Popular American psychologist and television personality Dr.Joyce Brothers died at 85, her daughter said on May 13.Ossie Schectman, the former New York Knicks guard who scored the league's first basket, died Tuesday, July 30. NBA Commissioner David Stern called Schectman a pioneer, "Playing for the New York Knickerbockers in the 1946-47 season, Ossie scored the league's first basket, which placed him permanently in the annals of NBA history.On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences go out to Ossie's family."Actress Eileen Brennan, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as the exasperated drill captain in the movie "Private Benjamin," died Sunday, July 28, at her Burbank, California, home after a battle with bladder cancer. Actor Dennis Farina, a Chicago ex-cop whose tough-as-nails persona enlivened roles on either side of the law, died Monday, July 22. Above, Farina shoots a scene as Detective Joe Fontana in "Law & Order" in 2004.The actor, who played heartthrob Finn Hudson on "Glee," was 31 years old.His death was ruled an accident, the coroner's office announced Wednesday, October 2.Hijuelos was the first Latino to win the prestigious award for fiction for his 1989 novel, "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love." He was 62.
He also won fame for his role in "Rocky V."British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, right, died in his home on the Isle of Wight on Friday, August 23.
Brothers gained fame as a frequent guest on television talk shows and as an advice columnist for Good Housekeeping magazine and newspapers throughout the United States.
Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation and special-effects master whose work influenced such directors as Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and George Lucas, died on May 7 at age 92, according to the Facebook page of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
The man behind the visual style of movies such as "Star Wars" and "Dr. Here, Taylor and director Peter Brooks, left, film "Meetings With Remarkable Men" in 1979.
Actress Karen Black, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1970 film "Five Easy Pieces," died on Thursday, August 8, her agent said, after a long and public battle with cancer. Jackie Gingrich, first wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and mother of his two daughters, died Wednesday, August 7, in Atlanta, according to the funeral home organizing her arrangements. Margaret Pellegrini, who played the flowerpot Munchkin and one of the sleepyhead kids in the classic film "The Wizard of Oz," died at her home in Phoenix on Wednesday, August 7 after suffering a stroke, according to Ted Bulthaup, spokesman for the Munchkins. Pellegrini was one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film.