In Memoriam

Charlotte Rae, Dead at 92

Charlotte RaeCharlotte 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.

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Nikolai Volkoff, Dead at 70

Nikolai VolkoffNikolai 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.


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Ray Emery, Dead at 35

Ray EmeryRay 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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Anthony Bourdain, Dead at 61

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain was 61. He was the celebrity chef and television personality known for his shows A Cook's Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

Here's his episode of The Layover about Toronto.

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Tom Wolfe, Dead at 88

Tom WolfeTom Wolfe was 88. He was the white-suited pioneer of "new journalism" who exuberantly chronicled American culture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race before turning his satiric wit to such novels as The Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full.

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Margot Kidder, Dead at 69

Margot KidderMargot Kidder was 69. She was the actress best known for playing Lois Lane in “Superman” and three sequels.


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Verne Troyer, Dead at 49

Verne TroyerVerne Troyer was 49. He was the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films, and for his brief appearance as Griphook the goblin in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.


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Avicii, Dead at 28

AviciiAvicii was 28. He was the producer and DJ responsible for hits like "LE7ELS", "Hey Brother", "Wake Me Up!", "The Days" and "You Make Me."

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Bruno Sammartino, Dead at 82

Bruno SammartinoBruno Sammartino was 82. He was the professional wrestler who held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship (later known as WWF, then WWE) for over 11 years across two reigns, the first of which is the longest single reign in the promotion's history at 2,803 days. I was enamoured by his feuds with Brutis Beefcake, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in the mid-to-late 80s.

Bruno Sammartino

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Barbara Bush, Dead at 92

Barbara BushBarbara Bush was 92. She was the wife of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

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