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Gregg Allman, surviving cofounder of Allman Brothers BandRoger Moore, second actor to play James BondNemi Chand Jain ('Chandraswamy'), Hindu holy manLaura Biaggiotti, Italian fashion designer known as 'Queen of Cashmere'Ann Birstein, novelist and memoiristRoger Boesche, Occidental College professor who influenced Barack ObamaZbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's national security adviserJim Bunning, Hall of Fame pitcher and US senatorAlexander Burdonsky, Russian theater director and grandson of StalinHal Childs, former NY Knicks general manager and later public relations director for several teamsBarbara Smith Conrad, operatic mezzo sopranoMarie Cosindas, art photographerRonald D. Croatti, CEO of UniFirst, supplier of uniforms to industryBrian Doyle, award-winning authorBen Finney, anthropologistNicky Hayden, former MotoGP world championAlistair Horne, British historianDenis Johnson, fiction writer, poet, and playwrightDenys Johnson-Davies, British translator of Arabic literatureCortez Kennedy, Seattle Seahawks defensive tackleJuliana Young Koo, Chinese supercentenarianJimmy LaFave, Texas singer-songwriterDr. Frédérick Leboyer, promoted natural birth methodsElliot Martin, Broadway producerJared Martin, actor on 'Dallas'Dina Merrill, wealthy actress who played socialites like herself, shown with one-time husband Cliff RobertsonJerry Perenchio, media mogul whose mansion was home on 'The Beverly Hillbillies'Dr. Isabelle Rapin, child neurologist who studied autismDr. Amy Reed, cancer patient and crusaderJohn Severson, pioneer of modern surf cultureFrances Sliwa, mother of Guardian Angels founder Curtis SliwaLisa Spoonauer, actress in award-winning film 'Clerks'Arthur St. John, oldest employee of Market Basket grocery chainPatti Upton, founder of home fragrance company AromatiqueAl Vecchione, first producer of PBS's 'MacNeil/Lehrer Report'Richard Ward, founding partner of Napa Valley's Saintsbury WineryBill White, former Chicago Blackhawks all-star defensemanStanley F. Whitman, visionary real estate developerBill Woods, NYC urban planner who helped to reclaim waterfrontE. L. Woody, 'king of the Hollywood paparazzi'

Art and Literature

Ann Birstein (89) novelist and memoirist who recounted her bittersweet Jewish roots in New York as a rabbi’s daughter in Hell’s Kitchen and her turbulent marriage to literary critic Alfred Kazin (died 1998). Birstein published her first novel when she was only 23. But by her account, after marrying Kazin less than two years later, she indentured herself for nearly 30 years as his insignificant other. Birstein wrote 10 books, several of which drew from her own life: witnessing her father’s years as spiritual leader of the Actors’ Temple off Times Square. She died of lung cancer in New York City, three days before her 90th birthday, on May 24, 2017.

Marie Cosindas (93) photographer whose artfully composed still lifes and portraits, made with Polaroid film, broke with the dominant black-and-white aesthetic of the early ‘60s and opened up a new world of color. A painter by training, Cosindas turned to photography early in her career and was immediately stymied by an unwritten law: For the medium to be true to itself, images must be black and white; color was for advertising. Cosindas rebelled. In her still lifes, she turned the lens on beautifully arranged flowers or mysterious assemblages of masks, dolls, perfume bottles, or jewelry. She died in Boston, Massachusetts on May 25, 2017.

Brian Doyle (60) well-known and award-winning author. Doyle was the author of Mink River, The Plover, Chicago, and Martin Marten, which won a 2016 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Doyle was editor of the University of Portland's Portland magazine for 25 years. He died of a brain tumor in Portland, Oregon on May 27, 2017.

Denis Johnson (67) prize-winning fiction writer, poet, and playwright best known for his story collection Jesus' Son, which chronicled the lives of various drug addicts adrift in America. Johnson won the National Book Award in 2007 for his Vietnam War novel Tree of Smoke and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for that book. His other works include the novels Laughing Monsters and Angels, the poetry collection The Veil, and the play Hellhound on My Trail. He died of liver cancer outside Gualala, California on May 24, 2017.

Denys Johnson-Davies (94) Englishman living in Cairo who made it his life’s mission to translate and bring the Arabic writers he loved, and in many cases knew personally, to an international audience. Johnson-Davies exposed Western readers to the diversity of contemporary Arabic literature in a series of important anthologies, including Under the Naked Sky: Short Stories from the Arab World (2001). He died in Cairo, Egypt on May 22, 2017.

