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India Pays Tribute to ‘People’s President’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Kalam died on Monday aged 83

India continued to mourn one of its most beloved Presidents and iconic leaders on Tuesday, as tributes and condolences poured in for A.P.J. Abdul Kalam following his sudden passing Monday evening.

The Indian government declared a seven-day state mourning until Aug. 2 during which national flags across the country will be flown at half-mast, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Kalam, 83, collapsed from an apparent cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to a group of students in India’s northeastern city of Shillong and was declared dead at the hospital about two hours later. His body was flown to the country’s capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday afternoon, where it was received by the chiefs of all three military branches as well as several politicians including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and current President Pranab Mukherjee. It will then be taken to his residence in the city in order for people to pay their respects before being flown to his hometown Rameshwaram, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, for the last rites, Indian broadcaster NDTV reported.

Modi earlier mourned Kalam’s loss on Twitter, calling him “a great scientist, a wonderful President and above all an inspiring individual.”

Mukherjee, who took office after Kalam’s successor Pratibha Patil, also tweeted a heartfelt tribute before announcing that he would make an unscheduled return to New Delhi from his tour of the country’s south.

International leaders like former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also added their condolences via social media.

Although the office of the President in India is a largely ceremonial one, with the Prime Minister as the de facto head of state, Kalam used his tenure to reach out to the masses — India’s youth in particular — which earned him the moniker the People’s President.

He is also commonly referred to as the Missile Man of India, a reference to his role in shaping India’s missile program during his tenures at India’s space and defense-research agencies respectively from the 1960s to the 1990s. He was also a key player in India’s emergence as a nuclear power, playing an integral part in the country’s infamous nuclear tests of 1998.

Few Indian leaders in the 21st century enjoyed the kind of popular support experienced by Kalam, evidenced by the near-unanimous backing of his election as India’s 11th President in 2002 among all the parties across India’s fractious political spectrum, as well as the overwhelming outpouring of grief at his death.

Born in a small town in Tamil Nadu in 1931 to a boatman father, Kalam always encouraged young people to follow their dreams and genuinely believed India could be the next superpower. He advocated as much through his best-selling books like India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium and Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India, as well as his iconic autobiography Wings of Fire.

“My message, especially to young people, is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed,” he once said. “These are the great qualities that they must work towards.”

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This Hilarious Obituary Celebrates a Woman—And Her Stuff

Anyone need a large ceramic stork?

When Mary Stocks died at age 94, she left a bunch of things to her children that, frankly, they didn’t want.

So instead they used the junk to create a tribute to their mother, in the form of a delightfully funny obituary. “She left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to her daughter and sons who have no idea what to do with it,” the obituary reads. “So if you’re looking for 2 extremely large TV’s from the 90s, a large ceramic stork (we think) umbrella/cane stand, a toaster oven (slightly used) or even a 2001 Oldsmobile with a spoiler (she loved putting the pedal to the metal), with only 71,000 kilometers and 1,000 tools that we aren’t sure what they’re used for. You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine.”

Mary’s son, Sandy Stocks, told Today.com why he decided to write such a unique obituary: “Everything I could think of about my mother was funny. I didn’t want to write a really boring obituary,” he said. “I did it more for my family, so they would have something to remember her that would be fun.”

He said he thinks his mother who, according to the obituary, loved to swear and was a terrible cook, (“If anyone would like a copy of her homemade gravy, we would suggest you don’t”), would laugh if she read it. “I think she would appreciate it.”

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E.L. Doctorow, Master of Historical Fiction, Dies at 84

The cause was complications from lung cancer, his son said

E.L. Doctorow, the celebrated American author of historical novels including Ragtime and The March, died on Tuesday in New York City. He was 84.

Doctorow’s son, Richard, said the cause of death was complications from lung cancer, the New York Times reports.

Published in 1975, Ragtime followed three families over the course of the early 20th century as they lived their daily lives, often interacting briefly with famous Americans.

