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In Memoriam: Celebrities

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Ursula K. Le Guin
American Author
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was an American novelist. Working mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction, she also authored children's books, short stories, poetry, and essays. Her writing was first published in the 1960s and often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality, and ethnography. In 2016, The New York Times described her as "America's greatest living science fiction writer", although she said that she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".
One of the most poetic radical authors in American history. She'll be sorely missed.
 
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Reg E. Cathey
American Actor
Reg E. Cathey was an American actor of stage, film, and television. He was best known for his roles as Norman Wilson in The Wire, Martin Querns in Oz, Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four, and Freddy Hayes in House of Cards, the latter earning him three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, including a win in 2015.
 
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John Gavin, who appeared in The Imitation of Life, Psycho, and Spartacus, among other films, passed away at age 86 from pneumonia.
 
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Billy Graham
Evangelist
William Franklin Graham Jr. KBE was an American Christian Protestant evangelist and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well known internationally after 1949. He has been called one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century. He held large indoor and outdoor rallies with sermons which were broadcast on radio and television, some still being re-broadcast into the 21st century. In his six decades of television, Graham was principally known for hosting the annual Billy Graham Crusades, which he began in 1947, until he concluded in 2005, at the time of his retirement. He also hosted the popular radio show Hour of Decision from 1950 to 1954. He repudiated segregation and, in addition to his religious aims, helped shape the worldview of a huge number of people coming from different backgrounds leading them to find a relationship between the Bible and contemporary secular viewpoints. Graham preached to live audiences of nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories through various meetings, including BMS World Mission and Global Mission. He also reached hundreds of millions more through television, video, film, and webcasts.
 
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Nanette Fabray
American Actress
Nanette Fabray was an American actress, singer and dancer. She began her career performing in vaudeville as a child and became a musical theatre actress during the 1940s and 1950s, winning a Tony Award in 1949 for her performance in Love Life. In the mid-1950s, she served as Sid Caesar's comedic partner on Caesar's Hour, for which she won three Emmy Awards, as well as co-starring with Fred Astaire in the film musical The Band Wagon. From 1979 to 1984, she appeared as Katherine Romano on the TV series One Day at a Time.
 
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Disney alumni David Ogden Stiers lost his battle with bladder cancer. He was notably in Beauty and The Beast, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Lilo & Stitch.
 
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David Ogden Stiers
Actor
David Ogden Stiers was an American actor, voice actor and musician, noted for his role on the television series M*A*S*H as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III and the supernatural fiction drama The Dead Zone as Reverend Gene Purdy. He appeared prominently in the 1980s in the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in several Perry Mason TV movies and voiced Cogsworth in the 1991 film Beauty and the Beast and Dr. Jumba Jookiba in the Lilo and Stitch franchise.
 
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I will also remember David Ogden Stiers for his lesser-known role as the narrator in Black Isle Studios' computer role-playing video game Icewind Dale. That man has proven more than once that he makes for a brilliant narrator. He will be missed.
 
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Just heard the news about Prof. Stephen Hawking (Vale: Stephen Hawking). He was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis for the Americans on the forums) at the age of 21 in 1963 and was given just two years to live, but lived for 55 years after the diagnosis. He rarely spoke about his disability. He did documentaries such as Stephen Hawking and the Theory of Everything, Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, Brave New World with Stephen Hawking, Genius by Stephen Hawking; as well as doing voice acting work on several episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama.
 
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Stephen Hawking
Theoretical Physicist
Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
 
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Augie Garrido
Coach
August Edmun "Augie" Garrido Jr. was a head coach in NCAA Division I college baseball most known for his stints with the Cal State Fullerton Titans and Texas Longhorns. Garrido compiled a collegiate record of 1,975–919–9, retiring in 2016 as the winningest coach in college baseball history. He took his programs to 15 College World Series, winning five of them: three with Cal State Fullerton and two with Texas.
 
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Frank Avruch
Frank Avruch was born on May 21, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, known for Bozo's Big Top, Summer Solstice and I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.
 
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Steven Bochco
Television Producer
Steven Ronald Bochco was an American producer and writer. He developed a number of television series, including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., and NYPD Blue.
 
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Johnny Valiant
Wrestler

John L. Sullivan was an American professional wrestler and manager, better known by his ring name, Johnny Valiant. He competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, which became the World Wrestling Federation during his time with the promotion. He won the World Tag Team Championship two times. The first run was with his first and most famous storyline brother Jimmy Valiant over Tony Garea and Dean Ho on May 8, 1974; his second title run was with his second storyline brother Jerry Valiant over Tony Garea and Larry Zbyszko on March 6, 1979.
 
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