Bobby Curtola was 73. He was a teen idol in Canada during the early 1960s, best known for the singles Fortune Teller and Aladdin.
Muhammad Ali was 74. Nicknamed "The Greatest," he held the heavyweight title a record three times, and Sports Illustrated named him the top sportsman of the 20th century.
He became a symbol for black liberation during the 1960s as he stood up to the U.S. government by refusing to go into the Army for religious reasons.
As I wrote on his 70th birthday, there are only a handful of athletes who manage to transcend their respective sports to become true global icons. Muhammad Ali tops that list.
John Brophy was 83. He spent the bulk of his hockey career as a player and coach in the Eastern Hockey League but I knew him best as head coach of the Leafs from 1986 to 1988.
He was coach for one of my first favourite Maple Leafs memories, a first round sweep of the Chicago Black Hawks in 1985-86.
John Brophy was the Steve Martin of the EHL, but this photo proves he wasn't born with white hair. pic.twitter.com/T0xTth7N60— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) May 23, 2016
The John Brophy the masses know pic.twitter.com/VEsM0RROeC— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) May 23, 2016
John Brophy was not the most enlightened fellow, nor was he politically correct, but damn was he interesting.— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) May 23, 2016
Morley Safer was 84. He was the Toronto-born CBS newsman who changed war reporting forever when he showed GIs burning the huts of Vietnamese villagers and went on to become the iconic 60 Minutes correspondent.
Born in Toronto! In 1931! https://t.co/dK79IMAv2i— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) May 11, 2016
Prince was 57. He pioneered "the Minneapolis sound" and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom. He won seven Grammy Awards, and has earned 30 nominations. Five of his singles have topped the charts and 14 other songs hit the Top 10. He won an Oscar for the original song score to the classic film "Purple Rain."
Chyna was 45. Joanie Laurer wrestled in the WWF as Chyna where she was billed as the "Ninth Wonder of the World".
Doris Roberts was 90. She was the actress who earned four Emmys for playing Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond.
Merle Haggard was 79. He was the country music giant who celebrated outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home."
Patty Duke was 69. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role in The Miracle Worker before starring in The Patty Duke Show.
Wally Crouter was 92. He was the morning man at CFRB 1010 for 50 years, from November 1, 1946 until November 1, 1996.
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