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Gene Wilder, who starred in such film classics (Credit: AP / Jessica Hill)

Gene Wilder, who starred in such film classics as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Young Frankenstein" died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. He was 83. Here, Wilder listens as he is introduced to receive the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture and Tourism at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. on April 9, 2008. Wilder

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Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, who starred in such film classics
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Gene Wilder, who starred in such film classics as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Young Frankenstein" died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. He was 83. Here, Wilder listens as he is introduced to receive the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture and Tourism at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. on April 9, 2008. Wilder

Juan Gabriel

Juan Gabriel sings at the Veranazo Concert at
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Juan Gabriel sings at the Veranazo Concert at Dodger Stadium on Aug 3, 2002. (Lori Shepler/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Max Ritvo

Max Ritvo, seen on March 19, 2016, a
(Credit: AP)

Max Ritvo, seen on March 19, 2016, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, died Aug. 23, 2016. He was 25. Newsday's obituary for Max Ritvo

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Horacio Salgán

Horacio Salgán, an Argentine tango composer and pianist
(Credit: AP / Maximiliano Amena)

Horacio Salgán, an Argentine tango composer and pianist who helped broaden the vocabulary of his musical form and became one of the genre's most influential and revered maestros, died Aug. 19, 2016. He was 100. Newsday's obituary for Horacio Salgán

Jim Hardin

Jim Hardin, former Secret Service agent for the
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Jim Hardin, former Secret Service agent for the Johnson family, walks by the coffin of the former first lady Lady Bird Johnson at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas on July 13, 2007. Hardin, a Secret Service agent who protected President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family during and after their White House years, died Aug. 23, 2016 of an apparent heart attack. He was 80. Newsday's obituary for Jim Hardin

Warren Hinckle

Warren Hinckle is shown with his dog Bentley
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Warren Hinckle is shown with his dog Bentley in San Francisco on Oct. 29, 1987. Hinckle, a muckraking journalist who drew the wrath of mayors, police or anyone who got in his way, died Aug. 25, 2016 of complications from pneumonia. He was 77. Newsday's obituary for Warren Hinckle

Sonia Rykiel

French designers Sonia Rykiel, right, and her daughter
(Credit: AP / Jacques Brinon)

French designers Sonia Rykiel, right, and her daughter Nathalie Rykiel, artistic director for the fashion house Rykiel, acknowledge applause after the presentation of their Spring-Summer 2008 Ready-to-Wear collection in Paris on Oct. 5, 2007. Sonia Rykiel, a French designer dubbed the "queen of knitwear" whose relaxed sweaters in berry-colored stripes and eye-popping motifs helped liberate women from stuffy suits, died Aug. 25, 2016. She was 86. Newsday's obituary for Sonia Rykiel

Walter Scheel

Walter Scheel, seen on May 24, 2007, who
(Credit: AP)

Walter Scheel, seen on May 24, 2007, who helped shape Germany's policy of reconciliation with the communist bloc as foreign minister and later served as his country's president, died Aug. 24, 2016 after a long illness. He was 97. Newsday's obituary for Walter Scheel

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Steven Hill

Steven Hill, who played District Attorney Adam Schiff
(Credit: NBC / James Sorensen)

Steven Hill, who played District Attorney Adam Schiff on NBC's "Law & Order," died on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2016. He was 94. Newsday's obituary for Steven Hill

Toots Thielemans

Belgian jazz musician Jean
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Belgian jazz musician Jean "Toots" Thielemans plays a harmonica during a ceremony for his 90th birthday at the City Hall of Brussels, Belgium, on April 29, 2012. Thielemans, who turned the lowly harmonica into a virtuoso jazz instrument in an illustrious career that saw him perform with such legends as Charlie Parker, died on Aug. 22, 2016. He was 94. Newsday's obituary for Toots Thielemans

Morton Schindel

Morton Schindel, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who developed a
(Credit: AP / Chichi Ubina)

Morton Schindel, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who developed a technique to transform illustrations from children's books into moving images for films, died of natural causes on Aug. 20, 2016. He was 98. Newsday's obituary for Morton Schindel

Daniela Dessi

Italian soprano Daniela Dessi performs during the
(Credit: AP / Alberto Pellaschiar)

Italian soprano Daniela Dessi performs during the "Festival di Sanremo" Italian song contest in San Remo, Italy, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. Dessi died on Aug. 21, 2016. She was 59. Newsday's obituary for Daniela Dessi

