In the last week, many notable Americans have passed away. This week saw the loss of an up-and-coming singer, a respected actress, a Hall of Fame baseball player, a renowned boxing persona, and a Medal of Honor recipient. These amazing people came from various walks of life, helping to shape American culture in some way. May they be put in memoriam forever.


Gustav Ahr (1996-2017) was a rapper and singer who was known by his stage name Lil Peep. Over the last two years, he had been an emerging force in pop music with his unique blend of hip-hop and emo music.

In 2016, he released his first two full-length mixtapes “Crybaby” and “Hellboy.” This August, he released his debut album, “Come Over When You're Sober.” Lil Peep died in Tuscon on his tour bus the night of November 15 at the age of 21 after overdosing on Xanax. According to the New York Times, First Access Entertainment, who worked with the singer, confirmed his tragic death.

Ann Wedgeworth (1934-2017) was an actress best known for her TV roles as Lana Shields in “Three's Company” and Merleen Elldridge in “Evening Shade.” She was also well-known for her work in films like “Sweet Dreams”, “Scarecrow”, “Steel Magnolias” and “The Whole Wide World.”

She also performed on and off Broadway in her career, most notably winning the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play in 1978 for her role as Faye in “Chapter Two.” Her daughter told the “Hollywood Reporter” that Wedgeworth died on November 16 at age 83 after dealing with a young illness.


Bobby Doerr (1918-2017) was a second baseman who played his entire 14-year career (1937-51) with the Boston Red Sox and was known as the “Silent Captian.” During his time with the organization, he set several team records and was a nine-time All-Star.

Doerr was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 and had his No.1 jersey retired by Boston. He later served as a scout and minor league hitting coach for the Red Sox from 1957-66. From 1967-69, he served as the team's first base coach. Doer died on November 13 at age 99, having been the last living person to have played in the major leagues in the 1930s.

Ferdie Pacheco (1927-2017) was the cornerman and personal physician of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali from 1962 until 1977. He then moved on to win two Emmy Awards for his work as a boxing analyst for NBC, Univision, and Showtime, where he became the featured boxing analyst before retiring from TV work in the late 1990s.

The man known as “The Fight Doctor” also authored several books, including a memoir, an autobiography, and even a cookbook.

He was also a self-taught artist who won awards and had his work exhibited. Pacheco died in his sleep on November 16 at age 89 in his Miami home, according to his daughter.


Thomas J.Hunder Jr. (1924-2017) was a naval aviator and officer in the United States Navy. In 1943, he entered the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1946. From October 1950 until January 1951, he flew 21 combat missions as part of the USS Leyte during the Korean War. In December, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, he performed actions that would earn him the Medal of Honor.

During their mission to support U.S. ground troops, Hunder's wingman Ensign Jesse L. Brown had to crash land his aircraft behind enemy lines after his fuel tanks were damaged. Brown somehow survived and in an effort to rescue him, Hunder crash-landed his own plane into the mountains and tried to pry his dying squadmate from his damaged fuselage in subzero temperatures.

Unfortunately Brown, the Navy's first black aviator, was unable to be saved despite Hunder's efforts. Hunder was grounded for a month due to a back injury he suffered from the event and received the Medal of Honor in April 1951. In 1965, he was made a captain and served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War from 1966-67.

After retiring in 1973, he worked with the United Service Organizations and other various veterans groups. Hunder Jr. died on November 13 at age 95.