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Phil Masinga

Phil Masinga, the former South Africa and Leeds
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Phil Masinga, the former South Africa and Leeds United striker who scored the goal that took his country to the World Cup for the first time, died Jan. 13, 2019, from a "cancer-related disease" just a month after being diagnosed. Masinga, shown in a May 1998 photo, was 49.

Carol Channing

Carol Channing, the last of a generation of
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Carol Channing, the last of a generation of Broadway musical stars with oversized personalities and a trouper's dedication to touring America, died Jan. 15, 2019. Channing, shown in an April 1970 photo, was 97.

Jo Andres, a filmmaker and choreographer married to
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Jemal Countess

Jo Andres, a filmmaker and choreographer married to actor Steve Buscemi, has died. Andres, best known for her 1996 short film, "Black Kites," which won several film festival awards, was 64. Andres is shown with her husband, Steve Buscemi, in a June 2014 photo.

Mel Stottlemyre

Mel Stottlemyre, the Yankees ace turned pitching coach,
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Mel Stottlemyre, the Yankees ace turned pitching coach, died Sunday of complications from multiple myeloma, an incurable bone marrow cancer. Stottlemyre, seen here June 2015, was 77.

Bob Kuechenberg

Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time
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Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season, died Jan 12, 2019. Kuechenberg, shown in a July 1973 photo, was 71.

Shirley Boone

Shirley Boone, a philanthropist, died Jan. 11, 2019.
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Shirley Boone, a philanthropist, died Jan. 11, 2019. Boone, shown in an October 2014 with her husband, Pat Boone, was 84.

Natalie Corona

Natalie Corona was shot and killed on duty
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Natalie Corona was shot and killed on duty while responding to a multivehicle crash in the small college town of Davis, California, on Jan. 10, 2019. This Aug. 2, 2018, photo shows Merced Corona, left, pinning his daughter's badge on her uniform during a swearing-in ceremony in Davis, Calif. She was 22.

Bob Barger

Bob Barger, a World War II veteran who
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Bob Barger, a World War II veteran who flew planes for the Navy and received his college degree last spring nearly 70 years after he last sat in a classroom died Jan. 9, 2019. Barger, shown in a May 2018 photo, was 97.

John Salter Jr.

John Salter Jr., a community organizer who challenged
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John Salter Jr., a community organizer who challenged racial segregation at a Mississippi lunch counter in the 1960s, died Jan. 7, 2019. Salter, who changed his name to John Hunter Gray to honor the American Indian part of his ancestry, is shown, left, seated at a Woolworth's counter in May 1963. He was 84.

Larry Langford

Larry Langford, the former Birmingham mayor whose captivating
Photo Credit: AP / Butch Dill

Larry Langford, the former Birmingham mayor whose captivating political career was ended by a conviction on public corruption charges, died Jan. 8, 2019. Langford, shown in an October 2009 photo, was 72.

Samuel Snipes

Samuel Snipes, a lawyer who held off an
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Samuel Snipes, a lawyer who held off an angry mob while representing the first black family to move into the all-white development of Levittown, Pennsylvania, died Dec. 31, 2018. Snipes, shown in an undated photo, was 99.

Jose Ramon Fernandez

José Ramón Fernández, a retired Cuban brigadier general
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José Ramón Fernández, a retired Cuban brigadier general who was key in forming the communist country's new army and commanded Cuban defenses at the Bay of Pigs, died Jan 6, 2019. Fernández, shown in a February 2017 photo, was 95.

Steven H. Pollard

FDNY firefighter Steven Pollard was killed in a
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FDNY firefighter Steven Pollard was killed in a fall from the Mill Basin Bridge in Brooklyn on Jan. 6, 2019. He was 30.

Moshe Arens

Moshe Arens, a former Israeli defense minister, foreign
Photo Credit: AP / Kamenko Pajic

Moshe Arens, a former Israeli defense minister, foreign minister and an early political mentor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, died Jan. 7, 2019. Arens, shown in a February 2001 photo, was 93.

Christine McGuire

Christine McGuire, the oldest of the three McGuire
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Christine McGuire, the oldest of the three McGuire Sisters, whose radio and television appearances and string of Top 20 hits in the 1950s made them one of the most popular female string groups of their time, died Dec. 28, 2018. McGuire, shown left with sisters Phyllis and Dorothy in a July 1997 photo, was 92.

