Kofi Annan was 80. He served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.
Aretha Franklin was 76. She was the Queen of Soul who placed more than 100 singles in the Billboard charts, including 17 Top 10 pop singles and 20 number one R&B hits.
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was 63. He was a member of The Hart Foundation WWF tag team with Bret Hart, managed by Jimmy Hart. The duo debuted at WrestleMania II in 1986 and won their first title less than a year later when they defeated The British Bulldogs.
Stan Mikita was 78. He was the four-time Art Ross Trophy winner who played all of his 22 NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. He led the club to the 1961 Stanley Cup and is the Blackhawks' all-time leading scorer with 1,467 points.
Charlotte Rae was 92. She was the actress best known for playing Edna Garrett on both "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life."
One of my first favourite non-kids shows was "Diff'rent Strokes" and I also watched "The Facts of Life". Edna Garrett kicked ass.
Nikolai Volkoff was 70. He was the WWF wrestler best known for teaming with The Iron Sheik and winning the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural WrestleMania event.
Ray Emery was 35. He was the NHL goaltender who played for the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. He led the Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup as a backup with the Blackhawks in 2013.
Anthony Bourdain was 61. He was the celebrity chef and television personality known for his shows A Cook's Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
Here's his episode of The Layover about Toronto.
Tom Wolfe was 88. He was the white-suited pioneer of "new journalism" who exuberantly chronicled American culture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race before turning his satiric wit to such novels as The Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full.
Margot Kidder was 69. She was the actress best known for playing Lois Lane in “Superman” and three sequels.
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