Died April 17

Linda McCartney made a name for herself as a photographer, Beatle bride, animal rights activist, and member of the rock band Wings. She worked as the house photographer for the Fillmore East concert hall, capturing some of the greatest musicians of the time and meeting her husband, Paul McCartney, as she worked. In 1968, her photo of Eric Clapton landed on the cover of Rolling Stone, making her the first female photographer to have a photograph featured on the magazine's coveted front cover. She promoted animal rights, and a vegetarian lifestyle, through a series of cookbooks and a line of frozen foods released under her name that proved immensely profitable and popular. We remember McCartney's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

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2016: Doris Roberts, U.S. actress known best for playing Marie Barone on the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1996, Roberts took the role that would become her signature – Marie Barone, who was, like her "Angie" character, the mother of the title character, on the hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond." She appeared in all of the show's 210 episodes over nine seasons, the only star other than lead actor Ray Romano to do so. Playing the interfering mother-in-law to perfection, Roberts won four Emmy awards, an American Comedy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and more. Read more

 

 

 

2015: Cardinal Francis George, U.S. cardinal who was the archbishop of Chicago from 1997 to 2014, dies at 78.

2014: Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist known for celebrated works including "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," dies at 87.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (AP Photo/David Cantor)When he accepted the Nobel Prize in 1982, Garcia Marquez described Latin America as a "source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty, of which this roving and nostalgic Colombian is but one cipher more, singled out by fortune. Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable." Read more

 

 

2011: Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor known best for the movies "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and "The Gumball Rally," dies at 70.

Michael Sarrazin (Photo by Ron Galella/Contributor/WireImage)Sarrazin was remembered by his brother Pierre for his "wicked sense of wit," but fans might recall his "soulful eyes." Major stardom proved elusive. Sarrazin suffered a professional setback in 1969 when he had to give up the role of Joe Buck in "Midnight Cowboy." The actor was on his way to Texas for a costume fitting when he found out his studio wouldn't release him from his contract, his brother said. He had to turn down a part that eventually went to Jon Voight. Read more

 

 

2008: Danny Federici, U.S. organist and accordion player who was a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, dies at 58.

It was Federici, along with original E Street Band drummer Vini Lopez, who first invited Springsteen to join their band. By 1969, the self-effacing Federici – often introduced in concert by Springsteen as "Phantom Dan" – was playing with the Boss in a band called Child. Over the years, Federici joined his friend in acclaimed shore bands Steel Mill, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, and the Bruce Springsteen Band. Federici became a stalwart in the E Street Band as Springsteen rocketed from the boardwalk to international stardom. Springsteen split from the E Streeters in the late '80s, but they reunited for a hugely successful tour in 1999. Read more

 

 

2007: Kitty Carlisle, U.S. actress and singer who is remembered best as a panelist on the TV game show "To Tell the Truth," dies at 96.

 Actress Kitty Carlisle Hart is shown in this Sept.1988 photo. (AP Photo)Carlisle was a multitalented entertainer – she was a singer and actress who worked everywhere from Broadway to the silver screen to the Metropolitan Opera. But she's remembered best, and perhaps loved the most, for her appearances on some of the American public's favorite TV game shows of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Read more

 

 

 

2006: Scott Brazil, U.S. television director who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe and directed episodes of "The Shield" and "Hill Street Blues," dies at 50.

2003: Earl King, U.S. blues guitarist who wrote the song "Come On" that Jimi Hendrix covered, dies at 69.

2003: Robert Atkins, U.S. medical doctor and cardiologist who created the Atkins Diet, dies at 72.

1998: Linda McCartney, U.S. photographer and musician who was the first wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56.

 Newlyweds Paul McCartney, 26, and the American photographer formerly Linda Eastman, centre, are mobbed by a crowd of screaming fans as they are escorted by police, as the couple leave the Marylebone Town Hall Registry Office in London, after their wedding in this file photo dated March 12, 1969. (AP Photo, file)In 1969, the unthinkable happened. It was an event that devastated young women in England, America … all over the world. What was it that broke their hearts and dashed their dreams? Paul McCartney, the last remaining bachelor Beatle, got married. His bride, the former Linda Eastman, won McCartney’s heart while she was working as a celebrity photographer. Read more

 

 

1992: Hank Penny, U.S. banjo player who played western swing and had three hits on the Billboard country charts, dies at 73.

1990: Ralph Abernathy, U.S. civil rights leader and a close associate of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, dies at 64.

Ralph Abernathy (Wikimedia Commons)King's and Abernathy's tireless leadership brought the struggle for civil rights to Albany, Birmingham, Mississippi, Washington, Selma, St. Augustine, Chicago, and Memphis as they helped spearhead marches, sit-ins, and other nonviolent actions aimed at winning equal rights for African-Americans. Abernathy was with King when he delivered the famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington that helped gain passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965). Read more

 

 

1988: Eva Novak, U.S. film actress who was popular in the silent era, dies at 90.

1987: Dick Shawn, U.S. actor and comedian known best for playing Sylvester Marcus in Stanley Kramer's "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and John Ritter's dad on "Three's Company," dies of a heart attack in the middle of a stand-up performance at 63.

1983: Felix Pappalardi, U.S. music producer and bassist who produced the band Cream and was a co-founder of and bassist for the band Mountain, dies at 43 after he is shot by his wife.

1977: Marjorie Gateson, U.S. actress known best for the movies "Goin' to Town" with Mae West and "The Milky Way" with Harold Lloyd, dies at 86.

1967: Red Allen, U.S. jazz trumpeter who played at times with King Oliver, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, and Billie Holiday, dies at 61.

1960: Eddie Cochran, U.S. rockabilly musician who had hit songs with "Summertime Blues" and "C'mon Everybody," dies in an auto accident at 21.

Content ImageThough Cochran died heartbreakingly young, his influence on rock 'n' roll proved as huge as any lifelong rocker's. One of his songs brought the Beatles together. Guitarists who were heavily influenced by his style include Pete Townshend, Marc Bolan, and Brian Setzer. And dozens of superstars have covered his songs, from The Who to Bruce Springsteen to the White Stripes and beyond. His life was short, but he was a giant of rock 'n' roll. Read more

 

 

1790: Benjamin Franklin, U.S. inventor, author, and statesman who was considered one of the founding fathers of America, dies at 84.

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