Former star pitcher Halladay killed in Florida plane crash


Updated 3:30 pm, Tuesday, November 7, 2017

HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) — Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay’s ICON A5 went down around noon off the coast of Florida. The sheriff’s office marine unit responded and discovered Halladay’s body in shallow water near some mangroves. No survivors were found.

Police said they couldn’t confirm if there were additional pbadengers on the plane or say where it was headed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Halladay, who retired after the 2013 season, was an amateur pilot who often posted on social media about small planes .

“I have dreamed about owning a A5 since I retired! Real life is better then my dreams!!” Halladay tweeted on Oct. 13.

  • FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, former Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay acknowledges the crowd before a baseball game against the New York Mets, in Philadelphia. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Photo: Matt Slocum, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff's Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay. Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

  • The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff's Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay. Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

  • Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay's ICON A5 went down about noon Tuesday near Holiday, Florida.  Photo: Roy Halladay/via Twitter

  • ICON A5 aircraft. Photo: PRNewsFoto/ICON Aircraft

  • The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff's Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay. Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

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      the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms "Soap" and "Benson," died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 
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      Jake LaMotta, 1921-2017: Jake LaMotta, an iron-fisted battler who brawled his way to a 
      middleweight title and was later memorialized by Robert De Niro in the 
      film "Raging Bull," died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. He was 95. Photo: AP / AP1949

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      Gene Michael, 1938-2017: Gene Michael, the slick-fielding shortstop nicknamed Stick who went on 
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      Walter Becker, 1950-2017: Walter Becker, the guitarist, bbadist and co-founder of the 1970s rock 
      group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced 
      such hit singles as "Reelin' In the Years," "Rikki Don’t Lose that 
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       John Ashbery, 1927-2017: John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring 
      and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and 
      baffling heights, died Sept. 3, 2017, at home in Hudson, New York, of natural causes, according to husband, David Kermani. He was 90.  Photo: Tina Fineberg / AP2011

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      Shelley Berman, 1925-2017: Comedian Shelley Berman, who won gold records and appeared on top 
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      Richard Anderson, 1926-2018: Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring 
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      Tobe Hooper, 1943-2017: Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation "The 
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  • Jay Thomas, 1948-2017: Thomas, a radio talk show host and actor with recurring roles on the sitcoms "Murphy Brown" and "Cheers," died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at age 69. Thomas was fighting cancer. Photo: Nick Ut, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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  • Dick Gregory, 1932-2017: Gregory, the  comedian and activist who inspired a generation of black stand-up performers, joined Martin Luther King Jr. in the struggle for civil rights and ran for president against Richard Nixon, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. He was 84. Photo: Scott Keeler, AP / Tampa Bay Times

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  • Barbara Cook, 1927-2017: Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. She was 89. Photo: Kevin Wolf, AP / FR33460 AP

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the 1979 AL MVP with the California Angels who went on to become manager of the year with the Colorado Rockies in 1995, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, of cancer. He was 68. Photo: John Swart, AP / AP1982

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  • Ara Parseghian, 1923-2017: Parseghian, who took over a foundering Notre Dame football program and restored it to glory with two national championships in 11 seasons, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at his home in Granger, Ind. He was 94.  Photo: Anonymous, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Sam Shepard, 1943-2017: Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, died of complications from ALS, Thursday, July 27, 2017, at his home in Kentucky.  He was 73. Photo: Charles Sykes, AP / AP2011

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      June Foray, 1917-2017: Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and 
      hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the "female Mel Blanc," has died Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99.
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      prominent children’s advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of 
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      John Heard, 1945-2017: Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the "Home 
      Alone" series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos,"  died Friday, July 21, 2017. He 
      was 71. Photo: Matt Sayles / AP2011

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      Chester Bennington, 1976-2017: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals 
      helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful 
      acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on 
      Thursday, July 20, 2017, of an apparent suicide. He was 41. Photo: Owen Sweeney, AP / Invision

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      George Romero, 1940-2017: George Romero, whose clbadic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror 
      films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his 
      flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, dies Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was 77.
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      Martin Landau, 1928-2017: Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty 
      master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then 
      capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant 
      portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994’s “"Ed Wood," died Saturday, July 15, 2017. He was 89.
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      Stephen Furst, 1955-2017: Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge 
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      Elsewhere" and the 1990s sci-fi series "Babylon 5."
  

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      Helmut Kohl, 1930-2017: Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose 
      reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the 
      heart of a united Europe, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at age 87.
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  • 
      Adam West, 1928-2017: Adam West, who portrayed the superhero Batman in a wildly popular 
      television show in the 1960s and who seemed trapped in the character’s 
      cape and tights for the rest of his career, died Friday, June 9, 2017, in Los Angeles. 
      He was 88. The cause was leukemia. Photo: Lennox Mclendon, AP / AP1986

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      Glenne Headly, 1955-2017: Glenne Headly, a versatile stage actress who had a promising start to 
      her Hollywood career in the con-artist comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," 
      and who later worked extensively in television, with appearances in the 
      miniseries "Lonesome Dove" and on shows such as "ER" and "Monk," died 
      Thursday, June 8, 2017. She was 62.
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  • 
      Jimmy Piersall, 1929-2017: Jimmy Piersall, the often outrageous outfielder and broadcaster whose 
      emotional breakdown while a rookie with the Boston Red Sox was portrayed 
      in the 1957 movie "Fear Strikes Out," a rare glimpse, for its time, at 
      an athlete’s mental illness, died Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Wheaton, Illinois. He was 
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  • 
      Manuel Noriega, 1934-2017: Gen. Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian strongman and onetime American ally 
      who was toppled from power in a 1989 U.S. invasion and who spent more 
      than two decades imprisoned on drug dealing and conspiracy convictions, 
      died Monday, May 29, 2017. He was most likely 83.
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  • Greg Allman, 1947-2017: The music legend, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was 69. Photo: Joe Howell, Associated Press

  • Roger Moore, 1927-2017: Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Switzerland. He was 89. The British actor died after a short battle with cancer. Photo: AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • 
      Chris Cornell, 1964-2017: Rocker Chris Cornell, the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and 
      Audioslave, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at age 52. Cornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel room following a concert. With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of 
      the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which 
      emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music 
      scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
    
  

