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Pictures of the Year 2018

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Notable deaths in 2018
Newsmakers and celebrities who have died this year.
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January 20, 2009
Aretha Franklin, the preacher's daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning "Queen of Soul"...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Barack Obama in Washington...
Aretha Franklin, the preacher's daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" with such hit songs as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools," died August 16 at the age of 76. Franklin's father was a Baptist preacher in Detroit, and the gospel singing she heard in his church was her musical foundation. Her uniquely emotional and powerful voice would put her at the forefront of 1960s soul music along with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett. Franklin was active in the U.S. civil rights movement and sang at the funeral of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr in 1968. She also performed at the presidential inaugurations of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. In 1987, she became the first woman voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Rolling Stone magazine in 2010 named her the No. 1 singer of the rock era. After recording and touring as a young gospel singer, Franklin's career took a secular turn in 1961 when she signed with Columbia Records. She had only modest success with Columbia, which had trouble classifying her style and tried to steer her toward pop. She switched to Atlantic Records in the mid-1960s, where producer Jerry Wexler put her powerful voice in a setting that combined gospel, soul and rock, and made her a superstar by letting "the lady wail." As Franklin put it in her autobiography, she "Aretha-ized" the music. Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards and had some 25 gold records.

REUTERS/Jason Reed
USA-POLITICS/MCCAIN
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October 28, 2008
U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran for president in 2008 as a maverick...
Fayetteville, UNITED STATES
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain listens as he is introduced at a campaign rally...
U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran for president in 2008 as a maverick Republican and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died August 25 at the age of 81. Alternatively affable and cantankerous, McCain had been in the public eye since the 1960s when, as a naval aviator, he was shot down during the Vietnam War and tortured by his North Vietnamese Communist captors. He was edged out by George W. Bush for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000 but became his party's White House candidate eight years later. After gambling on political neophyte Sarah Palin as his running mate, McCain lost to Obama, who became the first black U.S. president. Obama said in a statement that he and McCain, despite their different backgrounds and political views, shared a belief in American ideals. "We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world," Obama wrote.

REUTERS/Brian Snyder
BUSH SOCIAL SECURITY
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March 18, 2005
Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son both sworn in as president,...
Orlando, UNITED STATES
Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son President George W. Bush at an event in Orlando....
Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son both sworn in as president, died April 17 at the age of 92. Bush was the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush. Dubbed "The Silver Fox" by her husband and children, Bush was known for her snow-white hair and for being fiercely protective of her family. Bush had an independent streak and could be sharp-tongued. As first lady, she promoted literacy and reading but said she was more interested in running a household than helping her husband run the country.

REUTERS/Jason Reed
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May 20, 2007
Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain the origins of the universe, the mysteries of black holes and...
Brussels, Belgium
British physicist Stephen Hawking delivers a lecture on "The Origin of the Universe" in Brussels
Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain the origins of the universe, the mysteries of black holes and the nature of time itself, died March 14 at age 76. Hawking's formidable mind probed the very limits of human understanding both in the vastness of space and in the bizarre sub-molecular world of quantum theory, which he said could predict what happens at the beginning and end of time. Ravaged by the wasting motor neurone disease he developed at 21, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life. As his condition worsened, he had to speak through a voice synthesizer and communicating by moving his eyebrows - but at the same time became the world's most recognizable scientist.

REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
USA-ENTERTAINMENT/
RTSTQO
September 13, 2015
U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Anthony Bourdain poses with the outstanding informational series or special award for "Anthony Bourdain...
U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, killed himself June 8 in a hotel room near Strasbourg, France, where he had been working on an upcoming episode of his program. He was 61. Bourdain's career catapulted him from washing dishes at New York restaurants to dining in Vietnam with President Barack Obama. He climbed the culinary career ladder to become executive chef at New York's former Brasserie Les Halles restaurant. His fame began to grow exponentially in 1999 when the New Yorker magazine published his article "Don't Eat Before Reading This," which he developed into the 2000 book, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." Brash and opinionated, he also spoke openly about his use of drugs and addiction to heroin earlier in his life. He went on to host television programs, first on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, before joining CNN in 2013.

REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
PEOPLE-STANLEE/
RTS1CWTR
August 23, 2017
Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Panther and a cavalcade of other Marvel...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
Marvel Comics co-creator Lee poses at a tribute event "Extraordinary: Stan Lee" at the Saban Theatre...
Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Panther and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died November 12 at the age of 95. As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would enthrall generations of young readers. Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4 billion to expand Disney's roster of characters, with the most iconic ones having been Lee's handiwork. Lee was widely credited with adding a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes. His characters were not made of stone - even if they appeared to have been chiseled from granite. They had love and money worries and endured tragic flaws or feelings of insecurity. "I felt it would be fun to learn a little about their private lives, about their personalities and show that they are human as well as super," Lee told NPR News in 2010.

REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
SAFRICA-POLITICS/
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December 16, 2017
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who emerged as a combative anti-apartheid campaigner during her husband Nelson...
Johannesburg, South Africa
Winnie Madikizela Mandela, ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, gestures to supporters...
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who emerged as a combative anti-apartheid campaigner during her husband Nelson Mandela's decades in jail but whose reputation was later tarnished by allegations of violence, died April 2 at the age of 81. Madikizela-Mandela campaigned tirelessly for her husband's release from jail during the years of white minority rule and became a liberation hero in her own right. But her legacy was later tarnished. As evidence emerged in the dying years of apartheid of the brutality of her Soweto enforcers, known as the "Mandela United Football Club", some South Africans questioned her 'Mother of the Nation' sobriquet. Blamed for the killing of activist Stompie Seipei, who was found near her Soweto home with his throat cut, she was convicted in 1991 of kidnapping and assaulting the 14-year-old because he was suspected of being an informer. Her six-year jail sentence was reduced to a fine and a 2-year suspended sentence on appeal.

REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
SYRIA-CRISIS/ANNAN
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August 02, 2012
Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died August 18 at the age of...
Geneva, Switzerland
U.N.-Arab League mediator Annan addresses a news conference in Geneva
Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died August 18 at the age of 80, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. After rising through the ranks of the United Nations, Annan served two terms as U.N. Secretary-General in New York from 1997-2006. His 10-year-old foundation promotes good governance and the transformation of African agriculture. "In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whom Annan had chosen to head the U.N. refugee agency, said in a statement. Annan and the United Nations shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to reform the world body and give priority to human rights issues. As head of U.N. peacekeeping operations, Annan was criticized for the world body's failure to halt the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s. As U.N. boss he was linked to peace efforts to reunite the divided island of Cyprus, submitting a reunification blueprint which was rejected in a referendum by Greek Cypriots in 2004. He staunchly opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and later served as the first U.N. envoy at the start of Syria's war, but quit after world powers failed to fulfill their commitments, saying: "I lost my troops on the way to Damascus." "The U.N. can be improved, it is not perfect but if it didn't exist you would have to create it," he told the BBC's Hard Talk during an interview for his 80th birthday in April, recorded at the Geneva Graduate Institute where he had studied. "I am a stubborn optimist, I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist."

REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
PEOPLE-BURTREYNOLDS/
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December 09, 2015
Burt Reynolds, whose good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood's most popular actors as he starred...
London, United Kingdom
Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds poses for a portrait during an interview in London
Burt Reynolds, whose good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood's most popular actors as he starred in such films as "Deliverance," "The Longest Yard" and "Smokey and the Bandit" in the 1970s and ‘80s, died September 6 at age 82. At the peak of his career, Reynolds was one of the most bankable actors in the film industry, reeling off a series of box-office smashes until a career downturn in the mid-1980s. He rebounded in 1997 with an Oscar nomination for his supporting role as a porn director in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" - a role Reynolds despised - and won an Emmy for his role in the 1990-1994 television series "Evening Shade." With his trademark mustache, rugged looks and macho aura, Reynolds was a leading male sex symbol of the 1970s. He famously appeared naked - reclining on a bearskin rug with his arm strategically positioned for the sake of modesty - in a centerfold in the women's magazine Cosmopolitan in 1972. Reynolds' personal life sometimes overshadowed his movies, including marriages that ended in divorce to actresses Loni Anderson and Judy Carne and romances with Sally Field and Dinah Shore, among others. His financial woes and his struggles with prescription pain medication also generated attention.

