Charlie Daniels, 83
Charlie Daniels moved to Nashville in 1967 and worked as a session musician, notably backing Bob Dylan for 1969's "Nashville Skyline." A few years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and in 1979, the group topped the charts with his song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," winning three CMA awards and a Grammy for best country vocal. He was nominated for five more Grammy Awards from 1980 to 2005. In 2008, he was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. He passed away in Hermitage, Tenn., on July 6.
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Ennio Morricone, 91
Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer had a career that spanned decades, creating soundtracks for top directors from Hollywood and Italy in such films as "The Untouchables," "Cinema Paradiso," "The Battle Of Algiers" and "A Fistful of Dollars". Morricone created the iconic theme for the movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” In 2007, he won an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement and in 2016 he won an Oscar for best score for "The Hateful Eight."<br><br>Ennio Morricone died in Rome on July 6, 2020, at the age of 91.
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Nick Cordero, 41
Nick Cordero, from Hamilton, Ontario, made his Broadway debut in 2012 in the show "Rock of Ages." Two years later, he earned a Tony Award nomination for his work in "Bullets Over Broadway." He also appeared in such television shows as "Blue Bloods" and "Law And Order: Special Victims Unit." Most recently, he was performing in the West Coast production of "Rock Of Ages" in Los Angeles. On March 31, he was admitted to the hospital with what was later diagnosed as complications from COVID-19.<br><br>Nick Cordero died in Los Angeles on July 5, 2020, at the age of 41.
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Hugh Downs, 99
Hugh Downs, a familiar face and voice to American tv viewers for decades, got his start in journalism on radio in Ohio at age 18. After serving in the Army in WWII, he joined NBC. Downs helped launch "The Tonight Show" with Jack Paar in 1957, became the host of the game show "Concentration", co-host of the NBC News "Today" show and then went on to anchor the ABC News magazine 20/20.<br><br>
His family said he died in his sleep at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona on July 1, 2010.
Carl Reiner, 98
Carl Reiner, one of the original kings of comedy, worked alongside Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks through his early years on TV before turning his attention to writing. Creating "The Dick Van Dyke Show" made him a household name and ultimately earned him five Emmy Awards. Reiner also received several Grammy nominations for his comedy work and spoken word albums. </br></br>Comedian Carl Reiner signs and discusses his new book "I Remember Me" at Santa Monica Library, Dec. 19, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Joel Schumacher, 80
Filmmaker Joel Schumacher, originally from New York, had a career in fashion before making the move to Hollywood to pursue a film career in his early 30s. He found work in costume design before switching roles to direct films that include "St. Elmo's Fire," "The Lost Boys," "Flatliners," and "Dying Young." His last film was 2011's "Trespass," with Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage. He died on June 22 at the age of 80.<br><br>Director Joel Schumacher poses for a portrait in Las Vegas on March 15, 2010.
Ian Holm, 88
Ian Holm, the British actor whose long career included roles in "Chariots of Fire" and "The Lord of the Rings," has died from a Parkinson's related illness. He was 88.
He won a Tony Award and was nominated for 6 BAFTAs and an Oscar.
Ian Holm poses on June 12, 2005, at the Hollywood Mews in London.
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Jean Kennedy Smith, 92
Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy, died at her home in Manhattan, on June 17, 2020. She was 92.<BR><BR>Appointed ambassador to Ireland by President Bill Clinton, she played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process.<BR><BR>Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, at her residence, in Phoenix Park, Dublin, May 7, 1998.
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Dr. Thomas Freeman, 100
Legendary Texas Southern University debate coach Dr. Thomas F. Freeman died at age 100, on June 6, 2020, from natural causes, according to his family. He trained thousands of students over his seven-decade career, including Martin Luther King Jr., while King was a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He also taugh Reps. Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland, as well as Grammy Award-winning singer Yolanda Adams.<BR><BR>Dr. Thomas Freeman delivers a speech at the Children's Museum of Houston, Jan. 21, 2013, on Martin Luther King Day in Houston.
Bonnie Pointer, 69
Singer Bonnie Pointer was a member of the Grammy Award–winning vocal group, The Pointer Sisters. Pointer formed the group with her three sisters and they released their debut album in 1973. Pointer left the group to pursue a solo career in 1977.<br><br>Pointer poses for a portrait in 1979 in Los Angeles.
