Irish singer and leader of The Cranberries Dolores O’Riordan died at 46 on January 15
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Paul Bocuse, a master of French cuisine, died aged 91 on January 20
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Swedish founder of the Ikea furniture chain, Ingvar Kamprad passed away on January 27. He was 91
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Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the eponymous French fashion house, died on March 10. He was 91
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Renowned Russian actor and theater director Oleg Tabakov died aged 82 on March 12
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Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, died on March 14 at the age of 76
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Oscar-winning director Milos Forman died April 14. He was 86
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American author and journalist Tom Wolfe died on May 14 at the age of 88
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Award-winning director and screenwriter Kira Muratova died on June 6 at the age of 83
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Prominent Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky passed away on June 16. He was 87
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Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin died on August 16. She was 76
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Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan passed away on August 18 at the age of 80
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Legendary Russian singer Joseph Kobzon died on August 30 aged 80
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French crooner Charles Aznavour died on October 1 at the age of 94
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Famed Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe died on October 6. She was 85
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Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee died on November 12 at age 95
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Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci passed away on November 26. He was 77
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George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died on November 30. He was 94
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Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva died at the age of 91 on December 8
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