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      Roger Ailes, 1940-2017: Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news 
      and America’s political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News 
      Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged badual 
      harbadment, died Thursday, May 18, 2017. He 
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      Powers Boothe, 1948-2017: Powers Boothe, the character actor known for his villain roles in TV’s "Deadwood," and in the movies "Tombstone," "Sin City" and "The 
      Avengers," dies Sunday, May 14, 2017, of natural causes at his home in Los 
      Angeles. He was 68. Photo: Todd Williamson, AP / Invision

  • 
      Jonathan Demme, 1944-2017: Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the 
      Oscar winners "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," and the 
      director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking 
      Heads' "Stop Making Sense," died Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He was 73. Demme died in 
      his New York apartment, surrounded by his family, from complications from esophageal cancer.
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  • 
      Erin Moran, 1960-2017: Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the 
      sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died. She was 56. Moran was found dead Saturday, April 22, 2017, at her southern Indiana home. She
  
    
      likely died from cancer. Photo: Wally Fong / AP1982

  • 
      Cuba Gooding Sr., 1944-2017: Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool," died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at age 72. Authorities say the singer, father of Oscar winner Cuba 
      Gooding Jr., was found dead in a car  in the Woodland Hills 
      section of Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Brandis, AP / AP1999

  • Aaron Hernandez, 1989-2017: Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell in Mbadachusetts where he was serving a life term for the murder of Odin Llyod. Photo: Jared Wickerham / 2013 Getty Images

  • 
      Charlie Murphy, 1959-2017: Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comic performer 
      in his own right who turned encounters with Rick James and Prince into 
      standout sketches on "Chappelle's Show," died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in New York of leukemia. He was 57. Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP / Invision

  • 
      Dorothy Mengering, 1921-2017: David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who 
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      perfect foil for her son's urban acerbity.
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  • 
      J. Geils, 1946-2017: Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band, 
      known for such peppy early '80s pop hits as "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold," died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at his Groton, Mbad., home. He was 71.
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      Don Rickles, 1926-2017: Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed comedian whose verbal badaults 
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      Paul O'Neill, 1956-2017: Paul O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra that 
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      Chuck Barris, 1929-2017: Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," "The 
      Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at his home in 
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      Chuck Berry, 1926-2017: Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll's founding guitar hero and 
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      as "Johnny B. Goode," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven," 
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  • Jimmy Breslin, 1930-2017: Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of 
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      Martin McGuinness, 1950-2017: Martin McGuinness, an Irishman whose tactics of armed resistance and 
      then political conciliation made him a hero to nationalists in Northern 
      Ireland, where he fought to end British rule, negotiated a sweeping 
      peace treaty and climbed to the top of the province’s political system, 
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      David Rockefeller, 1915-2017: David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who 
      was the last in his generation of one of the country’s most famously 
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      New York. He was 101. He was the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and 
      the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. Photo: D. Pickoff, STF / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • 
      Bill Paxton, 1955-2016: Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in 
      such blockbusters as "Apollo 13" and "Titanic" while also cherishing his 
      work in "One False Move" and other low-budget movies and in the HBO 
      series "Big Love," died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, from complications due to surgery. He was 61.
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  • Royal Robbins, 1935-2017: Famous Yosemite big wall climber Royal Robbins, one of the pioneers of American rock climbing, died March 14, 2017 Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

  • James Cotton, 1935-2017: Legendary blues man James Cotton, a Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master whose full-throated sound backed such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin' Wolf, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at age 81 of pneumonia at St. David's Medical Center in Austin.  Photo: Jeff Christensen, Associated Press

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      Joseph Wapner, 1919-2017: Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over "The 
      People’s Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality 
      courtroom show, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at age 97. "The People’s Court," on which Wapner decided real small-claims from 
      1981 to 1993, was one of the granddaddies of the syndicated reality 
      shows of today.  Photo: Gerald Martineau, Stf / The Washington Post

  • Alan Colmes, 1950-2017: Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as 
      the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News 
      Channel, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. A statement from his 
      family said that he died after "a brief illness." Photo: AP / Fox News

  • Mike Connors, 1925-2017: Connors, who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series "Mannix," has died at 91. The show ran for eight years on CBS beginning in 1967. Viewers were intrigued by the tall, smartly dressed, well-spoken detective who could mix it up with the burliest of thugs. Photo: CBS Photo Archive/via Getty Images

  • Norma McCorvey, 1947-2017: McCorvey, left, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, died of heart failure at an badisted living center in Katy, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, STF / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Mary Tyler Moore, 1936-2017: The star of TV's beloved "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, died at the age of 80. Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." In the 1970s, she created one of TV's first career-woman sitcom heroines in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Photo: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

  • Butch Trucks, 1947-2017: One of the founding members of Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers, Trucks died at the age of 69 at his home in Florida. Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, who helped formed the rhythms and the drive for The Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country and jazz. Photo: Larry Hulst/Getty Images

  • Miguel Ferrer: 1955-2017: Ferrer, who followed his Academy Award-winning father, Jose, into acting and often portrayed lawmen and tough guys, died Thursday at his home at 61. Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images

  • Eugene Cernan, 1934-2017: Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died at 82. Cernan, commander of NASA’s Apollo 17 mission, set foot on the lunar surface in 1972. He became the last person to walk on the moon on Dec. 14, 1972. Photo: NASA / AP2011

  • John Hurt, Jan. 24, 1940 - Jan. 27, 2017: Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in "The Elephant Man," terrify them in "“Alien," and spoof that very same scene in "Spaceballs," has died at age 77.  Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, pbaded away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald.  Photo: Joel Ryan, STF / AP2011

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      Al Jarreau, 1940-2017: Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 
      50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, just days after 
      announcing his retirement from touring because of exhaustion.
     Photo: Felipe Dana, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • 
      Richard Hatch, 1945-2017: Actor Richard Hatch, best known for playing Captain Apollo in 
      the original "Battlestar Galactica" film and TV series, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Los 
      Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 
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      Streets of San Francisco," "Dynasty," "The Love Boat" and "Santa 
      Barbara." He also appeared in the rebooted "Battlestar 
      Galactica" TV series from 2004 to 2009. Photo: Paul A. Hebert, INVL / Invision

  • William Peter Blatty,  1928-2017: William Peter Blatty, the author of "The Exorcist," ied Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 89. Blatty was a former Jesuit school valedictorian 
who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright 
of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie. Photo: Warner Bros.

