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Dina Merrill

Dina Merrill, the rebellious heiress who defied her
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Dina Merrill, the rebellious heiress who defied her super-rich parents to become an actress, often portraying stylish wives or "the other woman," died May 22, 2017. She was 93. The photo is from April 6, 1962. Newsday's obituary for Dina Merrill

Roger Moore

British actor Roger Moore, who played James Bond
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British actor Roger Moore, who played James Bond in seven films, more than any other actor, died May 23, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. The photo is from 1972. Newsday's obituary for Roger Moore

Jimmy LaFave

Singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, whose 2007 album,
(Credit: AP / Tamir Kalifa)

Singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, whose 2007 album, "Cimarron Manifesto," drew critical raves and reached the top of the Americana music chart, died May 21, 2017. He was 61. On May 18, 2017, he performed during a concert honoring his life and music at Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. Newsday's obituary for Jimmy LaFave

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Bill White

Bill White, a former Chicago Blackhawks All-Star defenseman
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Bill White, a former Chicago Blackhawks All-Star defenseman and a member of Canada's 1972 Summit Series team, died May 21, 2017. He was 77. He controls the puck, left, in a Dec. 15, 1974, game with Vancouver. Newsday's obituary for Bill White

Nicky Hayden

Former world motorcycling champion Nicky Hayden died May
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Former world motorcycling champion Nicky Hayden died May 22, 2017 at a hospital in Cesena, Italy. The World Superbike star was hit by a car while on his bicycle on May 17, 2017. He was 35. Newsday's obituary for Nicky Hayden

Wayne Walker

Wayne Walker, a Pro Bowl linebacker for the
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Wayne Walker, a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Lions and a broadcaster, died May 19, 2017. He was 80. Walker, right, greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr following an NFL football game in Green Bay, Wis., in this September 1967 photo. Newsday's obituary for Wayne Walker

Stanley Greene

Stanley Greene, an award-winning American photographer of conflict,
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Stanley Greene, an award-winning American photographer of conflict, disasters and humanitarian crises across the globe, died May 19, 2017 in Paris. Greene, seen here on May 16, 2010, was 68. Newsday's obituary for Stanley Greene

Beatrice Trum Hunter

Beatrice Trum Hunter, who wrote
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Beatrice Trum Hunter, who wrote "The Natural Foods Cookbook" in 1961, long before organic foods became a staple at supermarkets, and who took an early stance against pesticide exposure, sharing information with "Silent Spring" author Rachel Carson, died May 17, 2017. She was 98. Newsday's obituary for Beatrice Trum Hunter

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Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell, the frontman for hard rock bands
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Chris Cornell, the frontman for hard rock bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, died in Detroit on May 17, 2017. He was 52. A medical examiner is currently trying to determine the cause of death, but police are investigating it as a possible suicide. He is seen in a photo taken Jan. 20, 2017.

Roger Ailes

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes died on
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Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes died on May 18, 2017. He was 77. He is seen in a photo taken Nov. 13, 2015. Newsday's obituary for Roger Ailes

Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis, a master choreographer and teacher of
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Chuck Davis, a master choreographer and teacher of traditional African dance styles who founded dance companies in North Carolina and New York, died May 14, 2017. Davis, seen here in a 2014 photo, was 80. Newsday's obituary for Chuck Davis

Oleg Vidov

Oleg Vidov, a matinee idol in the Soviet
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Oleg Vidov, a matinee idol in the Soviet Union who defected to the United States at the height of the Cold War and then enjoyed a long film and TV career in Hollywood, died May 15, 2017 of complications from cancer. Vidov, seen here in a July 2016 photo, was 73. Newsday's obituary for Oleg Vidov

Brad Grey

Brad Grey, an influential Hollywood leader who served
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Brad Grey, an influential Hollywood leader who served as the chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures for 12 years, died of cancer on May 14, 2017. He was 59. Newsday's obituary for Brad Grey

