Owner Mike Ilitch of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with the Stanley Cup in 2008 after the team defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. The team won four NHL titles under his ownership. His Detroit Tigers teams made it to two World Series. Dave Sandford/Getty Images hide caption

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Comedian Irwin Corey was known for his long-running act as "The World's Foremost Authority." He is pictured here in the 1970s. Corey died at the age of 102. ABC/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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The World's Foremost Authority Has Died: Prof. Irwin Corey Was 102

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Leon Russell died in his sleep last night, his family says. The singer and songwriter had been planning to resume touring in January; he's seen here in 2011. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Leon Russell Dies; Southern Rock Legend Was 74

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Joanie Laurer, who wrestled under the name Chyna, died Wednesday. She's seen here in 2003, arriving at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian/AP hide caption

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Country musician Merle Haggard, who died Wednesday at age 79, overcame early brushes with the law — and was pardoned by Ronald Reagan. He's seen here backstage in the late 1970's, for a taping of the Merv Griffin Show in Los Angeles. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Polar explorer Henry Worsley (right) died after breaking off an attempt to cross the Antarctic landmass unaided. He's seen here with Britain's Prince William in October, shortly before setting out on his journey. John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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