D. A. Henderson

Dr. D. A. Henderson examining vaccination scars on
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Dr. D. A. Henderson examining vaccination scars on children during case-finding operations in Ethiopia in 1967. Donald "D.A." Henderson, an American epidemiologist who led the international war on smallpox that resulted in its eradication in 1980 -- the only such vanquishment in history of a human disease and an achievement that was credited with saving tens of millions of lives -- died Aug. 19, 2016, of complications from a broken hip. He was 87. Newsday's obituary for D. A. Henderson

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Lou Pearlman

Shown in a June 27, 2007, photo, Lou
(Credit: AP)

Shown in a June 27, 2007, photo, Lou Pearlman, credited for starting the boy-band craze and launching the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC, died in prison Aug. 19, 2016, while serving a 25-year sentence for a massive Ponzi scheme. He was 62. Newsday's obituary for Lou Pearlman

George E. Curry

George E. Curry, a journalist, civil rights activist
(Credit: AP / Kevin Wolf)

George E. Curry, a journalist, civil rights activist and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the United States, died Aug. 20, 2016. He was 69. Newsday's obituary for George E. Curry

Jay S. Fishman

Shown in a July 17, 2012, photo, former
(Credit: AP / Richard Drew)

Shown in a July 17, 2012, photo, former Travelers Group insurance company chief executive Jay Fishman, who became a national advocate for research into Lou Gehrig's disease after being diagnosed with it, died Aug. 19, 2016. He was 63. Newsday's obituary for Jay S. Fishman

Brian Rix

Brian Rix, a comic actor who used his
(Credit: AP / Abbie Trayler Smith)

Brian Rix, a comic actor who used his fame to draw attention to the struggles of people with learning disabilities, died Aug. 20, 2016. He was 92. Newsday's obituary for Brian Rix

Gen. John W. Vessey

Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger, right, speaks with Gen.
(Credit: AP / John Duricka)

Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger, right, speaks with Gen. John W. Vessey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Washington in 1985. Retired Gen. Vessey, who rose through the ranks in a 46-year military career to become chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and help oversee President Ronald Reagan's military buildup, died Aug. 18, 2016. He was 94. Newsday's obituary for Gen. John W. Vessey

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Jack Riley

Shown in a 2007 photo, actor Jack Riley,
(Credit: AP / Dan Steinberg)

Shown in a 2007 photo, actor Jack Riley, who played a counseling client on "The Bob Newhart Show" and also voiced a character on Nickelodeon's animated "Rugrats," died Aug. 19, 2016. He was 80. Newsday's obituary for Jack Riley

Harry Briggs Jr.

In this photo from May 11, 2002, Harry
(Credit: AP / Lou Krasky)

In this photo from May 11, 2002, Harry Briggs Jr., of New York City, points to his father in a 1949 group photo of those who signed the petition which led to desegregation of public school, as descendants of the signers gathered for a reunion in Summerton, S.C. Briggs Jr. died Aug. 9, 2016. He was 75. Newsday's obituary for Harry Briggs Jr.

Arthur Hiller

Arthur Hiller, seen on March 24, 2002, who
(Credit: Getty Images / Lee Celano)

Arthur Hiller, seen on March 24, 2002, who received an Oscar nomination for directing the hugely popular romantic tragedy "Love Story" during a career that spanned dozens of popular movies and TV shows, died Aug. 17, 2016 of natural causes. He was 92. Newsday's obituary for Arthur Hiller

John Timoney

John Timoney, who rose to second in command
(Credit: Newsday / Dan Sheehan)

John Timoney, who rose to second in command of the NYPD before serving stints as police chief in Philadelphia and Miami, died of lung cancer Aug. 16, 2016. He was 68. The photo is from 1994. Newsday's obituary for John Timoney

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin, the conservative political commentator and host
(Credit: Getty Images / Jason Kempin)

John McLaughlin, the conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington politics, died Aug. 16, 2016. He was 89. Newsday's obituary forJohn McLaughlin

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Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel, seen in 2007, the plastic-faced Emmy
(Credit: Newsday / Ari Mintz)

Fyvush Finkel, seen in 2007, the plastic-faced Emmy Award-winning character actor whose career in stage and screen started in Yiddish theater and led to memorable roles in "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway and on TV in "Boston Public" and "Picket Fences" died Aug. 14, 2016. He was 93. Newsday's obituary for Fyvush Finkel

Marion Christopher Barry, Jr.

Marion Christopher Barry, son of the late Washington,
(Credit: Getty Images)

Marion Christopher Barry, son of the late Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry and former candidate for the Ward 8 council seat, died Aug. 14, 2016 of an apparent overdose on synthetic marijuana. He was 36. Newsday's obituary for Marion Christopher Barry Jr.

