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Gene Wilder, the leading man with the comic flair and frizzy hair known for teaming with Mel Brooks on the laugh-out-loud masterpieces The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, has died, his family announced. He was 83.

The two-time Oscar nominee also starred as a quirky candy man in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and in four films alongside stand-up legend Richard Pryor. Wilder's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said that the actor died Sunday night at home in Stamford, Conn., after a three-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

"The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity," Walker-Pearlman said, "but more so that the countless young children who would smile or call out to him, 'There’s Willy Wonka,' would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world."

His nephew noted that when Wilder passed, a recording of Ella Fitzgerald singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was playing. She was one of his favorite artists.

Wilder will forever be remembered for his ill-fated Hollywood romance with Gilda Radner. Less than two years after they were married, the popular Saturday Night Live star was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on May 20, 1989, at age 42.

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Former WWE women's champion and reality TV star Chyna — whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer— has died. She was 46.

Her management team confirmed the news with a statement on Chyna's official Twitter account. "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real-life superhero," it read. "She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."

Police in Southern California said they were responding to a 911 call from a friend of the former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler when they found her dead in her Redondo Beach apartment.

MORE: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/chyna-dead-wwe-legend-reality-886388


Doris Roberts, the beloved mom from "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Doris passed away Sunday at home in L.A.

She won 5 Emmy awards, 4 of them for 'Raymond.' She's also starred in tons of other TV shows and movies, like "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "Grandma's Boy."

She's survived by her son, Michael Cannata Jr., who she had with her first husband. Doris' second husband, William Goyen, died in 1983.

Doris was 90 years old.




Ken Howard, the Emmy Award winning actor and SAG-Aftra Union President, has passed away. His death was announced by Pamela Greenwalt, a spokesperson for the SAG-Aftra. He was 71 years old.

During a career that spanned 47 years, Howard appeared in 100 movies and TV shows. He was well known for his work on TV, specifically in the drama The White Shadow about a retired pro basketball player who becomes an urban high school coach, which ran from 1978 to 1981. Later in his career he appeared in 30 Rock as a corporate boss, from 2011 to 2013.

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George Kennedy

Actor George Kennedy, known for Cool Hand Luke and Airport has passed away. His grandson Cory Schenkel reported that Kennedy died on Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Boise, Idaho of old age. He was 91 years old.

Kennedy is best remembered for his role in Cool Hand Luke as a savage chain gang convict in the 1967 movie. He won an Academy Award for portrayal of Dragline in the film. The movie’s theme of rebelling against authority made it one of the most significant movies of the 1960s.

He’s also known for playing airline troubleshooter, Joe Patroni, in the 1970 disaster movie, Airport. He reprised the role for Airport 1975, Airport ’77, and The Concorde…Airport ’79.

In 1988 he starred in the cop movie spoof The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. Three years later he was back for The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and then again in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.

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The beloved Alabama novelist has died only a few months after the sequel to the famous To Kill a Mockingbird book was published. Latest reaction here:

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Al Markim, Who Played Astro In Pioneering ‘Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,’ Dies At 88





In Memoriam: Radio Comedian Bob Elliott

Comedian Bob Elliott – one half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray – has passed away at the age of 92. His low-key brand of humor could be found on radio and television for more than four decades alongside the more blustery style of his partner, Ray Goulding.

Elliott was born in Boston, Massachusetts. While attending high school, he developed his public speaking skills on the public address system at his school. He and Goulding got their start on radio programs in the 1940s, but not as a comedy team; Elliott was a disc jockey, while Goulding was a newsman. They kept to their separate programs on Boston’s WHDH, but would on occasion make appearances on each other’s programs. The banter became so popular with the station managers that the pair would be called on to fill in when Red Sox games got rained out. By 1946, they were known as Bob and Ray and had their first regular comedy program on that station, called Matinee with Bob and Ray.

Radio-wise, they could be heard often on a number of different NBC and CBS affiliates, with their last radio program being on National Public Radio in 1987. Many of the Bob and Ray episodes were later adapted into graphic format for MAD magazine. The pair were somewhat unusual amongst other comedy teams, as neither of them was consistently the “straight man,” and instead they took turns.




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Abraham Charles "Abe" Vigoda (/vˈɡdə/; February 24, 1921 – January 26, 2016) was an American actor. He was known for a number of roles, especially his portrayals of Salvatore Tessio in the Francis Ford Coppola film The Godfather and Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller from 1975 to 1977 and its spinoff show Fish in 1978. Vigoda died in his sleep on January 26, 2016, aged 94.




In Memoriam: Dan Haggerty

Dan Haggerty, the actor who starred as the character Grizzly Adams, died on Friday, January 15, 2016. His manager Terry Bomar shared that he had been fighting cancer. Haggerty had chemo last summer for a spinal tumor, but the condition didn’t improve, and a spot was found on his lung. He was 74 years old.





Meadow Lemon III (April 25, 1932 – December 27, 2015), known professionally as "Meadowlark" Lemon, was an American basketball player, actor, and minister. For 22 years, Lemon was known as the "Clown Prince" of the touring Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.[1] He played in more than 16,000 games for the Globetrotters and was a 2003 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. When basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain was asked his opinion on the best player of all time, he responded, "For me it would be Meadowlark Lemon."[2]



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Fred Dalton Thompson[1][2][3] (born Freddie Dalton Thompson; August 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015) was an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003.

Thompson served as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board at the United States Department of State, was a member of the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in national security and intelligence.[4][5][6]

As an actor, Thompson appeared in a number of movies and television shows as well as in commercials. He frequently portrayed governmental figures.[7] In the final months of his U.S. Senate term in 2002, Thompson joined the cast of the long-running NBC television series Law & Order, playing Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch.[8]


The family of Fred Thompson has announced that the actor and Republican who represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate from 1994 to 2003 has died following a recurrence of lymphoma, the Associated Press reports. He was 73.




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Neill Rawlins Sheridan (November 20, 1921 – October 15, 2015), nicknamed "Wild Horse," was an American professional baseball player whose 12-season career (1943–1954) largely took place in the minor leagues. An outfielder by trade, he saw his only Major League service for the 1948 Boston Red Sox, appearing for a cup of coffee (only two games played) — one as a pinch hitter and one as a pinch runner. Born in Sacramento, California, Sheridan threw and batted right-handed; he stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg).

On September 19, 1948, with Boston embroiled in a four-team pennant scramble, Sheridan appeared as a pinch runner for Bobby Doerr (a future Hall of Famer), in the sixth inning of an 8–6 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Briggs Stadium.[1] One week later, he logged his only MLB at bat when he pinch hit in the ninth inning for pitcher Dave Ferriss at Yankee Stadium during a 6–2 Red Sox defeat. Facing New York Yankees' left-hander Tommy Byrne, Sheridan was called out on strikes.[2] His Major League Baseball trial came to an end after those two games.

As a minor leaguer, however, Sheridan appeared in 1,446 games[3] and was a mainstay of the post-World War II Pacific Coast League. He wore the uniform of five PCL teams, including both clubs in his native San Francisco Bay Area, the San Francisco Seals and the Oakland Oaks.

Sheridan died of pneumonia on October 15, 2015 in Antioch, California, aged 93.[4]



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Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel (January 26, 1925 – October 12, 2015), known by her stage name Joan Leslie, was an American actress who appeared in such films as High Sierra, Sergeant York and Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Her big break came when she signed a contract with Warner Bros. in 1941.[4] At the time, actress Joan Blondell's name was considered too similar and Brodel's acting name was changed to Joan Leslie.[15]

Two weeks,[16] the then 15-year-old actress was asked to do a screen test while unaware which movie it was for. She got the part because she could cry on cue.[5] The movie was High Sierra (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. Leslie played the crippled girl Velma.[17] Film critic Bosley Crowther wrote, "a newcomer named Joan Leslie handles lesser roles effectively."[18]

Later that year, Warner Bros. produced a biopic of Alvin C. York, a decorated American World War I soldier, Sergeant York (also 1941), starring Gary Cooper. For the casting of Gracie Williams, York's fiancée, Jane Russell was initially suggested, but York wanted an actress who neither smoked nor drank.[19] Leslie eventually got the part.[20] Sergeant York was a critical and financial success, becoming the highest-grossing movie of 1941. It received 11 Academy Awards nominations and Cooper won the Best Actor Award.[21]

Leslie had a supporting role in The Male Animal (1942).[22] She played Olivia de Havilland's younger sister, Patricia Stanley, a role Gene Tierney had played in the original Broadway production.[23]

She auditioned for Paramount's Holiday Inn (1942), but Warner Bros. decided to cast her in Yankee Doodle Dandy (also 1942) with James Cagney.[24] The film is a musical depicting the life of Broadway entertainer George M. Cohan.[25] Leslie portrayed his girlfriend/wife Mary, an aspiring singer.[26] The film received eight Oscar nominations, including a Best Actor Award for James Cagney.[27] By now, Leslie had become a star whose on-screen image was described as "sweet innocence without seeming too sugary."[2]

Leslie was in four motion picture releases during in 1943. The first was The Hard Way, starring Ida Lupino and Dennis Morgan. A New York Times reviewer described Leslie as "just as deft and versatile a lady as the character she is supposed to be."[28][29] She was loaned to RKO for The Sky's the Limit (1943), starring with Fred Astaire. Leslie's character introduced the Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer song "My Shining Hour.[30] Leslie co-starred in the wartime motion picture This Is the Army (1943) with Ronald Reagan.[31]

Leslie died on October 12, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. She was 90.[53]




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Wilmer Dean Chance (June 1, 1941-October 11, 2015) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher.[1] Over the right hander's 11-year major league career, he played for the Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Detroit Tigers. With a touch of wildness and the habit of never looking at home plate once he received the sign from his catcher, Chance would turn his back fully towards the hitter in mid-windup before spinning and unleashing a good fastball, sinker or sidearm curveball.[2] Chance died on Oct. 11, 2015.

In 1964, Chance became at the time the youngest pitcher to win the Cy Young Award[3] when, as a member of the Los Angeles Angels, he led the American League in wins (20), innings pitched (278 ⅓) and earned run average (1.65—as of 2013, a franchise record) and was third in the A.L. in strikeouts.[1] He pitched 11 shutouts (also a franchise record as of 2013) that season, winning five of those by a 1–0 score.[1] At the time, only one Cy Young Award was given in all of MLB; since 1967, separate awards have been given in the AL and the National League.[4] Chance's Cy Young Award was the third in a string of five consecutive Cy Young Awards won by a pitcher from a Los Angeles-based team. The others were won by Dodger pitchers: Don Drysdale in 1962 and Sandy Koufax in 1963, 1965, and 1966





Frankie Ford

Vincent Francis Guzzo, Jr. (August 4, 1939 – September 28, 2015), known as Frankie Ford, was an American rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer, best known for his 1959 hit "Sea Cruise".

He was born in Gretna, Louisiana, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, and was the adopted son of Vincent and Anna Guzzo, who named him Vincent Francis Guzzo, Jr.[1] He learned to sing and dance at an early age, and when at high school joined a group, the Syncopators, as singer and pianist. He was spotted by manager Joe Caronna, who took him to Johnny Vincent of Ace Records. Taking the stage name Frankie Ford, he made his first recordings for Ace in 1958. He toured locally in Louisiana, before recording a vocal overdub on the song "Sea Cruise", a song written and originally recorded by Huey "Piano" Smith with his group, the Clowns, and featuring overdubbed bells and ships' horns.. As Smith already had a record in the charts, and was away touring, the record label decided to release Ford's version, and it rose to #14 on the US pop chart and #11 on the R&B chart, selling over one million copies, and gaining gold disc status.[2][3]

Ford toured widely around the US, but his later records were less successful, with his versions of "Alimony" and "Time After Time" only reaching the lower reaches of the national charts. He also recorded a novelty record in praise of a local TV presenter, "Morgus the Magnificent", with musicians including Mac Rebennack and Jerry Byrne, but it failed to sell. Ace released an LP by Ford, Let's Take A Sea Cruise With Frankie Ford, before the singer moved to Imperial Records in late 1960. He recorded with producer Dave Bartholomew, and released a version of "You Talk Too Much", but Ford's recording missed out in competition with one by Joe Jones which was issued almost simultaneously. In 1961, his version of Boyd Bennett's 1955 hit "Seventeen" was Ford's last chart entry.[2]

Ford was drafted in 1962, and performed for troops in Japan, Vietnam and Korea. He later recorded occasionally for small labels, but mainly performed in clubs in and around New Orleans. He appeared in the 1978 movie American Hot Wax, and toured in Britain and Europe, recording the album New Orleans Dynamo in London in 1984. He continued to record and perform through the 1990s.[2] Ford co-owned the Briarmeade record label, which issued several singles and albums by him from the 1970s to the 2000s.[4][5] On May 16, 2010, at the Louisiana Music Homecoming in Erwinville, Ford was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Ford died in Gretna at the age of 76 on September 28, 2015, following a long illness.[6]



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Denise Lor

Denise Lor (May 3, 1929 – September 27, 2015) was an American popular singer and actress. She was a featured artist on The Garry Moore Show. In 1951, she appeared in the short-lived variety show Seven at Eleven.

Her main hit song was "If I Give My Heart to You",[2] which charted in 1954 at the same time as another recording of the same song by Doris Day.





'Jimmy Olsen'

From Original 'Superman' Dies at 87

Jack Larson -- the first person to play Clark Kent's sidekick Jimmy Olsen -- died Sunday at his home in Brentwood, CA. He was 87.

Larson starred alongside George Reeves on "The Adventures of Superman" from 1952-1958. He acted sparingly after the series ended. He did make an appearance on a 1996 episode of "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" ... and also in 1991 on the series "Superboy."

However, Larson stayed in showbiz -- after acting, he went on to become a playwright and producer. 

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Yogi Berra, Yankees Hall of Fame Catcher With a One-of-a-Kind Wit, Dies at 90

Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died on Tuesday. He was 90.

The Yankees and the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J., announced his death. Before moving to an assisted living facility in West Caldwell, in 2012, Berra had lived for many years in neighboring Montclair.

In 1949, early in Berra’s Yankee career, his manager assessed him this way in an interview in The Sporting News: “Mr. Berra,” Casey Stengel said, “is a very strange fellow of very remarkable abilities.”

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/24/sports/baseball/yogi-berra-dies-at-90-yankees-baseball-catcher.html?_r=0



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Stephen Frank Meilinger (December 12, 1930 – September 14, 2015) was a former American football end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, the Green Bay Packers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at the University of Kentucky and was drafted in the first round of the 1954 NFL Draft. Following his NFL career, Meilinger joined the United States Marshals Service. During his Marshals Service career, he was one of the original agents for the United States Federal Witness Protection Program, and eventually was promoted to Chief Deputy for the Eastern District of Kentucky, where he served until his retirement. In 2014, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[1] He died in 2015 at the age of 84.[2]

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Erma M. "Bergie" Bergmann (June 18, 1924 – September 13, 2015) was an American baseball pitcher and outfielder who played from 1946 through 1951 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.[1] Listed at 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m), 155 lb., she batted and threw right-handed.[2]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Erma Bergmann was one of three children into the family of Otto and Sophie Bergmann. Her father was a packinghouse butcher, while her mother, a ragtime pianist, wanted her only daughter to take piano lessons. But Erma declined, preferring to play sandlot ball with her two brothers and other neighborhood kids. At fourteen, she began playing at third base in the St. Louis Amateur Softball League since other opportunities at school were limited. After eight years of experience, she was recruited by an AAGPBL scout that followed her for three years before signing a contract to play after graduation.[3]

Since the only organized ball for women in the country was softball, the AAGPBL created a hybrid game which included both softball and baseball. Over the twelve years of history of the league, the rules were gradually modified to more closely resemble baseball. Throwing underhand, Bergmann was one of the few AAGPBL hurlers to pitch all three styles in the league's history, being able to made the transition to full sidearm in 1947 and overhand pitching in 1948.[4]

Bergmann entered the league in 1946 with the expansion Muskegon Lassies, playing for them two years before joining the Springfield Sallies (1948), Racine Belles (1949–1950) and Battle Creek Belles (1951).[5]

In her rookie season, Bergmann posted a 15–16 record and a 2.05 earned run average in 35 pitching appearances, top numbers for the sixth-place Lassies. She also spent time at outfield, hitting a .255 average in 50 games. Her biggest thrill in her season debut came when she belted her only career home run in the top of the ninth inning of a game against the Rockford Peaches. She then shut down the Peaches in the bottom of the inning for a victory with her parents in attendance.[5]

In 1947 the AAGPBL moved its spring training camp to Havana, Cuba, and Bergmann was one of the two hundred girls who made the trip. That season she was used strictly as a pitcher. She ended the season with an 11–10 mark and a solid 1.74 ERA in 27 games, helping the Lassies win the pennant. In addition, she tossed a no-hitter against the host Grand Rapids Chicks on May 22 of that year.[5]

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Jean Darling, the actress best known for her role in Our Gang silent comedy shorts from the early 1900s died Friday, September 4, 2015. Her son Roy told The Hollywood Reporter that she passed away in a nursing home in Germany. She was 93.

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John Richard Moore, Jr. (September 12, 1925 – September 7, 2015) was an American actor, known as Dickie Moore. He was one of the last surviving actors to have appeared in silent film. A busy and popular actor during his childhood and youth, he appeared in over 100 films until the 1950s. Among his most notable appearances were the Our Gang series and films such as Oliver Twist, Blonde Venus, Sergeant York and Out of the Past.

In 1984, Moore published Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: (But Don't Have Sex or Take the Car), a book about his and others' experiences as child actors.[5] Moore owned a public relations firm, Dick Moore and Associates. Founded in 1966, it existed for 44 years. From 1988 until his death in 2015 Moore was married to the actress Jane Powell. The two met when Moore interviewed Powell for Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.[6] The couple lived in Manhattan and Wilton, Connecticut.[7]

In March 2013, Powell reported that Moore had arthritis and "bouts of dementia".[8]

Moore died at a hospice near Wilton, Connecticut on September 7, 2015, five days before his 90th birthday.[9][10]



Martin Sam Milner (December 28, 1931–September 6, 2015) was an American film, stage, radio and television actor. Milner is best known for his performances in two popular television series: Route 66, which aired on CBS from 1960 to 1964, and Adam-12, which aired on NBC from 1968 to 1975.

On September 6, 2015, Milner died of heart failure at his home in Carlsbad, California, at the age of 83




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Dean Carroll Jones (January 25, 1931 – September 1, 2015) was an American actor.

Jones was best known for his light-hearted leading roles in several Walt Disney movies between 1965 and 1977 such as The Love Bug (1968). Jones also originated the role of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's Company.

Jones died on September 1, 2015, at the age of 84, of Parkinson's disease.

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Al Arbour, who led Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups, dies

Al Arbour, the Hall of Fame Islanders coach who combined old-school discipline with forward-thinking creativity to produce a modern sports dynasty with four straight Stanley Cup titles, died Friday after a long illness. He was 82.

