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  • Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart dies (professional wrestler)

    08/13/2018 9:56:51 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    CANOE -- Slam! Sports - Wrestling ^ | August 13, 2018 | Greg Oliver
    Monday morning, news broke that former WWF tag team champion Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart has died. He was 63 years old. confirmed the news. "It is with a sad heart, that I share with you the passing of a long time friend and colleague, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Your thoughts and prayers for the family are appreciated!" posted Cauliflower Alley Club president Brian Blair -- who often competed in the Killer Bees tag team against Neidhart and Bret "Hitman" Hart as the Hart Foundation.
  • Paul Laxalt, Former Nevada Governor, Dies at 96

    08/07/2018 2:06:32 AM PDT · by iowamark · 25 replies
    US News ^ | 8/6/18 | REGINA GARCIA CANO
    Paul Laxalt, the son of Basque immigrants who rose to political power as a Nevada governor, U.S. senator and close ally to Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 96. Laxalt died Monday at a health care facility in Virginia, according to the public relations firm The Ferraro Group. The conservative Republican had a storied political career, including a brief run for president in 1987. But he described that bid as "the four most miserable months of my life," and in a 2000 interview with The Associated Press said he was happy to be out of politics. In the interview that...

    08/02/2018 6:25:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    tmz ^ | 6/28/2018
    The guy who sentenced the 'Seinfeld' squad to a year behind bars in the series finale -- and who helped turned Willem Dafoe into the Green Goblin -- has died. Actor Stanley Anderson passed away Sunday just six weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer, according to a family statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Anderson is perhaps best known at Judge Arthur Vandelay, who presided over Jerry Seinfeld and co.'s criminal trial in season 9's final episode, where the gang was thrown in jail for violating the "Good Samaritan Law" in a fake town in Massachusetts. He also played...
  • Ron Dellums, former U.S. Congressman and Oakland mayor, dies, nephew says

    07/30/2018 7:51:37 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 38 replies
    KTVU ^ | 7/30/18 | KTVU Staff
    Ron Dellums, who served as Oakland's 48th mayor and served 13 terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has died, his nephew said. Ben Bartlett, Dellums' nephew and a Berkeley city councilman, told KTVU on Monday that Dellums died of cancer in Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening. He was 82.
  • Nikolai Volkoff, who played a villainous Soviet wrestler, dies at 70

    07/29/2018 3:47:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29, 2018 | Eric Levenson
    Nikolai Volkoff, the burly wrestler whose brash Soviet persona and physical embodiment of Communism made him one of the most hated figures in professional wrestling, has died at the age of 70, World Wrestling Entertainment said. Volkoff was considered a heel, the wrestling term for a character who plays an enemy figure and riles up crowds. Amid the height of the Cold War in the 1980s, Volkoff antagonized American audiences by wearing all-red Soviet outfits, waving a Soviet flag and insisting that the crowds stand for the Russian national anthem and then loudly singing along.
  • Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Dies at 97

    07/27/2018 2:16:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 27, 2018 | William Yardley
    Bill Loud was not the first person to play the role of a father on television. What made him a pioneer was that he was not acting — and that he was often not acting responsibly. In 1973, when PBS broadcast “An American Family,” Mr. Loud, who died on Thursday in Los Angeles at 97, was the tan and philandering head of an affluent real-life household whose domestic dramas in Santa Barbara, Calif., were captured on camera for 300 hours and edited into 12 hourlong episodes now regarded as the genesis of reality television. “An American Family” shocked American families....
  • In memoriam: Willie Brown, football star and assistant football, baseball coach (USC)

    07/26/2018 5:16:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    USC ^ | July 26, 2018 | USC Athletics staff
    Willie Brown, a player and assistant coach on Trojan national championship football and baseball teams, died Thursday in Carson of cancer. He was 76. A three-year letterman (1961-63) and two-time All-Conference first teamer (1962-63) in football at USC, he was a member of USC’s 1962 national championship team and captained the 1963 squad. USC’s original I-formation tailback, Brown played the position during his first two seasons, including when head coach John McKay introduced the I-formation to the Trojan offense in 1961.
  • Obituary: Mary Ellis the air pioneer

