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Marly de Oliveira, 69

Brazilian poet

Marly de Oliveira, the Brazilian poet who wrote the award-winning volume O Mar de Permeio (The Sea Between Us), died of multiple organ failure Friday in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Academy of Letters reported Saturday on its Web site.

The widow of renowned poet Joao Cabral de Melo Neto, Mrs. Oliveira was elected to the Brazilian academy and won the Jabuti prize in 1998 for O Mar de Permeio, a collection of poems about anguish and emptiness.

Mrs. Oliveira, a professor of Hispanic and Italian literature, wrote seven other volumes of poetry among other works in a career spanning more than 40 years, the academy said.

HELEN STETTER, 113 Second-oldest American

Helen Stetter, believed to have been the second-oldest American and the world's fourth-oldest person, died Friday in a nursing home in Valentine, Neb. She was 113.

Ms. Stetter is listed in Guinness World Records 2007 as being among the world's 15 oldest people.

Ms. Stetter was the second-oldest living American, the second-oldest person in the history of Nebraska and the 91st-oldest person in history, said E.A. Kral, a Wilber, Neb., resident who does research on people who live to be 100.

She was born Nov. 18, 1893, in Chadron, Neb.

Ms. Stetter lived in the same Valentine, Neb., house all her life until moving to the nursing home 18 years ago. She never married, never had a driver's license and was in good health other than losing her sight and some of her hearing, said her second cousin, Bob Stetter.

A representative of the nursing home said the cause of death was not yet known.

TONY THOMPSON, 31 R&B; singer

Tony Thompson, who sang on the 1990s R&B; hits "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" and "She's Playing Hard to Get" as part of the group Hi-Five, died Friday. He was 31.

Mr. Thompson was found dead Friday night of an apparent drug overdose, friends told the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Mr. Thompson signed with Jive Records in 1990 as part of Hi-Five. The quintet's self-titled debut album went multi-platinum and spawned the hits "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)," "I Can't Wait Another Minute," and "Just Another Girlfriend."

In 1992, the group found success again with the songs "She's Playing Hard to Get" and "Quality Time."

Mr. Thompson released his solo debut, Sexsational, in 1995 after Hi-Five split.

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