Coronavirus: The people who have lost their lives to Covid-19


Since lockdown started 100 days in the past, we have been up to date day by day with more and more grim statistics concerning the coronavirus demise toll.

The demise of Scotland’s first Covid sufferer was recorded on 13 March. In the 15 weeks that adopted, greater than 4,000 people died.

Behind the statistics had been actual people who left behind grieving households and pals.

These are a number of the people who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

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Danny Cairns

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Hugh Cairns

Danny Cairns was a wholesome 68-year-old earlier than he fell ailing with coronavirus, in accordance to his brother, Hugh.

When he developed a cough and sore throat on the finish of March, he remoted at dwelling in Greenock.

But inside days he was so ailing he had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.

In a video name from his hospital mattress, his final phrases to his brother had been: “I’m on my manner out, mate”.

He died on 26 March, three days after arriving in hospital.

‘I’m on my manner out, mate’

Dougie Chambers

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Dougie Chambers was considered one of a number of people who fell ailing after the 40th celebration of his daughter, Wendy, on 7 March.

Within days, the 66-year-old, who had an underlying well being situation, went into hospital and examined constructive for Covid-19.

Mr Chambers, who was from Castlemilk in Glasgow, died two weeks later, on 26 March.

Two different members of his prolonged household – Andy and Mary Leaman – additionally contracted the virus and later died.

Wendy mentioned: “If we knew then what we all know now, we would not have had the get together. It would not have occurred.”

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Ian Wilson

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Sandra Wilson

School janitor Ian Wilson was at dwelling in Coatbridge for 2 weeks with a excessive temperature and delirium earlier than being admitted to hospital.

Despite his worsening situation, docs initially advised his spouse, Sandra, she wouldn’t give you the chance to go to the 72-year-old who had a coronary heart situation and diabetes.

Staff ultimately granted entry offered she wore protecting gear – a choice which meant she could possibly be at her husband’s aspect when he died on 29 March.

Although nurses had been unable to consolation her with a hug due to social distancing protocols, Mrs Wilson is grateful they allowed her to be along with her associate on the finish.

“I used to be in a position to discuss to him and simply say goodbye. I’ve acquired energy from that,” she mentioned.

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Robert Tarbet

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Tarbet household

Robert Tarbet was “self-opinionated and witty”, in accordance to his daughter, Paula Karoly, but additionally “hardworking, loyal and exquisite”.

He spent his working life as a plumber with Glasgow City Council earlier than retiring within the early 2000s.

In his spare time, the sociable man was a mason who was a eager follower of Rangers FC. He beloved nation and western music and watching musicals within the theatre.

A father and a grandfather-of-three, he was being handled for most cancers when he contracted coronavirus.

He died on 29 March at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, aged 76.

Mary and Andy Leaman

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Mary and Andy Leaman started self-isolating on the finish of March after falling ailing with flu-like signs.

Their son, Andy, advised the Glasgow Evening Times the couple had been married 50 years and doted on their solely granddaughter, nine-year-old Anna.

Mrs Leaman died at dwelling in Castlemilk on 30 March – 4 days after the demise of Anna’s maternal grandfather, Dougie Chambers.

The schoolgirl lost her third grandparent nearly three weeks later when Mr Leaman died in hospital on 19 April.

Her mom, Lynsey Chalmers, advised BBC Scotland: “For a nine-year-old woman whose three grandparents had been her world.. why does a wee woman want to get punished like that over and over?”

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Ryan Storrie

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Hilary Storrie

Ryan Storrie was in Scotland to rejoice his 40th birthday with a visit to a Rangers match when he fell ailing.

The father-of-two was from Ardrossan however he lived in Dubai.

When he developed signs, the asthmatic remoted in his lodge room and waited for the virus to run its course.

His situation deteriorated however he would not let his spouse, Hilary, telephone 999 as he was satisfied he would get better and did not need to trouble the NHS.

She discovered him lifeless in his room on 31 March.

‘Ryan was the final particular person I anticipated to die’

Lord Gordon of Strathblane

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Lord Gordon of Strathblane was a former political editor of STV and he based Radio Clyde.

He died at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on 31 March after contracting coronavirus, Radio Clyde reported. He was 83.

