* Leslie Charteris, 85, the popular crime writer who created the debonair detective Simon Templar, known as The Saint, died in a hospital in Windsor, England, Thursday after a short illness. His crime novels were turned into a popular television series, also called "The Saint," which was seen in more than 80 countries.
* Prince Kyril Scherbatow, a member of the Russian nobility, died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90. The cause was heart failure, his family said. He was a native of St. Petersburg. Both his parental families belonged to the House of Rurik, which founded Russia. His father, Prince Paul Scherbatow, was a colonel and aide de camp to Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia, commander of the Russian Army on the Western and Turkish fronts in World War I. His mother, Princess Anna Bariatinsky, was lady-in-waiting to Empress Alexandra of Russia. In 1939, he married Adelaide Sedgwick Munroe, and they operated guest homes in Jamaica and Bermuda for society and celebrity visitors. She died in 1968. He is survived by his second wife, the former Lucile Forman Palmer.