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Patrick Swayze dies at 57

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latimes.com: Patrick Swayze, the actor and classically trained dancer whose role in the enduringly popular "Dirty Dancing" made him a movie star, one who struggled with the alienation of fame and against being typecast as a leading man, died Monday. He was 57.

Walter Cronkite dies at 92

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variety.com: Walter Cronkite, the TV newsman who became known as "the most trusted man in America" during his 19 years as anchor of the "CBS Evening News," died today of cancer. He was 92.

Michael Jackson is dead at 50

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reuters.com: Michael Jackson, the child star turned King of Pop who set the world dancing to exuberant rhythms for decades, died on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times said. He was 50.

oh no, Farrah Fawcett dies at 62

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latimes.com: Farrah Fawcett, who soared to fame as a national sex symbol in the late 1970s on television's campy "Charlie's Angels" and in a swimsuit poster that showcased her feathery mane and made her a generation's favorite pinup, died today. She was 62.

David Carradine, star of 'Kung Fu,' dies at 72

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latimes.com: Carradine was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok, where he was working on a movie. A Thai newspaper indicates he committed suicide; the U.S. Embassy confirms his death but offers no details.

'Lost in Space' robot actor Bob May dies

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nydailynews.com (AP): Actor Bob May, best known for playing the robot on TV's "Lost in Space," has died. He was 69.

Ricardo "Khan" Montalban dies at 88

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latimes.com: Ricardo Montalban, the suave leading man who was one of the first Mexican-born actors to make it big in Hollywood and who was best known for his role as Mr. Roarke on ABC's "Fantasy Island," has died. He was 88.

Debian mourns the loss of Thiemo Seufer

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debian.org: The Debian Project has lost an active member of its community. Thiemo Seufer died on December 26th in a tragic car accident.

Michael Crichton, million-selling science-fiction author, dies at 66

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latimes.com: Best-selling author Michael Crichton, who wrote such novels as "The Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park," and created the popular TV drama "ER," has died at 66, his family said today.

Paul Newman dies at 83

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guardian.co.uk: The screen legend Paul Newman has died at the age of 83 after losing a long battle against cancer. Newman died yesterday at his farmhouse near Westport.

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