Apr 24 2020

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See all the movie stars, musicians, authors and other notable people who we’ve recently lost.

Recent notable deaths

See all the movie stars, musicians, authors, sports figures and other notable people whom we’ve recently lost.

Photo Credit: NYS Sex Offender Registry via AP

Jeffrey Epstein is pictured on March 28, 2017.

Photo Credit: NYS Sex Offender Registry via AP

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on Aug. 10.

Edward Lewis

Edward Lewis, a producer who helped break the Hollywood blacklist with “Spartacus” by hiring “subversive” screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and who later shared an Oscar nomination with his wife for producing “Missing,” about the death of an American writer in Chile, died July 27, 2019. Lewis, shown in a 2004 photo, was 99.

Brian J. Sullivan

Brian J. Sullivan, 54, an FDNY lieutenant and 27-year-old veteran of the department, died from a heart attack after a 24-hour tour on Aug. 9, 2019.

Jim Cullum

Jim Cullum, 77, a jazz cornetist, bandleader and educator who became a flamekeeper of traditional jazz, and whose San Antonio-based ensemble became a mainstay of public radio on the weekly program “Riverwalk Jazz,” died Aug. 11, 2019.

Darryl Drake

Darryl Drake, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver who spent more than 30 years molding players at the position at the college and professional level, died Aug. 12, 2019. Drake, shown in an Aug. 9, 2019 photo, was 62.

Jeffrey Epstein

Financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was awaiting a sex-trafficking trial, was found dead in his lower Manhattan jail cell Aug. 10, 2019. Epstein, shown in a March 2017, photo, was 66.

Steve Sawyer

Steve Sawyer, a former executive director of Greenpeace International who narrowly avoided injury in 1985 when the environmental group’s ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk by sabotage in New Zealand, died July 31, 2019. Sawyer, shown in a 2006 photo, was 63.

Greek sculptor Takis, known for artworks that made use of technology, motion and light and were displayed in art galleries and museums around the world, died Aug. 9, 2019. Takis, shown in a 2001 photo, was 93.

Rosie Ruiz

Rosie Ruiz, the Cuban American runner who infamously cut the course at the Boston Marathon and was stripped of her victory in the 1980 race, died July 8, 2019 of cancer. Ruiz, shown in a 1980 photo, was 66.

David Berman

David Berman, the acclaimed singer songwriter and poet best known for his indie-rock bank the Silver Jews, died Aug. 7, 2019. Berman, shown in a 2008 photo, was 52.

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Author Toni Morrison, the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, died on Aug. 6, 2019. Morrison, seen on Oct. 7, 1993, at her office in Princeton University in New Jersey, died following a short illness, her family said in a statement. She was 88.

Dorothy Olsen

Dorothy Olsen, one of the few surviving WASPs, the long-unrecognized corps of female pilots who flew vital domestic missions for the Army Air Forces during World War II, died July 23, 2019. Olsen, shown in an undated photo, was 103.

Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj, India’s former external affairs minister and a leader of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, died Aug. 6, 2019.

Toni Morrison

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved,” ”Song of Solomon” and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, died Aug. 5, 2019. Morrison, shown in a 1993 photo, was 88.

Don Banks, a longtime NFL writer who worked at Sports Illustrated for 16 years, died Aug. 4, 2019, after covering the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions in Canton, Ohio. Paramedics were called to his hotel, where he was pronounced dead. Banks, shown in a 2018 photo, was 57.

Nuon Chea, the chief ideologue of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that destroyed a generation of Cambodians, died Aug. 4, 2019. Chea, shown in a 2003 photo, was 93.

Cliff Branch

Cliff Branch, one of the Raiders’ career-leading wide receivers who won three Super Bowls in 14 seasons with the franchise, died Aug. 3, 2019. Branch, shown in a 1983 photo, was 71.

Harvey Frommer

Harvey Frommer, a prolific writer who penned more than 50 books, died Aug. 1, 2019 of complications from lung cancer. Frommer, a former North Woodmere resident, was 83.