    07/26/2018 11:21:28 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26 July 2018 | anon
    Mary Ellis blazed a trail for female aviators, as one of the first women to fly Spitfires, heavy bombers and jet aircraft. She was a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), which employed civilians to deliver planes from factories to airfields during the Second World War.... At one RAF base, the ground crew refused to believe she was the pilot of the Wellington bomber she had just landed. "They actually went inside the aeroplane and searched it," she recalled. "Everybody was flabbergasted that a little girl like me could fly these big aeroplanes all by oneself."... Mary Ellis died...
  • Patrick Williams, Emmy-Winning TV Composer, Dies at 79

    07/26/2018 10:45:36 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Variety ^ | July 25, 2018 | Jon Burlingame
    Patrick Williams, who was best-known for his Emmy-winning television music but who was also a renowned and Grammy-winning big-band jazz leader and arranger, died Wednesday morning of complications from cancer at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 79. Williams was among the most versatile composers of his generation, earning an Oscar nomination (for adapting opera in “Breaking Away,” 1979), four Emmys (for dramatic music including “Lou Grant,” 1980) and two Grammys (for arrangements including his classic jazz album “Threshold,” 1974) during more than 50 years of music-making in New York and Los Angeles. In the middle of...
  • Guy Molinari, Staten Island Republican congressman, borough president and power broker, has died

    07/25/2018 3:14:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    MSN/ NYDaily news ^ | July 25, 2018
    Guy Molinari, a former congressman, borough president and lasting influence over Staten Island and citywide Republican politics has died, according to the borough’s Republican party. Molinari, 89, was the dean of the Staten Island GOP — even as he often feuded with some of its elected officials. His name, which is emblazoned on the side of a ferryboat in the Staten Island Ferry fleet, loomed large in nearly every borough political matter. His support of Rudy Giuliani helped him become mayor and their close relationship paid dividends for Staten Island. While Giuliani was mayor and Molinari was borough president, Islanders...
  • Hatch to Google: I'm not dead, here's proof

    07/24/2018 6:55:47 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/24/18 | Judy Kurtz
    Sen. Orrin Hatch wants the world to know he’s very much alive after a Google search results snafu had declared the 84-year-old Utah Republican dearly departed. On Monday night, Hatch’s office pointed out the news of the senator’s “death” via the search engine. Pulling from a faulty Wikipedia entry, Google had declared that Hatch passed away last September. Matt Whitlock, Hatch's spokesman, tells ITK, “When Sen. Hatch first heard of his passing he was quite alarmed. Having advanced four major bills last night he was surprised to hear that he may have been dead the whole time.” Hatch’s office tweeted...
  • Airman who inspired ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ film has died

    07/19/2018 6:11:36 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 19 July 2019 | AP
    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film “Good Morning, Vietnam,” has died. He was 79. Mary Muse, the wife of his stepson Michael Muse, said Thursday that Cronauer died Wednesday from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia, and died at a local nursing home, she said. During his service as a U.S. Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, “Goooooood morning, Vietnam!”
  • Adrian Cronauer, depicted in 'Good Morning, Vietnam,' dies at 79

    07/19/2018 8:55:16 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 52 replies
    Roanoke Times ^ | July 20, 2018 | Henry Gendreau
    Adrian Cronauer, a disc jockey, actor and Pentagon adviser whose story as a radio host during the Vietnam War inspired the 1987 film “Good Morning, Vietnam,” helping make its star Robin Williams a household name, died Wednesday in Troutville. He was 79. His death was confirmed by Jeff Hunt, a longtime Roanoke radio announcer who hired Cronauer at Roanoke FM station WPVR. He said Cronauer had been in a nursing home. “Goooooooood morning Vietnam,” was the signature sign-on Cronauer used hosting “Dawn Buster” from 1965-6 in Saigon. Williams’ portrayal of the fictional Cronauer cemented the line in American culture, associating...
  • Masa Saito passes away after long battle with Parkinson's disease (pro wrestler Mr. Saito)

