Joachim-Ernst Berendt, 77, known as the "Pope of Jazz" for his leading role promoting the American-rooted music in Germany, died yesterday in Hamburg, a day after he was hit by a car. He was struck Thursday evening as he was walking to an event to promote his new book "Nur Gehen," or "Only Walking," his version of experiences with nature.
A.E. van Vogt, 87, an award-winning science fiction writer who wrote more than 85 books, died in Los Angeles on Jan. 26 of pneumonia. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1976 named him a "grand master" for life achievement, the group's highest honor.