The Islanders confirmed Arbour's passing in a statement Friday.

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Francis Newton "Frank" Gifford (August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015) was an American football player and television sportscaster. He spent his entire 13-year NFL career, playing both offense and defense for the New York Giants. He participated in five NFL Championship games and eight Pro Bowls, and won the leagues's Most Valuable Player Award in 1956, the same season he won his only NFL Championship. After retiring from the NFL in 1964, Gifford later became a commentator and play-by-play announcer for NFL games on CBS and most notably on ABC's Monday Night Football.

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Coleen Gray (born Doris Bernice Jensen; October 23, 1922 – August 3, 2015) was an American actress. She was best known for her roles in the films Nightmare Alley (1947), Red River (1948), and Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956).

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Billy Pierce, White Sox Power Pitcher, Dies at 88

Billy Pierce, the Chicago White Sox left-hander with a blazing fastball who became one of baseball’s leading pitchers of the 1950s, died on Friday in Palos Heights, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. He was 88.

The cause was gall bladder cancer, his son Robert said.

Pierce was only 5 feet 10 inches and 160 pounds or so, but his smooth mechanics enabled him to become a power pitcher with the team then known as the Go-Go Sox, which relied on pitching, speed and defense in an era dominated by the power-hitting Yankees.

Pitching for 18 major league seasons, Pierce won 211 games, was a seven-time All-Star, posted an American League-leading 1.97 E.R.A. in 1955 and amassed 1,999 strikeouts.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/01/sports/baseball/billy-pierce-white-sox-power-pitcher-is-dead-at-88.html?_r=0


WWE legend Rowdy Roddy Piper had died at the age of 61.

Pro wrestler, WWE champion 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

WWE legend Rowdy Roddy Piper had died at the age of 61.

Legendary wrestling champion "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at 61, World Wrestling Entertainment has confirmed.

The WWE Hall of Famer passed away in his Hollywood, Calif. home after suffering a heart attack in his sleep Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday, TMZ reported.

Piper, who also went by the name "Hot Rod" which was often seen blazoned across his shirt, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2006 but last fall said that he was cancer free.

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Country Legend Lynn Anderson Dead at 67

"Rose Garden" singer held 27-year-long bragging rights for the biggest-selling country album by a solo female artist

Singer-songwriter Lynn Anderson, a dynamic Grammy-winning performer whose 1970 single, "Rose Garden," was a country and pop hit throughout the world, died Thursday night at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. According to the Tennessean, Anderson was hospitalized with pneumonia following a recent trip to Italy. She was 67.

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Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel Dead: My Fair Lady Actor Dies at 91

Broadway just lost one of its brightest stars. According to Variety and Deadline, veteran star Theodore Bikel passed away on Tuesday, July 21.

The longtime actor reportedly died in Los Angeles at the age of 91. Bikel spent much of his career on the Broadway stage and left a lasting legacy with his decades of work.

The Austria native opened the original 1959 production of The Sound of Music as Captain von Trapp, also appearing in Fiddler on the Roof, The Lark, and The Rope Dancers. Bikel's famed stage performances were sprinkled amongst a prolific filmography of television and film roles — one that began in the 1940s with small-time gigs. 

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Ragtime Author E. L. Doctorow dead at 84

Social media in fact was lighting up late Tuesday with condolences and memories of the author.

New York Times editorial writer Brent Staples tweeted that Doctorow was, "(a)lways down with & supportive of younger writers."

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow was born in 1931 in the Bronx, the grandson of Jewish immigrants from Russia, and was named for his father's favorite author, Edgar Allen Poe, according to JSpaceNews.com. His writing talent became apparent when, for a class at the Bronx High School of Science, he wrote a detailed description of a doorman at Carnegie Hall and his supposed friendship with him, according to the publication. Doctorow later admitted to the teacher that the doorman was a work of fiction, but it impressed and convinced the teacher of Doctorow's talents.

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'Archie' Cartoonist Tom Moore Dead At 86

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Tom Moore, the "Archie" cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckled-face, red-haired character, has died in Texas. He was 86.

Moore, who began drawing cartoons while in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, died early Monday morning while in hospice care in his hometown of El Paso, his son Lito Bujanda-Moore told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He said his father was diagnosed with throat cancer within the past week and chose not to undergo treatment.

Moore drew Archie Andrews and his friends on and off from 1953 until he retired in the late 1980s. Annual sales of the comic regularly surpassed half a million during the 1960s, according to the El Paso Times.

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Atlanta Rhythm Section

'Buddy' Buie, Songwriter for Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dies at 74

He also wrote or co-wrote hits performed by artists such as Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan and Garth Brooks.

Perry "Buddy" Buie, a songwriter and producer who helped form the Atlanta Rhythm Section and then fuel its success with the lyrics he wrote for the band, has died. He was 74.

Buie died Saturday, said Chip Chapman, owner of Chapman Funeral Home in Eufaula, Ala., which is handling arrangements. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Eufaula, the funeral home said.

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George Coe Dead: Oscar-Nominated Actor, SAG

Actor and SAG Activist, Dies at 86

George Coe, an actor with extensive credits and a longtime activist in the Screen Actors Guild, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling a long illness. He was 86.

Coe acted for more than 50 years of film, television, commercial and stage work. He had a lengthy career as a commercial performer both on camera and voiceover, including six years as the voice of Toyota.

He served more than a dozen years on the SAG national board of directors, having the vice president title for two years and creating the template for what became SAG’s first low-budget production contract.

MORE: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/george-coe-dead-sag-1201543614/



Alex Rocco, who played Moe Greene in 'The Godfather,' dead at 79

'The Godfather,' dead at 79

Actor Alex Rocco holds up his 1990 Emmy award for best supporting actor in a television comedy series. (AP)

The Emmy-winning character actor best known for playing the bespectacled Las Vegas mobster Moe Greene in "The Godfather" has died. Alex Rocco was 79.

Rocco's daughter, Jennifer, announced his death Saturday. Details of his death were not immediately available.

Rocco's career spanned five decades and he remained active up until his death. His most famous role came in 1972's "The Godfather," where he played the humbled casino owner who meets his fate on a massage table.

MORE: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/07/19/alex-rocco-who-played-moe-greene-in-godfather-dead-at-7/



Comic Book Artist and Writer Alan Kupperberg Dies, Aged 62

According to his brother and fellow comic book professional Paul, veteran comic book artist and writer Alan Kupperberg died last night from thymus cancer, aged 62.

Kupperberg was an artist on many Marvel comic books during the seventies and eighties including The Invaders, Thor, Marvel Two-In-One, What If, Defenders, Star Wars, Iceman, New Universe, The Punisher and Spider-Man titles as well as The Fury Of FIrestorm, Justice League Of America and Blue Devil for DC Comics.

MORE: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/07/17/alan-kupperberg-dies-aged-62/


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A Clockwork Orange Actor Aubrey Morris Dies at 89

He played Deltoid

The British actor Aubrey Morris, best known for his work in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, has died at 89. Morris, known for eccentric flourishes in his acting, brought to his role as probation officer Deltoid in Orange a sense of camp and menace coexisting.

MORE: http://time.com/3963495/clockwork-orange-aubrey-morris-dies/


StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of Olaf Pooley, who died on Tuesday at the age of 101. The Brit was a veteran stage, film and television actor -- not to mention a writer, director and painter -- who guest starred as the Cleric in the Voyager episode "Blink of an Eye," which was directed by his then-wife, Gabrielle Beaumont. At the time of his death, Pooley was both Star Trek and Doctor Who's oldest-living actor. His family confirmed to to StarTrek.com that Pooley succumbed to congestive heart failure. He passed "peacefully," they said, and he "managed to preserve his independence and dignity to the end, which is what he wanted."

MORE: http://www.startrek.com/article/remembering-olaf-pooley-1914-2015


The Diamonds' Dave Somerville dies at age 81

Dave Somerville, cofounder of rock & roll group The Diamonds, died Tuesday. He was 81. Someville died from cancer in Santa Barbara, California, according to a statement.

The Diamonds’ lead singer met the group during his time as a radio operator at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1953, and the Diamond got discovered three years later. The next year, with Someville as their frontman, The Diamonds toured with the now-legendary Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Paul Anka, Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers.

MORE: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/16/dave-somerville-dead-diamonds-singer-dies



Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)

Passings: Singer & Songwriter Ernie Maresca (1938 - 2015)

Ernie Maresca, who hit the top ten with Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) and wrote many of Dion's biggest hits, died on Wednesday at his home in Southern Florida. He was 76.

Maresca was born in the Bronx and in 1957, formed the group the Monterays who recorded demos for a number of local labels. They became the Desires when they were signed by Seville Records but none of their recordings found success. They eventually broke up but reformed later, without Maresca, to become The Regents.

In 1958, Dion heard a song that Maresca had written called No One Knows, recording it with his group the Belmonts. The record went to number 12 on the R&B and 19 on the Pop charts and launched Ernie's songwriting career.

The success moved Maresca to concentrate on songwriting where her turned out a series of major hits for Dion including Runaround Sue, The Wanderer, Lovers Who Wander and Donna the Prima Donna.

MORE: http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2015/07/passings-singer-songwriter-ernie.html



Charlie Sanders 1974 Topps football card

Charlie Sanders passes away at 68

Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders has passed away after a battle with cancer.

There's some sad news to report today, as Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders has died at the age of 68 after battling cancer, according to FOX 2's Dan Miller.

Sanders was one of the Lions' all-time greats. As a tight end, he played for the team from 1968-77 after being a third-round pick out of Minnesota, and he made the Pro Bowl seven times over the course of his career. He was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2007 class, and he continued to be heavily involved with the Lions long after his playing days were over. From the team's official site:

MORE: http://www.prideofdetroit.com/2015/7/2/8887195/charlie-sanders-passes-away-at-68


JACK CARTER Comedian Dead

Comedian Jack Carter Dies at 93

Comedian Jack Carter died June 28 of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.

He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.

For two years, he hosted the early television variety program “Cavalcade of Stars” prior to having his own show on NBC, “The Jack Carter Show,” which lasted three years, and was a part of the “Saturday Night Revue.” He also co-starred in several of the Colgate Comedy Hours with Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O’Connor.

MORE: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/comedian-jack-carter-dead-dies-1201530903/




Patrick Macnee, 93, Dapper and Unflappable in ‘The Avengers,’ Dies

Patrick Macnee, who wielded a lethal umbrella and sharp repartee as the dapper secret agent John Steed on the 1960s television series “The Avengers,” died on Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 93.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/26/arts/television/patrick-macnee-star-of-the-avengers-dies-at-93.html?_r=0



Eight is Enough actor Dick Van Patten has died

Dick Van Patten, the star of TV’s Eight is Enough, has died.  He was 86.

The cause of death was complications due to diabetes, his rep confirmed to EW. Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

“I am sorry to report this sad news,” his publicist Jeff Ballard said. “He was the kindest man you could ever meet in life. A loving family man. They don’t make them like him anymore.” Ballard added, “His family will not be doing any press at this time.” 

Richard Vincent "Dick" Van Patten (December 9, 1928 – June 23, 2015) was an American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate, best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on the television comedy-drama Eight Is Enough.

He began work as a child actor and was successful on the New York stage, appearing in more than a dozen plays as a teenager.[1] He later starred in numerous television roles including the long running CBS television series, I Remember Mama and Young Dr. Malone. Later, he would star or co-star in many feature films including Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Charlton Heston's Soylent Green and the Academy Award–winning Charly.[2] Van Patten is the founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods and National Guide Dog Month.

Eight Is Enough: Season 2

Dick Stanfel, Bears offensive line coach in Super Bowl XX, dies

As good a coach as Dick Stanfel was teaching offensive line play — and former Bears pupils give him the highest credit — he was probably a greater player as a standout in the 1950s.

Stanfel, who was a Bears assistant coach from 1981 through 1992 and was the architect of the line that helped pave the way to Super Bowl XX, died Monday at his home in Libertyville after a long illness. He was 87.




Darryl Hamilton killed in apparent murder-suicide

Darryl Hamilton, an outfielder for five teams over 13 major league seasons, was found dead at a home in Pearland, Texas, Sunday after an apparent murder-suicide, police said Monday.

According to a report from Pearland police, Hamilton suffered multiple gunshot wounds during a dispute at the home in suburban Houston. Monica Jordan, 44, was found dead in another part of the home, apparently by self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2015/06/22/darryl-hamilton-killed-mlb-murder-suicide/29113385/


Longo with Mark Calaway in 'Suburban Commando'

Longo with Mark Calaway in 'Suburban Commando'

Character Actor Tony Longo Dies at 53

The 6-foot-6 bruiser appeared in such films as 'Splash,' 'Mulholland Drive' and 'The Last Boy Scout.'

Tony Longo, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound character actor who filled the screen in such films as Splash, Mulholland Drive and The Last Boy Scout, has died. He was 53.

Longo died in his sleep at his home in Marina del Rey, announced his manager, Susan Ferris. She said she received the news of his death on Sunday.

A working actor in Hollywood for 30 years, Longo played Mad Dog Smears on the 1984–1991 HBO series 1st & Ten: The Championship, and he had recurring roles on CBS’ Alice, the syndicated Police Academy: The Series and NBC’s Hell Town.

MORE: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/character-actor-tony-longo-dies-804391





Earl Norem April 17, [1]1924[2] - June 19, 2015[3] credited simply as Norem, was an American artist primarily known for his painted covers for men's-adventure magazines published by Martin Goodman's Magazine Management Company and for Goodman's line of black-and-white comics magazines affiliated with his Marvel Comics division. Over his long career, Norem also illustrated covers for novels and gaming books, as well as movie posters, baseball programs, and trading cards.

MORE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Norem


Firesign Theatre Member Phil Austin Dies

Firesign Theatre Member Phil Austin Dies at 74

Phil Austin, a co-founder of the influential Firesign Theatre comedy troupe, died Thursday of complications from cancer at his home on Fox Island in Washington state. He was 74.

Austin was dubbed the “official lead guitarist” for the outfit known for its out-there radio broadcasts and albums from the late 1960s and early ’70s. The group’s most popular albums include “How Can You Be Two Places at Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All” (with its famous cover image of Groucho Marx and John Lennon), “I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus” and “Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers.”

MORE: http://variety.com/2015/scene/news/firesign-theatre-phil-austin-dead-74-1201524584/


John David Crow, Heisman Winner at Texas A&M, Dies at 79

John David Crow, a bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in the National Football League, died on Wednesday. He was 79.

Texas A&M announced his death but did not give a location or a cause. He lived in College Station, Tex.

Crow was the first Heisman winner for the Aggies, coached at the time by Bear Bryant. During the 1957 season, Bryant famously said, “If John David Crow doesn’t win the Heisman Trophy, they ought to stop giving it.”

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/sports/ncaafootball/john-david-crow-heisman-winner-at-texas-am-dies-at-79.html


Blaze Starr, Burlesque Queen Who Was Linked to a Governor, Dies at 83

Blaze Starr, the voluptuous stripper who was billed as the Queen of Burlesque and whose affair with a Louisiana governor was the basis of a 1989 movie, died on Monday in Wilsondale, W.Va., the coal country town in which she was born. She was 83.

A nephew, Earsten Spaulding, said Ms. Starr had been stricken at home in Wilsondale and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. She had undergone heart bypass surgeries in recent years, he said.

With thickly luxurious, fiery red hair, an ample bosom and a penchant for playful humor, Ms. Starr stoked the imaginations of legions of admirers from the runways of clubs across the country for more than 30 years, seducing many men along the way.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/us/blaze-starr-burlesque-stripper-linked-to-a-governor-dies-at-83.html




Country Music Hall of Famer Jim Ed Brown Dead at 81

Jim Ed Brown

Jim Ed Brown, whose easygoing vocal style led to a seven-decades-long career that included Grand Ole Opry membership and 2015 election into the Country Music Hall of Fame with his sisters Maxine and Bonnie Brown, died Thursday at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 81.


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Ornette Coleman, Jazz Legend, Dead at 85

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Alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, one of the most innovative composers and performers in jazz history, died Thursday morning in Manhattan at age 85. A representative for the musician's family cited the cause of death as cardiac arrest, The New York Times reports. 

Coleman's influence on jazz music is massive. The saxophonist stirred up the jazz scene starting in the late Fifties, setting aside traditional harmonic and rhythmic rules in favor of an avant-garde approach filled with unorthodox solos and musical structures.

MORE: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ornette-coleman-jazz-legend-dead-at-85-20150611


Dusty Rhodes

Dusty Rhodes, Wrestling Icon, Dead at 69

Virgil Runnels, the man known to generations of pro-wrestling fans as Dusty Rhodes, died Thursday, WWE confirms. He was 69 years old.

Runnels, a gregarious WWE Hall-of-Famer and three-time NWA champion, transcended territories and styles in a career than began in the late 1960s. He wrestled throughout the United States but had his first taste of fame in the Seventies, as part of National Wrestling Alliance promotions in Florida and Georgia, and plied his trade for Vince McMahon Sr. in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, the forerunner to today's WWE.

MORE: http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/news/wrestling-icon-dusty-rhodes-dead-at-69-20150611


Christopher Lee as Dracula.

Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

Sir Christopher Lee, known as the master of horror, has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

The veteran actor, immortalised in films from Dracula to The Wicker Man, and via James Bond villainy to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died at 8.30am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

His wife, the former Danish model Birgit Kroencke, decided to hold back the information for four days until all family members and friends were informed. The couple had been married for more than 50 years and had one daughter, Christina.

MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jun/11/christopher-lee-dies-at-the-age-of-93-dracula



Vincent Bugliosi

Vincent Bugliosi, Charles Manson Prosecutor, Dead at 80

Vincent Bugliosi, the former Los Angeles deputy district attorney who prosecuted the Manson family, passed away Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital following a battle with cancer. He was 80. Bugliosi also penned the 1974 book Helter Skelter, which detailed Charles Manson and his followers' 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others and the subsequent investigation and trial. Bugliosi successfully prosecuted Manson and members of his Family in 1971, resulting in 27 guilty verdicts.

MORE: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/vincent-bugliosi-charles-manson-prosecutor-dead-at-80-20150609




Ronnie Gilbert Dead: Influential Folk Singer Of 'The Weavers' Was 88

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Singer Ronnie Gilbert, a member of the influential 1950s folk quartet the Weavers, has died. She was 88.

Gilbert died of natural causes Saturday at a retirement community in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Mill Valley, said her longtime partner, Donna Korones.

With the Weavers, whose other members were Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman, Gilbert helped spark a national folk revival by churning out hit recordings of "Goodnight Irene," ''Tzena Tzena Tzena," ''On Top of Old Smokey," ''If I Had A Hammer," ''Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and "Wimoweh."



