John McKeithen, 81, a former Louisiana governor who worked...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 05, 1999

John McKeithen, 81, a former Louisiana governor who worked to ease race relations and helped get the Superdome built in New Orleans, died yesterday in Columbia, La. Mr. McKeithen was known for his oratorical skills and was able to adapt them for the media age. He was the first to use television successfully in a Louisiana governor's campaign, becoming famous for looking directly into the camera and asking: "Won't you help me?"

He was so popular that in his first administration the legislature passed a law allowing a governor to succeed himself.

Junior Braithwaite, 47, one of the three surviving members of Bob Marley's Wailers reggae group, was shot and killed Wednesday night in his home in Kingston, Jamaica. Mr. Braithwaite left the group in 1966. Another Wailer, Peter Tosh, was shot and killed at his Kingston home in 1987. Mr. Marley died of cancer in 1981.

Robert Sobel, 68, a prolific historian of American business life who wrote or edited more than 50 books and hundreds of articles, died Wednesday of brain cancer at his home in Long Beach, Calif. He wrote on topics ranging from the economic philosophy of President Calvin Coolidge to the influence of junk-bond financier Michael Milken. His last book, "When Giants Stumble," was recently released. He completed it as he underwent cancer treatments.

Pub Date: 6/05/99

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