Osama bin Laden was 54. He was the founder of the jihadist organization al-Qaeda, most widely recognized for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets.
I've been documenting the deaths of the famous and infamous here for over 10 years, but I've almost never been pleased to publish such an entry. That's not the case tonight.
On September 11, 2001, 2,749 people were killed in Manhattan, 184 people died in Washington and 40 died in Pennsylvania as a result of the worst act of terrorism ever to take place on North American soil. I shared my memories of 9/11 here. Osama bin Laden was responsible, but remained elusive for almost a decade. Osama bin Laden is now dead, words many have wanted to read since the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
How do you feel hearing Osama bin Laden has finally been killed?
Ken Kostick was 57. He hosted the TV cooking show What's for Dinner with Mary Jo Eustace. He was also part of the first morning show in the history of 103.9 Proud FM.
Sidney Lumet was 86. He was the award-winning director of such acclaimed films as "Network," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "12 Angry Men."
Roger Abbott was 64. He was one of the driving forces behind CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce on both TV and radio.
Elizabeth Taylor was 79. She was one of the 20th Century's biggest movie stars, winning winning a best actress Oscar in 1960 for "Butterfield 8" and then again in 1966 for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Here she is on What's My Line?
Nathaniel D. Hale a.k.a. Nate Dogg was 41. He was part of an extended family of rappers known as the Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips (DPGC).
You likely know him best from Regulate with Warren G.
Rick Martin was 59. He was the first ever 50 goal scorer for the Buffalo Sabres and a member of their famed “French Connection” line.
Jane Russell was 89. She was the 1940s and '50s movie bombshell, whose name was synonymous with voluptuousness.
Duke Snider was 84. He was a Hall of Fame outfielder who hit 407 home runs in an 18-year career that spanned the Dodgers' final years in Brooklyn and first years in Los Angeles.
Len Lesser was 88. He was best known for his recurring role as Uncle Leo on Seinfeld. I loved Uncle Leo.
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