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June Foray

Actress June Foray, who voiced Rocky the Flying
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Actress June Foray, who voiced Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the "female Mel Blanc," died July 26, 2017. She was 99. She is shown in a Sept. 15, 2013 photo. Newsday's obituary for June Foray

Margaret Lambert

Margaret Lambert, one of the premier high jumpers
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Margaret Lambert, one of the premier high jumpers in the world, who was specially requested to join the German Olympic team in a bid to paint the Nazis as non-discriminatory and avoid a boycott of the 1936 Berlin Olympics by the United States and other countries, died July 25, 2017. She was 103. Newsday's obituary for Margaret Lambert
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Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu attends a record
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Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu attends a record industry event in Sydney in 2011. Yunupingu, renowned for singing in his native Yolngu language, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

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Mervyn Rose

Mervyn Rose, who won two Grand Slam singles
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Mervyn Rose, who won two Grand Slam singles titles and two Davis Cups before going into coaching and working with stars including Billie Jean King and Margaret Court, died July 23, 2017. He was 87. He is shown, right, with Billie Jean King in a July 14, 2001 photo. Newsday's obituary for Mervyn Rose

Barbara Sinatra

Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer
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Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children's advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused children, died July 25, 2017 of natural causes. She was 90. She is shown with Frank Sinatra at a party at Chasen's in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. Newsday's obituary for Barbara Sinatra

Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim

Lonnie
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Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, who grew a onetime feed store into the world's largest poultry producer before losing the company in bankruptcy, died July 21, 2017. He was 89. Pilgrim, left, is seen with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Sept. 18, 2005. Newsday's obituary for Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim

James Finley

James A. Finley, an acclaimed photojournalist who served
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James A. Finley, an acclaimed photojournalist who served as a mentor to countless others during his 22 years as The Associated Press staff photographer in St. Louis, died July 23, 2017, of peripheral vascular disease. He was 76. Finley is seen on Jan. 23, 2002. Newsday's obituary for James Finley

John Kundla

John Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who
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John Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, died Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was 101. On April 25, 1952, he is seen carried by his players to their dressing room in Minneapolis after defeating the New York Knickerbockers to win their fourth NBA basketball championship in five years. Newsday's obituary for John Kundla

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Dave Cogdill

Former California state Sen. Dave Cogdill died July
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Former California state Sen. Dave Cogdill died July 22, 2017, after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 66. He is pictured, center, with legislators on Nov. 4, 2009. Newsday's obituary for Dave Cogdill

John Heard

Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the
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Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the "Home Alone" series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos," died July 21, 2017, He was 71. He is seen in a 2007 photo. Newsday's obituary for John Heard

Jim Vance

Jim Vance, Washington's longest-serving local news anchor, died
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Jim Vance, Washington's longest-serving local news anchor, died July 22, 2017. He was 75,. Newsday's obituary for Jim Vance

Kenneth Jay Lane

Costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, seen on
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Costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, seen on April 2, 2009, whose creations caught the fancy of high society and the QVC crowd alike, died July 20, 2017. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for Kenneth Jay Lane

Dr. Herbert L. Needleman

Herbert L. Needleman, a pediatrician and psychiatrist who
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Herbert L. Needleman, a pediatrician and psychiatrist who demonstrated in the late 1970s that children exposed to even small amounts of lead could suffer intellectual and behavioral deficits, a finding that spurred and emboldened wide-ranging safety regulations, died July 18, 2017, of pulmonary edema. He was 89. Newsday's obituary for Dr. Herbert L. Needleman

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Ralph Regula

Former Ohio congressman Ralph Regula, who was elected
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Former Ohio congressman Ralph Regula, who was elected to 18 terms in the U.S. House and was a key player in creating the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, died July 19, 2017. He was 92. He is seen on March 8, 2007. Newsday's obituary for Ralph Regula

Chester Bennington

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found dead
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Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found dead July 20, 2017. The 41-year-old rocker hanged himself from a bedroom door in his home near Los Angeles. He is shown June 22, 2017. Newsday's obituary for Chester Bennington

Robert Gene "Red" West

Actor and songwriter Robert Gene
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Actor and songwriter Robert Gene "Red" West, a longtime confidant of Elvis Presley, died July 18, 2017. He was 81. He is shown Jan 5, 2006. Newsday's obituary for Robert Gene "Red" West

Jake Butcher

Jake Butcher, who helped bring the World's Fair
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Jake Butcher, who helped bring the World's Fair to Knoxville before his family's East Tennessee banking network collapsed amid a federal investigation, died July 19, 2017. He was 81. He is shown, left, with President Jimmy Carter in the Oval Office in Washington on Oct. 3, 1978. Newsday's obituary for Jake Butcher

Kevin DelGobbo

Kevin DelGobbo, a former Naugatuck state legislator and
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Kevin DelGobbo, a former Naugatuck state legislator and chairman of Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority died July 3, 2017. He was 53. He is shown in a 2009 photo. Newsday's obituary for Kevin DelGobbo

