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Posted By: Golem The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/02/14 05:16 PM
2014 passings
Posted By: pdx rick Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/02/14 06:13 PM

Oh joy! Another year of The Grim Reaper's Golem's death notices. rolleyes
Posted By: Irked Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/02/14 09:18 PM
I, for one, like these. Many, I would suspect, would much rather see posts celebrating the lives of people who have just past than posts touting aberrant, sinful behavior.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/02/14 11:17 PM
Blues legend 'Rockin' Tabby' Thomas dies

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Ernest "Rockin' Tabby" Thomas, a swamp-blues performer, recording artist and founder of what for decades was the home of the blues in Baton Rouge, Tabby's Blues Box and Heritage Hall, died before dawn Wednesday morning, days before his 85th birthday.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/04/14 03:56 AM
Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74

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Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74.

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/04/14 06:59 PM
Originally Posted By: Irked
I, for one, like these. Many, I would suspect, would much rather see posts celebrating the lives of people who have just past than posts touting aberrant, sinful behavior.


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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/04/14 07:11 PM
Legendary Producer Saul Zaentz Dies at 92

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He won Oscars for producing three best picture winners -- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient -- after a great career with Fantasy Records and feuds with John Fogerty.

Saul Zaentz, who parlayed a successful career in the music business into a Oscar-winning second act as an independent movie producer, died Friday at his home in the San Francisco area from complications of Alzheimer's. He was 92.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/05/14 10:00 PM
Portuguese Soccer Great Eusebio Is Dead at 71

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LISBON, Portugal — Eusebio, the Portuguese soccer star who was born into poverty in Africa but became an international sporting icon and was voted one of the 10 best players of all time, has died at 71, his longtime club Benfica said.

He died Sunday, the club announced on its website, without providing details.

Eusebio died at home of heart failure, his biographer, Jose Malheiro, said.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/06/14 02:25 AM
Jerry Coleman, Yankees legend, war hero and Hall of Fame broadcaster, dies at 89

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Jerry Coleman, truly a man for all seasons - a decorated war hero, Yankee World Series MVP and iconic, Hall-of-Fame San Diego Padres broadcaster - died Sunday at age 89, after a career of more than 70 years in baseball, the Padres announced.

Coleman, a baseball treasure, signed originally with the Yankees out of the San Francisco sandlots in 1942, only to spend the next three years as a marine bomber pilot in the Pacific theatre of World War II, flying 57 combat missions over the Solomon Islands. Upon returning from the service in 1946, Coleman worked his way back up through the Yankees' minor league system, joining them in 1949 when he hit .275 and led all American League second basemen in fielding (.980).

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/07/14 07:32 PM
Run Run Shaw, Movie Mogul Seen as Creator of Kung Fu Genre, Dies at 106

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Run Run Shaw, the colorful Hong Kong media mogul whose name was synonymous with low-budget Chinese action and horror films — and especially with the wildly successful kung fu genre, which he is largely credited with inventing — died on Tuesday at his home in Hong Kong. He was 106.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/07/14 07:52 PM
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Run Run Shaw, Movie Mogul Seen as Creator of Kung Fu Genre, Dies at 106

He also provided financial backing for the production of the movie Blade Runner.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/10/14 12:06 AM
Amiri Baraka, former N.J. poet laureate and prolific author, dead at 79 (FKA LeRoi Jones)

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Amiri Baraka, the longtime activist and former poet laureate of New Jersey died today, officials confirmed. He was 79 years old...

A Newark native and resident formerly known as Leroi Jones, Amiri Baraka has published dozens of poems, essays and works of non-fiction...

In 2002, Gov. James E. McGreevey called for Baraka's resignation as New Jersey’s Poet Laureate after a Jewish group condemned "Somebody Blew Up America." The poem, written shortly after 9/11, included a passage claiming thousands of Israelis knew there was going to be an attack and stayed home from work - an Internet rumor not based in fact...

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Racist, anti-Semite, 9/11 Truther ... What's not to like?
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/10/14 06:05 PM
Franklin McCain Dies - Helped Start Sit-In Movement At Greensboro Lunch Counter (Greensboro Four)

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A Civil Rights pioneer has died. Franklin McCain was one of four teenagers who sat down at an all-white lunch counter in Greensboro on February 1, 1960...

The freshmen from North Carolina A&T ignited a sit-in movement in the Jim Crow south that led to other key chapters in the Civil Rights era...

Initially McCain and the other men were known as the A&T Four, because what they did was viewed as so controversial. In time, the city adopted them as their own, and today they're more commonly known as the Greensboro Four...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/11/14 12:22 AM
Former Reagan Spokesman Larry Speakes Dies at 74

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Larry Speakes, who spent six years as acting press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, died Friday in his native Mississippi. He was 74.

Speakes died at home in Cleveland, Miss., where he had lived the past several years. Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown said Speakes had Alzheimer's disease.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/11/14 06:04 PM
Ariel Sharon, former Israeli prime minister, dies

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Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85.

As one of Israel's most famous soldiers, Sharon was known for bold tactics and an occasional refusal to obey orders. As a politician he became known as the bulldozer, a man contemptuous of his critics while also capable of getting things done.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/16/14 06:55 PM
John Dobson, Inventor of the Popular Dobsonian Telescope, Dead at 98

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The cosmos lost a good soul Wednesday. John Dobson, famous as the creator of the simple, low-cost Dobsonian telescope, passed away on Jan. 15, 2014.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/16/14 08:45 PM
Russell Johnson -- Professor From Gilligan's Island Dead at 89

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The actor who played the Professor in "Gilligan's Island" has died ... TMZ has learned.

Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley, died of natural causes at his home in Washington...

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He also appeared in important roles in the classic 1950s science fiction films, It Came from Outer Space and This Island Earth, as well as episodes of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/20/14 09:11 PM
Claudio Abbado, a Conductor With Global Reach, Dies at 80

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Claudio Abbado, a conductor whose refined interpretations of a large symphonic and operatic repertory won him the directorships of several of the world’s most revered musical institutions — including La Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic — died on Monday at his home in Bologna, Italy. He was 80.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/22/14 06:49 PM
George Scott dead at 84

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George Scott, who died Monday night of lung cancer at age 84, was a key figure in the history of professional wrestling, a key booker in both the resurgence of the Mid-Atlantic territory in the 1970s and the expansionist WWF of the early 1980s. His own in-ring career was great too, particularly as a tag with with his brother, Sandy.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/27/14 04:52 PM
Ex-La Salle, NBA star Tom Gola, 81, dies

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A Philly hoops legend, Tom Gola was one of only two players to win an NIT, NCAA and NBA title.

Tom Gola, the Hall of Fame basketball player who led La Salle to the 1954 NCAA title, still holds the Division I record for career rebounds and helped the Philadelphia Warriors win the 1956 NBA championship, died Sunday. He was 81...

Late UCLA coach John Wooden called Gola the greatest all-round basketball player ever...

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Posted By: Joe Keegan Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/27/14 05:34 PM
Troggs Singer Reg Presley Dead at 71
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 01/28/14 04:54 PM
Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Dies at 94

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Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday. He was 94 and lived in Beacon, N.Y.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/01/14 06:39 PM
Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

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Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in Judgment at Nuremberg, has died. He was 83.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/02/14 06:56 PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC Apartment

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Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment, according to law enforcement officials, The Wall Street Journal reported at around 1:30 pm EST.

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Posted By: Ardy Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/02/14 07:06 PM
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Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC Apartment

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Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment, according to law enforcement officials, The Wall Street Journal reported at around 1:30 pm EST.

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sad to see him go
far before his "time"
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/02/14 07:08 PM
Only 46. frown
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/02/14 07:08 PM
'Ryan's Daughter' Star Christopher Jones Dies at 72

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He also starred in "The Looking Glass War" and TV's "The Legend of Jesse James" before leaving Hollywood after the murder of Sharon Tate at the peak of his brief career in the '60s.

Christopher Jones, an heir apparent to James Dean who starred in such films as The Looking Glass War and Ryan's Daughter before quitting show business at the height of his brief but dazzling career, has died. He was 72.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/11/14 04:42 PM
Hollywood legend turned diplomat Shirley Temple dies at 85

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Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, ringlet-haired moppet starred in a series of winsome films that lifted the spirits of millions during the hard days of the Depression, then retired from the screen at 22 and eventually went on to a diplomatic career, died surrounded by family at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.

Temple was the most famous child star of her time and arguably of all time, beginning her film career at age three and becoming the symbol of upbeat family entertainment during an era when many had little to smile about.

Posted By: Ardy Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/11/14 07:24 PM
Shirley Temple--- she is forever etched in my memory as a child.
Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/11/14 07:38 PM
I loved watching her movies as a kid!
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/12/14 09:17 PM
Sid Caesar, Master of TV Comedy, Dies at 91

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Sid Caesar, one of the first stars created by television via his weekly live comedy program "Your Show of Shows," died Wednesday in his home. He was 91.

