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  • Great Escape star Angus Lennie dead: Scots actor dies in nursing home, aged 84

    09/15/2014 9:16:23 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 41 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 15th September 2014 | Daily Record
    'GREAT Escape actor Angus Lennie died last night in a nursing home in Acton, London, aged 84. Glasgow-born Lennie featured in a number of roles across film and television, including the long-running ITV soap Crossroads. But he was best known for playing Flying Officer Ives "The Mole" in the classic wartime escape drama. Alongside him in that legendary film were Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough among other big actors. It comes less than a month after Attenborough, who played Big X in the Great Escape, died aged 90. Lennie's film career also saw appearances in 633 Squadron, Tunes...
  • Ian Paisley: from Northern Irish ayatollah to Chuckle Brother

    09/12/2014 1:34:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 52 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 12 September 2014 | Henry McDonald
    During his long career both in parliaments and on pulpits, Ian Paisley was compared to Ayatollah Khomeini, a second-rate Calvin who tried to turn Ulster into a 17th-century Geneva and, latterly, one of the Chuckle Brothers from the BBC children's comedy show. The last nickname came about during his years in office as Northern Ireland's first minister, when Paisley stunned friends and foes alike by forming a double-act in government with the former IRA chief of staff Martin McGuinness.
  • Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88

    09/12/2014 9:43:35 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 12, 2014
    September 12, 2014 Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88 DUBLIN -- The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast, his wife said. He was 88. Paisley was Northern Ireland's most polarizing politician throughout its three decades of civil strife, during which the evangelist's blistering oratory was often blamed for fueling the bloodshed that claimed 3,700 lives. Yet at the zenith of his peace-wrecking powers, Paisley in 2007 stunned the world by delivering...
  • Joan Rivers dead at 81

    09/04/2014 12:01:58 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 173 replies
    Radio (KEIB) | 9/4/2014 | KEIB
    Breaking but officially announced by daughter. RIP
  • Stephen Lee, ‘Seinfeld’ actor, dies at 58 in his LA home of sudden heart attack

    08/29/2014 11:28:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 29, 2014 | Tina Burgess
    Stephen Lee, a beloved “Seinfeld” actor, died in his Los Angeles apartment of a sudden heart attack. “Seinfeld” actor Lee died two weeks ago, according to his friend actress Lisa Pescia. Lee’s sudden and unexpected death is touching the hearts of many fans who remember him as the inquisitive contractor who installed new kitchen cabinets in Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment...
  • Vanity--word spreading of passing of Johnny Winter

    07/16/2014 9:05:54 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 32 replies
    7/17/14 | raccoonradio
    Via blues show host Holly Harris: "Very sadly we are hearing that Johnny Winter passed away today in Zurich, Switzerland while on tour. Really, really sad news. More details by tomorrow" Had pleasure of doing a phone int. with him and his band in Feb.--he will be missed; an influence for so many
  • Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82

    07/04/2014 9:54:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Robert D. McFadden
    Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 82. Mr. Scaife’s death was reported by the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper he owned. He had announced recently that he had cancer. Decades before David and Charles Koch bankrolled right-wing causes, Mr. Scaife and Joseph Coors, the beer magnate, were the leading financiers of the conservative crusade of the 1970s and ’80s, seeking to reverse the liberal traditions...
  • Billionaire conservative activist Richard Mellon Scaife dies

    07/04/2014 9:55:17 AM PDT · by Borges · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/4/2014 | Jeremy Diamond
    Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire publisher and banking heir who financed conservative causes that included attempts to discredit Bill Clinton while he was president, has died. He was 82. Scaife's death on Friday followed his disclosure less than two months ago that he had terminal cancer, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, one of his newspapers. He was heir to the banking, oil and aluminum fortunes of the Mellon family and used his estimated $1.4 billion wealth to underwrite conservative crusades and groups that included the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute.
  • '77 Sunset Strip' star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. dies at 95

