12/04/1995 at 01:00 AM EST
Russian-born skating champion Sergei Grinkov, 28, collapsed and died of a heart attack on Nov. 20 while practicing with his wife, Ekaterina Gordeeva, 24, in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the Olympic ice arena. An autopsy revealed that he had severe heart disease. The couple, who lived in Simsbury, Conn., were preparing for an upcoming Stars on Ice tour. Best known for their quadruple twist, in which he threw her for a four-revolution spin, Grinkov and Gordeeva won Olympic gold medals in pairs figure skating in 1988 and 1994. The two, who had skated together since 1982, began dating in 1989 and married in 1991, a year after they turned professional. Their daughter Daria was born in 1992....
Science fiction writer Jack Finney, 84, died of pneumonia on Nov. 14 at Marin General Hospital in Green-brae, Calif. Finney penned the 1970 cult classic Time and Again as well as its sequel, From Time to Time. Several of his novels were made into movies, among them the popular 1956 thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers, based on his novel The Body Snatchers.
After refusing to do so for four years, state legislative leaders in Texas voted unanimously on Nov. 15 to pay whistle-blower George Green, 47, $13.8 million after he was awarded a settlement by a Travis County jury in 1991. Green had filed suit when he was fired after exposing wrongdoing on state construction jobs by state workers and contractors to his bosses at the Texas Department of Human Services in 1989. Green, an architect, will receive about $8.9 million; the rest of the award will go to his lawyers and to Houston businessman James U. King, who lent Green money to help finance his legal battle.
Attorney General Janet Reno, 57, revealed at a Washington press conference on Nov. 16 that she has Parkinson's disease, a degenerative nervous-system disorder that causes muscular stiffness and involuntary trembling. Reno, who was diagnosed four weeks ago, plans to stay on the job and treat her symptoms with medication....
Queen Mother Elizabeth, 95, underwent surgery on Nov. 16 to replace her right hip at London's King Edward VII's Hospital for Officers. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the mother of Queen Elizabeth II is making a "good recovery" and is due to be released in about two weeks.
Actor Kiefer Sutherland, 28, and fellow Canadian Kelly Winn, 32, plan a summer wedding. Sutherland, who never made it to the altar four years ago with actress Julia Roberts
, was wed once before, to Camelia Kath, with whom he has a daughter, Sarah, 7. Winn has two sons, Julian, 6, and Timothy, 3, from a previous relationship....
Atlanta-based Heather Whitestone, 22, Miss America 1995, and John McCallum, 25, a legislative aide to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, became engaged on Nov. 16.