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  • Country music legend Mel Tillis dead at 85

    11/19/2017 9:59:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2017 | Katherine Lam
    Country music singer Mel Tillis, whose six-decade career included hits such as “I Ain’t Never” and “Coca Cola Cowboy” and who never let his stutter get in the way of him becoming a legend, died on Sunday, his publicist confirmed. He was 85. Tillis passed away at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., his publicist Don Murry Grubbs said. The music legend is believed to have died from respiratory failure after he never recovered from intestinal issues he has been battling since 2016. He leaves behind his longtime partner, Kathy DeMonaco, his six children and six grandchildren. Tillis recorded...
  • CBS News Retracts Story That Tom Petty is Dead. TMZ Says Petty, 66, May Not Survive the Day(NewTitle

    10/02/2017 12:57:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 230 replies
    The Santa Monica Observer ^ | October 2, 2017
    Tom Petty died Monday morning after life support was terminated, reports TMZ. The singer was found unconscious Sunday night after a massive cardiac arrest. Paramedics were able to restore a pulse, says TMZ, but his family accepted the inevitability of the singers death, and support was terminated this morning. The Rock and Roller was known for his rhythmic Florida style. He was famous as early at 19. He transplanted himself to Southern California, where he was known for songs that celebrated Southern California living, such as "Free Falling."
  • TOM PETTYFOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN FULL CARDIAC ARREST

    10/02/2017 12:26:36 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 116 replies
    TMZ ^ | 2 Oct 2017 | Staff
    Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. EMTs rushed to his Malibu home and were able to get a pulse. He was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and our sources say he was put on life support. Petty's condition is unknown but was critical from the moment he was found.
  • FReeper Jonah Johansen Passed Away

    09/22/2017 7:22:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 43 replies
    nuconvert | 9-22-17
    FReeper Jonah Johansen passed away very suddenly, unexpectedly on Sept 10, 2017. He was very intelligent, a political junkie, a lover of animals (especially cats), a Christian, a Bluegrass, Bob Dylan & Steely Dan fan, a philosopher, avid reader, WoW gamer, and had a great sense of humor. He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, 2 dogs and a cat. He will be missed by all who befriended him.
  • Barbara Cook, Luminous Soprano & Original Music Man Star, Dies at 89

    08/08/2017 9:15:16 AM PDT · by Governor Dinwiddie · 11 replies
    Broadway.Com ^ | 8/8/2017 | Andy Lefkowitz
    Barbara Cook, who captured Broadway with her velvety soprano and led an almost-six-decade Broadway career, died on August 8. She was 89. Born on October 25, 1927 in Atlanta, Georgia, Cook began singing at an early age, receiving acclaim from audiences at the nearby Elks Club. In 1948, while visiting New York City with her mother, she decided to stay put and seek acting work. Cook was hired by a series of resorts, eventually landing a gig in 1950 at the Blue Angel Club. … A year later, Cook was on Broadway, making her debut in the 1951 musical Flahooley....
  • Actress-singer Lola Albright (Peter Gunn, Champion) dies at 92

    03/24/2017 11:09:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | March 24, 2017
    Lola Albright, an actress and singer perhaps best known for her role as Edie Hart on the Peter Gunn TV series, died  on March 23, 2017 at the age of 92. From the Wikipedia article: Albright's motion picture career began with a bit part in the 1947 film The Unfinished Dance, and gained notice in the 1949 film Champion. For the next several years, she appeared in secondary roles in over 20 films, including several 'B' Westerns.Albright's roles in major films included Elvis Presley's 1962 film Kid Galahad; the 1964 French film Les Felins (director René Clément), and the 1967...
  • Tommy Page, ‘I’ll Be Your Everything’ Singer, Dies at 46

    03/05/2017 9:45:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, March 4, 2017
    Former musician was found dead of an apparent suicideTommy Page, the singer known for his 1990 hit “I’ll Be Your Everything,” died Friday, the Associated Press reports. He was 46. Page, who after his music career became publisher of Billboard magazine, was found dead of an apparent suicide in New York, according to Billboard.com editorial director Denise Warner. Billboard Entertainment Group president John Amato said, “We are all mourning the loss of our friend and colleague, Tommy Page.”
  • Slate writer takes heat for Colmes obit

    02/25/2017 3:26:53 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2017 | By Joe Concha
    Slate magazine’s obituary for longtime Fox News political commentator Alan Colmes is catching considerable backlash on social media. “Alan Colmes, Buffoon and Patsy, Was Fox News’ Original Liberal Weakling,” wrote Slate’s Isaac Chotiner, a senior staff writer and former editor of The New Republic. Colmes died this week at the age of 66 due to lymphoma. “Colmes was the most absurd, useless, and mocked television personality in America for many years, precisely because he was nice. In the context of Fox News, being a nice guy — and a ‘liberal’ nice guy at that — meant being a buffoon, and...
  • David Axelrod Dead at 83

