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DON HO, 76 Hawaiian singing legend

Legendary crooner Don Ho, known for his raspberry-tinted sunglasses and catchy signature tune, "Tiny Bubbles," has died, his publicist said.

Publicist Donna Jung said the singer died yesterday morning in Honolulu of heart failure. He had suffered from heart problems for the past several years and had a pacemaker installed last fall.

Mr. Ho entertained Hollywood's biggest stars and thousands of tourists for four decades. For many, no trip to Hawaii was complete without seeing his Waikiki show - a mix of songs, jokes, double entendres, Hawaiian history and audience participation. Shows usually started and ended with the same song, "Tiny Bubbles," which Mr. Ho mostly hummed as the audience sang along.

"I hate that song," he often joked to the crowd, adding that he saved it for the end because "people my age can't remember if we did it or not."

Donald Tai Loy Ho was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Honolulu and grew up in the then-rural countryside of Kaneohe.

NILES LATHEM, 51 New York journalist Niles Lathem, who spent much of the past three decades covering Washington and the world for the New York Post, died of lung cancer Friday, the newspaper announced yesterday.

Mr. Lathem was "a genuinely nice guy in a profession noted for its hard-bitten cynics," the Post said in an editorial. He joined the Post in 1980 and soon became Washington bureau chief. He accompanied President Ronald Reagan on many trips and attended the president's 1987 speech in Berlin when he urged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

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