Corey Haim, Dead at 38
Published by Toronto Mike on March 10, 2010 @ 08:44 in Celebrity Deaths
Corey Haim was 38. He was the Toronto actor who starred in such films as "Lucas", "The Lost Boys" and "License to Drive". Locals will remember him as Larry on "The Edison Twins" before he shot to fame in the mid-to-late 80s.
Growing up in this city, it seemed like everyone had a Corey Haim connection. Every one of us was two degrees of separation from him or closer, and we all heard the stories. Here's a little something I wrote about Corey Haim back in 2006.
To Corey's friends and family in this city, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I always liked the guy and rooted for him to slay his demons.
Mark Linkous, Dead at 47
Published by Toronto Mike on March 7, 2010 @ 14:33 in Celebrity Deaths
Mark Linkous was 47. He was the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist for the alternative rock band Sparklehorse.
Here's Sparklehorse's appropriately titled "Sick of Goodbyes".
Andrew Koenig, Dead at 41
Published by Toronto Mike on February 25, 2010 @ 19:36 in Celebrity Deaths
Andrew Koenig was 41. He played the role of Richard "Boner" Stabone in Growing Pains.
Doug Fieger from The Knack, Dead at 57
Published by Toronto Mike on February 14, 2010 @ 13:56 in Celebrity Deaths
Doug Fieger was 57. He was the lead singer of the rock band The Knack who had a hit in 1979 with "My Sharona".
Pauly Fuemana of OMC, Dead at 40
Published by Toronto Mike on January 30, 2010 @ 22:18 in Celebrity Deaths
Pauly Fuemana was 40. He was the frontman for OMC, the New Zealand duo who found fame with the hit song "How Bizarre".
I was newly married when "How Bizarre" broke and my wife was a big fan of the tune. The song guaranteed OMC a spot on a whole bunch of One-Hit-Wonder lists.
J.D. Salinger, Dead at 91
Published by Toronto Mike on January 28, 2010 @ 13:30 in Celebrity Deaths
J.D. Salinger was 91. He was the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned.
Zelda Rubinstein, Dead at 76
Published by Toronto Mike on January 27, 2010 @ 19:57 in Celebrity Deaths
Zelda Rubinstein was 76. She was the diminutive character actress with the childlike voice who was best known as the psychic called in to rid a suburban home of demonic forces in the 1982 horror movie "Poltergeist."
Pernell Roberts, Dead at 81
Published by Toronto Mike on January 25, 2010 @ 20:37 in Celebrity Deaths
Pernell Roberts was 81. He played the eldest Cartwright brother in TV's "Bonanza" and had the lead role in "Trapper John, M.D.".
Paul Quarrington, Dead at 56
Published by Toronto Mike on January 21, 2010 @ 14:51 in Celebrity Deaths
Paul Quarrington was 56. He was an award-winning author, filmmaker, playwright and musician who gained national acclaim with his rock 'n' roll novel "Whale Music."
Kate McGarrigle, Dead at 63
Published by Toronto Mike on January 19, 2010 @ 09:18 in Celebrity Deaths
Kate McGarrigle was 63. She was the Canadian folk and roots music singer best known for her work with her sister, Anna, as the McGarrigle Sisters.
The Kate and Anna McGarrigle song I remember most fondly is The Log Driver's Waltz from a certain NFB animated short we all know and love.