    05/02/2014 11:32:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who portrayed the indefatigable Inspector Lewis Erskine on the long-running U.S. television series "The F.B.I.", died on Friday at the age of 95, according to media reports. Zimbalist died of natural causes at his home in Solvang, California, his daughter, actress Stephanie Zimbalist, and his son Efrem Zimbalist III, said in a statement, Hollywood trade magazine Variety and other media reported. "A devout Christian, he actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf, and visiting with close friends," the statement said, according to Variety.
  • Mickey Rooney Dead at 93

    04/06/2014 7:48:53 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 189 replies
    TMZ ^ | April 6, 2014 | TMZ
    Mickey Rooney, who spent nearly his entire life in the show business, died today. He was 93.
  • [OBIT] Pillsbury Dough Boy enters 10-3-39

    04/01/2014 11:16:50 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 14 replies
    rsfc | 1-APR-2014 | The always famous anonymous
    Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 49. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described the Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show...
  • Scent of a Woman star James Rebhorn dies, aged 65

    03/23/2014 11:12:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    Digital Spy ^ | March 23, 2014 | Ben Lee
    James Rebhorn has died at the age of 65. The veteran character actor passed away at his home on Friday afternoon (March 21). Rebhorn is known for starring in Scent of a Woman opposite Al Pacino as Mr Trask and Independence Day as Secretary of Defense Albert Nimziki.
  • ‘Tonight Show’ Favorite, Comedian David Brenner Dies At 78

    03/15/2014 5:09:15 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 58 replies
    NY CBS Global ^ | March 15, 2014
    Comedian David Brenner passed away Saturday, a spokesman for his family said. He was 78. Jeff Abraham, who was Brenner’s publicist, said the “Tonight Show” favorite died Saturday afternoon at his home in New York City. The gangly, toothy Brenner made more than 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” starting in the 1970s. The exposure turned the former documentary filmmaker into a hot comedian. Brenner was a regular on other TV talk shows and game shows and starred in four HBO comedy specials. He also briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show in...
  • Richard Coogan, Star of 'Captain Video and His Video Rangers,' Dies at 99

    03/12/2014 7:29:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 12, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Richard Coogan, who played Captain Video on the early TV sci-fi adventure series Captain Video and His Video Rangers, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 99.
  • Remembering Holocaust survivor Leo Bretholz: See you soon again, dear friend

    03/11/2014 11:27:09 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 1 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/11/14 | Patti Murphy Dohn
    Leo Bretholz has inspired John Carroll seniors for years with his words of wisdom and courage as he recounted the atrocities that he and countless others endured at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Leo died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, two days after his 93rd birthday. Most recently, Leo and a number of his friends and associates from the Speakers' Bureau of the Baltimore Jewish Council joined us on February 25 for our annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. Included were personal interactions between small groups of hosting seniors and the survivors, a liberator, and several other special...
  • Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110

    02/23/2014 8:15:56 PM PST · by Daffynition · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | February 23, 2014 | SYLVIA HUI and ROBERT BARR
    LONDON (AP) — Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday, a family member said. The accomplished pianist's death came just a week before her extraordinary story of surviving two years in a Nazi prison camp through devotion to music and her son is up for an Oscar. Herz-Sommer died in a hospital after being admitted Friday with health problems, daughter-in-law Genevieve Sommer said. "We all came to believe that she would just never die," said Frederic Bohbot, a producer of the documentary "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life." ''There...
  • Ralph Waite, Star of ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 85

    02/13/2014 6:25:11 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 77 replies
    Variety ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2014 | Carmel Dagan
    Ralph Waite, a hard-working actor best known for his role as the father on CBS’ hit drama “The Waltons” during the 1970s but more recently seen in recurring roles on “NCIS” and “Days of Our Lives,” has died. He was 85. Waite was nominated for two Emmys, one for his role as John Walton Sr. on “The Waltons” in 1978 and another for his role in the miniseries “Roots” the previous year.
  • Sid Caesar, Comedian of Comedians From TV’s Early Days, Dies at 91