Caesar, partnered with Imogene Coca, is credited with breaking ripe comedic ground with the 90-minute live program: It didn't rely on vaudeville or standup-inspired material but rather on long skits and sketches written by an impressive roster of comedy writers including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Lucille Kallen and Mel Tolkin.

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Posted By: pdx rick Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/13/14 12:20 AM


Prior to yesterday, I thought that STB had already passed-away. I was surprised that she passed-away again yesterday! gobsmacked I would have guessed that SC was already passed. Who knew? Hmm
Rick, there is a regrettable tendency for Americans to forget that people live beyond 60 years.
Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/13/14 05:23 PM
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Rick, there is a regrettable tendency for Americans to forget that people live beyond 60 years.


Very true!
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/14/14 05:36 PM
Jim Fregosi dies at 71; first star player in Angels history

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Fregosi also was the manager who guided the Angels to their first AL West championship in 1979. He later managed the White Sox, Phillies and Blue Jays, leading Philadelphia to the NL pennant in 1993.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/19/14 06:25 PM
Nelson Frazier Jr., Former WWE Star Big Daddy V, Passes Away at Age 43

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Nelson Frazier, a former WWE wrestler better known for his stage names Mabel, Viscera and Big Daddy V, passed away Tuesday at age 43 after suffering a massive heart attack.

WWE.com's Staff confirmed Frazier's passing, stating:

WWE is saddened by the news that Nelson Frazier Jr., aka Big Daddy V and Mabel, has passed away. A larger-than-life Superstar, Frazier was a former World Tag Team Champion, Hardcore Champion and the 1995 King of the Ring.

As the dark, formidable Viscera, he was also a member of Undertaker's faction, The Ministry of Darkness. Frazier's colorful personality made him a memorable competitor throughout the Attitude Era.

Our deepest condolences go out to Frazier's family, friends and fans.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/24/14 07:03 PM
Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69

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Best-known as an actor for 'Ghostbusters', 'Stripes', writer/director for 'Caddyshack', 'Groundhog Day' ...

Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters" (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as "Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."

Previously he was the first head writer (and a performer) on Second City's groundbreaking television series "Second City Television (SCTV)" (1976-79). More recently he directed episodes of NBC’s "The Office." ...

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/24/14 09:04 PM
Originally Posted By: Golem
Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69

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Best-known as an actor for 'Ghostbusters', 'Stripes', writer/director for 'Caddyshack', 'Groundhog Day' ...

Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters" (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as "Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."

Previously he was the first head writer (and a performer) on Second City's groundbreaking television series "Second City Television (SCTV)" (1976-79). More recently he directed episodes of NBC’s "The Office." ...

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Who're we going to call now? frown RIP, Harold.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 02/28/14 05:56 PM
Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110

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Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday, a family member said. The accomplished pianist’s death came just a week before her extraordinary story of surviving two years in a Nazi prison camp through devotion to music and her son is up for an Oscar.

Herz-Sommer died in a hospital after being admitted Friday with health problems, daughter-in-law Genevieve Sommer said.

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Alice Herz-Sommer, Who Found Peace in Chopin Amid Holocaust, Dies at 110

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/01/14 10:58 PM
Huber Matos, Comrade of Castro, Then Adversary, Dies at 95

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Huber Matos, a top commander in Fidel Castro's army who broke from the Cuban revolution in 1959 over its tilt toward Communism, endured a harsh imprisonment for 20 years and became a leader of anti-Castro exiles in Florida, died in Miami on Thursday. He was 95.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/02/14 07:27 PM
Alain Resnais, whose complex, intellectual films include 'Hiroshima, Mon Amour,' dies at 91

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Alain Resnais, a French filmmaker who directed a riveting early documentary about Nazi concentration camps and whose later films "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" and "Last Year at Marienbad" melded opulent, baroque imagery with complicated narratives that could be as puzzling as they were compelling, died March 1 in Paris. He was 91.

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Oscars 2014: Academy includes Sarah Jones 'In Memoriam'

A 27-year-old member of a crew filming a biopic about Southern rock musician Gregg Allman was struck and killed by freight train this week in southeast Georgia.
Investigators Friday were collecting video, emails and statements to figure out who might be at fault in the death of a 27-year-old second camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones of Atlanta. Jones was struck and killed Thursday afternoon by a freight train roaring along a bridge where the biopic was being filmed.


Train hits, kills crew member filming Gregg Allman biopic



Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/04/14 06:00 PM
Billy Robinson dead at 74 (professional wrestler, catch-as-catch-can wrestler)

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Billy Robinson, one of the toughest men to ever lace up wrestling boots, has died. He was 74.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/07/14 07:35 PM
Doctor Who Pioneered Tommy John Surgery Dies

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Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major league pitchers, died Thursday. He was 88.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/08/14 08:34 PM
Sheila MacRae of 'Honeymooners' fame dies at 92

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Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered.

MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason's Ralph in the 1960s re-creation of The Honeymooners, died Thursday. She was 92.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/08/14 08:42 PM
Wife of longtime Yankee Yogi Berra dies at 85

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Carmen Berra, the wife of New York Yankees great Yogi Berra, has died. She was 85.

The Yankees confirmed that she died Thursday night in New Jersey's Essex County. The team didn't say how she died.

The Berras got married in January 1949 and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/11/14 03:37 AM
'Fatal Vision' Author Joe McGinniss Dies at Age 71

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Joe McGinniss wasn't one to let a story tell itself.

Whether insisting on the guilt of a murder suspect after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin's house for a most unauthorized biography, McGinniss was unique in his determination to get the most inside information, in how publicly he burned bridges with his subjects and how memorably he placed himself in the narrative.

McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in The Selling of the President 1968 and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster Fatal Vision, died Monday at age 71.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/13/14 02:38 AM
Richard Coogan, Star of 'Captain Video and His Video Rangers,' Dies at 99

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Richard Coogan, who played Captain Video on the early TV sci-fi adventure series Captain Video and His Video Rangers, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 99.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/13/14 10:36 PM
Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew dies at 85

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Reubin Askew, one of the most popular and effective governors in Florida history and a fiercely determined advocate for tax fairness, racial equality, managed growth and ethical government, died early Thursday in Tallahassee. He was 85.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/13/14 10:42 PM
Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell, 91, Dies; Redefined Beauty

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Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell, a former model, agent, charm-school director and newspaper publisher who almost single-handedly opened the modeling profession to African-Americans, and in so doing expanded public understanding of what American beauty looks like, died on Feb. 28 in Manhattan. She was 91.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/14/14 09:20 PM
Joel Brinkley, a Times Washington and Mideast Reporter, Dies at 61

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Joel Brinkley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who spent more than two decades at The New York Times, where he displayed range, rigor and lucid writing as a White House correspondent, as Jerusalem bureau chief and as an editor, died on Tuesday in Washington. He was 61.

The cause was acute undiagnosed leukemia, resulting in respiratory failure from pneumonia, said his wife, Sabra Chartrand.

Mr. Brinkley was a son of David Brinkley, the widely respected television news anchor, and he established his own journalism reputation early in his career. In 1980, while working at The Louisville Courier-Journal, he won a Pulitzer for international reporting for his coverage of the Cambodian refugee crisis. He was not yet 30.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/14/14 09:21 PM
Longtime Hollywood reporter Bob Thomas dead at 92

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, and filed AP's bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot, died Friday. He was 92.

Thomas, a last link to Hollywood's studio age who retired in 2010, died of age-related illnesses at his longtime Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said.

A room filled with his interview subjects would have made for the most glittering of ceremonies: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Groucho Marx and Marlon Brando, Walt Disney and Fred Astaire. He interviewed rising stars (James Dean), middle-aged legends (Humphrey Bogart, Jack Nicholson) and elder institutions (Bob Hope).

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/15/14 02:42 AM
Tony Benn, Who Preferred Politics to a Title, Dies at 88

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LONDON — Tony Benn, a passionate orator, prolific diarist and provocative leader of the British left who became the first peer to surrender an aristocratic title to remain in the House of Commons, died on Friday at his home in West London. He was 88.

His family announced the death.

A rebellious scion of a political dynasty, Mr. Benn embraced a socialist position to the left of many of his colleagues in the Labour Party, particularly as it moved to the center under Prime Minister Tony Blair in the 1990s. While Britain’s political elite resisted and diluted union power, Mr. Benn championed labor union rights. While many Britons embraced the European Common Market in the 1970s, Mr. Benn opposed continued membership. And while Mr. Blair led the country to war in Iraq and elsewhere, Mr. Benn, a prominent advocate of nuclear disarmament, campaigned for peace.

