Celebrity Deaths

Gregory Isaacs, Dead at 59

In MemoriumGregory Isaacs was 59. He was the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname "Cool Ruler."


Denis Simpson, Dead at 59

In MemoriumDenis Simpson was 59. He was the original bass vocalist for The Nylons, but I knew him best as host of Polka Dot Door.



Bob Guccione, Dead at 79

In MemoriumBob Guccione was 79. He was the founder and publisher of Penthouse magazine.


Tom Bosley, Dead at 83

In MemoriumTom Bosley was 83. He was the patient, understanding father on television’s long-running "Happy Days."

Rest in peace, Mr. C.


Barbara Billingsley, Dead at 94

In MemoriumBarbara Billingsley was 94. She gained supermom status for her gentle portrayal of June Cleaver, the warm, supportive mother of a pair of precocious boys in "Leave it to Beaver."

I enjoyed her performance in Airplane.

My brother Steve had Barbara Billingsley in The Dead Pool, drafted in September 2000. This gave him another 6 points, but he's still in last place.


Solomon Burke, Dead at 70

In MemoriumSolomon Burke was 70. He was the larger-than-life "King of Rock and Soul," whose songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B.


Greg Giraldo, Dead at 44

In MemoriumGreg Giraldo was 44. He was the stand-up comedian perhaps best known for his Comedy Central roasts.


Tony Curtis, Dead at 85

In MemoriumTony Curtis was 85. He shaped himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well in such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot."


George Blanda, Dead at 83

In MemoriumGeorge Blanda was 83. He was the Bears, Oilers and Raiders quarterback whose passing and kicking exploits during a 26-year NFL career led him to a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Gloria Stuart, Dead at 100

In MemoriumGloria Stuart was 100. She was a glamorous blonde actress who starred in 1930s horror films and musicals before reviving a long-dormant career in 1997 with her Oscar-nominated performance as the older version of Kate Winslet's character Rose in the box-office smash "Titanic."



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