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  Six-time Grammy-winning musician Malcolm John Rebennack, better known as Dr John, passed away aged 77. The singer-songwriter suffered from a heart attack. He started his career as a pianist in the 1950s and gained popularity following the release of his first album in 1968.
Source- The Reuters

  Lennart Johansson, who oversaw the introduction of the Champions League during a 17-year reign as president of European soccer’s governing body, has died. He was 89. Johansson led UEFA from 1990-2007 and was eventually beaten in a presidential election by former France great Michel Platini.
Source- The Guardian

 Veteran comedian, film and theatre actor Dinyar Contractor passed away aged 79. He had been suffering from various age-related illnesses. The actor had featured in several Bollywood films including ‘Baadshah’, and ‘Khiladi’ along with television shows like ‘Khichdi’ and ‘Hum Sab Ek Hain’, and was also awarded the Padma Shri in January 2019. 
Source- Hindustan Times 

 Actor-singer Ruma Guha Thakurta, who featured in films such as Jwar Bhata, Ganga and 36 Chowringhee Lane while straddling an equally successful playback career, died aged 84. Ruma was the first wife of actor-singer Kishore Kumar. She was suffering from age-related ailments.
Source- The Hindu

  Renowned filmmaker, film historian, researcher and educationist Vijaya Mulaypassed away at the age of 98 in New Delhi. In 1959, she founded the Delhi Film Societyand was later appointed a joint secretary of the Federation of Film Societies. Vijaya made her directorial debut with The Tidal Bore. The film was entered into the Manheim Film Festival. She is most famously known for her 1974 film Ek Anek Aur Ekta,which was awarded the National Film Award for Best Educational Film.
Source- The Quint

  Sammy Shore, an actor and stand-up comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store,passed away. He was 92. Shore co-founded The Comedy Store with screenwriter and actor Rudy de Luca in 1972.
Source- BBC News

  The former Formula One driver and three-time world champion Niki Lauda has passed away at the age of 70. He hailed from Austria. Niki Lauda, who won titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984, was hugely admired, respected and liked within F1. He won two titles for Ferrari and one for McLaren. He came back from a horrific accident that left him severely burned and injured in 1976. He competed in 171 races and won 25.
Source- DD News

 I M Pei, a dominant figure in American architecture for more than three decades who designed the Louvre’s crystal pyramid, has passed away. He was 102. Pei’s more than 50 projects included the Musee d’Art Moderne in Luxembourg (2006) and the 72-story Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong (1989). He was honored with the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 1979; the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie d’Architecture de France; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the USA.
Source: Business Standard

  Veteran Telugu actor Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao passed away in Hyderabad following a cardiac arrest. He was 74. He had also worked as a staff artiste in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Ralapalli acted in more than 800 films and was popular as a comedian and character artiste. He was a five-time winner of the prestigious Nandi award in undivided Andhra Pradesh.
Source- News on AIR

  Padma Shri awardee Bhojpuri vocal artist Hiralal Yadav passed away in Varanasi at the age of 93. Shri Yadav was a well known Bhojpuri folk singer from the ‘Birha’ genre, which revolves around the separation of a lover from his beloved. He received a Padma Shri award, the country’s fourth highest civilian award, in January 2019. In 2015, he was felicitated with the Yash Bharti award for his contribution in the field of music.
Source- The Hindu


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