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Notable Deaths of 2023

2023-12-27

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andre Braugher, actor Ryan O'Neal, legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear, Moody Blues and Wings co-founder Denny Laine, former British Chancellor Alistair Darling, influential diplomat Henry Kissinger and "Cheers" star Frances Sternhagen are among the notable deaths of 2023.

Lee Sun-kyun

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Lee Sun-kyun arrives at a photocall for "Parasite" during the Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 22, 2019. The South Korean actor died at the age of 48 on December 27.

Tom Smothers

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Tom Smothers performs at River Rock Casino near Vancouver, British Columbia, in July 28, 2006. He died December 26 at the age of 86.

Andre Braugher

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Actor Andre Braugher holds his Emmy won for his work in "Thief" at the Primetime Emmy awards in Los Angeles on August 27, 2006. Braugher, best known for staring in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Men of a Certain Age" and "Homicide: Life on the Street," died at the age of 61 on December 11.

Ryan O'Neal

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Actor Ryan O'Neal arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 12, 2009. O'Neal, best known for starring in "Peyton Place," "Love Story," "Paper Moon," "Bones" and more, died at the age of 82 on December 8.

Norman Lear

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Legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear attends the GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on April 12, 2018. Lear, who worked on "All in the Family," "Maude," "Sanford and Son," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times" and more, died at the age of 101 on December 5.

Denny Laine

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Singer, guitarist and songwriter Denny Laine performs in concert in Hollywood, Fla., on August 25, 2008. Laine, a co-founder of the bands Moody Blues and Wings, died at the age of 79 on December 5.

Alistair Darling

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Former British Chancellor Alistair Darling arrives for the International Monetary Fund financial committee meeting in Washington on April 25, 2009. Alistair, who served a three-year spell as chancellor in the Labor government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown and held an array of high-level posts in Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet, died at the age of 70 on November 30.

Henry Kissinger

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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speaks at the unveiling ceremony for a statue of former President Gerald R. Ford in Washington on May 3, 2011. Kissinger, who served as secretary of state from 1973 to 1977 under President Richard Nixon and Ford, and who continued to consult presidents for decades, died at the age of 100 on November 29.

Frances Sternhagen

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Actress Frances Sternhagen attends the premiere of "Dolphin Tale" on September 17, 2011. Sternhagen, best known for her recurring roles on "Cheers," "ER" and "Sex and the City," died at the age of 93 on November 27.

Marty Krofft

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Puppeteers and producers Marty Krofft (L), and his brother, Sid hold replica plaques during an unveiling ceremony honoring them with the 2,687th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on February 13, 2020. Marty Krofft, best known as a producer and puppeteer on Land of the Lost, H.R. Pufnstuf and more, died at the age of 86 on November 25.

Rosalynn Carter

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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, a humanitarian and advocate for mental healthcare, attends a bill signing in Washington in 2009. The wife of former President Jimmy Carter died November 19, 2023 at her home in Plains, Ga. She was 96 .

Maryanne Trump Barry

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Member of the U.S. Third District Court, Judge Maryanne Barry Trump, testifies on Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito in Washington on January 12, 2006. Barry, a retired appeals court federal judge and the older sister of former President Donald Trump, died at the age of 86 on November 13.

Frank Borman

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Astronaut and businessman Frank Borman, who served as commander of the historic Apollo 8 mission, has died at the age of 95 NASA has announced. Photo courtesy of NASA

Matthew Perry

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Matthew Perry attends the screening of "The Kennedy's After Camelot" in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 15, 2017. Perry, an actor best known for portraying Chandler on "Friends," died at the age of 54 on October 28.

Adam Johnson

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Former NHL star Adam Johnson (L) is congratulated by Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (R) following a win in Pittsburgh on March 31, 2018. Johnson, who was playing hockey in Britain, died at the age of 29 following a freak accident during a game on October 28.

Li Keqiang

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Former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang answers questions during a news conference in Beijing on March 15, 2019. Li, who served as premier for a decade before stepping down in March, died at the age of 68 on October 27.

Richard Roundtree

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Richard Roundtree attends the premiere of "What Men Want" in Los Angeles on January 28, 2019. Roundtree, an actor best known for portraying John Shaft across multiple "Shaft" movies, died at the age of 81 on October 24.

Suzanne Somers

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Suzanne Somers attends the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on January 3, 2019. The "Three's Company" and "Step by Step" actress died October 15 at age 76.

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie arrives for the premiere of "Hounddog" at the Village East Cinemas in New York on September 16, 2008. The "Carrie" and "Twin Peaks" actress died October 15 at age 91.