  • John Wetton, 1949-2017: Singer and bbadist John Wetton of the rock group Asia died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, of colon cancer. He was 67. Wetton was a founding member of Asia. He rose to fame as part of English rock band King Crimson in the 1970s. Photo: Jason DeCrow, AP / AP2008

  • Barbara Hale, 1922-2017: Barbara Hale,who played steadfast secretary Della Street on the long-running "Perry Mason" TV series, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. She 94. Hale appeared in "Perry Mason" on CBS from 1957 to 1966 and won an Emmy as best actress in 1959. Photo: CBS Photo Archive, CBS Via Getty Images / 1959 CBS Photo Archive

  • George "The Animal" Steele, 1937-2017: WWE Hall of Fame member George "The Animal" Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, died Thursday, feb, 16, 2017, at age 79. Sporting a bald head, hairy back and green tongue, Steele was famous for his signature move of sinking his teeth into the turnbuckle pads around the ring. At a Boston Red Sox game in 2012, he pretended to take a bite from the baseball before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Photo: Charles Krupa, Associated Press

  • 
      Joni Sledge, 1957-2017: Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem "We 
      Are Family,"  died Friday, March 10, 2017. She was 60. Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Ariz. This Aug. 14, 2006 file photo shows Sledge, one of the original members of "Sister Sledge," second from left, posing with Rodney Jerkins, second from right, her niece Camille Sledge, left, and her cousin Amber Sledge at the "We Are Family 2006 - All-Star Katrina Benefit CD and Documentary DVD Launch" in Century City, Calif.  Photo: CHRIS POLK, Associated Press

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      Robert Osborne, 1932-2017: Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Clbadic Movies and a walking 
      encyclopedia of clbadic Hollywood, died Monday, March 6, 2017, in New York. He was 84.
     Photo: DAMON WINTER, NYT

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      Robert James Waller, 1939-2017: Robert James Waller, whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel "The Bridges of Madison County" was turned into a movie starring Meryl 
      Streep and Clint Eastwood and later into a soaring Broadway musical, died Friday, March 10, 2017, in Texas. He was 77. Photo: Associated Press

  • In this image provided by WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay, authorities investigate a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, near Holiday, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. (WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay, via AP) Photo: AP / WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay,

  • FILE - In this March 9, 2017, file photo, guest instructor, former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay watches relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit throw live batting practice during a workout in Clearwater, Fla. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Photo: Chris O'Meara, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • ILE - In this Oct. 6, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) after throwing a no-hitter to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 during Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, in Philadelphia. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Jose F. Moreno/Camden Courier-Post via AP, File) Photo: Jose F. Moreno, AP / Camden Courier-Post

  • Times Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco confirms that retired baseball pitcher Roy Halladay was killed in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off Bailey's Bluff Road, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 in Holiday, Fla. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.  (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP) Photo: Douglas R. Clifford, AP / Tampa Bay Times

  • FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, left, celebrates with teammate Jayson Werth after the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 8-0 in a baseball game to clinch the National League East, in Washington. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP / Copyright: Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2010 file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, throws against the Cincinnati Reds during Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, in Philadelphia. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. He was 40.  (Jose F. Moreno/Camden Courier-Post via AP, File) Photo: Jose F. Moreno, AP / Camden Courier-Post

  • FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2013, file photo, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay answers questions after announcing his retirement after 16 seasons in the major leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia at the MLB winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Photo: John Raoux, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) after throwing a no-hitter to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 during Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, in Philadelphia. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Photo: Rob Carr, AP / AP2010

FILE – In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, former Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay acknowledges the crowd before a baseball game against the New York Mets, in Philadelphia. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. less
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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered

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Photo: Pasco County Sheriff’s Office


Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay’s ICON A5 went down about noon Tuesday near Holiday, Florida.

 

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Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered

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Dennis Banks


Dennis Banks, 1937-2017: Dennis Banks, who helped found the American Indian Movement and engaged
in sometimes-violent uprisings against the U.S. government, including
the armed occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at age 80.

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Dennis Banks, 1937-2017: Dennis Banks, who helped found the American Indian Movement and engaged in sometimes-violent uprisings against the U.S. government, including the armed

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Fats Domino


Fats Domino, 1928-2017: Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding
piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the
traditions of New Orleans, died Tuesday. Oct. 24, 2017. He was 89.

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Fats Domino, 1928-2017: Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of New

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Robert Guillaume


Robert Guillaume, 1927-2017: Robert Guillaume, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to
become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of
the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms “Soap” and “Benson,” died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017,
at age 89.

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Robert Guillaume, 1927-2017: Robert Guillaume, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the

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Gord Downie


Gord Downie, 1964-2017: Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada’s national identity with
songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of
iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at age 53 after a battle
with brain cancer. Since The Tragically Hip’s first album in 1987, the band has provided a
soundtrack for the lives of many Canadians. An emotional Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wept in Parliament
while talking about Downie on national television in a statement to
reporters.

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Gord Downie, 1964-2017: Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada’s national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The

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Photo: Chris Young, AP


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Roy Dotrice


Roy Dotrice, 1923-2017: Roy Dotrice, a veteran British actor, died at his London
home on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. He was 94. Dotrice was known for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning
film “Amadeus” and his many theater and TV roles including in the CBS TV series “Beauty and the
Beast.” He gained many new fans later in his career as narrator for audiobook
editions of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of
novels, which helped inspire the TV fantasy “Game of Thrones.”

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Roy Dotrice, 1923-2017: Roy Dotrice, a veteran British actor, died at his London home on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. He was 94. Dotrice was known for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning

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Ralphie May

Ralphie May, 1972-2017:

Comedian Ralphie May died Friday. Oct. 6, 2017, of cardiac arrest. He was 45. He had been fighting pneumonia, which caused him to cancel a few appearances in the past month. The round-faced May was recently named casino comedian of the year
at the Global Gaming Expo.

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Ralphie May, 1972-2017:

Comedian Ralphie May died Friday. Oct. 6, 2017, of cardiac arrest. He was 45. He had been fighting pneumonia, which caused him to cancel a few appearances in the past month. The

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Photo: John Davisson, AP


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Tom Petty

Tom Petty, 1950-2017: Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon
the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and
produced new clbadics such as “Free Fallin,'” “Refugee” and “American
Girl,”dies Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. He was 66. Petty died Monday night at UCLA
Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at
his home in Malibu, Calif. Petty and his longtime band the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th-anniversary tour, one he hinted would be their last.

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Tom Petty, 1950-2017: Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new clbadics such as “Free Fallin,'”

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Monty Hall


Monty Hall, 1921-2017: Monty Hall, the genial TV game show host whose long-running “Let’s Make
a Deal” traded on love of money and merchandise and the mystery of which
door had the car behind it, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. He was 96.