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Posted By: Joe Keegan Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/15/14 11:40 PM
Comedian David Brenner, ‘Tonight’ favorite, dies
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LOS ANGELES — David Brenner, the gangly, toothy-grinned “Tonight Show” favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other standup comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, died Saturday. He was 78.
Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/16/14 02:52 AM
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Comedian David Brenner, ‘Tonight’ favorite, dies
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LOS ANGELES — David Brenner, the gangly, toothy-grinned “Tonight Show” favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other standup comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, died Saturday. He was 78.


I really liked his comedy.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/16/14 03:20 AM
SO LONG, STARMAN! Ken Utsui: 1931-2014

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Starman actor Ken Utsui passed away on March 14, 2014, of chronic respiratory failure. He was 82. Although Utsui was a prolific actor for many decades, he is best known in the United States as Starman (a.k.a. Super Giant), the Shintoho superhero who fought a bevy of outlandish creatures in the late 1950s.

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Starman Vs. the Evil Brain From Outer Space! (short clip)

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/17/14 05:15 PM
Mitch Leigh, 'Man of La Mancha' composer and jingle writer, dies at 86

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Mitch Leigh, a composer of advertising jingles who helped create the memorable score to one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, "Man of La Mancha," died March 16 at a hospital in New York. He was 86.

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The best remembered song from Man of La Mancha is The Impossible Dream:


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Mitch Leigh wrote the music. The lyrics were written by Joe Darion (1917-2001):

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/18/14 02:46 AM
Driver Gary Bettenhausen dies at 72

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Gary Bettenhausen, who auto racing legend Mario Andretti said "was all that we loved about the people who did our business" but who paid a huge professional price for that love, died Sunday night at his home in Monrovia, Ind. He was 72.

"It was so natural to become friends with him," Andretti said. "He was a great ambassador of the sport."

The oldest of the second generation of racing Bettenhausens from Tinley Park, a family recognized as much for its multiple tragedies as for its success on the track, Mr. Bettenhausen seemed like a sure thing right from the start of his career.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/20/14 06:05 PM
Fred Phelps Sr., leader of Westboro Baptist Church, dies at 84

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Fred Phelps Sr., a fire-and-brimstone preacher whose anti-gay picketing at military funerals inflamed the nation and drew international scorn but was protected by the U.S. Supreme Court as an exercise in free speech, died March 19 at a hospice in Topeka, Kan. He was 84.

His daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper confirmed his death to the Topeka Capital-Journal. The cause was not reported.

Rev. Phelps was an ordained Baptist minister, a disbarred Kansas lawyer and, according to a BBC documentary, the patriarch of the "most hated family in America."

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/20/14 06:37 PM
Well, I won't cheer about this, but I won't cry either. But hopefully, this means that there will be no more notoriety for this family and church-just a quiet sinking into obscurity.
Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/21/14 02:04 AM
George Takei on the death of Fred Phelps:

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Fred Phelps Sr., leader of Westboro Baptist Church, dies at 84

While George Takei is a much better man than me:



...and on International Happiness Day no less! smile
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/23/14 07:07 PM
Scent of a Woman star James Rebhorn dies, aged 65

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James Rebhorn has died at the age of 65.

The veteran character actor passed away at his home on Friday afternoon (March 21).

Rebhorn is known for starring in Scent of a Woman opposite Al Pacino as Mr Trask and Independence Day as Secretary of Defense Albert Nimziki.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/27/14 07:02 PM
James R. Schlesinger, CIA chief and Cabinet member, dies

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James R. Schlesinger, a Republican economist who advanced rapidly to some of the highest positions of government power in the 1970s but whose abrasive leadership style led to conflicts with presidents, bureaucrats and the American public, died March 27 at a hospital in Baltimore. He was 85...

Mr. Schlesinger specialized in the economics of national security, which helped propel his rise during the Cold War from academia to influential jobs in the federal government, including CIA director, secretary of defense and the nation’s first secretary of energy...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 03/28/14 07:41 PM
Jeremiah A. Denton Jr., Vietnam POW and U.S. senator, dies

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Jeremiah A. Denton Jr., a retired Navy rear admiral and former U.S. senator who survived nearly eight years of captivity in North Vietnamese prisons, and whose public acts of defiance and patriotism came to embody the sacrifices of American POWs in Vietnam, died March 28 at a hospice in Virginia Beach. He was 89.

The cause was complications from a heart ailment, said his son Jim Denton. Adm. Denton was a native of Alabama, where in 1980 he became the state’s first Republican to win election to the Senate since Reconstruction.

Adm. Denton lost a reelection bid six years later. But he remained widely known for his heroism as a naval aviator and prisoner of war, and particularly for two television appearances that reached millions of Americans through the evening news during the Vietnam War.

In the first, orchestrated by the North Vietnamese as propaganda and broadcast in the United States in 1966, he appeared in his prison uniform and blinked the word "torture" in Morse code -- a secret message to U.S. military intelligence for which he later received the Navy Cross.

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Passings: Joe Frazier of The Chad Mitchell Trio

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Joe Frazier, who was a key member of the Chad Mitchell Trio during their most popular years, died on Friday at the age of 77.

According to sources, his passing was unexpected. While he had some age-related illnesses, he had been getting stronger in recent weeks.

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Charlotte's Arthur Smith, who wrote 'Dueling Banjos,' died Thursday at 93

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The kid from Kershaw, S.C., picked a guitar like his fingers were on fire. Hot licks flew from the instrument when Arthur Smith played – a wizard coaxing magic out of the strings.

In 1945, he wrote and recorded a sizzling instrumental that eventually hit the charts worldwide. "Guitar Boogie" would go on to influence generations of musicians, including Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark. A young Paul McCartney played the Kershaw kid's boogie in a tryout for a Liverpool band that became the Beatles.

Smith, who died Thursday at home at age 93, was a Charlotte-based entertainer with a national presence.

Music great, innovator, TV pioneer, successful businessman: He was important on many levels. The amiable Sunday school teacher with a honey-dipped Southern drawl also had a feisty side; he took on Warner Bros. after his novelty song "Feuding Banjos" turned up uncredited as "Dueling Banjos" in the 1972 movie "Deliverance." Smith filed a lawsuit and won a substantial settlement.


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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 04/06/14 02:42 AM
Peter Matthiessen, Author and Naturalist, Is Dead at 86

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Peter Matthiessen, a roving author and naturalist whose impassioned nonfiction explored the remote endangered wilds of the world and whose prize-winning fiction often placed his mysterious protagonists in the heart of them, died on Saturday at his home in Sagaponack, N.Y. He was 86...

Mr. Matthiessen was one of the last survivors of a generation of American writers who came of age after World War II and who all seemed to know one another, socializing in New York and on Long Island's East End as a kind of movable literary salon peopled by the likes of William Styron, James Jones, Kurt Vonnegut and E. L. Doctorow.

In the early 1950s, he shared a sojourn in Paris with fellow literary expatriates and helped found The Paris Review, a magazine devoted largely to new fiction and poetry. His childhood friend George Plimpton became its editor.

A rugged, weather-beaten figure who was reared and educated in privilege -- an advantage that left him uneasy, he said -- Mr. Matthiessen was a man of many parts: littérateur, journalist, environmentalist, explorer, Zen Buddhist, professional fisherman and, in the early 1950s, undercover agent for the Central Intelligence Agency in Paris. Only years later did Mr. Plimpton discover, to his anger and dismay, that Mr. Matthiessen had helped found The Review as a cover for his spying on Americans in France...

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Reason Magazine article: Otis McDonald, R.I.P. (The Man Who Got the Second Amendment Applied to States and Localities)

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Otis McDonald, the American hero who showed physical, emotional, and political braveness in his role as lead plaintiff in the groundbreaking 2010 Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago had died at age 80, as reported by his hometown paper the Chicago Tribune.

McDonald saw his Chicago neighborhood plummeting in quality of life, the very safety of himself and his neighbors sometimes threatened by people who showed little respect for other people's life or safety.

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Chicago Tribune article: Otis McDonald, 1933-2014: Man who fought Chicago gun ban felt rights had been taken from African-Americans

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Otis McDonald forever will be known as the man who brought down Chicago's gun ban.

After a long illness, he died Friday, April 4, at the age of 80.

The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that bears his name forced Chicago to fall in line with the rest of the country and allow citizens to keep firearms in their homes for self-defense. The justices' 5-4 decision in 2010 said the Second Amendment did indeed apply to the states, effectively ending the city's nearly three-decade handgun ban.

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Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dies at 93

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Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized actor who was one of MGM's giant box office attractions in the late '30s and early '40s, died on Sunday at his home in North Hollywood. He was 93.

As adept at comedy as drama and an excellent singer and dancer, Rooney was regarded as the consummate entertainer. During a prolific career on stage and screen that spanned eight decades ("I've been working all my life, but it seems longer," he once said), he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars, the Juvenile Award in 1939 (shared with Deanna Durbin) and one in 1983 for his body of work.

