Column: Away from basketball, Kobe Bryant’s future seemed limitless

Kobe Bryant
In this Dec. 1, 2015, file photo Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant smiles as he jogs to the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. The retired NBA superstar died in helicopter crash in Southern California, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

We are stuck in a cul-de-sac of disbelief. There is no way Kobe Bryant is gone. This is not how his story was supposed to end.

I was in a hotel lobby in Atlanta on Sunday, talking with Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. The conversation paused, and he took a call from his wife in California. She heard Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash.

Our conversation was over.

An afternoon of incomplete sentences was just beginning. “What? “How?” Player after player asked them as they stared at their phones and boarded the bus for the game Sunday night in Atlanta against the Hawks.


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The Wizards and Hawks did play a game. There was a moment of silence before the opening tip. The Hawks then started the game by taking an eight-second violation, and the Wizards responded by holding the ball for a 24-second violation. Eight and 24 were Bryant’s jersey numbers.

It didn’t feel right to be in an NBA arena just a couple of hours after learning of Bryant’s death.

But then, where else should we be but near a basketball court and Bryant’s game? The evening was both confusing and cathartic.

From loud music to T-shirt tosses, it was just like any other game — only it was not. We kept score and followed the play, but our Wizards radio broadcast drifted to memories of Bryant.

In December 2006, Bryant scored 45 points against the Wizards in Los Angeles, but the Wizards won the game 147-141 in overtime, led by Gilbert Arenas’ 60-point performance. It was the most heated and intense individual competition I have ever witnessed in more than two decades of broadcasting the team game of basketball.

After the exhausting game, I walked by the Lakers exercise room on the way out of the Staples Center. Bryant was lifting weights.

I could barely speak, and Bryant was pumping iron. Fueled by anger at the loss or the desire to get better, it struck me then that Bryant, even at the top, was always reaching to go higher.

More often than not, Bryant always came out on top against the Wizards. In his final game in D.C. in December 2015, Bryant made all the key shots and scored 31 points to help the Lakers escape with a 108-104 win.

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant watch the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Houston, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The next time I saw Bryant was at NBA broadcasting meetings after his retirement in 2016.

Bryant flashed that winning-shot smile that will forever be etched in our memory, and he dominated the room. Bryant talked excitedly of retirement and all its possibilities.

To be clear, “retirement” for Bryant was just from the work of an NBA player. It seemed Bryant was about to be busier than ever.

He talked of movies. Bryant later won an Oscar for his animated short film “Dear Basketball.”

He talked of business. Just last week, Bryant helped announce BodyArmor as the official sports drink of Major League Soccer.

The possibilities for Bryant away from basketball seemed limitless, but it was also clear at that NBA broadcaster get-together that he would not be far from the game. You could hear it as he talked about being a basketball parent.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, died with her father in Sunday’s helicopter crash. According to several reports, they were on their way to Bryant’s training complex (the Mamba Sports Academy) and a youth basketball tournament (the Mamba Cup).

Gianna Bryant wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps. We imagined her winning over Los Angeles as a WNBA player with the Sparks, just as her father did with the Lakers. She shared her father’s love for basketball and, by all accounts, his competitive fire.

With that combination, we are deeply saddened over Gianna Bryant’s lost future — a future with father Kobe Bryant smiling by her side.

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Dave Johnson is Senior Sports Director and morning sports anchor. He first arrived at WTOP in 1989, left in 1992 and returned in 1995. He is a three-time winner of the A.I.R. award as best radio sportscaster in D.C. In 2008 he won the Edward R. Murrow award for best writing for sports commentaries.

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In this May 26, 1963 file photo, Carl Reiner shows holds two Emmy statuettes presented to him as best comedy writer for the “Dick Van Dyke Show,” during the annual Emmy Awards presentation in Los Angeles. Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died, according to reports. Variety reported he died of natural causes on Monday night, June 29, 2020, at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 98. (AP Photo, File)
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Betty Wright, left, and Nicholas Collins attend the Little Dreams Foundation Annual Music Auditions at Estefan Kitchen on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Miami. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Invision/AP)
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In this June 5, 1989, file photo, The Statler Brothers, from left, Harold Reid, Don Reid, Phil Balsley and Jimmy Fortune, perform at the 23rd annual Music City News Country Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. Harold Reid, who sang bass for the Grammy-winning country group The Statler Brothers, died Friday, April 24, 2020, after a long battle with kidney failure. He was 80. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
<p>Shirley Knight, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a miniseries or special, holds the Emmy she won for &#8220;Indictment: The McMartin Trial,&#8221; and another Emmy for Judy Davis who also won Outstanding Actress in a miniseries or special for &#8220;Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,&#8221; at the 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony Sunday, Sept. 10, 1995, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. Davis was not present at the ceremonies. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)</p>
Shirley Knight, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a miniseries or special, holds the Emmy she won for “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” and another Emmy for Judy Davis who also won Outstanding Actress in a miniseries or special for “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,” at the 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony Sunday, Sept. 10, 1995, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. Knight died April 22, 2020 at age 83. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
This 1990 file photo shows director of photography Allen Daviau speaking during an interview in Los Angeles. Daviau, who shot three of Steven Spielberg’s films including “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” died Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at age 77. (AP Photo/Julie Markes, FIle)
In this June 6, 1999 file photo, actor Brian Dennehy, left, applauds playwright, Arthur Miller, before awarding him the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tony Awards in New York. Dennehy, the burly actor who started in films and later in his career won plaudits for his stage work in plays, died of natural causes on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in New Haven, Conn. He was 81. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Longtime WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel died April 16. He was 69. (YouTube)

