Derek Boogaard was 28. He played 277 regular-season games with the Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers over six seasons, accumulating three goals and 13 assists and 589 penalty minutes.
Mel Queen was 69. He had a brief stint as the Toronto's interim manager in 1997 and served the Blue Jays in numerous roles, including director of player development and pitching coach.
Seve Ballesteros was 54. He was a five-time major golf champion whose passion and gift for imaginative shot-making invigorated European golf and the Ryder Cup.
Osama bin Laden was 54. He was the founder of the jihadist organization al-Qaeda, most widely recognized for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets.
I've been documenting the deaths of the famous and infamous here for over 10 years, but I've almost never been pleased to publish such an entry. That's not the case tonight.
On September 11, 2001, 2,749 people were killed in Manhattan, 184 people died in Washington and 40 died in Pennsylvania as a result of the worst act of terrorism ever to take place on North American soil. I shared my memories of 9/11 here. Osama bin Laden was responsible, but remained elusive for almost a decade. Osama bin Laden is now dead, words many have wanted to read since the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
How do you feel hearing Osama bin Laden has finally been killed?
Ken Kostick was 57. He hosted the TV cooking show What's for Dinner with Mary Jo Eustace. He was also part of the first morning show in the history of 103.9 Proud FM.
Sidney Lumet was 86. He was the award-winning director of such acclaimed films as "Network," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "12 Angry Men."
Roger Abbott was 64. He was one of the driving forces behind CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce on both TV and radio.
Elizabeth Taylor was 79. She was one of the 20th Century's biggest movie stars, winning winning a best actress Oscar in 1960 for "Butterfield 8" and then again in 1966 for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Here she is on What's My Line?
Nathaniel D. Hale a.k.a. Nate Dogg was 41. He was part of an extended family of rappers known as the Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips (DPGC).
You likely know him best from Regulate with Warren G.
Rick Martin was 59. He was the first ever 50 goal scorer for the Buffalo Sabres and a member of their famed “French Connection” line.
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