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  • Diving Legend Sammy Lee Passes Away At Age 96

    12/03/2016 3:12:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Swimming World ^ | December 3, 2016
    USA Olympic legend Dr. Sammy Lee – 1948 and 1952 Olympic Gold medalist – passed away on December 2nd, at age of 96, due to pneumonia. He was a true giant in the sport of Olympic diving... At the 1948 Summer Games in London, England, Lee earned a bronze medal in the 3-meter springboard and a gold medal in 10-meter platform diving events. Four years later, he won the gold medal in the 10-meter platform competition at Helsinki, Finland...
  • General Tso's Chicken Creator Dies at 98

    12/02/2016 5:23:03 PM PST · by iowamark · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | Dec. 2, 2016 | Stephany Bai
    The chef behind one of America's most popular Chinese food dishes has died. Chef Peng Chang-kuei was 98 when he died on Nov. 30 from pneumonia, according to the Epoch Times. Peng first made General Tso's chicken in the 1950s, when he was working as a chef for the Taiwanese government, according to Taiwan Business Topics. When U.S. Navy Admiral Arthur W. Radford visited Taiwan in 1954 to lead a summit of high-ranking government officials, Peng decided to expand on the usual banquet menu. One of his innovations, a breaded and stir-fried chicken dish in a sweet and spicy sauce,...
  • Inventor of General Tso's Chicken dies in Taipei at age 98

    12/02/2016 7:30:28 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 40 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 12/2/2016 | Keoni Everington
    Chef Peng Chang-kuei (彭長貴), the founder of the famous Hunan-style restaurant chain Peng's Garden Hunan Restaurant (彭園湘菜館) and inventor of the world famous Chinese dish General Tso's Chicken, died on Nov. 30 at the age of 98 from Pneumonia. A native of Changsha, Hunan Province, Peng began training at the age of 13 under the tutelage of the famous Hunan chef Cao Jing-chen (曹藎臣), who was the family chef of Tan Yan-kai (譚延闓), the prime minister of the Nationalist government from 1926 to 1928. After WWII, he was put in charge of running Nationalist government banquets, and in 1949 he...
  • Big Mac inventor passes away aged 98 nearly 50 years after creating McDonald’s iconic (trunc)

    11/30/2016 11:25:47 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 81 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 11/30/2016 | Neal Baker and Mark Hodte
    THE inventor of the Big Mac has died at the age of 98. Michael “Jim” Delligatti came up with the iconic McDonald’s burger nearly 50 years ago. McDonald’s initially did not approve of deviating from its strict formula of simple hamburgers, cheeseburgers and milkshakes. But the creation of a two-patty burger with lettuce, cheese, gherkins, onions and “special sauce” proved an instant hit, and was rolled out to his other 47 outlets across the US. McDonald’s spokeswoman Kerry Ford confirmed that Delligatti died at his home in Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family on Monday night. He opened his...
  • TV Great Grant Tinker Dies, Former CEO Of NBC Was 90

    11/30/2016 9:47:53 AM PST · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    Deadline ^ | November 30, 2016 | Nellie Andreeva
    Grant Tinker, former chairman and CEO of NBC, died on Tuesday, Nov. 29. He was  90. In 1969, Tinker and his then-wife, actress Mary Tyler Moore, launched MTM Enterprises. The company became an indie powerhouse, producing such popular series as the ground-breaking The Mary Tyler Moore Show, starring Moore, Rhoda, The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere. In 1981, Tinker left to become chairman and CEO of  then-last-place network NBC. There, guided by his famous motto “First be best, then be first,” Tinker, with Brandon Tartikoff as his entertainment president, spearheaded a ratings turnaround...
  • Fritz Weaver Dies; Patrician Star Of Stage And Screen Was 90

