Sherwood James Shoup, 85, known as Frosty the Human...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 11, 2002

Sherwood James Shoup,

85, known as Frosty the Human Icicle for freezing himself inside a block of ice as a carnival attraction, died of cancer complications Saturday in Orlando, Fla. He also owned and operated several games and concessions along the boardwalk in Daytona Beach and with the James E. Strates Shows.

A native of Bangor, Pa., he ran away from home at 14 and joined a carnival. In the mid-1930s, as a stunt to attract people to the carnival and other events, Mr. Shoup would freeze himself inside a block of ice. With his arms crossed and lying on his side, he breathed through air pockets inside the ice as carnival workers carted him around on a flatbed truck.

He stopped doing it in the 1960s to focus his attention on his concessions. Along the boardwalk in Daytona Beach, he owned a photography booth and a shooting gallery. He retired in 1981.

Nobu McCarthy,

67, a Hollywood starlet who later became artistic director of the Asian-American theater company East West Players, died Saturday of an aortic aneurysm. She was in Londrina, Brazil, shooting Gaijin II, a movie about several generations of Japanese immigrants in Brazil, where her late parents had emigrated.

Ms. McCarthy was born Nobu Atsumi in Ottawa, Canada, where her father was a private secretary to the Japanese ambassador. She was brought to Japan as a baby and later became a model and was named Miss Tokyo in the competition leading to the Miss Universe pageant. She married U.S. Army Sgt. David McCarthy in 1955, and they moved to Los Angeles.

An agent spotted her in the city's Little Tokyo section, and she was sent to an audition at Paramount Pictures and landed a role in the 1958 Jerry Lewis comedy The Geisha Boy. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she appeared in The Hunters, Wake Me When It's Over and Walk Like a Dragon.

Chaike Belchatowska Spiegel,

81, who fought the Nazis in her native Poland and was one of the last survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, died in Montreal on March 26 after a lengthy illness.

As a young woman in Nazi-occupied Poland, Ms. Spiegel opposed the Nazi deportation of Jews and distributed newspapers in the Warsaw ghetto. She joined the Jewish underground and fought in the ghetto uprising that began in April 1943, said Marek Edelman, last living leader of the uprising, from Lodz in central Poland.

Ms. Spiegel and her future husband, Boruch Spiegel, were among about 50 Jewish resistance fighters who escaped the final Nazi assault on the Warsaw ghetto in May 1943.

Brandy Stroeder,

19, a teen who unsuccessfully fought to get the Oregon Health Plan to cover the cost of a rare lifesaving transplant, died in Portland on Monday of respiratory failure.

She had been awaiting a lung-liver-heart transplant to reverse the effects of cystic fibrosis, a disease that chokes the lungs with mucus and causes other organ damage, since October 2000.

The Oregon Health Plan, which provides state-funded health coverage for low-income residents, had said the procedure was experimental and refused to cover the $250,000 cost.

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