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Actor Dick Gautier, who received a 1961 Tony (Credit: Getty Images for Pantages Theatre / Angela Weiss)

Actor Dick Gautier, who received a 1961 Tony nomination for his turn as Conrad Birdie in "Bye Bye Birdie" and gained larger notoriety as Hymie the Robot on TV's "Get Smart," died Jan. 13, 2017. He was 85.

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Dick Gautier, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and more recent notable deaths around the world.

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka

WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy
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WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka gives his signature "I love you" gesture. Snuka, who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, died Jan. 15, 2017. He was 73. Newsday's obituary for Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka

Eddie Long

Bishop Eddie Long, a prominent pastor who led
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Bishop Eddie Long, a prominent pastor who led one of metro Atlanta's largest churches, died Jan. 15, 2017. Long, seen here on Sept. 26, 2010, was 63. Newsday's obituary for Eddie Long

Zhou Youguang,

Zhou Youguang, the man who helped invent the
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Zhou Youguang, the man who helped invent the Pinyin writing system used for transliterating Chinese worldwide, died Jan. 14, 2017. Zhou, seen on Jan. 11, 2015, was 111.

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William Peter Blatty

Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, seen on
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Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, seen on Oct. 28, 2013, who was a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," died Jan. 12, 2017. He was 89. Newsday's obituary for William Peter Blatty

Lord Snowdon

Britain's Princess Margaret with Lord Snowdon, Antony Armstrong
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Britain's Princess Margaret with Lord Snowdon, Antony Armstrong Jones, second from left, as he shakes hands with Ringo Starr when meeting the Beatles before the world charity premiere of their second film, "Help", at the London Pavilion, in London on July 29, 1965. Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret who was also a photographer, died Jan. 13, 2017. He was 86. Newsday's obituary for Lord Snowdon

Dick Gautier

Actor Dick Gautier, who received a 1961 Tony
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Actor Dick Gautier, who received a 1961 Tony nomination for his turn as Conrad Birdie in "Bye Bye Birdie" and gained larger notoriety as Hymie the Robot on TV's "Get Smart," died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for Dick Gautier

Tony Rosato

Canadian actor Tony Rosato, a veteran of comedy
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Canadian actor Tony Rosato, a veteran of comedy shows including "Saturday Night Live" and Canada's homegrown "SCTV," died Jan 10, 2017. He was 62. Newsday's obituary for Tony Rosato

Roy Innis

Roy Innis, seen on Jan. 14, 2011, a
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Roy Innis, seen on Jan. 14, 2011, a politically conservative civil rights leader who tussled philosophically -- and physically, in one memorable televised encounter involving the Rev. Al Sharpton -- with other activists during an embattled, decades-long tenure at the helm of the Congress of Racial Equality, died Jan. 8, 2016 of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 82. Newsday's obituary for Roy Innis

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Clare Hollingworth

Clare Hollingworth, a British war correspondent who was
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Clare Hollingworth, a British war correspondent who was the first to report the Nazi invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of World War II, died Jan. 10, 2017. She was 105. Newsday's obituary for Clare Hollingworth

Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman, of Poland, one of the most
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Zygmunt Bauman, of Poland, one of the most prominent and prolific European sociologists of recent decades, died Jan. 9, 2017. He was 91. Newsday's obituary for Zygmunt Bauman

Peter Sarstedt

Peter Sarstedt, a British singer-songwriter whose 1969 hit
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Peter Sarstedt, a British singer-songwriter whose 1969 hit "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" gently mocked the jet set and brought him a measure of resurgent fame when it was used in the score of Wes Anderson's film "The Darjeeling Limited," died Jan. 8, 2017. He was 75. Newsday's obituary for Peter Sarstedt

Roberto Cabañas

Paraguay's Roberto Cabañas, left, watches teammate Buenaventura Ferreira
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Paraguay's Roberto Cabañas, left, watches teammate Buenaventura Ferreira dribble the ball through Iraq's defense at a World Cup soccer match in Toluca, Mexico, in 2012. Cabañas, who was a top striker for various soccer clubs and Paraguay, died Jan. 9, 2017. He was 55. Newsday's obituary for Roberto Cabañas

