Neil Simon was 91. He was the playwright who gained international fame in the 1960s for stage and screen comedies including The Odd Couple and Barefoot In The Park. He won the Pulitzer Prize For Drama with Lost in Yonkers in 1991.
John McCain was 81. He was a six-term US senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.
Robin Leach was 76. He was the entertainment reporter best known for hosting the television series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous from 1984 to 1995.
Kofi Annan was 80. He served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.
Aretha Franklin was 76. She was the Queen of Soul who placed more than 100 singles in the Billboard charts, including 17 Top 10 pop singles and 20 number one R&B hits.
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was 63. He was a member of The Hart Foundation WWF tag team with Bret Hart, managed by Jimmy Hart. The duo debuted at WrestleMania II in 1986 and won their first title less than a year later when they defeated The British Bulldogs.
Stan Mikita was 78. He was the four-time Art Ross Trophy winner who played all of his 22 NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. He led the club to the 1961 Stanley Cup and is the Blackhawks' all-time leading scorer with 1,467 points.
Charlotte Rae was 92. She was the actress best known for playing Edna Garrett on both "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life."
One of my first favourite non-kids shows was "Diff'rent Strokes" and I also watched "The Facts of Life". Edna Garrett kicked ass.
Nikolai Volkoff was 70. He was the WWF wrestler best known for teaming with The Iron Sheik and winning the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural WrestleMania event.
Ray Emery was 35. He was the NHL goaltender who played for the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. He led the Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup as a backup with the Blackhawks in 2013.
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