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January 27, 2003 GMT

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Jerome Jessie Berry, father of Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, died Friday at a nursing home, where he was receiving care for Parkinson’s disease. He was 68.

Berry, an Air Force veteran, had been a bus driver for the Bluebird travel lines. He was a porter at a Cleveland psychiatric hospital when he met Halle Berry’s mother, Judith, who was a nurse. They later divorced.

Halle Berry has said in published reports that she was estranged from her father since her childhood.

Hugh Trevor-Roper

LONDON (AP) _ Historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, who wrote ``The Last Days of Hitler″ but sullied his own reputation by incorrectly authenticating diaries said to have been the tyrant’s, died Sunday from cancer. He was 89.

Trevor-Roper, who received the title Lord Dacre of Glanton in 1979, was Oxford University’s Regius Professor of Modern History for 13 years before becoming master of the Cambridge college, Peterhouse.

It was his 1947 examination of Adolf Hitler’s demise, commissioned by the British government, that brought him the widest renown. But the Hitler expert suffered great embarrassment in 1983 when certain materials turned out to be forgeries.

On Trevor-Roper’s authentication, The Sunday Times agreed to pay the German magazine Stern for serialization rights to diaries supposedly written in Hitler’s own hand. But the German government revealed they were forgeries.

Trevor-Roper said Stern had assured him that all tests for authenticity were positive.

A Stern reporter and the confessed forger of the diaries were each sentenced to more than four years in prison.