Reinaldo Arenas, 47, a novelist who spent several years in prison in Fidel Castro's Cuba, committed suicide Friday in his apartment in Manhattan, police said. He had AIDS, according to his literary agent, Thomas Colchie. Mr. Aenas found success as a writer after a decade of struggle in the United States, having escaped from Cuba during the Mariel exodus in 1980. His novels included "Farewell to the Sea," "Hallucinations" and "Singing From the Well," which won the Prix Medici in France for the best foreign novel of 1969.
Boris Kochno, 86, artistic director to Sergei Diaghilev and his "Ballets Russes," died at a Paris hospital over the weekend. A choreographer, librettist and lighting specialist, Mr. Kochno was artistic director to Diaghilev from 1922-1929 and was responsible for bringing Igor Stravinsky to the world of ballet. He was best known for ballets danced by Diaghilev's famed "Ballets Russes" troupe, including "Les Facheux," "Zephire et Flore" and "Les Matelots."