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Bob Dorough

Musician Bob Dorough, best known as a composer
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Yatarola

Musician Bob Dorough, best known as a composer and performer for ABC's educational series of short cartoons "Schoolhouse Rock!," died April 23, 2018, of natural causes. Dorough, shown in a March 2014 photo, was 94. Newsday's obituary for Bob Dorough

Nerses Krikorian

Scientist Nerses
Photo Credit: AP / Los Alamos National Laboratory

Scientist Nerses "Krik" Krikorian, who was born a refugee and later became a legend in the once-secret New Mexico city where the atomic bomb was developed, died April 18, 2018. Krikorian, shown in an undated photo, was 97. Newsday's obituary for Nerses Krikorian

Sister Agnes-Marie Valois

Sister Agnes-Marie Valois, a French nun who was
Photo Credit: Getty Images / AFP / Erwan Lesne

Sister Agnes-Marie Valois, a French nun who was called "the white angel" by Canadian soldiers she saved during one of the worst single disasters to befall Allied armies during World War II, died April 19, 2018. Valois, shown in an undated photo, was 103. Newsday's obituary for Sister Agnes-Marie Valois

Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil's small, silent
Photo Credit: Getty Images / AFP / Valerie Macon

Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil's small, silent sidekick "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, died April 21, 2018. Troyer, shown in a May 2011 photo, was 49. Newsday's obituary for Verne Troyer

Earle Bruce

Earle Bruce, former Ohio State football coach, died
Photo Credit: AP / Mike Munden

Earle Bruce, former Ohio State football coach, died April 20, 2018. Bruce, shown in a Nov. 1985 photo, was 87. His four daughters released a statement Friday, April 20, 2018, on the loss of "a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and a respected coach to many." Newsday's obituary for Earle Bruce

Avicii

The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

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. Newsday's obituary for Avicii

Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling's
Photo Credit: Errol Anderson

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. Newsday's obituary for Bruno Sammartino

Carl Kasell

Newscaster Carl Kasell, a signature voice of NPR
Photo Credit: Getty Images North America / Chip Somodevilla

Newscaster Carl Kasell, a signature voice of NPR who brought his gravitas to "Morning Edition" and later his wit to "Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" died April 17, 2018, of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Kasell, shown in a December 2009 photo, was 84. Newsday's obituary for Carl Kasell

Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush, the former first lady and mother
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson

Barbara Bush, the former first lady and mother of a president whose plain-spoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died April 17, 2018. Bush, shown in a September 2008 photo, was 92. Newsday's obituary for Barbara Bush

Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing
Photo Credit: AP / Richard Drew

Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan courtroom in the television comedy series "Night Court," was found dead in his North Carolina home on April 16, 2018. Anderson, shown in a 1988 photo, was 65. \Newsday's obituary for Harry Anderson

Hal Greer

Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and
Photo Credit: AP

Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers' career leading scorer, died April 14, 2018, after a a brief illness. Greer, shown in a Jan. 1971 photo, was 81. Newsday's obituary for Hal Greer

R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey, a former marine who made
Photo Credit: Erie Times-News via AP / Jack Hanrahan

R. Lee Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died April 15, 2018, from pneumonia-related complications. Ermey, shown in a June 2014 photo, was 74. Newsday's obituary for R. Lee Ermey

Milos Forman

Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ernesto S. Ruscio

Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director, died April 14, 2018. Forman, shown in an Oct. 2009 photo, was 86. Newsday's obituary for Milos Forman

Art Bell

Art Bell, a radio host best known for
Photo Credit: Las Vegas Sun via AP / Aaron Mayes

Art Bell, a radio host best known for a paranormal-themed nightly show syndicated on hundreds of stations in the 1990s, died April 13, 2018. Bell, shown in a March 1997 photo, was 72. Newsday's obituary for Art Bell

John Melcher

Former U.S. Sen. John Melcher, a Montana Democrat
Photo Credit: AP / Bob Daugherty

Former U.S. Sen. John Melcher, a Montana Democrat who narrowly lost a bid for a third term in 1988 just days after a wilderness bill he championed was vetoed, died April 12, 2018. Melcher, left, with Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern in a Sept. 1972 photo, was 93. Newsday's obituary for John Melcher

Patrick F. McManus

Patrick F. McManus, a prolific writer best known
Photo Credit: The Spokesman-Review via AP / Colin Mulvany

Patrick F. McManus, a prolific writer best known for his humor columns in fishing and hunting magazines, and who wrote mystery novels and one-man comedy plays, died April 11, 2018. McManus, shown in a Nov. 2008 photo, was 84. Newsday's obituary for Patrick F. McManus

J.D. McClatchy

J.D. McClatchy, a revered and versatile man of
Photo Credit: AP / Henny Ray Abrams

J.D. McClatchy, a revered and versatile man of letters praised as a poet, librettist, educator, editor and translator, died April 10, 2018, of cancer. McCaltchy, shown in a 2006 photo, was 72. Newsday's obituary for J.D. McClatchy

