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  • Ron Asheton
  • Patrick McGoohan
  • In this Aug. 10, 1994 file photo, actor Ricardo Montalban is shown in Los Angeles.
  • Artist Andrew Wyeth stands in front of his farm in Chadds Ford, Pa. Feb. 23, 1964.
  • Author John Updike poses for a portrait at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Feb. 24, 1998, in New York. Describing the academy where he is a member, Updike says "It was meant to be a city on a hill, a model fro artistic excellence, to uphold standards, et cetera."
  • In this Sept. 10, 2008 file photo, Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller speaks at the University of Arkansas Clinton School for Public Service in Little Rock, AR.
  • In this Dec. 10, 2007 file photo, actor James Whitmore speaks in support of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at a fundrasing concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif.
  • In this June 1947, file photo, Betty Jameson displays a practice swing prior to the third round play in the Women's U.S. Open Golf Tournament at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Jameson won the 72-hole tourney with a 295 total. She was one of the 13 founding members of the LPGA Tour
  •  Smoke rises from a burning plane after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y., Thursday Feb. 12, 2009. New York state police say a Continental Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., a 50-passenger commuter plane, has crashed into a home in suburban Buffalo.
  • President Bush awards radio commentator Paul Harvey, the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, in Washington. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian award, and recognizes exceptional meritorious service
  • In this Feb. 18, 2004 file photo, playwright Horton Foote stands on the set of "The Traveling Lady" at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
  • In this Aug. 2, 2005 file photo, cult author James Purdy is shown at his apartment in New York.
  • Actor Ron Silver laughs during a visit to the floor of Madison Square Garden, as preparations continue for the Republican National Convention in New York, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004.
  • In this May 5, 2008 file photo, actress Natasha Richardson arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in New York.
  • British television actress Jade Goody leaves after visiting a school for handicapped children in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007.
  • Dan Seals, formerly known as England Dan of the group England Dan and John Ford Coley, is shown Dec. 27, 1983, in Nashville.
  • In this July 1997 file photo, Duke University historian and African-American scholar John Hope Franklin talks to the press following his speech to a joint session of the legislature in Raleigh, N.C. Franklin died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the age of 94.
  • In this Oct. 29, 1995 file photo, veteran reporter Irving R. Levine smiles during taping of NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington.
  • In this April 30, 1984 file photo, New York Knick Marvin Webster (40) goes to the hoop as Boston Celtics Robert Parish (00) tries to defend during second period NBA playoff action at the Boston Garden in Boston.
  • Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart warms up between innings against the San Francisco Giants during a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 20, 2008, in Phoenix.
  • Philadelphia Phillies announcer Harry Kalas looks out over Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia before the start of the New York Mets-Phillies game July 2, 2002.
  • In this June 16, 1977, photo, Detroit Tigers' Mark Fidrych pitches to the Toronto Blue Jays during a baseball game in Detroit.
  • This Aug. 29, 1988 file photo shows actress Beatrice Arthur accepting her Emmy award at the 40th annual Emmy Awards ceremony in Pasadena, Ca. Family spokesman Dan Watt says the 86-year-old Arthur died at home early Saturday, April 25, 2009.
  • In this Sept. 27, 1995 file photo, Danny Gans dusts off the marquee of New York's Neil Simon Theater, which hosts his one-man show, "Danny Gans: The Man of Many Voices".
  • In this 1987 file photo, writer Marilyn French, smiles during an interview in her New York apartment. French, whose novel "The Women's Room" sold 20 million copies in as many languages, has died of heart failure Saturday May 2, 2009 in New York City.
  • This this 1992 photo shows Rep. Jack Kemp in Washington. On Saturday, May 2, 2009, a spokesperson said Kemp, a former quarterback, congressman and one-time vice-presidential nominee, has died.
  • Actor and comedian Dom DeLuise is shown in this 1989 file photo.
  • Dom DiMaggio, centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox is shown in this April 22, 1952 file photo.
  • Chuck Daly, head coach of the Detroit Pistons, is shown in this 1987 file photo. The Detroit Pistons said Daly, who coached the United States to the 1992 Olympic gold medal after winning back-to-back NBA titles with the Pistons, died Saturday morning May 9, 2009 in Florida. He was 78.
  • 2008 file photo provided by Rendevous Entertainment shows Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma who played 12 seasons in the NBA, (AP Photo/Rendevous Entertainment)
  • Wayne Allwine
  • In this  May 8, 2005 photo, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, smiles as he leaves the plane just after arrival in Moscow's Vnukovo airpor to take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe on May 9.
  • Actor David Carradine poses for a photo at his home in the Tarzana section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 10, 2004.
  • Singer Koko Taylor performs under the spotlights on stage at the 11th annual Monterey Blues Festival in Monterey, Calif., Saturday June 22, 1996. Taylor was a headliner of the two-day show along with Buddy Guy and Patti LaBelle.
  • Former "Tonight Show'' sidekick and "Star Search'' host Ed McMahon is shown in this 1992 photo.
  • Pop super-star Michael Jackson is shown during an interview with the Associated Press in Detroit Wednesday, July 8, l998.
  • In this May 1977 file photo, actress Farrah Fawcett-Majors, poses on the tennis court in Los Angeles.
