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  • SHOCKING News The Cause Of Death For Singer Prince Was Full Blown AIDS!

    04/28/2016 11:01:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    TNNRaw ^ | April 28, 2016 | Tommy Sotomayor
    SHOCKING News The Cause Of Death For Singer Prince Was Full Blown AIDS! video only on link
  • R.I.P. Madeleine Sherwood, Mother Superior on 'The Flying Nun'

    04/26/2016 6:30:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    metv.com ^ | April 25, 2016 | metvstaff
    Madeleine Sherwood performed Tennessee Williams dramas on stage and screen, and worked with legendary film director Elia Kazan. Her Broadway roles included The Crucible, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Camelot — roles that any actor would envy. However, the Quebec native is perhaps best known for running a convent of nuns in Puerto Rico on television. For three seasons, Sherwood portrayed Reverend Mother Superior Placido on The Flying Nun, the charming, quirky 1960s sitcom that sent Sally Field soaring to a new level of stardom. As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, Sherwood has died at the age of...
  • American future: 55 million Latinos in U.S., one-third under 18 (Breathtaking Numbers)

    04/22/2016 7:07:49 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4-22-2016 | Paul Bedard
    There are 55.3 million Latinos in America, nearly triple the 1980 population, and those under 18 years old are the largest group, a demographic fact likely to influence the future of the country, according to Census figures. The new report helps to complete the picture of the U.S. immigration population, which previous reports pegged at 61 million. According to Pew, 35.3 million, or 64 percent of the total number of the Latino immigrant population are Mexican-origin. A 2008 Pew report said that more than half of the immigrants from Mexico were illegally in the United States.
  • Erik Bauersfeld, Voice of 'Star Wars' Character Admiral Ackbar, Dies at 93

    04/06/2016 6:56:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    nbc.com ^ | April 5, 2016 | AP
    Erik Bauersfeld, who turned three words from a minor acting role — "It's a trap!" — into one of the most beloved lines of the "Star Wars" series, has died. His manager, Derek Maki, says the performer died Sunday at his home in Berkeley, California, at the age of 93.
  • Oscar-Winning Actress Patty Duke Is Dead at 69

    03/29/2016 11:03:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    nbc.com ^ | March 29, 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, who hit the trifecta of stardom with her turns on TV, in the movies, and on Broadway, is dead. Duke, who was 69, died due to sepsis from a ruptured intestine, her managers said. "I love you Mom," one of her actor sons, Sean Astin, said in a statement confirming his mother's death. The Queens-born daughter of a troubled cashier and alcoholic cab driver, Duke overcame a dark childhood to become one of the Hollywood's most respected actresses and president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.
  • Sesame Street actor David Smyrl dies from lung cancer at 80 years old

    03/25/2016 4:47:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | March 25, 2016 | Kelly Mclaughlin For Dailymail.com and Associated Press
    David Smyrl, the Emmy-winning actor best known for his role as Mr Handford, the retired firefighter who ran Hooper's Store on Sesame Street, has died. He was 80. Smyrl was diagnosed with lung cancer in January, his wife, Cheryl, said. He died on Tuesday at Lankenau Medical Center outside Philadelphia. 'He was funny,' Cheryl Smyrl said. 'I could say so many good things about him. He was loved by so many people. He was a mentor to a lot of children. He was a family man, loyal, true and faithful.' A north Philadelphia native born on September 12, 1935, Smyrl...
  • Scottish ski coach killed in Alps

    03/11/2016 10:44:55 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc.com ^ | March 12, 2016 | bbc
    An "amazing" Scottish ski coach has died in an accident in the Alps. Aaron McLean, a co-founder of off-piste group British Freeride, is thought to have been instructing young skiers in the French mountain resort of Avoriaz when he died on Thursday afternoon. Mr McLean, 26, went to school in Edinburgh and learned to ski at Hillend. Snowsport Scotland said he was "a man of great enthusiasm and infectious energy".
  • Kansas mom dies days after giving birth to triplets

    03/09/2016 1:07:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | March 8, 2016 | Meg Wagner
    A Kansas mom of five who had just given birth to triplets died minutes after she arrived home from the hospital. Casi Rott, 36, was briefly reunited with her two older daughters at the family’s rural farm — which she hadn’t seen in months because she stayed with family closer to the hospital toward the end of her high-risk pregnancy — on Feb. 8. “That day was the happiest I’d ever seen her,” her husband, Joey, told the Kansas City Star of the reunion. But just after she walked through the door, she started having severe chest pains, brought on...
  • Freeper Fivetoes Passed Away Last Night

