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  • Donna Douglas, who starred in the television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" posed for a photograph in the photo taken in Baton Rouge, La. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
  • ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott on set before an NFL football game featuring the New England Patriots against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The Panthers won 24-20. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • FILE - In this June 4, 2004 file photo, Grammy-winning gospel singer Andrae Crouch poses for a photo at a ceremony honoring him with the 2,256nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as "The Lion King," has died at age 72. His publicist says Crouch died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at a hospital in Los Angeles, where he was admitted Saturday after suffering a heart attack. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
  • Taylor Negron attends the premiere of "Diana" hosted by The Cinema Society, Linda Wells and Allure Magazine at the SVA Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
  • Actress Anne Kirkbride, a star of British soap opera "Coronation Street" for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 60. (photo credit:  theguardian.com)
  • In this Nov. 26, 1999 file photo, Tony Verna poses in his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Verna, a Philadelphia native, was just 29 when he lauched the first instant replay during the 64th annual Army-Navy football game in 1963. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
  • In this Nov. 29, 2011 photo, Vince Camuto arrives at the 25th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)
  • In this March 24, 2014, file photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks talks during an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
  • In this Jan. 31, 1964 file photo, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette poses for a photo at the annual Boston Baseball Writers of America awards dinner in Boston. The Red Sox announced that Monbouquette died Sunday Jan. 25, 2015 in Boston from complications from leukemia. The 20-game winner, and four-time All-Star who threw a no-hitter and who spent more than 50 years in professional baseball was 78. (AP Photo, File)
  • FILE - In this March 1, 1977 file photo, Australian author Colleen McCullough laughs during a news conference in New York. Best-selling author McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said in a statement. (AP Photo/File)
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  • In this Nov. 13, 2014, file photo former PGA golfer Charlie Sifford talks during an interview at his home in Brecksville, Ohio. Sifford, who fought the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA Tour and became its first black member has died Monday night Feb. 2, 2015. He was 92. The PGA of America confirmed the death of Sifford, who recently suffered a stroke. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
  • U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., speaks about the importance of the Mississippi Military Communities Council following a meeting with other members of the Washington delegation and state-wide elected officials, community elected officials, and community and business leaders, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Jackson, Miss. The council promotes the state's military missions at the national level and advises Gov. Bryant and legislative officials on actions that could potentially impact the missions and those communities that support them, such as Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, the Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, and Naval Air Station in Meridian, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
  • Ed Sabol speaks during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
  • In this April 2, 1990, file photo UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian flashes a big smile during a press conference prior to facing Duke in the NCAA Final Four in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
  • In this Jan. 5, 1966, file photo, singer Lesley Gore rehearses at a piano, in New York. Singer-songwriter Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "You Don't Own Me," died of cancer, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. She was 68. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)
  • Lorena Rojas arrives at the NBC Universal Experience at Rockefeller Center as part of upfront week on Monday, May 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
  • Jerome Kersey smiles during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997 in Seattle, announcing his signing with the Seattle SuperSonics for a one-year contract. Kersey, 35, is entering his 14th NBA season after playing last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, raises the chalice during mass in the chapel in his office at the Hesburgh Library on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Oct. 5, 2007. Hesburgh is 90 years old now, but still comes to his office in the library named after him nearly every day to visit with students, alumni and anyone else who wants to stop by for some advice, to chat or to hear a piece of the history he has seen. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
  • Actor Leonard Nimoy, a cast member in the upcoming film "Star Trek", poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, April 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
  • Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's dim-witted boss Mr. Kruger on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64. (photo credit:  www.sodanco.com)
  • Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67. (photo credit:  www.alcs.co.uk)
  • Archbishop Emeritus of New York, Cardinal Edward Egan, makes his way into St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York for the celebration of the Installation Mass for the new Archbishop of New York, Timothy Michael Dolan Wednesday, April 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)
  • In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, Sam Simon arrives at the Writers Guild Awards, in Los Angeles. Simon, a co-creator of "The Simpsons" who made a midlife career shift into philanthropy and channeled much of his personal fortune into social causes including animal welfare, has died Sunday, March 8, 2015, after a long bout with cancer. He was 59. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP, File)
  • Actor Windell Middlebrooks arrives at the ABC 2011 Winter Press Tour party in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
  • Journalist Claude Sitton, who was a leader among reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, has died. He was 89. (photo credit:  www.northjersey.com)
  • In this Oct. 21, 2003 file photo, architect and designer Michael Graves poses with a teapot he designed at his studio in Princeton, N.J. Graves, who designed modern and whimsical postmodern structures and later household goods sold at Target stores has died. He was 80 years old. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer, file)
  • Richard J. "Dick" Brennan Sr., who helped turn New Orleans' Commander's Palace restaurant into a world-famous destination for Creole cuisine and co-founded one of the city's best-loved Mardi Gras organizations, has died at age 84.
