Obituaries, 18th – 24th of January 2013

Michael Winner, Stanley Musial, Taihō Kōki, Richard Stern & Ted Talbert have passed away.

May their souls rest in peace.



Michael Winner: October 30th 1935 – January 21st 2013
Legendary British director and food critic for The Sunday Times, Michael Winner, passed away this week aged 77. Born in London, he went on to study law and economics at Cambridge University where he edited its student publication. He also wrote for the New Musical Express. Winner's early movies included "The Cool Mikado", "West 11" and "The System" starring Oliver Reed. 1972 saw him direct Marlon Brando in "The Nightcomers" but it is his highly violent, controversial and influential 1974 flick "Death Wish" for which he will be most remembered. Winner's later restaurant reviews for The Times were often cutting and witty, achieving cult status. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine.

Stanley Musial: November 21st 1920 – January 19th 2013
Stanley Musial a former baseball player, who held the joint-record of being selected an All-Star on 24 occasions, has passed away. He was 92. Musial was born in Pennsylvania's Donora and signed professional terms as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1938, winning the World Series three years later. 1945 saw him miss the season, fighting for the US Navy in the Second World War. Musial was three times Most Valuable Player, a three times championship winner and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. 2011 saw him bestowed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Musial is survived by his four children, 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Taihō Kōki: May 29th 1940 – January 19th 2013
One of Japan's greatest ever sumo wrestlers, Taihō Kōki, has passed away at the age of 72. Aged only 21 he became a yokozuna (sumo wrestling's highest grade), at the time being the youngest ever man to do so in the sport's 2000 year history. Born in Sakhalin, he went on to break many other sumo records, including a 45 match unbeaten streak, winning 32 tournaments - on two occasions winning 6 in a row. Kōki is the only wrestler to win a minimum of one championship each year in the top league and possessed the highest win percentage in post-war times. After retiring from competing, he went on to coach.

Richard Stern: February 25th 1928 – January 24th 2013
Award-winning writer and academic, Richard Stern, has passed away this week at the age of 84. Born in New York City, Stern went on to graduate from North Carolina University before gaining a Literature Master's from Harvard. After teaching in France, he headed back to the US in the early 50's where he continued as a professor and received a PhD. His first Novel, "Golk", was published in 1960 and further works included "Stitch", "Other Men's Daughters" and "Pacific Tremors". His honors included the Heartland Award and the Medal of Merit for the Novel. He is survived by his partner, four children and five grandchildren.

Ted Talbert: 1942 – January 22nd 2013
Award-winning documentary maker and journalist, Ted Talbert, passed away this week. He was 70. Born and brought up in the Royal Oak Township, Michigan, he went on to work for the Detroit Free Press and write and produce over a dozen films and documentaries, having a great interest in African-American history. Talbert would win five Emmys for his work and in be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2000. He is survived by his two children, four grandchildren and a sister.



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