Bubba Smith was 66. He was a defensive star in the NFL and played Moses Hightower, the soft-spoken officer in the "Police Academy" series.
Hideki Irabu was 42. He was the New York Yankees pitcher labelled "The Nolan Ryan of Japan" who went 34-35 with a 5.15 ERA in three seasons.
Amy Winehouse was 27. She was a singer-songwriter, known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, and jazz.
You likely knew her big hit "Rehab" from her second studio album, Back to Black.
This one really ticks me off. Not just because a talented person passed away at the young age of 27 (why is it always 27?), but because it was all too obvious yet couldn't be prevented.
Amy Winehouse needs help. I realize this isn't breaking news, but as a civilized society can we just watch her self destruct in plain sight and treat it as tabloid fodder?
Let's help the poor girl. She needs it, whether she knows it or not.
Not surprising, but tragic nonetheless. A damn, damn shame.
Elwy Yost was 86. He was the long-time host of Saturday Night at the Movies and Magic Shadows on TVOntario.
As a very young boy I remember watching Elwy on TVOntario as he introduced classic films I was far too young to appreciate. I fondly recalled Elwy in this space back in 2007 and again in 2008. Then, I decided I could be Elwy Yost.
The man's enthusiasm for movies was contagious. Thanks, Elwy.
Sherwood Schwartz was 95. He was the creator of such iconic shows as The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island
, not to mention the ninth owner in the history of the Toronto Argonauts.
Betty Ford was 92. She was the widow of late US President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California.
Dick Williams was 82. He led the Oakland A’s to two of their three 1970s World Series championships and led the 1967 Red Sox and 1984 Padres to pennants.
Nick Charles was 64. He was CNN's first sports anchor and served in that role for nearly two decades. I spent many a night watching Nick Charles and Fred Hickman on "Sports Tonight."
Peter Falk was 83. He marshaled actorly tics, prop room appurtenances and his own physical idiosyncrasies to personify Columbo, one of the most famous and beloved fictional detectives in television history.
Clarence Clemons was 69. He was a saxophonist with the E Street Band and a vital ingredient of Bruce Springsteen's sound and an invaluable onstage foil to "the Boss".
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