U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the second-longest-serving senator in U.S. history and winner of the Medal of Honor for combat heroics in World War II, has died.

He was 88. "His last words were, 'Aloha,'" his office said.

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Dina Manfredini, the world's oldest person and a resident of Iowa, has passed away. She was 115 years old.

A native of Italy, Manfredini died at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, just two weeks after earning the title of World's Oldest Human after a 116-year old named Besse Cooper left this world on December 4.

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Ravi Shankar, a legendary Indian sitar player and songwriter who was a major influence on The Beatles, has passed away. He was 92.

Shankar's manager, Earl Blackburn, emailed Bloomberg.com with the sad news, confirming that the musician died at a hospital near his residence in California. He underwent heart-valve replacement surgery on Thursday.

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Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera was killed in a plane crash Sunday.

Authorities in Mexico have confirmed that the wreckage of the small plane, which went down shortly after takeoff, had been found in Nuevo Leon State.

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Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, was at the center of a horrific tragedy this morning.

According to local authorities, Belcher, 25, shot and killed his on-again/off-again girlfriend (Kasandra Perkins, who gave birth to the couple's first child three months ago) in her home around 8 a.m. and then drove to the Arrowhead Stadium complex where the Chiefs play home games.

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Zig Ziglar, a motivational speaker who wrote more than 30 books on living a balanced life, and who built a huge following over his long life, has died in Texas.

He was 86. Ziglar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, passed away Wednesday at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano, said his assistant, Jay Hellwig.

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Tragedy struck a basketball legend and his family today, as Alexandra "Sasha" McHale - the daughter of NBA Hall of Famer and Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale - passed away.

She was only 23.

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