    11/28/2016 4:53:28 AM PST · by Emergencyawesome · 39 replies
    Deadline ^ | 11/27/2016 | Jeremy Gerard
    Fritz Weaver, an actor who transmitted an air of patrician assurance in roles that took him from a regular presence in Golden Age television dramas to Broadway stardom, prominent characters in films including Fail-Safe in 1964, and an Emmy nomination for NBC’s acclaimed 1978 drama series Holocaust, died Saturday at home in Manhattan. He was 90. In that mini-series, Weaver played Dr. Josef Weiss, a Jewish doctor sent first to the Warsaw ghetto and then to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, where he was murdered by the Nazis. “Somebody sent us some photographs of Fritz and I the other day,” Rosemary Harris,...
  • Ron Glass, Actor in Barney Miller and Firefly, Has Died at 71

    11/27/2016 5:06:50 PM PST · by NRx · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | 11-26-2016 | Matthew Dessem
    Ron Glass, the television actor best known for his roles in Barney Miller and Firefly, has died at the age of 71, Variety reports. Glass got his start in television the early 1970s, but it was his casting as Detective Ron Harris on the ABC cop sitcom Barney Miller that brought him fame. (Glass didn’t appear in the original 1974 pilot, but the show was almost entirely recast before its official 1975 debut.) The show ran for eight seasons and earned Glass an Emmy nomination in 1982 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series. Christopher...
  • Ron Glass, Star of 'Barney Miller' and 'Firefly,' Dead at 71

    11/26/2016 8:03:07 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/26/16 | Adam Howard
    Veteran television and film actor Ron Glass died Saturday at age 71, his agent said Saturday. Glass died of respiratory failure, Jeffrey Leavitt told NBC News. "Ron was a private, gentle and caring man," Leavitt said. "He was an absolute delight to watch on screen. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow." Any avid TV watcher of the last 35 years or so is likely familiar with Glass' face. He is perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated role as NYPD Det. Ron Harris on the classic cop sitcom "Barney Miller," which aired from 1975 to 1982 on ABC. Glass is the...
  • 'Barney Miller' Star Ron Glass Dead at 71

    11/26/2016 2:45:19 PM PST · by Tenlein · 91 replies
    TMZ ^ | 11/26/16 | TMZ Staff
    Ron Glass, a centerpiece on the 70's sitcom "Barney Miller" has died ... according to his rep. Glass had recently battled with various illnesses, and was an active member in the L.A. Buddhist community. He passed away at his home Friday, where'd he'd been watched by a caretaker. Glass received an Emmy nomination for his role as Detective Ron Harris on the show ... he also made appearances on the original Hawaii Five-O, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Firefly and more recently on an episode of CSI in 2014. RIP
  • Bernardo Álvarez, Hugo Chávez’s Envoy in Washington, Dies at 60

    11/26/2016 8:45:28 AM PST · by detective · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | NOV. 25, 2016
    Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, a longtime ambassador to the United States who led Hugo Chávez’s diplomats in defending Venezuela’s socialist revolution to skeptical foreign governments, died on Thursday in Caracas. He was 60. President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela announced the death but did not give the cause.
  • Cuba's Fidel Castro dies aged 90

    11/25/2016 9:31:12 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 324 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2016
    Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro has died aged 90, state TV announces This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.
  • Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro Dead at Age 90 - FINALLY!

    11/26/2016 1:17:43 AM PST · by Ed Jenner · 99 replies
    The tear-filled eulogies from the violent U.S. leftists commence in 3… 2… 1… HAVANA (AP) — Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. Castro’s reign over the island-nation 90 miles from Florida was marked by the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. The bearded revolutionary, who survived a crippling U.S. trade embargo as...
  • Brady Bunch 'mom' Florence Henderson dies aged 82: Beloved actress who played Carol Brady...

