In Memoriam

Phil Everly, Dead at 74

In MemoriumPhil Everly was 74. He and his brother Don were the Everly Brothers, an influential harmony duo who recorded the hits Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love and All I Have to Do Is Dream.

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James Avery, Dead at 68

In MemoriumJames Avery was 68. He was the actor most famous for his role as the judge "Uncle Phil" Banks in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He also voiced the villain Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Peter O'Toole, Dead at 81

In MemoriumPeter O'Toole was 81. He was the actor who found stardom in David Lean's masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia.

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Nelson Mandela, Dead at 95

In MemoriumNelson Mandela was 95. He endured 27 years in prison before winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and becoming South Africa's first president from 1994 to 1999.

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"Iron" Mike Bensson, Dead at 60

In MemoriumIron Mike Bensson was 60. I knew Iron Mike Bensson as an on-air personality at 97.7 HTZ-FM out of St. Catharines where he worked for over 15 years. Cancer sucks.

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Lou Reed, Dead at 71

In MemoriumLou Reed was 71. His band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in collaboration with artist Andy Warhol in 1960s New York.

Seven years ago I wrote about my late discovery of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground when I heard "Perfect Day" on the Trainspotting soundtrack in 1996. "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed and "Heroin" by the Velvet Underground remain staples of my MP3 playlists. He will be missed.

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Marcia Wallace, Dead at 70

In MemoriumMarcia Wallace was 70. She was the actress best known for her roles as receptionist Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show and the voice of Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons.

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Tom Clancy, Dead at 66

In MemoriumTom Clancy was 66. He was the author best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines that are set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War. The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears all become successful films.

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Dave Nichol, Dead at 73

In MemoriumDave Nichol was 73. He was the popular pitchman for the Loblaws grocery store chain in Canada. He brought us the delicious Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie and the "Memories of" products.

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Ken Norton, Dead at 70

In MemoriumKen Norton Sr. was 70. He was the former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973.

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