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Marika Rivera, Daughter of Artist Diego Rivera, Dies in England

LONDON (AP).- Marika Rivera, a daughter of the Mexican artist Diego Rivera, has died in England, her son said Tuesday. She was 90. She died Jan. 14 of advanced dementia at Chestnut House nursing home in Charlton Down, England, said David Phillips, her son by her second marriage. Rivera, a film and stage actress who had little contact with or support from her father, was born from his tempestuous affair with the Russian-born artist Marevna Vorobieff. They moved in the same revolutionary avant garde circles with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, George Braque, Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani. Diego Rivera found Vorobieff’s “wild beauty” irresistible despite her reputation for a ferocious temper. The affair ended violently as Marevna — by then pregnant — pulled a knife, cut the back of Rivera’s neck and then