Deaths Elsewhere

April 30, 2005

Abdus Samad Azad,

83, a former foreign minister and Bangladeshi independence hero, died Wednesday at a Dhaka hospital.

Mr. Azad, who was hospitalized in February with an undisclosed ailment, was a special envoy of the country's government-in-exile during its nine-month war for independence against Pakistan in 1971. He traveled the world to mobilize international support for Bangladesh's liberation.

Mr. Azad was a foreign minister and later agriculture minister in Bangladesh's first government led by independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

After Mr. Rahman's assassination in a 1975 coup, Mr. Azad was arrested and imprisoned -- along with other Cabinet members -- for three years by the new military rulers.

Richard Lewis,

71, a member of the doo-wop group the Silhouettes, whose song "Get A Job" soared to the top of the charts in 1958, died April 19 of multiple organ failure at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Mr. Lewis wrote "Get a Job," the group's one big hit. It sold nearly 2 million copies and led to tours and appearances on Philadelphia's American Bandstand. Years later, the group Sha Na Na took its name from the spirited refrain of the Silhouettes' signature song.

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