Cindy Williams, 75
Actress Cindy Williams is best known for her role as Shirley Feeney from the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley.” In addition to her television roles, she appeared in films, such as “American Graffiti,” “The Conversation” and “Travels with My Aunt.” Williams also performed on stage, making her Broadway debut in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. Williams died Jan. 25, in Los Angeles.
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Barrett Strong, 81
Barrett Strong, one of Motown’s founding artists, was the voice behind the record label’s first hit, “Money (That’s What I Want). Strong, who was born in Mississippi but raised in Detroit, teamed with producer Norman Whitfield to write many of the critically acclaimed songs to be released by Motown Records including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “War” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Barrett Strong was also known for the body of work he created for The Temptations. He died at age 81.
Bobby Hull, 84
Canadian Bobby Hull was a Hockey Hall of Famer, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated five times and spent 15 seasons with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. His slap shot and speed helped him score 50 or more goals in a single season five times. Hull earned the nickname "the Golden Jet" and was considered an NHL superstar in the 1960s. His fame transcended the sport. Hull's death at the age of 84 was announced by the Blackhawks organization. Photo: Chicago Black Hawks' Bobby Hull stands on the ice at opening day of training at Chicago Stadium, Sept. 14, 1970.
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David Crosby, 81
David Crosby was an original member of the band The Byrds, which formed in 1964. The Byrds released such hits as "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Crosby left The Byrds in 1967 and in 1968 joined with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills to form the band Crosby, Stills & Nash. In 1969, they released their self-titled album and played at the Woodstock festival, and in 1970 released their second studio album, "Déjà Vu." Crosby was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice, in 1991 for The Byrds and in 1997 for Crosby, Stills & Nash. Crosby died at age 81, a source told ABC News.
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Gina Lollobrigida, 95
Italian film star Gina Lollobrigida made her onscreen debut in 1949 in the movie "Revenge of Black Eagle." She went on to appear in such movies as "Bread, Love and Dreams" and "Beat the Devil" in 1953, and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in 1956. She won several international film awards, including a Golden Globes Henrietta Award in 1961 and Italy's top movie award, the David di Donatello, in 1969. She had a star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018. Lollobrigida died on Jan. 16, at the age of 95.
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Lisa Marie Presley, 54
Lisa Marie Presley was the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. She was a singer-songwriter releasing three albums: "To Whom It May Concern," "Now What," and "Storm & Grace." Her first album reached Gold certification with the Recording Industry Association of America. She was the sole heir to her father's estate and inherited Graceland after the death of her grandparents. Presley died after she was hospitalized on Jan. 12. She was 54.
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Jeff Beck, 78
Blues guitarist Jeff Beck joined the band The Yardbirds in 1965. A year later, he embarked on his solo career, forming The Jeff Beck Group. In his career of over 50 years, Beck won eight Grammys and has 17 Grammy nominations. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. In 1992, he was inducted along with The Yardbirds. He was inducted in 2009 for his work as a solo artist. Beck died on Jan. 10, at the age of 78.
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Fay Weldon, 91
Fay Weldon published her first novel, "The Fat Woman's Joke," in 1967. During the 1970's, she put a voice to the feminist movement with such works as "Down Among The Women" and "Praxis." What is considered her most famous work "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" was published in 1983 and was adapted into a dramatic series televised on BBC. It was also adapted into the 1989 movie "She Devil." Weldon wrote more than thirty novels in her 5 decades long writing career. Weldon died on Jan. 4, at the age of 91.
Walter Cunningham, 90
Astronaut Walter Cunningham was the lunar module pilot on the 1968 Apollo 7 mission, orbiting the Earth on an 11-day spaceflight. The three-person crew of Apollo 7 broadcasted live and won an Emmy for their daily televised reports from space. After retiring in 1971, Cunningham wrote a memoir, "The All-American Boys." Cunningham died on Jan. 3, at the age of 90.
Gangsta Boo, 43
Gangsta Boo, born Lola Mitchell in Memphis, was a rapper. Her groundbreaking career began in the 1990s. She was a member of the group Three 6 Mafia. She left the group in 2001 to concentrate on solo projects. In 2020, she was featured on a Run The Jewels song, "Walking in the Snow." In 2022, she was featured on the song "FTCU" by Latto. Gangsta Boo died on Jan. 1, at the age of 43.
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Fred White, 67
Fred White was a drum prodigy. As a teen, he toured with musician Donny Hathaway and joined the group Earth Wind and Fire, when he was 19. He played drums on such hits as "September" and "Shining Star." White left the band in the early 80s, but appeared with the band when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Fred White died on Jan. 1, at the age of 67.
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