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Cuba strongman Fidel Castro, who led a rebel (Credit: EPA / Alejandro Ernesto)

Cuba strongman Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century of power, died Nov. 25, 2016. He was 90. The photo is from July 26, 2006. Newsday's obituary for Fidel Castro

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Rashaan Salaam

Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, seen on Dec.
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Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, seen on Dec. 10, 1994, was found dead Dec. 5, 2016 in a park less than two miles from Folsom Field, where he carved his name into the University of Colorado record books as one of the greatest players in the program's history. His death is being investigated by the Boulder County coroner's office. He was 42. Newsday's obituary for Rashaan Salaam

Jayaram Jayalalithaa

Jayaram Jayalalitha, seen in an undated photo, was
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Jayaram Jayalalitha, seen in an undated photo, was a hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics.Jayalalitha became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, died Dec. 5, 2016, after undergoing surgery following a heart attack. She was 68. Newsday's obituary for Jayaram Jayalalithaa

Luis Carlos Montalvan

Luis Carlos Montalvan, seen in 2011, a decorated
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Luis Carlos Montalvan, seen in 2011, a decorated Iraq war veteran who became a strong critic of the war and wrote a best-selling book about it, has died. He was 43. Montalvan was found in a hotel room in downtown El Paso late Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Newsday's obituary for Luis Carlos Montalvan

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David Hamilton

David Hamilton, seen on April 21, 2006, a
(Credit: EPA / Ingo Wagner)

David Hamilton, seen on April 21, 2006, a widely published British photographer whose alluring images of young women were variously celebrated as art and condemned as pornography, died Nov. 25, 2016. He was 83. Newsday's obituary for David Hamilton

Sammy Lee

Sammy Lee dives from the tower of the
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Sammy Lee dives from the tower of the Empire Pool at Wembley, England, in the Olympic diving competition in the 1948 London Olympics, Aug. 5, 1948. Lee, a two-time Olympic gold medal-winning diver who later mentored four-time Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, died Dec. 2, 2016 of pneumonia. He was 96. Newsday's obituary for Sammy Lee

Joe McKnight

Former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight,
(Credit: AP/Jack Dempsey)

Former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight, seen on Nov. 17, 2011, was shot to death after an argument at an intersection with another motorist on Dec. 1, 2016. He was 28. Newsday's obituary for Joe McKnight

Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs, seen in October 2006, who is
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Andrew Sachs, seen in October 2006, who is known primarily for his role as the well-intentioned but somewhat dim character of Manuel in the 1970s comedy "Fawlty Towers," died Nov. 23, 2016. He was 86 and had been suffering from vascular dementia. Newsday's obituary for Andrew Sachs

William Christenberry

William Christenberry, an artist renowned for photographs of
(Credit: AP / William Ferris)

William Christenberry, an artist renowned for photographs of crumbling buildings and rusty cars that captured the decay of the rural South, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Nov. 28, 2016. He was 80. Newsday's obituary for William Christenberry

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Patricia Kutteles

Patricia Kutteles, who helped repeal the military's
(Credit: OutServe-SLDN / Judy G. Rolfe)

Patricia Kutteles, who helped repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy with emotional testimony about the murder of her son, a soldier who was rumored to be gay, died Nov. 14, 2016. She was 67. Newsday's obituary for Patricia Kutteles

Joe Esposito

Elvis Presley's former road manager and friend Joe
(Credit: AP / Joerg Sarbach)

Elvis Presley's former road manager and friend Joe Esposito, left, greets Bremerhaven mayor Manfred Richter on Oct. 1, 1998, at the point Elvis stepped on German soil. Esposito had dementia and died Nov. 23, 2016 of natural causes. He was 78. Newsday's obituary for Joe Esposito

Michael "Jim" Delligatti

Big Mac creator Michael
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Big Mac creator Michael "Jim" Delligatti, seen on Aug. 21, 2008, the Pittsburgh-area McDonald's franchisee who created the Big Mac in 1967, died Nov. 28, 2016. He was 98. Newsday's obituary for http://www.newsday.com/business/michael-jim-delligatti-dies-mcdonald-s-franchisee-invented-big-mac-1.12689716

Grant Tinker

Grant Tinker, co-founder of MTM Enterprises and a
(Credit: AP / Danny Moloshok)

Grant Tinker, co-founder of MTM Enterprises and a former NBC chairman, died Nov. 28, 2016. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Grant Tinker

