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From CNN:

Patty Duke, the actress who won fame with her stage and screen portrayals of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” died Tuesday, according to her agent. She was 69.

Duke died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to a statement from Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates, the agency that represented her.

“This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health, Anna PATTY DUKE Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place,” her family said in a statement posted by her son actor Sean Astin. “We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life.”

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Also from CNN:

Ken Howard, who starred in the 1970s series “The White Shadow,” had notable guest roles in such programs as “30 Rock” and was the head of the SAG-AFTRA actors’ union, died Wednesday. He was 71.

Howard’s death was confirmed by a statement from SAG-AFTRA.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard passed away today,” the union said. “Ken was an accomplished actor, author, teacher and unionist whose steady leadership as president of Screen Actors Guild positioned him to guide the union’s historic 2012 merger with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In addition to his many professional credits, awards and other laudatory work, he led the union for nearly seven years and was devoted to the interests of its membership.”

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