    02/12/2014 10:51:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 12, 2014 | MERVYN ROTHSTEIN and PETER KEEPNEWS
    Sid Caesar, a comedic force of nature who became one of television’s first stars in the early 1950s and influenced generations of comedians and comedy writers, died on Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91. His death was announced by Eddy Friedfeld, a family spokesman. Mr. Caesar largely faded from the public eye in his middle years as he struggled with crippling self-doubt and addiction to alcohol and pills. But from 1950 to 1954, he and his co-stars on the live 90-minute comedy-variety extravaganza “Your Show of Shows” dominated the Saturday night viewing habits of millions...
  • Hollywood star Shirley Temple dies

    02/11/2014 4:32:45 AM PST · by Keltik · 12 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 2-11-14
    Former Hollywood child star Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85. The actress found fame as a young girl in the 1930s in films like Bright Eyes, Stand Up and Cheer and Curly Top. After retiring from films in 1950 at the age of 21, Temple returned to the public eye as a Republican candidate for Congress and as a US diplomat. She died on Monday at home in Woodside, California, from natural causes. "She was surrounded by her family and caregivers," a statement said. Born in 1928, the sweet-faced, curly-haired Temple was one of the most popular...
  • Hollywood star Shirley Temple dies

    02/11/2014 2:42:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 114 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/11/14
    Hollywood star Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85, her family has said. The actress found fame as a child star in the 1930s in films like Bright Eyes, Stand Up and Cheer and Curly Top. She died on Monday at home in Woodside, California, from natural causes. "She was surrounded by her family and caregivers," a statement said.
  • Shirley Temple dead at 85

    02/11/2014 2:31:09 AM PST · by Gigantor · 37 replies
    ABC News | ABC News
    Shirley Temple has died. RIP.
  • Pete Seeger dies at 94

    01/28/2014 5:58:18 AM PST · by Mercat · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/28/2014 | Fox News
    NEW YORK – Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage, died Monday at the age of 94.
  • Sam Berns, Boy With 'Aging Disease' Progeria, Dies at 17

    01/12/2014 2:20:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 11, 2014 | Gillian Mohney
    The 17-year-old boy who became the face of the progeria, the "Benjamin Button" disease, has died. Sam Berns died Friday from complications of the disease. Progeria is a fatal genetic condition that causes rapid aging.
  • Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74.

    01/03/2014 6:46:57 PM PST · by Revolting cat! · 97 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 3, 2013 | Randy Lewis
    Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74.
  • Top News Ray Price, 'The Cherokee Cowboy,' dies at 87

    12/15/2013 3:45:55 PM PST · by iontheball · 27 replies
    Rock Island Headlines Examiner ^ | December 15, 2013 | Greg Geary
    Country music's Ray Price, "The Cherokee Cowboy," would have turned 88 on January, 12. The Perryville, Texas born Price, died Sunday from complications of pancreatic cancer. USA Today and country music dj's Crook and Chase have posted on his passing. Price scored a Grammy Award for his song "For The Good Times" in the 1970's. His country classics still play on radio stations across the United States.
  • Eleanor Parker, 91, Dies; Oscar Nominee Was in ‘Sound of Music’

    12/11/2013 1:36:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/11/2013 | Anita Gates
    Eleanor Parker, who was nominated three times for a best-actress Oscar but whose best-known role was a supporting one, as the marriage-minded baroness in “The Sound of Music,” died on Monday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 91. A family friend, Richard Gale, told The Associated Press that the cause was complications of pneumonia. Ms. Parker was an elegant, ladylike yet sensual film actress. Still, her most recognizable role, as the Baroness who loves Christopher Plummer’s character, Captain von Trapp, in “The Sound of Music” (1965), called for an icy demeanor. Uninterested in his houseful of children, she loses him...
  • Paul Walker Dead -- 'Fast and The Furious' Star Dies in Fiery Car Crash

