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Chuck Wielgus

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, who led
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USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, who led a federation that brought home 156 Olympic medals during his 20 years at the helm, died April 23, 2017, from complications of colon cancer. He was 67. He is seen here in an undated photo. Newsday's obituary for Chuck Wielgus

Truly Nolen

Truly David Nolen, the founder of the international
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Truly David Nolen, the founder of the international pest control company known for its fleet of yellow "mouse cars," died April 18, 2017. He was 89. Newsday's obituary for Truly Nolen

Michele Scarponi

Michele Scarponi crosses the finish line of the
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Michele Scarponi crosses the finish line of the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia in Benevento, Italy, on May 28, 2009. Scarponi died April 22, 2017 after being hit by a van during training in Filottrano, central Italy. He was 37. Newsday's obituary for Michele Scarponi

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Erin Moran

Erin Moran, the former child star who played
(Credit: AP / Wally Fong)

Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died April 22, 2017. She was 56. She is seen here in a Feb. 19, 1982 photo. Newsday's obituary for Erin Moran

Sandy Gallin

Sandy Gallin, a Hollywood agent and manager who
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Sandy Gallin, a Hollywood agent and manager who guided Dolly Parton and other celebrity icons and helped steer Michael Jackson through scandal and career crisis, died April 21, 2017, after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was 76. He is seen here in a 1999 photo. Newsday's obituary for Sandy Gallin

Magdalena Abakanowicz

Renowned sculptor and fiber artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, Poland's
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Renowned sculptor and fiber artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, Poland's leading visual artist, died April 20, 2017 at 86. She is seen here in a 2006 photo at an installation in Chicago. Newsday's obituary for Magdalena Abakanowicz

Cuba Gooding Sr.

Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit
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Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool," was found dead due an unknown cause in a car on Thursday, April 20, 2017. He was 72. He is seen here in an Aug. 18, 1999, photo. Newsday's obituary for Cuba Gooding Sr.

Jay Dickey

Jay Dickey, a four-term Arkansas congressman who sponsored
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Jay Dickey, a four-term Arkansas congressman who sponsored a bill to prevent certain research on gun violence and its impact on public health -- and who later said he regretted the law -- died April 20, 2017 at 77. He is seen here in an Oct. 13, 2002, photo. Newsday's obituary for Jay Dickey

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Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg

Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, longtime publisher of The Chattanooga
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Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, longtime publisher of The Chattanooga Times and a member of the family that controls The New York Times, died April 19, 2017. She was 96. She is shown in an undated photo. Newsday's obituary for Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg

William Tolley

William Tolley, of Bethpage, a 14-year veteran of
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William Tolley, of Bethpage, a 14-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, died April 20, 2017, in a fall from a roof while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens. Tolley, 42, and leaves a wife and daughter, age 8. Newsday's obituary for William Tolley

Sylvia Moy

Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy, the storied recording studio's
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Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy, the storied recording studio's first female producer who penned or collaborated on several hits, including Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" and Marvin Gaye's "It Takes Two," died April 15, 2017 of complication from pneumonia. She was 78. She is shown in a 2006 photo. Newsday's obituary for Sylvia Moy

Tom Fleming

Tom Fleming, a two-time winner of the New
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Tom Fleming, a two-time winner of the New York City Marathon, died April 19, 2017, while coaching his New Jersey middle school team at a meet, in Verona, N.J. He was 65. He is No. 5 in an April 17, 1984 photo from the marathon. Newsday's obituary for Tom Fleming

Lynn Whiting

Lynn S. Whiting, who trained Lil E. Tee
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Lynn S. Whiting, who trained Lil E. Tee to an upset victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, died April 19, 2017. He was 77. Whiting is seen on May 3, 2016. Newsday's obituary for Lynn Whiting

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Bernard "Buddy" Levine

Dr. Bernard Levine and his wife, Connie, right,
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Dr. Bernard Levine and his wife, Connie, right, pose for a picture with singer-actress Debbie Reynolds. The physician, who died of Alzheimer's disease on April 9, 2017, treated Reynolds before she was to perform at the Westbury Music Fair show 40 years ago. The Levines maintained a 40-year friendship with Reynolds. He was 78. Newsday's obituary for Bernard "Buddy" Levine

Aaron Hernandez

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in
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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, April 19, 2017, while serving a life sentence for murder. Hernandez was found by guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, just after 3 a.m. He was 27. He is shown in an April 14, 2017 photo. Newsday's obituary for Aaron Hernandez

Dorrance Hill Hamilton

Dorrance Hill Hamilton, a philanthropist who gave millions
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Dorrance Hill Hamilton, a philanthropist who gave millions of dollars to Philadelphia educational and cultural institutions, died April 18, 2017. She was 88. She is shown in a July 22, 2004 photo. Newsday's obituary for Dorrance Hill Hamilton

Jim Fitzgerald

Jim Fitzgerald, a longtime Associated Press writer and
(Credit: AP / Ellen Nimmons)

Jim Fitzgerald, a longtime Associated Press writer and editor in New York who helped shape the news service's coverage of stories from terror attacks to the evolving landscape of aging, died April 17, 2017. He was 66. Newsday's obituary for Jim Fitzgerald

