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Celebrities pay tribute to Bobbi Kristina Brown, dead at 22

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of singer Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, died on July 26, 2015, in hospice care. She was 22.

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5 things to know about Beau Biden

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Beau Biden, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's oldest son, died Saturday after a fight with brain cancer. He was 46.

Here are some facts about Biden:

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1. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2013. According to The Associated Press, he had surgery at Houston's University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to remove a lesion and received radiation and chemotherapy treatment. He had a relapse earlier this month and was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington.

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2. He served two terms as attorney general of Delaware. In 2014, he announced that he wouldn't seek a third term and was considering running for governor in 2016, the AP reported.

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3. He was a major in the Delaware National Guard. In 2008, he was deployed to Iraq for a year and received a Bronze Star, according to the AP. A spokesman said Biden is entitled to military funeral honors.

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4. He was a lawyer. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and went to Syracuse University for his law degree. He spent five years as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia and later focused on securities litigation at the Grant & Eisenhofer law firm in Wilmington, Delaware, the AP reported.

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5. He was focused on his family. He is survived by his wife, Hallie, and two children, Natalie and Hunter. "More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother," Joe Biden said. "His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did."

Beau Biden was preceded in death by his mother, Neilia, and sister Naomi, who were killed in a car accident in 1972, according to CNN. He and his brother, Hunter, were injured in the wreck.

Politicians, celebrities remember Beau Biden, dead at 46

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Beau Biden, the vice president's oldest son, died Saturday after a fight with brain cancer. He was 46.

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Political figures and celebrities paid tribute to Biden on social media. Click here or scroll down to see what they had to say.

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Beau Biden, son of vice president, dies of brain cancer

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Vice President Joe Biden's oldest son has died after a fight with brain cancer. Beau Biden was 46 years old. 

Beau Biden had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013, at a time he'd been considering making a run for governor of Delaware. (Video via BarackObama.com)

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His speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention introducing his father was moving and personal, and launched him onto the national stage.

A statement from the office of the vice president called the former Delaware attorney general "the finest man [the Biden family have] ever known."

Beau Biden is survived by his wife and two children.

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'Star Trek' stars, fans pay tribute to Grace Lee Whitney, dead at 85

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Grace Lee Whitney, who played Capt. Kirk's assistant on "Star Trek," died Friday at age 85, The Associated Press reports

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Click here to see how William Shatner, George Takei and other stars paid tribute to the actress on social media.

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NASCAR drivers, fans pay tribute to announcer Steve Byrnes, dead at 56

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Longtime Fox NASCAR announcer Steve Byrnes died Tuesday of cancer, the network announced. He was 56.

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Byrnes, who had neck and throat cancer, was diagnosed in September. The NASCAR community showed its support by renaming last weekend's Sprint Cup race in his honor. Fans and drivers also rallied behind him with the hashtag #ByrnesStrong. Learn more here.

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Celebrities, fans pay tribute to Johnny Kemp, dead at 55

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Musician Johnny Kemp, known for the hit song "Just Got Paid," died last week in Jamaica, The Associated Press reports. He was 55.

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Details surrounding the death of Kemp, who was found floating in Montego Bay on Thursday, were unclear.

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Jonathan Crombie, 'Anne of Green Gables' star, dead at 48

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Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for playing Gilbert Blythe in the "Anne of Green Gables" movies, died Wednesday of a brain hemorrhage, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reports. He was 48.

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"He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing," said Crombie's sister, Carrie Crombie. "As a little kid, he just loved Broadway shows and all of that kind of stuff and would sing and dance in the living room."

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Izola Ware Curry: Would-be King assassin dead at 98

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Izola Ware Curry, the so-called "demented" Harlem woman who tried to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958, has died.

She was 98.

According to the Smoking Gun, Ware died at Hillside Manor nursing home in Queens, New York, where she spent most of her life.

On Sept. 20, 1958, King was in Harlem signing copies of his book “Stride Toward Freedom” at Blumstein’s Department Store.

Curry walked up to King and asked, “Are you Dr. King?”

King replied, “Yes.”

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Curry then plunged a seven-inch steel letter opener into his chest. Curry also had a loaded gun with her.

After her arrest, Curry was taken to Bellevue Hospital and eventually found not competent to stand trial. She would be diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and described by psychiatrists as having “low average intelligence,” and suffering from a “severe state of insanity.”

She was committed to Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

For his part, King forgave his assailant. Ten days after the stabbing, he said he “felt no ill will toward Mrs. Izola Curry.”

“[I] know that thoughtful people will do all in their power to see that she gets the help she apparently needs if she is to become a free and constructive member of society,” King said.

Like King, Curry was a Georgian, born in 1916 in Adrian, about 100 miles from Savannah. She initially moved to New York in 1937, working on and off as a housekeeper, short-order cook or factory worker.

Initial reports about her after the stabbing suggest that she stabbed King because she had come to believe that black leaders were plotting against her. When questioned by police, she accused civil rights leaders of “boycotting” and “torturing” her, preventing her from getting jobs and forcing her to change her religion.

While Curry failed in her attempt to kill King, on the day before he was assassinated, he referenced her and the stabbing in his final speech, “I Have Been To The Mountaintop.”

In the speech, King recounted that the tip of Curry’s blade rested on the edge of his aorta and that if he had merely sneezed, he would have died.

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