Betsy Palmer

Betsy Palmer (November 1, 1926 – May 29, 2015) was an American actress, known as a regular panelist on the game show I've Got a Secret, and later for playing Pamela Voorhees in the slasher film Friday the 13th.

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Betsy Palmer, the actress known for her role as Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th passed away. She died on Friday in Connecticut and is survived by her daughter, Melissa Merendino. She was 88 years old.

In the classic slasher film Friday the 13th, Palmer played the mother of killer Jason Voorhees. Though Jason is the villain of the series, Mrs. Voorhees was the original killer, taking revenge on a group of counselors at Camp Crystal Lake after her son drowned while not being watched by counselors. She appeared in flashbacks throughout the next few movies in the series. The fan favorite actress of the Friday the 13th series was a guest at horror conventions for years after her appearances in the movies. She also participated in several documentaries for the horror flicks.

Palmer was born Pamela Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Indiana. Her TV and film career began in the early 1950s in Martinsville, U.S.A., I’ll Buy That, and Inner Sanctum. She appeared in several episodes of Goodyear Playhouse, Studio One in Hollywood, and The United States Steel Hour. Other TV spots included The Love Boat, T.J. Hooker, Charles in Charge, Newhart, Murder, She Wrote, Knots Landing, Columbo, and Hang Time. Her final role was in Bell Witch: The Movie in 2007.




Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s Son, Dies at 46

WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden III, the former attorney general of Delaware and the eldest son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., died on Saturday in Washington. He was 46.

The cause was brain cancer, his father said.

Mr. Biden had spent more than a week receiving treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, where he died.

In a statement Saturday night, the vice president said, “It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.”

The statement went on to say, “In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”




Comedy great Anne Meara, one half of the comedy team "Stiller & Meara," died at 85 on Saturday, May 23, her family said. Meara and husband, Jerry Stiller, were regulars on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Click through the gallery to see more from the comedian's long career:

Anne Meara, one half of 'Stiller & Meara' and mother of Ben Stiller, dies

(CNN)Comedy great Anne Meara, the quick-witted half of the comedy team "Stiller & Meara," died at 85 on Saturday, her family said.

Meara and her husband, Jerry Stiller, were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long, the family said in a statement. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, comic actor Ben Stiller, daughter Amy Stiller and grandchildren.

MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/24/entertainment/feat-anne-meara-dies/



Reynaldo Rey

Reynaldo Rey Dead: White Men Can't Jump Actor and Comedian Dies at 75

Reynaldo Rey has died at the age of 75, CNN reports. The actor and comedian passed away on Thursday, May 28, following complications from a stroke he suffered last year.

Rey was born in Sequoyah County, Okla., and began his acting career with an appearance in the TV series Sanford in 1981. Some of his other small screen credits include The Bernie Mac Show, The Royal Family, The Wayans Bros, Everybody Hates Chris, and 227.

The star is perhaps best known, however, for his film roles. His most memorable characters include Tad in White Men Can't Jump (1992) and Red's Father in Friday (1995). He also appeared in House Party 3, American Dream, and Divine Intervention, and last starred in 2012's Pawn Shop.




Tanith Lee … ‘as playful off the page as she was on it’

Fantasy and horror writer Tanith Lee dies aged 67

Award-winning British author of more than 90 novels is hailed for ‘flashes of brilliance and mischief’

The British science fiction, fantasy and horror author Tanith Lee has died at the age of 67.

Lee was the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award, in 1980, with her novel Death’s Master, the second in her Tales from the Flat Earth fantasy series. Born in 1947, she wrote more than 90 novels and 300 short stories during her writing life.

She was also a prolific poet, penned radio plays, and wrote two episodes of the seminal British science fiction TV series Blake’s 7.

The SF website Tor.com lists her many other accolades: World Fantasy Awards for Best Short Story in 1983 and 1984 and recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the World Fantasy Convention in 2013 and the Horror Writers Association just this year.

MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/26/fantasy-and-horror-writer-tanith-lee-dies-aged-67



Marques Haynes, 89, Dies; Dribbled as a Globetrotter and Dazzled Worldwide

Marques Haynes, whose dazzling ball-handling skills, exhibited for more than 40 years as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters and other barnstorming black basketball teams, earned him a place in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and an international reputation as the world’s greatest dribbler, died on Friday in Plano, Tex. He was 89.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/sports/marques-haynes-harlem-globetrotters-star-dribbler-dies-at-89.html?_r=0


New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and his wife

Margaretta 'Happy' Rockefeller dies at 88; widow of former U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller

Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and one of the first women to speak publicly about her breast cancer in the 1970s, has died. She was 88.

Happy Rockefeller, who earned her nickname as a child because of her pleasant personality, died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown, New York, said family spokesman Fraser Seitel.





B.B. King, the Beale Street Blues Boy

Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

(CNN)Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.

He was 89.

His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration.

MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/15/entertainment/bb-king-dead/



Former Cub Utilityman Earl Averill, Jr. dead at 83

Former Cubbie Earl Averill Jr (son of Hall of Famer Earl Averill) has died in Washington state at age 83. He played for the Cubs in 1959 and 1960, covering C/3b/LF and 2b hitting 236/701 with 11 HRs and 47 RBIs in 126 games.

Holds the MLB record for most consecutive plate appearances reaching base in a row, going 17 for 17, while with the Angels in 1962.





Grace Lee Whitney

R.I.P. Grace Lee Whitney

The Star Trek actress passes away at 85.

On Friday, May 1, Grace Lee Whitney died of natural causes in her home in Coursegold, California, according to her son, Jonathan Dweck. She was 85 years old.

Born Mary Ann Chase in 1930, Whitney was adopted and renamed Grace Elaine Whitney. She began her entertainment career in 1944 as a singer for Detroit’s WJR radio station. She continued her singing career in Chicago as an opening act for Billie Holiday and Buddy Rich, before she toured with Spike Jones and Fred Waring.

As Grace Lee Whitney, she broke into films with small roles in House of Wax, Top Banana, and The Naked and the Dead. Whitney had a prominent supporting turn in the Billy Wilder classic comedy, Some Like It Hot before going on to appear in A Public Affair, The Man from Galveston and Irma la Douce.

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Ellen Albertin

Ellen Albertini Dow, a multi-faceted performer and acting coach perhaps best known for spitting a fire rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer, died Monday, May 4th, Deadline reports. She was 101.

Along with her scene-stealing turn as The Wedding Singer's rapping granny (not to be confused with the actual Rappin' Granny, Vivian Smallwood), Dow has appeared in countless films and TV shows, despite beginning her on-screen career as a septuagenarian.

Dow's film credits included parts in Sister Act, Patch Adams and 54, while her feisty demeanor made her perfect for roles like the grandmother in Wedding Crashers who outs her grandson and talks smack about Eleanor Roosevelt. Dow also amassed a sprawling list of credits on a wide array of TV shows including Seinfeld, New Girl, Cold Case, Hannah Montana, The Golden Girls, Scrubs and Six Feet Under.

MORE: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/wedding-singer-rapping-granny-ellen-albertini-dow-dead-at-101-20150505

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Former Raiders running back Marv Hubbard dies at age 68

The rough-and-tumble Hubbard was part of the heyday Raiders. He played for the team from 1969 to '75 and was one of the many colorful characters on those special Oakland teams.

The Raiders announced Hubbard's death on their website. He played 90 games with the Raiders, including 58 starts, and had 4,394 career yards with Oakland and 22 touchdown runs. He did not play in 1976 before joining Detroit in 1977.

MORE: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12822512/marv-hubbard-former-oakland-raiders-running-back-dies-68



Ben E. King, soul legend who sang 'Stand By Me,' dead at 76

One of soul’s most elegant voices has been stilled.

Ben E. King, best-known for his enduring hit “Stand By Me,” died of natural causes on Thursday, according to his manager.

He was 76.





King began his career in the late 1950s as a member of The Drifters, singing the lead on classics like “There Goes My Baby,” which he co-wrote, “This Magic Moment,” and “Save the Last Dance For Me.”

MORE: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/ben-e-king-soul-legend-sang-stand-dead-76-article-1.2206463

Jayne Meadows Dies at 95; Widow of Steve Allen Was Nominated for 3 Emmys

Jayne Meadows, a longtime television actress who was the widow of TV legend Steve Allen and the elder sister of actress Audrey Meadows, died of natural causes at her home in Encino, Calif., on Sunday night. She was 95.

Meadows was thrice nominated for Emmys, the first time for a 1977 episode of the PBS show “Meeting of Minds,” the second time in 1987 for an episode of NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” on which she guested and the third time in 1996 for supporting actress in a comedy for CBS show “High Society.”

Over a showbiz career that spanned six-plus decades, Meadows took to the Broadway stage — in “The Gazebo” in 1958 — appeared in films including 1946’s “Undercurrent,” starring Katharine Hepburn; toured in her one-woman show “Powerful Women in History” for seven years; appeared with Allen onstage in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” off and on for 11 years; and was a regular panelist on the hit CBS gameshow “I’ve Got a Secret.”

MORE: http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/jayne-meadows-dead-dies-widow-of-steve-allen-1201480601/


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Fallen Star: ‘Partridge Family’ Daughter Suzanne Crough Had Tax Issues, Bankruptcy Before Her Untimely Death — Plus The Latest From The Coroner

Partridge Family star Suzanne Crough’s sudden death at age 52 earlier this week stunned fans who remembered her as fresh-faced red-headed Partridge daughter Tracy. But like many child stars, she receded from the spotlight after her early fame — and RadarOnline.com has learned, she struggled with financial issues before her passing.

According to records obtained by Radar, the former TV star and her husband William B. Condray filed for joint Chapter 7 bankruptcy in April 1994. It was discharged four months later.

MORE: http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/dead-partridge-family-suzanne-crough-tax-issues-bankruptcy/

Jack Ely

Kingsmen singer Jack Ely, seen here with the Courtmen, has died at age 71.

Jack Ely, 'Louie Louie' Singer and Former Kingsmen Member, Dead at 71

Jack Ely, the former singer of the Kingsmen and the most famous voice behind the garage-rock hit "Louie Louie," has died in his home in Richmond, Oregon. The singer's son, Sean, confirmed his father's death to The Associated Press, saying the musician had long been suffering from an unspecified illness; because of Jack's religious beliefs, the family does not know what it was. He was 71.

MORE: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-ely-louie-louie-singer-and-former-kingsmen-member-dead-at-71-20150428


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Former Middleweight Champion Gene Fullmer Dies at 83

Gene Fullmer, a former middleweight champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame whose 55 career victories included two wins over Sugar Ray Robinson, has died, his nephew said Tuesday. He was 83.

Fullmer suffered from Alzheimer's disease and dementia for years and died Monday while fighting a bacterial infection, nephew Larry Fullmer said.

"I want him to be remembered as a gentleman and someone who loved the sport, but he loved people, too," Larry Fullmer said. "If you ever look at any clips of his fights or see any interviews, you'll never see any arrogance or cockiness or pride about his accomplishments. ... He was always a gentleman and never spoke ill of any of his opponents."

Fullmer turned pro in 1951 and defeated Robinson in 1957 to win the middleweight title. The two fought four times, with Fullmer going 2-1-1. He lost the title in a rematch with Robinson, but regained the vacated title in 1959 by beating Carmen Basilio. He defended it seven times.

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Everybody Loves Raymond's Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton Mourn Sawyer Sweeten's Death

Sawyer Sweeten, who played little Geoffrey Barone on the series from 1996 to 2005, died in an apparent suicide Thursday. He was just 19.

Patricia Heaton, who played Sawyer's mother on the show, tweeted about the extraordinary loss. "The entire cast of #EverybodyLovesRaymond is in shock," she wrote. "Prayers for the Sweeten family."

"Sawyer Sweeten was a funny and exceptionally bright young man," she added. "He is gone from us far too soon."



Rex Robinson, star of three classic Doctor Who serials, dies aged 89

Rex Robinson, known to TV audiences for his appearances in Doctor Who during the 1970s, has died aged 89.

The Derby-born star featured in three serials between 1972 and 1976.

Robinson played Dr. Tyler in 'The Three Doctors' and Gebek in 'The Monster of Peladon' - both oppposite Jon Pertwee.

He later starred alongside Tom Baker in 'The Hand of Fear' - and all three of his Doctor Who appearances were under the director Lennie Mayne.



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Model For Norman Rockwell's 'Rosie The Riveter,' Mary Doyle Keefe, Dead At 92

The model that inspired Norman Rockwell's famed "Rosie the Riveter" painting, Mary Doyle Keefe, died Tuesday at the age of 92. Keefe died in Simsbury, Connecticut after a short illness, her daughter told The Hartford Courant. The painting is often confused with J. Howard Miller's popular "We Can Do It!" posters.

While Keefe might not have been a household name, many people are familiar with "Rosie the Riveter," Rockwell's painting depicting the strength and courage of American women during World War II. Rockwell later apologized for portraying Keefe's petite body as heftier than it actually was.

"I did have to make you into a sort of a giant," Rockwell wrote in a letter to Keefe, according to The Associated Press.

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Skyliners Singer Wally Lester Dies at 73

Wally Lester, an original member of one of Pittsburgh's most successful and popular groups, The Skyliners, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at age 73 in Southport, N.C.

Mr. Lester, an Allentown native, was just 17 when he traveled to New York with Skyliners manager-songwriter Joe Rock, lead singer Jimmy Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Joe VerScharen and Jackie Taylor to record the song "Since I Don't Have You" at Capitol Studios in New York.

Released the day after Christmas in 1958, the song went to No. 12 on the Billboard pop chart and No. 3 on the R&B chart in March 1959. In Cashbox, the Skyliners became the first white group to top the R&B charts. It led to the group appearing on "American Bandstand" and on the Caravan of Stars tour.

The Skyliners split in 1963 when the vocal group style was starting to fade, and Mr. Lester turned to the business world, becoming the eastern sales manager for Clairol and eventually a company vice president.

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Veteran comic book artist Herb Trimpe, whose work on The Incredible Hulk defined the look of the character for many and who illustrated Wolverine's first appearance, passed away at age 75 on Monday night, April 13, 2015. His cousin, Glen Baisley, announced Trimpe's death in a Facebook post.

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Percy Sledge

R&B Great Percy Sledge Dead at 74

Percy Sledge, the soul singer who belted out the hit "When a Man Loves a Woman," died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tuesday morning. The cause of death was liver cancer, his manager Steve Green tells Rolling Stone. He was 74.

The singer sky-rocketed to the top of both the Hot 100 and R&B charts with his dramatic, heartrending ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman" – his debut single and one of Rolling Stone's Greatest Songs of All Time – in 1966. It spent 13 weeks on the Billboard pop chart, and was the first chart-topper to come out of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama music scene.

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Stan Freberg, Madcap Adman and Satirist, Dies at 88

Stan Freberg, a humorist whose sprawling imagination fueled a multifaceted career that included pretty much inventing the idea of using satire in commercials, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88.

His death was announced by his son, Donavan.

Mr. Freberg was a hard man to pin down. He made hit comedy records, voiced hundreds of cartoon characters and succeeded Jack Benny in one of radio’s most prestigious time slots. He called himself a “guerrilla satirist,” using humor as a barbed weapon to take on issues ranging from the commercialization of Christmas to the hypocrisy of liberals.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/arts/stan-freberg-88-madcap-adman-and-satirist-dies-at-88.html?_r=0


Judith Malina, Founder of the Living Theater, Dies at 88

Judith Malina, an actor and director who with her husband, Julian Beck, founded the Living Theater, a troupe of activists and provocateurs who advanced the idea of political theater in America, catalyzed fierce debate over their methods and intentions, and in the name of art ran afoul of civic authorities on three continents, died on Friday in Englewood, N.J. She was 88.

Her death, at the Lillian Booth Actors Home, was confirmed by a friend and playwright, Karen Malpede. Ms. Malina had lung disease caused by years of smoking.

For movie and television buffs, especially those not old enough to remember beatniks, Lenny Bruce, Vietnam War protests or other symbols of remonstration against Eisenhower-era complacency, Ms. Malina was best known as a character actress. She appeared on “The Sopranos” (as Aunt Dottie, a dying nun who reveals to the gangster known as Paulie Walnuts that she is actually his mother) and in films including “The Addams Family,” Woody Allen’s “Radio Days” and, perhaps most memorably, “Dog Day Afternoon,” as the anguished and frantic mother of Sonny Wortzik, the misguided bank robber played by Al Pacino.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/11/theater/judith-malina-founder-of-the-living-theater-dies-at-88.html


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Geoffrey Lewis, Veteran Western Actor, Dead at 79

The father of actress Juliette Lewis appeared alongside Clint Eastwood in “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” and “Every Which Way But Loose”

Western character actor Geoffrey Lewis died on Tuesday of natural causes in Woodland Hills, California, according to multiple media reports. He was 79.

The father of actress Juliette Lewis, he had appeared alongside Clint Eastwood is numerous classics including “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” “Any Which Way You Can” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Lewis received a Golden Globe nomination for the 1980 series “Flo” and he appeared on dozens of other TV programs including “Barnaby Jones,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Lou Grant,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Falcon Crest” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

MORE: http://www.thewrap.com/geoffrey-lewis-veteran-western-actor-dead-at-79/


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James Best Dead: Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Dies at Age 88

Actor James Best died at age 88 on Monday, April 6, TMZ reports. Best passed away after suffering complications from pneumonia. 

PHOTOS: Stars gone too soon

He was best known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard TV series from 1979 to 1985 and on the short-lived spin-off, The Dukes, in 1983. 

PHOTOS: Recent celeb deaths

The seasoned actor had 187 film and TV credits to his name and was next set to appear in the film Old Soldiers, which is supposed to come out later this year. 

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Richard Dysart

Richard Dysart dies at 86; actor best known for 'L.A. Law' role

Richard Dysart, an actor whose quiet air of authority helped him play presidents, generals, corporate executives and his best-known character, low-key senior partner Leland McKenzie of "L.A. Law", has died. He was 86.

Dysart's death Sunday at his Santa Monica home was caused by cancer, said his wife Kathryn Jacobi Dysart.

While Dysart was a veteran of the Broadway stage and had appeared in many movies, he didn't land his trademark role until he was in his late 50s. "L.A. Law", a legal drama spiced with sex and dark humor, ran from 1986 to 1994 with a cast that over the years included Harry Hamlin, Corbin Bernsen, Jimmy Smits, Susan Dey, Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry.

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Bob Burns Dead: Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Dies

Robert Lewis Burns, Jr. (also known as Bob Burns) was traveling on Tower Ridge Road in Bartow County when he approached a curve and left his side of the roadway, Georgia State Patrol PIO Tracey Watson tells HollywoodLife.com. The musician struck a mailbox and a tree with the front of his vehicle at approximately 11:56 p.m.

Bob was the only person inside the vehicle and was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to the PIO.

