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Roone Arledge, 71, influential television executive who created or worked on shows such as "Monday Night Football," "20/20," "Nightline" and "Wide World of Sports."

Milton Berle, 93, known as Mr. Television and Uncle Miltie, the pioneer of the small screen was a fixture in American homes.

Linda Boreman, 53, once known as Linda Lovelace, the star of the 1972 X-rated movie "Deep Throat," later claimed she had been held prisoner and forced to make the movie.

Eddie Bracken, 87, a Tony-nominated stage and film comedian who spent more than 70 years in show business, was best known for his movie roles in "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" and "Hail the Conquering Hero."

Rusty Burrell, 76, retired sheriff's deputy who was "The People's Court" bailiff.

James Coburn, 74, Oscar winner for his role as an abusive alcoholic in "Affliction," appeared in more than 100 films.

Ted Demme, 38, film and televison director best known for the movie "Blow."

John Frankenheimer, 72, director of such Hollywood classics as "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Birdman of Alcatraz."

Adolph Green, 87, lyricist who, along with Betty Comden, created Broadway classics such as "On the Town," "Wonderful Town" and "Bells Are Ringing," and the movie "Singin' in the Rain."

Jonathan Harris, 88, best known for his role as Dr. Zackary Smith on "Lost In Space"

Richard Harris, 72, Irish actor most recently seen as Professor Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" movies and twice nominated for an Oscar.

George Roy Hill, 81, Oscar-winning director of "The Sting."

Kim Hunter, 79, actress who won an Oscar as Stella Kowalski in the 1951 film "A Streetcar Named Desire," a role she created on Broadway.

Chuck Jones, 89, three-time Oscar winner whose career spanned more than 60 years. He helped create some of Warner Bros.' most famous characters, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck.

Leo McKern, 82, actor who played the wily barrister "Rumpole of the Bailey."

Dudley Moore, 66, pianist and actor best known for the films "Arthur" and "10."

La Wanda Page, 81, who, as Aunt Esther, locked horns with Redd Foxx on "Sanford and Son."

Bruce Paltrow, 58, producer of such TV shows as "St. Elsewhere" and "The White Shadow." He was married to actress Blythe Danner and the father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Julia Phillips, 57, first woman to win a best picture Oscar, for co-producing "The Sting" in 1973; author of a scandalous Hollywood memoir.

Glenn Quinn, 32,  best known for his roles on  Angel and Roseanne.
Harold Russell, 88, World War II vet who earned two Oscars for "The Best Years of Our Lives," one for supporting actor and a special award for being an inspiration to all returning veterans.

Rod Steiger, 77, burly actor best known for his Oscar-winning role as the police chief in "In the Heat of the Night."

Robert Urich, 55, Emmy-winning actor best known for detective series such as "Vega$" and "Spenser: For Hire."

Lew Wasserman, 89, one of the last old-time movie moguls, was chairman and chief executive of MCA Inc. He produced some major hit films, among them "Back to the Future," and the TV show "Miami Vice."

Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, 93, TV pioneer and the father of actress Sigourney Weaver.

Billy Wilder, 95, director, writer and producer who won six Oscars.

Irene Worth, 85, elegant actress whose distinctive voice helped her win three Tonys.


Otis Blackwell, 70, songwriter responsible for such rock and roll classics as "Don't Be Cruel," "All Shook Up" and "Great Balls of Fire."

Ray Brown, 75, jazz powerhouse who played bass on more than 2,000 recordings, performing with the likes of Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald, to whom he was married until their divorce in 1953.

Rosemary Clooney, 74, versatile pop singer known for her velvety voice. She soared to fame in the 1950s with the novelty hit "Come on-a My House."

Ray Conniff, 85, bandleader, trombonist and composer of mellow music.

John Entwistle, 57, bassist and co-founder of British rockers TheWho.

Eileen Farrell, 82, one of the leading dramatic sopranos of her time; she excelled in both opera and popular music.

Jam Master Jay, 37, rap icon and DJ for the groundbreaking rap trio Run-DMC.

Lionel Hampton, 94, legendary vibraphonist and bandleader who was one of the most enduring stars of jazz.

Al Hendrix, 82, keeper of his guitarist son Jimi's estate.

Mike Houser, 40, guitarist for Widespread Panic.

Harlan Howard, 74, country- music songwriter, best known for penning Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces."

Waylon Jennings, 64, singer, songwriter and guitarist, who recorded 60 albums and had 16 No. 1 country music singles. With his brash attitude and songs of rebellion, he defined the "outlaw" movement in country music.

