Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019

Ross Perot

This year saw the deaths of people who shifted culture through prose, pragmatism and persistence.

H. Ross Perot was a self-made billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president.

John Singleton was a director who made one of Hollywood’s most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated “Boyz N the Hood.”

Writer Toni Morrison brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice.

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and baseball player Tyler Skaggs also died in 2019, along with entertainers like actress and singer Doris Day, actress Valerie Harper and rapper Nipsey Hussle.