L. Brooks Patterson

L. Brooks Patterson, a Republican who seemed to revel in confrontation during his decades of leading wealthy Oakland County, north of Detroit, died Aug. 3, 2019. Patterson, shown in a March 2019 photo, was 80.

Saoirse Kennedy Hill

In this Sept. 20, 2016, photo, Saoirse Kennedy Hill, right, granddaughter of Ethel Kennedy and her late husband Robert F. Kennedy, holds a relative’s baby before a ceremony for naming the Robert Kennedy Navy Ship at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, in Boston. Saoirse Kennedy Hill died Aug. 1, 2019, at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. She was 22. At left is U.S. Rep Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass).

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Robert Mayer, a Newsday reporter and columnist in the 1960s and 1970s, died July 23, 2019 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Mayer, shown in an undated photo, was 80.

Harold Prince

Harold Prince, the daring producer and director who earned a record 21 Tony Awards and helped shape much of the significant musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, died July 31, 2019. Prince, shown in a 1995 photo, was 91.

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez, a leading Venezuelan artist who won international acclaim for his work with color and the style known as kinetic art, died July 27 2019. Cruz-Diez, shown in a 2008 photo, was 95.

Max Falkenstien

Max Falkenstien, the affable and silver-tongued “Voice of the Jayhawks” who brought Kansas football and basketball into the homes of fans for six decades, died July 29, 2019. Falkenstien, shown in a 2006 photo, was 95.

Paul Markham

Paul Markham, a former federal prosecutor who was on Chappaquiddick Island the night of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s fateful car crash, died July 13, 2019. Markham, shown in a 1969 photo, was 89.

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor, beloved by many as the longtime official voice of Minnie Mouse, died July 26, 2019. Taylor, shown in a 1986 photo, was 75.

Cathy Inglese

Cathy Inglese, Hofstra women’s basketball associate head coach, died Wednesday, a week after suffering a brain injury in a fall. Inglese, shown in a 2008 photo, was 60.

Rutger Hauer

Dutch film actor Rutger Hauer, who specialized in menacing roles, including a memorable turn as a murderous android in “Blade Runner” opposite Harrison Ford, died July 19, 2019. He was 75.

Maxim Dadashev

Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev seen celebrating on Oct. 20, 2018, after defeating Antonio DeMarco during a junior welterweight bout in Las Vegas. Dadashev died July 23, 2019, as a result of brain injuries when he collapsed in a knockout loss in a match in Oxon Hill, Md., on July 19, 2019. Dadashev was 28.

Chris Kraft

Chris Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA’s Mission Control, died July 22, 2019, just two days after the 50th anniversary of what was his and NASA’s crowning achievement: Apollo 11’s moon landing. Kraft, right, shown in a 1981 photo with President Ronald Reagan, was 95.

Art Neville

Art Neville, a member of one of New Orleans’ storied musical families, the Neville Brothers, and a founding member of the groundbreaking funk band The Meters, died July 22, 2019. Neville, shown in a 2005 photo, was 81.

Robert Morgenthau

Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, who as a prosecutor spent more than four decades jailing criminals from mob kingpins and drug-dealing killers to a tax-dodging Harvard dean, died July 21, 2019. Morgenthau, shown in a 2009 photo, was 99, just 10 days short of his 100th birthday.

Marylou Whitney

Marylou Whitney, a successful thoroughbred breeder and owner whose family helped keep Saratoga Race Course open in the 1970s, died July 19, 2019. Whitney, shown in a 2018 photo, was 93.

Mitch Petrus

Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, a walk-on at Arkansas who went on to a three-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl win with the Giants, died July 18, 2019 of heat stroke. Petrus, shown in a 2010 photo, was 32.

Luciano De Crescenzo

Luciano De Crescenzo, an Italian writer, actor and director,died July 18, 2019. De Crescenzo, shown in a 2005 photo, was 90.

L. Bruce Laingen

L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, died July 15, 2019, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Laingen, shown in a 1981 photo, was 96.

