Minnesota's Own "Mary Richards" from WTMJ-TV, Minneapolis, Mary Tyler Moore has died at 80.

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My Junior year in high school, John Belushi passed away at 33. It was, and still is, a stupid, tragic death. He died from an overdose. Brittany Murphy. Heath Ledger. The list could be as long as your arm. Young and talented individuals that passed away much too soon.

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Best remembered as the star of the '60's sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the '70's sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, actress Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday at age 80. That's a heckuva run.

Following her success as a sitcom star, Moore took a dramatic turn in the film Ordinary People, directed by Robert Redford. Redford said of her passing,

Mary’s energy, spirit and talent created a new bright spot in the television landscape and she will be very much missed."

Her '60's television spouse, Dick Van Dyke Tweeted,

There are no words. She was THE BEST! We always said that we changed each other’s lives for the better."

Ed Asner, who played WTMJ station manager, Lou Grant, Tweeted this tribute,

A great lady I loved and owe so much has left us. I will miss her. I will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me."

Growing up, Thursday nights were The Waltons. Sunday nights was The Carol Burnett Show. Saturday nights, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her sitcom spun off two others, Rhoda and Phyllis. Lou Grant was an '80's drama.

One of the CLASSIC episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, was the funeral of Chuckles the Clown. Chuckles had dressed up as a peanut and was basically stomped by an elephant.

What's the etiquette for a clown funeral? Laughter. Of course.

How would you celebrate someone who made us laugh -  and cry - for over five decades? Stop me if you've heard this one already...