Sparky 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.
Gregory Isaacs was 59. He was the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname "Cool Ruler."
Denis 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 was 79. He was the founder and publisher of Penthouse magazine.
Tom Bosley was 83. He was the patient, understanding father on television’s long-running "Happy Days."
Rest in peace, Mr. C.
Barbara 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 was 70. He was the larger-than-life "King of Rock and Soul," whose songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B.
Greg Giraldo was 44. He was the stand-up comedian perhaps best known for his Comedy Central roasts.
Tony 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 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.
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