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Notable Obituaries
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Larry Linville    -    April 10, 2000

Actor Larry Linville dies at 60. He will always be remembered as the whiny and overly militant Frank Burns from the long running television show M.A.S.H.  Linville, who suffered from cancer, died Monday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, from complications of pneumonia.  Along with fellow cst members Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, and Gary Burghoff, he was an indelible memory among the mayhem portrayed at the famous 4077th Mobil Army Surgical Hospital. Linville portrayed the quintessential neurotic, immature, self-absorbed tent mate who just begged to be the object of abuse and practical jokes. He left the show after the fifth season, and made other television appearances, but none were as memorable as his role on M.A.S.H.  Larry Linville is survived by his wife, Deborah.

Phillip W. Katz  -  April 14, 2000

In 1986 Katz released his PKZip file compression program which revolutionized the Bulletin Board Systems to be used in the infancy of the internet.  Katz was 37 years old when he dide of complications from a long-time illness.

David Merrick   -   April 25, 2000
Broadway Producer David Merrick, whose savvy sense of show business and popular taste helped create such enduring musical hits as Gypsy, Hello, Dolly and 42nd Street died Tuesday.  He was 88.  Merrick dominated New York theater in Broadway's Golden Age after World War II, producing more than 80 shows including Oliver!, Carnival, Fanny, Look Back in Anger, Becket, Irma La douce, Play it Again, Sam, A Taste of Honey, Stop the World -I Want to Get Off, Cactus Flower, Philadelphia, Here I come, Forty Carats, I Do! I Do! and Promises, Promises. Married six times to five wives, Mr. Merrick is survived by his widow, Natalie Lloyd, whom he married in November, 1999.
Cardinal John O'Connor  -  May 4, 2000
During 16 years at the helm of the nations's most prominent Catholic pulpit, Cardinal O'Connor inspired a flock of millions by preaching compassion, helping the poor and fighting a brave public battle against the brain tumor that would kill him.  He also placed himself at the center of some of the country's most heated debates, angering many with his staunch support of the Roman Catholic church's positions on abortion and homosexuality even as he charmed many critics with his warm wit.  O'Connor died Wednesday, eight months after surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor.  He was 80.

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.  -  May 7, 2000

The rakishly handsome actor, producer, author and businessman, who was a real life war hero and a friend of royalty, made his own mark in about 80 movies, including Catherine the Great, The Prisoner of Zenda, Gunga Din, Little Caesar, Sinbad the Sailor and State Secret.  A spokesman for Manhattan's Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home confirmed Fairbanks' death at age 90.  He did not disclose the cause of death.

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