    11/25/2016 9:39:32 AM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | November 25, 2016 | Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Brady Bunch 'mom' Florence Henderson dies aged 82: Beloved actress who played Carol Brady passes away on Thanksgiving The Brady Bunch's Florence Henderson has died from heart failure late on Thanksgiving Day, aged 82. Henderson, who spent decades in the iconic role of Carol Brady, died surrounded by family and friends at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, her manager Kayla Pressman said. She was admitted to hospital on Wednesday. TV's favorite sitcom mom, the actress was best known for The Brady Bunch which first aired in 1969 and continued in one form or another right up to...
  • Ralph Branca, pitcher who gave up historic home run, dies at 90

    11/23/2016 8:09:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 23, 2016 | Paul Duggan
    If not for one unforgettable fastball, hurled Oct. 3, 1951, pitcher Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers might have faded from baseball memory. In a dozen big-league seasons, he won 88 games and lost 68, a workmanlike record, a ticket to obscurity. But for an autumn afternoon long ago. Facing the New York Giants with a 4-2 lead and the National League championship at stake, he threw a high fastball in the ninth inning to the Giants’ Bobby Thomson, a dangerous hitter.
  • Oldest Remaining Tuskegee Airman, a St. Petersburg Man, Dies at 101

    11/21/2016 3:38:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 11/21 | Paul Guzzo
    Willie N. Rogers was an American hero, and at age 101, he was a living example of the nation's history. He was a member of the "Greatest Generation," which defeated the Axis powers in World War II, doing his part as a master sergeant in the all-black Tuskegee Airmen during the era of racial segregation in the U.S. military. The longtime St. Petersburg resident died Friday from complications of a stroke. He was the oldest surviving member of that original legendary 100th Fighter Squadron. Mr. Rogers' nephew, Clinton Glover, said his uncle deserves to be celebrated for his contributions to...
  • Jer Bulsara, Freddie Mercury's Mother, Dies at 94

    11/21/2016 7:21:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    Billboard ^ | 11/20/16 | Ashley Lasimone
    Freddie Mercury’s mother, Jer Bulsara, passed away on Nov. 13 at the age of 94. Kashmira Cooke, Mercury’s sister, confirmed the news of her mother’s death on Sunday (Nov. 20) in a statement to the press, saying that she died in her sleep.
  • Dr. Denton Cooley, pioneer of heart transplants, dies at 96

    11/18/2016 6:58:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    KPRC NBC 2 Houston ^ | November 18, 2016 | Aaron Barker
    Dr. Denton Cooley, a Houston native and a pioneer of heart transplants, died Friday. He was 96. Born in 1920, Cooley graduated with highest honors from the University of Texas Austin and earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1944. Cooley performed the first transplant of a human heart in the United States in 1968. The following year, he became the first surgeon to implant an artificial heart in a human.
  • 'Drift Away' songwriter Mentor Williams has died

    11/16/2016 5:38:24 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Taos News ^ | November 16, 2016 | Rick Romancito
    Mentor Williams, a longtime Taos resident and nationally known singer-songwriter, died at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16), according to a family source. Williams was best known for writing "Drift Away", a middle-of-the-road playlist classic performed by Dobie Gray in 1973. He is the brother of songwriter-actor Paul Williams, according to an online biography.
  • Former Wis. congressman, defense secretary Melvin Laird dead at 94

    11/16/2016 1:12:57 PM PST · by Borges · 7 replies
    WSAW ^ | 11/16/2016
    Former Wisconsin congressman and defense secretary Melvin Laird has died at age 94, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Laird, a Marshfield native, was a decorated sailor in World War II, state senator, U.S. congressman and secretary of defense. He reached the pinnacle of his power as U.S. defense secretary for Richard Nixon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Laird was also the driving force behind the Laird Center for Medical Research – a $35 million facility at the Marshfield Clinic.
  • Holly Dunn Dead at 59

