In Memoriam: People We've Lost in 2021

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In this May 30, 1983 file photo the cast of the television series “The Love Boat,” at the Great Wall near Beijing, China. Gavin MacLeod, fourth from left, died early Saturday, May 29, 2021.
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NBA legend Mark Eaton died on May 29, 2021, at age 64. In this file photo, Eaton, #53 of the Utah Jazz, stands next to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA game at The Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1989.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling,” singer B. J. Thomas arrives at the SeriousFun Children’s Network event at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Los Angeles. He died on May 29, 2021, at age 78 after announcing he was diagnosed with lung cancer in March.
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Michael Collins, an American astronaut, piloted the spacecraft for the Apollo 11 mission that allowed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to make their historic first steps on the moon in 1969. Collins died Wednesday of cancer, his family said. He was 90.
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Walter Mondale, a liberal icon and former Vice President to Jimmy Carter, died Apr. 19, 2021. Mondale was a major figure in national politics for two decades, running for president in 1984 but losing to Ronald Reagan. He was 93.
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DMX, the Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist and legendary rapper who produced hit songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” died Apr. 9, 2021. He was 50 years old.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, poses for a portrait at home in Buckingham Palace in December 1958 in London, England. Philip, who was the longest-serving consort in Britain’s history as Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, died at the age of 99 on April 9th.
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British actor Paul Ritter, known for roles in the “Harry Potter” series and the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” among many others, died March 5, 2021 after battling a brain tumor.
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Emmy Award-winning actress Jessica Walter died at age 80 in New York City on March 24, 2021. Walter's career spanned six decades in film and television, including popular roles on series "Arrested Development" and "Archer," as well as films such as Clint Eastwood's 1971 "Play Misty for Me."
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George Segal, an American actor and musician known for his roles in "The Goldbergs," "Look Who's Talking," and "Just Shoot Me!" died at age 87 on March 23, 2021. Segal rose to popularity in the '60s and '70s, earning an 1967 Oscar nomination for the film "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
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NBA great and Lakers legend Elgin Baylor died Mar. 22, 2021, at age 86. Considered the star of his era, Baylor was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977.
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Sabine Schmitz, the first and only female race car driver to win the annual 24-hour race on the famed Nürburgring circuit and a renowned TV personality, died March 16, 2020. She was 51. Schmitz had been ill with cancer since 2017 and continued racing until 2019. The 24-hour race's organizers said she died Tuesday following “a years-long battle with her disease.”
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American professional boxer "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler died on March 13, 2021, at 66. Quiet with a brooding public persona, Hagler fought 67 times over 14 years as a pro out of Brockton, Massachusetts, finishing 62-3-2 with 52 knockouts.
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Rush Limbaugh, a conservative radio host and one of the most influential voices of American right-wing politics, died Feb. 17, 2021, at age 70. Limbaugh had been battling advanced lung cancer after he announced his diagnosis in January 2020. His radio show ran for more than three decades.
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Larry Flynt, the controversial publisher who founded “Hustler” magazine, died on Feb. 10, 2021, at the age of 78. Flynt launched “Hustler” in the 1970s, a print extension of his adult club of the same name that featured nude hostesses.
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In this Nov. 18, 2015, file photo, singer Mary Wilson performs at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, California. Wilson, one of the founders of Motown group The Supremes, died on Feb. 8, 2021, at age 76.
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U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas, died on Feb. 7, 2021, after contracting COVID-19 while fighting a prolonged battle against lung cancer. The 67-year-old became the first sitting member of Congress to die after contracting COVID-19.
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Millie Hughes-Fulford, a trailblazing astronaut and scientist who became the first female payload specialist to fly in space for NASA, died following a years-long battle with cancer, her family said. She died on Feb. 2, 2021, at 75.
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Photographed here with then-President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush, then-Secretary of State George P. Shultz walks along the White House Colonnade in Washington D.C., on Jan. 9, 1985. Shultz, a titan of American academia, business and diplomacy, died on Feb. 6, 2021, at age 100.
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Hall of Famer Leon Spinks, pictured here at the Boxing Hall of Fame parade in Canastota, New York, in 2011, died on Feb. 5, 2021. The 67-year-old, who once beat Muhammad Ali to become the heavyweight champion, had been diagnosed with several forms of cancer.
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Christopher Plummer, the prolific actor who first came into prominence as Captain von Trapp in the film "The Sound of Music," has died at 91. Plummer remained active in Hollywood for over five decades, having played notable parts in recent films like "Knives Out," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," and even as the voice of the villain in "Up."
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Hal Holbrook holds his Emmy Awards at The 26th Emmy Awards on May 28, 1974, at Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California. The five-time Emmy awards winner, best known for his portrayals as Mark Twain and the Watergate whistleblower "Deep Throat," died at the age of 95 on Feb. 2, 2021.
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Dustin Diamond, best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom "Saved by the Bell," died at age 44 from stage four lung cancer on Feb. 1, 2021.
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Pioneering actor Cicely Tyson earned a reputation for portraying strong Black women in a career that spanned more than seven decades. She earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “Sounder” (1972) and a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88. Tyson died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. She was 96.
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Cloris Leachman, known for playing Phyllis Lindstrom on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and her own spinoff, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, of natural causes in Encinitas, California, according to a representative. Leachman won a best-supporting actress Oscar for "The Last Picture Show" and multiple Emmys. She was 94.
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Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron, seen here during spring training with the Braves in 1967, had died at the age of 86 on Jan. 22. The 25-time All-Star Hall of Famer led the Braves to a World Series pennant in 1957, and after retiring as a player, served the same organization as an executive in 1986.
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In this 2006 photo, John Reilly attends NBC's "Days of Our Lives" and "Passions" pre-Emmy party. Reilly, known for his roles in "General Hospital" and "Beverly Hills, 90210," died at age 84, his daughter announced on Instagram on Jan. 10, 2021.
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Tommy Lasorda poses during a 1980 photo portrait session at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Lasorda, who had spent seven decades with the Dodgers as a player, scout, manager and executive, is most known for his time managing the team from 1976 to 1996, leading them to two World Series wins and two World Series losses. He died at 93, according to the Dodgers.
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