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  • Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

    02/21/2017 6:14:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | February 21, 2017 | Euan Kerr
    Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has died. He was 93. Skrowaczewski came to Minnesota decades ago to lead what was then the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, and he never left. He changed the face of classical music in Minnesota, and remained a towering presence in the classical music world until the end.
  • Richard Schickel, Influential Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84

    02/20/2017 9:20:57 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Variety ^ | February 19, 2017 | Carmel Dagan
    Richard Schickel, the longtime film critic for Time magazine who also wrote 37 books, mostly on film, and directed a number of documentaries on film subjects, died on Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84. “He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” his daughter, writer Erika Schickel, told the Times. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.” He wrote...
  • Norma McCorvey, ‘Roe’ in Roe v. Wade, Is Dead at 69

    02/18/2017 5:52:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    ny times ^ | Feb. 18, 2017 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, reshaping the nation’s social and political landscapes and inflaming one of the most divisive controversies of the past half-century, died on Saturday in Katy, Tex. She was 69. Ms. McCorvey died of heart failure in an assisted-living home, said Joshua Prager, a New York journalist who has written about her for Vanity Fair and is working on a book about the Roe v. Wade decision.
  • Norma McCorvey, of Roe v. Wade fame, dies in Katy at 69

    02/18/2017 3:12:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 18, 2017 | Keri Blakinger
    Norma McCorvey, the Texas woman behind the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, died Saturday at an assisted-living facility in Katy. She was 69. She died of heart failure, according to a journalist close to her. McCorvey was 22 and unmarried when she unwittingly gained national fame as the pseudonymous lead plaintiff in the watershed Supreme Court ruling that allowed women to seek abortions in the first two trimesters of pregnancy.
  • Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies outside Houston

    02/18/2017 10:37:57 AM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 18, 2017 | Liz Farmer
    Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, died Saturday outside Houston at age 69, The Washington Post reports. McCorvey was 22 when she sought a way out for an unwanted pregnancy, becoming Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that established a constitutional right to an abortion. She died at an assisted-living facility in Katy due to a heart ailment, journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about the case, confirmed her death to The Post.
  • Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, Passes Away: She Never Had an Abortion and Became Pro-Life

    02/18/2017 11:16:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 02-18-17 | Steven Ertelt
    Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, Passes Away: She Never Had an Abortion and Became Pro-Life National   Steven Ertelt   Feb 18, 2017   |   2:10PM    Washington, DC Share this story: Norma McCorvey, who was the Jane Roe of the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court case legalizing virtually unlimited abortions, passed away today. McCorvey never had an abortion and eventually became pro-life and dedicated her life to overturning the horrible Supreme Court decision that bared her pseudonym. McCorvey died today at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas. She was 69.McCorvey never wanted an...
  • Legendary Wrestler Ivan ‘The Russian Bear’ Koloff has died at age 74.

    02/18/2017 10:50:52 AM PST · by PallMal · 13 replies
    People.com ^ | Februaray 18, 2017 | Dave Quinn
    Ivan Koloff, knowing among wrestling fans as “The Russian Bear,” has died. He was 74.
  • Former GOP House leader, Illinois Rep. Bob Michel has died at 93

    02/17/2017 6:33:55 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 58 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 02/17/2017
    WASHINGTON — A former aide says former House Republican leader Bob Michel has died at age 93. Michel was an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the GOP House minority for 14 years. His skill at seeking compromise with the Democrats was critical in helping Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush pursue their agendas during their presidential terms.
  • George 'The Animal' Steele, WWE legend and Hall of Famer, Dies At Age 79

    02/17/2017 10:18:43 AM PST · by drewh · 21 replies
    CBS ^ | 5 minutes ago | by Denny Burkholder
    <p>Hall of Fame wrestler George “The Animal” Steele has died, according WWE.</p> <p>Steele, real name Jim Myers, had been battling health problems for years, including kidney failure. He had been moved into hospice care shortly before his death.</p> <p>Portraying a green-tongued, bald-headed wildman, Steele was known for “eating” turnbuckles -- ripping them open with his teeth and throwing the shredded padding at opponents. He enjoyed his greatest fame near the end of his three-decade career as part of the 1980s WWE (then WWF) roster that included stars like Andre the Giant, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage.</p>
  • LTG Hal Moore passed away

