Mario A. Zacchini, 87, a human cannonball who had thrilled...

Deaths Elsewhere

February 08, 1999

Mario A. Zacchini, 87, a human cannonball who had thrilled crowds worldwide by catapulting over fairgrounds at speeds up to 100 mph, died of kidney failure Jan. 28 in Tampa, Fla.

He survived about 5,000 cannon shots -- by his estimate -- and a couple of missed nets. He was the last survivor of five brothers who thrilled crowds in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. His flying days came to a close after an accident at the World's Fair in New York in 1940.

Nicholas Krushenick, 70, a New York painter whose bold, poster-like paintings were called abstract pop, died Friday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.

Neville Bonner, 76, the first aborigine elected to Australia's federal Parliament, died Friday in Sydney, Australia. He became one of Australia's highest-profile aborigines and an important influence on aboriginal issues during a time of conservative government.

Spencer A. Samuels, 85, an international art dealer and expert on old masters who advised J. Paul Getty on his art acquisitions, died Saturday of pneumonia in Los Angeles.

Pub Date: 2/08/99

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