Betty Dukes

Betty Dukes, the Walmart greeter who took the
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Betty Dukes, the Walmart greeter who took the retail giant all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the largest gender bias class-action lawsuit in U.S. history, died July 10, 2017. She was 67. She is shown June 29, 2011. Newsday's obituary for Betty Dukes

Harvey Atkin

Harvey Atkin, the Canadian actor who played the
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Harvey Atkin, the Canadian actor who played the summer camp director Morty in "Meatballs," died July 17, 2017 following a battle with cancer. He was 74. Newsday's obituary for Harvey Atkin

Moses Norman

Moses C. Norman, former dean of Clark Atlanta
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Moses C. Norman, former dean of Clark Atlanta University's School of Education and a pioneer in educational leadership in Atlanta, died July 11, 2017. He was 82. Newsday's obituary for Moses Norman

Alfred Scivola

Alfred Scivola, a member of the New England
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Alfred Scivola, a member of the New England mob who was convicted for his role in the shakedown of Rhode Island strip clubs for protection money died July 14, 2017. Scivola, seen on Feb. 15, 2005, was 76. Newsday's obituary for Alfred Scivola

Jerry Bird

Former Kentucky basketball player Jerry Bird, who was
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Former Kentucky basketball player Jerry Bird, who was a member of the school's Athletics Hall of Fame and had his No. 22 jersey retired to the Rupp Arena rafters, died July 16, 2017. Bird, at right, with coach Adolph Rupp in December 1954, was 83. Newsday's obituary for Jerry Bird

Bob Wolff

Sports broadcasting legend Bob Wolff, who interviewed Babe
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Sports broadcasting legend Bob Wolff, who interviewed Babe Ruth and Jim Thorpe and called a World Series perfect game, died July 15, 2017. He was 96. Wolff is seen on Nov. 17, 2010. Newsday's obituary for Bob Wolff

Martin Landau

Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame
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Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood," died July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 89. Newsday's obituary for Martin Landau

George Romero

George Romero, whose classic
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George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, died July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer. He was 77. Romero is seen on Jan. 21, 2008. Newsday's obituary for George Romero

Ray Phiri

Ray Phiri, a South African jazz musician who
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Ray Phiri, a South African jazz musician who founded the band Stimela and became internationally known while performing on Paul Simon's Graceland tour, died of cancer July 12, 2017. He was 70. Phiri is seen in December 2006. Newsday's obituary for Ray Phiri

Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who was
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Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who was the first and only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, died of breast cancer July 15, 2017. She was 40. Newsday's obituary for Maryam Mirzakhani

Hootie Johnson

Hootie Johnson, the South Carolina banker and Augusta
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Hootie Johnson, the South Carolina banker and Augusta National chairman who stubbornly stood his ground amid pressure for the club to invite female members, died July 14, 2017. He was 86. Johnson is seen on April 10, 2002. Newsday's obituary for Hootie Johnson

Fresh Kid Ice (Christopher Wong Won)

Christopher Wong Won, aka Fresh Kid Ice, a
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Christopher Wong Won, aka Fresh Kid Ice, a founding member of the Miami hip-hop group 2 Live Crew whose sexually explicit lyrics triggered a national debate over the legal limits of artistic freedom, died July 13, 2017, as a result of medical conditions he had suffered for several years. He was 53. Wong Won is seen on Oct. 22, 2015. Newsday's obituary for Fresh Kid Ice (Christopher Wong Won)

Liu Xiaobo

Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who fought for
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Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who fought for human rights but was viewed as a dissident by his government, died July 13, 2017 of liver cancer. He was 61. He is shown in a Dec. 6, 2008 photo. Newsday's obituary for Liu Xiaobo

Chuck Blazer

Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose
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Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled FIFA president Sepp Blatter, died July 12, 2017. Blazer, seen on Feb. 14, 2005, was 72. Newsday's obituary for Chuck Blazer

Jim Bush

Jim Bush, who guided UCLA to five NCAA
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Jim Bush, who guided UCLA to five NCAA track and field championships during his 20 years coaching the Bruins, died July 10, 2017, of cancer. He was 90. He is shown in a 1979 photo. Newsday's obituary for Jim Bush

Gray Gustafson Reisfield

Gray Gustafson Reisfield, the sole heiress to her
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Gray Gustafson Reisfield, the sole heiress to her aunt Greta Garbo's estate and a woman who was a longtime companion to the late Swedish-born actress, died July 9, 2017 following a bout with pneumonia. She was 85. She is shown in a 1972 photo. Newsday's obituary for Gray Gustafson Reisfield