  • Mike Porcaro, who was the son and brother of prominent musicians and carved out a long, successful career as the bass player for the Grammy-winning pop group Toto, has died at age 59. (photo credit: www.gigwise.com)
  • Misao Okawa, 115, who is recognized as the world's oldest living woman by Guinness World Records poses on the Doll Festival in Osaka, western Japan Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 24, 1997, file photo, Rev. Robert H. Schuller delivers one of seven candlelight Christmas Eve services from the Crystal Cathedral pulpit in Garden Grove, Calif. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who brought his message of "possibility thinking" to millions, died early Thursday, April 2, 2015, in California. He was 88. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
  • Director Manoel de Oliveira poses for photographers during a photo call for "The Strange Case of Angelica", at the 63rd international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
  • Hayley Okines, the campaigner who raised awareness of the rare genetic condition progeria, which causes those affected to age about eight times faster than average, has died at age 17. (www.pixgood.com)
  • Tom Towles, the mustached character actor who popped up in several of Rob Zombie's movies, has died. He was 71. (photo credit:  www.hotflick.net)
  • In this Jan. 24, 1964 file photo, Jenny Wallenda, a member of the famous Wallenda high wire act, applies makeup in a dressing room prior to appearing at opening of the Shrine Circus in Detroit. Wallenda, the matriarch of the famous family of high-flying circus performers, died late Saturday, April 4, 2015, at her home in Sarasota, Fla., according to family members. She was 87. (AP Photo/Alvan Quinn, File)
  • Rev. Gardner Taylor is seen in his home in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
  • n this April 25, 1984 file photo, singer-actress Julie Wilson sings the songs of Stephen Sondheim at Michael's Pub in New York. Wilson, a musical theater actress and cabaret star who earned a Tony Award nomination and was cheered for her ability to harness the songs of Sondheim and Cole Porter, has died at age 90. Christopher Denny, Wilson's friend, said she died Sunday, April 5, 2015, in New York after having suffered two strokes over the last several days. (AP Photo/Marty Reichenthal, File)
  • In this Thursday, July 3, 2014 photo, Gertrude Weaver poses at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, Ark., a day before her 116th birthday. The Gerontology Research Group says Weaver is the oldest person in the United States and second-oldest person in the world. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
  • Geoffrey Lewis, a prolific television actor and frequent co-star of Clint Eastwood, died Tuesday at the age of 79. (photo credit:  www.filmweb.pl)
  • In this July 25, 2003 file photo, satirist Stan Freberg, 76, right, and his wife, Hunter, pose for a photo Beverly Hills, Calif. Freberg, the writer and comedian who lampooned American life in "The United States of America" and other landmark comedy albums and was hailed as the father of the funny commercial, has died at age 88. Freberg's wife, Hunter, says the humorist died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
  • In this Aug. 30, 1992 file photo, actor Richard Dysart grasps the Emmy Award he won for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role in "L.A. Law" during the 44th annual Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. Dysart, a veteran stage and screen actor who played senior partner Leland McKenzie in the long-running courtroom drama "L.A. Law," died at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, April 5, 2015, after a long illness. He was 86. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, File)
  • In this March 14, 2005 file photo, Percy Sledge holds up a trophy back stage after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in New York. Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," died, Tuesday April 14, 2015. He was 74. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)
  • In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, retiring Cardinal Francis George listens at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago during Bishop Blase Cupich's Rite of Reception service. The Chicago Archidiocese announced in Chicago, Friday, April 17, 2015, that George died after a long bout with cancer. He was 78. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) The Archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that George was admitted to the hospital Sunday, March 1, for evaluation after he stopped treatment for kidney cancer more than a month ago. Archdiocese officials say he'll stay there several days while tests are done. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
  • In this Oct. 31, 1977. file photo, Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone, right, speaks at a news conference in Chicago with teammate, running back Walter Payton looking on. Buffone, who played 15 seasons for the Bears, was found dead of natural causes Monday, April 20, 2015, at a home on Chicago's West Side. He was 70. Buffone retired after the 1979 season with 24 career interceptions, the most for any Bears linebacker. He also held the team's record for most games played with 186. (AP Photo/Charles E. Knoblock, File)