Business and Science

Laura Biaggiotti (73) Italian fashion designer who conquered global markets with her soft, loose women's clothes and luxurious knits that won her the nickname “Queen of Cashmere.” Biagiotti began designing women's clothes in the ‘60s and by the ‘80s was making her mark. In 1988 she became the first Italian designer to put on a fashion show in China, presenting dresses and blouses in silk and cashmere, and in ‘95 was the first to have a show inside the Kremlin walls in Moscow. She expanded into men's clothing as well and created a plus-size women's line, Laura Piu, and a line for children. Her company produced sunglasses and other accessories and perfumes, including the popular Roma fragrance, named after Biagiotti's home city. She suffered a heart attack May 24. Doctors were able to resuscitate her, but by then serious brain damage had occurred. She died two days later in Rome, Italy on May 26, 2017.

Ronald D. Croatti (74) chief executive of UniFirst who spent his entire professional life supplying uniforms and apparel to some of the biggest manufacturing companies. Croatti gave the company a promotional boost in 2011 when he put on a green UniFirst uniform, a mustache, and a shoulder-length gray wig for an episode of the CBS reality series Undercover Boss. Pretending to be a new employee named Mike Daniels, he visited several of UniFirst’s 240 facilities, where workers taught him how to load dirty uniforms into giant washing machines and package clothes for delivery. The original broadcast was viewed by more than 13 million people, and the company credited Croatti’s appearance with attracting new business. He died of pneumonia in Boston, Massachusetts on May 23, 2017.

Dr. Frédérick Leboyer (98) French physician whose natural birth methods were adopted in delivery rooms around the world. Leboyer’s criticism of the modern medical establishment was not to be found in peer-reviewed articles, in large-scale studies and trials, or in mountains of data; rather, in his seminal work, Birth Without Violence (1974), it appeared, unusually, in a form of prose poetry. In the book Leboyer argued that the modern delivery room bowed to the needs of doctors, women, and procedures while often overlooking those of a primary player in the birth: the baby. Leboyer died in Vens, Switzerland on May 25, 2017.

Dr. Isabelle Rapin (89) Swiss-born child neurologist who helped to establish autism’s biological underpinnings and advanced the idea that autism was part of a broad spectrum of disorders. Rapin’s focus on autism evolved from her studies of communications and metabolic disorders that cause mental disabilities and diminish children’s ability to navigate the world. She taught at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and over 50 years there built a reputation for rigorous scholarship. She died of pneumonia in Rhinebeck, New York on May 24, 2017.

Dr. Amy Reed (44) physician and cancer patient who turned a personal calamity into a crusade to spare other women from the medical procedure that harmed her. Reed and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, fought for years to ban the use of a surgical tool called a power morcellator, which has a spinning blade that slices up tissue so it can be extracted through small incisions. Although the device is regarded as a great boon to minimally invasive surgery, if a patient has cancer, as Reed did, morcellation can spread the disease. The couple won some notable victories: Because of their efforts, the Federal Drug Administration studied morcellation and in 2014 recommended that it not be used in the “the vast majority” of women having surgery for uterine fibroids, a common tumor that is usually benign but can hide a dangerous type of cancer. The mother of six children, Reed died of leiomyosarcoma of the uterus, a type of cancer, in Yardley, Pennsylvania on May 24, 2017.

Arthur St. John (96) longtime bagger at New England's Market Basket grocery chain and its oldest employee. St. John worked as a bagger at the Stratham, New Hampshire Market Basket store for 26 years. He was the oldest employee working at any of the supermarket chain's 77 locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, and one of the most popular. Customers would wait in line to talk to him when other lines were open. St. John worked mill jobs and at a nursing home before joining Market Basket. After he turned 96 in 2016, Arthur T. Demoulas, the store's president, sent him a note, calling him an inspiration. St. John died in Exeter, New Hampshire on May 22, 2017.

