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Pamela Mason, actress and author, died Beverly Hills 29 June, aged 80. Married to the actor James Mason for 16 years (they divorced in 1964), she appeared on his television show in the 1950s, presented talk shows in the 1960s, and acted in the courtroom drama Accused and My Wicked Ways - The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985). She also wrote several advice books.

Dmitry Pokrovsky, folk singer, died Moscow 29 June, aged 52. In 1973 founded the dozen-strong Pokrovsky Singers, who performed Russian peasant music in Russia and abroad, using traditional instruments and wearing village dress.

Steve Tesich, playwright and screenwriter, died Nova Scotia 1 July, aged 53. Wrote scripts for Eyewitness (1981), The World According to Garp (1982) and Breaking Away, for which he won an Oscar in 1979.

Baldev Singh Chahal, campaigner, died 5 June, aged 59. In the mid-1970s successfully campaigned for legal exemptions for Sikhs, who wear turbans, from wearing crash helmets.

Sir Arthur Snelling, diplomat, died 25 June, aged 82. High Commissioner in Ghana 1959-61 and British Ambassador to South Africa 1970-72.