Al Arbour was 82. He is second to Scotty Bowman for most wins and games coached in league history. As coach of the New York Islanders, he led the team to four Stanley Cups in a row, stringing together 19 straight playoff series victories, a professional sports record.
Frank Gifford was 84. He played with the New York Giants his entire NFL career, from 1952 to 1964, and went to the Pro Bowl at three different positions.
If you're my age, you know him best as part of the broadcast booth of "Monday Night Football."
Christopher Hyndman was 49. He was co-host of the afternoon talk show Steven and Chris on CBC-TV. Prior to their CBC show, the real-life couple starred in Chic with Steven and Chris, Design Rivals and Designer Guys.
Rowdy Roddy Piper was 61. He was a WWF / WWE superstar who also starred in John Carpenter’s "They Live."
He was also my favourite wrestler when I followed the WWF in the mid-80s. I'd tune in weekly to hear him on the Piper's Pit.
His "For Everybody" was the best track on The Wrestling Album. JYD, Jimmy Hart and Captain Lou contributed gems, but Hot Rod stole the show.
Roger Rees was 71. He was the actor best known for his role as millionaire Robin Colcord on Cheers. He also had a key role in The West Wing and played the Sheriff of Rottingham in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
Omar Sharif was 83. He was the Academy Award nominated actor best known for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl.
Ken Stabler was 69. He threw for 27,938 yards during his 15-year career in the NFL, compiling a 96-49-1 record as a starting quarterback and a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. He played for the Raiders from 1970 to 1979, winning the NFL MVP award in 1974 and earning Pro Bowl honours four times.
James Horner was 61. He composed the score for such films as Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic. He was nominated for 10 Oscars in total, winning twice for Titanic.
Christopher Lee was 93. He was a prolific actor best known for his portrayal of Dracula in a string of films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy, and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
He also served five years in World War II, was a world champion fencer, and became the oldest person to ever record lead vocals on a heavy metal track when, at the age of 88, he wrote, performed on, and released a progressive symphonic power metal EP about the life of Charlemagne.
B.B. King was 89. He was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues." He's best known for such hits as The Thrill is Gone and Every Day I Have the Blues.
You might remember him from When Love Comes to Town, a great ditty from U2's Rattle and Hum.
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