It was included on a list of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library in 1999 and on a list of the 100 greatest English-language novels since 1923 by TIME magazine in 2010.

Read more at the Times.

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The King of Stretch Jeans, Elio Fiorucci, Has Passed Away

Elio Fiorucci Next To A Sculpted Red Horse
Adriano Alecchi—Mondadori via Getty Images The Italian stylist Elio Fiorucci poses resting his left hand on a sculpted red horse in 1994

Fiorucci introduced stretch jeans to show off women's curves

Elio Fiorucci, the man behind stretch jeans, was found dead at the age of 80 at his home in Milan on Monday morning, according to New York magazine’s fashion news portal, the Cut.

He started his Milan-based fashion label in 1967, churning out pieces initially inspired by ’60s mod fashion in London.

But what he is best known for are form-fitting stretch jeans. Fiorucci got the idea for the pants after a trip to Ibiza, the Spanish island now known as one of the party capitals of Europe. He was impressed with the way wet jeans fit a woman’s body better, the Cut says, and wanted to re-create the effect.

At the time of waifish models like Twiggy, Fiorucci introduced his stretch jean silhouette to show off women’s curves. Once the 1970s hit, his designs spread globally, and he opened a store in New York City on 59th Street. Famous patrons like Andy Warhol, Liz Taylor and Cher came to buy up his designs, while a 15-year-old Marc Jacobs used the store as a hangout, the Cut reports.

Even in post-9/11 New York, Fiorucci fashioned a lasting legacy. His shop, which moved downtown, eventually transformed into a place for Fiorucci to sponsor and inspire new artists, among them DJ and design duo Andrew Andrew, who used the shop to launch their careers.

Fiorucci’s New York shop eventually closed down in 2003 because of financial troubles, but his iconic leopard-printed Americana style remains the inspiration of many designers and fast fashion labels.

[The Cut]


Pioneering Television Journalist Marlene Sanders Dies at Age 84

Marlene Sanders,
Bryan Bedder—Getty Images Journalist Marlene Sanders at an event in New York in 2005.

She was the first female journalist to report from Vietnam for network TV

Emmy-winning television journalist Marlene Sanders died Tuesday at age 84. The cause of death was cancer.

Her son, The New Yorker staff writer and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, announced the news on Facebook. “She informed and inspired a generation,” he wrote. “Above all, though, she was a great Mom.”

Sanders was the first female journalist to anchor a primetime newscast in 1966 when she filled in for ABC’s Ron Cochran, and she was also the first female journalist to report from Vietnam for network TV in 1966. A decade later, she became the first female vice-president of a news division.

She began working for CBS as a documentary correspondent and producer in 1978 and remained there nearly decade and won three Emmys. She taught journalism at New York University as an adjunct professor after her broadcast career.

[USA Today]



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Ed Hardy Designer Christian Audigier Dies at 57

Christian Audigier at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in West Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 26, 2012.
Dan Steinberg—AP Christian Audigier at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in West Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 26, 2012.

Audigier had been battling myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone disease

Christian Audigier, whose clothes and trucker hats were once worn by every trendy young celebrity, has died of bone cancer at the age of 57, Variety reports.

The French-born designer (turned tabloid celebrity himself) got his rise in fashion designing “rock and roll-influenced” denim in France. He slowly made a name for himself as the “King of Denim” in his home country.

But it wasn’t until 2002 that he began to make a name for himself stateside, after being tapped as the denim designer for the newly formed Von Dutch company.

“I was dreaming all my life of America, of the blue jean, of Marlon Brando. And the trucker hat,” he told GQ in a 2009 article of taking on the role.

Soon, the infamous Von Dutch trucker hat business began booming. The cap, which was targeted at celebs and sold for $100 and up, was made hugely popular by young stars like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

After the success of Von Dutch, Christian Audigier launched Ed Hardy, a brand that featured the colorful artwork of a tattoo artist. It was instantly embraced by stars like Madonna, David Beckham and Jessica Alba — plus many a club-goer across the globe.