He also appeared on series and TV and in made for television movies, one of which, "Bill," the touching story of a mentally challenged man, won him an Emmy. He was Emmy nominated three other times. And for "Sugar Babies," a musical revue in which he starred with Ann Miller, he was nominated for a Tony in 1980.

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Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dies at 93

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Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized actor who was one of MGM's giant box office attractions in the late '30s and early '40s, died on Sunday at his home in North Hollywood. He was 93.

As adept at comedy as drama and an excellent singer and dancer, Rooney was regarded as the consummate entertainer. During a prolific career on stage and screen that spanned eight decades ("I've been working all my life, but it seems longer," he once said), he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars, the Juvenile Award in 1939 (shared with Deanna Durbin) and one in 1983 for his body of work.

He also appeared on series and TV and in made for television movies, one of which, "Bill," the touching story of a mentally challenged man, won him an Emmy. He was Emmy nominated three other times. And for "Sugar Babies," a musical revue in which he starred with Ann Miller, he was nominated for a Tony in 1980.

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I loved to watch Mickey Rooney. "Boys Town" and "National Velvet" were my favorites, followed by his movies with Judy Garland. I'll miss him.
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Peaches Geldof: Writer and TV presenter dies aged 25

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Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, has died aged 25, leaving a husband and two sons...

She left home at 16 and went on to contribute to the Telegraph and the Guardian, as well as TV shows including ITV2's OMG! with Peaches Geldof.

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Her full name was Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof. She had three sisters: Fifi Trixibelle Geldof, Little Pixie Geldof, and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence. Source
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'Gone With the Wind' Actress Mary Anderson Dies at 96

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Mary Anderson, who played Maybelle Merriwether in Gone With the Wind and was one of the nine survivors cast adrift from a torpedoed ship in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, has died. She was 96.

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Peaches Geldof: Writer and TV presenter dies aged 25

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Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, has died aged 25, leaving a husband and two sons...

She left home at 16 and went on to contribute to the Telegraph and the Guardian, as well as TV shows including ITV2's OMG! with Peaches Geldof.

She also worked as a model and, just last week, attended a launch for Tesco's F&F clothing range in London...

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Her full name was Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof. She had three sisters: Fifi Trixibelle Geldof, Little Pixie Geldof, and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence. Source

The only thing I know for sure about death is that it seems to take most people by surprise. I am so sorry for your loss, Mr. Geldof. Bow
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 04/08/14 04:46 PM
Sad news: An English lion has died (bass-baritone opera singer John Shirley-Quirk)

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We have been notified of the death last night, in Bath, of the glorious bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk. John was 83 and still teaching at Peabody in Baltimore and at Bath Spa University in England. A colleague there writes: 'He was very generous to students and they appreciated his wry sense of humour, to say nothing of his vast and remarkable performing experience.' ...

English baritone John Shirley-Quirk enjoyed singing and playing the violin as a child, but his true vocal talent did not become apparent until he was already studying chemistry and physics at the University of Liverpool. After several years of teaching those subjects at a British Air Force station, he began to study with the baritone Roy Henderson (1957). In 1961-1962, he sang with the Cathedral Choir at St. John's in London; during the same time he made his debut at Glydebourne in 1961 as Gregor Mittenhofer in Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers.

In 1963, Benjamin Britten recruited him to join his English Opera Group ...

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Posted By: Ardy Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 04/08/14 06:46 PM
Mickey Rooney was so pervasive on old movies that played on Television that he became a cliche... as also Shirley Temple. It seems a little odd that for so many younger people they is virtually unknown.... as unknown as silent film stars were for me.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 04/09/14 04:23 PM
Wrestling Icon Ultimate Warrior Dead at 54

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 04/18/14 02:50 AM
F. Reid Buckley, Novelist and Columnist, Dies at 83

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F. Reid Buckley, a novelist, columnist, founder of a school of public speaking and, in family lore, the most literary of Aloise and William F. Buckley Sr.'s 10 children, including former Senator James L. Buckley and the conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr., died on Monday in hospice care in Columbia, S.C. He was 83.

The cause was cancer, his son William Huntting Buckley said. Mr. Buckley had lived in Camden, S.C., since the early 1970s.

He was often mistaken for his brother William, the founder of the conservative magazine National Review. The brothers not only looked alike. They also shared political views; a somewhat aristocratic, stiff-jawed accent; and a love of polysyllabic words.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 04/18/14 05:48 PM
Little Joe Cook, singer of hit song 'Peanuts,' has died

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Little Joe Cook, whose one big hit, "Peanuts," helped make him a local music legend, has died.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 04/20/14 07:32 PM
Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter who spent 20 years in prison after wrongful conviction for murder dead at 76 after battle with prostate cancer

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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.

Carter died in his sleep on Sunday, said John Artis, his longtime friend and caregiver. Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home.

Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.

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Carter was one of my favorite fighters during the 1960s. He was not a great fighter, but he was good and exciting. He had explosive power, as witnessed by his fights with Florentino Fernandez and the great Emile Griffith.

His murder convictions created a political flashpoint. Bob Dylan even wrote a song about it (lyrics). This was renewed with the release of the 1999 movie, The Hurricane.

However, not everyone was convinced of his innocence:

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 04/22/14 06:13 PM
'Whirlybirds' Star Craig Hill Dies at 88

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Craig Hill, who played P.T. Moore, the co-owner of a helicopter chartering company, in the 1950s syndicated TV adventure series Whirlybirds, died Monday, the Spanish newspaper Ara reported. He was 88.

Hill, who also appeared as the prison-bound first-time offender at the beginning of the Kirk Douglas cop classic Detective Story (1951), died in Barcelona, family members told the newspaper. He had lived in Spain for decades.


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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 05/03/14 05:25 PM
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. dies at 95; starred in '77 Sunset Strip'

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the elegant actor with the mellifluous baritone who costarred as the suave private eye Stuart Bailey on TV's "77 Sunset Strip" beginning in the late 1950s and later starred as the buttoned-down Inspector Lewis Erskine on "The F.B.I.," died Friday at his home in Solvang. He was 95.

Zimbalist, the father of actress Stephanie Zimbalist, died of natural causes, according to his daughter and his son, Efrem Zimbalist III.

The handsome, dark-haired son of prominent concert violinist Efrem Zimbalist Sr. and acclaimed soprano Alma Gluck, Zimbalist made his debut on Broadway shortly after World War II...

Zimbalist said in an interview four decades later that fans of the show occasionally approached him to say they had joined the FBI or had become police officers because of his portrayal of the calm and authoritative government agent on the series.

"I get more joy from that than anything in my life," he said. "When you learn that you inspired someone, it's a huge honor." ...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 05/07/14 03:04 AM
Ex-Boxing Champion Jimmy Ellis Dies at 74

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Jimmy Ellis, a heavyweight champion who sparred with an up-and-coming Muhammad Ali and later fought some of the era's best boxers, died Tuesday. He was 74.

Ellis died at a Louisville hospital, brother Jerry Ellis said. Jimmy Ellis had Alzheimer's disease in recent years.

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Known as a folk guitarist who made forays into jazz and blues, Snow put her stamp on soul classics such as "Shakey Ground," "Love Makes a Woman" and "Mercy, Mercy Mercy" on over a half dozen albums.



Snow's defining hit, however, was "Poetry Man," which she wrote herself. The song, anchored by her husky voice and a fluid guitar, was a romantic ode to a married man. It reached the Top 5 on the pop singles chart in 1975, and garnered her a Grammy nomination for best new artist.

Soon after that, her daughter was born. She was born with hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain cavity that inhibits brain development. Snow's husband, musician Phil Kearns, left her while Valerie was still a baby.

For years, Snow fought the diagnosis of Valerie's mental condition, but in 1983, she told The New York Times that she had accepted her daughter's fate.
Phoebe Snow dies at age 60
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'Godfather' Cinematographer Gordon Willis Dies at 82

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Gordon Willis, the acclaimed cinematographer behind the Godfather trilogy and such Woody Allen films as Annie Hall, Manhattan, Broadway Danny Rose and Zelig, has died. He was 82.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 05/28/14 05:26 PM
Maya Angelou, author and poet, dead at 86

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American author and poet Maya Angelou, who is best known for her groundbreaking autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," has died at age 86 in North Carolina, her publisher confirmed on Wednesday.

The prolific African-American writer penned more than 30 books, won numerous awards, and was honored last year by the National Book Awards for her service to the literary community.

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Ms Angelou spoke at my university graduation in 1993. cool
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 05/29/14 06:48 PM
Radu Florescu, Scholar Who Linked Dracula and Vlad the Impaler, Dies at 88

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Have you ever seen Count Dracula and Vlad the Impaler in the same place at the same time?

