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  • Leonard Nimoy dead at 83: ‘Star Trek’ star lived long and prospered

    02/27/2015 9:25:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 192 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 02/27/2015 | BY DAVID HINCKLEY
    Leonard Nimoy, who lived long and prospered, died Friday at his Los Angeles home. The creator of Mr. Spock, television’s most beloved pointy-eared half-Vulcan, was 83 and had suffered for several years from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), which makes it difficult to breathe. “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago,” he tweeted last week. “Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP.” “LLAP” was Spock’s best-known catch phrase: Live long and prosper. To many of his fans, Leonard Nimoy was a one-hit wonder. One hit that lasted half a century. Nimoy created the beloved Mr. Spock in...
  • Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

    02/27/2015 11:19:35 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 77 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 28 Feb 15 | Unknown
    A top political nemesis of President Vladimir Putin was shot and killed early Saturday in central Moscow, Russian police said, one day before an opposition rally was scheduled to take place. Boris Nemtsov, 55, a former deputy prime minister, was shot four times from a passing car as he was walking on a bridge just outside the Kremlin. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Alexeyeva told reporters on the scene that Nemtsov was walking with a female acquaintance, a Ukrainian citizen, when a vehicle drove up and unidentified assailants shot him dead. The woman wasn't hurt.
  • 'It's My Party' Singer-Songwriter Lesley Gore Dies at 68

    02/16/2015 12:43:26 PM PST · by Borges · 150 replies
    ABC - AP ^ | 2/16/2015 | MARK KENNEDY
    Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," ''You Don't Own Me" and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68. Gore died of cancer at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, according to her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.
  • Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

    02/15/2015 1:43:56 PM PST · by Perdogg · 42 replies
    Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.
  • Classical French Actor Louis Jourdan has died at 93

    02/15/2015 8:21:56 PM PST · by patriot08 · 49 replies
    Broadway World. com ^ | 2/15/15 | BWW Newsdesk
    Classical French Actor Louis Jourdan Has Died at 93 Louis Jourdan, a French actor famous for American film and television appearances in the Oscar-winning musical GIGI, MADAME BOVARY, CAN-CAN, and THE FIRST OLYMPICS: ATHENS, 1896, as well as Broadway appearances in shows such as ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, has died. The Hollywood Walk of Fame winner was 93. Jourdan was ordered to make German propaganda films which he refused to do and fled to join his family in unoccupied France. There he started making movies again, ten films in two years. His father was arrested...
  • Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93(Variety Obit)

    02/16/2015 3:32:52 AM PST · by jocon307 · 23 replies
    Variety ^ | 02/15/15 | Carmel Dagan
    Louis Jourdan who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills. Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones. “He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said...
  • Buddy Holly bassist Joe Mauldin dies

    02/08/2015 10:34:51 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 14 replies
    Internet | 2/7/'15 | Zionist Conspirator
    Neither USA Today nor Wikipedia can be excerpted on FR, but according to both Joe B. Mauldin, bassist for Buddy Holly's Crickets, has died at the age of 74. This is a sad day for Buddy Holly fans.
  • Michael Jordan on Dean Smith's passing: 'mentor, teacher, 2nd father'

    02/08/2015 9:12:01 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Dean Smith, the coaching innovator who won two national championships at North Carolina, an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and induction into basketball's Hall of Fame more than a decade before he left the bench, has died. He was 83. The retired coach died "peacefully" at his North Carolina home Saturday night, the school said in a statement Sunday from Smith's family. He was with his wife and five children. Smith had health issues in recent years, with the family saying in 2010 he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory. He had kept a lower profile...
  • Marcus Borg, Liberal Scholar on Historical Jesus, Dies at 72

    01/27/2015 11:21:03 AM PST · by Borges · 22 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/27/2015 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    Marcus J. Borg, a scholar who popularized a liberal intellectual approach to Christianity with his lectures and books about Jesus as a historical figure, died on Wednesday at his home in Powell Butte, Ore. He was 72. His publisher, HarperOne, said the cause was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Professor Borg was among a group of scholars, known as the Jesus Seminar, who set off an uproar with its very public efforts to discern collectively which of Jesus’ acts and utterances could be confirmed as historically true, and which were probably myths.
  • Please Keep Victor Davis Hanson in Your Thoughts and Prayers