MORE: http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/04/04/bob-burns-dead-car-accident-lynyrd-skynyrd-drummer/


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Eddie LeBaron, a Star in the N.F.L. at 5-Foot-7, Dies at 85

Eddie LeBaron, an undersize quarterback who was a college Hall of Famer, became a Marine Corps hero during the Korean War and then played in the National Football League for 11 seasons, died on Wednesday in Stockton, Calif. He was 85.

His death was confirmed by the University of the Pacific, where he led the football team to an undefeated season in 1949.

In a position where players are now routinely 6 feet 3 inches or taller, LeBaron was 5-foot-7, and his weight never reached 170 pounds. But he had no fear of scrambling.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/03/sports/football/eddie-lebaron-nfl-quarterback-dies-at-85.html?_r=0




Preston James Ritter (April 24, 1949 – March 30, 2015)[1] was an American drummer, drum teacher and author of drum methods.

He joined The Electric Prunes in 1966, and played on their debut studio album, The Electric Prunes, and two hit singles, before being replaced by Michael Weakley during recording of the band's second album, Underground , in 1967. He was also involved with Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys, and Dobie Gray. He later worked as a DJ and as a police officer and private investigator before becoming a Christian missionary in Korea, where he taught theology. In later years he returned to Los Angeles, and taught and wrote books on drumming.[1]

He died in 2015, after several years of dialysis for kidney problems, including two kidney transplants.[1]

MORE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston_Ritter



Lobo co-creator Roger Slifer passes away

Lobo co-creator Roger Slifer, who was seriously injured in a 2012 hit and run, died this morning while on the way from his nursing home to an emergency room. He was 60 years old.

“It is especially sad because in the last month he was making great progress,” his sister Connie Carlton wrote on Facebook. “He was writing words on his new whiteboard that I bought with money his friend Larry Spears sent for Christmas. He was nodding yes and no to questions. A couple weeks ago they put a passey muir device (speaking valve) in his trach and he said ‘yes, no, and hi.’ They were getting ready to start him on speech therapy and occupational therapy. Things were finally looking up for him. But God needed another angel.”

The hit and run Santa Monica, California, left Slifer in critical condition with broken bones and a traumatic brain injury; he was comatose for nearly a month. No arrest has been made in the accident.

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Rod Hundley, an Outsize Personality on and Off the Court, Dies at 80

Rod Hundley, basketball’s irrepressible Hot Rod, who parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century, died on Friday at his home near Phoenix. He was 80.

Hundley was an electrifying presence at West Virginia University, played for the Lakers and stamped his persona on broadcasting, mostly for the New Orleans Jazz.

“Nobody did the things I did on the court and nobody has done them since,” Hundley said of his collegiate exploits in “Hot Rod Hundley: You Gotta Love It Baby!” (2012), written with Tom McEachin. “I’d shoot behind my back, sit on the other team’s bench and really work the crowd. I was a Globetrotter in college basketball.”

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/sports/basketball/rod-hundley-an-outsize-basketball-personality-dies-at-80.html?_r=0


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George Fischbeck -- KABC WEATHERMAN DEAD AT 92

George Richard Fischbeck, (July 1, 1922 – March 25, 2015), better known as Dr. George Fischbeck, was an American television weatherman on KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico from the early 1960s to early 1970s. In 1972 he moved to KABC-TV in Los Angeles, replacing Alan Sloane, where he became a staple on the station's Eyewitness News broadcasts. He would retire from KABC-TV in 1990, but returned to television with a brief stint at KCBS-TV from 1994 to 1997.

MORE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Fischbeck




Chuck Bednarik

Charles Philip "Chuck" Bednarik (May 1, 1925 – March 21, 2015), or Concrete Charley, was a professional American football player, known as one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of football and the last two-way player in the National Football League. A Slovak American from the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania., Bednarik played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 through 1962 and, upon retirement, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 (his first year of eligibility).

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A.J. Pero, Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero Dead at 55

Staten Island native played on hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock"

Longtime Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero has passed away, the heavy-metal act announced in a statement today. The Associated Press reports that Pero was found unresponsive on a tour bus in Poughkeepsie, New York and subsequently died of an apparent heart attack. He was 55.

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Michael Brown (born Michael David Lookofsky; April 25, 1949 – March 19, 2015) was an American keyboardist-songwriter. Born in New York as the son of violinist and arranger Harry Lookofsky, he was best known as the principal songwriter for the 1960s baroque-pop outfit The Left Banke and for writing their two hits "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina".[1]

After internal band tensions saw Brown leave the Left Banke in late 1967, prior to the completion of their second record, he went on to become heavily involved in the band Montage.[1] Brown also co-wrote the minor mid-1968 hit "And Suddenly" for The Cherry People, which was a #45 single on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, he became involved with Stories and The Beckies. Brown briefly reunited with the Left Banke at a New York performance in April 2012.

Brown died on March 19, 2015. He was 65.[2]

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Irwin Hasen (July 8, 1918 – March 13, 2015) was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator (with Gus Edson) of the Dondi comic strip.[1]

After study at National Academy of Design, Hasen went to the Art Students League and then entered the comic book field in 1940 with the Harry "A" Chesler shop, contributing to The Green Hornet, The Fox, Secret Agent Z-2, Bob Preston, Explorer, Cat-Man and The Flash. At this time, he created the feature Citizen Smith, Son of the Unknown Soldier. In 1941, he worked for Sheldon Mayer. His art during the 1940s also included Green Lantern and the creation of the National Comics/DC Comics character Wildcat.[3]

During World War II, Hasen was stationed at Fort Dix and managed the Fort Dix Post newspaper: "I edited it, I published it, I took it to the printers, I learned how to set up type, I did the comic strip, I wrote the whole goddam thing, and I interviewed all the celebrities coming in from New York. I worked my ass off, and I wound up in the hospital. But that was my proudest time, editing that newspaper for a year and a half."[2]

He returned to DC after he was discharged from the Army in 1946. In the post-war period, he drew Johnny Thunder, the Justice Society of America, The Flash and Green Lantern.

Comic strips

Before the creation of Dondi in 1954, Hasen drew a comic strip adaptation of The Goldbergs radio/TV series which ran in the New York Post in 1944 and 1945.[2][3]

Hasen, an active member of the National Cartoonists Society, met Gus Edson while on a tour of Korea and together they created the Dondi comic strip, with Edson writing and Hasen drawing.[4][5]

In 2007, Hasen was recovering from a minor stroke which occurred on April 24, 2007.[6][7]

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Mike Porcaro, 59, American bass guitarist (Toto)

Michael Joseph Porcaro (May 29, 1955 – March 15, 2015) was an American bass player. He is best known for his work with the Grammy Award-winning band Toto and is listed as a member on their official website.[1] He retired from touring in 2007 due to his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.[2]

He is the middle brother of Toto members Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro. Their father is jazz drummer-percussionist Joe Porcaro.

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Jimmy Greenspoon (February 7, 1948 – March 11, 2015) was an American keyboard player and composer, best known as a member of the band Three Dog Night.

Greenspoon has performed and recorded with Linda Ronstadt, America, The Beach Boys, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Nils Lofgren, Lowell George, Donovan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills, Jeff Beck, Chris Hillman, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, James Burton, Hal Blaine, Leon Russell, The Wrecking Crew, Osibisa, Shaun Cassidy, Cheech & Chong, Redbone, and Jimi Hendrix.[1][2]

Greenspoon worked on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s with the groups Sound of the Seventh Son and The East Side Kids. His bands held residence at The Trip, Stratford on Sunset (now The House Of Blues) Brave New World, Bidos Litos, Ciros, and The Whiskey.

In late 1966, Greenspoon moved to Denver, Colorado, with the members of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and formed the group Superband. In 1968, Greenspoon moved back to Los Angeles, where he met Danny Hutton, and subsequently formed Three Dog Night.

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Beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett, best known for his work on the legendary Discworld series, has passed away at the age of 66. His career was more than just Discworld, however, as he wrote a number of fantastical short stories, as well as other series such as Johnny Maxwell and The Nome Trilogy.

Pratchett began his writing career as a journalist in the 1960s, and following a fateful interview with the co-director of a publishing company, began focusing on novels as well. His first book was The Carpet People, published in 1971, which was followed by science fiction books The Dark Side of the Sun and Strata.

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Star Trek Producer Harve Bennett Passes Away

The developer of The Mod Squad and legendary Star Trek producer, Harve Bennett passes away at 84.

Barely a week after the passing of Leonard Nimoy, another Star Trek legend has passed away. Earlier today, writer and producer Harve Bennett died. He was 84 years old.

Born Harve Bennett Fischman on August 17, 1930, Bennett began his long career in Hollywood by developing The Mod Squad for television alongside Tony Barrett and Sammy Hess for producer Aaron Spelling. From there, Bennett served as an executive producer for The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman during the ‘70s. Bennett also performed the famous voiceover for the opening narration of The Six Million Dollar Man.

Following the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Bennett was hired to oversee the production of what would become Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Bennett was credited with the idea of bringing Ricardo Montalban back as Khan Noonien Singh, a role he originated in the TV series.

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Lynn Borden, Actress on TV's 'Hazel,' Dies at 77

Lynn Borden, who starred on the 1960s TV comedy Hazel and was done in by a killer turtle in the 1972 cult eco-horror film Frogs, died Tuesday after an extended illness, her family announced. She was 77. 

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Jeff McKnight, Met of many numbers, dead at age 52

Not sure if you saw the news, but Jeff McKnight, a jack of all trades who wore abouy 10 different numbers over four season with the Mets, died Sunday at 52 due to leukemia, a disease he was battling for 10 years.

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'Seinfeld' Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

Daniel von Bargen, the talented character actor perhaps best known for playing George Costanza’s imbecilic boss Mr. Kruger during the last season of Seinfeld, has died. He was 64.

Von Bargen, who also stood out as Commandant Edwin Spangler on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, died Sunday after a long illness, his friend, actor Bob Colonna, said. Cincinnati TV station WLWT also reported the news. Other details of his death were not known.

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Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html


From right: Bakalyan, Jerry Lewis, Robert Ivers and Joe Corey in the 1957 film 'The Delicate Delinquent.'

From right: Bakalyan, Jerry Lewis, Robert Ivers and Joe Corey in the 1957 film 'The Delicate Delinquent.'

Richard Bakalyan, Tough Guy Character Actor and a Cop in 'Chinatown,' Dies at 84

Richard Bakalyan, the quintessential tough guy character actor who sparred with Jack Nicholson and shot Faye Dunaway in Chinatown — just one of his many dozens of appearances in films and on television — has died. He was 84.

Bakalyan, who played juvenile delinquents, cops and gangsters as well as several henchmen on TV’s Batman during his more than a half-century in show business, died unexpectedly Friday at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y., his family announced.

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Harris Wittels, right, an executive producer on "Parks and Recreation", died on February 19, 2015. He was 30 years old. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison

Harris Wittels dead: 'Parks and Recreation' executive producer, 30, found after possible drug overdose

Los Angeles - Harris Wittels, who worked as a writer and executive producer on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," was found dead Thursday of a possible drug overdose at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 30.

Wittels' assistant found him at his home in the Los Feliz area around noon, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, police officer Rosario Herrera said. She said the death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose but the Los Angeles County coroner's office will determine the exact cause.





Lesley Gore, 'It's My Party' Singer, Dead at 68

Lesley Gore, the singer of Sixties hits like "It's My Party," "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me," passed away today at a New York City hospital following a bout with cancer. Gore was 68. "She was a wonderful human being – caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian," Gore's partner Lois Sasson told the Associated Press.

The New Jersey-raised Gore was just a junior in high school when Quincy Jones signed the singer to Mercury Records and produced her first single "It's My Party." The song would eventually top the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963 – giving Jones his first smash single as producer – and spawn the quasi-sequel "Judy's Turn to Cry," which also sold over a million copies the same year. Amy Winehouse would later cover "It's My Party" for a Quincy Jones tribute album.

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Brett Ewins (left), Jamie Hewlett and Steve Dillon in the "Deadline" offices

Brett Ewins (left), Jamie Hewlett and Steve Dillon in the “Deadline” offices

Influential 2000 AD artist Brett Ewins passes away

Brett Ewins, the influential British artist perhaps best known for his work on Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper, has passed away at age 59.

An early collaborator of Peter Milligan, whom he met at Goldsmiths College, and Brendan McCarthy, Ewins began providing covers for 2000 AD before soon reteaming with McCarthy on Future Shocks and Judge Dredd. His other 2000 AD work included ABC Warriors, Bad Company, Judge Anderson and the aforementioned Rogue Trooper.

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CBS' Bob Simon dies in NYC car crash

"He swerved into me," said the 23-year-old Mercedes driver, a resident of New Rochelle. "He hit me, and he looked like he lost control of the car."

CBS News President David Rhodes issued a statement calling Simon "a giant of broadcast journalism, and a dear friend to everyone in the CBS News family. We are all shocked by this tragic, sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob's extended family and especially with our colleague Tanya Simon."

Tanya Simon, Bob Simon's daughter, is a producer at 60 Minutes.

"It's a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News," 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager said in a statement. "It is such a tragedy made worse because we lost him in a car accident, a man who has escaped more difficult situations than almost any journalist in modern times.

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Robert David "Bob" Simon (May 29, 1941 – February 11, 2015) was an American television correspondent for CBS News. During his career, he covered crises, war, and unrest in 67 countries.[2] Simon reported the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, and the student protests in China's Tiananmen Square in 1989. During the Persian Gulf War in 1991, he and four of his TV crew were captured and imprisoned by Iraq for 40 days, about which experience he wrote a book, Forty Days.

He became a regular correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes in 1996 and, in 1999, for 60 Minutes II. At the time of his death in an auto accident, he served as 60 Minutes senior foreign correspondent. Simon is described as having been "a giant of broadcast journalism" by CBS News President David Rhodes,[3] and is recognized as one of the few journalists who have covered most of the major overseas conflicts since 1969. For his extensive reporting over a 47-year career, he earned more than 40 major awards, including the Overseas Press Club awards and 27 Emmy Awards for journalism.[4]

On February 11, 2015, Simon was involved in a car accident while riding in a livery cab in Manhattan. He was transported to St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital, where he later died.[5]

MORE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Simon




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Veteran LA Newsman Stan Chambers Dead At 91

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Longtime Los Angeles newsman Stan Chambers, who spent more than six decades at KTLA, died Friday at age 91.

Chambers joined the station in 1947, when there were only about 300 television sets in the Los Angeles area.

Over the next six decades, Chambers filed more than 22,000 stories, including reports on the Robert Kennedy assassination, the Baldwin Hills dam break, the Manson family murders and Hillside Strangler cases, the Northridge earthquake and many more.

According to KTLA, Chambers also broke the Rodney King beating story when an amateur photographer who filmed the beating handed over his tape to the veteran reporter.

He retired in 2010 at the age of 87.

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Sam Andrew

Big Brother and the Holding Company's Sam Andrew Dead at 73

Sam Andrew, the guitarist and founding member of Big Brother and the Holding Company who also helped launch the career of Janis Joplin, passed away February 12th, ten weeks after he suffered a heart attack which was followed by complications from an open-heart surgery. Andrew was 73.

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David Carr, New York Times Media Columnist, Dead at 58

David Carr, who wrote about entertainment and business for The New York Times, collapsed Thursday at the newspaper’s offices. He was rushed to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital where he died at age 58, the paper reported.

Editor Dean Baquet broke the news to The Times’ staff in a memo:

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Gary Owens

Gary Owens (born Gary Bernard Altman; May 10, 1934 – February 12, 2015) [1] was an American disc jockey and voice actor. His polished baritone speaking voice generally offered deadpan recitations of total nonsense, which he frequently demonstrated as the announcer on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Owens was equally proficient in straight or silly assignments and was frequently heard on television, radio and in commercials.

He was best known, aside from being the announcer on Laugh-In, for providing the voice of the titular superhero on Space Ghost. He also played himself in a cameo appearance on Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1998. Owens first cartoon voice acting was performing the voice of Roger Ramjet on The Roger Ramjet Cartoons.[2] He later served as voice of the over-the-air digital network Antenna TV.

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William Earl Casper, Jr.

William Earl Casper, Jr. (June 24, 1931 – February 7, 2015) was an American professional golfer who was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA Tour from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.

Casper had 51 PGA Tour wins in his career, with his first coming in 1956. This total places him seventh on the all time list. His victories helped him finish third in McCormack's World Golf Rankings in 1968, 1969 and 1970, the first three years they were published. He won three major championships: the 1959 and 1966 U.S. Opens, and the 1970 Masters Tournament.

He was the PGA Tour Money Winner in 1966 and 1968. He was PGA Player of the Year in 1966 and 1970. Casper won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average five times: 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, and 1968.

Casper was a member of the United States team in the Ryder Cup eight times: 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, and a non-playing captain in 1979. Casper has scored the most points in the Ryder Cup by an American player.

Casper won at least one PGA Tour event for 16 straight seasons, from 1956 to 1971 inclusive, and this is the third-longest streak, trailing only Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, who each won on Tour in 17 straight years.

On the senior circuit, Casper earned nine Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) wins from 1982 to 1989, including two senior majors.

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Buddy Holly and The Crickets in 1957 (top to bottom: Allison, Holly and Mauldin)

Joe B. Mauldin

Joe Benson Mauldin, Jr. (July 8, 1940 – February 7, 2015) was an American double-bassist, songwriter and audio engineer, best known as the double-bassist of rock and roll group The Crickets. Later he became a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, the Los Angeles studio that became the hit factory for Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and other major 1960s rock performers. He was born in Lubbock, Texas.

Mauldin became the bassist in the group The Crickets, which included Buddy Holly and drummer Jerry Allison and guitarist Niki Sullivan. But the first rock band he played in was The Four Teens of Lubbock in 1955. He appears to have recorded with this group (that included the recording artist Terry Noland) in Dallas, prior to his recording with Buddy Holly in Clovis, NM. After Holly's death in 1959, he played on and off as an original Cricket with J.I. Allison, Sonny Curtis, Glen D. Hardin and with Niki Sullivan on occasion. He was also inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN as an original Cricket.[1] In 2012, Mauldin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Crickets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the mistake of not including the Crickets with Buddy Holly when he was first inducted in 1986. He died from cancer in Nashville, Tennessee.[2][3]

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Colleen McCullough, Author Of 'The Thorn Birds,' Dead At 77

Best-selling author Colleen McCullough is seen on Norfolk Island. (File, AP Photo/Harper Collins, Louise Donald, HO)

SYDNEY, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a smash hit television miniseries, has died at the age of 77.

McCullough turned to writing after working for more than a decade as a neuroscientist in Australia, Britain and the United States and scored almost immediate success with The Thorn Birds, a family drama set on a sheep station in the Australian outback.

The paperback rights for The Thorn Birds sold for a then record $1.9 million and was made into one of the most watched miniseries of all time, starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward. The book sold 30 million copies worldwide.

