Brock Speer, 78, patriarch of the singing Speer Family and...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 02, 1999

Brock Speer, 78, patriarch of the singing Speer Family and former president, chairman and permanent board member of the Gospel Music Association, died Monday in Nashville.

Leonard Mountain Chief, 59, a tribal elder of the Blackfeet Indian tribe, movie actor and champion fiddler, died Monday of a heart attack in Heart Butte, Mont.

Michel Crepeau, 68, a longtime French lawmaker known for his incisive questions and lyrical orations before the French Parliament, died Tuesday in Paris.

Angelo LaPietra, 80, a former high-ranking Chicago mobster who ran the so-called "26th Street Crew," died Sunday in Chicago. He was one of five mob leaders convicted in 1986 of skimming $2 million in unreported gambling profits from Las Vegas casinos and was sentenced to 16 years in Leavenworth federal penitentiary for the crime. At the time, organized crime experts called the conviction the biggest blow to the Chicago mob since the 1940s.

Lee F. Mainella, 53, an artist and longtime television newsman in Florida, was found dead Wednesday in Havana, Fla. Police said Mr. Mainella's death was ruled a suicide by hanging, pending a toxicologic report from the medical examiner's office.

Countess Vera Tolstoy, 95, a granddaughter of Russian author Leo Tolstoy and a former broadcast announcer for Voice of America, died Monday in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Pub Date: 4/02/99

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