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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.

Reports: Brownstone singer Charmayne Maxwell dead at 46

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R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell died Saturday, according to Danish media reports. She was 46.

The cause and place of death have not been confirmed.

"Bad things happened to the most innocent people," her brother, Brandon, wrote on Twitter. "My sister died in the most terrible way, and I'm in so much pain right now."

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Maxwell, a member of the Grammy-nominated group Brownstone, became famous in the '90s. She later pursued a solo career, Billboard reports.

Maxwell and her husband, Danish producer Carsten Schack, lived together in Los Angeles with their son, according to reports from Us Weekly and the New York Daily News.

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Bob Simon, CBS correspondent, remembered

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You could see the sorrow on Scott Pelley's face Wednesday as he informed viewers of "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon's death.

"Our colleague, Bob Simon, of '60 Minutes,' was 73 years old," said Scott Pelley on CBS.

Simon, a multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist, was killed in a car crash in New York City Wednesday. 

Major media outlets across the country shared thoughts and condolences for Simon and his family.

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"We have breaking news tonight here in New York City — very sad news. CBS News tonight has announced the death of long time correspondent Bob Simon, whose career spanned five decades," said Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC.

"A major loss in the world of television journalism," said Antonio Mora on Al Jazeera.

"Bob Simon was the best of the best. A reporter's reporter. ... Generous, kind, sharp as a tack and obviously someone who would never hesitate to ask hard questions, but he would ask them kindly," said Randall Pinkston on Al Jazeera.

Others reminisced about the journalist's five-decade career — one in which he reported on the Vietnam War, conflicts in the Middle East and was even held captive in Iraqi prisons for some 40 days. 

"He covered virtually every major overseas conflict in the 1960s, most notably in the Middle East," recounted Anderson Cooper on CNN.

"He was a '60 Minutes' correspondent for 19 seasons. This was his 19th season. He just had a report on this Sunday about Selma," said Brian Stelter on CNN.

Simon is survived by his wife and one daughter, who is a producer for "60 Minutes."

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Biden, de Blasio join family in remembering slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos

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Public officials, police officers, friends and family filled a Queens church Saturday to remember Rafael Ramos, one of two NYPD officers killed last week.

Both Vice President Joe Biden and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the ceremony.

“I’m sure I speak for the whole nation when I say to you that our hearts ache for you,” said Biden.

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“Our hearts are aching today. We feel it physically. We feel it deeply. New York City has lost a hero,” said de Blasio.

About 730 police officers from across the nation who were flown in by JetBlue also were in attendance.

The funeral came a day after an equally packed wake that lasted eight hours. Because of the crowds, the event had to be projected on a screen to onlookers outside.

“My father was a man of character, a selfless man. Dad, I'm forever grateful for the sacrifices you made to provide for me and Jayden,” said Justin Ramos.

Rafael Ramos and his partner were shot to death Dec. 20 while sitting in their patrol car.

Police say the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who later killed himself, also shot and injured his ex-girlfriend earlier that day.   

Ramos was studying to become a pastor, and those who knew the officer said he viewed his work in the police force as “a ministry.”

Ramos leaves behind a wife and two children. Funeral plans for Ramos’s partner, officer Wenjian Liu have not yet been announced.

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