The Daily Goodbye
Leon Breeden, who directed one of the nation's most famous and successful college jazz band programs, died yesterday afternoon of complications from an infection. He was 88.
From 1959 to 1981, Mr. Breeden led the University of North Texas' "One O'Clock Lab Band," the first college band to play at the White House (1967) and to receive a Grammy nomination.
David Wolper, a multitalented and inventive producer of feature films, documentaries and TV miniseries including the hit "Roots," died Tuesday of congenital heart disease and Parkinson's disease. He was 82.
Besides "Roots," the hugely popular adaptation of Alex Haley's best-selling book, Mr. Wolper produced award-winning films about insects and Jacques Cousteau. He also made "L.A. Confidential," a critically acclaimed movie starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger.
South Korea's most famous fashion designer, Andre Kim, known for putting on glitzy shows, creating futuristic gowns and wearing thick black eyeliner, has died. One of his more memorable shows was held at Angkor Wat, with the ancient Cambodian temple as a backdrop for Mr. Kim's costumes.
August 12, 2010; 10:59 AM ET
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