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Lloyd Patrick Allen, American professional football playerBenigno Aquino III, Filipino politician who served as the 15th president of the PhilippinesMichael John Bailey, Australian television weather presenter, journalism educator, political candidate.Melissa Coates, Canadian professional wrestler, bodybuilder, fitness model, and actressDiego Cortez, American filmmaker and art curatorNina Diviskova, Czech actressStephen Elliot Dunn, American poet and educatorHoracio Gonzalez, Argentine teacher and essayistNobuo Hara, Japanese jazz saxophonist and bandleaderBrian Sidney Harper, English professional boxerJack Ingram, NASCAR Busch Series race car driverMamady Keita, drummer from the West African nation of GuineaThomas James Kurvers, American professional ice hockey defensemanJeanne Lamon, American-Canadian violinist and conductorJackie Lane, English actressBeverly Joanne Linville, American actressAnatoly Grigorievich Lysenko, Soviet and Russian television figure, journalist, director, producerTiit Madisson, Estonian activist, writer, and politicianJohn David McAfee, British-American computer programmer, businessman, presidential candidateMark Peel, American chef and restaurateurClare Peploe, British-Italian screenwriter, producer and film directorParassala B. Ponnammal, Indian Carnatic musicianCarmelito Shalala  Reyes, Filipino radio and TV personality and comedianGianna Rolandi, American sopranoJohn Preston Solinger, singer-songwriterGordana Susa, Serbian journalistMilagros Ximenez, Spanish journalist, writer, gossip columnist, and television personality

Art and Literature

Diego Cortez (75) born James Curtis in 1946 in Geneva, Illinois. In 1973, he earned a M.F.A. in film, video, and performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Later that year he moved to New York City and in 1978 co-founded the Mudd Club with Steve Mass and Anya Phillips. Cortez got his start in Vito Acconci and Dennis Oppenheim’s New York studios. Cortez organized then “New York/New Wave” exhibition with the hoping of showcasing a new generation of artists who had not yet received mainstream attention. It is now remembered as one of the most important shows of the ’80s, given the large number of artists who became famous in the years after the show was mounted. Cortez is credited with having helped define an anti-establishment sensibility that pervaded art of the era in the city. In the decades since, “New York/New Wave”, has become essential to the lore of Manhattan during the ’80s. The Barbican Centre in London and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt have even staged reconstructed versions of Basquiat’s mini-presentation within the show. Cortez died on June 20, 2021.

Stephen Dunn (82) was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, on June 24, 1939. He was a star basketball player at Forest Hills High School, from which he graduated in 1957. After he attended Hofstra University, where he played guard on a basketball team that went 23-1 in the 1959–60 season. After graduating from Hofstra in 1962 with a historical past diploma, he played basketball professionally for one season with the Williamsport Billies of the Eastern Basketball Association. He has taught at Wichita State University, University of Washington, Columbia University, University of Michigan, Princeton University, and at Stockton University. Dunn authored fifteen collections of poetry. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2001 collection “Different Hours” and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other awards are three, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Rockefeller Foundations Fellowship. Dunn continued to publish new work, his remaining book, The Not Yet Fallen World is to be printed in 2022. Dunn died on June 24, 2021, his 82nd birthday, at his home in Frostburg, Maryland. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease prior to his death.

Parassala Ponnammal (96) was born in 1924 in Thiruvananthapuram district of the Indian state of Kerala. Ponnammal started to learn carnatic music as a child. Ponnammal was the first female student to enroll in the newly started Swathi Thirunal College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram during the early 1940s. Ponnammal started her career as a music teacher by joining the Cotton Hill Girls High School in Thiruvananthapuram. Later she became the first female member of the teaching faculty in the Swathi Thirunal College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram. She was the first woman principal to head the RLV College of Music and Fine Arts at Tripunithura. She has performed across India and abroad. On September 23,2006, she sang at the Navaratri Mandapam in Trivandrum, breaking 300 years of tradition that forbade women from performing at or attending the famed Navaratri Celebrations of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala. This was made possible by Prince Rama Varma of the Travancore Royal Family. Ponnammal died on June 22, 2021, in her residence at Valiyassala, Thiruvananthapuram.

