Tina Turner, 83
Tina Turner was born on Nov. 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tenn. Turner, who was born Anna Mae Bullock, would go on to become one of the most notable artists in music history. A Broadway show based on the legendary "What's Love Got to Do With It" hitmaker’s life, called "Tina: The Tina Turner Musical," opened in 2019. Turner was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a duo with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She died on May 24, 2023. She was 83 years old.
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Martin Amis, 73
British author Martin Amis, son of writer Kingsley Amis, published his first novel, "The Rachel Papers," in 1973. Over the course of his career, he went on to publish 14 more novels, including "Money: A Suicide Note" and his memoir "Experience." Many of his works were adapted into movies, including "The Zone of Interest" which had its world premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Amis died at the age of 73.
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Jim Brown, 87
Legendary football player Jim Brown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1957 and won Rookie of the Year honors that year. In 1964, he led the Browns to an NFL Championship. He announced his retirement from football in 1966 to pursue an acting career. In 1971, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He appeared in over 30 films, such as "The Dirty Dozen" in 1967 and "Mars Attacks" in 1996. He served as executive advisor to the Browns from 2005 to 2010. A statue of Brown was unveiled in his honor outside Cleveland’s stadium in 2016. Jim Brown died on May 18, at the age of 87.
Jacklyn Zeman, 70
Jacklyn Zeman, born March 6, 1953, in Englewood, New Jersey, who became one of the most recognizable actors on daytime television during 45 years of playing Bobbie Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital," has died. Zeman died after a short battle with cancer, her family confirmed on May 10, 2023. She was married and divorced three times, first to Glenn Gordon and later to Steve Gribbin and disc jockey Murray “Murray the K” Kaufman. Zeman's survivors include two daughters, Cassidy and Lacey, from her marriage to Gordon. She was 70.
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Gordan Lightfoot, 84
Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, known for his poetic lyrics and folksy baritone voice, made his breakthrough with the hit song "If You Could Read My Mind" in 1970. He was nominated for four Grammy Awards, including for "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which tells the dramatic story of a shipwreck in Lake Superior. Lightfoot was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 and many of his songs have been covered by other artists, including "For Loving Me" by Peter, Paul and Mary. Lightfoot died on May 1.
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Jerry Springer, 79
Sensational TV show host Jerry Springer died in his Chicago home on April 27, 2023. Springer was a politician, talk show host, podcaster and actor who was best known for his controversial talk show “Jerry Springer," which aired from 1991-2018. Family and friends would confront one another on stage, which usually resulted in fighting, yelling and sometimes the occasional throwing of a chair. In 1998 it became the most watched daytime show, with more than 6.7 million viewers. Springer most recently hosted the courtroom drama, '"Judge Jerry" until 2022. He was 79.
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Harry Belafonte, 96
Prolific singer Harry Belafonte is most widely known for bringing calypso music to the mainstream with his smash hit, "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)." He was also a gifted actor and social justice champion. An EGOT winner, Belafonte received several awards throughout the course of his career, including the National Medal of Arts. Belafonte also lent his voice and support to the civil rights movement and helped raise awareness of cancer, among other causes. Harry Belafonte died of congestive heart failure at 96.
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Len Goodman, 78
Len Goodman started his career in entertainment as a ballroom dancer in his native Kent, England. Goodman didn’t start dancing until his late teens after it was recommended as therapy following an injury. His longstanding contributions to dance were honored with various awards throughout his career. In 2004, Goodman was head judge on BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing,” a reality dance competition featuring celebrities dancing with professionals. With the show’s success in England, Goodman brought the show stateside as, “Dancing With the Stars,” where he was head judge for 31 seasons before retiring
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Barry Humphries, 89
In a career that spanned over six decades, Australian comedian Barry Humphries played many notable characters. But none of his characters were as well-known as Dame Edna Everage. The character appeared on multiple TV interviews and specials, as well as stage appearances. Humphries won a special Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for the 1999 show "Dame Edna: The Royal Tour." In 1982, Humphries was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia. In 2007, Humphries was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for his contributions to the arts. Barry Humphries died on April 22, at the age of 89.
Ahmad Jamal, 92
A major influence to jazz musicians such as Miles Davis, jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal was also a composer and bandleader. In 1958, his trio released "At The Pershing: But Not For Me," which stayed on the charts for 108 weeks. In 1994, Jamal was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts. France awarded him an Ordre des Arts et des Letters honor in 2007. He was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Ahmad Jamal died on April 16, at the age of 92.
