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  • Actress-singer Lola Albright (Peter Gunn, Champion) dies at 92

    03/24/2017 11:09:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | March 24, 2017
    Lola Albright, an actress and singer perhaps best known for her role as Edie Hart on the Peter Gunn TV series, died  on March 23, 2017 at the age of 92. From the Wikipedia article: Albright's motion picture career began with a bit part in the 1947 film The Unfinished Dance, and gained notice in the 1949 film Champion. For the next several years, she appeared in secondary roles in over 20 films, including several 'B' Westerns.Albright's roles in major films included Elvis Presley's 1962 film Kid Galahad; the 1964 French film Les Felins (director René Clément), and the 1967...
  • Tommy Page, ‘I’ll Be Your Everything’ Singer, Dies at 46

    03/05/2017 9:45:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, March 4, 2017
    Former musician was found dead of an apparent suicideTommy Page, the singer known for his 1990 hit “I’ll Be Your Everything,” died Friday, the Associated Press reports. He was 46. Page, who after his music career became publisher of Billboard magazine, was found dead of an apparent suicide in New York, according to Billboard.com editorial director Denise Warner. Billboard Entertainment Group president John Amato said, “We are all mourning the loss of our friend and colleague, Tommy Page.”
  • Slate writer takes heat for Colmes obit

    02/25/2017 3:26:53 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2017 | By Joe Concha
    Slate magazine’s obituary for longtime Fox News political commentator Alan Colmes is catching considerable backlash on social media. “Alan Colmes, Buffoon and Patsy, Was Fox News’ Original Liberal Weakling,” wrote Slate’s Isaac Chotiner, a senior staff writer and former editor of The New Republic. Colmes died this week at the age of 66 due to lymphoma. “Colmes was the most absurd, useless, and mocked television personality in America for many years, precisely because he was nice. In the context of Fox News, being a nice guy — and a ‘liberal’ nice guy at that — meant being a buffoon, and...
  • David Axelrod Dead at 83

    02/05/2017 10:30:44 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 20 replies
    Exclaim ^ | 2/5/17 | Josiah Hughes
    Legendary American composer, producer and A&R rep David Axelrod has reportedly died at the age of 83. While details on his passing are currently unknown, multiple parties have come forth to mourn the lost artist. Axelrod made his name working at Capitol Records, producing other artists and releasing a dozen albums of his own. His ability to combine soul, jazz and rock elements made him an integral figure in musical history.
  • Helen Delich Bentley, congresswoman who was a staunch advocate of the port of Baltimore, dies

    08/06/2016 10:41:34 PM PDT · by Impy · 9 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 8-6-16 | Michael Dresser
    Helen Delich Bentley, the colorful and cantankerous former Maryland congresswoman whose fierce advocacy for the port of Baltimore led to its being named in her honor, died Saturday. Mrs. Bentley, who was 92, died at her home in Timonium, said longtime aide Key Kidder. She had brain cancer. She had a long and varied career that took her from The Baltimore Sun newsroom to the Federal Maritime Commission to the U.S. House of Representatives. She ran for governor in 1994 but lost in the Republican primary. "Congresswoman Bentley worked with tenacity, energy, and passion on behalf of her constituents, making...
  • Recalling Ken Towery, a true Texas hero

    05/15/2016 8:30:28 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 5 replies
    Longview News Journal ^ | May 6, 2016 at 10:31 p.m. | Ken Herman
    I'm sorry to have to tell you about Ken Towery's death. But I'm honored to be able to tell you about his life.
  • Merle Haggard Dead at 79

    04/06/2016 11:23:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 111 replies
    Taste of Country ^ | 4/6/16 | Sterling Whitaker
    Merle Haggard has died after a series of recent health struggles. The legendary singer passed away on April 6, 2016, which was also his 79th birthday. Haggard canceled tour dates in December of 2015 after he checked into a hospital and learned he had double pneumonia.
  • William H. Schaap, Radical Lawyer, Author and Publisher, Dies at 75

    03/03/2016 7:45:24 AM PST · by Borges · 1 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/3/2016 | SAM ROBERTS
    William H. Schaap, a radical lawyer, author and publisher who fought against investigative abuses by government agencies at home and abroad, died on Feb. 25 in Manhattan. He was 75. The cause was pulmonary disease, his niece Rosie Schaap said. Mr. Schaap began his activism in law school, counseling students arrested in Chicago for protesting segregated housing. As a lawyer, he defended Columbia University students arrested in 1968 for occupying campus buildings to protest the war in Vietnam. In the late 1960s, he left a Wall Street law firm where he was an associate and moved to Japan and Germany...
  • Sonny James, country hitmaker of ‘Young Love,’ dies at 87

