Phyllis Gretzky was 64. She was the mother of The Great One who Wayne described as the glue that held her family together.
John Spencer was 58. He played Leo McGarry on "The West Wing" and Tommy Mullaney on "L.A. Law".
Stanley Tookie Williams was 51. He was the Crips gang co-founder whose case stirred a national debate about capital punishment versus the possibility of redemption. He became an anti-gang activist while on California's Death Row, renouncing his gang affiliation, apologizing for the Crips' founding, and co-authoring books and beginning programs to prevent youth from joining gangs.
Richard Pryor was 65. He was the caustic yet perceptive actor-comedian who lived dangerously close to the edge both on stage and off.
Wendie Jo Sperber was 47. She appeared in dozens of television shows and movies, including all three "Back to the Future" films.
Stan Berenstain was 82. He created the popular children's books about the Berenstain Bears.
James and I share a love for these characters. We've spent many a night reading books from the Berenstain Bears catalogue and the cartoon on Treehouse is a definite favourite.
Pat Morita was 73. He was the actor whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid earned him an Oscar nomination.
George Best was 59. He was the dazzling soccer icon of the 1960s and 70s who revelled in a hard-drinking playboy lifestyle.
Chris Whitley was 45. He was a chameleon singer-songwriter who oscillated between roots rock 'n' roll, blues and alt-rock.
Ralph Edwards was 92. He was a broadcasting pioneer who spotlighted stars and ordinary people as host of the popular 1950s show "This Is Your Life."
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