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Suze Rotolo, early muse for Bob Dylan, dies at 67

Alberto Granado, 88, who accompanied Ernesto "Che" Guevara on a 1952 journey of discovery across Latin America that was immortalized in Guevara's memoir and on-screen in The Motorcycle Diaries, died in Cuba on Saturday. An Argentine who had lived in Cuba since 1961, he died of natural causes Saturday morning, according to Cuban state-run television, which gave no other details. He and Guevara both kept diaries that were used as background for the 2004 movie, produced by Robert Redford and directed by Walter Salles.

Suze Rotolo, 67, who became widely known for her romance with Bob Dylan in the early 1960s, strongly influenced his early songwriting and, in one of the decade's signature images, walked with him arm-in-arm for the cover photo of his breakthrough album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, died of lung cancer on Feb. 25 in New York. Her interest in theater and art exposed him to ideas and artists beyond the world of music.

Joseph H. Flom, 87, a lawyer whose expertise in acquisitions reshaped America's business landscape during the 1980s and helped turn his tiny New York firm into one of the nation's largest law practices, died of a pulmonary embolism on Feb. 23 in New York. In 1985 alone, he orchestrated Ronald Perelman's $2.7 billion takeover of Revlon and ABC's $3.5 billion sale to Capital Cities.

Arnost Lustig, 84, a Czech-born fiction writer who drew on his experience as the survivor of three concentration camps to create unsentimental portrayals of life during the Holocaust, died of cancer on Feb. 26 in Prague. He was a two-time recipient of the National Jewish Book Award and in 2009 was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize.

Dwayne McDuffie, 49, a top comics writer who created textured characters and helped introduce compelling minority superheroes on the page and TV screen, died of complications from emergency heart surgery on Feb. 21 in Burbank, Calif. He wrote dozens of books for Marvel and DC comics, including Fantastic Four, Justice League of America and Damage Control.

Annie Girardot, 79, the perky, gravelly-voiced actress who became France's most popular actress of the 1970s, died on Monday in Paris after being treated for Alzheimer's disease for nearly a decade. She never achieved the international renown of Jeanne Moreau or Brigitte Bardot, but she overtook both of them in French popularity polls in 1972.

Anant Pai, 81, the creator of a popular comic book series that taught several generations of Indian children the country's history and mythology, died of a heart attack in Mumbai on Feb. 24.

Nobutoshi Kihara, 84, the engineer known as "the wizard of Sony" for his ingenuity in developing products, like Japan's first tape recorder and transistor radio, and later the Betamax videocassette recorder, died on Feb. 13 in Tokyo. His innovations also provided the backbone for the Walkman.

Necmettin Erbakan, 84, the first Islamist prime minister of Turkey whose attempt to turn his country away from the West led the military to depose him in 1997, died of heart failure on Feb. 27 in Ankara.

Suze Rotolo, early muse for Bob Dylan, dies at 67 03/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 5, 2011 8:25pm]
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