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Kurt Thomas, 64
Kurt Thomas was an Olympic gymnast and the first American to win the world championship in men's gymnastics. Thomas died on June 5, 2020, after a suffering a stroke.<br><br>Thomas never won a gold medal in the Olympics but was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2003. He also had two signature moves named after him, the "Thomas flair" and the "Thomas Salto."
<br><br>Kurt Thomas of the United States poses with his medals on Nov. 1, 1977 during the 20th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Bulgarian-born artist Christo Vladimirov Yavachev, simply known as Christo, was known internationally for his massive ambitious public arts projects. He died at home in New York City on May 31, 2020. He was 84.<BR><BR>He installed more than 7,500 saffron-colored vinyl gates in New York City's Central Park. He also wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin in fabric as well as the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Kinstalle in Switzerland. <BR><BR>Christo at the opening of the exhibition "Christo" at the Galerie Gmurzynska art gallery in Zurich, Switzerland April 19, 2018.
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Larry Kramer, 84
Pioneering gay rights activist and author, Larry Kramer, spearheaded the HIV/AIDS movement. He drew attention with his outspoken candor to the growing health epidemic surrounding gay men and this new disease by staging sit-ins and protests in the streets. His crusade for answers inspired him to write the screenplay, "The Normal Heart," which looked at the early years of the AIDS pandemic and his campaign to get politicians to do something for gay men's rights. The screenplay won a Tony award in 2011 during its revival and was turned into a made-for-TV movie starring Mark Ruffalo in 2014.
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Ken Osmond, 76
Actor Ken Osmond was best known for playing the obnoxious Eddie Haskell on "Leave It to Beaver." Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons," told the New York Times in 1993, "Bart is like what would happen if Eddie Haskell got his own show." Osmond made guest appearances on TV after "Leave It to Beaver," but eventually left show business to become a police officer. In 2014, he co-authored the biography, "Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy." His death was reported on May 18. He was 76.<br><br>Here, Osmomnd appears in an image from "Leave It to Beaver," circa 1957 to 1963.
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Lynn Shelton, 54
Lynn Shelton, an independent filmmaker known for "Humpday" and "Little Fires Everywhere," poses at the premiere of the film "Laggies" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah, Jan. 17, 2014. The writer and director started her career as an independent photographer died from an unidentified blood disorder, according to her publicist, the AP reports. She was 54.
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Fred Willard, 86
Fred Willard, the beloved comedic actor best known for his roles in such films as "Best in Show," "Anchorman" and "This is Spinal Tap," died in his sleep May 15, 2020, his daughter confirmed. Willard was 86.<br><br>WIllard was a sketch-comedy master. His career spanned 50 years, including the tv series "Modern Family" and "Fernwood 2 Night." <br><br>Fred Willard arrives for "The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror" 20th Anniversary party at the Barker Hangar, on Oct/ 18, 2009 in Santa Monica, Calif., Oct. 18, 2009.
Jerry Stiller, 92
Jerry Stiller was best known for his television roles as Arthur in “The King Of Queens” and Frank Constanza in “Seinfeld.” He starred in such movies as “Hairspray” and “The Taking Of Pelham One, Two, Three.” He often performed as part of a comedy duo with his wife of 62 years, Anne Meara. He was the father of actor/director Ben Stiller. Jerry Stiller died on May 11, 2020, at the age of 92.
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Betty Wright, 66
Singer Betty Wright is best known for R&B hits such as "Clean Up Woman" and "Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do." In 1975 she won a Grammy for best R&B song for "Where Is the Love." She was nominated for a total of six Grammys, including album of the year in 2008 for her contribution to Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III."<br><br>Wright died from cancer in Miami on May 10. She was 66. <br><br>Here,
Betty Wright performs on stage during North Sea Jazz Festival on July 7, 2012, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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Little Richard, 87
Little Richard. The self-proclaimed "architect " of rock and roll whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, died on May 9, 2020. He was 87. <BR><BR>Born Richard Penniman, Little Richard helped shatter the color line on the music charts along with Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. He sold more than 30 million records and influenced the Prince, The Beatles, Otis Redding and David Bowie among others.
Roy Horn, 75
Roy Horn was part of the German-American performance duo Siegfried & Roy. The entertainers were known for their use of white lions and tigers in their shows. Their decade-long show in Las Vegas would become one of the most visited shows on the strip. Horn died from complications from COVID-19 in Las Vegas, May 8. He was 75.<br><br> Siegfried & Roy pose with a white tiger in this undated photo.
