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Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega dead at 83

Noriega, a onetime friend of the US, was ousted by American troops in 1989.

Constantine Mitsotakis, 98, former Greek prime minister

Mr. Mitsotakis was remembered for fierce confrontations with Greece’s liberal and socialist parties as well as early free-market reforms.

Nora Mae Lyng, 66, actress at the heart of ‘Forbidden Broadway’

Ms. Lyng not only inspired the original show and starred in its original cast; she also invested her comic talent and meager financial resources in it.

Patti Upton, 79, Aromatique founder

Ms. Upton founded the multimillion-dollar home fragrance company thanks to a popular homemade mix she concocted.

Jared Martin, 75, who played Dusty Farlow on ‘Dallas’

Mr. Martin became a fan favorite with his portrayal of the charming cowboy.

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Then-US Senator Jim Bunning in 2010.

Jim Bunning, 85, Hall of Fame pitcher who was later US senator

Senator Bunning parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an uncompromising advocate for conservative causes.

Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to Jimmy Carter, dies at 89

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, died on Friday.

Mr. Johnson’s ‘‘Jesus’ Son,’’ chronicled the lives of various drug addicts adrift in America.

Denis Johnson, 67, acclaimed author of fiction and poetry

Mr. Johnson was best known for his story collection “Jesus’ Son,” which tells of crime, violence, substance abuse, and the worst of luck.

Ms. Biagiotti waved after the presentation of her Spring/Summer 2011 collection during the Milan Fashion Week in 2010.

Laura Biagiotti, 73, Italian fashion designer

Ms. Biagiotti conquered global markets with her soft, loose women’s clothes and luxurious knits.

Michael Bliss, 76, historian who dispelled myths of insulin’s discovery

While chronicling the infighting among the researchers, “The Discovery of Insulin” also illuminated the science of endocrinology.

Arthur St. John, 96, beloved Market Basket employee

Mr. St. John worked as a part-time bagger in the Stratham store of Market Basket for 26 years.

Mr. Perenchio’s wealth, recently estimated at $2.8 billion, let him be a generous political donor and philanthropist.

Jerry Perenchio, 86, media mogul

Mr. Perenchio helped produce hit TV shows and sporting events and turned Univision into a major Spanish-language network.

Robert Boyle, 88, writer, watchdog of rivers, wildlife

Mr. Boyle became the unofficial guardian of the Hudson River as a crusading conservationist and a founder of a widely replicated watchdog group called Riverkeeper.

Al Vecchione; helped build ‘PBS NewsHour’

Mr. Vecchione, an immigrant’s son, was an unlikely helmsman of the ‘‘NewsHour’’ program.

FILE - In this April 6, 1962 file photo, socialite-actress Dina Merrill models the gown she will wear at the Academy Awards presentation in Los Angeles. Merrill, the rebellious heiress who defied her super-rich parents to become an actress, died Monday, May 22, 2017, at age 93. (AP Photo/Harold P. Matosian, File)

Dina Merrill, 93, an heiress, a rebel, and, briefly, a Hollywood star

Starting in the 1950s, Ms. Merrill appeared in more than 100 films and television programs.

Barbara Smith Conrad, a opera singer, at her home in New York, Jan. 29, 2011. In 1957, Conrad was cast opposite a white male student in a college opera production, and she was pulled from the performance after objections from the Texas Legislature, due to her race. Conrad's story is now the subject of a PBS documentary called

Barbara Smith Conrad; opera star found self in middle of civil rights fight

Ms. Conrad sang on the most illustrious stages of the world, from New York’s Metropolitan Opera to the Vienna State Opera.

MOVIES: ROGER MOORE as James Bond in the 1973 film

Roger Moore, at 89; played James Bond 007 times

The British actor brought tongue-in-cheek humor to the James Bond persona and starred for years in “The Saint’’ series on television.

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, file photo, former NFL player Cortez Kennedy poses with a bust of himself during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. The Orlando Police Department confirmed that Kennedy was found dead Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Orlando. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Cortez Kennedy, 48, dominant lineman

Mr. Kennedy was a hulking force at defensive tackle, the cornerstone of a franchise that had little to cheer about for most of his playing career.

Mr. Sampas, who administered Jack Kerouac’s estate, often retrieved items left at his brother-in-law’s gravesite at Lowell’s Edson Cemetery. In 2014, a memorial stone with a representation of the writer’s signature on it was added. Kerouac (in photo at bottom right), who died in 1969, married Mr. Sampas’ sister Stella in 1966.

John Sampas, 84; guided Kerouac writings into print

Mr. Sampas, the writer’s brother-in-law, administered the estate of the “On the Road” author.

Mr. White, an imposing defenseman, tried to keep Bobby Orr in check in 1974.

Bill White, 77, defenseman who starred for Chicago, Team Canada

He formed an imposing tandem on the Black Hawks’ blue line with Pat Stapleton and helped the team reach the playoffs in all seven of his seasons in Chicago.

Roxcy Bolton, 90, feminist who fought for Equal Rights Amendment

Ms. Bolton was credited with founding the nation’s first rape treatment center and helped persuade forecasters not to name tropical storms after only women.

Mrs. Fritz, a Wheaton College graduate, visited places where her subjects had lived as part of her thorough research.

Jean Fritz, 101, prolific author of history books for children

Part of Mrs. Fritz’s inspiration for exploring American history came from her childhood, which was spent in China.

William Brohn, 84, who made Broadway orchestras sing

Mr. Brohn worked on more than a dozen Broadway shows and won a Tony in 1998 for “Ragtime.”