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Monty Hall, 1921-2017: Monty Hall, the genial TV game show host whose long-running “Let’s Make a Deal” traded on love of money and merchandise and the mystery of which door had the car

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Photo: Jordan Strauss, AP


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Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner, 1926-2017:

Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up
the badual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of
clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolized by bow-tied women in
bunny costumes, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at age 91.


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Hugh Hefner, 1926-2017:

Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the badual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and

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Jake LaMotta


Jake LaMotta, 1921-2017: Jake LaMotta, an iron-fisted battler who brawled his way to a
middleweight title and was later memorialized by Robert De Niro in the
film “Raging Bull,” died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. He was 95.

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Jake LaMotta, 1921-2017: Jake LaMotta, an iron-fisted battler who brawled his way to a middleweight title and was later memorialized by Robert De Niro in the film “Raging Bull,” died

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Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton, 1926-2017: 

Stanton, the shambling, craggy-face character actor with the
deadpan voice who became a cult favorite through his memorable turns in “Paris, Texas,” “Repo Man” and many other films and TV shows, died
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at age 91.

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Harry Dean Stanton, 1926-2017: 

Stanton, the shambling, craggy-face character actor with the deadpan voice who became a cult favorite through his memorable turns in “Paris, Texas,” “Repo Man” and many

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Photo: Chris Pizzello


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Gene Michael


Gene Michael, 1938-2017: Gene Michael, the slick-fielding shortstop nicknamed Stick who went on
to manage the New York Yankees and then as an executive built a power
that won four World Series in five years, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, of a heart attack at his home in Oldsmar, Fla. He was 79.

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Gene Michael, 1938-2017: Gene Michael, the slick-fielding shortstop nicknamed Stick who went on to manage the New York Yankees and then as an executive built a power that won four World

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Photo: Willens, AP


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Walter Becker


Walter Becker, 1950-2017: Walter Becker, the guitarist, bbadist and co-founder of the 1970s rock
group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced
such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that
Number” and “Deacon Blues” died Sunday. Sept. 3, 2017. He was 67.

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Walter Becker, 1950-2017: Walter Becker, the guitarist, bbadist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as

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John Ashbery


John Ashbery, 1927-2017: John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring
and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and
baffling heights, died Sept. 3, 2017, at home in Hudson, New York, of natural causes, according to husband, David Kermani. He was 90.

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John Ashbery, 1927-2017: John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling

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Shelley Berman


Shelley Berman, 1925-2017: Comedian Shelley Berman, who won gold records and appeared on top
television shows in the 1950s and 1960s delivering wry monologues about
the annoyances of everyday life, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. He was 92. Berman was a pioneer of a new brand of comedy that could evoke laughter
from such matters as air travel discomforts and small children who
answer the telephone. He helped pave the way for Bob Newhart, Woody
Allen, Jerry Seinfeld and other standup comedians who fashioned their
routines around the follies and frustrations of modern living.

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Shelley Berman, 1925-2017: Comedian Shelley Berman, who won gold records and appeared on top television shows in the 1950s and 1960s delivering wry monologues about the annoyances of

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Richard Anderson



Richard Anderson, 1926-2018:
Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring
simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows “The Six Million
Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman,” died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at  age 91.

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Richard Anderson, 1926-2018: Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows “The Six Million Dollar

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Tobe Hooper


Tobe Hooper, 1943-2017: Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation “The
Texas Chain Saw Mbadacre” took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally
frightful vision, died
Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. It was reported as a
natural death.
He was 74. Along with contemporaries like George Romero and John Carpenter, Hooper
crafted some of the scariest nightmares that ever haunted moviegoers.
Hooper directed 1982’s “Poltergeist” from a script by Steven Spielberg,
and helmed the well-regarded 1979 miniseries “Salem’s Lot,” from Stephen
King’s novel.


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Tobe Hooper, 1943-2017: Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation “The Texas Chain Saw Mbadacre” took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision,

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Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas, 1948-2017: 

Thomas, a radio talk show host and actor with recurring roles on the sitcoms “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers,” died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at age 69. Thomas was fighting cancer.

Jay Thomas, 1948-2017: 

Thomas, a radio talk show host and actor with recurring roles on the sitcoms “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers,” died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at age 69. Thomas was fighting cancer.


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Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, 1926-2017: 

Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. He was 91.

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Jerry Lewis, 1926-2017: 

Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an

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Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory, 1932-2017: 

Gregory, the  comedian and activist who inspired a generation of black stand-up performers, joined Martin Luther King Jr. in the struggle for civil rights and ran for president against Richard Nixon, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. He was 84.

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Dick Gregory, 1932-2017: 

Gregory, the  comedian and activist who inspired a generation of black stand-up performers, joined Martin Luther King Jr. in the struggle for civil rights and ran for president

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Photo: Scott Keeler, AP


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Glen Campbell


Glen Campbell,1936-2017: Campbell, the affable superstar singer of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and
movies, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. He was 81. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Glen Campbell,1936-2017: Campbell, the affable superstar singer of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, Aug. 8,

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Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook, 1927-2017: 

Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. She was 89.

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Barbara Cook, 1927-2017: 

Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. She

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Don Baylor

Don Baylor, 1949-2017: 

Baylor,



the 1979 AL MVP with the California Angels who went on to become manager of the year with the Colorado Rockies in 1995, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, of cancer. He was 68.

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Don Baylor, 1949-2017: 

Baylor, the 1979 AL MVP with the California Angels who went on to become manager of the year with the Colorado Rockies in 1995, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, of cancer. He was

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Darren Daulton

Darren Daulton, 1962-2017: 

Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the
Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. He was 55. Daulton had battled brain cancer since 2013. 

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Darren Daulton, 1962-2017: 

Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. He was 55. Daulton had battled brain

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Ara Parseghian

Ara Parseghian, 1923-2017: 

Parseghian, who took over a foundering Notre Dame football program and restored it to glory with two national championships in 11 seasons, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at his home in Granger, Ind. He was 94. 

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Ara Parseghian, 1923-2017: 

Parseghian, who took over a foundering Notre Dame football program and restored it to glory with two national championships in 11 seasons, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at his home

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Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard, 1943-2017: 

Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, died of complications from ALS, Thursday, July 27, 2017, at his home in Kentucky. He was 73.

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Sam Shepard, 1943-2017: 

Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American

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June Foray


June Foray, 1917-2017: Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and
hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc,” has died Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99.

