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Veteran music composer M.S. Viswanathan dead. Forever a part of the Tamil psyche, MSV composed music for over 1,700 films and has worked with four CMs NTR, MGR, M. Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa.

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Ruling AIADMK legislator and former minister P. Chendur Pandian dies in Chennai after a prolonged illness. He was 65.

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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, actor Omar Sharif poses during a photo call for the "Medfilm, Mediterranian Film Festival" lifetime achievement award, in Rome. Sharif has died in a Cairo hospital of a heart attack, his agent said.

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A 36-year-old man, who was injured in the July 11, 2006 blasts died at a local hospital after being in coma. Parag Sawant, who was in a vegetative state for the last nine years. Sawant was in the Churchgate-Virar train when a bomb went off near Mira Road.

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Praful Bidwai, noted Indian journalist and activist, dies at the age of 66.

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Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as the leader of the Missionaries of Charity, has died at the age of 81.

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In this March 27, 2012 photo, composer James Horner arrives at the 'Titanic 3D' UK film premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, West London. Horner, the two-time Oscar-winning composer of some of the biggest Hollywood hits like ""Braveheart" and 'Avatar", died in a plane crash in Los Angeles.

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This March 30, 2005, file photo shows author James Salter at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y. The prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a Pastime" and other fiction, has died at age 90.

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Charles Correa, the face of modern architecture in India, dies after a brief illness. He was 84.

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File photo of Nek Chand, creator of the iconic Rock Garden passed away at PGI in Chandigarh.

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The casket bearing the body of blues legend B.B. King is wheeled to a waiting hearse in front of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center after a day of public viewing in Indianola, Miss. The visitation comes a day before the funeral for the man who influenced generations of singers and guitarists.

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Veteran actress Sudha Shivpuri, popular for playing Smriti Irani's 'Baa' in 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi', dies at 78.

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'BA Pass' actress was found dead in her rented apartment in the suburban Versova area, in Mumbai. Shikha Joshi (40) was found lying in a pool of blood with a knife lodged inside her throat in her flat at MHADA's Rajyog Society where she lived with her roommate. Prima facie, police suspect it to be a case of suicide, however, no suicide note has been recovered from the site.

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Nurses and other staff of KEM hospital during Aruna Shanbaug's funeral procession in Mumbai.

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Nurse Aruna Shanbaug's body kept at the KEM hospital for relatives. She will be cremated in Mumbai.

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Mumbai nurse Aruna Shanbaug in coma for 42 years after being raped dies at 66. Aruna Shanbaug, a former nurse who lived in a vegetative state for the past 42 years after being brutally sexually assaulted at the KEM Hospital, in Mumbai.

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File photo: Blues music legend B.B. King performs on Frampton’s Guitar Circus 2013 Tour at Pier Six Pavilion, in Baltimore. King died peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 89.

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Ben E. King, singer of such classics as "Stand By Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died.

File photo of former Governor of Assam J B Patnaik who died at a hospital following a cardiac arrest, few hours after he offered prayers at Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala.

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BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmia paying his respect to Bengal under-19 cricketer Ankit Keshri in Kolkata. Keshari was admitted to a hospital after sustaining a head injury during a match on April-17, 2015.

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In another tragic on-field incident after Phillip Hughes' death last November, a promising Bengal batsman Ankit Keshri passed away owing to an injury sustained during a Cricket Association of Bengal's Senior one-day knock-out match on April 17.

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File photo of former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal (retired) Hrushikesh Moolgavkar who died, in Pune.

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Ian Coker photographs children next to a statue of former Australia cricket captain Richie Benaud at the Sydney Cricket Ground following the death of Benaud in Sydney, Australia.

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In this Feb. 17, 2006 file photo, former Australian cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud speaks at a state memorial service for Kerry Packer at Sydney Opera House in Sydney.

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In this Aug. 29, 2013, photo, Stanley Kutler poses for a photo in his home in Madison, Wis. Kutler, the Watergate historian who successfully fought for the release of President Richard Nixon's secret tapes, has died in Wisconsin.

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A 116-year-old American woman, who became the world's oldest person last week, has died after suffering complications from pneumonia.

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Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding father who dominated the country's politics for more than half a century and transformed the former British colony into a global trade and finance powerhouse, today died aged 91.

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Sticking to their guns, the Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly continued their dharna for the second day demanding a CBI probe into the mysterious death of an upright IAS officer, but the government refused to yield, maintaining a CID probe would do. 35-year old D K Ravi, Additional Commissioner of Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room at his flat, with police suspecting it to be a case of suicide prima facie.

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File photo of veteran journalist Vinod Mehta who passed away after a prolonged illness in New Delhi.

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FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, Leonard Nimoy arrives at the LA premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in “Star Trek” died in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

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Actor Nagarjuna and Sridevi pay homage to Telugu producer D Rama Naidu during his funeral in Hyderabad.

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Celebrated Telugu film producer Daggubati Ramanaidu dies in Hyderabad at 78.

