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Notable deaths in 2019 - Sort by:
Notable deaths in 2019
Newsmakers and celebrities who have died this year.
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15 Apr. 2018
Ric Ocasek, the idiosyncratic lead singer and chief... more
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15 Apr. 2018
Cleveland, UNITED STATES
Ric Ocasek, the idiosyncratic lead singer and chief songwriter of the 1970s and 80s hook-heavy hitmakers The Cars, died September 15 at the age of 75. Ocasek, born Richard Theodore Otcasek in Baltimore in 1944, met bass player and future band mate Benjamin Orr after moving to Cleveland for high school. The pair joined with guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboard player Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson to form the Cars in mid-1970s Boston. Ocasek was the main songwriter, sang lead vocals on most songs and played rhythm guitar. The band's self-titled debut album, featuring the singles "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Good Times Roll," reached Number 18 on the Billboard album charts and put them on the leading edge of pop rock. The Cars scored their first top-20 single, "Let's Go," in 1979 and launched a succession of hits throughout the 1980s such as "Shake It Up" and "Drive," always identifiable through Ocasek's distinctive vocals.

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INDONESIA-POLITICS/
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21 Mar. 2016
Indonesia's former president B.J. Habibie, who came... more
MILKEN/
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30 Apr. 2013
T. Boone Pickens, a celebrated corporate raider and... more
MEXICO/
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18 Jul. 2008
Francisco Toledo, who shook up the 1960s Mexican art... more
ZIMBABWE-CRISIS/
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17 Aug. 2008
Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe was feted... more
FILM-CANNES/
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16 May. 2011
German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, credited... more
USA/
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9 Jan. 2012
Actress Valerie Harper, who won four Emmy awards playing... more
PEOPLE LEAVELLE
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15 Oct. 2002
Jim Leavelle, the Dallas police detective who handcuffed... more
FASHION-METGALA/
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5 May. 2015
Billionaire industrialist David Koch, a driving force... more
PEOPLE-FONDA/
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24 Oct. 2009
Two-time Oscar nominee Peter Fonda, who became a counterculture... more
FRANCE/
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3 Nov. 2010
U.S. author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel "Beloved"... more
CAMBODIA/
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20 Mar. 2008
Nuon Chea, the chief ideologist and 'Brother Number... more
LI
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16 Sep. 2002
Former Chinese Premier Li Peng, reviled by rights activists... more
USA-CRIME/MORGENTHAU
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10 Apr. 2007
Robert Morgenthau, who became the scourge of New York's... more
USA/
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29 Sep. 2009
Former Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican appointee... more
LEISURE MARIE ANTOINETTE
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14 Oct. 2006
Emmy winner Rip Torn, whose tempestuous nature made... more
IACOCCA
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24 Jul. 1997
Lee Iacocca, the charismatic U.S. auto industry executive... more
EGYPT-SINAI-ATTACK
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16 May. 2013
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, the first... more
USA-ENTERTAINMENT/
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8 Jan. 2016
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who... more
USA/
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27 Apr. 2013
Dr. John, a six-time Grammy winner who in his incarnation... more
BASEBALL/
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8 Apr. 2008
Bill Buckner, the 1980 National League batting champion... more
AUSTRIA-NIKI/
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16 Mar. 2018
Three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda,... more
GERMANY
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17 Jan. 1997
I.M. Pei (pictured L presenting the the German Historical... more
USA/
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14 Sep. 2008
Emmy-winning actor Tim Conway, who brought an endearing,... more
FILM-STAR WARS/
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16 Dec. 2015
British-born actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca... more
LEISURE-NAACP-IMAGE-AWARDS
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25 Feb. 2006
John Singleton, who made his movie directorial debut... more
PERU-POLITICS/
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27 Mar. 2018
Peru's former president Alan Garcia shot himself in... more
YUGOSLAVIA MARKOVIC
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17 Apr. 2002
Mirjana Markovic, the widow of Serbian strongman Slobodan... more
FILMFESTIVAL-CANNES/
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24 May. 2015
Agnes Varda, the Belgian-born grande dame of French... more
BOX/
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21 Jun. 2015
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and... more
PERRY
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16 Jul. 2005
Actor Luke Perry, who rose to superstardom on the teen-oriented... more
BRITAIN
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9 Jun. 2006
Keith Flint, the Prodigy lead singer who captured the... more
LAGERFELD
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7 Jul. 2004
Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director... more
FRANCE-MEDIA/
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31 Aug. 2016
Yannis Behrakis, one of Reuters' most decorated and... more
KENNEDY-HONORS
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6 Dec. 1998
Acclaimed conductor, composer and pianist Andre Previn,... more
DONEN
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23 Mar. 1998
Stanley Donen, the former dancer who directed some... more
SOCCER-SALA/CRASH
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22 Jan. 2019
Cardiff City's Argentina-born soccer player Emiliano... more
USA-ENTERTAINMENT/
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4 Jan. 2015
Carol Channing, who won over audiences with a giddy,... more
USA/
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16 Sep. 2009
Bob Einstein, an offbeat comedian and writer whose... more
FILMFESTIVAL-VENICE/
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10 Sep. 2015
Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who portrayed Adolf Hitler... more
SOC/
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27 Oct. 2015
Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England's 1966 World... more
BOGLE
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17 Jan. 2003
John Bogle, whose family's struggles during the Great... more
FINNEY
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25 Feb. 2001
British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a... more
USA/
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1 Oct. 2013
Former U.S. pairs skating champion John Coughlin died... more
BASEBALL/
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10 Oct. 2012
Hall of Famer and trailblazing baseball legend Frank... more
FILMFESTIVAL-CANNES/
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17 May. 2017
French composer and pianist Michel Legrand died February... more
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