Patti Upton (79) founder of the multimillion-dollar home fragrance company Aromatique, thanks to a popular homemade mix of pine cones, oils, and spices she concocted to help a friend's shop “smell like Christmas.” Upton’s company had humble beginnings: leaves, berries, spices, and a broomstick. It started after she agreed in 1982 to help make a friend's local shop smell festive. She mixed together leaves, acorns, pine cones, berries, and gum balls, combined with oils and spices. Customers soon began asking to buy the scent looming through her friend's store, so she started mixing bigger batches—in garbage bags using a broomstick. The work blossomed into an international business manufacturing fragrances, candles, and other decorative products. “The Smell of Christmas” remains Aromatique's flagship fragrance. Upton died in the lakeside city of Heber Springs, Arkansas, about 50 miles north of Little Rock, on May 23, 2017.

Richard Ward (67) winemaker among the first to make Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Ward and business partner and friend David Graves founded Saintsbury Winery in 1981 and decided to focus on Burgundy varieties in the cool southern parts of Napa Valley. At the time Cabernet Sauvignon was a well-established variety in the wine region north of San Francisco, and the pair sought to make a mark with Pinot Noir. They helped Carneros to develop a reputation for producing quality Chardonnays and Pinot Noir. Ward died in San Francisco, California from complications after a bone barrow transplant, on May 27, 2017.

Stanley F. Whitman (98) real estate developer hailed as a visionary in the mid-‘60s when he had the idea of building an open-air shopping center near Miami Beach for luxury retailers, naming it Bal Harbour Shops. Whitman was one of the first developers to see the potential of bringing upscale retailers like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue to a shopping center in an outdoor tropical setting. Landscaped with palm and orange trees, the shopping center is today a stage for more than 100 high-end fashion brands, including Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. With 450,000 square feet of retail space now, it is also one of the biggest revenue creators among American malls, generating $2,555 a square foot in sales a year. Whitman died in Miami Shores, Florida on May 24, 2017.


Roger Boesche (69) professor and scholar credited by Barack Obama with sparking the future US president's interest in politics when he was an undergraduate at California's Occidental College. Boesche died in his sleep in Los Angeles, California on May 23, 2017.

Ben Finney (83) University of Hawaii anthropologist who in the early '70s oversaw the construction of a 62-foot double canoe based on 18th-century illustrations in an effort to prove that the settlement of Polynesia came about through deliberate exploration, rather than aimless drifting—the so-called accidental settlement hypothesis. On June 4, 1976, the Hokulea, a double-hulled sailing canoe of ancient design, glided into Papeete Harbor in Tahiti, greeted by a crowd of 17,000—more than half the island’s population. Finney died of a stroke in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 23, 2017.

Alistair Horne (91) British historian whose prize-winning works included an account of the battle of Verdun and an analysis of the French-Algerian war that President George W. Bush read closely for insights into the American war in Iraq. A onetime foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and a spy for MI6, Britain’s foreign intelligence service, Horne was known for his ability to translate complex source material into vivid narratives. He was best known for a trilogy that recounted the decades-long conflict between France and Germany, beginning with the Franco-Prussian War in 1870–71. The first, The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 (1962), won the Hawthornden Prize in 1963. It was followed by The Fall of Paris: The Siege & the Commune, 1870–71 (1965) and To Lose a Battle: France 1940 (1969), on the collapse of the French Army at the beginning of World War II. His history of the Algerian struggle for independence, A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962 (1977), won the Wolfson Prize and critical acclaim for its treatment of a politically charged conflict. Horne died in Turville, Buckinghamshire, England on May 25, 2017.

News and Entertainment

Gregg Allman (69) music legend whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped to propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock. Allman idolized his older brother, Duane; together they formed the nucleus of the Allman Brothers Band, which featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers, and the smoky blues-inflected voice of Gregg Allman. Songs such as “Whipping Post,” ‘‘Ramblin’ Man,” and “Midnight Rider” helped to define what came to be known as Southern rock. Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in October 1971. Gregg was married to singer Cher for two years (1975–77). The Allman Brothers Band likewise split up in the ‘80s, then re-formed several times over the years with a changing cast of players. Allman said he spent years overindulging in women, drugs, and alcohol before getting sober in the mid-‘90s. Hepatitis C severely damaged his liver, and he underwent a liver transplant in 2010. He died of liver cancer near Savannah, Georgia on May 27, 2017.

Alexander Burdonsky (75) honored theater director in Russia and a grandson of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin (died 1953). Burdonsky was decorated in 1996 as a People’s Artist of Russia, one of his country’s most prestigious awards. He directed more than two dozen plays. including Chekhov’s The Seagull, at the Russian Army theater. He was the son of Vasily Stalin, Stalin’s youngest son, but as a teenager adopted his mother's surname. Burdonsky died of cancer in Moscow, Russia on May 23, 2017.

