The son of Edward Herrmann says the "Gilmore Girls" star and Tony Award-winner has died. Rory Herrmann said that his father died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in a New York City hospital where he was being treated for brain cancer. He was 71. This photo was taken Nov. 21, 2011, at the 39th International Emmy Awards, in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)
In this July 29, 1999, file photo, actress Luise Rainer poses in her central London apartment. Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104. Rainer's daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, told The Associated Press her mother died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. In 1936 and 1937, Rainer was the first performer ever to win back-to-back Academy Awards, for "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Good Earth."
In this May 4, 2011, file photo, author and cartoonist Norman Bridwell poses for a portrait at Scholastic headquarters in New York. Bridwell, creator of the popular “Clifford the Big Red Dog” series of children’s books, which was later turned into a PBS TV show, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, on Martha’s Vinyard in Massachusetts. He was 86.
In this Sept. 12, 1959, file photo, Miss America of 1960, Miss Mississippi, Lynda Lee Mead, right, of Natchez, is crowned by outgoing Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, top left, also of Mississippi, in Atlantic City, N.J. The former Miss America, Mobley, who went on to appear in movies with Elvis Presley and make documentary films around the world, has died. A spokesman for the University of Mississippi confirmed that Mary Ann Mobley Collins died Dec. 9, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 75.
In this April 14, 2012, file photo, Ian McLagan, right, holds up his trophy after he and Ron Wood, left, and Kenney Jones, background, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as members of the Small Faces/Faces, in Cleveland. Rolling Stones collaborator and Faces keyboardist McLagan, 69, has died. A statement on his official website said the musician died Dec. 3, 2014, in Austin, Texas, after suffering a stroke a day earlier.
This photo provided by Rocco Ceselin shows Glen Larson. Larson, the writer and producer behind well-loved TV series such as the original "Battlestar Galactica," ''Knight Rider," ''Magnum, P.I." and "Quincy, M.E.," has died. He was 77. Larson died at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center on Nov. 14, 2014, of complications from esophageal cancer, his son, James Larson, said in a phone interview.
In this March 20, 2013, file photo, Tomas Young, a paralyzed Iraq vet who became an outspoken critic against the war and subject of the documentary "Body of War," sits with his wife and caregiver, Claudia Cuellar, in their home in Kansas City, Mo. Young died Nov. 10, 2014. He was 34.
In this June 19, 2008 photo, Tom Magliozzi, co-host with his brother Ray of National Public Radio's "Car Talk" show, poses with a caricature of himself in Cambridge, Mass. NPR says Magliozzi died Nov. 3, 2014, of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.
This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman who took her own life under Oregon’s death with dignity law. A spokesman says she has taken lethal medication prescribed by a doctor and died. Sean Crowley, spokesman from the group Compassion & Choices, said late Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, that Maynard was surrounded by family Saturday when she took the medication. She was weeks shy of her 30th birthday.
In this Feb. 16, 2003, file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell, center, speaks out during a poetry reading at the First Congrational Church in Manchester, Vt. Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, died of leukemia Oct. 28, 2014, at his home in Sheffield, Vt. He was 87.
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This photo provided by Julie Strassman, shows her sister actress Marcia Strassman. The actress who played Gabe Kaplan’s wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” has died at age 66. Strassman’s sister, Julie, said the actress died at her Sherman Oaks, Calif., home on Oct. 24, 2014, after a long battle against breast cancer.
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In this Dec. 3, 2008, file photo, Elizabeth Pena poses as she arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of "Nothing Like the Holidays" in Los Angeles. The "La Bamba" and "Lone Star" actress Pena, 55, has died. Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, said the actress died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness.
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This July 2, 2006, file photo shows jazz pianist Joe Sample performing during the special event "Hommage to Nesuhi Ertegun" of the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival at the Stravinski hall in Montreux, Switzerland. Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died at age 75. His manager, Patrick Rains, said Sept. 13, 2014, that Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Sept. 12, 2014, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, with his family at his bedside.