In Memoriam

Garry Shandling, Dead at 66

Garry ShandlingGarry Shandling was 66. He was the stand-up comic best known for “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

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Joe Garagiola, Sr., Dead at 90

Joe Garagiola, Sr.Joe Garagiola, Sr. was 90. He played for nine seasons in the major leagues and was part of the 1946 St. Louis Cardinals team that won the World Series. He went on to become the play-by-play voice of baseball for NBC for nearly 30 years.

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Phife Dawg, Dead at 45

Phife DawgPhife Dawg was 45. He was a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest whose 1991's The Low End Theory and 1993's Midnight Marauders are staples of my personal playlist.

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Rob Ford, Dead at 46

Rob FordRob Ford was 46. He was Mayor of Toronto from 2010 until 2014.

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George Martin, Dead at 90

George MartinGeorge Martin was 90. He was "the Fifth Beatle" who produced 13 albums and 22 singles for the band between 1962 and 1970.

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Nancy Reagan, Dead at 94

Nancy ReaganNancy Reagan was 94. She was an actress and the First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. She launched the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign in 1982, and in later years, was a staunch supporter of embryonic stem cell research.

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George Kennedy, Dead at 91

George KennedyGeorge Kennedy was 91. He won an Oscar in 1968 for Best Supporting Actor in Cool Hand Luke but I'll remember him best as Captain Ed Hocken in The Naked Gun series.

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Tony Phillips, Dead at 56

Tony PhillipsTony Phillips was 56. He was the 18-year major-league veteran who played for the Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Anaheim Angels, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and our Toronto Blue Jays.

He was a fantastic utility player who hit .354 during his brief 13 game stint with the Jays.

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Harper Lee, Dead at 89

Harper LeeHarper Lee was 89. Her debut novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," immortalized her name with its story of justice and race in a small Southern town and became a classic of American literature.

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Maurice White, Dead at 74

Maurice WhiteMaurice White was 74. He was best known as one of the founding members of the group Earth, Wind and Fire who had many hits, including "Shining Star", "That's the Way of the World", "Devotion", "Reasons", "Sing a Song", "Can't Hide Love", "Getaway", "Fantasy", "Love's Holiday", "September", "Boogie Wonderland", "After the Love Has Gone", and "Let's Groove".

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