‘General Hospital’ actor John Ingle dies at 84

Posted Sept. 17, 2012, at 9:03 p.m.

NEW YORK — An actor who for two decades played a scheming patriarch on the daytime drama “General Hospital” has died in Los Angeles. ABC says John Ingle was 84.

Ingle took over the role as the ruthless Edward Quartermaine in 1993 and made his final appearance in an episode airing last week. He died Sunday.

In a career spanning more than 30 years he had acting credits in TV shows including “Days of Our Lives,” ”Big Love” and “The Drew Carey Show” and in films such as “Batman and Robin” and “Heathers.”

The native of Tulsa, Okla., was a graduate of Occidental College. He taught at Hollywood High School, UCLA and Beverly Hills High School.

His wife of 57 years, Grace-Lynne Martin, died in February. He is survived by their five daughters.

Norwegian Princess Ragnhild dies in Brazil at age 82

OSLO, Norway — Norway’s royal palace says King Harald’s sister Princess Ragnhild has died. She was 82.

The palace says Ragnhild died Sunday at her home in Rio de Janeiro. The cause of death was not given.

The eldest child of King Olav and Crown Princess Martha, Ragnhild could not ascend to the Norwegian throne because the Scandinavian country’s Constitution only allowed male succession.

In 1953, Ragnhild married a commoner, Norwegian businessman Erling Sven Lorentzen, and the couple settled in Brazil.

The royal household says a funeral service will be held at the palace but the date and time have not yet been determined.

Former outfielder Tom Saffell dies at 91

SARASOTA, Fla. — Tom Saffell, former major league outfielder and longtime Gulf Coast Rookie League president, has died. He was 91.

Saffell’s daughter, Cari Llewellyn, confirmed Monday that Saffell died last week. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune said he developed pneumonia after having surgery for a broken hip suffered in a fall.

“He had an amazing life,” Llewellyn said. “He had quite a career. He worked up until he was 89 years old. He was quite a man.”

Saffell spent parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Athletics, hitting .238 with six homers and 40 RBIs in 271 games. He played 17 seasons in the minors — including Triple-A stops with Indianapolis, Hollywood, Portland, Los Angeles and Spokane — and managed seven seasons in the minors.

President of the Gulf Coast Rookie League from 1979 to 2009, he was honored in 1999 as “King of Baseball” at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Anaheim, Calif.

Saffell also was a fighter pilot during World War II.

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