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Beth Howland, the actress best known for her (Credit: AP / Doug Pizac)

Beth Howland, the actress best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and '80s CBS sitcom "Alice," died Dec. 31, 2015 of lung cancer. She was 74. Newsday's obituary for Beth Howland

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Beth Howland

Beth Howland, the actress best known for her
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Beth Howland, the actress best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and '80s CBS sitcom "Alice," died Dec. 31, 2015 of lung cancer. She was 74. Newsday's obituary for Beth Howland

Burt Kwouk

British character actor Burt Kwouk, seen in April
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British character actor Burt Kwouk, seen in April 2001, was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films. Kwouk died May 24, 2016. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for Burt Kwouk

Velimir Bata Zivojinovic

Velimir Bata Zivojinovic, seen in March 2008, was
(Credit: AP / Andrej Cukic)

Velimir Bata Zivojinovic, seen in March 2008, was former Yugoslavia's best known film star who was also popular in China. Zivojinovic died May 22, 2016 at the age of 82. Newsday's obituary for Velimir Bata Zivojinovic

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Nick Menza

Shown in this July 24, 1997, drummer Nick
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Shown in this July 24, 1997, drummer Nick Menza, top left, with Megadeth bandmates, seated from left, Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson. Menza, former drummer for influential metal band Megadeth, died after collapsing on stage Saturday, May 21, 2016, during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Southern California. He was 51. Newsday's obituary for Nick Menza

Tom DeLeone

Cleveland Browns center Tom DeLeone in a 1982
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Cleveland Browns center Tom DeLeone in a 1982 photo. DeLeone, the tough-nosed center who made two Pro Bowls during 11 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, died May 22, 2016. He was 65. Newsday's obituary for Tom DeLeone

Kang Sok Ju

Shown in a Sept. 6, 2014 photo, Kang
(Credit: AP / Kim Kwang Hyon)

Shown in a Sept. 6, 2014 photo, Kang Sok Ju, a top North Korean diplomat who negotiated a short-lived 1994 deal with the United States to freeze its nuclear programs in exchange for international aid, died of cancer May 20, 2016. He was 76. Newsday's obituary for Kang Sok Ju

Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker, a Navy rear admiral who grew
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Stephen Baker, a Navy rear admiral who grew up in Huntington and served during the Vietnam War, is seen in this undated service photo. Baker died of septic shock on April 20, 2016. He was 65. Newsday's obituary for Stephen Baker

Rosalie Lerman

Rosalie Chris Lerman, seen here on March 5,
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Rosalie Chris Lerman, seen here on March 5, 2016, was a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp and the wife of the founder of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Lerman, who was a passionate advocate of Holocaust remembrance, died May 19, 2016. She was 90. Newsday's obituary for Rosalie Lerman

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John Berry

John Berry of the Beastie Boys is seen

John Berry of the Beastie Boys is seen in this 1997 photo. Berry, a founding member of the Beastie Boys who left the group before it found major label success, died following a long battle with frontotemporal dementia. He was 52. Newsday's obituary for John Berry

Alan Young

Actor-comedian Alan Young, who played the amiable straight
(Credit: AP / Susan Ragan / File)

Actor-comedian Alan Young, who played the amiable straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom, "Mister Ed," died of natural causes on May 19, 2016, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Home said. He was 96. Young had lived in the retirement community for four years. The photo of Young posing with Champagne, a Palomino mare in San Francisco, is from July 31, 1997. Newsday's obituary for Alan Young

Marco Pannella

Marco Pannella, a maverick politician who was crucial
(Credit: EPA / Roberto Tedeschi)

Marco Pannella, a maverick politician who was crucial to Italian postwar campaigns to legalize abortion, divorce and other social change, died May 19, 2016. He was 86. The photo is from May 31, 2005. Newsday's obituary for Marco Pannella

Luis Hector Alvarez

Luis Hector Alvarez, a former Mexico presidential candidate
(Credit: EPA / Alex Cruz)

Luis Hector Alvarez, a former Mexico presidential candidate and longtime prominent figure in the conservative National Action Party who spent decades pushing for democratic reforms, died May 18, 2016. He was 96. The photo is from Oct. 27, 2010. Newsday's obituary for Luis H. Alvarez

Morley Safer

Broadcast reporter Morley Safer, a legendary
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Broadcast reporter Morley Safer, a legendary "60 Minutes" correspondent who officially stepped down Sunday, May 15, 2016 after a 46-year career there, died May 19, 2016. He was 84. The photo is from March 25, 2014. Newsday's obituary for Morley Safer

