FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2006 file photo, Jazz legend Buddy Defranco, left, shares a laugh with fellow jazz legend Freddie Hubbard during the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Awards Concert where they were honored, in New York.  The renowned jazz clarinetist DeFranco has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. DeFranco, recognized repeatedly as the world's top jazz clarinetist, had been in declining health in recent years, his wife, Joyce DeFranco, said. (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek, File)

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Buddy DeFranco, master of the jazz clarinet, dies at 91

Mr. DeFranco, whose career lasted more than 70 years, was acclaimed as the finest of his era.

Joseph Sargent, Emmy-winning director, dies at 89

Joseph Sargent, Emmy-winning director, dies at 89

Mr. Sargent directed about 70 projects, including the thriller “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”

Brandon Stoddard, TV exec who developed ‘Roots,’ dies at 77

Brandon Stoddard, TV exec who developed ‘Roots,’ dies at 77

At ABC, Mr. Stoddard had key roles in producing the highly rated miniseries and others and network programs.

Charles C. Thompson II, producer of gutsy TV reports, dies

Charles C. Thompson II, producer of gutsy TV reports, dies

Mr. Thompson, 72, investigated the death of Elvis Presley and toxic experiments on recruits in WWII.

Joe Cocker, singer of ‘You Are So Beautiful’ and other hits, dies at 70

Joe Cocker, singer of ‘You Are So Beautiful’ and other hits, dies at 70

Known for energetic performances, the gravel-voiced singer had hits from the ’60s to the ’80s.

Udo Juergens, European singing star, dies at 80

Udo Juergens, European singing star, dies at 80

The Austrian-born entertainer dominated pop music in the German-speaking world.

Carleton Mabee, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 99

Carleton Mabee, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 99

Mr. Mabee won the 1944 Pulitzer for his often-scathing biography of the painter and inventor Samuel Morse.

Arthur Howe Jr., former Yale admissions dean, dies at 93

Arthur Howe Jr., former Yale admissions dean, dies at 93

Mr. Howe, a transitional figure in Yale admissions policies, later led the American Field Service.

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Notable deaths of 2014

A look at those who have died this year.

James Traficant dies at 73

Ohio congressman, 73, was convicted on corruption charges and served time in prison.

Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

Bacall, widow to late actor Humphrey Bogart, played major roles in such films as “The Big Sleep” and “How to Marry a Millionaire.”

The life of former U.S. senator Howard Baker

The Senate majority leader and White House chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan died June 26 at age 88.

Notable deaths of 2014

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Herb Jeffries (1911-2014)

Herb Jeffries, historic actor and jazz musician has died.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

The Nobel Prize-winning author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” influenced generations of writers around the world.

Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)

The former singer, actor and dancer dies at age 93.