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  • Kofi Annan, 80 (1938 - 2018)

    Kofi Annan

    Kofi Annan (1938 – 2018), was a diplomat from Ghana and became the first black African Secretary-General of the United Nations. He served two terms from 1997 – 2006. He was awarded the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Aretha Franklin, 76 (1942 - 2018)

    Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin, affectionately known as "Queen of Soul," died at her home in Detroit on Thursday, August 16, 2018, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Stan Mikita, 78 (1940 - 2018)

    Stan Mikita

    Stan Mikita (1940 – 2018) was an NHL Hall of Fame center who played his entire career with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was one of the greatest players in NHL history, accumulating 1,467 points in 22 seasons. He died at the age of 78. For full coverage and obituary 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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