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  • Bernie Casey: NFL star and actor dies at 78

    09/21/2017 12:54:43 PM PDT · by fieldmarshaldj · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/21/2017 | N/A
    Bernie Casey: NFL star and actor dies at 78 Bernie Casey, the ex-American Football player who became the first black actor to play James Bond's CIA ally Felix Leiter, has died in Los Angeles at 78. The actor, who played Leiter opposite Sir Sean Connery in 1983's Never Say Never Again, had other roles in Boxcar Bertha and Revenge of the Nerds. .... Born in 1939 in West Virginia, Casey spent six seasons as a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers. But he gave up the sport at 30 to focus on acting, making his film debut in 1969's...
  • Jake LaMotta dead: 'Raging Bull' boxing legend dies aged 95

    09/20/2017 7:48:21 AM PDT · by Borges · 31 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/20/2017 | Josh Robbins
    Jake LaMotta – the legendary boxer depicted by Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull – has died, aged 95. A Facebook account, belonging to his daughter Christi, posted a tribute to him yesterday evening (19 September). It read: "Jake LaMotta July 10, 1922 - September 19, 2017 – Rest in Peace Pop." Well-wishers have queued up to give their condolences to Christi and sing the praises of one of boxing's all-time greats. Patti Fazzino wrote: "Dear Christi, I am so sorry to lose your Dad. He is in my heart. Look at it like this, all the North Miami Beach Italian...
  • Wrestling legend Bobby Heenan passes away

    09/17/2017 6:26:14 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | September 17, 2017 | Blaine Van Der Griend
    A dark cloud hovers over the professional wrestling world today, as one of the most beloved characters in history has checked out way too soon. But the memories of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan still live on, proving that even the darkest clouds have silver linings. Commentator Jim Ross broke the news on his Twitter account today. "Nobody ever did it better than the Weasel," wrote Ross.
  • Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

    09/15/2017 4:28:22 PM PDT · by Flick Lives · 87 replies
    Variety ^ | 09/15/2017 | Carmel Dagan
    Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91. The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Repo Man.” He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime. His most recent...
  • Otto Wanz passes away at 74 years old (Austrian professional wrestler)

    09/14/2017 1:22:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Wrestling Observer / Figure Four Online ^ | September 14, 2017 | Dave Meltzer
    Otto Wanz, the most famous wrestler in Germany and Austria during the 70s and 80s, passed away Thursday morning from what was described as a short but heavy illness. He was 74. Wanz, a powerhouse at 6-foot-2 and 380 pounds, would be best known in the United States for his run as AWA Champion in 1982. Wanz had been champion of his own Catch Wrestling Association, but was largely unknown outside of Germany and Austria. He defeated Nick Bockwinkel for the title on August 29th, 1982, in St. Paul in a match that caused lingering hard feelings between Bockwinkel and...
  • Kate Millett, Influential Feminist Writer, Is Dead at 82

    09/06/2017 7:54:35 PM PDT · by Borges · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/6/2017 | EIL GENZLINGER
    Kate Millett, whose 1970 book, “Sexual Politics,” made her, as one writer put it, “the principal theoretician of the women’s liberation movement,” and who went on to be a leading voice on human rights, mental health issues and more, died on Wednesday in Paris. She was 82. Her spouse, Sophie Keir, said the cause was cardiac arrest. Living in New York City, they had been going to Paris every year to celebrate their birthdays, she said. Ms. Millett was in her mid-30s and a generally unknown sculptor when her doctoral dissertation at Columbia University, “Sexual Politics,” was published by Doubleday...
  • Jerry Pournelle has passed away.

    09/09/2017 11:49:25 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 13 replies
    ALEX POURNELLE TEXTS: Hi I’m afraid that Jerry passed away We had a great time at DragonCon He did not suffer. Please feel free to post this news. Rest in peace, Jerry. You will be missed.
  • Joe DeNucci, boxer and long-serving politician, dies at 78

    09/09/2017 7:56:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    AP via Boston.com ^ | September 8, 2017
    Joe DeNucci, a former world class middleweight boxing contender who became a politician and the longest-serving state auditor in Massachusetts history, has died at age 78. DeNucci, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, died Friday at his home in Newton, where his death was confirmed by the Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home. In his boxing days he fought quality opponents including Emile Griffith, a world champion in multiple weight classes, before turning to the equally rough-and-tumble world of state politics. As a Democrat, he served as a state representative and later held the office of state auditor for...
  • Jerry Pournelle has passed away

    09/08/2017 5:01:44 PM PDT · by buwaya · 75 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 9/8/2017 | Buwaya
    Being reported in several places, Jerry Pournelle has passed away. Noted Science Fiction author, strategic analyst, early popularizer of personal computers, one of the original bloggers. In his own way he was one of the more influential Americans of the 20th century. As per Instapundit in a comment to his own post, "I just talked to Alex. Basically, Jerry just laid down for a nap and passed in his sleep this afternoon. It was nice that he, Alex, and Larry Niven got to hang out and have such a good time at DragonCon. It's as easy a death as one...
  • Don Williams, Laid-Back Country Legend, Is Dead At 78

    09/08/2017 4:05:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    NPR ^ | September 8, 2017
    Don Williams, who began a long career in country music as a Nashville songwriter in the early 1970s and who entered the Country Hall of Fame in 2010, died today following a short illness at his home in Alabama, a publicist confirmed to NPR. He was 78. Williams topped country charts with regularity through the '70s, in songs characterized by an easygoing, Sunday-afternoon air and delivered with a smooth voice that walked the seam of a porch-front baritone and stage-ready tenor. The sentiment that drove much of Williams' country was a rakish positivity, best remembered in his biggest song, 1981's...
  • Gene ‘Stick’ Michael, architect of Yankees dynasty, dead at 79

