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Those Who Have Left Us in 2003
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SEPTEMBER
Thursday, 4 September
Ben Aris, British actor, cause not reported, 66.

Friday, 5 September
Matt Moffitt, Australian singer, after a seizure, 46.

Saturday, 6 September
Maurice Michael Otunga, Roman Catholic cardinal (Kenya), after a long illness, 80.

Sunday, 7 September
Anton Barichievich, aka "The Great Antonio", strongman, of a heart attack, 77.
Mike Stokey, TV host ("Stump the Stars"), 84.
Warren Zevon, singer ("Werewolves of London"), of lung cancer, 56.

Monday, 8 September
Leni Riefenstahl, filmmaker/photographer ("Triumph of the Will"), 101.

Tuesday, 9 September
Larry Hovis, actor (Sgt. Carter on "Hogan's Heroes"), of cancer, 67.
Sean Kimmerling, New York sportscaster, from testicular cancer, 37.
Frank G. Mautte, college football player (Fordham), 88.
Edward Teller, physicist (hydrogen bomb inventor), 95.

Thursday, 11 September
John Ritter, actor (Jack Tripper on "Three's Company"), from a disecting aorta, 54.

Friday, 12 September
Johnny Cash, singer ("Ring of Fire"), of complications from diabetes, 71.
Frank O'Bannon, governor of Indiana (1997-2003), following a stroke, 73.

Saturday, 13 September
Johnny Welaj, major-league baseball player (Washington Senators), 89.

Tuesday, September 16
Sheb Wooley, a veteran actor in westerns like "High Noon" who also recorded the No. 1 pop ditty "Purple People Eater,"
has died of leukemia, at the age of 82.

Saturday, September 20
Stanley Fafara, the actor who played "Whitey" on "Leave It to Beaver"
and later struggled with drugs and alcohol, died after having
complications following a surgery. He was 54.

Monday, September 22
Gordon Jump, 80's sitcom WKRP Cinn. station manager died of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 71.

Thursday, September 25
George Plimpton, the self-deprecating author of "Paper Lion" and a patron to Philip Roth, Jack Kerouac
and countless other writers,
has died. He was 76.

Friday, September 26
Robert Palmer, Rock Singer famous for "Addicted to Love" died in Paris of a heart attack at the age of 54.

Saturday, September 27
Entertainer and extreme dancer,  Donald O'Connor, (Singing in the Rain), who had been in declining health in recent years, died of heart failure at the age of 78.

Sunday, September 28
Director Elia Kazan, the hard-driving immigrant's son whose triumphs included the original Broadway productions of "Death of a Salesman" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," and the Academy Award-winning film "On the Waterfront," died at his Manhattan home. He was 94.
Althea Gibson, a sports pioneer who broke the color barrier in tennis in the 1950s as the first black to win Wimbledon and the U.S. national title, died of respiratory failure at a hospital in East Orange, N.J.  She was 76.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Edwin "Ted" Gillette, age 94, passed away  in
Los Angeles.
Ted was the inventor of the Syncro-Vox device used to produce those unique
"talking lips" in the original Clutch Cargo cartoons. The effect is also used
from time to time on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
Ted's memorial service will be held next Tuesday at Bel Air Presbyterian
Church in Los Angeles. The family would like his fans to be present at the service.