    11/18/2014 7:24:33 PM PST · by PROCON · 83 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Nov. 18, 2014
    We at PJ Media were saddened to learn that the daughter of Victor Davis Hanson, author, educator, and PJ Media columnist, died on November 13 after a short illness. Susannah Merry Hanson was 27. In a beautiful, moving tribute to his daughter, Dr. Hanson tells us of Susannah’s marvelous gifts: Susannah, known to her family and friends as “Suzy,” was beloved by anyone who encountered her infectious laugh and her zeal for life and adventure. But she was perhaps best known for the human kindness she extended to everyone she met. She was especially drawn to the sick and elderly,...
  • Former Illinois congressman Phil Crane dies

    11/09/2014 3:20:03 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 9, 2014 | Katherine Skiba
    Longtime Illinois Congressman Phillip Crane, a northwest suburban Republican who championed conservative principles and once ran for president, died Saturday in Maryland, according to family.. Crane, who suffered from congestive heart failure and lung cancer, died of respiratory failure in a daughter's home in Jefferson, Md., according to another daughter, Catherine Hott, of Berryville, Va.
  • Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

    10/25/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 36 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | October 25, 2014
    Jack Bruce, the singer and bassist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cream, has passed away, his family confirmed the musician's passing on his Facebook page. He was 71. "It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts," the Bruce family wrote. Bruce's publicist added, "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family." No other details were...
  • Ex-congressman James Traficant dies

    09/27/2014 11:17:10 AM PDT · by AuH2ORepublican · 139 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 27, 2014 | Washington Post
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  • Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer dies at 84

    09/20/2014 12:32:01 PM PDT · by rockabyebaby · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 20, 2014
    Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original “Cape Fear” and the first woman president in “Kisses for My President,” died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.
  • Richard Kiel'Jaws' From James Bond Dies At 74

    09/10/2014 5:20:13 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 119 replies
    tmz ^ | september 10, 2014 | tmz staff
    Richard Kiel, who became famous for portraying the James Bond villain, Jaws ... died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 74 ... TMZ has learned. Kiel starred in dozens of movies over the span of 50 years ... though his Jaws character became his most iconic role after debuting in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me" alongside Roger Moore. He returned in "Moonraker" two years later.
  • Williams a comic force, versatile actor

    08/11/2014 11:27:24 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 55 replies
    NEW YORK — The question from a fan in a Sirius XM interview last year was innocent — what do you think you’d be doing if you didn’t become a comedian? — and within seconds Robin Williams was impersonating physicist Stephen Hawking getting a lap dance at a strip club.
  • Robin Williams Dies of Suspected Suicide

    08/11/2014 4:00:46 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 607 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11 Aug 2014 | Kimberly Nordyke
    Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. The full statement is below. On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin...
  • Obama, Hagel pay tribute to Robin Williams

    08/11/2014 10:48:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 12, 2014
    President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel paid tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams Monday. Williams, 63, was found dead in his northern California home Monday and officials said it appeared to be a suicide. Obama said in a statement issued Monday night that Williams "arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit," referring to Williams' late 1970s role in the TV show "Mork and Mindy." The president was on vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
  • The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

    08/08/2014 10:53:11 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    medium.com ^ | August 5 | Paul Halpern
    When he died on September 7, 2012, theoretical physicist Claud W. Lovelace left behind a house filled with parakeets. With no family or close companions, the eccentric Rutgers professor loved to be surrounded by his colorful fine-feathered friends and listen to classical music as he contemplated the nuances of unified field theory. A loner not particularly close to his colleagues, members of the Physics and Astronomy department were astounded and delighted when he willed his entire fortune of $1.5 million to it. The funds were used to help establish endowed positions in practical fields of physics, a far cry from...
  • Mary Rodgers, Author and Composer in a Musical Family, Dies at 83

