List of Those Who Died in 2017 Includes Less-Known Names
Does Michael Chamberlain ring a bell?
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 18, 2017 12:48 PM CST
Updated Dec 23, 2017 5:30 PM CST

  1. Sister Frances Carr, 89. One of the last remaining members of a nearly extinct religious society called the Shakers. Jan. 2. (Obit here.)
  2. Parker Beam, 75. He carried on his family's historic bourbon-making tradition as longtime master distiller for Kentucky-based Heaven Hill Distilleries. Jan. 9.
  3. Clare Hollingworth, 105. A British war correspondent who was the first to report the Nazi invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of World War II. Jan. 10. (Obit here.)
  4. Michael Chamberlain, 72. He waged a decades-long battle to prove his baby daughter was killed by a dingo in Australia's most notorious case of injustice. Jan. 9. (Obit here.)
  5. Steven McDonald, 59. A New York police detective who was paralyzed by a teenage gunman's bullet in 1986 but publicly forgave the shooter and became an international voice for peace. Jan. 10. (Obit here.)
  6. Tommy Allsup, 85. A guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off a plane that later crashed and killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson. Jan. 11. Complications from a hernia operation. (Obit here.)
  7. William Peter Blatty, 89. A former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie The Exorcist. Jan. 12. (Obit here.)
  8. Masaya Nakamura, 91. The "Father of Pac-Man" who founded the Japanese video game company behind the hit creature-gobbling game. Jan. 22. (Obit here.)
  9. Mike Ilitch, 87. The billionaire businessman who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers. Feb. 10. (Obit here.)
  10. Norma McCorvey, 69. Her legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the US Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure. Feb. 18. (Obit here.)

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