Steve Clark, 30, a guitarist for the heavy metal rock group Def Leppard, was found dead at his London home yesterday, police said. There were no obvious injuries and no signs of foul play, Scotland Yard reported. An autopsy was planned. The body of Stephen Maynard Clark was found by his girlfriend on the living room floor at his home on Old Church Street, in the fashionable Chelsea district. Def Leppard was started in a garage in Sheffield, England, and got a record contract from Polygram in 1979.
Robert Jan Verbelen, 79, a convicted Belgian Nazi war criminal who spent 10 years working for U.S. intelligence after World War II, died Aug. 28 in Austria, according to the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith, which investigated his case. Verbelen lived in Vienna, working as a speaker for neo-Nazi groups. In 1988, the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations revealed that U.S. intelligence agencies had employed Verbelen under a variety of pseudonyms from 1946 to 1956 without properly checking his identity. Verbelen, a commander of the Nazi-allied Flemish SS and SD, the storm troops and security service, was sentenced to death by a Belgian military court that convicted him in absentia in 1947 of responsibility for 101 murders and for the capture and torture of two U.S. pilots. As an Austrian citizen, he staved off extradition to Belgium. In 1965, an Austrian jury found him guilty of inciting the murder of two people during the war but then acquitted him on the ground of acting under orders. The acquittal was overturned by a higher court, but he was never retried.
Richard Maibaum, 81, who wrote the screenplays for 12 James Bond films during a career that spanned more than half a century, died Friday at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., after suffering heart failure. A native of New York and a graduate of the University of Iowa, Mr. Maibaum began in the entertainment industry as an actor with the Shakespearean Repertory Theatre in New York in 1933. He moved to Hollywood in 1936 after being offered a screenwriting contract with MGM, where he wrote "20 Mule Team" and "The Bad Man of Brimstone," both starring Wallace Beery. Mr. Maibaum moved to England in the late 1950s with producer Albert Broccoli's Warwick Films. Mr. Broccoli gave Mr. Maibaum some Ian Fleming spy novels to read, resulting in the Bond film series: "Dr. No," "From Russia With Love," "Goldfinger," "Thunderball," "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," "Diamonds Are Forever," "The Man With a Golden Gun," "Octopussy," "For Your Eyes Only," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "The Living Daylights" and "Licence to Kill."
Andrew Carnell Crosbie, 57, a businessman and brother of federal Trade Minister John Crosbie, died of cancer Sunday in St. John's, Newfoundland, a day before he was to stand trial on 38 counts of fraud and theft. Mr. Crosbie at one point had directed a corporate empire that included more than 50 companies with 3,000 employees. Until 1981, he was the youngest director in the history of the Bank of Montreal. He was vice president of the Canadian Construction Association, president of the Central and Eastern Trust Advisory Board and president of the Newfoundland Board of Trade. Many of his companies failed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Among those that survived was Crosbie Offshore Supply Ltd., which leased supply vessels used for oil exploration. However, a deal with two German companies went sour in 1984, forcing Crosbie Offshore into bankruptcy. Mr. Crosbie, charged with fraud, maintained that he was unaware of any fraudulent dealings.
Bernard Hellring, 74, a leader in efforts to simplify and standardize state and national laws, particularly in business affairs, legislative apportionment and divorce, died Friday of a heart attack in Orange, N.J. Mr. Hellring had been a New Jersey commissioner on uniform state laws for more than 30 years. He helped draft many model statutes in business transactions, trial practices, labor relations and estates, for the state and also for the nation, in conferences with counterparts from other states.
Dr. Arnold Rosenblum, 45, director of the International Institute of Theoretical Physics at Utah State University, died of a seizure yesterday at his home in Logan, Utah. Dr. Rosenblum specialized in relativity, supergravity, optical parallel computing, solar energy and astrophysics. He was a native of Brooklyn whose degrees in physics included a bachelor's from Columbia, a master's from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from Temple.
Alfred Hinds, 73, a burglar and safecracker from London's East End who gained folk hero status as a prison escaper, died Friday in Jersey, England. Mr. Hinds had taught himself law and argued his cases in 17 court appearances. While a fugitive, he sent letters to newspapers claiming that he had not participated in a robbery at Maples furniture store in London. He was sentenced in 1953 to 12 years for the crime. In 1955, he escaped from Nottingham prison but was captured in Ireland eight months later. He escaped again in 1957 while at the Law Courts in London, but was arrested as he tried to fly to Ireland. Mr. Hinds broke out of Chelmsford prison in 1958. In 1964, he won a libel suit against a police superintendent for saying in a newspaper article that Mr. Hinds was guilty of the Maples robbery. Mr. Hinds was awarded $3,100 in damages and legal costs when the judge said the officer failed to establish the claim was true. Mr. Hinds was finally freed in 1964.