings had announced in 2019 that he had pancreatic cancer.
Congress impeached him and removed him from the bench in 1989 on charges of bribery and perjury, stemming from a criminal trial six years earlier in which he had been acquitted. In 1992, a federal court ruled that the Senate had improperly removed him, and he won election to the House shortly after.
Alice Headley Chandler, 95, who founded Mill Ridge Farm and built a Hall of Fame career as a breeder of champion racing Thoroughbreds, died peacefully at home Tuesday in Lexington, Kentucky, of natural causes. Chandler, a Lexington native, held leadership roles with numerous Thoroughbred organizations including the Breeders’ Cup and nearby Keeneland racecourse, where she was on its board of directors for 23 years.
Paul Ritter, 54, an accomplished actor who played the wizard Eldred Worple in the film “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” and also starred in the James Bond movie “Quantum Solace” before starring in the“Chernobyl” TV series, died Monday of a brain tumor.
Robert Mundell, 88, a Nobel Prize-winning economist whose theorizing opened the door to understanding the workings of global finance and the modern-day international economy, died from cancer of the bile duct April 4 at his home, a Renaissance-era palazzo that he and his wife restored near Siena, Italy.
His more iconoclastic views on economic policy fostered the creation of the euro and the adoption of the tax-cutting approach known as supply-side economics. Mundell, a Canadian, who had a master’s degree from the University of Washington, taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia University.
Gloria Henry, 98, a B-movie star of the 1940s and ’50s who later tuned her focus to TV and became best known as the sunny, preternaturally patient mom on the television series “Dennis the Menace,” died April 3 at her home in Los Angeles. Her final television appearance was on a 2012 episode of the sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”
Arthur Kopit, 83, an avant-garde playwright who thrust off-Broadway into a new era with the absurdist satirical farce “Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad” and earned Tony Award nominations for two wildly different plays, “Indians” and “Wings” and the musical “Nine,” died April 2 at home in Manhattan. The cause was not available.
Isamu Akasaki, 92, a Japanese physicist who helped develop blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough in the development of LEDs that earned him a Nobel Prize and transformed the way the world is illuminated, died April 1 of pneumonia in Nagoya, Japan.
Akasaki shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 2014 with Hiroshi Amano of Japan and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Their invention of blue light-emitting diodes led the way for a vast wave of light sources that are cheaper, more durable and environmentally safer than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.
Kim Pham, 71, the founder and publisher of Người Việt Tây Bắc, or Northwest Vietnamese News — the first privately funded and longest-running Vietnamese newspaper in Washington — died March 30, a few months after doctors discovered an inoperable aneurysm in his stomach.
He started the paper in 1986, publishing in both Vietnamese and English. It was the eyes and ears of the Vietnamese refugee community in the state, covering local events where the community connected, satiating its desire for news from back home in Vietnam, and serving as something of guide to living in the U.S. as a refugee.