Jasmina Anema, who captured the hearts of President Obama, Rihanna and thousands of ordinary Americans, lost her courageous fight against leukemia today.

The little girl was just six years old.

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Author J.D. Salinger, whose novel Catcher in the Rye has long been among the most popular and treasured titles in contemporary American literature, died Wednesday.

He was 91.

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Jennifer Lyon has died at age 37. She starred on Survivor in 2005, the same year she was diagnosed with breast cancer, against which she fought a long battle.

"I was completely shocked and overwhelmed," Lyon said of her initial diagnosis of the disease. "I felt fine that day; in fact, I've been healthy my entire life."

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On professional football's most exciting weekend, sad news out of the NFL today:

Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died this morning. The 26-year old was taken to a Greenwood, South Carolina emergency room and pronounced dead at 9 a.m EST, according to the county coroner.

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Teddy Pendergrass, a singer admired for his bravery in the face of paralysis, has passed away from colon cancer complications. He was 59.

A R&B singer, Pendergrass was paralyzed in a 1982 car accident. He initially rose to fame in the 1970s when he became lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, a group that put out such singles as "If You Don't Know Me by Now" and "I Miss You."

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Renowned punk rocker Jay Reatard, real name Jimmie Lee Lindsey, was found dead in his Memphis home early yesterday, according to friends. He was 29.

He died in his sleep, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

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Erik Gates, who made numerous appearances on the show Mythbusters, died recently after a freak accident in which he fell 30 feet from a building to his death.

Mythbusters is a Discovery Channel favorite and Erik Gates made regular visits to the show, where he also founded a website dedicated to his rocketry work.

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It's one of only two guarantees in life, so it's never too surprising when a star leaves us. But this year was quite unlike most others in terms of celebrity deaths, both in terms of pure volume and in the nature in which some passed away.

From some of the biggest celebrities on the planet to those we barely got to know, and from older stars to those who were taken from us far too soon, 2009 marked a sad farewell to so many memorable names and faces.

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Popular Irish boy band member Stephen Gately has died at the age of 33. 

He had been a huge part of Boyzone, which topped charts and broke sales records in Britain and Ireland during the 1990s, and which recently made a comeback.

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Michael Jackson passed away this afternoon. He was 50 years old.

Jackson was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Los Angeles after suffering cardiac arrest. Paramedics administered CPR to the music icon in the ambulance.

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