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In Memoriam: Celebrities

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Grant Thompson

Youtuber

Grant Thompson was an American Youtuber who created a channel called The King of Random. The channel focuses on DIY projects and experiments involving large quantities of a single item. Thompson was originally the sole host, but two of his friends, Nate Bonham and Calli Gade, joined the channel. As of August 2019, the channel has around 2.5 billion views and 11 million subscribers.

Russi Taylor

Voice actress

Russi Taylor was an American voice actress. She was most notable for being the voice of Minnie Mouse from 1986 until her death. She has had numerous other roles, most of them with Disney, such as in Ducktales, where she was the voice of Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as well as numerous other Disney projects. Her most notable role outside of Disney was in the Simpsons, where she voiced 4th Grade nerd Martin Prince, purple haired twins Sherri and Teri, and German exchange student Üter.
 
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Russi Taylor

Voice actress

Russi Taylor was an American voice actress. She was most notable for being the voice of Minnie Mouse from 1986 until her death. She has had numerous other roles, most of them with Disney, such as in Ducktales, where she was the voice of Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as well as numerous other Disney projects. Her most notable role outside of Disney was in the Simpsons, where she voiced 4th Grade nerd Martin Prince, purple haired twins Sherri and Teri, and German exchange student Üter.
Wait, she was in The Simpsons? I guess that means those four characters will be retired.
 
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Toni Morrison

Novelist

Toni Morrison was an American novelist. She was best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award winning novel Beloved in 1988, which was adapted into a film starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover in 1998. She won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 and she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 by Barack Obama, among many other achievements. Other novels that she wrote include Song of Solomon and The Bluest Eye.
 
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Peter Fonda
American Actor
Peter Henry Fonda was an American actor. He was the son of Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda. Fonda was a part of the counterculture of the 1960s.
 
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David Koch

Businessman

David Koch was a business executive and conservative political activist. He joined his family company, Koch Industries, in 1979 and served with them until his retirement in 2018, co-owning the company with his brother Charles. David and his brother were also frequent donors to Republican political candidates and they advocated for the Republican and Libertarian agendas. As of March 2019, David was the 11th richest person in the world with a net worth of $50.5 billion.
 
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Valerie Harper
American Actress
Valerie Kathryn Harper was an American actress. She began her career as a dancer on Broadway, making her debut in the musical Take Me Along in 1959. Harper is best remembered for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Rhoda. For her work on Mary Tyler Moore, she thrice received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and later received the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Rhoda.



Gordon Bressack
Gordon Bressack was born on May 28, 1951. He is known for his work on Pinky and the Brain, My Pure Joy and Animaniacs.
 
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Two Digimon/Saban favourites have sadly passed away.

Michael Lindsay

Born on May 9th 1963, his most notable roles included voicing Joe Kido and Agumon (for the first two episodes of the show before Tom Fahn replaced him) in Digimon, Urahara in Bleach (until he left and was replaced by Doug Erholtz) and Yamagata in the Pioneer dub of Akira.

His list of other appearances include shows and movies such as the Mobile Suit Gundam compilation films, the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Tokyopop/Studiopolis dub of Initial D, Zatch Bell! and Final Fantasy XIII. His last piece of voice work before retiring from the industry was providing Additional Voices for the Capcom game Dragon's Dogma.


Robert Axelrod

Born on May 29th, 1949, Power Rangers fans will remember Robert fondly for voicing the evil Lord Zedd in the original Mighty Morphin series but he too was also in Digimon voicing Armadillomon.

The list of other roles and appearances includes Mamo from the Streamline dub of Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo, Rico from Robotech, Movor from Transformers: Robots in Disguise plus Akira, Rurouni Kenshin, the 90s Spider-Man cartoon, Fighting Spirit, Metropolis and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.
 
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Eddie Money
Singer
Edward Joseph Mahoney, known professionally as Eddie Money, was an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who had success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Money is well known for songs like "Baby Hold On", "Two Tickets to Paradise", "Think I'm in Love", "Shakin'", "Take Me Home Tonight", "I Wanna Go Back", "Walk on Water", and "The Love in Your Eyes".
 
