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Here’s a list of some of the notable celebrities and industry professionals in film, TV, music and sports who have passed away in 2019. 

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  • Joe Stapleton 

    The New England broadcaster who appeared in several Oscar-winning films like “Spotlight” and “Mystic River,” died Jan. 1. Stapleton was 55. 

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  • Daryl Dragon 

    One half of pop duo Captain and Tennille died Jan. 2 of renal failure, according to Reuters. He was 76.

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  • Gene Okurland 

    The famed WWE announcer, who frequently interviewed the likes of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant at their peak, died Jan. 2. Okurland was 76. 

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  • Bob Einstein 

    The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Arrested Development” actor (and brother of actor-filmmaker Albert Brooks) died  Jan. 2. Einstein was 76. 

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  • Verna Bloom 

    The “Animal House” and “The Last Temptation of Christ” actress died Jan. 9. A family spokesperson told USA Today that Bloom died from complications from dementia. Bloom was 80.

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  • Mark Urman 

    The veteran indie film distributer, who was most recently president and CEO of New York-based Paladin Films, died Jan. 12 following a bout with cancer. He was 66.

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  • Carol Channing  

    The legendary Broadway and musical actress  (“Hello Dolly,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”) died Jan. 15. Channing was 97. 

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  • Lorna Doom 

    The German bassist and founding member of the seminal Los Angeles-based punk band The Germs, died Jan. 17. She was 61. 

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  • John Coughlin 

    The former champion figure skater died by suicide on Jan. 18. The news came days after Coughlin was suspended from the sport over a pending grievance. He was 33.

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  • Andy Vajna 

    The Hungarian producer who worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone on some of their most popular films, including “Rambo” and “Total Recall,” died at his home in Budapest on Jan. 20. He was 74.

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  • Russell Baker 

    A two-time Pulitzer-winning writer and longtime host of PBS’ “Masterpiece Theatre,” Baker died Jan. 21 in his Lessburg, Virginia, home. Baker was 93. 

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  • James Frawley 

    The director of “The Muppet Movie” and the show “The Monkees,” died on Jan. 22 at his home in Indian Wells, California. He was 82.

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  • Kevin Barnett 

    The comic and co-creator of “Rel,” the Lil’ Rel Howery-led sitcom on Fox, died Jan. 22 due to a hemorrhage. Barnett was 32.

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  • Michel Legrand  

    The French composer who won three Oscars for his songs (“The Windmills of Your Mind”) and film scores (“Summer of ’42,” “Yentl”) died Jan. 26. Legrand was 86.

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  • James Ingram

    The singer and songwriter whose hits included “I Don’t Have the Heart,”  died Jan. 29. According to TMZ, Ingram died following a battle with brain cancer. He was 66. 

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  • Louisa Moritz 

    The “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” actress who was one of the numerous women who accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, died of natural causes on Jan. 30. Moritz was 72.

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  • Neal James 

    “The Banjo Man” on Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman,” died on Feb. 1 in Kentucky. He was 55.

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  • Julie Adams

    The actress known for playing the damsel in distress in the 1954 monster movie “Creature From the Black Lagoon,” died Feb. 3. She was 92. 

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  • Kristoff St. John 

    The actor who played the character Neil Winters on the CBS daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless” since 1991, died on Feb. 3. He was 52.

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  • Albert Finney 

    The British Oscar-nominated actor who starred in “Tom Jones,” “Erin Brockovich” and the “Bourne” movies, died on Feb. 8. He was 82.

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  • Ron Miller 

    The former president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company and son-in-law of company founder Walt Disney, died on Feb. 9. He was age 85.

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  • Jan-Michael Vincent 

    The actor, who starred in the TV series “Airwolf” and movies like “The Mechanic,” died on Feb. 10 at the age of 74 in North Carolina. According to CBS, the actor died of cardiac arrest.

     

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  • Pedro Morales 

    The WWE announced on Feb. 12 that the company’s first-ever “Triple Crown” Champion died. The Puerto Rico native was 76.

