Emilio Azcarraga Milmo,66, who turned a string of radio...

DEATHS ELSWHERE

April 19, 1997

Emilio Azcarraga Milmo,66, who turned a string of radio stations into a media empire in Mexico and allied himself with the country's longtime ruling party, died Wednesday after a long sickness.

Azcarraga died in Miami, according to the giant Televisa chain, which he took over from his father and ran for decades.

Among other ventures, an Azcarraga-controlled partnership helped launch The National, the only daily sports newspaper in the United States when it was introduced in 1990. The paper folded after nearly 17 months of heavy losses and distribution problems that kept it from reaching enough paying customers.

Gerald Piaget,79, co-founder of the Piaget watch company famed for its ultrathin timepieces, died April 12 in La Cote-aux-Fees, Switzerland.

Piaget, three brothers and their father joined in 1942 to start a watch plant at La Cote-aux-Fees. Building on a family tradition of making watch parts in the winter and farming in the summer, they produced the first watch bearing their name in 1948.

Donald T. Bexley,87, who played Fred Sanford's friend Bubba Hoover on the television comedy "Sanford and Son," died of heart and kidney failure Tuesday in Hampton, Va.

Bexley, a dancer, singer and comedian, became best known for his pratfalls on "Sanford and Son," which aired 1972 through 1977 on NBC. Bexley maintained a close friendship with Redd Foxx, star of "Sanford and Son," and was an honorary pallbearer at Foxx's funeral in 1991.

James Ned Grubb,62, the first judge in West Virginia to be convicted of a felony, died Wednesday of lung cancer.

Grubb was convicted in 1992 and sentenced to five years in prison for mail fraud, bribery, conspiracy, witness tampering, obstruction of justice and racketeering. He was found guilty of arranging for a former sheriff to pay $10,000 in exchange for a job.

Pub Date: 4/19/97

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