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Andre Harrell, 59
Born in New York and raised in the Bronx, Andre Harrell's music career started in the early 1980s as one half of the hip hop duo Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Harrell moved behind the scenes when he was hired by Russell Simmons at Def Jam Records. In 1986, he left Def Jam to start Uptown Records which signed Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G. and Heavy D & The Boyz, among others. He is also credited with hiring Sean Combs, the future P. Diddy, as an intern. His death was announced on May 8. He was 59.<br><br>Here, Harrell speaks during Sean Combs' 50th birthday party on Dec. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles.
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Don Shula, 90
NFL coach Don Shula led the Miami Dolphins to the league's only undefeated season in 1972. Over the course of his career, he went on to win a record 347 games, including playoff matches, and led Miami to the Super Bowl five times, winning three. Before Miami, Shula coached the Baltimore Colts, who hired him at the age of 33, then the youngest NFL coach ever. He retired in 1995 with an overall coaching record of 347-173-6.<br><br>Here, Shula is carried on his player's shoulders after his 325th NFL victory, Nov. 14, 1993. This win made Shula the most successful coach in league history.
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Irrfan Khan, 54
Irrfan Khan was one of India's best-known exports to Hollywood. He appeared in many films, including "Slumdog Millionaire," "Jurassic World," and "Life of Pi." Khan was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine cancer in 2018. He was admitted to an Indian hospital for a colon infection and died on April, 28, 2020. He was 54.<BR><BR>The veteran character actor's last Bollywood movie, "Angrezi Medium," was released in India in March 2020.<BR><BR>Khan poses for a portrait to promote the film "Puzzle" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 22, 2018.
Brian Dennehy, 81
Actor Brian Dennehy started his acting career on television in the 1970s, with guest roles on shows like "Kojak," "M*A*S*H," and "Dallas," but he later became famous on the big screen in films like "Tommy Boy," "Cocoon," and his breakout role of Sheriff Teasle in the 1982 Rambo film, "First Blood." In 1999 and 2003 he won Tony awards for his work in Broadway revivals of "Death of a Salesman" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night." He died on April 15 at the age of 81.<br><br>Here, Brian Dennehy accepts an award at the 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, March 11, 2001.
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John Prine, 73
Folk singer-songwriter John Prine was known for his poignant lyrics, insight and sometimes humorous take on the human condition. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019 and honored with a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2020. Though Prine never had a big hit, he had a long and steady career, writing classic songs such as “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” and “Angel from Montgomery,” which has been covered by stars such as Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash and Bette Midler.<br><br>
Prine died from complications of COVID-19 on April 7, 2020, at the age of 73.
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Bill Withers, 81
Singer and songwriter Bill Withers was born the youngest of six children in West Virginia. After a stint in the Navy, he went to Los Angeles in 1967 and started a music career that earned him three Grammy awards for the songs "Ain't No Sunshine," "Just the Two of Us," and "Lean on Me." He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. According to a statement that his family sent the AP, he died in Los Angeles on March 30. He was 81.<br><br>Here, Withers poses for a portrait on Feb. 8, 1974, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Ellis Marsalis Jr., 85
Ellis Marsalis Jr. was a prominent jazz pianist and teacher in New Orleans. His melodic style, with running improvisations in the right hand, has been described variously as romantic, contemporary or simply "Louisiana jazz." While teaching jazz in New Orleans, several of his students would later become well-known jazz musicians, citing Marsalis as an influence, including Harry Connick Jr., Victor Goines and Terence Blanchard. </br></br>Portrait of jazz musician Ellis Marsalis in New Orleans, 2000.
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Adam Schlesinger, 52
Adam Schlesinger co-founded Fountains of Wayne with lead singer and guitarist Chris Collingwood in the mid-1990s. The band produced five albums together. In 2003, Fountains of Wayne found mainstream success with their single "Stacy's Mom." Outside of the band, Schlesinger was active in TV and movies. He wrote the title song to the 1996 Tom Hanks-directed film "That Thing You Do!" which was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and he won an Emmy for his work on the show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." </br></br>Adam Schlesinger performs during Bonnaroo 2007 in Manchester, Tennessee.
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Joe Diffie, 61
Country singer Joe Diffie had 18 Top Ten singles throughout the '90s with such hits as “Pickup Man” and "John Deere Green.” Diffie was named along with several of his songs in Jason Aldean’s 2013 single “1994.” He died from complications from the coronavirus on March 29th. Diffie was 61. <br><br> Diffie performs on Day 3 of Country Thunder Milwaukee, July 23, 2016, in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.