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  • Bruno Ganz 

    The Swiss actor whose work ranged from “Wings of Desire” to the much-memed “Downfall,” died on Feb. 15. He was  77

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  • Karl Lagerfeld 

    The legendary fashion designer who served as longtime creative director of major brands such as Chanel and Fendi died on Feb. 19. He was 85

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  • Stanley Donen 

    The director of classic musical films like “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” died on Feb. 23. He was 94. 

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  • Katherine Helmond 

    The character actress who rose to fame in the 1970s and ’80s with roles on the sitcoms “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?” and appeared in such films as Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” died on Feb. 23 at age 89.

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  • Beverley Owen 

    The actress who played the original Marilyn Munster on the iconic 1960s sitcom “The Munsters,” died on Feb. 24. She was 81. 

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  • Lisa Sheridan 

    The actress who appeared on a numerous top TV shows including “Halt and Catch Fire,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Invasion,” died on Feb. 25. She was 44.

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  • Mark Hollis  

    The lead singer for the 1980s rock band Talk Talk died on Feb. 26. He was 64.

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  • Jeraldine Saunders 

    The creator of the iconic ABC series “The Love Boat” died on Feb. 26. She was 96.

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  • André Previn 

    The German-American, Oscar-winning musician and composer who worked on the music for 1965’s Best Picture winner “My Fair Lady,” died on Feb. 28. He was 89. 

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  • Andrew Berends 

    The documentary filmmaker who worked as a cameraman on the Oscar-winning doc “Free Solo” died on March 3. He was 46.

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  • Keith Flint 

    The lead singer of the pioneering 1990s British electronica band The Prodigy, was found dead on March 4. He was 49

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  • Luke Perry 

    The “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Riverdale” actor died on March 5 after suffering a stroke. He was 52. 

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  • King Kong Bundy 

    The wrestling legend whose real name was Christopher Alan Pallies died on March 5. He was 61.

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  • Sidney Sheinberg

    The longtime president and chief operating officer of MCA and Universal Studios who is also credited with discovering and nurturing the career of Stephen Spielberg, died on March 7. He was 84.

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  • Jed Allan 

    Soap opera veteran Jed Allan, best known for playing Don Craig on “Days of Our Lives,” C.C. Capwell on “Santa Barbara” and Rush Sanders on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died on March 9. He was 84.

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  • Richard Erdman

    Known by millennials for his work on “Community” as Greendale’s smart-alecky Leonard Rodriguez died Saturday, March 13. He was 93.

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  • Jim Raman

    Dr. James “Jim” Raman, an orthodontist who competed on Season 25 contestant of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” died Monday, March 15. He was 42.

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  • Michael Lynne

    The Hollywood producer who helped transform New Line Cinema into a powerhouse and served as an executive producer on Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, died Sunday, March 21. He was 77.

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  • Agnes Varda 

    The pioneering French film director who emerged in the New Wave movement of the 1960s and continued to direct influential work including 2017’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Faces Places,” died Thursday, March 28. She was 90.

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  • Shane Rimmer 

    The Canadian actor known for his leading voice role as a pilot on the series “Thunderbirds” and appeared in multiple James Bond movies, died Friday, March 29. He was 89.

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  • Nipsey Hussle

    The Grammy-nominated rapper who appeared in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s semi-autobiographical film “I Tried,” died Sunday, March 31. He was 33. 

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  • Tania Mallet

    The actress who played Tilly Masterson in the 1964 James Bond movie “Goldfinger,” died in late March. She was 77.

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  • Nadja Regin

    The actress who starred in two James Bond films opposite Sean Connery, died at age 87.

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  • Seymour Cassel

    The Academy Award-nominated actor who regularly collaborated with Wes Anderson and John Cassavetes died Sunday, April 7. He was 84.

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  • Charles Van Doren

    The disgraced ’50s-era quiz show contestant who was found to have received the answers in advance, died Tuesday, April 9. He was 93.

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  • Soni Methu

    The Kenyan journalist and the former host of CNN’s show “Inside Africa,” died on Thursday, April 11. She was 34. 

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  • Bibi Andersson

    The Swedish actress, known for her roles in “The Seventh Seal” and “Persona,” died on Sunday, April 14. She was 83. 

