Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere; Obituaries

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere; Obituaries

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Charles H. Keating Jr. * The financier who was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s has died. Mr. Keating Jr. was 90.

A person with direct knowledge of the death confirmed Tuesday that Mr. Keating had died but provided no further details. The person wasn't authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.

U.S. prosecutors who dogged Mr. Keating for years said he and his associates looted Lincoln Savings & Loan Association into bankruptcy in the 1980s. The cost to taxpayers, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., was $3.14 billion.

The collapse of the thrift tarnished the reputations of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and four other U.S. senators who became known as the "Keating Five."

As the public heard testimony of elderly bondholders who had lost their life savings, Mr. Keating became a national poster boy for corporate greed. Mr. Keating was convicted in both state and federal court, but the convictions were thrown out and he agreed to a federal plea deal that freed him after nearly five years in prison.

Harry Richard Black * The artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting advertising hit has died at age 92.

The Dayton Daily News reports Mr. Black died Sunday (March 30, 2014) at his home after a brief illness.

Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble Co. credits Mr. Black with creating the muscular bald man who cleans things up quickly. The company chose his depiction to represent its cleaner when it launched in 1958.

Mr. Black also was among artists behind depictions of Smokey Bear for U.S. Forest Service fire-prevention messages.

Frankie Knuckles * The Grammy-winning Chicago disc jockey known as the "Godfather of House Music," who worked with artists including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, has died at age 59. Mr. Knuckles died Monday (March 31, 2014) in Chicago, the Cook County medical examiner said Tuesday. The medical examiner said a cause of death was not available. …

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