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Fritz Stern

Fritz Stern, a refugee from Nazi Germany who
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Fritz Stern, a refugee from Nazi Germany who became a prominent historian, government adviser and a longtime professor at Columbia University, died May 18, 2016. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Fritz Stern

Guy Clark

Singer-songwriter and musician Guy Clark died on Tuesday,
(Credit: EPA / Skip Bolen)

Singer-songwriter and musician Guy Clark died on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. He was 74. The artist who mentored a generation of country musicians performs in New Orleans in 2009. Newsday's obituary for Guy Clark

Emilio Navaira

Emilio Navaira, a Grammy-winning Tejano star, died May
(Credit: AP / Wilfredo Lee)

Emilio Navaira, a Grammy-winning Tejano star, died May 16, 2016 of natural causes. He was 53. The photo is from Sept. 3, 2003. Newsday's obituary for Emilio Navaira

Jane Little

Jane Little, an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassist, poses
(Credit: AP / Louie Favorite)

Jane Little, an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassist, poses for a photo in Atlanta on Nov. 15, 2007. Little, whose career spanned a world-record 71 years with a single orchestra, died after collapsing onstage during a performance on May 15, 2016. She was 87. Newsday's obituary for Jane Little

Jim McMillian

Milwaukee Bucks' Oscar Robertson, left, rips the ball
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Milwaukee Bucks' Oscar Robertson, left, rips the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers' Jim McMillian during a playoff game in Milwaukee on April 14, 1972. McMillian, who helped the Lakers to a 33-game-winning streak and the 1972 NBA championship, died from complications of heart failure on May 16, 2016. He was 68. Newsday's obituary for Jim McMillian

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Julius La Rosa

Julius La Rosa, seen on Aug. 31, 2003,
(Credit: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown)

Julius La Rosa, seen on Aug. 31, 2003, was a pop singer known for hits including "Eh, Cumpari," whose firing live on the air by Arthur Godfrey in 1953 overshadowed his successes that followed. La Rosa died of natural causes May 12, 2016. He was 86. Newsday's obituary for Julius La Rosa

Madeleine LeBeau

French actress Madeleine LeBeau, best known for her
(Credit: AP/ ANL/REX / Shutterstock)

French actress Madeleine LeBeau, best known for her small but impactful role in "Casablanca" as Rick's pushed aside girlfriend Yvonne who passionately sings "La Marseillaise" at a pivotal moment in the film, died May 1, 2016. She was 92. Newsday's obituary for Madeleine LeBeau

Katherine Dunn

Writer Katherine Dunn, who was famous for her

Writer Katherine Dunn, who was famous for her novel "Geek Love," died May 11, 2016 of complications from lung cancer. She was 70. Newsday's obituary for is seen in this undated photo.

Mel Bartholomew

Mel Bartholomew, author of ''Square Foot Gardening,'' died
(Credit: Bartholomew family)

Mel Bartholomew, author of ''Square Foot Gardening,'' died of liver cancer April 28, 2016. He was 84. Newsday's obituary for Mel Bartholomew

John Schroeder

Seen in a 2012 photo, John Schroeder (also
(Credit: The Washington Post / Josh Sisk)

Seen in a 2012 photo, John Schroeder (also known as John Staab), who founded the band Government Issue that became one of the longest-lasting and most influential groups to emerge from Washington's raucous 1980s hardcore scene, died of stomach cancer May 7, 2016. He was 54. Newsday's obituary for John Schroeder

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Gene Gutowski

Gene Gutowski, a Polish-American Holocaust survivor who was
(Credit: AP / Czarek Sokolowski)

Gene Gutowski, a Polish-American Holocaust survivor who was the producer of three films by director Roman Polanski in the 1960s and reunited with him decades later for the Oscar-winning Holocaust drama, "The Pianist," died May 10, 2016. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Gene Gutowski

Reginald Grundy

Australian television mogul Reginald
(Credit: AP / Tracey Nearmy)

Australian television mogul Reginald "Reg" Grundy, who helped create the wildly popular Aussie soap opera "Neighbours," died May 6, 2016. He was 92. The photo is from Sept. 27, 2010. Newsday's obituary for Reginald Grundy

