Philadelphia Phillies coach John Vukovich
John Vukovich, the longest-serving coach in Philadelphia Phillies history and a member of their only World Series championship team in 1980, died on March 8. He was 59. Vukovich, who had been suffering from complications caused by an inoperable brain tumor, died in a Philadelphia-area hospital. A first-round draft choice by Philadelphia in 1966, Vukovich, who served short stints as manager with Philadelphia and the Chicago Cubs, spent the last 19 years with the Phillies. He also won a World Series ring with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975.
Winemaker Ernest Gallo
Ernest Gallo, the marketing genius who parlayed $5,900 and a wine recipe from the Modesto Public Library into the world's largest winemaking empire, died on March 6 at his home in Modesto, Calif. He was 97. He proved that drinking wine all your life helps you live longer.
Former NBA star and coach Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championship teams and combined with Larry Bird in one of the great postseason plays, died in Feb. 22 after collapsing at the end of practice. He was 52. Johnson was coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Former N.Y. Yankee Hank Bauer
Former N.Y. Yankee Hank Bauer, an All-Star outfielder who set a World Series record with a 17-game hitting streak for the Yankees and went to manage the Baltimore Orioles to the 1966 title, died on Feb. 9. He was 84.
Former Playboy centerfold Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith, the former Playboy centerfold who married an octogenarian billionaire and waged a legal battle for his fortune all the way to the Supreme Court, died on Feb. 8 after collapsing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida. She was on a lot of drugs at the time. She was 39.
All-Star pitcher Steve Barber
Steve Barber, the first 20-game winner in modern Baltimore Orioles history and the losing pitcher in one of baseball's wildest no-hitters, died on Feb. 4 from complications of pneumonia. He was 67. A two-time All-Star and a member of the Orioles' Hall of Fame, Barber was 121-106 with a 3.36 ERA from 1960-74. The lefty spent the first half of his career with the Orioles and was traded to the New York Yankees in July 1967. He later pitched for the Seattle Pilots, the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves, the California Angels and the San Francisco Giants.
Actress Marcheline Bertrand
Mother of Angelina Jolie, died of cancer on Jan. 28. Bertrand, who had small roles in the movies "Lookin' to Get Out" in 1982 and "The Man Who Loved Women" in 1983, raised Jolie and her brother, James Haven, after divorcing their father, actor Jon Voight, when Jolie was a toddler.
Actor Tige Andrews
Tige Andrews, the Emmy-nominated character actor who portrayed Capt. Adam Greer in "The Mod Squad," died of cardiac arrest on Jan. 27. He was 86. The actor often played detectives during his lengthy television career, which spanned five decades and included appearances on more than 60 shows.
TV writer Bob Carroll Jr.
Bob Carroll Jr., a pioneering television writer who worked on all of Lucille Ball's TV shows, including "I Love Lucy," died on Jan. 27. He was 87.
Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt
He served as a Navy and CIA officer, and helped orchestrate a coup in Guatemala and the botched Bay of Pigs invasion, but E. Howard Hunt is best known as something he always said he wasn't: a Watergate burglar. Hunt, who often said he preferred the term "Watergate conspirator," died on Jan. 23 in Miami after a lengthy bout of pneumonia. He was 88.
Singer Denny Doherty
Denny Doherty, one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, known for their soaring harmony on hits like "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday," died after a short illness on Jan. 19. He was 66. The Mamas and the Papas broke new ground by having women and men in one group at a time when most singing groups were unis3x. John Phillips, the group's chief songwriter; his wife, Michelle; and another female vocalist, Cass Elliot, teamed with Doherty.
NASCAR driver Bobby Hamilton
Bobby Hamilton, the longtime NASCAR driver who won the 2001 Talladega 500 and was the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series champion, died of cancer on Jan. 7. He was 49. Hamilton was found to have cancer in the head and neck in February 2006. A malignant growth was found when swelling from dental surgery did not go down.
USC kicker Mario Danelo
University of Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was found dead on Jan. 6 about 120 feet down a rocky cliff. The body was reported by a passer-by at about 4:30 p.m. Danelo, the 21-year-old son of former NFL kicker Joe Danelo, made 15 of 16 field goals in the 2006 season and led the Trojans in scoring with 89 points. The junior made two field goals in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 to help USC beat Michigan, 32-18. Alcohol was found in his system.
Damien Darnell Nash, RB Denver Broncos
Nash collapsed suddenly following a celebrity basketball game at Riverview Gardens High School on February 23, 2007 for charity. Nash was found unresponsive at a residence in suburban St. Louis and was later pronounced dead. The charity event was a fundraiser to benefit the Darris Nash Find A Heart Foundation, a charity which raises funds for heart transplant research. Damien had created the charity in honor of his older brother, Darris, a recent heart transplant recipient.
Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams
Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and k!lled in a drive-by shooting in downtown Denver early Jan. 1. Williams, a second-round pick in the 2005 draft out of Oklahoma State, started nine games as a rookie due to injuries. This season, he took over as the starter for Lenny Walls alongside Champ Bailey, and was second on the team with four interceptions and tied for third with 86 tackles.
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