Famous and infamous who passed on in 2017

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PARIS -- From German political colossus Helmut Kohl to rock pioneer Chuck Berry, here are some of the personalities who passed away in 2017.


January 7: Former Portuguese president Mario Soares, seen as the father of the country’s modern-day democracy, aged 92 in hospital.

January 8: Iran’s ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a pugnacious moderate, aged 82 following a heart attack.

February 1: Longtime DR Congo opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi, aged 84, in Brussels for medical treatment.

March 3: Haiti's former president Rene Preval, an agronomist and champion of the poor, aged 74 after a cardiac arrest.

March 21: Martin McGuinness, a one-time Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander who helped negotiate an end to the conflict in Northern Ireland, aged 66 in hospital from a rare heart condition.

May 26: Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish Polish-born former top aide to US president Jimmy Carter, aged 89.
May 29: Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, 83, in a Panama City hospital.
June 16: Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, celebrated as the father of German reunification and an architect of European integration, aged 87, at home.
June 30: Simone Veil, an Auschwitz survivor who played a leading role in legalising contraception and abortion in France, aged 89 at her Paris home.
July 13: Chinese dissident Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, 61, from liver cancer while in custody.
October 3: Iraq ex-president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani aged 83 in Germany.
December 4: Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, slain by his former rebel allies, aged 75.

January 25: US television icon Mary Tyler Moore, aged 80 in hospital.
January 25: British veteran actor John Hurt, known for his roles in “Elephant Man” and “Harry Potter,”aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
February 12: Jazz’s Al Jarreau, who won seven Grammy awards, aged 76, in hospital days after announcing his retirement.
March 18: American Chuck Berry, a father of rock n’ roll, aged 90 at his home.
May 23: British actor Roger Moore, television’s “The Saint” and 007 in seven James Bond films, aged 89 of cancer.
June 27: British author Michael Bond, who created Paddington bear, aged 91 at his home.
July 27: Sam Shepard, US playwright and actor, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aged 73 at his Kentucky home.
July 31: French actress Jeanne Moreau, of “Jules et Jim” fame, aged 89 at her Paris home.
August 8: US country music legend Glen Campbell, the “Rhinestone Cowboy” crooner, aged 81 suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.
August 20: American comedian and actor Jerry Lewis aged 91.
September 15: US actor Harry Dean Stanton, who played the lead role in the film “Paris, Texas,”aged 91.
October 24: Rock pioneer and boogie-woogie pianist Fats Domino, at home aged 89.
December 6: France’s best-known rock star Johnny Hallyday, aged 74, after a battle with lung cancer.
December 18: K-pop star Kim Jong-Hyun, 27, lead singer of South Korean boyband SHINee, in suicide in a Seoul hotel room.

February 6: South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen, aged 45, after a five-year battle with motor neurone disease.

March 20: David Rockefeller, banker, philanthropist and heir of the powerful US dynasty, aged 101 in his sleep at home.
September 8: French fashion tycoon Pierre Berge, former partner of Yves Saint Laurent, aged 86 after a long illness.
September 21: The world's richest woman and l'Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt, aged 94, at her home in Paris.

May 19: US war photographer Stanley Greene, winner of five World Press Photo awards, in a Paris hospital aged 68, after a long illness.