I'll go with Joe Paterno.
Wishful thinking'll lead you down a blind alley.
If Joe Pa kicks it, please make Tom Brady your next selection.
Way back in 1984 a friend of my draw a comic and distributed it at school.
Ethel Merman appeared in his Valentine's day comic. She died the very next day.
Two months later, on April Fool's Day, Jack Berry (the game show host) appeared in his comic. A month later (May 4, 1984) Jack Berry was dead.
The writer/artist got numerous requests for special guest stars to appear in his comics after that point.