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Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall

Audiences perhaps best knew Penny Marshall for her starring role on the hit sitcom Laverne & Shirley. She was also an accomplished director with films such as AwakeningsA League of Their OwnThe Preacher's Wife, and Riding in Cars with Boys. Her second directorial effort, Big, was the first female-directed film to gross more than $100 million. She died December 17 from complications of diabetes at the age of 75.

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George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush

The former president died on November 30, only 7 months after his wife Barbara passed away in April. When he died at the age of 94 years, 171 days old, he was the longest-lived president in American history.

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Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg

Hillenburg was best known for creating the popular Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants, which began airing in 1999. He died at age 57 on November 26 from ALS complications.

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Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci

The Italian director was an Academy Award winner for The Last Emperor. His 1972 film Last Tango in Paris with Marlon Brando caused a controversial sensation upon its release. He died of lung cancer on November 26 at the age of 77.

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William Goldman

William Goldman

Writer William Goldman was known for his novels, plays, and screenplays. He won 2 Academy Awards for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men. Perhaps his most-loved film was the comedy The Princess Bride. He died at age 87 on November 16 from colon cancer and pneumonia complications.

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Roy Clark

Roy Clark

Roy Clark was a country music icon. He is probably best known for hosting Hee Haw and for his numerous appearances on The Tonight Show while Johnny Carson hosted. He died at age 85 on November 15 from pneumonia complications.

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Katherine MacGregor

Katherine MacGregor

Katherine MacGregor died on November 13 at the age of 93. Audiences know her from her famed role as Harriet Oleson on the TV series Little House on the Prairie.

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Stan Lee

Stan Lee

Stan Lee was the co-creator of countless Marvel comic book characters we see in movies and on TV today including Spiderman, Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and Daredevil. He passed away on Monday, November 11th at the age of 95. Lee had health complications earlier in the year and is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia. 

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Scott Willson

Scott Willson

Audiences best know Scott Wilson from his long-time role on The Walking Dead. He died at age 76 on October 6 from leukemia.

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Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds

The iconic actor of Smokey and the Bandit died September 6 of cardiac arrest. Reynolds had been suffering heart problems for a number of years. His other hit films included DeliveranceThe Longest Yard, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  He was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Boogie Nights.

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Neil Simon

Neil Simon

The famed writer of stage and screen died on August 26 from complications related to pneumonia. One of his biggest hits was The Odd Couple, for which he won a Tony Award and upon which the popular films and successful TV series were based. He was 91.

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John McCain

John McCain

Senator John McCain served in the U.S. Senate for over 30 years and was known for frankly speaking his mind, as well as frequent bipartisanship. He was a former naval officer, Vietnam War POW, and a former presidential contender in 2008. He died on August 25th after a brain cancer diagnosis only 4 days short of his 82nd birthday.

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Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

The UN Secretary-General from 1997–2006, Annan was a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, along with the United Nations as a whole, specifically for his prioritization of human rights while at the organization. He died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness.

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul, and she passed away on August 16th at the age of 76. Franklin was possibly one of the most influential women in history thanks to her achievements in music. She passed away from pancreatic cancer in her home while surrounded by friends and family. 

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Joël Robuchon

Joël Robuchon

The celebrity chef owned dozens of restaurants worldwide and earned more Michelin stars than any other individual. He died August 6 after treatment for a pancreatic tumor at the age of 73.

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Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae

The Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor was best known for her portrayal of Edna Garrett, first the housekeeper on Diff'rent Strokes then a housemother on The Facts of Life. She died on August 5 at the age of 92.

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Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Famed talent manager Joe Jackson died on June 27 at the age of 89. He was the father of the famous Jackson musician family that includes Michael and Janet.

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Danny Kirwan

Danny Kirwan

Danny Kirwan was a member of Fleetwood Mac, and even Mick Fleetwood said he was "a huge force" for the band. Kirwan was a member from 1968 to 1972 and performed on five albums. After leaving Fleetwood Mac, he decided to go solo and released four albums. Kirwan passed away at the age of 68 on June 8th.

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Jackson Odell

Jackson Odell

Jackson Odell was most known for his role in The Goldbergs and Modern Family, but he was also a talented musician. In fact, many of his songs can be heard in the movie Forever My Girl. Odell also had guest roles in iCarly, Private Practice, and Arrested Development. The young star passed away in his California home on June 8th at the age of 20.

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was a celebrity chef, best known for his series "Parts Unknown" where he showed viewers that they can eat, drink, and be happy no matter their location. He won almost every award a chef could achieve and had countless accolades. On June 8th, the heartbreaking news broke that Bourdain had taken his own life at the age of 61.

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Kate Spade

Kate Spade

The fashion designer and founder of the eponymous fashion brand, Kate Spade became well-known for her handbags in the early 90s. The brand quickly broadened into clothing, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories. Spade tragically took her own life at the age of 55 on June 5.

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Jerry Maren

Jerry Maren

Jerry Maren was the last living member of "The Lollipop Guild" from The Wizard of Oz until his death on May 24 at the age of 98. He was the last actor of the film who had a speaking role that was still alive. Now, after his death, the only remaining living members of the production are stunt doubles and uncredited extras.