Irene Ciuffoletti

Irene Ciuffoletti, Pennsylvania's oldest resident and the fourth-oldest
(Credit: St. Anne Home)

Irene Ciuffoletti, Pennsylvania's oldest resident and the fourth-oldest person in the United States, died May 7, 2016. She was 113. The photo is from her 113th birthday on Jan. 19, 2016. Newsday's obituary for Irene Ciuffoletti

William Schallert

William Schallert, a veteran TV performer and Hollywood
(Credit: Getty Images / Noel Vasquez)

William Schallert, a veteran TV performer and Hollywood union leader who played Patty Duke's father -- and uncle -- on television and led a long, contentious strike for actors, died May 8, 2016. He was 93. The photo is from Oct. 25, 2007. Newsday's obituary for William Schallert

Howard Garfinkel

Howard Garfinkel, the creator of Five-Star basketball camp,
(Credit: AP / Colin E. Braley)

Howard Garfinkel, the creator of Five-Star basketball camp, one of basketball's top summer camps and recruiting service, died May 7, 2016 after being hospitalized with pneumonia. He was 86. The photo is from Nov. 23, 2014. Newsday's obituary for Howard Garfinkel

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Carl Reutersward

Carl Fredrik Reutersward, one of Sweden's best-known modern
(Credit: EPA / Drago Prvulovic)

Carl Fredrik Reutersward, one of Sweden's best-known modern artists and the creator of the iconic statue of a revolver barrel tied in a knot, died May 3, 2016. He was 81. The photo is from 1992. Newsday's obituary for Carl Reutersward

Barbara Rader Punch

Barbara Rader Punch, a former restaurant critic for
(Credit: Punch family )

Barbara Rader Punch, a former restaurant critic for Newsday, died May 1, 2016. She was 86. Newsday's obituary for Barbara Rader Punch

Bob Bennett

Former Sen. Bob Bennett, a Utah Republican who
(Credit: AP / Jud Burkett)

Former Sen. Bob Bennett, a Utah Republican who was known during his 18 years representing the conservative state as someone who could work across the aisle, died May 4, 2016 from complications of pancreatic cancer and a recent stroke. He was 82. The photo is from May 7, 2012. Newsday's obituary for Bob Bennett

Afeni Shakur

Afeni Shakur, a former Black Panther who inspired
(Credit: AP / Ron Harris)

Afeni Shakur, a former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, died of an apparent heart attack on May 2, 2016. She was 69. The photo is from June 16, 2011, an event in Atlanta commemorating her son. Newsday's obituary for Afeni Shakur

Blackie Sherrod

Blackie Sherrod, the longtime Texas sports writer revered
(Credit: AP / Jim Mahoney)

Blackie Sherrod, the longtime Texas sports writer revered for his dry wit, died April 28, 2016. after a week in hospice care. He was 96. The photo is from 1999. Newsday's obituary for Blackie Sherrod

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Remo Belli

Remo Belli, left, a musician who pioneered the
(Credit: AP / Damian Dovarganes)

Remo Belli, left, a musician who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound and then saw it become standard on kits across many genres, died April 25, 2016. He performed on May 18, 2012, in a drum circle with John Densmore, the drummer for The Doors, at a stadium in Santa Clarita, Calif. Belli was 88. Newsday's obituary for Remo Belli

Philip Kives

Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman whose commercials
(Credit: AP / Wayne Glowacki )

Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman whose commercials implored viewers to "wait, there's more!" while selling everything from vegetable slicers to hit music compilations on vinyl, died April 27, 2016. He was 87. Newsday's obituary for Philip Kives

Conrad Burns

Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns is seen on
(Credit: AP / Jeff Chu)

Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns is seen on Nov. 7, 2006. Burns, who was also a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died April 28, 2016 of natural causes. He was 81. Newsday's obituary for Conrad Burns

Daniel Berrigan

Daniel Berrigan, the Roman Catholic priest, writer and
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Daniel Berrigan, the Roman Catholic priest, writer and poet, seen on Feb. 16, 1981,who became a household name in the United States in the 1960s after being imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the war, died April 30, 2016. He was 94. Newsday's obituary for Daniel Berrigan

Tommy Kono

Seen in a May 17, 1958 photo, Tommy
(Credit: AP / Marty Lederhandler)

Seen in a May 17, 1958 photo, Tommy Kono, who took up weightlifting in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans and went on to win two Olympic gold medals for the United States, died April 24, 2016 of hepatic encephalopathy caused by cirrhosis of the liver. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for Tommy Kono

