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“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, with first wife Jane said in the statement.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” it continued. “His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world.”
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Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey confirmed the news to the Associated Press, revealing that Mack appeared to have died from natural causes at his home.
The Brentwood, Long Island, native — who found fame on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy label with 1994's “Flava in Ya Ear” — traded in the music industry for a life of faith — working at his local place of worship, the Overcomer Ministry Church, according to the Daily News. He is survived by his wife and two adult children, the outlet reported.
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HUBERT DE GIVENCHY
The acclaimed French designer who founded the House of Givenchy, died at the age of 91 on March 10.
Givenchy was best known for his work dressing actress Audrey Hepburn, who owned a vast wardrobe of Givenchy pieces and wore many of his legendary designs in her movie roles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina and Funny Face to name a few.
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The Bollywood megastar died on Feb. 25, drowning in her hotel bathtub in Dubai after losing consciousness. She was 54. Known to her fans by her screen name, Sridevi, she was in Dubai attending a family wedding when she died, according to CNN.
Dubai police confirmed the star's death was accidental
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Chambers, who starred in the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill alongside Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, died in February at the age of 53. "We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers," agent John Grant said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.
"Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work," Grant continued. "She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected."
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Fabray, a Tony- and Emmy-winning actress perhaps best known for her role in Norman Lear's original rendition of One Day at a Time, has died. She was 97.
Fabray was a beloved star of stage and screen, as well as a gifted singer and tap dancer. She starred in stage musicals early in her career and later earned three Emmy awards for costarring opposite renowned comedian Sid Caesar on Caesar’s Hour. She died on Feb. 22 at her home in Palos Verdes, California, according to the New York Times.
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Christian evangelist and ordained minister Billy Graham, the influential Baptist preacher who shared a close friendship with Queen Elizabeth II and provided spiritual counsel to numerous U.S. presidents, died on Feb. 21 at his mountaintop home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99.
Graham’s spokesman Mark DeMoss confirmed the news to PEOPLE. The preacher had been treated in recent years for cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1989.
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The country music community is mourning the unexpected loss of Daryle Singletary. Singletary died on Feb. 12 at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, SiriusXM’s The Highway confirmed. He was 46.
The cause of death for the Georgia native, whose hits included “I Let Her Lie” and “Amen Kind of Love,” has not been identified. Singletary played a concert on Feb. 9 at The Rodeo Club in Dadeville, Alabama, according to TMZ.
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The silky-voiced baritone who scored hits throughout the '40s and '50s, reportedly died on Feb. 11 at the age of 89. His family told Fox News that the singer died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, with close relatives by his side.
Damone released over 2,500 records during his seven decades in music, earning praise from the likes of Frank Sinatra, who publicly affirmed that he "had the best pipes in the business." He came of age in the big band boom just following World War II, alongside Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Perry Como.
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Gavin, the actor best known for his work in films including Imitation of Life and Psycho, has died. He was 86. Gavin died on Feb. 9 in Beverly Hills, Calif., EW has confirmed. Though Gavin was best known for his career as a mid-century heartthrob, in later years, he also served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild and acted as Ronald Reagan's U.S. ambassador to Mexico.
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JOHN PERRY BARLOW
Barlow, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and internet pioneer, has died. He was 70. Barlow, who co-founded the non-profit digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation, died in his sleep on Feb. 7, according to the announcement shared on EFF’s website.
Grateful Dead also shared the news of Barlow’s death on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, posting a link to a Spotify playlist titled “Remembering John Perry Barlow” with ten tracks including “Cassidy,” “Mexicali Blues” and “Black-Throated Wind” songs Barlow helped pen for the band.
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Jones, the character actor best known for his recurring roles in Justified and Home Improvement, died early on Feb. 7 at the age of 76, a representative for the actor has confirmed.
Jones also guested on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Workaholics, among others, and appeared in films such as Shattered Lies, Sling Blade, Tin Cup, The Beverly Hillbillies, and the original Total Recall. Jones is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Starr, and their two children.
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The actor, best known for his role as Martin Crane in NBC's Frasier, passed away on Jan. 4 in Chicago, Illinois, his manager confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 77.
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Edwards, a key member of seminal Motown Records vocal group the Temptations, died on Feb. 2, according to a CBS News report. Edwards was 74.
Born in 1943 in Fairfield, Alabama, Edwards began singing as a child and became involved in his church's choir when his family moved to Detroit. The budding singer bounced around multiple groups and even served a stint in the armed forces before Motown Records signed him to a recording contract in the mid-'60s.
