Michael Ende, the German author whose children's book "The Neverending Story" became an international best seller and was made into a film, died of stomach cancer on Monday at a clinic near Stuttgart, Germany. He was 65.
Mr. Ende's fiction inspired passion. His works were translated into 40 languages and sold more than 20 million copies.
Drawn to the theater in the early 1950s, he failed to make a living as an actor and turned to writing.
Sterling Morrison, 53, a founding member and a guitarist for the seminal experimental rock band Velvet Underground, died Wednesday at his home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The cause was non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, said his wife, Martha.