DONALD WESTLAKE, 75
Donald Westlake, a prolific author considered one of the most successful and versatile mystery writers in the United States, died on New Year's Eve after suffering an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Mexico, his wife, Abigail, told The New York Times. In a lengthy career that spanned a half-century, Mr. Westlake won three Edgar Awards, an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay The Grifters and the title of Grand Master from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993.
BERNIE HAMILTON, 80
Bernie Hamilton, the actor who played the no-nonsense police captain on the 1970s TV series Starsky and Hutch, died Tuesday of heart disesae at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his son, Raoul Hamilton.
Mr. Hamilton appeared in more than 20 films, including The Young One, The Devil at 4 O'Clock, Synanon, The Swimmer, Walk the Walk and The Organization.