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Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who (Credit: AP / Galbraith)

Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over "The People's Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died Feb. 26, 2017. He was 97. Above, Wapner is seen on Oct. 22, 1986. Newsday's obituary for Joseph Wapner

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Ward B. Chamberlin Jr.

Ward B. Chamberlin Jr.,who pioneered public broadcasting, led
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Ward B. Chamberlin Jr.,who pioneered public broadcasting, led stations in New York and Washington and helped launch the career of Oscar-nominated documentarian Ken Burns, died Feb. 23, 2017 of complications from dementia. He was 95. Newsday's obituary for Ward B. Chamberlin Jr.

Stanley Dearman

Former Neshoba County Democrat newspaper publisher Stanley Dearman,
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Former Neshoba County Democrat newspaper publisher Stanley Dearman, left, is seen in Philadelphia, Miss., on June 20, 2004. Dearman, who pushed for justice in the murders of three civil rights workers, died Feb. 25, 2017. He was 84. Newsday's obituary for Stanley Dearman
To Dearman's side is Carolyn Goodman, the mother of one of the three civil rights workers murdered by a Ku Klux Klan mob on June 21, 1964.

Joseph Wapner

Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who
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Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over "The People's Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died Feb. 26, 2017. He was 97. Above, Wapner is seen on Oct. 22, 1986. Newsday's obituary for Joseph Wapner

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Neil Fingleton

Neil Fingleton, the 7-foot-7-inch British actor who played
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Neil Fingleton, the 7-foot-7-inch British actor who played Mag the Mighty on "Game of Thrones," died of heart failure on Feb. 25, 2017. He was 36. Above, Fingleton as the fearsome Mag in the 2011 "GoT" episode "The Watchers on The Wall." Newsday's obituary for Neil Fingleton

Jay Cronley

Author and longtime newspaper columnist Jay Cronley, whose
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Author and longtime newspaper columnist Jay Cronley, whose books were made into movies starring some of Hollywood's most notable funnymen, died Feb. 26, 2017. He was 73. Newsday's obituary for Jay Cronley

Peter Gimbel

Peter Gimbel, a Long Island native who faced
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Peter Gimbel, a Long Island native who faced the challenges of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was a social worker who advocated for independent living for people with disabilities. Gimbel died Jan. 9, 2017, after a monthlong battle with a respiratory illness. He was 33. Newsday's obituary for Peter Gimbel

Kenneth Arrow

President George W. Bush presents the National Medal
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President George W. Bush presents the National Medal of Science to Dr. Kenneth J. Arrow of Stanford University during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., in 2004. Arrow, the youngest ever winner of a Nobel prize for economics, died Feb. 21, 2017. He was 95. Newsday's obituary for Kenneth Arrow

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton, the actor known for his roles
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Bill Paxton, the actor known for his roles in films such as "Titanic" and "Twister," died Feb. 25, 2017, of complications due to surgery. He was 61. Newsday's obituary for Bill Paxton

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Bernie Custis

Bernie Custis shows off the award for Canadian
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Bernie Custis shows off the award for Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union coach of the year in Toronto in 1982. Custis, pro football's first black quarterback who blazed the trail for future CFL stars Warren Moon, Chuck Ealey and Damon Allen, died Feb. 23, 2017. He was 88. Newsday's obituary for Bernie Custis

Fritz Koenig

Fritz Koenig, a German sculptor whose work
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Fritz Koenig, a German sculptor whose work "The Sphere" became a symbol of resilience after the 9/11 attacks in New York, died Feb. 22, 2017. He was 92. Newsday's obituary for Fritz Koenig

Alan Colmes, the Fox News Channel radio and
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Alan Colmes, the Fox News Channel radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity, died Feb. 23, 2017. He was 66. Newsday's obituary for Alan Colmes

Jamie Fox

Jamie Fox, a United Airlines lobbyist and longtime
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Jamie Fox, a United Airlines lobbyist and longtime state official accused of conspiracy in a shakedown benefiting the former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports, died Feb. 20, 2017. He was 62. Newsday's obituary for Jamie Fox

Brenda Buttner

Brenda Buttner, the longtime host of Fox News
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Brenda Buttner, the longtime host of Fox News Channel's "Bulls & Bears," died Feb. 20, 2017, after a battle with cancer. She was 55. Newsday's obituary for Brenda Buttner

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Vitaly Churkin

Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin
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Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin died unexpectedly in Manhattan Feb. 20, 2017, a day before his 65th birthday. Above, Churkin on March 27, 2014. Newsday's obituary for Vitaly Churkin

Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques
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Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques made him one of America's most important film critics in an era when cinema became increasingly ingrained in the cultural consciousness, died Feb. 18, 2017, from complications after a series of strokes. He was 84. Schickel, above, on Feb. 17, 2010. Newsday's obituary for Richard Schickel

Ivan Koloff

Ivan Koloff, the Canadian professional wrestler known as
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Ivan Koloff, the Canadian professional wrestler known as "The Russian Bear" in the ring, died Feb. 18, 2017, after fighting liver cancer. He was 74. Newsday's obituary for Ivan Koloff