Rick Medlin

Rick Medlin, president and CEO of Fruit of
(Credit: AFP Getty Images / Saul Loeb)

Rick Medlin, president and CEO of Fruit of the Loom, died of natural causes Nov. 27, 2016. He was 68. The photo is from Jan. 29, 2014. Newsday's obituary for Rick Medlin

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Fritz Weaver

Fritz Weaver, right, who won best actor in
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Fritz Weaver, right, who won best actor in a dramatic role for "Child's Play," and played Sherlock Holmes and Shakespearean kings on Broadway while also creating memorable roles on TV and film from "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" to "Marathon Man," died Nov. 26, 2016. He was 90. In this 1970 photo during the Tony Awards, he poses with other Tony winners, from left, Cleavon Little, Lauren Bacall, and Tammy Grimes. Newsday's obituary for Fritz Weaver

Tony Martell

Tony Martell, a music executive who founded the
(Credit: AP / Michael Zorn)

Tony Martell, a music executive who founded the industry's largest foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research died Nov. 27, 2016. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Tony Martell

Peter Hintze

Peter Hintze, deputy speaker of Germany's Parliament who
(Credit: AP / Michael Sohn)

Peter Hintze, deputy speaker of Germany's Parliament who was close to Chancellor Angela Merkel, died of cancer Nov. 27, 2016. He was 66. The photo is from 2008. Newsday's obituary for Peter Hintze

Theresa Manuel

Theresa Manuel, second from left, poses with President
(Credit: AP / Bill Chaplis)

Theresa Manuel, second from left, poses with President Harry S. Truman and other female Olympic athletes on Oct. 22, 1948 in the Oval Office. Manuel who competed in the hurdles, the javelin and the 440-yard relay and was the first black woman from Florida to compete in the Olympics, died Nov. 21, 2016. She was 90. Newsday's obituary for Theresa Manuel

Fidel Castro

Cuba strongman Fidel Castro, who led a rebel
(Credit: EPA / Alejandro Ernesto)

Cuba strongman Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century of power, died Nov. 25, 2016. He was 90. The photo is from July 26, 2006. Newsday's obituary for Fidel Castro

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Paul Sylbert, right, a prolific production designer who
(Credit: AP / Lee Grant)

Paul Sylbert, right, a prolific production designer who won an Oscar for his work on Warren Beatty's film, "Heaven Can Wait," died Nov. 19, 2016. He was 88. In this March 12, 1974, photo, Sylbert is with his sister Anthea Sylbert, a costume designer, and twin brother, Richard, also a production designer. Newsday's obituary for Paul Sylbert

Ron Glass

Ron Glass, the handsome, prolific character actor best
(Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Winter)

Ron Glass, the handsome, prolific character actor best known for his role as the gregarious, sometimes sardonic detective Ron Harris in the long-running cop comedy "Barney Miller," died of respiratory failure Nov. 25, 2016. He was 71. The photo is from Sept. 17, 2013 in North Hollywood, Calif. Newsday's obituary for Ron Glass

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from
(Credit: AP / Jordan Strauss)

Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful mom residing over "The Brady Bunch," died Nov. 24, 2016 of heart failure. She was 82. The photo is from Oct. 29, 2014. Newsday's obituary for Florence Henderson

Peggy Kirk Bell

Peggy Kirk Bell, a leading teacher and one
(Credit: Getty Images / Chris Seward)

Peggy Kirk Bell, a leading teacher and one of the most passionate advocates for women's golf, died Nov, 23, 2016. She was 95. The photo is from June 27, 2007. Newsday's obituary for Peggy Kirk Bell

Bernardo Alvarez

Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez, a longtime envoy from Venezuela
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Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez, a longtime envoy from Venezuela to the United States who led Hugo Chavez's diplomats in staunchly defending Venezuela's socialist revolution to skeptical foreign governments, died Nov. 24, 2016. He was 60. The photo is from May 9, 2007. Newsday's obituary for Bernardo Alvarez

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Alex Stewart

Alex Stewart, left, throws a punch at Rick
(Credit: Getty Images / Jonathan Daniel)

Alex Stewart, left, throws a punch at Rick Enis during a fight on April 26, 1993, in Rosemont, Ind. Stewart, a heavyweight contender who fought Mike Tyson and nearly beat George Foreman, died Nov. 16, 2016. He was 52. Newsday's obituary for Alex Stewart

David "Boo" Ferriss

David
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David "Boo" Ferriss, a Boston Red Sox jpitcher who helped lead the team to the 1946 World Series, died Nov. 24, 2016. He was 94. The photo is from March 1956. Newsday's obituary for David "Boo" Ferriss

Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca, seen on Sept. 2, 1956, the
(Credit: AP / Harry Harris)

Ralph Branca, seen on Sept. 2, 1956, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up the famed "Shot Heard 'Round the World" that still echoes six decades later as one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, died Nov. 23, 2016. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Ralph Branca

Diana Balmori

Diana Balmori, a visionary landscape designer who saw
(Credit: Kristin Gladney)

Diana Balmori, a visionary landscape designer who saw her theories of ecologically driven urban design widely adopted in her field, died from lung cancer Nov. 14, 2016. She was 84. Newsday's obituary for Diana Balmori

Constantine Stephanopoulos

Constantine Stephanopoulos, a veteran conservative politician who served
(Credit: Getty Images / Anna Zieminski)

Constantine Stephanopoulos, a veteran conservative politician who served two terms as president of Greece from 1995-2005, died Nov. 20, 2016. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Constantine Stephanopoulos

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Brandon Maxfield

Child shooting victim Brandon Maxfield is shown in
(Credit: TNS / Robin Abcarian)

Child shooting victim Brandon Maxfield is shown in a undated photo with his mother Sue Stansberry. Maxfield died Nov. 13, 2016 of complications from his paralysis. He was 29. Newsday's obituary for Brandon Maxfield

William Trevor

Irish novelist and playwright William Trevor, a master
(Credit: AP / Alastair Grant)

Irish novelist and playwright William Trevor, a master of short stories that often explored life's disappointments, died Nov. 20, 2016. He was 88. Newsday's obituary for William Trevor

Melvin Laird

Melvin R. Laird, seen in a September 1992
(Credit: AP / John Duricka)

Melvin R. Laird, seen in a September 1992 photo, who was a former Wisconsin congressman and U.S. defense secretary during years when President Nixon struggled to find a way to withdraw troops from an unpopular war in Vietnam, died Nov. 16, 2016. He was 94. Newsday's obituary for Melvin Laird

Ruth Gruber

Ruth Gruber, left, with actress Natasha Richardson at
(Credit: AP / Damian Dovarganes)

Ruth Gruber, left, with actress Natasha Richardson at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 9, 2001. Gruber, a journalist and humanitarian, died Nov. 17, 2016. She was 105. Newsday's obituary for Ruth Gruber

Mentor Williams

Musicians Paul Williams, left, and his brother Mentor
(Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Winter)

Musicians Paul Williams, left, and his brother Mentor Williams are shown at the 21st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 18, 2004. Mentor Williams, the award-winning songwriter behind the 1970s hit "Drift Away," which became a soulful rock n' roll anthem aired on radio stations for generations, died Nov. 16, 2016 after battling lung cancer. He was 70.

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Joe Resnick

Joe Resnick, a correspondent who covered Los Angeles
(Credit: AP / Greg Beacham)

Joe Resnick, a correspondent who covered Los Angeles sports for The Associated Press for more than three decades, died Nov. 20, 2016 after a six-month struggle with cancer. He was 62. Newsday's obituary for Joe Resnick

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones, seen on July 1, 2014, the
(Credit: EPA / Georg Hochmuth)

Sharon Jones, seen on July 1, 2014, the powerhouse lead singer of the Dap-Kings, who shepherded a soul revival despite not finding stardom until middle age, died Nov. 18, 2016 of pancreatic cancer. She was 60. Newsday's obituary for Sharon Jones

Dr. Denton Cooley

Denton A. Cooley, a heart surgeon who performed
(Credit: AP / David J. Phillip)

Denton A. Cooley, a heart surgeon who performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States and helped make many other advances in cardiac surgery, including valve replacement, bypass operations, removing aortic aneurysms and the development of heart-lung machines, died Nov. 15, 2016. He was 96. Newsday's obituary for Dr. Denton Cooley

Jules Eskin

Jules Eskin, the principal cellist of the Boston
(Credit: AP / Tom Kates)

Jules Eskin, the principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for more than half a century, died Nov. 15, 2016 after a long struggle with cancer. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for Jules Eskin

Dwayne Andreas

Dwayne Andreas, a farmer's son and college dropout
(Credit: AP / Dennis Magee)

Dwayne Andreas, a farmer's son and college dropout who turned the grain-processing company, Archer Daniels Midland, into "the supermarket to the world," then saw it rocked by a price-fixing scandal, has died. He was 98. This photo is from 1998. Newsday's obituary for Dwayne Andreas

