Passages

UPDATED 08/07/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/07/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

Colorado housewife Virginia Tighe Morrow, 72, who 41 years ago sparked a national debate on reincarnation after she claimed under hypnosis to have lived before, died of breast cancer on July 12 near Denver. In 1952 businessman and amateur hypnotist Morey Bernstein offered to hypnotize Morrow to relieve her allergies. When he did, she spoke in a heavy brogue of a past as a 19th-century Irishwoman known as Bridey Murphy. Morrow shunned fame and profit after Bernstein wrote the 1956 bestseller The Search for Bridey Murphy....

White-haired country singer Charlie Rich, 62, known as the Silver Fox, died of a blood clot in his right lung on July 25 at a Hammond, La., motel, where he and his wife, Margaret, were staying while traveling from their Memphis home to Florida. In the early '70s, Rich's ballads "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl" topped the country charts. In 1974 he was voted the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year....

On July 25, Broward County, Fla., medical examiner Dr. Joshua Perper ruled that model Krissy Taylor's death on July 2 was caused by previously undiagnosed bronchial asthma. Perper said it was possible, but extremely unlikely, that the 17-year-old's use of a Primatene Mist inhaler triggered a heart arrhythmia that led to her death. His tests confirmed autopsy findings that Taylor's body showed no signs of illegal drugs, alcohol or the effects of an eating disorder....

Republican George Romney, 88, three-term governor of Michigan during the '60s and for four years Richard Nixon's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, died in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on July 26 of a heart attack. In 1968, Romney's presidential hopes were dashed after he stated that U.S. generals had "brainwashed" him during his 1965 tour of Vietnam.

Democratic political strategist James Carville, 50, and his wife, Mary Matalin, 41, the former Bush campaign operative who cohosts CNBC's Equal Time, welcomed their first child, Matalin Mary (8 lbs., 10 ozs.) on July 20 in Washington....

Yasser, that's his baby! Zahwa Arafat (5 lbs., 4 ozs.), a girl, was born on July 24 to PLO leader Yasser Arafat, 65, and his wife, Suha, 32, in Paris (sanitary conditions are poor in Gaza, where the Arafats live). Though this is the couple's first child together, Arafat has, over the years, adopted more than 50 orphans from refugee camps.

Two thieves took off with singer Paula Abdul's white 1994 300 SL Mercedes-Benz on July 18, when she left it running outside a restaurant in Encino, Calif. Abdul, 32, had gone to get a valet-parking ticket. The car has not been found.

Singer Wayne Osmond, 43, brother of Donny and Marie, had a malignant brain tumor removed on July 16 at a Durham, N.C., hospital. Released on July 22, he is in excellent condition. Brother Alan (PEOPLE, 6/19/95) has multiple sclerosis.

Some 650 guests, 100 guards and one rabbi stood by when actor Tom Arnold, 36, married Julie Champnella, 22, a former student at Eastern Michigan University, on July 22 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Mich. Former Saturday Night Live comic Chris Farley was Arnold's best man. It is the bride's first marriage, Arnold's second. He was divorced from Roseanne last year.

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