George Steinbrenner was 80. He had owned the Yankees since 1973, winning seven World Series championships over that time.
Larry David voiced a great Steinbrenner on Seinfeld.
Harvey Pekar was 70. His "American Splendor" comics, which he began publishing in 1976, chronicled his grousing about work, money and the monotony of life.
Here's his classic appearance on Letterman from 1988 when he got banned from the show.
And if you haven't yet seen American Splendor, the 2003 biopic starring Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar, you're missing out. It's fantastic.
Bob Sheppard was 99. He was the longtime New York Yankees public address announcer.
Bob Probert was 45. He was the former Detroit Red Wing and Chicago Blackhawk known best for his 231 career fights and his 3300 PIMs.
I'll never forget his Norris division tilts with Wendel Clark.
Pete Quaife was 66. He was the original bassist in the Kinks who played with the British Invasion band from their formation in 1961 through 1969.
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 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 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 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 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."
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