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Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago

Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” died early Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

Ron Leibman, Tony winner for ‘Angels,’ dead at 82

Ron Leibman, an actor whose career of more than six decades in film, television and the theater was highlighted by a Tony Award in 1993 for his electrifying performance as Roy Cohn in the first part of “Angels in America,” died Friday in Manhattan. He was 82.

Winston Lawson, 91, Secret Service agent with Kennedy in Dallas, dies

Winston Lawson had been a Secret Service agent for four years when, on Nov. 22, 1963, he was in an unmarked police car in Dallas just ahead of President John F. Kennedy.

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Caroll Spinney, who played Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch on ‘Sesame Street,’ dies at 85

For half a century, Spinney portrayed two of the most beloved characters on “Sesame Street,” Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch. A native of Waltham who lived in Connecticut, Spinney transformed Big Bird into a shy first-grader, turning the character into a worldwide icon.

Victor Sheymov, KGB officer who defected from Soviet Union, dies at 73

By the time he was 32, Mr. Sheymov had reached the rank of major and was in charge of monitoring the KGB’s flow of information from around the world.

D.C. Fontana, first female ‘Star Trek’ writer, dies at 80

D.C. Fontana, who helped craft the lore of “Star Trek” and developed one of its signature characters, Spock, as the first female writer for the 1960s television series, died Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank, California.

Joe Smith, career-making record executive, dies at 91

Mr. Smith presided over three major record companies in a career that stretched from the early days of rock ’n’ roll to the CD boom of the 1990s.

Wayne Merry, climber who conquered El Capitan, dies at 88

Merry’s pathbreaking ascent inspired many climbers who have completed El Capitan in his wake.