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  • TRIBUTE: Jimmie Haskell (1936- 2016)

    02/10/2016 2:24:11 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    LondonJazz ^ | February 7, 2016 | Dr. Richard Niles
    Dr. Richard Niles remembers composer/arranger JIMMIE HASKELL, three-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, and responsible for 135 gold or platinum albums, who died last week aged 79. Richard writes: Jimmie Haskell was successful as a composer, arranger and producer from the late 1950s onwards. Starting out with Ricky Nelson, he worked with Sheryl Crow, Steely Dan, Barbara Streisand, Elvis, Blondie, Tina Turner, The Bee Gees, Chicago, Bobbie Darren, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Doobie Brothers, Jose Feliciano, Barry Manilow and Michael Jackson. He won Grammys for his work with Simon & Garfunkel (Bridge Over Troubled Water), Chicago (If You Leave Me...
  • James 'Red' Moore, Negro League legend passes away at 99

    02/08/2016 12:41:57 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies ^ | February 8, 2016 | Nick Diunte
    James "Red " Moore, a long-time first baseman in the Negro Leagues, passed away in Atlanta, Georgia on February 6, 2016. He was 99. Born November 18, 1916 in Atlanta, Moore developed his talents at Booker T. Washington High School. His exploits in the field and at the plate attracted the attention of the Chattanooga Choo Choos of the Negro Southern League in 1935. Word of his play at first base spread through the league and he was picked up by the famed Newark Eagles of the Negro National League in 1936. He joined an infield that earned the nickname...
  • Don Davis, owner of Don's Guns, dies

    02/07/2016 6:50:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Indianapolis Star | February 5, 2016 | Michael Anthony Adams
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  • Sam Spence, longtime composer for NFL Films, has died

    02/07/2016 9:24:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 7, 2016 | David Barron
    Sam Spence, whose energetic, muscular musical compositions were an integral part of NFL Films' celebration of pro football, died Saturday morning at a nursing center in Lewisville... His son, Kim Spence, said the fact that Spence died on the eve of the 50th Super Bowl reflected his flair for the dramatic...
  • Mike Minor, Actor on TV's 'Petticoat Junction,' Dies at 75

    02/06/2016 6:32:41 PM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 2/5/16 | Mike Barnes
    The son of producer Don Fedderson, he married Linda Kaye Henning (Betty Jo Bradley) on the CBS series and then in real life, too. Mike Minor, a singer and actor who wed one of the beautiful daughters on CBS’ Petticoat Junction and then married her in real life about a year later, has died. He was 75. Minor, the oldest son of Don Fedderson, the producer behind such series as My Three Sons, Family Affair and The Millionaire, died Jan. 28 at his home in New York City, his family announced. Minor joined Petticoat Junction for the show’s fourth season...
  • Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th Man on Moon, Dies in Florida

    02/05/2016 2:48:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to exploring the mind, physics and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida. He was 85. Mitchell died Thursday night at a West Palm Beach hospice after a short illness, his daughter, Kimberly Mitchell, said. Mitchell's passing coincides with the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission, which ran from Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, 1971. Mitchell, one of only 12 humans to set foot...
  • Queen of the Philistines: Trude Dothan (1922–2016)

    02/04/2016 10:09:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | 02/02/2016 | editors
    Trude Dothan, the doyenne of Philistine archaeology, passed away recently at the age of 93. A pioneer in Israeli archaeology, Dothan was a world-renowned expert on the Philistines. She excavated at Athienou (Cyprus), Hazor, Ein Gedi, Tel Qasile, Tell ‘Aitun, Deir el-Balah and Tel Miqne (Biblical Ekron). The excavations at Tel Miqne, which she codirected with Seymour Gitin between 1981 and 1996, unearthed evidence that proved to be dramatically significant to our understanding of Philistine history and culture. Dothan, who had been a Professor of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, published many studies on the Philistines, on the...
  • The mother from the classic Prince pasta commercial has died

