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 prior to a game against the New Orleans Pelicans, April 8, 2016 in New Orleans.
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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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