Jay Thomas, 69.

Cancer has claimed the life of a versatile, talented broadcaster who successfully bridged radio and television as a major-market morning show host, and a network sitcom star. To me, Thomas’s shining moment was his annual appearance on Letterman where, year after year, he would successfully knock the ornament off the top of Letterman’s Christmas tree and then tell his “Loan Ranger” story. For some reason, it never got old.