DIED. DALE EVANS, 88, buckskin-tassled "Queen of the West" who rode across both big and little screens in two TV shows and nearly 40 films alongside celluloid cowboy husband Roy Rogers; in Apple Valley, California. A single, teenage mother in Uvalde, Texas, Evans worked as a stenographer before launching a career as a radio singer and songwriter who would win a place in the all-time hit parade with the king of cowboy songs, Happy Trails.
DIED. RODOLFO MORALES, 75, mild-mannered Mexican painter whose colorful, surreal renderings of everyday rural Mexico won international acclaim; in Oaxaca, Mexico. Wary of fame, Morales returned to the dusty Indian village where he grew up and spent the last 16 years of his life using money earned from his works to restore the crumbling monuments of his homeland and promote Mexican art and culture.
DIED. EDDIE PARKER, 69, smooth-talking pool player whose mythic hustles and jaw-dropping trick shots inspired the iconic role played by Paul Newman in the 1961 film The Hustler; in Brownsville, Texas. "Fast Eddie," as he was widely known, lived and breathed cinematic cool: even in his later years he stalked the tables in a tuxedo, with slicked-back silver hair and a cigarette dangling from his lips. The master of the green felt spent his last day cue-in-hand, suffering a fatal heart attack while at the U.S. Classic Billiards Eight-Ball Showdown.
DIED. ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH, 94, author and widow of high-flying pioneer Charles Lindbergh; in Passumpsic, Vermont. Five volumes of best-selling diaries and 21 books of prose and poetry won Morrow Lindbergh fame in her own right, but her marriage to the man who completed the first transatlantic solo flight put the shy Smith College graduate in the public eye. "The first couple of the skies," as they were known, flew record-breaking trips across Latin America and Asia. But the 1932 kidnapping and death of their baby Charlie ended the idyll. Moreover, the couple's isolationist statements before America entered World War II tainted them as Nazi sympathizers, tarnishing their legacy.
DIED. FUKI KUSHIDA, 101, peace activist and pioneer of the Japanese women's liberation movement; in Tokyo. The soft-spoken community leader, widowed at 35, worked as a magazine reporter and insurance agent to support her two children. A founding member of the post-war Federation of Japanese Women's Organizations, which today has almost 1 million members, Kushida lobbied for gender equality and the elimination of nuclear weapons. Protesting militarism to the end, wheelchair-bound Kushida led a 2,000-person march in Tokyo in February 1999, the month she turned 100.