    02/11/2017 4:36:35 PM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 31 replies
    Army WTF Moments ^ | February 11, 2017 | unknown
    LTG Hal Moore has passed away last night at age 94. He served his country with distinction and valor for over 32 years during the wars in Korea and Vietnam where he was immortalized as a Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) during the week-long Battle of Ia Drang.
  • 'We Were Soldiers' hero passes; the celebrated life story of a soldier, a leader, a father

    02/11/2017 1:00:52 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 81 replies
    oanow.com ^ | February 11, 2017 | Troy Turner
    Two weeks ago, a senior commander with the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, serving in battle-hardened Afghanistan, sent a letter to Auburn, Alabama. It was addressed to a national hero. “You are a true legend…and continue to inspire the troops of today, all across the globe,” he wrote. “We hold one of your edicts close to our hearts – ‘No second-place trophies.’ The winning spirit is alive and well.” A few months earlier, movie stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn made a special trip to Auburn for the sole purpose of seeing this same hero. He and Gibson had met...
  • Chavo Guerrero Sr. dies of liver cancer (great professional wrestler)

    02/11/2017 2:29:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | February 11, 2017 | Greg Oliver
    Chavo Guerrero Jr. announced today that his father, Chavo Guerrero Sr. -- or Chavo Classic as he was known as in WWE while accompanying his son to the ring -- died from liver cancer on February 11. He was 68. "As believer in Christ Jesus, he is now in Paradise. Today is a Sad day in the Guerrero Family," wrote Guerrero Jr. in an Instagram post. Guerrero Sr. had been diagnosed with liver cancer in early January.
  • Little Caesars creator and Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner dies aged 87...

    02/11/2017 12:01:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | Feb. 11, 2017 | Associated Press
    FULL TITLE: Little Caesars creator and Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner dies aged 87 after amassing a fortune worth $6BILLION Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, and won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums, has died. He was 87. His family released a statement saying Ilitch died on Friday at a local hospital. They called him a visionary who set the tone for his company and his family. 'He made such a positive...
  • 'Relieved' Family Publishes Honest Obituary for 'Evil' Texas Man

    02/10/2017 2:19:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 10, 2017 at 3:01 PM | Ben Hooper
    A Texas family had the last laugh against a less-than-beloved relative when they published a brutally honest obituary that "proves that evil does in fact die." The family of late Galveston man Leslie Ray Charping published an obituary on the website of Carnes Funeral Home that declined to pull any punches after the man died at the age of 75 -- "which was 29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved." The obituary says Charping "leaves behind two relieved children" as well as "six grandchildren and countless other victims including an ex wife, relatives, friends, neighbors, doctors,...
  • Battlestar Galactica star Richard Hatch dead at 71.... after succumbing to pancreatic cancer

    02/07/2017 4:09:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 78 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | Feb. 7, 2017 | Daily Mail Staff
    Richard Hatch who was best known for playing Captain Apollo on TV series battlestar Galactica has died. The actor was 71. He passed away in hospice care after battling pancreatic cancer, his family told TMZ Tuesday. Hatch started his career in the daytime soap All My Children in 1970 and in 1978 landed the role in the original Battlestar Galactica that ran for one season and earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
  • Irwin Corey, comic who styled himself the World’s Foremost Authority, dies at 102

    02/07/2017 6:41:57 AM PST · by Borges · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/7/2017 | T. Rees Shapiro
    Irwin Corey, the comic maestro who endeared himself to generations of audiences as the World’s Foremost Authority, whose nonsensical monologues aped blowhard pundits, pompous academics and other know-it-alls, died Feb. 6 at his home in Manhattan. He was 102. His son, painter, songwriter, singer and comedian Richard Corey, quipped that his father died “peacefully, at home, surrounded by his son.” Under the moniker Professor Corey, the self-described rebel comedian spent eight decades perfecting a mock-intellectual routine laced with malapropisms and non sequiturs.
  • 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.
  • Sadness: A clarinet legend has died (Gervase de Peyer)