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TV talk show pioneer Joe Franklin dies at 88

Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88.

He died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said.

Mr. Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity.

The host of "The Joe Franklin Show" started in TV in 1950. By the early 1990s, he often said, he had chatted with more than 300,000 guests, including Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli and Madonna. But the notables often had to share air time on his low-budget show with a tap-dancing dentist or a man who whistled through his nose.

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President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Hall of Fame baseball player Ernie Banks in the East Room at the White House on November 20, 2013. (Getty)

Ernie Banks, Chicago's 'Mr. Cub,' Dead At 83

Ernie Banks, the legendary Chicago Cubs baseball player and Hall of Famer, died at age 83 on Friday night in Chicago, a spokesperson for his family said.

The news of his death was confirmed to the Chicago Sun Times and ABC Chicago.

Known as "Mr. Cub," the ebullient Banks played shortstop and first base for the Chicago Cubs from 1953 to 1971, netting 512 home runs and 1,636 RBIs. Known for his smile and always being eager to play, he was often heard saying, "Let's play two!" Former Cubs manager Dusty Baker said of Banks in 2013, “I just remember Ernie was never in a bad mood."

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Dallas Taylor Dead: Crosby, Stills & Nash Drummer Dies

Crosby, Stills & Nash Drummer Dallas Taylor Dies

Dallas W. Taylor, the prolific drummer best known for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash, died on Sunday. He was 66.

The news was posted by his wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, on her Facebook page. "This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W. Taylor," she wrote. "He came into my life almost 18 years ago and saved me as much as I may have saved him."

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Robert Kinoshita

Known for his widely influential robot designs during the heyday of 1950s and 1960s science fiction television, Robert Kinoshita was a giant of production design. Kinoshita passed away at the age of 100 on December 9, 2014, leaving behind a wealth of work that is bound to inspire those in his field for years to come.

He was born in 1914 in Los Angeles and grew up in the LA neighborhood of Boyle Heights. During his studies at USC, he saw an exhibit of sketches by an alumnus who worked for a movie studio, and was inspired to pursue a similar career path. Kinoshita graduated in 1940 with a degree in architecture and design, but during World War II was sent to live in the Poston Camp in Arizona under the United States’ internment program.

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Darrell Winfield, Marlboro Man


Marlboro Man Darrell Winfield Dead at 85: Wyoming Rancher Was First Authentic Cowboy to Be Face of the Cigarette Brand

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A number of men have served as the face of Marlboro cigarettes over the years. But there there were only so many Marlboro Men for the ages.

Darrell Winfield, the Wyoming rancher who was the first authentic cowboy to star in the Philip Morris-owned brand's iconic advertising campaign, has died at the age of 85, CNN reports. No cause of death was given. An obituary posted to Fremont County, Wy.'s County 10 website noted that he passed away Jan. 12.

Winfield was discovered by Philip Morris ad man Leo Burnett in 1968 while working on the Quarter Circle 5 Ranch in Pinedale, Wy., and remained as a face of the brand until 1989. It became illegal in 1998 for American tobacco companies to use humans or cartoons in its advertising.

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La Dolce Vita actress Anita Ekberg dead at 83 following 'a series of illnesses'

  • Swedish born actress died in Rome on Sunday
  • First found fame in Fellini's La Dolce Vita 
  • Became a sex symbol thanks to iconic scene showing her wading through Rome's Trevi Fountain in strapless black dress 
  • Married twice and has said her greatest regret is not having any children  

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In Memoriam: Rod Taylor

The Time Machine star Rod Taylor passed away earlier this week at his home in Los Angeles. The Australian actor got his big break with a starring role in director George Pal’s 1960 adaptation of the H.G. Well’s sci-fi novel.

A few years later he followed this dynamic performance by playing the hero in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic The Birds in 1963 with Tippi Hedren. That same year he starred in The V.I.P.s with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. His other film credits include Giant, Sunday in New Sunday in New York with Jane Fonda, 101 Dalmatians voicing Pongo, Do Not Disturb, and The Glass Bottom Boat.

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Taylor Negron Dead At 57 Following Cancer Battle

Actor and comedian Taylor Negron has died at age 57 after a long battle with cancer.

Negron's cousin, Chuck Negron, announced the news of Taylor Negron's death in a Youtube video posted on Saturday.

"I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away," Chuck Negron said in the video.

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Has Died

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Dies at 88

Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88.

Goldwyn Jr. was an Emmy-award-winning director and Oscar-nominated producer. He most recently worked on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, which was released in 2013.

Goldwyn Jr. comes from a family that helped create Hollywood. His father, Samuel Goldwyn Sr., was a founder of Paramount Studios, and his production company was acquired by Metro Pictures Corp. to become part of one of Hollywood's largest studios, MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).

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Curtis Lee (October 28, 1939 – January 8, 2015) was an American singer of the early 1960s, who twice over was one of the beneficiaries of 1961 productions by Phil Spector.[1] These were "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" (U.S. #7) and "Under the Moon of Love" (U.S. #46).

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Khan Bonfils, James Bond and 'Star

‘Star Wars’ Actor, Dies at 42

British actor Khan Bonfils, who went by Kan, died Wednesday in London while preparing for an upcoming production of “Dante’s Inferno.” He was 42.

Paramedics and members of the Craft Theatre Company in East London were unable to revive Bonfils after he collapsed in rehearsal, according to the Daily Mail. A cause of death has not yet been announced.

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James Cecil Dickens (December 19, 1920 – January 2, 2015), better known as Little Jimmy Dickens, was an American country music singer famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4'11" (150 cm), and his rhinestone-studded outfits (which he is given credit for introducing into country music live performances).[1] He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. He was the oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry

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Donna Douglas (born Doris Smith; September 1932 – January 1, 2015) was an American actress and comedienne, known for her role as Elly May Clampett in CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971). Following her acting career, Douglas became a real estate agent, a Gospel singer and inspirational speaker, and authored books for children and adults.

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Mario Matthew Cuomo (/ˈkwm/; June 15, 1932 – January 1, 2015) was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He served as the 52nd Governor of New York for three terms, from 1983 to 1994,[1][2] Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1979 to 1982;[1][2] and Secretary of State of New York from 1975 to 1978.[1][2]

Cuomo was known for his liberal views and public speeches, particularly his keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention[1] where he criticized Ronald Reagan's policies.[1] The speech brought him to national attention, and he was widely considered a front-runner for the Democratic nomination for President in both 1988 and 1992, but he declined to seek the nomination in both instances. His legacy as a reluctant standard-bearer for the Democrats in presidential elections led to him being dubbed "Hamlet on the Hudson".[3][4]

Cuomo was defeated for a fourth term as Governor by George Pataki in the Republican Revolution of 1994, and he subsequently retired from politics. He was the father of five, including Andrew Cuomo, the current Governor of New York, and journalist Chris Cuomo, currently at CNN.[1][2]

He died of natural causes due to heart failure in Manhattan, New York City on New Year's Day, 2015.

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Death of Alberta Adams, 'last of post-WWII blues singers'

Singer Alberta Adams, who was known as Detroit's "Queen of the Blues" before a career resurgence in her 80s, has died at age 97, her label said Friday.

"On the big scale, she was really the last of the great post-World War II blues singers," said RJ Spangler, who helped her relaunch her career in the 1990s through his Eastlawn jazz and blues label.

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Ex-Globetrotter 'Showboat' Hall dies

DETROIT -- Former Harlem Globetrotter Robert "Showboat" Hall, who spent nearly three decades with the team, has died in his hometown of Detroit.

The Globetrotters said Hall died Wednesday. A cause of death and his age were not immediately available.

Hall attended and played basketball at the former Miller High School in Detroit. He joined the Globetrotters in 1949, and in 1955 succeeded Reece "Goose" Tatum as the team's primary showman. Hall became player-coach in 1968.

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Joe Cocker, Legendary Musician, Dead At 70

Singer Joe Cocker has died at age 70, reports the BBC.

The singer-songwriter best known for his cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," died after a battle with lung disease, reports The Yorkshire Post.

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Billie Whitelaw, Acclaimed Stage And Screen Actress, Dead At 82

LONDON (AP) — British actress Billie Whitelaw, who collaborated closely with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and appeared on stage and screen for decades, has died in a London nursing home at age 82.

Denville Hall general manager Charlotte Schram said Whitelaw died Sunday.

"It's a great loss. She was a wonderful person," Schram said.

Whitelaw was well known for her roles in a number of films, including "The Omen" and most recently "Hot Fuzz," and for her regular work with Beckett, who once described her as the "perfect actress."

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Profumo affair's Mandy Rice-Davies dies at the age of 70

Former model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, has died from cancer at the age of 70, her publicist has said.

She - along with her friend Christine Keeler - was at the centre of the scandal which threatened to bring down Harold Macmillan's government.

Rice-Davies lived with Keeler, whose affair with war minister John Profumo prompted his resignation in 1963.

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Richard C. Hottelet, CBS Newsman and Last of ‘Murrow Boys,’ Dies at 97

Richard C. Hottelet, who covered the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge for CBS and became the last survivor of the “Murrow Boys,” the network’s pioneering World War II radio newsmen who worked under Edward R. Murrow, died on Wednesday at his home in Wilton, Conn. He was 97.




Ernie Terrell, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champ, Dies At 75

CHICAGO (AP) — Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.

The son of Mississippi sharecroppers and long-time Chicago resident worked as fight promoter after his boxing career ended and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. Terrell also twice ran unsuccessfully for alderman of his far South Side neighborhood and built a janitorial company that eventually employed 100 people. He died Tuesday in Chicago of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to his wife Maxine.

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Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America Turned Actress, Dies at 77

Mary Ann Mobley, the dark-haired and wholesome Miss America who went on to a successful acting career highlighted by two starring turns opposite Elvis Presley, has died. She was 77.

Mobley, who was married to the late actor and TV host Gary Collins, died Tuesday morning in her Beverly Hills home after a battle with breast cancer, execs with Warner Bros. Television said. One of her daughters, Clancy Collins White, is senior vp drama development at the company.

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Ken Weatherwax, Pugsley on ‘The Addams Family,’ Dies at 59

Actor Ken Weatherwax has died at the age of 59 following a heart attack, according to TMZ.

A woman saying she is Weatherwax’s niece posted the news on Facebook.

Weatherwax is best known for playing Pugsley Addams on the original “Addams Family” television series, later voicing the character in the animated series and playing Pugsley Sr. in TV movie, “Halloween with the New Addams Family.”

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Songwriter, Producer Bob Montgomery Dead at 77

Noted songwriter, producer and music publisher Bob Montgomery has passed away at the age of 77.

The Associated Press reports Montgomery died on Thursday (Dec. 4) in Lee’s Summit, Mo. after battling Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Lampasas, Texas on May 12, 1937, Montgomery began his music career by teaming up with Buddy Holly in a rockabilly duo in the ’50s, but soon found his real calling writing songs for Holly and his band the Crickets, including ‘Heartbeat,’ ‘Wishing’ and ‘Love’s Made a Fool of You.’

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Noted songwriter, producer and music publisher Bob Montgomery has passed away at the age of 77.

The Associated Press reports Montgomery died on Thursday (Dec. 4) in Lee’s Summit, Mo. after battling Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Lampasas, Texas on May 12, 1937, Montgomery began his music career by teaming up with Buddy Holly in a rockabilly duo in the ’50s, but soon found his real calling writing songs for Holly and his band the Crickets, including ‘Heartbeat,’ ‘Wishing’ and ‘Love’s Made a Fool of You.’

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Noted songwriter, producer and music publisher Bob Montgomery has passed away at the age of 77.

The Associated Press reports Montgomery died on Thursday (Dec. 4) in Lee’s Summit, Mo. after battling Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Lampasas, Texas on May 12, 1937, Montgomery began his music career by teaming up with Buddy Holly in a rockabilly duo in the ’50s, but soon found his real calling writing songs for Holly and his band the Crickets, including ‘Heartbeat,’ ‘Wishing’ and ‘Love’s Made a Fool of You.’

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Noted songwriter, producer and music publisher Bob Montgomery has passed away at the age of 77.

The Associated Press reports Montgomery died on Thursday (Dec. 4) in Lee’s Summit, Mo. after battling Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Lampasas, Texas on May 12, 1937, Montgomery began his music career by teaming up with Buddy Holly in a rockabilly duo in the ’50s, but soon found his real calling writing songs for Holly and his band the Crickets, including ‘Heartbeat,’ ‘Wishing’ and ‘Love’s Made a Fool of You.’

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He initially teamed up with Holly as a rockabilly duo in the 1950s, but then focused on songwriting for Holly and the Crickets. In the late 1960s, he moved to Nashville, where he started House of Gold Music. It became a major publishing house, scoring hits for country stars including Alabama, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Dottie West and the Judds.

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Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dead at 70

The musician who appeared on "Brown Sugar," "Live With Me" and countless others played with the band for more than 40 years

Bobby Keys, the larger-than-life saxophone player who toured with the Rolling Stones for more than 45 years and played on studio classics like "Brown Sugar" and "Live With Me," has passed away. He was 70.

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Former Paramount President Frank Yablans Dies at 79

He also worked as the COO of MGM/United Artists, produced 'North Dallas Forty' and 'Congo' and adapted 'Mommie Dearest'

Former Paramount Pictures president Frank Yablans has died, his son, ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 79.

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Marion Barry, Former Mayor of Washington, Dies at 78

Marion S. Barry Jr., a sharecropper’s son and civil rights pioneer who became a flamboyant and polarizing mayor of Washington, went to prison on cocaine charges and then recaptured City Hall in one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of American politics, died early Sunday in Washington. He was 78.

His death was confirmed by his family.

Mr. Barry died at United Medical Center in Southeast Washington just hours after he was released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday. He admitted himself on Thursday, saying that he did not feel well, although no specific medical problems were mentioned.

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Legendary Motown singer JIMMY RUFFIN, best known for his 1960s Top 40 chartbuster “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” is dead at 78.

Reportedly, he had been very ill and intensive care in a Las Vegas hospital, the BBC reported.

Jimmy’s other hits included “I've Passed This Way Before”, “Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got” and “Hold On To My Love”, a top 10 hit in 1980.

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Edward T. Summer

Edward T. Summer, who opened Supersnipe Comics, Manhattan’s first comic book store in 1971 passed away on November 13, 2014. Summer graduated from New York University School of the Arts in 1970, he drew the first installment of the comic strip SUNY Daze and was also a writer-editor of Uncle Scrooge McDuck: His Life and Times.

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Glen A. Larson, Creator of TV’s 'Quincy M.E.,' 'Magnum, P.I.' and 'Battlestar Galactica,' Dies at 77

The writer-producer also was behind 'Knight Rider,' 'Fall Guy' and 'Six Million Dollar Man'

Larson, a singer in the 1950s clean-cut pop group The Four Preps who went on to compose many of the theme songs for his TV shows, died Friday night of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, his son, James, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Larson also wrote and produced for such noteworthy series as ABC’s It Takes a Thief, starring his fellow Hollywood High School alum Robert Wagner as a burglar now stealing for the U.S. government, and NBC’s McCloud, with Dennis Weaver as a sheriff from Taos, N.M., who moves to Manhattan to help the big-city cops there.

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Carol Ann Susi dead, 'Seinfeld,' 'Big Bang Theory' actress was 62

Carol Ann Susi -- quite possibly the most famous unseen actress in TV history -- has died at the age of 62. News of her death after her battle with cancer broke late Tuesday night via The Associated Press.

A statement from "The Big Bang Theory" creator and showrunner, Chuck Lorre: and Warner Bros. TV read, in part, "The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz.

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Ernest Kinoy, ‘Roots’ Writer and Former WGA East President, Dies at 89


Emmy-winning writer Ernest Kinoy, who served as president of the Writers Guild of America East from 1969 to 1971, died Monday in Townshend, Vermont from complications from pneumonia. He was 89.

The New York native won Emmys for writing the 1964 “Blacklist” episode of the controversial CBS drama series “The Defenders,” which starred George C. Scott, and for the second segment of the ABC miniseries “Roots” in 1977.

His many other TV credits include the prestigious anthology skeins “Playhouse 90″ and “Studio One” as well as “Dr. Kildare,” “Naked City,” “Route 66″ and “The Untouchables.” In the 1970s and ’80s he wrote more than a dozen telepics, including episodes of 1978′s “Roots: The Next Generations.”

He was nominated for three other Emmys, notably for the 1981 TV movie “Skokie,” based on a march of neo-Nazis in the Illinois city. Kinoy had been taken as a POW during World War II and survived the Nazi concentration camp at Berga.

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Mary Tyler Moore Actor Richard Schaal Dies at 86

Richard Schaal, who appeared on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-offs Rhoda and Phyllis, has died at the age of 86, The Los Angeles Times reports. According to his daughter Wendy, the actor passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills on Tuesday.

Schaal ran a construction company before joining the second-ever cast of the Chicago improv troupe Second City. He went on to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Chicago Improv Festival in 2010.

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Skyward Creator Jeremy Dale Dead at 34

The comics community was left stunned Tuesday as Jeremy Dale’s wife, and comics collaborator, Kelly Dale, left a message on her Facebook page announcing the news. “It is with great difficulty that I share with you this awful news. Late in the evening of November the third, my husband Jeremy Dale passed away. He was hospitalized, and surrounded by his friends. His doctors say he passed without pain or suffering.” She went on to say that funeral arrangements are still in order and that if fans wish to leave condolences, they may on Jeremy’s Facebook page.

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Marcia Strassman

Marcia Strassman, the versatile actress known for her role on Welcome Back Kotter passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 at her home in Sherman Oaks, California. Strassman had been fighting breast cancer for seven years. She was 66 years-old.

Strassman’s career included TV roles on M*A*S*H*, The Patty Duke Show, The Rockford Files, Good Time Harry, Booker, a voice acting role in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Tremors, and recently Third Watch. She is also well known for her role as the Diane Szalinski in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and its sequels. Her latest project was the TV movie Looking for Mr. Right.

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Former Tigers pitcher Jeff Robinson, 52, dies

He helped the Tigers to an American League East championship, and appeared in one game in that year's American League Championship Series against the Twins, Game 5, and would go on to make 97 appearances in all for Detroit over four years, almost exclusively as a starter.

Tall, at 6-foot-6, the right-hander's best season in Detroit, by far, was 1988, when, in 24 games (23 starts) he was 13-6 with a 2.98 ERA. In 172 innings, he allowed just 121 hits. On a staff that included bigger names like Jack Morris, Frank Tanana and Doyle Alexander, Robinson was the most consistent that season.

MORE: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2014/10/27/former-tigers-pitcher-jeff-robinson-dies/17986035/


49ers great Gordy Soltau dies at age 89

SANTA CLARA — Gordy Soltau, a 49ers scoring machine in the 1950s and one of the franchise's kindest ambassadors, passed away from natural causes Sunday night with his family by his side. He was 89.

