David Blechman, 76, a co-founder of the nutritional...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 19, 2000

David Blechman, 76, a co-founder of the nutritional supplement company Twinlab Corp., died July 7 in New York from complications from heart bypass surgery.

He founded Twinlab, based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., with his wife, Jean. He named the company for their two sets of twin sons. The Blechmans later had a fifth son. The entire family worked for the company, which was started in 1968 with a liquid protein product.

Today the company markets herbs, minerals, sports nutrition products and vitamins, and has worldwide sales of more than $300 million annually.

Neuma Goncalves da Silva, 78, the "first lady of samba" who was a mainstay of an elite Rio parade group for Carnival, died Monday in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, after a stroke.

Mrs. Goncalves da Silva was the eldest daughter of Saturnino Goncalves, who founded Rio's traditional Mangueira samba school - actually a neighborhood association - in the Mangueira hill shantytown in 1928, along with legendary composers Cartola and Carlos Cachaca.

Known universally by her courtesy title "Dona Neuma," she used her house as a meeting point for composers, and she was one of the rare female directors of the school.

John Wareing, 76, the son of a muscle man who himself became a TV strongman and founder of Wareing's Gym, died Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va., of throat cancer.

He once appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," pulling a truck loaded with 15 men across the stage.

In 1978, he turned the gym he had started over to his sons and became a private investigator and bodyguard. In 1985, he fulfilled a longtime dream of becoming a police training specialist.

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