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George Shapiro, Talent Manager Who Pushed for ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 91

He left his job as an agent in the 1970s to guide the careers of Jerry Seinfeld, Carl Reiner and other comics. → Read More

Vangelis, Composer Best Known for ‘Chariots of Fire,’ Dies at 79

A master of the synthesizer, he won an Oscar for that film’s score, and his memorable theme song became a No. 1 pop hit. → Read More

Guy Lafleur, Dynamic Star of the Montreal Canadiens, Dies at 70

He helped lead the team to five Stanley Cup titles and was the first player in N.H.L. history to score at least 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive years. → Read More

James Maraniss, Librettist of Long-Silent Opera, Dies at 76

A Spanish scholar who taught for more than four decades at Amherst College, he waited, along with the composer, 32 years for “Life Is a Dream” to be staged. → Read More

Dan Reilly, the Original Mr. Met, Is Dead at 83

For four seasons at Shea Stadium, when the Mets were dreadful but beloved, he donned a giant head and roamed the stands greeting fans as the team’s mascot. → Read More

Wanda Young, Motown Hitmaker With the Marvelettes, Dies at 78

She was the lead voice on “Don’t Mess With Bill” and other songs written by Smokey Robinson, who said she “had this little voice that was sexy to me.” → Read More

Ralph Irizarry, Innovative Latin Percussionist, Dies at 67

A colleague said Mr. Irizarry, who played timbales with Ray Barretto and Rubén Blades and led his own bands, expanded the instrument’s possibilities “to the nth degree.” → Read More

Ruly Carpenter, 81, Dies; Owned the Phillies’ First Championship Team

Distressed by soaring salaries, he sold the team a year after they beat Kansas City in the 1980 World Series. “We hoped common sense would prevail,’’ he said. “But it didn’t.” → Read More

Gilbert Seltzer, Soldier in the World War II ‘Ghost Army,’ Dies at 106

He was one of the last survivors of a band of Army con artists who duped German forces with their arsenal of fakery, including inflatable tanks and scripted radio transmissions. → Read More

Sam Cunningham Dies at 71; Fostered Integration on the Football Field

As one of three Black players in the U.S.C. backfield, he led the team to a stunning win in 1970 over Coach Bear Bryant’s all-white Alabama. He would go on to star for the New England Patriots. → Read More

Tony Mendez, David Letterman’s Oddball ‘Cue Card Boy,’ Dies at 76

For more than 20 years, he wrote and flipped cards for Mr. Letterman’s “Late Show.” He was also a member of the show’s troupe of quirky onscreen characters. → Read More

Eloise Greenfield, Who Wrote to Enlighten Black Children, Dies at 92

In nearly 50 books, written in poetry and prose, she described the lives of ordinary people and heroes like Rosa Parks and Paul Robeson. → Read More

Pat Hitchcock O’Connell, Director’s Daughter and Cast Member, Dies at 93

She acted in three films directed by her father, Alfred Hitchcock, including “Psycho.” She later wrote a book about her mother’s role as his cinematic partner. → Read More

Janice Mirikitani, Poet and Crusader for People in Need, Dies at 80

Interned with her family during World War II, she became San Francisco’s poet laureate and an activist on behalf of the city’s marginalized people. → Read More

Gareth Hughes, Sports Producer With a Human Touch, Dies at 41

A multiple Emmy winner, he created a specialty in crafting “teases,” short videos that precede major events like the Masters and N.F.L. playoff games. → Read More

J.R. Richard, Fireballing Pitcher Whose Career Was Cut Short, Dies at 71

He was a star for the Astros and one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s — until he had a stroke and collapsed at the Astrodome. → Read More

Willie Winfield, Angelic-Voiced Doo-Wop Singer, Is Dead at 91

For more than 60 years, he sang with various incarnations of the Harptones. “His voice was unique,” one concert producer said, “and it lasted his whole life.” → Read More

Frenchy Cannoli, Ardent Evangelist for Hashish, Dies at 64

He left France at 18 for a nearly two-decade sojourn to India, Nepal, Mexico and Morocco to learn the secrets of making hash and became an authority. → Read More

Dennis Murphy, Impresario of Alternative Leagues, Dies at 94

He founded the American Basketball Association, which revolutionized the game, and participated in other imaginative, sometimes zany sports ventures. → Read More

Esther Bejarano, 96, Dies; Auschwitz Survivor Fought Hate With Hip-Hop

She played the accordion in the camp’s orchestra. Decades later, she spoke out against fascism and racism, using music as well as words. → Read More