Adrian Marcuse

Adrian Marcuse, an engineer-turned-president of the fashion industry
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Adrian Marcuse, an engineer-turned-president of the fashion industry school LIM College in Manhattan and a longtime Glen Cove resident, died June 29, 2017, of complications of heart failure. He was 95. Newsday's obituary for Adrian Marcuse

Nelsan Ellis

Actor Nelsan Ellis, best-known for his memorable portrayal
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Actor Nelsan Ellis, best-known for his memorable portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's "True Blood," died July 8, 2017, of complications from heart failure. He was 39. Newsday's obituary for Nelsan Ellis

Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson, a medical doctor whose book
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Spencer Johnson, a medical doctor whose book "Who Moved My Cheese?" sold 25 million copies and became a business and self-help phenomenon, died of complications from pancreatic cancer July 3, 2017. He was 78. He is shown in a Dec. 24, 2016, photo. Newsday's obituary for Spencer Johnson

Diego Hernandez

Retired Vice Admiral Diego
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Retired Vice Admiral Diego "Duke" Hernandez, once the highest-ranking Hispanic officer in the U.S. Navy, died July 7, 2017, after a long illness. He was 83. Newsday's obituary for Diego Hernandez

Joseph Nkaissery

Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya's interior minister and a retired
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Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya's interior minister and a retired general, died July 8, 2017, in a Nairobi hospital a month before the East African country's presidential election. He was 67. He is shown in a Feb. 19, 2015, photo. Newsday's obituary for Joseph Nkaissery

Nancy Jeffett

Nancy P. Jeffett, who was instrumental in arranging
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Nancy P. Jeffett, who was instrumental in arranging the first network broadcast of women's tennis, died July 6, 2017. She was 88. She is shown in a July 18, 2015, photo. Newsday's obituary for Nancy Jeffett

Sheila Michaels

Sheila Michaels, a feminist and civil rights activist
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Sheila Michaels, a feminist and civil rights activist in the 1960s who has been credited with popularizing the courtesy title "Ms." died June 22, 2017, of leukemia. She was 78. She is shown in a 2009 photo. Newsday's obituary for Sheila Michaels

Bradley Lowery

Bradley Lowery, a soccer mascot who struck up
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Bradley Lowery, a soccer mascot who struck up a close friendship with England striker Jermain Defoe after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma and gained fans across the sport, died July 7, 2017. He was 6. Bradley Lowery, front, is shown with England's Jermain Defoe on March 26, 2017. Newsday's obituary for Bradley Lowery

Joan Lee

Joan Lee, the wife of Marvel Comics legend
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Joan Lee, the wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee died July 6, 2017. She was 93. She is shown with husband Stan Lee after he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011. Newsday's obituary for Joan Lee

Joaquin Navarro-Valls

Joaquín Navarro-Valls, a suave, silver-haired Spaniard who was
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Joaquín Navarro-Valls, a suave, silver-haired Spaniard who was a close confidant of Pope John Paul II, serving for more than two decades as chief Vatican spokesman, died July 5, 2017. He was 80. He is shown in an April 1, 2005 photo. Newsday's obituary for Joaquin Navarro-Valls

Louis Nicollin

Montpellier president Louis Nicollin, who helped to produce
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Montpellier president Louis Nicollin, who helped to produce one of the biggest upsets in French football when his unfashionable club won the league in 2012 and who painted his hair in the colors of the club after a bet and the clubs' victory, died June 29, 2017. Nicollin, seen in 2012, was 74. Newsday's obituary for Louis Nicollin

Carol Lee Scott

Carol Lee Scott, the actress best-known for entertaining
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Carol Lee Scott, the actress best-known for entertaining British children on television as the colorful TV witch Grotbags, died of cancer July 3, 2017. She was 74. Newsday's obituary for Carol Lee Scott

Cardinal Joachim Meisner

Joachim Meisner, the former archbishop of Cologne and
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Joachim Meisner, the former archbishop of Cologne and a prominent conservative voice in the German church, died July 5, 2017. Meisner, seen in February 2008, was 83. Newsday's obituary for Cardinal Joachim Meisner

Miosotis Familia

NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia was shot to death
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NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia was shot to death on duty July 5, 2017, ambushed inside a command post RV by an ex-convict. Familia, 48, was a 12-year veteran of the police force who spent her entire career with the New York Police Department in the high-crime Bronx precinct. Newsday's obituary for Miosotis Familia

Daniil Granin

Daniil Granin, a Russian author who wrote a
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Daniil Granin, a Russian author who wrote a chronicle of the Nazi siege of Leningrad and several widely popular novels, died July 4, 2017. He was 98. He is shown, right, in a June 3, 2017 photo with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Newsday's obituary for Daniil Granin

Gene Conley

Gene Conley, one of the only players in
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Gene Conley, one of the only players in history to win championships in two major professional sports, died July 4, 2017. Conley, seen in 1959, was 86. Newsday's obituary for Gene Conley

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