The Marquess of Bath, 87, the first British aristocrat to turn his stately home into a tourist attraction, died of cancer Tuesday at Longleat, his home 90 miles west of London. Henry Frederic Thynne became the sixth marquess in 1946 when his father died. Reeling from taxes after inheriting the estate, Lord Bath opened Longleat to the public in 1949. The house was built by his ancestor, Sir John Thynne, in 1580. The estate's park was designed by Britain's premier 18th-century landscape designer, Lancelot "Capability" Brown. Lord Bath's eldest son, Viscount Weymouth, becomes the seventh Marquess of Bath.
Howard Roberts, 62, a virtuoso jazz guitarist who backed stars from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to the Beach Boys and the Monkees in studio recordings, died Sunday in a Seattle hospital of prostate cancer. He was one of the world's most widely recorded musicians, with more than 50,000 recordings to his credit and a repertoire that ranged from Bach to rock.