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‘Carnivàle’ actor Brian Turk dies at 49

Turk, who also made appearances on "Boy Meets World" and "Beverly Hills: 90210," had been battling brain cancer.

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Lee Sacks, son of immigrants who rose to head insurance side of JMB Realty, dies at 85

Lee Sacks’ immigrant parents loved him fiercely and believed he could do almost anything.

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The Cars singer Ric Ocasek, voice of ’80s hits ‘You Might Think’ and ‘Shake It Up,’ dies at 75

Police say the musician was found dead by a family member.

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Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dead at 70

In 1987, he received a best rock vocal Grammy nomination for "Take Me Home Tonight."

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James Challenger, who founded Chicago firm that helped workers find their footing after layoffs, has died at 93

The longtime head of Challenger, Gray & Christmas also tracked lighter subjects and was often interviewed about things like how productivity could be hurt by ‘March Madness’ or a ‘Star Wars’ opening.

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Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91

An only child who grew up in a small Oklahoma town, Pickens followed his father into the oil and gas business. "I firmly believe one of the reasons I was put on this Earth was to make money and be generous with it," he once said.

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Robert Frank, groundbreaking photographer, author of ‘The Americans,’ dies at age 94

The Swiss-born Frank influenced countless photographers and was likened to Alexis de Tocqueville for so vividly capturing the United States through the eyes of a foreigner.

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‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ actor John Wesley dead at 72

Wesley had over 100 acting credits, but he may be best known for playing Dr. Hoover on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

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Joan Johnson, co-founder of trailblazing black hair care company, dies at 89

Launched in 1954 with her husband, Johnson Products would become the first black-owned company traded on the American Stock Exchange.

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Carol Lynley, doomed ship’s singer in ‘Poseidon Adventure,’ has died at 77

"Everybody in town wanted (the role of singer Nonnie Parry)," she told critic Roger Ebert while promoting the film.

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Rob Warmowski, dead at 52, started surf-punk band the Defoliants, also played with Buzzmuscle, SIRS

The musician and audio engineer was a fixture on the Chicago music scene. And he never lost faith that the world could be a better — and more fun — place, according to family and friends.

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Jimmy Johnson, founded Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, dies

As a studio musician, recording engineer and record producer, Johnson played a role in iconic hits by Percy Sledge, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others.

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Ada Alicia Giron, whose Chicago bookstores offered a bit of home for Spanish-speakers, has died at 83

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Italian actor, bodybuilder Franco Columbu dies at 78; close friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Columbu was Schwarzenegger’s best man at his marriage to Maria Shriver in 1986 and appeared in several of his hit films.

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Valerie Harper, starred on ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ ‘Rhoda,’ dies at 80

She was immortalized — and typecast — for playing one of television’s most beloved characters, a best friend the equal of Ethel Mertz and Ed Norton in TV’s sidekick pantheon.

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Michael Bauer, instrumental in the election of LGBTQ candidates including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, dead at 66

‘He was absolutely essential to me and a whole number of people along the way, including our present mayor,’ said Tom Chiola, the first openly gay candidate to win election in Illinois.

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Marvin Hecht, owner of Chicago’s Cut Rate Toys who spent 60 years in the toy business, dead at 92

His philosophy? ‘Low price, high volume.’ He’d buy up odd lots at toy shows and closeouts from Hasbro, Mattel and other toy-makers, figuring that even when times were tough, parents want their kids to get the toys they dream of.

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Peter Pohl, patriarch of largest Filipino family in Brighton Park, killed in car crash

"He has a stoic type of face, but inside he’s pure, he’s good, he’s kind and so gentle," Pohl’s wife said.

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Chicago artist Pedro Bell, designer of trippy album covers for George Clinton, Funkadelic, has died

Calling him an inspiration, fellow artist Tony Fitzpatrick said, ‘I think George Clinton could not have found a better interpreter for what he was doing.’

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Greg Hinton, Chicago native and Democratic Party’s first chief diversity officer, dead at 66

"What he did is he made the DNC accountable for diversity," said Democratic National Committee Black Caucus Chair Virgie Rollins.

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Mille Cronin, mother of REO Speedwagon frontman, helped raise more than $1M for Oak Lawn school, has died at 93

Ticket sales to the yearly ‘Way Off Broadway’ musical fundraiser she directed ‘raised more than $1 million’ for St. Linus School, according to Margaret Hayes, the principal.

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Fashion maven Isabel Toledo, designer for Michelle Obama, dies at 59

Though she presented her first collection in 1985, Toledo’s work grabbed attention after Obama wore some of her looks at the inauguration, including the lemongrass shift dress in wool and lace.

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Billionaire David Koch has died at 79

Billionaire David Koch, a major donor to conservative causes and educational groups, has died. He was 79.

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Paul Meador, bronzed bodybuilder who was a Little Village barber for nearly 70 years, has died at 89

The tan he gained from hanging out at his beloved Oak Street Beach showcased a physique developed by lifting weights at his shop. At his wake, family placed jars by his casket with sand from the beach and water from Lake Michigan.

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Evi Levin, effervescent partner to renowned violinist Walter Levin, has died

The Levins were the subject of the Sun-Times 2015 series ‘Evi & Walter: A love story in any key.’

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James McDonough, Daley ally and former Streets and San commissioner, dies at 85

McDonough served as Richard J. Daley’s go-to guy for much of his mayoral tenure and went on to become a powerful government contractor who contributed to a series of major public-works projects.

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Star-crossed running back Cedric Benson earned respect in the end

The Bears’ first-round pick in 2005, who died at 36 in a motorcycle accident Saturday night in Austin, Texas, struggled in Chicago but still found success in the NFL.

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Richard Williams, animator behind ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ dies at 86

Williams won two Oscars for his work on the live-action/animated film hybrid. He died in his home in Bristol, England.

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Peter Fonda, starred in ‘Easy Rider,’ has died at 79

The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

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Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize-winning author of ‘Beloved,’ dead at 88

She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993.

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‘Don’t Look Back’ filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker dies at 94

In addition to the Bob Dylan classic, the Evanston native’s documentaries included ‘Monterey Pop’ and ‘The War Room.’

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Dr. Carl Bell, South Side psychiatrist who spent career serving African American community, dies at 71

Bell spent most of his career confronting the impact of childhood trauma resulting from violence.