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Hughes Death / Biography #488143

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 06, 1976
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(Studio) Autopsy performed on Howard Hughes.
REPORTER: Edwin Newman

(Houston, Texas) Body kept overnight at Methodist Hospital; security personnel guard body. Hughes dies of chronic kidney failure. [Hospital spokesperson Dr. Henry McINTOSH - explains function of kidneys.] Body taken to funeral home; funeral to be private. He'll be buried next to parents. Relatives supervise arrangements. Govt. wants fingerprints double checked to make sure it was Hughes.
REPORTER: George Lewis

(Studio) Hughes was alive when put on plane.
REPORTER: Edwin Newman

(Fort Lauderdale, Florida) Pilots, Roger Sutton and Jeff Abrams, describe Hughes to NBC artist, Shyrl Solomon. [SOLOMON - asks pilots questions about Hughes' features.] Drawing shown.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(Studio) Report on Hughes' life and will.
REPORTER: Edwin Newman

(Las Vegas, NV) Hughes 1st became famous as pilot and movie-maker. Sold TWA for $1/2 billion in 1966. He bought Hughes Air West with money from sale. He bought Las Vegas, NV, real estate. Hughes worth $2 billion. He lived in seclusion and out of United States for last 6 years Summa Corporation organized to handle his business affairs. Flags fly at 1/2 mast at Summa Corporation Hughes left will. Sources believe estate to be left in trust to support medical foundation. Frank West Gay to head corporation now. [Summa executive, Walter KANE - says tragic that Hughes had to die to prove he was alive.]

(DC) In 1948, Hughes made last public appearance before Senate subcommittee He turned his back on committee at end of hearing. In 1972, he held news conf. by telephone. [HUGHES VOICE - says not happy and content.]

Francis, Fred;
Lewis, George;
Neal, Roy;
Newman, Edwin

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