    03/05/2016 12:37:23 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 109 replies
    March 5, 2016
    Fellow Freeper, Tom Buchanan,(Fivetoes)had a heart attack and passed away this morning. He will be missed.
  • Country singer Joey Feek dead at 40

    03/04/2016 7:09:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 4, 2016 | foxnews
    Joey Feek, who rose to fame as a member of the soulful husband-and-wife country duo Joey + Rory, died Friday, according to her husband’s blog. She was 40 years old. Feek made headlines in recent months as her husband, Rory, blogged on behalf of the couple about their experiences as she fought cervical cancer that eventually spread to her colon. When the songstress’ cancer spread in October 2015, she informed fans that she was stopping treatment. She entered hospice care in early November, and Rory kept fans up-to-date in the months that followed.
  • Father Bill Carmody, outspoken Catholic priest in the Colorado Springs area, remembered as...

    02/25/2016 7:27:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    gazette.com ^ | February 24, 2016 | Ryan Maye Handy
    FULL TITLE: Father Bill Carmody, outspoken Catholic priest in the Colorado Springs area, remembered as champion of youth and faith A devoted sports fan; often the loudest man on the court or the field. A church leader. A shy man who loved working with kids. A great hugger. When word spread Tuesday that Father Bill Carmody had died, his friends and parishioners remembered him as all of these things. Carmody, 58, died in his sleep late Monday night after a long battle with cancer. The beloved Catholic priest left behind him a legacy that stretches from Widefield schools to the...
  • Harper Lee dead at age of 89: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author passes away

    02/19/2016 10:09:25 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    al.com ^ | February 19, 2016 | Connor Sheets
    Author Nelle Harper Lee, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book, "To Kill a Mockingbird," passed away in her sleep Friday morning at the age of 89, her family has confirmed. "This is a sad day for our family. America and the world knew Harper Lee as one of the last century's most beloved authors," Hank Conner, Lee's nephew and a spokesman for the family, said in a statement Friday morning. "We knew her as Nelle Harper Lee, a loving member of our family, a devoted friend to the many good people who touched her...
  • 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer' Child Star Tommy Kelly dead at 90

    02/10/2016 5:04:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    foxnews ^ | February 10, 2016 | fox
    Tommy Kelly, who played the titular boy hero in the 1938 movie "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," has died. He was 90. Kelly suffered congestive heart failure on Jan. 25 in Greensboro, N.C., his son announced Tuesday. Along with the adaptation of the Mark Twain novel for which he's best known, Kelly appeared in "Gone With the Wind," "He Walked By Night," and "The West Point Story" before retiring from Hollywood at age 25.
  • JRandomFreeper (Johnny) died at 4:33 pm, January 22, 2016.

    01/22/2016 4:14:32 PM PST · by Marcella · 547 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...
  • 92-year-old World War II Navajo code talker dies in Utah

    01/16/2016 9:14:58 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    fox2now.com ^ | January 15, 2016 | Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A Navajo man who helped stump the Japanese during World War II using a code based on his native language has died in suburban Salt Lake City. Ernest Yazhe’s daughter Melissa Yazhe tells The Salt Lake Tribune that her 92-year-old father died of renal failure Tuesday. Yazhe joined the U.S. Marines when he was 19 and became one of the hundreds of code talkers who played a vital combat role by transmitting battlefield messages in an unbreakable Navajo-based radio code.
  • Robert Banks Stewart (1931 - 2016) (Doctor Who)

    01/15/2016 10:59:32 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 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...
  • Broadway, "Ghostbusters" actor David Margulies dies at 78

    01/15/2016 10:46:49 AM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    cbs ^ | January 13, 2016 | cbs
    NEW YORK -- David Margulies, a veteran actor of the stage and screen, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and numerous film roles including the mayor in "Ghostbusters," has died. He was 78. Margulies died in New York on Monday, his agent Mary Harden said Tuesday. No cause of death was immediately available, she said. The Brooklyn-born Margulies made his Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of "The Iceman Cometh." He performed on Broadway a dozen more times, including as Roy Cohn in "Angels in America."
  • The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty dies at 74 after battle with cancer