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Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe, the character actor known for his
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Powers Boothe, the character actor known for his villain roles in TV's "Deadwood," and in the movies "Tombstone," "Sin City" and "The Avengers," died of natural causes on May 14, 2017. He was 68. Newsday's obituary for Powers Boothe

Ian Brady

Ian Brady, a killer of five children whose
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Ian Brady, a killer of five children whose role in the 1960s "Moors Murders" made him one of Britain's most reviled criminals, died at a high-security hospital in England on May 15, 2017. He was 79. Brady is seen in a photo taken in October 1965. Newsday's obituary for Ian Brady

Hugh Thomas

Hugh Thomas, a historian who wrote sweeping accounts
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Hugh Thomas, a historian who wrote sweeping accounts of rebellion, conquest and struggle, particularly about parts of the world touched by the Spanish empire, and who was an adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during the Falklands War, died May 6, 2017. Thomas, seen here in 2008, was 85. Newsday's obituary for Hugh Thomas

Steve Palermo

Former big league umpire Steve Palermo, whose accomplished
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Former big league umpire Steve Palermo, whose accomplished career ended when he was shot trying to break up a robbery in 1991, died May 14, 2017. He was 67. Palermo is shown, left, with manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals prior to Game Three of the 2006 World Series in St. Louis, Mo. Newsday's obituary for Steve Palermo

Yale Lary

Yale Lary, a Hall of Fame safety who
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Yale Lary, a Hall of Fame safety who helped the Detroit Lions win three NFL titles during the 1950s, died May 12, 2017. He was 86. He is shown posing with his bust and drawing after his acceptance speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio in 1979. Newsday's obituary for Yale Lary

Lloyd Cotsen

Lloyd Cotsen, who made a fortune as chairman
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Lloyd Cotsen, who made a fortune as chairman of the Neutrogena soap and cosmetics company and devoted millions to charity, died May 8, 2017. He was 88. Newsday's obituary for Lloyd Cotsen

Sally Jacobsen

Sally Jacobsen, a widely experienced Associated Press correspondent
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Sally Jacobsen, a widely experienced Associated Press correspondent who became the first woman to serve as the news cooperative's international editor, died May 11, 2017. Jacobsen, seen here in 1998, was 70. Newsday's obituary for Sally Jacobsen

Mauno Koivisto

Former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto, Finland's last Cold
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Former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto, Finland's last Cold War president who led the Nordic nation out of the shadow of its huge neighbor, the Soviet Union, into the European Union, died May 12, 2017. Koivisto, seen on Oct. 26, 2004, was 93. Newsday's obituary for Mauno Koivisto

Michael Parks

Actor Michael Parks, a prolific character actor who
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Actor Michael Parks, a prolific character actor who found early fame in 1960s countercultural roles and later became a favorite of directors including Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, died May 9, 2017. He was 77. He is shown in a 2011 photo. Newsday's obituary for Michael Parks

Christopher "Big Black" Boykin

Former MTV reality show star Christopher
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Former MTV reality show star Christopher "Big Black" Boykin died May 9, 2017, of congenital heart failure. He was 45. He is shown in a 2006 photo. Newsday's obituary for Christopher "Big Black" Boykin

Katherine Ann Berman

Katherine Ann Berman, the wife of longtime ESPN
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Katherine Ann Berman, the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, died May 9, 2017 in a traffic crash in Connecticut, She was 67. She is pictured with her husband in a 2004 photo. Newsday's obituary for Katherine Ann Berman

Richard Pennington

Richard Pennington, a leader in three U.S. major
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Richard Pennington, a leader in three U.S. major police departments who most notably attained national renown as chief in New Orleans for bringing departmental reforms and helping reduce crime rates, died May 4, 2017. He was 70. He is shown in a 2003 photo. Newsday's obituary for Richard Pennington

George Irvine

George Irvine, who coached nearly 200 games for
(Credit: AP / Duane Burleson)

