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In Memoriam

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Patti Page, 85, ’50s pop singer (“Tennessee Waltz”), 1/1

Ned Wertimer, 89, played the doorman on The Jeffersons, 1/2

Conrad Bain, 89, actor (Diff’rent Strokes), 1/14

Pauline Phillips, 94, original Dear Abby columnist, 1/16

Robert F. Chew, 52, played Proposition Joe on The Wire, 1/17

Michael Winner, 77, director (Death Wish), 1/21

Reg Presley, 71, lead singer of the Troggs (“Wild Thing”), 2/4

Stuart Freeborn, 98, Star Wars makeup artist who helped design Yoda and Chewbacca, 2/5

Mindy McCready, 37, country singer, 2/17

Lou Myers, 77, played Mr. Gaines on A Different World, 2/19

Cleotha Staples, 78, gospel singer, 2/21

Van Cliburn, 78, pianist, 2/27

Bobby Rogers, 73, founding member of the Miracles (“Shop Around”), 3/3

Chinua Achebe, 82, author of Things Fall Apart, 3/21

Richard Griffiths, 65, played Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films and Uncle Monty in Withnail and I, 3/28

Phil Ramone, 79, recording engineer and producer, 3/30

Milo O’Shea, 86, actor (Barbarella, The Verdict), 4/2

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 85, Oscar-winning screenwriter (A Room With a View), 4/3

Pat Summerall, 82, NFL star-turned-sportscaster, 4/16

Allan Arbus, 95, played shrink Maj. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H, 4/19

E.L. Konigsburg, 83, author (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler), 4/19

Deanna Durbin, 91, child star who won a special juvenile Oscar in 1939, 4/20

Chrissy Amphlett, 53, lead singer of Divinyls (“I Touch Myself”), 4/21

Richie Havens, 72, folk legend who opened 1969’s Woodstock festival, 4/22

Chris ”Mack Daddy” Kelly, 34, half of the hip-hop duo Kris Kross (“Jump”), 5/1

Jeanne Cooper, 84, actress (The Young and the Restless), 5/8

Dr. Joyce Brothers, 85, psychologist and TV personality, 5/13

Ray Manzarek, 74, keyboardist for the Doors, 5/20

Clarence Burke Jr., 64, lead singer of soul group the Five Stairsteps (“O-o-h Child”), 5/26

Tim Samaras, 55, star of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, 5/31

Maxine Stuart, 94, actress (General Hospital, Days of Wine and Roses), 6/6

Esther Williams, 91, Olympic swimmer-turned-movie star (Take Me Out to the Ball Game), 6/6

Iain Banks, 59, author of the 1987 sci-fi classic Consider Phlebas, 6/9

Bernard Sahlins, 90, cofounder of Chicago’s Second City theater, 6/16

Slim Whitman, 90, country star known for his yodel (“Indian Love Call”), 6/19

Richard Matheson, 87, sci-fi and horror writer (I Am Legend), 6/23

Mel Smith, 61, comedian who played the Albino in The Princess Bride, 7/19

Helen Thomas, 92, White House correspondent, 7/20

JJ Cale, 74, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter (“After Midnight,” “Cocaine”), 7/26

Eileen Brennan, 80, Oscar-nominated actress (Private Benjamin), 7/28

Michael Ansara, 91, played Kang on the original Star Trek, 7/31

Gail Kobe, 81, actress (The Ten Commandments) and soap producer (The Bold and the Beautiful), 8/1

Lisa Robin Kelly, 43, played Laurie Forman on That ’70s Show, 8/14

Lee Thompson Young, 29, actor (Rizzoli & Isles, The Famous Jett Jackson), 8/19

Sid Bernstein, 95, music promoter for the Beatles and Judy Garland, 8/21

Gilbert Taylor, 99, cinematographer (Star Wars, Dr. Strangelove), 8/23

Seamus Heaney, 74, Nobel-winning Irish poet, 8/30

David Frost, 74, TV broadcaster whose interviews inspired Frost/Nixon, 8/31

Frederick Pohl, 93, Hugo-winning sci-fi writer, 9/2

Ray Dolby, 80, developer of surround sound in movie theaters, 9/12

Johnny Laboriel, 71, Mexican rock singer, 9/18

Kumar Pallana, 94, actor who appeared in four Wes Anderson films, 10/10

Oscar Hijuelos, 62, Pulitzer-winning novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love), 10/12

Nigel Davenport, 85, actor (A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire), 10/25

Hal Needham, 82, stuntman-turned-director (Smokey and the Bandit), 10/25

Marcia Wallace, 70, played secretary Carol on The Bob Newhart Show and voiced Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, 10/25

Barbara Park, 66, author of the Junie B. Jones children’s series, 11/15

Doris Lessing, 94, Nobel-winning author of The Golden Notebook, 11/17

Nelson Mandela, 95, Nobel-winning activist, statesman, and author, 12/5

Édouard Molinaro, 85, director (La Cage aux Folles), 12/7

Tom Laughlin, 82, actor-auteur of the 1971 vigilante flick Billy Jack, 12/12

Ray Price, 87, country singer (“Crazy Arms”), 12/16

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