    01/15/2016 10:23:46 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | January 15, 2016 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty has died at 74 following a battle with cancer. The '70s star passed away at his home in California's San Fernando Valley on Friday surrounded by friends and family, according to TMZ. The actor was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago after he underwent surgery for back pain. Scroll down for video The hirsute star, who famously was the real life friend of bears and wildcats, returned home after doctors, in the hospital where he was receiving treatment at, told him time was growing short. While home, Haggerty met...
  • David Bowie dies of cancer aged 69

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

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

    01/10/2016 12:05:16 PM PST · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    kptv.com ^ | january 7, 2016
    It may sound crazy to some, but it's not the first time James Twyman has gone to a war torn area to sing and pray for peace. While it might be dangerous, James feels he has to do it. Twyman sings the Muslim prayer. It's just one of many prayers he puts to music from various religions when he sings for peace around the world. In the late 90's, Twyman performed in Baghdad amid fallout from Dessert Storm and he played in Syria a couple years ago. On Jan. 20, Twyman will travel to the Israeli-Syrian border to hold a...
  • Body of country singer Craig Strickland found after days of searching

    01/04/2016 12:37:05 PM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    foxnews ^ | Jan. 4, 2016
    <p>The body of country singer Craig Strickland was found on Monday, authorities confirmed to FOX411.</p> <p>Strickland was the lead singer of the Arkansas-based country-rock band Backroad Anthem. He disappeared during severe storms on Dec. 27 while on a duck hunting trip with friend Chase Morland.</p>
  • '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.
  • Globetrotter great Meadowlark Lemon dies at 83

    12/29/2015 1:44:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    247sports.com ^ | December 28, 2015 | Brad Crawford
    Meadowlark Lemon, the face of the Harlem Globetrotters for nearly 25 years, died on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 83, according to The New York Times. Lemon, known as the "Clown Prince of basketball" for his hilarious pranks, played the game to entertain fans with excitement and flare, incorporating comedy routines between halfcourt hook shots, mesmerizing dribbling displays and no-look passes only he could make.
  • Prayer Request for Petruchio (Update at 1262: Petruchio passed away on Friday, Dec 4, 2015)

    04/30/2009 9:38:46 AM PDT · by Petruchio · 1,304 replies · 13,571+ views
    4/30/09 | Petruchio
    Time to call out the Big Guns. Some of you have heard thru FReepmail that a week and a half ago a mass was found during a routine chest X-Ray. 2 days later they did a CT Scan. Yesterday I had a Biopsy done. I just got off the phone with my Doctor. I have cancer. Specifically, Adenocarcinoma. More tests need to be done to determine the stage and if it is just the one tumor or if it has spread. Please include me in your Prayers that this can be treated.The most powerful weapon I can employ in this...
  • Over 1,000 turn out for unclaimed veteran's funeral

    11/17/2015 3:04:19 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    wthr.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2015 | Mary Milz
    INDIANAPOLIS - Over 1,000 well-wishers have turned out for the funeral of a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who died with no family to plan his final arrangements. There was an overflow crowd at the Lawrence United Methodist Church Tuesday morning for the funeral of Billy Aldridge. He died last month at the age of 80 at a local nursing home. When WTHR shared Mr. Aldridge's story on our Facebook page, the response was overwhelming, with thousands of Facebook fans sharing the post and commenting. Legacy Funeral Home asked the public to help give him a dignified funeral. Turnout is...
  • He ran to the sound of the guns(THE real deal!)

    10/24/2015 7:41:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/24/2015 | Rick Moran
    Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler of Roland, Oklahoma was identified as the American commando killed in action during a rescue of hostages held by Islamic State. He became the first American serviceman killed fighting ISIS. Wheeler was not only a member of Delta Force, he was a highly decorated special operator with an astonishing record of achievement. He is survived by his wife and 4 children. Defense Secretary Ash said "I am immensely proud of this young man," who heard the firefight break out in the prison and ran to the sound of the guns. Wheeler was a warrior, having deployed...
  • End of an era: Silent film actress Jean Darling, star of Our Gang comedies, dies in Germany....

