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  • Woman who gave birth to the nation’s first septuplets dies at the age of 63 after living...

    02/17/2018 6:21:33 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Feb 17, 2018 | Minyvonne Burke For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Woman who gave birth to the nation’s first septuplets dies at the age of 63 after living with mental illness brought on by fame and mounting medical bills A California woman who gained notoriety in the 1980s for giving birth to the nation's first septuplets has died, her eldest son Joseph Frustaci said. Patricia Frustaci made headlines in May 1985 when she welcomed seven children - four boys and three girls - at a San Diego hospital. The babies' arrival was said to be the largest multiple birth in the United States at that time. The former English...
  • Legendary singer Vic Damone dies at age 89

    02/12/2018 9:27:16 AM PST · by Borges · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/12/2018
    Legendary crooner Vic Damone passed away on Sunday at the age of 89, his family tells Fox News. Damone, whose smooth baritone led Frank Sinatra to famously declare he “had the best pipes in the business,” died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla., surrounded by several close relatives. Damone also received a call from his friend, President Donald Trump, at the hospital in the days before he died, his family said.
  • Former Dodgers slugger Wally Moon, whose 'Moon shots' helped team reach three World Series, dies ...

    02/11/2018 8:22:36 AM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2018 | Steve Marble
    Wally Moon, the wiry outfielder with the old-school crew cut who helped take the Dodgers to the World Series three times and became a crowd favorite for his towering “Moon shots,” has died. Moon, who became part of the Dodger’s lineup shortly after the team moved west from Brooklyn, died Friday in Bryan, Texas. He was 87.
  • John Gavin, actor who became ambassador to Mexico, has died

    02/09/2018 4:00:50 PM PST · by SMGFan · 84 replies
    AP/ Citizens Voice ^ | February 9, 2018
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Gavin, the tall, strikingly handsome actor who appeared in "Spartacus," ''Psycho" and other hit films of the 1960s before becoming President Ronald Reagan's ambassador to Mexico, has died at age 86.
  • FReeper GladesGuru has passed

    02/07/2018 7:51:56 AM PST · by Carry_Okie · 87 replies
    Vanity | 2/7/18 | Mark Vande Pol
    I have an important announcement of interest to long-time FReepers: FReeper GladesGuru, ecologist, and private property advocate, has died from complications due to prostate cancer. He was 75. Jan (pronounced “Yan”) Jacobson was a man of acerbic wit who could cut to the bottom line with a merciless precision. Pity the bureaucrat or academic peddling questionable “facts” under his scrutiny. His passion was wildlife biology and its relation to habitat. For over thirty years, he was Director of the Everglades Institute, a private parcel within the Big Cypress National Preserve, immediately adjacent to Everglades National Park. The parcel is unusual...
  • John Mahoney of 'Frasier' Fame Dies at 77

    02/06/2018 8:44:40 AM PST · by Cecily · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | February 6, 2018 | Megan Thomas and Darran Simon
    John Mahoney, a veteran character actor best known for playing the curmudgeonly dog-loving father of the title character in TV's "Frasier," has died, his publicist said Monday. He was 77 years old. Mahoney, who played Martin Crane, father of Frasier Crane and Niles Crane, on the long-running sitcom, died Sunday in Chicago after a short illness, according to Wendy Morris. Peri Gilpin, who played the character Roz Doyle in "Frasier," recalled that Mahoney sang at her wedding, and she recalled some of his best-known performances: "Watch Moonstruck, Say Anything and/or Frasier or anything you can with him in it and...
  • 'Frasier' dad John Mahoney dead at 77

    02/05/2018 4:36:26 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 73 replies
    UPI ^ | February 5, 2018
    Feb. 5 (UPI) -- SAG- and Tony-winning actor John Mahoney died in Chicago at the age of 77, his publicist announced Monday. The publicist confirmed to TMZ Mahoney's death in hospice care Sunday. No cause was specified in the report.
  • Ikea founder dies aged 91 after setting the business up when he was just 17 [tr]

    01/28/2018 5:07:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2018 | Phoebe Southworth
    Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad has died, the company has confirmed. The 91-year-old billionaire died on Saturday at his mansion in Smaland, Sweden. Multinational Ikea, which has 412 stores across 49 countries, has long been the world's largest furniture retailer.
  • Mort Walker, creator of long-running 'Beetle Bailey' comic strip, dies at 94, family says

    01/28/2018 4:27:14 AM PST · by DFG · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/28/2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    “Beetle Bailey” comic strip artist Mort Walker died Saturday at age 94, his family said. According to his oldest son, Greg, who partnered with his father on that venerable cartoon take on the military life, the elder Walker died of old age at his home in Stanford, Conn. Walker was part of more than a half-dozen comic strips in his career, including "Hi and Lois," ''Boner's Ark" and "Sam & Silo." But his greatest success came from Beetle, his hot-tempered sergeant and the rest of the gang at fictional Camp Swampy, which he drew for nearly 70 years. After an...
  • 'Beetle Bailey' cartoonist Mort Walker dies at 94

    01/27/2018 5:37:28 PM PST · by markomalley · 86 replies
    AP ^ | 1/27/18 | Lynn Elber
    Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private "Beetle Bailey," died Saturday. He was 94.Walker died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, said Greg Walker, his eldest son and a collaborator. His father's advanced age was the cause of death, he said.Walker began publishing cartoons at age 11 and was involved with more than a half-dozen comic strips in his career, including "Hi and Lois," ''Boner's Ark" and "Sam & Silo." But he found his greatest success drawing slacker Beetle, his...
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