Edwards' family confirmed that he died in Chicago, but shared no details about his cause of death. The musician would have celebrated his 75th birthday on Feb. 3.
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MARK E. SMITH
The frontman of the English post-punk act The Fall, has died. He was 60 years old. "It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith,” the band's manager posted in a statement on Facebook on Jan. 24. "He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time."
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Cole, the Emmy-winning actress known for her work in such TV programs as Roots and Backstairs at the White House, died Jan. 19 at her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she lived for nearly 30 years. She was 75. Her agent, Susie Schwarz, confirmed the news to EW.
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The Elk City, Oklahoma, native, who starred on Discovery Channel’s documentary reality television series Storm Chasers, died on Jan. 23, according to his friends who shared the sad news on social media. He was 38. The cause of Joel's death remains unclear at this time. It is not believed to be storm chasing-related.
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Masekela, a South African trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist known as "the father of South African jazz," died "peacefully" surrounded by his family on Jan. 23 in Johannesburg "after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer." He was 78.
"A loving father, brother, grandfather, and friend, our hearts beat with profound loss," a statement from the family read. "Hugh's global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions across 6 continents and we are blessed and grateful to be part of a life and ever-expanding legacy of love, sharing, and vanguard creativity that spans the time and space of 6 decades. Rest in power, beloved, you are forever in our hearts."
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SIMON SHELTON BARNES
The British actor best known for playing Tinky Winky in the children's TV show Teletubbies, has died. He was 52. Barnes portrayed the character between 1998-2001 after the firing of original actor Dave Thompson.
Family members and costars took to social media to pay tribute to the actor, who The Independent reports was a trained ballet dancer and choreographer before taking on the role of the purple Teletubby known for carrying a magic bag.
Barnes' niece and The Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack paid tribute to him on Instagram with a black-and-white headshot. "My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so suddenly," she wrote. "The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, and will be forever."
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Sawyer, the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy, has died. She was 105. The actress died peacefully at her home in Woodland Hills, California, according to Deadline. She had previously resided at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's residential community for entertainment industry retirees in Los Angeles.
"It was a hell of a run," a rep for Sawyer told PEOPLE, adding, "In the old-fashioned sense of the phrase a 'Great Broad.' "
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NAOMI PARKER FRALEY
The inspiration for the iconic female World War II factory worker Rosie the Riveter, has died. She was 96. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native, who was born on August 26, 1921, died on Jan. 20 in Longview, Washington, according to the New York Times. The California waitress-turned-factory worker began her job at the Naval Air Station in Alameda and was among the first women to be assigned to the machine shop after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in late 1941.
Then in 1942, 20-year-old Fraley posed for a photograph wearing her signature red-and-white-polka-dot bandana and working on a turret lathe, for a photographer touring the Naval Air Station, where she and younger sister Ada drilled and patched airplane wings as well as operated rivet machines.
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JERRY VAN DYKE
The younger brother of actor Dick Van Dyke best known for his role on Coach, has died at the age of 86, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE.
The actor passed Jan. 19 at his Arkansas ranch with wife Shirley by his side, TMZ reported. Shirley told the website that Jerry’s health had been deteriorating over the years, after a car accident they were involved in back in 2015.
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The Irish musician who fronted ’90s superstars The Cranberries, reportedly died in January at the age of 46. "The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time," O’Riordan’s publicist said in a statement to the BBC. "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."
O'Riordan is survived by her three children, 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.
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Real Housewives of New York City alumna Jill Zarin's husband Bobby has died from cancer. Jill announced the news in a family statement on her official website, revealing that Bobby died on Saturday surrounded by his family. "With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer," the family said in a statement. "There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone for all your love, and support during this difficult time."
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Motörhead guitarist Eddie Clarke has died at the age 67. The musician, known to fans as "Fast" Eddie because of his blisteringly fast playing, was an essential part of the British heavy metal band’s early success. Clarke can be heard on the group’s self-titled 1977 debut album, 1979’s Bomber, 1980’s Ace of Spades, and the 1981 live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith. The guitarist also co-wrote many of the band’s best-known tracks, including “Ace of Spades.” Clarke left Motorhead following the release of 1982’s Iron Fist and formed the band Fastway.
According to the official Motörhead Facebook page, Clarke died in a hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. “We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight,” the post said in part.
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The author of the best-selling novel Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert confirmed the passing of her partner in statements shared on Instagram and Twitter on Jan. 4. Elias, a fellow author, songwriter and short filmmaker, was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in spring 2016.
“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote along with a photo of Elias happily playing guitar.
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