In Memoriam

Mike Flanagan, Dead at 59

In MemoriumMike Flanagan was 59. He was a pitcher who recorded a 167-143 lifetime record with the Baltimore Orioles and our Toronto Blue Jays from 1975 to 1992.

Here's something I wrote about Mike Flanagan a few years back:

Mike Flanagan was a decent pitcher for the Jays from 1987-1990, but I almost feel guilty calling him a Blue Jay. He was a Baltimore Oriole through and through. He came over in a trade after 12 years as an Oriole and then he re-signed with them after his stint here in Toronto.

Here's a little Mike Flanagan trivia for ya. When we traded for him in '87 he owned more wins (17) and innings pitched (208) against us than any other pitcher.

Mike Flanagan

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Nick Ashford, Dead at 70

In MemoriumNick Ashford was 70. He was one-half of the successful Motown singer-songwriter duo of Ashford and Simpson, who recorded such hits as "Don't Cost You Nothing," "It Seems to Hang On," "Found A Cure" and "Solid."

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Jack Layton, Dead at 61

In MemoriumJack Layton was 61. He was the New Democratic Party leader who led his party to Official Opposition status in this year’s federal election.


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Jani Lane, Dead at 47

In MemoriumJani Lane was 47. He was the lead singer for Warrant, best known for the hits "Heaven" and "Cherry Pie".

Here's Jani Lane talking about Cherry Pie, the song he wished he never wrote.

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Bubba Smith, Dead at 66

In MemoriumBubba Smith was 66. He was a defensive star in the NFL and played Moses Hightower, the soft-spoken officer in the "Police Academy" series.

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Hideki Irabu, Dead at 42

In MemoriumHideki Irabu was 42. He was the New York Yankees pitcher labelled "The Nolan Ryan of Japan" who went 34-35 with a 5.15 ERA in three seasons.

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Amy Winehouse, Dead at 27

In MemoriumAmy Winehouse was 27. She was a singer-songwriter, known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, and jazz.

You likely knew her big hit "Rehab" from her second studio album, Back to Black.

This one really ticks me off. Not just because a talented person passed away at the young age of 27 (why is it always 27?), but because it was all too obvious yet couldn't be prevented.

We discussed Amy Winehouse's predictable premature demise back in 2008.

Amy Winehouse needs help. I realize this isn't breaking news, but as a civilized society can we just watch her self destruct in plain sight and treat it as tabloid fodder?

Let's help the poor girl. She needs it, whether she knows it or not.

Not surprising, but tragic nonetheless. A damn, damn shame.

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Elwy Yost, Dead at 86

In MemoriumElwy Yost was 86. He was the long-time host of Saturday Night at the Movies and Magic Shadows on TVOntario.

As a very young boy I remember watching Elwy on TVOntario as he introduced classic films I was far too young to appreciate. I fondly recalled Elwy in this space back in 2007 and again in 2008. Then, I decided I could be Elwy Yost.

The man's enthusiasm for movies was contagious. Thanks, Elwy.

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Sherwood Schwartz, Dead at 95

In MemoriumSherwood Schwartz was 95. He was the creator of such iconic shows as The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, not to mention the ninth owner in the history of the Toronto Argonauts.

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Betty Ford, Dead at 92

In MemoriumBetty Ford was 92. She was the widow of late US President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California.

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