Ernie Broglio

Ernie Broglio, a 21-game winner in 1960 who is remembered most as the player traded by the St. Louis Cardinals for Hall of Famer Lou Brock, died July 16, 2019, of cancer. Broglio, shown in a 1964 photo, was 83.

Andrea Camilleri

Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixes humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died July 17, 2019. Camilleri, shown in a 2001 photo, was 93.

John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court’s leading liberal, died July 16, 2019, after suffering a stroke. Stevens, shown in a 2009 photo, was 99.

Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country’s apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died July 16, 2019, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Clegg, shown, right, with dancer Dudu Zulu in a 1988 photo, was 66.

Fernando Corbató

Fernando Corbató, a scientist who fostered the digital revolution by developing shared computer operating systems and put his stamp on daily life by introducing the computer password, died July 12, 2019. Corbató, shown in a 1965 photo, was 93.

Hector Figueroa

Hector Figueroa, president of a union representing 175,000 property service workers, died July 12, 2019. Figueroa, shown in a 2014 photo, was 57.

Pernell Whitaker

Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist and four division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, died July 14, 2109, after being hit by a car in Virginia. Whitaker, shown in a 1995 photo, was 55.

James G. Sartor

Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, of Texas, was killed July 13, 2019, during combat operations in Faryab Province, Afghanistan. Sartor, shown in an undated photo, was 40.

Valentina Cortese

Valentina Cortese, an Italian postwar screen diva who was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar but lost out to Ingrid Bergman, died July 10. 2019. Cortese, shown in a 1949 photo, was 96.

Walt Michaels

Walt Michaels, the coach who helped bring the Jets out of a 12-year playoff drought in the early ’80s, died July 10, 2019. Michaels, shown in a 1980 photo, was 89.

Fernando De la Rua

Former Argentine President Fernando de la Rúa, who attracted voters with his image as an honest statesman and later left as the country plunged into its worst economic crisis, died July 9, 2019. De la Rúa, shown in a 1999 photo, was 81.

Phil Freelon

Architect Phil Freelon, who designed buildings ranging from local libraries to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, died July 9, 2019 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Freelon, shown in a 2017 photo, was 66.

Rip Torn, the veteran actor of stage and screen and perhaps best known as Zed (“Men in Black”) or Artie (“The Larry Sanders Show”) died July 9, 2019. Torn, shown in a 1995 photo, was 88.

Artur Brauner

Artur Brauner, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who became one of post-World War II Germany’s most prominent film producers, died July 7, 2019. Brauner, shown in a 2008 photo, was 100.

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H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president as a third-party candidate, died July 9, 2019. Perot, shown in a 1992 photo, was 89.

Lee Iacocca

Lee Iacocca, the auto executive and master pitchman who put the Mustang in Ford’s lineup in the 1960s and became a corporate folk hero when he resurrected Chrysler 20 years later, died July 2, 2019. Iacocca, shown in a 1990 photo, was 94.

Joao Gilberto

Joao Gilberto, a Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter considered one of the fathers of the bossa nova genre that gained global popularity in the 1960s and became an iconic sound of the South American nation, died July 6, 2019. Gilberto, shown in a 2004 photo, was 88.

Martin Charnin

Martin Charnin, who made his Broadway debut playing a Jet in the original “West Side Story” and went on to become a Broadway director and a lyricist who won a Tony Award for the score of the eternal hit “Annie,” died July 6, 2019. Charnin, shown in a 2012 photo with his wife, Shelly Burch, was 84.

George Edmondson

George Edmondson Jr., known to the University of Florida community as “Mr. Two Bits,” leads a cheer on the field before the first half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla. The University of Florida’s most famous cheerleader died July 2, 2019. Edmondson, shown in a 2011 photo, was 97.

Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who championed forgiveness even for those who carried out the Holocaust atrocities, died July 4, 2019 during an overseas trip for a museum she founded in Indiana. Kor, shown in a 2015 photo, was 85.

Florijana Ismaili

Swiss soccer player Florijana Ismaili died June 29, 2019 after a swimming accident on Lake Como in northern Italy. Ismaili, shown in an undated photo, was 24.

