Charlie Lea was 54. He posted a 62-48 record with 535 strikeouts and a 3,54 ERA in 923.1 innings over seven MLB seasons, pitching a no-hitter for the Montreal Expos in 1981.
Bil Keane was 89. He created the comic strip "Family Circus" which began its run in 1960 and continues in syndication.
If you're like me, you were a much bigger fan of "The Dysfunctional Family Circus".
Heavy D was 44. He was the former leader of the hip-hop group Heavy D and the Boyz who recorded the hits "Somebody for Me", "Gyrlz, They Love Me" and "Now That We Found Love".
I heard "Now That We Found Love" on Slacker Radio's '90s Hip Hop station just last week and wondered what had become of Heavy D. I was always partial to his contribution to Michael Jackson's "Jam".
Smokin' Joe Frazier was 67. He was the former boxing heavyweight champion who was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali.
Click play above to see the Fight of the Century from March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
Andy Rooney was 92. His prickly wit was long a mainstay of CBS News and whose homespun commentary on "60 Minutes," delivered every week from 1978 until 2011, made him a household name.
I watched a lot of 60 Minutes over the past 20 years, but I didn't touch that dial until I heard what Andy had to say.
Earl McRae was 69. He was a broadcaster and writer known in Toronto for his work at the Toronto Star and as a CBC-TV sports anchor. Most recently he spent twenty years writing for the Ottawa Sun.
Dan Wheldon was 33. He won the Indianapolis 500 twice and was the IndyCar series champion in 2005.
Dr. Robert Buckman was 63. He was a popular medical advice columnist, humourist and leading cancer specialist at Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital.
Mikey Welsh, who played bass for Weezer between 1998 and 2001, died in a Chicago hotel room on Saturday. He was only 40 years old.
What's fascinating is that Mikey Welsh predicted his death on Twitter. Tweeting as @MikeyWelsh71 on September 26, he tweeted the following:
dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today.
And shortly after, he clarified...
correction - the weekend after next
Here's the screen grab I just captured.
Welsh replaced Matt Sharp and played on the Green album.
Al Davis was 82. He was the Hall of Fame owner of the Oakland Raiders known for his rebellious spirit.
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