In Memoriam

Janet Wright, Dead at 71

Janet WrightJanet Wright was 71. She won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Bordertown Café, but is best known for her role as Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian sitcom Corner Gas.

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Leon Russell, Dead at 74

Leon RussellLeon Russell was 74. He was the legendary singer, songwriter, pianist and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee who wrote songs such as A Song For You, Shine a Light (as (Can't Seem to) Get a Line on You) and Superstar.

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Leonard Cohen, Dead at 82

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen was 82. He was the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter best known for songs like "Suzanne", "So Long, Marianne", "Bird on the Wire", "Everybody Knows", "Closing TIme" and "Hallelujah". He was also an accomplished poet and novelist and a personal favourite of mine.

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.

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Dave Broadfoot, Dead at 90

Dave BroadfootDave Broadfoot was 90. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce on radio from 1973 until 1993.

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Shimon Peres, Dead at 93

Shimon PeresShimon Peres was 93. He twice served as prime minister of Israel and later as the country’s ninth president.

His defining achievement was as one of the key architects of the Oslo peace accords for which he was jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

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Arnold Palmer, Dead at 87

Arnold PalmerArnold Palmer was 87. He was the golfer who won seven major championships and, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, helped popularize and commercialize the sport around the world.


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Jose Fernandez, Dead at 24

Jose FernandezJose Fernandez was 24. He was the Miami Marlins pitcher who was named Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was in the midst of his finest season in the majors.

I challenge you to watch this video and not tear up.


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Bill Nunn, Dead at 62

Bill NunnBill Nunn was 62. He was the actor who played Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.

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Curtis Hanson, Dead at 71

Curtis HansonCurtis Hanson was 71. He was the Academy Award-winning film director who directed L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile and Wonder Boys.

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W.P. Kinsella, Dead at 81

W.P. KinsellaW.P. Kinsella was 81. He was the author best known for his 1982 novel Shoeless Joe, the source material for the 1989 film Field of Dreams.

As a young baseball fan, I read The Thrill of the Grass and was smitten.

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