    02/04/2016 7:07:39 PM PST · by massmike · 46 replies ^ | 02/04/2016 | Brian Burns
    <p>Mary Fiumara, the woman who shouted “Anthony! Anthony!” in an iconic Prince pasta commercial, died on February 2 at 88 years old. Fiumara’s son confirmed Fiumara’s passing to The Boston Globe .</p> <p>Anthony Martignetti—Fiumara’s son in the commercial—was 12 years old when he starred in the “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day” commercial alongside Fiumara, according to the Globe . In the 1969 advertisement, Martignetti is seen running home for a pasta dinner after Fiumara shouts his name from a Powers Court apartment window. According to Martignetti, even before the commercial gave Fiumara TV recognition, Fiumara was a “legend” of the neighborhood.</p>
  • Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

    02/04/2016 3:05:22 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 83 replies
    NEW YORK – Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said. White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.
  • BOB ELLIOTT, R.I.P. (Of Bob & Ray)

    02/03/2016 12:47:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.3.16 | Aaron Goldstein
    Comedian Bob Elliott passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Elliott is best known for his collaboration with Ray Goulding. The team of Bob & Ray met here in Boston in the 1940's as disc jockeys for competing stations. Their comedy act began to catch on when they did broadcast in rain delays during Red Sox games. Over the next four decades, Bob & Ray were a fixture on radio and TV and even on Broadway. Sadly, Goulding passed away in 1990. However, Elliott carried on often performing with his son Chris Elliott most notably on the FOX TV...
  • D-Day Vet Goes on Final Jump

    01/31/2016 10:42:12 AM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain ^ | January 28, 2016 | Peter Roper
    By Peter Roper The Pueblo Chieftain Published: January 28, 2016; Last modified: January 28, 2016 11:01PM Elmer Melchi survived parachuting into Normandy on D-Day and he survived jumping into Holland in Operation Market Garden -- although a German soldier shot him when the young 82nd Airborne paratrooper tried to escape from a POW camp. But death finally caught up with the tough 92-year-old veteran Thursday afternoon, taking him in his sleep at the Sangre de Cristo Hospice here. It was expected. Melchi had cancer and knew he was dying. "My dad went for his last jump," said a tearful...
  • Frank Finlay dies at 89 (British Oscar-nominated actor)

    01/31/2016 9:05:34 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | January 31, 2016 | Agencies
    ...In a wide-ranging career across stage and screen, Finlay starred as Porthos in the Three Musketeer films of the 1970s, alongside Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York, and opposite Susan Penhaligon in the taboo-challenging television series Bouquet Of Barbed Wire. He also took the lead role in Dennis Potter's serial, Casanova, and starred in Shaft In Africa, the follow-up to the famous black private detective film starring Richard Roundtree. It was in a supporting role to Laurence Olivier in Othello back in 1965, for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1965...
  • University of Wyoming legend Kenny Sailors dies at 95 (jump shot)

    01/30/2016 10:40:06 AM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Casper Star-Tribune (Wyoming) ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jack Nowlin
    Kenny Sailors, who many credit with inventing the jump shot, died Saturday in Laramie at the age of 95 ... 'There are several people that claimed to have invented the jump shot. Kenny doesn't make that claim, but he does claim that he developed the jump shot (that) is being used today.' ...

    01/26/2016 11:27:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    tmz ^ | january 26, 2016
    Legendary actor Abe Vigoda -- who starred in "The Godfather" -- died under hospice care at the age of 94 ... TMZ has learned. Abe's death had been falsely reported countless times, dating all the way back to 1982. Abe played Tessio in "The Godfather" and also "The Godfather Part II." In fact, he was still doing the voice for Tessio in 'Godfather' video games as late as 2007. His most famous role on TV was as Detective Phil Fish on the '80s sitcom "Barney Miller" ... which once worked the infamous hoax reports of Abe's death into a storyline.
  • Abe Vigoda, Sunken-Eyed Character Actor, Dead at 94

