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Bobby Vee, whose rise toward stardom began as a 15-year-old fill-in for Buddy Holly after Holly was killed in a plane crash, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on Oct. 24, 2016. He was 73. Dee is seen on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Tom Hayden(Credit: AP / Lennox McLendon)
Tom Hayden, seen on June 6, 1988, the famed 1960s anti-war activist who moved beyond his notoriety as a Chicago 8 defendant to become a California legislator, author and lecturer, died Oct. 23, 2016. He was 76.
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Richard Nicoll(Credit: Getty Images Europe / Chris Jackson)
Fashion designer Richard Nicoll, seen on Aug. 3, 2011, died Oct. 21, 2016 of a suspected heart attack. He was 39.
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Junko Tabei(Credit: AP / Binod Joshi)
Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei, seen on Oct. 31, 2005, who was the first woman to climb Mount Everest, died Oct. 20, 2016. She was 77.
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Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani(Credit: AP / Randy Taylor)
Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, seen in 1980, was the former emir of the tiny Gulf nation of Qatar who was deposed by his son in a bloodless palace coup. He died Oct. 23, 2016 at the age of 84.
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Simone Schaller(Credit: AP)
Simone Schaller, left, finished fourth behind Babe Didrikson in the 80-meter hurdles final in 1932. Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, died of natural causes Oct. 20, 2016. She was 104.
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Kevin Meaney(Credit: Getty Images / Bryan Bedder)
Kevin Meaney, seen on Nov. 4, 2004, a comic's comic who worked the stand-up circuit, was a staple on late-night TV and starred in the short-lived 1990s CBS series "Uncle Buck," died Oct. 21, 2016. He was 60.
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Drew Sharp(Credit: AP / Diane Weiss)
Drew Sharp, seen on May 19, 2015, a Detroit Free Press columnist since 1999, died Oct. 21, 2016. He was 56.
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Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards(Credit: AP / Philadelphia International Records)
Shown in an undated photo, Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards, an original member of pioneering Philadelphia soul group The Intruders, died Oct. 15, 2016 after having a heart attack. He was 74.
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King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa(Credit: Getty Images / Chris Kleponis )
Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, a Rwandan king who spent less than two years on the throne and more than a half-century in exile, living in penury as he decried the atrocities visited upon his people and seeking a restoration that never came, died Oct. 16, 2016 at a hospital in the Washington area. He was 80. The photo is from May 3, 1994.
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Phil Chess(Credit: AP / Henry Herr Gill)
Phil Chess, left, co-founder of a Chicago record label that amassed perhaps the most influential blues catalog, died Oct. 19, 2016 in Arizona. He was 95. In the undated photo, he is with his older brother, Leonard, outside their Chess Records headquarters in Chicago. Leonard Chess died in 1969.
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Pierre Etaix(Credit: Getty Images / Bertrand Guay )
French clown, comedian and filmmaker Pierre Etaix, seen on Nov. 6, 2015, died Oct. 14, 2016. He was 87.
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Jose Gilbert Vega(Credit: AP)
A photo released by the Palm Springs Police Department of slain officer Jose "Gil" Gilbert Vega, a 35-year veteran who was killed in the line of duty Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Vega, the father of eight, planned to retire in December. He was 63. Click here to read more about this story
Lesley Zerebny(Credit: AP)
The Palm Springs Police Department released an undated photo of Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27, who was killed in the line of duty Oct. 8, 2016. She was married with a four-month-old daughter. Click here to read more about this story
Clyde Holloway(Credit: AP / Melinda Deslatte)
Clyde Holloway, a former congressman and chairman of Louisiana's utility regulatory agency, died Oct. 16, 2016. He was 72. The photo is from Aug. 22, 2014. Newsday's obituary for Clyde Holloway
Lowell Thomas Jr.(Credit: AP)
Author, filmmaker, adventurer and former Alaska lieutenant governor Lowell Thomas Jr., son of the legendary broadcaster, died Oct. 1, 2016 at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. He was 92. Thomas served as Alaska lieutenant governor from 1974 to 1978. Before that he had been in the state senate for 12 years. The photo is from Feb. 18, 1962.