Of course not, and that, according to Radu Florescu, is precisely the point: The two men, he argued, were one and the same.

Professor Florescu, who died on May 18 at 88, was the scion of a distinguished Romanian family and a noted scholar of Balkan affairs. But he was known to a much wider public as the author of books that sought to identify Vlad, the evildoing 15th-century monarch, as the historical inspiration for Bram Stoker’s antihero.

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Washington star and NBA Hall of Famer, Bob Houbregs, dies at 82

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Bob Houbregs, the Hall of Fame basketball player who starred at Washington and played in the NBA, has died. He was 82.

Houbregs died Wednesday morning, the school confirmed. Details of his death were not immediately available.

The 6-foot-7 Canadian was a star in college thanks to his hook shot. He led Washington to its only Final Four appearance in 1953, capping his stellar college career.

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Former Cy Young Award winner Bob Welch dies at 57

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Bob Welch, a former Cy Young Award winner and the last Major League pitcher to win at least 25 games in a season, has passed away at the age of 57, the Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday.

Welch, a two-time All-Star who posted a 27-6 record as the Cy Young Award winner on the Athletics' 1990 American League championship team, passed away in Seal Beach, Monday night. Cause of death was undetermined.

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 06/10/14 08:53 PM
Wow, Bob Welch was so young! frown
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 06/12/14 05:27 PM
Screen, stage legend Ruby Dee dead at 91

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Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died. She was 91.

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Her husband was the late Ossie Davis.
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Eric Hill, creator of Spot the Dog, dies at 86

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Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children's books that have sold more than 60 million copies, has died at his home in central California. He was 86.

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Actress Carla Laemmle, a link to Hollywood's past, dies at 104

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Carla Laemmle, a dancer and actress whose uncle, Carl Laemmle, founded Universal Studios, where she grew up, died Thursday night at her home in Los Angeles. One of the last links to Hollywood’s silent film era, Laemmle was 104.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 06/13/14 11:05 PM
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos - obituary

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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who has died aged 80, was a conductor who delivered memorable interpretations of the works of his Spanish compatriots while championing the Germanic canon on the Iberian Peninsula.

His work took him to orchestras around the world, but he was best known for his associations with the Philharmonia in London and the Philadelphia Orchestra in the United States.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 06/15/14 03:23 PM
Casey Kasem, famed radio DJ and voice actor, has died at 82

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Casey Kasem, whose distinctive voice defined the interstitial sound of Top 40 radio for decades, has died. He was 82. The cause of death was not immediately released, though he had been ill for some time.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 06/16/14 03:56 PM
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies

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Tony Gwynn, who banged out 3,141 hits during a Hall of Fame career spanning 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, has died, it was announced Monday.

The lefty-swinging Gwynn had a career .338 batting average, won eight National League batting titles, and played in the franchise's only two World Series.

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 06/17/14 11:09 PM
So sad about Bob Welch and Tony Gwynn. frown
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 06/18/14 01:25 AM
In Memoriam – Daniel Keyes 1927-2014

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Daniel Keyes (b.1927) died on June 15. Keyes is best known for his short story "Flowers for Algernon," which won the Hugo Award, and its expansion, the Nebula Award-winning novel of the same title. The book was turned into the film Charly, which won an Oscar for star Cliff Robertson, and the less successful musical Charlie and Algernon.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 06/25/14 04:13 PM
Eli Wallach dies at 98; actor best known for two classic westerns

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Eli Wallach, a veteran stage, screen and television actor who was closely identified with Tennessee Williams' plays on the New York stage but gained fame in Hollywood for a string of films in which he specialized in playing bandits, thieves, mafia dons and other criminals, has died. He was 98...

[H]e was probably most famous for his roles in two westerns: "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), the classic John Sturges western in which he played not one of the seven gunfighters holding off a gang of thieves but Calvera, the head of a Mexican gang; and "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," Sergio Leone's 1966 western in which Clint Eastwood was "the good," Lee Van Cleef was "the bad" and Wallach was "the ugly" Tuco...

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Ex-U.S. Sen. Howard Baker Jr. dies

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Howard H. Baker Jr., a key senator during the Watergate investigation and a former U.S. ambassador to Japan, has died. He was 88.

Baker, who served in Tokyo from 2001 until early 2005, died Thursday at his home, according to an email distributed at the law firm where Baker was senior counsel. He died as a result of complications from a stroke suffered Saturday, the email said.

The scion of a political family, Baker served 18 years in the Senate, winning widespread respect from Republicans and Democrats alike and rising to the post of majority leader.


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Meshach Taylor of 'Designing Women' dead at 67

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Another familiar Hollywood face bid farewell late Saturday -- actor Meshach Taylor. He died at age 67 at his Los Angeles area home, his agent Dede Binder said.

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This made me cry.
I grew up listening to soul music and Bobby Womack was a big part of that
youthful soundtrack.

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Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014)

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Author, editor, and pulp magazine scholar Frank M. Robinson, 87, died June 30, 2014. Robinson lived in San Francisco and had suffered from health problems in recent years...

His first novel, The Power (1956, filmed in 1967), was an extremely successful SF thriller -- one of the first of that genre. In the ’70s and ’80s, he co-wrote a number of technothrillers (most with SFnal elements) with Thomas N. Scortia: The Glass Inferno (1974, filmed as The Towering Inferno) ...

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The Power is one of my favorite books.

Robinson was also a speechwriter for Harvey Milk.

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Paul Mazursky dies at 84; director chronicled trends of '60s and '70s

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Paul Mazursky, the Oscar-nominated writer-director who excelled at mining the urban middle class for laughs as well as tears in such movies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Blume in Love," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," has died. He was 84.

Mazursky died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to family spokeswoman Nancy Willen.

A gentle satirist of contemporary society, Mazursky at his best chronicled the social trends of the late 1960s and the '70s, including its touchy-feely self-improvement fads, shifting rules for love and sex, drug experimentation and other excesses.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 07/10/14 05:41 PM
Jim Brosnan, Who Threw Literature a Curve, Dies at 84

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Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a relief pitcher but gained greater fame and consequence in the game by writing about it, died on June 29 in Park Ridge, Ill. He was 84.

The cause was an infection he developed while recovering from a stroke, his son, Timothy, said.

In 1959, Brosnan, who played nine years in the major leagues, kept a diary of his experience as a pitcher, first with the St. Louis Cardinals and later, after a trade, with the Cincinnati Reds. Published the next year as "The Long Season," it was a new kind of sportswriting -- candid, shrewd and highly literate, more interested in presenting the day-to-day lives and the actual personalities of the men who played the game than in maintaining the fiction of ballplayers as all-American heroes and role models.

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Jim Brosnan is not to be confused with Jim Bouton. Bouton's book, Ball Four, came out a decade after Brosnan's first book, The Long Season.

Jim Brosnan, big-league pitcher and author of 'The Long Season,' dies at 84

Jim Brosnan dies at 84; relief pitcher wrote inside look at baseball

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Tommy Ramone January 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014



I loved the Romones growing up as a kid. smile

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Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 07/13/14 03:06 AM
Well now.

Dear departed Tommy is now permanently sedated. I wish him well in his newfound somnolence.
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Lorin Maazel, Brilliant, Intense and Enigmatic Conductor, Dies at 84

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Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who went on to hold the music directorships of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and several other ensembles and companies around the world, and who was known for his incisive and sometimes extreme interpretations, died on Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Jenny Lawhorn, a spokeswoman for Mr. Maazel. He had been rehearsing for the Castleton Festival, which takes place on his farm, in recent weeks.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 07/14/14 04:17 PM
Red Klotz, loser of thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters, dies at 93

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Red Klotz, who owned, coached and played for a number of teams that toured with and lost to the Harlem Globetrotters -- most famously the Washington Generals -- died Saturday in his sleep in Margate, N.J., the Press of Atlantic City reported. He was 93.

Klotz was a prep basketball standout in Philadelphia, twice being named that city's high school player of the year before going on to play at Villanova. He was on the Baltimore Bullets' 1947-48 NBA championship team. At 5 feet 7, he is tied with six others as the third-shortest NBA player ever, and was the shortest player ever to be on an NBA championship team.

In 1952, Globetrotters owner Gabe Saperstein asked if Klotz would form a team to compete against the Globetrotters on a regular basis.

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I remember him well.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 07/17/14 03:24 PM
Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

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Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.

Winter was a leading light among the white blues guitar players, including Eric Clapton and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, who followed in the footsteps of the earlier Chicago blues masters. Winter idolized Waters -- and got a chance to produce some of the blues legend's more popular albums. Rolling Stone magazine named Winter one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 07/17/14 08:26 PM
Elaine Stritch, Tart-Tongued Broadway Actress and Singer, Is Dead at 89

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Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim's wryly acrid musings on aging, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.

