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.
Janet 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.
Leon 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.
Leonard 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.
Dave Broadfoot was 90. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce on radio from 1973 until 1993.
Shimon 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.
Arnold 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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