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  • Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies

     
    Blair River, the 575-pound spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in Chander, Ariz., is dead, at the age of 29. The Heart Attack Grill earned itself some notoriety (including a report on CBS Sunday Morning) for being, as the USA...
  • Adrian Da Prato, long-serving CSO musician, dies at 94

     Adrian Da Prato, long-serving CSO musician, dies at 94
    Adrian Da Prato, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's violin section from 1946 until his retirement from the CSO in 1996, died on Tuesday in Chicago, according to a statement released by the orchestra on Wednesday. He was 94. The Italian-born,...

    Dad movement champion Oren Miller has died

     Dad movement champion Oren Miller has died
    Oren Miller, the beautiful voice behind A Father and A Blogger, has died. I wrote about Miller in June, shortly after he announced he had stage 4 lung cancer, a diagnosis that prompted his sprawling and adoring community of friends to raise more than...

    Dean Smith dies at 83; North Carolina basketball coaching legend

     Dean Smith dies at 83; North Carolina basketball coaching legend
    A blue line, 10 inches wide, awaited North Carolina basketball players each day before practice. They knew it as the spot where competition began. It was to be crossed only after both shoes were tied, practice jerseys were properly tucked, and minds...

    Bob Boyd dies at 84; coached USC basketball team during Wooden era

    Bob Boyd dies at 84; coached USC basketball team during Wooden era
    The only USC basketball team Bob Boyd led to the NCAA tournament, in 1979, was eliminated by DePaul in a West Regional game played at Pauley Pavilion. It was also Boyd's last game as the Trojans' coach after he had previously announced his intention to...