Ben Chapman

HONOLULU (AP) – Ben Chapman, a decorated Korean War veteran and real estate executive best known for playing the title character in the 1954 horror film "Creature From the Black Lagoon," has died. He was 79.

Chapman died at Tripler Army Medical Center on Feb. 21. His son, Ben Chapman III of Honolulu, confirmed the death.

Chapman's role as the Gill Man — the quintessential 1950s monster in Universal Pictures' black-and-white three-dimenension film — made him a darling on the collectibles and sci-fi circuit.

"Creature" was released in 1954, when Chapman was a contract player at Universal. The 6-foot-5-inch Tahiti native got the part because of his size. He wore a foam rubber suit that defined his character: part-amphibian, part-man.

There were actually two actors who played the Gill Man. Chapman was the creature on land; Ricou Browning was the actor in water sequences.

Chapman also served in Korea with the Marine Corps, earning a Silver Star and Bronze Star. He also earned two Purple Hearts for battle injuries to his legs.

David Edwards

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — David Edwards, who was paralyzed during a 2003 high school football playoff game and whose injury was fictionalized in the TV show "Friday Night Lights," has died. He was 20.

Edwards, stricken with pneumonia since late last year, stopped breathing Monday night and slipped into a coma, his grandfather said. He died Wednesday at Northeast Methodist Hospital.

Edwards would have turned 21 on Saturday.

A junior defensive back at San Antonio Madison, Edwards broke his neck when he collided with an Austin Westlake wide receiver when both were reaching for a pass during a November 2003 playoff game.

Director and producer Peter Berg attended that game. The 2006 pilot episode featured a high school football player who breaks his neck and is paralyzed while trying to make a tackle.

Herschel Haworth Jr.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Herschel "Speedy" Haworth Jr., who played lead guitar on the 1950s country music show "Ozark Jubilee" and had hits with the original Porter Wagoner Trio, has died. He was 85.

Haworth died Tuesday in his Springfield home with his wife and daughter at his side, the family said. The singer and guitarist had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and last year broke his hip.

"Ozark Jubilee" was a nationally televised country music show produced in Springfield between 1955 and 1960.

After "Ozark Jubilee," Haworth toured with show host Red Foley's band. Haworth was also part of the original Porter Wagoner Trio which had the top-10 hit "Company's Comin'" and No. 1 hit "A Satisfied Mind."

Haworth was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease around 2001. Although he was retired, he continued to perform regularly at smaller gigs until he broke his hip a year ago. In the past few years, he sang more gospel music. In 1990, he joined Jan and Charles Lee to form the Goodwill Trio. They played in churches and for senior citizens.

Raymond Kane

HONOLULU (AP) — Raymond Kane, a Hawaiian slack key guitar master and teacher noted for welcoming students into his home, has died. He was 82.

Kane died Wednesday after being hospitalized for three months with respiratory problems. His wife, Elodia, confirmed the death.

Kane recorded his first album, "Nanakuli's Raymond Kane," in 1961. In 1987, he received a National Heritage Fellowship Award.

Barbara Seaman

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Seaman, an advocate for women's health who raised questions about the safety of birth control pills in the 1960s, has died. She was 72.

Seaman died Wednesday at her home from lung cancer, said Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women's Health Network, which Seaman helped found.

As a journalist in the 1960s, Seaman focused on the health risks associated with the oral contraceptive pill, which had recently come on the market.

In 1969, she wrote "The Doctors' Case Against the Pill," which looked at such risks as blood clots and strokes and led to Senate hearings in 1970. After the hearings, information about the risks began to be included with the pill.

Seaman continued her advocacy over the rest of her life. Among her other books are "Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones," ”The Greatest Experiment ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth," and "Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann," which was turned into a television movie.

Mike Smith

LONDON (AP) — Mike Smith, lead singer of Dave Clark Five, has died of pneumonia. He was 64.

Smith died Thursday, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at a hospital outside of London, said his agent, Margo Lewis.

He was admitted to the intensive care unit Wednesday morning with a chest infection, a complication from a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed below the ribcage with limited use of his upper body. Lewis said he was injured when he fell from a fence at his home in Spain in September 2003.

Smith had been in the hospital since the accident, and was just released last December when he moved into a specially prepared home near the hospital with his wife.

Smith wrote songs as well as singing and playing keyboards for the Dave Clark Five, one of many British rock acts whose music swept across the United States in the 1960s during the so-called British Invasion.

The Beatles are the best remembered, but at the time the Dave Clark Five posed the strongest threat, commercially and critically, to their pre-eminence.

The Dave Clark Five claimed a string of U.S. hits, including "Because," ”Glad All Over," and "I Like it Like That." By 1966, the band had made 12 appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show," then a record for any British group.

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