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Peter Doohan, 56, a giant slayer at Wimbledon 30 years ago

His victory over Boris Becker was considered one of the biggest upsets in the storied tournament’s history.

John Kundla, 101; won five titles as coach of fledgling Lakers

Before the Los Angeles Lakers became an NBA glamour team, their forebears dominated pro basketball far from the flash of Hollywood.

Actor John Heard, of ‘Home Alone’ movies, dies at 71

Heard was best known for playing the father of Macaulay Culkin’s character.

Blanca Burgos, 66, teacher at Hernandez School in Roxbury

Blanca Burgos, 66, of Jamaica Plain, who died April 24, was a longtime teacher at the Rafael Hernandez School in Roxbury.

Jim Vance, 75, D.C.’s longest-serving local news anchor

Mr. Vance ascended to the anchor’s chair in 1972, putting him in the first wave of black news anchors in major news markets.

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Ari Schultz (right), 5, watched his hero, Hale Irwin, practice June 28 before the US Senior Golf Open at the Salem Country Club in Peabody.

Ari Schultz, 5-year-old heart transplant recipient, dies

Ari’s story went viral in March when his parents posted a YouTube video, telling him he would be receiving a new heart.

Raymond Sackler, 97, scientist and philanthropist

Dr. Sackler’s family made a fortune from the opioid painkiller OxyContin.

Charlotte Fellman at 8, when she conducted the rhythmic orchestra at Symphony Hall.

Charlotte Fellman; taught music for decades, loved music entire life

More than 90 years ago, before most of the patrons who will fill this fall’s seats in Symphony Hall were born, Ms. Fellman took her turn with the baton.

Family and friends attend the funeral of Jon Underwood at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre on July 6.

Jon Underwood, 44, founder of ‘death cafe’ movement

The founder of Death Cafe has died, but his movement to accept our inevitable end will live on.

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington dead at 41 of apparent suicide

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead on Thursday.

In an undated handout photo, Frances Gabe in the kitchen of her “self-cleaning house” in Newberg, Ore., in 2002.

Frances Gabe, inventor of the self-cleaning house, dies at 101

Ms. Gabe’s house resembled, according to one newspaper, “a gigantic dishwasher.”

In this September 1982 photo, John Hanchette, left, and John Quinn work at USA Today in McLean, Va.

John Quinn, 91; a founding editor at USA Today

Mr. Quinn, an inductee of the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame, also served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Kenneth Silverman in his apartment in New York, March 9, 1984.

Kenneth Silverman, at 81; wrote of iconic Americans

His “The Life and Times of Cotton Mather,” a deeply researched, lively biography of the great Puritan preacher, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize.

Dr. Kaufman said: “Prostate cancer is truly unique in that many, many patients who have it don’t have to do anything about it, ever.”

Donald S. Kaufman, longtime oncologist at Mass General

Dr. Kaufman’s work revolved around multidisciplinary patient care, with a focus on finding well-rounded and innovative approaches to help treat patients.

Mr. Blazer pleaded guilty to 10 counts of corruption charges that included racketeering and money laundering.

Chuck Blazer, 72, soccer official who profited from, then exposed corruption

The US official and bon vivant was a central figure in the FIFA scandal that laid bare widespread corruption in international soccer.

Mr. Parilli, shown running for a touchdown in 1966, ranks fourth in the Patriots’ record book with 16,747 passing yards and 132 touchdown passes.

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Babe Parilli, who led Patriots as quarterback in AFL years, dies at 87

Parilli, who died at 87, threw 31 touchdown passes in 1964, a Patriots franchise record broken by Tom Brady, and played in three AFL All-Star Games.

Mr. Romero posed with fans dressed as zombies at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009.

George Romero, 77, father of the zombie movie

Mr. Romero’s 1968 cult film “Night of the Living Dead” has influenced generations of horror enthusiasts.