Jerry Canterbury, 78, whose paralysis led to informed consent laws

Mr. Canterbury’s case led to a landmark court ruling that fundamentally transformed how doctors deal with patients in evaluating the risks of potential treatment.

Stanley Greene, teller of uncomfortable truths, dies at 68

Greene’s fearlessness in the most perilous of places made him one of the leading war photographers of his generation.

Dr. Colten also held campaign and fund-raising events with a group known as the Obama Mamas.

Mary Ellen Colten, 68, director of Center for Survey Research at UMass Boston

Dr. Colten combined scholarly studies with political activism, including with a group of friends known as the Obama Mamas.

Ms. Dick at her home in Point Reyes Station, Calif., in November 2010.

Anne R. Dick, 90, memoirist and writer’s muse

The events and emotions of her marriage to Philip K. Dick turn up again and again in his novels, transfigured into science fiction.

Mr. Vidov’s work caught the eye of international filmmakers, but his efforts to work abroad were blocked by the Soviets.

Oleg Vidov, 73, Soviet actor who defected to US

Mr. Vidov, a matinee idol in the Soviet Union, enjoyed a long film and TV career in Hollywood.

Mr. Rolde (center) led two campaigns to save Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Neil Rolde, 85, Maine politician, historian

Mr. Rolde was a former state representative who worked to save Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Wilburn Ross, 94; broke German assault alone

Sergeant Ross fought back eight German counterattacks during a World War II battle in France.

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, file photo, musician Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago. According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Chris Cornell, 52, singer and founder of Soundgarden, Audioslave

The powerful, dynamic singer died Wednesday night in Detroit of an apparent suicide.

Mr. Ailes founded Fox News in 1996 and built it into a very successful platform for conservative commentators.

Roger Ailes, 77, media guru and political strategist

The communications maestro created and ruled Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment.

Mr. Bolan (left) played the silent partner to the flamboyant Roy M. Cohn (center) in their politically potent law firm.

Thomas A. Bolan, 92, understated force in New York law

Mr. Bolan was a founder of the Conservative Party in New York.

Eddie Williams led the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies for more than three decades.

Eddie Williams, 84, who ran leading black think tank for decades

Mr. Williams, who marshaled facts and figures to advocate for the political and economic advancement of black people, died Monday in Bethesda, Md.

Mr. Davis founded the African American Dance Ensemble and Dance Africa.

Chuck Davis, 80, African dance master choreographer

The master choreographer and teacher of traditional African dance styles founded dance companies in North Carolina and New York.

Ms. Taylor on her back deck.

Elizabeth Knox Taylor, 87, cofounder of the Mission Hill School

Ms. Taylor was a lifelong educator devoted to creating open classrooms and giving students opportunities for democratic decision making.

Mr. Boothe won an Emmy in 1980 for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or special.

Actor Powers Boothe, 68, known for ‘Deadwood’ and other dark roles

Mr. Boothe won an Emmy in 1980 for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or special for his performance depicting Jim Jones.

Brooklyn Bishop Thomas V. Daily, right, performs Palm Sunday mass Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Sunday, March 24, 2002, in New York. Daily has emerged as a key figure in the case of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan, who has been accused of molesting more than 130 children. Daily, once the second-highest official in the Boston archdiocese, sought to avoid a church scandal rather than investigate priests accused of molesting children according to a report Saturday in The New York Times. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) -- Library Tag 04212002 National

Thomas Daily, 89; faced criticism on oversight of pedophile priest

The legacy of Bishop Daily, a Belmont native, was the target of criticism over how he had handled the sexual abuse scandals.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2016 file photo, Paramount CEO Brad Grey attends a special screening of

Brad Grey, 59; set up new way to create TV hit series

His sometimes contentious four-decade run in show business ended on a down note, but Mr. Grey may be remembered for helping to change how the gears of Hollywood grind.

Mr. Palermo had some tense moments on the field, including this argument with Orioles’ skipper Earl Weaver.  Asked to grade Weaver’s performance, he declared it “a perfect 10.’’

Steve Palermo, 67; popular umpire was shot while breaking up a robbery

Mr. Palermo grew up in Massachusetts and was one of the top umpires in Major League Baseball.

Mr. Hamilton and his wife, Susan, spent their honeymoon at the 1971 Daytona 500, where he won a qualifying race. He retired from full-time racing that year because of a neck injury.

Pete Hamilton, 74, local racer with ‘stars in his eyes’ who won Daytona 500

Mr. Hamilton, a graduate of the former Newton High School, started his racing career at the old Norwood Arena race track.

Yale Lary, 86; helped lead Lions to three titles

Mr. Lary was a Hall of Fame safety who also served in the Army.

Finnish President Koivisto (third left) joined European leaders — including Francois Mitterrand of France (far left) and Boris Yeltsin of Russia (far right) at a security conference in Helsinki.

Former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto; at 93

Mr. Koivisto, led the Nordic nation out of the shadow of its huge eastern neighbor, the Soviet Union, and into the European Union.

Nicholas Sand, 75, chemist sought to bring LSD to the world

Mr. Sand’s most celebrated product, known as Orange Sunshine for the color of the tablets it came in, became a signature drug of the late 1960s.

Henry Chung, 98; helped bring Hunan’s flaovrs to America

Mr. Chung opened one of the first US restaurants to specialize in spicy Hunanese cuisine.

Dr. Meltzer, an expert on the Federal Reserve and global markets, taught at Carnegie Mellon University.

Allan H. Meltzer, 89, conservative economist

Dr. Meltzer, a Boston native, was credited with coining the anti-bailout slogan, “Capitalism without failure is like religion without sin.”