Business and Science

John McAfee (75) was born in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, on September 18,1945, on a U.S. Army base. His father was an American soldier and his mother was British. He was raised in Salem, Virginia. When McAfee was 15, his father, an abusive alcoholic, committed suicide with a gun. McAfee received a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics in 1967 from Roanoke College. McAfee was employed as a programmer by NASA's Institute for Space Studies in New York City from 1968 to 1970 working on the Apollo program. From there, he went to Univac as a software designer, and later to Xerox as an operating system architect. In 1978, he joined Computer Sciences Corporation as a software consultant. He worked for consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton from 1980 to 1982. In the 1980s, while employed by Lockheed, McAfee received a copy of Brain, the first computer virus for the PC, and began developing software to combat viruses. In 1987, McAfee founded McAfee Associates, which sold his program, the first anti-virus software to market. McAfee resigned from the company in 1994 and sold his remaining stake. McAfee's wealth peaked in 2007 at $100 million, before his fortunes plummeted in the financial crisis of 2007–2008. McAfee announced that he would seek the office of president of the United States in the 2016 presidential election, as the candidate of the Libertarian Party. McAfee also announced via Twitter that he would run for president again in 2020. McAfee had numerous legal issues from 2012 until his death. These include weapons and drug charges as well as murder and tax evasion. On June 23, 2021, the Spanish National Court ordered his extradition to the United States on criminal charges filed in Tennessee by the Justice Department’s tax division. McAfee was found dead in his prison cell at Brian’s 2 Penitentiary Center, near Barcelona, hours later from a suspected suicide.

Mark Peel (66) grew up in California and started his culinary career as a teenager, working as a dishwasher and a fry cook, among other jobs.Peel attended UC Santa Barbara, in hopes of becoming a doctor, before transferring to the hotel and restaurant department of Cal Poly Pomona. He started peeling vegetables for Chef Wolfgang Puck at West Hollywood’s restaurant Ma Maison, and worked his way up to assistant chef. Peel was sent to work at two French three-star restaurants as part of an informal apprenticeship program. Peel returned to Los Angeles and met his future wife, Chef Nancy Silverton. A few years later, they bought an airy, church-like building and transformed it into a bakery and restaurant called La Brea Bakery. Peel and Silverton sold La Brea Bakery in 2001, reportedly for more than $79 million. He appeared twice on Top Chef Masters and judging Top Chef in 2009 and 2010. He was also featured on cooking shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Knife Fight, and Kitchen Nightmares. Peel’s most recent project was Prawn, a restaurant located at Downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market. Peel died on June 20, 2021, nine days after being diagnosed with and aggressive form of cancer.

News and Entertainment

Michael Bailey (71) was raised in the Sefton, New South Wales, Australia, a suburb of Sydney. He was educated at De La Salle College, Bankstown, and later De La Salle College, Ashfield. Bailey was the longtime presenter of the weekday weather segment of the ABC Sydney. He also spent 13 years presenting the weather and, on occasions, the news for Sydney's Channel 7. Bailey also taught radio journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. In 2007, Bailey announced he would run the for Australian Labor Party seat of North Sydney, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. He subsequently resigned from the ABC to pursue a political career. Bailey received 8.4 percent in primary voting and fell significantly short of victory. Bailey later presented the weather for Nine News Sydney on Fridays and Saturdays and Nine News Afternoon Edition weather on Fridays. When he went on vacation in early 2009, he was told not to return. Bailey died on June 20, 2021, from a stroke after three weeks in a coma.

Nina Diviskova (84) grew up in Brno, supported by her father in sports and her mother in dance. Her father Tunal Karel Divisek was an athlete, aviator, car racer, diver, caveman, and businessman. Diviskova graduated from The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She began her acting career in Ostrava, and then returned to her home stage of the Drama Club in Prague for 35 years. She has also been cast in a number of television and film roles. Diviskova appeared in more than seventy films since 1967. She died June 21, 2021 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Nobuo Hara (94) whose real name was Nobuo Tsukahara. A native of Toyama Prefecture, central Japan, he was a band member for the former Imperial Japanese Navy. Hara formed his band, Nobuo Hara and His Sharps & Flats, in 1951. He was inspired by jazz music as he visited nightclubs for occupation forces after Japan's surrender in World War II. The band went on to achieve great popularity, with Hara leading it for more than half a century. In 1967, his band performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, becoming the first Japanese band to do so. Hara's band backed top Japanese singers such as HibariMisora and Chiemi Eri in performances throughout the 1950s and 1960s. His group disbanded in 2010. Hara died from pneumonia on June 21, 2021.

