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NewsOne gallery of the celebrities who lost their lives in 2017.

In Memoriam: Celebrities We Lost In 2017  was originally published on

1. William Hilliard, 89

The pioneering journalist died on January 20 in Portland, Oregon. Hilliard’s career spanned over 40 years–he was The Oregonian’s first black reporter and was promoted to its first black editor in chief in 1987.