Her death was confirmed by a friend, Julie Keyes. Before Ms. Stritch moved to Birmingham last year, she lived for many years at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

Ms. Stritch's career began in the 1940s and spanned almost 70 years. She made her fair share of appearances in movies, including Woody Allen's "September" (1987) and "Small Time Crooks" (2000), and on television; well into her 80s, she had a recurring role on the NBC comedy "30 Rock" as the domineering mother of the television executive played by Alec Baldwin.

But the stage was her true professional home. Whether in musicals, nonmusical dramas or solo cabaret shows, she drew audiences to her with her whiskey voice, her seen-it-all manner and the blunt charisma of a star.

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James Garner Dead at 86

Posted By: pdx rick Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 07/22/14 12:43 AM
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I began to watching Rockford Files in the fifth grade - which was the last two years of the show.

How many 10 year olds are interested in cop shows? Clealry the 10 year males who are smitten with the handsome star with chest hairs protruding form his dress shirt. Oh the late 70s were such a good time to be a young gay boy: James Garner, Tom Selleck, Lee Majors, Lee Horsley, Village People smile
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/03/14 03:25 PM
Dick Smith, Oscar-Winning Makeup Artist, Dies at 92

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Dick Smith, who made flesh peel from famous actors' faces, who made the young old and the beautiful hideous and who transformed a girl into a particularly possessed tween -- all while working as one of film and television's most original and accomplished makeup artists, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 92...

Those growling jowls of Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" movies? Mr. Smith applied them.

The brooding F. Murray Abraham in "Amadeus"? Mr. Smith helped turn Mr. Abraham's Antonio Salieri, the composer and rival of the upstart young Mozart, into a hoary relic as an embittered, and somewhat mad, old man.

David Bowie aging before your eyes in "The Hunger"? Mr. Smith's were the hands of time.

And little Linda Blair, who played the 12-year-old possessed by evil in "The Exorcist"? Mr. Smith made her head spin and spew green vomit and filled her mouth with decaying teeth. He made her pupils all but erupt from her eyeballs. Years later, he still had the fiberglass version of her head, the one that swiveled 360 degrees...

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James Brady, White House press secretary under Reagan, dies

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James Brady, who served as White House press secretary under President Ronald Reagan and was badly wounded in the assassination attempt against Reagan in 1981, has died. He was 73.

Brady, later in life, became an active and outspoken advocate for gun control, and lobbied for stricter handgun and assault-weapon laws.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/08/14 08:37 PM
Peter Sculthorpe: Prolific Australian composer dies aged 85

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Internationally renowned Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, whose work was shaped by his love of the Australian landscape, has died aged 85.

The Launceston-born composer passed away at Wolper Jewish Hospital in Sydney after a long illness.

Sculthorpe's best-known achievement was his capacity to bring to Australians a sense of their land and history in the music of one of their own.

His many remarkable compositions were strongly influenced by Asian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, and centred around his deep love for Australia and its landscape.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/10/14 08:51 PM
Solomon Islander who helped JFK save PT-109 crew dies

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On a moonless night in August 1943, on a pitch-black strait in the Solomon Islands, two vessels collided.

A fireball bloomed, and the Navy gave up John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 crew for dead. But Lieutenant Kennedy fought, swimming for hours with his 10 remaining crewmembers, pulling one along by holding his life jacket strap in his teeth.

Kennedy’s heroics may have been for naught without Eroni Kumana and Biuku Gasa, two Solomon Islanders. They found Kennedy and his crew six days after the wreck, subsisting on coconuts on a small island.

The two took a message from Kennedy, which he etched into a green coconut, and paddled at great risk 35 miles through Japanese territory to deliver it to the nearest Allied base. A rescue was launched. The crew, and the future president, were saved.

Gasa died in 2005; Kumana died last week.

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Lauren Bacall, legendary actress, dies at 89

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Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not," has died at the age of 89, according to her family.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/13/14 01:40 AM
Ed Nelson, a Star of 'Peyton Place,' Dies at 85

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Ed Nelson, a prolific actor who became a familiar face to American television audiences over 40 years, notably as a star of the prime-time soap opera "Peyton Place," died on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. He was 85.

Asta Hansen, a daughter-in-law, confirmed the death.

Handsome at six feet tall, Mr. Nelson had a prominent role on "Peyton Place" as Michael Rossi, a New York doctor who sets up practice in the fictional town of the show’s title and is quickly caught up in its romantic intrigues. The show, which ran from 1964 to 1969 on ABC, was widely regarded as the first prime-time soap opera, though it was filmed rather than taped, as most daytime soaps were.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/13/14 02:02 AM
'TOS' Actress Arlene Martel Dies at 78

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Arlene Martel, who Star Trek fans will remember for playing Spock's Vulcan bride, T'Pring in "Amok Time," died on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. She was 78.

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She also appeared in Harlan Ellison's Demon with a Glass Hand in The Outer Limits (original series).

Posted By: pdx rick Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/13/14 02:34 AM

...and least we forget Robin Williams. RIP Mr. Williams

Bow

Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/13/14 02:42 AM
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...and least we forget Robin Williams. RIP Mr. Williams

Bow


He gets a thread of his own.
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...and least we forget Robin Williams. RIP Mr. Williams

Bow


He gets a thread of his own.

Oh! Perfect!!! smile
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/18/14 04:27 PM
Former Sen. Jim Jeffords dies at 80

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MONTPELIER, Vt. - Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.

Jeffords died in Washington, said Diane Derby, a former aide to Jeffords. He had been in declining health, she said.

Jeffords had announced in 2005 that he would not seek a fourth term, citing his and his wife's health problems.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/19/14 04:24 PM
Don Pardo, the Voice of 'Saturday Night Live,' Dies at 96

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Don Pardo, who literally introduced television viewers to some of America's biggest stars and soon-to-be-stars as the longtime announcer for "Saturday Night Live," died Monday in Tucson. He was 96.

Mr. Pardo's death was confirmed by his daughter, Dona Pardo.

Mr. Pardo, whose career began in the radio age, continued through the end of last season's "S.N.L." in May, when he performed the introductions on the finale, hosted by Andy Samberg.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/24/14 11:08 PM
Richard Attenborough, Oscar-Winning Director of 'Gandhi,' Dies at 90

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Richard Attenborough, who was honored for his helming and production of the 1982 Oscar best picture "Gandhi" but was best known to American audiences for his role in Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" and its first sequel as park creator John Hammond, died on Sunday, his son tells BBC News. He was 90.

The stocky British filmmaker was awarded a life peerage by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for his stage work and for his efforts behind and in front of the camera to promote British cinema.

While Attenborough had been a prominent character actor in his native country since the early 1940s, he also achieved much as a producer, motion picture executive and cultural impresario.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 08/30/14 06:30 PM
Glenn Cornick, Original Jethro Tull Bassist, Dead at 67

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Glenn Cornick, the original bassist for Jethro Tull, passed away August 29 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 67. Billboard reports that Cornick died of congestive heart failure and had been receiving hospice care recently. Cornick was a founding member of Jethro Tull, appearing on their first three albums before departing the group in 1970.

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I loved Jethro Tull!

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Joan Rivers, Comedy Legend and TV Host, Dies at 81

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Joan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of "Can We Talk?" gossip, has died. She was 81, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said Thursday.

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Westerns director Andrew McLaglen dies aged 94

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Director Andrew V McLaglen, who was best known for Westerns and action films including The Wild Geese and McLintock!, has died aged 94.

The film-maker worked regularly with John Wayne, directing the star in McLintock!, The Undefeated, Chisum, Cahill US Marshal and Hellfighters...

McLaglen was the son of Oscar-winning British actor Victor McLaglen, a former professional boxer who starred alongside Wayne in such classics as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, directed by John Ford...

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Posted By: pdx rick Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 09/04/14 10:16 PM
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RIP Miss Rivers Bow
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RIP Miss Rivers Bow


Ditto! Bow
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 09/11/14 03:10 PM
R.I.P. Actor Richard Kiel -- James Bond Villain & 'Twilight Zone' Kanamit

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The towering actor who played the mercenary assassin Jaws in a pair of Roger Moore-era 007 movies and the enigmatic alien in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone died today. Richard Kiel would have turned 75 on Saturday. His agent of 35 years, Steven Stevens Sr, told Deadline that Kiel died this afternoon at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA. The 7-foot-2 actor with the crooked smile got his start in early-1060s TV, appearing in such series as Laramie, Thriller and The Rifleman. He appeared in the 1962 sci-fi feature The Phantom Planet before landing the chilling Twilight Zone role. In "To Serve Man," he played a representative of an advanced, giant alien race called the Kanamits, who alight on Earth amid what seems to be peace and good will. Kiel delivers a mysterious encrypted book to a meeting of the United Nations, and the episode soars from there.