Peggy Lee, 81, sophisticated singer-songwriter and Oscar- nominated actress with the slightly husky voice who gave us songs like "Fever" and "Is That All There Is?," which won her a Grammy.

Alan Lomax, 87, a self-described "folk song hunter," whose field recordings brought such legends as Woody Guthrie and Muddy Waters.

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, 30, member of the Grammy-winning TLC.

Dee Dee Ramone, 50, bass player for the pioneer punk band the Ramones.

Arvell Shaw, 79, bassist who played with Louis Armstrong longer than any other musician.

Layne Staley, 34, lead singer of the grunge band Alice in Chains.

Joe Strummer, 50, lead singer of The Clash, whose hits "London Calling" and "Rock the Casbah" electrified the punk scene.

Mark Vann, 39, banjoist for the jam band Leftover Salmon.

Dave Van Ronk, 65, veteran singer of blues and folk. Known as the "Mayor of Greenwich Village," he influenced Bob Dylan and other musicians.

Timothy White, 50, music writer and longtime editor of music-trade publication Billboard magazine.

Dave Williams, 30, lead singer for Drowning Pool.


Philip Berrigan, 79, former Roman Catholic priest who, along with his brother, Daniel, was a leader of the religious opposition to the war in Vietnam.

Abba Eban, 87, Israeli orator and diplomat, helped persuade the world to approve creation of the Jewish state; represented Israel in Washington and at the UN.

Richard Helms, 89, first career operative to serve as the head of the CIA.

Ralph Marino, 74, former majority leader of the state Senate and a fixture of Long Island politics for nearly three decades.

Eugene H. Nickerson, 83, Nassau County's first Democratic county executive in the 1960s. As a U.S. district judge, he presided over the trial of four NYPD officers accused of brutalizing immigrant Abner Louima.

Edward Stancik, 47, first and only special commissioner of investigation for New York public schools, spent a decade investigating corruption in the system.

Herman Talmadge, 88, Democratic Georgia governor and senator who was among the last defiant segregationists.

Cyrus Vance, 84, secretary of state for Jimmy Carter, he helped shape foreign policy through the Cold War in the 1970s; resigned to protest Carter's use of force to try to rescue U.S. hostages in Iran.

Benjamin Ward, 75, first black police commissioner in New York City.

Paul Wellstone, 58, Democratic senator from Minnesota and staunch advocate of liberal politics, killed in a plane crash along with his wife, Sheila, 58, and daughter Marsha, 33, as he campaigned for re-election.

Byron White, 84, a professional football player who went on to become a Rhodes Scholar and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Jay Chiat, 70, advertising visionary whose firm created some of the most recognizable images in the business, among them the Energizer Bunny.

Ruth Fertel, 75, who turned her first restaurant in New Orleans into a worldwide chain, Ruth's Chris Steak Houses.

Ruth Handler, 85, co-founder of toy giant Mattel and creator of the Barbie doll, one of the world's most popular and debated toys.

Ed Headrick, 78, creator of the Frisbee, who had his remains molded into a special edition of the famed plastic discs for family and friends.

Alfred Henry "Freddy" Heineken, 78, Dutchman who helped make his namesake beer one of the world's most popular.

Stanley Marcus, 96, innovative retailer and longtime chairman of Neiman Marcus, the luxury department store started by his father, aunt and uncle in 1907.

William Rosenberg, 86, established the Dunkin' Donuts chain, now found in 37 countries.

William Scholl, 81, creator of a contoured wood sandal designed to exercise the muscles of the feet.

Dave Thomas, 69, founder of the fast-food chain Wendy's and one of advertising's most recognizable faces. In 1996, the smiling pitchman with the grandfatherly demeanor made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest-running TV ad campaign starring a company founder.


Jack Buck, 77, the revered and colorful broadcaster for the St.Louis Cardinals.

Faye Dancer, 77, women's professional baseball player of the 1940s who was the inspiration for Madonna's character in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own."

Bob Hayes, 59, track star who became a football superstar in his 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Chick Hearn, 85, play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers for 42 years, who gave us phrases like "slam dunk" and "air ball."

Darryl Kile, 33, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals who died of a heart attack in his Chicago hotel room hours before his team was to play the Chicago Cubs.

Ogden Phipps, 93, head of the last great family-owned Thoroughbred breeding and racing stables, and former chairman of the Jockey Club and the New York Racing Association.