    02/05/2017 10:30:44 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 20 replies
    Exclaim ^ | 2/5/17 | Josiah Hughes
    Legendary American composer, producer and A&R rep David Axelrod has reportedly died at the age of 83. While details on his passing are currently unknown, multiple parties have come forth to mourn the lost artist. Axelrod made his name working at Capitol Records, producing other artists and releasing a dozen albums of his own. His ability to combine soul, jazz and rock elements made him an integral figure in musical history.
  • Helen Delich Bentley, congresswoman who was a staunch advocate of the port of Baltimore, dies

    08/06/2016 10:41:34 PM PDT · by Impy · 9 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 8-6-16 | Michael Dresser
    Helen Delich Bentley, the colorful and cantankerous former Maryland congresswoman whose fierce advocacy for the port of Baltimore led to its being named in her honor, died Saturday. Mrs. Bentley, who was 92, died at her home in Timonium, said longtime aide Key Kidder. She had brain cancer. She had a long and varied career that took her from The Baltimore Sun newsroom to the Federal Maritime Commission to the U.S. House of Representatives. She ran for governor in 1994 but lost in the Republican primary. "Congresswoman Bentley worked with tenacity, energy, and passion on behalf of her constituents, making...
  • Recalling Ken Towery, a true Texas hero

    05/15/2016 8:30:28 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 5 replies
    Longview News Journal ^ | May 6, 2016 at 10:31 p.m. | Ken Herman
    I'm sorry to have to tell you about Ken Towery's death. But I'm honored to be able to tell you about his life.
  • Merle Haggard Dead at 79

    04/06/2016 11:23:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 111 replies
    Taste of Country ^ | 4/6/16 | Sterling Whitaker
    Merle Haggard has died after a series of recent health struggles. The legendary singer passed away on April 6, 2016, which was also his 79th birthday. Haggard canceled tour dates in December of 2015 after he checked into a hospital and learned he had double pneumonia.
  • William H. Schaap, Radical Lawyer, Author and Publisher, Dies at 75

    03/03/2016 7:45:24 AM PST · by Borges · 1 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/3/2016 | SAM ROBERTS
    William H. Schaap, a radical lawyer, author and publisher who fought against investigative abuses by government agencies at home and abroad, died on Feb. 25 in Manhattan. He was 75. The cause was pulmonary disease, his niece Rosie Schaap said. Mr. Schaap began his activism in law school, counseling students arrested in Chicago for protesting segregated housing. As a lawyer, he defended Columbia University students arrested in 1968 for occupying campus buildings to protest the war in Vietnam. In the late 1960s, he left a Wall Street law firm where he was an associate and moved to Japan and Germany...
  • Sonny James, country hitmaker of ‘Young Love,’ dies at 87

    02/23/2016 10:05:54 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2016 | Kristin M. Hall
    Sonny James, a country hall of fame singer who recorded smooth romantic ballads such as "Young Love" and turned pop songs into country hits, died Feb. 22 in Nashville. He was 87. Family friend Gary Robble, who was the lead singer of Mr. James' backing band, announced the death but did not cite a cause. Mr. James, who also was a songwriter, guitarist and fiddler, was promoted as the "Southern Gentleman" because of his gentle demeanor. Raised in Alabama, he started his music career with his family's band and, before he reached high school age, he already had performed on...
  • Dems Fundraise Off Scalia Death

    02/14/2016 10:44:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/13/16 | Daniel Halper
    Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died today and already the Democratic party is fundraising off his death. In an email sent out by the Democratic National Committee, supporters are asked to chipping in some money for the coming Supreme Court nomination fight.
  • Dan Hicks, San Francisco Folk Jazz Pioneer, Dead at 74

    02/06/2016 5:18:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KQED ^ | FEBRUARY 6, 2016 | Kevin L. Jones
    Dan Hicks, the wildly creative San Francisco singer-songwriter who, with his group Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, had hits in the 1970s such as "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music," died Saturday after a two-year battle with cancer, according to his website. He was 74. The news was made public via a message on social media from his wife, CT Hicks: My darling darling husband left this earth early this morning. He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always. To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in...
  • David Bowie dies of cancer aged 69

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

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

    12/02/2015 6:51:53 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 165 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/02/15 | Nick Gass
    Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, who served under President Bill Clinton, has died at the age of 70. "V sad start to day; just learned Sandy Berger passed away during the night," Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted Wednesday morning. "Good man & friend who served nation well as bill clinton's NSA." Antony Blinken, the current deputy secretary of state and a Berger acolyte, tweeted, "Mourn the passing of Sandy Berger --- father, husband, mentor, friend, leader and great patriot. RIP SRB." Berger, a longtime lawyer who founded Stonebridge International, a Washington-based advisory group,...
  • Marty Beil, Wisconsin Union Leader Who Lost Fight With Walker, Dies at 68

    10/03/2015 7:25:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-3-15
    Marty Beil, who as the longtime leader of the union that represented Wisconsin’s state employees was at the center of the fight in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, died on Thursday at his home in Mazomanie, Wis. He was 68. The cause has not been determined, his sister, Mickey Beil, said. To many, Mr. Beil was the face of the state employees union, an outspoken advocate of workers’ rights for more than 40 years. In the 2011 fight with Mr. Walker that he ultimately lost, Mr. Beil helped organize protests...