John Drew Barrymore was 72. He was part of an acting clan that included his father, the famed stage and early film actor John Barrymore, his father's siblings, Lionel Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore and his daughter, Drew Barrymore.
Tom Rivers was 57. He was an immensely popular rock 'n' roll DJ in the 1970s and 1980s who worked at rock stations throughout Canada and the U.S. for 30 years.
I remember Tom Rivers well from the early 80s when he hosted the 680 CFTR morning show. My preference at the time was Jesse and Gene on Q107, but being a typical pre-teen I coasted over to CFTR every once in a while where I'd here Tom. He was a Toronto institution, primarily for his previous gig at CHUM. It's a shame to lose him so young.
John Morgan was 74. He played the dim-witted Mike from Canmore and other characters on CBC's The Royal Canadian Air Farce.
Old Dirty Bastard was 35. He was a founding member of the seminal rap group the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990s. The Wu-Tang blueprint was for each member to pursue solo projects, and O.D.B.'s were among the best. He released hit singles such as "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and "Got Your Money," and appeared on remixes with artists like Mariah Carey.
Yasser Arafat was 75. He was the President of the Palestinian Authority, leader of Fatah and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Howard Keel was 85. He romanced his way through a series of glittery MGM musicals such as "Kiss Me Kate" and "Annie Get Your Gun" and later revived his career with television's "Dallas".
Sergei Zholtok was 31. He played 588 NHL games with Boston, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Minnesota and Nashville scoring 111 goals and adding 147 assists.
Peggy Ryan was 80. She teamed with dance partner Donald O'Connor in movie musicals such as "This Is the Life" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".
Princess Alice was 102. She was the widow of Prince Henry, the third son of King George V and Queen Mary and the longest-lived member of the British royal family.
Doug Bennett was 53. He was the lead singer for Doug & the Slugs, a Canadian band best known for its hits "Too Bad", "Day By Day" and "Making It Work".
Doug & the Slugs were fixtures on the AM radio I listened to growing up. In the early 80s hey day of CFTR not an afternoon went by that you didn't hear a song from Doug & the Slugs. Just recently, "Too Bad" was chosen as the opening theme song for "The Norm Show" starring fellow Canuck Norm MacDonald. I was reminded what good tunes those were. Doug was the Canadian indie band of my youth.
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