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Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 09/11/14 03:55 PM
He was 7’2” and suffered from acrophobia (fear of heights)

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 09/15/14 05:09 PM
Tony Auth, 72, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, died Sunday

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Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died.

Mr. Auth had been under treatment for metastatic brain cancer. David Leopold, his friend and curator, said he died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 14, four days after his supporters announced a fundraising effort for an archive devoted to his work at Temple University.

Mr. Auth's remarkable career began in 1971 when the fledgling artist from California flew in to Philadelphia to interview for the position of editorial cartoonist.

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Country Legend George Hamilton IV Dead at 77

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George Hamilton IV, whose gentle demeanor and soothing folk-country vocal style earned him worldwide acclaim, died Wednesday (September 17th) at a Nashville hospital, following a heart attack which he suffered on Saturday. He was 77.

A 50-year veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, Hamilton was known as the "International Ambassador of Country Music," having toured successfully throughout Europe, Asia, the Soviet Union and Australia...

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Emmy-winning actress Polly Bergen -- who passed away at 84 on Saturday -- is likely best known for her role in the original “Cape Fear,” a 1962 J. Lee Thompson-directed thriller starring Robert Mitchum as a vengeful ex-convict terrorizing a lawyer and his wife (Gregory Peck and Bergen). .

But Bergen also played the first female President in Curtis Bernhardt’s 1964 “Kisses for My President” -- a role that’s far more in line with who the actress was in real life.
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Don Manoukian lived a full, fun life

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Don Manoukian, the original Oakland Raider who turned to pro wrestling, died Tuesday in Reno, Nevada at age 80.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 09/27/14 06:44 PM
James A. Traficant Jr., colorful Ohio congressman expelled by House, dies at 73

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James A. Traficant Jr., an iconoclastic nine-term Ohio populist in the U.S. House of Representatives who was convicted on corruption charges in 2002, becoming the second member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War, died Sept. 27 at a hosptial in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 73.

A family spokeswoman, Heidi Hanni, confirmed his death to reporters. The former congressman was injured in a tractor accident on his farm near Greenford, Ohio, on Tuesday. A former aide told reporters in Ohio that he apparently had a heart attack while driving the tractor, which overturned inside a building and left the former congressman trapped underneath.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 10/04/14 06:27 PM
Ousted Haitian dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier dies (Baby Doc)

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Jean-Claude-Duvalier, the self-proclaimed "president for life" of Haiti whose corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising that sent him into a 25-year exile, died Saturday of a heart attack, his attorney said.

Reynold George said the 63-year-old ex-leader died at his home.

Duvalier, looking somewhat frail, made a surprise return to Haiti in 2011, allowing victims of his regime to pursue legal claims against him and prompting some old allies to rally around him. Neither side gained much support, and the once-feared dictator known as "Baby Doc" spent his late years in relative obscurity in the leafy hills above the Haitian capital.

Duvalier was the son of Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, a medical doctor-turned-dictator who promoted "Noirisme," a movement that sought to highlight Haiti's African roots over its European ones while uniting the black majority against a mulatto elite in a country divided by class and color.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 10/05/14 06:44 PM
Raiders Leader Paul Revere Dead at 76

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"The Madmen of Rock & Roll" was known for his unique outfits, infectious stage persona and garage rock hits

Paul Revere, organist and ringleader of the long-running rock band the Raiders, passed away October 4th at his home in Idaho, the band's official website revealed. Revere was 76. No cause of death was revealed, but TMZ reports that Revere (born Paul Revere Dick) battled with cancer over the past year. Thanks to his colorful clothing and infectious stage persona, Revere earned a reputation as "the madman of rock & roll." He and his Raiders scored a handful of hits throughout their five decades together, including their anti-drug smash "Kicks."

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Wrestling legend Ox Baker passes away

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Wrestling legend Ox Baker has passed away due to complications stemming from a heart attack, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder was 80 years old...

Aside from the wrestling, Baker is remembered in the mainstream for his significant role in the cult classic Escape from New York, directed by John Carpenter and [starring] Kurt Russell, and he's in the documentary I Like To Hurt People...

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 10/21/14 03:30 PM
Oscar de la Renta, legendary fashion designer, dies at 82

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Jack Broughton, 89, Dies; Pilot in Vietnam Turned Critic of Leaders

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Col. Jack Broughton flew more than 200 jet-fighter missions in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and received the Air Force Cross, his service’s highest award for valor after the Medal of Honor. He led the Air Force’s Thunderbirds in acrobatics that thrilled air show spectators in the mid-1950s and piloted nearly 50 types of military aircraft.

But in June 1967, he faced a possible prison term when the Air Force accused him of covering up the strafing of a Soviet freighter in the North Vietnamese port of Cam Pha by a pilot under his command.

Colonel Broughton and two of his pilots were court-martialed. All were acquitted of the most serious charges, conspiracy to violate Air Force rules of engagement that forbade such an attack. But Colonel Broughton’s career was destroyed in the fallout from one of the most contentious issues of the Vietnam War: the restrictions Washington placed on bomber pilots out of fear that the Soviet Union or China could be drawn into the conflict.

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Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/02/14 08:20 PM
Pho King A.

He might have been correct as far as military strategy goes, but being the good soldier he was-- he likely never asked himself why in the hell we were there in the first place.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/10/14 06:50 PM
Prince David Chavchavadze - obituary

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Prince David Chavchavadze was a CIA agent during the cold war who was descended from Tsar Nicholas I of Imperial Russia and became friendly with Stalin's daughter

Prince David Chavchavadze, who has died aged 90, was descended from the royal families of both Russia and Georgia, and served as a cold war case officer with the CIA for 25 years; he later made his mark as a writer and historian...

Prince David Chavchavadze, born May 20 1924, died October 5 2014

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/12/14 12:11 AM
With ballet slippers, a Starr was born

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When Greg Oliver and I conceived of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons in 2007, Ricki Starr was one of the guys we targeted from the beginning. At the time, Starr was more than 40 years removed from his heyday as a star in North American wrestling circles. But he had never told the story of how he used a pair of ballet slippers to ascend from lowly opening matches in Texas gyms to the top rank of pop culture superstardom ...

With Starr's death after a brief illness Sept. 20 in London at 83, we'll never get his life history, but that's acceptable in a way. Our overriding goal in writing profiles for the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series has been to explain who these wrestlers were, not just what they did, and Starr's devout introspection was one of his identifying traits ...

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Glen A. Larson, Creator of TV's 'Quincy M.E.,' 'Magnum, P.I.' and 'Battlestar Galactica,' Dies at 77

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Glen A. Larson, the wildly successful television writer-producer whose enviable track record includes Quincy M.E., Magnum, P.I., Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and The Fall Guy, has died. He was 77 ...

Larson also wrote and produced for such noteworthy series as ABC's It Takes a Thief, starring his fellow Hollywood High School alum Robert Wagner as a burglar now stealing for the U.S. government, and NBC's McCloud, with Dennis Weaver as a sheriff from Taos, N.M., who moves to Manhattan to help the big-city cops there ...

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Charles Champlin dies at 88; former L.A. Times arts editor, critic

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Charles Champlin, the former Los Angeles Times arts editor, film critic and columnist whose insightful, elegantly written reviews and columns informed and entertained readers for decades, died Sunday at his Los Angeles home. He was 88.

The cause was complications of Alzheimer's disease, said his son, Charles Champlin Jr.

The Harvard-educated Champlin had worked 17 years at Life and Time magazines before joining The Times as entertainment editor and three-times-a-week columnist in 1965.

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Singer Jimmy Ruffin, who had hits with "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold On (To My Love)," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital, according to The Associated Press. He was 78. No details were immediately available about the cause of death.

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Mike Nichols, Acclaimed Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83

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Mike Nichols, one of America's most celebrated directors, whose long, protean résumé of critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood, died on Wednesday. He was 83.

His death was announced in a statement by the president of ABC News, James Goldston.

Dryly urbane, Mr. Nichols had a gift for communicating with actors and a keen comic timing, which he honed early in his career as half of the popular sketch-comedy team Nichols and May. He accomplished what Orson Welles and Elia Kazan, but few if any other directors have: He achieved popular and artistic success in both theater and film. He was among the most decorated people in the history of show business, one of only a handful to have won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/23/14 07:57 PM
Marion Barry, Former Mayor of Washington, Dies at 78

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Marion S. Barry Jr., a sharecropper’s son and civil rights pioneer who became a flamboyant and polarizing mayor of Washington, went to prison on cocaine charges and then recaptured City Hall in one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of American politics, died early Sunday in Washington. He was 78.

