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Deaths of noteworthy persons

Eydie Gormé, 84, singer ("Blame It on the Bossa Nova"), (Aug 10).

Eileen Brennan, 80, Emmy Award-winning actress (The Last Picture Show, Private Benjamin, Clue), bladder cancer (Jul 28).

Dennis Farina, 69, actor (Law & Order, Get Shorty, Unsolved Mysteries), pulmonary embolism (Jul 22).

Cory Monteith, 31, actor (Glee) , heroin and alcohol overdose (Jul 13).

Jean Stapleton, 90, actress (All in the Family), (May 31).

George Jones, 81, Country music singer, hypoxic respiratory failure (Apr 26).

Richie Havens, 72, Folk singer and guitarist, heart attack (Apr 22).

Allan Arbus, 95, American actor (M*A*S*H, "Sydney Freedman"), heart failure (Apr 19).

Jonathan Winters, 87, comedian and actor, natural causes (Apr 11).

Annette Funicello, 70, actress (The Mickey Mouse Club) and singer ("Tall Paul"), complications from multiple sclerosis (Apr 8).

Margaret Thatcher, 87, British politician, Prime Minister (1979–1990), stroke (Apr 8).

Roger Ebert, 70, film critic (Chicago Sun-Times, Siskel & Ebert), thyroid cancer (Apr 4).

Joe Weider, 93, Bodybuilder , heart ailment (Mar 23).

Hugo Chávez, 58, Venezuelan politician and military officer, President (since 1999), respiratory failure (Mar 5).

Bonnie Franklin, 69, Actress (One Day at a Time), pancreatic cancer (Mar 1).

 Trivia

Morgan Robertson's 1898 novella Futility had many parallels with the RMS Titanic disaster; the book concerned a fictional state-of-the-art ocean liner called Titan, which (like the Titanic) eventually collides with an iceberg on a calm April night whilst en route to New York, with many dying because of the lack of lifeboats. Various other details in the book coincide with the Titanic disaster. Later, she wrote a book, Beyond the Spectrum, that described a future war fought with aircraft that carried "sun bombs". Incredibly powerful, one bomb could destroy a city, erupting in a flash of light that blinds all who look at it. The war begins in December, started by the Japanese with a sneak attack on Hawaii.

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 In memory