Kim Jong Il was 69. He has been the leader of North Korea, an impoverished communist country if ever there was one, since the death of his father Kim Il-sung in 1994.
Christopher Hitchens was 62. He was a contrarian writer and public intellectual, whose targets ranged from God and Mother Teresa to Henry Kissinger.
Harry Morgan was 96. He was the the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Sherman T. Potter, commander of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit in Korea, in the long-running television series "M*A*S*H."
Check out this great rant by Col. Potter.
"M*A*S*H" is one of my first favourite shows of all-time.
Dobie Gray was 71. He was the singer and songwriter who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song “Drift Away.”
I always liked that song...
Patrice O'Neal was 41. He was best known for his work as a stand-up comedian but also appeared in several films like "25th Hour," "Scary Movie 4" and "Furry Vengeance."
The Comedy Central Roast curse lives on.
Charlie Lea was 54. He posted a 62-48 record with 535 strikeouts and a 3,54 ERA in 923.1 innings over seven MLB seasons, pitching a no-hitter for the Montreal Expos in 1981.
Bil Keane was 89. He created the comic strip "Family Circus" which began its run in 1960 and continues in syndication.
If you're like me, you were a much bigger fan of "The Dysfunctional Family Circus".
Heavy D was 44. He was the former leader of the hip-hop group Heavy D and the Boyz who recorded the hits "Somebody for Me", "Gyrlz, They Love Me" and "Now That We Found Love".
I heard "Now That We Found Love" on Slacker Radio's '90s Hip Hop station just last week and wondered what had become of Heavy D. I was always partial to his contribution to Michael Jackson's "Jam".
Smokin' Joe Frazier was 67. He was the former boxing heavyweight champion who was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali.
Click play above to see the Fight of the Century from March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
Andy Rooney was 92. His prickly wit was long a mainstay of CBS News and whose homespun commentary on "60 Minutes," delivered every week from 1978 until 2011, made him a household name.
I watched a lot of 60 Minutes over the past 20 years, but I didn't touch that dial until I heard what Andy had to say.
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