Barbara Smith Conrad (79) Texas mezzo soprano who was ordered dropped from a leading role in a student-produced opera at the University of Texas in 1957 because she was black. Conrad later enjoyed a long operatic career, appearing at major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and performing in concert with leading symphony orchestras. She died of Alzheimer's disease in Edison, New Jersey on May 22, 2017.

Jimmy LaFave (61) singer-songwriter whose 2007 album Cimarron Manifesto drew critical raves and reached the top of the Americana music chart. The East Texas native embraced the spirit of folk music icon Woody Guthrie. LaFave also was a two-time Austin Music Award winner for singer-songwriter. More than 1,000 people attended a sold-out concert on May 18 at Austin's Paramount Theatre to honor him. He died of cancer in Austin, Texas three days later, on May 21, 2017.

Elliot Martin (93) former teenage radio cowboy and Broadway chorus boy who transformed himself into one of the preeminent producers of the American theater. Martin delivered several acclaimed versions of Eugene O’Neill plays to Broadway, including A Moon for the Misbegotten in 1974, starring Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst and directed by José Quintero. He produced other revivals, off- Broadway shows, national tours, and summer stock; cultivated new playwrights; and was the first director of the Center Theater Group of the Los Angeles Music Center. But he often said that the pinnacle of his career was being production stage manager in 1956 of the original Broadway production of O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, one of a dozen Broadway shows he stage-managed after abandoning a brief acting and singing stint in his 20s. Martin died in Norwalk, Connecticut on May 21, 2017.

Jared Martin (75) handsome actor who became a fan favorite with his portrayal of charming cowboy Dusty Farlow on the ‘80s primetime soap opera Dallas. Martin played a rancher who was the lover of Sue Ellen, played by actress Linda Gray. His character was also a suspect in the 1980 series cliffhanger that left the world wondering who shot Sue Ellen's husband, oilman J. R. Ewing (Larry Hagman). The catch-phrase “Who shot J. R.?” became part of the common vernacular as viewers waited to find out who had fired on him. When they tuned in for the answer on Nov. 21, 1980, the shooter was revealed to be J. R.'s vengeful mistress and sister-in-law, Kristen Shepard (Mary Frances Crosby). That episode was seen by more people than any program in TV history until that time. The son of New Yorker cartoonist Charles E. Martin (died 1995), Jared Martin died of pancreatic cancer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 24, 2017.

Dina Merrill (93) actress and heiress to two fortunes who wintered at her family’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida as a child before becoming a leading lady in movies, most often in upper-class roles. An elegant presence in most of her 30 or so mid-20th-century movies, Merrill played the betrayed wife who loses both her husband, Laurence Harvey, and her mink coat to Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 (1960). The daughter of Wall Street broker E. F. Hutton and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, she grew up in luxury, spending up to six months a year on the Sea Cloud, the family yacht. Her home during the winter was the 115-room Mar-a-Lago estate, bought by Donald J. Trump in 1985 and converted into a private club. Once married to actor Cliff Robertson (died in 2011), Merrill died of Lewy Body dementia in East Hampton, New York on May 22, 2017.

Roger Moore (89) suave British star of seven James Bond films. Moore's relaxed style and sense of whimsy, which relied heavily on the arched eyebrow, seemed a commentary on the essential ridiculousness of the Bond films, in which the handsome British secret agent was as adept at mixing martinis, bedding beautiful women, and ordering gourmet meals as he was at disposing of supervillains trying to take over the world. While he never eclipsed Sean Connery in the public's eye as the definitive James Bond, Moore did play the role of secret agent 007 in just as many films as Connery did, taking over the role in 1973 after Connery tired of it. Moore had already enjoyed a long career in films and TV. He was remembered by fans of the popular US ‘50s-‘60s TV series Maverick as Beau Maverick, English cousin of the Wild West's Maverick brothers, Bret and Bart. In England Moore had a long-running TV hit with The Saint, playing Simon Templar, the action hero who helped to put wealthy crooks in jail while absconding with their fortunes. He died of cancer in Switzerland on May 23, 2017.