Dick Butkus

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Dick Butkus, legendary Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears in the 1960s and early '70s, attends the Wrigley Field 100th anniversary game in Chicago in 2014. Butkus died October 5 at age 80. File

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., looks on during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May, 11 2023. Feinstein, the longest-serving woman in U.S. Senate history, died at the age of 90 on September 29.

Michael Gambon

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"Harry Potter" star Michael Gambon attends the Moet British Independent Film Awards in London on December 9, 2012. Gambon, who is best known for portraying Professor Albus Dumbledore in five "Harry Potter" films, died at the age of 82 on September 28 following a bout of pneumonia.

Brooks Robinson

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National Baseball Hall of Fame member Brooks Robinson, tips his cap as he is introduced to a crowd in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 27, 2007. Robinson, a legendary third baseman who played 23 years for the Baltimore Orioles and was dubbed Mr. Oriole, died at the age of 86 on September 26.

David McCallum

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"NCIS" star David McCallum (L), and his wife, Katherine Carpenter, arrive on the red carpet before the closing ceremony of the Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monaco on June 11, 2009. McCallum, who played Chief Medical Examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard on "NCIS" for two decades, died at the age of 90 on September 25.

Mike Williams

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Williams catches a screen pass against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, in 2012. The wide receiver, who also played for the Buffalo Bills during a five-year NFL tenure, died September 12 when he was taken off life support after a construction accident. He was 36.

Steve Harwell

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Steve Harwell, lead singer of the band Smash Mouth, arrives for the CMT Music Awards in Nashville on June 16, 2009. Harwell, best known for singing hit songs "Walkin' on the Sun," All Star" and "I'm a Believer" with Smash Mouth, died at the age of 56 due to liver failure on September 4.

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Jimmy Buffett performs during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 6, 2006. Buffett, best known for his hit songs "Margaritaville," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere," "Come Monday, "Fins" and for his Margaritaville-themed restaurants and hotels, died at the age of 76 on September 1.

Mohamed Al-Fayed

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Egyptian billionaire and former Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed (R) and actress Eva Longoria attend the opening of the Harrods Winter Sale in London on December 28, 2006. Al-Fayed died at the age of 94 on August 30.

Ron Cephas Jones

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Ron Cephas Jones attends the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 8, 2018. The actor , best known for his Emmy-winning role as William on "This is Us" and for starring in "He Got Game," Across the Universe," "Luke Cage" and more, died at the age of 66 on August 19.

Alex Collins

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Former Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on October 3, 2021. Collins, who also played for the Baltimore Ravens, died at the age of 28 after being involved in a motorcycle crash on August 13.

Robbie Robertson

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Robbie Robertson arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of "The Irishman" in New York City on September 27, 2019. Robertson, a film composer and co-founder of The Band, known for songs such as "The Weight," died at the age of 80 on August 9.

William Friedkin

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William Friedkin arrives at a photocall during the Cannes International Film Festival in France on May 18, 2016. The Oscar-winning filmmaker, known for "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist," died at the age of 87 on August 7.

Mark Margolis

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Mark Margolis arrives on the red carpet at the New York Premiere of "Noah" in New York City on March 26, 2014. The actor, best known for portraying Hector Salamanca in "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," died at the age of 83 on August 3.

Angus Cloud

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Angus Cloud arrives for the Puma x Balmain x Cara Delevingne launch party in Los Angeles on November 21, 2019. The actor, best known for portraying Fez in "Euphoria," died at the age of 25 on July 31.

Paul Reubens

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Paul Reubens arrives for the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 10, 2011. The actor, best known for portraying his character Pee-we Herman across television and film, died at the age of 70 following a private battle with cancer on July 30.

Sinead O'Connor

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Irish singer and activist Sinead O'Connor performs in concert in Paris on November 13, 2007. O'Connor, best known for her song "Nothing Compares 2 U," died at the age of 56 on July 26.

Tony Bennett

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Tony Bennett arrives for the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 10, 2019. Bennett, a legendary singer whose career spanned over 70 years and included 19 Grammy Awards, died at the age of 96 following a battle with Alzheimer's disease on July 21.

Jane Birkin

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Jane Birkin arrives at a photocall for the film "Jane par Charlotte" during the Cannes International Film Festival in France on July 8, 2021. Birkin, a singer , actress and fashion icon -- who inspired the Birkin Bag and was known for her song "Je t'aime moi non plus" -- died at the age of 76 on July 16.

Milan Kundera

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Author Milan Kundera poses for a photo in Madrid, Spain, on May 2, 2005. The reclusive writer , best known for "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," died at the age of 94 on July 11.

