Gene Clark, the composer and folk singer who helped found the Byrds after performing with the New Christy Minstrels, died Friday in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Record books say he was 49, but his manager said he was 46. The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer was found unconscious about noon at his home. A physician signed a document stating the death appeared to have been from natural causes, police Sgt. Joseph Brazas said. The coroner's office said it had not received the case for investigation. The Byrds were inducted into the hall of fame in January. Mr. Clark played with the group from 1964 to 1966.
Wreford G. Chapple, 83, a retired rear admiral whose World War II submarine heroics became material for books and a television series, died Monday in Coronado, Calif. Admiral Chapple was a commander in the submarine service when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His submarine, USS-38, sank the second Japanese ship in the Pacific war, the transport Haro Maru. He was once sent to pick up Gen. Douglas MacArthur, but he never completed that mission because he sank a Japanese attack ship in Tyabias Bay, near Mindanao in the Philippines. Admiral Chapple was awarded two Navy Crosses, three Silver Stars and one Bronze Star, plus numerous campaign medals.