Dubbed "Pitbull" on account of his fearlessness as a freestyle motocross rider, Jeremy Lusk, 24, whose interest in motorcycles began when he was 3, died after sustaining head injuries during a backflip fall.

• It all started for '60s girl group the Ronettes when they won a 1959 Apollo Theater talent contest. Estelle Bennett, 67, her sister Veronica and their cousin Nedra Talley parlayed that victory into a chart-topping career with such singles as "Be My Baby" and "Walking in the Rain."

• Orlando (Cachaito) Lopez, 76, came from a Cuban family of at least 30 bass players, including the...

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