    02/05/2017 9:19:00 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | February 4, 2017 | Norman Lebrecht
    We have been informed by close friends of the death of Gervase de Peyer, the foremost British clarinet player of his time. Gervase was 90. A founder of the Melos Ensemble, with whom he recorded extensively, Gervase was principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1956 to 1973. He was also a founder of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and an influential teacher.
  • JOHN HURT 'ELEPHANT MAN' STAR REPORTEDLY DEAD

    01/27/2017 6:08:30 PM PST · by BBell · 51 replies
    John Hurt, who starred in a slew of hit movies, reportedly has died. Hurt, who appeared in "Alien," "V for Vendetta," "The Elephant Man," 'Harry Potter,' "Dr. Who" and "1984," died Friday of pancreatic cancer, according to The Mirror. The actor was nominated twice for Academy Awards ... for "The Elephant Man" and "Midnight Express." One of his last movies has been getting lots of buzz ... he played the head of the israeli Mossad alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the Dan Berk film, "Damascus Cover." Hurt, a UK citizen, was knighted in 2015, the same year he learned he...
  • Mike Connors, who played hard-hitting private eye "Mannix," dies at 91

    01/26/2017 10:00:54 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1/26/17
    Mike Connors, who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series “Mannix,” has died. He was 91. The actor died surrounded by family Thursday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital from complications of leukemia that had been diagnosed a week earlier, said his son-in-law, Mike Condon. “Mannix” ran for eight years on CBS beginning in 1967. Viewers were intrigued by the tall, smartly dressed, well-spoken detective who could mix it up with the burliest of thugs and leap on the hood of a racing car to prevent an escape. Episodes normally climaxed with a brawl that left...
  • Allman Brothers Band Drummer Butch Trucks Dies at 69

    01/25/2017 12:51:21 PM PST · by Captain Peter Blood · 45 replies
    People/Yahoo News ^ | 01-25-2017 | [People] Jordan Runtagh
    Drummer Butch Trucks, a founding member of iconic Southern rock outfit the Allman Brothers Band, died Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 69.
  • Mary Tyler Moore, Who Incarnated the Modern Woman on TV, Dies at 80

    01/25/2017 12:59:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 45 replies
    ny times ^ | January 25, 2017 | VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN
    Mary Tyler Moore, whose witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. She was 80. Her family said her death, at Greenwich Hospital, was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia. Ms. Moore faced more than her share of private sorrow, and she went on to more serious fare, including an Oscar-nominated role in the 1980 film “Ordinary People” as a frosty, resentful mother whose son has died. But she was most indelibly known as the incomparably spunky...
  • TV Icon Mary Tyler Moore Dead At 80

    01/25/2017 11:43:57 AM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 125 replies
    TV icon Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday after being hospitalized in Connecticut, her rep confirmed to The Huffington Post. She was 80.
  • Gorden Kaye: 'Allo 'Allo!'s Rene Artois dies aged 75

    01/25/2017 12:11:47 AM PST · by Dajjal · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 January 2017 | Entertainment & Arts
    Actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the long-running BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, has died aged 75. The star's former agency confirmed to BBC News he died at a care home on Monday morning. Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the hit show, which centred on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in World War Two in German-occupied France. He appeared in all 84 episodes of the sitcom, as well as a stage version. [snip] Kaye's career almost came to an abrupt end in 1990 when he was critically injured in the Burns' Day storm....
  • RIP, Deacon Alex C. Jones—UPDATED (video)

    01/18/2017 2:53:48 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Aletelia ^ | January 15, 2017 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Word has been circulating on social media this afternoon that a giant in evangelization, Deacon Alex C. Jones, has died. I haven’t heard additional details.He is something of a legend: a popular public speaker and congregational minister from Detroit who underwent a remarkable conversion experience that culminated with his entering into full communion with the Catholic Church—in the process, bringing along many members of his congregation.From his bio, in his own words: I am in my early seventies, born in 1941, and married to Donna Camille. Donna and I have three grown sons: Joseph, Benjamin, and Marc, twelve lovely...
  • Lord Snowdon, Princess Margaret's former husband, dies aged 86