Sheila Abdus-Salaam

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a highly respected judge --
(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a highly respected judge -- and the first black woman to serve on New York State's highest court -- was found dead April 12, 2017. Abdus-Salaam, seen here on April 20, 2013, was 65. Newsday's obituary for Sheila Abdus-Salaam

Carme Chacon

Carme Chacón, Spain's first female defense minister and
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Carme Chacón, Spain's first female defense minister and a prominent socialist party leader, died April 9, 2017 from a heart condition she had had since birth. Chacón, seen here on April 29, 2016, was 46. Newsday's obituary for Carme Chacon

Alexei Abrikosov

Alexei Abrikosov, a Russian-born physicist who won the
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Alexei Abrikosov, a Russian-born physicist who won the Nobel Prize for theoretical work on materials that can carry strong electric currents without resistance and are vital in science, technology and medicine, died March 29, 2017. Abrikosov, seen here on Oct. 7, 2003, was 88. Newsday's obituary for Alexei Abrikosov

Emma Morano

Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person
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Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person who is also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s, died April 15, 2017 at her home in northern Italy. She is shown posing next to a picture depicting her when she was young, in Verbania, Italy on May 13, 2016. Newsday's obituary for Emma Morano

Clifton James

Clifton James, the actor, best known for his
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Clifton James, the actor, best known for his portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, died April 15, 2017. James, seen here in an undated photo, was 96. Newsday's obituary for Clifton James

Teddy Getty Gaston

Teddy Getty Gaston, the last wife of oil
(Credit: Los Angeles Times / Al Seib)

Teddy Getty Gaston, the last wife of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, died April 8, 2017. Gaston, seen here in 2013, was 103. Newsday's obituary for Teddy Getty Gaston

Wayne Hardin

Former Navy coach Wayne Hardin, who led the
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Former Navy coach Wayne Hardin, who led the Midshipmen to two top-five finishes in the AP poll, died April 12, 2017 after suffering a massive stroke. He was 91. He is shown with quarterback Roger Staubach in 1964. Newsday's obituary for Wayne Hardin

Dan Rooney

Dan Rooney, a sportsman and a statesman whose
(Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar)

Dan Rooney, a sportsman and a statesman whose family has owned the Pittsburgh Steelers since their inception and who served as ambassador to Ireland during the Obama administration, died April 13, 2017. He was 84. This photo is from Jan. 14, 2009. Newsday's obituary for Dan Rooney

Linda Hopkins

Actress and gospel singer Linda Hopkins, who won
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Actress and gospel singer Linda Hopkins, who won a Tony Award in 1972 for the musical "Inner City," died April 10, 2017. She was 92. Newsday's obituary for Linda Hopkins

Charlie Murphy

Comedian Charlie Murphy, older brother of actor-comedian Eddie
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Comedian Charlie Murphy, older brother of actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, died April 12, 2017 of leukemia. Murphy, seen here on Nov. 3, 2012, was 57. Newsday's obituary for Charlie Murphy

Dorothy Mengering

David Letterman and his mother, Dorothy Mengering, at
(Credit: AP / Michael Conroy)

David Letterman and his mother, Dorothy Mengering, at the dedication of David Letterman Communication and Media Building in Muncie, Ind., in 2007. Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's late-night show, died April 11, 2017. She was 95. Newsday's obituary for Dorothy Mengering

Stephen Caracappa

Stephen Caracappa, one of the infamous
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Stephen Caracappa, one of the infamous "Mafia Cops" convicted in 2006 of carrying out murders for the mob while working with the NYPD, died April 8, 2017 in prison while serving a life sentence. Caracappa, seen on March 21, 2006, was 75. Newsday's obituary for Stephen Caracappa

Patricia McKissack

Fredrick and Patricia McKissack seen behind their home
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Fredrick and Patricia McKissack seen behind their home in Chesterfield, Mo., on June 12, 2009. Patricia McKissack, a prolific author of children's books on African-American history, folklore and stories, died April 7, 2017. She was 72. Newsday's obituary for Patricia McKissack

J. Geils

Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils
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Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band known for such peppy early '80s pop hits as "Love Stinks," ''Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold," died in his Massachusetts home on April 11, 2017. Geils Jr., seen here on Aug. 14, 2010, was 71. Newsday's obituary for John Warrren Geils Jr.