Alan Arkin

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Actor Alan Arkin holds a replica plaque during a ceremony honoring him with the 2,665th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 7, 2019. Arkin, an Oscar winner best known for his roles in "Little Miss Sunshine," "Argo," "The Kominsky Method" and more, died at the age of 89 on June 29.

Ryan Mallett

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Former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett throws against the Washington Redskins on August 10, 2017. Mallett, who also played for the University of Arkansas, died of an apparent drowning at the age of 35 on June 27.

Daniel Ellsberg

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Daniel Ellsberg, pictured here at the Senate Watergate hearing in 1973, was responsible for leaking the Pentagon Papers, which revealed serious issues with the administering of the Vietnam War. He died June 16 at age 92 of pancreatic cancer. UPI File Photo

Glenda Jackson

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Award-winning actress and former Labor Member of Parliament Glenda Jackson, arrives in the media room at the Tony Awards in New York City on June 10, 2018. Jackson, known for films such as "Women in Love" and "Touch of Class," died at the age of 87 on June 15.

Treat Williams

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Treat Williams of "Everwood" poses for pictures at the WB Network Up-Fronts for Fall 2003 at the Sheraton Hotel on May 13, 2003. Williams died on June 12 from a motorcycle accident. He was 71.

Silvio Berlusconi

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi speaks at the 64th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 23, 2009. Berlusconi, who was also a billionaire media mogul, died at the age of 86 after a long battle with leukemia on June 12.

Pat Robertson

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Right-wing Christian televangelist Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and host of "The 700 Club," speaks to several thousand during the "Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem" event in front of the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem on October 3, 2004. Robertson died at the age of 93 on June 8.

Tina Turner

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Tina Turner performs in concert in Paris on April 29, 2009. Turner, a music legend and actress known for hit songs such as "What's Love Got to Do With It," "Simply the Best" and "Private Dancer," died at the age of 83 on May 24.

Jim Brown

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NFL legend Jim Brown speaks to the media after President Donald Trump pardoned ex-San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., at the White House in Washington on February 18, 2020. Brown, who was also an activist, actor and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died at the age of 87 on May 18.

Tori Bowie

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Tori Bowie celebrates her win in the Women's 100 meters final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London on August 6, 2017. Bowie, a sprinter and three-time Olympic medalist , died at the age of 32 on May 3.

Gordon Lightfoot

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Gordon Lightfoot performs in concert in Temecula, Calif., on February 2, 2007. Lightfoot, a legendary folk singer-songwriter who was best known for his songs "If You Could Read My Mind," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and more, died at the age of 84 on May 1.

Jerry Springer

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Jerry Springer arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of "Klondike" in New York City on January 16, 2014. Springer, a former politician who is best known for his daytime series "The Jerry Springer Show," died at the age of 79 on April 27.

Harry Belafonte

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Harry Belafonte (L), and his wife, Pamela Frank, arrive for the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington on December 7, 2013. Belafonte, known as the King of Calypso and for songs such as "The Banana Boat Song," died at the age of 96 on April 25.

Willis Reed

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New York Knicks legend Willis Reed (C) reacts when he is introduced with the rest of the Knicks 1973 championship team in New York City in 2013. Reed, who was nicknamed "The Captain" and was in the Basketball Hall-of-Fame, died at the age of 80 on March 21.

Lance Reddick

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Actor Lance Reddick, best known for his roles in "John Wick" and "The Wire," died suddenly at home in Los Angeles on March 17, apparently of natural causes.

Pat Schroeder

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Former U.S. Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., who helped <a href="https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2023/03/14/Pat-Schroeder-dies-House-Colorado/8271678801262/">usher in</a> the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Schroeder died at age 82 on March 13. Photo courtesy of the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

Robert Blake

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Actor Robert Blake departs Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles in 2004. The "Baretta" actor was acquitted of killing his wife but held liable for her death in a civil suit. He died at age 89 on March 9.

Gary Rossington

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Guitarist and founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd Gary Rossington performs in concert in Pompano Beach, Fla., in 2007. Rossington died at the age of 71 on March 5.

Wayne Shorter

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Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter performs at the White House in Washington in 2006. Shorter, who won 12 Grammys and helped shaped the sound of modern jazz, died at age 89 on March 2.

Jerry Richardson

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Former Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson talks with tight end Kris Mangum in 2004. Richardson, who founded the Panthers in 1993 and owned the NFL team until 2018, died at age 86 on March 1.

Red McCombs

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Texas billionaire Billy Joe "Red" McCombs attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVII in 2011. McCombs, who previously owned the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets and the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, died at age 95 on February 19.