Arte Johnson

Actor Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy for comedy sketch work on the television show “Laugh-In,” died July 3, 2019 of heart failure following a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer. Johnson, shown in a 1972 photo, was 90.

Gary Duncan

Gary Duncan, a guitarist and singer for Quicksilver Messenger Service, an electrifying mainstay of the San Francisco psychedelic scene that rivaled Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead in the late 1960s, died June 29, 2019. Duncan, shown at left with bandmates Greg Elmore, John Cipollina and Dave Frieberg in a 1967 photo, was 72.

Manuel Real

U.S. District Judge Manuel Real, who was an active judge for five decades and desegregated schools in Southern California, died June 26, 2019. Real, shown in a 2016 photo, was 95.

Momir Bulatovic

Momir Bulatovic, who was the president of Montenegro during the turbulent breakup of the former Yugoslavia, died June 30, 2019 of a heart attack. Bulatovic, shown in a 2000 photo, was 62.

Joyce Pensato

Joyce Pensato, an artist who released Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other cartoon characters from the comedic identities of their comic strips and movies, depicting them on towering canvasses where they glowered and trembled with unsettling stares, died June 13, 2019 of pancreatic cancer. Pensato, shown at right, with Oliver Herring and Marilyn Minter in a 2017 photo, was 77.

Brenda Maddox

Brenda Maddox, a biographer who won critical acclaim for illuminating the life of Nora Barnacle, the Irish chambermaid who became the wife and literary inspiration of James Joyce, among figures whose stories might otherwise have languished in the footnotes of history, died June 16, 2019 of complications from a mild form of dementia. Maddox, shown in a 2004 photo, was 87.

Gene Pingatore

Gene Pingatore, the winningest boys basketball coach in Illinois history who gained national attention when he appeared in the 1994 documentary “Hoop Dreams,” died June 26, 2019. Pingatore, shown in a 2011 photo, was 83.

Jerry Carrigan

Alabama-born drummer Jerry Carrigan, who was in the first rhythm section for FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals and later an in-demand session player in Nashville, Tennessee, died June 22, 2019. Carrigan, shown in a 2010 photo, was 75.

Beth Chapman

Beth Chapman, the wife and co-star of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman, died June 26, 2019, after an almost two-year battle with cancer. Chapman, shown in a 2008 photo with husband, Duane, was 51.

Steve Dunleavy

Steve Dunleavy, a reporter and columnist for the New York Post who helped define the tabloid’s modern style, died June 24, 2019. Dunleavy, shown in 2001 photo, was 81. Apr. 27, 2001 – 17020.MICHAEL BOLTON PARTY, NYC 10/10/95.STEVE DUNLEAVY.

Robert Friend

World War II pilot Robert Friend, one of the last original members of the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen unit, died June 21, 2019. Friend, shown in a September 2013 photo with actress Loni Anderson, was 99.

Judith Krantz

Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as “Scruples” and “Princess Daisy” engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died June 22, 2019, of natural causes. Krantz, shown in an undated photo, was 91.

Dave Bartholomew

Dave Bartholomew, a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n’ roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as “Ain’t That a Shame,” ”I’m Walkin'” and “Let the Four Winds Blow,” died June 23, 2019. Bartholomew, shown, left, in a 1999 photo with Fats Domino, was 100.

Molly O’Neill

Molly O’Neill, an accomplished chef in a period of male-dominated kitchens and an award-winning food journalist and cookbook author who championed immigrant home cooks long before Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern, died June 16, 2019. O’Neill, shown in a 2010 photo, was 66 and had been battling various illnesses, including adrenal cancer.

Giuseppina Robucci

Giuseppina Robucci, a 116-year-old Italian woman who authorities say was the oldest person in Europe and the second-oldest in the world, died June 18, 2019. Robucci is shown in a March 19, 2018, photo.

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt, the heiress and “poor little rich girl” in a sensational 1930s custody trial who survived a famously disjointed childhood to become an actress, artist, designer and author, died June 17, 2019. Vanderbilt, shown in a 1964 photo, was 95.

