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.
Jean Stapleton was 90. She was best known for her portrayal of Edith Bunker, the long-suffering, yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker and mother of Gloria Stivic, on the 1970s situation comedy All in the Family.
Henry Morgentaler was 90. He was the family doctor who led the abortion movement in Canada. He was one of the key players in the 1988 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that declared the law prohibiting abortion unconstitutional.
Ray Manzarek was 74. He was a founding member and keyboardist of 1960s rock group The Doors.
Joyce Brothers was 85. She was the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality.
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