Harold Brown

Harold Brown, who as defense secretary in the
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Harold Brown, who as defense secretary in the Carter administration championed cutting-edge fighting technology during a tenure that included the failed rescue of hostages in Iran, died Jan. 4, 2019. Brown, shown in a Sept. 2004 photo, was 91.

Pegi Young

Pegi Young, who with fellow musician and then-husband
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Pegi Young, who with fellow musician and then-husband Neil Young helped found the Bridge School for children with speech and physical impairments, died Jan. 1, 2019, of cancer. Young, shown in an April 2015 photo, was 66.

Herb Kelleher

Herb Kelleher, the co-founder and longtime leader of
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Herb Kelleher, the co-founder and longtime leader of Southwest Airlines, died Jan. 3, 2019. Kelleher, shown in a May 2004 photo, was 87.

Bob Einstein

Bob Einstein, the veteran comedy writer and performer
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Bob Einstein, the veteran comedy writer and performer known for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," ''Curb Your Enthusiasm" and his spoof daredevil character Super Dave Osborne, died Jan. 2, 2019. Einstein, shown in a Sept. 2009 photo, was 76.

Gene Okerlund

Gene Okerlund, the iconic voice of a generation
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Gene Okerlund, the iconic voice of a generation of professional wrestling fans and a member of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, died Jan. 2, 2019. Okerlund, shown in a 2006 photo, was 76.

Daryl Dragon

Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing
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Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing "Captain" of Captain & Tennille who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy listening hits as "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Muskrat Love," died Jan. 2, 2019, of renal failure. Dragon, seen here with Toni in July 2005, was 76.

Paddy Ashdown

Former British Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, who
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Former British Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, who received a knighthood and was made a member of the House of Lords, died Dec. 22, 2018, after a short illness. Ashdown, shown in a Sept. 2012 photo, was 77.

Simcha Rotem

Simcha Rotem, an Israeli Holocaust survivor who was
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Simcha Rotem, an Israeli Holocaust survivor who was among the last known Jewish fighters from the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis, died Dec. 22, 2018. Rotem, shown in an April 2013 photo, was 94.

Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz

Saudi Arabian Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz, a senior
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Saudi Arabian Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz, a senior member of the royal family who supported women's rights and once led a group of dissident princes, died Dec. 22, 2018. Prince Talal, shown in a Feb. 2010 photo, was 87.

Galt MacDermot

Galt MacDermot, a composer who gave the Age
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Galt MacDermot, a composer who gave the Age of Aquarius its rock-and-roll soundtrack in the Broadway musical "Hair," wrote the score to a Tony-winning adaptation of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and became a widely sampled staple of 1990s hip-hop, died Dec. 17, 2018. MacDermot, shown in a Sept. 1968 photo, was 89.

Rona Ramon

Rona Rimon, whose husband was killed in the
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Rona Rimon, whose husband was killed in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster and who later lost a son in a military plane crash, died Dec. 17, 2018, of pancreatic cancer. Ramon, shown in a Feb. 2003 photo, was 54.

Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall, who costarred on the 1970s and
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Penny Marshall, who costarred on the 1970s and '80s sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" before directing hit movies including "Big" and "A League of Their Own," died Dec. 17, 2018, of complications from diabetes. Marshall, seen on Dec. 5, 2011, was 75.

Colin Kroll

Colin Kroll, founder of HQ Trivia and Vine,
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Colin Kroll, founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday. Kroll, seen here Jan. 2014, died of a suspected drug overdose. He was 34.

John Curran

John Curran, a former FBI agent who raised
Photo Credit: Patti Arcidiacono

John Curran, a former FBI agent who raised his family in Wantagh, died on Dec. 8 of cardiac arrest. Curran, seen here in 2007, was 91.

Sondra Locke

Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated
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Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, died Nov. 3 of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer. Locke, seen here in a June 2005, was 74.

Pete Shelley

Pete Shelley, the singer-songwriter and co-founder of the
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Pete Shelley, the singer-songwriter and co-founder of the punk band the Buzzcocks, died Dec. 6, 2018. Shelley, shown in a 1979 photo, was 63.

