Passages

updated 05/17/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/17/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Vintner Julio Gallo, 83, who with his businessman brother Ernest, 84, created one of the most successful wineries in the world, died May 2 after a car he was driving plunged into a ravine on his ranch near Tracy, Calif. His wife, Aileen, 80, and a granddaughter, Gina Gallo, 26, were also hurt in the crash. The E. & J. Gallo Winery, founded in 1933, thrived by mass-marketing affordable wine to the American public. Last year the Gallo winery sold more than $1 billion worth of wine and accounted for more than a quarter of the U.S. market....

Crossword puzzle master Will Weng, 86, who edited the confounding, highly regarded puzzles in The New York Times'& daily and Sunday editions from 1968 to 1978, died on May 2 in New York City of throat cancer. Weng was also the editor for numerous crossword compilation books....

Pro football player David Waymer, 34, who during his 13 years in the NFL played for the New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49ers and, at the time of his death, the Los Angeles Raiders, died at his farm in Mooresville, N.C., on April 30. A preliminary autopsy found cocaine traces in his blood, but the exact cause of the defensive back's death remains unknown, pending additional testing.

Viscount Linley, 31, the son of Britain's Princess Margaret and her ex-husband, Lord Snowdon, is officially engaged to Serena Stanhope. 23, a London-based publicist for the Giorgio Armani fashion line. David Linley, a talented carpenter who runs a high-end furniture-making company, met Stanhope when he was working on some commissions for her father, Viscount Petersham. Queen Elizabeth II has granted her permission for the match, and an autumn wedding in London is expected.

Rock groupie extraordinaire Cynthia Albritton (aka Cynthia Plaster Caster), 46, won a court battle on April 26 in Los Angeles with music publisher Herb Cohen over the possession of 23 statuettes of the semiprivate parts of Jimi Hendrix and other rockers. Plaster Caster, who was featured in the documentary Groupies (1971), made a name for herself in the '60s by meeting and molding in plaster of paris some of the biggest names in rock. After her home was burglarized in the early '70s, she gave Cohen the models for safekeeping. Claiming a business debt, he never gave them back, but he did recast the original plaster models in bronze. Two years ago, Plaster Caster sued him for possession of the bronze replicas and $1 million in damages. Cohen has been ordered to turn over the replicas to her and pay $10,000 in damages.

As has many a rock star before him, U2 bassist Adam Clayton, 33, found what he was looking for on a fashion-show runway. British-born supermodel Naomi Campbell, 22, flashing an emerald engagement ring, told an Irish talk show host on May 2 that Clayton had proposed on the phone a week earlier. No wedding date has been set. Campbell's active pre-betrothal life included romances with Eric Clapton, Mike Tyson and, very recently, Robert De Niro....

Northern Exposure's Darren Burrows, 27, who plays whimsical aspiring film auteur-general handyman Ed Chigliak, is engaged to chef Melinda Delgado, 28, whom he met while on location in Washington State. There's no wedding date yet, but the two plan a short engagement.

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