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George Martin launching the world's first degree course in pop music. Salford College of Technology. George said 'This is something the world of pop music has needed for a very long time', 4th July 1990. (Photo by Dennis Hussey/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Stars You May Not Know Passed Away
History - Science
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif was a powerhouse in cinema for over 60 years, from “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago” to more recent films like “The 13th Warrior” and “Hidalgo.” In 2015, Omar Sharif was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and succumbed to a heart attack later that year at the age of 83.
In early 2016, 78-year-old actor and ex-boxer Tony Burton finally fought his last round after a long battle with pneumonia. The world knew Tony Burton — a long-time friend of Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers — best as Duke, the tough boxing trainer in the “Rocky” series who played supporting roles in six “Rocky” films, including the 2006 sequel “Rocky Balboa.”
Legendary producer George Martin was often called the fifth Beatle, because — according to John Lennon — Martin "made us what we were in the studio." Martin, who worked closely with the Beatles from 1963 to 1969 and then continued producing for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr during their solo efforts, passed away quietly in his sleep at the age of 90 in 2016.
Nick Lashaway, who was killed in a car accident in 2016 at the age of 28, was known for his roles in HBO's “Girls,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and 2011's “In Time,” starring Justin Timberlake. In 1998, at the age of 10, Lashaway was cast in "The X-Files" as a young Fox Mulder, a role he later reprised in the 2015 continuation of the series just a year before his death.
Rob Knox, relatively well-known to fans of the "Harry Potter" film franchise — he played ice cream-loving Ravenclaw Marcus Belby in "Half-Blood Prince" — was stabbed to death at the age of 18 while defending his brother from an attacker at a pub. A year later, his killer, Karl Bishop, was sentenced to life in prison.