Deaths elsewhere: Jimi Jamison, Glenn Cornick, Manuel Pertegaz, Sergio Rodrigues

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Jimi Jamison, Survivor singer

Jimi Jamison, who sang lead on Survivor hits such as “Burning Heart” and “Is This Love,” died Aug. 31 or Sept. 1 at his home in Memphis. He was 63.

The cause was an apparent heart attack, said booking agent Sally Irwin.

Mr. Jamison joined the group in 1984, after it had already become known for “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song to the Sylvester Stallone film “Rocky III.” With Mr. Jamison replacing vocalist Dave Bickler, the band had several more hits and remained a popular touring act in recent years. Mr. Jamison also co-wrote and sang “I’m Always Here,” the theme to “Baywatch.”

A native of Mississippi, Mr. Jamison was a member of Target and Cobra before joining Survivor.

Glenn Cornick, Jethro Tull bassist

Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, died Aug. 28 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 67.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Drew Cornick.

Mr. Cornick performed with Jethro Tull from its inception in late 1967 until 1970. The band’s vocalist and flutist, Ian Anderson, said on the band’s Web site that Mr. Cornick brought bravado to Jethro Tull’s early stage performances.

Manuel Pertegaz, Spanish fashion designer

Manuel Pertegaz, one of Spain’s most admired fashion designers who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Ava Gardner, died Aug. 30 in Barcelona. He was 96.

In a statement, Spain’s education and culture minister, José Ignacio Wert, announced the death but did not cite a cause. The statement said Mr. Pertegaz had “dressed queens, princesses, actresses and countless celebrities” in a long career that took off after he opened his first shop in Barcelona at 25.

In 1953, he made his first trip to the United States and presented his collection in New York, Boston, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Queen Letizia chose a Pertegaz wedding dress for her marriage in 2004 to then-Prince Felipe.

Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian designer

Sergio Rodrigues, a Brazilian furniture designer whose “Mole” armchair is among the most celebrated pieces of Brazilian mid-century design, died Sept. 1 at his home in Rio de Janeiro. He was 86.

The cause was liver failure, said Mr. Rodrigues’s secretary, Carla Claro.

A Rio native, Mr. Rodrigues studied architecture before turning to furniture design. According to his official biography, he designed more than 1,200 different pieces of furniture, although none would prove as enduring a hit as his “Mole” armchair, the name of which means “soft” in Portuguese. Created in 1957, the award-winning chair has a squat wooden frame topped by interlocking leather pillows fitted with thick straps.

The design garnered the top prize in the Cantu international furniture competition in Italy in 1961. In 1974, New York’s Museum of Modern Art acquired a “Mole” armchair for its collection, the biography said.

Like many of his other designs, the chair initially was made from jacaranda, a prized Brazilian hardwood that was harvested into near-oblivion. The factory licensed to produce his designs then switched to woods such as eucalyptus, pau marfim and ivory wood.

— From news services

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