EDWARD KLEBAN, 48, who wrote the lyrics for "A Chorus Line," Broadway's longest-running show, died of cancer Dec. 28 at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City.

Mr. Kleban made his Broadway debut with the musical that brought him a Tony, a Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. He received an Oscar nomination for the film version of the show.

"A Chorus Line," the story of a group of dancers auditioning for a Broadway musical, opened at the Shubert Theater in New York on July 25, 1975, and is still running.

RAEBURN L. VAN BUREN, 96, who illustrated hundreds of magazine articles and drew the comic strip "Abbie an' Slats," died Dec. 29 after a fall at his home in Great Neck, N.Y..

Mr. Van Buren began "Abbie an' Slats," a comic strip about life in small-town America featuring a lovable curmudgeon named Bathless Groggins, in 1937. In its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, "Abbie an' Slats" was carried by nearly 400 newspapers. It ran until 1971.

SHELDON ANDELSON, 56, a prominent gay leader, member of the board of regents of the University of California and fund-raiser for such politicians as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and former vice president Walter F. Mondale, died of complications from AIDS Dec. 29 at his home in Los Angeles.

Mr. Andelson was a multimillionaire, lawyer, patron of the arts, and founder and chairman of the West Hollywood-based Bank of Los Angeles, but he was probably best known for his political activities. He raised huge amounts of money for liberal politicians at lavish parties he threw at his Bel-Air home and his West Hollywood restaurant, Trumps.