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  • Viola Smith, 107 (1912 - 2020)

    Viola Smith

    Viola Smith was a drummer billed as the "fastest girl drummer in the world," playing for big bands in an era when few professional musicians were women. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Jerry Jeff Walker, 78 (1942 - 2020)

    Jerry Jeff Walker

    Jerry Jeff Walker was a singer and songwriter best known for his enduring composition, "Mr. Bojangles." For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Matt Blair (2020)

    Matt Blair

    Matt Blair was a former outside linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings who was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Dr. James Jude, 87 (1928 - 2015)

    Dr. James Jude

    The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Dr. James Jude, one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has died. He was 87.Peter Jude says his father died early Tuesday in Coral Gables after an extended illness. Jude says his father always wanted to help people, noting CPR has saved countless lives.In the late 1950s, the doctor and two electrical engineers,...

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  • Red Lane, 76 (1939 - 2015)

    Red Lane

    Red Lane, a country music songwriter who wrote the Tammy Wynette hit "'Til I Get It Right," has died of cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 76. Lane, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1993, wrote songs for many of country's biggest stars.

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