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Alex Lowe, 40, regarded by some as...

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Alex Lowe, 40, regarded by some as the world's best mountain climber, was killed by an avalanche Tuesday as he scouted routes on the upper slopes of Tibet's 26,291-foot Shishapangma, the world's 14th-highest peak.

A.L. Owens,68, who wrote dozens of country music hits, died Monday from a heart attack in Nashville, Tenn.

Amalia Rodrigues,79, the Portuguese singer whose passionate performances of the country's brooding "fado" music took her to worldwide fame, died Wednesday in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Sydney Salmon,63, a nationally recognized cancer scientist and founding director of the Arizona Cancer Center, died Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz., of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Tomoki Hitomi,59, a Japanese painter who learned his trade while on the run from police, died of liver cancer Tuesday in Tokyo.

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