In Memoriam


Gene Wilder, Dead at 83

Gene WilderGene Wilder was 83. He was the comic actor who starred in The Producers, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

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John Saunders, Dead at 61

John SaundersJohn 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.

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Garry Marshall, Dead at 81

Garry MarshallGarry 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.

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Buddy Ryan, Dead at 82

Buddy RyanBuddy 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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Pat Summitt, Dead at 64

Pat SummittPat Summitt was 64. She was the winningest coach, male or female, in NCAA basketball history winning 1,098 games and eight NCAA championships with the University of Tennessee Lady Vols.

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Anton Yelchin, Dead at 27

Anton YelchinAnton Yelchin was 27. He was the actor best known for playing Pavel Chekhov in the Star Trek reboots.

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Prince Be, Dead at 46

Prince BeAttrel "Prince Be" Cordes was 46. He was the first black rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 with P.M. Dawn's single "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss."

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The Sad, Senseless Death of Christina Grimmie

In August of 2013, I took my oldest daughter to her first concert. She wanted to see Selena Gomez at the ACC and I bought a couple of tickets. It was the first pop concert I ever attended.

The opening act was an artist named Christina Grimmie. I didn't know a thing about her, but as I wrote at the time, she was great and one of her songs really got to me. That song was With Love, and my daughter and I shared an admiration for that song that survives to this very day.

It just so happens that today was one of those jam-packed father-daughter days. My alarm went off early so I could bike to High Park with my daughter for the High Park Derby, a soccer tournament her house league team was participating in. Then, on our ride home along the Waterfront Trail, we spotted Toronto Raptor James Johnson, who was kind enough to pose for a pic with my Raptors-loving little girl. Then, it was off to her second of four dance recitals this weekend.

While at this 1pm dance recital, I decided to check in on Twitter. That's when I read the news. 22-year old Christina Grimmie was dead.

Christina was shot while signing autographs after a performance. It was a targeted killing by someone who had taken his own life after shooting her three times. It was so senseless and sad. After my daughter's performance, I sat her down and told her the news.

Our father-daughter day continued, with a visit to the Grilled Cheese Challenge and SanRemo Bakery, and soon, yet another dance recital. And we still have With Love, only now, it's a bittersweet memory. So very sad... so very senseless...

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Gordie Howe, Dead at 88

Gordie HoweGordie Howe was 88. Mr. Hockey's career record of 1,850 points over his 26 year NHL stood until it was broken by Wayne Gretzky in 1989.

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Here's a wonderful story about the Great Gordie Howe.

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Kimbo Slice, Dead at 42

Kimbo SliceKimbo Slice was 42. He was a mixed martial arts fighter who became an internet sensation by starring in bare-knuckle fights, often conducted in backyards, posted online.

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