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Recent Celebrity Deaths

  • Judge Joseph A. Wapner, 97 (1919 - 2017)

    Judge Joseph A.  Wapner

    Joseph A. Wapner, the judge who presided over the birth of the courtroom-reality TV genre, died Sunday after having been hospitalized earlier in the week, according to multiple news reports. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Bill Paxton, 61 (1955 - 2017)

    Bill Paxton

    Bill Paxton, the Emmy Award-nominated actor, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, of complications from surgery, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Leon Ware, 77 (1940 - 2017)

    Leon Ware

    Leon Ware, soul singer, songwriter and producer, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 77. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Dr. James Jude, 87 (1928 - 2015)

    Dr. James Jude

    The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Dr. James Jude, one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has died. He was 87.Peter Jude says his father died early Tuesday in Coral Gables after an extended illness. Jude says his father always wanted to help people, noting CPR has saved countless lives.In the late 1950s, the doctor and two electrical engineers,...

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  • Red Lane, 76 (1939 - 2015)

    Red Lane

    Red Lane, a country music songwriter who wrote the Tammy Wynette hit "'Til I Get It Right," has died of cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 76. Lane, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1993, wrote songs for many of country's biggest stars.

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