Paul Bearer was 58. He was a professional wrestling manager and former wrestler best known for his time in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF—later WWE).
Although I was no longer following the WWF when Paul Bearer and The Undertaker were huge, I did do a pretty good Paul Bearer impersonation.
Hugo Chávez was 58. He's been President of Venezuela since 1999 and focused on implementing socialist reforms in the country as a part of a social project known as the Bolivarian Revolution.
Bonnie Franklin was 69. She was the actress best known for her portrayal of divorced mother Ms. Ann Romano on One Day at a Time.
Jerry Buss was 79. He was the Los Angeles Lakers’ playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships from the ‘80s Showtime dynasty to the Kobe Bryant era.
Mindy McCready was 37. She was the country music singer who reached #1 in 1996 with her single "Guys Do It All the Time".
Tim Dog was 46. He was the the rapper who reached fame in 1991 with "Fuck Compton," a diss track toward Dr. Dre and N.W.A.
Reg Presley was 71. He was the singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer with prominent 1960s rock and roll band The Troggs, whose best known hit was "Wild Thing".
Stan Musial was 92. He was one of baseball's greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades.
He won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.
My very favourite Stan "The Man" factoid is that he finished his career with 3,630 hits: 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road.
Earl Weaver was 82. He was the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles.
On September 15, 1977, in Toronto, Weaver asked umpire Marty Springstead to have a tarpaulin covering the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen area removed; the tarp was weighed down by bricks and Weaver argued that his left fielder could be injured if he ran into the bricks while chasing a foul ball. When the umpire refused to order the Blue Jays to move the tarp, Weaver pulled the Orioles off the field, forcing the umpire to declare a forfeit: the only forfeit in Orioles history.
Pauline Phillips was 94. She was an advice columnist and radio show host who began the "Dear Abby" column in 1956.
Pauline Phillips' identical twin sister, Eppie Lederer, started Ann Landers.
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