His household paid tribute to his “generosity, his kindness and his enthusiasm for all times”.

Former First Minister Jack McConnell mentioned Lord Gordon had “an excellent profession in enterprise and public service”.

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Catherine Sweeney

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Catherine Sweeney was a “fantastic mom, sister and beloved aunty”, her household mentioned after her demise on 4 April.

Born and raised in Dumbarton, she labored as a house carer for greater than 20 years.

Her household mentioned she could be sorely missed after a “lifetime of service” to the neighborhood.

And they praised the medics on the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley who “heroically” sorted her in her last days.

Carer was ‘devoted to essentially the most weak’

Mofizul Islam

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Mofizul Islam was starting a brand new life in Scotland after relocating from Bangladesh when he fell ailing with coronavirus.

His household imagine the 49-year-old caught the virus on his day by day three-hour journeys between their Edinburgh dwelling and his job at a pizza outlet in Midlothian.

He died on 5 April and was buried within the Muslim part of a metropolis cemetery however his spouse and youngsters had been in isolation and unable to attend.

His demise has left the household “fully helpless”, in accordance to a household buddy as they have no paperwork, no checking account and they’re struggling for cash.

“We are very fearful about our future as a result of we do not have our father,” mentioned Mofizul’s 19-year-old son, Azahural. “He was the whole lot for us. And now we’re simply hopeless.”

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Rita Hawthorn

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Rita Hawthorn spent the primary 35 years of her life in Hamilton, the place she was born, grew up and had her circle of relatives.

But when her husband, Robert, lost his job as a miner the couple and their three kids re-located from the west of Scotland to the far north in 1973.

While Robert took up a brand new job on the Scottish Instruments Factory in Wick, she labored as a cleaner at a close-by job centre and have become secretary of the Highlands and Islands Civil Service Union.

She was sadly widowed at 51 however she was “fiercely impartial” and went on to fulfil her desires of travelling – a visit up the Nile, a safari in South Africa, and solo bus excursions to Austria and Paris.

Rita, who was a mom, grandmother and great-grandmother, fell ailing throughout the first week of lockdown. She died at Caithness General Hospital on 6 April, aged 82.

Andy Wyness

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Sandra Wyness

Newly-wed Andy Wyness developed a excessive temperature and a cough following a visit to Wales.

When his signs worsened the 53-year-old drove himself from his Wishaw dwelling to an appointment at an evaluation centre.

That was the final time his spouse, Sandra, noticed him.

The grandfather, who was a eager bowler, was taken straight to hospital by ambulance. He died on 6 April.

“Even strolling out the home that evening, though I knew he wasn’t properly, I by no means imagined he would by no means stroll again in,” Sandra mentioned.

My husband went to the physician and by no means got here again

Janice Graham

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Janice Graham was the primary NHS employee to die with coronavirus in Scotland.

The well being care help employee and district nurse died at Inverclyde Royal Hospital on 6 April.

One colleague mentioned she had a “vivid and fascinating persona and razor sharp wit”.

Anther mentioned the 58-year-old was the “most variety, caring and compassionate HCA I have had the privilege to work with”.

Her son, Craig, advised STV News he would miss the whole lot about her.

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Maureen and Vic Sharp

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Vic and Maureen Sharp, who had been each 74, had been collectively since they had been youngsters.

Underlying well being circumstances meant the couple from Oakley in Fife had been each requested to protect themselves throughout lockdown.

But their daughter, Yvonne Sharp, believes the letter got here too late they usually caught the virus throughout a weekly journey to the grocery store.

Maureen died in hospital on 8 April after which, Yvonne mentioned, her father “simply gave up”. He died the next day.

Only six family members may attend their funeral however a piper led the funeral cortege by way of Oakley, the place locals lined the streets.

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Mary Martin

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Jackie Marlow

Mary Martin and her husband, Alex, had been eager ballroom dancers.

Although their roots had been firmly in Glasgow, they spent seven years in Dunblane the place they had been tasked with encouraging people on to dancefloor on the Dunblane Hydro.

Before that, Mrs Martin introduced up her household in Mount Vernon, later transferring to Bearsden. She had three kids, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.