Longtime WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel died April 16. He was 69. (YouTube)

Mort Drucker, whose distinctive caricatures of celebrities appeared in the pages of Mad Magazine for more than five decades, has died, according to tweets from the magazine and CNN’s Jake Tapper. Drucker was 91. (Getty Images/Bernard Weil)
This 1985 image released by NBC shows executive producer Thomas L. Miller. Miller, who produced a string of hit TV comedies included “Full House” and “Perfect Strangers” before beginning a new chapter as a Tony Award-winning theater producer, has died. He was 79. Miller died Sunday in Salisbury, Connecticut, from complications of heart disease, a spokeswoman for Miller’s family said Wednesday. (Frank Carroll/NBCU Photo Bank via AP)
FILE – This Sept. 24, 1984 file photo shows Allen Garfield at the screening for “Irreconcilable Differences” in Los Angeles. Garfield, the veteran character actor who was a vital player in classic 1970s films like “The Conversation” and “Nashville,” died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Los Angeles due to complications from COVID-19.. He was 80. (AP Photo/Scott Harms, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2019 file photo, John Prine accepts the Album of the Year award at the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. Prine died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73.
In this  file photo dated March 25, 1964, British actor Sean Connery kisses actress Honor Blackman during a party at Pinewood Film Studios, in Iver Heath, England. Blackman, the actor best-known for playing Bond girl Pussy Galore, hasdied of natural causes unrelated to coronavirus, aged 94, according to an announcement Monday April 6, 2020. (AP Photo)
Actress Shirley Douglas, mother of Kiefer Sutherland, died April 5. She was 86. (Getty Images/George Pimentel)
In this June 21, 2006 file photo, singer-songwriter Bill Withers poses in his office in Beverly Hills, Calif. Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” died in Los Angeles from heart complications on Monday, March 30, 2020. He was 81. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
This April 28, 2019, file photo, shows Ellis Marsalis during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Wednesday, April 1, 2020, that Marsalis has died. He was 85. (AP Photo/Sophia Germer, File)
This Sept. 14, 2019 file photo shows Adam Schlesinger, winner of the awards for outstanding original music and lyrics for “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” in the press room at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Schlesinger, an Emmy and Grammy winning musician and songwriter known for his band Fountains of Wayne and his songwriting on the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has died from coronavirus at age 51. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Joe Diffie performs at "Luke Combs Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family" at Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
Joe Diffie performs at “Luke Combs Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family” at Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
<p>Joseph Lowery died March 27, 2020 at age 98.</p>
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 04: Joseph Lowery and producer Will Packer onstage at 96th Birthday Celebration For Dr. Joseph Lowery at Rialto Center for the Arts on October 4, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Mark Blum, a veteran stage actor known for films including “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” has died due to complications from Covid-19. He was 69. (Courtesy CNN)
This May 14, 2006 file photo shows Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally in front of the Philadelphia Theater Company in Philadelphia. McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” and the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2017 file photo, Kenny Rogers poses with his star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. Rogers, whose husky voice carried him as a TV and music star across genres, died at 81 on March 20, a representative said. (AP/Mark Humphrey)
Lyle Waggoner arrives at the “The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special” at the CBS Television City on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. Waggoner died March 17, 2020. He was 84. (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP/Willy Sanjuan)
In this Oct. 2, 2008 file photo, actor Stuart Whitman arrives at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival black-tie gala fundraiser in Santa Barbara, Calif. Whitman, who appeared in hundreds of films and television shows, died Monday in Montecito, Calif. at 92.
FILE – In this Feb.5, 2018 file photo, Tonie Marshall poses during a photocall prior to the 23rd Lumieres awards ceremony in Paris. French-American filmmaker and actress Tonie Marshall, who remained the only female director to ever win a French Cesar award, has died. She was 68.
FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, actor Max Von Sydow attends the Lumiere Award ceremony of the 7th Lumiere Festival in Lyon, central France. Max von Sydow, the self-described “shy boy”-turned-actor who played the priest in the horror classic “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 90, it was reported on Monday, March 9, 2020. He was known to art house audiences through his work with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. But it was his role as the devil-evicting priest in William Friedkin’s controversial 1973 film “The Exorcist” that brought him to international attention.
Former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista passed away on the morning of Tuesday, March 3, 2020, after a four-year battle with cervical cancer, a family spokeswoman said. She was 67. (AP/RIC FELD)
“Inside the Actor’s Studio” host James Lipton is 89 on Sept. 19. Here, Lipton speaks at the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Art for Life Benefit at Fairview Farms in Water Mill on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Lipton died March 2, 2020 at age 93. (Scott Roth/Invision/AP/Scott Roth)
This Oct. 22, 1996 file photo shows co-creators of “The Young And The Restless,” Lee Phillip Bell, left, and her husband William J. Bell Sr. standing by a celebratory cake marking the 6000th episode of the daytime soap opera series in Los Angeles. Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 33 years, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 91.
FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2017, file photo, Katherine Johnson, the inspiration for the film, “Hidden Figures,” poses in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Johnson died Feb. 24, 2020.
In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, former model and restaurateur B. Smith arrives at the BET Honors red carpet in the Warner Theatre in Washington. Smith died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at her Long Island, New York, home, after battling early onset Alzheimer’s disease, according to a family statement on social media. She was 70.
The up-and-coming rapper known as Pop Smoke was fatally shot during a break-in early Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at a Hollywood Hills home, the Los Angeles Times reported. (WireImage/Johnny Nunez)
In this June 2, 1996, file photo, Zoe Caldwell holds her award for Leading Actress in a Play for her role in “Master Class” at the 50th Annual Tony Awards in New York. Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award winner famous for portraying larger-than-life characters, has died. Her son Charlie Whitehead said Caldwell died peacefully Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at her home in Pound Ridge, New York. She was 86. Whitehead said her death was due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)
Actress Ja’Net Dubois attends the Black Business Association’s Salute to “Black History Awards Dinner” at California African American Museum on February 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Dubois died Feb. 18 at age 74. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)
Actress Kellye Nakahara Wallet died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. She famously played Nurse Kellye in “M*A*S*H,” which ran from 1972-1983. In this 2009 photo, she is seen arriving at the 7th Annual TV Land Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on April 19, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, Lynn Cohen arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at Nokia Theatre LA Live. Cohen, an actress best known for playing the plainspoken housekeeper and nanny Magda in “Sex and the City,” has died. She was 86. Cohen died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 in New York City, said her manager, Josh Pultz. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, British TV personality Caroline Flack arrives for the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards in London. The host controversial reality TV show “Love Island,” has died aged 40, according to a statement from her family Saturday Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, FILE)
In this March 1993 file photo, Joseph Shabalala, front left, founder of South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, stands with the group and Paul Simon, front right, as they pose for a photograph. The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78. Shabalala died at a hospital in the capital Pretoria Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020, his family confirmed to local media. (AP Photo/File)
FILE – In this June 13, 2013, file photo, actor Robert Conrad poses for photographers during the closing ceremony of the 2013 Monte Carlo Television Festival, in Monaco. Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series “Hawaiian Eye” and “The Wild, Wild West,” has died at age 84. A family spokesperson says the actor died Saturday morning, Feb. 8, 2020, in Malibu, Calif., from heart failure.
In this April 25, 1997, file photo, Author Roger Kahn, author of the bestseller “The Boys of Summer”, poses at his home in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Kahn, the writer who wove memoir and baseball and touched millions of readers through his romantic account of the Brooklyn Dodgers died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at a nursing facility in Mamaroneck, N.Y., according to his son Gordon Kahn. He was 92.
Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas has died at age 103 on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. His son, actor Michael Douglas, wrote in an Instagram post: “Kirk’s life was well-lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet.” (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
In this undated file photo shows Willie Wood of the Green Bay Packers. Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Wood, captain of the 1959 USC football team who played in the first 2 Super Bowls, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 of natural causes in Washington, D.C. He was 83.
In this June 3, 2004 file photograph, author Mary Higgins Clark poses in her home in Saddle River, N.J. Clark, the tireless and long-reigning “Queen of Suspense” whose tales of women beating the odds made her one of the world’s most popular writers, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at age 92. Clark’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, announced that Clark died in Naples, Fla, of natural causes.
Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of the popular folk group the Kingston Trio and the lead singer on its million-selling ballad “Tom Dooley” and many other hits, has died. (AP/Ellis R. Bosworth)
In this April 15, 2014 file photo, Nicholas Parsons poses for the media with his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal given to him by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. British broadcaster Nicholas Parsons, who hosted the witty, wordy radio program “Just a Minute” for more than 50 years, has died at the age of 96. Parson’s agent, Jean Diamond, said he died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 morning after a short illness.
In this Nov. 26, 2013 file photo Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during a media availability before an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Washington. The Retired NBA superstar has died in helicopter crash in Southern California, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.
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Moderator Jim Lehrer addresses the audience before the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. Lehrer died Jan. 23, 2020. He was 85. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
