In Memoriam: Influential People We’ve Lost in 2017

Take a look back at the people we've lost in 2017, including politicians, artists and other public figures.

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Author Sue Grafton attends the 2013 Book Expo America on day one at Jacob Javits Center on May 30, 2013 in New York City. She died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, after two-year battle with cancer.
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Actress Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," poses at a launch party on March 25, 2004, in Los Angeles. Marie died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at her LA-area home. She was 94.
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In this March 26, 1976 file photo, actress Heather Menzies-Urich attends the screening of "Robin and Marian" at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Menzies-Urich, who played one of the singing von Trapp children in the 1965 hit film "The Sound of Music," died Sunday. She was 68.
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San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee speaks onstage during A World of Cities at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Oct. 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Lee, San Francisco's first Asian-American mayor, died at 65 on Dec. 12, 2017, leaving San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed to become acting mayor of the city.
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In this file photo, David Cassidy performs at at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cassidy died on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, his family confirmed. He was 67.
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This 1996 file photo shows Mel Tillis posing for a portrait. The country music legend's spokesman said on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, that Tillis died at the age of 85.
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This March 3, 2003, file photo of AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young at an event in London. The band announced Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, that 64-year-old Young died.
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Red Sox player Bobby Doerr hits a ball during a game in July 1946. He died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, according to a statement from the team, calling him a giant among baseball giants.
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Roy Halladay, an eight-time All-Star pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays who retired from baseball in 2013, died in a plane crash on Nov. 7, 2017. He was 40.
Music legend Fats Domino performs on the NBC "Today" television show in New York, Friday, Nov. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Comedian Ralphie May performs at KROQ Presents Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness at The Shrine Auditorium on April 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. He died on Oct. 6, 2017, at the age of 45.
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This Sept. 17, 2017, file photo shows Tom Petty performing in San Diego, California. The rock star died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at the age of 66, his manager said.
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Monty Hall arrives at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California. He died Sept. 30, 2017. He was 96.
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In this Oct. 13, 2011, file photo, Hugh Hefner poses at his home at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. Playboy Enterprises announced that Hefner died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, of natural causes. He was 91.
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Actor Harry Dean Stanton poses for a portrait for the film "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction" at Dan Tana's Restaurant on Aug. 22, 2013, in West Hollywood, California. He passed away Sept. 15, 2017, at the age of 91.
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In this May 23, 2014 file photo, Bernie Casey appears after a performance of "The Tallest Tree in the Forest" in Los Angeles. Casey, the professional football player turned actor, died Sept. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 78.
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Actor Frank Vincent attends a party to celebrate the release of his book, "A Guy's Guide To Being a Man's Man," at Capitale, Mar. 8, 2006, in New York City. Vincent, a veteran character actor who often played tough guys, including mob boss Phil Leotardo on "The Sopranos," died Sept. 13, 2017. He was 80.
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This 2008 file photo shows poet John Ashbery at his apartment in New York. Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died Sept. 3, 2017, at age 90. The Pulitzer Prize-winning artist died of natural causes at his home, his husband, David Kermani, said.
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Walter Becker died Sept. 3, 2017. He was the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as "Reelin' In the Years," "Rikki Don't Lose that Number" and "Deacon Blues." He was 67.
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Jay Thomas, a radio talk show host and actor with recurring roles on the sitcoms "Murphy Brown" and "Cheers," died on Aug. 24, 2017. He was 69.
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In this Aug. 24, 2016 photo, comedian Jerry Lewis reacts during an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Lewis died Aug. 20, 2017.
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Activist and comedian Dick Gregory died Aug. 19, 2017, nearly two weeks after he was hospitalized for an unknown serious medical condition.
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Vocalist/musician Glen Campbell performs in concert in 2012 in Austin, Texas. He died on Aug. 8, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
French actress Jeanne Moreau starred in Francois Truffaut's love triangle film "Jules and Jim" and had an award-winning, seven-decade career. Moreau is seen here as "Mata Hari, Agent H-21," in Paris, Oct. 1, 1964. She died on 31 July, 2017.
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Barbara Sinatra, widow of Frank Sinatra, at the Seventh Annual Rick Weiss Humanitarian Award Gala at the Westin Mission Hills Resort on April 9, 2005 in Rancho Mirage, California. She died on July 25, 2017, at 90.
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Actor Sam Shepard poses for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He died on July 31, 2017.
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In this Sept. 12, 2011 file photo, actor John Heard arrives at Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Producers Peer Group celebration of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Heard, best known for playing the father in the “Home Alone” movie series, has died. He was 71. His death was confirmed by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office in California on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
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Singer Chester Bennington visits Music Choice at Music Choice Studios on February 21, 2017 in New York City. The Linkin Park singer was found dead on July 20, 2017 at the age of 41, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.
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This Oct. 12, 2012, file photo shows Martin Landau in London, England. The Oscar-winning actor died on July 16, 2017, at the age of 89, his publicist said.
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This Jan. 21, 2008, file photo shows director and writer George Romero in Park City, Utah. Romero died July 16, 2017, at the age of 77, his family said in a statement.