Warren Frost

Warren Frost, who played Dr. Will Hayward on
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Warren Frost, who played Dr. Will Hayward on "Twin Peaks" and appeared in dozens of other TV shows including "Matlock" and "Seinfeld," died Feb. 17, 2017, after a lengthy illness. He was 91. Above, Frost on Dec. 19, 1989. Newsday's obituary for Warren Frost

Omar Abdel-Rahman

Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik, seen here
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Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik, seen here in April 2006, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 and was a spiritual guide to a generation of Islamic militants, died in a federal prison Feb. 18, 2017. He was 78. Newsday's obituary for Omar Abdel-Rahman

Clyde Stubblefield

Clyde Stubblefield, left, and John Starks are inducted
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Clyde Stubblefield, left, and John Starks are inducted into Guitar Center's Rock Walk in Los Angeles in January. Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Feb. 18, 2017. He was 73. Newsday's obituary for Clyde Stubblefield

Bob Michel

Shown in an Oct. 29, 2013 photo, Bob
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Shown in an Oct. 29, 2013 photo, Bob Michel, an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the Republican House minority for 14 years and was skilled at seeking compromise critical in getting many initiatives of two Republican presidents through Congress, died Feb. 17, 2017. He was 93. Newsday's obituary for Bob Michel

George "The Animal" Steele

WWE Hall of Fame member George
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WWE Hall of Fame member George "The Animal" Steele, seen here on Sept. 21, 2012, whose given name was Jim Myers, died Feb. 16, 2017. He was 79. Newsday's obituary for George "The Animal" Steele

Michael Novak

Michael Novak, a Catholic philosopher who helped carve
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Michael Novak, a Catholic philosopher who helped carve a space for religion in modern politics, diplomacy and economics, arguing that capitalism is the economic system most likely to achieve the spiritual goods of defeating poverty and encouraging human creativity, died of complications from colon cancer Feb. 17, 2017. He was 83. Newsday's obituary for Michael Novak

James Nichols

James Nichols, the brother of Oklahoma City bombing
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James Nichols, the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, died Feb. 14, 2017, after a lengthy illness. He was 62. Newsday's obituary for James Nichols

Nicolai Gedda

Nicolai Gedda, a Swedish-born singer who was considered
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Nicolai Gedda, a Swedish-born singer who was considered one of the most renowned lyric tenors of the 20th century, died from a heart attack Jan. 8, 2017. He was 91. The photo is from Jan. 17, 2001. Newsday's obituary for Nicolai Gedda

Edward Tipper

Edward Tipper, a World War II paratrooper who
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Edward Tipper, a World War II paratrooper who was portrayed in the HBO series "Band of Brothers," died Feb. 1, 2017. He was 95. The photo is from June 8, 2011. Newsday's obituary for Edward Tipper

Hal Moore

Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, of Auburn, Ala.,
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Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, of Auburn, Ala., salutes the crowd at the state Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 29, 2004. Moore, known for saving most of his men in the first major battle between the U.S. and North Vietnamese armies, died on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. He was 94. Newsday's obituary for Hal Moore

Peter Mansfield

Physicist Peter Mansfield, who won the Nobel Prize
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Physicist Peter Mansfield, who won the Nobel Prize for helping to invent MRI scanners, died Feb. 15, 2017. He was 83. Newsday's obituary for Peter Mansfield

Albert Boscov

Albert Boscov, the chairman of a century-old department
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Albert Boscov, the chairman of a century-old department store chain, died Feb. 10, 2017 of cancer. He was 87. The photo is from June 4, 2016. Newsday's obituary for Albert Boscov

Don McNelly

Don McNelly, known worldwide for powering through marathon
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Don McNelly, known worldwide for powering through marathon runs and running up record totals into his 70s and 80s, died Feb. 5, 2017. He was 96. The photo is from 2010. Newsday's obituary for Don McNelly

Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch hoists the
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Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch hoists the Stanley Cup in Washington, D.C., on June 17,1998, after the Red Wings won their second consecutive NHL championship. Ilitch, founder of the Little Caesars Pizza empire and owner of the Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, died Feb. 10, 2017. He was 87. Newsday's obituary for Mike Ilitch

Al Jarreau

Singer Al Jarreau poses with his trophy on
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Singer Al Jarreau poses with his trophy on Feb. 11, 2007, during the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Jarreau died Feb. 12, 2017. He was 76. Newsday's obituary for Al Jarreau

Adele Dunlap

Adele Dunlap, a New Jersey woman who was
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Adele Dunlap, a New Jersey woman who was the oldest American, died Feb. 5, 2017. She was 114. Newsday's obituary for Adele Dunlap

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Prince Charles' goddaughter, was found dead
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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Prince Charles' goddaughter, was found dead in her London home on Feb.8, 2017. She was 45. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though she revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The photo is from June 22, 2013. Newsday's obituary for Tara Palmer Tomkinson