Promotional portait of the cast of the television series, 'Mission Impossible,' circa 1967. Left to right, Peter Lupus, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris (1933 - 1996), Peter Graves, and Martin Landau. (Photo by Paramount Television/Getty Images)

Martin Landau, 89, Oscar-winning actor who played heroes and villains

Mr. Landau’s seven-decade career featured verdant artistic peaks and long stretches of arid desert.

Dr. Mirzakhani won an award often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

Harvard-trained Maryam Mirzakhani, 40, only woman to win a Fields Medal

Dr. Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician, was the only woman ever to win the most prestigious honor in her field.

Fresh Kid Ice (right), with fellow 2 Live Crew members in 1990.

Fresh Kid Ice, 53, member of 2 Live Crew

Christopher Wong Won was a founding member of the controversial Miami hip-hop group.

Cara Linehan Buckwell had raised research funds after her sister died six years ago while waiting for a liver transplant.

Cara Linehan Buckwell, a mother and coach who ‘left the world a better place,’ dies at 34

Buckwell was a respected coach who ran races to raise funds in her sister’s memory. When she died, her daughter was 10 months old.

Mr. Romero posed with fans dressed as zombies at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009.

George Romero, 77, father of the zombie movie

Mr. Romero’s 1968 cult film “Night of the Living Dead” has influenced generations of horror enthusiasts.

Dr. Maryam Mirzakhani in an undated photo.

Harvard-schooled Maryam Mirzakhani, 40, only woman to win a Fields Medal

Dr. Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician, was the only woman ever to win the most prestigious honor in her field.

Patriots quarterback Vito “Babe” Parilli ran for a touchdown in a game in December 1966.

Vito ‘Babe’ Parilli, former Boston Patriots quarterback; at 87

Mr. Parilli, who played for the Pats from 1961-67, is fourth all-time in franchise history in passing yards and touchdowns.

Mr. Johnson was chairman of Augusta National, home of the Masters tournament.

Hootie Johnson, 86; kept women out of club that hosts the Masters

The Augusta National chairman stubbornly stood his ground amid pressure for the club to invite female members.

(FILES) File picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland sitting during the Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo infront of a photo of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo who died July 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / Heiko JUNGE / Norway OUTHEIKO JUNGE/AFP/Getty Images

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate imprisoned in China, dies at 61

Mr. Liu, who was credited with reducing deaths at the Tiananmen Square massacre, fought for democratic reforms for three decades.

Dr. Counter brought to the Harvard campus many celebrities, including, earlier this year, actress Viola Davis.

S. Allen Counter, 73; professor found explorers’ descendants decades later

In the 1980s, Dr. Counter located the descendants of US arctic explorers in Greenland.

Closeup of Irina Ratushinskaya, Russian emigre poet & human rights activist who was sentenced to a labor camp in Russia for expressing her political beliefs.

Irina Ratushinskaya, 63; sent to labor camp for poetry

Irina Ratushinskaya was a Soviet dissident who turned captivity into poetry.

Neil Welch, key FBI figure behind Abscam sting; at 90

Welch was a maverick FBI official who negotiated the surrender of the escaped killer of Kitty Genovese.

This July 5, 1979, file photo shows Jim Bush, then-head coach of the U.S. men's track team, at the Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Jim Bush; UCLA track coach mentored Olympic athletes

Jim Bush, who guided UCLA to five NCAA track and field championships during his 20 years coaching the Bruins, has died. He was 90.

Gray Reisfield, at 85; heiress to fortune of Greta Garbo

Reisfield was the sole heiress to her aunt Greta Garbo’s estate.

Diane J. Nelson rode Acey Deucey to victory in The Dearly Precious stakes at Aqueduct Race Track in New York in 2005.

Diane Nelson, 51; noted jockey built career at Suffolk Downs, Rockingham

Ms. Nelson spent her formative years at the local tracks before turning to tracks in her native New York.

Mr. Kikel’s subjects in his poetry ranged from his childhood in New York City to his friends in Boston.

