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Actor Bill Macy, co-starred on ‘Maude,’ dies at 97

His stint as Walter Findlay on the CBS sitcom that aired from 1972-78 was Macy’s highest-profile in a long stage, film and TV career.

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Renowned headache expert Dr. Seymour Diamond, who embraced transgender actor-grandson, dead at 94

Zach Barack came out as his ‘Papa’ turned 90. The doctor’s daughter says: ‘My dad called Zach and told him he loved him no matter what . . . He got everything he could read on transgender issues and educated himself.’

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Labor trailblazer Geraldine ‘Jerre’ McPartlin dies at 91

Her colleagues have called her "tough as nails" but noted she was also "positive and affirming."

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U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings dies from ‘longstanding health challenges’

The longtime Maryland representative died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, his congressional office said in a statement.

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Stefan Edlis dies at 94; war refugee became plastics magnate, donated valued pieces to Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute

In 2015, he and his wife, Gael Neeson, gave a record-setting cache to the Art Institute – 42 pieces of art valued at more than $500 million, a donation featured in the 2018 HBO art documentary, "The Price of Everything."

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K-Pop star Sulli, 25, found dead at her South Korea home

She was known for her feminist voice and outspokenness that was rare among female entertainers in deeply conservative South Korea.

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Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for ‘Jackie Brown,’ dies at 78

Forster’s publicist Kathie Berlin said he died Friday at home in Los Angeles of brain cancer following a brief illness. He was surrounded by family, including his four children and partner Denise Grayson.

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Richard Pfeiffer, longtime Chicago Pride Parade coordinator, has died at 70

Under his leadership, the Chicago Pride Parade grew from a few hundred participants in its early years to what’s estimated to be hundreds of thousands

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Rip Taylor, wacky comedian and game-show regular, dead at 88

Taylor made a name for himself by being outrageous. The self-described "King of Confetti," he was a favorite on everything from variety shows to talk shows to sitcoms.

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Ginger Baker, iconic British rock drummer, dies at 80

Baker, best known as the drummer in Cream, is widely considered one of rock’s greatest percussionists.

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Diahann Carroll, pioneering actress, Oscar nominee and singer has died at 84

The actress died at her home after a long battle with cancer.

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Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s father, dead at 92; services Sunday in Skokie

The longtime Wilmette resident and his wife raised the former mayor there and his brothers — Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel and medical bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Emanuel — and a daughter, Shoshana Emanuel.

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Singer Annette Butler, married for 60 years to soul star Jerry ‘Iceman’ Butler, dead at 81

She sang backup for her husband in the latter days of his singing career, before he became a Cook County commissioner.

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Jessye Norman, legendary opera star, dies at 74

Her passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts.

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José José, legendary Mexican crooner dies at 71

The power of his voice and ability to sing technically difficult tunes in a wide register made him a treasured cultural icon in Latin America.

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Rob Garrison, actor in ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘Cobra Kai,’ dies at 59

Garrison starred as Tommy in the 1984 hit movie and follow-up series.

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Taurino Brito dies at 90; ‘Churro Man’ sold delicious pastries for decades in Pilsen

It wasn’t uncommon for Mr. Brito to sell 500 churros on a weekend. "He was out all day, rain or shine," said Carol Molina, who helps operate Don Churro, the family-owned bakery where Mr. Brito bought the pastries he sold on the streets.

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Nancy Hughes, inspiration, trusted adviser and wife of filmmaker John Hughes, has died at 68

When they met at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, she crossed chasms of cliques to be with him. As newlyweds with little money, she supported his screenwriting dreams.

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Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead lyricist, dies at 78

"Truckin’," arguably Hunter and the group’s best known song (and the one containing the memorable line, "What a long, strange trip it’s been") was designated a national treasure in 1997 by the Library of Congress.

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‘House of 1000 Corpses’ actor Sid Haig dies at 80

Horror fans know Haig best as Captain Spaulding in the "House of 1000 Corpses" trilogy.

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Phyllis Newman, Tony-winning actress, women’s health advocate, dies at 86

In later years she focused on fundraising and founded the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative of the Actor’s Fund in 1996.

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Suzanne Whang, former host of ‘House Hunters’ dies at 57

Her smooth, calm voice provided the narration for HGTV’s "House Hunters" for nine years.

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National Weather Service’s Amy Seeley, dubbed ‘queen of the lakes’ for keeping sailors safe, dead at 49

‘Every sailor knew her,’ Bob Schallip, president of the Great Lakes Captains Association, says of the longtime Chicago meteorologist.

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John Fornengo, Chicago trader, bon vivant who put his kids first after wife’s death, dead at 61 

He could discuss physics, the beauty of blue-and-white porcelain or the time he worked as an auctioneer at a 1985 sale of Lincoln memorabilia.

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Sander Vanocur, veteran TV newsman, dies at 91

Vanocur was a questioner at the first presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960, then covered Kennedy’s administration as a White House correspondent.

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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.