Deaths Elsewhere

July 31, 2004

Susan T. Buffett,

72, the wife of billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett, died Thursday of a stroke at a hospital in Cody, Wyo., where she and her husband were visiting.

Mrs. Buffett, a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. director, was listed this year by Forbes magazine as the 60th richest American, with a personal net worth of $3.1 billion. Though the Buffetts had lived separately for many years, she stood to inherit her husband's fortune. Mr. Buffett, second only to Bill Gates on the Forbes world wealth list, had said his Berkshire stock, valued at about $42.9 billion, would go to his wife upon his death and then to a foundation.

She had been treated last fall for mouth cancer, and doctors had said she was doing well following the surgery and radiation therapy.

The couple married in 1952. After they separated, she spent much of her time in San Francisco, but they often traveled and spent time together.

Carmine G. De Sapio,

95, who revived the once politically powerful Tammany Hall, then oversaw its downfall as its last boss, died Tuesday at a New York City hospital.

Tammany Hall, as the Manhattan Democratic Party was once known, had declined precipitously in the 1930s after being a political force for nearly a century. Mr. De Sapio revived Tammany after World War II. He successfully promoted the election of Robert F. Wagner Jr. as mayor in 1953 and W. Averell Harriman as governor in 1954. He became such a power broker that Time magazine put him on its cover.

His leadership, however, came under increasing attack from reformers in the Democratic Party. He was denounced as corrupt and abandoned by allies. In 1969, he was convicted of petty bribery and later sent to prison.

As Tammany Hall boss, he pushed a progressive agenda. He supported legislation such as the Fair Employment Practices Law and endorsed rent control and lowering the voting age to 18.

Frederick C. LaRue,

75, a Mississippi oil heir who became the first person found guilty of participating in the Watergate cover-up and was among those rumored to be the mysterious Deep Throat, was found dead Tuesday at the Biloxi hotel where he was staying. The Biloxi coroner said he is believed to have died July 24 of natural causes.

He was known as the "bagman" who delivered payoffs to keep participants in the Watergate break-in quiet. He served 4 1/2 months in federal prison for conspiracy to obstruct justice. He was special assistant to John Mitchell, the former attorney general who later headed President Nixon's re-election committee.

He discounted rumors that he was Deep Throat, saying the mysterious source for Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate story was probably a combination of several people.

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