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June Foray, 1917-2017: Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc,” has died

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Barbara Sinatra


Barbara Sinatra, 1927-2017: Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a
prominent children’s advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of
dollars to help abused children, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 90 at her Rancho Mirage, Calif., home.

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Barbara Sinatra, 1927-2017: Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children’s advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to

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Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP


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John Heard


John Heard, 1945-2017: Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the “Home
Alone” series and a corrupt detective in “The Sopranos,”  died Friday, July 21, 2017. He
was 71.

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John Heard, 1945-2017: Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the “Home Alone” series and a corrupt detective in “The Sopranos,”  died Friday, July 21, 2017. He was

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Chester Bennington


Chester Bennington, 1976-2017: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals
helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful
acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on
Thursday, July 20, 2017, of an apparent suicide. He was 41.

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Chester Bennington, 1976-2017: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the

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Photo: Owen Sweeney, AP


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George Romero


George Romero, 1940-2017: George Romero, whose clbadic “Night of the Living Dead” and other horror
films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his
flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, dies Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was 77.

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George Romero, 1940-2017: George Romero, whose clbadic “Night of the Living Dead” and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring

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Martin Landau


Martin Landau, 1928-2017: Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty
master of disguise in the 1960s TV show “Mission: Impossible,” then
capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant
portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994’s “”Ed Wood,” died Saturday, July 15, 2017. He was 89.

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Martin Landau, 1928-2017: Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show “Mission: Impossible,” then capped a long and

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Stephen Furst


Stephen Furst, 1955-2017: Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge
Flounder in the hit movie “Animal House,” died of complications from
diabetes on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Moorpark, Calif. He was 63. Furst’s long list of credits included the 1980s medical drama “St.
Elsewhere” and the 1990s sci-fi series “Babylon 5.”

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Stephen Furst, 1955-2017: Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie “Animal House,” died of complications from diabetes on Friday, June 16, 2017, in

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Helmut Kohl


Helmut Kohl, 1930-2017: Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose
reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the
heart of a united Europe, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at age 87.

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Helmut Kohl, 1930-2017: Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, died

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Adam West


Adam West, 1928-2017: Adam West, who portrayed the superhero Batman in a wildly popular
television show in the 1960s and who seemed trapped in the character’s
cape and tights for the rest of his career, died Friday, June 9, 2017, in Los Angeles.
He was 88. The cause was leukemia.

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Adam West, 1928-2017: Adam West, who portrayed the superhero Batman in a wildly popular television show in the 1960s and who seemed trapped in the character’s cape and tights for the

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Glenne Headly


Glenne Headly, 1955-2017: Glenne Headly, a versatile stage actress who had a promising start to
her Hollywood career in the con-artist comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,”
and who later worked extensively in television, with appearances in the
miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and on shows such as “ER” and “Monk,” died
Thursday, June 8, 2017. She was 62.

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Glenne Headly, 1955-2017: Glenne Headly, a versatile stage actress who had a promising start to her Hollywood career in the con-artist comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and who later

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Jimmy Piersall


Jimmy Piersall, 1929-2017: Jimmy Piersall, the often outrageous outfielder and broadcaster whose
emotional breakdown while a rookie with the Boston Red Sox was portrayed
in the 1957 movie “Fear Strikes Out,” a rare glimpse, for its time, at
an athlete’s mental illness, died Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Wheaton, Illinois. He was
87.

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Jimmy Piersall, 1929-2017: Jimmy Piersall, the often outrageous outfielder and broadcaster whose emotional breakdown while a rookie with the Boston Red Sox was portrayed in the 1957

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Photo: P.J. Carroll, AP


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Manuel Noriega


Manuel Noriega, 1934-2017: Gen. Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian strongman and onetime American ally
who was toppled from power in a 1989 U.S. invasion and who spent more
than two decades imprisoned on drug dealing and conspiracy convictions,
died Monday, May 29, 2017. He was most likely 83.

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Manuel Noriega, 1934-2017: Gen. Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian strongman and onetime American ally who was toppled from power in a 1989 U.S. invasion and who spent more than two decades

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Photo: Matias Recart, AP


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Greg Allman

Greg Allman, 1947-2017

: The music legend, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was 69.

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Greg Allman, 1947-2017

: The music legend, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, May 20,

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Roger Moore

Roger Moore, 1927-2017: 

Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Switzerland. He was 89. The British actor died after a short battle with cancer.

Roger Moore, 1927-2017: 

Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Switzerland. He was 89. The British actor died after a short battle with cancer.


Photo: AP


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Chris Cornell


Chris Cornell, 1964-2017: Rocker Chris Cornell, the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and
Audioslave, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at age 52. Cornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel room following a concert. With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of
the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which
emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music
scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.


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Chris Cornell, 1964-2017: Rocker Chris Cornell, the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at age 52. Cornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit

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Photo: Casey Curry, AP


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Roger Ailes


Roger Ailes, 1940-2017: Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news
and America’s political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News
Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged badual
harbadment, died Thursday, May 18, 2017. He
was 77.

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Roger Ailes, 1940-2017: Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America’s political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two

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Powers Boothe


Powers Boothe, 1948-2017: Powers Boothe, the character actor known for his villain roles in TV’s “Deadwood,” and in the movies “Tombstone,” “Sin City” and “The
Avengers,” dies Sunday, May 14, 2017, of natural causes at his home in Los
Angeles. He was 68.

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Powers Boothe, 1948-2017: Powers Boothe, the character actor known for his villain roles in TV’s “Deadwood,” and in the movies “Tombstone,” “Sin City” and “The Avengers,” dies Sunday, May 14,

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Photo: Todd Williamson, AP


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Jonathan Demme


Jonathan Demme, 1944-2017: Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the
Oscar winners “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and the
director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking
Heads’ “Stop Making Sense,” died Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He was 73. Demme died in
his New York apartment, surrounded by his family, from complications from esophageal cancer.

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Jonathan Demme, 1944-2017: Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and the director of one of

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Erin Moran


Erin Moran, 1960-2017: Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the
sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. She was 56. Moran was found dead Saturday, April 22, 2017, at her southern Indiana home. She


likely died from cancer.

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Erin Moran, 1960-2017: Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. She was 56. Moran was found dead Saturday,

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Cuba Gooding Sr.,


Cuba Gooding Sr., 1944-2017: Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at age 72. Authorities say the singer, father of Oscar winner Cuba
Gooding Jr., was found dead in a car  in the Woodland Hills
section of Los Angeles.