Mamady Keita (70) born in the small village of Balandougou, Guinea, Keita was a direct descendant of the King Sundiata Keita. By the age of five, he had developed his own technique of tone, slap, bass, and learned the rhythms of his village and was playing Djembe in all of the ceremonies, celebrations, and festivals. At the age of twelve, he became a member of the first regional federal ballet of Siguiri. During the National Festival in 1964, Keita, then age fourteen, was selected by Guinea's Minister of Culture to form Le Ballet National Djoliba (The Djoliba National Ballet). After nine months of training, he was one of only five percussionists retained. He was appointed lead soloist of Ballet Djoliba in 1965 and, in 1979 he became its artistic director. In 1988, Keita moved to Belgium where he worked as a performer and teacher. In 1991, he opened his first school Tam Tam Mandingue Percussion School in Brussels, to be followed by additional schools in Europe, North America, and Asia each run by a school director personally certified by Keita for his/her playing skill and teaching abilities. Keita continued to work as a performer with his groupSewa Kan and recorded a number of CDs. He has published a large body of djembe teaching materials on CD and DVD, as well as an instructional book. Keita died on June 21, 2021, in Belgium after being admitted to hospital with a heart-related condition.

Jeanne Lamon (71) born and raised in New York state and attended Brandeis University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She began to specialize in baroque violin in the early 1970s. She was a concertmaster for period orchestras in both Europe and North America from 1972 to 1981. After a couple of guest appearances with the Toronto-based Tafelmusik, one of the world's leading Baroque ensembles, Lamon became its Music Director. Lamon taught at the University of Toronto and served as a faculty member and mentor for the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. She received honorary Doctorates from York University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and the University of Toronto. In 2013, Tafelmusik’s home venue was named Jeanne Lamon Hall in her honor. Lamon also served as Artistic Director of the Health Arts Society of Ontario, an organization dedicated to providing seniors in long-term care and retirement homes with quality concerts. Lamon died on June 20, 2021, at her home in Victoria, B.C. Canada after recently being diagnosed with cancer.

Jackie Lane (79) was born July 10, 1941, in Manchester, England. Lane appeared in various BBC radio and television shows prior to Dr. Who. In 1958, Lane was in the radio version Wonderful Things. She had guest roles in The Protectors and Coronation Street. Lane had a recurring role on Compact. The role that brought her notoriety was on the cult classic TV show Doctor Who, cast as Dorothea “Dodo” Chaplet, Companion to the First Doctor, William Hartnell. She appeared in nineteen episodes in 1966, due to the BBC’s habit of recording over old episodes to save money, only 11 of her 19 episodes still exist. After leaving Dr. Who, she left acting. She became a theatrical agent, specializing in voice actors. She managed an agency called Jackie Lane Ad Voice. Her final television appearance was in the Doctor Who: The Afterparty, celebrating fifty years of Doctor Who.She died on June 23, 2021.

Beverly Linville (93) she was born on January 15, 1928, in Bakersfield, California, but grew up in Venice, California. Linville worked as an oral surgeon's assistant before studying acting. While she studied with Stella Adler, she danced professionally to pay her tuition. Throughout her career, which spanned over six decades, she never held a regular recurring role on TV but was a regular fixture on television during the 1950s and 60s, appearing in over 100 films and TV shows. She was the first female actor to play a Romulan in the Star Trek franchise. Her last acting credit came in 2016. Outside of her acting career, Linville was an author and acting instructor at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre in Los Angeles, which she co-founded in 1985. Linville died on June 20, 2021.

Anatoly Lysenko (84) was born on April 14, 1937, in Vinnytsia, part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR. At school, he was attracted to science, especially what was banned. He secretly found foreign literary works and read them at night.In 1954, he joined the Moscow Transport Engineering Institute at the Faculty of Economics. After five years, he received his higher education diploma. For ten years he worked as a freelance writer and ran the most popular youth programs at that time. In 1968, he had a new, compelling idea—to create his own program for radio station listeners. In the same year he began his work at the USSR State Radio and Television. Since 1987, Lysenko directed Vzglyad, a popular television program, which in many ways changed both Soviet television and the atmosphere in the country. He was a member of the Council for the award of the Russian Government's media awards since 2013. On July 18, 2012, he was appointed general director of Public Television of Russia. Lysenko died on June 20, 2021,after a long illness.

