CNN's first sports anchor
Charles began at Atlanta-based CNN on the network's first day, June 1, 1980, and was a fixture on the daily highlight show "Sports Tonight" for 17 years, paired for most of that time with Fred Hickman.
For CNN's sister network TNT, Charles was host of its studio show for the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics and the Pan-Am and Goodwill Games in the 1980s and '90s. He also covered a range of sporting events, including horse racing's Triple Crown events, Wimbledon and boxing matches.
After leaving CNN in 2001, he mainly covered boxing for Showtime.
Nicholas Charles Nickeas was born June 30, 1946, in Chicago and worked late-night jobs in high school to help support his family. He studied communications at Columbia College in Chicago and drove a taxi to help pay his tuition.
He was still driving taxis in 1970 when he landed his first gig with WICS in Springfield, Ill. That's when he adopted the name Nick Charles at the urging of his news director, CNN said.
Charles later left Springfield to work at local stations in Baltimore and Washington before joining CNN.
Veteran character actor
Don Diamond, 90, a veteran character actor best known for playing the sidekick El Toro in the 1950s TV series "The Adventures of Kit Carson" and Crazy Cat in the 1960s TV sitcom "F Troop," died June 19, his stepdaughter Fortuna Israel said.
Diamond, a Woodland Hills resident who had Parkinson's disease and other ailments, died as he was being taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 4, 1921, Diamond graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied drama and Spanish. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Besides his memorable sidekick roles, Diamond played Cpl. Reyes on "Zorro" in the late 1950s and the character Goldmouth in the "Get Smart" episode "The Treasure of C. Errol Madre."
He appeared in dozens of other TV shows from the 1950s through the '80s and did voiceover work for animated programs and commercials, including "Tijuana Toads" and "The New Adventures of Zorro."
Co-founder of skateboarding magazine
Eric Swenson, 64, a co-founder of the skateboarding magazine Thrasher who reinvigorated the sidewalk surfing craze in the late 1970s with his Independent Trucks equipment firm, shot himself to death Monday in front of a police station in San Francisco.