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Photos: Notable deaths of 2017

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    Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes died May 18, family members said in a statement. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
     
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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 03: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs on stage at Fox Theater on May 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images) Hide Caption ( - )
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    Actor Powers Boothe died Sunday, May 14. He was 68. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) Hide Caption ( - )
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    Actor John Cygan, best known for his role on 'The Commish,' died May 13 in his home in California after a long battle with cancer. He was 63. Here, he appears in a 2013 episode of 'Modern Family.' Hide Caption ( - )
    Photograph by Peter "Hopper" Stone
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    Reality TV personality Christopher "Big Black" Boykin died May 9, 2017 at age 45.

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    Paulie Giganti was found dead in his home on April 20. He was 36 years old.

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    Photograph by Tyler Golden
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    Filmmaker Jonathan Demme appears at the Sundance Film Festival.  Demme died, from complications from esophageal cancer in New York. He was 73. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    Photograph by CAROLYN KASTER
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    Actress Erin Moran arrives at the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences' "Father's Day Salute To TV Dads" on June 18, 2009. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Hide Caption ( - )
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    Soul singer Cuba Gooding, Sr. of The Main Ingredient performs at Chastain Park Amphitheater on July 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was found dead in his car April 20, 2017. (Photo by Chris McKay/WireImage) Hide Caption ( - )
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    Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide in prison, according to officials. Hernandez was discovered hanged at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, around 3:05 a.m. April 19, 2017. Hide Caption ( - )
    Photograph by Stephan Savoia
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    Comedian Charlie Murphy appears at "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only," a celebration of Murphy's career. Murphy, older brother of actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 of leukemia. He was 57. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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    David Letterman, right, and his mother Dorothy Mengering share a laugh during the dedication of the $21 million David Letterman Communication and Media Building on the campus in Muncie, Ind. Mengering died Tuesday, she was 95. Hide Caption ( - )
    Photograph by Michael Conroy
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    J. Geils of the J. Geils Band was found dead at age 71 in his home on April 11, 2017, reports said.

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    Don Rickles speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Don Rickles: One Night Only" on May 6, 2014 in NYC. The comedian’s spokesman confirmed on Thursday, April 6, 2017, that he died of kidney failure. He was 90. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)

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    Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill has died, the band announced April 5, 2017. He was 61. Here, O'Neill and Al Pitrelli pose in Amsterdam in 2011. (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images) Hide Caption ( - )
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    Darlene Cates, poses for picture at her home in Forney, Texas. Cates, who played the housebound mother in the 1993 film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," died at home in her sleep on Sunday morning, March 26, 2017. Hide Caption ( - )
    Photograph by Michael Ainsworth
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    TV personality Clay Adler is believed to have died in the hospital on March 26, 2017, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Hide Caption ( - )
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    HOLD FOR STORY FILE - In this Nov. 28, 1980 file photo, Chuck Barris, host of the television's "Gong Show," and friend Robin Altman leave the Pierrre Hotel in New York. (AP Photo/Sands, File)

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    David Rockefeller died March 20, 2017 at the age of 101.

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    Award-winning New York author and columnist Jimmy Breslin, who covered the city for more than 50 years, died at his Manhattan apartment from complications of pneumonia on March 19, 2017 Hide Caption ( - )
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    CHICAGO - JANUARY 01: Chuck Berry performs at the Congress Theater on January 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Hide Caption ( - )
    Photograph by Timothy Hiatt
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    Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal poses for a photo Aug. 1, 2016, in Chicago. Rosenthal, a popular author, filmmaker and speaker died Monday, March 13, 2017. She was 51. Hide Caption ( - )
    Photograph by Kevin Nance
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    Joni Sledge, one of the original members of Sister Sledge, second from left, posing with Rodney Jerkins, her niece Camille Sledge, and her cousin Amber Sledge.

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    Photograph by CHRIS POLK
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    Singer Tommy Page died March 3, 2017. He was 46. Hide Caption ( - )
    Photograph by Stephen Lovekin
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    NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: American author Paula Fox poses for a portrait at her home January 13, 2007 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Fox died March 1, 2017, at the age of 93. Hide Caption ( - )
    Photograph by Ulf Andersen
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    Judge Joseph A. Wapner of TV's 'The People's Court' congratulates his son, Frederick, right, as he was enrobed as a Municipal Court judge in Los Angeles. Wapner died at home in his sleep Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, according to his son, David Wapner. Hide Caption ( - )
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    Bill Paxton arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
     
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    Neil Fingleton, the 7-foot-7-inch actor and tallest man in Britain, died Feb. 25, 2017, according to the Daily Mail. He was 36 years old. Hide Caption ( - )
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    Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever in the song "Funky Drummer," died at age 73. (mtphrames)

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    Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, is flanked by The Reverend Robert L. Schenck of the National Clergy Council, left, and The Rev. Phillip Benham of Operation Rescue National  in Washington, D.C. Sunday, Jan. 21, 1996.

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    Pro Wrestling legend Ivan Koloff has passed away from a liver disease. In his career Koloff wrestled the world over and even held the WWWF World Heavyweight title after defeating Bruno Sammartino for the title.

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    Warren Frost, who starred on "Twin Peaks" and appeared in dozens of other TV shows including "Matlock" and "Seinfeld," died Friday in Middebury, Vermont. He was 91. (Showtime)

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    Professional wrestler William James Myers, known by his WWE stage name George "The Animal" Steele, died on February, 17, 2017. (George Napolitano/MediaPunch/IPX)
     
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    Legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau died at age 76, just days after announcing he was retiring after being hospitalized for exhaustion. (Mauricio Santana)
     
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    Actor Richard Hatch, best known for his role as Captain Apollo on the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series in 1978, died at 71 years old. (Robert Mora/Getty Images)
     
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    Actor John Hurt, known for roles in "Alien," "The Elephant Man" and "1984," died in January 2017 at 77 years old. (Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    Musician John Wetton, best known for fronting the progressive rock supergroup Asia, died in his sleep on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
     
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    Actress Barbara Hale, who played loyal secretary Della Street on the long-running drama "Perry Mason," died at age 94. (Frederick M. Brown)
     
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    Actress Mary Tyler Moore died at age 80 surrounded by her husband and friends, according to her longtime publicist. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
     
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    Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band performs in Boca Raton, Florida on Dec. 28, 2007. The drummer died Jan. 24, 2017. He was 69. (Carl Lender [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr/Cropped from original)
     
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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
     
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    Arizona Diamondbacks' Andy Marte celebrates his two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
     
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    Actor Miguel Ferrer, who starred in "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Crossing Jordan" and "RoboCop" died at age 61 after a battle with throat cancer. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

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    In an undated file photo provided by NASA, U.S.  Navy Commander and Astronaut for the upcoming Apollo 17, Eugene Cernan, is pictured in his space suit. He was 82. (NASA via AP)

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    Bishop Eddie Long speaks at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta. Long, a prominent pastor who led one of metro Atlanta's largest churches, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. He was 63. (AP Photo/John Amis, Pool)
     
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    WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has died at age 73, his family said Jan. 15, 2017. (Michael Kubel/The Morning Call via AP)
     
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    Britain's Princess Margaret with Lord Snowdon, Anthony Armstrong Jones, second from left, as he shakes hands with Ringo Starr when meeting the Beatles before the world charity premiere of their second film, "Help,". (AP Photo, File)
     
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