Other notable deaths

April 30, 2008

BO YANG, 88

Taiwanese essayist

Taiwanese essayist Bo Yang, who infuriated both Nationalist and Communist authorities with his tart critiques, has died of lung disease in Taipei.

Mr. Bo had been receiving treatment for pneumonia at the city's Cardinal Tien Hospital since February and died yesterday, the hospital said.

Originally known as Kuo Yi-tong, Mr. Bo was born in Henan in eastern China in 1920. He fled to Taiwan in 1949 when Mao Tse-tung's Communists defeated Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists.

He found work as a columnist for the Independence Evening Post, a small liberal newspaper, but quickly ran foul of the Nationalist dictatorship of the day after he criticized Chiang's government for corruption and abuse of power.

He served nine years in prison on charges of being a Communist spy -- a government catchall for dealing with troublemakers during the martial law period that ended in 1987.

Mr. Bo's provocative writing also led him to be attacked by the Chinese Communists.

China briefly banned his 1985 book, The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture, and several other essay collections, contending that they insulted the Chinese people.

DICK ROSSI, 92

Flying Tigers pilot

Dick Rossi, a Flying Tigers pilot who gained acclaim for downing six Japanese Zeros during the early days of World War II, has died of pneumonia.

Mr. Rossi, who earned two presidential citations for his combat prowess, died April 17 at his home in Fallbrook, Calif., north of San Diego, his wife said.

In November 1941, Mr. Rossi joined a secret volunteer group of pilots who would travel to China and defend it against the Japanese. Officially known as the American Volunteer Group, the pilots were referred to by the Chinese as the Flying Tigers for their aerial combat skills.

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