    11/15/2016 7:03:20 AM PST · by OttawaFreeper · 11 replies
    The Boot ^ | November 15 2016 | Angela Stefano
    Holly Dunn, a well-known voice in country music in the 1980s and ’90s, has died following a battle with a rare, very aggressive type of ovarian cancer. She was 59 years old. Nashville TV station WSMV reported the news of Dunn’s death around 7:30AM ET on Tuesday (Nov. 15), noting that Dunn had passed away in the early morning hours. According to the news outlet, funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. Born on Aug. 22, 1957, Holly Suzette Dunn — the sister of Nashville songwriter Chris Waters — performed in bands during high school and college, then moved to...
  • Leon Russell, musician known for dynamic performances, dies at 74

    11/13/2016 8:30:22 AM PST · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2016 | Bill Trott
    Leon Russell, who emerged in the '70s as one of rock'n'roll's most dynamic performers and songwriters after playing anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a much-in-demand studio pianist in the 1960s, died on Sunday at the age of 74, according to his website... Russell recorded more than 35 albums and also excelled as a songwriter for other performers. His "A Song for You" was recorded by Joe Cocker, the Carpenters, the Temptations, Neil Diamond, Lou Rawls, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and his good friend Willie Nelson. The Carpenters, Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Robert Goulet and George Benson all...
  • Robert Vaughn, Man from UNCLE Actor, Dies Aged 83

    11/11/2016 12:31:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 November 2016
    Actor Robert Vaughn, best known as the secret agent Napoleon Solo in The Man from UNCLE, has died aged 83. Vaughn was also famous for his role as Lee in the Magnificent Seven, and television roles in Hustle and Coronation Street. The iconic actor died after a battle with acute leukaemia, his manager, Matthew Sullivan, told the BBC. Vaughn died in New York on Friday morning surrounded by his family, he said. David McCallum, from the hit TV show NCIS, who as Illya Kuryakin starred alongside Vaughn in The Man From UNCLE, told TVLine.com he was "utterly devastated" by the...
  • Robert Vaughn of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' fame dies at 83

    11/11/2016 11:14:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Fox News Entertainment ^ | November 11, 2016
    Actor Robert Vaughn, best known for playing Napoleon Solo on the NBC spy drama “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” died surrounded by his family after battling acute leukemia, his manager Mathew Sullivan tells FOX411. He was 83. “Mr. Vaughn passed away at 7:30 this morning,“ Sullivan said, calling Vaughn “a great human being and a great actor.” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” aired from 1964-68 and made Vaughn one of TV’s biggest stars. …
  • BREAKING NEWS: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Hustle star Robert Vaughn, 83, dies

    11/11/2016 10:26:18 AM PST · by bkopto · 87 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 11/11/2016 | Stephanie Linning
    Actor Robert Vaughn has died at the age of 83 after a short battle with leukaemia. The star, best known for his role as Napoleon Solo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., died surrounded by his family, his manager said today.
  • Janet Reno, First Female US Attorney General, Dies at 78

    11/07/2016 7:52:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 7, 2016
    Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, has died. She was 78. Reno died early Monday from complications of Parkinson’s disease, her goddaughter Gabrielle D’Alemberte said. D’Alemberte said Reno spent her final days at home in Miami surrounded by family and friends. Reno, a former Miami prosecutor who famously told reporters “I don’t do spin,” served nearly eight years as attorney general under President Bill Clinton, the longest stint in a century.
  • Former Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno dies at 78

    11/07/2016 6:38:26 AM PST · by fision · 58 replies
    The country's first female attorney general, Bill Clinton-appointee Janet Reno, died Monday morning after a decades-long fight against Parkinson's disease, her sister Maggy Hurchalla told CNN. Reno, who passed away at 78, served in the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2001. The Department of Justice pursued a series of noteworthy convictions while she was in office, including for "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski; Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing; and Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman for bombing the World Trade Center in 1993. Her tenure was marked some significant controversies, including a decision during her first days in office...
  • Kay Starr, Hillbilly Singer with Crossover Appeal , Dies at 94

