Veteran director J Om Prakash passed away. Prakash was best known for his collaboration with two of Bollywood biggest superstars, late Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra. He also produced box office hits like Ayee Milan Ki Bela, Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke, Aas Paas and Aandhi.
Harley Race, American professional wrestler passed away. Race overcame serious injuries from a car accident to become a mainstay of the wrestling circuit, winning numerous individual and tag-team titles in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.
Former Padma Shri award winner and educationist Rajalakshmi Parthasarathypassed away. She received the Padma Shri award in 2010 for her contribution to the field of education. She was the founder of the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB) Group of Schools.
Toni Morrison, the 1993 Nobel laureate in literature passed away. She was the 1st African American woman to win the Nobel in literature. Ms. Morrison was the author of several novels, children’s books and essays. Among them were celebrated works like Song of Solomon, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977,and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away. She was the 1st full time woman external affairs minister of India. She was also the youngest cabinet minister at 25 when she joined the Haryana government in 1977 and the first woman chief minister of Delhi.
Veteran Gujarati journalist, author and columnist Kanti Bhatt passed away. He also worked as writer and editor in various Gujarati publications like Chitralekha, Mumbai Samachar, Janshakti, Sandesh, Yuva Darshan, Jansatta, Vyapar and Abhiyan.
Cricket commentator Anant Setalvad, who used to draw pictures of the game’s progress on airwaves with his fine command of the English language, from the mid 1960s through to the 1980s, passed away . Anant was the commentator for All India Radio (AIR) in Ranji Trophy and other BCCI tournaments and also for Test matches.
Veteran actor Russi Taylor, who voiced Disney’s Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years, has passed away. The artiste also lent her voice to roles on other classic TV animated series like “TaleSpin”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command” and “Kim Possible”. Taylor was named a Disney Legend in 2008.