Gandolfini became a fan favorite for his role as mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos. He directed "Snakes on a Plane.". He was 66. Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who co-wrote the initial specification for RSS, committed suicide, a relative told CNN on January 12. SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images. Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Fin Costello/Redferns/Landov. She was 84. King. United States Public Health Service. PHOTO: Andrew Lepley/Redferns/Getty Images. John Palmer, a veteran reporter for NBC News, died Saturday, August 3, after a short illness, according to the network. British broadcaster David Frost, best known for his series of interviews with former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1977, died August 31. Richard Matheson, an American science-fiction writer best known for his novel "I Am Legend," died June 23 at age 87. Kelly was 43. PHOTO: Bland’s body was found hanging from a privacy partition at 9:07 a.m. on July 13 by a female officer. PHOTO: He also won fame for his role in "Rocky V.". Atlanta Journal Constitution/AP/FILE. She was 80. The personal development coach for the legendary record label was 98. During a career that spanned more than 60 years, Matheson wrote more than 25 novels and nearly 100 short stories, plus screenplays for TV and film. Sandra Dee was one of the biggest pinups of the 1950s thanks to Gidget, A Summer Place and Come September. He was 83. He was 72. CBS via Getty Images. A specific cause of death was not cited, but Bland had been ill for some time, his son Rodd told reporters. Gilles Petard/Redferns via Getty Images. Ray Fisher//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images. She was 83. Damon Harris, former member of the Motown group the Temptations, died at age 62 on February 18. 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. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Image. Updated Richards was a producer and songwriter who was part of the team responsible for Motown hits such as "I Want You Back" and "Maybe Tomorrow." PHOTO: PHOTO: From TwoMorrows Publishing. PHOTO: Ramone died March 30 at the age of 72. Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey died June 3 of viral pneumonia, his office said. Tony Barson Archive/WireImage/Getty Images. Jan Persson/Redferns/Getty. The legend was known for his phenomenal skills as a keyboardist, and his ability to bridge together jazz, rock, funk and R&B. Jazz guitarist Carline Ray died at Isabella House in New York City, on July 18. Alan Myers, Devo's most well-known drummer, lost his battle with cancer on June 24. He was 91. Ethan Miller/Getty Images. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Esther Williams, whose success as a competitive swimmer propelled her to Hollywood stardom during the 1940s and 1950s, died on Thursday, June 6 in California, according to her spokesman. PHOTO: Bland was drafted into the Army in 1952. Koop served as surgeon general from 1982 to 1989, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Mark Sutton/Gary Connery Archive/Getty Images. HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images/File. PHOTO: David "Deacon" Jones, who is credited with coining the term "sacking the quarterback" during his stint as one of the greatest defensive ends in the NFL, has died. Van Cliburn, the legendary pianist honored with a New York ticker-tape parade for winning a major Moscow competition in 1958, died on February 27 after a battle with bone cancer, his publicist said. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the United States, died at age 93 on March 23. She was 92. Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland was an influential performer in the blues world and his death at the age of 83 will not diminish his iconic status from those in the industry who admired his musical ability. PHOTO: Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. From left: Bobby Rogers, Ronald White, Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore circa 1965. Exclusive discount for Prime members. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images. Street, second from the left, poses for a portrait with fellow members of the Temptations circa 1973. Wallace voiced the character Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" and is known for playing receptionist Carol Kester on "The Bob Newhart Show." He was 82. "He brought a certain level of class to the blues genre," said Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, son of legendary musician and producer Willie Mitchell. Kelly, right, and Chris Smith shot to stardom in 1992 with the hit "Jump. PHOTO: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images. Ron Wolfson /Landov. JAKE HERRLE for CNN. Popular American psychologist and television personality Dr. Joyce Brothers died at 85, her daughter said on May 13. He lived abroad after being indicted in 1983 for tax evasion, false statements, racketeering and illegal trading with Iran, becoming one of the world's most famous white-collar criminals. 9:47 AM EDT, Wed June 26, 2013. PHOTO: Tony Lip, who played mob figures in the hit cable show "The Sopranos" and several critically acclaimed movies, died January 4, a funeral home official said. Jessica Burstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images. No cause was given for his death, which was reported by his son, Rodd. Bland's craft was most clearly heard on a series of early 1960s releases, including "Cry Cry Cry", "I Pity the Fool" (number 1 on the R&B chart in 1961) and "Turn On Your Love Light", all included on the 1961 album "Two Steps From The Blues". Virginia Johnson, the pioneering sex researcher who was part of a groundbreaking team with William Masters, died at age 88 on July 24, her family said. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died on February 25. Francisco Estrada/Jam Media/LatinContent/Getty Images. The eldest daughter of Walt Disney, Diane Disney Miller, died on November 19, according a statement from the museum dedicated to the legendary animated filmmaker. Reems, whose real name is Herbert Streicher, was 65. Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland died on June 23, 2013 at his home in Memphis after an illness. She was 85. He was 88. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences go out to Ossie's family.". Bobby Bland Death | Obituary – Cause Of Death | Dead – Passed Away. PHOTO: "He's always been the type of guy that if he could help you in any way, form or fashion, he would," Rodd Bland said. Rich Pilling/ MLB Photos via Getty Images. He was 50. Jazz guitarist Jim Hall, who played with the jazz greats of the 20th century and influenced the younger ones, died December 10, his family said. 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. The Palm Beach socialite was known for making sleeveless dresses from bright floral prints that became known as the "Lilly" design. PHOTO: The British author was best known for "The Golden Notebook," which is considered by many critics to be one of the most important feminist novels ever written. Character actor Ed Lauter, who had small roles in movies and TV shows over four decades, died October 16 of mesothelioma, caused by asbestos exposure, his publicist said. John Bryson/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images. He was 49. PHOTO: The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Howell’s cause of death was an accidental meth overdose. Allan Arbus, who played psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman in the M*A*S*H television series, died at age 95, his daughter's representative said April 23. He was 96. PHOTO: PHOTO: 3 Bobby Bland. Try asking a question on Yahoo Answers ; Try asking your question on Yahoo Answers. ", Bert Stern, a revolutionary advertising photographer in the 1960s who also made his mark with images of celebrities, died on June 25 at age 83. CNN regrets this error. He was 84. Sir Robert Edwards, a "co-pioneer" of the in vitro fertilization technique and Nobel Prize winner, died April 10 in his sleep after a long illness, the University of Cambridge said. PHOTO: PHOTO: Bobby Bank/WireImage/GETTY IMAGES. Actress Eleanor Parker, nominated for three Oscars and known for her "Sound of Music" role, died on December 9, her family said. PHOTO: Band member Mark Mothersbaugh said in a statement that Myers' style on the drums helped define the band's early sound. She died January 16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 94. Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died at her London home on November 17, her publisher said. PHOTO: She was 78. Renowned psychic Sylvia Browne, a leader in the paranormal world who appeared regularly on television and radio and also wrote dozens of top-selling books, died November 20 in a northern California hospital, according to her website. Try the suggestions below or type a new query above. Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images. Hugo Chavez, the polarizing president of Venezuela who cast himself as a "21st century socialist" and foe of the United States, died March 5, said Vice President Nicolas Maduro. PHOTO: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images. Pauline Phillips, better known to millions of newspaper readers as the original Dear Abby advice columnist, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Robert Calvin "Bobby" Bland (January 27, 1930 – June 23, 2013), also known as Bobby "Blue" Bland, was an American singer of blues and soul.He was an original member of the Beale Streeters, and was sometimes referred to as the "Lion of the Blues". CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images. She was 77. Douglas Englebart, the inventor of the computer mouse, died Tuesday, July 2, at his home in Atherton, California, according to SRI International, the research institute where he once worked. Pop-country singer Patti Page died on January 1 in Encinitas, California. And humble. It was followed by protests against her arrest, disputing the cause of death and alleging racial violence against her. PHOTO: All rights reserved. Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland, who helped create the modern soul-blues sound, died June 23 at age 83. PHOTO: Nico Stipcianos/Getty Images. Ray Dolby, the American inventor who changed the way people listen to sound in their homes, on their phones and in cinemas, died September 12 in San Francisco. Michael Buckner/EM/Getty Images for EM. Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation on July 10 by State Trooper Brian Encinia. Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine died December 15, her longtime friend Noel Beutel said. PHOTO: The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on Howell. He was 74. She was 74. Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Sharman -- who won four NBA titles as a player, one as a head coach and five in his club's front office -- died October 25 in southern California, his former teams said. King during induction ceremonies in New York. Keystone/Getty Images. He was 54. King, Junior Parker and others. She was 94. Gordon Stoker, left, who as part of the vocal group the Jordanaires sang backup on hits by Elvis Presley, died March 27 at 88. 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