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Friday, May 31, 2019 1:00 am

Deaths

Enigmatic singer Leon Redbone dies

Associated Press

NEW YORK – Leon Redbone, the blues and jazz artist whose growly voice, Panama hat and cultivated air of mystery made him seem like a character out of the ragtime era or the Depression-era Mississippi Delta, died Thursday. No details about his death were provided.

Redbone's career got a boost in the early 1970s when Bob Dylan met him at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada, and praised his performance. Dylan told Rolling Stone in 1974 he couldn't guess Redbone's age and “heard he's anywhere from 25 to 60.”

Redbone's publicist said he was born in Cyprus on Aug. 26, 1949, but the statement announcing his death explained that “Leon Redbone crossed the delta for that beautiful shore at the age of 127. He departed our world with his guitar, his trusty companion Rover, and a simple tip of his hat.”

Long-time senator Thad Cochran dies

Republican former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who served 45 years in Washington and used seniority to steer billions of dollars to his home state of Mississippi, has died. He was 81.

His final chief of staff, Brad White, said Cochran died Thursday at a veterans' nursing home in Oxford, Mississippi.

Known as the “Quiet Persuader” for his gentlemanly manner, Cochran cultivated loyalty and respect from his staff and from politicians inside and outside his home state.

In 1978, Cochran became the first Republican since Reconstruction to win statewide office in Mississippi. He led the Appropriations Committee in 2005-06, channeling more than $100 billion to Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states for Hurricane Katrina recovery after the 2005 storm.

Socialite in high-profile 1980s trial dies

Danish-born socialite Claus von Bulow, who was convicted but later acquitted of trying to kill his wealthy wife in two trials that drew intense international attention in the 1980s, has died. He was 92.

Von Bulow, died at his London home Saturday, his son-in-law told The New York Times.

The tall, aristocratic von Bulow was charged with putting his wife, Martha “Sunny” von Bulow, into an irreversible coma to gain her fortune so he could live with his mistress, a raven-haired soap opera actress.

He was convicted of attempted murder in 1982 at a trial in Newport, Rhode Island, but the conviction was overturned on appeal and he was acquitted at his second trial in 1985. Von Bulow, who was portrayed by Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons in a film about the case, always maintained his innocence.