Lew Klein, a broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget, died June 12, 2019. Klein, shown in an April 2012 photo, was 91.

Franco Zeffirelli

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in “Romeo and Juliet” and the miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” died June 15, 2019. Zeffirelli, shown in an October 1974 photo, was 96.

Pat Bowlen

Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar television deals, died June 13, 2019, just under two months before his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bowlen, shown in an August 2002 photo, was 75.

Gabriele Grunewald

Gabriele Grunewald, one of the country’s top middle-distance runners, died at her home in Minneapolis on June 9, 2019, after inspiring many with her long and public fight against cancer. She was 32.

Sylvia Miles

Sylvia Miles, an actress and Manhattan socialite whose brief, scene-stealing appearances in the films “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely” earned her two Academy Award nominations, died June 12, 2019. Accounts of Miles’ age vary widely. Sources say she was 94. Past reporting from the AP puts her age at 86. Miles is seen here in a January 2007 photo.

John Gunther Dean

John Gunther Dean, a veteran American diplomat and five-time ambassador forever haunted by his role in the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia during the dying days of the Khmer Republic, died June 6, 2019. Dean, shown in a 2015 photo, was 93.

Frank Lucchesi

Frank Lucchesi, who replaced the fired Billy Martin as manager of the Texas Rangers in 1975 and was punched by a player upset over a demotion two years later, died June 8, 2019. Lucchesi, shown in a 2008 photo, was 92.

Maida Heatter

Maida Heatter, the spirited self-taught baker and cookbook author who handed out meticulously wrapped brownies as business cards and won the admiration of home bakers and famous chefs alike, died June 6, 2019. Heatter, shown in an undated photo, was 102.

Henry Lynch

Henry Lynch, a pioneering cancer researcher who was among the earliest to probe its genetic causes, died June 2, 2019. Lynch, shown in an undated photo, was 91.

Dr. John, the New Orleans singer and piano player who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died June 6, 2019. Dr. John, shown in a July 2007 photo, was 77.

Patricia Bath

Dr. Patricia Bath, a pioneering ophthalmologist who became the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent after she invented a more precise treatment of cataracts, died May 30, 2019 from complications of cancer. Bath, shown in an April 2012 photo, was 76.

Ellen Bree Burns

Retired U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns, the first woman to serve on the federal bench in Connecticut, died June 3, 2019. She was widely admired as a pioneer and role model. Burns, shown in a 2015 photo, was 95.

Jose Antonio Reyes

Jose Antonio Reyes, the former Spain midfielder who won five Europa League titles and was part of Arsenal’s unbeaten “Invincibles” squad, was killed in a traffic accident on June 1, 2019. Reyes, shown in a May 2015 photo, was 35.

Leah Chase

Leah Chase, who propelled Dooky Chase’s restaurant from a sandwich shop where black patrons could buy lottery tickets into a fine dining establishment at a time when the city’s fancy restaurants were closed to black customers, died June 1, 2019. Chase, shown in a 2009 photo, was 96.

Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas, the former Harlem drug kingpin whose life and lore inspired the 2007 movie “American Gangster,” died May 30, 2019. Lucas, shown in a 2007 photo, was 88.

Roky Erickson

Roky Erickson, the blue-eyed, dark-haired Texan who headed the Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators, a pioneering psychedelic rock band in the 1960s that scored with “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” died May 31. Erickson, shown in a 2011 photo, was 71.

Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone, a musician of inscrutable individuality who seemed to inhabit the past in his concerts and recordings, playing and singing early jazz and blues as if he had strolled straight out of the 1920s, died May 30, 2019. Redbone, shown in a 1998 photo, was 69.

Tony Horwitz

Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the best-selling author of “Confederates in the Attic,” died May 27, 2019, of apparent cardiac arrest. Horwitz, shown in a May 1998 photo, was 60.

Thad Cochran

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who served 45 years in Washington and used seniority to steer billions of dollars to his home state of Mississippi, died May 30, 2019. Cochran, shown in an August 2005 photo, was 81.

