The summer of the Grim Reaper continues......
Boxer Michael Dokes, a former World heavyweight champion, passed away on Saturday, a day after his 54th birthday. Dokes was also a Silver medalist at the 1975 Pan American Games, losing to Cuban legend Teofilo Stevenson. Dokes held the WBA & NABF heavyweight titles during his career, which ended in 1997. Dokes succumbed to liver cancer.
Helen Gurley Brown, the founder and publisher of Cosmopolitan, left us at age 90. Since I never read the magazine, there's really little I can say here.
Finally, actor Ron Palillo, aka Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter, passed away earlier today in his home in Florida at 63, his passing coming 7 months after castmate Robert Hegyes had succumbed. Palillo was also an artist, having drawn a few children's books, and took part in Fox's ill-fated Celebrity Boxing a few years ago. In the 80's, Palillo reinvented himself as a voice actor, landing the title role in Rubik, The Amazing Cube and a supporting role as a pig serving as a commanding officer on Laverne & Shirley In The Army.
Rest in peace.