M'Barek Rhioui, an army veteran reputed to be the oldest man in Morocco, has died at the "probable age" of 147 years, the newspaper Le Matin reported yesterday. Mr. Rhioui, whose exact age had been subject of speculation for years, had married 12 times and was said to have several children over 80. He had said he served as a soldier in the army of Sultan Moulay Hassan in 1874, when he was 30 years old, but no documentary evidence of his date of birth exists. Births were not registered in Morocco in the 19th century. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest authenticated age was reached by a Japanese man, Shigechiyo Izumi, who died in February 1986 at 120.
Tom Eyen, 50, the award-winning creator of the 1982 Broadway musical "Dreamgirls," died of cardiac arrest Sunday at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., the playwright's publicist announced. Mr. Eyen won a Tony Award for his book, "Dreamgirls," and shared the Grammy Award for the play's lyrics.