Ernest Lehman was 89. He wrote the scripts for the legendary musical "West Side Story" and the Alfred Hitchcock classic "North by Northwest".
Renaldo "Obie" Benson was 69. He was one of four members of the Motown singing group Four Tops.
Hank Stram was 82. He took the Kansas City Chiefs to two Super Bowls and was known for his inventive game plans and exuberance on the sideline.
Gus Bodnar was 82. He was the NHL rookie of the year in 1943-44, totalling 142 goals and 396 points in 667 games in a career that included two Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Luther Vandross was 54. He was the Grammy award winning crooner best known for his hits "Here and Now" and "Any Love".
Paul Winchell was 82. He was a ventriloquist, inventor and children's TV show host best known for creating the lispy voice of Winnie the Pooh's animated friend Tigger.
Karl Mueller was 41. He was the bassist and cofounder of the rock band Soul Asylum.
Ben Kerr was 75. He was the ageless crooner who spiced up the corner of Yonge and Bloor Sts. with his smooth country singing.
I lived at Yonge and Bloor for a couple of years and Ben was always there. On the one hand, he seemed pleasant and charming, happily singing for change at the corner and running for mayor whenever possible. On the other hand, I would sometimes see him digging through garbage cans inside the station. Reading of his death, all I could envision was that sight of an older man rummaging through garbage at Yonge/Bloor station. It was so sad.
Bill LaForge was 53. He was a former coach of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and several teams in the Canadian Hockey League.
Lane Smith was 69. He was a longtime character actor who played a small-town district attorney who clashed with Joe Pesci in "My Cousin Vinny".
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