Rudy Kikel, poet and longtime editor at Bay Windows, dies at 75

Mr. Kikel, of Jamaica Plain, had published and edited several collections of poetry.

Mr. Croatti praised the insights of workers at UniFirst, his uniform service and supply company based in Wilmington.

Ronald D. Croatti, 74, CEO featured in ‘Undercover Boss’

As CEO, president, and chairman, Mr. Croatti led his family’s uniform service and supply company through a period of growth that quintupled annual revenues to an estimated $1.5 billion.

Spencer Johnson, 78, author of pithy best-sellers

Mr. Johnson’s books included “Who Moved My Cheese?” — a parable about embracing change that has sold 28 million copies worldwide.

‘‘General Nkaissery saw the protection of Kenya as his duty in life,’’ opposition leader Raila Odinga said.

Joseph Nkaissery, 67, Kenya’s interior minister

The retired general died Saturday in a Nairobi hospital a month before the East African country’s presidential election.

José Luis Cuevas, 83, dark master of Mexican art

Mr. Cuevas’s rebellious personality and dark delineation of human suffering made him one of the most celebrated Mexican artists of the 1950s and ’60s.

The actor, who studied at Juilliard, played Lafayette Reynolds on “True Blood” from 2008 to 2014.

‘True Blood’ actor Nelsan Ellis dead at 39

Mr. Ellis’s manager told The Hollywood Reporter the actor died from complications of heart failure.

Dr. Vincent, who as a youngster rooted Ted Williams and the Red Sox, led the digitization of the handwritten home run log of the Society for American Baseball Research.

David Vincent, the Sultan of Swat Stats

Dr. Vincent, a native of Waltham, was a renowned baseball researcher with a vast knowledge of home run history.

Bradley Lowery was an English boy who had neuroblastoma and became a fan favorite after striking up a close friendship with national team striker Jermain Defoe.

6-year-old English soccer fan dies of cancer

Bradley Lowery, who had neuroblastoma, was picked to walk out with the starting lineup of then-English Premier League team Sunderland several times last season.

Sheila Michaels, in the 1960s.

Sheila Michaels, popularized ‘Ms.’

Half a century ago, Michaels wielded two consonants and a period, changing the way modern women are addressed.

Gene Conley, who played for three Boston teams, dies at 86

Gene Conley, who died July 4, won three NBA titles with the Celtics, and played for the Red Sox and Boston Braves.

Joaquin Navarro-Valls, 80, longtime Vatican spokesman

Mr. Navarro-Valls was fiercely loyal to John Paul, accompanying the Polish pontiff on most of his 104 international trips.

John Blackwell, 43, teacher at Berklee, Prince drummer

‘’John studied with me just about his entire time at Berklee,” John Ramsay, chair of the college’s Percussion Department, told a Berklee publication.

Kevin DelGobbo, Conn. official

Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday lauded Mr. DelGobbo for his dedication to public service and ‘‘to charting sound energy policy for the state.’’

Richard Beinecke, professor who wrote about Mystic River

“Rick was exceptionally kind, and he had an amazing knack for bringing people together,” Marisa Kelly, Suffolk’s acting president, said in a statement.

Darrall Imhoff; played in Olympics, NBA

Mr. Imhoff’s Cal team made it to the NCAA tournament final in 1960 but lost to Ohio State and Jerry Lucas.

epa06065354 (FILE) - Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas looks on during an interview at the Americas House in Havana, Cuba, 28 January 2008 (reissued 04 July 2017). Mexican painter and sculptor Jose Luis Cuevas died on 03 July 2017 at the age of 83 in Mexico City, the Mexican Presiden confirmed on 04 July 2017. Cuevas is considered as a part of 'Generation of the Rupture,' a movement led in the 1950's by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Clemente Orozco, whose expressionist works exercised a big influence on him. EPA/STR

Jose Luis Cuevas, Mexican painter, sculptor

Mr. Cuevas was known for his twisted, distorted depictions of the human form, both in painting and sculpture.