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Fulton Walker(Credit: AP)
Fulton Walker, the first player to score on a Super Bowl kickoff return, died Oct. 12, 2016, of an apparent heart attack in his hometown of Martinsburg, W.Va. He was 58. Walker's return, which is still tied for third longest in Super Bowl history, occurred on Jan 30, 1983, during Super Bow XVII between the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins in Pasadena, Calif. Walker scored for the Dolphins on a 98-yard kickoff return. The play put Miami ahead, but the Redskins rallied to win, 27-17.
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Don Ciccone(Credit: AP / Julio Cortez)
Don Ciccone, a Four Seasons member as well as lead singer and songwriter of the Critters who wrote the hit "Mr. Dieingly Sad," died Oct. 8, 2016. He was 70. The photo from May 13, 2012, shows Four Seasons members, top row from left, Lee Shapiro, Ciccone and Jimmy Ryan; and bottom row from left, Russ Velasquez, Gary Polci and Larry Gates.
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Dennis Byrd(Credit: AP / John Minchillo)
Former Jets defensive lineman Dennis Byrd, who was paralyzed during a game in 1992 but defied doctors' predictions that he would never walk again, died Oct. 15, 2016, in a two-vehicle collision north of Claremore, Okla. He was 50.
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Fred Slaughter(Credit: AP / Larry Stoddard)
UCLA's Fred Slaughter leaps to grab a rebound on Dec. 20, 1962, during the first period of a college basketball game against Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Slaughter, who helped UCLA win its first-ever NCAA basketball championship as a senior under coach John Wooden in 1964, died Oct. 6, 2016. He was 74.
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Dario Fo(Credit: AP / Antonio Calanni)
Dario Fo, an Italian comic actor, playwright, satirist and self-described jester whose satirical works angered the Roman Catholic Church and his country's political, military and industrial elite but also earned him the Nobel Prize for literature, died Oct. 13, 2016. He was 90. The photo is from May 9, 2009.
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King Bhumibol Adulyadej(Credit: AP)
Shown in a Dec. 5, 2010 photo, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval at home and abroad, died Oct. 13, 2016. He was 88 and had been the world's longest reigning monarch.
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Thomas Ford(Credit: Getty Images / Paras Griffin)
Actor Tommy Ford, seen on March 24, 2016, the actor who played Martin Lawrence's best friend Tommy Strawn on the hit '90s sitcom "Martin," died Oct. 12, 2016. He was 52.
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Patricia Barry(Credit: Getty Images / Vince Bucci)
Patricia Barry, a mainstay of daytime television who appeared on "Days of Our Lives," "Guiding Light" and "All My Children," died Oct. 11, 2016. She was 93. The photo is from Sept. 8, 2005.
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Jack Greenberg(Credit: AP/Allen Green)
Jack Greenberg, a civil rights lawyer, died Oct. 12, 2016. He was 91. The photo is from Oct. 31, 1969.
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Donn Fendler(Credit: AP)
Shown in an Oct. 15, 1940, photo, Boy Scout Donn Fendler, of Rye, N.Y., is honored by President Franklin Roosevelt with a gold medal for valor at the White House in Washington, D.C. Fendler, who at age 12 survived nine days alone on Maine's tallest mountain in 1939 and later collaborated on a book about the ordeal, died Oct 10, 2016. He was 90.
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Joan Marie Johnson(Credit: AP)
Shown in a May 3, 2008 photo, Joan Marie Johnson, one of the founding members of the New Orleans girl group The Dixie Cups, who had a No. 1 hit in 1964 with "Chapel of Love," died of congestive heart failure Oct. 3, 2016. She was 72.
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Jacob Neusner(Credit: AP)
Jacob Neusner, seen in 2008, a renowned scholar of Judaism and author of more than 900 books, died Oct. 8, 2016. He was 84.
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Andrzej Wajda(Credit: AP)
Academy Award-winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda, seen on March 3, 2016, whose career maneuvering between a repressive communist government and an audience yearning for freedom won him international recognition and an honorary Oscar, died Oct. 9, 2016. He was 90.
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Kenneth Thompson(Credit: AP / Mary Altaffer)
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, seen on June 15, 2016, died Oct. 9, 2016 after a battle with cancer, just days after announcing he would be undergoing treatment. He was 50.
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Aaron Pryo(Credit: AP)
Alexis Arguello, left, covers up as defending champ Aaron Pryor throws a hard right during the second round of boxing action at the Orange Bowl in Miami on Nov. 12, 1982. Pryor died Oct. 9, 2016 after a long battle with heart disease. He was 60.
