Here's a look back at some major figures who passed away this week, from sports, entertainment and other walks of life.
FILE - This Aug. 1, 2015 file photo shows Neil Peart of Rush performing during the final show of the R40 Tour in Los Angeles. Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the band Rush, has died. His rep Elliot Mintz said in a statement Friday that he died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, from left, Mel Page, representing his brother Greg Page; Nate Northington; Wilbur Hackett; and Houston Hogg pose after statues of them were unveiled at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Houston Hogg, one of four African-American football players at Kentucky who helped break the Southeastern Conference color line in the late 1960s, has died. He was 71. The school announced Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, that Hogg died in Owensboro, Kentucky. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, file photo, artist John Baldessari poses at The Broad museum's opening and inaugural dinner in Los Angeles. Baldessari, who pioneered a new genre of art in the 1970s and in the process helped elevate Los Angeles' status in the art world from that of back-water berg to a center of the conceptual movement, has died at age 88. Baldessari died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, the artist's representatives at New York's Marian Goodman Gallery, confirmed Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
This undated photo provided by Penguin Random House shows the book cover of Elizabeth Wurtzel's memoir, "Prozac Nation." Wurtzel, whose blunt and painful confessions of her struggles with addiction and depression in the best-selling “Prozac Nation” made her a voice and a target for an anxious generation, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at age 52. (Courtesy of Riverhead/Penguin Random House via AP)
FILE - This Oct. 9, 2007 file photo shows "Ugly Betty" actress America Ferrera, left, and show creator Silvio Horta at the Billboard magazine Hispanic Women in Entertainment breakfast in Los Angeles, where Ferrera received the Hispanic Woman of the Year award. Horta died in Miami on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2020. He was 45. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 1994, file photo, Michigan State coach George Perles watches his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. Perles, who coached Michigan State to a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 and was a key defensive assistant for the dominant Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. He was 85. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 1989, file photo, baseball arbitrator George Nicolau poses in New York. Nicolau, who ruled against baseball owners in a pair of collusion cases and served as president of the National Academy of Arbitrators, has died. He was 94. Nicolau died Jan. 2 at Lenox Hill Hospital, Gene Orza, the former chief operating officer of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/David Cantor, File)
FILE - In this March 29, 1988, file photo, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank X. Gordon Jr., right, waves his gavel at the defense's expert witness, attorney Robert L'Ecuyer, as Gordon threatened him with contempt of court during the impeachment trial of Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham in Phoenix. Gordon, who presided over the 1988 impeachment trial that resulted in the removal of Gov. Mecham, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, the state high court said in an statement Thursday, Jan. .9, 2020. He was 90. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins, Pool, File)
FILE - This 1959 file photo shows Edward "Kookie" Byrnes. Edd Byrnes, who played cool-kid Kookie on the hit TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and later appeared in the movie “Grease,” has died at age 87. Byrnes died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., his son, Logan Byrnes, said in a statement. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - This Aug. 5, 2006 file photo shows Czech-born film director Ivan Passer during a press conference presenting his movie "Nomad" in Locarno, Switzerland. Passer died Thursday in Reno, Nevada, said a friend of the family, Amina Johns. An attorney for Passer, Rodney Sumpter, said Passer had been dealing with pulmonary issues. He was 86. (AP Photo/Keystone, Lisa Maire, File)
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