George Irvine, who coached nearly 200 games for the Indiana Pacers in the 1980s before working in the front office, died May 9, 2017 after battling cancer. He was 69. He is shown in a March 8, 2000 photo. Newsday's obituary for George Irvine

Robert A. Wilson

Robert A. Wilson, father of actors Luke, Owen
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Robert A. Wilson, father of actors Luke, Owen and Andrew Wilson, and a landmark public television station executive who introduced "Monty Python's Flying Circus" to its first American audience, died May 5, 2017 after years of fighting Alzheimer's disease. Wilson, seen on April 30, 2004, was 76. Newsday's obituary for Robert A. Wilson

Min Bahadur Sherchan

Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, the 85-year-old climber
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Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, the 85-year-old climber who was once the oldest person to scale the world's highest mountain, died May 6, 2017 while attempting to scale Mount Everest to regain his title. He is shown in an April 11, 2017 photo. Newsday's obituary for Min Bahadur Sherchan

Leo Thorsness

Retired Air Force Col. Leo K. Thorsness, a
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Retired Air Force Col. Leo K. Thorsness, a highly decorated Vietnam War pilot who was shot down and held for six years at the notorious "Hanoi Hilton" prisoner camp, where he shared a cell with U.S. Sen. John McCain, died May 2, 2017. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for Leo Thorsness

Mario Maglieri

Mario Maglieri, the Hollywood entrepreneur who doubled as
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Mario Maglieri, the Hollywood entrepreneur who doubled as a godfather figure to generations of rock stars from the Doors' Jim Morrison to Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose, died May 4, 2017. He was 93. Newsday's obituary for Mario Maglieri

Heinz Kessler

Heinz Kessler, a former East German defense minister
(Credit: AP / Herbert Knosowski)

Heinz Kessler, a former East German defense minister who was later convicted of incitement to manslaughter for upholding the shoot-to-kill policy at the communist country's border, died May 2, 2017. Kessler, seen on April 18, 2002, was 97. Newsday's obituary for Heinz Kessler

Archbishop George Niederauer

George H. Niederauer, a retired San Francisco archbishop
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George H. Niederauer, a retired San Francisco archbishop who helped lead a contentious and successful 2008 California ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage, died May 2, 2017 of lung cancer. He was 80. He is shown in a Feb. 5, 2006 photo. Newsday's obituary for Archbishop George Niederauer

Toby Kimball

Toby Kimball, who starred for the University of
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Toby Kimball, who starred for the University of Connecticut and played for nine seasons in the NBA, died May 2, 2017. Kimball, seen here in a 1970 photo, was 74. Newsday's obituary for Toby Kimball

Tony Alamo

Tony Alamo, left, a one-time street preacher whose
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Tony Alamo, left, a one-time street preacher whose apocalyptic ministry grew into a multimillion-dollar network of businesses and property before he was convicted in Arkansas of sexually abusing young girls he considered his wives, died in prison May 2, 2017. He was 82. He is shown being escorted to a waiting police car outside the federal courthouse in Texarkana, Ark. on July 23, 2009. Newsday's obituary for Tony Alamo

Brody Stephens

Brody Stephens, an 8-year-old Indiana boy who befriended
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Brody Stephens, an 8-year-old Indiana boy who befriended his basketball and football heroes during a yearslong fight with leukemia, died April 29, 2017 of a viral complication. Golden Warriors' Stephen Curry poses with Brody Stephens in Indianapolis in November 2016. Newsday's obituary for Brody Stephens

Solly Walker

Solly Walker, a St. John's basketball star in
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Solly Walker, a St. John's basketball star in the 1950s and the school's first black player, died April 28, 2017. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for Solly Walker

Jean Stein

Jean Stein, the literary editor and author known
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Jean Stein, the literary editor and author known for producing engrossing oral histories on topics as disparate as the tumultuous life of an Andy Warhol acolyte and the dastardly intrigues of early Hollywood, died April 30, 2017. She was 83. Newsday's obituary for Jean Stein