    01/26/2016 11:28:17 AM PST · by massmike · 87 replies ^ | 01/26/2016 | HILLEL ITALIE
    Character Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at age 94. Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs' home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. "This man was never sick," Fuchs said. He liked to tell the story of how he won the role of Detective Fish. An exercise enthusiast, Vigoda had just returned from a...
  • Archie 'The Stomper' Gouldie dies (professional wrestler - "The Mongolian Stomper")

    01/25/2016 7:00:02 PM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | January 23, 2016 | Greg Oliver
    Beyond a shadow of the doubt, Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie was the biggest homegrown star ever in Stampede Wrestling and one of the greatest talents to survive the training in the Hart Family Dungeon. But his tale, which ended Saturday with his death at age 78 79, is much more than just that. It's the story of a small-town boy from tiny Carbon, Alberta (pop. 600) who made it big at home and abroad as the vicious Mongolian Stomper.
  • Forrest McDonald, Historian Who Punctured Liberal Notions, Dies at 89

    01/25/2016 8:41:38 AM PST · by KC Burke · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 22, 2016 | Sam Roberts
    Forrest McDonald, a presidential and constitutional scholar who challenged liberal shibboleths about early American history and lionized the founding fathers as uniquely intellectual, died on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was 89. The cause was heart failure, his daughter Marcy McDonald said. As a Pulitzer Prize finalist in history and a professor at the University of Alabama, Dr. McDonald declared himself an ideological conservative and an opponent of intrusive government. (“I’d move the winter capital to North Dakota and outlaw air-conditioning in the District of Columbia,” he once said.) But he refused to be pigeonholed either as a libertarian or,...
  • SciFi and fantasy titan David G. Hartwell passes, aged 74

    01/23/2016 1:02:29 PM PST · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | 22 Jan 2016 at 02:01, Simon Sharwood
    Influential science fiction author and editor David G. Hartwell has died, aged 74. Hartwell edited thousands of books and was nominated for the Hugo Award 41 times. He spent the last 30-plus years as an editor for Tor Books, whose founder Tom Doherty wrote “no editor was more influential in the shaping of science fiction and fantasy than he.” SciFi co-editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden called Hartwell “our field’s most consequential editor since John W. Campbell.” Given Campbell's status as the driving force behind science fiction's Golden Age, that's high praise indeed.
  • JRandomFreeper (Johnny) died at 4:33 pm, January 22, 2016.

    01/22/2016 4:14:32 PM PST · by Marcella · 544 replies
    Self | January 22, 2016 | Marcella
    JRandomFreeper (Johnny) died at 4:33 pm, January 22, 2016. He was 54 years old, his last birthday, October 13. 2015. He leaves two sisters, one brother, two daughters and five grandchildren. Johnny had hundreds (thousands?) of Freeper friends. His posts were sought after and were pithy to the max. He was the ultimate prepper, survivor, agriculture plant grower, electronic expert, and trained chef. If you were in trouble, he was the one you would want with you. He could make something useful out of almost nothing, or out of plain air - air is something - nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon...
  • David G. Hartwell (1941-2016) (science fiction editor)

    01/21/2016 12:34:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 2 replies
    Locus ^ | January 20, 2016
    <p>Editor David G. Hartwell, 74, died January 20, 2016. He suffered head trauma in a fall, was hospitalized, and did not recover from a massive brain bleed. Hartwell was one of the genre’s most accomplished editors, and was equally known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the field and his memorable personal style.</p>
  • Mic Gillette, founding Member of Tower of Power, Dies at 64

    01/18/2016 4:00:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, January 18, 2016 | Evan Sernoffsky
    Mic Gillette, renowned trumpet and trombone player and founding member of the legendary Oakland funky soul band Tower of Power, died suddenly of a heart attack over the weekend. He was 64. Gillette started playing with members of seminal funk outfit back in 1966 and as first trumpet, he was a powerful sonic force behind Tower of Power’s rise to prominence in the 1970s. “The Tower of Power family was stunned today by the news that Mic Gillette, our dear friend and bandmate going back to 1966, passed away,” bandleader Emilio Castillo announced on the group’s website Sunday night. “Mic...

