June Rowlands was 93. She was Toronto's first female mayor, elected in 1991. She served as the city’s 60th mayor until 1994.
Jim Nabors was 87. He was the singer and actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show." His character was spun-off into a new series, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," which ran for five seasons.
David Cassidy was 67. He was the1970s pop culture idol who starred as Keith Partridge in “The Partridge Family.”
Malcolm Young was 64. He was the legendary guitarist who co-founded AC/DC with his younger brother, Angus Young.
Roy Halladay was 40. He was the greatest starting pitcher in Blue Jays history and one of my all-time favourite players. If you search this site for the keyword "halladay" you will find dozens and dozens of entries about the man.
Here are a few of my favourites:
- Roy Halladay Becomes G.O.A.T.
- On Roy Halladay
- Roy Halladay: He Deserves More Credit
- Halladay vs. Stieb: It's Getting Closer
- I Heart Roy Halladay
- Halladay Wins the Cy Young Award
- The Day I Saw A Near No-Hitter
- Roy Halladay is Perfect
- Roy Halladay's Thank You Ad
Fats Domino was 89. He was the influential rock and roll artist best known for his songs Ain't That A Shame, Blueberry Hill and I'm Walkin'.
Robert Guillaume was 89. He was the actor best known for his role as Benson on the TV-series Soap and the spin-off Benson, as well as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night.
Gord Downie was 53. He was the lead singer and songwriter for The Tragically Hip, my favourite band of all-time.
I'll never forget the day I heard Blow at High Dough on Q107 back in '89. I picked up Up To Here and never looked back. I've since seen them twelve times, meticulously documenting the setlists each time. I was lucky enough to see them one last time on August 12, 2016, a show I'll never forget.
I'll also never forget watching the final Tragically Hip show in Kingston from Ingonish with my oldest daughter as we openly wept together. Gord wasn't just a rock star, he was our national poet, our conscious. Most importantly, he was ours. Hip fans get it. If you don't, it's probably better for us that you don't understand.
We all knew this day was coming, but that doesn't make it hurt any less. And damn, does this ever hurt.
I didn't know what to do, so I went down to my podcast studio and recorded something for Toronto Mike'd subscribers. Just 26 unscripted minutes of me talking about the Hip while playing some Hip.
I had one more story I wanted to share. This is my Hallelujah story.
John Dunsworth was 71. He was the actor best known as the irreverent trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey on Trailer Park Boys.
Tom Petty was 66. He was the singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.
There was a lot of Tom Petty talk in my recent podcast with Barry Davis who sings in a Tom Petty tribute band. You can hear that episode here.
Barry turned me onto the Petty documentary Runnin' Down a Dream which I've since seen twice. It's excellent and streaming on Netflix right now. Petty was an immense talent.
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