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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun." Bishop Hall
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BILLY PRESTON, SINGER/SONGWRITER, DEAD AT 59

Singer/songwriter Billy Preston, known as the "Fifth Beatle," 
died Tuesday in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital. He was 59. 
Preston had been in a deep coma since Nov. 21 after hyper-
tension caused kidney failure among other complications, 
FoxNews.com reported Tuesday. Preston accompanied Britain's 
Fab Four on "Let It Be," "The White Album" and "Abbey Road." 
He was the first act signed to the Beatles' Apple Records 
label, which spawned his album, "That's the Way God Planned 
It." His keyboards can be heard on the Rolling Stone' "Miss 
You" and he was a collaborator with Eric Clapton and Sly & 
the Family Stone as well. He also recorded with Neil Diamond 
and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in recent years, FoxNews.com 
said. Among Preston's own hits were "Nothing From Nothing" 
and "Will It Go Round in Circles." Joe Cocker scored an 
international hit with Preston's "You Are So Beautiful." 


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ARNOLD NEWMAN, PROMINENT PHOTOGRAPHER, DEAD AT 88

One of the most prominent portrait photographers of the 20th 
Century, Arnold Newman, has died at New York's Mount Sinai 
Hospital at age 88. Newman died Tuesday of a heart attack 
following a recent stroke, The Washington Post reported 
Wednesday. In the course of a career of more than 65 years, 
Newman snapped leading figures from around the world, 
including presidents, artists, composers, and scientists, 
the Washington Post reported Wednesday. He photographed 
Picasso in the 1950s and in 1962, he captured Marilyn Monroe 
in some of her final portraits. He said she was "the saddest 
woman (he's) ever known." Newman is credited with popular-
izing environmental portraiture, the newspaper said. He 
would take his camera and lighting equipment with him on 
assignments, usually for magazines, so that he could capture 
his subjects in their own environment. Survivors include his 
wife, Augusta Newman, their two sons and three grandchildren.


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EDWARD J. YATES, AMERICAN BANDSTAND DIRECTOR, DEAD AT 87

"American Bandstand" director Edward J. Yates, who launched 
Dick Clark to stardom, has died in Media, Pa., at age 87, it 
was reported Tuesday. Yates, credited with building up the 
local Philadelphia TV dance show to national iconic status 
during his 17 years there, died Friday, Daily Variety 
reported. Yates volunteered to helm "Bandstand" when it 
began on WFIL-TV, Philadelphia, in 1952, Variety said. It 
started out with Bob Horn behind the mic and Clark took over 
at age 26 four years later. Yates continued to guide the 
show even after ABC picked it up for daily broadcasts in 
1957. He was responsible for pulling records, directing 
cameras, queuing adds and communicating with Clark. He 
moved with Clark -- by then a national star -- when "Band-
stand" moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and retired in 1969, 
taking his family back to the Philadelphia area.


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VINCE WELNICK, KEYBOARDIST, DEAD AT 55

Vince Welnick, a keyboardist for the Tubes, Todd Rundgren 
and the Grateful Dead, has died in Sonoma County, Calif., at 
55. Welnick died Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle report-
ed. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said the cause of 
death appears to be suicide. The Grateful Dead recalled 
Welnick in a statement posted on its Web site. "His service 
to and love for the Grateful Dead were heartfelt and 
essential," said the statement. "He had a loving soul and a 
joy in music that we were lucky to share. Our Grateful Dead 
prayer for the repose of his spirit: May the four winds blow 
him safely home." A classically trained pianist, Welnick was 
born in Phoenix, Ariz., where he formed the Tubes with some 
friends. The band recorded 12 albums and had two hit songs -- 
"White Punks on Dope" in 1975 and "Talk to Ya Later" in 1981.
Welnick joined the Grateful Dead in 1990, playing with the 
band for five years before the death of lead singer Jerry 
Garcia. Welnick is survived by his wife, Lori Welnick.


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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1937, actress Jean Harlow, who appeared in 41 movies in 
her short lifetime, and who was the first movie actress to 
appear on the cover of Life Magazine, died at the age of 26.

In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy, who served as Attorney General 
of the United States under two Presidents and Senator from 
New York, died at the age of 42. 

In 1988, author Louis L'Amour, who turned out novel after 
best-selling novel about plain-speaking, straight-shooting 
heroes of the old West, died at age 80.

In 2004, Ray Charles, the legendary singer and musician who 
spent his life shattering any notion of musical boundaries, 
died at the age of 73.

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