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Michael Jackson waves to fans after arriving at Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa on July 18, 1996. Jackson, the sensationally gifted child star who rose to become the “King of Pop” and the biggest celebrity in the world before becoming embroiled in scandal, died June 25. He was 50. (AP photo/Cobus Bodenstein)

Dr. Michael Shannon, one of the premier pediatric toxicologists in the world, died unexpectedly after returning to Boston from a vacation in Argentina. The emergency medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School was also known as the “dancing doctor” because of his passion for dance. He was 55 years old. (Banner file photo)

John Hope Franklin is shown in this July 18, 1997 photo in Durham, N.C. The legendary scholar, who dedicated his career to “peaceful and civilized exchange” on the issue of race in America, died March 25. He was 94. (AP photo/Raleigh News and Observer, Chuck Liddy)

U.S. District Judge Reginald Lindsay and a young Deval Patrick, then President Bill Clinton’s nominee for the position of Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Civil Rights (back, center), pose with students and staff at the George A. Lewis Middle School in Roxbury. Lindsay, the second black person to sit as a federal judge in Massachusetts, died March 12, after a series of illnesses. He was 63. (Banner file photo)

Robert M. Coard, longtime community activist and head of the anti-poverty agency Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), died Nov. 3 after suffering from heart disease for several months.  He was 82. (Don West photo, www.donwestfoto.com)