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Philip Roth

Philip Roth

Roth was one of the most celebrated American authors throughout his career. His books won two National Book Awards for Fiction, two National Book Critics Circle awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. His most famous novels include Goodbye, Columbus; Sabbath's Theater; and American Pastoral. He died at age 85 on May 22.

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Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder

The Canadian-American actress was best-known for portraying Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the original Superman movies. She reprised the role in 3 more sequels and further cemented her name in pop culture by portraying terrorized homeowner Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror. She died at age 69 on May 13.

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Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer

Troyer was known worldwide for portraying Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie franchise. In addition, he was also Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. He died at age 49 on April 21 due to high levels of alcohol within his system.

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Avicii

Avicii

At only age 21, the Swedish musician and DJ topped worldwide music charts with his single "Levels." Further hit songs include "Wake Me Up," "Hey Brother," and "Divine Sorrow" with Wyclef Jean. Tragically, his death on April 20 was reported as a suicide at age 28.

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Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush

The former First Lady of the United States was the wife of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the U.S. Additionally, she was the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd President, and Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 presidential candidate. She was a lifelong advocate of literacy and founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She died April 17 at age 92.

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Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson

Actor and magician Harry Anderson is probably best-known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on the TV series Night Court. He also had regular appearances on Cheers as Harry "The Hat" Gittes. He died on April 16 at 65 years old of complications from the flu.

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R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey

Audiences will most likely recognize Ermey from his roles in Mississippi Burning and Full Metal Jacket, the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He also hosted two tv shows on the History network: Mail Call and Lock n'Load with R. Lee Ermey. He died on April 15 from pneumonia complications at age 74.

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Yvonne Staples

Yvonne Staples

Yvonne was a member of the family gospel and R&B group The Staple Singers. Their 1970s megahits include "I'll Take You There," "Let's Do It Again," and "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)." She died at age 80 on April 10 after a battle with colon cancer.

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the second and longest wife of Nelson Mandela. After his arrest in 1963, she became a worldwide figure in the anti-apartheid movement against the South African government while lobbying for her husband's release. Though they separated in 1992 and later divorce, Madikizela-Mandela served two different terms in the South African Parliament. She died at age 81 on April 2. 

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DuShon Monique Brown

DuShon Monique Brown

Actor DuShon Monique Brown is most likely familiar to TV audiences from her recurring role on Chicago Fire. She was also a recurring character in the first and second season of Prison Break.  She passed away unexpectedly on March 23 at the age of 49 from sepsis complications.

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was recognized worldwide as one of the foremost intellectuals of his time. He contributed much to our current understandings of the universe, including general relativity and black holes. While his intelligence was lauded, he also authored popular books explaining scientific theories to "everyday" people. He died March 14 at age 76.

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Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy

French designer Givenchy founded the now-famous luxury design house in 1952. Today the haute couture brand exceeds worldwide revenue of $1 trillion. He died on March 10 at age 91.

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David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Stage and screen actor David Ogden Stiers is most known to audiences for his double Emmy-nominated role of Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H and as the district attorney on Perry Mason. Younger audiences would recognize his voice as Cogsworth in the animated Beauty and the Beast as well as roles in 1995's Pocahontas and 2002's Lilo & Stitch. He died at age 75 on March 3 of complications from bladder cancer.

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Ensa Cosby

Ensa Cosby

The second youngest daughter of Bill Cosby's five children, Ensa was a strong supporter of her father during his recent legal battles. She died February 23 at the age of 44 from complications of renal disease.

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Nanette Fabray

Nanette Fabray

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Nanette Fabray had headlining roles on sketch comedy show Caesar's Hour, sitcom One Day at a Time, and musical film The Band Wagon. She died February 22 at age 97.

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Billy Graham

Billy Graham

American evangelist and Southern Baptist minister Billy Graham became famous worldwide for his "Crusades," gatherings where he would preach to hundreds and thousands of people. It is estimated that his total lifetime audience is well over 2 billion people, around 30% of the entire world's population. He died at age 99 on February 21.

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Reg E. Cathey

Reg E. Cathey

Cathey was most known to audiences for roles in OzThe Wire, Marvel's Luke Cage, and House of Cards. His last film role completed before his death was a vocal performance in Incredibles 2. He died of lung cancer on February 9 at age 59.

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John Mahoney

John Mahoney

Mahoney is best known for portraying the father of Frasier Crane, Martin, on the long-running sitcom Frasier. He died on February 4 at age 77 from complications related to throat cancer.

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Mark Salling

Mark Salling

Salling's claim to fame was the role of Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the musical TV series Glee. Tragically, Salling took his own life at the age of 35 on January 30 after multiple years of legal battles.

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Naomi Parker Fraley

Naomi Parker Fraley

You may not immediately recognize Naomi Parker Fraley or her name, but a photograph of her working on an aircraft assembly line at Naval Air Station Alameda was the inspiration behind the famous "We Can Do It!" poster featuring "Rosie the Riveter." This real-life Rosie died January 20 at the age of 96.

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Jerry Van Dyke

Jerry Van Dyke

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, acted with his brother on The Dick Van Dyke Show but really made a name for himself in the role of Luther Van Dam on the sitcom Coach.  He died at age 86 on January 5 of heart failure.

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