Her daughter, Sandra O’Neill, advised BBC Scotland she was “only a fantastic particular person – mild and type”.

In her later years she had vascular dementia and she or he lived on the Almond Court care dwelling in Drumchapel. She died there on 8 April, aged 88.

Helen McMillan

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Jackie Marlow

Helen McMillan was 10 days in need of her 85th birthday when she died at Almond Court care dwelling in Glasgow’s Drumchapel on 9 April.

She spent most of her life in Summerston, the place she extensively generally known as “Auntie Ellen” – even to these she wasn’t associated to.

“Everybody beloved my mum,” her daughter, Jackie Marlow, advised BBC Scotland. “She knew everyone in the neighborhood and was the life and soul of the get together.”

Helen labored in McLellan’s rubber manufacturing facility in Maryhill till she was in her 50s.

A grandmother to Hayley and Josh, she developed dementia in later life however she was nonetheless “fairly agile and loving life”, her daughter mentioned.

Gerry McHugh

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Maths instructor Gerry McHugh was a “true gentleman”, in a position to encourage each single scholar who walked by way of his door.

His demise would have a “devastating impact” on the Notre Dame High School neighborhood in Greenock, head instructor Katie Couttie mentioned.

Unable to attend his funeral due to the lockdown, previous and present pupils discovered a novel manner to pay tribute to the 58-year-old.

They wore crimson and posted pictures on social media in reminiscence of the lifelong Manchester United fan.

He died on 11 April.

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Bill Campbell

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Linda Verlaque

Former Merchant Navy engineer Bill Campbell died of suspected Covid-19 at Erskine Park care dwelling in Bishopton.

The 86-year-old had dementia and carers initially thought he had a chest an infection however he developed a cough and a excessive temperature.

His situation deteriorated and he died on Easter Sunday, together with his daughter, Linda Verlaque – in full protecting clothes – by his aspect.

She praised the work of carers on the dwelling however she mentioned his demise was “horrific” as undertakers got here to take away his physique in full hazmat gear and goggles.

“Instead of getting people surrounding me and giving me a hug to say the whole lot was all proper, everybody was simply standing there and we had been watching my dad being taken away, which was traumatic,” she mentioned.

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Derek Wilkie

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Wilkie household

Derek Wilkie labored for 27 years as a firefighter earlier than retiring in December 2017.

He had senior roles in Badenoch and Strathspey, and Shetland earlier than turning into station commander for Inverness and Nairn District.

Colleagues mentioned he was a “diligent and succesful firefighter…with a bigger than life persona”.

His spouse and two sons – who all work for the NHS – thanked these who cared for Mr Wilkie and urged people to keep at dwelling.

He died at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness on 12 April.

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Anne Duncan

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Anton Duncan

Anne Duncan contracted coronavirus in Lethan Park care dwelling in Edinburgh.

Her daughter Linda, a lawyer for the BBC, had hoped she would survive the virus as she was from “sturdy inventory”.

She final noticed her mom in March when she travelled from London to warn her they is probably not in a position to go to her throughout the pandemic.

The pensioner had been “extraordinarily distressed” afterwards, Ms Duncan mentioned.

She was taken to Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital on 12 April and died three days later.

Care dwelling demise ‘arduous to course of’ for household

David Whittick

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Peter Whittick

David Whittick joined the Royal Navy as a pilot on his 18th birthday within the midst of World War Two. Aged 19, as a part of 835 Naval Air Squadron, he was flying off plane service HMS Nairana within the Arctic.

Almost 70 years later he acquired the Arctic Star for his function in Arctic Convoys – described by Sir Winston Churchill as “the worst journey on the planet”.

He survived two critical accidents throughout his lengthy civilian profession with Scottish Airways and later British Airways, earlier than dedicating himself to supporting the Riding for the Disabled charity in his retirement.

His work – together with serving to to elevate funds for a purpose-built facility at Summerston in Glasgow – led to him being appointed an OBE by the Queen for his providers to charity.

He was married to Joyce for greater than 60 years they usually had 4 kids. His son, Peter, mentioned he lived a full and energetic life, even having fun with a visit on a seaplane in January this yr. He died at Erskine care dwelling in Bishopton on 14 April, aged 95, after falling ailing with coronavirus.

