The Big Boss Man was 42. He was a star in the WWF who had high profile feuds with Hulk Hogan, Ted Dibiase, Nailz, The Heenan Family, Vader, Al Snow, and many others.
Ken Caminiti was 41. He was a three-time All-Star third baseman who won the 1996 National League MVP.
Christopher Reeve was 52. He was an actor best known for playing the role of "Superman". He recently turned personal tragedy into a public crusade, becoming the nation's most recognizable spokesman for spinal cord research.
Superman was always a big deal when I was growing up. Next to the Star Wars franchise, no movies were seen as often. Come Halloween it was probable at least one of us would dress up as Superman. When we pictured Superman, we saw Christopher Reeve.
Jacques Derrida was 74. He one of France's best-known philosophers and the founder of the deconstructionist school.
Rodney Dangerfield was 82. He was the goggle-eyed comic famed for his self-deprecating one-liners and signature phrase "I can't get no respect".
I always found Rodney funny. "Back to School" still cracks me up. In 1996 he guest starred on The Simpsons playing Mr. Burns' long lost son Larry Burns in "Burns, Baby Burns" meaning he'll eventually find a permanent home in my DVD collection. Rodney will be missed.
Janet Leigh was 77. She was an actress best known as the knife attack victim in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho".
John Cerutti was 44. He was a former pitcher for my Toronto Blue Jays and a current Blue Jays television announcer.
A left-hander from Albany, Cerutti joined the Blue Jays in 1985 and spent six seasons with the club. He was to work today's season finale against the Yankees but was found dead in his hotel room. I remember him well as a member of the great Blue Jays starting rotations of the late 80s and of course from the Blue Jays telecasts. I believe this is the first member of the Blue Jays teams I knew and loved to have passed away.
Billy Reay was 86. He was a legendary NHL head coach who is sixth all-time with 542 wins in 1,102 games behind the bench. He also won two Stanley Cups as a player.
Russ Meyer was 82. He produced, directed, wrote, edited and shot over 20 films, including the 1965 cult hit "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!".
Johnny Ramone was 55. He was the guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band "The Ramones" that influenced a generation of rockers.
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