    09/07/2015 9:30:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7 September 2015 | Caitlin O'toole For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: End of an era: Silent film actress Jean Darling, star of Our Gang comedies, dies in Germany aged 93 Silent film actress Jean Darling has died aged 93. The Our Gang star passed away on September 4 in a nursing home in Germany, her son Roy Bowen told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. The former child star appeared in dozens of 'Our Gang' comedy shorts, and was one of the last remaining silent films stars. Scroll down for video A four-year-old Darling began appearing in the shorts in 1926, and appeared in 46 shorts and four 'talkies' about...
  • Dean Jones, star of 'Love Bug' and other Disney films, dies at 84

    09/03/2015 1:52:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    cnn.com ^ | September 2, 2015 | By Todd Leopold, CNN
    (CNN)Dean Jones, the go-to Disney actor whose films included "The Love Bug," "The Million Dollar Duck," "That Darn Cat!" and "The Shaggy D.A.," died Tuesday, according to his publicist. Jones was 84. The cause of death was Parkinson's disease, according to publicist Richard Hoffman. Jones made his film debut in 1956's "Somebody Up There Likes Me," which starred Paul Newman as boxer Rocky Graziano. The next year he appeared in the Elvis Presley movie "Jailhouse Rock." He also starred on Broadway in such works as "There Was a Little Girl," with Jane Fonda, and the hit "Under the Yum-Yum Tree,"...
  • Abortion advocates leave hateful comments following death of pro-life hero who stood outside....

    08/26/2015 12:56:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    saynsumthn.wordpress.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | saynsumthn
    FULL TITLE: Abortion advocates leave hateful comments following death of pro-life hero who stood outside Planned Parenthood The mindset of abortion activists never ceases to amaze me. Shortly after the death of a pro-life hero, who spent his final hours standing up for unborn babies outside Planned Parenthood on August 22, 2015, pro-choice vulchers swooned. In one of his last acts on earth, 73-year-old Bob Adis, who was lovingly referred to as “poppy” joined last weekend’s pro-life protest in Livonia, Michigan to expose Planned Parenthood’s gruesome baby parts operation. Bob Adis, whose handicapped wife was with him at the clinic,...
  • Life matters even in death: A tribute to Bob Adis

    08/25/2015 10:57:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    In the course of each year, the pro-life community can lose many activists for life. But when a pro-life hero spends his final moments on earth standing up for unborn babies, it is worth mentioning. This was the case of Bob Adis, who passed away shortly after standing up for unborn babies outside Planned Parenthood during the weekend’s national protest. The 73-year-old, fondly referred to as “Poppy,” and his wife Joan, joined members of Harvest Bible Church in exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby parts operation in Livonia, Michigan, on Saturday morning. Shortly after the group assembled on the public sidewalk, pro-life...
  • Diver Dave was called home Sunday morning.

    08/16/2015 10:00:00 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 253 replies
    8-16-2015 | JustAmy. MamaBear
    Graphic by MamaBear After fighting ALS for several months, on Sunday morning Diver Dave was called home to Jesus' loving arms. According to his family, he is having a great reunion with his parents, his oldest sister, his parents-in-law and many others including many FReepers. As we recall what a Patriot Diver Dave was, it seems appropriate that he joined FreeRepublic July 4, 1998. Dave loved this country and our troops. Many times, he drove 2 hours each way to join the Fresno Freepers in support of our troops. Dave had a very strong faith that was an inspiration...
  • Last surviving Dambusters pilot, Les Munro, dies aged 96

    08/04/2015 7:10:59 AM PDT · by Borges · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/4/2015 | Claire Phipps
    The last surviving pilot from the Dambusters raids has died at the age of 96. Les Munro died on Tuesday morning in hospital in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty in his native New Zealand. His death means there are just two survivors from the 1943 bombing raids on Germany’s Ruhr dams: George “Johnny” Johnson, from the UK, who was a bomb-aimer; and Canadian front-gunner Fred Sutherland. In a statement, the New Zealand Bomber Command Association announced the “extremely sad news”, saying: “Our New Zealand Bomber Command Association patron, and well known Dambuster pilot, Les Munro passed away last night...
  • Lynn Anderson, singer of 'Rose Garden,' dies in Nashville

