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"YUK" 2005 Obituary


YUKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-25 published
KERR, Ben -- Dispatch:
By Oliver MOORE, Saturday, June 25, 2005, Page M5
A Toronto busking icon, who sang She's Better Than Viagra (Belinda Stronach Is), has died after years of crooning at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets.
Ben KERR, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in every municipal election since 1985, was believed to be in his 70s. He died last week after a period of declining health.
His constitution had to be tough to withstand hours of exposure on his favourite street corner. His body also had to withstand his cayenne-pepper cocktail. The self-proclaimed "King of Cayenne" was convinced it helped his health and he dosed himself liberally with a drink of carrot juice, herbs and the fiery orange-red powdered pepper. He said cayenne pepper had saved him when he had "one foot in the grave, the other on a banana peel."
Readers of NOW Magazine repeatedly voted him the city's best busker, and a young bagpiper playing this week on Mr. KERR's old turf said he had big shoes to fill. "It's quite a responsibility," said Devon YUKE.

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