Grammy-nominated rapper DMX, pictured in 2016, whose real name is Earl Simmons, released his first album in 1998, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart. His next four albums all topped the U.S. charts, making him one of the best-selling rappers of all time. He has acted in TV shows and films, including 2000's "Romeo Must Die" and 2003's "Cradle 2 the Grave," and he starred in his own reality TV series on BET in 2006. His last album, "Undisputed," was released in 2012. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to tax fraud, for which he served one year in prison. He died on April 9 at the age of 50.
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Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, 99
Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, married Queen Elizabeth in 1947, when she was still a princess, and fulfilled thousands of royal duties over decades of service. Born in Greece, the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, he fled with his family after a coup and settled in Paris, later attending prep school in England and the Royal Naval Academy. He served in World War II and was introduced to Princess Elizabeth by his uncle, Earl Mountbatten. Outspoken, the prince was known for his royal gaffes as well as his devotion to his wife and his support of the royal family.
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Isamu Akasaki, 92
Japanese physicist Isamu Akasaki, known for pioneering energy-efficient LED lighting - a weapon against global warming and poverty - died on April 2, 2021, in Nagoya, Japan of pneumonia, according to the staff at Meijo University, where he was a professor. He was 92.<BR><BR>Akasaki shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 2014 for inventing blue light-emitting diodes that could be used for lighting.
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Alcee Hastings, 84
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, a progressive Democratic U.S. congressman died April 6, 2021. He was 84.<BR><BR>Hastings was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, becoming Florida's first Black federal judge. He was impeached by the House of Representatives over corruption charges in 1988. Five years later, Hastings was elected to Congress, where he served as a senior Democrat on the House Rules Committee.<BR<|><BR>Hastings listens to students speak about their experiences with gun violence on Capitol Hill, May 23, 2018, in Washington.
G. Gordon Liddy, 90
G. Gordon Liddy was a former FBI agent who engineered the burglary that led to the Watergate scandal. He was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping for his role in the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. He spent over four years in prison. After prison, Liddy hosted a syndicated radio talk show and wrote several best-selling books. <Br><br> Liddy died at his daughter's home in Mount Vernon, Virginia on March 30, 2021. He was 90.
G. Gordon Liddy in a photo dated June 12, 1992.
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Beverly Cleary, 104
Beloved children's book author Beverly Cleary created such characters as Ramona Quimby, Ralph S. Mouse and Henry Huggins. She wrote 42 books and sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President
George W. Bush in 2003. She won the National Book Award in 1981 and she won the John Newbery Medal three times. Cleary died on March 25 at the age of 104.<br><br>In this April 27, 2006, file photo, Beverly Cleary is shown at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif.
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Larry McMurtry, 84
Larry McMurtry was the bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Lonesome Dove.” Many of his books were made into movies, including “The Last Picture Show” and “Terms of Endearment.” He co-wrote the script for the Oscar-winning film “Brokeback Mountain.” In 1987, McMurtry opened a bookstore called “Booked Up”
in Archer City, Texas. McMurtry died on March 25 at the age of 84.<br><br>In this April 30, 2014, file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry poses at his book store in Archer City, Texas.
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Jessica Walter, 80
Jessica Walter, an actress with a six-decadelong career, was best known for her performance in the role of Lucille Bluth in the television show “Arrested Development.” She also voiced the character of Malory Archer in “Archer.” Walter earned an Emmy for "Amy Prentiss" in 1975 and starred in Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, "Play Misty for Me."
Jessica Walter died March 24 at the age of 80.<br><br>Jessica Walter arrives at night one of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 9, 2017.
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Jessica McClintock, 90
Fashion designer Jessica McClintock started her clothing line, Gunne Sax, in 1969.
Her lacey dresses in the 1970s and her silk taffeta dresses in the 1980s were hugely popular. She helped make formal wear more affordable. Her brand expanded in the 1990s to include perfumes and accessories. She died at her San Francisco home on Feb. 16, at the age of 90.
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George Segal, 87
George Segal was best known as a comic actor, but his biggest role was in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" His performance earned him an Oscar nomination in 29166. Segal died in Santa Rosa, California due to complications from bypass surgery on March 23, 2021, according to his wife Sonia Segal. He was 87.<BR><BR>Segal starred opposite Barbra Steisand in the film "The Owl and the Pussycat" and opposite Glenda Jackson in "A Touch of Class." In his later years, Segal appeared in the TV sitcoms "Just Shoot Me!" and "The Goldbergs."
