In Memoriam

Heavy D, Dead at 44

In MemoriumHeavy 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".


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Smokin' Joe Frazier, Dead at 67

In MemoriumSmokin' 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.

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Andy Rooney, Dead at 92

In MemoriumAndy 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.

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Earl McRae, Dead at 69

In MemoriumEarl 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.

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Dan Wheldon, Dead at 33

In MemoriumDan Wheldon was 33. He won the Indianapolis 500 twice and was the IndyCar series champion in 2005.

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Dr. Robert Buckman, Dead at 63

In MemoriumDr. Robert Buckman was 63. He was a popular medical advice columnist, humourist and leading cancer specialist at Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital.

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Mikey Welsh Predicted His Own Death on Twitter

mikey welsh twitterMikey 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.

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Welsh replaced Matt Sharp and played on the Green album.

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Al Davis, Dead at 82

In MemoriumAl Davis was 82. He was the Hall of Fame owner of the Oakland Raiders known for his rebellious spirit.

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Steve Jobs, Dead at 56

In MemoriumSteve Jobs was 56. He was the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology.

From http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

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Frances Bay, Dead at 92

In MemoriumFrances Bay was 92. She was the Canadian character actress who frequently portrayed eccentric elderly women and good-hearted grandmothers.

I'll always remember her best for playing Happy Gilmore's grandma...

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...and Mabel Choate on Seinfeld.

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She loved her marble rye bread!

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