Famous NFL quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, has died following a bout with colon cancer. He was quarterback for the Oakland Raiders for 10 seasons.
In his professional career, Stabler threw for 27,938 yards, 194 touchdowns and 88 interceptions. Following his NFL career, Stabler worked as a color commentator for CBS' NFL telecasts and called Alabama games on the radio until 2009._____
Character actor Irwin Keyes, 63, remembered for his supporting role in the sitcom The Jeffersons, died of acromegaly complications. Acromegaly is a disorder of the pituitary gland.
Keyes was one of a number of cast members of "The Jeffersons" who have died in the years since the show's end. The show's top stars have died: Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson; Isabel Sanford, who played Louise "Weezie" Jefferson; and Mike Evans, who played their son, Lionel Jefferson. Additional cast members who have died include Paul Benedict, who played neighbor Harry Bentley; Franklin Cover and Roxie Roker, who played interracial neighbor couple Tom and Helen Willis; Ned Wertimer, who played doorman Ralph; and Zara Cully, who played George's mother, Olivia Jefferson.
Almost all of the deaths have been in recent years.
Juvenile actress Amanda Peterson, 43, died the other day. She had struggled with various illnesses in recent years.
Born July 8, 1971, Peterson began her acting career as one of the orphans in 1982's film adaptation of "Annie." She went on to roles in '80s television programs such as "Silver Spoons," "Father Murphy," and "Boone." She returned to the silver screen in 1985's "Explorers," working alongside young Hollywood legends River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke. But it was her role as Cindy Mancini in 1987's "Can't Buy Me Love" that catapulted Peterson into international fame. Though, as the New York Daily News noted, she was then considered a major new talent in Hollywood, the exposure from "Can't Buy Me Love" never translated into a wider audience or increasing roles._____