Deaths of note from around the world:

Bob Thomas, 92: Started reporting when Clark Gable was a middle-aged king, Bette Davis was in her big-eyed prime, and Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall were emerging stars. “Independent” movies were a rarity during the studio-controlled era and celebrity gossip was dispensed by columnists like Thomas, not the Internet. Died Friday in Encino, Calif.

Edward Haughey, 70: A Northern Irish peer who founded a veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturing business to become one of Ireland’s richest men. Reportedly was in a helicopter crash. Died Thursday in Gillingham, Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Robert Rickel, 90: Along with two brothers founded a chain of home improvement stores that were precursors to retail giants like Home Depot and Lowe’s. Died Sunday Boca Raton, Fla.

Hal Douglas, 89: a voice-over artist who narrated thousands of movie trailers in a gravelly baritone heard by “audiences everywhere,” as he might have put it, “thrilled by images never before seen ... until now!” Died March 7 in Lovettsville, Va.

Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell, 91: A former model, agent, charm-school director and newspaper publisher who almost single-handedly opened the modeling profession to African-Americans. Died Feb. 28 in Manhattan.

Richard Bomze, 76: The owner-breeder of champion New York-bred brothers Fourstardave and Fourstars Allstar. He was a past president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and was voted outstanding breeder three times by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders. Died Tuesday in Hollywood, Fla.

— From wire reports