* President Kaysone Phomvihane, 71, Laos' ruler since the...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

November 22, 1992

* President Kaysone Phomvihane, 71, Laos' ruler since the Communist takeover in 1975, died yesterday, Laotian state radio said. The broadcast did not specify a cause of death, mention who would succeed him or other significant details. Mr. Kaysone, who would have turned 72 on Dec. 13, helped direct three decades of revolution against France and the U.S.-backed regime in Vientiane. He had been chief of the Laotian Communist Party since 1955 and was premier from 1975 to August 1991, when the National Assembly elected him president and endowed the post with greater power.

* John Foreman, 67, a producer of such movies as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Prizzi's Honor," died Friday of a heart attack. Mr. Foreman's other productions included "They Might be Giants," "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," "The Man Who Would be King," "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" and "The Great Train Robbery." A former agent, Mr. Foreman in 1968 formed the production company Newman-Foreman Co. with actor Paul Newman.

* Diana Hirsh, 77, an editor and speech writer for Sens. John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy during the 1950s, died of pneumonia Nov. 14.

* Bobby Russell, 52, a songwriter who composed such pop hits as "Little Green Apples," "Honey" and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," died Thursday at age 52. "Little Green Apples," recorded by Roger Miller, O. C. Smith and Patti Page, won Grammy awards in 1968 for song of the year and best country song. Also in 1968, "Honey," recorded by Bobby Goldsboro, was voted song of the year by the Country Music Association. "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" was a hit in 1973 by Vicki Lawrence and this year by Reba McEntire.

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