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Civil rights "foot soldier" Theresa Burroughs in 2016, in front of a photo of the day she was arrested in 1965. Burroughs has died at age 89. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Theresa Burroughs, Voting Rights Activist, Dies At 89 In Alabama

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Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina, seen here during a January 2014 interview in Nairobi, has died at the age of 48. A founder of the Nairobi-based literary network Kwani?, Wainaina had come out as gay in a country where homosexuality was illegal. Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Comedian Sammy Shore arrives at the world premiere of Cirque du Soleil's "Viva ELVIS" production at the Aria Resort & Casino on Feb. 19, 2010 in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil hide caption

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Novelist Herman Wouk, pictured here in 1955, wrote about a variety of subjects, including World War II, the publishing world and a fictional Caribbean island. Fred Stein Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Herman Wouk, 'The Jackie Robinson Of Jewish American Fiction,' Dies At 103

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Architect I.M. Pei stands in front of the Louvre museum's glass pyramid in Paris, just before the structure's inauguration in March 1989. Pierre Gleizes/AP hide caption

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I.M. Pei, Architect Of Some Of The World's Most Iconic Structures, Dies At 102

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President Bill Clinton stands with Alice Rivlin, director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, at the White House on March 19, 1996. Rivlin was the first woman to hold that post. Richard Ellis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tim Conway told NPR in 2010 that he was destined to do comedy. When people inquired about what he might have done other than showbiz, he'd say, "Nothing, because I'm not capable of doing anything else." Conway is pictured here in February 1983. WF/AP hide caption

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Tim Conway, Who Relished The Role Of Comedic Co-Star, Dies At 85

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Actress Doris Day starring in "Lover Come Back" in 1962. Day died at XX. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Actress And Singer Doris Day, Hollywood's Girl Next Door, Dies At 97

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Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III and Peggy Lipton starred in the 1960s show 'The Mod Squad' which was considered groundbreaking for featuring an interracial cast. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Bernie and the Believers Featuring essence perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 16, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR). Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk Contest Contestant Bernie Dalton Dies After Battling ALS

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Rachel Held Evans amassed a loyal following over more than a decade of reflecting on faith issues. An Episcopalian, she was a popular and sometimes divisive figure among evangelicals. She died on Saturday. Daniel Evans via Chaffee Management hide caption

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Rachel Held Evans, Christian Writer Who Questioned Evangelical Beliefs, Dies At 37

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John Singleton attends last year's American Black Film Festival Honors in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Boyz n the Hood director died after suffering a stroke. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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John Singleton, Pioneering Director Of 'Boyz N The Hood,' Dies At 51

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Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick performs onstage during the Lung Transplant Project Gala in October 2017 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Lung Transplant hide caption

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Opinion: Remembering A Soprano With The 'Warmth And Strength Of The Sun'

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Former Ohio State basketball player John Havlicek talks about his career during a National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction event on Nov. 20, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. Colin E. Braley/AP hide caption

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An exterior view of H&R Block is shown in Sunnyvale, Calif., in 2006. Co-founder Henry Bloch died Tuesday at the age of 96. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Henry Bloch, Co-Founder Of H&R Block, Dies At 96

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David Brion Davis, seen in this undated portrait released by Yale University, died Sunday at the age of 92. The volumes of his seminal trilogy, The Problem of Slavery, won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award and several other prestigious honors. Harold Shapiro/Yale University/AP hide caption

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Actress Georgia Engel, famous for her role as Georgette on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died at age 70. She is seen here at the opening night of the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone in 2006. Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images hide caption

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