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Rosemary Radford Ruether was among the first scholars to think deeply about the role of women in Christianity. She died Saturday at the age of 85. Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary hide caption

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Rosemary Radford Ruether, a founding mother of feminist theology, has died at age 85

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Urvashi Vaid, then-executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, protests at then-President George H.W. Bush's address on AIDS in March 1990 in Arlington, Virginia. The pioneering LGBTQ activist and attorney died last week at age 63. Dennis Cook/Associated Press hide caption

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Michael Lee Cyrus, 72: Andy Williams' 'Love is a Many-Splendored Thing'

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Elfriede Liselotte Matza Froisland, 93: Dolly Parton's 'Dumb Blonde'

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Dennis DeCarlo, 61: 'No One Is Alone' from 'Into the Woods'

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Randy Weaver, the object of the Ruby Ridge siege, visits with the media at the main FBI roadblock outside the Freemen compound in Montana on April 27, 1996. Weaver, who served as a spark for the growth of anti-government extremists, has died at the age of 74. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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The Milwaukee Bucks' Bob Lanier (16) moves for the basket as Philadelphia 76ers Darryl Dawkins defends during an NBA playoff game on April 13, 1981, in Milwaukee. Lanier died on Tuesday at age 73. Steve Pyle/AP hide caption

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Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk speaks during a campaign rally in Kyiv, on Jan. 22, 2019. Kravchuk, who led Ukraine to independence amid the collapse of the Soviet Union and served as its first president, has died. He was 88. Efrem Lukatsky/AP hide caption

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George Pérez, a celebrated comic book writer and artist, died at age 67 on Friday. Here, the artist is seen in 2019 at Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Eileen Moody-Lee, 59: R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion'

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As a child, former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, seen here in 2004, spent two years of his life in a World War II internment camp after the Pearl Harbor attack. Al Messerschmidt/WireImage hide caption

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