    06/27/2014 12:00:06 PM PDT · by Borges · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | 6/27/2014 | BRUCE WEBER
    Mary Rodgers, who wrote songs and children’s books and, by virtue of genetics and serendipity as well as talent, lived at the red-hot center of American musical theater, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 83. The cause was heart failure, her son Alexander Guettel said. Ms. Rodgers, the daughter of the composer Richard Rodgers, is probably best known for writing the music for “Once Upon a Mattress,” the fairy-tale farce about a love-hungry princess that catapulted Carol Burnett to stardom in 1959; and for writing “Freaky Friday,” a novel for young people about a teenage girl...
  • Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dead at 90

    06/20/2014 12:05:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    GMA via Yahho News ^ | 6/20/14 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    As one of the few pioneering female chemists in the 1960s, Stephanie Kwolek invented the flexible, tougher than steel fibers that were used to create life-saving body armor for law enforcement and soldiers. Kwolek died this week at the age of 90, her co-workers at DuPont, the chemical company where Kwolek worked, confirmed to ABC News. "She leaves a wonderful legacy of thousands of lives saved and countless injuries prevented by products made possible by her discovery," DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman said in a statement.
  • Statement by John Raisian, Director of Hoover Institution, Stanford Univ. - Fouad Ajami has died

    06/22/2014 4:41:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    It is with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of Fouad Ajami, who lost his battle with cancer on Sunday. Fouad is truly one of the most brilliant Middle East scholars of our time. His Hoover Institution family will forever miss his superb scholarship, quick wit and gentle spirit. As we reflect upon a man whose life and intellectual contributions influenced so many, our thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife, Michelle. Fouad Ajami was born September 18, 1945 in Arnoun, Lebanon. Ajami was a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, and more recently the Herbert and...
  • Bataan March survivor Elias Saavedra dies at 96

    06/05/2014 3:32:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | June 5, 2014 | BY RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Elias Saavedra, one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March, died Wednesday. He was 96. Saavedra died of natural causes at his San Rafael, New Mexico, home after battling a number of illnesses, his son Alfred Saavedra said. Born in 1918 in San Rafael, Saavedra joined the New Mexico National Guard at the outset of World War II. He was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers taken captive by the Japanese in World War II when U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942. In all, tens of thousands of troops...
  • '77 Sunset Strip' star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. dies at 95

    05/02/2014 11:32:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who portrayed the indefatigable Inspector Lewis Erskine on the long-running U.S. television series "The F.B.I.", died on Friday at the age of 95, according to media reports. Zimbalist died of natural causes at his home in Solvang, California, his daughter, actress Stephanie Zimbalist, and his son Efrem Zimbalist III, said in a statement, Hollywood trade magazine Variety and other media reported. "A devout Christian, he actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf, and visiting with close friends," the statement said, according to Variety.
  • Walter Walsh, oldest Olympian, dies days shy of 107th birthday

    04/30/2014 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Borges · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/30/2014 | Marc Lancaster
    Walter Walsh, a former FBI agent and Marine who was the world’s oldest Olympian, died Tuesday, just six days shy of his 107th birthday. USA Shooting announced Walsh’s death Wednesday afternoon on Twitter. He competed for the United States in the 1948 London Games, placing 12th in the 50m free pistol event. But that achievement (at age 41) was a mere footnote in a memorable life. Walsh first gained fame as an FBI agent in the nascent days of the Bureau, discovering the body of noted gangster Baby Face Nelson after a shootout.
  • Former NFL QB Earl Morrall dies

    04/25/2014 12:45:51 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 39 replies
    ESPN.COM ^ | ESPN.com news services
    MIAMI -- Earl Morrall, an NFL quarterback for 21 years who started nine games during the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, has died. He was 79.
  • 'Apollo's unsung hero' for developing the moon landing strategy in the 1960's dies aged 95

    04/20/2014 9:50:17 AM PDT · by DFG · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/19/2014 | AP
    John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, from complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington, of Plymouth, Mass., confirmed Saturday. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.
  • Lorenzo Semple Jr., Creator of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 91

