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Dolores O’Riordan, 46, lead singer of the Cranberries

Ms. O’Riordan wrote lyrics and often music for the band’s 1990s hits, including “Linger,” which remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 24 weeks.

Dr. James Melius, 69, advocate for workers’ health

Dr. Melius advised the sponsors of a federal law that authorized billions of dollars for the medical care of first responders and others after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.

Doug Harvey, 87, Hall of Fame umpire whom players called God

Mr. Harvey was a commanding presence and a symbol of excellence in a career spanning 31 National League seasons.

Dan Gurney, auto racing pioneer; at 86

Mr. Gurney was the first driver to win races in NASCAR’s top series, Formula One, and IndyCar.

Edgar Ray Killen, 92, ‘Mississippi Burning’ KKK leader

It took 41 years before Mr. Killen was convicted in the killings of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss.

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Edward M. Kennedy and Mr. Tunney, who were roommates at the University of Virginia Law School. headed to a Senate meeting in 1972.

John Tunney, 83, boxer’s son who won and then lost Senate seat

Mr. Tunney seemed to have a charmed political life until 1976, when he lost his seat after just one term to an unlikely challenger.

Dr. Fieve at his office at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 1980. He began experimenting with lithium to mitigate depression in the 1950s.

Ronald Fieve, 87; pioneered lithium to treat mood swings

Dr. Fieve also said that such gifted individuals as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill might have benefited from being bipolar.

 Amey Amory DeFriez

Amey Amory DeFriez, 90; chaired Radcliffe board before merger with Harvard

Mrs. DeFriez received the Harvard Medal, awarded by the Harvard Alumni Association, for outstanding service to the Harvard community.

Mr. Merrick’s career began in Brookline and ended in Plainville as police chief.

Ned Merrick, 72, former police chief, law enforcement leader

A past president of the Massachusetts Police and Massachusetts Chiefs of Police associations, Mr. Merrick began his career in 1970.

John Running on the Colorado River in 2010.

John Running, at 77; noted photographer

Mr. Running was celebrated for the humanity that was showcased in his photographs.

Anna Mae Hays, at age 97, Army’s first female general

General Hays was an Army nurse who served in a mud-caked jungle hospital in World War II.

Rick Hall helped develop the fabled “Muscle Shoals sound.”

Rick Hall, 85, record producer and engineer

Mr. Hall recorded some of the biggest acts of the 1960s and ’70s and helped develop the fabled “Muscle Shoals sound.”

Robert Mann, 97, a founder of the Juilliard Quartet

Mr. Mann helped launch the internationally renowned ensemble that engendered a chamber music revival in the US.

Kevin Mahogany performed at Birdland in 2014.

Kevin Mahogany, 59, jazz vocalist and ex-Berklee teacher

Mr. Mahogany’s rich, luxurious baritone at times evoked the sound of a baritone saxophone — his principal instrument as a youth.

Mr. Balzer was a writer and executive coach.

Richard Balzer, 73; was executive coach, author, and collector

The range of Mr. Balzer’s creative curiosity was on display in books he published.

Mr. Appelfeld, in an undated photo.

Aharon Appelfeld, 85; Holocaust survivor chronicled its traumas

Mr. Appelfeld leaped out a window, was taken in by a criminal gang, and found refuge with a prostitute to survive the Holocaust — all before turning 14.

Ms. Cummins played a seductive, beret-wearing robber in ‘‘Gun Crazy.’’

Peggy Cummins, 92, star of noir classic ‘Gun Crazy’

The Welsh-born stage and film actress created an indelible performance as the lethal, beret-wearing robber.

Dr. Farnsworth was a senior research ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society and a consultant to the US National Park Service, Forest Service, and Environmental Protection Agency.

Elizabeth Farnsworth, 54, research ecologist, writer, artist

Dr. Farnsworth shared what she observed in the world around her with everyone from serious scholars to would-be gardeners.

Mr. Thomas flute solo on ‘‘Nights in White Satin’’ is one of progressive rock’s defining moments

Ray Thomas, 76, founding member of the Moody Blues

Mr. Thomas died months before the band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Mr. Toyoda, son of Toyota’s founder, led the company’s climb to rank among the world’s top automakers.

Tatsuro Toyoda, 88, ex-Toyota head who led overseas drive

Mr. Toyoda, the automaker’s seventh president, stepped down from the position in 1995, while continuing in other posts.

Jerry Van Dyke (left) and his brother, Dick, laughed during a party in Los Angeles.

Jerry Van Dyke, 86, ‘Coach’ star and brother of Dick

The younger brother of Dick Van Dyke struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dim-witted sidekick in television’s “Coach.”

The space agency said Mr. Young died Friday night at home in Houston following complications from pneumonia.

John Young, 87, NASA’s conscience, commander of first space shuttle flight

Mr. Young, the first agency astronaut to fly into space six times, walked on the moon in 1972.

Mr. Byrne was once dubbed ‘The Man the Mob Couldn’t Buy.’

Brendan Byrne, 93, former governor of New Jersey

Mobsters said that the former two-term governor was too ethical to be bribed.

Michael Dukakis joined those honoring Mr. Crane at the State House in 2016.

Robert Q. Crane, state’s longest-serving treasurer, dies at 91

Memorably dapper, Mr. Crane cultivated storied friendships that reached from the State House to City Hall to Boston’s sports arenas.

Mr. Cozza won 10 Ivy League football titles at Yale University.