This Sept. 21, 1986 file photo shows actor John Karlen, center, who portrays the husband of detective Mary Beth Lacey on the TV show “Cagney & Lacey, ” posing with presenters Stacy Keach, left, and Angie Dickinson after Karlen won an Emmy for best supporting actor at the Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. Karlen, known for his roles on the television series “Dark Shadows” and “Cagney & Lacey,” died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, of congestive heart failure in Burbank, Calif. He was 86.
FILE – This April 24, 2015 file photo shows Terry Jones at a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in New York. Jones was diagnosed in 2015 with a form of dementia that impairs the ability to speak. He died Jan. 22, 2020.
“Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson. Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. He was 75.
Neil Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the band Rush, has died. His rep Elliot Mintz said in a statement Friday that he died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67. (Rich Fury/Invision/AP/Rich Fury)
This 1959 file photo shows Edward “Kookie” Byrnes. Edd Byrnes, who played cool-kid Kookie on the hit TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and later appeared in the movie “Grease,” has died at age 87. Byrnes died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., his son, Logan Byrnes, said in a statement.
Buck Henry, the versatile writer, director and character actor who co-wrote and appeared in “The Graduate,” has died in Los Angeles. He was 89. Henry’s wife, Irene Ramp, told The Washington Post that his death was due to a heart attack.
Controversial UK Author Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote “Prozac Nation,” “Bitch” and “The Bitch Rules.” (Corbis via Getty Images/Neville Elder)
FILE – In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern takes a question from a reporter during a news conference following an NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77.
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Phil Spector looks on during a hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, in this Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, file photo.  A San Francisco lawyer says he will represent Phil Spector in his retrial on a murder charge and that he could not be ready to proceed until September. Doron Weinberg told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler on Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, that he needs five months to review all the material from Spector's first trial. Spector died Jan. 17, 2020 at age 81. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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Country star Hal Ketchum died Nov. 20, 2020 at age 67. (YouTube)
AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Austin Auditions: Contestants Tristen Langley (R) and his mother, former contestant Nikki McKibbin, audition in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX Image Collection via Getty Images)
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<p>Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Sept. 18, 2020. She was 87. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)</p>
FILE - In this April 29, 2016, file photo, "Forrest Gump" author Winston Groom speaks to students at Jinks Middle School in Panama City, Fla. Groom, the author of the novel "Forrest Gump" that was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop culture hit, has died, an Alabama official close to the writer said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. He was 77. (Andrew Wardlow/News Herald via AP)
Diana Rigg arrives at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
In this May 26, 1963 file photo, Carl Reiner shows holds two Emmy statuettes presented to him as best comedy writer for the "Dick Van Dyke Show," during the annual Emmy Awards presentation in Los Angeles. Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died, according to reports. Variety reported he died of natural causes on Monday night, June 29, 2020, at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 98. (AP Photo, File)
Members of the original cast of the "Leave It To Beaver" television series pause during filming of an upcoming TV special, "Still The Beaver," in Los Angeles on Dec. 10, 1982. From left to right are Ken Osmond, Tony Dow, Babara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers. Osmond died May 18, 2020. He was 76. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
<p>In this May 13, 2011 file photo, French actor Michel Piccoli attends a press conference for Habemus Papam, at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. Michel Piccoli, a prolific screen star whose served as muse to filmmaker Luis Bunuel and was a leading man for Jean-Luc Godard, has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)</p>
Betty Wright, left, and Nicholas Collins attend the Little Dreams Foundation Annual Music Auditions at Estefan Kitchen on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Miami. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Invision/AP)
<p>Shirley Knight, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a miniseries or special, holds the Emmy she won for &#8220;Indictment: The McMartin Trial,&#8221; and another Emmy for Judy Davis who also won Outstanding Actress in a miniseries or special for &#8220;Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,&#8221; at the 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony Sunday, Sept. 10, 1995, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. Davis was not present at the ceremonies. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)</p>
Longtime WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel died April 16. He was 69. (YouTube)
<p>FILE &#8211; In this June 21, 2006 file photo, singer-songwriter Bill Withers poses in his office in Beverly Hills, Calif. Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,&#8221; died in Los Angeles from heart complications on Monday, March 30, 2020. He was 81. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)</p>
Joe Diffie performs at "Luke Combs Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family" at Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
<p>Joseph Lowery died March 27, 2020 at age 98.</p>
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