Samdach Vira Bhante, 110, a Cambodian monk who attained...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 01, 1999

Samdach Vira Bhante, 110, a Cambodian monk who attained the highest spiritual status in Buddhism and advised leaders of Cambodia and India, died Saturday in Stockton, Calif. He served as a spiritual adviser to Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk and kept watch at the deathbed of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Brian O'Hara, 58, former singer and guitarist with the Fourmost, a 1960s Liverpool group that shared a manager with the Beatles and had hits with songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, was found hanged Sunday at his home in the Wavertree area of the northern England port city, police said.

Allan Carr, 62, the writer-producer who brought the teeny-bopping play "Grease" to the big screen and won a 1984 Tony award for producing the Broadway hit "La Cage aux Folles," died Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Sir John Woolf, 86, a British film producer who brought "The African Queen" and "Oliver!" to the silver screen, died Monday in London.

Vere C. Bird, 89, who brought independence to the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and founded a political dynasty that continues to rule, died Monday in St. John's, Antigua. He led his country to independence from Britain in 1981.

John T. "Jack" Mullin, 85, an electrical engineer who introduced audio magnetic tape recording to Hollywood and was responsible for the first regular use of radio laugh tracks, died Thursday in Camarillo, Calif.

Frank Tarloff, 83, a blacklisted screenwriter whose brief membership in the Communist Party in the 1940s haunted him during the House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings, died Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Bobs Watson, 68, the youngest of nine acting siblings during Hollywood's golden age who played Peewee in "Boys Town," died Saturday of cancer in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Pub Date: 7/01/99

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