    07/31/2015 7:00:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 46 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | KRISTIN M. HALL
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday. Her publicist said the cause of death was cardiac arrest. Anderson first soaked up the national spotlight as a young singer on "The Lawrence Welk Show" between 1967 and 1969. Although she was signed to an independent label, the exposure helped her nab a deal with Columbia Records in Nashville....
  • Jeannette Cathy, wife of Chick-fil-A founder, dead at 92

    07/23/2015 5:33:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2015 2:42 PM EDT
    Chick-fil-A officials say Jeannette McNeil Cathy, the wife of the restaurant chain's late founder, Truett Cathy, has died at age 92. Officials said in a release that Cathy was surrounded by family when she died Wednesday night at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Officials say Jeannette Cathy attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and married Truett Cathy in 1948. The two met when she was 8 years old. …
  • World's oldest cat passes away

    06/06/2015 9:17:39 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    Union-Tribune ^ | 6/5/15 | Karla Peterson
    Tiffany Two, the Ocean Beach feline who held the Guinness World Record as the World’s Oldest Living Cat, passed away at the age of 27. The petite black and orange tortoiseshell kitty died in her sleep on May 22 in her favorite spot — in bed next to her owner, Sharron Voorhees. “That’s where she slept, and that’s where she passed,” said Voorhees, a retired lawyer in her 70s. “I was so grateful that she did it perfectly right until the end.” Tiffany Two — whose name was a tribute to Tiffany, a cat that Voorhees had in the 1970s...
  • To the memory of Free Republic’s “Kenny Bunk.”

    05/31/2015 9:13:36 AM PDT · by golux · 148 replies
    Free Republic | 05.31.05 | golux
    To the memory of Free Republic’s “Kenny Bunk.” Continue to love each other like brothers, and remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13, 1-2 Our FRiend Kenny Bunk passed away this weekend. He had many compatriots and admirers here, and so I thought I would tell you a little more about him, in order that you might in a small way celebrate his life as I do. Kenny knew the classics (or the western canon, generally) inside and out, and was a focused, passionate student of ancient and...
  • JUST IN: Actress, comedian Anne Meara -- wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben Stiller -- dies..

    05/24/2015 2:46:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies
    AP ^ | May 24, 2015
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara has died. She was 85. Her husband, Jerry Stiller, and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided
  • Memorial thread for FReeper "Fawnn" RIP

    05/21/2015 12:18:27 PM PDT · by StarCMC · 77 replies
    Pamela K. “Pam” Rice Hahn, 63, of Wapakoneta died at 4:54 a.m. Tuesday May 19, 2015 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. She was born in Celina, OH on September 30, 1951 to Homer Hamilton Jr. & Patricia (Emans) Rice. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Indiana. She was married to Michael L. Frank and Carl C. Hahn and both of them preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter; “Lara” (Randy) S, 3 grandchildren Taylor, Charlie and Courtney S. all of Wapakoneta, a brother Dennis (Ann) R. of Celina, Tam (Rick)...
  • 'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

    05/14/2015 11:02:11 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 94 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ken Ritter
    Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says. Attorney Brent Bryson tells The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.
  • Slain cop promoted to detective as thousands mourn at his funeral

    05/09/2015 8:53:45 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 050815 | By Lorena Mongelli, Larry Celona and Laura ItalianoMay
    <p>Their agony was seared on their faces — and into a city’s heart.</p> <p>The father, mother and sister of NYPD Officer Brian Moore sobbed throughout his funeral Mass on Friday, bereft of all but his heroic memory and a shiny new detective’s shield posthumously awarded.</p>
  • Ben E. King, Soulful Singer, Dies at 76; ‘Stand by Me’ Was One of His Hits

    05/01/2015 2:50:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 1, 2015 | William Grimes
    Ben E. King, the smooth, soulful baritone who led the Drifters on “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and other hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and as a solo artist recorded the classic singles “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me,” died on Thursday in Hackensack, N.J. He was 76. His lawyer, Judy Tint, said Mr. King, who lived in Teaneck, N.J., died at Hackensack University Medical Center after a brief illness, offering no further details. Mr. King was working in his father’s Harlem luncheonette in 1956 when a local impresario, Lover Patterson, overheard...
  • American kidnapped by al Qaeda begs US for help