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  • Georgia Engel

    The actress who starred as Georgette Franklin on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” between 1972 and 1977, died Friday, April 12 at the age of 70, 

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  • Bradley Welsh

    The former boxer who made his acting debut in 2017 in Danny Boyle’s “T2 Trainspotting,” died Wednesday, April 17. He was 42. 

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  • Chet Coppock

    The Chicago-based sports broadcaster known locally as “The Godfather of Sports” in the 1980s, died Wednesday, April 17. He was 70. 

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  • Lorraine Warren

    The famed investigator of paranormal activity who researched the “Amityville Horror” hauntings and was the subject of James Wan’s film “The Conjuring,” died Thursday, April 18. She was 92. 

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  •  Steve Golin

    The Oscar-winning film and TV producer of “Spotlight” and founder-CEO of Anonymous Content, died after a battle with cancer Sunday, April 21. 

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  • Terry Rawlings

    The British film and sound editor who was an Oscar nominee for his work on Best Picture winner “Chariots of Fire” died Tuesday, April 23.

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  • Stefanie Sherk

    The Canadian model and actress known for work on “CSI: Cyber” and in the rom-com “Valentine’s Day,” died Saturday, April 20. She was 43. 

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  • John Singleton

    The Oscar-nominated director of “Boyz N the Hood,” the 2000 remake of “Shaft” and “2 Fast 2 Furious,” died Monday, April 29. He was 51.

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  • Peter Mayhew 

    The 7-foot-2-inch tall actor who portrayed Chewbacca in five “Star Wars” films, died Tuesday, April 30. He was 74. 

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  • Alvin Sargent 

    The storied screenwriter best known for his Academy Award-winning script for “Ordinary People” and his Oscar-nominated “Paper Moon,” died Thursday, May 9. He was 92. 

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  • Peggy Lipton 

    The star of the iconic TV series “The Mod Squad” and part of the ensemble cast of “Twin Peaks” has died at age 72, her daughters Rashida and Kidada Jones told the Los Angeles Times on May 11.

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  • Doris Day 

    The actress in popular 1950s and ’60s movies such as “Pillow Talk,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and “Move Over, Darling” died Monday, May 13. She was 97. 

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  • Tim Conway

    The Emmy-winning comedian and actor who memorably starred in “McHale’s Navy” in the 1960s and “The Carol Burnett Show” in the ’70s, died Tuesday, May 14. He was 85.

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  • Tom Jennings

    The former Hollywood talent agent and casting director, died on Thursday, April 18, his family announced. He was 81.

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  • Ashley Massaro

    The former WWE Superstar died on Thursday, May 16 at the age of 39.

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  • Grumpy Cat 

    The cat whose perpetually sad expression launched a thousand memes, died on May 17 at the age of 7. 

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  • Sammy Shore

    Sammy Shore, the legendary stand-up comedian and co-founder of the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, died on May 18. He was 92.

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  • Gabriel Diniz

    Gabriel Diniz, a Brazilian pop star, died in a plane crash on May 27. He was 28.

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  • Carmine Caridi

    Carmine Caridi, the actor who appeared in a key role in “The Godfather: Part II” as well as “The Godfather: Part III,” died on May 29. He was 85.

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  • Johnnie Planco

    Johnnie Planco, the former WME agent and co-founder of management/production company Parseghian Planco, died on June 2. 

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  • Todd Tongen

    Todd Tongen, a longtime anchor and reporter at Florida’s WPLG, died on June 3. He was 56.

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  • Dr. John 

    The legendary New Orleans-based musician who collaborated with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Christina Aguilera and The Black Keys died on Thursday, June 6. He was 77.

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  • Max Saines 

    On Saturday, June 8 it was announced that the Endeavor Content TV exec died from a pre-existing heart condition. He was 28.

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  • Sylvia Miles 

    The two-time Oscar nominee for supporting roles in the Best Picture winner “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely” died on Wednesday, June 12. She was 94.

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  • Edith Gonzalez

    The Mexican telenovela star died early Thursday, June 13, according to reports. She was 54.

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  • Franco Zeffirelli

    The two-time Oscar nominee best known for his 1968 big-screen version of “Romeo and Juliet,” died on Saturday, June 15. He was 96.