Mary McCann

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Mary McCann, 70, was a “sturdy, fantastic lady” who was devoted to her household, in accordance to her son, David.

She spent the final three months of her life in an East Kilbride care dwelling, having being recognized with most cancers final yr.

The grandmother was doing properly within the Whitehills dwelling, the place she was placing on weight and smiling once more, David mentioned.

But in early April she developed a urinary tract an infection. Her situation deteriorated shortly and inside days she was struggling to breathe.

She died within the care dwelling on 16 April along with her son, Derek, by her aspect.

‘Mum was doing properly, then got here this loopy illness’

Jane Murphy

Jane Murphy

Jane Murphy was generally known as “Mama Murphy” by shut pals and colleagues at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

She labored on the metropolis hospital for nearly 30 years, first as a cleaner earlier than retraining as a medical help employee.

The 73-year-old, from Bonnyrigg, was positioned on sick depart due to her age when the pandemic broke out.

It’s understood the mother-of-two died on 16 April.

Her buddy Gerry Taylor mentioned “She wasn’t afraid to inform nurses, docs or consultants in the event that they weren’t pulling their weight they usually beloved her for it.”

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Kirsty Jones

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Kirsty Jones, a healthcare help employee with NHS Lanarkshire, was a bubbly, bigger than life character, in accordance to her colleagues.

She joined the well being board after leaving faculty at 17 and spent a lot of her profession working with older sufferers.

But the 41-year-old not too long ago took up a task on the frontline of the pandemic, working at an evaluation centre in Airdrie.

Her husband, Nigel, mentioned she devoted her life to caring for others and was an exquisite spouse and mom to their two sons.

She died on 20 April.

‘Bubbly’ healthcare employee dies from coronavirus

Angie Cunningham

Angie Cunningham

Angie Cunningham labored for NHS Borders for greater than 30 years earlier than her demise.

The 60-year-old from Tweedbank was a much-respected and valued colleague who offered “wonderful care” to her sufferers, the well being board mentioned.

As properly as being a much-loved mom, sister, granny and great-granny, she was proud to be a nurse, her household added.

She died within the intensive care unit at Borders General Hospital from Covid-19 on 22 April, NHS Borders confirmed.

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David Allan

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Glenda Allan

David Allan joined a neighborhood operating membership in Edinburgh in retirement, after spending 36 years as a science technician on the metropolis’s Trinity Academy.

The match and wholesome 64-year-old was coaching for a half marathon and was planning to participate in some Park Runs in Sydney throughout a visit to go to his nephew in Australia this yr.

When the vacation – together with a visit to Fiji – was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, David was pragmatic and advised his spouse, Glenda, they might rearrange for a later date.

It was a shock when he examined constructive for Covid-19 after being admitted to hospital with a chest an infection. He died on 24 April after greater than 4 weeks in ICU.

Glenda took consolation from the funeral, when neighbours lined the streets, operating membership pals and former colleagues stood exterior the crematorium, and a whole bunch watched the service on-line.

Gordon Reid

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The Reid household

Known to all as Gogs, Gordon Reid was a taxi driver from Edinburgh who beloved soccer, performed golf, loved a pint and doted on his grandchildren.

He stopped working as a precaution 4 days earlier than the lockdown got here into pressure however inside per week had fallen ailing with Covid-19.

His spouse, Elaine, and daughter Leemo Goudie, had been in a position to spend a while with him in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary earlier than he died on 24 April, aged 68.

Leemo mentioned: “My dad was a traditional man, no well being points, a non-smoker, pretty match. It can occur to anybody.”

As solely a small variety of mourners may attend his funeral, people stood and applauded as his hearse handed a few of his favorite locations within the metropolis.

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Pearl Paterson

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Paterson household

Pearl Paterson grew up in Dennistoun within the east finish of Glasgow and was simply 10 years outdated when World War II broke out.

She was a teen when she joined the Women’s Land Army nevertheless it wasn’t till she was in her 80s that she acquired official recognition – and a badge- for her efforts from the UK authorities.

Pearl spent a lot of her working life employed as a home assistant in inns throughout Scotland, earlier than settling in Largs, Ayrshire, along with her daughter, Fiona.

