Jayne Cortez
Performance artist, poet

Jayne Cortez, 78, a poet, activist and performance artist who blended oral and written traditions into numerous books and musical recordings, died of a heart ailment Dec. 28 in New York. The Organization of Women Writers of Africa, which she helped found, confirmed her death to the Associated Press.

Ms. Cortez was a prominent figure in the black arts movement of the 1960s and ’70s that advocated art as a vehicle for political protest. She cited her experiences trying to register black voters in Mississippi in the early 1960s as a key influence.

Her books included “Scarifications” and “Mouth On Paper.” In her recordings, she often chanted indictments of racism, sexism and capitalism. She performed all over the world and her work was translated into 28 languages

She was born Sallie Jayne Richardson and grew up in Los Angeles. In 1954, she married the avant-garde saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Their son, Denardo Coleman, became a drummer with his father and later collaborated with his mother on projects.

After her divorce from Coleman, Ms. Cortez was married to sculptor Melvin Edwards.

New York Giants football player Bryan Stoltenberg in 1998. (Associated Press/Associated Press/NFL)
Bryan Stoltenberg
Football player

Bryan Stoltenberg, 40, an All-America offensive lineman for the University of Colorado, died Jan. 4 at his home in Sugarland, Tex. The university announced that Mr. Stoltenberg had undergone several operations after a car accident last month.

A two-time first-team All-Big Eight center in the mid-1990s, Mr. Stoltenberg was picked by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 1996 draft. He played 50 games for the Chargers, the New York Giants and the Carolina Panthers.

Mr. Stoltenberg played at Colorado under coaches Bill McCartney and Rick Neuheisel. He was a blocker for Rashaan Salaam, who rushed for a school record of 2,055 yards in 1994 and won the Heisman Trophy.

— From news services