Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sam Berns, public face of a rare illness, dies at 17

n Mae Young, 90, who was, by her own account and that of many other female wrestlers, the greatest and dirtiest of them all, died Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. Her last round in the ring was in 2010.

. Sam Berns, 17, a Massachusetts high school junior whose life with the illness progeria was the subject of the documentary film Life According to Sam, died Jan. 10 in Boston. Extremely rare — it affects one in 4 million to one in 8 million births — progeria is a genetic disorder resulting in rapid premature aging.

Burton R. Lifland, 84, a pre-eminent federal bankruptcy judge who for three decades rode herd on some of the nation's biggest corporate rescue efforts and presided over the financial chaos left by swindler Bernard Madoff, died of pneumonia Jan. 12 in New Haven, Conn. He was the chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for most of his 33 years there.

Juan Gelman, 83, a renowned Argentine poet and left-wing activist who was awarded the prestigious Cervantes Prize, died Tuesday in Mexico. His life and work were deeply affected by personal loss suffered during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship. Government forces kidnapped and killed his son and daughter-in-law, among tens of thousands of suspected leftists who were "disappeared" across Latin America in that era.

Dave Madden, 82, the actor and comedian who played the curmudgeonly band manager on the popular 1970s TV series The Partridge Family, died of complications of the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome Thursday in Jacksonville. He played Reuben Kincaid, who managed the family band and clashed with the wisecracking bassist played by Danny Bonaduce.

Dale Mortensen, 74, a Northwestern University professor who shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in economics for developing innovative methods to analyze unemployment and labor markets, died of lung cancer Jan. 9 in Wilmette, Ill. He also was a visiting professor at many universities, from Russia to Australia to Denmark to California.

Sam Berns, public face of a rare illness, dies at 17 01/18/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:38am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Dodgers close in on World Series with 6-1 win over Cubs

    Ml

    CHICAGO — Yu Darvish pitched into the seventh inning, Chris Taylor homered again and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday night to open a commanding 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor hits a home run Tuesday during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. [Associated Press]
  2. Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday's season debut had a shaky start.

    The Lightning’s Vladislav Namestnikov, right, battles Damon Severson for the puck.
  3. Mother's testimony about toddler's death brings judge to tears

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Nayashia Williams woke up early on May 7, 2014, to the sound of her daughter calling for her. It was the last time the young mother's mornings would begin with a summons from Myla Presley, who couldn't yet climb over the mesh fencing around the playpen she used as a bed.

    Deandre Gilmore looks towards the gallery Tuesday in a Tampa courtroom. Gilmore is accused of killing the 19 month-old daughter of his girlfriend in 2014. He said the child fell while he was giving her a bath. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  4. Speakers: Getting tough can't be only response to teen car thefts

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Bob Dillinger remembers coming to Pinellas County as a legal intern in 1975. There were five major poverty zones in St. Petersburg.

    Wengay Newton, Florida House of Representatives (in front, in center), talks as a panelist to a packed room during a community forum on "Reclaiming our Youth: Is Juvenile Justice a Reality?" at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum in St. Petersburg Wednesday evening (10/17/17). The event was presented by the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association. Community leaders discussed the ongoing auto theft epidemic among Pinellas youth.
  5. Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility and spousal abuse

    Politics

    White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Donald Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads to an increase in abortion, spousal abuse, divorce and infertility, two people familiar with the matter told the …