  • Former pro football player Bob St. Clair poses with his bust after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Aug. 4, 1990. (AP Photo/Jeff Glidden)
  • In this Sept. 9, 2006 file photo, actress Jayne Meadows arrives for the 3rd annual Alfred Mann Foundation Innovation and Inspiration Gala held in Beverly Hills, Calif. The actress and TV personality, Meadows, who often teamed with her husband Steve Allen, has died at age 95. Meadows' son, Bill Allen, said she died Sunday, April 26, 2015, in her home in the Encino area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten, File)
  • In this Jan. 30, 2015 file picture Jozef Paczynski, a former prisoner in Auschwitz and the barber to the camp commandant Rudolf Hoess, speaks to a group in Krakow, Poland. Paczynski died on Sunday April 26 in Krakow, Poland, according to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. He was 95. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera, File)
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Peter Cronkite, grandson of late news anchor Walter Cronkite who voiced Dennis the Menace on film has died.
  • In this March 24, 2002 file photo, Andrew Lesnie poses with his Oscar trophy for cinematography for the film "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings" during the 74th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Lesnie, best known for his work on "The Lord of the Rings," has died, friends and colleagues said Wednesday, April 29, 2015. He was 59. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
  • In this Jan. 20, 1983, file photo, PGA golfer Calvin Peete hits to the green during the Bob Hope Desert Classic golf tournament in Palm Springs, Calif. Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, APril 29, 2015. He was 71. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)
  • In this June 14, 2012, file photo, Towering Performance Award inductee Ben E. King arrives at the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards gala in New York. King, singer of such classics as "Stand By Me," "There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," died Thursday, April 30, 2015, publicist Phil Brown told The Associated Press. He was 76. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision, File)
  • Posted on Sheryl Sandberg's Facebook Page on March 5, 2015 - Celebrating men who lean in for equality.

The man I most want to celebrate is my husband Dave Goldberg. I met Dave over 15 years ago and we immediately became the best of friends. He was the first person to show me the internet, the kind of friend who shows up to help you move apartments (read: bad pre-Dave breakup), and always made me feel like I was home no matter where I was. Years later, we dated, married, and now we have two amazing children. He is a 50/50 partner at home and a dedicated father (although not sure my kids needed to learn poker at ages 4 and 6). He enables my career; insisting that I join Facebook when our daughter was just 6 months old and doing more than his share at home as I ramped up in my new job. I wrote in Lean In that the most important decision a woman makes is if she has a life partner and who that life partner will be. The best decision I ever made was to marry Dave.
  • Actress Ellen Dow poses for photographers as she arrives at the New York City premiere of "Wedding Crashers", Wednesday, July 13, 2005. The film opens nationwide in the U.S. on Friday. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
  • This undated photo released by the New York City Police Department shows officer Brian Moore. Moore died Monday, May 4, 2015, two days after being shot in the head while sitting in an unmarked car in Queens, a City Hall official said. (New York City Police Department via AP, File)
  • Errol Brown, the lead singer of the band Hot Chocolate, has died in the Bahamas, his manager said Wednesday. He was 71. (photo credit:  www.andythorn.com)
  • Tony Award-winning actress Elizabeth Wilson, who built a career playing character roles in films such as "The Graduate" and "9 to 5," has died. She was 94. (photo credit:  pixshark.com)
  • Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, center right, hugs Lori Dee Patterson, a nearby resident, after she handed him a cup of coffee after he spoke at a news conference near the scene of a deadly train derailment, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  •  BB King performs at Club Nokia on November 11, 2011 in Los Angeles (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
  • In this May 1963, file photo, New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and his wife Happy during their honeymoon at the farm in Monte Sacro, Venezuela. Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at her home in Tarrytown, N.Y. She was 88. (AP Photo/File)
  • John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind," has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.

