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Notable deaths 2017

Chuck Berry

October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017

Berry was the rock and roll legend behind hits "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Maybelline." Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive.

Chuck Barris

June 3, 1929 – March 21, 2017

"The Gong Show" host-creator and producer of "The Dating Game," and "The Newlywed Game." He was also a songwriter, who wrote "Palisades Park" for Freddy Cannon.

Barris wrote an autobiography titled "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", which was made into the film of the same name directed by George Clooney.

Don Rickles 

May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017

Rickles was a stand-up comedian, actor, and author. He became well known as an insult comic. Rickles received widespread exposure as a popular guest on numerous talk and variety shows, including The Dean Martin Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman, and later voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise. 


Peter Hansen

December 5, 1921 – April 9, 2017

Hansen was soap opera star who played Lee Baldwin on "General Hospital" for five decades. In 1989, he appeared in the movie "The War of the Roses" with Danny DeVito, Kathleen Turner, and Michael Douglas.

Dorothy Mengering

July 18, 1921–April 11, 2017

Mengering was the mother of late-night talk show host David Letterman and frequent telephone and live guest on his show.

Following several years of appearing via telephone, Mengering became a recurring on-camera guest on Letterman's subsequent Late Show, initially by covering the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. 

Charlie Murphy

July 12, 1959 – April 12, 2017

Murphy was an actor, comedian, and writer. Murphy was best known as a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show.  He was the older brother of Eddie Murphy.

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