    The Queen was said to be “saddened” tonight after Lord Snowdon, her former brother-in-law and the original “royal rebel” died at the age of 86... ...Snowdon earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost photographers, with subjects as diverse as Marlene Dietrich, David Bowie and, of course, the Royal family...
  • Remembering Gene Cernan (Last man to walk on the moon has died)

    01/16/2017 12:32:24 PM PST · by ARGLOCKGUY · 49 replies
    Euguene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died Monday, Jan. 16, surrounded by his family. Photo gallery of Eugene Cernan Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon. He also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface. He was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He piloted the Gemini 9 mission with Commander Thomas P. Stafford on a three-day...
  • Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dead at 82

    01/16/2017 12:15:37 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 40 replies
    FOX ^ | Jan 16,2017
    Gene Cernan, an early NASA astronaut who was the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday, NASA announced in a tweet. He was 82.
  • Controversial megachurch pastor Eddie Long dies at 63

    01/15/2017 4:18:11 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | January 15, 2017 | John Blake and Chandrika Narayan, CNN
    CNN)Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, has died, according to the suburban Atlanta church he presided over. He was 63. Long died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Long was a national figure and one of the most innovative and polarizing pastors in the contemporary church. He was also a paradox. He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality, but he also settled a lawsuit by four young men who said he...
  • WWE Hall OF Fame Legend Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka Dead at Age 73

    01/15/2017 1:33:18 PM PST · by drewh · 3 replies
    TMZ ^ | 1/15/2017 12:02 PM PST
    Jimmy Snuka, the WWE Hall of Famer, has died after losing his battle to stomach cancer. Jimmy wrestled from the 1970s onward ... all the way through 2010. Jimmy came into the WWE as a heel, and became famous for his acrobatic wrestling style. He eventually turned and became a good guy. He had a number of shots at the WWE championship -- both as a villain and hero -- but never won. The Fijian wrestler, also known as Superfly Snuka, would often punish his opponents with his signature move -- the Superfly Splash ... which was an epic body...
  • Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, Wrestling Legend, Dead at 73

    01/15/2017 1:34:33 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 15, 2017 | Jason Diamond
    Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, the high-flying Fijian-born professional wrestler who rose to fame alongside icons Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Andre the Giant in Vince McMahon's WWE (then the WWF), is dead at the age of 73. His death comes less than a month after murder charges were dropped in the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino. WWE superstar and Snuka's daughter Tamina Snuka announced her father's death on Instagram.
  • Dick Gautier, Hymie the Robot on 'Get Smart,' Dies at 85

    01/14/2017 11:41:54 AM PST · by chrisinoc · 36 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/14/2017 | Mike Barnes
    Dick Gautier, who starred on Broadway in the original production of Bye, Bye Birdie and then famously played Hymie the Robot on the sitcom Get Smart, has died. He was 85. Gautier died Friday night at an assisted living facility in Arcadia, Calif., after a long illness, his daughter Denise told The Hollywood Reporter. Gautier, who started his career as a stand-up comic, received a Tony nomination for playing Conrad Birdie, the character based on Elvis Presley, in the memorable, original 1960 production of Bye, Bye Birdie, starring Dick Van Dyke.
  • William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

    01/13/2017 10:15:24 AM PST · by Cecily · 70 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2017 | Matt Schudel
    William Peter Blatty, an author whose novel “The Exorcist” and his later screenplay for the 1973 film about a demonic possession became a phenomenon and stirred fierce public debate about the occult, died Jan. 12 at a hospital near his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 89. The cause was a form of multiple myeloma, said his wife, Julie Witbrodt Blatty. Mr. Blatty was a junior at Georgetown University when, in 1949, he became mesmerized by a Washington Post story detailing the alleged exorcism by a Jesuit priest of a 14-year-old boy from Mount Rainier, Md. who was believed to...
  • Columnist Nat Hentoff dies at 91

