Robert Hecox, 93, combat cameraman
GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) — Robert Hecox, a combat cameraman who captured the creation of Israel and wars in Vietnam and Korea as well as major stories around the world reporting for Paramount News, NBC and the Associated Press, died Aug. 1. He was 93.
Working first in black and white and then in color, Mr. Hecox worked in war zones around the globe. A military cameraman during World War II, he moved on to Paramount News, where his filming of the creation of Israel was shown across the U.S. as part of newsreels before feature films.
Mr. Hecox was born in Greenville, Mich., and started his career as a cameraman for the Army in World War II, covering the Allied advance north from Rome. He later traveled around the world, filming from locations as diverse as Greece and Taiwan. He also filmed from Vietnam’s Dien Bien Phu before the battle that led to the French withdrawal from the country.
From 1963 to 1965, he worked for the AP’s radio department in New York. After moving to Florida in the late 1970s, he became a proofreader for the St. Petersburg Times.
Lee Hazlewood, 78, singer and songwriter
Barton Lee Hazlewood died at his home in Henderson, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said.
Mr. Hazlewood was most famous for his work with the daughter of Frank Sinatra, including writing and producing such hits as “Sugartown” and “Some Velvet Morning.” He also produced “Something Stupid,” a duet Miss Sinatra recorded with her father in 1967.
Mr. Hazlewood was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2005 and released his final album, “Cake or Death” in 2006.
Jose M. Battle Sr., 77, reputed crime boss
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Miguel Battle Sr., whom authorities accused of being the godfather of one of the country’s largest Hispanic organized crime groups, died Aug. 3. He was 77.View Entire Story
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