Jansen Panettiere

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Former child star Jansen Panettiere poses for pictures in 2007. The brother of actress Hayden Panettiere who starred in "The Last Day of Summer," "Even Stevens," "Everybody Hates Chris" and more, died at age 28 on February 19.

Richard Belzer

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Actor and comedian Richard Belzer arrives for a photo call for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in 2012. Belzer, who started as a standup comedian and is best known for portraying Detective John Munch on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," died at age 78 on February 19.

Raquel Welch

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Actress Raquel Welch arrives at the premiere of "How to Be a Latin Lover" in 2017. The Hollywood star , known for her roles in "Fantastic Voyage," "Three Musketeers," "Bedazzled" and more, died at age 82 on February 15.

Ted Lerner

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Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner (L), and his son, Mark Lerner, watch opening day festivities in Washington on April 3, 2017. Ted Lerner, the founding principal owner of the baseball team, died after battling complications from pneumonia on February 12.

Burt Bacharach

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Legendary composer Burt Bacharach performs at the White House in 2012. Bacharach, who famously worked with Hal David and Dionne Warwick on a number of hit songs in the 1960s, died at the age of 94 on February 8.

Cindy Williams

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"Laverne & Shirley" actress Cindy Williams arrives at the TV Land Awards in 2012. Williams, who was known for portraying Shirley in "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley," died at the age of 75 on January 25.

Bobby Hull

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NHL legend Bobby Hull (R) with his son Brett Hull in 2006. Hull, who played for the Chicago Blackhawks and who was a Hall of Famer, died at the age of 84 on January 30.

Barrett Strong

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Motown singer and songwriter Barrett Strong arrives at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in 2004. Strong, who was the first artist to record a song for Motown and co-wrote hits for the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and more, died at the age of 81 on January 29.

Billy Packer

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Longtime college basketball analyst Billy Packer (R) with Jim Nantz in 2005. Packer, who was the lead analyst for 34 consecutive Final Fours on NBC and CBS, died at the age of 82 on January 26.

David Crosby

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David Crosby attends the MusiCares Person of the Year gala in 2016. Crosby, a rock legend who was a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, died at the age of 81 on January 18.

Gina Lollobrigida

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Italian screen legend Gina Lollobrigida attends the unveiling of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in 2018. She was known as "La Bersagliera" for her starring role in Luigi Comencini's 1953 film "Bread, Love and Dreams" and became an international sex symbol for her sultry roles. Lollobrigida's death was announced January 16. She was 95 .

Lisa Marie Presley

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Singer Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of rock legend Elvis Presley, attends the premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" in Los Angeles in 2015. She died suddenly January 12 at age 54.

Jeff Beck

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Rock legend Jeff Beck performs in 2011. Beck, a rock and metal pioneer who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of The Yardbirds, died at age 78 following a short bout with bacterial meningitis on January 11.

Tatjana Patitz

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Supermodel Tatjana Patitz presents a new catalog in 2006. Patitz, who to rose to fame in the 1980s and '90s as she posed on the cover of British Vogue and starred in music videos by George Michael and Duran Duran, died at age 56 on January 11.

Cardinal George Pell

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Australian Cardinal George Pell speaks to members of the media at the Vatican in 2017. Pell, whose convictions for sexually abusing a child were eventually overturned, died January 10 a t age 81. He suffered complications after a routine hip surgery.

Ineitha Lynnette Hardaway

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Ineitha Lynnette Hardaway (L), also known as Diamond, and her sister, Herneitha Rochelle Hardaway Richardson, known as Silk, speak at a Keep America Great rally in 2019. Hardaway, a conservative political commentator who expressed views on Fox News with her sister as Diamond and Silk, died at age 51 on January 9.

Gianluca Vialli

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Former Chelsea and Juventus soccer star Gianluca Vialli serves on the coaching staff for Italy's national team. He died at age 58 following a battle with cancer on January 5.

Walter Cunningham

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NASA astronaut Walter Cunningham mans the Apollo 7 mission in 1968. Cunningham, who is the last surviving astronaut from the famed mission, <a href="https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2023/01/03/Apollo-7-Walter-Cunningham-dies/5461672797261/">died at age 90</a> on January 3. Photo courtesy of NASA

Ken Block

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Pro rally driver Ken Block celebrates winning the Supercar Series of the Red Bull Global Rallycross in 2015. Block died at age 55 on January 2 following a snowmobile accident.

Art McNally

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NFL official Art McNally was inducted into the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame. The first official to ever be inducted, he died at age 97 on January 1.

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