Charles Herbert, 85, who portrayed the ruggedly handsome...

Deaths elsewhere

March 16, 1991

Charles Herbert, 85, who portrayed the ruggedly handsome "Marlboro Man" commercial cowboy for eight years, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after a stroke. Mr. Herbert, who didn't smoke, was one of the early models selected by Philip Morris for its cigarette advertising. He was "discovered" while working as a carpenter on a scaffold in Greenwich, Conn., in 1957.

Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, 70, an opera singer who gained international acclaim with a repertory of nearly 90 roles, died Tuesday of liver cancer in a Bloomington, Ind., hospital. Mr. Rossi-Lemeni, a music professor at Indiana University who also wrote five volumes of poetry, was a modern impressionist painter and opera stage director. "Boris Godunov" is widely believed to be his greatest role. He sang it in fluent Russian learned from his mother. Once when he performed "Boris" in the Soviet Union, he received 48 curtain calls.

The Venerable Thonkhoune Anantasounthone, 67, Laos' Buddhist leader, died Sunday in a hospital in the capital, Vientiane. No cause of death was given. Mr. Anantasounthone, a monk for 48 years, was president of the Lao Buddhist Fellowship. He was involved in the international peace movement and in November 1983 hosted a meeting in Vientiane of Buddhist leaders from Laos and its allies, Vietnam, the Soviet Union and Mongolia. Their joint statement blamed the United States for the danger of nuclear war.

Etheridge Knight, 57, who began writing poetry in prison while serving a robbery sentence and emerged to win acclaim and awards for his work, died of lung cancer Sunday at his home in Indianapolis. Mr. Knight received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation in 1974, and held writer-in-residence positions at several universities, including the University of Pittsburgh and Wesleyan University. He published four books: "Poems from Prison," "Black Voices from Prison," "Belly Song and Other Poems" and "Born of a Woman: New and Selected Poems."

Jimmy Dugald McPartland, 83, a cornetist who was the prime architect of the energetic Chicago-style jazz, died of lung cancer Wednesday in his New York home. One of Mr. McPartland's acclaimed recordings is the 1950s "Shades of Bix." He achieved fame with Ben Pollack's band in the late 1920s.

Jerome "Doc" Pomus, 65, the rock 'n' roll songwriter whose success stretched from the 1959 hit "A Teen-ager In Love" to music for the movie "Dick Tracy" last year, died Thursday of lung cancer at New York University Medical Center's Tisch Hospital, said his brother, lawyer Raoul Felder. Mr. Pomus, born Jerome Solon Felder in Brooklyn, began his musical career as a blues singer and songwriter in the early 1950s. Mr. Pomus often collaborated with Mort Shuman, handling most of the lyrics, while Mr. Shuman wrote most of the music. Their first major pop hit was "A Teen-ager in Love," written for Dion and the Belmonts in 1959. A succession of hits for the Drifters followed, including "This Magic Moment" and "Save the Last Dance For Me." In the 1970s, he teamed with Mac Rebennack, also known as Dr. John, and wrote most of the material for B.B. King's album "There Must be a Better World Somewhere." The album won a 1981 Grammy Award for best ethnic or traditional recording. Some of Mr. Pomus' songs also were used in the film "Dick Tracy." Two weeks ago, Mr. Pomus became the first white musician to receive a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm-and-Blues Foundation.

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