Ray Hill

Ray Hill, a former Baptist evangelist and convicted
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Ray Hill, a former Baptist evangelist and convicted cat burglar who galvanized the gay rights movement in Houston, helped organize the first gay march on Washington and drew on his own experience behind bars to host a radio call-in show for inmates and their families, died Nov. 24, 2018. Hill, shown in a June 1987 photo, was 78.

Albert Frere

Albert Frere, the industrialist who became one of
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Albert Frere, the industrialist who became one of Belgium's richest people during more than half-century of dealmaking, died Dec. 3, 2018. Frere, shown in a May 2005 photo, was 92.

George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush, whose presidency soared with the
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George H.W. Bush, whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after one term, died Nov. 30, 2018. Bush, shown in a 1994 file photo, was 94.

Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg, who used his dual loves of
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Mainz

Stephen Hillenburg, who used his dual loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of "SpongeBob SquarePants," died Nov. 26, 2018 of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS. Hillenburg, shown in a November 2004 photo, was 57.

Bernardo Bertolucci

Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who won Oscars with
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Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who won Oscars with "The Last Emperor" and whose erotic drama "Last Tango in Paris" enthralled and shocked the world, died Nov. 26, 2018, of cancer. Bertolucci, shown in an August 1997 photo, was 77.

Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay, a magician, historian of oddball entertainers
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Ricky Jay, a magician, historian of oddball entertainers and actor who appeared in "Boogie Nights" and other films, died Nov. 24, 2018. Jay, shown in a September 2012 photo, was 72.

Pablo Ferro

Pablo Ferro, a Cuban-born artist who drew horror
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Pablo Ferro, a Cuban-born artist who drew horror comics for Stan Lee in his youth and rose to become an innovative filmmaker on Madison Avenue and a renowned title designer in Hollywood, died Nov. 16, 2018. Ferro, shown in an August 2015 photo, was 83.

Zhores Medvedev

Zhores Medvedev, a scientist and one of the
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Zhores Medvedev, a scientist and one of the more prominent political dissidents in the former Soviet Union whose writings exposed quackery and fraud in Soviet scientific programs and led to his arrest and eventual exile from his homeland, died Nov. 15, 2018, of a heart attack. Medvedev, shown in a 1975 photo, was 93.

William Goldman

William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise
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William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men" and summed up the mystery of making a box-office hit by declaring "Nobody knows anything," died Nov. 16, 2018, of complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. Goldman, shown in an undated photo, was 87.

Kim Porter

Kim Porter, Sean P. Diddy's former longtime girlfriend
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Kim Porter, Sean P. Diddy's former longtime girlfriend and the mother of three of his children, died Nov. 15, 2018. Porter, shown in a 2017 photo, was 47.

Roy Clark

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Hope Powell

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," died Nov. 15, 2018, of complications from pneumonia. Clark, shown in a 1970s photo, was 85.

Katherine MacGregor

Katherine MacGregor, who played petty, gossiping mother Harriet
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Katherine MacGregor, who played petty, gossiping mother Harriet Oleson on TV's "Little House on the Prairie," died Nov. 13, 2018. MacGregor was 93.

Irvin Williams

Irvin Williams, whose horticulture career spanning the Kennedy
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Irvin Williams, whose horticulture career spanning the Kennedy to the George W. Bush administrations made him the longest-serving gardener in White House history and who was a key figure in the creation of the Rose Garden, died Nov. 7, 2018, of renal failure. Williams, shown in an April 2004 photo, was 92.

Francis Lai

French composer Francis Lai, who won an Oscar
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French composer Francis Lai, who won an Oscar for the iconic "Love Story" soundtrack, died Nov. 7, 2018. Lai, shown in a May 1981 photo, was 86.

Bernard Bragg

Bernard Bragg, an actor who broadened the boundaries
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Bernard Bragg, an actor who broadened the boundaries of the stage by co-founding the National Theatre of the Deaf, a pathbreaking company that provided a showcase for deaf performers such as himself and the elegant beauty of sign language, died Oct. 29, 2018. Bragg, shown in a 2010 photo, was 90.

Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White, the country bluesman and hit
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Tony Joe White, the country bluesman and hit songwriter behind successes such as "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia," died Oct. 24, 2018. White, shown in a July 2013 photo, was 75.

Richard Violette Jr.