Jerry Perenchio (86) media mogul, billionaire former owner of Univision, and producer behind a slew of hit shows and sporting events. But Perenchio’s house appeared more often on TV than he did. His Bel Air mansion was seen every week as the home of the Clampett family on the ‘60s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. Perenchio's 50 years in the entertainment business included stints as talent agent, sports promoter, and TV and movie tycoon. His wealth, recently estimated by Forbes at $2.8 billion, allowed him to be a generous political donor and philanthropist. He contributed some $50 million to candidates and causes and tens of millions more to schools, hospitals, museums, and charities of all types. He died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California on May 23, 2017.

Lisa Spoonauer (44) actress who starred in the 1994 award-winning movie Clerks. Kevin Smith cast Spoonauer in the role of Caitlin Bree in his first movie, set in the New Jersey convenience and video stores where he worked in real life. Smith said that Spoonauer was one of the chief architects of the movie, which won him accolades at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Spoonauer soon left acting and became a restaurant manager and event planner. She died in Jackson, New Jersey on May 21, 2017.

Al Vecchione (86) first executive producer of The MacNeil/Lehrer Report on PBS. Vecchione created the 30-minute NewsHour program in 1976, which bucked the trend of nightly news shows by focusing on a single story every night. It became the US's first hour-long nightly news broadcast in 1983. Vecchione worked on NewsHour and related documentaries until retiring in 1996. In 1973 he was general manager of a short-lived news service called the National Public Affairs Center for Television, which broadcast gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings. He died of lung cancer in Bethesda, Maryland on May 24, 2017.

E. L. Woody (70) former Green Beret turned photographer and videographer. Woody was a Hollywood fixture—or an annoyance, depending on one’s point of view—who chronicled the after-hours exploits of the glitterati for decades, a period when unauthorized celebrity coverage by the so-called paparazzi expanded from tabloid newspapers to the nightly news and became a major driver of Internet traffic. In a scrambling profession requiring stamina, moxie, sharp elbows, and a thick skin, Woody was tireless in pursuit of an exclusive and put little stock in modesty: He crowned himself the “king of the paparazzi.” He died of colon cancer in Los Angeles, California on May 23, 2017.

Politics and Military

Zbigniew Brzezinski (89) former President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser who helped to topple economic barriers among the Soviet Union, China, and the West. Brzezinski helped Carter to bridge wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, leading to the Camp David accords in September 1978. Three months later US-China relations were normalized. Brzezinski was an acknowledged expert on communism. But in 1980 the failure of Desert One, his mission to free Americans held hostage by Iran since '79, contributed to Carter's reelection defeat by Ronald Reagan. The father of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, Zbigniew Brzezinski died in Falls Church, Virginia on May 26, 2017.

Jim Bunning (85) former US senator (R-Ky,), a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an advocate for conservative causes. Bunning, who won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career, mostly with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies, pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history and became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues. Known as a no-nonsense pitcher who threw hard and knocked batters down when necessary, the big right-hander belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era. He retired from baseball in 1971, then carried his success to politics, serving 12 years in the US House, followed by two terms in the Senate. He was a fierce protector of state interests such as tobacco, coal, and military bases. Bunning suffered a stroke last fall and died in Fort Thomas, Kentucky on May 26, 2017.

Juliana Young Koo (111) twice-widowed Chinese supercentenarian. Koo's first husband was Clarence Kuangson Young, a Chinese diplomat who in the late ‘30s was posted to Paris, then to Manila, as consul general to the Philippines, and was executed by the Japanese during World War II. Juliana Young then moved to New York with her three daughters, worked for the United Nations, and later married Dr. V. K. Wellington Koo, a former Chinese ambassador to the US who died in 1985. She died at her home in New York City after a mah-jongg party, on May 24, 2017.

Bill Woods (78) Alabama-born urban planner who inspired New Yorkers to finally reclaim their forsaken waterfront. As founding director of the Waterfront & Open Space Division in the Department of City Planning, Woods was responsible for the proliferation of waterborne transportation in New York, from commuter ferries to kayaks, for high-rise housing with harbor vistas, and for the continuing transformation of the world’s largest landfill, on Staten Island, into a recreation area nearly three times the size of Central Park. Although those projects were initiated by various agencies, Woods helped to coordinate them and mobilized public and private constituencies to revitalize the waterfront. He died of a stroke in Kingston, New York on May 22, 2017.

