Faron Young, 64, a country singer whose...


Faron Young, 64, a country singer whose string of hits included the classic Willie Nelson song "Hello Walls," died yesterday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Nashville, Tenn.

He died at Columbia Summit Medical Center, said a hospital spokeswoman. A suicide note was discovered with him Monday.

Mr. Young, whose hits also included "Sweet Dreams," "It's Four in the Morning" and "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young," had been depressed recently about health problems, friends said. He had emphysema and recently underwent prostate surgery, said his lawyer.

Besides hits on the country charts from the 1950s onward, Mr. Young was a successful businessman and occasional movie actor. He was known for aiding the careers of younger artists and songwriters, including Don Gibson and Bill Anderson. Country stars Roger Miller and Johnny Paycheck played in his band before going on to their own careers.

Sidney Grossman, 92, a former lumber company president who once bought a town in Maine, died Thursday at his home in Newton, Mass. He was president of L. Grossman & Sons from 1948 to 1968 and helped create its do-it-yourself approach that was popular during the post-World War II building boom.

Karam Mutaw'a, 63, an actor and director of some of Egypt's best-known stage productions, died Monday in Cairo after suffering a heart attack last month. He directed 57 plays and starred in television series and films.

Pub Date: 12/11/96

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