Jim Nayder, host of the The Annoying Music Show and Magnificent Obession, died this week. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, left, remembers his good friend. Courtesy Scott Simon hide caption

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Author Richard Matheson's science fiction stories included The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and numerous other movie and TV scripts, including episodes of The Twilight Zone. Archive of American Television hide caption

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Bobby "Blue" Bland performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, in 1989. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the hit TV series The Sopranos. Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy this week at age 51. Barry Wetcher/HBO hide caption

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James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as his wife, Carmella, in a scene from The Sopranos. Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy, according to reports citing a doctor at the hospital where was admitted. Barry Wetcher/HBO hide caption

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Actor James Gandolfini speaks at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in January 2013. He died on June 19. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Actor James Gandolfini has died while on a trip to Italy. He's seen here with Sopranos co-stars Edie Falco, left, and Lorraine Bracco. Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Hastings, 33, has died in a car crash in Los Angeles, according to reports. The author of wartime books and articles that included a candid profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal is seen here at an event last year. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Guardian hide caption

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Old Goldie lacked heat and air conditioning, smelled bad and rarely started on the first try. But my father loved her anyway. Kakissis Family Photo hide caption

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Louis Parsons in his late teens, circa 1946, standing beside an Aeronca Champion airplane, a typical trainer plane for aspiring post-war private pilots. Parsons Family Photograph hide caption

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Yoram Kaniuk speaks in 2008 at the AFI Fest premiere of Adam Resurrected, based on a novel he wrote. Michael Buckner/Getty Images hide caption

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