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    David Schramm, an acclaimed stage and television actor best known for his role as the irascible owner of a small airline on the long-running sitcom “Wings” in the 1990s, has died. He was 73.

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    Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter whose soulful hits "Lean On Me," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lovely Day" became part of the soundtrack for a generation, has died.

    He was 81.

    Withers died Monday in Los Angeles of heart complications, according to his family.


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    Ellis Marsalis, a pianist who launched a jazz dynasty as a teacher in his native New Orleans and was the father of four sons who became acclaimed musicians, including superstars Branford and Wynton Marsalis, died April 1 at a New Orleans hospital. He was 85.

    Branford Marsalis announced the death in a statement, noting that his father had been hospitalized for complications from covid-19, the disease resulting from the novel coronavirus.

    Mr. Marsalis was a leading jazz pianist in New Orleans for decades, but he did not gain widespread renown until his sons reached prominence as they helped lead a jazz revival in the 1980s.

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    Tom Dempsey, 73, former kicker for the New Orleans Saints died due to COVID-19. In 1970 he kicked a 63 yard FG to break the record for longest FG by 7 yards, that had stood for 17 years. Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot and kicked with a specially made shoes.

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    Bobby Mitchell, Pro Football Hall of Famer and pioneering Redskins star, dies at 84

    Bobby Mitchell, the Pro Football Hall of Famer who broke the Washington Redskins’ color barrier as their first African American player and later served as a scout and front-office executive during his more than four decades with the organization, died Sunday, according to the Hall of Fame and the team...

    Mitchell, a native of Hot Springs, Ark., played collegiately at Illinois and was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 1958 NFL draft. He played halfback for Cleveland for four seasons, earning his first Pro Bowl nod in 1960, and was traded to the Redskins along with Leroy Jackson for Ernie Davis in 1962. Mitchell played mostly flanker for the Redskins and made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons with the team.

    When he retired from playing following the 1968 season, he ranked second in NFL history with 14,078 all-purpose yards and had scored 91 touchdowns and thrown for another...

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    Al Kaline. Hall of gamer. Youngest batting champ ever. Straight to the majors from high school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky View Post
    Al Kaline. Hall of gamer. Youngest batting champ ever. Straight to the majors from high school.
    Won a batting title at age 20 (.340, when no one was off to war). In 22 big league seasons had more walks than strikeouts. A different era. This guy was a player.


    RIP Mr. Kaline.

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    James Drury, 85, star in the Western TV series The Virginian, which ran from 1962 to 1971. The show was 90 minutes long; you don’t see that anymore.

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    John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies at 73

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    Linda Tripp, whose secret conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998, died on Wednesday, according to a report. She was 70.

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    Artist Mort Drucker, Age 91. He was among the best caricaturists and cartoonists of his era, most of his published work appearing in MAD magazine's parodies of film and TV shows.

    An appreciation of Drucker's work can be found here: http://bado-badosblog.blogspot.com/2...t-drucker.html

    In a 1985 Tonight Show appearance, when Johnny Carson asked Michael J. Fox, "When did you really know you'd made it in show business?" Fox replied, "When Mort Drucker drew my head."

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    Doug Sanders, retired professional golfer, was 86. Sanders won 20 times but he never won a major. He had four second place finishes in majors, the most famous in 1970 when he missed a three foot putt on 18 at St. Andrews. Jack Nicklaus won in an 18 hole playoff the next day. Sanders was known for his flamboyant attire.

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    Stirling Moss, One of the Greatest Drivers of All Time, Dies at 90

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    Seahawks QB Tavares Jackson:


    https://sports.yahoo.com/report-long...134849459.html


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    Yankee Co-Owner Hank Steinbrenner:


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    Brian Dennehy, ‘Tommy Boy’ and ‘First Blood’ Star, Dies at 81

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    Terrific actor.
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    Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/18/u...eill-dead.html

    Having been handed his walking papers by the White House, Mr. O’Neill rejected the suggestion that he should say publicly that he wanted to return to private life.

    “I’m too old to begin telling lies now,” he said with typical candor. “If I took that course, people who know me well would say that it wasn’t true. And people who don’t know me well would say, ‘O’Neill was a coward — things aren’t going so well, and he bailed out on the president.’”

    He promptly became the subject and chief source for a rare book about the inner workings of an administration still in power, “The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill,” by Ron Suskind, published in 2004. Its contents were considered so politically volatile at a time when Mr. Bush was seeking re-election that the title was withheld until just before publication.

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    Tom Lester, 81. He played Eb Dawson on the 60s TV show Green Acres.

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    Colt ( & Seahawk) Linebacker Mike Curtis:


    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...curtis-dies-77


    Was watching the game in '71 when he had one of the best hits ever on an NFL field:


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    Harold Reid, founding member of the Statler Brothers. He was 80.

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    Steve Dalkowski, Model for Erratic Pitcher in ‘Bull Durham,’ Dies at 80

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