Celebrity Deaths

John Hughes, Dead at 59
Published by Toronto Mike on August 6, 2009 @ 20:34 in Celebrity Deaths

In MemoriumJohn Hughes was 59. He was the director of iconic coming-of-age movies "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

If you're around my age, you really did come of age watching his flicks. Seriously, he was the guy in the 1980s. Here are my favourite John Hughes films, in order.

  1. The Breakfast Club
  2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  3. Uncle Buck
  4. Sixteen Candles
  5. Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Here's a great scene from Uncle Buck featuring our very own John Candy.

And here's the trailer for the movie that defined a generation. No foolin', I'm still trying to grow my hair like Judd Nelson in this thing.

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Corazon Aquino, Dead at 76
Published by Toronto Mike on July 31, 2009 @ 21:05 in Celebrity Deaths

In MemoriumCorazon Aquino was 76. She was the former Philippines president who swept away a dictator with a "people power" revolt and then sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years.

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Mark Leduc, Dead at 47
Published by Toronto Mike on July 24, 2009 @ 19:17 in Celebrity Deaths

In MemoriumMark Leduc was 47. He was the Canadian boxer who earned a silver medal in the 139-lb light welterweight class at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and was one of the few athletes in his sport to come out as a homosexual.

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Frank McCourt, Dead at 78
Published by Toronto Mike on July 19, 2009 @ 18:53 in Celebrity Deaths

In MemoriumFrank McCourt was 78. He's the Pulitzer Prize-winning author best known as the author of Angela's Ashes.

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Walter Cronkite, Dead at 92
Published by Toronto Mike on July 17, 2009 @ 20:17 in Celebrity Deaths

In MemoriumWalter Cronkite was 92. He covered the Cuban missile crisis, the Kennedy assassination, the moon landing, the Vietnam war and Watergate. He was an icon in broadcast journalism "and that's the way it is".

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Arturo "Thunder" Gatti, Dead at 37
Published by Toronto Mike on July 12, 2009 @ 15:50 in Celebrity Deaths

In MemoriumArturo "Thunder" Gatti was 37. He was a former junior welterweight boxing champion from Montreal.

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Martin Streek Dead
Published by Toronto Mike on July 6, 2009 @ 23:11 in Celebrity Deaths, Edge 102 ~ CFNY, Martin Streek Remembered ~ A Tribute to Martin Streek, Radio

Martin Streek DiesI'm not sure how to write this one, so I'm just going to tell you what I know.

As a long time fan of CFNY / Edge 102, I was sad to learn recently that Martin Streek had been fired after over 20 years of service. As of this writing, that entry had 88 comments from others who wanted to wish Martin well. Soon enough, Martin Streek himself chimed in to say thanks.

Thank to those of you who made comments, both good and bad...either way, it's proof that you listened and/or cared about the scene I/we were part of...

Earlier today, Martin Streek updated his Facebook status message with words that sound so ominous now. This, it turns out, is Martin's farewell to the world.

So...I guess that's it...thanks everyone...I'm sorry to those I should be sorry to, I love you to those that I love, and I will see you all again soon (not too soon though)... Let the stories begin.

My entry about Martin Streek leaving CFNY / Edge102 is #1 when you Google his name, and Steve did just that an hour ago.

I just heard that Martin has passed away... very sad to hear.... (I was a cfny staffer back in the 80s and just heard this from Earl J.)

At first, I thought it was a cruel joke. Martin Streek seemed so vibrant, so full of life. But after chatting with Steve, and seeing the Facebook status message, I'm afraid it's true.

Martin Streek has taken his own life.


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Steve "Air" McNair, Dead at 36
Published by Toronto Mike on July 4, 2009 @ 17:01 in Celebrity Deaths

In MemoriumSteve "Air" McNair was 36. He quarterbacked the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens to success in the National Football League, winning the NFL MVP award in 2003 and starting Super Bowl XXXIV.

I really liked Air McNair's game. He, of course, was the Titans QB during the Music City Miracle game against the Buffalo Bills that broke my heart and irrevocably turned me off the NFL. I wrote more about that game here.


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Karl Malden, Dead at 97
Published by Toronto Mike on July 1, 2009 @ 15:53 in Celebrity Deaths

In MemoriumKarl Malden was 97. He starred in the 1970s TV series "The Streets of San Francisco", won an Oscar playing his Broadway-originated role as Mitch in "A Streetcar Named Desire," and made famous the American Express catchphrase "Don't leave home without it."

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Billy Mays, Dead at 50
Published by Toronto Mike on June 28, 2009 @ 14:40 in Celebrity Deaths

In MemoriumBilly Mays was 50. He was the burly, bearded television pitchman known for his boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean.

When I read that Billy Mays had passed away, I asked myself a simple question. Who's Billy Mays? I hit up YouTube and didn't recognize his face or voice at all. Furthermore, I had never heard of Orange Glo or OxiClean. I figured if I had never heard of Billy Mays, he was most likely too minor a celebrity to warrant an entry.

I tweeted that I hadn't heard of Billy Mays and quickly got this reply from @SimonOstler, Assignment Editor & Producer at Global Edmonton.

@torontomike you've never come home late, sat down on the couch surfed through channels and seen Billy Mays. He is the MJ of infomercials.

I figured the MJ of infomercials was worthy of an entry, even if I had never heard of him. Further validation was this very recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, an episode I've PVR'd but not yet seen.

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