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May 23, 2014
Joe Jackson, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael and his Jackson...
Cannes, France
Joe Jackson, father of the late pop star Michael Jackson, poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the...
Joe Jackson, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael and his Jackson 5 brothers on the road to stardom but also verbally and physically abused them, died June 28 at the age of 89. Jackson, who lived in Las Vegas and had been estranged from much of his family, had been suffering from cancer, according to media reports. The Jackson family was often riven by legal battles, jealousies, money disputes, Joe's philandering and allegations of child molestation against Michael, as well as Michael's eccentric lifestyle. Joe Jackson had tried careers as a boxer and a guitarist with little success in the 1950s. He was working as a crane operator at a steel plant in Gary, Indiana, when he took note of the musical talents of his sons. He called them the Jackson 5 and, with Michael as the precociously talented lead singer, they would become one of the world's top acts with a flashy stage show and irresistible pop songs. But it came at a price. As the group's manager, Jackson put his sons through long, regimented rehearsals. Michael, who died in 2009 at age 50 of a drug overdose, told interviewer Oprah Winfrey that he was so afraid of his father that he would sometimes vomit when he saw him.

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May 11, 2018
Former Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who rescued the Italian and U.S. companies and built them...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Chairman & CEO of Fiat Chrysler Sergio Marchionne speaks before attending a White House roundtable with...
Former Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who rescued the Italian and U.S. companies and built them into the world's seventh-largest carmaker, died July 25 at the age of 66. Marchionne rescued Fiat and Chrysler from bankruptcy after taking the wheel of the Italian carmaker in 2004 and he multiplied Fiat's value 11 times through 14 years of canny dealmaking. Marchionne achieved what many thought impossible, most notably his huge gamble just over a decade ago when he set in motion the marriage between the then-ailing Fiat with bankrupt U.S. rival Chrysler. It is now the world's seventh-largest carmaker and is debt-free. In the clubbish world of Italian business, where change often happens slowly and chief executives bend to the prevailing political wind, Marchionne stood out as an exception, taking on trade unions and rowing publicly with politicians. He pulled Fiat out of Confindustria, Italy's top business group, determined to negotiate directly with unions rather than pursue national wage bargaining. The trained accountant and lawyer was lauded even by competitors for his shrewd dealmaking which kept investors on board. Fiat's value grew more than tenfold, helped by the spin-offs of trucks and tractor maker CNH Industrial and supercar maker Ferrari.

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April 04, 2008
Tom Wolfe, an early practitioner of "new journalism" who captured the mood and culture of America across...
New York, UNITED STATES
Author Tom Wolfe leaves memorial mass for William F. Buckley Jr. at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York...
Tom Wolfe, an early practitioner of "new journalism" who captured the mood and culture of America across five decades with books including "The Bonfire of the Vanities," "The Right Stuff," and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," died May 14 at the age of 88. Wolfe's works - fiction and non-fiction alike - looked at realms ranging from the art world to Wall Street to 1960s hippie culture and touched on the issues of class, power, race, corruption and sex. "I think every living moment of a human being's life, unless the person is starving or in immediate danger of death in some other way, is controlled by a concern for status," Wolfe said in a Wall Street Journal interview. Wolfe came up with "radical chic" to brand pretentious liberals, the "me decade" to sum up the self-indulgence of the 1970s and the "right stuff" to quantify intangible characteristics of the first U.S. astronauts and their test pilot predecessors. He was never deterred by the fact that he often did not fit in with his research subjects, partly because he was such a sartorial dandy, known for his white suits.

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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March 24, 2013
Verne Troyer, the diminutive actor who starred in the Austin Powers movies' as "Mini Me," died April...
Phoenix, UNITED STATES
Actor Verne Troyer arrives on the red carpet at the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards XIX in...
Verne Troyer, the diminutive actor who starred in the Austin Powers movies' as "Mini Me," died April 21 at the age of 49. Troyer, who was 2 feet 8 inches (81 cm) tall, is best known for Austin Powers movies "The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "Austin Power in Goldmember." He also had the role of the goblin Griphook in the Harry Potter movies. Troyer's height was due to achondroplasia dwarfism, Variety reported. He once said that his parents "never treated me any different than my other average-sized siblings. I used to have to carry wood, feed the cows and pigs and farm animals." He was never trained as an actor, but while he was a telephone customer service worker, a friend told him that Hollywood producers were looking for someone to be a stunt double for a baby, Troyer told an entertainment news website, HollywoodChicago.com. He had more than 25 other film credits to his name, including roles in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "The Love Guru," and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

