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Bill Aucoin, 66, the man who discovered the band Kiss in the early 1970s and turned them into makeup-wearing megastars, died June 28 in Florida. Mr. Aucoin financed the band's first tour on his American Express, an investment that paid off when Kiss hit it big with the 1975 smash single "Rock And Roll All Nite."

Allyn Ferguson, 85, an Emmy-winning composer who co-wrote the theme for the popular TV series "Charlie's Angels," died June 23 at his California home. With fellow composer Jack Elliott, Mr. Ferguson also wrote the theme for "Barney Miller" in the 1970s as well as music for episodes of series such as "The Rookies," "Starsky and Hutch," "Police Story" and "Banacek."

Austrian museum director and art collector Rudolf Leopold, who is credited with putting together the country's largest private art collection, died June 29 at a hospital in Vienna. Mr. Leopold's collection includes pieces by Gustav Klimt and has been criticized by members of the Austrian Jewish community, who say it includes works stolen by the Nazis.

By Emma Brown  |  June 29, 2010; 10:46 AM ET
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