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Craig Sager, TNT's colorful basketball reporter, dies at 65

Craig Sager, the engaging sideline reporter known for his kaleidoscopic couture that viewers, players and coaches found helpless to ignore during TNT's coverage of NBA games, has died after a long and courageous battle with leukemia, Turner Sports said. He was 65.

"Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us," Turner president David Levy said in a statement.

Sager received bone marrow transplants in each of the past three summers, the most recent one in August.

He was diagnosed in April 2014 just before the start of the NBA playoffs and was unable to work any games that postseason.

"My favorite time of year — city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights," Sager said then in a statement. "A dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes."

See photos of Sager throughout his career:

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CHARLOTTE - FEBRUARY 10: TNT Reporter Craig Sager interviews Bernard King during the 1991 NBA All-Star Game on February 10, 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1991 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE - APRIL 16: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls talks with Craig Sager of TNT Sports against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 16, 1996 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS - 2001: TNT Reporter Craig Sager speaks circa 2001 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS - 2001: TNT Reporter Craig Sager interviews Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves circa 2001 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE (Photo by /NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 30: TNT reporter Craig Sager interviews Charles Barkley during his jersey retirement ceremony on March 30, 2001 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Craig Sager, TNT sports announcer and guest during The 2004 Trumpet Awards - Red Carpet at Omni Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for Turner)
DENVER - NOVEMBER 11: TNT announcer Craig Sager attends the game between the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets on November 11, 2004 at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 117-109. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 17: Entertainer Nick Cannon interviews Craig Sager at Jam Session during NBA All Star Weekend on February 17, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 16: Craig Sager of NBA TV interviews Brandon Roy of the West All-Stars during the West All-Star Practice on center court during NBA Jam Session Presented by Adidas on February 16, 2008 at the Ernest N. Morial convention center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 12: Craig Sager of TNT shakes hands with Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Phoenix Suns during the All Star Media Availability as part of the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 12, 2009 at the Sheraton Downtown hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images).
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 13: (R-L) Craig Sager of TNT interviews Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 13, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - JULY 11: Doug Stewart, Craig Sager, Ryan Stewart and guest attend the Stewpendous Awards post-party at the W Hotel - Midtown on July 11, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - DECEMBER 29: Craig Sager, broadcaster for NBA TV, interviews LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers after a win against the Atlanta Hawks on December 29, 2009 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 13: TNT Comentator Craig Sager speaks with Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls and model Marisa Miller following a game against the Boston Celtics on April 13, 2010 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - DECEMBER 12: Craig Sager of TNT does his broadcast in the game of the Los Angeles Clippers against the Brooklyn Nets on December 12, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 05: TNT Reporter Craig Sager is welcomed during a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls on March 5, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 14: Sideline Reporter Craig Sager (L) and Former NBA Player Magic Johnson attend the 2016 NBA All-Star Game at Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Sportscaster Craig Sager looks on after the NCAA College Basketball Tournament Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 04, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The Wildcats won 77-74. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 8: TNT NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager looks on before Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 26: Craig Sager t-shirts before the Golden State Warriors face the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: Sports reporter Craig Sager attends BODY At The ESPYs Pre-Party at Avalon Hollywood on July 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
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He managed to return to work only intermittently since then. But when he was in an NBA arena, fans took note and waved "Sager Strong" signs.

More colorful in personality than in attire — if such a thing were possible — Sager served for three years as Willie the Wildcat, the mascot at Northwestern, while working toward a degree in speech; slept in Seattle Slew's barn at Belmont the night before the colt completed the Triple Crown; bailed out the busty Morganna ("The Kissing Bandit") after she was arrested for running on the field during the 1979 MLB All-Star Game (he received a bra for his effort); and married a Luvabull, Stacy, one of the Chicago Bulls' dancers.

On TNT, Sager favored extremely bright colors and crazy patterns in all manner of fabrics for his wardrobe. Once, before a playoff game in Memphis, he visited Lansky's, where Elvis Presley got his clothes, and had a suit fashioned out of material The King once wore — black with pink hickory stripes and a black velvet collar. Sager also had shoes made of crocodile, ostrich and stingray."Craig Sager's Suits" has their own Facebook page.

"I grew up in Batavia, Ill., a small town out in the corn fields, west of Chicago. It was boring," Sager told Esquire in a 2012 interview. "For our senior picture, they said, 'Black or navy blazer.' And I thought, 'Why do I want to look like everybody else?' I was a big fan of The Monkees, and I had this electric blue Nehru jacket, like one Mickey [Dolenz] would wear.