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Former Iran president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, seen on
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Former Iran president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, seen on May 11, 2013, who showed ruthlessness while in power but later pushed for reforms, died Jan 8, 2017 after having a heart attack. He was 82. Newsday's obituary for Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

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Mario Soares

Mario Soares, right, then prime minister of Portugal,
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Mario Soares, right, then prime minister of Portugal, welcomes President Ronald Reagan during a visit to Lisbon in 1985. Soares, who helped steer his country toward democracy after a 1974 military coup and grew into a global statesman through his work with the Socialist International movement, died Jan. 7, 2017. He was 92. Newsday's obituary for Mario Soares

Sam Lovullo

Sam Lovullo, left, shown in a 2007 photo
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Sam Lovullo, left, shown in a 2007 photo with country singer Willie Nelson, who as producer and co-creator of "Hee Haw" brought country music and homestyle humor to millions of American homes, died Jan 4, 2017. He was 88. Newsday's obituary for Sam Lovullo

Om Puri

Indian actor Om Puri, who worked in films
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Indian actor Om Puri, who worked in films at home and abroad, died Jan. 6, 2017. Puri, seen here on Sept. 3, 2014, was 66. Newsday's obituary for Om Puri

Georges Pretre

French conductor Georges Pretre, seen on Jan. 1,
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French conductor Georges Pretre, seen on Jan. 1, 2008, who spent half a century at the head of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Jan. 4, 2017. He was 92. Newsday's obituary for Georges Pretre

Sister Frances Carr

Sister Frances Carr, left, and Brother Arnold Hadd
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Sister Frances Carr, left, and Brother Arnold Hadd of the Shaker Village in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, sing with the Boston Camerata during a rehearsal at the Warwick Hotel in Manhattan on Sept. 13, 1995. Carr, one of the last remaining Shakers, died Jan. 2, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 89. Newsday's obituary for Sister Frances Carr

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Jill Saward

Jill Saward, a survivor of rape who became
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Jill Saward, a survivor of rape who became a powerful British campaigner against sexual violence, died Jan. 5, 2017 after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. She was 51. Newsday's obituary for Jill Saward

Milt Schmidt

Milt Schmidt, a hockey hall of famer who
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Milt Schmidt, a hockey hall of famer who mostly played for the Boston Bruins, died Jan. 4, 2017. He was 98. Schmidt is seen in September 1953. Newsday's obituary for Milt Schmidt

George Kosana

George Kosana, who played the beefy Sheriff McClelland
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George Kosana, who played the beefy Sheriff McClelland in the 1968 cult zombie film "Night of the Living Dead," died Dec. 30, 2016. He was 81. Kosana is seen on June 19, 2009. Newsday's obituary for George Kosana

Jeffrey Hayden

Director/producer Jeffrey Hayden and actress Eva Marie Saint,
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Director/producer Jeffrey Hayden and actress Eva Marie Saint, attend the 2014 premiere of "Winter's Tale" in Manhattan. Hayden, who directed early live TV plays with stars including James Dean and who worked with wife Eva Marie Saint on screen and stage, died Dec. 24, 2016 after a year of cancer treatment. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Jeffrey Hayden

William Christopher

Cast members from the television series
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Cast members from the television series "M*A*S*H", seen on Sept. 15, 1982, from left, William Christopher, Harry Morgan, Mike Farrell, Alan Alda and Jamie Farr, Christopher died Dec. 31, 2016. He was 84. Newsday's obituary for William Christopher

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Ferdy Kuebler

Ferdy Kuebler, seen on June 9, 1999, was
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Ferdy Kuebler, seen on June 9, 1999, was a Swiss cycling legend, who came back from injury and the interruption of World War II to win the 1950 Tour de France. Kuebler, who died Dec. 29, 2016, was 97. Newsday's obituary for Ferdy Kuebler

Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong, seen in 2004, a pioneering Chinese-American
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Tyrus Wong, seen in 2004, a pioneering Chinese-American artist, died Dec. 30, 2016. He was 106. Newsday's obituary for Tyrus Wong

Allan Williams

Allan Williams, seen on Oct. 26, 2016, who
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Allan Williams, seen on Oct. 26, 2016, who was a fixture on the Liverpool music scene and gave the Beatles a place to practice and helped them get early gigs, died Dec. 30, 2016. He was 86. Newsday's obituary for Allan Williams

LaVell Edwards

LaVell Edwards, the humble and devout Mormon who
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LaVell Edwards, the humble and devout Mormon who won 257 football games at Brigham Young University over 29 seasons, seen here on Dec. 24, 1999, died Dec. 29, 2016. He was 86. Newsday's obituary for LaVell Edwards

Robert Hulseman

Robert Hulseman, the former Solo Cup Co. president
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Robert Hulseman, the former Solo Cup Co. president who invented the now party-essential Red Solo Cup, died Dec. 21, 2016 of complications after a series of strokes. He was 84. Newsday's obituary for Robert Hulseman

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George S. Irving

Actor George S. Irving, seen in a 2010
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Actor George S. Irving, seen in a 2010 photo, who won a Tony Award starring with Debbie Reynolds in the musical "Irene" and appeared in the original Broadway production of "Oklahoma!", died Dec. 26, 2016. He was 94. Newsday's obituary for George S. Irving

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds, the perky performer who enlivened many
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Debbie Reynolds, the perky performer who enlivened many MGM musicals of the 1950s, most notably "Singin' in the Rain," died Dec. 28, 2016, just a day after the death of her daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher. She was 84. Newsday's obituary for Debbie Reynolds

Carrie Fisher

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford appear
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Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford appear in a scene from the 1977 film " Star Wars." Fisher, the daughter of show-biz royalty who became the iconic Princess Leia Organa in the "Star Wars" movies, died Dec. 27, 2016. She was 60. Newsday's obituary for Carrie Fisher

Gregorio Alvarez

Gregorio Alvarez, seen on Nov. 5, 2007, the
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Gregorio Alvarez, seen on Nov. 5, 2007, the last de facto president of the dictatorship that ruled Uruguay between 1973 and 1985, died Dec. 28, 2016. He was 91. Newsday's obituary for Gregorio Alvarez

Richard Adams

English author Richard Adams, seen on Oct. 18,
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English author Richard Adams, seen on Oct. 18, 1978, whose 1972 book, "Watership Down," became a classic of children's literature, died Dec. 24, 2016. He was 96. Newsday's obituary for Richard Adams

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Ricky Harris

Comedian and actor Ricky Harris, who had a
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Comedian and actor Ricky Harris, who had a recurring role in Chris Rock's "Everybody Hates Chris" sitcom and voiced several characters that appeared in hip-hop albums, died Dec. 26, 2016. He was 54. Newsday's obituary for Ricky Harris

Vera Rubin

Vera Rubin, seen in the 1970s, a pioneering
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Vera Rubin, seen in the 1970s, a pioneering astronomer who helped find powerful evidence of dark matter, died Dec. 25, 2016. She was 88. Newsday's obituary for Vera Rubin

George Michael

George Michael, who shot to stardom with Wham!
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George Michael, who shot to stardom with Wham! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career dotted with controversies, died on Dec. 25, 2016, due to heart failure. He was 53. Newsday's obituary for George Michael

Joey Boots

Joseph Bassolino, a popular member of
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Joseph Bassolino, a popular member of "The Howard Stern Show" known to fans as Joey Boots, was found dead in his New York apartment on Dec. 23, 2016. A police spokesman says it appeared Bassolino died of natural causes. He was 49. Newsday's obituary for Joey Boots

China Machado

China Machado, seen on Jan. 22, 2012, a
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China Machado, seen on Jan. 22, 2012, a legendary model who challenged traditional standards of beauty as the first non-white to appear in an American fashion magazine -- and later returning to modeling in her 80s -- died Dec. 18, 2016, at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, after suffering cardiac arrest. She was 86. Newsday's obituary for China Machado