    01/07/2017 8:09:45 PM PST · by EveningStar · 72 replies
    AP via The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2017 | Hillel Italie
    Nat Hentoff, an eclectic columnist, critic, novelist and agitator dedicated to music, free expression and defying the party line, died Saturday at age 91. His son, Tom Hentoff, said his father died from natural causes at his Manhattan apartment. Schooled in the classics and the stories he heard from Duke Ellington and other jazz greats, Nat Hentoff enjoyed a diverse and iconoclastic career, basking in “the freedom to be infuriating on a myriad of subjects.”
  • French maestro conductor Georges Pretre dies at 92

    01/04/2017 11:58:07 AM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | January 4, 2017 | Agence France Presse
    French maestro Georges Pretre, who regularly conducted the renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday aged 92, the Austrian capital's Philharmonic society said.
  • "MASH” actor William Christopher dead at 84

    12/31/2016 6:21:15 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 82 replies
    CBS ^ | December 31,2016
    LOS ANGELES -- William Christopher, the actor best known for playing Fr. Francis Mulcahy on the smash sitcom “MASH,” has died, CBS Los Angeles reports. He was 84. Christopher’s son confirmed his death to CBS Los Angeles.
  • Pour one out: The inventor of the red Solo cup has died

    12/30/2016 5:27:56 PM PST · by CtBigPat · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | December 29, 2016 | Doug Criss
    Robert Leo Hulseman. He's the man who invented the red Solo cup, staple at every party ever. He died last week at age 84.
  • Pour one out: The inventor of the red Solo cup has died

    12/29/2016 8:05:38 AM PST · by Morgana · 44 replies
    cnn ^ | December 29, 2016 | Doug Criss
    (CNN)2016 is still not done. Before we lost George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds this week, we lost someone who's probably had just as big an impact on our lives, though you've never heard of him: Robert Leo Hulseman. He's the man who invented the red Solo cup, staple at every party ever. He died last week at age 84. The Solo Cup Company was the family business -- Hulseman's dad started it in 1936 -- and Hulseman started working in the company factory when he was 18, according to his obit on Legacy.com.
  • Star Wars Princess Leia Actress Carrie Fisher Dead At 60! Drugs Takes Another ICON

    12/27/2016 5:55:29 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    TNN RAW 2 ^ | December 27, 2016 | Tommy Sotomayor
    Star Wars Princess Leia Actress Carrie Fisher Dead At 60! Drugs Takes Another ICON (Tommy Sotomayor gives his take on the death of Carrie Fisher)
  • Ed Reinecke, who resigned as California's lieutenant governor after a perjury conviction, dies at 92

    12/26/2016 2:27:25 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 25, 2016 | Cindy Chang
    Ed Reinecke, the California lieutenant governor who resigned after being convicted of perjury in a Watergate-era scandal, died Saturday in Laguna Hills. He was 92 and died of natural causes, said his son, Mark Reinecke... Reinecke was a protege of then-Gov. Ronald Reagan... The conviction was eventually overturned because of a technicality: the Senate Judiciary Committee had not officially published a rule permitting a one-man quorum, and the special Watergate prosecutor had not established that more than one senator attended the hearing... After Reinecke’s downfall, Reagan remained loyal to his former lieutenant, soliciting funds to help him pay his legal...
  • BREAKING NEWS: George Michael dies peacefully at his home in Oxfordshire on Christmas Day, aged 53

    12/25/2016 4:12:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 139 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 25, 2016 | Alex Matthews For Mailonline
    George Michael has died at his home in Oxfordshire. The musician's publicist said that he had 'passed away peacefully' at his property in Goring at 1.42pm today. Michael, 53, had previously battled drug addiction and come close to death after suffering from a bout of pneumonia in 2011. However, the circumstances around his death are currently unexplained. Scroll down for video Michael, who was set to release a documentary in 2017, rose to fame as a member of Wham!, known for their hits Club Tropicana and Last Christmas. The singer - whose real name is Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou - sold...
  • Ex-Wham! singer George Michael dies

    12/25/2016 3:24:31 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 137 replies
    BBC ^ | December 25, 2016
    Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said. The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have "passed away peacefully at home". Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT. Police say there were no suspicious circumstances. Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, sold more than 100m albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades. Earlier this month it was announced that producer and songwriter Naughty Boy was...
  • George Michael Dead