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Nelsan Ellis arrives at the premiere for third season of HBO's "True Blood" in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Ellis passed away on July 8, 2017, after complications with heart failure, according to his manager Emily Gerson.
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Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep attends the Cinemax screening, panel and reception for "The Knick" on July 23, 2014 in New York City. Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, died of complications from sickle cell anemia at 42.
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Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie "Animal House," died of complications from diabetes, his family said Saturday, June 16, 2017. Furst was 63.
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In this Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, Anita Pallenberg poses at London Film Festival American Express Gala The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane After Party in London. Pallenberg, a model and actress who had children with Keith Richards and served as a muse for The Rolling Stones, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at St. Richard's Hospital in the city of Chichester, located in southeast England. She was 75.
In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 1989, file photo, actors Adam West, left, and Burt Ward, dressed as their characters Batman and Robin, pose for a photo at the "World of Wheels" custom car show in Chicago. On Saturday, June 10, 2017, West’s family said the actor, who portrayed Batman in a 1960s TV series, died at age 88.
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Actress Glenne Headly arrives at the 36th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Warren Beatty held at the Kodak Theatre on June 12, 2008 in Hollywood, California. Headly was reported dead on June 9, 2017. She was 62.
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This July 2, 1968, photo shows actor Roger Smith, star of "77 Sunset Strip," in Toronto. An agent for his wife, actress Ann-Margret, said that the actor died Sunday, June 4, in Los Angeles at the age of 84.
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Gregg Allman speaks to the press on December 11, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Allman passed away on May 27, 2017.
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Jim Bunning of Philadelphia Phillies in an undated photo (left) and Jim Bunning on July 24, 2016 in Cooperstown, New York. Bunning passed away on May 27, 2017.
British actor Sir Roger Moore, playing the title role of secret service agent 007, James Bond, is shown on location in England in 1972. Moore, who played Bond in seven films, passed away after battling cancer, according to a post on his official Twitter account posted on May 23, 2017.
Frank Deford, editor and publisher of The National Sports Daily, holds a proof of the final front page of the newspaper after a news conference at the paper's offices in New York City on Wednesday, June 12, 1991. He died Sunday, May 29, 2017, in Key West, Florida, his family said. He was 78.
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In this Sept. 29, 2006 file photo, former Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in New York. Ailes, who resigned from Fox News in 2016 after numerous reporters and anchors accused him of sexual harassment, died on May 18, 2017, at the age of 77.
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This file photo shows Chris Cornell from the band Soundgarden in London's Hyde Park, July 13, 2012. His representative confirmed that the musician had died May 17, 2017, at the age of 52.
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In this Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, Powers Boothe arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Boothe, the character actor known for his villain roles in TV’s “Deadwood,” and in the movies “Tombstone,” “Sin City” and “The Avengers,” died May 14, 2017. He was 68.
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Television personality Christopher "Big Black" Boykin arrives at Showtime's VIP prefight party for "Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2" on Sept. 13, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boykin died May 9, 2017, at age 45.
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Director Jonathan Demme attends the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Demme, a prolific director who won an Oscar for "The Silence of the Lambs," died on April 26, 2017 at the age of 73 of complications from esophageal cancer.
EMPTY_CAPTION"Happy Days" actress Erin Moran passed away at the age of 56, on April 22, 2017, according to Harrison County Sheriff's Department.
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Steelers owner Dan Rooney holds the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 5, 2006. Rooney, who succeeded his father and Steelers founder, Art, as team president and rose to become one of the most influential and beloved owners in sports, died at the age of 84.
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Comedian Charlie Murphy appears at "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only," a celebration of Murphy's career in Beverly Hills, California, on Nov. 3, 2012. Murphy, older brother of actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 of leukemia in New York. He was 57.
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John Warren Geils Jr., guitarist of the rock group The J. Geils Band, died at his home in his Groton, Massachusetts, on April 11, 2017.
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Emmy-Award winning comedian Don Rickles died at age 90, his publicist confirmed on April 6, 2017.
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Chuck Barris at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87 on March 21, 2017.
Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, at New York Magazine's 20th Anniversary Party at Cloud Club in New York City, New York, United States. Breslin died March 19, 2017.
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Legendary rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry on stage at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, with and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, for a performance filmed as the "Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!" concert movie on October 16, 1986. Berry died March 18, 2017, according to police in Missouri.
In this Wednesday, April 26, 1989 file photo, Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe in the 1973 court case, left, and her attorney Gloria Allred hold hands as they leave the Supreme Court building in Washington after sitting in while the court listened to arguments in a Missouri abortion case. McCorvey died Feb. 18, 2017.
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Clyde Stubblefield takes a bow onstage during Guitar Center's 28th Annual Drum-Off Finals Event, Jan. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Feb. 18, 2017. He was 73.
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Actress Mary Tyler Moore receives the Groundbreaking Show Award on stage at the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards held on March 7, 2004 at The Hollywood Palladium, in Hollywood, California. Moore, an iconic actress and advocate, died Jan. 25, 2017, at the age of 80.
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Actor John Hurt poses for the photographers as he arrives for the 19th annual Women in Film and Television Awards, in central London, Dec. 4, 2009. Hurt, a prolific actor, died at the age of 77.
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