Claus von Bulow

Danish-born socialite Claus von Bulow, who was convicted but later acquitted of trying to kill his wealthy wife in two trials that drew intense international attention in the 1980s, died May 25, 2019. Von Bulow, shown in a 1985 photo, was 92.

Joe Russo, former St. John’s baseball coach and player who captained the team to the College World Series in 1966 as a slick-fielding shortstop and returned twice as the program’s skipper, died May 26, 2019. Russo, right, shown in a 1980 photo with St. John’s pitcher Frank Viola, was 74.

Baby Jane Dexter

Baby Jane Dexter, a cabaret singer who overwhelmed audiences with her robust vocal style and eclectic repertoire and who brought a tortured sense of poignancy to torch songs, died May 21,2019. Dexter, shown in a 2010 photo, was 72.

John Pinto

John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation’s longest-serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator, died May 24, 2019. Pinto, shown in a February 2018 photo, was 92.

Bill Buckner

Bill Buckner, who made one of the biggest blunders in baseball history when he let Mookie Wilson’s trickler roll through his legs during the 1986 World Series, died May 27, 2019, after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. Buckner, shown in an April 2008 photo, was 69.

Edmund Morris

Presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan in 1999, died May 24, 2019, after suffering a stroke. Morris, shown in a February 2003 photo, was 78.

Murray Gell-Mann

Murray Gell-Mann, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles, died May 24, 2019. Gell-Mann, shown in a November 2003 photo, was 89.

Bart Starr

Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, who won five NFL titles and produced one of the most iconic plays in NFL history to win the 1967 “Ice Bowl,” died May 26, 2019. Starr, shown in a January 1967 photo, was 85.

Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr, a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote and illustrated the bestselling “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” and other beloved children’s books, died May 22, 2019, after a brief illness. Kerr, shown in a May 2003 photo, was 95.

Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina, one of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activists, died May 21, 2019. Wainaina, shown in a January 2014 photo, was 48.

Niki Lauda

Formula One great Niki Lauda, who won two of his world titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, died May 20, 2019. Lauda, shown in a January 1975 photo, was 70.

Evelyn “Brandy” Foster

Evelyn “Brandy” Foster, who managed her daughter Jodie’s career from her child-prodigy years through two Academy Awards, died May 20, 2019, of complications from dementia. Foster, shown with daughter Jodie Foster in a December 2007 photo, was 90.

Eric Talmadge

Eric Talmadge, who as North Korea bureau chief for The Associated Press tenaciously chronicled life and politics in one of the world’s least-understood nations, died last week after having a heart attack while running. He was 57.

I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died May 16, 2019. Pei, shown in a March 1989 photo, was 102.

Tim Conway

Tim Conway, the stellar second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, died May 14, 2019 after a long illness. Conway, shown in a February 1983 photo, was 85, according to his publicist.

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Longtime NFL coach Gunther Cunningham, who emigrated from postwar Germany as a child and then dedicated his life to football, died May 11, 2019, after a brief illness. Cunningham, shown in an October 2000 photo, was 72.

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Jenna Welch, the mother of former first lady Laura Bush, died May 10, 2019. Welch, shown in an April 2006 photo, was 99.

Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and ’60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, died May 13, 2019. Day, shown in a January 1989 photo, was 97.

Peggy Lipton

Peggy Lipton, a star of the groundbreaking late 1960s TV show “The Mod Squad” and the 1990s show “Twin Peaks,” died May 12, 2019, of cancer. Lipton, shown in a 1968 photo with “Mod Squad” co-stars Michael Cole, left, and Clarence Williams III, was 72.

Jim Fowler

Jim Fowler, a naturalist who rose to fame on the long-running television program “Wild Kingdom” and who famously bantered with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” died May 8, 2019. Fowler, shown in a July 1998 photo, was 89.

Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple countries over the past half-century, died May 7, 2019 of thyroid cancer. Vanier, shown in a 2014 photo, was 90.