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Mary Quant, 93
The work of British fashion designer Mary Quant helped create the iconic mod look of 1960's London fashion. Quant is known as the creator of the mini-skirt. In 1966, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire and was made a dame in 2015. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fashion Awards in 2019. Mary Quant died on April 13, at the age of 93.
Al Jaffee, 102
Illustrator Al Jaffee is most notable for his quirky, tongue-in-cheek cartoons for Mad Magazine. Serving as contributor throughout the run of the comic, Jaffee was responsible for the features, “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” and “Al Jaffee’s Mad Inventions.” Jaffee received the Reuben Award for his illustrations. Having immigrated to America during World War II, his drawings helped develop art therapy programs for soldiers with PTSD. Jaffee died April 10, 2023, in Manhattan. He was 102.
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Michael Lerner, 81
Legendary character actor Michael Lerner is best known for his supporting roles in "Elf," "Eight Men Out" and "Barton Fink." Starting out during the Golden Age of Hollywood, Michael Lerner's decades-long career started with small roles on TV before getting his first major breakout in Robert Redford's "The Candidate." He starred in over 180 roles on film and television; however, his most iconic role, and the role that earned him an Oscar nomination, was eccentric producer Jack Lipnick in "Barton Fink." Lerner died April 8, 2023. He was 81.
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Willis Reed, 80
Willis Reed, one of the best players in NBA history, played 10 seasons with the New York Knicks, from 1964-1974. He was named an NBA All-Star seven times, MVP of the NBA Finals twice and NBA MVP in 1970. In 1982, Willis was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He coached the New Jersey Nets in 1988 and was then named general manager for the team. From 2004-2007 he served as VP of basketball operations for the New Orleans Hornets. Willis Reed died on March 21 at the age of 80.
Lance Reddick, 60
Actor Lance Reddick was perhaps best known for the role of Cedric Daniels in the acclaimed TV show "The Wire" as well as his portrayal of Charon in the "John Wick" movie franchise. He most recently appeared in the movie "John Wick: Chapter 4." Reddick also appeared in the TV shows "Corporate," "Bosch," and "American Horror Story." He portrays Zeus in the upcoming Disney+ movie, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Reddick died on March 17, at the age of 60.
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Pat Schroeder, 82
Pat Schroeder was nominated to the House of Representatives in 1972. She served 12 terms, from 1973 to 1997. During her career, she fought for women's rights. Schroeder worked for years on legislation for family leave, and the Family and Medical Leave Act was signed in 1993. She was the first woman to ever serve on the Armed Forces Committee. In 1998, she published a book, "24 Years of Housework... and the Place is Still a Mess: My Life in Politics." Schroeder died on March 13, at the age of 82.
Dick Fosbury, 76
High jumper Dick Fosbury won an Olympic gold medal and set an Olympic record in Mexico City in 1968. His technique of jumping over the bar was called the "Fosbury Flop." This move completely revolutionized this track and field event. Athletes ever since have been using this technique in the high jump. In 1981, he was inducted into the Track and Field Hall of Fame and in 1992, he was inducted into the U.S. Olympics Hall of Fame. Fosbury died on March 12, at the age of 76.
Robert Blake, 89
Robert Blake, born Michael Gubitosi, began his career as a child actor in the late 30s, 40s, and 50s, performing under the names Mickey Gubitosi and, later, Bobby Blake. His breakout role came in the 1967 movie, “In Cold Blood.” Blake won an Emmy in 1975 for his starring role in the TV series, “Baretta”, and won a Golden Globe for that same role in 1976. He had a troubled life, which included recurring bouts of drug addiction. In 2002, he was charged with murdering his second wife, but he was later acquitted. Robert Blake died on March 9, at the age of 89.
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Chaim Topol, 87
Chaim Topol's breakout role was in the 1964 Israeli film "Sallah Shabati." Topol was best known for playing the role of Tevya in the musical "Fiddler On The Roof," both on Broadway as well as in the 1971 movie adaption. For his film portrayal of Tevye, he was nominated for an Academy Award, and he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Topol also starred in such movies as "Flash Gordon" in 1980, and in the 1981 James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only." In 2015, he was awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Chaim Topol died on March 8, at the age of 87.
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Gary Rossington, 71
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington was one of the original members of the rock group and survived the plane crash that killed three members of the band. Rossington co-wrote many of the band's biggest songs including its 1974 hit “Sweet Home Alabama.” He was known for his distinctive slide-playing on his Gibson SG. Rossington died on March 5. <br><br> Gary Rossington poses for a portrait, Sept. 24, 1986 in Atlanta.