Alan Simpson, who co-wrote the landmark British comedy
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Alan Simpson, who co-wrote the landmark British comedy series "Hancock's Half Hour" and "Steptoe and Son," died Feb. 8, 2017. He was 87. The photo is from May 9, 2014. Newsday's obituary for Alan Simpson

Irwin Corey

Irwin Corey, the wild-haired comedian and actor known
(Credit: The Washington Post / Gerald Martineau)

Irwin Corey, the wild-haired comedian and actor known for his improvisational riffs and nonsensical style who billed himself as "The World's Foremost Authority," died Feb. 6, 2017. He was 102. Above, Corey in a 1970 photo, Newsday's obituary for Irwin Corey

Richard Hatch

Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing
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Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" film and TV series, died Feb. 7, 2017, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. Newsday's obituary for Richard Hatch

Arthur H. Rosenfeld

President Barack Obama awards the National Medal of
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President Barack Obama awards the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Arthur H. Rosenfeld in a ceremony at the White House on Feb. 1, 2013. Rosenfeld died Jan. 27, 2017. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Arthur H. Rosenfeld

Joost van der Westhuizen

South Africa's scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen lets
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South Africa's scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen lets fly a pass during the World Cup final against New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on June 24, 1995. Joost van der Westhuizen, who won the 1995 World Cup with South Africa as Nelson Mandela looked on, died Feb. 6, 2017, after a six-year-battle with motor neuron disease. He was 45. Newsday's obituary for Joost van der Westhuizen

William "Ryan" Owens

Chief Special Warfare Operator William
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Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, of Peoria, Illinois, was killed Jan. 28, 2017, during a raid on al-Qaida in Yemen. He was 36. Newsday's obituary for William "Ryan" Owens

Robert Schattner

Shown in 2008, Robert Schattner, a dentist-turned-inventor who
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Shown in 2008, Robert Schattner, a dentist-turned-inventor who created Chloraseptic, a popular sore-throat medication, and the medical disinfectant Sporicidin, died Jan. 29, 2017, of kidney disease. He was 91. Newsday's obituary for Robert Schattner

Jeff Sauer

United States' head coach Jeff Sauer, top center,
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United States' head coach Jeff Sauer, top center, speaks to his team during timeout in an ice sledge hockey match against Russia at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, on March 11, 2014. Sauer, who led Wisconsin to two men's hockey NCAA titles, died Feb. 2, 2017, of pancreatic cancer. He was 73. Newsday's obituary for Jeff Sauer

Dante Bulli

Dante Bulli, one of two survivors of a
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Dante Bulli, one of two survivors of a bomber crash that claimed seven people in the unforgiving wilderness of Maine, died Dec. 30, 2016. He was 94. Newsday's obituary for Dante Bulli

Lorenzo Servitje

Shown on Aug. 23, 2005, Lorenzo Servitje, founder
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Shown on Aug. 23, 2005, Lorenzo Servitje, founder of international snack and baked-goods empire Grupo Bimbo, died Feb. 3, 2017. He was 98. Newsday's obituary for Lorenzo Servitje

Etienne Tshisekedi

Shown on July 31, 2016, Congo opposition leader
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Shown on July 31, 2016, Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who pushed for democratic reforms for decades in this vast Central African nation and once declared himself president after saying the election was rigged by the incumbent, died Feb. 1, 2017. He was 84.

Marta Becket

Shown on Oct. 1, 2005, Marta Becket, a
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Shown on Oct. 1, 2005, Marta Becket, a performance artist who spent decades presenting on one-woman shows at a remote Mojave Desert community hall that she transformed with paint brush and passion and made famous as the Amargosa Opera House, died Jan. 30, 2017. She was 92. Newsday's obituary for Marta Becket

Frank Pellegrino

Frank Pellegrino, former
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Frank Pellegrino, former "Sopranos" cast member and New York restaurateur, died Jan. 31, 2017, of lung cancer. He was 72. Newsday's obituary for Frank Pellegrino

Howard F. Mosher

Shown in a 2007 photo, Howard F. Mosher,
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Shown in a 2007 photo, Howard F. Mosher, a Vermont writer best known for his novels about life in the state's rural Northeast Kingdom, died Jan. 29, 2017. He was 74. Newsday's obituary for Howard F. Mosher

John Wetton

John Wetton, a founding member of the rock
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John Wetton, a founding member of the rock group Asia who rose to fame as part of English rock band King Crimson in the 1970s, died Jan. 31, 2017, of colon cancer. He was 67. Newsday's obituary for John Wetton

Brunhilde Pomsel

Shown on June 29, 2016, Brunhilde Pomsel, a
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Shown on June 29, 2016, Brunhilde Pomsel, a former secretary of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, died Jan. 27, 2017. She was 106.

Masaya Nakamura

Masaya Nakamura, the
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Masaya Nakamura, the "Father of Pac-Man" who founded the Japanese video game company behind the hit creature-gobbling game, died Jan. 22, 2017. He was 91. Newsday's obituary for Masaya Nakamura

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