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Actor Robert Blake has died at 89 from heart disease.
Blake was best known for his starring role in the popular cop drama “Baretta”, as Detective Tony Baretta, which earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1975. The photograph captures him at the ’75 awards ceremony. Blake was also known for his movie role in 1967’s “In Cold Blood”, as well as for being tried and acquitted of his wife’s murder in a high-profile case.
His 60-year acting career began in childhood and he managed to maintain it through his teens. After getting drafted into the Army, he returned to acting in his mid-20s.
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Guitarist David Lindley has died at age 78.
Lindley, a multi-instrumentalist, was best known for his work with Jackson Browne, particularly his slide-guitar solo on "Running on Empty".
In addition to Browne, Lindley backed up a who's who of top recording artists including Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Toto, Rod Stewart and Joe Walsh.
In addition to being one of rock's all-time great sidemen, Lindley also maintained a solo career. His 1981 solo debut album, "El Rayo-X", spawned the hit single "Mercury Blues", which spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot 200 chart.
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Legendary Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent has died at age 92.
The Newfoundland-born Pinsent appeared in numerous films and television series over the course of a career spanning eight decades, including the 1972 Canadian classic "The Rowdyman" and the Sarah Polley-directed "Away From Her" in 2006, which brought Pinsent international acclaim.
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Charles Kimbrough, best known for his role as stiff news anchor Jim Dial on sitcom "Murphy Brown", has died at 86.
The Tony-nominated actor predominantly worked onstage until being cast in "Murphy Brown", which ran for 10 seasons between 1988 and 1998. Kimbrough made a brief appearance in the 2018 reboot.
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Melinda Dillon, known for her roles in such films as "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "A Christmas Story", died at age 83.
Dillon was a two-time Oscar nominee, receiving Best Actress nods for her "Close Encounter" performance and her role in the Paul Newman legal drama "Absence of Malice".
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Tom Verlaine, guitarist and frontman for NYC punk band Television, died at age 73 after a brief illness.
Television's 1977 album "Marquee Moon" is regarded as one of the most influential albums of that era, paving the way for the post-punk and New Wave movements of the 1980s.
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Lance Kerwin, who became a teen idol in the 1970s thanks to his starring role in TV drama "James at 16", has died at age 62.
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Legendary Italian movie star Gina Lollobrigida died at the age of 95.
Besides “The World’s Most Beautiful Woman” in 1955, career highlights included Golden Globe-winner “Come September”, with Rock Hudson; “Trapeze”; “Beat the Devil”, a 1953 John Huston film starring Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones; and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell”, which won Lollobrigida Italy’s top movie award, a David di Donatello, as best actress in 1969.
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"American Idol" alum C.J. Harris died at age 31.
Harris, who made it to sixth place in the 2014 season of the TV talent competition, suffered a fatal heart attack in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama.
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Daredevil Robbie Knievel died at age 60.
The son of legendary stunt performer Evel Knievel passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
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Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis And Priscilla Presley, died at 54 on Jan. 12, 2023. She was rushed to hospital after going into full cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California.
“Priscilla Presley and the Presley family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Lisa Marie,” a rep for the family confirmed to ET. “They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
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British guitarist Jeff Beck died at age 78 after a brief illness brought about by bacterial meningitis.
Beck was regarded as one of the finest rock guitarists in the world, having played for The Yardbirds, his own Jeff Beck Group (which was fronted by Rod Stewart) and a fruitful solo career, highlighted by his experimental jazz-fusion album "Blow By Blow" in the 1970s.
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Fred White, who played drums for Earth, Wind & Fire throughout the iconic funk-soul band's heyday in the 1970s and '80s, died at age 67. A cause of death was not revealed.
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Tatjana Patitz, the supermodel who rose to stardom in the 1980s and 1990s, died at 56 after a battle with breast cancer.
During her 40-year-career, Patitz walked the runway for labels such as Chanel, and appeared on covers of fashion magazines including Vogue.
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American professional rally driver and YouTube star Ken Block has died at age 55 following a snowmobile accident in Utah.
Block’s team, Hoonigan, paid tribute in a statement: “Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.”
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Rapper Gangsta Boo (a.k.a. Lola Chantrelle Mitchell) of hip-hop group died at age 43. The cause of death was not revealed.
As a solo artist, the rapper hit No. 15 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart with her 1998 debut solo album "Enquiring Minds", and worked with artists including Gucci Mane, Eminem, OutKast, Lil Wayne and others.
"Teen Mom 2" alum Taylor Lewis died at age 29. While the cause of death remains unknown, Lewis' sister has stated that a homicide investigation has been launched.
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Jeremiah Green, drummer and co-founder of Modest Mouse, died at age 45 after a battle with cancer.
"I don’t know a way to ease into this: Today we lost our dear friend Jeremiah," the band said in a statement, days after announcing Green had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. "He laid down to rest and simply faded out. I’d like to say a bunch of pretty words right now, but it just isn’t the time. These will come later, and from many people. Please appreciate all the love you give, get, have given, and will get. Above all, Jeremiah was about love. We love you."
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Anita Pointer, a member of vocial group The Pointer Sisters, died on Dec. 31, 2022. A cause of death was not noted.
Together with sisters Bonnie, Ruth and June, The Pointer Sisters produced numerous hits during the 1970s and '80s, including “I’m So Excited”, “Slow Hand”, “Neutron Dance” and “Jump (For My Love)”.
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Robbie Bachman was drummer and co-founder of the iconic rock-and-roll band Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brother Randy Bachman. The band also featured bassist Fred Turner and guitarist Tim Bachman.
The band boasted the massive hits "Takin' Care of Business" and the driving playlist staple "Roll on Down the Highway."