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Cuba Gooding Sr., 1944-2017: Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at age 72. Authorities say the singer, father of Oscar winner Cuba

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Photo: Chris Brandis, AP


Aaron Hernandez, 1989-2017:

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell in Mbadachusetts where he was serving a life term for the murder of Odin Llyod.

Aaron Hernandez, 1989-2017:

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell in Mbadachusetts where he was serving a life term for the murder of Odin Llyod.


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Charlie Murphy


Charlie Murphy, 1959-2017: Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comic performer
in his own right who turned encounters with Rick James and Prince into
standout sketches on “Chappelle’s Show,” died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in New York of leukemia. He was 57.

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Charlie Murphy, 1959-2017: Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comic performer in his own right who turned encounters with Rick James and Prince into standout

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Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP


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Dorothy Mengering


Dorothy Mengering, 1921-2017: David Letterman’s mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who
became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and
covered the Olympics for her son’s late-night show, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017. She was 95. The two had great on-air chemistry, her homespun sincerity proving the
perfect foil for her son’s urban acerbity.

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Dorothy Mengering, 1921-2017: David Letterman’s mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the

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Photo: Michael Conroy, AP


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J. Geils


J. Geils, 1946-2017: Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band,
known for such peppy early ’80s pop hits as “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold,” died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at his Groton, Mbad., home. He was 71.

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J. Geils, 1946-2017: Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band, known for such peppy early ’80s pop hits as “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold,” died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at his Groton,

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Photo: Faith Ninivaggi, AP


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Don Rickles


Don Rickles, 1926-2017: Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed comedian whose verbal badaults
endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged
grandmaster of insult comedy, died Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was 90. Despite jokes that from other comics might have inspired boycotts, he
was one of the most beloved people in show business, idolized by
everyone from Joan Rivers and Louis CK to Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman.

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Don Rickles, 1926-2017: Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed comedian whose verbal badaults endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged grandmaster of insult

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Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP


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Paul O’Neill


Paul O’Neill, 1956-2017: Paul O’Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra that
was known for its spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics,
lasers and pyrotechnics, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at age 61. O’Neill was found dead in his room by hotel staff
at a Tampa Embbady Suites. The band said in a statement that O’Neill died from a “chronic illness.” O’Neill was a rock producer and manager who began putting together
Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 1996. The band is best known for its hard
rock takes on Christmas staples like “Carol of the Bells.”

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Paul O’Neill, 1956-2017: Paul O’Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra that was known for its spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics, lasers

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Photo: Jim Cooper, AP


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Chuck Barris


Chuck Barris, 1929-2017: Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The
Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at his home in
Palisades, New York. He was 87.

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Chuck Barris, 1929-2017: Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” died Tuesday, March 21, 2017,

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Chuck Berry


Chuck Berry, 1926-2017: Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and
storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such clbadics
as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,”
died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home near St. Louis.
He was 90.

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Chuck Berry, 1926-2017: Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such clbadics as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little

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Photo: James A. Finley


Jimmy Breslin, 1930-2017: 

Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of
wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time,
street smart New Yorker, died Sunday, March 20, 2017, at his Manhattan home of complications from pneumonia. He was 88.

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Jimmy Breslin, 1930-2017: 

Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New

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Photo: Wyatt Counts, STR


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Martin McGuinness


Martin McGuinness, 1950-2017: Martin McGuinness, an Irishman whose tactics of armed resistance and
then political conciliation made him a hero to nationalists in Northern
Ireland, where he fought to end British rule, negotiated a sweeping
peace treaty and climbed to the top of the province’s political system,
died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Derry, Northern Ireland. He was 66.

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Martin McGuinness, 1950-2017: Martin McGuinness, an Irishman whose tactics of armed resistance and then political conciliation made him a hero to nationalists in Northern Ireland, where

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Photo: David Thomson, AP


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David Rockefeller


David Rockefeller, 1915-2017: David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who
was the last in his generation of one of the country’s most famously
philanthropic families, died Monday, March 20, 2017, in his sleep at his home in suburban Pocantico Hills,
New York. He was 101. He was the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and
the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller.

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David Rockefeller, 1915-2017: David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who was the last in his generation of one of the country’s most famously philanthropic

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Photo: D. Pickoff, STF


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Bill Paxton


Bill Paxton, 1955-2016: Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in
such blockbusters as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic” while also cherishing his
work in “One False Move” and other low-budget movies and in the HBO
series “Big Love,” died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, from complications due to surgery. He was 61.

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Bill Paxton, 1955-2016: Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic” while also cherishing his work in “One

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Royal Robbins

Royal Robbins, 1935-2017: 

Famous Yosemite big wall climber Royal Robbins, one of the pioneers of American rock climbing, died March 14, 2017

Royal Robbins, 1935-2017: 

Famous Yosemite big wall climber Royal Robbins, one of the pioneers of American rock climbing, died March 14, 2017


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James Cotton

James Cotton, 1935-2017: 

Legendary blues man James Cotton, a Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master whose full-throated sound backed such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin’ Wolf, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at age 81 of pneumonia at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin. 

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James Cotton, 1935-2017: 

Legendary blues man James Cotton, a Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master whose full-throated sound backed such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin’

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Photo: Jeff Christensen, Associated Press


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Joseph Wapner


Joseph Wapner, 1919-2017: Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over “The
People’s Court” with steady force during the heyday of the reality
courtroom show, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at age 97. “The People’s Court,” on which Wapner decided real small-claims from
1981 to 1993, was one of the granddaddies of the syndicated reality
shows of today.

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Joseph Wapner, 1919-2017: Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over “The People’s Court” with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died

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Alan Colmes

Alan Colmes, 1950-2017: 

Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as
the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News
Channel, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. A statement from his
family said that he died after “a brief illness.”

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Alan Colmes, 1950-2017: 

Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, died Thursday, Feb.

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Photo: AP


Mike Connors, 1925-2017: 

Connors, who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series “Mannix,” has died at 91. The show ran for eight years on CBS beginning in 1967. Viewers were intrigued by the tall, smartly dressed, well-spoken detective who could mix it up with the burliest of thugs.