Carmen Cozza, 87, Yale football coach and Ivy League winner

Mr. Cozza coached Yale to 10 Ivy League titles over 32 years and was part of the famed Harvard-Yale game in 1968.

Mr. Monson during an April 2017 church conference in Salt Lake City.

Thomas Monson, president of the Mormon Church; at 90

Mr. Monson rebuffed demands to ordain women as priests and refused to alter church opposition to same-sex marriage.

Monsignor Groden served as director of the Archdiocese’s Planning Office for Urban Affairs.

Monsignor Michael Groden, 77, pastor and fervent facilitator of affordable housing

Monsignor Groden, formerly pastor of St. Cecilia Church in the Back Bay, helped develop about 3,000 units of affordable housing.

Maura Jacobson, 91, creator of witty crosswords

Ms. Jacobson’s puzzles were dense with thematic clues and full of intricate puns.

Mr. Agee with Mary Cunningham, whom he married in 1982. His relationship with Cunningham, who was hired by Bendix Corp. in 1979, raised questions about his judgment.

William Agee, 79, CEO whose star was dimmed

Mr. Agee was 38 and a rising corporate star in 1976 when the Bendix Corp., a large auto-parts maker, made him one of the youngest chief executives of a major US company.

Dan Talbot operated the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, which opened in 1981. It is scheduled to close on Jan. 28.

Dan Talbot, 91, impresario of art films

Mr. Talbot was one of the most influential figures in the world of art-house film as an operator of Manhattan theaters.

Mr. Portman posed in 2006 in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. His atrium hotels were widely imitated.

John Portman, 93, architect who made skylines soar

Mr. Portman was one of the world’s best-known and most influential architects.

John E. Nolan Jr., 90; helped negotiate Bay of Pigs prisoner release

Mr. Nolan also played a prominent role in the Justice Department’s efforts during the civil rights movement.

Mr. Levy spent 30 years at WCVB, where he also produced midday and 6 p.m. newscasts.

Phil Levy, 75, unruffled assignment editor at WCVB

Some co-workers compared Mr. Levy to a maestro conducting a symphony of reporters and camera crews.

Marcus Raskin, 83; think tank founder helped shape liberal ideas

Mr. Raskin was a founder of one of Washington’s most prominent liberal think tanks, the Institute for Policy Studies.

Dr. Barres conducted pioneering research at Stanford University into the roles played by the brain’s glial cells.

Ben Barres, 63, groundbreaking neuroscientist and advocate for women in science

Dr. Barres, who transitioned from female to male, became a unique and important advocate for female scientists.

Mr. Regalado, who was born in the Philippines, reminisced on his 100th birthday last April at his home in California.

Ramon Regalado, 100, survivor of the Bataan Death March

Mr. Regalado symbolized the thousands of unheralded Filipinos who fought alongside American forces during World War II.

Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton, 77, acclaimed author of alphabetical detective series

With the publication of her latest book, Ms. Grafton’s alphabetical series had reached “Y Is for Yesterday.”

Mrs. Taylor toured the White House in 2011. She was attacked by six white men in Alabama in 1944. The attack never went to trial.

Recy Taylor, 97; fought for justice after a 1944 rape

Mrs. Taylor, then a 24-year-old African-American sharecropper, was abducted and raped by six white men. The attack never went to trial.

Mr. Van Berg (right) accompanied Alysheba and jockey Chris McCarron in 1987 after they failed in their bid for racing’s Triple Crown. Alysheba finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y.

Jack Van Berg, 81, Hall of Famer who trained Alysheba

Mr. Van Berg ranks fourth all-time among trainers in North America, with 6,523 victories from 41,164 starts.

Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie were comic foils on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.’’

Actress Rose Marie of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ fame dies at 94

Ms. Marie, a former child star, endeared herself to TV fans on the classic 1960s sitcom.

Roswell Rudd, 82, trombonist with a wide-open approach

Mr. Rudd established a place for the trombone in the jazz avant-garde, then disappeared from the national stage for almost 20 years before enjoying a late-career resurgence.

Ralph Carney, whimsical, prolific saxophonist; at 61

Mr. Carney was heard on albums by Tom Waits, the Black Keys, St. Vincent, Elvis Costello, the B-52’s, and Allen Ginsberg.

Lou Adler, 88, mainstay of radio news

Mr. Adler’s exacting standards influenced a generation of broadcasters.

Don Hogan Charles, 79, lauded photographer of civil rights era

Mr. Charles resisted being racially pigeonholed but also considered it a duty to cover the civil rights movement, according to a colleague.

Hiep Thi Le, Vietnamese refugee who became film star

Ms. Le became an unlikely movie star when she was cast as the central figure in “Heaven and Earth,” Oliver Stone’s 1993 film.

Judge McLaughlin served in Bristol County.

David A. McLaughlin, 78, former judge in Superior Court

Judge McLaughlin, of New Bedford, served on the bench in Bristol County from 1999 to 2009.

Mr. Bower, who was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2007, played until he was 45 years old.

Johnny Bower, 93, oldest fulltime NHL goalie

The Hall of Fame goaltender helped take the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cup championships in the 1960s.

Heather Menzies-Urich (left) posed with her castmates from “The Sound of Music” Kym Karath (center) and Debbie Turner.

Heather Menzies-Urich, 68; was in ‘Sound of Music’

Mrs. Menzies-Urich played one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film.