Clare Peploe (79) born in 1942 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, of English parents, Clare Peploe grew up between England and Italy: from a young age she developed a great interest in cinema and art, studying first at the Sorbonne in Paris, and then at the University of Perugia. Peploe debuted as a director with the short film, Couples and Robbers in 1981, produced by Christine Oestreicher, which received both Oscar and BAFTA nominations. Her third feature, The Triumph of Love competed at the 2001 Venice Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Lion Award. As a screenwriter, Peploe is recognized as a frequent collaborator with her husband, Bernardo Bertolucci. She is also credited with co-writing the 1970 cult film Zabriskie Point with Michelangelo Antonioni and others. Peploe died on June 23, 2021, in Rome, Italy.

Carmelito Reyes (61) better known as Shalala, was born on January 20, 1960, in Manila, Philippines. Shalala's 1st TV Show was in 2001 on GMA Channel 7, calledWalang Tulugan with the Master Showman. He transferred to TV5 in 2010 to become a supporting cast member in the now defunct afternoon soap opera Pusong Ligaw and to pursue new projects. He returned to GMA Channel 7 in 2014, appearing once again in Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman. The show ended in February 2016. In 2017, Shalala returned to TV as the guest host of, Sunday Pinasaya and a comedy anthology called Dear Uge in which he played a gay father around 2019. Shalala died of pulmonary tuberculosis on the morning of June 23, 2021, at the Fe Del Mundo Medical Center in Quezon City, Philippines.

Gianna Rolandi (68) was born in New York City, and grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her mother, Jane Frazier, was an American soprano. Rolandi started out as a violinist at the age of 6. By the late 1960s, she was studying violin at the Brevard Music Center, and she attended the North Carolina School of the Arts as a violin major in her senior year of high school. She took her first voice lessons at the Brevard Music Center. The soprano then trained for four years at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions in 1974, winning the Minna Kaufmann Ruud Competition as one of the youngest winners in its history. Rolandi landed a contract with the New York City Opera (NYCO) in 1975, before graduating from the Curtis Institute that same year. Appearing regularly with the NYCO, Rolandi was a leading coloratura soprano with the company for the next 15 years, singing more than 30 operatic roles. Following her retirement from vocal performance in 1994, she became Director of Vocal Studies for the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists (LOCAA) in May 2002, and was then named Director of the Ryan Opera Center and the LOCAA in 2006. Rolandi retired as director after the 2012/2013 season. Rolandi died on June 20, 2021.

John Solinger (55) moved to the Dallas Fort Worth area as a young boy, where he was exposed to hard rock and country music. In 1990, he formed the rock band Solinger, recording four independent records, which found success throughout the Southwest. In 1999, Skid Row members hired Solinger to replace previous lead vocalist Sebastian Bach. He would become the band's longest serving vocalist. The musician was featured on two of the band’s albums and two EPs before leaving in April 2015 and replaced with singer Tony Harnell, who quit just eight months later. Solinger pursued a country music solo career. His first country album was only released regionally and is filled with both country and rock. Solinger died on June 26, 2021, one month after he revealed he was suffering from liver failure.

Gordana Susa (75) born in Belgrade to a writer and journalist father Živorad Mihajlovic, Susa spent part of her childhood in Zagreb. She completed the Fifth Belgrade Gymnasium before enrolling in and graduating from the journalism program at the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Political Sciences. Simultaneous to her university studies, Susa worked as a contractor at Radio Belgrade's Channel Two, hosting a daily arts program Ko se duri u kulturi. In 1971, she got hired full-time at Radio Belgrade's news division. Starting out as a reporter, she moved up to a commentator position, and eventually became an editor. After almost a decade in radio, in 1978, she moved to television, getting a job at TV Belgrade's news division. Over the following thirteen years Susa became one of RTB's more recognizable personalities, covering Yugoslav federal politics, editing the 7:30pm central daily newscast, as well as anchoring it and appearing on the weekly political magazine ZiP. Susa quit her RTB job in May 1991, unhappy with the network's editorial shift towards uncritical support of the SR Serbia president Slobodan Miloševic and his ruling Socialist party. In early 2011, Susa was hired to write a weekly column in the Blic daily, the column ended in October 2012. She died on June 22, 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Milagros Ximenez (69) born in Seville on May 21, 1952. She began studying journalism in the University of Seville but at the age of 18 dropped out and moved to Madrid. Ximenez became famous when she married tennis player Manolo Santana in 1983. It was a marriage that made magazine covers, but only lasted three years. She started her journalism career with La Revista in 1984 and worked on a radio show called Directamente Encara during the same time. In 1986,she joined the newspaper ABC, taking charge of a weekly section called “Café con Mila Santana”, casually interviewing Spanish celebrities. In the early 2000s she started to work in television, joining the staff of Telecinco, channel in which she has worked until 2020. On June 16 2020, on the program Sálvame, she announced that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer. At the end of March 2021, she was admitted to the Hospital de La Luz in Madrid due to complications of her illness, and was admitted for the second time on June 9, at the same hospital. She died on June 23, 2021, at her family home in Madrid, Spain.