    03/29/2014 8:48:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 28, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Lorenzo Semple Jr., the creator of the campily classic Batman TV series who went on to craft such big-screen paranoid thrillers as The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor -- though he would be replaced on both films -- has died. He turned 91 on Thursday... Semple’s résumé also includes the Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman escape tale Papillon (1973); Paul Newman’s Harper sequel The Drowning Pool (1975); Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong (1976) starring Jessica Lange; and the rogue James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983)...
  • David A. Trampier, Iconic Artist of Early D&D, Passed Away This Week

    03/29/2014 4:47:02 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    Kotaku ^ | March 28, 2014 | Evan Narcisse
    Anyone who grew up playing the beloved editions of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons will remember the detailed medieval fantasy artwork that made the role-playing games creatures and characters come to life. Artist David A. Trampier was the man who drew those illustrations. An Illinois newspaper is reporting that he passed away this week at the age of 59. Trampier's renderings of wizards, giant spiders and lizardmen helped electrify the rules, storytelling and play experience of Dungeons & Dragons. But his whereabouts were a mystery for years because the artist faded into obscurity after D&D lodged itself into the consciousness of...
  • Jeremiah Denton, Former Vietnam POW Who Blinked 'T-O-R-T-U-R-E', passes at 89

    03/28/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT · by Saint X · 51 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 3/28/14 | Naval Institute Staff
    The former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Navy admiral and Vietnam prisoner of war who blinked “T-O-R-T-U-R-E” in Morse Code to alert the world of abuse by his North Vietnamese captors, died on Friday.
  • Bletchley codebreaker dies aged 93

    03/27/2014 2:30:35 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 27th 2014 | Conal Urqhuart
    Raymond 'Jerry' Roberts was one of elite team who helped decode messages sent between Hitler and his high command. ne of the last of a team of wartime British codebreakers who deciphered Hitler's messages at Bletchley Park has died after a short illness. Raymond "Jerry" Roberts, 93, from Liphook in Hampshire, was part of a group that cracked the German high command's secret code. Roberts joined Bletchley Park as a German linguist and was among four founder members of the Testery section, named after its head Ralph Tester. Their target was a system known as Tunny, which carried messages between...
  • Maria von Trapp Dies

    02/22/2014 3:32:40 PM PST · by Borges · 48 replies
    People ^ | 2/21 | K. C. Blumm
    Maria von Trapp, whose family's story was told in The Sound of Music, has died. She was the last surviving member of the musical family of seven brothers and sisters and passed away in her sleep at home in Vermont at the age of 99 on Tuesday, PEOPLE confirms. Von Trapp, who was the second-eldest daughter, and her family fled their home in Austria to escape from the Nazis in the 1930s and eventually ended up in the U.S., where their story inspired a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical and the popular 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews.
  • George Goodman, Aka TV's "Adam Smith," Dies at 83

    01/03/2014 2:44:26 PM PST · by LRoggy · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/3/14 | By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer
    George Goodman, a journalist, business author and award-winning television host who under the pseudonym "Adam Smith" made economics accessible to millions of people, died Friday at age 83. Goodman's son, Mark Goodman, said his father died at the University of Miami Hospital after a long battle with the bone marrow disorder myelofibrosis. Starting in the 1950s, the elder Goodman had a long, diverse and accomplished career, whether as a founder of New York Magazine, as a best-selling business author or as the personable host of "Adam Smith's Money World."
  • Big-bang-defying giant of astronomy passes away (article)

    01/02/2014 9:11:49 AM PST · by fishtank · 30 replies
    Creation.com ^ | 12-31-13 | John G. Hartnett
    Big-bang-defying giant of astronomy passes away by John G. Hartnett Published: 31 December 2013 (GMT+10) Halton Arp passed away on Saturday morning 28th December 2013 in Munich, Germany. He will be sorely missed by many but not so much by others because of his challenges to the ruling big bang paradigm. With Geoffrey Burbidge and others, Professor Halton Arp was a thorn in the side of those who held to the standard story line of the big bang. In many papers and several books1 he promoted the idea that quasars are born from the nucleus of active galaxies—parent galaxies. In...
  • Three pieces by Sir John Tavener - died today at 69 (videos)

    11/12/2013 3:21:01 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    Lament of the Mother of God (Tavener) — Winchester Cathedral Choir with Solveig Kringelborn Tavener - The Lamb John Tavener - Funeral Canticle (The Tree of Life) FULL VERSION
  • Remembering the Contributions of Ronald Coase

