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In Memoriam: Celebrities Who Passed Away This Week

In Memoriam: Celebrities Who Passed Away This Week
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John Gavin with Janet Leigh in "Psycho"

Remembering some of the important entertainment figures we lost over the past week:

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Cathey was remembered on Twitter by "The Wire" creator David Simon as "the most delightful human being."

Reg E. Cathey: Emmy-winning actor Reg E. Cathey died February 9 at his NYC home after battling lung cancer. He was 59.

Cathey was best known for his role as Freddy in “House of Cards” and as Norman Wilson in “The Wire.”

He was nominated for three Emmys for his role in “Cards,” winning in 2015.

The veteran actor most recently starred in “Outcast” and in Oprah’s TV movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

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Gavin, left, with Sir Laurence Olivier in "Spartacus"

John Gavin: Handsome John Gavin, who fortuitously appeared in several of the most famous films ever made during his heyday before moving into politics, died February 9 at 86.

Gavin, often mentioned as "the next Rock Hudson" when he first arrived on the Hollywood scene, had important roles in the silver-screen classics "Imitation of Life" (1959), directed by Douglas Sirk; Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960); and "Spartacus" (1960), directed by Stanley Kubrick. The last two were released a mere month apart.

In spite of his presence in a string of hits, his career gradually cooled, with "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (1967) as one later highlight.

Gavin, whose mother was Mexican, acted in films and on TV until being tapped by President Ronald Reagan as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, a position he held from 1981-1986.

He is survived by his second wife, actress Constance Towers, two children he had with first wife Cecily Evans, and two stepchildren he raised with Towers.

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A dressing-room snap of young Damone, on the brink of international stardom

Vic Damone: Crooner Vic Damone died February 11 in Florida from complications of a respiratory illness, THR reported this week. He was 89.

Damone topped the charts with "You're Breaking My Heart" in 1949, and scored big hits with songs like "I Have but One Heart" (1947), "You Do" (1947), "Again" (1949), "Tzena Tzena Tzena" (1950), "My Heart Cries for You" (1950), "My Truly Truly Fair" (1951), "Here in My Heart" (1952) and "On the Street Where You Live" (1956) from "My Fair Lady."

He married three times, including to actresses Pier Angeli and Diahann Carroll, but all ended in divorce.

Damone was survived by two sisters, three daughters and six grandchildren.

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Maxwell's opening-night curtain call for "Follies" in 2012

Jan Maxwell: Broadway star Jan Maxwell — one of only a few performers nominated for a Tony as a lead and featured actress in both plays and musicals — died February 11 after a battle with cancer, THR reported. She was 61.

Over the course of a 26-year career, Maxwell was known for her work in "City of Angels" (1989), "The Dinner Party" (2000), "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (2005), "Coram Boy" (2007), "Lend Me a Tenor" (2010), "The Royal Family" (2010), "Follies" (2012) and others.

Maxwell, who was survived by her husband, actor Robert Emmet Lunney, and their son, will be honored on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:45 p.m. ET when the lights of NYC's Marquis Theatre — the site of her final Broadway performance — will be dimmed for one minute in her memory.

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The singer's death was completely unexpected.

Daryle Singletary: On February 12, country singer Daryle Singletary passed away suddenly at the age of 46 at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The cause of death was not immediately revealed.

A spokesperson for Wilson County Police Department told RadarOnline.com, “Our investigators did do their preliminary assessment like they would do for anyone and everything appeared to be natural — no foul play. It appears to be some type of medical condition unfortunately.”

“They found Mr. Singletary, and it looks like he has passed in his sleep,” the spokesperson added. “As for the the the reason why, it was due to an unknown medical condition. Nothing looked out of place or suspicious by any means.”

Just a few days before his death, he performed at The Rodeo Club in Alabama and reportedly did not seem to be in poor health.

Singletary was known for his songs "I Let Her Lie” (1995)," "Too Much Fun" (1995) and "Amen Kind of Love” (1996).

Singletary was survived by his wife Holly and their kids Jonah, Mercer, Nora and Charlotte; his parents Roger and Anita; and his brother Kevin.

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Allen clowning with John Lennon on the set of "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Marty Allen: Legendary stand-up comic Marty Allen, one half of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi, died February 12 at age 95.

Allen, whose bug-eyed mug and broad characterizations were a staple of TV from its earliest days through the '70s, was known for the catchphrase "hello dere." He and the late Steve Rossi made 44 appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the '50s and '60s, including on the iconic episode on which the Beatles performed.

Following an amicable split with Rossi at the end of the '60s, Allen performed in Las Vegas and on daytime TV, eventually pairing up with his wife, Karon Kate Blackwell, who survived him. They performed tirelessly until the end of his long life.

One of Allen's favorite jokes was that he wanted an antique for his birthday, so his wife dug up his birth certificate.

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Ahern playing a boy, Little Harry, in "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Lassie Lou Ahern: Ahern, a former child actor who appeared in silent classics "The Call of the Wild" (1923) and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927), in "Our Gang" comedy shorts, and who much later gave dance lessons to Faye Dunaway and Renée Zellweger, died Thursday at age 97.

THR reports that Ahern died of complications related to the flu.

Among Ahern's film credits as a dancer: "Mister Big" (1943) and "Top Man" (1942). She had a small role in the 1944 classic "Gaslight," which marked Angela Lansbury's Oscar-nominated debut.

Ahern, who is survived by her three children, had been among the last living silent-movie actors; only about 13 now remain.

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