Death Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 15, 2002

Ray Conniff, 85, the composer, trombone player and bandleader who won a Grammy Award for his recording of the Doctor Zhivago theme "Somewhere My Love," died Saturday at a hospital in Escondido, Calif., after falling and hitting his head. He had suffered a stroke in April.

Mr. Conniff had more than 100 recordings and produced 25 Top 40 albums for Columbia Records. He rendered such classics as "Besame Mucho," "New York, New York" and "S' Wonderful" in a career that spanned six decades.

He produced 10 gold and two platinum records. He won CBS Records' Best Selling Artist for 1962 for the recording "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."

The Ray Conniff Orchestra and Singers epitomized the lounge-singing style of the 1950s and 1960s with a mix of wordless vocal choruses and light orchestral accompaniment.

Dennis Patrick, 84, a veteran actor who played the Ewing family's banker on Dallas, was found dead Sunday after a fire a his home in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills. The actor had a career spanning five decades, with many roles that leaned toward the macabre - including appearances on The Twilight Zone, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and the campy 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows.

His more recent appearances included the 1988 TV miniseries War and Remembrance and the 1994 movie The Air Up There. He was on the long-running prime-time soap Dallas from 1979 to 1984 as Vaughn Leland, a banker who is double-crossed by the show's scheming J.R. Ewing.

He was the second performer to die in a house fire in the city in less than a week. Actress Teresa Graves, who starred as a sassy undercover cop in the 1970s television police drama Get Christie Love!, died Thursday in a fire at her home. She was 54.

L.H. Fountain, 89, who served in Congress for three decades, died Thursday in Raleigh, N.C., after a long illness. He represented North Carolina's 2nd District from 1953 to 1983, championing consumer issues and leading investigations into federal agency corruption.

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