In Memoriam

Laurie 'Bambi' Bembenek, Dead at 52

In MemoriumLaurie '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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Pat Burns, Dead at 58

In MemoriumPat Burns was 58. He is the only Maple Leafs coach to win the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year by leading the club to a 44-29-11 record in 1992-93 in his first season behind the Toronto bench. He remains the only NHL bench boss in history to earn the award three times, winning it with Montreal in 1989 and with Boston in 1998. The Leafs’ resurgence in 1992-93, with Burns at the helm, marked the first time that the Original Six franchise advanced to the Conference Final since the 1977-78 campaign. The team would repeat their playoff success the following season in 1994 under his leadership.

With the Leafs, Burns posted a coaching record of 133-107-41 (.546%) in 281 games behind the bench. On the Leafs’ All-Time Coaching List, Burns is tied with Red Kelly for fifth place in victories.

Overall, he coached in 1,019 NHL games in 15 seasons from 1988 to 2005 and compiled a record of 501-353-165. He coached the Devils to a Stanley Cup title in 2003.

I'll never forget Pat Burns and his Leafs teams of the early 90s. They truly were the best.

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Jill Clayburgh, Dead at 66

In MemoriumJill Clayburgh was 66. She was the sophisticated Hollywood and Broadway actress known for portrayals of empowered women in a career spanning five decades, highlighted by her Oscar-nominated role of a divorcee exploring life after marriage in the 1978 film "An Unmarried Woman."

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Sparky Anderson, Dead at 76

In MemoriumSparky Anderson was 76. He was the first major league manager to win a World Series in both the American and National Leagues. He managed the Cincinnati Reds to World Series victories in 1975 and 1976 and the Detroit Tigers to a World Series victory in 1984.

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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."

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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.


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Bob Guccione, Dead at 79

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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