Jeanne Calment, 122, whom the Guinness Book of World Records lists as the oldest person on the planet, died of undisclosed causes on Aug. 4 in Aries, France. Calment, who credited her good health to olive oil and port wine, always kept up with trends. Last year a CD was released featuring her recollections, some of them set to rap music….
Sviatoslav Richter, 82, widely regarded as one of the greatest concert pianists of the 20th century, died of a heart attack on Aug. 1 in Moscow….
Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, 58, whose songs attacked his country’s authoritarian regimes, died Aug. 2 of complications from AIDS in Lagos, Nigeria. Fela created the genre known as Afro-beat, which combined traditional African music with American funk and jazz….
Bao Dai, 83, the last emperor of Vietnam, died of undisclosed causes on July 31 in Paris. After abdicating in 1945 under pressure from Ho Chi Minh, Dai was restored to power by the French in 1949, only to be deposed in 1955….
Edith Fore, 81, a retired school nurse who became famous for uttering the line “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” in nationally televised commercials for LifeCall, a medic-alert system, died of undisclosed causes on July 31 in Camden, N.J.
Riccardo Mazzucchelli, 54, filed a libel lawsuit against his estranged wife, Ivana Trump, 48, and her ex-husband Donald Trump, 51, on July 29 in London, claiming that they damaged his reputation by calling him a gold digger in the press. Ivana filed suit against Mazzucchelli on July 8 charging that he violated the terms of their prenuptial agreement by telling a tabloid that he initiated their breakup. Mazzucchelli filed for divorce 10 days later….
A Manhattan judge ruled on Aug. 4 that Minni, 9, the mutt once owned by the late tobacco heiress Doris Duke, is entitled to the $100,000 trust fund that Duke willed to the dog when she died in 1993. The caretakers of Duke’s former residence, Mariano DeVelasco and Ann Bostisch, who look after Minni, now will be able to charge the trust for pet food, veterinary bills and labor.
Singer Sheena Easton, 38, wed documentary director Timothy Delarm, 35, on July 28 in Las Vegas. It is the third marriage for Easton, the first for Delarm.
Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, 59, was arrested on Aug. 4 after a loaded, unlicensed .38-cal-iber revolver was found in his carry-on bag at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Switzer says that he hid the gun in the bag to conceal it from visiting children and forgot to remove it later.
Model Jennifer Flavin, 29, the wife of Sylvester Stallone, 51, had a miscarriage last month, the couple disclosed on Aug. 5. Their daughter Sophia, who underwent a successful operation to repair a hole in her heart last November, will celebrate her first birthday later this month.
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips (The King and T), 35, and his wife, Kelly 29, a makeup artist, are expecting twins in October.