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Dick Hoyt, 80
Dick Hoyt became an icon at the Boston Marathon for pushing his son, Rick, in a wheelchair, in 32 Boston Marathons. Hoyt first pushed his son, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, in the Boston Marathon in 1980. He passed away at his Holland, Mass., home at 80 years old. <br><br>Dick Hoyt and Rick Hoyt, participate in the 118th Boston Marathon, April 21, 2014, Ashland, Mass.
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James Levine, 77
Conductor James Levine ruled over the Metropolitan Opera in New York for more than four decades until allegations of sexual harassment and abuse ended his career in 2018. He died on March 9, 2021 in Palm Springs, California, of natural causes. He was 77.<BR><BR>Before his downfall, Levine was an internationally known and admired conductor. In addition to leading the Metropolitan Opera, he was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic, among other career highlights.<BR><BR>James Levine when he was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2009.
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Yaphet Kotto, 81
Yaphet Kotto had a long and varied acting career. His movie debut was in 1964 in "Nothing But A Man." In 1973 he became the first Black man to star as the villain in a James Bond film in “Live and Let Die.” He played the role of Parker in the movie "Alien" in 1979. He appeared in many television westerns such as "The Big Valley," "Bonanza," "Daniel Boone" and "Gunsmoke." He played Lt. Al Giardello in the series "Homicide: Life On The Streets." He voiced the role of Parker in the video game "Alien: Isolation" in 2014. Yaphet Kotto died in the Philippines on March 15, 2021, at the age of 81.
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Bunny Wailer, 73
Grammy-winning artist and reggae visionary Bunny Wailer, born Neville Livingston, was the last surviving member of The Wailers, a group he founded with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. The group rose to international fame and help popularize reggae music and the Rastafarian culture. After suffering a stroke in July 2020, Bunny Wailer died of complications on March 2, 2021. He was 73. </br></br>Bunny Wailer performs at The Beacon Theatre, Dec. 14, 1997, in New York City.
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Vernon Jordan, 85
Vernon Jordan was a lawyer, civil rights icon and former adviser to former President Bill Clinton. Jordan died March 1, 2021, according to a statement from his daughter, Vickee Jordan Adams. He was 85.<BR><BR>Among his many career highlights, Jordan became the president of the National Urban League in 1971. He received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal in 2001 for a lifetime of social justice activism.
Rush Limbaugh, 70
Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh started his radio career in 1971 and became known for his outspoken opinions on topics including race, immigration and women's rights. "The Rush Limbaugh Show," started in 1988, found a huge conservative audience but received criticism for incidents such as comparing professional football players to gang members and saying white people shouldn't feel guilty for slavery. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump in 2020. His death was announced Feb. 17. He was 70.<br><br>Here, Limbaugh poses for a photo in his studio, circa 1995.
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Chick Corea, 79
Jazz pianist Chick Corea released his debut album, “Tones For Joan’s Bones,” in 1968. He played with Miles Davis on the groundbreaking work “In A Silent Way.” In 1971, he began his successful solo career. When COVID-19 struck, he started playing and answering questions on Facebook livestreams. An enthusiastic response led him to start an online music school, the Chick Corea Academy, on May 14, 2020. He won 23 Grammy Awards and was nominated 67 times. Corea could posthumously win two more awards at this year’s Grammys. Chick Corea died on Feb. 9, 2021, at the age of 79.
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Larry Flynt, 78
Larry Flynt, publisher of the pornographic magazine "Hustler," became a household name because of his willingness to push the boundaries of free speech in ways that outraged many. In 1988, Flynt and "Hustler" won a Supreme Court battle against Rev. Jerry Falwell -- a landmark First Amendment victory for media that established public figures can't recover damages for satire or parody. Flynt, who said, "I think the First Amendment gives me the right to be offensive," died on Feb. 10. He was 78.<br><br>Here, Flynt poses for a portrait in his gold-plated wheelchair, circa 1996.
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Mary Wilson, 76
Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died Feb. 8, 2021, at her home in Las Vegas. She was 76 years old.<BR><BR>Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, were the original members of The Supremes. The group hit the charts with five consecutive No. 1 songs, including "Baby Love," and "Stop, In the Name of Love" in the 1960s. They helped Motown Records play an influential role in the music industry.