    12/26/2013 3:43:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/26/13
    ISLAMABAD — A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaeda more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video released Thursday to negotiate his release, saying he feels “totally abandoned and forgotten.” The video of Warren Weinstein was the first since two videos released in September 2012. Weinstein, the country director in Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based firm that advises a range of Pakistani business and government sectors, was abducted from his house in the eastern city of Lahore in August 2011. **SNIP** “Nine years ago I came to Pakistan to...
  • Gunman kills veteran police detective in Fulton County, GA (Article and Video)

    03/04/2015 9:13:55 PM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 4, 2015 | Meg Wagner
    A gunman ambushed cops and killed a veteran detective early Wednesday during a door-to-door shooting spree in an Atlanta-area suburb, police said. Det. Terence Avery Green, a 22-year veteran Fulton County officer, died in a shootout with the suspect, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Police said the suspect was possibly drunk when he started terrorizing the Cedar Grove neighborhood near Fairburn, Ga., early Wednesday. He carried a long barrel gun and banged on doors. Then, he fired into some of the homes, police said. Fulton County cops responded to the scene around 1:30 a.m., and the man opened fire on...
  • Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks dead at the age of 83 (Mr. Cub, "Let's play two."

    01/23/2015 8:09:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 45 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | 1/23/2015
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago legend Ernie Banks, also known as 'Mr. Cub' and 'Mr. Sunshine,' died Friday night, sources say. He was 83. Banks would have turned 84 on January 31. He was born in 1931 in Dallas, Texas. Banks was the first African American player to play for the Cubs. In 1950, he played for the Kansas City Monarchs in Negro League Baseball . He then played shortstop and first base for 19 seasons, from 1953 to 1971. The entire time Banks played for the Cubs, he was a national league all-star for 11 seasons. He was...
  • Nellie Gray, 86, dies; was March for Life founder and emcee (Jan 22, 42d Anniversary Roe v. Wade)

    01/21/2015 9:19:13 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.catholicnews.com ^ | August 15, 2012 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Nellie Gray, who started the annual March for Life to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide, has died at age 86. She was found dead in her home Aug. 13 in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood by a March for Life staffer, Gene Ruane, who said the medical examiner will determine the cause and date of her death. The March for Life has grown into one of the signature events of the pro-life movement. After the first march in 1974, Gray, a Texas native, established the March for Life Education & Defense Fund to sustain...
  • Singer Joe Cocker is dead at 70

    12/23/2014 9:49:46 AM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | December 22, 2014 | Brandon Griggs,
    (CNN) -- Joe Cocker, the British blues-rock singer whose raspy voice brought plaintive soul to such hits as "You Are So Beautiful" and the duet "Up Where We Belong," died Monday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Cocker's performing career spanned some 50 years, from Woodstock, where he sang the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," to the digital-music era. He had tour dates scheduled well into 2015. "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love," tweeted Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
  • Two NYPD cops executed in Brooklyn, suspect suicides Officers and killer identified

    12/20/2014 7:18:32 PM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 12/20/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    UPDATE: (Jazz) Police Commissioner William J. Bratton identified the slain officers as Wenjian Liu, a seven-year veteran of the force, and Rafael Ramos, who has been an officer since 2012. UPDATE: (Jazz) As is so often the case, the readers here at Hot Air had identified the killer at least an hour before the media put it out, but they have now confirmed what you already knew.
  • NW Arizona Granny is Now with God

    12/26/2011 9:00:44 PM PST · by betsyross60 · 99 replies · 3+ views
    Granny Ruth departed this earth for her heavenly home sometime over the Christmas weekend. Heaven's gain is Free Republic's loss. She was a wonderful freeper and friend to many.
  • Backhoe has lost his best friend and wife of 26 years. (Sad News #454: backhoe has passed away)

    06/17/2010 4:30:39 AM PDT · by fanfan · 524 replies · 2,478+ views
    Free Dominion and Free Republic ^ | June 17, 2010 | fanfan
    Our Dear Backhoe, lost his wife, Miss. Emily suddenly early Monday morning. The Source URL will take you to the thread he posted on FRee Dominion (Our sister site in Canada), and this link takes you to his announcement here on FR. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/833678/posts?page=12455#12455 Most of you know that Backhoe maintains the thread "DUBOB 11- more tales from the Dark UnderBelly Of the Beast...", and since his post was made there, very few have seen it. Our good FRiend could really use our support, so please post all replies to Backhoe. He is busy with funeral arrangements, so may not post...