Bourdain, 61, was found dead in his hotel room in France on June 8.
He had been working abroad on an episode for Season 11 of his travel and food series "Parts Unknown."
Bourdain first gained global fame after penning the 2000 book "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly."
His other television shows include "A Cook's Tour" and "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations." He also was a vocal advocate for women involved in the Me Too and Time's Up movements spotlighting sexual abuse and harassment.
Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul whose songs "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" topped the charts in the 1960s, died Aug. 16 of an undisclosed illness for which she was hospitalized. She was 76.
Throughout a career that spanned six decades, Franklin won 20 Grammy Awards, including the Legend Award in 1991, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2008.
She was also honored with three American Music Awards, a Golden Globe, two MTV Video Music Awards and three NAACP Image Awards.
"The Odd Couple," "Biloxi Blues" and "Lost in Yonkers" playwright Neil Simon died Aug. 26 at age 91.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe and three-time Tony winner had been suffering from kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Pneumonia was the official cause of his death.
Most of his stage comedies were adapted as successful films and he also wrote the original screenplays for the classic movies "The Goodbye Girl," "The Heartbreak Kid,""The Out-of-Towners" and "Murder by Death."
Simon was a Kennedy Center honoree and recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Stan Lee, former president and chairman of Marvel comics, died Nov. 12 at age 95.
The most recognizable and successful comic-book creator in the history of the medium paved the way for Marvel to become the premiere multimedia company it is today under Disney, producing top-grossing films, television series, video games and merchandise.
Lee is credited with writing and creating alongside a collection of artists the majority of Marvel superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and the X-Men with noted artist Jack Kirby, Daredevil with artist and writer Bill Everett, and Spider-Man alongside artist Steve Ditko.
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