    01/23/2018 3:42:28 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2018 | Gerald Jonas
    Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.
  • Connie Sawyer Dies: Hollywood’s Oldest Working Actress Was 105

    01/23/2018 11:03:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Deadline Holywood ^ | January 22, 2018 | Dino-Ray Ramos
    Actress Connie Sawyer died peacefully at the age of 105 at her home at in Woodland Hills, CA. With more than 140 TV and film credits to her name, Sawyer was known as Hollywood’s oldest working actress who worked through late 2017. Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912, in Pueblo, CO. Her career in entertainment began at the age of 8 when she won a talent contest in Oakland. At 18 years old, she landed her first vaudeville show in Santa Cruz. Legendary singer, comedian, and actress Sophie Tucker became Sawyer’s mentor before she went on to Broadway where...
  • John Coleman, The Weather Channel Founder, Dies at Age 83

    01/21/2018 7:21:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Weather.com ^ | 1.21/17
    The Weather Channel co-founder and original “Good Morning America” meteorologist John Coleman passed away Saturday. His wife, Linda, said he passed away at their home in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reports. He was 83 years old. A Texas native, Coleman had controversial views on climate change and insisted global warming is a hoax. He got his first TV job while studying at the University of Illinois and went on to work at several local stations in the Midwest before joining GMA when it launched in 1975, according to AP. After helping launch The Weather Channel in 1981, he served...
  • Adm. Stansfield Turner, who led major CIA overhaul as director of central intelligence, dies at 94

    01/18/2018 6:09:39 PM PST · by Borges · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/18/2018 | T. Rees Shapiro
    Retired Navy Adm. Stansfield Turner, the iconoclastic director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the late 1970s who significantly reorganized its clandestine ranks and helped usher in a new technological age at the agency, died Jan. 18 at his home in Seattle. He was 94. His secretary, Pat Moynihan, confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause. An Oxford-educated Rhodes scholar, Adm. Turner was long considered to be one of the Navy’s sharpest analytical minds and brashly confident leaders. He was a four-star admiral and commander of NATO forces in Southern Europe when he was tapped in 1977 by...
  • John Tunney, ex-US senator from California, dies at 83

    01/13/2018 2:21:25 PM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    AP via The Mercury News ^ | January 12, 2018 | Andrew Dalton
    John V. Tunney, whose successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film “The Candidate,” has died. He was 83. Tunney died of prostate cancer Friday at a home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, his brother, Jay Tunney, told The Associated Press. Tunney was among the youngest people elected to the U.S. Senate in the past century when he won his seat in 1970 at age 36. He then became one of the youngest in recent history to lose a Senate seat when he was defeated after just...
  • Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at age 89

    01/13/2018 9:01:40 AM PST · by buckalfa · 50 replies
    ESPN ^ | January 13, 2018 | ESPN Staff
    Keith Jackson, who was widely regarded as the voice of college football by several generations, died late Friday night, his family said. He was 89. Jackson, who retired in 2006, spent some 50 years calling the action in a folksy, down-to-earth manner that made him one of the most popular play-by-play personalities in the business. "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. "When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go...
  • Doreen Tracey, original Mouseketeer who found a second career with Frank Zappa, dies at 74

    01/12/2018 7:53:37 AM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    la times ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | steve marble
    Doreen Tracey, one of the original Mouseketeers on Disney’s popular after-school program “The Mickey Mouse Club” and later an associate of avante-garde composer and musician Frank Zappa, has died. She was 74. Tracey, who long described herself as the “black sheep” of the 1950s children’s show, died Wednesday while being treated for pneumonia at a hospital in Thousand Oaks. A bubbly child and Type A personality, Tracey was featured on “The Mickey Mouse Club” during the entirety of its original 1955-59 run on ABC. The show lived on in syndication and she maintained a lifelong association with Disney, appearing in...
  • 'Zodiac' detective, who was model for 'Dirty Harry,' dead at 86

    01/11/2018 4:30:54 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | Jan 11, 2018 | Stephen Sorace | Fox News
    Dave Toschi, the lead detective in San Francisco's unsolved Zodiac serial-killer case of the 1960s and ‘70s, and who served as the model for charaClint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" movie character, has died at age 86. Toschi died Saturday at his home in San Francisco after a prolonged illness, his daughter Linda Toschi-Chambers told the San Francisco Chronicle. Toschi's investigation into the Zodiac case began with the shooting death of a San Francisco cab driver in 1969. He was taken off the case nine years later after acknowledging he wrote and mailed anonymous fan letters to the Chronicle applauding his own...
  • Soap and Battlestar Galactica actor Donnelly Rhodes dies at 81

    01/08/2018 8:16:47 PM PST · by massmike · 14 replies
    Bostonherald.com ^ | 01/08/2018 | Oliver Gettell
    Donnelly Rhodes, the Canadian actor known for playing the hapless escaped convict Dutch Leitner on Soap and the gruff medical officer “Doc” Cottle on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, died of cancer Monday at age 81, his talent agency confirmed to EW.
  • Ray Thomas, Moody Blues Flautist and Founding Member, Dead at 76

    01/07/2018 4:51:45 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 47 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Jan 07, 2018 | Daniel Kreps
    <p>Ray Thomas, flautist, vocalist and founding member of the Moody Blues, died Thursday at the age of 76.</p> <p>Thomas' label Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records confirmed the multi-instrumentalist's death on Facebook, adding that Thomas died suddenly at his home in Surrey, England. No cause of death was announced.</p>