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May 23, 2012
Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, whose 1972 movie "Last Tango in Paris" shocked audiences with a...
Cannes, France
Director Bertolucci attends a news conference for the film Io E Te at the 65th Cannes Film Festival
Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, whose 1972 movie "Last Tango in Paris" shocked audiences with a notorious sex scene that came back to haunt him in his later years, died November 26 at the age of 77. "Last Tango," which starred Marlon Brando, was banned in several countries, including Italy, where it was not released for viewing until early 1987. It won Bertolucci an Oscar nomination and burnished his international reputation, but his follow-up "1900," a five-hour historical epic starring Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Donald Sutherland and Burt Lancaster, marked the start of a lengthy period of commercial flops. He burst back with "The Last Emperor" in 1987, beautifully shot by his long-time cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, which took all nine Oscars for which it was nominated, reasserting Bertolucci's position as a filmmaker with a distinct vision. Born in Parma in central Italy, Bertolucci was the son of poet and film critic Attilio Bertolucci. He began writing poetry as a child and had his work published in magazines before his teens, winning a national poetry prize as a student in Rome.

REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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September 15, 2012
Actress Sridevi, arguably Bollywood's first female superstar, died February 24 at the age of 54. Born...
Toronto, Canada
Kapoor arrives for the gala presentation of "English Vinglish" during the Toronto International Film...
Actress Sridevi, arguably Bollywood's first female superstar, died February 24 at the age of 54. Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, she started acting at age four, appearing in several Tamil films in the 60's and 70's, and eventually dropping out of school for a career in the movies. She acted in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films, making her presence felt performing alongside leading men such as Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.

REUTERS/Mark Blinch
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November 25, 2013
Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, one of the biggest stars of electronic dance music (EDM) in Europe,...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Avicii accepts the favorite electronic dance music artist award at the 41st American Music Awards in...
Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, one of the biggest stars of electronic dance music (EDM) in Europe, died April 20 at the age of 28. Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was known for international hits like "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother". He announced in 2016 that he was retiring from touring, but he kept making music and was nominated for a Billboard music award earlier in the week that he died. Avicii told Billboard magazine he decided to stop touring in 2016 for health reasons. Three years earlier, he underwent surgery for a ruptured appendix and a blocked gall bladder and in 2012, he was hospitalized with pancreatitis.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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November 21, 2017
A powerful orator from humble beginnings and arguably Zimbabwe's most popular politician, Morgan Tsvangirai...
Harare, Zimbabwe
Opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai addresses a crowd gathered outside...
A powerful orator from humble beginnings and arguably Zimbabwe's most popular politician, Morgan Tsvangirai died February 20 at age 65. He came within a whisker of unseating Robert Mugabe only to be outmaneuvered and ultimately outlived by his long-time nemesis. At the peak of his career, the self-taught son of a brick-layer served as prime minister to Mugabe's president in a 2009-2013 unity government cobbled together after a disputed and violent election in which scores of his supporters were killed. His presence helped stabilize an economy in freefall but Mugabe reneged on pledges to overhaul the former British colony's partisan security forces and Tsvangirai was shunted back into his familiar role as opposition gadfly. A hefty electoral defeat in 2013, blamed in part on Tsvangirai's involvement in two sex scandals, put paid to his dreams of one day leading the southern African nation and three years later he revealed he was being treated for colon cancer. He died after 18 months of treatment in neighboring South Africa.

REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
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October 23, 2007
Amos Oz, Israel's best known author and an outspoken supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian...
Oviedo, Spain
Israeli novelist Amos Oz speaks during a news conference in Oviedo
Amos Oz, Israel's best known author and an outspoken supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, died of cancer at the age of 79 on December 28. Over a 50-year career, Oz chronicled his country's rise from the ashes of the Holocaust and internal struggles among Jews and Arabs or rightists and leftists. He won international plaudits and was a bookies' favourite for the Nobel Prize for Literature, though his political views sometimes drew condemnation at home. Born in Jerusalem to Eastern European immigrants, Oz moved to a kibbutz at 15 after his mother's suicide. He fought in the 1967 and 1973 Middle East wars, experiences that tinged his advocacy for territorial compromise with the Palestinians. Among his books was "A Tale of Love and Darkness," a memoir that actress and director Natalie Portman adapted for the screen in 2016.