John Lukacs

John Lukacs, the Hungarian-born historian and iconoclast who brooded over the future of Western civilization, wrote a best-selling tribute to Winston Churchill, and produced a substantial and often despairing body of writings on the politics and culture of Europe and the United States, died May 6, 2019 of heart failure. Lukacs, shown in an October 2009 photo, was 95.

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Louis “Lew” Fidler, a former New York city ccouncil member who was active for many years in Democratic politics, died May 5, 2019. Fidler, center, in a November 2013 photo, was 62.

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Richard Brown, the Queens district attorney since 1991, died May 3, 2019 — weeks before he was to resign early because of advancing Parkinson’s disease. Brown, seen in a May 2017 photo, was 86.

John Starling

John Starling, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who co-founded the Seldom Scene, a bluegrass group that in the 1970s helped define the expansive subgenre called “new grass,” died May 2, 2019, of congestive heart failure. Starling, seen in a 2015 photo with singer Emmylou Harris, left, was 79.

Joe Healey

Famed New York saloon owner Joe Healey, who turned Runyon’s: A New York Saloon into the sports world’s crossroads where players, umpires, writers, television executives, police and fans ritually congregated for nightly discourse that could last until nearly dawn, died April 30, 2019. Healy, shown in an undated photo, was 77.

Red Kelly, who won eight Stanley Cups during a stellar 20-season playing career, moonlighting as a member of Parliament as he won NHL championships with Toronto in the mid-1960s after starring in Detroit, died May 2, 2019. Kelly, shown in a 1962 file photo, was 91.

Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew, the towering actor who donned a huge, furry costume to give life to the rugged-and-beloved character of Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and two other films, died April 30, 2019. Mayhew, right, shown in a 1978 photo with “Star Wars” castmates Harrison Ford, left, Anthony Daniels and Carrie Fisher, was 74.

Gino Marchetti

Gino Marchetti, a Hall of Fame defensive end who helped the Baltimore Colts win consecutive NFL championships in the late 1950s, died April 29, 2019. Marchetti, shown in a July 1972 photo, was 92.

John Singleton

John Singleton, the filmmaker whose groundbreaking 1991 drama “Boyz N the Hood” made him the first back director to receive an Academy Award nomination, died April 29, 2019. Singleton, shown in a February 1997 photo, was 51.

Richard Lugar

Richard Lugar, the longtime Republican senator Indiana who helped start a program that destroyed thousands of former Soviet nuclear and chemical weapons after the Cold War ended — then warned during a short-lived 1996 run for president about the danger of such devices falling into the hands of terrorists, died April 28, 2019. Lugar, shown in a January 2008 photo, was 87.

Ken Kercheval

Ken Kercheval, who played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series “Dallas,” died April 21, 2019. Kercheval, shown in a 1986 photo with co-star Victoria Principal, was 83.

Henry Bloch

Henry Bloch, who helped found tax preparation giant H&R Block, died April 23, 2019, of natural causes. Bloch, shown in a 1996 photo, was 96.

Steve Feica

Steve Feica, a news director at AM radio stations in Connecticut in the 1970s who went on to a nearly 30-year career as a broadcast editor with The Associated Press, died April 19, 2019, of a suspected heart attack. Feica, shown in 1979, was 72.

Christopher Slutman

New York City firefighter, Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, whose Defense Department hometown of record was Newark, Delaware, died with two other Marine reservists, when their convoy was hit on April 8, 2019, by a roadside bomb near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan.

Monkey Punch

Cartoonist Monkey Punch, best known as the creator of the Japanese megahit comic series Lupin III, died April 11, 2019 of pneumonia. Monkey Punch, whose real name is Kazuhiko Kato, was 81. He is shown in a June 2004 photo.

Lorraine Warren

Worldwide paranormal investigator and author Lorraine Warren, whose decades of ghost-hunting cases with her late husband inspired such frightening films as “The Conjuring” series and “The Amityville Horror,” died April 18, 2019. Warren, seen in a June 2016 photo, was 92.

John W. McCord Jr.

James W. McCord Jr., a retired CIA employee who was convicted as a conspirator in the Watergate burglary and later linked the 1972 break-in to the White House in revelations that helped end the presidency of Richard M. Nixon, died almost two years ago, on June 15, 2017, of pancreatic cancer. His death was never announced. McCord, shown in a May 1973 photo, was 93.