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Leon Spinks, 67
Boxer Leon Spinks, a former Marine, was a 1976 Olympic gold medalist and world heavyweight champion. He died Feb. 5, 2021, at age 67.<BR><BR>Spinks beat Muhammad Ali to claim the heavyweight title in what was only his eighth professional fight in 1978. The championship bout was a stunning victory for the unranked boxer. After the win, Spinks declared, "I'm not The Greatest. Just the latest." He lost the title to Ali in a rematch seven months later.<BR><BR>In this photo, Leon Spinks wraps his hands in the gym ahead of his second fight with Muhammad Ali, Sept 16, 1978.
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George P. Shultz, 100
George P. Shultz helped to build and improve U.S. relationships across the globe. Starting his career in public service under President Nixon, he later served more than six years as secretary of state for President Reagan, helping to end the tensions after the Cold War and build the beginnings of friendships in the Middle East. Shultz was the oldest surviving former Cabinet member of any administration and the longest serving since World War II. Schultz died at 100 at his home on the Stanford University campus where he was a professor emeritus. </br></br>George P. Shultz in his office in D.C.
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Christopher Plummer, 91
Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, known for roles including Captain von Trapp in the "Sound of Music" and Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station," also was a premier Shakespearean actor. The classically trained Canadian won Tony Awards for "Cyrano" and "Barrymore." Despite a long and accomplished career, Plummer didn't win his first Oscar until he was 82. Accepting the statue, he looked at it and said, "You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all of my life?" Plummer died on Feb. 5 at his home in Connecticut. He was 91.
<br><br> Plummer poses for a photo in 1980.
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Sir Thomas Moore, "Captain Tom," 100
World War II veteran and retired Army officer, Capt. Thomas Moore, was catapulted to fame as he attempted to raise funds in support of NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II after he raised tens of millions for front-line health workers in the U.K. "Captain Tom" inspired others and became a beacon of positivity during challenging times with his words, "Tomorrow will be a good day." Moore eventually contracted the virus himself and his death was announced Feb. 2.<br><br> Captain Thomas Moore at Winsor Castle in London, July 17, 2020.
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Hal Holbrook, 95
Actor Hal Holbrook had a long career in movies, TV and onstage, playing a variety of characters including Deep Throat in the movie adaptation of "All the President's Men." But it was his portrayal of Mark Twain that earned him a Tony and became his signature role, playing the writer in one-man shows for decades. He earned five Emmys and 12 nominations for his television work and was nominated for an Oscar at age 82 for "Into the Wild." Holbrook died on Jan. 23, at the age of 95.<br><br> Hal Holbrook poses for a portrait, Feb. 14, 1967.
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Dustin Diamond, 44
Dustin Diamond was best known for playing the role of Samuel Powers (Screech) in the hit television show “Saved By The Bell.” For 13 years, he acted in the franchise, including four seasons of the original show and several spin-offs. Diamond also appeared in such films as “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” and “American Pie Presents: The Book of Love.” He died at the age of 44 on Feb. 1, 2021.
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Cicely Tyson, 96
Groundbreaking actress Cicely Tyson began her career in the early 1970s when Black women were finally beginning to get starring roles. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1976 film "Sounder," and received an Honorary Oscar in 2018. Tyson won two Emmys for playing the 110-year-old former slave in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” She also won a Tony Award in 2013 for "The Trip to Bountiful." Tyson died on Jan, 28. She was 96.
Tyson poses for a portrait for BET's 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards, Feb. 17, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Cloris Leachman, 94
Revered actress Cloris Leachman displayed incredible versatility in her decades-long career, with roles on stage, on television and in films. Leachman's iconic turns in "Young Frankenstein" and "The Last Picture Show" on the big screen, as well as roles on the groundbreaking series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spin-off "Phyllis."Her roles garnered her eight Emmy Awards -- tied for the most all-time with Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- and a Daytime Emmy Award. She died at age 94 in her Encinitas, California, home on Jan. 27, 2021.
<br><br>Cloris Leachman in Los Angeles, June 18, 1970.