Inducted two years ago into the 49ers Hall of Fame, Soltau joined the team in 1950 upon its arrival in the NFL. The pass-catching end and kicker led the 49ers in scoring in eight of his nine years, topping the NFL in both 1952 and 1953. 

MORE: http://www.mercurynews.com/49ers/ci_26815988/49ers-great-gordy-soltau-dies-at-age-89


Former Raider lineman Mo Collins dead at 38

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The West Charlotte high school athletic director says former Oakland Raiders offensive lineman and the school's football coach Mo Collins died Sunday. He was 38.

The high school's athletic director Christopher Satterfield confirmed Collins had passed but the cause of death hasn't been released.

MORE: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/former-raider-lineman-mo-collins-173244271--nfl.html



In this June 5, 1968 file photo, Frank Mankiewicz, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's press secretary, discussed the politician's condition after being shot. (AP)

Frank Mankiewicz, Press Secretary To Sen. Robert F. Kennedy And President Of NPR, Dead At 90

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday. He was 90.

Mankiewicz died of a heart attack at George Washington University Hospital, said a family friend, journalist Adam Clymer.

Mankiewicz was a longtime Democratic political operative as well as a lawyer, journalist and author. McGovern once recalled his former campaign aide as a perceptive, straightforward political adviser.

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/24/frank-mankiewicz-dead_n_6039630.html


Ben Bradlee Dead: Legendary Washington Post Editor Led Watergate Coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.

The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal.

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/21/ben-bradlee-dead-dies_n_6024962.html


Gerard Parkes Dead At 90, Award-Winning Actor Best Known For 'Fraggle Rock' And 'Boondock Saints'

Gerard Parkes, the actor who played the human character Doc on Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock," died on Oct. 19 in a Toronto retirement home. He had just turned 90.

Born in Dublin in 1924, Parkes moved to Canada after World War II and began his acting career on the stage in 1948, according to his IMDB biography.

His earliest listed TV credit was an appearance in a 1960 episode of the series, "The Encounter."

Parkes had an unforgettable role as another character named Doc, playing a bar owner with Tourette syndrome in the 1999 film "The Boondock Saints." He also had roles in "A Muppet Family Christmas," "Shining Time Station" and "The Littlest Hobo," and Entertainment Weekly reported that he played a priest multiple times throughout his career.

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/20/gerard-parkes-dead_n_6018936.html


Enrique Villagran

Comic artist Enrique Villagran, known for his work across multiple publishers in the industry, passed away on October 18, 2014. Villagran was born in 1938 in Argentina, and became interested in art early in his childhood. Once he started to attend college, he began work as a freelance artist, and after being discharged from the Argentine Army he went on to become a commercial artist and illustrator.

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Tim Hauser, founder of popular Manhattan Transfer vocal group, dead at 72

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hauser, the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72.

Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and launched hits such as "Operator" and "The Boy from New York City." They went on to win multiple pop and jazz Grammy Awards. Their critically acclaimed album, 1985's "Vocalese," earned a whopping 12 Grammy nominations.

MORE: http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/10/tim_hauser_founder_of_popular.html



'SNL' Star Jan Hooks Dead At 57

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Jan Hooks died on Thursday. Her representative confirmed the news to HuffPost Entertainment, but had no further comment on Hooks' death. She was 57 years old.

Hooks appeared on "SNL" from 1986-91 and most recently guest starred on "30 Rock" as Jenna Maroney's mother, Verna. She was a regular on "Designing Women" from 1991-93 and appeared on TV shows "3rd Rock From The Sun," "The Martin Short Show," "The Dana Carvey Show," "The Simpsons," "Futurama" and "Primetime Glick." While on "SNL," she was known for her recurring character Candy Sweeney of "The Sweeney Sisters." She also impersonated Bette Davis, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinéad O'Connor, Jodie Foster and Hillary Clinton.

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/09/jan-hooks-dead-dies_n_5961882.html

Geoffrey Holder - obituary

Geoffrey Holder was a dancer, choreographer and actor who played James Bond’s supernatural nemesis in Live and Let Die

Geoffrey Holder, who has died aged 84, was a dancer, choreographer, painter, sculptor, photographer, author and character actor best known as Baron Samedi, the terrifying voodoo priest with the top hat and deep maniacal laugh in the Bond film Live and Let Die (1973).


Though Dr Kananga (played by Yaphet Kotto) was the primary baddy in the film, set on the fictional Caribbean island of San Monique, it was the towering 6ft 6in Trinidadian actor who stole the show. As is often the way with Bond villains, Baron Samedi appears to be indestructible, though unlike such characters as Jaws and Nik Nak, his powers of survival owed much to his being (as the “voodoo god of cemeteries and chief of the legion of the dead”) Bond’s only supernatural nemesis.


Even though Bond (Roger Moore in his first outing in the role) is seen killing him twice (by shooting him at a voodoo ceremony then, when he miraculously rises from the dead, tipping him into a coffin full of poisonous snakes), at the end of the film Samedi is seen draped across the front of the train carrying Bond and his lover Solitaire into a blissful future — and he signs off with his spooky basso profundo cackle.

MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11154592/Geoffrey-Holder-obituary.html



Raiders Leader Paul Revere Dead at 76

"The Madmen of Rock & Roll" was known for his unique outfits, infectious stage persona and garage rock hits

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Paul Revere, organist and ringleader of the long-running rock band the Raiders, passed away October 4th at his home in Idaho, the band's official website revealed. Revere was 76. No cause of death was revealed, but TMZ reports that Revere (born Paul Revere Dick) battled with cancer over the past year. Thanks to his colorful clothing and infectious stage persona, Revere earned a reputation as "the madman of rock & roll." He and his Raiders scored a handful of hits throughout their five decades together, including their anti-drug smash "Kicks."

MORE: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/raiders-leader-paul-revere-dead-at-76-20141005

George Shuba, former Brooklyn Dodger, dead at 89

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — George "Shotgun" Shuba, a member of the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers who was best known for offering a congratulatory handshake to minor league teammate Jackie Robinson, died Monday. He was 89.

The Los Angeles Dodgers said Shuba died at his home in Youngstown, Ohio. No cause of death was given.

Shuba, who was white, congratulated his teammate on the Montreal Royals near home plate after Robinson hit a three-run homer on April 18, 1946, off Jersey City Giants pitcher Warren Sandell. The moment shared by a smiling Robinson and Shuba was captured in a famous photograph and dubbed "A Handshake for the Century."

Shuba reportedly hung a copy in his living room.

Robinson went on to break major league baseball's color barrier when he started at first base for Brooklyn on April 15, 1947.

Shuba had a .259 career batting average with 24 homers and 125 RBIs in 355 games as a utility outfielder with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1948-55. The left-handed hitter was the first National League pinch hitter to homer in the World Series, connecting in Game 1 against the New York Yankees in 1953.

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Skip E. Lowe dies at 85; talk show host inspired Jiminy Glick

Skip E. Lowe, who hosted a weekly celebrity talk show in Los Angeles for more than 35 years, persuaded several well-known personalities to appear on the TV program, usually in the twilight of their careers.

But the ever-ebullient, sometimes befuddled Lowe — who was the inspiration for the Martin Short comic character Jiminy Glick — was never paid for doing the interview show. It was on public access cable TV and available to a limited audience.

MORE: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81481725/

Caldwell Jones dies at 64; helped 76ers reach NBA Finals three times

Caldwell Jones, 64, a rail-thin center/power forward who helped the Philadelphia 76ers reach the NBA Finals three times, died Sunday of a heart attack in Decatur, Ga. The 76ers announced his death.

One of four brothers to play professional basketball, Jones began his career with the San Diego Conquistadors of the ABA in 1973 before signing as a free agent with the 76ers in 1976.

The 6-foot-11, 217-pound Jones was an unspectacular but steady performer. Playing alongside stars such as Julius Erving, George McGinnis, Doug Collins, Darryl Dawkins, Lloyd Free and Doug Collins, Jones was a member of three 76er teams that reached the NBA Finals but lost — to the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977 and twice to the Lakers, in 1980 and '82.

MORE: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81470636/


THE WEEK OF 9-21-14

July 14, 1930 – September 20, 2014

Polly Bergen, dead at 84, was strong women's rights activist

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Emmy-winning actress Polly Bergen -- who passed away at 84 on Saturday -- is likely best known for her role in the original “Cape Fear,” a 1962 J. Lee Thompson-directed thriller starring Robert Mitchum as a vengeful ex-convict terrorizing a lawyer and his wife (Gregory Peck and Bergen).


But Bergen also played the first female President in Curtis Bernhardt’s 1964 “Kisses for My President” -- a role that’s far more in line with who the actress was in real life.

Bergen -- also an accomplished singer who recorded albums and performed in Broadway musicals -- was a dynamic businesswoman and strong women’s rights activist. She created and ran a successful cosmetics company that she sold to Faberge in 1973 and she was a staunch political supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

MORE: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81432930/

George Hamilton IV, Singer Who Gave Up Pop for Country, Dies at 77

George Hamilton IV, a clean-cut country singer whose string of wholesome hits in the 1960s, including “Abilene” and “Before This Day Ends,” helped him become an enduring draw at the Grand Ole Opry and on concert stages around the world, died on Wednesday in Nashville. He was 77.

His death, four days after a heart attack, was announced by the Opry.

In 1956, Mr. Hamilton was a teenager playing in rock ’n’ roll bands in North Carolina when he had his first hit, a love song called “A Rose and a Baby Ruth,” written by John D. Loudermilk. It sold more than a million copies and reached No. 6 on the pop charts.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/arts/music/george-hamilton-iv-77-country-singer-is-dead.html?_r=0

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., 73, Lobbying Giant, Is Dead

WASHINGTON — Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., who was the son of two prominent members of Congress and yet, as a pioneer of the capital’s lobbying and fund-raising industry, was the one who came to be called “King of the Hill,” died on Monday at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. He would have been 74 on Thursday.

His sister, the broadcast journalist Cokie Roberts, said he had apparently had a heart attack.

After one unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 1970, for a seat from Maryland rather than Louisiana, his family’s stronghold, Mr. Boggs chose to follow what the Boggses called the family business, politics, in a more lucrative way. Losing the race, he later told an interviewer, was “the best thing that ever happened to me.”

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/16/us/thomas-hale-boggs-jr-73-lobbying-giant-is-dead.html

Tony Auth, 72, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, died Sunday


Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died.

Mr. Auth had been under treatment for metastatic brain cancer. David Leopold, his friend and curator, said he died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 14, four days after his supporters announced a fundraising effort for an archive devoted to his work at Temple University.

Mr. Auth's remarkable career began in 1971 when the fledgling artist from California flew in to Philadelphia to interview for the position of editorial cartoonist.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20140828_breaking.html#XhC6iMuBeISbWiZh.99

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THE WEEK OF 9-14-14

Frank Torre, Joe’s brother, dead at 82

BALTIMORE — Frank Torre, who played seven seasons in the majors and had a heart transplant while his brother Joe was managing the Yankees to a World Series title in 1996, died on Saturday at the age of 82.

The Brooklyn-born Torre won a title with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957.

More recently, he worked with the Baseball Assistance Team, which helps former players financially and medically and also underwent a kidney transplant in 2007.

MORE: http://nypost.com/2014/09/13/frank-torre-joes-brother-dead-at-82/

Richard Kiel, Jaws Actor From Bond Films, Dies At 74

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details.

The 7-foot-2-inch performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me" and 1979's "Moonraker." Bond quipped of the silent baddie: "His name's Jaws. He kills people."

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Denny Miller dead: Tarzan actor dies after long battle with ALS aged 80

Denny Miller, who was the oldest living actor to have played the iconic role of Tarzan, has died aged 80.

The American star, who took on the character in Johnny Weissmuller's remake of Tarzan, the Ape Man in 1959 when he was just 24, had long been suffering from ALS.

His agent confirmed the news of his passing, aged 80, to Hollywood Reporter.

As well as playing Tarzan, Miller memorably appeared as Duke Shanon in TV series Wagon Train from 1961 to 1964, and guest starred in Western classic Have Gun, Will Travel, The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island.




THE WEEK OF 9-7-14

Joan Rivers, a Comic Stiletto Quick to Skewer, Is Dead at 81

Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television to international stardom, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 81.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, confirmed her death. A spokeswoman, Judy Katz, said the cause had not yet been determined.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/arts/television/joan-rivers-dies.html?_r=0



Bruce Morton, Former CBS and CNN Newsman, Dies at 83

He was a fixture on the Washington scene for more than four decades

Bruce Morton, the D.C.-based correspondent who spent nearly three decades with CBS and another 13 years with CNN, died Thursday at his home in Washington. He was 83.

As reported by TV Newser, CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced the death to staff, calling Morton “a modern day news poet.”

MORE: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bruce-morton-dead-cbs-cnn-730499


NFL great Charlie Powell dead at 82

San Diego high school star was youngest ever to play pro football

At the age of 82, Charlie Powell had lived for years with what was diagnosed as dementia. Every so often, then, he’d repeat something he’d just told somebody.

“His short-term memory wasn’t good,” said one of his younger brothers, Jerry. “But his long-term memory was excellent. He could talk about past stuff.”

The good stuff. The truly great stuff.

“He would mesmerize you, man,” said Jerry. “Just listening to him, I was enthralled.”

Charlie Powell, who passed away Monday morning at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest, lived an extraordinary life that easily qualified him as one of the greatest athletes in San Diego history. Unquestioned. Hands down.

MORE: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/01/charlie-powell-death-athlete/


Comic Book Artist Stan Goldberg Dies, Aged 82

Stan Goldberg, born in 1932, was a comic book creator who worked principally on Archie and Marvel Comics, including contributing to designing the look of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, working for as a colourist, penciller and inker. He also worked as the principal Archie Comics penciller from the nineties until the the mid noughties, including the Archie Meets Punisher comic, finishing his work for the publisher with the Life With Archie future universe marriages of Archie to both Betty and Veronica, though the relationship with Archie Comics seemed to end acrimoniously.

MORE: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/09/01/stan-goldberg-dies-ages-82/


Jimi Jamison Dead: Survivor Singer Dies at 63

Jimi Jamison, the Survivor frontman who sang The Search Is Over and Burning Heart, has died of a heart attack at age 63.

The singer died Sunday night at his home in Memphis, according to TMZ.

"Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison," the band posted on its official Twitter feed late Monday. "Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends & family."

MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/09/02/survivor-singer-jami-jamison-dies/14960715/


THE WEEK OF 8-31-14

Victoria Mallory Dead at 64

Former The Young and the Restless actress Victoria Mallory died on August 30, 2014 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mallory made her Broadway debut when Richard Rodgers chose her to star as Maria in the first revival of "West Side Story" at Lincoln Center. She then went on to play Lili in City Center's revival of "Carnival." Mallory originated the role of Young Heidi in the Harold Prince/Stephen Sondheim production of "Follies" as well as the starring role of Anne Egerman in "A Little Night Music."

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THE WEEK OF 8-24-14

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Brian G. Hutton, Director of 'Kelly's Heroes' and 'Where Eagles Dare,' Dies at 79

The onetime actor also helmed 'The First Deadly Sin' with Frank Sinatra and two films starring Elizabeth Taylor

Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the World War II classics Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes as well as Frank Sinatra in the dark cop drama The First Deadly Sin, has died. He was believed to be 79.

Hutton, who started his career as an actor, died Tuesday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack a week ago, his longtime friend, producer Al Ruddy, told The Hollywood Reporter.

MORE: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/brian-g-hutton-dead-kellys-726609

Don Pardo Dead: Voice Of 'Saturday Night Live,' Dies At 96

Don Pardo, television and radio announcer best known as the voice of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," died on Monday, August 18 in Tucson, Ariz., his daughter and an NBC representative confirmed.

Cause of death has not been released at this time, according to The Hollywood Reporter

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/don-pardo-dead-dies_n_5690051.html

Dick Teed, Windsor Baseball Legend, Dies At 88

Career Minor-Leaguer Called Up For Month In 1953, Shared Dugout With Jackie Robinson

WINDSOR — Dick Teed, a local baseball legend who once shared a dugout with Jackie Robinson when they were teammates with the Brooklyn Dodgers, died Sunday. He was 88.

In an interview last year just prior to the opening of the movie "42," which chronicled Robinson's early experiences as the first player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Teed recalled being Robinson's teammate during the 1953 season.

"He was a very quiet guy. He would sit in the dugout and you wouldn't even know he was there," said Teed, a career minor league catcher who was called up to the big leagues for a month during that season.

MORE: http://www.courant.com/community/windsor/hc-windsor-teed-obit-0821-20140820,0,1516469.story

Jerry Lumpe, Infielder for Yankees in 2 World Series, Dies at 81

Jerry Lumpe, who played the infield for the Yankees in two World Series in the 1950s and was later an All-Star second baseman with the Detroit Tigers, died on Friday in Springfield, Mo. He was 81.

His wife, Vivian Lumpe, said the cause was cancer.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/sports/jerry-lumpe-who-played-in-two-world-series-with-yankees-dies-at-81.html?_r=0


THE WEEK OF 8-17-14

Peter McAlevey, Producer and Film Executive, Dies at 58

He teamed with Michael Douglas at Stonebridge Entertainment for such films as 'Flatliners,' 'Double Impact' and 'Radio Flyer'

Peter McAlevey, a film producer who partnered with Michael Douglas’ production company Stonebridge Entertainment in the late 1980s, died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 58.

MORE: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/peter-mcalevey-dead-producer-film-725853

R.I.P. Rick Parashar, producer for Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog has died

Veteran music producer Rick Parashar has died at the age of 50, according to Northwest Music Scene. Parashar, a native of Seattle, was founded on Thursday, August 14th at his home. A coroner has ruled his death to be the result of natural causes.

Parashar, who founded Seattle’s London Bridge Studio, worked with many of city’s legendary rock bands in the early ’90s. He produced Pearl Jam’s seminal LP, Ten, and also played instruments on tracks such as “Black” and “Jeremy”. In addition, he produced Temple of Dog’s lone LP, Alice in Chain’s debut EP, and Blind Melon’s eponymous debut album.

MORE: http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/08/r-i-p-rick-parashar-producer-for-pearl-jam-and-temple-of-the-dog/

Hollywood Siren Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

Lauren Bacall, one of the leading ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age, died from a massive stroke at her Upper West Side home on Tuesday. She was 89.

“You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and...blow.” In two lines, a star had arrived in Lauren Bacall, who was all of 19 years old when she insinuated them to co-star Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks’s To Have and Have Not (1944). On screen, and off, he was smitten. And so were audiences, who quickly attuned to one of the most inimitable voices, and presences, in movies.