    01/18/2016 2:01:14 PM PST · by Borges · 439 replies
    TMZ ^ | 1/17/2016
    Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, has died ... TMZ has learned. Frey had been battling intestinal issues for months and had surgery in November. We're told in the last few days his condition took a turn for the worse. Glenn co-wrote and sang most of the Eagles hits, including "Take It Easy," "Tequila Sunrise," "Lyin' Eyes," and "Heartache Tonight," to name a few. He also co-wrote "Hotel California" and "Desperado" with Don Henley and took home 6 Grammys with the band. After the Eagles' 1980 breakup, Glenn launched a successful solo career, recording numerous hits...
  • Former WWF star 'Iron' Mike Sharpe passes away (professional wrestler)

    01/18/2016 1:34:41 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies ^ | January 18, 2016 | Mike Johnson
    We are sad to report that former WWF star "Iron" Mike Sharpe passed away over the weekend in Hamilton, Ontario. Sharpe, 64, was said to have been found in his apartment. We are told that he had been dealing with a number of health issues in recent years. Sharpe, a second generation talent, was best known for his long run with the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s, where he was billed as "Canada's Greatest Athlete" and was a recurring performer for the company, losing TV and undercard matches on live events. Working heel, Sharpe consistently wore a leather band...
  • Noreen Corcoran, the Adopted Niece on TV's 'Bachelor Father,' Dies at 72

    01/16/2016 5:48:13 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 16, 2016 | Mike Barnes
    America watched her grow up on the series, which aired from 1957-62. From a family of young actors, she was recommended by Ronald Reagan for the role. Noreen Corcoran, who starred as the teenager adopted by her uncle (John Forsythe) on the 1950s-'60s sitcom Bachelor Father, has died. She was 72. Corcoran died Friday of cardiopulmonary disease at Valley Presbyterian in Van Nuys, her niece, author Mell Corcoran, told The Hollywood Reporter. The actress' younger brother, Kevin Corcoran, who appeared in the 1957 film Old Yeller and played Moochie on several Disney TV shows, died in October.
  • Former Colts coach, broadcaster Ted Marchibroda dies at age 84

    01/16/2016 5:42:53 PM PST · by massmike · 9 replies ^ | 01/16/2016 | AP
    On Saturday, the NFL lost one of its great innovators. After confirming the death with his family, the Indianapolis Colts announced that Ted Marchibroda died at age 84. He coached the Colts twice -- for five years in Baltimore and four years in Indianapolis -- and is the only man to have coached both Baltimore franchises, the Colts and Ravens. He was probably one of the few who could have been accepted by both communities after the Colts' move from Baltimore, too. Marchibroda went 71-58 in nine seasons with the Colts and 2-4 in the playoffs. He was the first...
  • Robert Banks Stewart (1931 - 2016) (Doctor Who)

    01/15/2016 10:59:32 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies ^ | January 15, 2016 | The Doctor Who Team
    We’re sad to report the death of Robert Banks Stewart, whom many Doctor Who fans will remember fondly as the creator of the Zygons. Aside from writing two Fourth Doctor adventures – Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom – he co-created the well-remembered Shoestring (1979–80) starring Trevor Eve as a detective on the edge, and created the enormously popular Jersey-based cop show, Bergerac (1981–89). He also scripted episodes of the most iconic series of the 60s and 70s including Danger Man, The Avengers, Callan and The Sweeney and served as a producer on huge hits such as...
  • Luis Arroyo, Baseball's Best Reliever in '61, Dies at 88

    01/15/2016 7:31:32 AM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 14, 2016 | Bruce Weber
    Luis Arroyo, a stoutly built left-hander with a baffling screwball who was an All-Star in each major league, pitched in two World Series and as a reliever helped Whitey Ford achieve his finest season with the Yankees, died on Wednesday in Guayanilla, P.R. He was 88. His daughter, Milagros, said the cause was cancer. Over all, Arroyo had a middling career, spending all or part of eight seasons in the major leagues with four different teams. But in 1961 he was the best reliever in the game, a prototype of the late-inning specialist now known as a closer.
  • Singer Celine Dion's husband, René Angélil, dies after cancer battle

