2016 Losses - Collection Spotlight [Adult]

68 of the Authors, Performers, Activists, Scientists and Public Figures Who Changed Our World, and Left Us in 2016. -------------- Editor's Notes: 1) The list is not comprehensive, because we don't have books/films/music on everyone who died this year. 2) The list is arranged alphabetically by the name of the book, DVD or music file that represents each person who died, with dates and a short bio under the title. 3) Biographies have been sourced primarily from Wikipedia; any errors are the responsibility of the editor.
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1928-2016; Vera Rubin was an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates, and confirmed the existence of dark matter.
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1928-2016; Vera Rubin was an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates, and confirmed the existence of dark matter.
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1947-2016; Alice Faye Williams, better known as Afeni Shakur, was an American political activist, Black Panther, and music businesswoman. Shakur was also the mother of American rapper and actor Tupac Shakur.
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1926-2016; Sir George Henry Martin was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician.
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1970-2016; Malik Izaak Taylor, known professionally as Phife Dawg, was an American rapper and a member of the group A Tribe Called Quest with high school classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
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1930-2016; Herbert Tsangtse Burt Kwouk, was a British actor, known for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films.
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1955-2016; Gwendolyn L. Gwen Ifill was an American Peabody Award-winning journalist, television newscaster, and author.
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1946-2016; Anna Marie Patty Duke was an American actress of stage, film, and television. She first became known as a teen star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), a role which she had originated on Broadway.
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1938-2016; Janet Wood Reno served as the Attorney General of the United States from 1993 until 2001.
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1969-2016; Robert Bruce Rob Ford was a controversial Canadian politician and businessman who served as the 64th mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014.
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1947-2016; David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.
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1940-2016; Michael David Herr was an American author and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer who documented the Vietnam War through his classic nonfiction novel “Dispatches,” and through such films as “Apocalypse Now” and “Full Metal Jacket.
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1930-2016; Edgar Dean Ed Mitchell was a United States Navy officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon.
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1924-2016; Phyllis McAlpin Schlafly was an American constitutional lawyer and conservative activist.
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1945-2016; Katherine Karen Dunn was an American best-selling novelist, journalist, voice artist, radio personality, book reviewer, and poet from Portland, Oregon. She is best known for the novel Geek Love.
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1922-2016; Mervyn Ian Guy Hamilton was an English film director. He directed 22 films from the 1950s to the 1980s, including four James Bond films.
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1920-2016; Henry Judah Heimlich was an American thoracic surgeon and medical researcher. He is widely credited as the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, a technique of abdominal thrusts for stopping choking, described in Emergency Medicine in 1974.
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1930-2016; Tamio Tommy Kono was an American weightlifter in the 1950s and 1960s. Kono set world records in four different weight classes: lightweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight, and middle-heavyweight.
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1934-2016; Leonard Norman Cohen, was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. His work mostly explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.
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1921-2016; John Herschel Glenn Jr. was an American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. In 1962 he was the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times. In 1998, still a sitting senator, Glenn was the oldest person to fly in space as a crew member of the Discovery space shuttle and the only person to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.