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Ric Ocasek
American Singer
Richard Theodore Otcasek, known as Ric Ocasek, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and painter. He was best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band the Cars. In 2018, Ocasek was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars. That same year, he revealed a number of his paintings in a national tour which included an exhibit at the Wentworth Galleries in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
 
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Eddie Money
Singer
Edward Joseph Mahoney, known professionally as Eddie Money, was an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who had success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Money is well known for songs like "Baby Hold On", "Two Tickets to Paradise", "Think I'm in Love", "Shakin'", "Take Me Home Tonight", "I Wanna Go Back", "Walk on Water", and "The Love in Your Eyes".
Ric Ocasek
American Singer
Richard Theodore Otcasek, known as Ric Ocasek, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and painter. He was best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band the Cars. In 2018, Ocasek was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars. That same year, he revealed a number of his paintings in a national tour which included an exhibit at the Wentworth Galleries in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
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Diahann Carroll

Actress

Diahann Carroll was an American actress, singer, and model. She was best known for starring in some of the earliest films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones in 1954 and Porgy and Bess in 1959. She is best known for her role in the sitcom Julia, the first American television series to feature a black woman in a non-stereotypical role. She is also the first black woman to win the Tony Award for Best Actress, which she won for the Broadway musical No Strings.
 
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Elijah Cummings

Politician

Elijah Cummings was an American politician and civil rights advocate. He represented the 7th District of Maryland from 1996 until his death in 2019. While in office, he chaired the powerful House Oversight Committee and frequently clashed with President Donald Trump.
 
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Alexei Leonov

Cosmonaut

Alexei Leonov is a Russian cosmonaut. He is best known for being the first human to conduct a spacewalk, exiting his Voskhod 2 capsule for 12 minutes and 9 seconds on March 18, 1965.
 
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Ginger Baker

Musician

Ginger Baker was an English musician. He was best known for being the drummer and co-founder of the rock band Cream. He became known as "rock's first superstar drummer" for his music style that melded jazz and traditional African music.

Rip Taylor

Comedian

Rip Taylor was an American actor and comedian known for his flamboyant style, including his wild moustache, toupee, and his habit of showing himself and others with confetti. Taylor had a distinguished comedy career, with many TV and film appearances spanning six decades.

John Conyers

Politician

John Conyers was an American politican. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965-2017, representing parts of Western Detroit. He is the longest serving African American congressman in U.S. history.

Kay Hagan

Politician

Kay Hagan was an American politician. She served in the North Carolina State Senate from 1999 until 2009, where she won a highly competitive election to the U.S. Senate, defeating incumbent Elizabeth Dole, marking the first time that an incumbent female Senator lost to a female challenger. She served one term in the Senate from 2009-2015, losing a close election to Republican Thom Tillis.

Rudy Boesch

Reality TV Star

Rudy Boesch was an American military veteran and reality TV personality. He had a distinguished career as a Navy SEAL, serving from 1945-1990. Rudy served in the Vietnam War and won a Bronze Star and a Defense Superior Service Medal. He was also known for competing on the popular reality TV series Survivor, competing in the series' first season, coming in 3rd place. He returned in Survivor: All-Stars, where he was the second contestant eliminated from the competition, placing 17th.
 
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Fred Cox
American Football Player
Frederick William Cox was an American football kicker who played for fifteen seasons in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings. After playing college football for Pittsburgh, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the eighth round of the 1961 NFL Draft and by the New York Titans in the 28th round of the 1961 AFL Draft. He was also the inventor of the Nerf football.
 
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Retired Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney died yesterday at the age of 85. He was the puppeteer and voice behind iconic characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch from the show's creation in 1969 until his retirement last year.
 
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Rene Auberjonois
American Actor

René Murat Auberjonois was an American actor and singer. In films, Auberjonois portrayed Father Mulcahy in MASH, the expedition scientist Roy Bagley in King Kong, and Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid, in which he sang "Les Poissons". In the American animated musical comedy film Cats Don't Dance, Auberjonois lent his voice as Flanagan, the human film director of "Li'l Ark Angel".
 
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