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Joseph Lowery, 98
Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, the fiery Alabama preacher and civil rights icon, fought for equality alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Lowery died at his home in Atlanta on March 27, 2020. He was 98.<BR><BR>After meeting King in the 1950s, Lowery became a leading force in the civil rights struggle. He led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) for two decades. President Barack Obama awarded Lowery the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.<BR><BR>Joseph Lowery at the Lincoln Memorial during 50th anniversary ceremonies of the 1963 March on Washington, Aug. 28, 2013, in Washington.
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Terrence McNally, 81
Playwright Terrence McNally won a remarkable four Tony awards over just six years in the 1990s for "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Love! Valour! Compassion!," "Master Class" and "Ragtime." In 1991 his play "Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune" was adapted into a movie starring Michelle Preiffer and Al Pacino. He was awarded an Emmy award for the TV adaptation of his play, "Andre's Mother." He died on March 24 at the age of 81.<br><br>Here, McNally works with actors on "Mothers and Sons," at the Roundabout Theatre Company rehearsal studios on Jan. 31, 2014 in New York.
Kenny Rogers, 81
Actor-singer Kenny Rogers produced such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady,” and “Islands in the Stream.” Rogers died at his home in Sandy Springs, GA, on March 20, 2020. He was 81.<BR><BR>Known for his husky voice and silver beard, the Grammy-winning balladeer's music spanned jazz, folk, country and pop. Rogers sold tens of millions of records, won three Grammys, and was the star of TV movies based on the "The Gambler" and other songs.<BR><BR>Rogers poses for a portrait in 1979 in Los Angeles.
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Max von Sydow, 90
Max von Sydow had a decades-long acting career and was best known for his roles in such films as "The Seventh Seal" in 1957 and "The Exorcist" in 1973. He was also known for playing the Three Eyed Raven on the hit television show, "Game of Thrones." He was twice nominated for an Academy Award - for "Pelle the Conqueror" in 1988 and for "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" in 2012. He died on March 8, 2020. He was 90. <br><br>Max von Sydow is shown in this Feb. 6, 2012, file photo.
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McCoy Tyner, 81
Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner was known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet as well as having a successful solo career. He was a five-time Grammy winner and in 2002 was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. On March 6, Tyner died at his home in New Jersey. He was 81. <br><br>Tyner attends "The Recording Academy New York Chapter presentation of Duke Jazz Talks," Oct. 29, 2008 in New York.
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James Lipton, 93
TV personality James Lipton's career in the entertainment industry spanned multiple decades and fields, having a stint as a writer, actor and producer, before earning recognition as the longtime host of "Inside the Actors Studio." During the show's 22 seasons Lipton interviewed high-profile, A-list actors, posing questions about their career, roles and method. He was known for his existential ending question: "If Heaven exists, what would you like God to say when you arrive at the pearly gates?"
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Jack Welch, 84
Jack Welch, the American business executive, author and former chairman and CEO of GE, led the company through its most prosperous decades and became an influential business manager. He joined GE as a chemical engineer and quickly rose up the ranks, becoming the companyâs youngest vice president in 1972 and CEO in 1981. He was named "Manager of the Century" by Fortune in 1999 and nicknamed "Neutron Jack" for his aggressive style and propensity for slashing jobs.
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Hosni Mubarak, 91
Hosni Mubarak was president of Egypt for three decades before being ousted by the military during the Arab Spring uprising in 2011. Rising to office after his predecessor, Anwar el-Sadat, was killed, Mubarak survived multiple assassination attempts during his rule which was marked by repression, corruption and poverty. He suppressed terrorism and maintained a stable peace, aligning Egypt with the West.
<br><br>Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Jan. 26, 2006.
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Katherine Johnson, 101
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson was born in 1918 and her skill with numbers was apparent from a young age. She studied math in college and graduated with honors in 1937, going on to work as a teacher and raise a family until starting at Langley Research Center in 1953. She worked on multiple key projects for NASA, including John Glenn's orbit of the earth in 1962, before retiring in 1986. In 2015 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the next year she was depicted in the film "Hidden Figures." She died on Feb. 24 at 101.<br><br>Johnson poses for a photo at Langley in 1966.
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B. Smith, 70
Model and restaurateur B. Smith began her career as a model in the 1960's. In 1986, she opened her first restaurant and would go on to publish several cookbooks and host her own cooking and lifestyle show. Smith died of Alzheimer's disease on Feb. 22. She was 70. <br><br>Smith at her restaurant in New York, Feb. 20, 2001.
