Mario Segale, Nintendo's Inspiration for 'Mario Bros' Character, Dies at 84

Columbia Pictures Corporation Takahata, the Japanese animator of "Grave of the Fireflies" and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and co-founder of Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, died on April 5 after a battle with lung cancer.

Getty Images Sung, an actress who starred on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" and appeared in “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Sopranos,” “Bones,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Joy Luck Club," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and more, died on May 22.

Getty Images Bloch, one of Hollywood’s top publicists who represented Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Michael Keaton, Eddie Murphy and more and was chairman of Rogers & Cowan, died on May 25 following a long illness.

Harlan Ellison in 1986 (Photo: Pip R. Lagenta) Steve Ditko, a comic book artist who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange along with Marvel's Stan Lee, was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and is believed to have died two days earlier.

Albanian American TV Gary Beach, a Tony Award-winning actor known for his roles in stage adaptations of "The Producers," "Beauty and the Beast" and "La Cage aux Folles," died on July 16 in Palm Springs, Calif.

Getty Images Famed American playwright Neil Simon, who won a Pulitzer Prize and is known for plays including "The Odd Couple" and "Barefoot in the Park," died on August 26 due to complications from pneumonia.

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