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  • Dick Van Patten, of 'Eight Is Enough,' dead at 86

    06/23/2015 9:24:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | June 23, 2015 | Carmel Dagan
    Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86. Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. due to complications from diabetes. The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”
  • Jim Ed Brown, Country Music Hall of Famer, Dies at 81

    06/11/2015 7:09:31 PM PDT · by John W · 40 replies
    billboard.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Mike Barnes
    Jim Ed Brown, a member of the country music trio The Browns and a star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than a half-century, died Thursday. He was 81. Brown, who was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in March with his sisters Maxine and Bonnie, died at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in September. The Browns’ 1959 crossover smash “The Three Bells” topped Billboard’s country chart for 10 straight weeks, and it spent four weeks atop Billboard’s all-genre singles chart.
  • Freeper Arasina (Teresa K.) passed away today June 1st 2015

    06/01/2015 7:42:27 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 74 replies
    Jim a friend of Arasina | Friends of Arasina
    From a very good friend of Teresa (Arasina): "Got the terrible news I'd been half expecting. Early this morning Teresa (arasina @Free Republic) has passed on to be with the Lord due to complications with what was an acute case of cystic fibrosis. Her lungs simply would not respond. Even with her oxygen machine she could not quite get enough oxygen. All that could be done at that point was sedation. On Saturday I'd called but she immediately said she couldn't speak. Yesterday I regrettably didn't reach out...and this AM Teresa's niece left the message of the bad news. The...
  • Lennie Merullo, the last living Cub to play in a World Series, dies at 98

    05/31/2015 3:21:37 PM PDT · by Impy · 54 replies
    Chicago SunTimes ^ | 5-30-15 | David Just
    Lennie Merullo, the last living Cubs player from the 1945 World Series, died Saturday. He was 98. Merullo played seven seasons at shortstop with the Cubs from 1941-47. After Andy Pafko’s death in 2013, Merullo became the only living person to have played for the Cubs in a World Series.
  • Ben Powers Dead at 64: 'Good Times' Actor Played Thelma Evans' Football Player Husband

    04/19/2015 3:03:10 PM PDT · by Impy · 44 replies
    E Online ^ | 4-19-15 | Mike Vulpo
    Good Times actor Ben Powers has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 64. While a cause of death has yet to be revealed, an obituary created by his loved ones has surfaced that reveals the actor passed away April 6 in New Bedford, Mass. Powers was best known for his role as Keith Anderson on the '70s sitcom Good Times. His character was married to Thelma Evans played by BerNadette Stanis.
  • Stan Freberg, beloved genius of radio, comedy and advertising, dies at 88

    04/09/2015 6:41:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/8/15 | Sarah Kaplan
    Stan Freberg was funny in every medium he tried. In cartoons, where he was the voice of a gopher, two bears and an insurance agent, among others. On his radio show and comedy albums, on which he spoofed everyone from George Washington to Elvis Presley, from to Harry Belafonte to Lawrence Welk and the Founding Fathers. In his revolutionary ad campaigns, which injected humor into the staid, overly earnest advertisements of earlier decades, sometimes at the cost of the very product he was selling. (In a classic commercial for pit-less prunes, a skeptic of the fruit sniffs, “They’re still rather...
  • John Paul Hammerschmidt, Congressman Who Defeated Clinton, Dies at 92

    04/02/2015 8:07:23 PM PDT · by Impy · 13 replies
    The NYtimes ^ | 4-2-15 | SAM ROBERTS
    John Paul Hammerschmidt, who defeated Bill Clinton in the future president’s first political campaign and was the first Republican congressman from Arkansas since Reconstruction, died on Wednesday in Springdale, Ark. He was 92. The cause was heart and respiratory failure, said his son and only survivor, John Arthur Hammerschmidt.
  • 'He died while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies' - obituary to fisherman

    03/30/2015 12:28:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 30, 2015
    Full title: 'He died while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies': Hilarious and heartfelt obituary to Alaska fisherman, 60, published in local paper by adoring daughter ".........The obituary goes on to tell the story of Malcolm's life, starting with his upbringing in Kirkland, Washington. At the age of 19, Malcolm left his home state for Dutch Harbor, Alaska in order to realize his life's calling to 'yell at deckhands on commercial fishing boats.' For forty years, Malcolm worked as a boat cook, mechanic, deckhand, captain and boat owner catching crab, halibut, black cod and salmon - mostly out of the...
  • WABC-TV's Lisa Colagrossi dies; former Cleveland anchor suffered aneurysm (49yr old Mother of 2)