An animal lover, she had a particular Chihuahua referred to as Flash, and she or he learn the People’s Friend journal each week.

On her 91st birthday in March, her household was in a position wave to her within the conservatory at her care dwelling in Glasgow. She died with Covid-19 on 26 April.

Alastair Sinclair

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Alastair Sinclair break up his youthful years between Reay in Caithness and Lanark earlier than being referred to as up for nationwide service.

But his military profession was reduce brief when he stood on a mine in Korea and lost a foot.

His son advised BBC Scotland that he was persuaded to pursue a profession in growing synthetic limbs as he was being fitted for his personal prosthetic.

In retirement, the father-of-three moved together with his spouse from Newtown Mearns in East Renfrewshire to Wishaw in North Lanarkshire.

He moved into Erskine Park care dwelling in Bishopton shortly earlier than lockdown and died, aged 87, 5 weeks in a while 27 April.

Karen Hutton

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Thistle Healthcare

Karen Hutton was a “much-loved” care dwelling nurse who died with coronavirus days after her granddaughter was born.

The 58-year-old was a employees nurse within the dementia unit at Lochleven Care Home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

Her solely daughter, Lauren, gave start to a woman simply two weeks in the past, in accordance to care dwelling operators Thistle Healthcare.

Care dwelling supervisor Andrew Chalmers-Gall mentioned: “Karen was a tenacious advocate for her residents and she or he at all times put their wants first.”

She died at dwelling in Carnoustie, Angus, on 28 April after testing constructive for Covid-19.

Robert Black

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Cambeltown Courier

Robert Black was a paramedic however he was additionally a gifted musician and a part of the group behind Argyll FM.

Paying tribute to him on social media, the neighborhood radio station mentioned he was “a real good man… everybody was his pal”.

The Mull of Kintyre Music Festival described him as “considered one of our friends” and a “true gent, fantastic musician”.

He was a widely known and beloved character in Campbeltown, in accordance to Kintyre Community Resilience Group.

The father-of-two died in hospital in Glasgow on 2 May.

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John Angus Gordon

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John Angus Gordon, 83, spent the previous couple of years of his life on the Home Farm care dwelling in Portree on Skye.

He had dementia and the sense of contact reassured him – he appreciated to shake a hand or maintain the hand of the particular person he was speaking to.

Unable to go to the house, his household spoke to him for the final time in a video-call a couple of hours earlier than he died on 5 May.

As he listened to their voices, he reached out to the hand of the carer sitting with him, wearing full private protecting gear.

“We discovered it fairly poignant that my Dad put out his hand to hers and she or he was carrying these blue protecting gloves,” mentioned his son, John.

Son’s grief at not being at father’s bedside

Ina Beaton

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Beaton household

Ina Beaton was a widely known determine on the Isle of Skye and she or he lived in her own residence in Balmaqueen till two years in the past.

She died on 11 May aged 103, the seventh resident of Home Farm care dwelling in Portree to die after contracting Covid-19.

Ina lived by way of the Great War and the 1919 Spanish Flu outbreak. During World War Two she moved to Glasgow to work as a conductress on the trams and survived the Clydebank blitz.

Her grandson, Ailean Beaton, mentioned his loss was shared throughout the island, particularly the north finish “the place she was mum, granny, buddy to extra than simply the Beatons.

“Her crystal reminiscence and broad expertise of life in Skye over a number of generations meant that she contributed to our shared data of the place we’re from, its language and tradition,” he added.

John Morrison Brown

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Brown household

Retired farmer Jock Brown was a eager ice hockey participant in his youth, and he represented Scotland for six years within the 1950s.

He advised his household that he was chosen for the group as a result of he was the one Scotsman who performed as aim tender (goalkeeper) on the time. They insist this isn’t true.

Married to Mary for 48 years, they’d two kids and 4 grandchildren.

He farmed close to Falkirk – on land subsequent to what’s now dwelling to The Kelpies – till his retirement within the 1980s.

Mr Brown’s household mentioned he was a quiet man with an amazing sense of humour. He had dementia and he died with Covid-19 at Burnbrae care dwelling in Falkirk on 14 May. He was 89.

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