Iron Mike Bensson was 60. I knew Iron Mike Bensson as an on-air personality at 97.7 HTZ-FM out of St. Catharines where he worked for over 15 years. Cancer sucks.
Lou Reed was 71. His band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in collaboration with artist Andy Warhol in 1960s New York.
Seven years ago I wrote about my late discovery of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground when I heard "Perfect Day" on the Trainspotting soundtrack in 1996. "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed and "Heroin" by the Velvet Underground remain staples of my MP3 playlists. He will be missed.
Marcia Wallace was 70. She was the actress best known for her roles as receptionist Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show and the voice of Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons.
Tom Clancy was 66. He was the author best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines that are set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War. The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears all become successful films.
Dave Nichol was 73. He was the popular pitchman for the Loblaws grocery store chain in Canada. He brought us the delicious Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie and the "Memories of" products.
Ken Norton Sr. was 70. He was the former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973.
Tommy Morrison was 44. He was the boxer who beat George Foreman in 1993 to win the WBO heavyweight title. He later had a starring role in "Rocky V" alongside Sylvester Stallone.
Elmore Leonard was 87. He was the author of 45 novels including classic thrillers such as Get Shorty, Rum Punch, Maximum Bob and Out of Sight.
Shawn Burr was 47. He played the bulk of his 16-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings scoring 181 goals and 440 points in 878 regular-season games.
Frank Castillo was 44. He pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2000, recording a 10-5 record with a 3.59 ERA in 24 starts. His career record was 82-104 with a 4.56 ERA.
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