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Posted By: logtroll Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/24/14 01:03 AM
My old Dad went on his way last Tuesday night. Lived a good life, 84 years, and finally decided to disconnect from the medical industry that was keeping him alive, but not with anything to look forward to. He took impeccable care of his affairs to the end. Fortunately, my sisters and I had a great last evening with him, laughing and saying the things that needed to be said. Then it was time...
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/24/14 01:34 AM
Originally Posted By: logtroll
My old Dad went on his way last Tuesday night. Lived a good life, 84 years, and finally decided to disconnect from the medical industry that was keeping him alive, but not with anything to look forward to. He took impeccable care of his affairs to the end. Fortunately, my sisters and I had a great last evening with him, laughing and saying the things that needed to be said. Then it was time...

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/25/14 07:08 PM
Sorry for your loss, Loggy.
Posted By: logtroll Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/25/14 08:46 PM
Thanks SG and Golem. I have to say, though, that I'm not having much feeling of loss - it seems more like things got more right with the world. We had all been running mostly on memories for the last five years because of a number of old age related conditions, and Dad's life was no longer fulfilling for him - continuing to deteriorate, in fact. The main loss is his suffering, and we still have all the good memories.
Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/25/14 10:24 PM
We had to make the decision to pull the plug for my dad, too. He had undergone heart surgery and they were not able to control the bleeding-so he bled out and went into systemic failure. The day before was Chinese New Year, and our whole family had gotten together for a big feast. We talked and had some good memories also. I am forever grateful for that. We only had a couple of hours to decide, but once we did, we were all at peace with it. Although you may not be religious, I wish you blessings at this time.
I am a preacher of the health directive so that there is no uncertainty about your choices and who can make decisions.
Posted By: logtroll Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/26/14 12:35 PM
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I am a preacher of the health directive so that there is no uncertainty about your choices and who can make decisions.
My Dad had a clear written directive to not be sustained artificially and it did, indeed, make the process much easier on us. It did two things: it insured that he would not linger for weeks or months or years in a vegetative state (he was paralyzed from a large stroke); and it did not leave his children with the burden of feeling like we "pulled the plug". We are grateful to him for that.
Posted By: logtroll Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/26/14 04:48 PM
My Dad had put all his assets in a trust some ten years ago, of which I am the primary successor trustee (Mom died 4 years ago). The living will stipulated that, in the event of his incapacity to function as the original trustee, as certified by his doctor and myself, that I would have durable power of attorney. The evening of 11/18 his doctor provided me with such certification after removing artificial life support (blood pressure meds, feeding tube, and hydration). It was expected that he might last for a week, or he might recover the ability to swallow (deemed unlikely), so we needed to find someplace for him to be under hospice care. One sister and I spent the next morning checking out care facilities, then went back to the hospital to be with him and friends that were to stop by, so did not go to the bank that day where his accounts are. That night he died, so I went to the bank the next day and learned that power of attorney terminates at death, and to become the successor trustee I would need to provide a death certificate (they had the trust on file, so didn't need a copy of that). I said that he had bills that needed paying and they said "Sorry, come back in 2-3 weeks when you have a death certificate." I thought it to be exceedingly illogical that I could manage the trust and pay his bills while Dad was alive but incapacitated, but wasn't allowed to do it after he died without a death certificate (even though the only proof they had at that point of his death was my statement). It seems as though power of attorney should be valid until they get a death certificate, and not take someone's word for it. I mean, either way he was incapacitated, right?

I had already set up to pay his power bill online with direct deposit from his account. Of course, the power company had contracted billing out to a third party who charged a $7 fee for the service, and had a 5-day delay in actually paying the bill. That service did not have an option to pay with a credit card.

Today I got an email from the power company saying the payment had been rejected by the bank because of "insufficient funds", even though the account has enough money in it to pay that bill for the next 4636 years. So I went to pay it on the phone with my credit card (I could have probably used Dad's but would have been thrown in jail for fraud when they found out I did it before his death was "certified"). Of course the power company automated service did not offer an option to pay by credit card, so I wandered around in their system for a while and accidentally stumbled across the option; I entered the account number (2nd time) and was then asked for the last four digits of Dad's phone number (couldn't find it fast enough for the computer voice on the other end of the line, so was terminated). I called back and wandered the catacombs until I found another option accidentally; I entered my credit card info and was bounced to yet another nook in their phone system. After entering the account # again I was put on hold and a real person answered. She asked for the account # (4th time) and my credit card info again. It bounced because the power company doesn't accept AMEX (don't these people want to be paid?). So I gave info for another card, and paid another $3 fee for the convenience of paying by phone, and maybe the bill will finally be paid next week.

By next week I may have the death certificate and can then engage the bank again (this time from 1100 miles away) to try and get to where I could have been when I was physically in the bank with enough info to have gotten power of attorney (which wouldn't have expired until the bank got a death notice, according to my interpretation of their logic).

Why, in these days of nearly instant communication, and after billions of people have gone through the process of moving out of this life, should the process be so fubared?
Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/27/14 05:17 PM
My dad's second wife was still alive when Dad died, so she was able to handle all the bills. He had a military funeral, so there wasn't a whole lot of expense there. My sister and I were executors of the will/trust, but my dad's second wife thought that she deserved all of the estate. That took about 9 months, but we finally got it settled. Phil, my dad had also signed one of those advanced directives, and it made our decisions so much easier.
Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/27/14 05:49 PM
Just sent me your account and credit card numbers along with your PIN’s and I’ll take it from there Loggy.

I’m always willing to be of help.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/27/14 06:18 PM
PD James, crime novelist, dies aged 94

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Crime novelist PD James, who penned more than 20 books, has died aged 94.

Her agent said she died "peacefully at her home in Oxford" on Thursday morning.

The author's books, many featuring sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, sold millions of books around the world, with various adaptations for television and film.

Her best known novels include The Children of Men, The Murder Room and Pride and Prejudice spin-off Death Comes to Pemberley.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 11/28/14 04:43 AM
Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dies at 79

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Frank Yablans, the president of Paramount Pictures during the fertile early ’70s era that produced films including “The Godfather” and “Chinatown,” died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his son, ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans. He was 79.

Renowned for a hearty sense of humor and temperamental outbursts, Yablans was later COO of MGM/United Artists and co-wrote the screenplay for “Mommie Dearest,” which he also produced.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 12/04/14 12:43 AM
Jean Beliveau, hockey sensation of size, grace and skill, dies at 83

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Jean Beliveau, a former captain of the Montreal Canadiens whose combination of size, grace and skill made him one of the dominant offensive ice hockey players in the 1950s and 1960s and a revered public figure in Canada, died Dec. 2 in Longueuil, a Montreal suburb. He was 83.

The team announced the death. The hockey player had many health setbacks over recent years, including strokes, but an immediate cause of death was not disclosed.

Starting in 1953, Mr. Beliveau spent 40 years with the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens, the first 18 as a player and the last 22 as the team’s vice president of public relations and goodwill ambassador.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 12/08/14 05:58 PM
Former WWE Star Jimmy Del Ray Passes Away

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David Ferrier, who is best known for his appearances in the early 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as one-half of the Heavenly Bodies as "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray, has passed away.

PWInsider.com has confirmed that Ferrier died Saturday night following what is believed to have been a heart attack. He was 52-years-old.

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Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 12/09/14 02:09 AM
The world weeps:

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Ken Weatherwax, who played the pudgy son Pugsley on the 1960s ABC sitcom The Addams Family, has died. He was 59.

Weatherwax died Sunday from a heart attack, his niece, Shanyn Vieira, announced on Facebook. Later, TMZ reported that he died in his California home and that there will be two funerals, one for the family and one for the fans.


Worst of all his name was Ken:

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 12/22/14 07:59 PM
Singer Joe Cocker dies at the age of 70 after battle with lung cancer

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Rock singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70 after a battle with lung cancer.

Cocker, who died last night in the U.S., was 'without the doubt the greatest rock/soul singer ever to come out of Britain,' his agent Barrie Marshall said.

The star from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 12/22/14 10:04 PM
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Singer Joe Cocker dies at the age of 70 after battle with lung cancer

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Rock singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70 after a battle with lung cancer.

Cocker, who died last night in the U.S., was 'without the doubt the greatest rock/soul singer ever to come out of Britain,' his agent Barrie Marshall said.

The star from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2014 - 12/23/14 10:41 PM
Joseph Sargent, Director of 'The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,' Dies at 89

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Joseph Sargent, who directed The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and MacArthur for the big screen and captured three Emmys for his telefilm work, died Monday at his home in Malibu from the lung disease COPD, publicist Dick Guttman announced. He was 89 ...

In addition to the taut New York City subway hostage drama The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) starring Walter Matthau and the 1977 biopic MacArthur toplined by Gregory Peck, Sargent directed the features The Hell With Heroes (1968) starring Rod Taylor; White Lightning (1973) with Burt Reynolds; and Jaws: The Revenge (1987) ...

He gained experience in episodic TV as an actor, then directed for such series as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Lassie, The Fugitive, Star Trek (the 1966 episode The Corbomite Maneuver) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E ...

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