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Piers Sellers

Piers Sellers, seen on July 17, 2006, a
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Piers Sellers, seen on July 17, 2006, a climate scientist and former astronaut who gained fame late in life for his eloquent commentary about the Earth's fragility and his own cancer diagnosis, died Dec. 23, 2016. He was 61. Newsday's obituary for Piers Sellers

Cindy Stowell

Cindy Stowell, right, appears on the
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Cindy Stowell, right, appears on the "Jeopardy!" set with Alex Trebek in Culver City, Calif., on Aug. 31, 2016. Stowell, who died Dec. 5, 2016, of cancer, just days before her appearance on "Jeopardy!" aired won six contests in a row and more than $103,000, some of which has been donated toward cancer research. She was 41. Newsday's obituary for Cindy Stowell

Franca Sozzani

Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, seen on Feb.
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Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, seen on Feb. 24, 2016, who championed Italian fashion in the magazine she ran for 28 years, died Dec. 22, 2016. She was 66. Newsday's obituary for Franca Sozzani

Valerie Fairman

Valerie Fairman, who starred in an episode of
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Valerie Fairman, who starred in an episode of MTV's reality show "16 and Pregnant" in 2010, died Dec. 21, 2016. She was 23. Newsday's obituary for Valerie Fairman

Marion Pritchard

Marion Pritchard, seen in 2009, a Dutch social
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Marion Pritchard, seen in 2009, a Dutch social work student who was credited with saving dozens of Jews during the Holocaust, spiriting some to safe houses, hiding others under floorboards, and, in one case, executing a Nazi before he could arrest a family of four, died Dec. 11, 2016. She was 96. Newsday's obituary for Marion Pritchard

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Michele Morgan

Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with
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Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and was the first winner of Cannes' best actress award, died Dec. 20, 2016. She was 96. Newsday's obituary for Michele Morgan

Lionel Blue

Lionel Blue, seen in 1994, Britain's first openly
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Lionel Blue, seen in 1994, Britain's first openly gay rabbi who was known for his popular early morning radio spots, died of pneumonia Dec. 19, 2016. He was 86. Newsday's obituary for Lionel Blue

Dick Latessa accepts the Tony Award for best
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Dick Latessa accepts the Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical for "Hairspray" at Radio City Music Hall in June 2003. Latessa, a veteran Broadway actor who was in the original productions of "Follies," "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "The Will Rogers Follies" and who won a Tony playing Harvey Fierstein's onstage husband in the original cast of "Hairspray," died Dec. 19, 2016. He was 87. Newsday's obituary for Dick Latessa

Lou Harris

Lou Harris, an influential pollster and political consultant
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Lou Harris, an influential pollster and political consultant who was among the first to provide polling services directly to candidates and officeholders and helped guide one client, a junior U.S. senator from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy, to the White House, died of a heart ailment on Dec. 17, 2016. He was 95. Harris is seen in April 1987. Newsday's obituary for Lou Harris

William Hudnut

William H. Hudnut III, the former Indianapolis mayor
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William H. Hudnut III, the former Indianapolis mayor credited with revitalizing the city's downtown after years of decline, died Dec. 18, 2016, following a lengthy illness. He was 84. Newsday's obituary for William Hudnut

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor, a Hungarian-born television actress and
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Zsa Zsa Gabor, a Hungarian-born television actress and personality known for her glamour, many husbands and provocative one-liners, died of heart failure on Dec. 18, 2016. She was 99. Gabor is seen on July 12, 1989. Newsday's obituary for Zsa Zsa Gabor

Lawrence Colburn

My Lai Massacre survivor Do Ba, left, stands
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My Lai Massacre survivor Do Ba, left, stands with former U.S. Army officer Lawrence Colburn, who rescued him during the 1968 massacre, during the 40th anniversary of the incident in My Lai in Vietnam. Colburn, a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War who helped end the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers by U.S. troops at My Lai, died Dec. 13, 2016. He was 67. Colburn is seen on March 15, 2008. Newsday's obituary for Lawrence Colburn

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