Other notable deaths

Other notable deaths

April 23, 2007

FU TIESHAN, 76 Chinese Catholic leader

Bishop Fu Tieshan, who sparred with the Vatican as the hard-line chairman of China's state-sanctioned Catholic Church, died Friday.

Bishop Fu died at a Beijing hospital after a long battle with lung cancer, said Liu Bainian, vice chairman of the government-backed Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.

As head of the Chinese church, Bishop Fu clashed with Rome over Beijing's right to independently appoint bishops without papal approval and the Vatican's diplomatic ties with Taiwan, which China claims as its territory.

GEORGE HOWARD JR., 82 Federal judge

George Howard Jr., the federal judge who presided over the lengthy Whitewater trials, died Saturday.

The cause of death was not immediately available. Mr. Howard died shortly after midnight, according to the P.K. Miller Funeral Home.

He presided over the trials of James and Susan McDougal and former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. The McDougals were partners with former President Bill Clinton in the failed Whitewater land deal in northern Arkansas. The McDougals and Mr. Tucker were convicted of bank fraud in May 1996.

Mr. Howard served on the state Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals before arriving at the federal bench. He became Arkansas' first black federal judge in 1980.

ANDREW HILL, 75 Jazz musician

Andrew Hill, a groundbreaking jazzman, pianist and composer known for his complex post-bop style, died early Friday, his record label announced.

Mr. Hill, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago, died at his Jersey City, N.J., home, according to Cem Kurosman of Blue Note Records. He had released his final album, Time Lines, in 2006, which earned him Album of the Year honors from Down Beat magazine.

Mr. Hill was widely lauded within the jazz community; Blue Note founder Alfred Lion once described him as "the next Thelonious Monk." But he was often overlooked by mainstream audiences, which focused on contemporaries like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Mr. Hill had performed with both while still a young man.

In 1963, Mr. Hill began a long association with Blue Note, where he released a series of albums that included the 1964 Point of Departure, which The New York Times hailed in 2000 as his greatest album.

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