In Memoriam

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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Abe Vigoda, Dead at 94

Abe VigodaAbe Vigoda was 94. He played over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather."


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Glenn Frey, Dead at 67

Glenn FreyGlenn Frey was 67. He was a founding member of the Eagles,singing lead on hits such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight".

He had a successful solo career as well, recording the hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'", and "Livin' Right".

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"Iron" Mike Sharpe, Dead at 64

"Iron" Mike Sharpe was 64. He wrestled in the World Wrestling Federation from 1984 until his retirement in 1995, billed as "Canada's Greatest Athlete".


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Alan Rickman, Dead at 69

Alan RickmanAlan Rickman was 69. He's the actor best known as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films.

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David Bowie, Dead at 69

David BowieDavid Bowie was 69. He was the legendary musician who excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career. He had a string of hits, from "Space Oddity" and "Rebel Rebel" to "Young Americans" and "Fame". Then, there's his beloved collaborations, "Under Pressure" with Queen and "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" with Bing Crosby.

In a bizarre coincidence, Emm Gryner visited on Saturday and we spoke at length about her singing and playing keyboards in David Bowie's band. She also worked with Chris Hadfield on his cover of "Space Oddity". Hear that episode here.

I'm looking forward to this #bowie

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Pat Harrington, Jr., Dead at 86

Pat Harrington, Jr.Pat Harrington, Jr. was 86. He was the actor best known for his role as building superintendent "Schneider" on the sitcom One Day at a Time.


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