Stephen Hawking, Barack Obama

The great physicist, cosmetologist, author and genius Stephen Hawking passed away early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.

Hawking, left, is pictured receiving the Congressional Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, from former U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on August 12, 2009.

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Lovebug Starski

Hip-Hop is mourning the death of rap pioneer Lovebug Starski who passed away Thursday in Las Vegas after suffering a heart attack at age 57.

Lovebug is commonly regarded as one of the forefathers of the hip-hop genre, alongside legends like Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, and has been credited with coining the phrase “hip-hop”.

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Edwin Jackson

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was one of 2 men killed by a drunk driver on Sunday morning on the shoulder of an Indianapolis highway. Jackson reportedly asked Monroe to pull over onto the shoulder on Interstate 70 because he was getting sick. Both men were hit and killed when Monroe got out of the car to assist Jackson.

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Rasual Butler and singer Leah LaBelle die in car crash

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle — a singer who appeared on “American Idol” — were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, California early Wednesday.

TMZ reports the couple were in a black Range Rover traveling at a high rate of speed when it jumped a curb and crashed into a shopping plaza. The truck flipped and rolled on impact with a wall.

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Mark Salling has died

Actor Mark Salling killed himself months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Salling, who played Noah “Puck” Puckett on the TV series Glee, was found dead near his home on Tuesday. He was 35.

In a previous suicide attempt, Salling slit both wrists less than two months before pleading guilty to downloading 50,000 child abuse images on his computer in October.

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Hugh Masekela

Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela passed away on Monday from complications related to prostate cancer. He was 78.

The South African musician, who was a leading activist in the struggle to end apartheid, died “peacefully” in his Johannesburg home on Tuesday, his family told the BBC in a statement.

Masekela, who was known as the father of South African jazz, earned worldwide fame for hits such as his protest songs “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home”, which became an anthem for those protesting Nelson Mandela imprisonment.

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Bambino Gold Kendrick Stokes

An Atlanta rapper and his cousin who went missing 2 weeks ago have been found dead in Alabama.

The bodies of Edward Reeves, aka Bambino Gold, left, and his cousin Kendrick Stokes were found in a wooded area in Macon County, Alabama, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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Robert Guillaume

Actor Robert Guillaume passed away Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89. A rep told the Associated Press that Guillaume had been battling prostate cancer.

Guillaume, whose real name is Robert Peter Williams, gained fame as the sharp-witted butler on ABC’s Soap and the spin-off Benson.

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