REUTERS/Eloy Alonso
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February 09, 2007
The eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, committed suicide...
Havana, Cuba
Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart talks to Argentine human right activist and member of the Mothers of the Plaza...
The eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, committed suicide on February 1 aged 68 after being treated for months for depression, Cuban state-run media reported. The nuclear scientist was also known as "Fidelito", or Little Fidel, because of how much he looked like his father. Fidelito, who had the highest public profile of all Castro's children, was born in 1949 out of his brief marriage to Mirta Diaz-Balart before he went on to topple a U.S.-backed dictator and build a communist-run state on the doorstep of the United States during the Cold War. Through his mother, Castro Diaz-Balart was the cousin of some of Castro's most bitter enemies in the Cuban American exile community, U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart and former U.S. congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart. He was also the subject of a dramatic custody dispute between the two families as a child. Cuba scholars say his mother took him with her to the United States when he was aged five after announcing she wanted a divorce from Castro, while he was imprisoned for an attack on the Moncada military barracks in Santiago. Castro was able to bring Fidelito back to Cuba after the 1959 revolution. A multilingual nuclear physicist who studied in the former Soviet Union, Castro Diaz-Balart was head of Cuba's national nuclear program from 1980 to 1992, and spearheaded the development of a nuclear plant on the Caribbean's largest island until his father fired him. Fidelito had been working for his uncle President Raul Castro as a scientific counselor to the Cuban Council of State and Vice-president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences at the time of his death.

REUTERS/Claudia Daut
ITALY
RTREL8E
March 06, 2004
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died January 15 at the age of...
San Remo, Italy (Italian Republic)
IRISH SINGER DOLORES O'RIORDAN PERFORMS AT THE SANREMO SONG FESTIVAL.
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died January 15 at the age of 46. O'Riordan's distinctive Irish lilt and yodel helped fuel the Cranberries' rapid rise in the early 1990s with global hits "Linger", "Dreams" and "Zombie." The band went on to sell over 40 million records to become Ireland's second-best-selling rock band after U2.

REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico
FRANCE-ARMENIA/
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February 09, 2017
French singer Charles Aznavour, who stole the hearts of millions with decades of haunting love songs,...
Paris, France
French singer Charles Aznavour attends the annual dinner of CCAF (Co-ordination Council of Armenian organisations...
French singer Charles Aznavour, who stole the hearts of millions with decades of haunting love songs, died October 1 aged 94. The singer, who sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries, began his career peddling his words and music to the Paris boulevardiers of the 40s and 50s - Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Trenet. But it became evident that Aznavour himself best interpreted the bittersweet emotions of such songs as "Hier Encore" (Yesterday When I Was Young), "Apres l'Amour" (After Love) and "La Boheme." Others were "She" and "Formidable." Sometimes described as France's Frank Sinatra, Aznavour was born in Paris in 1924 to Armenian parents - his birth name Shahnour Aznavourian. In his autobiography, "Aznavour by Aznavour," he recalls that after a period trying to play the role of a tough guy, he was goaded one evening into climbing on the bandstand to sing. "There, I had a revelation. I saw that the girls looked at me much more, their eyes moist and their lips apart, than when I played a terror ... I was only 15 or 16, but I understood," he wrote.

REUTERS/Christophe Ena/Pool
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January 30, 2013
Paul Bocuse, one of France's most celebrated chefs, died January 20 at the age of 91. Bocuse was widely...
CHASSIEU, France
French chef Bocuse attends the 2013 Bocuse d'Or cooking contest in Chassieu
Paul Bocuse, one of France's most celebrated chefs, died January 20 at the age of 91. Bocuse was widely credited as a founder of French "nouvelle cuisine" - a more delicate style of cooking that relied less on heavy sauces. But he himself shunned the label, maintaining that above all meals should be "an uninhibited pleasure" and not encumbered by concerns about good health or weight loss. Decades before the era of the foodie and celebrity TV chef, Bocuse enjoyed rock star status among the world’s culinary cognoscenti and started restaurants from Tokyo to New York. L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges near Lyon, originally the restaurant of his father, was the nerve-center of his culinary empire, comprising 21 restaurants with annual sales of more than 50 million euros ($61 million), according to French business magazine Challenges. He was also a mentor to young chefs and a passionate promoter of his trade. In 1987 he launched the Bocuse d'Or, pitting 24 chefs from across the world against each other in what continues to be the world's most prestigious cooking competition.