    07/16/2018 10:12:47 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Wrestling Observer Online / Figure Four ^ | July 16, 2017 | Dave Meltzer
    Masanori Saito, a former Olympian as an amateur wrestler and Hall of Famer as a pro, passed away on Saturday after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Saito was 76. Saito had the most successful long-term career of any Japanese native on the American scene, being a championship-level wrestler in multiple territories from 1968 to 1990. While Giant Baba in the 60s, Great Muta, and now Shinsuke Nakamura were as big or bigger stars, Saito spent the majority of his career in the United States as opposed to a brief version, and was always a headliner as a former Olympian...
  • Nancy Sinatra Sr., Frank Sinatra’s First Wife, Dies at 101

    07/15/2018 8:56:40 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    Variety ^ | July 14, 2018 | Erin Nyren
    Nancy Sinatra Sr., the former wife of Frank Sinatra and mother of his three children, has died. She was 101. According to a tweet posted by Sinatra’s daughter Nancy, she died Friday. “My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything,” Nancy wrote. The cause and location of death was not released. Sinatra, then Nancy Barbato, met Frank Sinatra in summer of 1934 in Long Branch, N.J. and they were married roughly five years later, on Feb. 4, 1939 at Our Lady of...
  • Roger Perry, Actor on 'Star Trek,' 'The Munsters' and 'The Facts of Life,' Dies at 85

    07/13/2018 3:27:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 63 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 13, 2018 | Mike Barnes
    Discovered by Lucille Ball, he also appeared in 'The Thing With Two Heads' and was married to actresses Jo Anne Worley and Joyce Bulifant. Roger Perry, the veteran character actor who guest-starred on a memorable episode of the original Star Trek and portrayed Eastland headmaster Charles Parker on The Facts of Life, has died. He was 85. Perry died Thursday night at his home in Indian Wells, California, after a battle with prostate cancer, his daughter, Dana Perry McNerney, told The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Ex-coach: Former NBA player Tyler Honeycutt dies in suicide

    07/07/2018 3:40:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    A former coach and family friend says onetime Sacramento Kings and UCLA basketball player Tyler Honeycutt was found dead after a standoff with Los Angeles police.
  • Steve Ditko, Spider-Man Co-Creator and Legendary Comics Artist, Dies at 90

    07/06/2018 4:45:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    Hollywood reporter ^ | July 6, 2018
    Artist Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died at age 90. The New York Police Department confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was announced. Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and it is believed he died about two days earlier. In 1961, Ditko and Lee created Spider-Man. Lee, the editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, gave Ditko the assignment after he wasn't satisfied with Jack Kirby's take on the idea of a teen superhero with spider powers. The look of Spider-Man — the costume, the web shooters,...
  • Ed Schultz, former Fargo radio personality, has died

    07/05/2018 9:58:43 AM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 71 replies
    ABC local ^ | 7/5/2018 | Kevin Wallevand
    DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Longtime broadcaster Ed Schultz has died. He was 64. Sources tell WDAY-TV in Fargo that Schultz died of natural causes. Schultz started his broadcast career in TV and radio in Fargo in the early 1980s, including time as sports director at WDAY....
  • Golden Retriever who would almost 'spill the beans' as Duke in Bush's Baked Beans commercials...

    07/03/2018 6:36:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | July 3, 2018 | Matthew Wright For
    FULL TITLE: Golden Retriever who would almost 'spill the beans' as Duke in Bush's Baked Beans commercials is euthanized due to 'aggressive cancer' A dog that scored legions of fans as Duke in the Bush's Baked Beans franchise, has been euthanized after suffering from 'aggressive cancer.' Neighbor David Odom shared on Facebook that the dog - real name Sam - lived with his owner, Susan, in their home at Apopka, Florida. 'She trains animals to work in commercials,' David said on June 28.