  • In this Dec. 6, 2002 file photo,TV pitchman Billy Mays poses with some of his cleaning products at his Palm Harbor, Fla., home. Tampa police say Mays, the television pitchman known for his boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean, has died. He was 50.
  • In this 1950 file photo, actor Karl Malden is shown. Malden, a former steelworker who won an Oscar for his role as Mitch in the 1951 classic "A Streetcar Named Desire," died Wednesday, July 1, 2009. He was 97.
  • This Aug. 2, 2006 file photo shows Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair at training camp in Westminster, Md.
  • Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara pauses while answering written questions from the audience after a speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations on Monday evening, April 24, 1995.
  • Arturo Gatti poses for photographs during a news conference Wednesday, July 11, 2007 in New York.
  • This July 1, 1952 file photo provided by CBS shows TV Washington newsman Walter Cronkite. Famed CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, known as the 'most trusted man in America' has died, Friday, July 17, 2009. He was 92.
  • In this Oct 29, 2007 file photo, author Frank McCourt arrives at "The Kite Runner" post screening dinner party in New York. Brother Malachy McCourt says Frank McCourt died Sunday afternoon July 19, 2009, at a Manhattan hospice in New York City at age 78.
  • Choreographer Merce Cunningham arrives at the New York premiere of "Absolute Wilson", Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York
  • In this Sunday Aug. 17, 2008 file picture, cancer-stricken former Philippine President Corazon Aquino smiles to friends inside the church at the Ateneo de Manila University in suburban Quezon City, Philippines.
  • John Hughes
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver arrives at the Golden Jubilee Gala of the Viennese Opera Ball at New York's Waldorf Astoria, Jan 28, 2005.  Founder of the Special Olympics in 1968, Mrs.  Shriver was honored by the Austrian Government for her philanthropic contributions and dedication to disabled athletes.
  • In this Feb. 26, 2007 file photo, Guitar legend Les Paul smiles at the Iridium Jazz Club in the Manhattan Borough of New York. Paul, 94, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, has died
  • In this May 29, 2009 file photo, former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung attends a funeral of former President Roh Moo-hyun in Seoul, South Korea.
  • In this Feb. 12, 2007 file photo, syndicated political columnist Robert Novak leaves federal court in Washington. Novak, who was a central figure in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case, has died.
  • In this Nov. 8, 2006 file photo, originally released by Picturehouse, executive producer Don Hewitt is shown in New York.
  • Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., listens as President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2009.
  • In this April 22, 2008 file photo, writer Dominick Dunne arrives at the Vanity Fair party for the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
  • Ellie Greenwich
  • In this March 18, 2006 photo, celebrity disc jockey Adam Goldstein, also known as DJ AM, spins records at the Moody Blues clothing store opening in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Writer, poet and rocker, Jim Carroll is pictured in this photo.
  • Nov.28, 2005. Actor Patrick Swayze poses for photographers, prior to the premiere of his film "Keeping Mum" at a Leicester Square cinema in central London.
  • In this June 15, 2006 file photo, Mary Travers of the trio Peter, Paul and Mary arrives at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Travers, who had battled leukemia for several years, died Wednesday Sept. 16, 2009. She was 72.
  • Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa performs in this Sept. 1, 2007 file photo taken in La Plata, Argentina. Sosa, the "voice of Latin America" whose music inspired opponents of South America's brutal military regimes and led to her forced exile in Europe, died on Sunday Oct. 4, 2009 in Buenos Aires.
  • Photographer Irving Penn is seen in this undated photograph taken by fellow photographer Bert Stern
  • Singer Cyndi Lauper and Captain Lou Albano are pictured in this photograph.  Albano has died at the age of 76.
  • In this Nov. 17, 1966 file photo, Soupy Sales rehearses for his Broadway debut in "Come Live With Me", in New York. Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, has died.
  • Claude Levi-Strauss seen in this Jan. 13, 1967 file photo. The Academie Francaise said Tuesday Nov 3 2009 that Levi-Strauss, an influential French intellectual who was widely considered the father of modern anthropology, had died. He was 100.
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Yesenia Garcia left, and Jeniffer Arzuaga, cousins of Francheska Velez, react to her death in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. Velez, of Chicago, is one of the victims of a shooting rampage by an Army psychiatrist at Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Artists Christo, left, and Jeanne-Claude, participate in opening "The Gates" project in New York's Central Park, Saturday Feb. 12, 2005.
  • In this Dec. 4, 1999, file photo, Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin holds a commemorative basketball following a news conference at the MCI Center in Washington, announcing that the Wizards will host the NBA All-Star Game in 2001.
  • Evangelist Oral Roberts is pictured in the Oklahoma state Senate lounge after being honored on the floor of the Oklahoma Senate in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 7, 2009.
  • In this June 6, 1997 file photo, American actress Jennifer Jones gestures during a speech after she was awarded with the "Goldenes Filmband" (Golden Award) for her lifetime achievement in Berlin.
  • In this Oct. 4, 2009, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry looks on during pre-game warmups against the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game in Cleveland.
  • In this Nov. 26, 2006 file photo, U.S. actress Brittany Murphy arrives in Leicester Square for the European premiere of her latest film "Happy Feet" in central London.

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