Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, 76, was a professional boxer whose career ended when he was convicted of murder in New Jersey. He spent 19 years in prison before being freed after the charges against him were dismissed. He died April 20 his home in Toronto. Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. For 19 long years, the prizefighter was locked in a prison cell far away from the spotlight and the adulation of the boxing ring. But when he at last won his biggest fight -- for exoneration -- he betrayed little bitterness. Instead, Carter dedicated much of his remaining life to helping other prisoners and exposing other injustices. The middleweight title contender's murder convictions became an international symbol of racial injustice and inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film.
Mark Shand, 62, the brother of Prince Charles's wife, Camilla, was a travel writer and conservationist. He died Wednesday of head injuries sustained in a fall in New York City. Shand had arrived at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar just before 1 a.m. Wednesday accompanied by a relative, police said. He went out to smoke a cigarette around 2:30 a.m. and fell backward as he tried to re-enter through a revolving door, they said.
Michael Heisley, 77, the billionaire businessman who bought the Vancouver Grizzlies and moved the NBA team to Memphis, died Saturday. The Grizzlies said Saturday night that a family member confirmed Heisley's death. The Commercial Appeal reported that Heisley died in Illinois of complications from a massive stroke he suffered nearly 15 months ago.
David Langner, 62, former Auburn football player who starred in one of the most memorable games in Iron Bowl history, died Saturday after battling cancer. Bill Newton blocked two punts in the final minutes of the 1972 game with previously unbeaten Alabama, and Langner returned both for touchdowns, giving Auburn the 17-16 win.
Earl Morrall, 79, the backup quarterback for the National Football League Miami Dolphins who came in off the bench to start 11 games during the team's perfect season in 1972-1973. He died Friday.
Conrado Marrero, 102, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He died just two days short of his 103rd birthday. "Connie" Marrero, as he was known in the States, was renowned for his control and for his presence on the mound despite standing just 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 158 pounds. What Marrero lacked in heat he made up for with a tricky repertoire of breaking balls, knucklers and other off-speed pitches.
Bob Gray, 92, housed his elite lobbying firm, Gray and Co., in the Washington building known as the Power House. Once the site of generating facilities for the neighborhood's trolley system, the edifice became, under Gray's ownership, a center of political power that made him one of the most sought-after lobbyists in Washington. To many observers of the inner workings of American politics, he embodied lobbying as it came to be practiced in the modern era. He died April 18. A former aide to President Dwight Eisenhower, Gray joined the Hill & Knowlton public relations firm in 1961. As director of the company's Washington office, he helped turn the company into an industry giant. Two decades later, when President Ronald Reagan took office, Gray left Hill & Knowlton to found Gray & Co. He had worked on Reagan's successful 1980 campaign, co-chaired his inaugural committee and became known informally during the administration as the "First Flack."
Win Tin, 84, an uncompromising Myanmarese journalist who helped Aung San Suu Kyi launch a pro-democracy movement against the brutal military regime and then endured nearly two decades in jail as one of his country's longest-serving political prisoners, died April 21 in Yangon. He was 84 according to most sources, although others cited his age as 85.
Hamish Maxwell, 87, who steered Philip Morris Cos. in its 1985 purchase of General Foods Corp. and 1988 takeover of Kraft Inc., died April 19 at his home in Palm Beach, Florida. The cause was bladder cancer, diagnosed in December. In 37 years with Philip Morris, culminating with his tenure as chairman and chief executive officer from 1984 to 1991, Maxwell helped the company expand within and then beyond its tobacco roots.
Former Cook County Sheriff Richard J. Elrod died at age 80, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He died April 19 of liver cancer and cirrhosis. Elrod served four consecutive terms as sheriff between 1970 and 1986 and was a Cook County circuit court judge from 1988 until his death.