    01/14/2016 4:44:36 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/2016 | ALLISON LAMPERT
    René Angélil, the husband of award-winning Canadian singer Celine Dion, died on Thursday at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer, Dion announced. "It's with profound sadness that we are announcing that René Angélil, 73, died this morning at his Las Vegas home after a courageous battle with cancer. The family wishes to mourn in private," her website said. "Other information will be provided in the next few days." The Canadian entertainment manager, who discovered Dion, 47, when she was 12-years-old and drove her career to stardom, married her in 1994 at a lavish wedding in Montreal's...
  • Actor Alan Rickman dies aged 69

    01/14/2016 4:51:34 AM PST · by Abathar · 132 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/14/2016 | Staff
    Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69. The star was suffering from cancer, his family said. His agent confirmed the news to BBC News. He was known by film fans for roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, Hans Gruber in Die Hard and the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
  • Hall of Fame baseball player Monte Irvin dies at 96

    01/12/2016 1:59:43 PM PST · by Jolla · 8 replies
    SFGate ^ | 1/12/16
    Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s in a career abbreviated by major league baseball's exclusion of black players, has died. He was 96.
  • Bill Del Monte, Last 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Survivor, Dies Days Before 110th Birthday

    01/11/2016 1:56:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The last known survivor of the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 died Monday. Bill Del Monte, who was 109 years old, passed away just after midnight at the San Rafael senior care facility where he lived, according to his family. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday. His niece, Janette Barroca of San Francisco, said he'd been doing "great for 109 years old." Del Monte was just three months old when the quake struck, forcing his family into the streets to escape in a horse-drawn buck board with fire burning on both sides, Barroca said....
  • Forever a Starman: RIP David Bowie

    01/11/2016 5:45:58 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 24 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-11-2016 | MOTUS
    The man who practically invented alter egos has departed planet earth.RIP, David Bowie, whoever you were; and thanks for the memories:From Happy Anniversary Hub!Around here, where alter egos abound, we’ve been Bowie fans for a long time. Remember this golden oldie, still gracing my sidebar, from my early days as Lady M’s Mirror Of The United States:Just think, without Ziggy Startdust, there might never have been a Madonna, Lady Gaga or President Obama. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with alter egos…butt I guess there’s a downside to everything. Dedicated to the proposition that change can be a good thing,...
  • 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.
  • David Bowie Calls Himself 'A Closet Heterosexual'

    01/10/2016 11:45:41 PM PST · by libh8er · 56 replies
    Orland Sentiniel ^ | May 30, 1993
    Sexually ambiguous rocker David Bowie - one of many stars said to have frolicked under the bedcovers with Mick Jagger - says he has fooled around with guys, but ''I was always a closet heterosexual.'' Bowie, who raised eyebrows in the '70s with his fem-drag ''Ziggy Stardust'' look, insists in Rolling Stone, ''I didn't ever feel that I was a real bisexual,'' even though he was ''making all the moves, down to the situation of actually trying it out.''
  • Trump tweets Richmond man's obit that ends with request to vote for the candidate

    01/09/2016 11:59:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 1/9/16 | Paul Whelan
    A paid obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch for Ernest Overbey is getting read across the country today thanks to presidential candidate Donald Trump. Overbey's obit, which ran in the paper on Tuesday, ends with the line "and please vote for Donald Trump."
  • Pat Harrington, Jr. (Schneider on "One Day at a Time") has passed away

    01/07/2016 3:29:06 AM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    facebook ^ | january 6, 2016 | tresa harrington
    Pat's daughter Tresa has announced the following: Dear Friends, it is with the most unimaginable pain and sadness, that I tell you my father, Pat Harrington, Jr. passed away at 11:09 PM this evening. We were all with him today and tonight: crying, laughing and loving him. This is the single most heart wrenching and physically painful thing, I've ever had to endure. I know many of you have lost parents and loved ones, and now I know what it's like to feel the kind of sadness and void that will never be filled but only softened with the passing...
  • Pat Harrington, Jr. (Schneider on "One Day At A Time") succumbing to Alzheimer's disease

