Bill Belew, 76, the costume designer who created Elvis Presley's jumpsuits and the tight black leather outfit worn on the singer's 1968 television special, died Jan. 7 in Palm Springs after battling diabetes. In his nearly 50-year career, Belew designed costumes for many stars of stage, screen and television, ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Gloria Estefan.
Clyde Otis, 83, a songwriter and record producer who was one of the first black executives at a major record company, Mercury Records, died Jan. 8 in Englewood, N.J.
Harold Light, 86, a retired FBI special agent who oversaw construction of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., died Dec. 18 of complications from cancer surgery and a stroke in Newark, Del.
Pier Miranda Ferraro, 83, an Italian tenor who sang in the 1960s and 1970s and was noted for his interpretation of Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello," died Friday at his home in Milan.
Peter Staudhammer, 73, who helped design the engine that landed astronauts on the surface of the moon, died Monday from complications of cancer at his home in La Quinta, Calif.