On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences go out to Ossie's family."Actress Eileen Brennan, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as the exasperated drill captain in the movie "Private Benjamin," died Sunday, July 28, at her Burbank, California, home after a battle with bladder cancer. Actor Dennis Farina, a Chicago ex-cop whose tough-as-nails persona enlivened roles on either side of the law, died Monday, July 22. Above, Farina shoots a scene as Detective Joe Fontana in "Law & Order" in 2004.Douglas Englebart, the inventor of the computer mouse, died Tuesday, July 2, at his home in Atherton, California, according to SRI International, the research institute where he once worked. Jim Kelly, a martial artist best known for his appearance in the 1973 Bruce Lee movie "Enter the Dragon," died on June 29 of cancer. After a brief acting career, he became a ranked professional tennis player on the USTA senior men's circuit.
Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Sharman -- who won four NBA titles as a player, one as a head coach and five in his club's front office -- died October 25 in southern California, his former teams said. Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams died of natural causes on October 21. Adams, whose team started in Houston as the Houston Oilers, co-founded the American Football League, which eventually merged with the National Football League.
Lou Scheimer, a pioneer in Saturday morning television cartoons with hit shows such as "Superman," "Fat Albert" and "He-Man," died October 17 at 84, according to his biographer.
Band member Mark Mothersbaugh said in a statement that Myers' style on the drums helped define the band's early sound. Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland, who helped create the modern soul-blues sound, died June 23 at age 83. Marc Rich, the commodities trader and Glencore founder whom President Bill Clinton pardoned on his final day in office, died June 26 at age 78 in Switzerland.
Jeffrey Ian Pollack, left, who directed the popular 1990s films "Booty Call" and "Above the Rim" and produced "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," was found dead on December 23. Vizzini committed suicide, according to the New York City medical examiner's office, though the office did not immediately say how. Renowned psychic Sylvia Browne, a leader in the paranormal world who appeared regularly on television and radio and also wrote dozens of top-selling books, died November 20 in a northern California hospital, according to her website.