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Larry King, 87
The death of iconic interviewer and host Larry King was announced on Jan. 23, 2021. The award-winning newsman, who famously sat down with presidents, celebrities, and foreign dignitaries, was known for his gravel baritone, signature suspenders and straight-forward questions, a style honed over the course of tens of thousands of interviews on the radio and television.<br><br>
Larry King poses in an undated portrait.
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Hank Aaron, 86
Baseball’s home run king Hank Aaron held 23 major league records including 755 home runs during his long career for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, Aaron played in 25 All-Star games and won MVP in 1957 and the National League batting title in 1956. Despite racist hate mail and death threats, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974, was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers and then broke Ruth’s RBI record. Aaron died on Jan. 22, at the age of 86.
<br><br>Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron poses for a portrait, circa 1968.
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Joanne Rogers, 92
Joanne Rogers, wife to TV icon Fred Rogers, died of at the age of 92, according to Fred Rogers Productions. Joanne, who grew up playing piano in Jacksonville, Fla., shared a love of music with her husband. The couple was married from 1968 to 2001.<br><br> Joanne Rogers stands in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp in Pittsburgh, March 23, 2018.
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Siegfried Fischbacher, 81
Siegfried Fischbacher, of the famed entertainment duo, Siegfried and Roy, changed the face of the Las Vegas Strip with impressive illusions and tiger-taming acts during his 50-year career with partner Roy Horn. Born in Germany, Fischbacher met Horn in 1957 and they began performing in Las Vegas in 1967. Their show came to a sudden close in 2003 after an incident involving Horn and one of their tigers. Fischbacher died at age 81 on Jan. 14 from pancreatic cancer, less than a year after Horn’s death in May 2020 from complications from COVID-19.
Siegfried Fischbacher, left, and Roy Horn in 1997.
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Sheldon Adelson, 87
Republican kingmaker and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson was a self-made multi-billionaire who used his wealth to influence politics, backing conservative politicians in the U.S. and Israel. Early in the personal computing era, he bought a computer trade show called Comdex and later the Sands Hotel and Casino, eventually transforming Las Vegas into a conventions hot spot. He donated hundreds of millions to Republicans, including Donald Trump in 2016, and advocated moving the U.S Embassy to Jerusalem. Adelson died on Jan. 11 after battling cancer.<br><br> Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas in 2008.
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Tommy Lasorda, 93
Legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, pictured in 1983, had a short career as a major league pitcher for the team before switching gears to work as a scout and coach in the minors. He returned to the Dodgers in 1973 and became manager in 1976. Over the next 20 years, he led the team to four National League titles and World Series wins in 1981 and 1988. Along the way he became known as one of baseball's biggest characters and would become a lifelong ambassador for the team. Retiring as manager in 1996, he was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame one year later. He died on Jan. 8 at 93.
Michael Apted, 79
British director Michael Apted worked on a variety of projects, from Hollywood feature films to the groundbreaking television documentary "Up" series, which chronicles the lives of 14 British people in seven-year increments. Some of his most well-known feature films include "Coal Miner's Daughter,""Gorillas in the Mist," the James Bond film, "The World is not Enough," and the code-breaking drama, "Enigma." Apted served as the president of the Directors Guild of America and was honored by Queen Elizabeth II. Apted died on Jan. 7 at the age of 79. <br><br> Michael Apted on set in 1994.
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Neil Sheehan, 84
Journalist Neil Sheehan, pictured at home in 2009, worked as a Vietnam war correspondent in the early 1960s before moving to cover the Pentagon and White House for the New York Times in 1966. In 1971, he received thousands of pages of classified documents about the war, dubbed the Pentagon Papers, that revealed the Kennedy and Johnson administrations' early knowledge that the U.S. was likely to lose. The Times' coverage of the papers earned a Pulitzer in 1972 and Sheehan's book, "A Bright and Shining Lie," won a Pulitzer in 1989. The Times reported that he died on Jan. 7 at the age of 84.
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Tanya Roberts, 65
Actress Tanya Roberts is best known for playing a Bond girl in "A View to a Kill" and Midge Pinciotti on "That '70's Show." She landed her first big TV role in 1980 on ABC's "Charlie's Angels," playing Julie Rogers for the show's fifth and final season. <br><br>
Roberts died on Jan. 3, 2021 in Los Angeles. She was 65.
<br><br>Roberts poses as Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film "A View To A Kill,"1984.
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