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Judith Heumann, 75
Disability rights advocate Judith Heumann helped organize the 504 sit-in in San Francisco in 1973, which led to the passing of the 504 Act. This was the first time that disabled people as a class were protect against discrimination under the law. She also helped get the Americans With Disabilities Act passed. Heumann served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. She wrote a memoir released in 2020, "Being Heumann." That same year she appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary, "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution." Judith Heumann died on March 4, at the age of 75.
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Tom Sizemore, 61
Actor Tom Sizemore began his film career in 1989 and played minor roles in several films until his breakout performance in 1995's "Heat." He is perhaps best known for his role as Sergeant Horvath in "Saving Private Ryan." He also appeared in several TV shows over the years including "Hawaii 5-" in 2011 and "Twin Peaks" in 2017. Sizemore died on March 3, at the age of 61.
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Wayne Shorter, 89
Jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter made his debut in 1959. He joined The Jazz Messengers and then went on to play with Miles Davis. In 1970, he co-founded the group Weather Report, which explored a funk and jazz fusion. He also collaborated with Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan. Over an eight-decade long career, he won 12 Grammys, including a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 2015. He was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in 2018. Wayne Shorter died on March 2, at the age of 89.
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Richard Belzer, 78
Comedian and actor Richard Belzer was best known for his role as the acerbic police detective John Munch in the TV series, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." His character first appeared in 1993 in "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and became one of the longest-running characters on television. Early in his career, Belzer performed as a stand-up comic with John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray on the National Lampoon Radio Hour and was the warm-up comic for “Saturday Night Live." Belzer died on Feb. 19.
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Stella Stevens, 84
Actress Stella Stevens won a Golden Globe "Most Promising Newcomer" award in 1960 for her role in "Say One For Me." She starred alongside Elvis Presley in "Girls! Girls! Girls!" in 1962 and co-starred with Jerry Lewis in "The Nutty Professor" in 1963. She also co-starred in 1972's disaster blockbuster "The Poseidon Adventure." Stevens made the move to TV, appearing in "The Love Boat," "Newhart," and in the soap operas "Santa Barbara" and "General Hospital." Stevens died on Feb. 17, at the age of 84.
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Tim McCarver, 81
All-Star catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver won two World Series titles with the St. Louis Cardinals before becoming one of the most recognizable television commentators. McCarver was among the few players to appear in major league games during four decades along with being a two-time All Star. He partnered with Joe Buck for 18 years broadcasting baseball coverage on Fox. <br> <br> McCarver died Feb. 16, 2023. He was 81.
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Raquel Welch, 82
Raquel Welch came into the spotlight in the late ''60s marketed as an international sex symbol after posing on the poster for “One Million Years B.C.” in 1966. Her first major role came in the sci-fi classic “Fantastic Voyage.” She won a Golden Globe for her role in “The Three Musketeers,” while also starring in small roles on several TV shows. Into her later years, Welch still held her sex symbol status by promoting her own line of beauty products and wigs. Raquel Welch died Feb. 15, 2023. She was 82.
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David Jolicoeur, 54
David Jolicoeur, also known as Trugoy the Dove, was a member of the legendary hip-hop band De La Soul, which formed in 1988. They landed a deal with Tommy Boy Records and released their debut album "3 Feet High and Rising" in 1989, which rose to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and is considered one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time. They released nine albums, most recently in 2016. They were nominated for a Grammy six times, winning an award in 2005 for the song "Feel Good Inc." David Jolicoeur died at the age of 54.
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Burt Bacharach, 94
Composer Burt Bacharach produced many memorable hit songs with more than 70 Top 40 hits. With lyricist Hal David, Bacharach created such classics as “I Say a Little Prayer” sung by Aretha Franklin, “The Book of Love” with Dusty Springfield and “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head,” which won a Grammy and and Oscar. Collaborating with singer Dionne Warwick, he produced enduring songs such as “Walk on By“ and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” He appeared in the movie “Austin Powers,” playing piano and singing “What the World Needs Now is Love.” He died on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
Paco Rabanne, 88
Fashion designer Paco Rabanne, born Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo, created his own fashion house in 1966. He was known for making garments out of metal and other unexpected materials. In 1968, he debuted his first fragrance, "Calandre." He also designed for film, most notoriously for the 1968 movie "Barbarella." Although he retired in 1999, his label was relaunched in 2011. Paco Rabanne died on Feb. 3, at the age of 88.
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Cindy Williams, 75
Actress Cindy Williams is best known for her role as Shirley Feeney from the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley.” In addition to her television roles, she appeared in films, such as “American Graffiti,” “The Conversation” and “Travels with My Aunt.” Williams also performed on stage, making her Broadway debut in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. Williams died Jan. 25, in Los Angeles.