Sam Ard

Sam Ard, seen here on Jan. 11, 2007,
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Sam Ard, seen here on Jan. 11, 2007, a two-time champion of NASCAR's second-tier series, died April 2, 2017. He was 78. Newsday's obituary for Sam Ard

Georgy Grechko

Georgy Grechko, a Soviet-era cosmonaut, died April 8,
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Georgy Grechko, a Soviet-era cosmonaut, died April 8, 2017. Grechko, seen here on Sept. 25, 2007, was 85. Newsday's obituary for Georgy Grechko

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson, a climbing enthusiast who helped start
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Mary Anderson, a climbing enthusiast who helped start the outdoor retailer REI that has become the nation's largest consumer-owned retail cooperative, died March 27, 2017. Anderson, seen here in an undated photo, was 107. Newsday's obituary for Mary Anderson

Tim Pigott-Smith

Tim Pigott-Smith, a versatile British actor who recently
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Tim Pigott-Smith, a versatile British actor who recently played Prince Charles on stage and screen, died April 7, 2017. Pigott-Smith, seen here on March 2, 2017, was 70. Newsday's obituary for Tim Pigott-Smith

Paul O'Neill

Paul O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band
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Paul O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra that was known for its spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics, lasers and pyrotechnics, died April 5, 2017. He was 61. He is shown in an Oct. 20, 2006 photo. Newsday's obituary for Paul O'Neill

Don Rickles

Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed
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Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed "Mr. Warmth" whose verbal assaults endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged grandmaster of insult comedy, died April 6, 2017 of kidney failure. He was 90. He is shown in a Nov. 9, 2007 photo. Newsday's obituary for Don Rickles

Richard Bolles

Richard N. Bolles, who prodded, coached and inspired
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Richard N. Bolles, who prodded, coached and inspired millions of job-seekers with his best-selling employment guide "What Color Is Your Parachute?" --- a manual whose popularity, if not utility, was rivaled at one time on the bestseller charts only by "The Joy of Sex," died March 31, 2017 from a stroke. He was 90. He is shown in a 2006 photo. Newsday's obituary for Richard Bolles

Ralph Archbold

Ralph Archbold, a popular re-enactor who portrayed Benjamin
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Ralph Archbold, a popular re-enactor who portrayed Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia for more than 40 years and married a woman who portrays Betsy Ross, died March 25, 2017. He was 75. He is shown in a Jan 17, 2006 photo. Newsday's obituary for Ralph Archbold

Lonnie Brooks

Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with
(Credit: AP / Keith Hale)

Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted hometown was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," died April 1, 2017. He was 83. The photo is from 2010. Newsday's obituary for Lonnie Brooks

Darcus Howe

Darcus Howe, one of the most prominent black
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Darcus Howe, one of the most prominent black activists of his generation in Britain, died April 1, 2017. He was 74 and had been suffering from prostate cancer. Newsday's obituary for Darcus Howe

Katy Feeney

Katy Feeney, a baseball executive for four decades
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Katy Feeney, a baseball executive for four decades and a daughter of former National League President Chub Feeney, died April 1, 2017. She was 68. The photo is from Sept. 17, 2012. Newsday's obituary for Katy Feeney

Ikutaro Kakehashi

Ikutaro Kakehashi, who pioneered digital music and founded
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Ikutaro Kakehashi, who pioneered digital music and founded synthesizer giant Roland Corp., died April 1, 2017. Kakehashi, seen here on Jan. 12, 2013, was 87. Newsday's obituary for Ikutaro Kakehashi

James Rosenquist

Artist James Rosenquist, one of the prominent figures
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Artist James Rosenquist, one of the prominent figures from the 1960s pop art movement and the creator of the F-111 room-scale painting, died March 31, 2017. He was 83. He is shown standing in front of his work 'Brazil' at the art museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Feb. 17, 2005. Newsday's obituary for James Rosenquist

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, whose work focused on
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Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, whose work focused on war atrocities and denounced anti-Semitism and tyrannical dictators, died April 1, 2017. Yevtushenko, seen on Jan. 20, 1972, was 84. Newsday's obituary for Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Gilbert Baker

Artist and civil rights activist Gilbert Baker, the
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Artist and civil rights activist Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag that has become a widely recognized symbol of gay rights, died March 31, 2017. Baker, seen on Aug. 2, 2003, was 65. Newsday's obituary for Gilbert Baker

William T. Coleman, Jr.

William T. Coleman Jr., the prominent civil rights
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William T. Coleman Jr., the prominent civil rights lawyer and former U.S. Transportation Secretary, died March 31, 2017. Coleman, seen on Jan. 18, 1977, was 96. Newsday's obituary for William T. Coleman, Jr.

Francine Hughes and her laywer Arjen Greydanus talk
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Francine Hughes and her laywer Arjen Greydanus talk during a news conference in Lansing, Mich., on Nov. 4, 1977. Hughes, who later remarried and took the name of her second husband Robert Wilson, was the subject of a 1984 television movie called "The Burning Bed." The TV movie was based on the Michigan spousal abuse case in which she suffered at the hands of her first husband. Wilson died March 22, 2017 of complications from pneumonia. She was 69. Newsday's obituary for Francine Wilson

Noreen Fraser

Noreen Fraser, a TV producer whose own cancer
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Noreen Fraser, a TV producer whose own cancer diagnosis turned her into an activist against the disease, died March 27, 2017 at her home in Los Angeles of metastatic breast cancer. She was 63. Newsday's obituary for Noreen Fraser

Wayne Duke

Wayne Duke, who was a driving force behind
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Wayne Duke, who was a driving force behind the expansion of the NCAA men's basketball tournament during his 18 years as commissioner of the Big Ten, died March 29, 2017 in Barrington, Ill. He was 88. Newsday's obituary for Wayne Duke

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