Dick Gautier, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and more recent notable deaths around the world.
William A. Hilliard
William A. Hilliard, seen in 1994, who became the first black reporter at The Oregonian newspaper and later its editor in a pioneering 42-year career, died Jan 16, 2017. He was 89.
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Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo
Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, whose reign over the Philadelphia mafia in the 1980s was one of the bloodiest in its history, died Jan. 14, 2017 at a federal medical center in North Carolina. He was 87.
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Buddy Greco, the jazz singer, piano player and long-running Vegas showman whose hits included "The Lady Is a Tramp," died Jan. 10, 2017. Greco, seen here in a 1996 photo, was 90.
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Astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died Jan. 16, 2017. He was 82.
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Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka gives his signature "I love you" gesture. Snuka, who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, died Jan. 15, 2017. He was 73.
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Bishop Eddie Long, a prominent pastor who led one of metro Atlanta's largest churches, died Jan. 15, 2017. Long, seen here on Sept. 26, 2010, was 63.
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Zhou Youguang, the man who helped invent the Pinyin writing system used for transliterating Chinese worldwide, died Jan. 14, 2017. Zhou, seen on Jan. 11, 2015, was 111.
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William Peter Blatty
Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, seen on Oct. 28, 2013, who was a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," died Jan. 12, 2017. He was 89.
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Britain's Princess Margaret with Lord Snowdon, Antony Armstrong Jones, second from left, as he shakes hands with Ringo Starr when meeting the Beatles before the world charity premiere of their second film, "Help", at the London Pavilion, in London on July 29, 1965. Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret who was also a photographer, died Jan. 13, 2017. He was 86.
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Actor Dick Gautier, who received a 1961 Tony nomination for his turn as Conrad Birdie in "Bye Bye Birdie" and gained larger notoriety as Hymie the Robot on TV's "Get Smart," died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. He was 85.
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Canadian actor Tony Rosato, a veteran of comedy shows including "Saturday Night Live" and Canada's homegrown "SCTV," died Jan 10, 2017. He was 62.
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Roy Innis, seen on Jan. 14, 2011, a politically conservative civil rights leader who tussled philosophically -- and physically, in one memorable televised encounter involving the Rev. Al Sharpton -- with other activists during an embattled, decades-long tenure at the helm of the Congress of Racial Equality, died Jan. 8, 2016 of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 82.
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Clare Hollingworth, a British war correspondent who was the first to report the Nazi invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of World War II, died Jan. 10, 2017. She was 105.
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Zygmunt Bauman, of Poland, one of the most prominent and prolific European sociologists of recent decades, died Jan. 9, 2017. He was 91.
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Peter Sarstedt, a British singer-songwriter whose 1969 hit "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" gently mocked the jet set and brought him a measure of resurgent fame when it was used in the score of Wes Anderson's film "The Darjeeling Limited," died Jan. 8, 2017. He was 75.
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Paraguay's Roberto Cabañas, left, watches teammate Buenaventura Ferreira dribble the ball through Iraq's defense at a World Cup soccer match in Toluca, Mexico, in 2012. Cabañas, who was a top striker for various soccer clubs and Paraguay, died Jan. 9, 2017. He was 55.
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Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Former Iran president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, seen on May 11, 2013, who showed ruthlessness while in power but later pushed for reforms, died Jan 8, 2017 after having a heart attack. He was 82.
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Mario Soares, right, then prime minister of Portugal, welcomes President Ronald Reagan during a visit to Lisbon in 1985. Soares, who helped steer his country toward democracy after a 1974 military coup and grew into a global statesman through his work with the Socialist International movement, died Jan. 7, 2017. He was 92.
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Sam Lovullo, left, shown in a 2007 photo with country singer Willie Nelson, who as producer and co-creator of "Hee Haw" brought country music and homestyle humor to millions of American homes, died Jan 4, 2017. He was 88.
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Indian actor Om Puri, who worked in films at home and abroad, died Jan. 6, 2017. Puri, seen here on Sept. 3, 2014, was 66.
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French conductor Georges Pretre, seen on Jan. 1, 2008, who spent half a century at the head of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Jan. 4, 2017. He was 92.
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Sister Frances Carr
Sister Frances Carr, left, and Brother Arnold Hadd of the Shaker Village in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, sing with the Boston Camerata during a rehearsal at the Warwick Hotel in Manhattan on Sept. 13, 1995. Carr, one of the last remaining Shakers, died Jan. 2, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 89.
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Jill Saward, a survivor of rape who became a powerful British campaigner against sexual violence, died Jan. 5, 2017 after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. She was 51.
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Milt Schmidt, a hockey hall of famer who mostly played for the Boston Bruins, died Jan. 4, 2017. He was 98. Schmidt is seen in September 1953.
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George Kosana, who played the beefy Sheriff McClelland in the 1968 cult zombie film "Night of the Living Dead," died Dec. 30, 2016. He was 81. Kosana is seen on June 19, 2009.
