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Jeremy Giambi, The 47-year-old, who played for the Oakland Athletics and three other teams during his six-year Major League Baseball career, was found dead Wednesday morning in Southern California. Joel Wolfe, Giambi’s agent, said he died at his parents’ home and there would be “no further details at this time”.
His older brother, Jason Giambi, played 20 seasons in MLB and retired in 2015. The brothers briefly played track and field together in the early 2000s. Giambi delivered solid numbers in his career, compiling an average .263, with 52 homers and 209 runs scored. In 2005, as professional baseball came under intense scrutiny over player use of steroids, Giambi became one of the first baseball stars to admit to using steroids. “I apologize,” he told the Kansas City Star that year. “I made a mistake.”
Luc Montagnier, 89, a French virologist who shared a Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering the virus that causes AIDS, died Tuesday in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. For all the fame Montagnier gained for helping to discover the virus, now known as HIV, he later distanced himself from his colleagues by engaging in contrarian experiments that challenged the fundamental tenets of Science. More recently, he was an outspoken opponent of coronavirus vaccines.
Douglas Trumbull, 79, a visual effects master who showed audiences indelible images of the future and outer space in films like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ has died Monday of complications from mesothelioma.
He got his start at Graphic Works Films, where a short film caught the eye of Stanley Kubrick, who was starting work on “2001: A Space Odyssey.” At 23, he not only convinced himself to take on a key role in “2001,” but also helped innovate the process that would be used to create the iconic Stargate sequence. Trumbull received three Oscar nominations for visual effects (for “Blade Runner”, “Star Trek” and “Close Encounters”) and, in 1992, a Special Scientific and Technical Award for his work in the design of the CP camera system -65 Showscan. for motion picture photography.
George Crumb, 92, a composer whose works contained a range of instrumental and human sounds and drew on the traditions of Asia and his native Appalachia to create music of startling effect, died February 6 at his home in Media, Pennsylvania.
“Black Angels” (1970), one of Crumb’s best-known works and a reaction to the Vietnam War, is written for an amplified string quartet and features such techniques as tapping the strings with thimbles . A move was deemed scary enough to be used on the soundtrack to horror movie ‘The Exorcist’. Crumb’s orchestral piece “Echoes of Time and the River” received the Pulitzer Prize in 1968.
Sylvester “Syl” Johnson 85, one of Chicago’s leading blues and soul singers, songwriter, guitarist and record producer whose music was widely sampled by top hip-hop rappers and DJs, died Feb. 6. The cause was congestive heart failure, her daughter Syleecia Thompson said. Her older brother Jimmy Johnson, also a Chicago blues singer and guitarist, died on January 31.
Portions of Syl Johnson’s 1967 single “Different Strokes” were sampled – reused as a tribute – on later recordings by Kanye West, Public Enemy, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, MC Hammer and the Getos. Boys. Johnson’s other enduring tracks included ‘Is It Because I’m Black’ (1969) and ‘Take Me to the River’ (1975), the latter written by his friend Al Green while they were both with the Hi label. Records.
Lata Mangechkar, 92, a legendary Indian singer with a prolific and groundbreaking catalog and a voice recognized by more than a billion people in South Asia, died on February 6 from multiple organ failure at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. . She was hospitalized on January 11 after contracting COVID-19. Mangeshkar received a state funeral attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Jack Mikulincer, 99, who survived two wars, the Nazi invasion of Hungary and the Holocaust, and who had turned 99 just two weeks earlier, died on February 5 after being hit by a car while driving went to the synagogue. He was crossing a Brooklyn street in his electric wheelchair, making his weekly trip to the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center to observe the Sabbath. Mikulincer was known as the gabbai of the synagogue, directing its daily operations.
Todd Gitlin, 79, a prominent 1960s anti-war activist, author, and professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, died Feb. 5 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. His daughter-in-law, Shoshana Haulley, said he was diagnosed with COVID-19 after being hospitalized for cardiac arrest on New Year’s Eve near his home in Hillsdale, New York.
Gitlin had been president of Students for a Democratic Society and helped organize one of the first major protests against the Vietnam War, in Washington, D.C. in 1965. A graduate of Harvard University, he earned a master’s of science politics from the University of Michigan, where Tom Hayden and others helped found the SDS, and a doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. He then alleged that the focus on what he and others called “identity politics” was weakening the left, joking that while the Republicans were gaining power in Washington, the left was “marching on the English Department and denounced the so-called “cancel”. culture.”
Jason Epstein, 93, publisher, author and publishing visionary who introduced the high-quality paperback to American readers and who, over dinner and in the midst of a newspaper strike, planted the seed of what became one of the nation’s leading scholarly journals, The New York Review of Books, who died February 4 at his home in Sag Harbor, New York. Epstein could be described as a man of letters with a business sense or a businessman with a taste for fine literature, and both would be correct.
Yale Kamisar, 92, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School whose incisive comments helped provide the intellectual foundation for landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions ensuring the protection of defendants and suspects, died on January 30 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has been dubbed “Miranda’s father,” a reference to the recitation of rights known to even the most casual viewer of televised police procedurals: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. You have the right to have a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, a lawyer will be assigned to you if you wish.
Sharon Marie Jodock-King, 81, an artist, educator and longtime advocate for people with disabilities in Seattle and beyond, died Jan. 27 at her Shoreline home. She died of melanoma and complications from COVID-19, according to her sister Norma Christensen of Ferndale, Whatcom County.
Communication devices opened up the world to her, Jodock-King said during a 2012 panel on disability rights. Her doctor, she added, was surprised that she could think. In the Seattle area, she worked with a group to add wheelchair lifts to subway buses, lobbied for sidewalk cuts on city streets, and visited hotels to ensure that they complied with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990. At an ADA Olympia 15th Anniversary Celebration, Jodock-King reflected on the legislation and how people with disabilities now determine their own path.