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Died April 13

Born in England in the 19th century, Archibald Belaney immigrated to Canada and took on the identity of Grey Owl during his time with the Ojibwe people. He transitioned from working as a trapper to a conservationist later in life, becoming one of the earliest advocates in the 20th-century environmentalist movement. Through books, lectures, articles, and films, Grey Owl spread his message beyond Canada's borders, encouraging people everywhere to re-evaluate the relationship modern civilization has with the environment. We remember Grey Owl's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

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2018: Art Bell,  a radio host who was best known for a paranormal-themed nightly show syndicated on hundreds of stations in the 1990s, dies at 72.

2017: Dan Rooneychairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, dies at 84.

2016: Nera White, U.S. one of the first female basketball players inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, dies at 80.

2015: Günter Grass, German author known best for his first novel "The Tin Drum," dies at 87.

2013: Vincent Montana Jr., U.S. percussionist and arranger known best as a member of MFSB whose song "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" served as the theme song for "Soul Train," dies at 85.

2013: Chi Cheng, U.S. musician and bassist for the alternative metal band Deftones, dies at 42.

Chi Cheng (Getty Images / WireImage / Shirlaine Forrest)Cheng, who along with his bandmates won a Grammy in 2001 for best metal performance, was a "powerful bassist who was larger than life onstage," read a statement from the Recording Academy, the industry organization that presents the Grammys. "Although the group's early years were more heavy metal-based," the statement continued, "they were one of the first bands to incorporate a more alternative and ethereal sound into their thunderous and visceral music, blazing a trail that newer bands continue to follow today." Read more




2013: Frank Bank, U.S. actor known best for playing Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the classic sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," dies at 71.

Frank Bank (Associated Press)Lumpy served as the series' lovable bully. He usually hung out with Wally Cleaver and often pushed around young "Beaver" Cleaver. Bank reprised the role in the 1983 TV movie "Still the Beaver" and the follow-up series "The New Leave It to Beaver," which ran from 1983 to 1989. Bank made occasional appearances on TV before giving up acting and becoming a stockbroker. His clients included former "Leave It to Beaver" co-stars Jerry Mathers and Barbara Billingsley. Read more




2012: Marilyn Lovell Matz, U.S. actress who appeared on such television shows as "The Munsters" and later became an AIDS activist, dies at 81.

2009: Harry Kalas, U.S. sportscaster who was the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1971 until 2009 and who also was the voice for NFL Films, dies at 73.

Harry Kalas (AP Photo)Kalas joined the Phillies in 1971. Before that, he was a member of the Houston Astros' broadcast team from 1965-70. In 2002, he received the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for his contributions to the game. "Players come and go, but 'Outta here!' - that's forever," said Scott Franzke, a Phillies radio broadcaster. Read more




2009: Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, U.S. Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers who was the 1976 American League Rookie of the Year, dies at 54.

2006: Muriel Spark, Scottish author known best for her novel "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," dies at 88.

2005: Johnnie Johnson, U.S. pianist and a longtime member of Chuck Berry's backing band, dies at 80.

1998: Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and sky surfer who performed stunts while wearing his wing suit, dies during a jump at 38.

1986: Stephen Stucker, U.S. actor known best for his role as the manic control-room worker "Johnny" in the "Airplane!" movies, dies of AIDS at 38.

1978: Paul McGrath, U.S. actor known best for his radio appearances in the 1940s and '50s and for his role on "The Edge of Night," dies at 74.

1975: Larry Parks, U.S. actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for playing Al Jolson in "The Jolson Story," dies at 60.

1954: Samuel Jones, U.S. athlete who won a gold medal in the high jump in the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, dies at 74.

1941: Annie Jump Cannon, U.S. astronomer whose work proved instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification, dies at 77.

1938: Grey Owl, born Archibald Belaney, English-born Canadian author and conservationist, dies at 49.

Grey Owl feeding a beaver (Wikimedia Commons/Canadian National Railways. Library and Archives Canada, e010861684)Grey Owl was a passionate advocate for the preservation of Canada's wild lands who had made his mark as a conservationist living among the beavers (literally – there was a beaver lodge in his cabin). Through his writing and speaking engagements, he helped raise awareness and fuel the environmentalist movement in the 20th century. Read more



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