Barbara

Singers Maurice, left, Robin and Barry Gibb of
(Credit: Getty Images / Frank Trapper)

Singers Maurice, left, Robin and Barry Gibb of family musical group The Bee Gees with their mother Barbara holding their awards in Press Room at American Music Awards in 1977. Barbara Gibb died of natural causes Aug. 12, 2016. She was 95. Newsday's obituary for Barbara Gibb

Michel Richard

Michel Richard, whose innovative and whimsical fusions of
(Credit: Mel Davis)

Michel Richard, whose innovative and whimsical fusions of French and American foods made him one of the country's most influential chefs, and whose Citronelle and Central restaurants helped transform Washington into a dining destination, died of complications from a stroke Aug. 13, 2016. He was 68. Newsday's obituary for Michel Richard

Thomas Steinbeck

Thomas Steinbeck speaks to a crowd at the
(Credit: AP / Richard Green)

Thomas Steinbeck speaks to a crowd at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Calif., to celebrate what would have been his father's 100th birthday in 2002. Steinbeck, the eldest son of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and a prominent author and screenwriter in his own right, died Aug. 11, 2016. He was 72. Newsday's obituary for Thomas Steinbeck

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Ruby Wilson

Singer Ruby Wilson performs at a memorial for
(Credit: Getty Images / Andrea Morales)

Singer Ruby Wilson performs at a memorial for B.B. King on May 27, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. Wilson, the blues, soul and gospel singer known as "The Queen of Beale Street," died Aug. 12, 2016. She was 68. Newsday's obituary for Ruby Wilson

Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker, 81, who portrayed the R2-D2 in
(Credit: AP)

Kenny Baker, 81, who portrayed the R2-D2 in the first Star Wars movie, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. His niece, Abigail Shield, said he was found dead by a nephew on Saturday at his home in northwest England after a long illness. Newsday's obituary for Kenny Baker

Robert Kiley

Robert Kiley, who is credited with revitalizing and
(Credit: AP / Sang Tan)

Robert Kiley, who is credited with revitalizing and modernizing public transportation networks in Boston, New York and London, died on Aug. 9, 2016, of complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 80. Kiley is shown in a photo taken July 14, 2003. Newsday's obituary for Robert Kiley

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor

Britain's Duke of Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor died
(Credit: Getty Images / Toby Melville)

Britain's Duke of Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor died on Aug. 9, 2016, after suddenly becoming ill. He was 64. Grosvenor is shown in a photo taken June 16, 2003. Newsday's obituary for Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor

John Saunders

John Saunders, one of ESPN's most visible and
(Credit: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard)

John Saunders, one of ESPN's most visible and well-liked on-air personalities, died on Aug. 10, 2016. He was 61. Newsday's obituary for John Saunders

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W. Carter Merbreier

W. Carter Merbreier, who helmed the beloved local
(Credit: AP / Ed Hille)

W. Carter Merbreier, who helmed the beloved local children's TV show "Captain Noah and his Magical Ark," died on Aug. 9, 2016, after a short illness. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for W. Carter Merbreier

Edward Daly

Retired Roman Catholic Bishop Edward Daly, who tended
(Credit: AP / Brian Lawless)

Retired Roman Catholic Bishop Edward Daly, who tended victims of Northern Ireland's Bloody Sunday killings and became a defining image of the massacre, died Aug. 8, 2016 after a long illness. He was 82. The photo is from May 20, 2014. Newsday's obituary for Edward Daly

Bryan Clauson

Bryan Clauson, a driver for the May 29,
(Credit: AP / Dave Parker)

Bryan Clauson, a driver for the May 29, 2016 Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race is shown after he qualified at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on May 21, 2016. Clauson, a popular driver considered by many to be the top dirt-track racer in the country, died Aug. 7, 2016 from injuries suffered in a crash during a race in Kansas. He was 27. Newsday's obituary for Bryan Clauson

Ivo Pitanguy

Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, one of the world's top
(Credit: EPA / Juan M. Espinosa )

Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, one of the world's top plastic surgeons who helped make Brazil a popular destination for the rich and famous to get work done, died on Aug. 6, 2016. He was in his 90s. Pitanguy is shown in a photo taken on Sept. 26, 2004. Newsday's obituary for Ivo Pitanguy

Art Demmas

NFL referee Art Demmas tries to separate defensive
(Credit: Getty Images / George Rose)