Mike Lowry

Former Washington Gov. Mike Lowry, a Democrat who
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Former Washington Gov. Mike Lowry, a Democrat who served in Congress for a decade, died May 1, 2017 following complications from a stroke. Lowry, seen here on Jan. 15, 2013, was 78. Newsday's obituary for Mike Lowry

Martha Lavey

Steppenwolf Theatre artistic director Martha Lavey, an indefatigable,
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Steppenwolf Theatre artistic director Martha Lavey, an indefatigable, unstinting and intellectually voracious artistic director who reinvented Chicago's most audacious and aggressive theater for a new era, died April 25, 2017 after a second stroke. Lavey, seen on Aug. 22, 2013, was 60. Newsday's obituary for Martha Lavey

Michael Mantenuto

Michael Mantenuto, a former actor best known for
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Michael Mantenuto, a former actor best known for his role in the Disney hockey movie "Miracle" and who later joined the Army, died of a gunshot wound to the head on April 24, 2017. He was 35. The King County medical examiner's office in Seattle said Mantenuto died of a gunshot wound to the head on April 24. It ruled his death a suicide. Newsday's obituary for Michael Mantenuto

Agustín Edwards Eastman

Agustín Edwards Eastman, a Chilean newspaper publisher who
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Agustín Edwards Eastman, a Chilean newspaper publisher who collaborated with the CIA to help foment the 1973 coup that brought strongman Augusto Pinochet to power, and who used the power of his press to bolster Pinochet's regime through years of brutal repression, died April 24, 2017. He was 89. He is show in an October 2016 photo. Newsday's obituary for Agustín Edwards Eastman

Cecilia Alvear

Cecilia Alvear, who fought for Latino inclusion in
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Cecilia Alvear, who fought for Latino inclusion in newsrooms and reached unprecedented heights for a Hispanic woman in journalism in a long career with NBC News, died April 21, 2017 of breast cancer. Alvear, seen here on Jan. 15, 2006, was 77. Newsday's obituary for Cecilia Alvear

Richard Haynes

Houston lawyer Richard
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Houston lawyer Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, famed for his flamboyant but successful trial defenses of millionaire and billionaire clients in some of Texas' most notorious murder cases, died April 28, 2017. He was at 90. Newsday's obituary for Richard Haynes

Vinod Khanna

Vinod Khanna, a dashing Bollywood actor turned politician,
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Vinod Khanna, a dashing Bollywood actor turned politician, died of cancer April 27, 2017. He was 70. Newsday's obituary for Vinod Khanna

Isaac and Teresa Vatkin

Isaac and Teresa Vatkin were married 69 years
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Isaac and Teresa Vatkin were married 69 years and held hands from their pushed-together hospital beds on the last day of their lives. They both died minutes apart on April 22, 2017. He was 91; she was 89. Newsday's obituary for Isaac and Teresa Vatkin

Jonathan Demme

Director Jonathan Demme attends an event for his
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Director Jonathan Demme attends an event for his film, "Rachel Getting Married," at the Kursaal Palace during the 56th San Sebastian Film Festival on Sept. 25, 2008 in San Sebastian, Spain. Demme died April 26, 2017 in Manhattan. He was 73. Newsday's obituary for Jonathan Demme

Kate O'Beirne

Kate O'Beirne, who rose to prominence in the
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Kate O'Beirne, who rose to prominence in the 1990s as a columnist and editor with the conservative National Review magazine and as a TV pundit, died April 23, 2017. O'Beirne, seen here in 2006, was 67. Newsday's obituary for Kate O'Beirne

Robert M. Pirsig

Author Robert M. Pirsig works on a motorcycle
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Author Robert M. Pirsig works on a motorcycle in 1975. Pirsig, whose novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" became a million-selling classic, died April 24, 2017. He was 88. Newsday's obituary for Robert M. Pirsig

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

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