Politics and Military

Benigno Aquino III (61) also known as PNoy and Noynoy. He was born on February 8, 1960, in Sampaloc, Manila. Aquino III was a fourth-generation politician as part of the Aquino family, and was the son of politician Benigno Aquino Jr. and President Corazon Aquino. The presidency of Aquino III began on June 30, 2010, when he became the fifteenth president of the Philippines. Aquino never married and had no children, making him the Philippines' first bachelor president. Before being elected president, Aquino was also a member of the House of Representatives and Senate from 1998 to 2010, and served as a deputy speaker of the House of Representatives from 2004 to 2006. In 2013, Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. After leaving office, Aquino was the subject of legal actions over his role in the Mamasapano clash and for approval of a controversial budget project. Aquino III died at his home in West Triangle, Quezon City, on June 24, 2021. The cause of death was stated as renal disease, secondary to diabetes.

Horacio Gonzalez (77) born in Buenos Aires in 1944. He turned to political activism from a very young age; in the 1960s he was president of the Student Center of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UBA. Since 1968 he served as professor of Aesthetic Theory, Latin American Social Thought, Argentine Political Thought at the University of Buenos Aires, the National University of La Plata and Rosario, among other academic institutions. In 1970, Gonzalez graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in sociology. He got his Doctorate of Social Sciences at the Brazilian University of São Paulo in 1992. On December 1, 2005, he was appointed the head of the National Library, he remained in office until December 10, 2015. One of Gonzalez’s many awards was the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa, from the National University of La Plata. Over the course of his career he published several referential works in the sociological and philosophical field. Gonzalez had received the first dose of the vaccine on March 31; he was considered a high-risk patient since an emergency operation in 2015, when they removed one of his kidneys. Gonzalez tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the hospital on May 19, 2021. On June 22, 2021, he died from complications of COVID-19 .

Tiit Madisson (71) born on June 4, 1950, in Tallinn. Madisson was one of the organizers of the Estonian hippie movement in the mid-1970s.Madisson was a political prisoner of the Soviet Union from 1980 to 1986. He spent four years in political prison camps in the Perm region, and then settled in East Yakutia. After his release he founded the MRP-AEG group (The Estonian Group for the Disclosure of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact). After a Deer park rally, of which he was one of the leaders, he was deported from the Soviet Union in September 1987. Madisson lived in Sweden from 1987 to 1990. He contributed to Radio Free Europe and participated in the activities of the Estonian Imprisoned Freedom Fighters Assistance Center. Returning from Sweden to Estonia in 1990, Madisson participated in the activities of the Estonian Congress, the Estonian Committee, and the Estonian National Independence Party (ERSP). In 1996, the court convicted Madisson of being dissatisfied with the situation in Estonia in May 1996, as a member of the Defense League, to prepare for a military coup and sought accomplices to implement his plans and ideas. Madisson was sentenced to 2 years' imprisonment but was released early on the basis of a new amnesty law. From 2002 to 2005, he served as mayor of Lihula, under his leadership a monument 60 Years of Estonian Defense Battles was erected. In 2020,Madisson was awarded the Estonian People's Thanks Medal. Over the years, his health deteriorated to where Madisson had difficulty walking and talking. He was admitted to the hospital in Early June 2021 and succumb to his illness on June 21, 2021.