Richard Violette Jr., a thoroughbred trainer who advocated
Photo Credit: NYRA Track Photographer / Adam Coglianese

Richard Violette Jr., a thoroughbred trainer who advocated tirelessly on behalf of racetrack backstretch workers and improved care for retired racehorses, died Oct. 21, 2018, of lung cancer. Violette, shown in an undated photo, was 65.

Wanda Ferragamo

Wanda Ferragamo, who took over her husband's shoe-design
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Wanda Ferragamo, who took over her husband's shoe-design and manufacturing business after his death and, with the help of her six children, expanded the company of Salvatore Ferragamo into a global fashion empire, died Oct. 19, 2018. Ferragamo, shown in a Feb. 2011 photo, was 96.

Ara Guler

Ara Guler, an acclaimed Turkish journalist and photographer
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Ara Guler, an acclaimed Turkish journalist and photographer known as "the Eye of Istanbul" for his iconic black-and-white pictures of the city and its residents, died Oct. 17, 2018, of heart and respiratory failure. Guler, shown in an Aug. 2018 photo, was 90.

Raye Montague

Raye Montague, a trailblazer from Arkansas who revolutionized
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Raye Montague, a trailblazer from Arkansas who revolutionized the way the U.S. Navy designed ships, died Oct. 17, 2018, of congestive heart failure. Montague, shown in an April 2017 photo, was 83.

Paul G. Allen

Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his
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Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist, technology investor and owner of several professional sports teams, died Oct. 15, 2018, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Allen, left, shown in an undated photo with Bill Gates, was 65.

Robert Bausch

Robert Bausch, an acclaimed Virginia teacher and writer
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Robert Bausch, an acclaimed Virginia teacher and writer whose nine novels won praise for their subtle blending of humor with ominous threads of violence and family fault lines, died Oct. 9, 2018, of multiple myeloma. Bausch, left, shown with his twin brother Richard in a September 2002 photo, was 73.

Patrick Baumann

Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball's world
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Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball's world governing body who was seen as a potential IOC president, died Sunday of a heart attack. Baumann, shown in a Sept. 2017 photo, was 51.

Roelof "Pik" Botha

Roelof
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Roelof "Pik" Botha, who spent decades at the center of South Africa's political and diplomatic life as the last foreign minister under apartheid rule and who later served in the cabinet of the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela, died Friday of heart disease. Boetha, seen here in November 1991, was 86.

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor, a ferocious Hall of Fame fullback
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Jim Taylor, a ferocious Hall of Fame fullback who embodied the Green Bay Packers' unstoppable ground game during the Vince Lombardi era and helped the team win four NFL titles and the first Super Bowl, died Saturday. Taylor, seen here circa 1965, was 83.

Geoff Emerick

Geoff Emerick, who worked as recording engineer for
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Geoff Emerick, who worked as recording engineer for the Beatles for many years and played an important role in the creation of "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and other albums, died Oct. 2, 2018. Emerick, left, shown in a March 1968 photo with Ringo Starr, was 72.

Do Muoi

Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of
Photo Credit: Getty Images / AFP / Hoang Din Nam

Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Do Muoi, who worked against the French colonial government and became a committed communist, died Oct. 1, 2018. Muoi, shown in a 1995 photo, was 101.

Otis Rush

Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate,
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Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate, jazz-tinged music influenced artists from Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton to the rock band Led Zeppelin, died Sept. 29, 2018, of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2003. Rush, seen in a 1986 photo, was 84.

Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose
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Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades and who endeared himself to fans around the world with his versatile tenor, lush lyrics and kinetic stage presence, died Monday. Aznavour, shown in a Sept 2011 photo, was 94.

Marty Balin

Marty Balin, a patron of the 1960s
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Marty Balin, a patron of the 1960s "San Francisco Sound" both as founder and lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane and co-owner of the club where the Airplane and other Bay Area bands performed, died Sept. 27. Balin, shown in a Sept. 1978 photo, was 76.

Arthur Mitchell

Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in
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Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, died Sept. 19, 2018. Mitchell, shown in a 1963 photo, was 84.

Clay Riddell

Clay Riddell, the billionaire oilman and co-owner of
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Clay Riddell, the billionaire oilman and co-owner of the NHL's Calgary Flames, died Sept. 22, 2018. Riddell, shown, left, with Miikka Kiprusoff in a Feb. 2012 photo, was 81.

