Oliver Wendell Harrington, 84, an activist who was the first press spokesman for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in Berlin, Germany, where he had lived since 1961, an associate said yesterday.
"He knew and worked with all the prominent black leaders of the 20th century, from W. E. B. Dubois to Thurgood Marshall to Adam Clayton Powell," said the associate, Owen Levy, a filmmaker, who was making a documentary about the artist, cartoonist and satirist.
Born in 1912 in Valhalla, N.Y., Mr. Harrington was part of the explosion of American black culture known as the Harlem Renaissance, of which he was one the last survivors. As NAACP spokesman, he traveled the southern United States after World War II and documented abuses of black people, Mr. Levy said.
Gilles Deleuze, 70, a prominent French philosopher, writer and university professor, died Saturday in a fall from the window of his Paris apartment. His family said the death was a suicide. Mr. Deleuze, co-author of one of the best selling philosophy books, "The Anti-Oedipus," had suffered from a respiratory illness and recently underwent a tracheotomy.
Word Baker, 72, the original director of the world's longest-running musical, "The Fantasticks," died Tuesday of a stroke in Dallas. The off-Broadway production first opened in May 1960 and is still running.
Eddie Egan, 65, the tough-talking New York City police officer whose exploits inspired the Academy Award-winning film "The French Connection," died of cancer Saturday in Miami. With his partner, Mr. Egan managed a 112-pound heroin arrest in 1962, one of the biggest in New York City history.