Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 29, 2004

Marguerite Howard Rooney, 84, wife of CBS News' 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney and longtime Connecticut high school math teacher who avoided the public limelight during her marriage of more than half a century, died Tuesday night in New York.

The cause was heart failure, according to son Brian Rooney, an ABC News correspondent.

Mrs. Rooney's name appeared rarely over the years in newspaper columns and broadcasts by her husband, but "Marge" was nevertheless a well-known if infrequently seen figure at CBS News. The couple had just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary and were planning to attend the 60th anniversary of D-Day in France.

In addition to her son and husband, she is survived by three daughters, Ellen Rooney, a photographer in London; Emily Rooney, host of Greater Boston, a news program on public TV; and Martha Fishel, an executive at the National Library of Medicine in Washington; and five grandchildren.

Hubert Selby Jr., 75, the author of Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream, died of lung disease Monday at his Los Angeles home.

The largely self-educated New York native's experience among Brooklyn's longshoremen, homeless and down-and-out formed the basis for his lauded 1964 novel Last Exit to Brooklyn, made into a film in 1989.

He shared screenwriting credit on the 2000 film version of his 1978 novel Requiem for a Dream, a harrowing look inside a family's many addictions. He was a former drug addict.

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