Teena Marie was 54. She made history as Motown's first white act but developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and with hits like "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James. I know her song "Ooo La La La" best from it being sampled in the Fugees' "Fu-Gee-La".
Steve Landesberg was 74. He was best known for his role as a cerebral detective on the TV sitcom "Barney Miller."
Blake Edwards was 88. He was a writer and director who became a Hollywood master of screwball farces and rude comedies like “Victor/Victoria” and the “Pink Panther” movies.
Bob Feller was 92. He was a Hall of Fame pitcher who won 266 games in an 18-year career with the Cleveland Indians.
Mark Dailey was 57. He was a crime reporter for stations in Ohio and at CKLW a.k.a. The Big 8 in Windsor before moving to Toronto in 1974 where he worked at Citytv for the past 30 years.
A couple of days ago, as news of his poor health spread, I wrote about Mark and what he meant to the cultural fabric of this city. He truly was the voice of Toronto and he will be missed.
Don Meredith was 72. "Dandy" Don Meredith was a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Monday Night Football broadcast legend.
Ron Santo was 70. He was a legend in Chicago as a former Cubs third baseman-turned-wildly popular announcer. He finished his major league career with a .277 average over 15 major league seasons, with 342 home runs and 1,331 RBIs.
Jim Kelley was 61. He was a longtime sports writer and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who recently worked alongside Bob McCown co-hosting Prime Time Sports on The Fan 590.
Leslie Nielsen was 84. He experienced success as a serious actor in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure before achieving his greatest successes in the comedy films Airplane! and The Naked Gun.
I absolutely adored Leslie Nielsen in Airplane! and The Naked Gun. Here's a little something I wrote about the latter.
Laurie 'Bambi' Bembenek was 52. She was the former Playboy Club bunny whose escape from prison and flee to Canada popularized the phrase "Run Bambi Run."
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