Audigier’s friendly relationship with celebrities — and his ability to promote himself as a star designer — helped push Ed Hardy sales through the roof. In 2009, sales were reported to have exceeded $700 million globally, and he was rumored to be working with both Madonna and Michael Jackson on clothing lines.

But its popularity didn’t last. The brand was quickly seen in every mall across America, and the celebrities stopped favoring it. It also became synonymous with a certain frat-boy culture and the celeb designer fell from the height of his fame.

In April of this year, TMZ reported that Audigier had been battling myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone disease, since January.

Audigier also told the site that he had been doing much better after a bone marrow transplant in March.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME remembrance

Beekeeper Burt Shavitz of Burt’s Bees Fame Passes Away at 80

Burt Shavitz
Robert F. Bukaty—AP Burt Shavitz poses for a photo on his property in Parkman, Maine. Shavitz, a former beekeeper, is the Burt behind Burt's Bees

The Burt's Bees website says Shavitz will be remembered as a "free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land"

Burt Shavitz, who founded the Burt’s Bees beauty brand, has passed away at the age of 80 in Bangor, Maine. According to USA Today, he died of respiratory complications, surrounded by friends and family.

Shavitz gained recognition as his personal-care products, decorated with a likeness of his face, spread around the world. And you can see in the video below — a clip filmed in Taiwan from Burt’s Buzz, a documentary about Shavitz’s business and unconventional life — he even had a certain global rock-star quality to him.

But before his face was plastered on his namesake all-natural products, Shavitz was a small-scale honey salesman, peddling his goods on a roadside in Maine. That’s where he serendipitously met Roxanne Quimby — a hitchhiking single mother who eventually became his business partner, USA Today says.

The two started Burt’s Bees in 1984 after Quimby began fashioning Shavitz’s unused beeswax into candles. In the first year, the pair made around $20,000 from their products. Eventually, the company expanded into making lotions, lip balms, soaps and a range of bath products. Now, Burt’s Bees is owned by Clorox and sells products in over 40 countries.

The Burt’s Bees website says Shavitz will be remembered as “a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land.”

[USA Today]


This Obituary Is Only 2 Words But It’s Perfect

Well done, Douglas Legler

A short and sweet obituary for North Dakota resident Douglas Legler ran on Wednesday.

Per Legler’s request, the obit simply read: “Doug died.”

Legler’s daughter Janet Stoll told reporters that her father had always insisted on the two words. “I’m sure he’s laughing up there now,” she said.

h/t Fusion

TIME remembrance

Eight Is Enough and The Love Boat Actor Dick Van Patten Dies at 86

Dick Van Patten at Love Boat Cast Christening Of Regal Princess Cruise Ship at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Nov. 5, 2014.
Gustavo Caballero—Getty Images Dick Van Patten at Love Boat Cast Christening Of Regal Princess Cruise Ship at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Nov. 5, 2014.

Van Patten recently starred in 'Arrested Development' and 'That '70s Show'

Actor Dick Van Patten, perhaps best known as patriarch Tom Bradford on the ’80s series Eight Is Enough, has died. He was 86.

Van Patten died Tuesday morning at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, due to complications from diabetes, PEOPLE confirms.

The actor was born in Kew Gardens, New York, in 1928 and began his career as a child star and model. He made his Broadway debut when he was 7 years old in Tapestry in Gray. He went on to appear in nearly 30 more Broadway shows.

Van Patten made the jump to television with the role of Nels Hansen in I Remember Mama, which ran from 1949 to 1957.

He also went on to act in numerous other TV shows including The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Happy Days, The Love Boat and, more recently, Arrested Development, That ’70s Show and Hot in Cleveland.

In November, the actor joined his Love Boat castmates for a reunion in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to help christen a new Regal Princess cruise ship and celebrate 50 years of Princess Cruises.

He also acted in various Disney films, along with three movies directed by Mel Brooks (High Anxiety, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.) In 2009, Van Patten penned an autobiography, Eighty Is Not Enough, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Van Patten, whom he was married to for more than 60 years, and three sons.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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