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Actor Ashraf ul Haq who died at the age of 45.

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Ex-Maharashtra home minister and NCP leader RR Patil dies from cancer at the age of 57.

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Rajinder Puri, political cartoonist of HT, IE, Statesman, & co-founder Janata Party dies after a brief illness, he was 81.

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Senior journalist Diptosh Majumdar dies at a private hospital, in Delhi. He was 55

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam talks with Kamala, widow of cartoonists R K Laxman's at her residence in Pune, Maharashtra.

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File: Eminent cartoonist R K Laxman, who immortalised the hapless 'Common Man' with his devastating swipes at politicians but without malice, died here today at a private hospital at the age of 94 after suffering multi-organ failure.

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File: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, waves to members of the Saudi Shura "consultative" council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90.

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This Jan. 16, 2002, photo shows actor Don Harron speaking to reporters as he arrives for funeral services for Frank Shuster in Toronto. Harron, who entertained TV audiences in Canada and the U.S. with his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson and helped bring the Canadian classic novel "Anne of Green Gables" to the stage, died on Jan. 17, 2015. He was 90.

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr., the son of a fiercely independent-minded Hollywood mogul and the producer of many independent films in his own right including “Mystic Pizza” and studio hits including “Master and Commander,” died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88.

File photo of lyricist Pandit Vishweshwar Sharma who died after a prolonged illness, in Udaipur.

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Oscar-Winning actor Lusie Rainer dies at 104.

B.G. Verghese, 87, former editor of various leading newspapers died after a prolonged illness.

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File: Former Supreme Court judge, Justice V R Krishna Iyer dies at a private hospital in Kochi.

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Crime fiction queen P.D. James dies at 94.

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Senior Congress leader A R Antulay died after a prolonged illness. He was 85.

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Veteran actor-filmmaker Deven Varma, best know for his comic performance in Khatta Meetha and Angoor, dies this morning at his residence following a heart attack. He was 78.

Mike Nichols, 83, film and stage director and one of the few to score the EGOT awards. Started as a stand-up comic, made iconic movies like The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Birdcage.

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2011 file photo Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes celebrates after scoring a century during the fourth days' play of the third cricket test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25.

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Cricketers Brett Lee and Phil Hughes, tweeted by Lee after the latter's demise.

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File Photo: Sitara Devi, 94, dancer and Kathak legend who took the art form to the global stage. Gurudev called her a nritya samragini at 16; performed on the world’s biggest stages, even did a few films in the 1950s.

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R.I.P: Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi dies at 94.

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Murli Deora, veteran Congress leader from Maharashtra and former Petroleum Minister, died this morning after prolonged illness. He was 77.

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Kottarapattu Chattu Kuttan, 94, legendary usher at the iconic Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. Worked at the hotel for 72 years, served dignitaries like Gandhi, Nehru, Nixon etc.

In this file photo, director Mike Nichols, left, and Diane Sawyer arrive for the funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York.

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M.V. Raghavan, 81, firebrand Marxist leader from Kannur, Kerala, and one of the few to thrive even after being purged from the cpi(m). His rebel CMP in the doldrums now though.

Wolfgang Theuerkauf, 66, German naturalist whose Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary in Wayanad, an iucn top 25 global biodiversity centre, led to the conserving of millions of plants endemic to the Western Ghats.

Eminent social scientist M.S.S. Pandian, 53, passes away. The noted Dravidian movement scholar wrote on nationalism, caste, Tamil cinema/politics. His big book was The Image Trap: MGR in Films and Politics.

TV Grab: Veteran film and TV director Ravi Chopra, best known for his Amitabh Bachchan starrer family drama Baghbaan and TV series 'Mahabharat', died at the age of 68 following a lung ailment.

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File: Noted scholar and Jawaharlal Nehru University Professor M S S Pandian died of cardiac arrest, he was 57.

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Veteran Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who essayed villainous and comic roles with equal ease and gave powerful performances in Ardh Satya and Sadak, died after battling lung infection.

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Legendary bassist Jack Bruce, 71, best known for being part of the 1960s supergroup Cream. Also a singer, songwriter and collaborator with a number of signature bands. Wrote the riff for Sunshine of your Love.

File Photo: Former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson, wanted in India in connection with the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy which claimed over 3,000 lives in one of the world's most lethal industrial accidents, has died in the US state of Florida aged 92.

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File photo: Veteran Tamil actor SS Rajendran dead.

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In this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, Oscar de la Renta attends the Cinema Society premiere of "The Skin I Live In" in New York. The designer, De la Renta, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82.

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Ex-Haiti dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, 63, who took power at 19 in 1971 after his father’s death. Fled in 1985, but returned and fought mass killings charges citing 25-year statute of limitations excuse.

Former chairman of Prasar Bharati and veteran journalist Madhav Vittal Kamath, popularly kmown as MV Kamath, died at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. He was 93.

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File TV Grab: Slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare's wife Kavita Karkare dies following brain haemorrhage.