Peter Donat

Peter Donat, the Canadian actor who played agent
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Peter Donat, the Canadian actor who played agent Fox Mulder's father in "The X-Files" and had roles in TV shows, films and onstage, died Sept. 10, 2018 of complications from diabetes. Donat, shown in an undated photo, was 90.

Marin Mazzie

Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony
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Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse Broadway performances in "Ragtime," ''Passion" and "Kiss Me, Kate," died Sept. 13, 2018, following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Mazzie, shown in a June 2014 photo, was 57.

Rachid Taha

Algerian singer Rachid Taha, who thrillingly blended Arabic
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Algerian singer Rachid Taha, who thrillingly blended Arabic music with rock and techno and at times wore blue contact lenses to protest anti-Arab prejudice in his adoptive France, died Sept. 12, 2018 of a heart attack. Taha, shown in a 2007 photo, was 59.

Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds, the film and television star known
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Burt Reynolds, the film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," and commercial hits such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and for an active off-screen love life that included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, died Sept. 6, 2018. Reynolds, shown in a circa 1975 photo, was 82.

Christopher Lawford

Author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was
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Author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, sank into substance abuse and addiction and rose to become a well-known advocate for sobriety and recovery, died Sept. 4, 2018 of a heart attack. Lawford, seen in a Nov. 16, 2005 photo, was 63.

Randy Weston

Jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston, who was
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Jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston, who was among the most prominent ambassadors for traditional African music in the United States, died Sept. 2, 2018. Weston, shown in a Nov. 2006 photo, was 92.

Marie Severin

Marie Severin, one of the first women to
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Marie Severin, one of the first women to become a major comic-book illustrator and who helped produce "Dr. Strange," "The Incredible Hulk" and other classic works for Marvel Comics, died Aug. 29, 2018 from a hemorrhagic stroke at a hospice facility in Massapequa. Severin, shown in an undated photo, was 89.

Iosif Kobzon

Iosif Kobzon, an iconic Russian crooner and political
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Iosif Kobzon, an iconic Russian crooner and political figure dubbed "the Soviet Sinatra" for his decades-long career, died Aug. 30, 2018. Kobzon, shown in an Oct. 2017 photo, was 80.

George Walker

George Walker, the first African-American to win the
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George Walker, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer in music, died Aug. 23, 2018. Walker, shown in an undated photo, was 96.

Neil Simon

Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose
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Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits including "The Odd Couple," ''Barefoot in the Park" and his "Brighton Beach" trilogy, dominated Broadway for decades, died Aug. 26, 2018, of complications from pneumonia. Simon, seen here in December 2012, was 91.

Princeton Lyman

Princeton Lyman, a career diplomat who served as
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Princeton Lyman, a career diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and later to South Africa, where he helped engineer the transition from the country's apartheid era of white supremacy to a multiracial, democratically elected government in the 1990s, died Aug. 24, 2018, of lung cancer. Lyman, shown in a March 2011 photo, was 82.

John McCain

Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors
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Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination, died Aug. 25, 2018, after battling brain cancer for more than a year. McCain, shown in a September 2008 photo, was 81.

Robin Leach

Robin Leach, whose voice crystallized the opulent 1980s
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Robin Leach, whose voice crystallized the opulent 1980s on TV's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," died Aug. 24, 2018. Leach, shown in a 2003 photo, was 76.

Craig Zadan

Producer Craig Zadan, known for his work on
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Producer Craig Zadan, known for his work on NBC's live musicals, the Academy Awards, and films including "Chicago," died Aug. 20, 2018, of complications following shoulder replacement surgery. Zadan, shown in an October 2007 photo, was 69.

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the
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Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died Aug. 18, 2018. Annan, seen in a Dec. 11, 2017 photo, was 80.

Bui Tin

Bui Tin, a decorated North Vietnamese war hero
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Bui Tin, a decorated North Vietnamese war hero who defected from the communist regime and became one of its most vocal and influential critics, died Aug. 11, 2018. Tin, seen in a May 3, 2000 photo, was 90.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin performs at the
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Aretha Franklin performs at the "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" concert during the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017.

Morgana King

Morgana King, a boldly original jazz singer with
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Morgana King, a boldly original jazz singer with a four-octave voice and dramatic stage presence who was perhaps better known for portraying Marlon Brando's wife in the first two Godfather movies, died March 22, 2018. King, shown in a 1965 photo, was 87.

Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart

Jim
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Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, who joined with brother-in-law Bret Hart to form one of the top tag teams in the 1980s with the WWE, died Aug. 13, 2018, from an injury when he fell at home and hit his head . He was 63.

Alan Rabinowitz

Alan Rabinowitz, a zoologist who overcame a debilitating
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Alan Rabinowitz, a zoologist who overcame a debilitating stutter to become a powerful voice for leopards, jaguars and other wildcats threatened by humans, died Aug. 5, 2018, of cancer. Rabinowitz, shown in a May 2004 photo, was 64.

David Landsberg

Actor, screenwriter and producer David Landsberg, formerly of
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Actor, screenwriter and producer David Landsberg, formerly of Massapequa, died Aug. 5, 2018 following complications from surgery for esophageal cancer. Landsberg, shown in an undated photo, was 73.

Nicholas Bett

Nicholas Bett, a Kenyan runner who won the
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Nicholas Bett, a Kenyan runner who won the 2015 world championship title in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash on Aug. 8, 2018. Bett, seen in August 2015, was 28.

Jarrod Lyle

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle died Aug. 8, 2018
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Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle died Aug. 8, 2018 after a long struggle with cancer. Lyle, shown in a November 2013 photo, was 36.

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and caring
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Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and caring housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life," died Aug. 5, 2018. Rae, seen in a February 2016 photo, was 92.

Michael Sheehan

Michael A. Sheehan, who led counterterrorism efforts around
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Michael A. Sheehan, who led counterterrorism efforts around the globe with the United Nations, State Department and New York City Police Department, and later, as a top Defense Department official, directed the country's Special Forces units and drone programs, died July 30, 2018 of multiple myeloma. Sheehan, shown in a July 2010 photo, was 63.

Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest

Model Rick Genest, also known as Zombie Boy
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Model Rick Genest, also known as Zombie Boy and famous for his tattoos, died on Aug. 1, 2018. Genest appeared in the Lady Gaga music video for "Born This Way" in 2011. Dulcedo Management, which represented him, confirmed his death on its Facebook page on Thursday but gave no further details immediately. Genest, shown in a February 2013 photo, was 32.

Josip Peruzovic

Josip Peruzovic, the former pro wrestler known for
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Josip Peruzovic, the former pro wrestler known for playing beloved villain Nikolai Volkoff, died July 29, 2018. Peruzovic, shown in a March 2017 photo, was 70.

Mary Ellis

RAF Veteran World War II pilot Mary Ellis,
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RAF Veteran World War II pilot Mary Ellis, who delivered spitfires and bombers to the front line during the war as a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary, died July 25, 2018. Ellis, shown in an August 2015 photo, was 101.

Rene Portland

Rene Portland, who built Penn State into a
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Rene Portland, who built Penn State into a women's basketball powerhouse during a 27-year tenure, died July 22, 2018, after a three-year fight with cancer. Portland, shown in a December 1994 photo, was 65.

Jonathan Gold

Jonathan Gold, who became the first restaurant critic
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Jonathan Gold, who became the first restaurant critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, died July 21, 2018, after being diagnosed earlier that month with pancreatic cancer. Gold, shown in January 2015, was 57.

Tony Sparano

Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who
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Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who spent one season as Jets offensive coordinator during the Rex Ryan era, died July 22, 2018. Sparano, shown in a September 2012 photo, was 56.

Ann Hopkins

Ann Hopkins, who won a major Supreme Court
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Ann Hopkins, who won a major Supreme Court workplace-discrimination case stemming from her denial of promotion at a large accounting firm and whose case formed the basis of later gender-discrimination rulings, died June 23, 2018, of acute sensory peripheral neuronopathy, a fast-developing nerve disorder of unknown origin. Hopkins, shown in a 1989 photo, was 74.

Gary Beach

Gary Beach, a Broadway and TV veteran whose
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Gary Beach, a Broadway and TV veteran whose portrayal of a truly terrible theater director in Mel Brooks' monster hit "The Producers" won him a Tony Award in 2001, died July 17, 2018. Beach, shown in a December 2005 photo, was 70.

