Lost tobacco lawsuit
A truck driver who lost a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in which he blamed his lung cancer on the company's cigarettes, died at home yesterday.
Charles Kueper, 51, died at about 4 a.m., said a secretary for Kueper's attorney, Bruce Cook. The St. Clair County coroner confirmed Mr. Kueper died of lung cancer.
Mr. Kueper claimed Reynolds and the Tobacco Institute conspired to use deceptive advertising to conceal the dangers of smoking. A St. Clair County jury ruled against him in January after a 10-week trial.
The trial sought damages in the tens of millions of dollars. The precise amount was unclear.
The retired Green Beret said he smoked 1 1/2 packs of Winston cigarettes most of his adult life. Carlos Marcello, a reputed organized crime boss, died Tuesday at his suburban New Orleans home. The 83-year-old had been in failing health for years. Mr. Marcello had been living in Metairie since his release from prison in 1989. In prison, he suffered a series of minor strokes. Recent news accounts included his name in connection with the assassination of President Kennedy, but no official link was ever made.
Ishiro Honda, 81, who directed the first science fiction movies of the monster "Godzilla" stomping on famous landmarks, died Sunday night in Tokyo, after suffering from respiratory problems.
Warren Aldrich Ellsworth III
Warren Aldrich Ellsworth III, 42, an opera singer known for dramatic tenor roles, died of lymphoma Feb. 25 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. He sang with many American and European opera companies, including the Washington Opera, the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera bTC in London, and Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he was in residence.
C.C. Hope Jr.
C.C. Hope Jr., 73, a board member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and a former banker and educator, died Monday of complications from pneumonia in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Hope, a Democrat who was hospitalized since Feb. 15, was appointed to the FDIC in 1986 by Ronald Reagan to fill the minority seat on what was then a three-member board, chaired by L. William Seidman.
Franco Brusati, 73, director of the movies "Bread and Chocolate" and "Dimenticare Venezia," died Feb. 28 in Rome.
Louis Benito, 78, who owned Louis Benito Advertising and was a leader in business and civic affairs throughout Florida for 50 years, died in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 28.