    11/30/2013 10:02:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 76 replies
    TMZ ^ | Staff
    Paul Walker -- best known for his role in "The Fast and the Furious" movies -- died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California ... TMZ has learned. The accident happened in Santa Clarita -- north of Los Angeles -- and according to multiple sources connected to Paul ... the actor was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree ... and then the car burst into flames. Several of our sources -- some who are still at the scene of the accident -- tell us Paul...
  • UK: Actor Lewis Collins dies of cancer aged 67

    11/28/2013 3:21:53 AM PST · by the scotsman · 16 replies
    ITV News ^ | 28th November 2013 | ITV News
    'The Professionals star Lewis Collins has died aged 67, his agent said. The actor, who played Bodie in the crime drama alongside co-star Martin Shaw, died in Los Angeles yesterday after a five-year struggle with cancer. The Professionals was a huge hit on ITV in the late 1970s and early 1980s and made Lewis Collins a star, along with Martin Shaw with its memorable theme tune and action-packed plots. Collins's other most notable role came in 1982's Who Dares Wins, when he played a member of the SAS. He was born on Merseyside and worked as a drummer in local...
  • 'I Love Lucy' Actress Shirley Mitchell Dies at 94

    11/13/2013 4:13:25 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | november 13, 2013 | Mike Barnes
    Shirley Mitchell, the comic actress who played Marion Strong, Lucy Ricardo's friend with the cackling laugh on the TV classic I Love Lucy, has died. She was 94. Mitchell, who was believed to be the last surviving adult castmember from the legendary CBS sitcom, died Nov. 11 of heart failure at her condominium in Westwood, her sister-in-law, the Oscar-nominated Sunset Blvd. actress Nancy Olson, told The Hollywood Reporter. Mitchell was the widow of Jay Livingston, the pop composer and lyricist who collaborated with Ray Evans on the Academy Award-winning songs “Mona Lisa” (performed by Nat King Cole), “Que Sera, Sera”...
  • Ed Lauter, character actor in films and television, dies at 74

    10/17/2013 4:03:46 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    http://www.latimes.com ^ | october 16, 2013 | Claire Noland
    Ed Lauter, 74, a character actor who carved out a niche in the 1970s playing mostly heavies in movies and TV and kept up a busy schedule in recent years with appearances in Clint Eastwood’s “Trouble With the Curve” and Oscar winner “The Artist,” died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles of mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects tissue surrounding internal organs. Family spokesman Edward Lozzi announced his death. “A lot of people say, ‘I know you,’ but they don’t know my name,” Lauter told The Times in 2012. “But I’ve had a great run.” The 6-foot-2, balding...
  • Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Who Orbited Earth, Dies at 88

    10/10/2013 12:59:25 PM PDT · by Borges · 58 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/10/2013 | RICHARD GOLDSTEIN
    <p>M. Scott Carpenter, whose flight into space in 1962 as the second American to orbit the Earth was marred by technical glitches and ended with the nation waiting anxiously to see if he had survived a landing far from the target site, died on Thursday in Denver. He was 88 and one of the last two surviving astronauts of America’s original space program, Project Mercury.</p>
  • Ex-heavyweight champ Norton dies

    09/18/2013 8:16:33 PM PDT · by South40 · 29 replies
    FoxSports (AP) ^ | SEP 18, 2013
    He was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali's jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight. Ken Norton frustrated Ali three times in all, including their final bout at Yankee Stadium where he was sure he had beaten him once again. Norton, who died Wednesday at the age of 70, lost that fight for the heavyweight title. But he was forever linked to Ali for the 39 rounds they fought over three fights, with very little separating one man from the other in the ring.
  • Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist and NPR Radio Staple, Dies at 95