Lloyd Allen (59) born on August 26, 1961. Allen played his college football career at Utah State University. During his four-year career at Utah State, Allen recorded eight interceptions. The Houston Oilers selected Patrick Allen with the 100th overall pick in the 1984 NFL draft. Allen appeared in 106 games for the Houston Oilers from 1984 to 1990. He started 72 of the 106 games of his NFL career. During Allen's seven-year career, he registered seven interceptions and five fumble recoveries. Allen also made appearances on the Oilers special teams as a kick returner. Allen received 11 kicks for 210 return yards and averaged 19.1 yards per return. Houston only used Allen as a kick returner for his rookie season. The Houston Oilers made playoff appearances in four out of seven seasons during Allen's career. Allen’s body was found in his apartment on June 22, 2021. No cause of death has been determined.

Melissa Coates (50) Coates's mother was a nurse, amateur actress, and a bodybuilder while her father is a doctor. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lakehead University, due to originally wanting to become a veterinarian. Prior to entering professional wrestling, Coates aspired to become a professional tennis player after watching Martina Navratilova. In order to train effectively for tennis, Coates began weightlifting at 15, and during that same year, she entered her first tennis competition in 1984, where she lasted until the finals. She re-entered the following year and won the Mid-Canada Junior Girls Championship. However, she soon began to shift her attention from tennis to bodybuilding and entered her first contest in the early 1990s, where she won the overall lightweight category of the Windsor Physique Contest. After she began having prominence, Coates decided to move to Los Angeles. After being granted professional status in 1995, she won the Jan Tana Classic in 1996. In 1999, she took a leave from bodybuilding and subsequently began working as a model. In professional wrestling, she was known for her appearances in World Wrestling Entertainment's developmental territories Ohio Valley Wrestling and Deep South Wrestling, NWA Anarchy, and Women Superstars Uncensored. On the independent circuit, she was the valet of Sabu, under the ring name Super Genie. She was best known for appearing in the first two seasons of the Game Show Network show Extreme Dodgeball. On November 12, 2020, Coates was admitted to the Emergency Department at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where doctors observed several blood clots in her leg. Despite several procedures to save her leg, life saving surgery to amputate her left leg from above the knee was performed. Coates died on June 23, 2021, related to complications from blood clots.

Brian Harper (87) known professionally as Brian London. London was born in West Hartlepool, County Durham, in 1934, and moved to Blackpool when he was 16 years old. His father, Jack London, beat Freddie Mills in 1944 to win the British heavyweight title. London fought as an amateur before turning professional in 1955. He competed from 1955 to 1970. London held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title from 1958 to 1959, and twice challenged for the world heavyweight title, losing to Floyd Patterson in 1959 and Muhammad Ali in 1966, both times via knockout. He was one of a quartet of British boxers, with Henry Cooper, Joe Erskine, and Dick Richardson, who dominated the British boxing scene throughout the 1950s and 1960s. An orthodox fighter, London was 6 feet tall and fought at about 205 pounds. His nicknames in the ring were The British Bulldog and The Blackpool Rock. After retiring from boxing, London became a businessman in his hometown of Blackpool, owning several nightclubs, and was a fitness fanatic, running 12 miles a day. London died on June 23, 2021, after a long illness.

Jack Ingram (84) he got his start at the New Asheville Speedway. Ingram won his 31 races between the age of 45 and age 50 earning him the nickname Iron Man. During most of his time in the series, he drove the Skoal Bandit car (1984 to 1991). Throughout his Busch Series career he almost always raced in the No. 11 car. During the 1986 season, Ingram was suspended for two races by NASCAR after ramming a driver during a race in Asheville, North Carolina. After his NBS retirement in 1991, he held the record for the most wins in the Busch Series, until it was broken by Mark Martin in 1997. As of August 17, 2019, he is currently 6th in career wins in the series. In 2007, Ingram was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. In 2013, Ingram was nominated into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and was inducted the following year. Ingram died on June 25, 2021.

Thomas Kurvers (58) he won the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player at Minnesota Duluth in 1984. Kurvers was a seventh-round pick of Montreal in 1981 after his freshman season and had 76 points in leading Minnesota-Duluth to the national title during his final year there in 1984.He was traded seven times as a player, two shy of the record. He played 11 NHL seasons from 1984–1995 with the Canadiens, Sabres, Devils, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Islanders, and Mighty Ducks. He moved into management as a Phoenix Coyotes scout, then joined the Tampa Bay Lightning before moving on to the Minnesota Wild. Kurvers served as the Minnesota Wild assistant general manager since 2018. In January 2019 he was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, a small cell lung cancer that was deemed inoperable. He died of lung cancer on June 21, 2021.

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