Wife of Texas Representative

Elizabeth "Dearie" Cabell, 84, widow of Rep. Earle Cabell (D-Tex.), died Jan. 4 at her home in Dallas. The cause of death was not reported.

Her husband, who died in 1975, was mayor of Dallas when President Kennedy was fatally shot there. The Cabells were in the car behind the president's as the motorcade made its way through downtown. From 1964 to 1972, when Cabell served in Congress, they lived in Arlington.


Chinese Diplomat

Chen Zhifang, 84, who served as China's ambassador to half a dozen nations and was director of China's College of Diplomacy, died Dec. 25 of an unspecified illness, the Chinese Central Television reported.

Mr. Chen was ambassador to Syria, Iraq, Uganda, Switzerland and Vietnam. He also was China's representative at the United Nations Seabed Conference in Geneva in 1972. He directed the state College of Diplomacy, which trains foreign service personnel, from 1962 to 1964.



Steve Clark, 30, guitarist for the heavy metal rock group Def Leppard, was found dead at his London home Jan. 8. There were no obvious injuries and no suspicion of foul play, Scotland Yard reported. An autopsy will be conducted.

Def Leppard started in a garage in Sheffield, northern England, and got a record contract from Polygram in 1979. Ten years later, in a 1989 American survey, the band was reputed to earn $28 million a year.


Serbian Leader

Marko Nikezic, 69, a liberal Serbian leader who was stripped of power in Yugoslavia in 1972 by Communist ruler Josip Broz Tito, died of cancer Jan. 6, the state news agency in Prague reported.

Mr. Nikezic was Yugoslavia's foreign minister from 1965 to 1968 after serving as an ambassador to several countries, including the United States.

He was retired along with several of his associates after proposing changes such as making his republic's economy more market-oriented. He never appeared in public life again.