    11/04/2016 10:59:29 AM PDT · by Borges · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 11/4/2016 | David Belcher
    Kay Starr, the self-described hillbilly singer who crisscrossed jazz, country, pop, blues and rock ’n’ roll in the 1950s with hits like “Wheel of Fortune” and “Rock and Roll Waltz,” died on Thursday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94. The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, her daughter and only immediate survivor, Katherine Yardley, said. Ms. Starr, whose career began when she was a teenager and continued into her 80s, was a rarity: a singer who blossomed in the big-band era of the 1930s and 1940s, hit it big as a pop and country artist, and scored...
  • 'Tuck Everlasting' Author Natalie Babbitt Dies at 84

    11/01/2016 12:15:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Natalie Babbitt, author of the beloved children's novel Tuck Everlasting, has died after battling cancer. She was 84. Babbitt, who also was an illustrator, had been diagnosed with lung cancer recently and died at her home in Hamden, Conn., on Monday, said her husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt.
  • Tammy Grimes, the Original 'Unsinkable Molly Brown,' Dies at 82

    11/01/2016 11:11:28 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 31, 2016 | Anita Gates
    Tammy Grimes, the throaty actress and singer who conquered Broadway at the age of 26, winning a Tony Award for her performance in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and went on to a distinguished stage career, died on Sunday in Englewood, N.J. She was 82... Ms. Grimes made films, including "Play It as It Lays," "The Last Unicorn" and "Slaves of New York," and appeared in dozens of television movies and series (including her own short-lived sitcom, "The Tammy Grimes Show," in 1966). But the starring role in the film version of "Molly Brown" (1964) went to Debbie Reynolds, who had...
  • Rest in Peace: John Zacherle a.k.a. Zacherley, The Cool Ghoul

    10/28/2016 8:24:07 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Dread Central ^ | October 28, 2016 | Steve Barton
    What we have here is the end of an era. One of the few remaining famed original horror movie hosts, John Zacherle, known affectionately to fans as Zacherley, The Cool Ghoul, has passed on at the age of 98! That's quite a run and we're all a lot creepier as a result of his illustrious career! Zacherley was an American television host, radio personality and voice actor known for his long career as a television horror host broadcasting horror movies in Philadelphia and New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Best known for his character "Roland/Zacherley," he also did...
  • Controversial Christian cartoonist [Jack Chick]...dies aged 92 [trunc]

    10/25/2016 6:51:26 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 151 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10.25.16 | Ted Thornhill
    Full title: Controversial Christian cartoonist [Jack Chick] who mocked minorities and said Harry Potter was satanic dies aged 92. Jack T. Chick died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday evening His cartoon tracts vilified secular society, evolution and homosexuality They portrayed rock music and Harry Potter as literal traps of the Devil
  • Bob Hoover, one of history’s greatest pilots, dead at 94

    10/25/2016 10:03:09 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 70 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | October 25, 2016 | Bob Collins
    One of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation died this morning, according to reports. Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot, a former Air Force test pilot, and the chase plane pilot for Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier for the first time, was 94.
  • BREAKING: The Founder of WikiLeaks is DEAD! [VIDEO]

    10/24/2016 2:48:02 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 43 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 10-24-2016 | Kosar
    Sadly, while Julian Assange is held up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without internet, we have learned tragic news. The founder and director of WikiLeaks, Gavin Macfadyen, has died. At age 76, he was the the director of Wikileaks and also the founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism. As RT reports, He was a mentor and friend to famous whistleblower and co-founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange, as well as the director of the publication. Paying tribute to their head, WikiLeaks published a post on the group’s Twitter account saying MacFadyen "now takes his fists and his fight to...
  • Jack Chick has passed away

    10/24/2016 12:45:41 PM PDT · by Borges · 235 replies
    https://twitter.com/ChickPub | 10/24/2016
    He was 92.
  • Tom Hayden, famed anti-Vietnam war activist, dies aged 76

