Shimon Peres was 93. He twice served as prime minister of Israel and later as the country’s ninth president.
His defining achievement was as one of the key architects of the Oslo peace accords for which he was jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
Arnold Palmer was 87. He was the golfer who won seven major championships and, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, helped popularize and commercialize the sport around the world.
Jose Fernandez was 24. He was the Miami Marlins pitcher who was named Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was in the midst of his finest season in the majors.
I challenge you to watch this video and not tear up.
Bill Nunn was 62. He was the actor who played Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.
Curtis Hanson was 71. He was the Academy Award-winning film director who directed L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile and Wonder Boys.
W.P. Kinsella was 81. He was the author best known for his 1982 novel Shoeless Joe, the source material for the 1989 film Field of Dreams.
As a young baseball fan, I read The Thrill of the Grass and was smitten.
Gene Wilder was 83. He was the comic actor who starred in The Producers, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
John Saunders was 61. He was the television play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Raptors from 1995 to 2001, eventually being replaced by Chuck Swirsky. He also hosted and provided play-by-play for a variety of sports on ESPN and ABC.
Garry Marshall was 81. He created such television shows as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy and directed movies, including The Flamingo Kid and Pretty Woman.
Buddy Ryan was 82. During his 35-season NFL coaching career, he served as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals, and the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers.
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