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Thomas P. Cullinan, 75, a novelist, playwright...


Thomas P. Cullinan, 75, a novelist, playwright and television writer, died of a heart attack Sunday in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He wrote the book "The Beguiled," later made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood. His plays included "Madigan's Wedding" and "Mrs. Lincoln."

Ernie Flatt, 76, a dancer-choreographer-director who won a 1971 Emmy for his work with the "Carol Burnett Show," died Saturday of an aortic hemorrhage in Taos, N.M. He danced with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain" and choreographed the movie version of "Anything Goes." His Broadway credits include choreography for "Sugar Babies," "Fade Out, Fade In," "Lorelei" and "Durante."

Luigi Innocenti, 72, who helped popularize motor scooters in postwar Italy with his Lambretta model, died Sunday in Milan. He was a designer and engineer and the only heir to an industrial dynasty that founded the Innocenti car manufacturing company.

Marcel Sony Labou Tansi, 48, a novelist renowned for his satire and criticism of colonial Africa and the dictators who followed independence, died Wednesday of AIDS complications in Brazzaville, Congo. His best-known novels are "The Shameful State," "The People Before" and "Life And A Half."

Charles Weaver, 83, a former journalist and longtime legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. George D. Aiken of Vermont, died Tuesday in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

George H. Duncan, 63, a radio executive who helped establish a new kind of rock-and-roll programming format in the late 1960s and 1970s, died Saturday after a heart attack while playing in an alumni lacrosse match at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. At a time when pop music programming was confined to a Top 40 format, he was among a group of broadcasters trying to introduce variety. They turned to the FM spectrum, and the format became known as progressive FM, or album-oriented rock.

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