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STRINGED Mandolin maestro U. Srinivas, 45, who made the instrument mainstream in Carnatic music, dies of liver failure. Fans world over mourn.

File picture of Child prodigy-turned master musician Mandolin U. Shrinivas (45) who died at a private hospital in Chennai following a lung infection.

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Mahant Avaidyanath, 95, one of the leading lights of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, ex-Gorakhnath chief priest, and four-time Gorakhpur MP. Yogi Adityanath is his successor.

Ex-Assam DGP Shankar Barua, who was being investigated by the CBI in the `10,000 crore Saradha chit funds scam case, commits suicide; many celebs arrested so far, 48 cases registered.

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In this Jan. 18, 1999 photo, long-time resident and booster of Yosemite Lakes Park Richard Kiel talks about moving to the foothill community near Coarsegold, Calif., from Southern California for the benefit of his children. Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details. He was 74.

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FILE - In this June 19, 2008 file photo, banker Emilio Botin poses at his home in Santander, Spain. Spanish banking magnate Botin, who built the country’s Banco Santander into a global financial giant, has died of a heart attack. He was 79. Botin was known for his hands on leadership of the bank and turned the small institution run by his father into the eurozone’s largest by market capitalization through a series of acquisitions.

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Eusebio, 71, Portugal’s football great from the ’60s. Mozambique-born player with the “astonishing right foot” was twice European Golden Boot winner, scored 473 goals in 440 games for Benfica.

Farooque Sheikh, 65, actor and TV personality most known for his man-next-door turn in the parallel cinema of the 1970s and ’80s. Worked with India’s best; Garam Hawa, Katha, Chashme Buddoor....

File photo of Mohd. Fazal, former Governor of Maharashtra & Goa, who died at a hospital in Allahabad.

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Maya Angelou, poet, actress, rights activist and an American icon best known for bio I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Even won 3 Grammys for her spoken word albums.

Ashish Bose, eminent demographer, 84. In the ’80s, coined the term ‘bimaru’ for poor, populous cowbelt states. Took flak for a ‘Muslim growth rate’ thesis, later disproved.

V.K. Murthy, 91, ace cinematographer and famously “Guru Dutt’s eye” in classics like Pyaasa, Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam, Kagaz ke Phool.... Mentored many ace lensmen. Also Phalke award winner.

Peter Matthiessen, 86, author, naturalist, activist, briefly spy and co-founder of Paris Review. Wrote 33 books including The Snow Leopard, Far Tortuga, Shadow Country. Latest, In Paradise, out soon.

Sue Townsend, 68, Britain’s favourite comic writer and creator of the Adrian Mole character. Works held up “mirror to ’80s British life”; 10 books have sold over 20 mn copies

French historian Jacques Le Goff, 90, revered proponent of New History, which took the focus of historical research from “political figures and events to mentality and anthropology”. Also editor of journal Annales.

Award-winning travel writer Markrk Shand, 62, known for his work on conservation of the Asian elephant and the book, Travels with My Elephant. Tara and he did a 600-km India trek.

US middleweight title contender Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, 76, who spent 19 years in jail for murder before a “no fair trial” release. Immortalised in the Dylan protest song.

Eminent socialist Sunil Gupta, 47, whose work in the Tawa dam oustees agitation in ’95 led to a successful adivasi fishing co-op for years. ‘Sunil bhai’ was a JNU Eco alumnus.

Leading Pak TV journalist, Hamid Mir, 47, shot three times in Karachi but survives. Geo TV reports Mir had said “elements in the ISI” were out to get him. PM Sharif plonks `10 mn reward for info.

Gordon Willis, 82, who manned the camera for iconic ’70s movies like The Godfather, Annie Hall, Klute etc. In a six year period (1971-77), his films got 19 Oscars, 39 nominations.

Russi Mody, 96, ‘steel man of India’ and ex-chairman of Tata Steel. Had a big part in making company a global player in steel manufacturing. Ousted in 1993 after spat with Ratan Tata over control.

Khagen Mahanta, 72, the ‘Bihu samrat’ who was only second in popularity to Bhupen Hazarika in Assam. The singer, musician and IPTA member led the revival of rural folk songs. ‘Kolore patote kauri pore...’

Robert A. Dahl, 98, renowned political scientist, teacher and author. Who Governs was in TLS list of most influential books. Other tomes: Polyarchy, After the Revolution.

Shirirley Temple, 85, Depression-era Hollywood child superstar who later reinvented herself as a politician/diplomat. Always remembered as shining, singing child star of films like Curly Top, Bright Eyes etc.

Balu Mahendra, 75, the national award-winning cinematographer and director. The Sri Lankan Tamil made films in all South languages. Moondram Pirai (Sadma in Hindi), Veedu, Olangal....

Akkineni Nageswara Rao, 91, Telugu cinema giant who in a seven-decade career acted in 255 movies. Also started Annapurna Studios. Phalke award winner’s best: Devadas, Maya Bazaar, Missamma....