Betty Joan Perske, born in New York on Sept. 16, 1924, was to some extent lucky. She was a theater usher, sometime model, and aspiring actress when Hawks’s wife came across her photo in Vogue. When Hawks’s secretary, asked to find out more about her, mistakenly invited Bacall (who had taken her mother’s surname after her parents divorced) to Hollywood for a screen test, the director decided she was the fresh face he was seeking for his film. A loose adaptation of Ernest Hemingway became even freer as Hawks, who transformed “Betty” into “Lauren,” capitalized on the chemistry between her and Humphrey Bogart—an unlikely but somehow perfect pair despite a 25-year difference in age.

MORE: http://www.biography.com/news/lauren-bacall-dead-obit


Robin Williams found hanged with a belt, cops say

Oscar winner found dead by his personal assistant, hanging by a belt from a closet door.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Investigators here said today that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams' death was a suicide by hanging: He was found dead in his bedroom, clothed, slightly suspended in a seated position with a leather belt around his neck, with one end wedged between a closet door and door frame.

At a news conference, Lt. Keith Boyd, assistant chief deputy coroner for Marin County, Calif., said Williams was cold to the touch and rigor mortis had already set in.

Williams was found by his personal assistant, who broke into his room Monday morning when he failed to respond to knocks. She was distraught in the 911 call and indicated Williams' death was a suicide by hanging.

MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/08/12/robin-williams-death-leaves-world-stunned/13947643/


Bob Wiesler, a hard throwing left-hander, was signed by the New York Yankees out of high school in St. Louis, MO before the 1949 season. He would go on to lead his loop in strikeouts three years in a row. He was assigned to the Independence Yankees of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League his first professional season and helped his team to the league pennant and playoffs with a 12-11 record and a league-leading 240 strikeouts while pitching 185 innings. Bob came right back the following season with the Joplin Miners of the Western Association, helping his team to the 1950 league pennant and leading the league with a 2.35 ERA and 277 strikeouts. He was also chosen for the All-Star team.

The Kansas City Blues of the American Association had him in 1951 and he went 10-9 with a 2.92 ERA and again led his league with 162 strikeouts in 194 innings. He was called to Yankee Stadium on August 3, 1951 and lost his only two decisions in four games. Wiesler was then called up for Military Service, missing the 1952 season, while serving with the United States Army, during the Korean War.

MORE: http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Bob_Wiesler


THE WEEK OF 8-10-14

Danny Murphy, 'There's Something About Mary' Actor, Dies at 58 of Cancer

The quadriplegic and longtime friend of Peter Farrelly, who often appeared in his movies, died of cancer at age 58.

Quadriplegic actor Danny Murphy, who appeared in such movies as There's Something About Mary and Kingpin, has died of cancer, his agent, Cynthia Kazarian, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 58.

MORE: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/danny-murphy-dead-something-mary-724192

Marilyn Burns Dead: Texas Chain Saw Massacre Star Dies at 65

Marilyn Burns, who starred in the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre thriller, was found dead in her home on Tuesday, Aug. 5, her rep confirms to TMZ. The actress was 65 years old.

MORE: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/marilyn-burns-dead-texas-chainsaw-massacre-star-dies-at-65-201458

Coroner Is Said to Rule James Brady’s Death a Homicide, 33 Years After a Shooting

WASHINGTON — The death this week of James S. Brady, the former White House press secretary, has been ruled a homicide 33 years after he was wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, police department officials here said Friday.

Officials said the ruling was made by the medical examiner in Northern Virginia, where Mr. Brady died Monday at 73. The medical examiner’s office would not comment on the cause and manner of Mr. Brady’s death.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/09/us/james-brady-s-death-ruled-a-homicide-police-say.html?_r=0

Jess Marlow, Los Angeles News Anchor, Dead at 84

Respected Los Angeles news anchor Jess Marlow has died at age 84. Hailing from Salem, Ill., Marlow was born in 1930 and began his career in 1958, where he worked at a station in Rock Island. Previously, he spent ten years as a railroad telegrapher.

Marlow became a reporter for Los Angeles’ KNBC in 1966 and two years later, he was promoted to the anchor’s chair. In 1980, Marlow moved over to KCBS, where he spent six years before returning to KNBC. The anchor remained there until his retirement in 1997.

That leave was shortlived, as Marlow returned to the airwaves in 2001 as co-host of KCET’s “Life and Times Tonight” with Val Zavala. He remained involved with the show until 2003, at which point he moved to Santa Fe, NM, to fully retire from broadcasting.

MORE:  http://variety.com/2014/tv/people-news/obituaries-people-news/jess-marlow-los-angeles-news-anchor-dead-at-84-1201274958/


THE WEEK OF 8-3-14

Manny Roth, 94, Impresario of Cafe Wha?, Is Dead

“Just got here from the West,” the gangly 19-year-old told Manny Roth, owner of the Greenwich Village nightclub “Cafe Wha?” “Name’s Bob Dylan. I’d like to do a few songs? Can I?”

Sure, Mr. Roth said; on “hootenanny” nights, as he called them, anybody could sing a song or two, and this was a hootenanny night, a bitterly cold one, Jan. 24, 1961. And so Mr. Dylan took out his guitar and sang a handful of Woody Guthrie songs.

The crowd “flipped” in excitement, Mr. Dylan later said.

He had hitchhiked to New York from Minnesota, and after showing up at the Cafe Wha?, he mentioned to Mr. Roth that he had no place to sleep. So Mr. Roth later asked the audience “if anybody has a couch he can crash on” — and somebody did.

It was all standard fare, recounted again and again in many places, for Cafe Wha?, a large, plain basement room at 115 Macdougal Street presided over by Mr. Roth during a lively and fertile period in the Village’s history. He died on July 25 at his home in Ojai, Calif., his daughter, Jodi Roth, said. He was 94. She said he loved being called the “Duke of Macdougal Street.”

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/nyregion/manny-roth-94-impresario-of-cafe-wha-is-dead.html?_r=0

Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, Dead at 71

The guitarist also played with Kiss, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Meat Loaf and more

July 30, 2014 7:55 PM ET

Dick Wagner, who played guitar with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and on records by Kiss and Aerosmith at various points in his career, died on July 30th after being hospitalized in Scottsdale, Arizona for respiratory failure. Two weeks earlier, he had undergone a cardiac procedure, according to Detroit Free Press. He was 71.

How Dick Wagner Saved the Day on Kiss' 'Destroyer'

In his lifetime, Wagner played guitar with a number of notable names in pop and rock, including Rod Stewart, Hall and Oates and Meatloaf, among others. He also made a name for himself as a songwriter for his mid-Seventies work with Cooper.

MORE:  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dick-wagner-guitarist-for-alice-cooper-and-lou-reed-dead-at-71-20140730

Wallace 'Wah Wah' Jones Dies

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, a multisport star who helped Kentucky win the first two of its eight national titles and is considered the school's greatest all-around athlete, has died. He was 88.

Jones, an All-American, was the last surviving member of the Wildcats' "Fabulous Five" that won the 1948 national championship and went on to claim Olympic gold that year with the U.S. team. He returned with three teammates under Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp to repeat as titlists in 1949.

That wasn't Jones' only talent.




THE WEEK OF 7-27-14

Dale Schlueter, Member Of Portland Trail Blazers' For Inaugural Season, Dies At 68

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dale Schlueter, a member of the Portland Trail Blazers for their inaugural 1970-71 season, died Thursday after battling cancer. He was 68.

The Trail Blazers said Schlueter died at his Portland home.

Schlueter was acquired by the Blazers in 1970 and averaged 8.2 points in the team's first season. The 6-foot-10 center had two stints in Portland, from 1970-72 and again for the 1977-78 season.

A Washington native who played at Colorado State, Schlueter averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in seven NBA seasons with San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Buffalo and Phoenix.

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/24/dale-schlueter-dead-portland-trail-blazers-obituary_n_5619406.html

'Wallace and Ladmo' star Bill Thompson dies at 82

PHOENIX -- Bill Thompson, co-star of the "Wallace and Ladmo Show," passed away Wednesday in Phoenix.

He was 82. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

According to a biography posted by KPHO-TV, Thompson was born in New York City on Dec. 18, 1931. He grew up an actor and attended DePauw University.

Thompson invented the Wallace Snead character in January 1954. After several appearances on popular shows, he was paired with Ladimir Kwiatkowski, also known as Ladmo, in 1956.

"The Wallace and Ladmo Show" was launched shortly after and was on the air until Dec. 29, 1989. It was one of the longest-running local television shows for children in history.

MORE: http://ktar.com/22/1752809/Wallace-and-Ladmo-star-Bill-Thompson-dies-at-82


THE WEEK OF 7-20-14

James Garner, 1928-2014

There are actors who become stars because they strike awe–because they’re imposing, powerful, monumental. And then there was James Garner.

Garner, who died Saturday night of natural causes at age 86, was no toothpick of a man–he was a former high school football and basketball player who kept his rugged, weathered good looks long into life. But the characters he became famous for, especially TV’s Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford, won you over with their minds. They got through trouble with cleverness, charm and subtle wit. James Garner wasn’t the kind of star who won love because he seemed so elevated above you: he made you love him by showing you that he was on your level–had in fact spent some time down in the dirt, brushed off the dust, and moved on with a rascally smile.

MORE: http://time.com/3009311/james-garner/


Astronaut Hank Hartsfield, Who Led First Flight Of Space Shuttle Discovery, Dies At 80

NASA astronaut Henry "Hank" Hartsfield, who in 1984 commanded the maiden mission of the space shuttle Discovery, died on Thursday (July 17). He was 80.

Hank Hartsfield's death came as a result of complications from back surgery he had several months ago, according to his fellow astronaut and STS-41D crewmember Mike Mullane.

"Obviously, I have many, many memories of my time with Hank," Mullane wrote online on Thursday. "He was a great commander and pilot and I'll always feel honored to have been a member of his crew."

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/hank-hartsfield-dead_n_5599878.html


Elaine Stritch, Broadway Icon, Dead At 89

Broadway icon and TV actress Elaine Stritch is dead at the age of 89, reports The New York Times.

Her friend, Julie Keyes, confirmed to the paper that the actress died in her home in Birmingham, Michigan, on July 17.

A five-time Tony Award nominee, who was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995, Stritch was also a fixture in TV and movies and perhaps most recognized for her role as Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy, on "30 Rock."

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/elaine-stritch-dead-dies_n_5595918.html


Johnny Winter, Blues Star, Is Dead at 70

Texan was one of Rolling Stone's top 100 guitarists ever

Johnny Winter, the Texas blues icon, died in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday at the age of 70.

The star guitarist—Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 best ever—was playing till the end, performing his last gig in Austria on Saturday. Since his self-titled album was released in 1969, Winter has recorded and produced dozens of albums of classic rock and blues, including several with his childhood idol Muddy Winters.

A biography on his Facebook page describes Winter as “the clear link between British blues rock and American Southern rock à la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

MORE: http://time.com/3001352/johnny-winter-blues-texas-dead/


THE WEEK OF 7-13-14

(Tribune File Photo) Billy McGill

Utah basketball: Utes pioneer Bill McGill dies at 74

“The Hill,” who was the first black basketball player at the university, leaves a vast legacy.

First Published Jul 11 2014 04:52 pm • Last Updated Jul 11 2014 10:18 pm

Billy McGill, a 6-foot-9 center who broke statistical and racial barriers as a college basketball star at the University of Utah, has died.

A Utes sports department spokesman confirmed the death on Friday of one of the program’s all-time greats who muddled through ups and downs in his professional and personal life. He was 74 years old

MORE: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58175092-89/mcgill-basketball-billy-game.html.csp

Tommy Ramone, second left, with original bandmates (from left) Dee Dee, Joey and Johnny, photographed in California in 1976. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives

Tommy Ramone, the last original Ramone, dies aged 62

Drummer of seminal New York punk band played on their first three – and best – albums

Tommy Ramone, the last remaining original member of the New York punk band Ramones, has died of cancer at the age of 62 at his home in the city.

The manager-turned-drummer, and then producer of the band, was a Hungarian immigrant, born Erdélyi Tamás in Budapest, who came to the US in 1957.

Heavily influenced by 60s girl groups and the New York Dolls, Ramones formed in 1974, and were the first band from the underground punk scene in New York to make an album. Ramones, legend has it, was recorded in six days and cost $6,400 to make. It saw the first outing of their signature "1-2-3-4" introduction yelled out at the start of each song.

MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/12/tommy-ramone-last-original-member-ramones-dies-62


Prominent editor, activist John Seigenthaler dies at 86

Seigenthaler passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family.

"We celebrate his life — his devotion to social justice, his advocacy of human rights, and his enduring loyalty to friends and family," said his son, John Michael Seigenthaler. "He was proud of his hometown, Nashville, and grateful for the opportunity to share his energy and passion with this community."

As a reporter for The Tennessean, Seigenthaler once saved a suicidal man's life on a bridge over the Cumberland River — a bridge eventually named after him. As the newspaper's longtime editor, he led coverage of the civil rights movement when most Southern newspapers, including the rival Nashville Banner, ignored the growing resistance to racial segregation in the South.

Seigenthaler also exposed corruption in the Teamsters union, grave deficiencies in the state's mental health system and illicit activities of the Ku Klux Klan in Tennessee. And he inspired several generations of journalists to greatness.

MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/11/john-seigenthaler-tennessean-editor-dies/12531011/

Former pro pitcher Gloria 'Tippy' Schweigerdt dies

Gloria June Schweigerdt [״Tippy״] (June 10, 1934 – July 10, 2014) was an American pitcher who played from 1950 through 1952 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m), 120 lb, she batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, to Emily (née Hardt) and Gottlieb Schweigerdt,[2] Gloria Schweigerdt started playing sandlot ball with her brother and the boys of her neighborhood at age seven. When she turned fifteen, she went to a league tryout held at Thillens Stadium in Skokie. In 1950, she was assigned to the Chicago Colleens/Springfield Sallies rookie touring teams. She traveled all over the country and posted an 8–7 record while pitching for the Colleens. During the trip, she hurled a no-hitter at the old Yankee Stadium. "No other woman had ever pitched off that mound before me", she recalled in an interview.[3][4]

Schweigerdt was promoted to the Grand Rapids Chicks in the 1951 season and ended up pitching for the Battle Creek Belles during the midseason. In all, Schweigerdt went 3–4 with a 2.72 earned run average in 14 games.[5]

She recalled winning a pitching duel against Jean Faut of the South Bend Blue Sox in the course of the year.[1][5] She had her best statistical season in 1952 with Battle Creek, when she compiled a 10–10 record and a 2.95 ERA. She also set personal bests in strikeouts (44) and innings (180), while tying for fourth in the league for the most games pitched (28).[5]

MORE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Schweigerdt

Eileen Ford, Grande Dame of the Modeling Industry, Dies at 92

Eileen Ford, the grande dame of the modeling industry who influenced standards of beauty for more than four decades while heading one of the most recognizable brands in the trade of gorgeous faces, died on Wednesday in Morristown, N.J. She was 92.

Her death, at a Morristown Memorial Hospital, was announced on Thursday by her daughter Katie Ford. Mrs. Ford lived in Califon, N.J., in Hunterdon County.

Ford Models, created by Mrs. Ford and her husband, Jerry, in the late 1940s, became the top agency in the world. It elevated the modeling profession into a serious business with $1 million contracts, represented thousands of beautiful young women, and created a market for “supermodels,” a select handful who could command enormous salaries for their looks.

MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/business/eileen-ford-a-founder-of-top-modeling-agency-dies-at-92.html?_r=0

Tom Veryzer dead, LIer had 12-year career in majors

Their summers in Islip were spent playing baseball, and the three older Veryzer brothers eventually realized the youngest one, Tom, had the best chance to make it to the major leagues.

The shortstop proved them right with a 12-year career. "The one who did was the one who we thought would," Jerry Veryzer said Wednesday while reminiscing about Tom, who died Tuesday from complications of a stroke. Veryzer, who lived in Islip, was 61.

Veryzer played with the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Mets and Chicago Cubs. His biggest thrill came his first spring training with the Tigers, his brother recalled. "His first manager was Billy Martin. It was in Lakeland, Florida. Tom was out getting loose, Martin was sitting in the dugout and called Tom over. The next thing he knows he turns to the other side, he's sitting between Martin and Mickey Mantle."

MORE: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/tom-veryzer-dead-lier-had-12-year-career-in-majors-1.8746348

East Tennessee country star Lois Johnson dies

East Tennessee-born country performer Lois Johnson died Monday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Born and raised in Union County, Johnson began performing at age 11 and appeared on Knoxville radio and television shows, including “The Midday Merry-Go-Round,” “The Tennessee Barn Dance” and “Cas Walker’s Farm and Home Hour.” She had a string of charting country songs from 1969 to 1984, including “Loving You Will Never Grow Old,” which went to No. 6 in 1974. Johnson also recorded a number of duets with Hank Williams Jr. The two had two Top 20 duets with “So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)” (1970) and “Send Me Some Lovin’” (1972).

MORE: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2014/jul/09/east-tennessee-country-star-lois-johnson-dies/


Dick Jones dies at 87; actor who provided voice of Disney's Pinocchio

Actor Dick Jones appeared in more than 100 films and television shows in his long career, but he is best known by far for a role in which he was not seen on screen. At about 10, when he was known as Dickie, Jones was chosen by Walt Disney to be the voice of Pinocchio in the classic 1940 animated film.

At the time, it wasn't common for children to voice roles in animated movies. "They started off with adults, and when Walt first heard the ones trying to act like kids, he said no," Jones said in "The Making of Pinocchio," a 2009 documentary.

MORE: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80752339/


THE WEEK OF 7-6-14

Richard Mellon Scaife, billionaire who funded anti-liberal causes, dies at 82

July 4

Richard Mellon Scaife, a billionaire publisher whose philanthropy helped redefine the American right wing in the 1980s and 1990s and who helped underwrite a range of anti-liberal causes, most famously political attacks against President Bill Clinton, died July 4, a day after his 82nd birthday.

His newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, announced the death but did not disclose the cause. In May, Mr. Scaife wrote in the newspaper that he had “an untreatable form of cancer.”

An heir to the Mellon banking, oil and aluminum fortunes, the Pittsburgh-based Mr. Scaife spent hundreds of millions of dollars of his estimated net worth of $1.4 billion to counteract what he called “the liberal slant to American society.”



Acclaimed Maine country singer Betty Cody dies at 92

She chose family over Nashville at the height of her career.

Betty Cody, a legend in country music who was a member of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, died this week at the age of 92.

Cody, who signed a record contract with RCA and recorded more than 20 songs during her career, died Tuesday night at her home in Lewiston.

“There is no question about it, Betty was the most recognizable female singer to ever come out of the state of Maine,” said Slim Andrews, chairman of the board of directors for the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. She is the sixth member to have died in the past three weeks.

MORE: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/07/03/acclaimed-maine-country-singer-betty-cody-dies-at-92/

Former Dodgers pitcher Bobby Castillo dies

LOS ANGELES -- Former Dodgers and Minnesota Twins pitcher Bobby Castillo died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital at age 59. Castillo had been suffering from cancer.

