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ERNEST COLE, 49, a South African photographer who published a pioneering collection of photographs documenting life under apartheid, died Sunday in New York City of cancer. For many Westerners, his book, House of Bondage, published in 1967, was their first sight of what life was like for blacks in the South African mines, compounds and townships. LARRY COX, 42, bullpen coach for the last two years for the Chicago Cubs, died Saturday in Bellefontaine, Ohio, after a heart attack while playing racquetball.

RALPH "SPORTY" CARPENTER, 59, who led Henderson State to five Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships during his 19 years as the school's head football coach, died Friday in Memphis, Tenn., of complications from a liver transplant operation. He was the most successful coach in the school's history, with a 119-76-5 record.

GEORGE DANEY, 43, a member of the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl championship football team in 1970, was found dead Thursday at his Raytown, Mo., home of carbon monoxide poisoning. Mr. Daney was with the Chiefs from 1968 to 1974 as a backup guard.

HANS SCHUMM, 93, who appeared in movies with Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman, died Feb. 2 in Los Angeles. Mr. Schumm appeared with Chaplin in The Great Dictator and Limelight, with Miss Dietrich in Golden Earrings and with Miss Bergman in The Yellow Rolls Royce.

JACK NEWCOMBE, 66, a novelist, journalist and author of books about sports figures, died Wednesday in New York City after a fall at his apartment. Perhaps his best-known book was The Best of the Athletic Boys (1975).