    Famed American anti-war activist Tom Hayden has died aged 76. Hayden died in his home in Santa Monica "after a lengthy illness", the Los Angeles Times reports.
  • Paul Warfield Tibbets, III, obituary

    10/23/2016 6:10:05 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 8 replies
    Monroe News-Star, Monroe, LA | 10-23-16
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thenewsstar/obituary.aspx?n=paul-warfield-tibbets&pid=182059677&fhid=20705 Death of the son of the Enola Gay pilot in Monroe, LA
  • Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88

    10/13/2016 11:20:54 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | October 13, 2016 | By Angela Dewan, CNN
    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered and unifying figure who embodied the nation in his 70-year reign, has died aged 88. Here's the latest: • Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is the king's appointed successor • Thousands gathered at the hospital, shouting "Long live the king!" • Civil servants are ordered to wear black clothes for one year in mourning from Friday • US President Obama described the king as a man of "grace and warmth" The announcement came in a statement from the Royal Palace read on state TV Thursday, and followed a days-long outpouring of support since the king...
  • Thailand's king, world's longest-reigning monarch, dies

    10/13/2016 5:08:59 AM PDT · by reed13k · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 13 Oct 2016
    Yahoo article based on AP
  • Brock Yates 1933–2016 (Car and Driver, Cannonball Run)

    10/06/2016 10:56:18 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | October 6, 2016 | Don Sherman
    Brock Yates, Car and Driver’s Assassin, lost his long battle with Alzheimer’s on October 5, 2016. We take solace in the words he crafted for this publication, his screenplays, and his books, a legacy that long ago became permanent and prominent chapters of the American legend... Yates joined Car and Driver in 1964, as managing editor—although he claimed no experience in either managing or editing... Yates created the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1971, a coast-to-coast public road race...
  • 'Black Obituary Project' Encourages Blacks To Write Their Own Deaths By Police

    10/04/2016 7:57:49 AM PDT · by tekrat · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller | 10/4/2016 | Amber Randall
    A new project allows black people to write their own obituaries, with most envisioning the writer dying unarmed at the hands of police officers. Ja'han Elliot Jones wrote a single piece about his own death to create the Black Obituary Project, reports the Grio. Jones felt that he could likely be fatally shot by the police and decided to write his own obituary. "Ja'han Elliot Jones, 24, was unarmed when shot and killed in conflict with local police officers,"  it starts. Rather than submitting it as a freelance piece, Jones decided to start the Black Obituary Project after realizing many people could feel...
  • Conductor Sir Neville Marriner dies aged 92

    10/02/2016 7:52:44 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 19 replies
    Sir Neville Marriner, one of the world’s greatest conductors, has died. The founder of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who has conducted many of the world’s best orchestras, died in his sleep on Sunday, aged 92, the academy said.
  • FReeper Dale Reed has passed away

    09/29/2016 2:45:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 210 replies
    September 29, 2016
    Received a message from his wife that Dale Reed has passed away. Dale was a long-term conservative activist and a FReeper since nearly the beginning of Free Republic. He was one of the founding members of our Southern California Chapter. Dale and his wife and several members from Southern California were present at the 1998 picnic and meeting in Fresno where our activism efforts through chapters were basically born. Dale was a good man, a patriot and great supporter of FR and our conservative activism efforts and will be greatly missed. Prayers for his wife and family. May his soul...
  • Buckwheat Zydeco's Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr. Dies At 68

    09/24/2016 10:23:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | September 24, 2016 | MARK MOBLEY
    Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., an international ambassador for Louisiana roots music with his genre-leaping band Buckwheat Zydeco, died early Saturday morning. He was 68. Dural died of lung cancer at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, La. In August, Cynthia Simien, an agent and manager who is married to Zydeco musician Terrance Simien, and Dural's daughter Tomorrow Dural started a GoFundMe account to defray Dural's medical expenses. Listen to Buckwheat Zydeco perform in 2009 on World Cafe Given the easy familiarity of the zydeco sound — accordion, washboard, a driving beat and infectious energy — in everything...
  • Breaking SAD NEWS: Country music legend Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple (NASHVILLE)