    09/07/2017 8:20:02 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 17 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | 09/07/2017 | Post Sports Desk
    Gene “Stick” Michael, a beloved Yankees figure who helped build the late-90s dynasty, has died from a heart attack. He was 79. Michael was the Yankees manager in 1981-82 and the GM from 1991-95, when he drafted Derek Jeter and guided the organization during George Steinbrenner’s suspension. Michael was the true architect of the teams that would win four World Series in five years from 1996-2000. Beyond Jeter, he drafted or signed the entire Core Four: Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada. After his run as GM, Michael stuck with the organization, serving as the vice-president of major league...
  • Sugar Ramos passes away aged 75 in Mexico City (former featherweight boxing champion)

    09/04/2017 8:26:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Boxing News ^ | September 4, 2017 | Matt Christie
    Former world featherweight champion Sugar Ramos, real name Ultiminio Ramos, has died at the age of 75 after a long fight from cancer. One of the first victims of the professional boxing ban in Cuba, Ramos moved to Mexico – where he later became an idol – to escape the communist regime of Fidel Castro in 1961. Two years later he challenged Davey Moore for the WBA and WBC featherweight titles, and it is the tragic outcome of that bout that became Ramos’ unwanted claim to fame.
  • Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic Who Skewered Modern Life, Dies at 92

    09/01/2017 1:50:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 1, 2017 | Peter Keepnews
    Shelley Berman, whose brittle persona and anxiety-ridden observations helped redefine stand-up comedy in the late 1950s and early ’60s, died early Friday morning at his home in Bell Canyon, Calif. He was 92. His publicist, Glenn Schwartz, said the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Berman, one of the first comedians to have as much success on records as in person or on television, was in the vanguard of a movement that transformed the comedy monologue from a rapid-fire string of gags to something more subtle, more thoughtful and more personal. The comedians of the preceding generation, Gerald Nachman...
  • ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ actor Richard Anderson dies at 91

    08/31/2017 4:42:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 67 replies
    Page Six ^ | August 31, 2017
    Richard Anderson, the Emmy-nominated actor who played Oscar Goldman in both hit 1970s series “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman,” died August 31. He was 91. Anderson’s credits spanned more than 180 film and TV roles over six decades after starting his Hollywood career as a messenger at MGM. But he will be best remembered for playing Goldman, the handler of the bionic duo played by Lee Majors and Lyndsay Wagner. Combined, the series ran for 150 episodes and several TV movies — two of which Anderson produced.
  • Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ and ‘Poltergeist’ Director, Dies at 74

    08/27/2017 3:03:29 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Variety ^ | August 26, 2017
    Tobe Hooper, the horror director best known for helming “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Poltergeist,” died Saturday in Sherman Oaks, Calif., according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. He was 74. The circumstances of his death were not known. The 1974 “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” became one of the most influential horror films of all time for its realistic approach and deranged vision. Shot for less than $300,000, it tells the story of a group of unfortunate friends who encounter a group of cannibals on their way to visit an old homestead. Though it was banned in several countries...
  • Science fiction author Brian Aldiss dies aged 92

    08/21/2017 12:13:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 21, 2017
    Brian Aldiss, the “grand old man” of science fiction whose writing has shaped the genre since he was first published in the 1950s, has died at the age of 92. Aldiss’s agent, Curtis Brown, and his son, Tim Aldiss, have announced that the author, artist, poet and memoirist died at home in Oxford in the early hours of 19 August. “Brian had celebrated his birthday with close friends and family and spoken to many close to him,” wrote Tim on Twitter as he announced the death of “our beloved father and grandfather”. Aldiss was the author of science fiction classics...
  • Jerry Lewis Dead at 91

    08/20/2017 10:54:39 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 141 replies
    Can't beat Wikipedia.
  • Dick Gregory Has Passed

    08/19/2017 7:29:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 169 replies
    instagram ^ | August 19, 2017 | Dick Gregory instagram
    therealdickgregory It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days - Christian Gregory
  • Tom Hawkins, who played for Lakers, worked for Dodgers, passes at 80

    08/16/2017 6:53:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 16, 2017 | Staff and news service reports
    Tom Hawkins, who played six seasons for the Lakers, worked as a broadcaster in L.A. and later served as a Dodgers executive, passed away at his home in Malibu on Wednesday. He was 80. A 6-foot-5 forward, Hawkins starred at Chicago’s Parker (now Robeson) High School before playing at Notre Dame, where he became the first African-American student-athlete to earn All-America honors for the Fighting Irish. Hawkins was the first Irish player to average in double figures for scoring and rebounding during each of his three seasons (freshmen were ineligible during his collegiate career). His 1,318 career rebounds remains the...
  • Frank Broyles, Arkansas icon, dies at 92

    08/14/2017 6:05:06 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 24 replies
    WholeHogSports ^ | August 14, 2017 | Matt Jones
    FAYETTEVILLE — Frank Broyles, who coached Arkansas to its only football national championship and later served as the Razorbacks’ athletics director for years, has died. He was 92. Broyles died Monday at a family home in Fayetteville. He had suffered from Alzheimer's, the neurological disease about which he spent countless hours raising awareness and from which his first wife, Barbara, died in 2004. Broyles devoted most of his adult life to the Razorbacks. After coaching one season as head coach at Missouri, he was hired by then-athletics director John Barnhill to lead Arkansas in December 1957 and spent the next...