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.
Peter Worthington was 86. He was a journalist with the Toronto Telegram before becoming a founding editor of the Toronto Sun.
Greg Quill was 66. He was an entertainment columnist and long-serving staff member of the Toronto Star.
Jeff Hanneman was 49. He was a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
He wrote the lyrics and music for Slayer's "Angel of Death" which was sampled by Public Enemy in their 1988 song "She Watch Channel Zero?!"
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