Carlos Castaneda,a godfather of the New Age movement whose...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 20, 1998

Carlos Castaneda,a godfather of the New Age movement whose best-selling books claimed to relate the ancient mystical secrets of an Indian shaman, died of liver cancer April 27 in Los Angeles, it was announced this week. He was believed to be 72.

For more than 30 years, Castaneda said he had been the apprentice of a Yaqui Indian sorcerer named Don Juan Matus. He had millions of followers around the world, and his 10 books continue to sell in 17 languages.

Mr. Castaneda, who held a 1973 Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, said he met Don Juan in Arizona in the early 1960s while researching medicinal plants, and followed when the shaman moved to Sonora, Mexico.

His first book, "The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge," was a best-seller when it appeared in 1968, as were several sequels that purported to track Mr. Castaneda's 12-year apprenticeship.

Josie Walker Blakey,101, whose longtime love affair with her husband, Bernard Blakey, was the subject of an intimate book called "Love in the '90s," died Monday in Minneapolis.

Dick Gibson, 72, who helped keep mainstream jazz alive during the 1960s and 1970s and threw an annual "Jazz Party" in Colorado, died in Denver on Wednesday of complications from diabetes.

Pub Date: 6/20/98

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