REUTERS/Robert Pratta
GRAMMYS/
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February 12, 2007
Grammy award-winning singer Nancy Wilson, whose hits ranged from R&B to jazz and funk, died December...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Singer Nancy Wilson wins at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Grammy award-winning singer Nancy Wilson, whose hits ranged from R&B to jazz and funk, died December 13 at age 81 after a long illness. Wilson, who came to fame as a torch singer in the 1960s, called herself a "song-stylist" and resisted labeling as a jazz singer for most of her career since she could cross many genres. Wilson's "How Glad I Am" earned her a Grammy in 1965 for best R&B performance. She won more Grammys in 2005 and 2007 for jazz, along with a 2004 lifetime achievement award, the Jazz Masters Fellowship, from the National Endowment for the Arts. A music critic once called Wilson the heir apparent to iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, and she was influenced by Nat King Cole and other legendary vocalists.

REUTERS/Mike Blake
NYK101D
RTRMUGP
June 02, 2003
Kate Spade, the designer who built a fashion empire on the popularity of her signature handbags before...
New York, United States of America
KATE SPADE ARRIVES AT THE COUNCIL OF FASHION DESIGNERS OF AMERICA
AWARDS IN NEW YORK.
Kate Spade, the designer who built a fashion empire on the popularity of her signature handbags before selling the brand, was found dead June 5 at the age of 55. Born Katherine Noel Brosnahan in Kansas City, Missouri, Spade was a former accessories editor at the now-closed Mademoiselle magazine before she and Andy Spade launched their namesake design company, Kate Spade New York, in 1993. The couple married the following year. They began by selling handbags before expanding to include clothing, jewelry, bedding, legwear and fragrances. The brand grew into a fashion empire, known for accessories that offered affordable luxury to younger working women. Her brightly colored, clean-lined style offered a spunky take on fashion at time when luxury handbags were out of reach to most consumers and the industry was dominated by venerable European brands. The couple sold their last stake in the brand in 2006 to focus on raising their daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. In 2016, they launched a new footwear and accessories brand called Frances Valentine, naming it after their daughter, who is now 13. Tapestry Inc, the handbag company formerly known as Coach, eventually bought the Kate Spade brand in May 2017.

REUTERS/Chip East/File Photo
PEOPLE-LYNYRDSKYNRD/KING
RTS1YJ7K
August 23, 2018
Ed King, a former lead guitarist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd who co-wrote one of the group's...
New York, UNITED STATES
FILE PHOTO: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King poses backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction...
Ed King, a former lead guitarist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd who co-wrote one of the group's best known hits, "Sweet Home Alabama," died August 22 at age 68. King joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972 not long after the band formed, and with two other lead guitarists, Gary Rossington and Allen Collins, helped create the group's powerful triple-guitar sound prominent on such rock classics as "Free Bird." King left the group in 1975, two years before a plane crash killed two of the band's members and a backup vocalist. King returned to Lynyrd Skynyrd when the band regrouped in 1987, and stayed until 1996. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the band in 2006. During his original stint, King co-wrote several songs, including 1974 hit "Sweet Home Alabama," a retort to Neil Young's "Southern Man." The California native previously played with the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock.

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
SUPERMAN-CAST
RTRHOBG
May 01, 2001
Actress Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane in the "Superman" films in the 1970s and 1980s,...
Burbank, USA
ACTRESS MARGOT KIDDER AT SUPERMAN THE MOVIE EVENT.
Actress Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane in the "Superman" films in the 1970s and 1980s, died May 13 at the age of 69. Canadian-born Kidder appeared in more than 70 movies and TV shows, including "The Great Waldo Pepper," "The Amityville Horror" and the 2014 children's TV series "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour," for which she won an Emmy award. Kidder began her acting career in her 20s and shot to international fame playing the intrepid reporter Lois Lane in 1978's "Superman," opposite Christopher Reeve, and in three sequels.

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ENTERTAINMENT EMMY AWARDS
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September 21, 2003
Actor John Mahoney, best known for his role as Martin Crane, the cranky father of two psychiatrists on...
Los Angeles, USA
ACTOR JOHN MAHONEY ARRIVES AT EMMY AWARDS.
Actor John Mahoney, best known for his role as Martin Crane, the cranky father of two psychiatrists on television series "Frasier," died February 4 at age 77. The British-born actor trained at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago as he was nearing age 40. Mahoney received two Emmy nominations for his role on "Frasier," and also won a Tony Award for best featured actor in a play for his performance in "The House of Blue Leaves."