Jerrie Cobb

America’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, died March 18, 2019, after a brief illness. Cobb, shown in a 1960 photo, was 88.

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Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America’s first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, died April 15, 2019. Garriott, shown in a 1973 photo, was 88.

Georgia Engel

Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, died April 12, 2019. Engel, left, shown in an August 1992 photo with Mary Tyler Moore, was 70.

John MacLeod

John MacLeod, the longtime NBA coach who led the Phoenix Suns to the 1976 NBA Finals, died April 14, 2019. MacLeod, shown right, in a 2003 photo with Carmelo Anthony, was 81.

Bibi Andersson

Bibi Andersson, a Swedish actress whose portrayals of chaste school girls, beguiling young women and tortured wives made her a muse and frequent collaborator of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, most notably in “The Seventh Seal,” “Wild Strawberries” and “Persona,” died April 14, 2019. Andersson, shown in an October 1971 photo, was 83.

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Mirjana Markovic, the widow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, who was often dubbed Lady Macbeth of the Balkans because of the huge influence she had on her husband, died April 14, 2019. Markovic, shown in an October 1997 photo with Slobodan Milosevic, was 76.

David Thouless

David Thouless, a British-American physicist who shared the Nobel Prize for exploring strange states of matter and using a blend of physical theory and mathematical insight to create knowledge applicable in computers, electronics and materials science, died April 6, 2019. Thouless, shown in an undated photo, was 84.

Scott Sanderson

Scott Sanderson, the righthander who helped the Chicago Cubs make two playoff appearances and was a member of four postseason teams during a 19-year career, died April 11, 2019. Sanderson, shown in a February 1984 photo, was 62.

Forrest Gregg

Hall of Fame football player Forrest Gregg, who starred at tackle and guard for the mighty Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s, died April 12, 2019 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Gregg, shown in a November 2011 photo, was 85.

Jacob Stein

Jacob A. Stein, a Washington lawyer who participated in two of the most dramatic episodes of the modern U.S. presidency, winning the only high-profile acquittal in the Watergate affair and, later, helping obtain immunity for former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky after her affair with President Bill Clinton, died April 3, 2019. Stein, shown in a 1998 photo, was 94.

Charles Van Doren

Charles Van Doren, the dashing young academic whose meteoric rise and fall as a corrupt game show contestant in the 1950s inspired the movie “Quiz Show” and served as a cautionary tale about the staged competitions of early television, died April 9, 2019, of natural causes. Van Doren, shown in a November 1959 photo, was 93.

Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, died April 9, 2019. Cole, shown in an April 2013 photo, was 103.

Cho Yang-ho

Korean Air’s chairman Cho Yang-ho, whose leadership included scandals such as his daughter’s infamous incident of “nut rage,” died April 8, 2019. Cho, shown in an April 2015 photo, was 70.

Seymour Cassel

Seymour Cassel, the live-wire pillar of independent film known for his frequent collaborations with John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, died April 7, 2019, following complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Cassel, shown in a November 2008 photo, was 84.

Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings

Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, died April 6, 2019. Hollings, seen in a 1971 photo, was 97.

Joe Bellino

Joe Bellino, an all-purpose halfback for the Naval Academy who twice led the Midshipmen to victory over archrival Army and who won the 1960 Heisman Trophy as the top college football player in the country, died March 28, 2019. Bellino, shown in a December 1960 photo, was 81.

Nipsey Hussle

Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside his clothing store in south Los Angeles on March 31, 2019. Hussle, shown in a February 2019 photo, was 33.

Ken Gibson

Ken Gibson, who became the first black mayor of a major Northeast city when he ascended to power in riot-torn Newark almost five decades ago, died March 29, 2019. Gibson, shown in a January 1971 photo, was 86.

Linda Gregg

Linda Gregg, an award-winning poet, died March 20, 2019, of cancer. Gregg, shown in a September 2006 photo, was 76.


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