October 18, 1926 - March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry wasn't the original guitar hero, he was a pioneer of rock 'n' roll music -- if not the "father of rock 'n' roll." His legacy includes songs such as "Johnny B. Goode," Rock and Roll Music," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Maybellene," and a vast catalogue of songs filled with guitar solos. He died in Wentzville, Missouri at the age of 90.
Robert James Waller
August 1, 1939 - March 10, 2017
Waller is best known for his 1992 book "The Bridges of Madison County," which was adapted into the 1995 romance movie of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. He was 77.
April 22, 1923 - March 1, 2017
The award-winning author was honored for her contributions as a children’s writer. She also wrote novels for adults such as Poor George, Borrowed Finery, The Slave Dancer, and Desperate Characters along with two memoirs. She was 93.
June 12, 1915 - March 20, 2017
The billionaire businessman and banker was the patriarch of his well-known philanthropic family until he died at age 101.
August 20, 1936 - March 3, 2017
Míriam Colón was a Puerto Rican actress and founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City. You probably know her for her work on Scarface, Goal! The Dream Begins, and Sabrina. She died at age 80 in NYC.
May 3, 1932 - March 6, 2017
This American actor, historian, and TV presenter was known as the face of Turner Classic Movies for more than two decades. He was 84.
June 3, 1929 - March 21, 2017
Barris was the creator behind game shows such as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game and was the host of The Gong Show. He was 87.
September 13, 1956 - March 10, 2017
The singer and songwriter will always be remembered as part of the American family vocal group Sister Sledge, which blessed the world with the 1979 dance hit "We Are Family." She died at 60.
June 2, 1951 - March 31, 2017
This American gay-rights activist created the rainbow pride flag that has since become a ubiquitous symbol of the LGBT community all around the world.
April 6, 1939 - March 21, 2017
As manager, Krause led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships during the team's '90s dynasty with Michael Jordan.