In Memoriam

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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Gene Wilder, Dead at 83

Gene WilderGene Wilder was 83. He was the comic actor who starred in The Producers, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

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John Saunders, Dead at 61

John SaundersJohn Saunders was 61. He was the television play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Raptors from 1995 to 2001, eventually being replaced by Chuck Swirsky. He also hosted and provided play-by-play for a variety of sports on ESPN and ABC.

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Garry Marshall, Dead at 81

Garry MarshallGarry Marshall was 81. He created such television shows as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy and directed movies, including The Flamingo Kid and Pretty Woman.

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Buddy Ryan, Dead at 82

Buddy RyanBuddy Ryan was 82. During his 35-season NFL coaching career, he served as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals, and the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers.


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Pat Summitt, Dead at 64

Pat SummittPat Summitt was 64. She was the winningest coach, male or female, in NCAA basketball history winning 1,098 games and eight NCAA championships with the University of Tennessee Lady Vols.


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Anton Yelchin, Dead at 27

Anton YelchinAnton Yelchin was 27. He was the actor best known for playing Pavel Chekhov in the Star Trek reboots.

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