    11/28/2015 2:25:04 PM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    facebook ^ | november 28, 2015 | Tres Harrington
    From his Daughter Tres: It is with a broken heart that my father is succumbing to Alzheimer's. After falling three weeks ago, a small hemmorage in his brain, and three weeks of hospital/nursing home, he is mentally and physically disintegrating. I weep, knowing he is not long on this earthly plane; cussing at him today to get him to open his mouth to eat the pureed food, as his swallowing mechanism isn't functioning so well, but then alas, he opens his mouth for ice cream... I break down, laying my head on his chest, and the first sign of recognition,...
  • Pierre Boulez, conductor of bracing clarity, dies at 90

    01/06/2016 5:47:57 AM PST · by Borges · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/6/2016 | Tim Page
    Pierre Boulez, who began his career as a radical modernist composer dedicated to overthrowing classical traditions and lived to become one of the most revered and sought-after orchestral conductors in the world, died Jan. 6 in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90. His family announced the death to the Philharmonie Paris but did not disclose a cause. Mr. Boulez (pronounced boo-LEZZ) came to public attention as the leading voice of postwar avant-garde music in France, an enfant terrible given to making public suggestions such as “the most elegant way of solving the opera problem would be to blow up the opera...
  • Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-winning cinematographer, dies aged 85

    01/03/2016 2:10:07 PM PST · by Borges · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/3/2016 | The Guardian
    The cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who was best known for his work on The Deer Hunter and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, has died. He was 85. His business partner Yuri Neyman confirmed that Zsigmond died on Friday in Big Sur, California. The Hungarian-born Zsigmond helped define cinema’s American New Wave in the 1970s, through celebrated collaborations and a preference for natural light. He first gained renown for his collaboration with Robert Altman on the classics McCabe & Mrs Miller and The Long Goodbye. He was nominated for four Oscars: for his work on the Vietnam War epic The Deer...
  • Country singer Craig Strickland missing, friend found dead

    12/29/2015 5:17:15 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2015 | Fox News
    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a 22-year-old man has been recovered and a second man is missing after the two went duck hunting and their boat capsized. Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons confirmed Monday that rescuers discovered the body of Chase Marland from Kaw Lake in northern Oklahoma. A second man, 29-year-old Craig Strickland of Springdale, Arkansas, was still missing.
  • Country Singer Craig Strickland Missing, Friend Who Posted Ominous Tweet Before Trip Is Found Dead

    12/29/2015 5:20:40 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    people ^ | 12-28-2015 | Naja Rayne
    Country singer Craig Strickland is missing just days after a friend posted an ominous tweet that foreshadowed their disappearance. "In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm," Chase Morland, who was on the road with Strickland, tweeted late Saturday. SNIP On Monday, Backroad Anthem, the band that Strickland sings in, revealed that Morland had been found dead. "Everyone please say special prayers for the family of Chase Morland," they wrote on Facebook. "They were very close friends and it is such a heartbreaking loss. Randy Strickland...
  • Dale Bumpers, Liberal Stalwart of Arkansas Politics, Dies at 90

    01/02/2016 4:14:56 PM PST · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 2, 2016 | Adam Clymer
    Dale L. Bumpers, a liberal governor and four-term Democratic senator from Arkansas who came out of retirement in 1999 to make a passionate closing argument defending President Bill Clinton against removal from office in a Senate trial, died on Friday at his home in Little Rock, Ark. He was 90. His death was confirmed by his granddaughter Linn Bumpers. Mr. Bumpers was part of a generation of moderate Southern Democrats, among them President Jimmy Carter, who emerged in the late 1960s and the ’70s. He always said his proudest achievement had come early in his career when, as a small-town...
  • Gilbert Kaplan, conductor - obituary

