This week’s notable deaths included a Nobel Prize-winning novelist; a co-founder of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz law firm who helped avert a New York City bankruptcy in 1975; and the billionaire founder of France’s second-largest drugmaker who was the focus of a healthcare scandal. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, won worldwide acclaim for “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and other novels depicting the social and political struggles of Latin Americans. The native of Colombia received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Died April 17 at his home in Mexico City.
Leonard M. Rosen, 83, created the restructuring practice at Wachtell Lipton, the New York-based firm he co-founded, which the U.S. turned to for guidance through the 2008 mortgage crisis. Rosen helped write the U.S. bankruptcy code and in 1975, he assisted in the effort that enabled New York City to avoid bankruptcy. Died April 16.
Jacques Servier, 92, was the billionaire founder of Les Laboratoires Servier, France’s second-largest drugmaker. He and his companies were accused of hiding the health risks of Mediator, a diabetes drug doctors often prescribed as a weight-loss therapy, which is suspected in the deaths of more than 2,000 people. Last May, a trial was delayed for a year. Died April 17.
Gene Estess, 78, quit his job as an options specialist at L.F. Rothschild & Co. at age 52 to become executive director of the Jericho Project, a social services organization. The New York-based nonprofit group aids 1,500 people who need housing and assistance with mental health and drug abuse problems. Died April 9 of lung cancer at his home in Brooklyn.
Karpal Singh, 73, was a Malaysian lawyer and opposition politician for more than four decades. Died April 17 of injuries sustained from a car crash in Malaysia.
Sue Townsend, 68, sold more than 20 million copies of her comic novels. A high school drop-out, she was best known for her series of books about Adrian Mole, a fictitious teenager whose observations were a satirical critique of the U.K. under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Died April 10 of a stroke in England.
Nina Cassian, 89, was a Romanian poet and translator whose critical voice led Communist-era officials to ban her works, prompting her to seek political asylum in the U.S. Died April 14 of a heart attack at her home in New York City.