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Mike Connors, 1925-2017: 

Connors, who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series “Mannix,” has died at 91. The show ran for eight years on CBS beginning in 1967. Viewers were

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Norma McCorvey

Norma McCorvey, 1947-2017: 

McCorvey, left, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, died of heart failure at an badisted living center in Katy, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

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Norma McCorvey, 1947-2017: 

McCorvey, left, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, died of heart failure at an badisted

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Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, STF


Mary Tyler Moore, 1936-2017:

The star of TV’s beloved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, died at the age of 80. Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In the 1970s, she created one of TV’s first career-woman sitcom heroines in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

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Mary Tyler Moore, 1936-2017:

The star of TV’s beloved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, died at the age of 80. Moore gained fame in

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Photo: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images


Butch Trucks, 1947-2017: 

One of the founding members of Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers, Trucks died at the age of 69 at his home in Florida. Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, who helped formed the rhythms and the drive for The Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country and jazz.

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Butch Trucks, 1947-2017: 

One of the founding members of Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers, Trucks died at the age of 69 at his home in Florida. Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai

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Photo: Larry Hulst/Getty Images


Miguel Ferrer: 1955-2017: 

Ferrer, who followed his Academy Award-winning father, Jose, into acting and often portrayed lawmen and tough guys, died Thursday at his home at 61.

Miguel Ferrer: 1955-2017: 

Ferrer, who followed his Academy Award-winning father, Jose, into acting and often portrayed lawmen and tough guys, died Thursday at his home at 61.


Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images


Eugene Cernan, 1934-2017: 

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of “peace and hope for all mankind,” died at 82. Cernan, commander of NASA’s Apollo 17 mission, set foot on the lunar surface in 1972. He became the last person to walk on the moon on Dec. 14, 1972.

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Eugene Cernan, 1934-2017: 

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of “peace and hope for all mankind,” died at 82. Cernan, commander

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Photo: NASA


John Hurt, Jan. 24, 1940 – Jan. 27, 2017: 

Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in ““Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, pbaded away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. 

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John Hurt, Jan. 24, 1940 – Jan. 27, 2017: 

Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in ““Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77.

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Al Jarreau


Al Jarreau, 1940-2017: Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a
50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, just days after
announcing his retirement from touring because of exhaustion.

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Al Jarreau, 1940-2017: Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, just days after

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Richard Hatch


Richard Hatch, 1945-2017:
Actor Richard Hatch, best known for playing Captain Apollo in
the original “Battlestar Galactica” film and TV series, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Los
Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was
71. he also appeared in such series as “The
Streets of San Francisco,” “Dynasty,” “The Love Boat” and “Santa
Barbara.” He also appeared in the rebooted “Battlestar
Galactica” TV series from 2004 to 2009.

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Richard Hatch, 1945-2017: Actor Richard Hatch, best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original “Battlestar Galactica” film and TV series, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Los Angeles

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William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty, 1928-2017: 

William Peter Blatty, the author of “The Exorcist,” ied Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 89. Blatty was a former Jesuit school valedictorian
who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright
of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie.

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William Peter Blatty, 1928-2017: 

William Peter Blatty, the author of “The Exorcist,” ied Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 89. Blatty was a former Jesuit school valedictorian who

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John Wetton

John Wetton, 1949-2017: 

Singer and bbadist John Wetton of the rock group Asia died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, of colon cancer. He was 67. Wetton was a founding member of Asia. He rose to fame as part of English rock band King Crimson in the 1970s.

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John Wetton, 1949-2017: 

Singer and bbadist John Wetton of the rock group Asia died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, of colon cancer. He was 67. Wetton was a founding member of Asia. He rose to fame as part of English

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Barbara Hale

Barbara Hale, 1922-2017: 

Barbara Hale,who played steadfast secretary Della Street on the long-running “Perry Mason” TV series, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. She 94. Hale appeared in “Perry Mason” on CBS from 1957 to 1966 and won an Emmy as best actress in 1959.

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Barbara Hale, 1922-2017: 

Barbara Hale,who played steadfast secretary Della Street on the long-running “Perry Mason” TV series, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. She 94. Hale appeared in “Perry Mason” on CBS from

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George “The Animal” Steele

George “The Animal” Steele, 1937-2017: 

WWE Hall of Fame member George “The Animal” Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, died Thursday, feb, 16, 2017, at age 79. Sporting a bald head, hairy back and green tongue, Steele was famous for his signature move of sinking his teeth into the turnbuckle pads around the ring. At a Boston Red Sox game in 2012, he pretended to take a bite from the baseball before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

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George “The Animal” Steele, 1937-2017: 

WWE Hall of Fame member George “The Animal” Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, died Thursday, feb, 16, 2017, at age 79. Sporting a bald head, hairy back and green

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Joni Sledge


Joni Sledge, 1957-2017:
Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We
Are Family,”  died Friday, March 10, 2017. She was 60. Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Ariz. This Aug. 14, 2006 file photo shows Sledge, one of the original members of “Sister Sledge,” second from left, posing with Rodney Jerkins, second from right, her niece Camille Sledge, left, and her cousin Amber Sledge at the “We Are Family 2006 – All-Star Katrina Benefit CD and Documentary DVD Launch” in Century City, Calif.

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Joni Sledge, 1957-2017: Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We Are Family,”  died Friday, March 10, 2017. She was 60. Sledge was found dead in her home by a

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Robert Osborne


Robert Osborne, 1932-2017: Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Clbadic Movies and a walking
encyclopedia of clbadic Hollywood, died Monday, March 6, 2017, in New York. He was 84.

Robert Osborne, 1932-2017: Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Clbadic Movies and a walking encyclopedia of clbadic Hollywood, died Monday, March 6, 2017, in New York. He was 84.


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Robert James Waller


Robert James Waller, 1939-2017:
Robert James Waller, whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel “The Bridges of Madison County” was turned into a movie starring Meryl
Streep and Clint Eastwood and later into a soaring Broadway musical, died Friday, March 10, 2017, in Texas. He was 77.