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Pop Smoke, 20
Rapper Bashar Barakah Jackson known as Pop Smoke, rose to fame with his hit song "Welcome to the Party" off his debut album "Meet the Woo," released in 2019. Jackson was shot and killed in his Hollywood Hills home on Feb. 19. He was 20. <br><br> Pop Smoke performs onstage during day 2 of the Rolling Loud Festival, Dec. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles.
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Actress and singer Ja'net Dubois was best known for her role as Willona Woods on the sitcom "Good Times." She co–wrote and sang the theme song "Movin' on Up" for the television show "The Jeffersons." DuBois died Feb. 17, at her home in Glendale, Calif. <br><br>A studio image of Dubois in 1975.
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Joseph Shabalala, 78
Joseph Shabalala was the founder of the South African Grammy-winning choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The group gained worldwide fame as a result of its collaboration with Paul Simon on the album “Graceland.” Known for their a cappella singing style, called isicathamiya, the group has received 17 Grammy nominations and won five Grammys.
Shabalala, who retired from Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 2014, died Feb. 11, 2020 in a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.
Joseph Shabalala performs with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, April 10, 2005, at Town Hall in New York City.
Robert Conrad, 84
Actor Robert Conrad, most recognized for his work on the 1960's television shows "Wild Wild West" and "Hawaiian Eye" continued acting in a career that lasted for over 40 years. He won a People's Choice Award in 1977 and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1978 for his work on "Baa Baa Black Sheep." He died on February 8.<br><br>Here, Robert Conrad poses for a photo, circa 1960.
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Kirk Douglas, 103
In a career that spanned decades, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas starred in dozens of movies including "Spartacus" and "Lust for Life." He received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts, among numerous accolades. No stranger to controversy, Douglas played a key role in dissolving the so-called "Hollywood blacklist" during the McCarthy era in the 1950's and remained active in humanitarian causes. Douglas died at this home in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 5.<br><br>Here he is pictured circa 1950.
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Kobe Bryant, 41
Basketball player Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Considered to be one of the best players of all time, Bryant was drafted into the NBA straight out of high school. He would go on to win five NBA championships. <br><br>Bryant was killed, Jan. 26, 2020, when a helicopter he was on crashed in Calabasas, Calif. He was 41. <br><br>
Bryant points after making a basket in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Los Angeles in 2009.
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Jim Lehrer, 85
PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer spent nearly half a century working in journalism. Known for his role as a debate moderator during U.S. presidential elections, he would go on to moderate 12, more than any person in history. Lehrer also authored numerous fiction and non-fiction books drawing from his years of journalism experience. Lehrer died on January 23, at his home in Seattle. He was 85.<br><br>Here, Lehrer poses for a portrait in his office in Arlington, Va., May 12, 2011.
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Terry Jones, 77
Comedian, actor, director, writer and historian Terry Jones is best known for his work with Monty Python. This includes starring in and co-directing "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" with Terry Gilliam and directing "Life of Brian" and "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life."</br></br>Jones wrote the screen play for the cult film "Labyrinth" directed by Jim Hensen and starring David Bowie.</br></br>Jones died from complications of dementia at his home in London, Jan. 21, 2020, he was 77.</br></br>Jones speaks during an interview with Reuters at Sao Luis theater in Lisbon, Portugal, Jan. 10, 2008.
David Stern, 77
David Stern was the NBA's longest-serving commissioner, working with the NBA for nearly two decades before he became its fourth commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. He was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. Stern oversaw the birth of seven new franchises and the creation of the WNBA and NBA Development League, now known as the G League, providing countless opportunities for players. He died on January 1 at the age of 77.<br><br>Here, former NBA Commissioner David Stern listens to a question during a news conference in Springfield, Mass., Aug. 7, 2014.
Don Larsen, 90
Yankees pitcher Don Larsen reached the heights of baseball glory when he threw a perfect game in game five of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was selected MVP of the series and retired in 1967 with an 81-91 record over 14 major league seasons. "They can never break my record," Larsen said of his game. "The best they can do is tie it. Oct. 8, 1956, was a mystical trip through fantasyland. Sometimes I still wonder whether it really all happened."<br><br>
Here, New York Yankees' Don Larsen poses for a photo on the pitchers mound, three days after his historic game.
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