    09/26/2016 6:05:20 AM PDT · by GailA · 21 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 9/26/16 | AP
    NASHVILLE — Jean Shepard, “the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry” who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman. Shepard was 82. Spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said in a news release that Shepard had entered hospice care last week and died in Nashville. “The Opry family is truly saddened by the news of Jean’s passing,” Opry vice-president and general manager Pete Fisher said in the statement. “Although we will miss Jean’s presence on the Opry stage, she has left us the wonderful gift of her music which will...
  • LEGENDARY GOLFER ARNOLD PALMER DIES AT 87, UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES

    09/25/2016 5:53:12 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 98 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 25, 2016 | FoxNews.Com
    Breaking News.
  • W.P. Kinsella ends his own life under assisted-dying legislation (Field of Dreams ends in suicide.)

    09/16/2016 6:30:52 PM PDT · by jerod · 35 replies
    CBC News. ^ | 2016-09-16 | CBC News
    W.P. Kinsella, the B.C.-based author of Shoeless Joe, the award-winning novel that became the film Field of Dreams, has died at 81. His literary agency confirms the writer had a doctor-assisted death on Friday in Hope, B.C. The agency did not provide details about Kinsella's health. Kinsella suffered a head injury when he was in a car accident in 1997. Three years after the accident, he said he had no interest in writing fiction and was spending his days playing Scrabble on the internet.
  • Edward Albee, Playwright of a Desperate Generation, Dies at 88

    09/16/2016 5:56:09 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/16/16 | Bruce Weber
    Edward Albee, widely considered the foremost American playwright of his generation, whose psychologically astute and piercing dramas explored the contentiousness of intimacy, the gap between self-delusion and truth and the roiling desperation beneath the facade of contemporary life, died Friday at his home in Montauk, N.Y. He was 88. His personal assistant, Jakob Holder, confirmed the death. Mr. Holder said he had died after a short illness. Mr. Albee’s career began after the death of Eugene O’Neill and after Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams had produced most of their best-known plays.From them he inherited the torch of American drama, carrying...
  • Ed Edelman, crusading L.A. County supervisor, dead at 85

    09/13/2016 1:06:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 12, 2016 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart
    Ed Edelman, the longtime Los Angeles County supervisor whose crusading policymaking influenced many aspects of local life including child welfare, health services and environmental preservation, has died. He was 85. During his 20 years on the Board of Supervisors, Edelman championed efforts to improve the way county government treated its most vulnerable citizens while also fighting to protects parts of the Santa Monica Mountains from development.
  • 'Crazy Eddie,' electronics chain kingpin with 'insaaane' prices, dead at 68

    09/11/2016 1:14:15 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    —He was known as Crazy Eddie. Eddie Antar, the electronics kingpin who once presided over a retail empire spanning four states, died Saturday, according to a family member. Antar's company was known for its  frenetic television advertising of a seemingly crazed pitchman—before it all collapsed like a house of cards in a multi-million-dollar securities fraud.
  • Alexis Arquette Dead At Age 47

    09/11/2016 12:23:23 PM PDT · by drewh · 59 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 @ 13:41PM | By Radar Staff
    Alexis Arquette died Sunday morning, RadarOnline.com has learned. The transgender activist passed while surrounded by her family, according to her brother Richmond’s Facebook post. Other details remain unclear. 1473614851 A source close to the Arquettes told Radar, “she was in a coma for four days at Cedars and no one was allowed to see her except for family.” Arquette was born Robert, and transitioned from male to female in 2006. The entertainer’s transition was documented in Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother. David, Patricia and Rosanna Arquette have not commented yet.