Deaths of note from around the world:
Mickey Baker, 87: Guitarist whose prickly, piercing riffs were featured on dozens if not hundreds of recordings and helped propel the evolution of rhythm and blues into rock ’n’ roll. Died Tuesday at his home in Montastruc-la-Conseillere, near Toulouse in southwestern France.
Jakes Gerwel, 66: Advocate for the end of apartheid in South Africa and later a longtime friend and trusted aide to former President Nelson Mandela. Died Wednesday in Cape Town, South Africa.
George Kern, 86: Lawyer who was an architect of corporate mergers in the 1980’s, pioneering the practice. Died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan.