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Michael Jackson Portrait Unveiled

Michael Jackson Last Video
This portrait – Michael Jackson’s Blue Eye – was taken by Arno Bani in 1999.
It was unveiled to mark today’s one-year anniversary of the singer’s death.

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Blackface Skit Jackson Jive

Harry Connick Jr. Gets Offended after an Australian TV Show Airs A Blackface Skit Calling It The Jackson Jive. Connick said America spent so much time to not make black people look like buffoons. Connick said if he knew if that the act was part of the show he definitely would have not done it. Connick said he is speaking as an American not as a white American. This is the second post where a person blackfaced a skit, Turkish Announcer Does Obama Story In Blackface.

I know, I know! Obama is not referred here, but ask yourself, have you seen any blackface acts the past 5-10-20 years. Two skits in six months. I bring Obama to the arena because the Turkish reporter was directed toward Obama. These idiots were acting like the Jackson 5, maybe because America has a Black President they decided to redo their old act. Question, Are people using Blackface to make a statement toward OBAMA? How long before we see a Blackfaced Family (man, woman, two girls around 11 and 13) on YouTube, BLACKFACED?

Celebrities That Have Died Since Obama Has Taken Office

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James Brady (writer) — Dead. Died January 22, 2009. Born circa 1928. Celebrity columnist who started The Post’s “Page Six,” wrote Parade’s “In Step With” for over 25 years and wrote about Korea and World War II.

John Updike (writer) — Dead. Lung cancer. Died January 27, 2009. Born March 18, 1932. Author of the Rabbit books and The Witches of Eastwick, won two Pulitzer Prizes.


James Whitmore (actor) — Dead. Lung cancer. Died February 6, 2009. Born October 1, 1921. Bit parts in many movies, pitched Miracle Grow, married to Audra Lindley during the ’70s, starred as Harry Truman in Give ’em Hell, Harry.

Blossom Dearie (singer/pianist) — Dead. Died February 7, 2009. Born April 19, 1926. Longtime jazz performer (“Peel Me a Grape”) who performed serveral songs for Schoolhouse Rock.

Robert Anderson (playwright) — Dead. Pneumonia/Alzheimer’s. Died February 9, 2009. Born April 28, 1917. Wrote Tea and Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father, former husband of Teresa Wright. Make memorial contributions to: Dramatists Guild Fund or Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Estelle Bennett (singer) — Dead. Colon cancer. Died February 11, 2009. Born July 22, 1941. One of The Ronettes (“Be My Baby”), inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Louie Bellson (drummer) — Dead. Parkinson’s Disease. Died February 14, 2009. Born July 6, 1924. Drummer for the great bands (Duke Ellington), Bellson married Pearl Bailey and served as her music director, frequent guest on The Tonight Show, vice president of Remo Drums.

John McGlinn (conductor/music historian) — Dead. Heart attack. Died February 14, 2009. Born September 18, 1953. Restored music removed from old musicals, like Showboat (“Mis’ry”) and Annie Get Your Gun.

Dr. Eugenia Calle (epidemiologist) — Dead. Murder. Died February 17, 2009. Born circa 1952. A former vice president of the American Cancer Society, her research work linked estrogen plus progestin and obesity to increased cancer risks.

Howard Zieff (director) — Dead. Parkinson’s disease. Died February 22, 2009. Born October 21, 1927. Director of Private Benjamin and classic commercials like the “Spicy meatball” ad for Alka-Seltzer.

Philip Jose Farmer (writer) — Dead. Died February 25, 2009. Born January 26, 1918. Award-winning SF writer, probably best-known for the Riverworld series, he also wrote one book as Kilgore Trout.

Wendy Richard (actress) — Dead. Cancer. Died February 25, 2009. Born July 20, 1943. Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served?, Pauline in Eastenders, announced she had terminal bone cancer in October 2008.

Paul Harvey (radio broadcaster) — Dead. Died February 28, 2009. Born September 4, 1918. “And now you know the rest of the story…”


Horton Foote (writer) — Dead. Died March 4, 2009. Born March 14, 1916. Adapted To Kill a Mockingbird for the screen, wrote Tender Mercies.

Jimmy Boyd (singer/actor) — Dead. Cancer. Died March 7, 2009. Born January 9, 1939. Singer for the original release of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, bit parts including Howard in Bachelor Father and Inherit the Wind, first husband of Yvonne Craig.

Lenore Annenberg (Philanthropist) — Dead. Died March 12, 2009. Born February 20, 1918. US Chief of Protocol under Reagan, trustee of the Annenberg Foundation.

Betsy Blair (actress) — Dead. Cancer. Died March 13, 2009. Born December 11, 1923. Oscar-nominated as Clara in Marty (partially blacklisted during the ’50s due to her politics), married to actor Gene Kelly and later to director Karel Reisz.

Ron Silver (actor) — Dead. Esophageal cancer. Died March 15, 2009. Born July 2, 1946. Versatile actor, was on The West Wing, Veronica’s Closet and played Alan Dershowitz in Reversal of Fortune, won a Tony Award for Speed-the-Plow, became a Republican activist after 9/11.

Natasha Richardson (actress) — Dead. [rumors] Following a head injury suffered during a skiing accident. Died March 18, 2009. Born May 11, 1963. Tony-winning actress (for the 1998 revival of Caberet), starred in The Handmaid’s Tale, appeared with her mother Vanessa Redgrave in Evening, was married to Liam Neeson for nearly 15 years. Make memorial contributions to: amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research.

“England” Dan Seals (singer) — Dead. Lymphoma. Died March 25, 2009. Born February 8, 1948. Part of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, best-known for “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight”.

Irving R. Levine (newscaster) — Dead. Died March 26, 2009. Born August 26, 1922. NBC newscaster for 45 years.

Maurice Jarre (composer) — Dead. Died March 29, 2009. Born September 13, 1924. Won Oscars for the scores for A Passage to India, Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, also scored Ghost and Witness.

Andy Hallett (actor) — Dead. Heart failure. Died March 29, 2009. Born August 4, 1975. The green, singing demon Lorne on Angel.


Jody McRea (actor) — Dead. Cardiac arrest. Died April 4, 2009. Born September 6, 1934. Bit parts in many ’50s and ’60s movies, noteably Bonehead in several of the “Frankie and Annette” beach flicks.

Dave Arneson (game creator/teacher) — Dead. Cancer. Died April 7, 2009. Born October 1, 1947. Co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons with Gary Gygax.

Jack Wrangler (Theater producer/porn actor) — Dead. Emphysema. Died April 7, 2009. Born July 11, 1946. Gay icon for starring in movies like The Devil in Miss Jones: Part II, he went on to produce cabaret shows for his wife, Margaret Whiting.

Marilyn Chambers (model/adult star) — Dead. Died April 12, 2009. Born April 22, 1952. Appeared on the Ivory Snow detergent box in the early ’70s before starring in the porn classic Behind the Green Door, was married to Linda Lovelace’s ex-husband for a while.

Mark Fidrych (pitcher/farmer) — Dead. Truck accident. Died April 13, 2009. Born August 14, 1954. Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. (Yeah, I know, I don’t tend to add athletes, but Mark and I used to hang out at the same donut place in Northboro in the late ’80s and early ’90s.)

J. G. Ballard (author) — Dead. Prostate cancer. Died April 19, 2009. Born November 15, 1930. Empire of the Sun (novel/movie based on his life in a Japanese internment camp) and A User’s Guide to the Millennium among many others.

Bea Arthur (actress) — Dead. Cancer. Died April 25, 2009. Born May 13, 1923. Maude, The Golden Girls.


Danny Gans (comic/impersonator) — Dead. Heart disease/prescription drug overdose. Died May 1, 2009. Born October 25, 1956. One of the mainstays of Vegas, he had a bit part in Bull Durham. Make memorial contributions to: Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Marilyn French (writer) — Dead. Died May 2, 2009. Born November 21, 1929. The Women’s Room

Dom DeLuise (comic actor/cook) — Dead. Died May 4, 2009. Born August 1, 1933. Blazing Saddles.


