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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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French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez (right), seen here in 1984 with musician Frank Zappa (center) and French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, has died at age 90. Joel Robine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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