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  • Katherine Textor

    The longtime “60 Minutes” producer who worked closely with Morley Safer during his final years, died Friday, June 14 following a battle with cancer. She was 45.

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  • Gloria Vanderbilt

    The fashion designer, actress, heiress, artist and socialite died on Monday, June 17 from “very advanced” cancer in her stomach. She was 95.

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  • Milton Quon

    One of the last surviving members of the animation team during the Walt Disney Studios golden age, died on Tuesday, June 18. He was 105.

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  • Elliot Roberts

    The music manager who shepherded the careers of iconic artists including Joni Mitchell and Neil Young died on Friday, June 21. He was 76.

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  • Beth Chapman

    Beth Chapman, the wife of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” died on Wednesday, June 26 after suffering from throat and lung cancer. She was 51.

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  • Billy Drago

    The actor who played Frank Nitti in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” died in Los Angeles on Monday, June 24 from complications of a stroke. He was 73

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  • Ben Barenholtz

    The producer-distributor who helped launch the careers of David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, died on Wednesday, June 26 in Prague. He was 83.

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  • Martin Charnin

    The Emmy-, Tony- and Peabody Award winner best known as the creator, lyricist and director of the musical “Annie,” died on Wednesday, July 3. He was 84.

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  • Arte Johnson

    The writer who won an Emmy for his work on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” died Wednesday, July 3. He was 90.

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  • Cameron Boyce

    The actor best known for his roles in the Disney Channel series “Jessie” and the “Descendants” TV movie franchise died Saturday, July 6. He was 20.

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  • Eddie Jones 

    The veteran actor of film, TV and theater best known for his long-running role as Jonathan Kent in the series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” died on Saturday, July 7. He was 84.

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  • Denise Nickerson

    The child actress best known for playing Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” died late Wednesday, July 10. She was 62.

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  • Stewart the Dog 

    The corgi who played Captain Raymond Holt’s dog Cheddar on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” died Monday, July 8. He was 13.

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  • Emily Hartridge

    The YouTube personality died Friday, July 12. She was 35.

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  • Stephen Verona

    The producer, co-writer and co-director of “The Lords of Flatbush,” died Saturday, July 13. He was 78.

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  • David Hedison

    The actor who was best known for his work in two James Bond films and on the series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” died Thursday, July 18. He was 92.

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  • Rutger Hauer 

    The Dutch actor best known for portraying the tragic villain Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic “Blade Runner,” died Wednesday, July 24. He was 75.

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  • Russi Taylor 

    The voice actor behind the Disney icon Minnie Mouse in hundreds of projects over the last three decades, died on Saturday, July 27. Taylor was 75.

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  • Richard A. Fox 

    The owner of Fox Theaters and the last volunteer president of the National Association of Theatre Owners, died Wednesday, July 28. He was 90. 

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  • Harold Prince

    The producer and director associated with many of the 20th century’s most successful Broadway musical productions died at age 91. As a frequent collaborator with both Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Prince garnered 21 Tony Awards, more than any other individual, over the course of his career. In a traditional gesture, marquee lights on Broadway were dimmed on the night of his death on July 31. 

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  • Harley Race

    The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee and eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion died of lung cancer Aug. 1 at the age of 76.

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  • D. A. Pennebaker

    The prolific documentary filmmaker and chronicler of 1960s counterculture died on Aug. 1 at the age of 94. 

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  • Toni Morrison

    The novelist, essayist and teacher died from complications of pneumonia at age 88 on Aug. 5. Morrison’s 11 novels earned her a Pulitzer Prize in 1988, a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

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  • Peter Fonda 

    The two-time, Oscar-nominated star of “Easy Rider” and more recently films such as “Ulee’s Gold” died on Friday, Aug. 16. He was 79.

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  • Richard Williams  

    The Oscar-winning animator best known for creating Roger Rabbit died on Friday, Aug. 16. He was 86.

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  • Kip Addotta

    The comedian who frequently appeared on “The Tonight Show” died the week of Aug. 12. He was 75. 

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  • David Koch

    The billionaire industrialist and philanthropist whose family empire has wielded significant political influence in conservative circles died Friday, Aug. 23. He was 79. 