    08/22/2013 2:58:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 21, 2013 | Peter Keepnews
    Marian McPartland, the genteel Englishwoman who became a fixture of the American jazz scene as a pianist and, later in life, hosted the internationally syndicated and immensely popular public radio show “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” died on Tuesday at her home in Port Washington, N.Y. She was 95. Her death was announced by NPR. Ms. McPartland was a gifted musician but an unlikely candidate for jazz stardom. She recalled in a 1998 interview for National Public Radio that shortly after she arrived in the United States in 1946, the influential jazz critic Leonard Feather, who himself was born in England...
  • Eydie Gorme, Voice of Sophisticated Pop, Dies at 84

    08/12/2013 8:50:49 AM PDT · by RedMDer · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 11, 2013 | ANITA GATES
    Eydie Gorme, the lively singer with a remarkable range who performed a decades-long act with her husband, Steve Lawrence, that made them the sweethearts of mid-20th-century American pop music, died on Saturday in Las Vegas. She was 84. ... Ms. Gorme and Mr. Lawrence had a sophisticated stage presence and vibrant voices, but they stood out for two other reasons. As rock ’n’ roll conquered pop music, they refused to join in. Instead, they stood resolutely with the standards, performing the songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins and Rodgers and Hammerstein. ... “Eydie has been my partner onstage...
  • George Duke Dies of Lukemia

    George Duke, famous jazz musician, died Monday from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to his label Concord Music Group, which confirmed his death. The pianist was an icon to many but also a humble man of humble beginnings. George Duke lost his battle with cancer on Monday. There is no word yet on how long Duke had battled with his condition, but what is known is that he will be missed. Duke’s son, Rashid, thanked his father’s fans in a statement Tuesday. “The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music...
  • LONGTIME NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JOHN PALMER DIES

    08/04/2013 3:29:47 AM PDT · by ~Vor~ · 20 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 3 10:01 PM EDT | By JESSICA GRESKO and FRAZIER MOORE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — John Palmer, a veteran reporter for NBC News who covered wars and Washington over a career that spanned 40 years, died Saturday after a brief illness at a Washington hospital.
  • (Musician) J.J. Cale Dies From Heart Attack At Age 74

    07/27/2013 5:44:29 AM PDT · by lwd · 49 replies
    Noise 11 ^ | 7-27-2013 | Noise11
    J.J. Cale has died from a heart attack at the age of 74. The death of the legendary Grammy Award winning singer songwriter was announced on his Facebook page today. “We’ve lost a great artist and a great person tonight. JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA. He had suffered a heart attack. There are no immediate plans for services. His history is well documented at JJCale.com , http://www.rosebudus.com/cale/ and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back. Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals...
  • Computer mouse inventor Douglas Engelbart dies

    07/03/2013 3:56:38 PM PDT · by Borges · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/3/2013 | 73/2013
    Douglas Engelbart, whose invention of the mouse transformed the way people interact with computers, has died. Engelbart died Tuesday night at his home in Atherton, California, SRI International -- the research institute where he once worked -- said in a statement. He was 88. "Doug's legacy is immense — anyone in the world who uses a mouse or enjoys the productive benefits of a personal computer is indebted to him," Curtis R. Carlson, SRI's president and CEO, said in a written statement. Decades ago, Engelbart came up with the idea we now know as a mouse. His first prototype, which...
  • Slim Whitman has died

    06/19/2013 7:33:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 70 replies
    We'll remember him!
  • Swimming champion turned movie star Esther Williams has died

    06/06/2013 10:15:20 AM PDT · by Borges · 49 replies
    WP - AP ^ | 6/6/13
    Swimming champion turned movie star Esther Williams has died
  • Ed Shaughnessy, Longtime ‘Tonight Show’ Drummer, Dead at 84

    05/29/2013 12:14:57 PM PDT · by real saxophonist · 23 replies
    JazzTimes ^ | 25 May 13 | Jeff Tamarkin
    Ed Shaughnessy, the drummer who was seen nearly every night for close to three decades as a member of Doc Severinsen’s band on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, died May 24 in Calabasas, Calif. The cause was a heart attack. Shaughnessy was 84.
  • 'M*A*S*H' star Allan Arbus dead at 95