    01/02/2016 4:01:03 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 1, 2016
    Gilbert Kaplan, who has died aged 74, was an American economist, journalist and businessman who came to wider attention through his determination to be an orchestral conductor and in particular his obsession with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No 2 (the Resurrection), a work that he conducted on more than 100 occasions. Some saw him as a charlatan, a Wall Street millionaire who had "bought" his way on to the podium with his lavish donations to impecunious orchestras. Others felt that he offered a fresh insight into the music, unsullied by a traditional approach to interpretation and the institutionalised training of the...
  • Natalie Cole has died at 65; 'Unforgettable' singer was daughter of legendary Nat King Cole

    01/01/2016 10:12:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/01/2015 | Randy Lewis and Frank Shyong
    singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of music great Nat King Cole who became a recording star in her own right with hits that spanned three decades, has died, her publicist, Maureen O'Connor, said. She was 65 years old. Cole is perhaps best known for her 1991 multiple Grammy-winning album "Unforgettable: With Love," which became the biggest hit of her career — selling more than 6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Cole wowed audiences with a seamless duet with her late father's voice on the title tune, one of the elder Cole's signature numbers. Other hits included...

    01/01/2016 9:10:25 AM PST · by massmike · 56 replies ^ | 01/1/2016 | TMZ STAFF
    Natalie Cole -- one of the great voices in decades -- has died ... TMZ has learned. Cole, whose hits include "This Will Be" and "Unforgettable" which she performed as a virtual duet with dad Nat King Cole -- died from congestive heart failure, although we're told the underlying medical issues were complications from a kidney transplant and Hepatitis C. Natalie had been very sick recently, cancelling several tour dates in late December including a New Year's Eve concert at Disney Hall in L.A. She also cancelled an upcoming February concert due to illness. Natalie, who was married 3 times...
  • Wayne Rogers dead at 82

    12/31/2015 11:01:12 PM PST · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 14 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12/31/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Sad. I always really enjoyed him on the Fox Business panel shows. And really appreciated his courage to stand up as a conservative, coming from the Hollywood world. I always found it interesting that he chose to dive into the seemingly mundane world of finance and business after being part of the entertainment world. That, to me, made him a real original. That he was pretty much a solid conservative, all the more so. RIP. Hank
  • Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on 'M*A*S*H*,' dies at 82.

    12/31/2015 9:58:35 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published December 31, 2015 | AP
    LOS ANGELES – Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on "M.A.S.H.," has died. The actor was surrounded by family when he died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia at age 82, his publicist and longtime friend Rona Menashe told The Associated Press. Rogers' army surgeon Trapper John was one of the most beloved characters -- and half of one of the most beloved duos -- in TV history, despite the actor's appearing in only the first three of the...
  • 'MASH' Star Wayne Rogers Dies at 82 ("Trapper" John McIntyre)

    12/31/2015 6:24:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 101 replies
    ETOnline via MSN ^ | 12/31/15 | Antoinette Bueno
    Actor Wayne Rogers died on Thursday from complications from pneumonia, his rep exclusively tells ET. He was 82 years old. Rogers, who hailed from Alabama, is best known for playing the role of Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in the classic television series M*A*S*H from 1972-1975. He also had recurring roles in City of Angels, House Calls, and Murder, She Wrote.
  • Debian founder and Docker employee Ian Murdock has died at 42

    12/30/2015 3:33:56 PM PST · by pluvmantelo · 34 replies
    venturebeat.comem ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2015 | JORDAN NOVET
    Docker today announced that Ian Murdock, a member of the startup's technical staff and a former Sun and Salesforce employee known for founding the Debian Linux operating system, has passed away. He was 42. A cause of death was not provided in the blog post announcing the news. Docker declined to comment. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately have information on Murdock's cause of death.
  • Ruby Cavanaugh, namesake of Ruby's Diner, dies at 93

    12/29/2015 5:31:54 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 29, 2015 | Staff Reports
    Ruby Cavanaugh, the namesake of the Ruby's Diner franchise, has died at age 93. Cavanaugh, the inspiration behind Ruby's Diner, died Sunday with her family at her side.