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1 of 28 | The world of entertainment, sports and politics have fired several of his figures this year. Look at the gallery →
2 of 28 | Valerie Harper, who achieved fame as Rhoda in the classic comedy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda," died on August 30 at age 80.
3 of 28 | On August 29, Xana, daughter of Luis Enrique Martínez, former technical director of Barcelona and the Spanish National Team, died. I was 9 years old. (Credit: JOSEP LAGO / AFP / Getty Images)
4 of 28 | Jessi Combs, the race car driver who won the title of "the fastest woman on four wheels", after setting a record with a car powered by a jet, died on August 28.
5 of 28 | On August 26, Isabel Toledo, the acclaimed Cuban-American designer, best known for creating Michelle Obama's inauguration dress in 2009 died
6 of 28 | On August 23, conservative billionaire David Koch died, who became a recognized man through the political and economic empire he created with his older brother, Charles. He was 79 years old.
7 of 28 | On August 21, Mexican musician Celso Piña died in Monterrey, Mexico. (Credit: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP / Getty Images)
8 of 28 | Actor Peter Fonda died on August 16 at age 79. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)
9 of 28 | Actor Ben Unwin died at his home in Minyon Falls, in New South Wales, Australia, on August 14 at age 41. Unwin played an important role in the long-running novel, Home and Away, of Australian television. (Patrick Riviere / Getty Images).
10 of 28 | Saoirse Kennedy Hill, granddaughter of Robert Kennedy, died on August 1. I was 22 years old.
11 of 28 | Rutger Hauer, a Dutch actor who fought Harrison Ford in the sci-fi classic Blade Runner and excelled in the roles of evil, died on July 19 after a brief illness
12 of 28 | Rip Torn, American actor known for his roles in "Men in Black" and "The Larry Sanders Show" died on July 9 at age 88.
13 of 28 | Ross Perot, the billionaire tycoon who launched himself to the US presidency Twice, he died on July 9. In 1992, he was third after Bill Clinton and George HW Bush.
14 of 28 | Actor Cameron Boyce, who was the star of the Disney Channel, died on July 7. I was 20 years old. He died while sleeping after convulsing due to a health problem.
15 of 28 | The icon of the car industry Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler from bankruptcy in the 80s, died on June 2 at 94.
16 of 28 | Baseball player Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels died July 1 at age 27. He was found lifeless in a hotel room in a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth.
17 of 28 | Gloria Vanderbilt, a famous designer, artist and socialite, died on June 17. It was the mother of Anderson Cooper. He was 95 years old.
18 of 28 | Niki Lauda, who recovered from an almost fatal accident and was one of the world's greatest motorists, died on May 27 at 70. The Austrian was a three-time Formula One champion.
19 of 28 | IM Pei, a finished architect who designed the Louvre museum pyramid, died on May 16 at the age of 102.
20 of 28 | Doris Day, movie box office star and singer, died at age 97 on May 13.
21 of 28 | Peggy Lipton, an award-winning actress who appeared in "Mod Squad" and "Twin Peaks," died of cancer on May 11 at age 72.
22 of 28 | Peter Mayhew, the actor who first played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, died on April 30 at 74.
23 of 28 | John Singleton, the director of "Boyz n the Hood" and "2 Fast 2 Furious," died on April 29 at age 51.
24 of 28 | Rapper Nipsey Hussle died on March 31 in a shooting near a clothing store he owned in Los Angeles. He was 33 years old. He was nominated for the best rap album at the Grammy this year.
25 of 28 | Actor Luke Perry, famous for his role in "Beverly Hills 90210," died on March 4 at age 52.
26 of 28 | Acclaimed British actor Albert Finney, five times an Oscar nominee, died on February 7. He was 82 years old.
27 of 28 | Fran Robinson, the first black baseball player in Major League Baseball, died on February 7 at age 83.
28 of 28 | Tony Mendez, the CIA agent whose character Ben Affleck played in "Argo" (2012), died on January 19. The film was based on the operation to get six Americans out of Iran in 1979.
(CNN) - Valerie Harper, who achieved fame as Rhoda in the classic comedy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and continued with the character in a popular spin-off series, died after a long battle with cancer, her daughter confirmed Cristina Cacciotti and her family friend Deanna Buskey to CNN
He was 80 years old.
Buskey, a family friend for more than 20 years, said the family is not "providing details at this time."
Buskey, who met Harper and her husband while working with them in their theatrical production of “All Under Heaven,” helped launch a GoFundMe account for Harper's medical care earlier this summer.
In July, Harper's husband, Tony Cacciotti, posted a message on Facebook saying that he would not follow the advice of his wife's doctors and put her in palliative care, despite her worsening. He said "he would do everything possible to make Val as comfortable as possible."
Cristina Cacciotti said her mother died at 10:06 am Friday.
Harper was chosen as Mary Richards's best mocking friend, Rhoda Morgenstern, and became so popular that she had her own show, "Rhoda." He won four Emmy awards for the role.