Manute Bol, Dead at 47
Published by Toronto Mike on June 19, 2010 @ 15:28 in Celebrity Deaths
Manute Bol was 47. He was the 7-foot-6 NBA star who played 10 seasons with the Bullets, Warriors, Sixers and Heat before devoting his life to humanitarian efforts in his native Sudan.
Garry Shider, Dead at 56
Published by Toronto Mike on June 17, 2010 @ 22:20 in Celebrity Deaths
Garry Shider was 56. He was the longtime musical director of Parliament-Funkadelic whose funky guitar work, songwriting skills and musical arrangements thrilled fans around the globe and earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jimmy Dean, Dead at 81
Published by Toronto Mike on June 14, 2010 @ 10:52 in Celebrity Deaths
Jimmy Dean was 81. He was the country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand.
John Wooden, Dead at 99
Published by Toronto Mike on June 4, 2010 @ 23:51 in Celebrity Deaths
John Wooden was 99. He was college basketball's gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood who built one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever.
Rue McClanahan, Dead at 76
Published by Toronto Mike on June 3, 2010 @ 14:00 in Celebrity Deaths
Rue McClanahan was 76. She was the actress known for her roles as the blowzy best friend Vivian on "Maude" and as the prowling Southern belle Blanche on "The Golden Girls."
Dennis Hopper, Dead at 74
Published by Toronto Mike on May 30, 2010 @ 14:41 in Celebrity Deaths
Dennis Hopper was 74. He was the actor best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic "Easy Rider."
I loved him in True Romance.
And as Shooter in Hoosiers.
Gary Coleman, Dead at 42
Published by Toronto Mike on May 30, 2010 @ 14:25 in Celebrity Deaths
Gary Coleman was 42. He was the child star best known for his stint on "Diff'rent Strokes," which aired from 1978 to 1986.
I loved Diff'rent Strokes as a kid, but I was first introduced to Gary Coleman in The Kid with the 200 I.Q.
Whatchu talkin' bout, everyone.
Art Linkletter, Dead at 97
Published by Toronto Mike on May 26, 2010 @ 15:50 in Celebrity Deaths
Art Linkletter was 97. He was host of People Are Funny, House Party and Kids Say The Darndest Things.
Jose Lima, Dead at 37
Published by Toronto Mike on May 23, 2010 @ 21:21 in Celebrity Deaths
Jose Lima was 37. He was an All-Star right-hander who spent 13 years in the major leagues, going 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 35 starts for the NL Central champion Houston Astros in 1999.
Ronnie James Dio, Dead at 67
Published by Toronto Mike on May 16, 2010 @ 18:52 in Celebrity Deaths
Ronnie James Dio was 67. He was a singer with the bands Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, whose powerful, semioperatic vocal style and attachment to demonic imagery made him one of the best-loved figures in classic heavy metal.
If you want to see some great Dio footage, watch "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey". Here's my review of that very cool documentary.