Artie Shaw was 94. He was the clarinetist and bandleader whose recording of "Begin the Beguine" epitomized the Big Band era.
Jerry Orbach was 69. He played Detective Lennie Briscoe for twelve seasons on "Law & Order" and was a star on Broadway as a song-and-dance man.
He was set to star in "Law & Order: Trial By Jury" and I was looking forward to that series because Lennie Briscoe was in it. I think I've seen every episode of "Law & Order", many several times, and my favourites were when Detective's Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe teamed up. It was a tremendous role and he was awesome in it. Jerry Orbach will be missed.
Susan Sontag was 71. She was the author, activist and self-defined "zealot of seriousness" whose voracious mind and provocative prose made her a leading intellectual of the past half century.
Reggie White was 43. He was the NFL's former all-time sack leader who put together a Hall of Fame career as a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers from 1985-1998. He also played for the Carolina Panthers in 2000.
It's been a rough week for deaths in the sports world. In The Dead Pool, the past four entries are sports personalities. I was a big fan of Reggie White's Packers teams of the late 90s. He was larger than life.
Doug Ault was 54. He hit .245 with 11 homers and 64 RBIs during the Toronto Blue Jays' inaugural season but he's best known for hitting two home runs in a 9-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on opening day.
As a big fan of baseball trivia and Blue Jays trivia in particular, I grew up well aware of the legend of Doug Ault. On that snowy April 7th day in 1977 when Major League Baseball debuted in Toronto, Ault became an instant fan favourite by going deep twice. A common trivia question between my brothers and I was "Who hit the first home run in Blue Jays history?" The answer, of course, is Doug Ault who warmed up 44,649 freezing fans back in '77.
Johnny Oates was 58. He managed the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, compiling a regular season record of 797-746.
Bobby Mattick was 89. He was one of the Toronto Blue Jays' original employees, managing the team in 1980 and 1981. He played a key administrative role in scouting and developing the talent that carried the Blue Jays to five AL East titles and two World Series championships.
Arthur "Bo" Agee Sr. was 52. He was the father of Arthur Agee Jr., chronicled in the acclaimed documentary "Hoop Dreams".
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was 38. He was one of metal's top guitarists and an original member of Grammy-nominated thrash rock pioneers Pantera.
Pierre Berton was 84. He was a great Canadian broadcaster, writer and author of 50 books, including compelling histories like 1970's "The National Dream" and 1971's "The Last Spike".
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