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Notable deaths in 2019 - Sort by:
Notable deaths in 2019
Newsmakers and celebrities who have died this year.
FRANCE/
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3 Nov. 2010
U.S. author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel "Beloved"... more
FRANCE/
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3 Nov. 2010
Paris, France
U.S. author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel "Beloved" about a runaway slave won a Pulitzer Prize and contributed to a body of work that made her the first black woman to be presented the Nobel Prize in Literature, died on August 5 at the age of 88. Morrison was a commercial as well as critical success, drawing praise for writing in a vivid, lyrical style while assessing issues of race, gender and love in American society. "Beloved" was set during the U.S. Civil War and based on the true story of Sethe, a woman who killed her 2-year-old daughter to spare her from slavery. The woman was captured before she could kill herself and the child's ghost visits her mother. Morrison told NEA Arts magazine in 2015 that she had already written a third of the book before deciding to bring in the ghost to address the morality of whether the mother was right to kill the child.

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LAGERFELD
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7 Jul. 2004
Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director... more
USA-TRUMP/CUMMINGS
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7 Aug. 2019
U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, a civil rights... more
PEOPLE-FONDA/
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24 Oct. 2009
Two-time Oscar nominee Peter Fonda, who became a counterculture... more
SPINNEY
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29 Apr. 2006
Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who brought boyish vulnerability... more
FILMFESTIVAL-CANNES/OPENING CEREMONY
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8 May. 2018
71st Cannes Film Festival - Opening ceremony and screening... more
PERRY
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16 Jul. 2005
Actor Luke Perry, who rose to superstardom on the teen-oriented... more
BELGIUM/
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7 Dec. 2010
Former President Jacques Chirac, a political chameleon... more
ZIMBABWE-CRISIS/
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17 Aug. 2008
Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe was feted... more
LI
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16 Sep. 2002
Former Chinese Premier Li Peng, reviled by rights activists... more
USA/
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29 Sep. 2009
Former Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican appointee... 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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4 Jan. 2015
Carol Channing, who won over audiences with a giddy,... more
FILM-STAR WARS/
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16 Dec. 2015
British-born actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca... more
CUBA/
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28 Jun. 2011
Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who achieved... more
IACOCCA
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24 Jul. 1997
Lee Iacocca, the charismatic U.S. auto industry executive... more
FASHION-METGALA/
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5 May. 2015
Billionaire industrialist David Koch, a driving force... more
MILKEN/
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30 Apr. 2013
T. Boone Pickens, a celebrated corporate raider and... more
USA-ENTERTAINMENT/
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8 Jan. 2016
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who... more
FILMFESTIVAL-CANNES/
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24 May. 2015
Agnes Varda, the Belgian-born grande dame of French... more
USA/
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9 Jan. 2012
Actress Valerie Harper, who won four Emmy awards playing... more
AWARDS-BILLBOARDS/
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2 May. 2019
The fast-rising young rapper Juice Wrld died on December... more
PEOPLE LEAVELLE
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15 Oct. 2002
Jim Leavelle, the Dallas police detective who handcuffed... more
USA/
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8 Jan. 2012
Diahann Carroll, a versatile singer and stage actress... more
BRITAIN
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9 Jun. 2006
Keith Flint, the Prodigy lead singer who captured the... more
LEISURE MARIE ANTOINETTE
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14 Oct. 2006
Emmy winner Rip Torn, whose tempestuous nature made... more
LEISURE-NAACP-IMAGE-AWARDS
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25 Feb. 2006
John Singleton, who made his movie directorial debut... more
AUSTRIA-NIKI/
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16 Mar. 2018
Three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda,... more
KOREA/
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23 Oct. 2010
K-pop singer Koo Hara, a former member of top South... more
BRITAIN
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2 May. 2005
British rock music drummer Ginger Baker, a co-founder... more
USA/
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16 Sep. 2009
Bob Einstein, an offbeat comedian and writer whose... 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
ECONOMY-IMF/
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21 May. 2014
Paul Volcker, the towering former Federal Reserve chairman... more
USA-CONGRESS/CONYERS
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27 Nov. 2017
John Conyers, a liberal Democrat who was the longest-serving... more
CAMBODIA/
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20 Mar. 2008
Nuon Chea, the chief ideologist and 'Brother Number... more
USA-CRIME/MORGENTHAU
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10 Apr. 2007
Robert Morgenthau, who became the scourge of New York's... more
MUSIC-HALLOFFAME/
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15 Apr. 2018
Ric Ocasek, the idiosyncratic lead singer and chief... more
USA/
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14 Sep. 2008
Emmy-winning actor Tim Conway, who brought an endearing,... more
MONTREUX-MUSIC/
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4 Jul. 2010
American opera singer Jessye Norman died September... more
BASEBALL/
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10 Oct. 2012
Hall of Famer and trailblazing baseball legend Frank... more
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
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17 Jun. 2004
Actor Danny Aiello arrives at the Entertainment Weekly... more
FINNEY
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25 Feb. 2001
British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a... more
GERMANY
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17 Jan. 1997
I.M. Pei (pictured L presenting the German Historical... more
INDONESIA-POLITICS/
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21 Mar. 2016
Indonesia's former president B.J. Habibie, who came... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/JAPAN
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29 Oct. 2015
Sadako Ogata, a former top United Nations official... more
MEXICO/
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18 Jul. 2008
Francisco Toledo, who shook up the 1960s Mexican art... more
JAPAN-POLITICS/NAKASONE
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25 Jan. 2010
Yasuhiro Nakasone, one of Japan's longest reigning... more
PERU-POLITICS/
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27 Mar. 2018
Peru's former president Alan Garcia, 69, shot himself... more
DONEN
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23 Mar. 1998
Stanley Donen, the former dancer who directed some... more
FILM-CANNES/
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16 May. 2011
German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, credited... more
FRANCE-MEDIA/
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31 Aug. 2016
Yannis Behrakis, one of Reuters' most decorated and... more
BOX/
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21 Jun. 2015
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and... more
KENNEDY-HONORS
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6 Dec. 1998
Acclaimed conductor, composer and pianist Andre Previn,... more
SOCCER-SALA/CRASH
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22 Jan. 2019
Cardiff City's Argentina-born soccer player Emiliano... more
FILMFESTIVAL-CANNES/
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17 May. 2017
French composer and pianist Michel Legrand died February... more
SOC/
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27 Oct. 2015
Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England's 1966 World... more
FILMFESTIVAL-VENICE/
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10 Sep. 2015
Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who portrayed Adolf Hitler... more
YUGOSLAVIA MARKOVIC
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17 Apr. 2002
Mirjana Markovic, the widow of Serbian strongman Slobodan... more
USA/
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1 Oct. 2013
Former U.S. pairs skating champion John Coughlin died... more
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