    03/21/2015 4:04:36 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Cleveland Plains Dealer ^ | March 21, 2015
    New York City television anchor and Strongsville native Lisa Colagrossi died Friday after suffering a brain aneurysm a day earlier. Colagrossi, 49, who anchored weekend morning news for NBC station WKYC-TV (Channel 3) in Cleveland in the early 1990s, became ill while on a reporting assignment for WABC-TV. She was also a morning anchor for the station. The station confirmed her death early Saturday in a lengthy tribute. Earlier, a Twitter post by anchor Sade Baderinwa said "hearts are broken" at the station over Colagrossi's death.
  • A Huge Void in Our Hearts by Rush Limbaugh about Kit Carson (photos)

    01/26/2015 1:29:33 PM PST · by dennisw · 18 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | January 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, indulge me for just a few minutes here. We all here at the EIB Network are experiencing a huge void in all of our hearts here today because of a death, one of our staff members, the very first staff member to join me 27 years ago in New York. Christopher Carson, "Kit," my trusted chief of staff, aide-de-camp, passed away today at 8 a.m. at his home in New Jersey after what really was a four-year battle, really valiant, never-seen-anything-like-it battle with essentially brain cancer. He thought that it was beaten back two...
  • TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

    01/25/2015 4:56:35 PM PST · by 9thLife · 14 replies
    MyWay (whatever that is) ^ | Jan 25, 3:26 AM (ET) | By KAREN MATTHEWS
    NEW YORK (AP) — 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. 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...
  • Former WV Gov. Arch Moore dies at age 91

    01/07/2015 10:14:02 PM PST · by Impy · 7 replies
    WOWK TV ^ | Jan 07, 2015 | Ann Ali
    West Virginia's longest-serving governor, Arch A. Moore Jr. died Jan. 7 in Charleston at age 91 just one day after his daughter, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was sworn into office. The man with a reputation throughout the Mountain State for always recalling names, occupations and family details with incredible accuracy died after battling heart trouble and dementia. Moore, a Marshall County native, launched his life in politics at age 28 by winning his uncle's former seat in the House of Delegates. He was married to the late Shelley Riley Moore for 65 years. She died in September 2014...
  • Stuart Scott dies at age of 49

    01/04/2015 7:02:19 AM PST · by John W · 73 replies
    espn.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Steve Wulf
    Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49. Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man -- from his signature "Boo-Yah!" to "As cool as the other side of the pillow" to "He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin' him to school."
  • Luise Rainer, Hollywood golden era Oscar winner, dies aged 104

    12/30/2014 6:59:04 AM PST · by Borges · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/30/2014
    Actress Luise Rainer, who became the first winner of consecutive Oscars in the 1930s, has died at the age of 104. The German-born star was named best actress in 1936 and 1937 - a feat achieved by only five actors in Academy Awards history to date. Her achievement made her a force in the golden age of Hollywood cinema, but was also a curse, making her last major film in 1943. She settled in London and made occasional appearances on film and TV. Rainer appeared in US small screen series The Loveboat in 1984, while her last substantial film role...
  • Ex-Mayor Jane Byrne left colorful legacy during time of change

    11/14/2014 9:48:07 AM PST · by Borges · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11/14/2014 | NEIL STEINBERG
    Jane Byrne was not mighty, like her mentor, Richard J. Daley. She was not beloved, like her successor, Harold Washington. Nor was she long-serving, like her bitter rival, Richard M. Daley. But she was mayor, Chicago’s first and only female mayor — making Chicago the largest city in the United States to elect a female chief executive — serving a single, tempestuous term, ushering the city into the 1980s, leaving her own colorful legacy during a time of political change, social upheaval and financial crisis. Byrne, 81, died Friday in hospice care. She had been in poor health in recent...
  • Dick Schaal, a Second City pioneer and former husband of Valerie Harper, dies at 86

    11/06/2014 8:44:31 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 5, 2014
    Richard "Dick" Schaal, a pioneer at the Second City comedy theater in Chicago, the former husband of the actress Valerie Harper and a familiar face from a plethora of character roles on movies and television, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda," died Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills, Calif., said his only daughter, the actress Wendy Schaal. He was 86..
  • John Lofton, R.I.P.

    09/21/2014 9:13:46 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 28 replies
    John Lofton, Bible believing Christian , for decades covered national politics, cultural/religious issues,as a journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist, TV-radio commentator/analyst and political advisor. ---Editor, "Monday" the weekly, national publication of the Republican National Committee, 1970-73, ---Nationally-syndicated columnist for "United Features" Syndicate in more than 100 papers nationwide,1973-80.--- Editor,"Battleline," monthly newsletter of the American Conservative Union, 1977-80.---Editor, "Conservative Digest" magazine, 1980-82.--Columnist, "TheWashington Times" newspaper, 1982-89.--- Program-host/commentator, "American Voice", a national cable TV network in all 50 states, 1998-99.---A commentator on the "Mutual Radio Network,"--- An advisor to the Presidential campaign of Pat Buchanan;--- Author of a monthly column on the Federal bureaucracy...
  • 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...