Hunter S. Thompson was 67. He was the hard-living writer who inserted himself into his accounts of America's underbelly and popularized a first-person form of journalism in books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".
Sandra Dee was 63. She was the blond beauty who attracted a large teen audience in the 1960s with films such as "Gidget" and "Tammy and the Doctor" and had a headlined marriage to pop singer Bobby Darin.
Dick Weber was 75. He was one of bowling's first national stars and a three-time bowler of the year.
Arthur Miller was 89. He was the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose most famous fictional creation, Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," came to symbolize the American Dream gone awry.
Jimmy Smith was 79. He helped change the sound of jazz by almost single-handedly introducing the soulful electric riffs of the Hammond B-3 organ.
Keith Knudsen was 56. He was the longtime Doobie Brothers drummer who was part of the band during a string of hits that included "Taking it to the Streets" and "Black Water".
Bob McAdorey was 69. He was a long time DJ with CHUM and later a Global TV fixture.
I remember him well from his days on Global TV as an afternoon entertainment reporter. He was a funny dude and will be missed.
Gnassingbe Eyadema was 68. He was the president of Togo and Africa's longest-ruling leader.
Ossie Davis was 87. He was an actor distinguished for roles dealing with racial injustice on stage, screen and in real life. I remember him best from his appearance in three Spike Lee films, "School Daze," "Do the Right Thing" and "Jungle Fever."
Max Schmeling was 99. He was the heavyweight champion whose two fights with Joe Louis set off a propaganda war between the Nazi regime and the United States on the eve of World War II.
I've been tracking celebrity deaths since September 2000 and this is the first time I've added somebody I thought was already dead. Did anyone think Schmeling was still alive?
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