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The week’s passages

A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries

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Kim Thompson, 56, who spent more than three decades as co-owner and co-publisher of the Seattle-based comics imprint Fantagraphics Books, died Wednesday of lung cancer.

James Gandolfini, 51, the Emmy-winning actor who swaggered his way to fame as the murderous, clinically depressed mob boss on HBO’s drama, “The Sopranos,” died Wednesday on vacation in Rome. An autopsy found he’d had a heart attack, his family said.

Slim Whitman, 90, the country crooner and yodeler who sold 70 million recordings and influenced a generation of vocalists in the early 1950s, died Wednesday in Orange Park, Fla.

Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, 84, who secretly taught Judaism under the oppressive Soviet Union, then survived years in a Siberian gulag, died Tuesday in Israel, where he had fled in 1967. He was a member of the Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement.

Michael Hastings, 33, the award-winning journalist and war correspondent whose Rolling Stone story was credited with ending Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s career by revealing the military’s candid criticisms of the Obama administration, died Tuesday in a car accident in Los Angeles.

Edmund Pellegrino, 92, a physician and former Catholic University president who was a leading figure in bioethics, a field of inquiry that has pushed doctors, patients and society at large to confront essential quandaries of caring for the sick, died June 13 in Bethesda, Md.

Vince Flynn, 47, who wrote the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism-thriller series and sold more than 15 million books in the U.S. alone, died of prostate cancer Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn.

Kenneth Wilson, 77, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who pointed the way to a detailed understanding of some of the most familiar phenomena in nature, such as the transformation of water into ice, died of lymphoma June 15 in Saco, Maine.

Gyula Horn, 80, the former Hungarian prime minister who helped trigger events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall when he symbolically cut the Iron Curtain in 1989, died Wednesday in Budapest after a prolonged illness.

Dave Jennings, 61, who as a punter for the New York Giants was twice named an All-Pro and was often the best player on a woeful team, died of Parkinson’s disease Wednesday in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Albert White Hat, 74, who was instrumental in teaching, publishing and preserving the Lakota language, fluently spoken by fewer than 6,000 people, died June 11 in South Dakota. He had prostate cancer and other health issues.

Bob Meistrell, 84, who with his twin brother Bill launched Body Glove, a company whose wetsuits enabled surfers to stay in the water longer and more comfortably than they ever had, died of a heart attack last Sunday aboard his yacht off Catalina Island, Calif.

Bernard Sahlins, 90, a founder of the Second City, the Chicago nightclub that helped establish improvisational sketch comedy as a rudiment of American entertainment and created a resident troupe that propelled the careers of myriad funnymen and women, died last Sunday in Chicago.

Johnny Smith, 90, a jazz guitarist whose swinging style brought him a half-century of acclaim and whose “Walk, Don’t Run” became a surf-rock hit for the Ventures in the 1960s, died June 11 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sam Most, 82, a flutist who helped bring his instrument into the modern jazz mainstream, died of pancreatic cancer June 13 in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Sam Farber, 88, who was spurred by an unwieldy vegetable peeler to start Oxo, the housewares manufacturer whose ergonomic rubber handles are popular with arthritics as well as the general public, died last Sunday in East Meadow, N.Y., of complications of a recent fall.


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