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BASEBALL/
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September 29, 2008
Rusty Staub, a beloved slugger dubbed "Le Grand Orange" by fans of the Montreal Expos and later embraced...
New York, UNITED STATES
New York Mets Staub at home plate in ceremonies at Shea Stadium in New York
Rusty Staub, a beloved slugger dubbed "Le Grand Orange" by fans of the Montreal Expos and later embraced as a team leader of the New York Mets, died March 29 at age 73 after a 23-year Major League Baseball career and a retirement devoted to charity. Staub was awarded spots on six All-Star teams over a career with five teams in which he compiled a solid .279 batting average, with 2,716 base hits, 292 home runs and 1,466 runs batted in. After baseball, Staub became restaurant owner and an active philanthropist and fundraiser.

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RUSSIA-RIGHTS/ALEXEYEVA
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July 02, 2012
Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the founder of Russia's oldest human rights group, died December 8 at age 91. Alexeyeva...
Moscow, Russia
Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, speaks to a Reuters journalist during an interview...
Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the founder of Russia's oldest human rights group, died December 8 at age 91. Alexeyeva went into exile during the Communist era, returning to Russia after the break-up of the Soviet Union. She was briefly detained by police at an anti-Kremlin protest at the age of 82 in 2009, and denounced Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. She sat on the Kremlin human rights council for many years.

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ENTERTAINMENT
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October 16, 2006
U.S. playwright Neil Simon, who became one of Broadway's most prolific and popular playwrights as he...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Playwright Neil Simon arrives for program honoring him as 2006 Mark Twain Prize recipient at Kennedy...
U.S. playwright Neil Simon, who became one of Broadway's most prolific and popular playwrights as he combined humor, drama and introspection in works such as "The Odd Couple," "The Goodbye Girl" and "Lost in Yonkers," died August 26 at the age of 91. Simon drew on his tumultuous New York Jewish upbringing in many of his works. A new Simon play almost every theatrical season was a Broadway staple from 1960 through the mid-1990s, placing him in the ranks of America's top playwrights. He wrote more than 40 plays that were funny, moving and immensely popular - sometimes shifting from slapstick to melodrama with the turn of a phrase. While his voice and comedy were decidedly East Coast and often reflected an ethnic Jewish experience, Simon's works played to packed houses around the world. He won Tony Awards for "The Odd Couple," "Biloxi Blues" and "Lost in Yonkers" and a fourth for his overall contribution to American theater. He was nominated for 13 other Tonys. "Lost in Yonkers" (1990), a painfully funny story about the relationship between an abusive mother and her grown children, also won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1991.

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September 19, 2011
Mark Salling, an actor who played a supporting role in the TV show "Glee," died January 30 at age 35,...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
American actor Mark Salling arrives at the Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party in Los Angeles, California...
Mark Salling, an actor who played a supporting role in the TV show "Glee," died January 30 at age 35, weeks before his March 2018 sentencing on child pornography charges. Salling pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing child pornography, admitting he had downloaded 25,000 sexual images of children onto his computer from the Internet. Salling faced a sentence of between four to seven years in prison under the plea agreement he reached with prosecutors, the Justice Department said in December 2017. From 2009 to 2015, Salling appeared in "Glee," an award-winning show on Fox. He played Puck, a bully and a football player who showed a softer side when he joined the glee club at his high school.

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May 22, 2015
Chef Joel Robuchon, who at one point had earned more than 30 Michelin stars across nearly two dozen restaurants...
Paris, France
French Chef Joel Robuchon attends the opening of the Taste Festival at the Grand Palais in Paris
Chef Joel Robuchon, who at one point had earned more than 30 Michelin stars across nearly two dozen restaurants on three continents, died August 6 at the age of 73. Named the "chef of the century" by the Gault et Millau cooking guide in 1990, Robuchon was regarded as a perfectionist, toiling to make even ordinary seeming dishes -- such as mashed potatoes -- the very best they could be. He came into his own in the 1980s and early 1990s, when gourmet food went global. He steadily expanded his fame, branching out from being one of Paris's most recognized three-star chefs to become a worldwide phenomenon. In France, Robuchon is regarded as a chef who ushered in an era of authenticity after the restraint of nouvelle cuisine. "The older I get, the more I realize the truth is: the simpler the food, the more exceptional it can be," he told Business Insider in an interview in 2014. "I never try to marry more than three flavours in one dish. I like walking into a kitchen and knowing that the dishes are identifiable and the ingredients within them easy to detect."

