Dave 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.
Ken Norton Sr. was 70. He was the former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973.
Tommy Morrison was 44. He was the boxer who beat George Foreman in 1993 to win the WBO heavyweight title. He later had a starring role in "Rocky V" alongside Sylvester Stallone.
Elmore Leonard was 87. He was the author of 45 novels including classic thrillers such as Get Shorty, Rum Punch, Maximum Bob and Out of Sight.
Shawn Burr was 47. He played the bulk of his 16-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings scoring 181 goals and 440 points in 878 regular-season games.
Frank Castillo was 44. He pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2000, recording a 10-5 record with a 3.59 ERA in 24 starts. His career record was 82-104 with a 4.56 ERA.
JJ Cale was 74. Over the years, Eric Clapton recorded several of his compositions including “After Midnight”, "I'll Make Love To You Anytime”, “Travelin’ Light”, "Angel" and "Cocaine" which remains a Clapton concert staple to this day.
Helen Thomas was 92. She was the first woman to join the White House Correspondents' Association, and the first woman to serve as its president. Her career covering the White House dated back to the Kennedy administration.
Cory Monteith was 31. He played the character Finn Hudson on the hit TV series Glee.
James Gandolfini was 51. He was the actor who most famously portrayed Tony Soprano on the series "The Sopranos."
When I listed my ten favourite television characters of all-time, Tony Soprano was there. It was a great character on a great show.
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