Social media reacts to the heartbreaking news of Sager's passing:

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"Time is simply how you live your life" 🙏We packed a lifetime and then some into these 28 years together. Pay it fo… https://t.co/wsYNpr9MQe
Craig Sager died as he lived—with courage, passion, perseverance. Fearless and hopeful, a real hero. https://t.co/lPzJUPevTE
#RIP Craig Sager. You lived your life full of love and full of fun. That's how you live your life.
Long Live Craig. We love you! Rest in Paradise
We are forever #SagerStrong https://t.co/t9C3x6znkb
I called Craig Sager two weeks ago. As usual, he picked up his phone. As usual, he picked up my spirits. Miss ya, pal. Heaven got a good one
Adam Silver on passing of #NBA icon Craig Sager https://t.co/gVc8nBmapW
the sports world lost a legend today. rest in peace Mr. Craig Sager
Rest In Peace to Craig Sager. My condolences go out to his family and friends. We lost a great one. Heavy heart, nothing but love!!!
Craig Sagar was there when I crossed the plate for #715 & has been a friend ever since.I thought the world of him & he will be sorely missed
MLB extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Craig Sager. We will continue to Stand Up to Cance… https://t.co/wG56kDSCUT
Thank you for being you! Brought the best out of everyone you met. #sagerstrong https://t.co/ixPco9SVr2
Craig Sager thanks for saving my life when I was in dire need of help in Detroit back in 1993. Condolences to your family. RIP my friend.
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The NBA family lost a legend, who changed the way sideline reporters did their job. RIP Craig Sager.
Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man.
R.I.P to Craig Sager. A true definition of a brave, charismatic, stylish, strong man. A true legend to the game of basketball.
Sorry to learn HOF broadcaster Craig Sager has passed away at the age of 65. Thoughts and prayers to his family… https://t.co/R97MG9ehzA
Sad that Craig Sager has passed away. Greatly admire how he courageously faced cancer. His style & wit brought us joy. 🙏🏾 for his family.❤️
Rest in peace Craig aka Shiny Suit Man. Glad I got to talk with you at All Star. Condolences to the family from everyone at OVO 😢😞
The sports community lost a great one today. Rest In Peace Craig Sager. #RIPSager
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There is just no better person, colleague and friend...my thoughts and prayers are with his family and our Turner sports family #SagerStrong
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RIP Mr Craig Sager. Gone but never forgotten
So sorry to hear the news on Craig Sager. Just a wonderful guy gone from us entirely too soon. We'll all miss you buddy. #R.I.P.
Craig Sager made the sidelines cool. He did it with style, and most of all, with kindness. Every NBA person I know liked him. RIP friend.
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Basketball reporting won't be the same. RIP Craig Sager. No one rocked a suit quite like you. https://t.co/6fxLYHVIYk
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"So I wore that and showed up and they said, 'We told you: a blue or black sportcoat.' I argued that it was actually blue, created a little controversy. But, now, you look at the yearbook and everyone looks exactly the same. Except for me."

Sager was honored July 13 with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY Awards. The honor is named for the late North Carolina State basketball coach who died of cancer in 1993, shortly after giving an emotional speech at the event.

Sager noted that he had Valvano's speech saved on his phone. "Its impact lives on with me and countless others," he said.

One of Sager's first broadcasting jobs was serving as news director at a radio station in Sarasota, Fla.; he jumped on the field to accompany Henry Aaron as he jogged home after hitting his record-breaking 715th career home run in 1974 during his stint there. He also was sports director at KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo., where he did play-by-play for the NBA's Kings.

After joining CNN in 1981, Sager shifted to TBS and then TNT. He also covered college basketball and football, MLB games, golf and World Cup soccer for Turner and worked the Olympic basketball tournament for NBC at the 2012 London Games.

Sager felt ill while covering a game in Dallas in April 2014, and the Mavericks team trainer told him he needed to go to the hospital — immediately. In his battle against leukemia, he received the first two bone marrow transplants from his son, Craig Sager Jr., and once endured chemotherapy for 14 straight days, 24 hours a day.

"When you have that much chemo in your body, it usually shuts down your kidneys, shuts down your liver, shuts down your heart, shuts down your lungs," he told Bernard Goldberg on HBO's Real Sports in March. But he survived.

As testament to Sager's popularity, NBA on TNT studio hosts Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal donned the worst suits they could find as a tribute to him. In June 2014, the top NBA Draft picks posed with an electric-blue-suited cardboard cutout of Sager after they were selected. And he got to work his first NBA Finals game ever when ABC hired him for the Cavaliers-Warriors series.

With Sager in the hospital, his son worked the sidelines of a San Antonio-Dallas game and interviewed one of his father's favorite coaches, the gruff Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, during a timeout. "We need your fanny back on the court," the coach told Sager. "I promise I'll be nice."

