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Deaths Elsewhere

JACQUES DEMY, 59, a French film director best known internationally for the musical film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, died Saturday in Paris of leukemia. The film, considered a classic, won the Golden Palm award at the 1964 Cannes film festival. UGO TOGNAZZI, 68, one of Italy's leading comic actors who achieved international fame with his role in La Cage Aux Folles, died Saturday in Rome of a cerebral hemorrhage. He played a homosexual cabaret owner in the 1979 film adaptation of the bedroom farce that was a stage hit. He also appeared in a 1980 sequel to the movie. Mr. Tognazzi, who first appeared in Italian films in the 1950s, became one of the country's leading screen personalities in the 1960s, able to play supporting roles or comic and dramatic leads equally well.

JOSEPH E. JOHNSON, 84, a former president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, died Wednesday in Lynchburg, Va., of pneumonia. His long career in international affairs included service in the State Department and several missions for the United Nations, most notably in the early 1960s as a special representative of the Conciliation Commission for Palestine.

BILL MARTINEZ, 73, president in 1984 of the Sugar Bowl, died Saturday in New Orleans after a long illness.

NOBUTAKA SHIKANAI, 78, who built the Fujisankei Communications Group into Japan's largest media company, died Sunday, the company announced in London. The holdings of Fujisankei, which describes itself as the world's fourth-largest media conglomerate, include the Fuji Television Network, the newspaper Sankei Shimbun, the Nippon Broadcasting System, and record and video companies.

VANKUTRE SHANTARAM, 88, a pioneer of the Indian film industry who promoted harmony between Hindus and Moslems, died Sunday in Bombay. Mr. Shantaram was praised for addressing social issues in his films, which still are shown in cinemas and on television throughout India, and are also widely known in the Middle East.

JOAN BROWN, 52, an artist whose work was inspired by mysticism, was killed Friday in an accident in India while she was helping install a piece of art. Another American was killed and one was injured. Ms. Brown was installing a 100-foot-tall obelisk at the new Heritage Museum in Proddatura, India, when a concrete turret from the floor above collapsed on her, according to colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. The tower is to honor Satya Sai Baba, a holy man who claims mystical powers and has a substantial following in North America.

CHESTER F. ADAMS, 75, a tackle with the original Cleveland Browns football team and a member of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, died Saturday in Cleveland of a heart attack. The Ohio University graduate played for the Browns from 1946 to 1948 when they were in the All America Football Conference.

RUTH REESE, 69, a singer, writer and poet, died Thursday in Oslo, Norway, where she had lived for 30 years. She sang classical music, spirituals, gospel and blues, and had said she wanted to increase understanding of black culture. She wrote two books in Norwegian, one of which was printed in English under the title, My Way.

BREANDAN O hEITHIR, 60, a social critic and author of the first Irish-language novel to top the country's best-seller list, died Friday in Dublin. The novel, Lig Sinn i gCathu, was published in 1976, and translated into English as Lead Us Into Temptation.

MILOS ZELNICEK, 63, the father of Ivana Trump, the estranged wife of developer Donald Trump, died Sunday in Czechoslovakia of a heart attack, her lawyer said in New York.