    02/23/2016 10:05:54 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2016 | Kristin M. Hall
    Sonny James, a country hall of fame singer who recorded smooth romantic ballads such as "Young Love" and turned pop songs into country hits, died Feb. 22 in Nashville. He was 87. Family friend Gary Robble, who was the lead singer of Mr. James' backing band, announced the death but did not cite a cause. Mr. James, who also was a songwriter, guitarist and fiddler, was promoted as the "Southern Gentleman" because of his gentle demeanor. Raised in Alabama, he started his music career with his family's band and, before he reached high school age, he already had performed on...
  • Dems Fundraise Off Scalia Death

    02/14/2016 10:44:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/13/16 | Daniel Halper
    Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died today and already the Democratic party is fundraising off his death. In an email sent out by the Democratic National Committee, supporters are asked to chipping in some money for the coming Supreme Court nomination fight.
  • Dan Hicks, San Francisco Folk Jazz Pioneer, Dead at 74

    02/06/2016 5:18:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KQED ^ | FEBRUARY 6, 2016 | Kevin L. Jones
    Dan Hicks, the wildly creative San Francisco singer-songwriter who, with his group Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, had hits in the 1970s such as "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music," died Saturday after a two-year battle with cancer, according to his website. He was 74. The news was made public via a message on social media from his wife, CT Hicks: My darling darling husband left this earth early this morning. He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always. To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in...
  • David Bowie dies of cancer aged 69

    01/12/2016 1:55:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | January 11, 2016 | bbc
    Singer David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died of cancer at the age of 69. A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he "died peacefully, surrounded by his family" after an "18-month battle with cancer". Tributes have been paid from around the world to the "extraordinary artist" whose last album was released days ago. Sir Paul McCartney described him as a "great star" who "played a very strong part in British musical history". Bowie's son Duncan Jones, who is a Bafta-winning film director, wrote on Twitter: "Very sorry and sad to...
  • David Bowie Dead

    01/10/2016 10:51:22 PM PST · by kik5150 · 370 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/10/2016 | THR
    David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief," read a statement posted on the artist's official social media accounts.
  • Sandy Berger, former national security adviser, dies

    12/02/2015 6:51:53 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 165 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/02/15 | Nick Gass
    Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, who served under President Bill Clinton, has died at the age of 70. "V sad start to day; just learned Sandy Berger passed away during the night," Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted Wednesday morning. "Good man & friend who served nation well as bill clinton's NSA." Antony Blinken, the current deputy secretary of state and a Berger acolyte, tweeted, "Mourn the passing of Sandy Berger --- father, husband, mentor, friend, leader and great patriot. RIP SRB." Berger, a longtime lawyer who founded Stonebridge International, a Washington-based advisory group,...
  • Marty Beil, Wisconsin Union Leader Who Lost Fight With Walker, Dies at 68

    10/03/2015 7:25:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-3-15
    Marty Beil, who as the longtime leader of the union that represented Wisconsin’s state employees was at the center of the fight in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, died on Thursday at his home in Mazomanie, Wis. He was 68. The cause has not been determined, his sister, Mickey Beil, said. To many, Mr. Beil was the face of the state employees union, an outspoken advocate of workers’ rights for more than 40 years. In the 2011 fight with Mr. Walker that he ultimately lost, Mr. Beil helped organize protests...
  • Jackie Collins Has Died of Breast Cancer at 77

    09/19/2015 5:41:15 PM PDT · by windcliff · 17 replies
    People.com ^ | 9-19-15 | Elizabeth Leonard
    Jackie Collins, the beloved best-selling novelist, has died, PEOPLE has exclusively learned. "It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today," the Collins family tells PEOPLE in a statement. "She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over 4 decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we...
  • Jean Darling, silent movie Our Gang member, has died

    09/06/2015 6:33:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 81 replies
    examiner.com ^ | september 6, 2015 | james l. neibaur
    Jean Darling, one of the last surviving members of the silent movie Our Gang comedies, has died. Her death was reported on Sunday September 6 on social media sites by her friends. She had turned 93 years old only two weeks earlier. Our Gang were also called Hal Roach's Rascals. The series was known as The Little Rascals on television. In its long history, from the 1920s into the 1940s, the Our Gang roster changed a lot, with some notable members including Jackie Cooper, Farina Hoskins, Stymie Beard, Spanky McFarland, Darla Hood, and Alfalfa Switzer. Jean Darling joined Our Gang in...
  • Cilla Black dead: Legendary TV presenter and singing star dies

    08/02/2015 6:28:10 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 29 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | August 2 | Gerard Couzens, Halina Watts & Claire Rutter
    Showbiz legend Cilla, who also had two number one singles at the start of a career stretching over 50 years, died in Spain.... She was championed by The Beatles and enjoyed eleven top ten hits including chart-toppers Anyone Who Had a Heart and You're My World.
  • Lynn Anderson, singer of 'Rose Garden,' dies in Nashville

    07/31/2015 7:00:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 46 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | KRISTIN M. HALL
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday. Her publicist said the cause of death was cardiac arrest. Anderson first soaked up the national spotlight as a young singer on "The Lawrence Welk Show" between 1967 and 1969. Although she was signed to an independent label, the exposure helped her nab a deal with Columbia Records in Nashville....
  • 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.”