Obituary | South China Morning Post
  • Tue
  • Jan 27, 2015
  • Updated: 7:39am


Philanthropist Paul Soros, innovator in shipping, dies at age of 87

Paul Soros founded the shipping firm Soros Associates. Photo: NYT

Philanthropist Paul Soros, a successful innovator in shipping and the older brother of billionaire financier George Soros, has died in New York after a long bout with a host of illnesses, his son Peter Soros said. He was 87.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:32am

Henry the great

Henry the great

Henry Cecil may have come from an aristocratic background and been knighted for his services to racing, but to the race-going public he was simply "Our 'Enry".

16 Jun 2013 - 10:14am

Esther Williams a star in the pool and on the silver screen

Esther Williams rehearses her underwater ballet for the movieZiegfeld Folliesin 1944. Photo: AP

Esther Williams, the self-described "Million Dollar Mermaid", whose wholesome beauty, shapely figure and aquatic skills launched an entire genre of movies - the Technicolor "aqua musicals" - died on June 6 at the age of 91. She was remembered for her Hollywood fame but also her influence on fashion and on synchronised swimming, the Olympic sport inspired by her cinematic water ballet.

16 Jun 2013 - 9:51am

Yothu Yindi's tribal voice, Mandawuy Yunupingu, dies in Outback aged 56

Mandawuy Yunupingu struggled with kidney disease. Photo: EPA

Tributes poured in yesterday for Mandawuy Yunupingu, the former lead singer of Australian indigenous band Yothu Yindi and one of the country's most famous Aborigines.

4 Jun 2013 - 3:57am

Actress Jean Stapleton dies at 90

A 1991 photo of Jean Stapleton on stage in New York. Photo: AP

Jean Stapleton, the character actress whose portrayal of a slow-witted, big-hearted and submissive housewife on the groundbreaking series All in the Family made her one of the foremost women in television comedy in the 1970s but a symbol of emergent feminism in American popular culture, died at her home in New York. She was 90.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:53am

Seven-time former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti dies, 94

Former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Photo: AP

Giulio Andreotti, a Machiavellian seven-time Italian prime minister who dominated the political scene for decades, died on Monday at the age of 94. Andreotti, a key figure in the once-dominant Christian Democratic party, died at his home in central Rome. He had suffered ill health in recent years and was hospitalised in August last year with heart trouble.

7 May 2013 - 2:12am

Shanghai Catholic bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian dies at 96

Aloysius Jin Luxian

The long-serving bishop of Shanghai's state-run Catholic Church, Aloysius Jin Luxian , died of an unspecified illness yesterday, raising questions over who will succeed him.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:32am

Artist Zao Wou-ki's works bridged east and west

Zao Wouki at the Hong Kong Museum of Art for his exhibition in 1996. Photo: SCMP

Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou-ki, who died on Tuesday at his home Switzerland aged 93, has been praised by experts and critics as a significant figure in 20th-century Chinese art who perfectly blended Chinese and Western influences.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Best-selling French writer Stephane Hessel dies at 95

Former French Resistance member, Nazi concentration camp survivor and post war diplomat, Stephane Hessel. Photo: Reuters

Best-selling French writer, veteran diplomat and concentration camp survivor Stephane Hessel, whose work inspired protest movements worldwide, has died at the age of 95, his wife announced on Wednesday.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:43am

City-born top Chinese official in colonial era dies

Mo Kwan-nin

Mo Kwan-nin, the highest ranking Chinese official with a local background appointed during the colonial era, died on Saturday aged 76.

Mo passed away in a local hospital on 7.02pm from an undisclosed illness, sources said.

He was born in the city in 1937 and graduated from the Chinese Department at the University of Hong Kong in 1961.

5 Feb 2013 - 5:19am

Last goodbye to Chak Nuen-fai, a patriot who saw reason

Mourners pay their last tributes to leftist publisher Chak Nuen-Fai at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point. Chak died on January 9 at age 93. Photo: Felix Wong

Family, friends and pan-democrats yesterday paid their last tributes to a left-leaning publisher who, in later life, realised being patriotic did not mean blind support of the Communist Party.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:45am

Film director Michael Winner dies aged 77

Film director Michael Winner, who died in London. Photo: AP

British film director Michael Winner, who made the violent thriller Death Wish and became a restaurant critic in later life, has died at the age of 77, his wife said yesterday.

Winner had been ill for some time and after a spell in hospital last year died at his home in the upmarket west London district of Kensington, Geraldine Winner said.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:12am

Japan's bestselling poet Toyo Shibata dies aged 101

Toyo Shibata, who began writing poetry at age 92. Photo: AFP

Japanese poet Toyo Shibata, who started writing at the age of 92 and whose first anthology sold almost 1.6 million copies, died Sunday aged 101, her son said.

She died at a nursing home near her residence in Utsunomiya north of Tokyo, said her eldest son Kenichi Shibata, where she had been periodically since her health worsened last month.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:23am

Concorde's luxury designer and boutique hotel pioneer Andree Putman dies at 87

Putman at her namesake hotel in Hong Kong. Photo: Dickson Lee

Andree Putman  1925-2013

The internationally acclaimed French designer Andree Putman, whose many achievements include revamping the interior of the Concorde jet, died at her Paris home. She was 87.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:51am

'Dear Abby' agony aunt Pauline Phillips dies

Millions read Pauline Phillips. Photo: AFP

Pauline Phillips 1918-2013

Pauline Phillips, who consoled millions around the world writing the iconic Dear Abby advice column, has died at the age of 94, her syndication service said.

19 Jan 2013 - 6:54am