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A chronology of those who died in March 2012

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March 1

— Lucio Dalla, 68, one of Italy's most prolific singer-songwriters whose music ranged from folk to pop to classical to opera, creating a soundtrack beloved by generations of Italians, in Montreux, Switzerland of an apparent heart attack.

March 2

— Norman St John-Stevas, 82, a politician noted for his wit, his extravagance, and for falling foul of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in London after a short illness.

— James Q. Wilson, 80, a political scientist, whose "broken windows" theory on crime-fighting helped trigger a move toward community policing in the U.S., in Boston where he was being treated for leukemia.

— Stan Stearns, 76, a wire service photographer who took the memorable picture of John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father's coffin during the slain president's 1963 funeral, in Harwood, Maryland. He had cancer.

March 3

— Ralph McQuarrie, 82, the artist who developed the look of the first "Star Wars" trilogy's signature characters, sets and spaceships, in Berkeley, California. He had Parkinson's disease.

March 5

Robert B. Sherman, 86, an American who was half of a sibling partnership that put songs like "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" into the mouths of nannies and Cockney chimney sweeps, jungle animals and Parisian felines for films by Disney and others, in London. No cause of death was given.

March 6.

Donald Payne, 77, one of the most influential voices on Africa in the U.S. Congress and among the first to speak out on violence in Darfur and South Sudan, in Livingston, New Jersey of colon cancer.

March 8

— James T. "Jimmy" Ellis, 74, the frontman for The Trammps who released "Disco Inferno" that was featured in the movie "Saturday Night Fever," in Rock Hill, South Carolina. No cause of death was given.

— Minoru Mori, 77, a property tycoon who was one of Japan's most influential developers and built China's tallest building, in Tokyo of heart failure.

March 10

— F. Sherwood Rowland, 84, the Nobel prize-winning chemist who sounded the alarm on the thinning of the Earth's ozone layer and crusaded against the use of man-made chemicals that were harming earth's atmospheric blanket, in Corona del Mar, California, of complications from Parkinson's disease.

—Jean Giraud, 73, a French comics artist known by fans from Hollywood to Japan as Moebius and the creator of unsettling, eye-opening fantasy worlds in print and on film, in Paris after a long illness. No details were given.

March 12

Michael Hossack, 65, a longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack whose work can be heard on the hits "Listen to the Music" and "China Grove," in Dubois, Wyoming, of cancer.

— Samuel L. Glazer, 89, co-owner of the company that revolutionized American mornings with the Mr. Coffee drip coffeemaker, in Cleveland of complications from leukemia.

March 13

— Moshe Yehoshua, 95, a rabbi who was the spiritual leader of the second-largest Hasidic community in Israel, in Tel Aviv. No cause of death was given.

— Hans Ludvig Martensen, 84, who was Denmark's Roman Catholic bishop for thirty years, in Copenhagen. No cause of death was given.

March 14

— Censu Tabone, 98, a former president of Malta who hosted a U.S.-Soviet summit that declared an end to the Cold War, in St. Julians, Malta. No cause of death was given.

— Pierre Schoendoerffer, 83, an Oscar-winning French filmmaker who was held prisoner in Indochina and chronicled war on screen and on the page, in a hospital outside Paris after an unspecified operation.

March 17

— Pope Shenouda III, 88, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, in Cairo. He had been battling liver and lung problems.

— John Demjanjuk, 91, who was convicted of being a low-ranking guard at the Sobibor death camp, but whose 35-year fight on three continents to clear his name — a legal battle that had not yet ended when he died — made him one of the best-known faces of Nazi prosecutions, in Bad Feilnbach, Germany, apparently of natural causes.

— Chaleo Yoovidhya, 89, a self-made Thai billionaire who created the renowned Red Bull energy drink three decades ago, in Bangkok of natural causes.

March 18

— Tonga's King George Tupou V, 63, who gave up most of his powers to bring a more democratic government to his Pacific island nation, in Hong Kong. He had aa liver transplant last year and suffered other health problems.

March 21

— Lincoln Hall, 56, an Australian mountaineer who was rescued a day after being given up for dead near the summit of Everest in 2006, in Sydney of mesothelioma

March 22

— Abdullahi Yusuf, 78, who rose from a guerrilla warrior to president of Somalia only to watch his administration crumble under a ferocious Islamic insurgency, in Dubai of complications from pneumonia.

March 24

— Sir Paul Callaghan, 64, a top New Zealand scientist who gained international recognition for his work in molecular physics, in Wellington after battling bowel cancer for four years.

March 25

— Bertil Stroberg, 79, a former Swedish air force officer who was convicted of spying for Poland during the Cold War but always maintained his innocence, in Stockholm of cancer.

March 27

— Adrienne Rich, 82, a fiercely gifted, award-winning American poet whose socially conscious verse influenced a generation of feminist, gay rights and anti-war activists, in Santa Cruz, California of complications from rheumatoid arthritis.

— Hilton Kramer, 84, the former chief art critic at The New York Times and founding editor of The New Criterion magazine, in Harpswell, Maine. He had been suffering from a blood disease. as died.

March 28

— Earl Scruggs, 88, a bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer, who helped profoundly change 20th century country music whose string-bending, mind-blowing way of picking produced an instantly recognizable sound, in Nashville, Tennessee of natural causes.

March 31

(AP) — Miguel de la Madrid, 77, a former president who led Mexico from 1982 to 1988 during an economic crisis and a devastating earthquake, died Sunday in Mexico City. He had been hospitalized for more than three months with respiratory problems.


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