    09/03/2013 3:29:31 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-3-13 | Will Freeland
    Ronald Coase, an economist hailed as one of the top 10 greatest economic thinkers of all time, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013, just shy of 103 years of age. Coase was truly a titan in economics, publishing his first article at only 27, and producing fresh and insightful content well into his 100s. A winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Coase is one of the founders of both the law and economics and new institutional economics disciplines, as well as one of the seminal thinkers in industrial organization economics and the study of social costs. He was...
  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/02/2013 3:56:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 91 replies
    io9 ^ | September 2, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    One of the leading lights of the science fiction world, editor and author Frederik Pohl, passed away this weekend after a career that defined the genre for decades... Pohl was known for his mind-bending, often satirical novels (many co-authored with longtime collaborator C.M. Kornbluth), his editing acumen, his science fiction criticism, and his witty, fascinating blog, which he was updating right up until his death...
  • Roswell author who said he handled UFO crash debris dies at 76 (Jesse Marcel Jr, Freeper)

    09/01/2013 8:10:55 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 8/28/2013
    Jesse Marcel Jr, who said he handled debris from the 1947 crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell, New Mexico, has died at the age of 76. Denice Marcel said her father was found dead at his home in Helena, Montana, on Saturday, less than two months after making his last trip to Roswell. He had been reading a book about UFOs. Over the past 35 years Marcel appeared on TV shows, documentaries and radio shows, was interviewed for magazine articles and books and travelled the world lecturing about his experiences in Roswell. His wife, Linda, said: "He was...
  • Broadcaster David Frost, famed for Nixon apology, dies

    09/01/2013 8:17:01 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Sep 1, 2013 3:28pm BST | Costas Pitas
    (Reuters) - British broadcaster David Frost, a master of the television interview, famed for coaxing an apology for Watergate from Richard Nixon, has died suddenly, his family said on Sunday. Aged 74, he had a heart attack late on Saturday aboard a luxury cruise liner where he had a speaking engagement. His sudden death brought tributes from international celebrities and political leaders, many of whom called him a good friend as well as an acute interrogator. "David Frost died of a heart attack last night aboard the Queen Elizabeth, where he was giving a speech," his family said in a...
  • Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74

    09/01/2013 3:45:33 AM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/01/2013
    Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack while on board a cruise ship. A family statement said he had been giving a speech aboard the Queen Elizabeth on Saturday night. Sir David's career spanned journalism, comedy writing and daytime television presenting, including The Frost Report. Internationally, he will be remembered for his revealing interviews with former US President Richard Nixon.
  • Irish Poet Seamus Heaney Dies

    08/30/2013 12:41:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | August 30, 2013 | MARK MEMMOTT
    Seamus Heaney, "acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats," has died, the BBC and other news outlets are reporting. Heaney was 74 and had recently been in ill health. According to The Irish Times, he died Friday morning at the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin. Sky TV has a short statement from Heaney's family announcing his death. The Associated Press adds that Heaney's publisher, Faber & Faber, has also confirmed the news. Heaney was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Writer and literary critic Ola Larsmo said then that Heaney's poetry reveals "a profound experience ... that...
  • Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at age 47.

    06/19/2013 9:46:50 AM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 18 replies
    Fox news ^ | June 19, 2013 | Fox news
    Flynn self-published his first book, "Term Limits," in 1997 before landing a publishing deal. "Term Limits" became a New York Times bestseller. Most of his books centered on the character Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative. He averaged a book a year.
  • Passings: Marshall Lytle (original bassist) of Bill Haley's Comets (1933 - 2013)

    05/27/2013 4:16:24 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Vintage Vinyl News ^ | Saturday, May 25, 2013 | no byline
    Marshall Lytle, the bass player for Bill Haley and the Comets during their biggest era, died on Saturday morning at 3:30 AM in his home in Port Richie, FL after battling lung cancer. He was 79. Lytle was honored one year ago when he and the rest of the Comets were among the first backing group's to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For the Comets, the honor came 25 years after Bill Haley was accorded the same honor. Marshall started out his musical career as a guitarist but switched to double bass when he joined...
  • Modern-Day Galileo: J. Philippe Rushton (1943-2012)

