Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was 81. She was the the South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of Nelson Mandela.
Steven Bochco was 74. He was the television producer and writer who developed a number of television series, including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., and NYPD Blue.
Rusty Staub was 73. Known as "Le Grand Orange" from his years with the Montreal Expos, he was the prolific hitter who compiled a lifetime .279 average with 2,716 hits, 292 homers, 499 doubles and a major league record-tying 25 pinch hit RBI in 2,951 games. He played over 23 seasons with the Houston Colt .45s/Astros, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers from 1963-85.
Mike MacDonald was 63. He was the stand-up comic who starred in Mr. Nice Guy and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show.
Stephen Hawking was 76. He was the visionary physicist who wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.
Roger Bannister was 88. He became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes when he ran it in 59.4 seconds on May 6, 1954 in Oxford, England.
David Ogden Stiers was 75. He was the actor best known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H.
Arthur Black was 74. He was the humourist who hosted Basic Black on CBC Radio for 19 years and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times.
Reg E. Cathey was 59. He was the actor best known for his roles as Norman Wilson in The Wire and Martin Querns in Oz, two fantastic series I highly recommend.
John Mahoney was 77. He was the actor who appeared in Eight Men Out, Say Anything..., In the Line of Fire, Reality Bites, and The American President before finding fame as Martin Crane in the sitcom Frasier.
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