OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

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CONCHITA CINTRON, 86

One of world's first famous female matadors

Conchita Cintron, who broke into the male-dominated sport of bullfighting at age 13 and became one of the world's first famous female matadors, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Lisbon, Portugal.

Famous for her bullfighting skills on foot and on horseback, Ms. Cintron, known as "La Diosa Rubia," or "The Blond Goddess," reportedly killed more than 750 bulls during her career.

She was seriously injured in 1949 in Guadalajara, Mexico, when a bull gored her in the thigh. Carried to the ring's infirmary, she pulled away from doctors, returned to the ring and killed the bull. She then fell unconscious and was rushed into emergency surgery. She retired the same year.

SNOOKS EAGLIN, 72

R&B; singer and guitarist

Snooks Eaglin, a New Orleans R&B; singer and guitarist who counted platinum-selling rockers among his fans, died Wednesday of a heart attack at a New Orleans hospital after falling ill and being hospitalized last week. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.

Mr. Eaglin, whose real name was Fird Eaglin Jr., played and recorded with a host of New Orleans giants, including Professor Longhair, the Wild Magnolias and pianist Allan Toussaint.

Musicians including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant and Bonnie Raitt would seek out Mr. Eaglin to watch him perform.

Blind from the time he was a young child, Mr. Eaglin was a self-taught musician who learned to play the guitar by listening to the radio.

One of his most well-known songs was "Funky Malaguena," a Latin song that he played with an unconventional funk and blues spin, said Quint Davis, the producer of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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