Dirk Bogarde, 78, actor, author

Deaths Elsewhere

May 09, 1999

Sir Dirk Bogarde, the British actor who starred in more than 70 films and captured the hearts of many women in the 1950s, has died. He was 78.

The British film star, who achieved his greatest fame in "Death in Venice," died of a heart attack at his London home, said his nephew Brock Van den Bogaerde. He suffered a damaging stroke in 1996 and had been under 24-hour nursing care since last May.

"People forget that Dirk Bogarde was the male hero of Britain for about 20 years," said director Michael Winner. "Every girl in the country was in love with him. He was the United Kingdom's Leonardo DiCaprio of his day."

He was also a prolific writer with seven volumes of autobiography and seven novels all becoming best sellers.

James J. Humes, 74, the lead pathologist at President Kennedy's autopsy and a target of conspiracy theorizers, died Thursday of lung cancer at his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

He was chief pathologist at Bethesda Naval Hospital when Kennedy's body was flown there for an autopsy. The pathology team concluded Kennedy was killed by two bullets fired from behind -- a finding disputed to this day. He called the conspiracy theories "general idiocy" and "a tragedy."

Jesus Montane, one of an old band of revolutionaries who fought alongside Fidel Castro to seize power in Cuba in the 1950s, died Friday. His age was not disclosed. The government announced his death, saying only that he died of a massive heart attack.

Darwyn Swalve, 53, a 6-foot-9 actor who used his bulk to advantage in a succession of television and movie bad-guy roles, died Wednesday of a heart attack, The Riverside (Cal.) Press-Enterprise reported.

Heinz Berendes, 74, a prominent researcher at the National Institutes of Health who did groundbreaking work on the safety of contraception, died Thursday of prostate cancer. From 1972 to 1979, he ran the NIH's contraceptive evaluation branch, studying the safety of various means of contraception.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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