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Rick Ludwin, NBC executive who championed ‘Seinfeld,’ dies at 71

Rick Ludwin, who oversaw late-night programming at NBC for many years but is probably best known for backing the sitcom “Seinfeld” when it seemed the network might drop it before the show started its storied run, died on Sunday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 71.

Packers’ Bratkowski, Bart Starr’s backup, dies at age 88

Zeke Bratkowski, the quarterback who backed up Bart Starr during the Green Bay Packers’ 1960s dynasty, has died at his Florida home. He was 88.

Jan Erik Kongshaug, maestro of recorded sound, dies at 75

Jan Erik Kongshaug, a recording engineer who helped sculpt the rich and quietly splendorous sound of ECM Records, an influential label that has produced timeless jazz and contemporary classical recordings, died on Nov. 5 in Oslo, Norway.

Tour de France ‘eternal runner-up’ Poulidor dies at 83

Raymond Poulidor, the “eternal runner-up” whose repeated failure to win the Tour de France helped him conquer French hearts and become the country’s all-time favorite cyclist, has died. He was 83.

Charles Rogers, former Detroit Lions receiver, dies at 38

Charles Rogers, a former Detroit Lions receiver whose promising NFL career was derailed by injuries and drug use, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 38.

Richard T. Flood Jr., a hockey coach and private school headmaster, dies at 84

Richard T. Flood Jr., 84, who died Oct. 30, was a hockey coach at Noble and Greenough School and headmaster of Salisbury School.

William Hughes, congressman and ambassador, dies at 87

William J. Hughes, who served 20 years in Congress representing the 2nd District of New Jersey and then was US ambassador to Panama during the years leading up to the transfer of control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama, died Oct. 30.

Maria Perego, Italian puppeteer who created the mouse Topo Gigio, dies at 95

Maria Perego, Italian puppeteer who created the mouse Topo Gigio, dies at 95