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  • Isabel Toledo

    The fashion designer who outfitted former first lady Michelle Obama for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration died Monday, Aug. 26 at the age of 59 from breast cancer.

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  • Jessi Combs 

    The former “Mythbusters” star and professional race car driver died on Tuesday, Aug. 27 while attempting to break her own land-speed record. She was 36.

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  • Valerie Harper

    The actress and feminist activist best known for playing groundbreaking sitcom character Rhoda Morgenstern from 1970 to 1978 on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff “Rhoda,” died Friday, Aug. 30 at 80.

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  • Gordon Bressack

    The Emmy-winning writer best known for his work on ’90s animated classics “Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Pinky and the Brain” and “Animaniacs,” died on Aug. 30. He was 68. 

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  • Franco Columbu

    The man Arnold Schwarzenegger called “my best friend,” died on Aug. 30 in Sardinia, Italy. He was 78.

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  • Peter Lindbergh

    The German-born fashion photographer famed for his black-and-white shots of ’90s supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista, died on Sept. 4. He was 74.

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  • Chris March

    The popular fashion designer who appeared on the Bravo series “Project Runway” and crafted costumes for artists including Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce died Thursday, Sept. 5. He was 56.

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  • Robert Axelrod

    The veteran character actor best known for voicing Lord Zedd and Finster in the long-running kids TV show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” died Saturday, Sept. 7. He was 70.

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  • John Wesley 

    The actor who had guest roles on shows like “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Frasier” and “The Jamie Foxx Show” died on Sept. 7. He was 72.  

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  • Mardik Martin

    Mardik Martin, the longtime friend and collaborator of Martin Scorsese whose writing credits included “Mean Streets,” “New York, New York,” and “Raging Bull,” died on Sept. 11. He was 84. 

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  • Eddie Money

    The “Take Me Home Tonight” singer-songwriter who burst on the music stage in the late ’70s when he charted with singles “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” died on Sept. 13. He was 70. 

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  • Ric Ocasek

    The lead vocalist of The Cars, which had numerous hits from 1978 to 1988, including “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Just What I Needed,” “You Might Think,” “Magic” and “Tonight She Comes,” died on Sept. 15. He was 75.

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  • Brian Turk 

    The actor who appeared in HBO’s “Carnivale,” “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” and “Beverly Hills, 90210″ among others died on Sept. 13. He was 49. 

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  • Suzanne Whang

    The host of HGTV’s  “House Hunters” from 1999 to 2011 and spinoff “House Hunters International” from 2009 to 2012, died on Sept. 17. She was 56. 

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  • Cokie Roberts

    Longtime NPR and ABC News journalist died on Sept. 17 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 75.

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  • Robert Hunter

    The Grateful Dead lyricist, who also penned songs for Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and more, died on Sept. 17. He was 78.

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  • Jack Gilardi

    The longtime ICM Partners agent who represented Hollywood legends such as Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine and Charlton Heston, died on Sept. 19. He was 88. 

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  • Jessye Norman

    Opera legend Jessye Norman, one of the great sopranos of the last five decades, died Sept. 30 from complications from a spinal injury. She was 74.

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  • Wayne Fitzgerald

    The prolific Hollywood title designer, whose notable works included “The Godfather” sequels, “Total Recall” and “Dick Tracy,” died on Sept. 30. He had over 460 listed credits to his name. He was 89.

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  • Kim Shattuck

    The lead singer and songwriter for seminal 90s pop punk band The Muffs died Oct. 2 after a long battle with ALS. Her music was featured on film soundtracks like “Clueless” and “Angus,” and she inspired a character on the HBO sketch comedy series “Mr. Show.”

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  • Paul LeBlanc

    Oscar-winning hair stylist Paul LeBlanc, who styled Carrie Fisher’s braids in “Return of the Jedi” and Javier Bardem’s bowl cut in “No Country for Old Men” died Oct. 2. He was 73.

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  • Diahann Caroll

    The first African American woman to star in a non-servant role on a network TV series died Oct. 4 from cancer. She was 84.

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  • Ginger Baker

    Ginger Baker, the celebrated drummer and co-founder of the British powerhouse rock band Cream, died Oct. 6. He was 80.

