See all the movie stars, musicians, authors, sports figures and other notable people whom we've recently lost.
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.
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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.
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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.
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David Pearson, the NASCAR pioneer known as "The Silver Fox" for his cunning craft and a longtime rivalry with Richard Petty, died Nov. 12, 2018. Pearson, shown in a March 2009 photo, was 83.
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Comic book genius Stan Lee, a former Long Island resident who was considered the architect of the contemporary comic book, died Nov. 12, 2018. Lee, shown in an April 2002 photo, was 95.
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Former Giants running back Ron Johnson, who was the first black player to be a captain of the Michigan football team, died Nov. 10, 2018, of Alzheimer's disease. Johnson, shown in a July 1972 photo, was 71.
Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who played some of Shakespeare's most intriguing characters onstage but perhaps is best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the computer HAL in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" died Nov. 11, 2018. Rain, shown in a 1979 photo, was 90.
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Frank Rienzo, who engineered a major turnaround in Georgetown Univetisy's sports programs as the college's longtime athletic director and who also was instrumental in founding the Big East Conference, died Nov. 3, 2018, of complications from congestive heart failure. Rienzo, center, shown in a March 1985 photo, was 85.
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.
Donna Axum Whitworth
Donna Axum Whitworth, the first Miss America to come from Arkansas, died Nov. 4, 2018. Whitworth, shown in a December 1963 photo, was 74.
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.
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Bob Naegele, Jr.
Bob Naegele Jr., the founding owner of the Minnesota Wild, died Nov. 7, 2018, of complications from cancer. Naegele, shown in a September 2000 photo, was 78.
Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, died Nov. 8, 2018. Triplett, shown in a July 1953 photo, was 92.
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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.
Brent Taylor, a Utah mayor who was also a Utah Army National Guard major training commandos in Afghanistan was fatally shot by one of his Afghan trainees on Nov. 3, 2018. Taylor, who was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty, was 39.
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Evelyn Y. Davis
The brash shareholder activist Evelyn Y. Davis, who owned stock in more than 80 public companies and rarely failed to make her presence known at corporate-investor meetings, died Nov. 4, 2018. Davis, shown in an April 2009 photo, was 89.
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Alexandru Visinescu, a Romanian communist-era prison guard serving a 20-year sentence for crimes against humanity, died Nov. 5, 2018. Visinescu, shown in a July 2013 photo, was 93.
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Ramona Ripston, a longtime activist who built up the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California into a major organization, died Nov. 3, 2018. Ripston, shown in a September 2003 photo, was 91.
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Legendary Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow, who introduced the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan and even brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen, died Nov. 2, 2018. Chow, shown in a September 2005 photo, was 91.
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Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a prolific player who provided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Grammys, died Nov. 2, 2018, of cardiac arrest stemming from a longtime fight with kidney disease. Hargrove, shown in a July 2018 photo, was 49.
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Tony Joe White
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.
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Richard Violette Jr.
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, 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, 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.
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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.
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Paul G. Allen
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, 2108, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Allen, left, shown in an undated photo with Bill Gates, was 65.
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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, 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.
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Roelof "Pik" Botha
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 Nov. 1991, was 86.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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, 2108. Reynolds, shown in a circa 1975 photo, was 82.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Oct. 2007 photo, was 69.
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.
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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 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.
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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. .
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Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
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.
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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.
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. .
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest
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, the former pro wrestler known for playing beloved villain Nikolai Volkoff, died July 29, 2018. Peruzovic, shown in a March 2017 photo, was 70.
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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.
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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, who became the first restaurant critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, died July 21, 2018, after being diagnosed earlier this month with pancreatic cancer. Gold, shown in January 2015, was 57.
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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.
Newsday's obituary for Tony Sparano
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jalal Mansur Nuriddin
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Herman "Denny" Farrell
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, here in Nov. 2001, was 86.
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William Allee, who served as the NYPD's chief of detectives from 1997 to 2003, died May 24, 2018, from an illness related to his work at Ground Zero. Allee, shown in a 2001 photo, was 76.
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Dr. Donald W. Seldin
Dr. Donald W. Seldin, known as the "intellectual father" of UT Southwestern Medical Center, died April 25, 2018, of lymphoma. Seldin, shown in an undated photo, was 97.
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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. Newsday's obituary for Alice Provensen
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.
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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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