Yvonne Staples

Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Sherry Rayn Barnett

Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of her family's Staple Singers gospel group, died April 10, 2018. Staples, second from right, shown in a 1970 photo with, from left, her father, Pops Staples, and sisters Cleotha Staples and Mavis Staples, was 80. Newsday's obituary for Yvonne Staples

Chuck McCann

Chuck McCann, the zany comic who hosted a
Photo Credit: ABC via Getty Images

Chuck McCann, the zany comic who hosted a children's television show in the 1960s before branching out as a character actor in films and TV, died April 8, 2018, of congestive heart failure.McCann, shown in an undated photo, was 83. Newsday's obituary for Chuck McCann

Gerd Honsik

Gerd Honsik, an Austrian author who was considered
Photo Credit: AP / Ronald Zak

Gerd Honsik, an Austrian author who was considered a leading ideologue in Europe's neo-Nazi movement, died April 7, 2018. Honsik, shown in an April 2009 photo, was 76. Newsday's obituary for Gerd Honsik

Susan Anspach

Susan Anspach, an actress who had several acclaimed
Photo Credit: WireImage / Angela Weiss

Susan Anspach, an actress who had several acclaimed film roles in the 1970s and 1980s and who later had legal and personal disputes with her onetime lover and co-star, actor Jack Nicholson, died April 2, 2018. Anspach, seen in a January 2009 photo, was 75. Newsday's obituary for Susan Anspach

Daniel Akaka

Former Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka, the first native
Photo Credit: AP / Alex Brandon

Former Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka, the first native Hawaiian elected to Congress who served for more than three decades, died April 6, 2018. Akaka, seen in a February 2011 photo, was 93. Newsday's obituary for Daniel Akaka

Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor, the visionary pianist who revolutionized jazz
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ari Mintz

Cecil Taylor, the visionary pianist who revolutionized jazz by launching the free-jazz movement in the late '50s, died April 5, 2018. Taylor, seen in a June 2000 photo, was 89. Newsday's obituary for Cecil Taylor

Isao Takahata

Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison

Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli, which stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, died April 5, 2018, of lung cancer. Takahata, shown in a 2015 photo, was 82. Newsday's obituary for Isao Takahata

Bonnie Reiss

Bonnie Reiss, a regent for the University of
Photo Credit: Getty Images / J. Emilio Flores

Bonnie Reiss, a regent for the University of California who was one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top advisers and a longtime family friend, died April 2, 2018, after battling cancer. Reiss was 62. Newsday's obituary for Bonnie Reiss

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a former wife of Nelson Mandela,
Photo Credit: Getty Images / AFP / Mujahid Safodienm

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a former wife of Nelson Mandela, and an anti-apartheid activist in her own right whose reputation was sullied by scandal, died April 2, 2018. Madikizela-Mandela, shown in a December 2017 photo, was 81. Newsday's obituary for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Steven Bochco

Steven Bochco, a writer and producer known for
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Amanda Edwards

Steven Bochco, a writer and producer known for creating the groundbreaking police drama "Hill Street Blues," died April 1, 2018, after a battle with cancer. Bochco was 74. Newsday's obituary for Steven Bochco

Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve, the best-selling novelist who explored how
Photo Credit: Elena Seibert

Anita Shreve, the best-selling novelist who explored how women responded to crises past and present in her native New England in favorites such as "The Pilot's Wife," ''Testimony" and "The Weight of Water," died March 29, 2018, after a battle with cancer. Shreve, shown in an undated photo, was 71. Newsday's obituary for Anita Shreve

Rusty Staub

Rusty Staub, the orange-haired outfielder who became a
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ilya S. Savenok

Rusty Staub, the orange-haired outfielder who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons, died March 29, 2018. Staub was 73. Newsday's obituary for Rusty Staub

Ed Charles

Ed Charles, the third baseman and poet laureate
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Focus On Sport

Ed Charles, the third baseman and poet laureate for the New York Mets 1969 World Series championship team, died March 15, 2018, at his home in East Elmhurst, Queens. Charles, shown in a 1969 photo, was 84. Newsday's obituary for Ed Charles

Maitland Deweever Wilson

Sgt. First Class Maitland Deweever Wilson, who served
Photo Credit: U.S. Army

Sgt. First Class Maitland Deweever Wilson, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan during his 18 years in the Army, died of an unspecified medical condition March 7, 2018, at the Army's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Wilson, shown in an undated photo, was 38. Newsday's obituary for Maitland Deweever Wilson

John Sulston

John Sulston, a Nobel Prize-winning British scientist who
Photo Credit: Getty Images / MIT News Office / Donna Coveney

John Sulston, a Nobel Prize-winning British scientist who helped decode the human genome, died March 6, 2018. Sulston, shown in a 2002 photo, was 75. Newsday's obituary for John Sulston

Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien, a former naval advisor who later
Photo Credit: NASA

Michael O'Brien, a former naval advisor who later served as a top NASA liaison to foreign space agencies and led the team that secured agreements for the establishment of the International Space Station, died Feb. 19, 2018. He was 72. Newsday's obituary for Michael O'Brien

Vic Damone

Vic Damone, whose mellow baritone once earned
Photo Credit: Newsday / Michael E. Ach

Vic Damone, whose mellow baritone once earned praise from Frank Sinatra as "the best pipes in the business," died Feb. 11, 2018, from complications of a respiratory illness. Damone, shown in a November 1998 photo, was 89. Newsday's obituary for Vic Damone

Richard Bowden

Richard K.
Photo Credit: U.S. Marshals Service / Shane McCoy

Richard K. "Kirk" Bowden, who served as a deputy U.S. marshal during the civil rights era, providing security at the 1963 March on Washington and for James Meredith, the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi, died Jan. 20, 2018, of congestive heart failure. Bowden, shown in an undated photo, was 82. Newsday's obituary for Richard Bowden

John Mahoney

John Mahoney, who as the cranky, blue-collar dad
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ari Mintz

John Mahoney, who as the cranky, blue-collar dad on "Frasier" played counterpoint to pompous sons Frasier and Niles, died Feb. 4, 2018. Mahoney, shown in a Feb. 2007, photo, was 77. Newsday's obituary for John Mahoney

Landrum Bolling

Landrum Bolling, a Quaker who preached nonviolence in
Photo Credit: Earlham College

Landrum Bolling, a Quaker who preached nonviolence in the world's troubled spots, helped free a CNN journalist taken hostage in Beirut and became a backstairs adviser and go-between for President Jimmy Carter on Arab-Israeli issues, died Jan. 17, 2018, of congestive heart failure. Bolling, in an undated photo, was 104. Newsday's obituary for Landrum Bolling

Viater Lopes

Viater
Photo Credit: Lopes family

Viater "Vick" Lopes, the son of Cape Verdian immigrants, who enlisted in the military after the attack on Pearl Harbor, flew 64 bomber missions over Italy and France, and served again during the Korean War aboard the USS Wasp, died Jan. 26, 2018. He was 98. Newsday's obituary for Viater ''Vick'' Lopes

Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle, an artist known as the father
Photo Credit: Friedman Benda and Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle, an artist known as the father of art furniture, whose masterworks were exhibited in pre-eminent museums of the United States but were also objects to be sat or eaten upon, or to hold a raincoat and hat, died Jan. 20, 2018, from leukemia. Castle, shown in an undated photo, was 85. Newsday's obituary for Wendell Castle

William Bain Jr.

William Bain Jr., the founder of a global
Photo Credit: The Boston Globe / Justine Schiavo

William Bain Jr., the founder of a global consulting and private equity businesses bearing his name who helped drive the career of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, died Jan. 16, 2018. Bain, shown at right with Romney in a 1990 photo, was 80. Newsday's obituary for William Bain Jr.

Anna Mae Hays

Anna Mae Hays, an Army nurse who served
Photo Credit: U.S. Army Medical Department

Anna Mae Hays, an Army nurse who served in a mud-caked jungle hospital in World War II, guided the Army Nurse Corps through the bloodiest years of the Vietnam War and became the first female general in American military history, died Jan. 7, 2018, of complications from a heart attack. Hays, shown in a 1970 photo, was 97. Newsday's obituary for Anna Mae Hays

Bruce Hood

Bruce Hood, the former NHL referee who
Photo Credit: Toronto Star / Mike Slaughter

Bruce Hood, the former NHL referee who worked 1,100 games over 21 seasons, died Jan. 5, 2018, of prostate cancer. Hood, shown in a 1998 photo, was 81. Newsday's obituary for Bruce Hood

Jerry Van Dyke

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick
Photo Credit: ImageDirect / Gabe Palacio

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke who struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dimwitted sidekick in television's "Coach," died Jan. 5, 2018. Van Dyke, seen in 2002, was 86. Newsday's obituary for Jerry Van Dyke

Bruce Halle

Bruce T. Halle, who founded Discount Tire in
Photo Credit: The Arizona Republic

Bruce T. Halle, who founded Discount Tire in Michigan with an inventory of only six tires in 1960 and grew the company into the largest independent tire dealer in North America, died Jan. 4, 2018. He was 87. Newsday's obituary for Bruce Halle

Ben Barres

Ben Barres, a neurobiologist who made groundbreaking discoveries
Photo Credit: Stanford University School of Medicine

Ben Barres, a neurobiologist who made groundbreaking discoveries regarding the structure and function of the brain that may have implications for understanding Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative disorders, and who, as a transgender man, became an outspoken opponent of gender bias in science, died Dec. 27, 2017. He was 63. Newsday's obituary for Ben Barres

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