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Deaths in 2015: Scott Weiland, Yogi Berra and more celebrities we lost this year

Remembering the actors, leaders, icons and more notable people we said goodbye to in 2015, from jazz great Ornette Coleman to New York legend Yogi Berra, intergalactic actor Leonard Nimoy to Irish great Maureen O'Hara.

Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister

The Motörhead singer and bassist died Dec. 28.
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The Motörhead singer and bassist died Dec. 28. He was 70.

Meadowlark Lemon

The well-known Harlem Globetrotter died Dec. 27. He
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The well-known Harlem Globetrotter died Dec. 27. He was 83.

Ellsworth Kelly

The abstract artist and sculptor died Dec. 27,
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The abstract artist and sculptor died Dec. 27, 2015, of natural causes. He was 92.

Holly Woodlawn

The transgender actress known for her roles in
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The transgender actress known for her roles in "Trash" and "Women in Revolt" died Dec. 6 after a long battle with cancer. She was 69.

Scott Weiland

The former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and
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The former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver was found dead on the tour bus of his new band The Wildabouts on Dec. 3, 2015. He was 48.

Maureen O'Hara

The
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The "Queen in Technicolor" died of natural causes on Oct. 24 at age 95. "She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family," according to a family statement. Irish-born Maureen O'Hara rose to fame playing idealized versions of womanhood -- usually strong and sensible rather than sultry -- during the Golden Age of Hollywood. She was a faithful wife in "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), a no-nonsense mother in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) and a proud Irish woman in "The Quiet Man" (1952).

Yogi Berra

The New York Yankees legend died of natural
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The New York Yankees legend died of natural causes at his home in New Jersey on Sept. 22. He was 90.

Tyler Sash

The New York Giants safety died of an
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The New York Giants safety died of an accidental drug overdose of pain medication at his Iowa home on Sept. 8. He was 27.

Dean Jones

The actor known for his Disney roles, including
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The actor known for his Disney roles, including Jim in "The Love Bug," died on Sept. 1. He was 84.

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

The WWE
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The WWE "bad guy" died peacefully in his sleep on July 31, according to his agent. He was 61.

Wes Craven

Among the few to impart an auteur sensibility
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Among the few to impart an auteur sensibility into horror films ("Nightmare on Elm Street," "Scream"), the influential director died on Aug. 30 at 76.

Frank Gifford

The legendary Giant, sportscaster and husband of Kathy
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The legendary Giant, sportscaster and husband of Kathy Lee Gifford died of natural causes on Aug. 9. He was 84.

Bobbi Kristina Brown

The daughter of singer Whitney Houston died on
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The daughter of singer Whitney Houston died on July 26, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in her town house bathtub in Georgia. She was 22.

Omar Sharif

The Oscar winner and
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The Oscar winner and "Lawrence of Arabia" star died after suffering a heart attack in Egypt on July 10. He was 83.

Amanda Peterson

The actress known for her role in
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The actress known for her role in "Can't Buy Me Love" was found dead of an apparent morphine overdose in her Colorado home on July 5, as reported by People. She was 43.

Dick Van Patten

With a TV career that spanned the entire
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With a TV career that spanned the entire history of the medium, Dick Van Patten was probably best known as patriarch Tom Bradford on "Eight Is Enough." He died at 86 on June 23.

Ornette Coleman

Jazz legend Ornette Coleman, the visionary Texas-born saxophonist
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Jazz legend Ornette Coleman, the visionary Texas-born saxophonist who pioneered "free jazz" and was one of only two jazz artists to win a Pulitzer Prize, died June 11, 2015. He was 85.

Anne Meara, Ben Stiller's mother and Jerry Stiller's
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Anne Meara, Ben Stiller's mother and Jerry Stiller's wife, died May 23, 2015, at age 85. The the lovable, red-haired actress starred in various films -- "The Out-of-Towners" (1970), ''Awakenings" (1990) and "Reality Bites" (1994) -- and appeared on many TV shows, including "All My Children" (1993-1998), "The King of Queens" (1999-2007) and "Sex and the City" (2002-2004) throughout the course of her lengthy career. Meara also took the stage as a Broadway actress, and comedian, taking her routine on the road with husband Jerry from the 1950s to the 1970s.

B.B. King

Legendary singer and virtuoso guitarist B.B. King, who
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Legendary singer and virtuoso guitarist B.B. King, who died aged 89 on May 14, brought the Mississippi blues to the world in his classic songs, including "The Thrill Is Gone" and "My Lucille," as well as the chain of clubs that still carry his name. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inspired generations of guitarists, including Eric Clapton.

Sawyer Sweeten

The actor, best known for starring alongside his
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The actor, best known for starring alongside his siblings in the hit TV show "Everybody Loves Raymond," died of a suicide on April 23. He was 19 and weeks away from his 20th birthday, according to his sister Madylin's statement to USA TODAY.

Percy Sledge

The R&B legend, who saw hits with
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The R&B legend, who saw hits with "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "Warm and Tender Love," died of cancer on April 14. He was 73.

Geoffrey Lewis

The father of Juliette Lewis and an actor
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The father of Juliette Lewis and an actor known for roles in several Clint Eastwood movies, including "High Plains Drifter," died of natural causes on April 7. He was 79.

James Best

Best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco
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Best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard," the actor died on April 6 of complications from pneumonia. He was 88.

Gene Saks

Tony winning director Gene Saks died at age
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Tony winning director Gene Saks died at age 93 on March 28, 2015, in East Hampton, New York. He won three Tonys and was considered the leading interpreter of Neil Simon comedies, from "California Suite" to the Pulitzer-winning "Lost in Yonkers," as well as the movie, here, "The Odd Couple."

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy died, aged 83, on Feb. 27.
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Leonard Nimoy died, aged 83, on Feb. 27. In a career that spanned 60-plus years, in dozens of TV roles, it would be but one that would quite literally change everything -- and not just television, but motion pictures and even modern philosophy. His Mr. Spock was not merely a "character," but a representation, an enigma, a symbol and, ultimately, a movement. His indelible phrase, "Live long and prosper," would be a catchphrase for an entire generation, then another. It was, and very much remains, a "Trekkie" benediction.

Greg Plitt

The fitness model and TV actor was killed
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The fitness model and TV actor was killed after being hit by a train in Burbank, California, on Jan. 17. He was 37.

Anita Ekberg

The Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, known for her
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The Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, known for her role in Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (1960), died on Jan. 11, 2015, after a series of illnesses. She was 83.

Rod Taylor

The actor known for his starring role in
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The actor known for his starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 thriller "The Birds" died on Jan. 7. He was 84.

Stuart Scott

The longtime ESPN sportscaster died after a lengthy
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The longtime ESPN sportscaster died after a lengthy battle with cancer of the appendix on Jan. 4. He was 49.

Donna Douglas

The actress (
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The actress ("Beverly Hillbillies," "The Twilight Zone") died of pancreatic cancer on Jan. 1, according to her niece-in-law's statement to USA TODAY. She was 82.

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