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Trinh Thi Ngo(Credit: Getty Images )
Trinh Thi Ngo holds a portrait of her younger self at home in Ho Chi Minh City on Sept. 10, 2015. Known as "Hanoi Hannah" for her propaganda broadcasts during the Vietnam War, she died Sept. 30, 2016 at age 87.
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Raymond Haerry(Credit: AP)
Raymond Haerry, seen on April 20, 2016, was one of the last living crew members on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Haerry died Sept. 7, 2016. He was 94.
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Josh Samman(Credit: Getty Images / Alex Trautwig)
Josh Samman reacts after knocking out Eddie Gordon in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Dec. 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev. Samman died Oct. 5, 2016 after spending nearly a week in a Florida hospital following a probable drug overdose. He was 28.
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Bing Thom(Credit: AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Bing Thom, the Hong Kong-born Canadian architect who was hailed for his design of the new building to house Washington's Arena Stage and for the structure's potential to transform an entire quadrant of the city, died Oct. 4, 2016. He was 75. The photo is from Oct. 7, 2010.
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Michal Kovac(Credit: AP / Kubani Samuel )
Michal Kovac, who served as the first president of Slovakia after it became an independent state in 1993, died Sept. 5, 2016. He was 86. The photo is from June 6, 2006.
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Kenneth Angell(Credit: AP / Toby Talbot)
Kenneth Angell, a retired Roman Catholic bishop who lost his television-producer brother on Sept. 11, 2001, in the terror attacks, died Oct. 4, 2016. He was 86. The photo is from Sept. 12, 2001.
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Rod Temperton(Credit: AP)
Songwriter Rod Temperton, seen on March 29, 2012, the man who wrote Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and other hits, died last week of cancer. He was 66.
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Irene Bergman(Credit: Bloomberg News / Chris Goodney)
Irene Bergman, seen on May 30, 2015, the longest working woman on Wall Street who began her career in 1942 after arriving as a a refugee from Europe, died Sept. 29, 2016. She was 101.
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Suzanne Mitchell(Credit: David Woo)
Suzanne Mitchell, who as director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in the 1970s and '80s helped popularize a style of seductive, hip-shaking entertainment that for many fans has come to rival the performance of the athletes on the field, died Sept. 27, 2016. She was 73.
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Jacob Hall(Credit: Facebook )
Jacob Hall, a 6-year-old boy who was critically wounded in a South Carolina school shooting, died Oct. 2, 2016, days after a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a school playground.
Gloria Naylor(Credit: AP)
Gloria Naylor, author of "The Women of Brewster Place," seen on Oct. 9, 1992, died Sept. 28, 2016. She was 66.
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Neville Marriner(Credit: Getty Images / INCONNU)
British conductor Neville Marriner, seen on June 28, 2009, who led the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to become one of the world's most-recorded classical music groups, died Oct. 2, 2016. He was 92.
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Stanley Dural Jr.(Credit: AP)
Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who introduced zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, died of lung cancer Sept. 24, 2016. Dural Jr., seen here on May 6, 2011, was 68.
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Richard Trentlage(Credit: AP / Jim Prisching)
Richard Trentlage, seen on March 7, 2000, the man who got generations of hot dog lovers singing along to the Oscar Mayer Wiener song, died Sept. 21, 2016. He was 87.
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Curtis Roosevelt(Credit: AP / Ermindo Armino)
Curtis Roosevelt, seen on Oct. 1, 2005, the oldest grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, died Sept. 26, 2016. He was 86.
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Jef Billings(Credit: Getty Images / Amanda Edwards)
Costume designer Jef Billings, seen on Aug. 5, 2004, a renowned costume designer who directed some of figure skating's biggest names with Stars on Ice, died of natural causes Sept. 27, 2016. He was 71.
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Gary Glasberg,(Credit: AP)
Gary Glasberg, seen on July 17, 2014, the executive producer of TV's "NCIS" and creator of "NCIS: New Orleans," died in his sleep Sept. 28, 2016. He was 50.
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Agnes Nixon(Credit: AP / Chris Pizzello)
Agnes Nixon, the creative force behind the edgy and enduring TV soap operas "One Life to Live" and "All My Children," died Sept. 28, 2016. She was 93.
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Shimon Peres(Credit: AP)
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, seen on Nov. 2, 2015, a former president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state, died Sept. 28, 2016 of complications from a stroke. He was 93.
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