Brazil's most famous architect, an eminent jazz musician, an outrageous boxer and a radical Indian politician
Obituary series. Matthew Bannister on Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, Indian politician Bal Thackeray and boxer Hector Camacho.
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The Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The lover of curves designed most of the important buildings in his country's capital city. Lord Foster pays tribute.
Also: Dave Brubeck - the jazz composer and pianist, known for writing in unusual time signatures. Julian Joseph pays tribute at the piano.
The Indian politician Bal Thackeray, a former cartoonist who cited Walt Disney and Adolf Hitler as his key influences and led the extremist Hindu party which dominated Mumbai.
And the flamboyant Puerto Rican boxer Hector Camacho. Notorious for his party lifestyle, he died in a drive-by shooting.
Last Word spoke to fellow architects Sir Norman Foster and Thomas Deckker and to Head of Awards at RIBA, Tony Chapman. Born 15 December 1907; died 5 December 2012 aged 104.