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Hijuelos was the first Latino to win the prestigious award for fiction for his 1989 novel, "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love." He was 62.
British rocker Jackie Lomax, who recorded with legendary stars but whose own career always seemed a degree removed from fame, died on September 15 at the age of 69.
Richard Matheson, an American science-fiction writer best known for his novel "I Am Legend," died June 23 at age 87.
Possibly most memorably, he captured Marilyn Monroe six weeks before she died for a series later known as "The Last Sitting."Alan Myers, Devo's most well-known drummer, lost his battle with cancer on June 24. His song "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" was sampled on a Jay-Z album.
Band member Mark Mothersbaugh said in a statement that Myers' style on the drums helped define the band's early sound. Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
Douglas Englebart, the inventor of the computer mouse, died Tuesday, July 2, at his home in Atherton, California, according to SRI International, the research institute where he once worked. Jim Kelly, a martial artist best known for his appearance in the 1973 Bruce Lee movie "Enter the Dragon," died on June 29 of cancer. After a brief acting career, he became a ranked professional tennis player on the USTA senior men's circuit.
Here he appears in the 1974 film "Three the Hard Way."Bert Stern, a revolutionary advertising photographer in the 1960s who also made his mark with images of celebrities, died on June 25 at age 83.