Tony Rosato was 62. He was the Canadian comedian who starred in SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He was one of only three people to have starred on both programs.
Debbie Reynolds was 84. She was the actress and singer who starred in memorable films including 1952's Singin' in the Rain, 1962's How the West Was Won and 1956's Bundle of Joy. I loved her in Albert Brooks' Mother.
Carrie Fisher was 60. She was the actress best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia Organa. She also appeared in films like The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, The 'Burbs and Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters.
George Michael was 53. He was the pop singer who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and continued his success as a solo performer.
On a personal note, this one strikes me square in the nostalgia bone. I owned Wham!'s Make It Big on cassette and loved it. I've written not once but twice about the role Careless Whisper played in my primary school life.
Just two days ago, while recording the 209th episode of Toronto Mike'd, I reminiced about Wham! and George Michael's Faith album after playing Last Christmas.
Zsa Zsa Gabor was 99. She was the actress and socialite I knew best from her appearances on Hollywood Squares.
Jeff "Scruff Connors" Newfield was 64. He was the radio broadcaster best known in these parts for his two stints at Q107, and most recently, MOJO Radio.
Alan Thicke was 69. He was the Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host best known for his role as Jason Seaver on Growing Pains.
I actually spent some time with Alan about five years ago. I wanted to talk about how he composed the themes to Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life and he wanted to talk about his son Robin's music career.
John Glenn was 95. He was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and is the oldest person to go into space.
Fidel Castro was 90. He was the Cuban politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.
Florence Henderson was 82. She was the actress best known for her role as matriarch Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch. She was also the first female guest host of The Tonight Show.
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