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Efrem Zimbalist Jr

May 2, 2014: Efrem Zimbalist Jr, 95, American actor best known for his starring role in the television drama series 77 Sunset Strip and The FBI.
Link: NY Times

Lee Thompson Young

August 19, 2013: Lee Thompson Young, 29, US actor who was a child star in the Disney series The Famous Jett Jackson, and went on to appear in Scrubs, Smallville and Rizzoli and Isles.
Link: ABC

Yunupingu

June 3, 2013: Yunupingu, 56, Australian Aboriginal musician best known as lead singer with the band Yothu Yindi, who had a chart-topping single, Treaty.
Links: News.com
In accordance with his family's wishes, and tribal tradition, this post does not include the deceased's given name.

Richard Zanuck

July 13, 2012: Richard Zanuck, 77, Academy Award winning Hollywood producer and former president of Twentieth Century Fox studios. He produced films including Jaws, Driving Miss Daisy, Cocoon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland.
Link: HuffPo

Adam Yauch

May 4, 2012: Adam Yauch, 47, singer and songwriter with US punk/hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, of cancer. Sometimes working as Nathanial Hörnblowér, he was a Buddhist who supported the Tibetan independence movement.
Links: Wikipedia; LA Times

Peter Yates

January 9, 2011: Peter Yates, 82, acclaimed British film director whose works includfed Bullit, Summer Holiday and The Dresser.
Link: Guardian

Oleg Yankovsky

May 20, 2009: Oleg Yankovsky, 65, actor who was a giant of Soviet and Russian cinema, of cancer. He made 70 films over more than 40 years.
Links: Novosti

Zhou Bochun

March 25, 2008: Zhou Bochun, 86, Chinese comedian and entertainer, born Yao Zhenmin. He began working on radio in 1939 and, with his brother Yao Mushuan formed the Bubble Bee Comic Troupe in 1950. His funny take on Chinglish was broadcast on US television.
Links: Shanghai Daily

Joe Zawinul

September 11, 2007: Joe Zawinul, 75, Austrian-American fusion jazz pioneer. He played and recorded with Miles Davis and his own bands the Weather Report and the Zawinul Syndicate.
Links: CNN

Boris Yeltsin

April 23, 2007: Boris Yeltsin, 76, the man who "brought democracy to Russia" after the dismantling of the Soviet Union. He was the first democratically elected head of state in Russia, and the first Kremlin leader to step down voluntarily.
Links: CNN; BBC; ABC

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