Rob Tyner, lead vocalist for the rock group MC5, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 46. Mr. Tyner, whose legal name was Robert Derminer, was the lead singer of the group that critics called a precursor to punk and heavy metal. The Detroit-based band played the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago to raise money for the revolutionary White Panther Party. MC5's biggest hit was "Kick out the Jams," from their self-titled 1969 album. Many record stores initially refused to stock the album because of its incendiary lyrics. But it got radio airplay and reached the Top 30 in nationwide sales after the title song was altered. The group disbanded in the early 1970s.
John Hoyt, an actor who appeared on stage, on television and in films, died last Sunday of cancer at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 86. Mr. Hoyt had a career spanning more than half a century during which he appeared in dozens of roles, from serious Shakespearean characters to comic personalities like the grandfather on the television series "Gimme a Break." Mr. Hoyt, whose original name was Hoysradt, was born in Bronxville, N.Y. He appeared in 75 films, including "Spartacus," "Blackboard Jungle," "Cleopatra," "When Worlds Collide" and "Flash Gordon." television, he performed on "Playhouse 90," and was seen in the original pilot of the "Star Trek" series as well as episodes of "Bonanza," "The Twilight Zone" and "Hogan's Heroes."