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Robert James Waller, 1939-2017: Robert James Waller, whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel “The Bridges of Madison County” was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint

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Photo: Associated Press


In this image provided by WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay, authorities investigate a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, near Holiday, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. (WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay, via AP) less
In this image provided by WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay, authorities investigate a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, near Holiday, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Authorities have confirmed that former Major … more


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FILE – In this March 9, 2017, file photo, guest instructor, former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay watches relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit throw live batting practice during a workout in Clearwater, Fla. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. less
FILE – In this March 9, 2017, file photo, guest instructor, former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay watches relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit throw live batting practice during a workout in Clearwater, … more


Photo: Chris O’Meara, AP


ILE – In this Oct. 6, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) after throwing a no-hitter to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 during Game 1 of baseball’s National League Division Series, in Philadelphia. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Jose F. Moreno/Camden Courier-Post via AP, File) less
ILE – In this Oct. 6, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) after throwing a no-hitter to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 during Game 1 of … more


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Times Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco confirms that retired baseball pitcher Roy Halladay was killed in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off Bailey’s Bluff Road, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 in Holiday, Fla. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP) less
Times Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco confirms that retired baseball pitcher Roy Halladay was killed in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off Bailey’s Bluff Road, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 in Holiday, Fla. … more


Photo: Douglas R. Clifford, AP


FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, left, celebrates with teammate Jayson Werth after the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 8-0 in a baseball game to clinch the National League East, in Washington. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. less
FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, left, celebrates with teammate Jayson Werth after the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 8-0 in a baseball game to … more


Photo: Evan Vucci, AP


FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2010 file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, throws against the Cincinnati Reds during Game 1 of baseball’s National League Division Series, in Philadelphia. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. He was 40. (Jose F. Moreno/Camden Courier-Post via AP, File) less
FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2010 file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, throws against the Cincinnati Reds during Game 1 of baseball’s National League Division Series, in Philadelphia. Roy Halladay, … more


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Former star pitcher Halladay killed in Florida plane crash


ICON aircraft had posted a video with Halladay trying out a new plane. The video showed Halladay taking delivery of a new ICON A5, a two-seat “light-sport aircraft” that can land on water.

In the video, Halladay said the terms of his baseball contract prevented him from having a pilot’s license while playing, and that his wife was originally against the idea of him getting the aircraft.

“She’s fought me the whole way,” Halladay said.

“Hard. I fought hard. I was very against it,” Brandy Halladay said in the same video, before explaining why she eventually understood and approved of her husband’s desire to have the plane. The couple have two sons, Ryan and Braden.

Halladay spent 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays followed by four seasons with the Phillies. He was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA and an eight-time All-Star.

“Such a sad day,” former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard tweeted. “We lost a great ball player but an even better human being.”

Other baseball players to die in plane crashes included Pittsburgh Pirates star Roberto Clemente in a relief mission from Puerto Rico traveling to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve in 1972; New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson piloting his own plane near his home in Canton, Ohio, in 1979; and Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle piloting his own plane in New York City in 2006.

Halladay was nominated several times for the Roberto Clemente Award, given by Major League Baseball to players for sportsmanship and community involvement. The Halladay Family Foundation has aided children’s charities, hunger relief and animal rescue.

A 6-foot-6 right-hander, Halladay was a throwback on the mound. Durable and determined to finish what he started, Halladay won the AL Cy Young in 2003 after going 22-7 and the NL prize in 2010 after going 21-10.

“You know, if my career’s two years, three years shorter than it could have been because I wanted to go out and pitch deep into games, I’m fine with that,” he said in a retirement news conference.

In 2011, Halladay was part of the “Four Aces” rotation in Philadelphia with Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt. Halladay and the Phillies lost 1-0 to St. Louis in the deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series.

“To the world, Roy was one of the best pitchers in baseball, but to me, he was an inspiration, a great mentor, teammate, and most important, a friend,” said Hamels, now with the Texas Rangers. “His preparation and work ethic has and will forever be ingrained in me. Roy was a man of few words, but he lit up when his boys were around. His family and this game were everything to him, and there will never be a day in my own life that I won’t miss him.”

Chris Bourjos, the Toronto-area scout who signed Halladay, first saw him pitch in St. Louis in the summer of 1994, before his senior season as a prep star in the Denver area.

“Perfect pitcher’s body, tall, lean athletic. And the velocity! At that time, 93 miles an hour was pretty special,” Bourjos, the father of Tampa Bay center fielder Peter Bourjos, recalled Tuesday.

Nocco, the sheriff, personally knew Halladay.

“Many of you know Roy as a Cy Young winner, future Hall of Famer, one of the best pitchers ever to pitch the game of baseball,” Nocco said.

“We know Roy as a person, as a caring husband who loved his wife, Brandy. He loved his two boys tremendously … and we are so sad for your loss.”

Nocco said Halladay knew many members in the sheriff’s office, and that Halladay was part of a charity fishing tournament last Friday.

“He was probably one of the most humble human beings you’ll ever meet,” Nocco said. “For somebody who won two Cy Youngs, one of the greatest pitchers in baseball, he would walk in the room as if he was anybody. Didn’t matter who he met, he was kind, generous. His family purchased a dog for us — K-9 Doc. K-9 Doc is out there working, saving lives, making our community safer.”

The dog was named as a nod to Halladay’s nickname — Doc.

“He was one in a million,” Nocco said. “It is a true loss for us.”

The A5 was a newer model from ICON, based in Vacaville, California.

According to the NTSB’s website, two other ICON A5s crashed earlier this year, the only reported U.S. accidents involving the aircraft since it debuted three years ago. Both were attributed to pilot error.

Last May 8, an A5 crashed into the side of a canyon during a flight at Lake Berryessa, California, killing the pilot and his pbadenger. The NTSB ruled the crash was caused by the pilot flying too low, causing the plane to strike the canyon wall.

A month earlier, another A5 made a hard landing in the water off Key Largo, Florida, injuring the pilot and his pbadenger. The pilot told investigators the plane descended faster than he expected. He tried to abort the landing but the plane struck the water, causing substantial damage to the aircraft. The NTSB ruled that the pilot had failed to properly maintain his descent rate.

ICON declined to comment after Halladay’s crash.

Halladay was an old-style workhorse who pitched 67 complete games and 20 shutouts. A three-time 20-game winner, he was with Toronto (1998-2009) and Philadelphia (2010-13).

Halladay pitched a perfect game for the Phillies at the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010. That Oct. 6, against Cincinnati in the NL Division Series, he became only the second pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter, joining Don Larsen, who accomplished the feat for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series.

In his second big league start, Halladay held Detroit hitless for 8 2/3 innings.

When he retired, Halladay said he wanted to avoid back surgery.

“As a baseball player, you realize that’s something you can’t do the rest of your life,” Halladay said. “I really don’t have any regrets. You realize there’s other things for you to accomplish in life.”

He is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019.

“Absolutely I would love to be there,” he said during spring training this year, when he was a guest instructor for the Phillies. “I think every player who ever played the game would love to be there. It would be a tremendous honor.”

In a statement, the Blue Jays said the organization “is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one the franchise’s greatest and most respected players, but even better human being. Impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans.”

“I wanted to be Roy Halladay. I’m heartbroken, rest easy Doc ,” tweeted former pitcher Dan Haren, who posted a photo of a signed Halladay jersey .

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