Society and Religion

Nemi Chand Jain ('Chandraswamy') (66) Hindu holy man who counseled such ‘80s glitterati as Elizabeth Taylor, Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, and the Sultan of Brunei before coming under a barrage of criminal investigations. Chandraswamy built a vast network of political connections, most of them in the governing Indian National Congress. In doing so he became an influential purveyor of information about India’s power centers and of that coveted good: access. Rustic in appearance, with his wood staff and flowing beard, Chandraswamy proved skillful at winning the trust of international leaders, securing their confidence by rattling off the names of his influential confidants and performing such seemingly supernatural feats as mind reading. His time in the limelight ended with breathtaking swiftness. In 1996 he was arrested on charges of defrauding Lakhubhai Pathak, a London-based Indian-born businessman, of $100,000. Chandraswamy was acquitted, but his downfall had begun. He had a stroke recently and died in New Delhi, India on May 23, 2017.

Frances Sliwa (93) mother of Curtis Sliwa, founder in 1979 of the Guardian Angels citizens’ watch and crime-fighting group. Frances Sliwa helped her son to run the organization from a kitchen table in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn. They were celebrated by some for their work at a time when crime was still high on the streets and in the subways of New York, and some politicians supported them. But their detractors were just as passionate; Mayor Edward I. Koch, chief among them, called the Guardian Angels vigilantes. Frances became the group’s bookkeeper, administrator, and publicist; part of her job was to persuade critics and journalists that the Guardian Angels were a legitimate, well-intentioned group that was trying to help the city. She suffered a stroke on Mother’s Day, May 14, and died nine days later in Brooklyn, New York on May 23, 2017.


Hal Childs (84) former assistant general manager of the New York Knicks (1987–91) and public relations director for the Golden State Warriors and the Seattle Mariners. Childs ran the Warriors' PR department during the organization's first championship season in 1974–75. He also worked in PR for the Seattle SuperSonics and the San Diego Clippers. He died of heart disease in Dublin, California on May 21, 2017.

Nicky Hayden (35) former MotoGP world champion. Hayden won the MotoGP title in 2006, finishing narrowly ahead of Italian great Valentino Rossi. In a MotoGP career spanning 2003–16 with Honda and Ducati, Hayden posted three victories and 28 podium finishes in 218 races. After switching to the World Superbike championship in 2016, he finished fifth overall. He was 13th in Superbike this season, riding for the Red Bull Honda team, and was training on the Rimini coast after a motorcycle race at nearby Imola. He died of severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries in Cesena, Italy, five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle, on May 22, 2017.

Cortez Kennedy (48) 300-pound but nimble defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks in the ‘90s who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Kennedy was unexpectedly quick for his size, which enabled him to explode off the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped. He became the prototype for the strong, 300-pound-plus defensive linemen of the ‘90s. Kennedy had been experiencing headaches over the past week. He was found dead at his home in Orlando, Florida on May 23, 2017.

John Severson (83) pioneer of modern surf culture who founded Surfer magazine in 1962 and created paintings, films, and photographs depicting the surfing lifestyle. Surfing was a niche sport in America when Severson, having surfed on a redwood board in his native southern California as a teenager, set out to portray its essence as a counter to the 1959 Hollywood film Gidget (a forerunner of the ‘60s beach party films with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello) and the early music of the Beach Boys. He believed that the popular portrayal of surfing spawned an image that led to municipal restrictions on serious wave riders. Severson died of leukemia outside Lahaina on the Hawaiian island of Maui on May 26, 2017.

Bill White (77) former Chicago Blackhawks all-star defenseman and a member of Canada's 1972 Summit Series team. A Toronto native, White started his career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1967 before being traded to Chicago during the ‘69–70 season. He formed an imposing tandem on the Blackhawks' blue line with Pat Stapleton and helped the team to reach the playoffs in all seven of his seasons in Chicago. He appeared in six consecutive All-Star games between 1969–74 and briefly was head coach of the Blackhawks for the final 46 games of the ‘76–77 season. White finished his career with 50 goals, 215 assists, and 495 penalty minutes in 604 NHL games with LA and Chicago, adding seven goals and 32 assists in 91 playoff appearances. He joined Canada's squad for the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union after Game 1, finishing with a series-best plus-7 defensive rating while acting as a key part of Canada's penalty-killing unit. He died in Toronto, Canada on May 21, 2017.

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