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Richard Attenborough, an acclaimed British actor and director whose film career spanned more than six decades, has passed away at the age of 90.

The actor's son, Michael, told the BBC that his father died, having been in poor health. UK Prime Minister David Cameron called him "one of the greats of cinema."


Attenborough won an Academy Award for Best Director with Gandhi in 1982, only one of many highlights of a distinguished career as actor and director.

With his distinctive white hair and beard, "Dickie" was one of the most familiar and beloved faces on the British film scene for more than half a century.

He appeared in a many major films, directed a series of them and was known for his extensive work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF as well.

Gandhi, a film that was 20 years in the making and won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, was his crowning achievement, but far from his only one.

He also played the theme park developer in Jurassic Park and Kriss Kringle in a remake of Miracle on 34th Street, showcasing his range in his later years.

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Don Pardo, the voice behind Saturday Night Live for 38 seasons, passed away on Monday, according to his daughter.

He was 96 years old.

Don Pardo for SNL

Pardo broke into broadcasting at a small radio station in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to New York City in 1944 to begin his six-decade tenure as a staff announcer at NBC.

You may not know his face, but you’ve heard his voice:

Transitioning to television, Pardo announced for such shows as Jeopardy!, The Kate Smith Evening Hour, NBC Nightly News, The Price Is Right, Three on a Match and Winning Streak.

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Corey Griffin, one of the men responsible for the ongoing ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser, is dead at the age of 27.

According to The Boston Globe, Griffin died early Saturday morning, following some kind of diving accident reported as follows by the Nantucket Police Department:

"On August 16, 2014 at 2:00 AM, the Nantucket Police Department received a report of a man missing in the harbor after diving from a building on Straight Wharf. Responding officers determined the missing person was Corey C Griffin."

Kate Upton Ice Bucket Challenge
Kate Upton does the Ice Bucket Challenge with an assist from Justin Verlander.

Griffin played hockey in college and was a good friend of Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain, who has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease).

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Jay Adams, an iconic skate boarder who was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie Lords of Dogtown, died late last night in Mexico.

He was 53 years old.

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Insiders tell TMZ that Adams passed away of an apparent heart attack while on vacation with his wife and two children. They had been on an extended three-month holiday when the tragedy struck.

Adams had reportedly been sober for months and had no history of heart problems.

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Another celebrity death has befallen Hollywood.

With Robin Williams having committed suicide on Monday, and Lauren Bacall succumbing to old age yesterday, TMZ now confirms that Million Dollar listing star Edith Flagg has also passed away.

A holocaust survivor and a fashion mogul, Edith was a viewer favorite on her grandson Josh Flagg's program.

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"My grandmother was a legend, not only in my eyes, but in the eyes of the countless people she helped and touched," Josh wrote to TMZ via email. "Beverly Hills and LA have lost one of the great members of the community."

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Lauren Bacall, a legendary actress who got her start back in 1944 and worked for six decades in cinema, has passed away.

She was 89 years old.

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Bacall’s death was confirmed by the Humphrey Bogart Estate via Facebook.

"With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," read the online message posted this evening.

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The death of Robin Williams shocked fans the world this week, but sadly, he is but one of many stars to have passed away many years too soon.

For all the joy he brought to millions of lives, the actor battled substance abuse and severe depression at various points in a life cut short by his own choice.

He is far from alone. Be it from severe illness, addiction or other tragic circumstances, some of the stars who shone the brightest also met untimely ends.

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Robin Williams has tragically died. The actor committed suicide at the age of 63.

From Robin Williams' suicide to Philip Seymour Hoffman's overdose, Paul Walker's car crash and others that remain cloaked in mystery, it's not a short list.

Their respective careers, however, remain etched in history. They may be gone from the world we inhabit, but their legacies live on, each and every day.

Robin, Philip and so many others who tragically passed on have left their marks on this world, and having touched us all, will always have a place in our hearts.

Scroll through our list of 23 shocking celebrity deaths above as we look back on some of the famous and talented individuals who we lost far too early.

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With the world still in shock over the suicide of Robin Williams, the actor's wife has released a statement in mourning of the late Oscar winner.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken," said Susan Schneider, adding:

"On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions." 

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The role that started it all. Robin Williams starred as an alien on the late 1970s sitcom Mork & Mindy.

Williams shot to fame in the 1978 sitcom Mork & Mindy.

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Robin Williams is dead at the age of 63.

According to The Associated Press, the former Oscar winner and veteran actor committed suicide inside his Northern California home.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office reports that authorities responded to a 911 call just before noon today and found the star’s unresponsive body on the scene; a coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia.

Williams went back to rehab last month to focus on sobriety and insiders confirm alcohol remained an issue for him up to the very end.

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J.J. Murphy, a veteran Irish actor best known Stateside for his portrayal of Ser Denys Mallister on Game of Thrones, collapsed and died on Friday.

He was 86 years old.

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Murphy portrayed the oldest member of the Night’s Watch and commander of the Shadow Tower on the HBO epic.

He was in the middle of shooting Game of Thrones Season 5 when he passed away, with more scenes set to come in the weeks ahead.

It's unknown at this time whether producers will re-cast the role in the wake of the actor's passing, or cut Mallister out of future episodes.

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