Enos "Country" Slaughter, 86, Hall of Famer whose "Mad Dash" from first to home won the 1946 World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sam Snead, 89, known as "Slammin' Sammy," the legendary golfer who won 81 PGA titles, including every major except the U.S. Open.

Johnny Unitas, 69, former Baltimore Colt considered by many to be the greatest quarterback in football history.

Ted Williams, 83, recognized by many as baseball's greatest hitter, the Red Sox outfielder was the last major leaguer to hit .400 for an entire season (1941).


Stephen Ambrose, 66, history teacher and historian whose bestsellers included "Band of Brothers" and "D-Day."

Walter Annenberg, 94, philanthropist who inherited The Philadelphia Inquirer from his father, but made much of his fortune with TV Guide.

Mildred Benson, 96, creator of teen detective Nancy Drew, the sleuth who inspired generations of young women with her spunk.

Claude Brown, 64, author of "Manchild in the Promised Land," a semi- autobiographical novel of life and survival in Harlem, published in 1965 at the height of the civil-rights movement.

Eppie Lederer, 83, known to the world as Ann Landers, the woman who, along with her twin sister Pauline Esther Phillips (Dear Abby), turned dispensing advice into an art.

Astrid Lindgren, 94, Swedish author best known for creating Pippi Longstocking, the naughty girl with red pigtails.

Daniel Pearl, 38, Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered while on assignment in Pakistan.

Chaim Potok, 73, author of "The Chosen" and other bestselling novels that explored conflicts in the lives of American Jews.

Howard K. Smith, 87, pioneer newscaster and co-anchor for ABC News who gained prominence during World War II as one of "Murrow's boys" on CBS radio. In 1960 he was the moderator for the firstKennedy-Nixon presidential debate; in 1969 he conducted the first one- on-one TV interview with a sitting president, Richard Nixon.


Kevyn Aucoin, 40, master makeup artist to the stars and author

of three books written to help "real" women achieve glamorous looks.

Bill Blass, 79, the designer widely regarded as the dean of

American fashion, was known

for his classic designs and his classy behavior.

Pauline Trigere, 93, fashion designer known for her timeless, elegant style- and her love for the color red. It was fitting then, as so many of her obituaries noted, that she died on Valentine's Day.

John Weitz, 79, fashion designer who later became a novelist.


Buddy, 4, beloved dog of former president Bill Clinton. The exuberant chocolate Lab was hit by a car when he chased a contractor from the Chappaqua home the Clintons have lived in since January.

Seattle Slew, 28, the last living winner of the Triple Crown, died a quarter-century to the day after he won the Kentucky Derby.

Tuss, 49, an elephant born in the wilderness of Assam, India, who was the matriarch of the Bronx Zoo for more than three decades.

Zeus, 11, the New York Police Department's first search-and-rescue dog, whose accomplishments included working the recovery efforts at the 1995


Helen Giuliani, 92, mother of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

John Gotti, 61, known as the "Teflon Don" and the "Dapper Don," was one of America's most visible crime bosses.

Stephen Jay Gould, 60, paleontologist and author who eloquently demystified science for the public and challenged his colleagues with revolutionary ideas about evolution.

Thor Heyerdahl, 87, the Norwegian adventurer crossed the Pacific on a balsa log raft, detailing his 101-day journey in the classic book "Kon-Tiki."

Traudl Junge, 81, became Adolf Hitler's private secretary in 1942, and took his last will before he committed suicide three years later. She died hours after a documentary about her premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.

Yousuf Karsh, 93, one of the world's best-known portrait photographers, who was famous for his portrait of Winston Churchill.

Diana Streisand Kind, 93, mother of Barbra Streisand and a longtime resident of Brooklyn, who once worked as a clerk in the New York City school system to support her family.

Bishop John McGann, 77, the second bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre who for 24 years guided more than 1.5 million Catholics in Nassau and Suffolk counties, was known as a priest of dedication and deep love.

The Queen Mother Elizabeth, 101, beloved symbol of England's royal family, was a reluctant queen who won the support of her subjects with her courage and dignity during World War II.

Herb Ritts, 50, photographer to the stars whose stylish black- and-white photos of everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Edward Norton helped define the image- conscious '80s and '90s.

Larry Rivers, 78, pop art pioneer in the Hamptons, was also an actor, cartoonist, sculptor, filmmaker and teacher.

Princess Margaret, 71, flamboyant sister of Queen Elizabeth, best remembered for turning her back on her first love, a divorced air force officer.

Rabbi Mordecai Waxman, 85, leader of Great Neck's Temple Israel for more than 50 years, was a world leader of the conservative Jewish movement.