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Director/producer Jeffrey Hayden and actress Eva Marie Saint, attend the 2014 premiere of "Winter's Tale" in Manhattan. Hayden, who directed early live TV plays with stars including James Dean and who worked with wife Eva Marie Saint on screen and stage, died Dec. 24, 2016 after a year of cancer treatment. He was 90.
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Cast members from the television series "M*A*S*H", seen on Sept. 15, 1982, from left, William Christopher, Harry Morgan, Mike Farrell, Alan Alda and Jamie Farr, Christopher died Dec. 31, 2016. He was 84.
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Ferdy Kuebler, seen on June 9, 1999, was a Swiss cycling legend, who came back from injury and the interruption of World War II to win the 1950 Tour de France. Kuebler, who died Dec. 29, 2016, was 97.
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Tyrus Wong, seen in 2004, a pioneering Chinese-American artist, died Dec. 30, 2016. He was 106.
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Allan Williams, seen on Oct. 26, 2016, who was a fixture on the Liverpool music scene and gave the Beatles a place to practice and helped them get early gigs, died Dec. 30, 2016. He was 86.
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LaVell Edwards, the humble and devout Mormon who won 257 football games at Brigham Young University over 29 seasons, seen here on Dec. 24, 1999, died Dec. 29, 2016. He was 86.
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Robert Hulseman, the former Solo Cup Co. president who invented the now party-essential Red Solo Cup, died Dec. 21, 2016 of complications after a series of strokes. He was 84.
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George S. Irving
Actor George S. Irving, seen in a 2010 photo, who won a Tony Award starring with Debbie Reynolds in the musical "Irene" and appeared in the original Broadway production of "Oklahoma!", died Dec. 26, 2016. He was 94.
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Debbie Reynolds, the perky performer who enlivened many MGM musicals of the 1950s, most notably "Singin' in the Rain," died Dec. 28, 2016, just a day after the death of her daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher. She was 84.
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Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford appear in a scene from the 1977 film " Star Wars." Fisher, the daughter of show-biz royalty who became the iconic Princess Leia Organa in the "Star Wars" movies, died Dec. 27, 2016. She was 60.
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Gregorio Alvarez, seen on Nov. 5, 2007, the last de facto president of the dictatorship that ruled Uruguay between 1973 and 1985, died Dec. 28, 2016. He was 91.
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English author Richard Adams, seen on Oct. 18, 1978, whose 1972 book, "Watership Down," became a classic of children's literature, died Dec. 24, 2016. He was 96.
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Comedian and actor Ricky Harris, who had a recurring role in Chris Rock's "Everybody Hates Chris" sitcom and voiced several characters that appeared in hip-hop albums, died Dec. 26, 2016. He was 54.
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Vera Rubin, seen in the 1970s, a pioneering astronomer who helped find powerful evidence of dark matter, died Dec. 25, 2016. She was 88.
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George Michael, who shot to stardom with Wham! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career dotted with controversies, died on Dec. 25, 2016, due to heart failure. He was 53.
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Joseph Bassolino, a popular member of "The Howard Stern Show" known to fans as Joey Boots, was found dead in his New York apartment on Dec. 23, 2016. A police spokesman says it appeared Bassolino died of natural causes. He was 49.
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China Machado, seen on Jan. 22, 2012, a legendary model who challenged traditional standards of beauty as the first non-white to appear in an American fashion magazine -- and later returning to modeling in her 80s -- died Dec. 18, 2016, at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, after suffering cardiac arrest. She was 86.
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Piers Sellers, seen on July 17, 2006, a climate scientist and former astronaut who gained fame late in life for his eloquent commentary about the Earth's fragility and his own cancer diagnosis, died Dec. 23, 2016. He was 61.
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Cindy Stowell, right, appears on the "Jeopardy!" set with Alex Trebek in Culver City, Calif., on Aug. 31, 2016. Stowell, who died Dec. 5, 2016, of cancer, just days before her appearance on "Jeopardy!" aired won six contests in a row and more than $103,000, some of which has been donated toward cancer research. She was 41.
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Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, seen on Feb. 24, 2016, who championed Italian fashion in the magazine she ran for 28 years, died Dec. 22, 2016. She was 66.
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Valerie Fairman, who starred in an episode of MTV's reality show "16 and Pregnant" in 2010, died Dec. 21, 2016. She was 23.
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Marion Pritchard, seen in 2009, a Dutch social work student who was credited with saving dozens of Jews during the Holocaust, spiriting some to safe houses, hiding others under floorboards, and, in one case, executing a Nazi before he could arrest a family of four, died Dec. 11, 2016. She was 96.
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Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and was the first winner of Cannes' best actress award, died Dec. 20, 2016. She was 96.
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Lionel Blue, seen in 1994, Britain's first openly gay rabbi who was known for his popular early morning radio spots, died of pneumonia Dec. 19, 2016. He was 86.
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Dick Latessa accepts the Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical for "Hairspray" at Radio City Music Hall in June 2003. Latessa, a veteran Broadway actor who was in the original productions of "Follies," "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "The Will Rogers Follies" and who won a Tony playing Harvey Fierstein's onstage husband in the original cast of "Hairspray," died Dec. 19, 2016. He was 87.
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