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  • In this Nov. 6, 2003, file photo, Jerry Stiller, left, and his wife Anne Meara pose on the set of "The King of Queens," at Sony Studio in Culver City, Calif. Meara, whose comic work with Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Stefano Paltera, File)
  • Reynaldo Rey, the actor-comedian who appeared in such films as "Friday" and "White Men Can't Jump," has died. He was 75. (photo credit:  people.com)
  • Horst Brandstaetter, who launched the popular Playmobil range of plastic toys in the 1970s, has died. He was 81.
  • A Philadelphia street performer who gained national attention for his performance on "The Voice" has died. Anthony Riley was 28. (photo credit:  www.goldderby.com)
  • Christopher Lee
  • Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was among the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s, has died.
  • Actor and comedian Rick Ducommun
  • Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas' biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler and bought and sold MGM at a profit three times, has died. He was 98.
  • Wendell Holmes
  • James Horner, the Oscar-winning film composer, died Monday morning in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, California, according to multiple major news media reports. He was 61.
  • Actor Dick Van Patten, the star of TV's "Eight Is Enough," has died. He was 86.
  • Actor Patrick Macnee
  • Comedian Jack Carter
  • Burt Shavitz
  • Amanda Peterson
  • Irwin Keyes, a character actor who played roles in horror movies but may be known best for playing George Jefferson's dim-witted bodyguard,  Hugo Mojelewski, on the long-running TV sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died, according to multiple online news sources. He was 63.
  • Christian Audigier, the French-born American fashion designer known best for the Ed Hardy clothing label, has died of bone cancer at 57.
  • Egyptian actor Omar Sharif gestures during the photo call for the film 'Al Mosafer (The Traveller)' at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009.
  • In this May 24, 2006, file photo, Roger Rees, artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Mass., introduces the 2006 season during a news conference in New York.
  • In this Aug. 16, 2012 file photo, Bobbi Kristina Brown attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Sparkle" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, unresponsive in a bathtub by her husband and a friend and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital. The incident remains under investigation. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
  • Ann Rule
  • Roddy Piper
Cilla Black
  • Tony Lara, a ship captain on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” has died in South Dakota, according to multiple news sources.
  • Frank Gifford
  • Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, has died after a brief battle with lung cancer, according to The Associated Press. He was 74.
  • Wes Craven
  • Dean Jones
  • Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights activist, has died at 92.
  • Fred DeLuca
  • Gary Richrath
  • Jackie Collins
  • Yogi Berra, catcher of the New York Yankees, poses during spring training at St. Petersburg, Fla., on Feb. 27, 1954.
  • Grace Lee Boggs, a longtime activist who was part of the labor, civil rights, black power, women's rights and environmental justice movements, died Monday at her Detroit home, The Associated Press reported. She was 100.
  • Famed chef Paul Prudhomme died Thursday morning at the age of 75, according to the New Orleans restaurant he owned, K-Paul's, CNN reported.
  • Bruce Hyde, an actor who played Lieutenant Kevin Riley on the original "Star Trek" television series, has died, according to multiple news sources.
  • Marty Ingels, a raspy-voiced comedian, actor and talent agent who was married to singer and actress Shirley Jones for nearly 40 years, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to The Associated Press. He was 79.
  • Marureen O'Hara at the Irish American of the Century Awards Presentation in New York City, December 8, 1999.
  • Al Molinaro
  • Fred Thompson
  • Melissa Mathison
  • George Barris
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Motorhead's former longtime drummer, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, died Wednesday evening, according to former guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke. Taylor was 61.
  • Dora Doll, a German-born French film and TV actress, has died, according to multiple news sources. She was 93.
  • John “Cha-Cha” Ciarcia, a tough-guy actor on "The Sopranos" who also owned a popular restaurant in New York City's Little Italy neighborhood that his celebrity friends frequented, has died.
  • Cynthia Robinson
  • Joshua Shintani
  • Scott Weiland, the charismatic singer-songwriter who fronted Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, died Thursday, according to statements released by his wife and his manager. He was 48.
  • Holly Woodlawn

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