A Los Angeles native who spent parts of nine seasons in the big leagues with the Dodgers and Twins, Castillo had a career record of 38-40 with a 3.94 ERA primarily as a right-handed reliever. He was part of the Dodgers' pitching staff in the 1981 NLCS and World Series and the 1985 NLCS.

But his impact was greater than those career numbers. Castillo is credited with teaching a young Dodgers left-hander how to throw a screwball. That pitch became crucial to Fernando Valenzuela's career with the Dodgers.

MORE: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dodgers-627503-castillo-bobby.html

Bob Hastings Dead: McHale's Navy Actor Dies at 89

Bob Hastings, known to McHale's Navy fans as Lt. Elroy Carpenter, died Monday, June 30, of prostate cancer. He was 89.

His granddaughter Allison Knowles confirmed his death to the Associated Press on July 2, noting that he was at home in Burbank, Calif., at the time of his passing.



Kenny Kingston with the actress Jo Anne Worley at a premiere in 2005

Kenny Kingston

Kenny Kingston was a Hollywood psychic who hobnobbed with the famous both on Earth and on ‘the other side’, from Elvis Presley to Diana, Princess of Wales

KENNY KINGSTON, who has passed over to the other side aged 87, was a self-proclaimed “Legendary Psychic to the Stars” and seemed to have a whole graveyardful of dead celebrities at his beck and call, ranging from Marilyn Monroe to the Duchess of Windsor.
The Tinseltown psychic, whose apricot-coloured hair and preternaturally smooth skin led one British journalist to describe him as “a pixie with a facelift”, was well versed in automatic writing, auras, past lives, soul mates and who is going to win on Oscar night. He translated these skills into a lucrative business involving television shows, psychic hotlines and private “readings” at $250 an hour.

MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10948168/Kenny-Kingston-obituary.html

Paul Mazursky Dead At 84, Oscar-Nominated Writer-Director Dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Mazursky, the innovative and versatile director who showed the absurdity of modern life in such movies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "An Unmarried Woman," has died. He was 84.

The filmmaker died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Mazursky's spokeswoman Nancy Willen.

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/01/paul-mazursky-dead-dies_n_5549194.html

Summary ANDERSON --- Linda Rodney, the soulful Upstate songstress known for her blues-infused performances in South Carolina and beyond, died Monday. Rodney was the lead singer of the band Chocolate Thunder, and many of her fans knew her by the same name. She and the band were scheduled to perform at Main Street Fridays in Greenville on June 13, but had to cancel at the last minute because of sickness. Rodney often said she didn't mind trying out any of her new material on crowds in downtown Anderson, because it felt like home to her and her band.

MORE: http://www.veooz.com/news/hHIdPgU.html


WEEK OF 6-29-14

Meshach Taylor Dead At 67, 'Designing Women' Star Dies After Battle With Cancer

Meshach Taylor, the actor best known for playing Anthony Bouvier on "Designing Women," died on Saturday, June 28 after a battle with cancer. His agent confirmed the news to the Hollywood Reporter. He was 67.

Taylor died in his family's home in Altadena, Calif. and his family posted a note on his Facebook page, saying, "It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend, has begun his grand transition."

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/29/meshach-taylor-dead-dies_n_5541196.html

Soul Legend Bobby Womack Dead at 70

Veteran singer had numerous hits, yet suffered multiple health issues throughout seven-decade career

Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer whose career spanned seven decades, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was currently unknown.

Look Back at Bobby Womack's Incredible Career in Photos

The son of two musicians, Womack began his career as a member of Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers with his siblings Curtis, Harry, Cecil and Friendly Jr. After Sam Cooke signed the group to his SAR Records in 1960, they released a handful of gospel singles before changing their name to the Valentinos and earning success with a more secular, soul- and pop-influenced sound. In 1964, one month after the Valentinos released their hit "It's All Over Now," the Rolling Stones put out their version, which went to Number One on the U.K. singles

MORE: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bobby-womack-dead-at-70-20140627

Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker dead at 88

Last Updated Jun 26, 2014 3:37 PM EDT

Former Tennessee Senator Howard Baker, a Republican who served as Senate majority leader, White House chief of staff, and U.S. ambassador to Japan during his roughly five decades in public life, passed away on Thursday, his law firm announced in an email. He was 88 years old.

Baker died at his home as a result of complications from a stroke he suffered Saturday, according to his firm.

Baker first arrived at the Senate in 1967, and he was Senate minority leader during Jimmy Carter's presidency. When Ronald Reagan swept into office in 1981, bringing a Republican Senate majority with him, Baker became the chamber's majority leader. In 1987, he was tapped by Reagan to be the White House chief of staff.

Baker briefly ran for the presidency in his own right in 1980, but he dropped out shortly after being crowded out of the race by fellow Republicans Reagan and George H.W. Bush. After more than a decade largely out of the public eye, Baker was named the U.S. ambassador to Japan by former President George W. Bush in 2001.

The Tennessee Republican also played a key role in the Watergate investigation that eventually brought down former President Richard Nixon. As the vice chairman of the Senate committee probing the scandal, Baker's question -- "What did the president know, and when did he know it?" - became an enduring symbol of the allegations swirling around Nixon's White House.

MORE: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/former-senate-majority-leader-howard-baker-dead-at-88/

Eli Wallach: Star of 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' dies at 98

Eli Wallach, who starred in films 'The Magnificent Seven', Sergio Leone's 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' and 'the Godfather Part III' has died at the age of 98.

One of the earliest practitioners of Method acting, Wallach's death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine, the New York Times reported. The circumstances of his death were not immediately known, and representatives for Wallach have not immediately return requests for comment.




WEEK OF 6-22-14

Jimmy C. Newman dead at 87

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(WKRN)- Longtime Grand Ole Opry star and member Jimmy C. Newman passed away on Saturday night in Nashville following a brief illness.

According to a press release, a public service will be held on Wednesday at the Ryman Auditorium at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a visitation and memorial service for close friends and family.

Newman and his band, Cajun Country performed at the Opry as late as earlier this month.

The country artist was born in Mamou, Louisiana in 1927, and formed his own band that blended country music with Cajun soul.

Newman is remembered for his hit songs including "A Fallen Star," "Cry, Cry Darling" and "Alligator Man."

MORE: http://www.katc.com/news/mamou-native-jimmy-c-newman-dead-at-87/

Gerry Goffin Dead: Lyricist, Carole King's Ex-Husband Dies at 75

Gerry Goffin has died at the age of 75. The lyricist, and Carole King's ex-husband, passed away at his L.A. home on Wednesday, June 18, according to the New York Times. His wife Michele Goffin confirmed the news.

Goffin and King married in 1959 and wrote more than 50 songs together. Some of their hits included "Crying in the Rain" for the Everly Brothers, "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees and Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby." In 1985, Goffin wrote "Saving All My Love for You" for the late Whitney Houston.

MORE: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/gerry-goffin-dead-lyricist-carole-kings-ex-husband-dies-at-75-2014196

Grammy Winner, Chipmunk Voice Johnny Mann Dies In Anderson

ANDERSON, S.C. - Grammy Award winner Johnny Mann passed away Wednesday at his home in Anderson according to a notice on his official website.

Mann was an arranger, composer, conductor, entertainer and recording artist. He was 85 years old.

He was the musical director of the original "Alvin and The Chipmunks" TV series where he also sang the voice of Theodore.

MORE: http://www.wbtw.com/story/25818511/grammy-winner-chipmunk-voice-johnny-mann-dies-in-anderson

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies

(CNN) -- Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Fame outfielder who spent his entire Major League Baseball career with the San Diego Padres, has died after a multiyear battle with salivary gland cancer. He was 54.

"Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn, the greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

Gwynn -- known for slapping singles between third base and shortstop in his 20-year career with the Padres -- had 3,141 hits and a .338 batting average. He also was a 15-time All-Star. In 2007, Gwynn was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with Cal Ripken.

MORE: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/16/sport/gwynn-baseball-death/


WEEK OF 6-15-14

Legendary radio personality Casey Kasem dies at 82

Legendary radio personality Casey Kasem has passed away. Share your tributes, memories and stories with CNN iReport.

(CNN) -- Casey Kasem, who entertained radio listeners for almost four decades as the host of countdown shows such as "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," died early Sunday, according to a Facebook post from his daughter Kerri Kasem.

The news was confirmed by Casey's Kasem's agent, Don Pitts, who added that a memorial service will be held Friday.

MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/15/showbiz/casey-kasem-obit/

Captain Scarlet voice actor Francis Matthews dies

Matthews lent his voice to the indestructible puppet hero, who defended the Earth in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, in 1967 and '68.

The actor also played private detective Paul Temple in the BBC series of the same name from 1969.

MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27859814

Chuck Noll, man of steel to Pittsburgh fans, dies at 82

Chuck Noll coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from mediocrity to four Super Bowl titles

Chuck Noll, who led the once pitiful Pittsburgh Steelers into an era of triumph in the 1970s, became the first and still only NFL coach to win four Super Bowls and did it all with a fundamental, no frills style, died at 9:55 p.m. ET Friday night of natural causes at his home in the Pittsburgh suburb of Sewickley, according to Leonard Longo, a forensic investigator for the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner. He was 82.



Carla Laemmle Dead: Silent Film Actress, Niece of Universal Founder, Dies at 104

Silent film actress Carla Laemmle, niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle, died Thursday night in her Los Angeles home of natural causes, according to the Los Angeles Times. She was 104.

Laemmle was considered one of the last surviving performers from Hollywood’s silent film years.

Laemmle was born in Chicago but grew up in Hollywood on the Universal Studios lot after her uncle Carl Laemmle encouraged his brother Joseph to move the family to California from the Midwest in the early 1920s.

She appeared in at least 17 films, starting in 1925 with silent horror classic “The Phantom of the Opera,” in which she played a ballerina. She was the last surviving cast member of the film, which starred Lon Chaney Sr.



Ruby Dee Dead: Legendary Actress And Civil Rights Activist Dies At 91

NEW YORK (AP) — For Ruby Dee, acting and activism weren't contradictory things. They were inseparable, and they were intertwined.

The African-American actress, who earned lead roles in movies and on Broadway, also spent her life fighting against injustice, even emceeing the 1963 March on Washington and protesting apartheid in South Africa.

"We are image makers. Why can't we image makers become peacemakers, too?" she asked after she and her husband, Ossie Davis, accepted the Screen Actors Guild Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000.

That legacy of entertaining and pushing for change — in addition to the epic love affair with Davis — made Dee, who died at age 91 in her New Rochelle home on Wednesday night, a beloved figure in America and beyond. Broadway theaters will dim their lights in her honor Friday night.

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Bob Welch, 1990 Cy Young winner, dies at 57

Bob Welch, who won 211 major league games and whose 27 wins in 1990 have not been duplicated in the years since, died after suffering a heart attack at his home Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced.

Welch, the 1990 Cy Young Award winner for the Oakland Athletics, was 57.

"This is a sad day for the entire A's organization," said Billy Beane, the A's vice president and general manager who was a teammate of Welch's on the A's 1989 World Series-winning team. "Those of us who knew Bob as a teammate and a friend will miss him greatly. My condolences go out to his family."

MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/06/10/bob-welch-dies-57-oakland-athletics-obituary/10287843/


WEEK OF 6-8-14

Peekskill's James McNair, Tracy Morgan's friend, mourned

McNair was on one of those last-minute comedy-writing gigs, traveling with Morgan and others in a limousine bus that crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike hours after a standup routine show in Delaware. McNair was pronounced dead at the scene while Morgan and two other passengers were hospitalized in critical condition.

A truck driver, Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., who allegedly failed to notice the slowed traffic and slammed into the back of the limo, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto, Middlesex County, N.J. prosecutors said. He was expected to turn himself in later Saturday and his bail was set at $50,000.

"Everybody's still in a state of shock," Cook said of his friend's death.



Don Zimmer Dead: Former Major League Manager, Coach and Player Dies At 83

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Don Zimmer wasn't a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way.

He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series. He coached Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees' latest dynasty. And his manager once was the illustrious Casey Stengel.

For 66 years, Zimmer was a most popular presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw often filling his cheek. Everyone in the game seemed to know him, and love him.

Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser when he died Wednesday at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin. He had been in a rehabilitation center since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April.

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Ralph Pruitt of the Fantastic Four dies at age 74

Ralph Pruitt, the last original member of the Detroit singing group The Fantastic Four, has died of natural causes in Detroit at age 74.

The Fantastic Four was formed in 1965 by Pruitt along with his brother Joseph, James Epps and Wallace "Toby" Childs. They scored a top 10 R&B hit in 1967 with "The Whole World is A Stage" and then joined the Motown subsidiary Soul label as part of Motown's purchase of the Tic-Toc label.  The group continued to record with moderate success over the next half decade, landing the hits "You Gave Me Something" and "I Love You Madly" before joining the upstart Westbound label and landing the big, early disco hit, "Alvin Stone" in 1975.  

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Bluegrass guitar legend James Alan Shelton dead at 53


Bluegrass guitar legend James Alan Shelton died this evening at Holston Valley Hospital.

He was 53.

Shelton was born in Kingsport and called Gate City, VA home.

He played lead guitar for the most legendary of bluegrass bands, Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys.

Tonight we spoke with Stanley's grandson, Nathan Stanley, who confirmed Shelton's passing.

Stanley credits Shelton with teaching him how to play the mandolin and the guitar.

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WEEK OF 6-1-14

Ann B. Davis, Alice on 'Brady Bunch,' dies

Ann B. Davis, known for her role as housekeeper Alice Nelson on "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday, close friend Bishop William Frey said. She was 88.

According to Frey, Davis fell and hit her head Saturday morning in her bathroom. She suffered a subdural hematoma and never regained consciousness.

Appearing in her trademark light blue maid's uniform with a white apron, Alice anchored "The Brady Bunch" with her cheerful attitude and witty one-liners.

MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/01/showbiz/ann-b-davis-dies


Lewis Katz, co-owner of The Inquirer, dies in plane crash

Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield.

All seven people, including three crew members, were killed aboard the private aircraft that crashed at Hanscom Field and erupted into a fireball, authorities said Sunday.

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Maya Angelou Dead at 86

UPDATED: The poet and author was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning, according to a local report.

Poet and author Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.

Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning, Allen Joines, mayor of Winston-Salem, N.C., told the local Fox affiliate. Her son, Guy B. Johnson, said she died quietly in her home in the city before 8 a.m. local time. Wake Forest University, where she served in a lifetime post as Reynolds Professor of American Studies, also announced Angelou's death in a news release.

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Bunny Yeager Dead: Pin-Up Photographer Who Helped Launch Bettie Page's Career, Dies At 85

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bunny Yeager, a model turned pin-up photographer who helped jump-start the career of then-unknown Bettie Page, died Sunday, her agent said. She was 85 years old.

Yeager died at a North Miami hospice where she had been for about a week, her agent, Ed Christin said.

Yeager's legacy is her cultural impact, from pin-up photography and fashion, helping to popularize the bikini, and influencing other artists such as Cindy Sherman, who read Yeager's guides on photographing nudes and making self-portraits, Christin said.

"Anyone in Miami in the 1950s who wanted a bikini would come to her, and she'd make one," he said.

Yeager became famous for making everyday women, from stay-at-home mothers to airline attendants, feel comfortable enough to bare it all. Her photos of Page in a leopard-print bathing suit standing next to a real cheetah are still well-known today.

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WEEK OF 5-25-14

All My Children Vet Matthew Cowles Dead at 69; Husband to Christine Baranski

Matthew Cowles, a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee during his run as iconic All My Children ne’er-do-well Billy Clyde Tuggle, passed away on May 22. He was 69.

Cowles is survived by his wife of 30 years, The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski, and their adult daughters Lily and Isabel.

MORE: http://tvline.com/2014/05/24/matthew-cowles-dead-at-69-all-my-children/

Arthur Gelb Dead: Influential NY Times Editor And Critic Dies At 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran editor Arthur Gelb, whose news sense, arts sensibility and journalistic vigor sculpted The New York Times for decades, died Tuesday at age 90.

Gelb died in New York, said Peter Clark, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Opera, where Gelb's son Peter Gelb is general manager. Clark didn't know the cause of his death, but Peter Gelb told the Times his father died of complications of a stroke.

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1950s crooner Jerry Vale dead at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.

Vale, who had been in declining health, died Sunday at his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, family attorney Harold J. Levy said in a statement.

Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, Vale started performing in New York supper clubs as a teenager and went on to record more than 50 albums. His rendition of "Volare," ''Innamorata" and "Al Di La" became classic Italian-American songs. His biggest hit was "You Don't Know Me."

MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/05/18/jerry-vale-dies/9265161/


Morris Weiss, of Sandy Spring, MD, formerly of Harwich on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Adelle (Nachsatz). Loving father of Peter Weiss of Washington, DC and Howard Weiss of Newton. Adored grandfather of three and great grandfather of three. Dear brother of the late Sam Weiss, Pearl Bronstein and Rose Horn. Services at the Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., Brookline on Sunday, November 17 at 10:30am. Following the burial in Temple Emeth Memorial Park, 776 Baker St., West Roxbury, memorial observance will be at the home of Howard Weiss through 4pm. If you wish to make a donation in Morris's memory, please...

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H.R. Giger, Surrealist Artist and 'Alien' Designer, Dead at 74

Painter and sculptor, whose cover art graced albums by Debbie Harry, Danzig and more, had recently fallen down a flight of stairs

May 13, 2014 9:25 AM ET

Surrealist painter Hans Ruedi Giger, whose designs inspired the creature in Alien and whose otherworldly and often grotesque art graced album covers for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Debbie Harry and Danzig, died Monday, following hospitalization for falling down the stairs in his Zurich home. He was 74.

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Legendary Indy 500 mechanic A.J. Watson dead at 90

Posted May 13th 2014 2:02PM


The Indianapolis 500 has lost one of its great competitors just weeks before the 2014 running of the famous race. A.J. Watson (pictured above left) competed multiple times from 1948 to 1984 as a designer, crew chief and mechanic, scoring six wins in his career with his own chassis at the Yard of Bricks. Watson died shortly after his 90th birthday.

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Watergate Conspirator Jeb Stuart Magruder Dies At 79


Jeb Stuart Magruder, a former Nixon campaign official who pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in the Watergate break in and coverup, has died at 79.

MORE: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/16/313153916/watergate-conspirator-jeb-stuart-magruder-dies-at-79

Prog artist Woodroffe dead at 74

Prog sleeve artist Patrick Woodroffe has died at the age of 74, his friends in Pallas have confirmed.

Renowned for his fantasy-themed work in paintings, etchings and sculpture, he created covers for Pallas' The Sentinel, the Strawbs'_ Burning For You_ and Stratovarius' Fright Night.

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