NFL referee Art Demmas tries to separate defensive back Leonard Smith (46) of the Buffalo Bills and running back Ottis Anderson (26) of the New York Giants during Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium in Florida on Jan. 27, 1991. Demmas, a longtime NFL official who worked four Super Bowls, died on Aug. 6, 2016. He was 82. Newsday's obituary for Art Demmas

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Ricci Martin

Ricci Martin -- musician, entertainer and singer Dean
(Credit: Getty Images North America / Sebastian Artz)

Ricci Martin -- musician, entertainer and singer Dean Martin's youngest son -- was found dead at his home in Utah by family members on Aug. 3, 2016. He was 62. Here, Ricci Martin autographs his book, "That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin," at Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles on Jan. 17, 2002. Newsday's obituary for Ricci Martin

Pete Fountain

Clarinetist Pete Fountain, whose Dixieland jazz virtuosity and
(Credit: AP / Patrick Semansky)

Clarinetist Pete Fountain, whose Dixieland jazz virtuosity and irrepressible wit endeared him to his native New Orleans and earned him decades of national television fame, died of heart failure on Aug. 6, 2016. He was 86. Fountain is shown in a 2011 photo. Newsday's obituary for Pete Fountain

Helen Bentley

Helen Delich Bentley, a former Maryland congresswoman who
(Credit: AP / Jason Lee)

Helen Delich Bentley, a former Maryland congresswoman who was an expert on the maritime industry, died of brain cancer on Aug. 6, 2016. She was 92. Bentley is shown in a 1988 photo. Newsday's obituary for Helen Bentley

Stella Mason Parson

Stella Mason Parson, the first black woman to
(Credit: AP / Courtesy of the Parson family)

Stella Mason Parson, the first black woman to graduate from college in the state of Nevada, died of complications from renal disease on July 29, 2016. She was 86. Newsday's obituary for Stella Mason Parson

David Huddleston

David Huddleston, the character actor best known for
(Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Winter)

David Huddleston, the character actor best known for portraying titular roles in "The Big Lebowski" and "Santa Claus: The Movie," died of advanced heart and kidney disease on Aug. 2, 2016. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for David Huddleston

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Steven LaTourette

Former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, a Republican who
(Credit: AP / Susan Walsh)

Former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, a Republican who served nine terms representing Ohio in Congress before retiring out of frustration with partisan gridlock, died on Aug. 3, 2016, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62. LaTourette is shown in a photo taken on May 22, 2009. Newsday's obituary for Steven LaTourette

Joseph Wilf

Joseph Wilf, a Holocaust survivor who along with
(Credit: AP)

Joseph Wilf, a Holocaust survivor who along with his brother founded one of the nation's largest real estate development firms, died Aug. 3, 2016 at his home in Hillside, N.J. Joseph Wilf was 91. The photo is from May 21, 2006. Newsday's obituary for Joseph Wilf

Elliot Tiber

Elliot Tiber, an artist, screen writer and designer
(Credit: AP / Calvin Ki)

Elliot Tiber, an artist, screen writer and designer who was best known as the businessman who helped enable the staging of the landmark 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Aug. 3, 2016 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 81. Newsday's obituary for Elliot Tiber

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, a popular Polish prelate who
(Credit: EPA / Jacek Bednarczyk )

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, a popular Polish prelate who served for many years as archbishop of Krakow, inheriting the position opened by the election of Pope John Paul II, died on Aug. 2, 2016. He was 89. Macharski is shown in a photo taken on April 28, 2005. Newsday's obituary for Cardinal Franciszek Macharski

Queen Anne of Romania

Queen Anne of Romania, the loyal and modest
(Credit: Getty Images / Daniel Mihailescu)

Queen Anne of Romania, the loyal and modest wife of Romania's last monarch, King Michael, died Aug. 1, 2016. She was 92. The queen is shown in a photo taken on Oct. 25, 2011. Newsday's obituary for Queen Anne of Romania

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Gloria DeHaven

Gloria DeHaven, the daughter of vaudeville stars who
(Credit: AP)

Gloria DeHaven, the daughter of vaudeville stars who carved out her own successful career as the bright-eyed, vivacious star of Hollywood musicals and comedies of the 1940s and '50s, died July 30, 2016. She was 91. DeHaven is seen in a photo taken on Feb. 24, 1944. Newsday's obituary for Gloria DeHaven

Bill Cotty

Shown in a May 23, 2006, photo, former
(Credit: AP / Mary Ann Chastain)

Shown in a May 23, 2006, photo, former South Carolina Rep. Bill Cotty, a champion for public education and who helped get the Confederate flag off the Statehouse dome, died of lung cancer July 23, 2016. He was 69. Newsday's obituary for Bill Cotty

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