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Ozzie Silna

Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball
(Credit: AP / Damian Dovarganes)

Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly $800 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, died April 26, 2016 after a brief illness. He was 83. Newsday's obituary for Ozzie Silna

Harry Wu

Harry Wu, seen on March 7, 2011, was
(Credit: AP / J. Scott Applewhite)

Harry Wu, seen on March 7, 2011, was a former political prisoner who dedicated his later life to exposing abuses in China's brutal prison labor camp system. Wu died April 26, 2016 at the age of 79. Newsday's obituary for Harry Wu

Willie Williams

Then-Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L. Williams in
(Credit: AP / Nick Ut)

Then-Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L. Williams in his office at police headquarters in Los Angeles on March 30, 1995. Williams, the first black police chief in Philadelphia and in Los Angeles, died April 26, 2016, at 72 and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Newsday's obituary for Willie Williams

Winston Hill

Winston Hill, seen on Nov. 1, 2009, was
(Credit: AP / Bill Kostroun)

Winston Hill, seen on Nov. 1, 2009, was a durable Pro Bowl offensive tackle who helped protect Joe Namath on the way to the New York Jets' Super Bowl victory in 1969. Hill died April 26, 2016. He was 74. Newsday's obituary for Winston Hill

Madeleine Sherwood

Madeleine Sherwood, a distinguished Canadian-born character actress who
(Credit: ABC via Getty Images / ABC archives)

Madeleine Sherwood, a distinguished Canadian-born character actress who played saints and sinners on Broadway and TV and who endured blacklisting in the 1950s and a prison term in the 1960s for her civil rights activism, died April 23, 2016. She was 93. Sherwood is seen during a scene of "The Flying Nun" from Nov. 26, 1969. Newsday's obituary for Madeleine Sherwood

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Muhammad Salah

Muhammad Salah, seen on July 11, 2007, was
(Credit: AP / Jerry Lai)

Muhammad Salah, seen on July 11, 2007, was a suburban Chicago man who fought off charges he supported Hamas. Salah died April 24, 2016 of complications from cancer. He was 62. .Newsday's obituary for Muhammad Salah

Walter Kohn

Walter Kohn, seen on Oct. 19, 2009, whose
(Credit: AP / Ronald Zak)

Walter Kohn, seen on Oct. 19, 2009, whose parents saved his life by sending him out of Nazi-dominated Europe before the outbreak of World War II and who went on to become an American citizen and a winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for work vital in developing new materials for electronics and medicine, died April 19, 2016. He was 93. Newsday's obituary for Walter Kohn

Terry Redlin

Outdoors artist Terry Redlin, seen on June 8,
(Credit: AP / Val Hoeppner)

Outdoors artist Terry Redlin, seen on June 8, 1999, died April 24, 2016 in South Dakota after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 78. Newsday's obituary for Terry Redlin

Billy Paul

Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best
(Credit: Getty Images / Noel Vasquez)

Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and "Philadelphia Soul" classic "Me and Mrs. Jones," died April 24, 2016. Paul, who was reported as 80 or 91 by various news sources, had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Newsday's obituary for Billy Paul

Horace Ward

Judge Horace Ward, center, the first African-American ever
(Credit: AP / David Goldman)

Judge Horace Ward, center, the first African-American ever to serve on the federal bench in Georgia, stands with former President Jimmy Carter, left, and Judge Nathaniel Jones after an award ceremony recognizing Carter in Atlanta on June 14, 2012. Ward died April 23, 2016. He was 88. Newsday's obituary for Horace Ward

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Michelle McNamara

Michelle McNamara, left, a crime writer and wife
(Credit: Getty Images / John Shearer)

Michelle McNamara, left, a crime writer and wife of comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, died April 21, 2016 at her home in Los Angeles. McNamara was 46. Newsday's obituary for Michelle McNamara

Banharn Silpa-archa

President Bill Clinton with outgoing Thai Prime Minister
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President Bill Clinton with outgoing Thai Prime Minister Banharn Silpa-archa, center, and Thai Foreign Minister Amnuay Viravan toast the signing of a double taxation agreement on Nov. 23, 1996. Banharn Silpa-archa, a provincial political powerbroker who served a scandal-ridden 16 months as Thailand's prime minister in 1995-96, died April 24, 2016. She was 83. Newsday's obituary for Banharn Silpa-archa

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