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Cardinal Hummes, close friend of Pope Francis, dies at 87

He was one of Brazil's most influential religious leaders and a strong advocate for the poor.

Bruce Katz, cofounder of Rockport Shoes in Marlborough, dies at 75

Mr. Katz helped create Rockport, a pioneer in the use of features such as cushioned, removable orthotics in shoes.

Peter Brook, celebrated stage director of scale and humanity, dies at 97

Ambitious, adventurous, and endlessly creative, Mr. Brook staged almost 100 productions across the globe over his long and acclaimed career.

Deborah James, UK cancer research campaigner, dies at 40

A British broadcaster who raised millions for cancer research, Deborah James was recognized by Prince William for her work. She died of bowel cancer.

Martin C. Dreiwitz, who took student musicians on world tours, dies at 91

Martin C. Dreiwitz drew on his twin passions for travel and classical music to found the globe-trotting Long Island Youth Orchestra, conducting his student musicians before audiences near and far.

H.T. Chen, choreographer with broad experience, focus on Asia, dies at 74

A choreographer who blended Eastern and Western influences, H.T. Chen, with his wife, Dian Dong, established the Chen Dance Center, a cultural hub in New York’s Chinatown for more than 40 years.

Richard Taruskin, groundbreaking, polemical musicologist, dies at 77

A commanding musicologist and public intellectual, Richard Taruskin's scholarship and criticism upended conventional classical music history.

Chief of Cuba’s military businesses, ex-Castro in-law dies

General Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, who was also a former son-in-law of Raul Castro, was serving as executive president of the armed forces Business Administration Group, which includes an extensive array of hotels, shops, tourist agencies and construction firms.