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  • Rip Taylor

    Rip Taylor, the flamboyant confetti-throwing comedian who was the host of “The $1.98 Beauty Show,” died Oct. 6. He was 84.

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  • Robert Forster

    Robert Forster, the character actor best known for “Twin Peaks” and his Oscar-nominated performance in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown, died Oct. 11. He was 78.

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  • Sam Bobrick

    Sam Bobrick, creator of NBC comedy series “Saved By the Bell” and writer for “The Andy Griffith Show,” died Oct. 11. He was 87.

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  • Scotty Bowers

    Scotty Bowers, who was the subject of the documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” and was famous for secretly procuring gay sex workers for Tinseltown’s biggest stars in the 1940s, died on Oct. 13. He was 96. 

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  • John Clarke

    John Clarke, who starred on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” for 39 years and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award from the Daytime Emmys in 2005, died of pneumonia on Oct. 16. He was 88.

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  • Bill Macy

    Bill Macy, who starred as Bea Arthur’s husband Walter Findlay on the 1970s sitcom “Maude” and appeared alongside Steve Martin in “The Jerk,” died on Oct. 17. He was 97.

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  • Elijah Cummings

    Rep. Elijah Cummings, a sitting democratic congressman from Baltimore for 23 years and a civil rights advocate early in his life and career, died on Oct. 17. He was 68. 

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  • Robert Evans

    Robert Evans, the legendary producer of “Chinatown” and “The Godfather” and the former head of production at Paramount, died on Oct. 26 at the age of 89.

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  • John Witherspoon

    John Witherspoon, a prolific character actor best known for a run of comedic turns in acclaimed films and cult classics like “Hollywood Shuffle” and the “Friday” franchise, died on Oct. 29 at the age of 77.

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  • Bernard Slade

    Bernard Slade, an Oscar-nominated writer and playwright and the creator of “The Partridge Family,” died on Oct. 30 from complications from body dementia. He was 89.

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  • Rudy Boesch

    Rudy Boesch, one of the finalists on the original season of “Survivor,” died on Nov. 2 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 91. He was a former Navy SEAL, and at 72, was one of the show’s oldest contestants.

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  • Brian Tarantina

    Brian Tarantina, who appeared as a character actor on “Gilmore Girls,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Heroes,” “Law & Order” and “The Good Wife,” was found dead by New York City police on Nov. 2. He was 60.

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  • Virginia Leith

    Virginia Leith, an actress who appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s first film, “Fear and Desire,” and was the lead in Joseph Green’s “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die,” died on Nov. 4 following a brief illness. She was 94.

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  • Laurel Griggs

    Laurel Griggs, a 13-year-old actress who starred in the Broadway musical “Once” and also appeared in several “Saturday Night Live” sketches, died on Nov. 5 after suffering a severe asthma attack.

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  • William Wintersole

    William Wintersole, an actor who starred on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” as attorney Mitchell Sherman for 25 years until 2011, died on Nov. 5. He was 88. 

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  • Rick Ludwin

    Rick Ludwin, a former NBC executive and the head of the company’s late-night division, died on Nov. 10 following a brief illness. Ludwin was best known for championing “Seinfeld” and helping it become one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. He was 71.

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  • Lawrence G. Paull

    Lawrence G. Paull, an Oscar-nominated production designer on films such as “Blade Runner” and “Back to the Future,” died in La Jolla, California on Nov. 10. He was 81.

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  • Michael J. Pollard

    Michael J. Pollard, an Oscar-nominee for his breakout role in “Bonnie and Clyde,” and also a star of films including “House of 1000 Corpses,” “Dirty Little Billy” and “Scrooged,” died on Nov. 22. He was 80.

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  • Harry Morton

    Harry Morton, restaurateur and founder of the Los Angeles Mexican food restaurant chain Pink Taco, died Nov. 23. He was 38.

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  • John Simon

    John Simon, a legendary theater, film and literary critic who spent more than 50 years gaining a reputation for stinging reviews and lively prose at New York magazine and other outlets, died Nov. 24. He was 94.

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  • Goo Hara

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