Jun 29 - A List of All The Famous People Who Died in 2007

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Jun 29 - A List of All The Famous People Who Died in 2007

Liz Claiborne
Fashion designer Liz Claiborne, whose styles became a cornerstone of career women's wardrobes in the 1970s and 1980s, died on June 26 after suffering from cancer for a number of years. She was 78. Claiborne founded Liz Claiborne Inc. in 1976 along with her husband, Art Ortenberg, and Leonard Boxer. In 1985 Liz Claiborne Inc. was the first company founded by a woman to be listed in the Fortune 500, according to the company's Web site.
Claiborne retired from the day-to-day operations in 1989.

Chris Benoit
Pro wrestler Chris Benoit was found dead on June 25 after apparently k*lling his wife and son during the preceeding weekend, police said. Benoit strangled his wife, Nancy, 43, and smothered his 7-year-old son, Daniel, before hanging himself in his weight room, a law enforcement official close to the investigation told The a*sociated Press.

Rapper, Stack Bundles
Diplomats affiliate Stack Bundles was k*lled early in the morning on June 11th in his Far Rockaway neighborhood in Queens, New York. He was gunned down down. The supposed gunmen was found k*lled execution style not even a week later.

Relief pitcher Rod Beck
Rod Beck, a relief pitcher who wore a bushy mustache while earning 286 career saves, was found dead on June 23. He was 38. Foul play is not suspected, though the cause of death was unknown at publication date. The outgoing right-hander was a three-time All-Star who twice led the NL in saves. Beck was popular with his teammates, reporters and fans, but battled personal demons late in his life. He abruptly left the San Diego Padres for a two-month stint in drug rehabilitation during his final season in 2004.

Indiana U. football coach Terry Hoeppner
Indiana University football coach Terry Hoeppner died of complications from a brain tumor on June 19. He was 59. Hoeppner, who had two brain surgeries in the past 18 months, spent the last four months on medical leave. Hoeppner, who went 9-14 in two seasons as Indiana's coach.

AFL All-Star safety Jim Norton
Jim Norton, a four-time AFL All-Star safety and an original member of the Houston Oilers, died on June 12. He was 68. Norton played football for four seasons at Idaho before he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1960. He never played for the Lions, instead joining the Houston Oilers that same year, when they won the first AFL championship. Norton retired in 1969 after playing nine seasons with the Oilers, and he remains the franchise leader with 45 interceptions.

Mr. Wizard
Don Herbert, who as television's "Mr. Wizard" introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died on June 12. He was 89. Herbert, who had bone cancer, died at his suburban Los Angeles home. In "Watch Mr. Wizard," which was produced from 1951 to 1964 and received a Peabody Award in 1954, Herbert turned TV into an entertaining classroom. On a simple, workshop-like set, he demonstrated experiments using household items.

Former Tennessee basketball coach Ray Mears
Ray Mears, the Tennessee basketball coach who presided over the "Ernie and Bernie show" during his 15 seasons guiding the Volunteers, died on June 11. He was 80. In the mid-1970s, Mears coached future NBA players Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard King. Mears' teams went 278-112 at Tennessee between 1962 and 1978

Former NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr.
Bill France Jr., who transformed NASCAR from a small Southern sport into a billion-dollar conglomerate during his 31 years as chairman, died at his Daytona Beach, Fla., home on June 4. He was 74.

New England Patriot Marquise Hill
New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill, who spent much of his free time and his NFL paycheck helping loved ones in New Orleans rebuild in the hurricane-damaged city where he grew up, died on May 27. He was 24. The former LSU star died in a a jet ski accident on Lake Pontchartrain. The death was ruled an accidental drowning.

Actor Carl Wright
Who began his career as a tap dancer and comedian and later appeared in movies including "Barbershop" and "Big Momma's House," died, on May 19. He was 75. Wright's film credits also include "Soul Food," "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" and "The Cookout." The black guy basically who told Cedric the Entertainers character in Barbershop, "Now you have gone to far godammit."

Yolanda Denise King
Yolanda Denise King, Yolanda King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest child who pursued her father's dream of racial harmony through drama and motivational speaking, died in Santa Monica, Calif., on May 15. She was 51.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died on May 15 shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University. He was 73. Falwell credited his Moral Majority with getting millions of conservative voters registered, electing Ronald Reagan and giving Republicans Senate control in 1980

Boxer Diego Corrales
Diego "Chico" Corrales, who won boxing titles in two weight classes and was involved in one of the most memorable f*ghts in recent times, died in a motorcycle accident on May 7. He was 29. The lanky Corrales was a big puncher best known for getting up after two 10th-round knockdowns to stop Jose Luis Castillo in one of the most thrilling f*ghts ever. The f*ght took place May 7, 2005, exactly two years from the night he died.

Comic-actor Tom Poston
Tom Poston, the tall, pasty-faced comic who found fame and fortune playing a clueless everyman on such hit television shows as "Newhart" and "Mork and Mindy," died on April 30. He was 85. Poston, who was married to Suzanne Pleshette of "The Bob Newhart Show," died at home after a brief illness. The nature of his illness was not disclosed.

Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock
The death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock in an auto accident early April 29 was felt throughout the baseball world, leaving the Cardinals organization reeling from a second player death in five years. Hancock, 29, died when his Ford Explorer rammed the rear of a flatbed tow truck as he drove along a St. Louis-area highway at 12:35 a.m. A quarter sack of weed was found in his truck. He was drunk and high.

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