Richie Havens was 72. He was a veteran folk singer and a star of the Woodstock festival and film.
Chrissy Amphlett was 53. She was the lead singer of the rock band Divinyls whose hit "I Touch Myself" brought her international fame in the early 1990s.
Rita MacNeil was 68. She was the popular singer known as Cape Breton’s first lady of song.
Pat Summerall was 82. He was the deep-voiced NFL player-turned-broadcaster who spent four decades calling sports, most notably the NFL with John Madden.
Frank Bank was 71. He was the actor best known for his role as Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on Leave it to Beaver.
Jonathan Winters was 87. He was the comedian who appeared in nearly 50 films and TV shows including Mork and Mindy where he played Mearth, Mork and Mindy's son.
Annette Funicello was 70. She was a Mouseketeer at 12, a successful singer and actor as a teen and super popular as Frankie Avalon's co-star in a series of "Beach Party" movies in the mid-1960s.
Everything I know about Annette Funicello I learned from "Back to the Beach", an under-rated flick I thoroughly enjoyed during the summer of '87.
Margaret Thatcher was 87. She was the first woman to become U.K. prime minister and Britain's only prime minister of the 20th century to win three consecutive terms.
Johnny Esaw was 87. He was a pioneer of sports broadcasting in Canada, best known for his involvement with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, CFL games, figure skating, golf, tennis, auto racing and international hockey.
Roger Ebert was 70. He was the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years and for more than three decades the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history.
I was always a very big fan. Here's something I wrote about the man when he recorded his final episode of "Ebert and Roeper".
Locals will remember when he was attacked at Slumdog Millionaire during the TIFF in 2008. It didn't stop him from finishing the movie, however, and he'd accurately predict it would win the Oscar on his way out.
I tweeted this, just yesterday:
Here's hoping Roger Ebert continues to write while he battles cancer again. He was always too strong a writer to be a mere "movie reviewer".— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) April 3, 2013
I didn't always agree with Roger Ebert, but I loved hearing and reading his honest and insightful reviews for as long as I can remember. I'm going to miss him.
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