    10/13/2012 11:41:04 AM PDT · by River Hawk · 21 replies
    Big Think ^ | Oct. 10th, 2012 | Satoshi Kanazawa
    Last week the world of science lost one of its most courageous and brilliant practitioners, and I have lost a dear friend and colleague. On 02 October, J. Philippe Rushton passed away at an infuriatingly young age of 68. I first learned of Phil’s work in 1999 when, as a then member of the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association, I received a complimentary copy of the abridged edition of Race, Evolution and Behavior, which Phil had sent to all 600+ members of the Section at his personal expense. I read it right away, then I purchased and...
  • Last Polish soldier of WWII opening battle dies (Westerplatte)

    08/06/2012 12:40:15 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 23 replies
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Maj. Ignacy Skowron, the last known survivor of World War II's Battle of Westerplatte, has died. He was 97. Family friend Zofia Nowak said Monday that Skowron died at his grandson's home in Kielce, in southern Poland on Sunday after suffering circulatory, liver and pancreas problems.
  • Sir John Keegan - RIP

    08/03/2012 5:16:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | August 2, 2012 | Staff
    He had been on the teaching staff of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, for 25 years in 1986 when Max Hastings announced his recruitment to the paper the day he took over the editor’s chair. Keegan proved an unrivalled asset as the Soviet empire crumbled and collapsed, the government demanded a “peace dividend” in the form of cutbacks to the Armed Forces and a series of military actions flared up in the Middle East and the Balkans.
  • 'Young Winston' actor Simon Ward dies after long illness

    07/28/2012 9:33:28 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28th July 2012 | BBC News
    'The British screen and stage actor Simon Ward has died after a long illness, his agent has confirmed. Ward, who was 70, appeared in several films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including The Three Musketeers. He also starred as Bishop Gardiner in The Tudors and as Sir Monty in the popular BBC television series Judge John Deed. A statement released by his agent said he passed away peacefully with his wife Alexandra and daughters at his bedside. The son of a car salesman from Beckenham in Kent, Ward joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 13 where he...
  • Radical writer Alexander Cockburn dead at 71

    07/22/2012 1:05:36 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07-21-2012 | AP Staff Article
    Radical writer Alexander Cockburn, a longtime columnist for The Nation and editor of the political newsletter CounterPunch, died Friday in Germany at age 71. He had been receiving treatment for two years for cancer, his fellow editor at CounterPunch, Jeffrey St. Clair, wrote on the publication's website. Cockburn, who lived in recent years in Petrolia, Calif., was known for an acidic pen that spared few on either the left or right for policies that he felt were hypocritical or corrupt.
  • “Little Marcy” Tigner passes away

    06/19/2012 11:48:29 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies
    weirdomusic.com ^ | June 15, 2012 | no byline
    We just received the following sad news (including a mention of Weirdomusic.com) through Registerguard.com: Former Eugene resident and recording artist Marcellaise Tigner, who performed as Little Marcy, died May 17 in Redmond at age 90. Tigner’s childlike voice won her a recording contract with Cornerstone Records, who in 1964 released “Happy Day Express: Sing With Marcy.” Before that, she had put out two trombone records.Tigner’s involvement in the film “Teenage Diary” led to her friendship with ventriloquist and actress Vonda Van Dyke, who encouraged Tigner to study ventriloquism. She was more comfortable performing live in her childlike voice, and with...
  • Earl Rose, medical examiner during JFK assassination in Dallas, dies in Iowa at age 85

    05/01/2012 4:12:59 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/01/2012 | Associated Press
    n the turbulent hours following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, many were uncertain about what to do, but medical examiner Earl Rose knew one thing: The shooting happened in Dallas, and it was his job to do an autopsy on anyone slain in the city. Rose stood in a doorway at the hospital where Kennedy’s body was taken on Nov. 22, 1963, in a vain attempt to block Kennedy’s aides as they removed his coffin. The Secret Service and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy prevailed, and the president’s body was flown to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where an autopsy was done by...