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BANNISTER
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May 06, 2004
Roger Bannister, who died March 3 aged 88, will live forever in the annals of athletics history as the...
Oxford, UK
Sir Roger Bannister holds the running shoes he wore when he ran the first sub-four-minute mile in 19.....
Roger Bannister, who died March 3 aged 88, will live forever in the annals of athletics history as the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. The record-breaking run was on the Oxford University track during a local athletics meeting with only a few spectators witnessing the Englishman's destruction of the myth that no human being could run so fast. Bannister made headlines around the world at the age of 25. His achievement opened the physical and psychological door for many other milers who have since beaten his time of three minutes 59.4 seconds.

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USA-ENTERTAINMENT/
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September 13, 2015
Actor Reg E. Cathey died February 9 at the age of 59. He appeared on television shows such as "The Wire,"...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Cathey poses with his outstanding guest actor in a drama series award for "House of Cards" backstage...
Actor Reg E. Cathey died February 9 at the age of 59. He appeared on television shows such as "The Wire," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and played Freddy on "House of Cards," a role for which he won a 2015 Emmy for outstanding guest actor.

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March 20, 2010
Democratic U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter, a Kentucky blacksmith's daughter who became a leading...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Chairwoman Louise Slaughter sits during the House Committee on Rules meeting
Democratic U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter, a Kentucky blacksmith's daughter who became a leading progressive voice in Congress from New York, died March 16 at age 88. Born in Kentucky, Slaughter was first elected to Congress in 1986. She served as chair of the powerful House Rules Committee from 2007 to 2011, the first woman to hold the position. At the time of her death, Slaughter was the top Democrat on the panel. One of the longest-serving women in the House of Representatives, Slaughter fought for the rights for women and minorities throughout her tenure. She backed the Affordable Care Act, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and student aid legislation.

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February 26, 2011
Joan Steinbrenner, wife of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, died December 14 at age 83....
Tampa, UNITED STATES
Steinbrenner, widow of George Steinbrenner, walks out of the dugout as she is introduced before the New...
Joan Steinbrenner, wife of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, died December 14 at age 83. She was the team's sitting vice chairperson at the time of her death. Joan Steinbrenner, born Elizabeth Joan Zieg, married George Steinbrenner in 1956. George, who led a group that purchased the Yankees in 1973, died in July 2010.

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ENTERTAINMENT ROCKNROLL
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March 16, 1999
Singer Yvonne Staples (L, seen here with her sister Mavis, R) died April 10 at the age of 80. She was...
New York, USA
STAPLES SINGERS PERFORM AT ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME.
Singer Yvonne Staples (L, seen here with her sister Mavis, R) died April 10 at the age of 80. She was part of gospel and soul group The Staple Singers, known as "God's greatest hitmakers." The group was formed in 1948 with Pops on guitar and siblings Mavis, Cleotha, Pervis and Yvonne singing. The group first played churches in the Midwest and put out their first recording in 1953. Their gospel hits included "On My Way to Heaven," "With the Circle Be Unbroken" and "Pray On." The family became active in the civil rights movement in 1962 after hearing Martin Luther King Jr. speak while the family was on tour.

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April 30, 2014
Canadian mining magnate Peter Munk, who built Barrick Gold Corp from a single mine into the world's largest...
Toronto, Canada
Outgoing Barrick Gold chairman Peter Munk looks on at the annual general meeting for shareholders in...
Canadian mining magnate Peter Munk, who built Barrick Gold Corp from a single mine into the world's largest producer of gold, died March 28 at the age of 90. Munk forged Barrick to dominate the global gold mining industry via a string of canny acquisitions after founding the Toronto-based company in 1983. Born in Budapest, he fled after Hungary was invaded by Nazi Germany in 1944 and cited a "tremendous obligation" to repay his debt to Canada, which took in him and 13 family members during World War Two. The blunt-spoken Munk, who once said getting old was "not for sissies", was a dedicated philanthropist, donating millions to healthcare and universities in Toronto and Israel. He was named a Companion to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor, in 2008.

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