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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.

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Jimmy Curry, a fixture for over 40 years at the last honky tonk in Chicago, has died at 77

Like many Southern migrants, he came north looking for work and found his way to Uptown. But as the longtime bar manager at Carol’s Pub, he was one of a kind.

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Nora Leonard, a ‘fierce and loving’ daughter who inspired celebs worldwide, has died at 17

The daughter of Second City mainstays Kelly Leonard and Anne Libera died Thursday of cancer. Ben Affleck, Tina Fey and Steve Carell were among celebrities who were part of the "#Team Nora" support campaign.

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Hal Prince, iconic Broadway director, producer dies at 91

He pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as "The Phantom of the Opera," ‘’Cabaret," ‘’Company" and "Sweeney Todd" and won a staggering 21 Tony Awards.

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George Randazzo, who founded National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, dead at 77

‘He built a national museum headquartered in Chicago, which was a source of great pride to the Italian-American community,’ says Robert Allegrini of Golden West Communications.

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Prominent Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, known for kinetic art, dead at 95

Cruz-Diez developed a reputation as one of Latin America’s most prominent artists. His installations have been featured in major international art museums and public spaces.

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Russi Taylor, voice of Minnie Mouse for three decades, dies at 75

Taylor was married to the man who voiced Mickey Mouse opposite her, Wayne Allwine, from 1991 until his death in 2009.

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Rev. Nicholas A. Marro, team chaplain who helped motivate 1985 Bears before Super Bowl win, dead at 84

Walter Payton, Steve McMichael and other players would line up before games to ask for a blessing from ‘Father Nick.’

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Rutger Hauer, who played killer android in ‘Blade Runner,’ dies at 75

Dutch actor also known for "Batman Begins," "Ladyhawke" and "Sin City."

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Lois Wille, 2-time Pulitzer winner who wrote, edited for 3 Chicago papers, has died at 87

Having covered welfare for the Daily News, she’d heard poor women in Chicago ‘had no access to birth control services as part of their medical care.’ That led to the first honor, in 1963.

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David Hedison, starred in Bond films, ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ dies at 92

Hedison starred as Leiter in 1973’s "Live and Let Die" opposite Roger Moore, and returned to the role in 1989 with Timothy Dalton as James Bond in "License to Kill."

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Chicago archivist Michael Flug, who helped preserve African American history, dead at 74

A ‘South Side institution’ and senior archivist at the Carter G. Woodson library, he ‘meant so much to so many of us historians of African American history,’ one said.

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Marilyn Hughes, beloved in Grand Crossing, dead at 86

"The whole block was a family," said Eddie Foster, her neighbor and friend since 1973. "Because of her, this block was a block of love."

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John Paul Stevens, former Supreme Court justice and Chicago native, dies at 99

During nearly 35 years on the court, the Chicago native stood for the freedom and dignity of individuals, be they students or immigrants or prisoners.

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Eddy Cheung, whose Chinese restaurants won acclaim, has died of a heart attack at 69

Chicago chef ran the Phoenix in Chinatown until 2015 and, since 2016, Jade Court on South Racine Avenue, which is closed ‘till further notice’ while his family figures out its future.

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Boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dead after being hit by car

Whitaker won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics and eventually became regarded as one of the best defensive boxers of all-time.

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Marsha Brenner, leader in Chicago jewelry scene, dead at 80

Ms. Brenner was executive director of the Apparel Industry Board; she formerly owned Just Jewelry, a line that was sold in major Chicago department stores.

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Munir Muhammad dies: From Obama to Farrakhan, host interviewed thousands of movers and shakers

For 21 years, Muhammad, 69, was the host of several self-produced TV shows on the broadcast arm of his Coalition for the Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

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Rev. Lawrence J. Malcolm, beloved Oak Lawn priest renowned for his baking, has died at 74

‘The heavenly aroma would drift up to the parishioners during mass’ when he whipped up the breads and goodies that people flocked to ‘buy like crazy’ at church fundraisers.

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Mission accomplished: 2 years after his death, Chicago man achieves dream of space travel

Wicker Park ‘Star Trek’ buff Sam Davis worked for the FAA and always had his head in the stars. Now, a little bit of his remains have been launched into space.

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Actor Rip Torn of ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ dies at 88

Prolific in film and TV, Torn also appeared often on stage, including in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre.

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Longtime Dunbar football coach Glenn Johnson dies at 72

Glenn Johnson was known for his innovative tactics and his easygoing personality.

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Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot dies at age 89

Perot rose from Depression-era poverty to become one of the nation’s richest men.

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Margaret Blackshere, 78, trailblazing ‘giant of the Illinois labor movement’

"She wouldn’t just tell you who to call, but would often make calls for you and make introductions and draw you a roadmap to how to win statewide in Illinois," Hynes said.

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Facets co-founder Milos Stehlik dies at 70

The longtime Chicagoan co-founded the nonprofit cinema center known as Facets in 1975, and it became a mecca for cinephiles who wanted to see the latest art and foreign films from around the globe.