NBC News reports that former NFL running back, Monday Night Football announcer, and football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford passed away this morning at the age of 84. Here is the statement that his family released:
Leonard Nimoy didn't just have a massive impact on science fiction, he also transformed pop culture. Nimoy, who died today, took the thankless supporting role of an emotionless alien science whiz, and turned Spock on Star Trek into an icon.
My phone exploded at 4:03 AM on 8 February 2014. I was dead asleep, and black-hours phone calls are never good. It was my dad, who along with me, my mother, and sister had been camping out at Valdosta's General Hospital for the previous week.
We all die. It may be peacefully as you sleep, a popped vessel that fades your dreams to black. It may be gradually over weeks, a diagnosed dénouement, a slow degenerative smolder that allows fear to give way to acceptance to give way to peace. It may be YouTubeably sudden, as the locomotive sheers through the…