Henry Morgenthau

Henry Morgenthau III, a TV producer and documentarian
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Henry Morgenthau III, a TV producer and documentarian who helped shape public television in its early days and provided a forum for the nation's civil rights conversation in the 1960s, died July 11, 2018, from aortic stenosis. Morgenthau, seen in February 2017, was 101.

Milton Edgerton

Milton Edgerton, who was widely recognized as one
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Milton Edgerton, who was widely recognized as one of the most daring and influential plastic surgeons in America, the former director of plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins and the University of Virginia, died in May 17, 2018. Edgerton, shown in an undated photo, was 96.

Ray Emery

Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the
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Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, drowned July 15, 2018, in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Emery, shown in a June 2013 photo, was 35.

Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who
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Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with such films as "Battle Cry" and "Damn Yankees" and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, died July 8, 2018, of a blood clot in his leg that caused cardiac arrest. Hunter, shown in a photo circa 1960, was 86.

Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison, the prolific, pugnacious author of
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Harlan Ellison, the prolific, pugnacious author of "A Boy and His Dog," and countless other stories that blasted society with their nightmarish, sometimes dark humorous scenarios, died June 27, 2018. Ellison, shown in a Nov. 1991 photo, was 84.

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt, a South African photographer who for
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David Goldblatt, a South African photographer who for decades chronicled the harsh fallout of white minority rule in his country, died June 25, 2018. Goldblatt, shown in a Jan. 2011 photo, was 87.

Dan Ingram

Dan Ingram, the beloved disc jockey and voice
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Dan Ingram, the beloved disc jockey and voice of New York radio during a five-decade run, died June 24, 2018. Ingram, shown in a June 2003 photo, was 83.

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, who became known as the
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Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, who became known as the "grandfather of rap" for his rhythmic, spoken-word verses with the Last Poets, a group that channeled the militant social criticism of the Black Power movement into music that paved the way for hip-hop, died June 4, 2018, of lung cancer. Nuriddin, shown in a 1984 photo, was 73.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Noted Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who directed orchestras
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Noted Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who directed orchestras in Moscow, Stockholm, Vienna and London, died June 16, 2018. Rozhdestvensky, shown in an undated photo, was 87.

Leslie Grantham

Actor Leslie Grantham, who became a British TV
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Actor Leslie Grantham, who became a British TV icon during the 1980s as arch-villain "Dirty" Den Watts on the soap opera "EastEnders," died June 15, 2018. Grantham, shown in an undated photo, was 71.

D.J. Fontana

D.J. Fontana, a rock and roll pioneer who
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D.J. Fontana, a rock and roll pioneer who rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, Louisiana, to the heights of musical history as Elvis Presley's first and longtime drummer, died June 13, 2018. Fontana, shown with Elvis Presley in a May 1956 photo, was 87.

Jackson Odell

Actor Jackson Odell was found unresponsive June 8,
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Actor Jackson Odell was found unresponsive June 8, 2018, at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana. Odell, who was in the 2011 film "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" and had a recurring role in the ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs" as Ari Caldwell, was 20. He is shown in a January 2018 photo.

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of
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Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead in his hotel room June 8, 2018, in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. Bourdain, shown in an April 2018 photo, was 61.

Bill Gold

Bill Gold, who designed more than 2,000 movie
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Bill Gold, who designed more than 2,000 movie posters, from "Casablanca" and "My Fair Lady" to "Dirty Harry," "The Exorcist" and "Goodfellas," making him one of the film world's leading image-makers, died May 20, 2018, of complications from dementia. He was 97.

Herman "Denny" Farrell

Herman
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Herman "Denny" Farrell, a New York State assemblyman who worked to make banking and finance more consumer-friendly and earned respect for working across the political aisle during 42 years in office, died May 26, 2018. Farrell, pictured here in November 2001, was 86.

Alice Provensen

Alice Provensen, an award-winning artist who illustrated dozens
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Alice Provensen, an award-winning artist who illustrated dozens of popular books for children, often in collaboration with her husband, died April 23, 2018. Provensen, seen with husband Martin Provensen, was 99.

Avicii

The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii
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The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman on April 20, 2018. Avicii, born Tim Bergling, shown in an Aug. 2013 photo, was 28.

Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling's
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Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling's "Living Legend" and one of its longest-reigning champions, died April 18, 2018. Sammartino, shown in an April 2013 photo, was 82.

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