Stephen Hawking was 76. He was the visionary physicist who wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.
Roger Bannister was 88. He became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes when he ran it in 59.4 seconds on May 6, 1954 in Oxford, England.
David Ogden Stiers was 75. He was the actor best known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H.
Arthur Black was 74. He was the humourist who hosted Basic Black on CBC Radio for 19 years and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times.
Reg E. Cathey was 59. He was the actor best known for his roles as Norman Wilson in The Wire and Martin Querns in Oz, two fantastic series I highly recommend.
John Mahoney was 77. He was the actor who appeared in Eight Men Out, Say Anything..., In the Line of Fire, Reality Bites, and The American President before finding fame as Martin Crane in the sitcom Frasier.
Mort Walker was 94. He was the comic strip writer best known for creating the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950 and Hi and Lois in 1954.
Red Fisher was 91. He was the sports journalist who covered the Montreal Canadiens for 58 years at the Montreal Star and Montreal Gazette.
Dolores O'Riordan was 46. She was lead singer of the band The Cranberries best known for their hits "Dreams", "Linger", "Zombie", "Ode to My Family" and "Salvation".
Keith Jackson was 89. He was the legendary college football announcer whose iconic "Whoa Nellie" catchphrase was a regular part of Saturdays for years.
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