    12/25/2016 3:04:15 PM PST · by Jolla · 95 replies
    Mirror ^ | 12/25/16 | Mirror
    George Michael has "passed away peacefully at home", his publicist has said.
  • Michčle Morgan, lustrous French actress of ‘Port of Shadows,’ dies at 96

    12/21/2016 10:41:36 AM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 20, 2016 | Adam Bernstein
    Michèle Morgan, a French movie actress who starred in the moody masterpiece “Port of Shadows” and who, during a brief Hollywood sojourn, helped introduce Frank Sinatra to film audiences in his first big role, died Dec. 20. She was 96. French President François Hollande announced the death, calling her “an elegance, a grace, a legend that left a mark on many generations. . . . The greatest directors called upon her, and she was part of masterpieces that still live in everyone’s memories.” No other details were provided. In a career spanning seven decades, Ms. Morgan was best known as the ethereal...
  • Director Gordon Hunt, RIP (1929 - 2016)

    12/20/2016 5:46:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread
    Director Gordon Hunt has died at the age of 87. Gordon Edwynn Hunt (April 26, 1929 – December 17, 2016) was an American director, actor, producer and writer. He directed such animated productions as The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Super Friends, The Pirates of Dark Water, Droopy, Master Detective, Pound Puppies, The Richie Rich Show, The Smurfs and many more... He is the father of [Emmy, Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG Award winner] Helen Hunt from his marriage to photographer Jane Elizabeth Novis; they later divorced. Since 1995, he has been married to [actress, voice actress and singer] B.J. Ward [of "Stand-Up...
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor reportedly dead at 99 after suffering heart attack

    12/18/2016 3:07:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 109 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, December 18, 2016, 5:36 PM | Peter Sblendorio and David Hinckley
    Zsa Zsa Gabor, a Hollywood icon who personified the joy of glorious, unapologetic celebrity, reportedly died Sunday from a heart attack. She was 99. The Hungarian actress and socialite was pronounced dead after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, TMZ reports. She survived a series of health problems over the last decade, including an auto accident, a hip replacement and a stroke, and had been on life support the past five years. …
  • Henry Heimlich, inventor of the anti-choking Heimlich maneuver dies aged 96

    12/17/2016 11:39:53 AM PST · by DFG · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12/17/2016 | ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES
    The creator of the lifesaving Heimlich maneuver has died at the age of 96. Dr Henry Heimlich, who became famous in the 1970s for creating the technique to save choking victims, passed away at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati on Saturday. Heimlich had suffered a massive heart attack on Monday and died from complications.
  • Lawrence Colburn Dies; Helped End Vietnam's My Lai Massacre

    12/16/2016 12:41:58 PM PST · by Borges · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/16/2016 | CHEVEL JOHNSON
    Lawrence Manley Colburn, a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War who helped end the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers by U.S. troops at My Lai, has died. He was 67. Lisa Colburn, speaking with The Associated Press on Thursday evening, said her husband of 31 years was diagnosed with cancer in late September and died Tuesday. "It was very quick," she said by phone from her Canton, Georgia, home near Atlanta. "He was a very peaceful man who had a great desire for there to be a peaceful world."
  • Composer and conductor Karel Husa dies at 95

    12/16/2016 12:31:36 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Cornell Chronicle - Cornell University ^ | December 16, 2016 | Daniel Aloi
    Influential and internationally acclaimed composer and conductor Karel Jaroslav Husa, who taught at Cornell for 38 years and conducted major orchestras as well as campus ensembles, died Dec. 14 at his home in Apex, North Carolina. He was 95... Husa was born in Prague on Aug. 7, 1921... Husa became an American citizen in 1959... Husa won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1969 for his String Quartet No. 3, and the 1993 Grawemeyer Award for his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, and many other composition prizes over his career. His best known work is the four-movement “Music for Prague...
  • This Is Without A Doubt The Best Obituary I’ve Ever Read. It’s Not Even Close. Outstanding...

    12/14/2016 12:18:00 PM PST · by RummyChick · 50 replies
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