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Cliff Barrows

Cliff Barrows, the long-time music and program director
(Credit: Getty Images / David McNew)

Cliff Barrows, the long-time music and program director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, died Nov. 15, 2016. after a brief illness. He was 93. This photo is from Nov. 18, 2004. Newsday's obituary for Cliff Barrows

Gardnar Mulloy

Gardnar Mulloy, right, a member of the International
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Gardnar Mulloy, right, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame who won 129 U.S. national titles and played competitively into his 90s, died Nov. 14, 2016. He was 102. On July 6, 1957, he and doubles partner Budge Patty, showed their Wimbledon trophies presented to them by Queen Elizabeth. Newsday's obituary for Gardnar Mulloy

Enzo Maiorca

Enzo Maiorca, a legend in free diving, died
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Enzo Maiorca, a legend in free diving, died Nov. 13, 2016 in his native Sicily. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for Enzo Maiorca

Gwen Ifill

Journalist and newscaster Gwen Ifill, the trailblazing co-anchor
(Credit: PBS / Andrea Jacobson)

Journalist and newscaster Gwen Ifill, the trailblazing co-anchor of "PBS NewsHour" and former host of "Washington Week in Review," died Nov. 14, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. She was 61. Newsday's obituary for Gwen Ifill

Leon Russell

Singer-songwriter Leon Russell, who sang, wrote and produced
(Credit: Getty Images / John Shearer)

Singer-songwriter Leon Russell, who sang, wrote and produced some of rock and roll's top records, died Nov. 13, 2016. He was 74. The photo is from Nov. 3, 2010. Newsday's obituary for Leon Russell

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Lupita Tovar

Actress Lupita Tovar holds a poster from one
(Credit: Getty Images / Stephen Shugerman)

Actress Lupita Tovar holds a poster from one of her movies at her tribute at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Dec. 7, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Tovar, a Mexican-born actress who began her Hollywood career in the silent era, went on to play an imperiled heroine in a racy Spanish-language version of "Dracula." She was nearly drowned on the set of "The Invader" (1936) by an inebriated star, Buster Keaton. Tovar died Nov. 12, 2016. She was 106. Newsday's obituary for Lupita Tovar

Dawn Coe-Jones

Dawn Coe-Jones, the Canadian Golf Hall of Famer
(Credit: AP / Charlie Neibergall)

Dawn Coe-Jones, the Canadian Golf Hall of Famer who won three times on the LPGA Tour, died Nov. 12, 2016 after an eight-month battle with cancer. She was 56. The photo is from June 18, 2005. Newsday's obituary for Dawn Coe-Jones

Bill Stanfill

Bill Stanfill, who was voted the nation's top
(Credit: AP / Lynne Sladky)

Bill Stanfill, who was voted the nation's top college lineman at the University of Georgia and starred on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Miami Dolphins, died Nov. 10, 2016. He was 69. Newsday's obituary for Bill Stanfill

Yaffa Eliach

Yaffa Eliach, a survivor and historian of the
(Credit: AP / Kathy Willens )

Yaffa Eliach, a survivor and historian of the Holocaust who memorialized its victims by remembering their lives in a massive photography collection that became a centerpiece of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum , died Nov. 8, 2016. She was 81. The photo is from July 10, 2002. Newsday's obituary for Yaffa Eliach

Clarence M. Ditlow III

Clarence M. Ditlow III, the executive director of
(Credit: AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Clarence M. Ditlow III, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, whose work over four decades forced the auto industry to make important safety and consumer improvements, including installing air bags, died Nov. 10, 2016 of colon cancer. He was 72. The photo is from March 2, 2010. Newsday's obituary for Clarence M. Ditlow

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Robert Vaughn

Oscar-nominated actor Robert Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of
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Oscar-nominated actor Robert Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of television's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." in the 1960s, died Nov. 11, 2016 after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83. Newsday's obituary for Robert Vaughn

E. Barrett Prettyman Jr.

Shown in a 2005 photo, E. Barrett Prettyman
(Credit: The Washington Post / Susan Biddle)

Shown in a 2005 photo, E. Barrett Prettyman Jr., a Washington lawyer who had an advisory role in the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 decision Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed segregated schools, and who decades later investigated congressional corruption in the Abscam case, died Nov. 4, 2016, of a respiratory ailment. He was 91. Newsday's obituary for E. Barrett Prettyman Jr.

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