    04/23/2013 11:36:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    TVGuide ^ | April 23, 2013
    Allan Arbus, who played psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on "M*A*S*H," died Friday at home in Los Angeles, his daughter Amy confirmed to The New York Times. He was 95. Abrus, who had served as a military photography in the Army and ran a fashion photography business before becoming an actor, was so convincing in his role as Maj. Freedman, that co-star Alan Alda often found himself opening up to Arbus. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/04/23/mash-allan-arbus-dead-at-95/#ixzz2RJSqWJIN
  • Jonathan Winters dead; Groundbreaking improv comic was 87

    04/12/2013 7:42:40 PM PDT · by llevrok · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | 4/12/2013
    Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87. The Ohio native died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes, said Joe Petro III, a longtime family friend. Petro said Winters died surrounded by family and friends. Winters was a pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy. Facial contortions, sound effects, tall tales — all could be used in a matter of seconds to...
  • Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and Film Star, Dies

    04/08/2013 7:47:52 PM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Time ^ | 04/08/13 | Frazier MooreApril
    Annette Funicello, the most popular Mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” who matured to a successful career in records and ’60s beach party movies but struggled with illness in middle age and after, died Monday, The Walt Disney Co. said. She was 70. She died peacefully at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., of complications from multiple sclerosis, the company said. Funicello stunned fans and friends in 1992 with the announcement about her ailment. Yet she was cheerful and upbeat, grappling with the disease with a courage that contrasted with her lightweight teen image of old. The pretty, dark-haired Funicello...
  • Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies

    04/08/2013 5:00:41 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 187 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/8/2013 | N/A
    Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher diesBreaking news Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said. Lord Bell said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning." Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold the post. Her family is expected to make a further statement later.
  • Movie critic Roger Ebert dies

    04/04/2013 3:01:13 PM PDT · by libstripper · 36 replies
    MSN ^ | April 4, 2013 | AP Staff
    CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who also became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism, and on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb, died Thursday. He was 70. Ebert, who had been a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, died early Thursday afternoon at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, his office said. He had announced on his blog Wednesday that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer.
  • Influential double ace fighter pilot dies at 88

    12/09/2012 11:46:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    my San Antonio ^ | 9 Dec 2012 | Scott Huddleston
    Ralph Sherman Parr Jr., one of the most decorated military pilots in U.S. history, has died, joining the ranks of other legendary aviators who shaped today's Air Force. Parr, a double ace in the Korean War, had undergone treatment for cancer in recent weeks at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, where he died Friday at 88. Parr was among the last survivors of an era of gutsy, instinctive flying before remotely piloted aircraft and technology changed the way wars are fought in the air. Bob Laymon, a friend and military historian, said Parr “inspired and motivated combat aviators...
  • Sir Patrick Moore, astronomer and broadcaster, dies aged 89 (hosted BBC 'The Sky At Night' 50 years)

    12/09/2012 12:11:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/9/12 | BBC
    British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died, aged 89, his friends and colleagues have said. He "passed away peacefully at 12:25 this afternoon" at his home in Selsey, West Sussex, they said in a statement. Sir Patrick presented the BBC programme The Sky At Night for over 50 years, making him the longest-running host of the same television show ever. He wrote dozens of books on astronomy and his research was used by the US and the Russians in their space programmes. Described by one of his close friends as "fearlessly eccentric", Sir Patrick was notable for his...
  • McCaskill's mother dies

    10/29/2012 5:25:41 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 49 replies
    CNN POLITICS ^ | 10/29/2012 | Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, died on Monday, the senator from Missouri said in a statement on Monday. "For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest," McCaskill wrote. "People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated."
  • AP: Sen Arlen Specter Has died

    10/14/2012 10:04:14 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 235 replies
    AP ^ | 10/14/12
    According to the AP ex Sen Arlen Specter has died.