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Barrett Strong, 81
Barrett Strong, one of Motown’s founding artists, was the voice behind the record label’s first hit, “Money (That’s What I Want). Strong, who was born in Mississippi but raised in Detroit, teamed with producer Norman Whitfield to write many of the critically acclaimed songs to be released by Motown Records including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “War” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Barrett Strong was also known for the body of work he created for The Temptations. He died at age 81.
Bobby Hull, 84
Canadian Bobby Hull was a Hockey Hall of Famer, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated five times and spent 15 seasons with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. His slap shot and speed helped him score 50 or more goals in a single season five times. Hull earned the nickname "the Golden Jet" and was considered an NHL superstar in the 1960s. His fame transcended the sport. Hull's death at the age of 84 was announced by the Blackhawks organization. Photo: Chicago Black Hawks' Bobby Hull stands on the ice at opening day of training at Chicago Stadium, Sept. 14, 1970.
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David Crosby, 81
David Crosby was an original member of the band The Byrds, which formed in 1964. The Byrds released such hits as "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Crosby left The Byrds in 1967 and in 1968 joined with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills to form the band Crosby, Stills & Nash. In 1969, they released their self-titled album and played at the Woodstock festival, and in 1970 released their second studio album, "Déjà Vu." Crosby was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice, in 1991 for The Byrds and in 1997 for Crosby, Stills & Nash. Crosby died at age 81, a source told ABC News.
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Gina Lollobrigida, 95
Italian film star Gina Lollobrigida made her onscreen debut in 1949 in the movie "Revenge of Black Eagle." She went on to appear in such movies as "Bread, Love and Dreams" and "Beat the Devil" in 1953, and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in 1956. She won several international film awards, including a Golden Globes Henrietta Award in 1961 and Italy's top movie award, the David di Donatello, in 1969. She had a star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018. Lollobrigida died on Jan. 16, at the age of 95.
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Lisa Marie Presley, 54
Lisa Marie Presley was the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. She was a singer-songwriter releasing three albums: "To Whom It May Concern," "Now What," and "Storm & Grace." Her first album reached Gold certification with the Recording Industry Association of America. She was the sole heir to her father's estate and inherited Graceland after the death of her grandparents. Presley died after she was hospitalized on Jan. 12. She was 54.
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Jeff Beck, 78
Blues guitarist Jeff Beck joined the band The Yardbirds in 1965. A year later, he embarked on his solo career, forming The Jeff Beck Group. In his career of over 50 years, Beck won eight Grammys and has 17 Grammy nominations. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. In 1992, he was inducted along with The Yardbirds. He was inducted in 2009 for his work as a solo artist. Beck died on Jan. 10, at the age of 78.
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Melinda Dillon, 83
Actress Melinda Dillon's breakout role came in the 1977 movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She was nominated again for the 1981 movie "Absence of Malice." She is perhaps best known for playing Mother Parker in the much beloved movie, “A Christmas Story,” in 1983. She also appeared in such TV shows as “Judging Amy” and “Heartland.” Dillon died on Jan. 9, at the age of 83.
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Fay Weldon, 91
Fay Weldon published her first novel, "The Fat Woman's Joke," in 1967. During the 1970's, she put a voice to the feminist movement with such works as "Down Among The Women" and "Praxis." What is considered her most famous work "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" was published in 1983 and was adapted into a dramatic series televised on BBC. It was also adapted into the 1989 movie "She Devil." Weldon wrote more than thirty novels in her 5 decades long writing career. Weldon died on Jan. 4, at the age of 91.
Walter Cunningham, 90
Astronaut Walter Cunningham was the lunar module pilot on the 1968 Apollo 7 mission, orbiting the Earth on an 11-day spaceflight. The three-person crew of Apollo 7 broadcasted live and won an Emmy for their daily televised reports from space. After retiring in 1971, Cunningham wrote a memoir, "The All-American Boys." Cunningham died on Jan. 3, at the age of 90.
Gangsta Boo, 43
Gangsta Boo, born Lola Mitchell in Memphis, was a rapper. Her groundbreaking career began in the 1990s. She was a member of the group Three 6 Mafia. She left the group in 2001 to concentrate on solo projects. In 2020, she was featured on a Run The Jewels song, "Walking in the Snow." In 2022, she was featured on the song "FTCU" by Latto. Gangsta Boo died on Jan. 1, at the age of 43.
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Fred White, 67
Fred White was a drum prodigy. As a teen, he toured with musician Donny Hathaway and joined the group Earth Wind and Fire, when he was 19. He played drums on such hits as "September" and "Shining Star." White left the band in the early 80s, but appeared with the band when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Fred White died on Jan. 1, at the age of 67.
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