When Sager did return and interviewed Popovich, the coach said: "I can honestly say this is the first time I've enjoyed doing this ridiculous interview that we're required to do. It's because you're here and back with us. Now ask me one of those inane questions."

In addition to his wife and Craig Sager Jr., survivors include other children Kacy, Krista, Riley and Ryan.

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Garry Marshall

The multitalented Hollywood legend was credited with creating the hit television series, "Happy Days," creating "The Odd Couple" and directing "Pretty Woman." He was 81.

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Youree Dell Harris

Commonly referred to as "Miss Cleo," Dell was the iconic face of psychic hotline commercials in the late 1990s. She was 53.

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David Huddleston

Huddleston had a prolific acting career in both television and film, most famously recognized for his role as the Big Lebowski in "The Big Lebowski." He was 85.

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Vanessa Marcotte

Google employee Vanessa Marcotte's body was found after she went for a jog while home visiting her mother in Princeton, Mass. She was 27.

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John Saunders

Saunders was a longtime ESPN broadcaster and Sportscenter anchor. He was 61.

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Kenny Baker

The English actor was best known for portraying the character R2-D2 in the Star Wars series. He was 81.

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Lou Pearlman

The American record producer and fraudster was best known for managing hit boy bands Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. He was 62.

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Gene Wilder

Born Jerome Silberman, the film and theater comic actor famously brought joy to movie lovers everywhere with his roles as Willy Wonka and Dr. Frankenstein. He was 82.

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Jon Polito

In his 35-year television and film career, Jon Polito amassed over 200 credits -- known best for his roles in "Barton Fink" and "The Big Lebowski." He was 65.

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Alexis Arquette

The transgender actress and activist was most widely known for her Boy George-inspired character in "The Wedding Singer."

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Edward Albee

An American playwright, Albee was best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" He was 88.

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Charmian Carr

The actress and singer was best known for her role as eldest Von Trapp daughter, Liesl, in the 1965 film version of The Sound of Music. She was 73.

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Shawty Lo

Born Carlos Rico Walker, the hip hop artist was a founding member of the group "D4L" and best known for his single debut album, "Dey Know." He was 40.

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Bill Nunn

Nunn was a character actor best known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do the Right Thing." He was 62.

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Jose Fernandez

A Cuban-born MLB pitcher, Jose Fernandez was headed for a career Fernandez tragically died this year in a fatal boating accident off the coast of Miami. He was 24.

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Arnold Palmer

Seen by many as the greatest golfer in the sport's history, Palmer was known for his down-to-earth persona and ability to transform the once exclusive recreation into a common pastime. He was 87.

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Lesley Zerebny and Jose Vega

Zerebny, 27, and Vega, 63, were both shot and killed on October 8 when responding to a domestic disturbance in Palm Springs, California.

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Dylan Rieder

Both a model and skateboarder, Dylan Rieder passed away after battling Leukemia. He was 28.

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Tommy Ford

Best known for his role as Tommy Strawn in the sitcom Martin, Tommy Ford died in October. He was 52.

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Bhumibol Adulyadej

Known as King Bhumibol the Great, Bhumibol Adulyadej was the longest-serving monarch in the world at the time of his death, having been the Thai king since 1946. He was 88.

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Tom Hayden 

An anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s, Tom Hayden married fellow liberal Jane Fonda and eventually served as a lawmaker in the California legislature. He was 76.

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Benjamin Marconi

Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was shot while sitting in his patrol car outside of his police station in Texas on November 20.

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Florence Henderson

One of the most famous TV moms in American history, Henderson was known by most as character "Carol Brady" from "Brady Bunch"

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Fidel Castro

A famous Cuban politician and revolutionary figure, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba for nearly 50 years as prime minister and president until his retirement in 2009. He was 90.

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Peter Vaughan

The British actor died at age 93. He is most known for his role as Maester Aemon in the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones" from 2011-2015.

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Greg Lake

A member of the XXX band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Greg Lake died after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer." He was 69.

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John Glenn

A member of NASA's "Mercury Seven," John Glenn was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and eventually became a politician, serving as a U.S. senator from Ohio. He was 95.

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Alan Thicke

The actor, known best for his role in 'Growing Pains,' died on December 13 at age 69. 

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Craig Sager

The legendary NBA reporter passed away after a battle with cancer. 

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

The Hungarian-American actress and socialite died on December 18.

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George Michael

The singer and LGBT advocate passed away on Christmas Day. 

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Carrie Fisher

The actress, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' movies, suffered a heart attack and died at age 60. 

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