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RIP: Fashion Designer Michele Savoia

We pay tribute this morning to Michele Savoia, a fashion designer who was reported missing in New York City last Thursday and whose body – very sadly – was found over the weekend, floating in the Hudson River.

From a New York Times report by Michael Schwirtz:

A close friend, Kevin James Dalton, said it appeared that Mr. Savoia slipped on the aluminum ramp leading to his boat at Pier 59 and fell into the near-freezing water after a night of partying.

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Public Memorial Set for News 12 Long Island Anchor Judy Martin

There has been an outpouring of shock, grief and speculation about the sudden death of 49-year-old News 12 Long Island anchor Judy Martin.

Here are a couple of noteworthy, respectful comments left below Newsday TV critic Vern Gay‘s February 2 item:

Greg Marcus: I am stunned beyond belief that Judy is gone. She was incredibly kind and supportive to me as a new writer and as a person. She spent an hour with me on the phone giving me suggestions in December. I am very new to the field of life balance, and to get the support and encouragement from someone established and in the media meant the world to me. While I was just getting to know her, I feel like I lost someone close to me. I can only imagine how hard this must be for those who were close to her. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

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EW Writer Shares Three-Act Philip Seymour Hoffman Memory

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsDavid Carr‘s circa 2008 thoughts about Philip Seymour Hoffman generated, deservedly, a lot of attention. Today comes another equally wonderful journalist-POV remembrance from Entertainment Weekly senior film writer Anthony Breznican.

The stakes here – beginning circa 2007 – are equally high, as reflected by the headline “The Night Philip Seymour Hoffman Changed My Life…“. We’re not going to spoil the details; you’ll have to read Breznican’s item to get the full brunt of this vivid trajectory.

To set the scene, the writer recalls that he and his wife Jill sat across from Hoffman for a restaurant dinner at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival promoting The Savages:

While the actor wasn’t into talking about himself or movies, he loved talking about novels and stories: We discussed John Updike, Philip Roth and Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter, and soon we were getting comfortable with each other. The conversation shifted to family. Hoffman and his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, had a toddler son at the time — they would go on to have two more children — and my wife and I were then thinking about having children ourselves…

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Friends, Colleagues Pay Tribute to Daryl Robinson, a.k.a. ‘Dr. Mixologist’

DarrylRobinsonPicOn Facebook, Daryl Robinson‘s personal assistant Monique described her suddenly departed boss as warm-hearted:

He was full of light and charisma… He was like a big brother to me.

In Wednesday’s New York Post report about the 50-year-old former Cooking Channel show host being found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, neighbor Mark Holmes said Robinson was fully invested in their Bedford-Stuyvesant community:

“He was a real nice, cool guy. He always donated stuff to the block. We have a big block association. He always participated in everything.”

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David Carr Remembers the Time Philip Seymour Hoffman Wrestled Rainn Wilson

DavidCarrMediumLogoIt happened at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, MC-ed under the Santa Monica big top by Rainn Wilson. As New York Times media critic David Carr recalls via a medium.com blog post, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman displayed a lack of vanity that is unusual among Hollywood types.

Reading the following passage, we thought also of Jack Nicholson on-screen in Terms of Endearment, letting his belly hang out as astronaut Garrett Breedlove. From Carr’s piece:

A gauntlet was thrown and the two men collided mid-room, rolling under tables, grappling for their lives in a ferocious, spontaneous death match. Hoffman had a belly, but the man was not soft — he gave as good as he got, huffing and puffing the whole time.

Somewhere in there, his pants slipped, and he was selling a fair amount of crack. It was not his best feature, but he did not seem to care, instead concentrating on the matter at hand, which was fighting Wilson to a joyous and crowd-pleasing standstill.

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BREAKING: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in His West Village Apartment

At the age of 46, Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has suddenly and shockingly left us.

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Per a brief news item this afternoon by Wall Street Journal criminal justice reporter Pervaiz Shallwani:

Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law enforcement official said.

The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Hoffman, a native of Fairport, NY, was last seen notably on screen as Lancaster Dodd in The Master. He had a number of film projects in the pipeline, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2, for which he reprised the role of Plutarch Heavensbee. RIP.

Here’s the police and media activity on Bethune Street Sunday afternoon:

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Colleagues Mourn the Passing of Window & Door Editor

JohnSwansonPicWhen Fenestration, the first North American magazine targeted at the residential window and door market, was launched in 1987, John Swanson was at the helm. In 1999, he moved over to the National Glass Association and for 14 years preceding his death from cancer at age 52 over the weekend, oversaw the trade group’s magazine Window & Door as editor and, eventually, associate publisher.

On a memorial page set up today for Swanson, comments have begun pouring in. Here’s just one:

Mike Reier: Having the pleasure to work with John over the last 13 years has been very special and rewarding. There was a quality that he possessed that was one of giving and a quiet demeanor that was always present. As I was beginning to work in this industry John had been the recipient of my too numerous questions, only to say “that’s not problem” and would contribute a profound opinion.

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RIP: Oz’s Last Remaining Female ‘Munchkin’

MunchkinsOzCoverRuth Robinson Duccini was 95. Her death from natural causes Thursday in Las Vegas leaves 93-year-old Los Angeles resident Jerry Maren as the last surviving member of the cast of 124 “Munchkins” from 1939 movie classic The Wizard of Oz.

Duccini’s death was confirmed to the AP by Stephen Cox, author of 1996 book The Munchkins of Oz. He told the wire service he learned of the passing from the performer’s son:

Duccini worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Santa Monica, CA during World War II, using her short [four-foot-tall] stature to squeeze into hard-to-reach parts of planes. She also appeared in the [1981 movie] spoof Under the Rainbow starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.

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Photographer Recalls Pair of Very Different Ariel Sharon Shoots

NYTMagazineArielSharonCoverIn many cases, memories of a suddenly departed towering political figure are the most arresting when presented unconventionally, or at least in a format far removed from the straight obit. Such is the case with Henry Kissinger‘s WaPo tribute and photographer Gillian Laub‘s wonderful piece in Tablet magazine about her experiences with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Laub was given zero advance notice by the New York Times Magazine in 2004. Although the reporter, James Bennet, had been working on the piece for a year, permission to photograph the PM had come suddenly. Within hours of getting the call, Laub was on an overnight flight to the faraway destination, where things quickly ran afoul:

After blowing way too many fuses, I never like to be dependent on anybody’s electricity, so I only use portable lights, and each battery weighs about ten pounds and looks like a lead brick. When [security at Sharon's Jerusalem office] ran a background check on me, they saw I’d been in Ramallah and Nablus two months before. I was interrogated for an hour.

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RIP: A LIFE Photographer Who Covered It All

At the beginning of his tribute to John Dominis, the celebrated LIFE photographer who passed away Monday in New York City at age 92, LIFE.com editor Ben Cosgrove writes: “We won’t see your like again.” Cosgrove is absolutely and, sadly, right.

Dominis belonged to another era. The one before cell phones, Instagram and filters made everyone a photographer; a time when folks in the U.S. relied on three network TV channels and a small number of news magazines for the domestic and international scoop.

Cosgrove frames a slide show of 33 Dominis photos, each worth a thousand words. We urge you to click on over to LIFE.com, go full screen and bask in the incredible composition of Dominis’ shots, like this one taken in Vietnam in 1961:

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