David Eddings (writer) — Dead. Died June 2, 2009. Born July 7, 1931. Co-wrote large fantasy series including the Belgariad and the Malloreon.

David Carradine (actor) — Dead. Reported asphyxiation. Died June 3, 2009. Born December 8, 1936. Kill Bill, Kung Fu, many other TV Westerns, and a surprising number of movie bit parts in the years before he died.

John Houghtaling (inventor) — Dead. Complications of a fall. Died June 17, 2009. Born November 14, 1916. Invented “The Magic Fingers,” a coin-operated vibrating bed later installed in motels across America during the ’50s and ’60s.

Lorena Gale (actress/playwright) — Dead. Stomach cancer. Died June 21, 2009. Born May 9, 1958. Many TV bit parts (especially on Canadian TV), probably best-known as Elosha on Battlestar Galactica. Make memorial contributions to: Vancouver General Hospital Palliative Care Center

Jerri Nielsen Fitzgerald (doctor/speaker) — Dead. Cancer. Died June 23, 2009. Born March 1, 1952. Doctor who performed a breast biopsy on herself while stationed in Antarctica in 1999, later wrote Ice Bound: A Doctor’s Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole.

Ed McMahon (announcer) — Dead. Pneumonia/cancer. Died June 23, 2009. Born March 6, 1923. The Tonight Show announcer during the Carson years, famous for greeting him with “Heeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnnny!”, later, a spokesperson for American Family Publishing.

Sky “Sunlight” Saxon (musician) – Dead. Died June 25, 2009. Born August 20, 1937. Was an American rock and roll musician who was best known as the leader and singer of the 1960s Los Angelespsychedelic garage rock band The Seeds.

Farrah Fawcett (actress/model) — Dead. Cancer. Died June 25, 2009. Born February 2, 1947. Charlie’s Angels, subject of a huge poster craze in the ’70s, many made-for-TV movies, longtime companion of Ryan O’Neal, ex-wife of Lee Majors.

Michael Jackson (singer/songwriter) — Dead. Cardiac arrest. Died June 25, 2009. Born August 29, 1958. Wildly eccentric performer, youngest member of the Jackson 5, major pop icon of the ’80s (“Thriller”, “Billie Jean”), married briefly to Lisa Marie Presley, acquitted child molester.

Gale Storm (actress) — Dead. Died June 27, 2009. Born April 5, 1922. My Little Margie, The Gale Storm Show; her autobiography was called I Ain’t Down Yet.

Billy Mays (pitchman) — Dead. Heart disease. Died June 28, 2009. Born July 20, 1958. The spokesguy for OrangeGlo, Oxiclean and dozens of other products, starred in cable’s Pitchmen.

Fred Travalena (impersonator/comic/cartoon voice) — Dead. Cancer. Died June 28, 2009. Born October 6, 1942. Frequent late-night guest, probably best-known for mimicking Frank Sinatra.

Harve Presnell (actor/singer) — Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died June 30, 2009. Born September 14, 1933. The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Jan Rubes (actor) — Dead. Died June 30, 2009. Born June 6, 1920. The grandfather in


Karl Malden (actor) — Dead. Died July 1, 2009. Born March 22, 1912. On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Streets of San Francisco and many commercials for American Express.

Mollie Sugden (actress) — Dead. [rumors] Died July 1, 2009. Born July 21, 1922. Popular for her “feline” comments as Mrs. Slocombe in Are You Being Served?.

Allen Klein (music agent/movie producer) — Dead. Alzheimer’s. Died July 4, 2009. Born December 18, 1931. Early manager of Bobby Darrin, Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones and the last manager of The Beatles.

Steve LaTreal McNair (Football Quarterback) — Dead. Homicide. Died July 4, 2009. Born February 14, 1973 . Best known for his years with the Tennessee Titans. Led the Titans to the playoffs four times, and the Ravens once, and played in Super Bowl XXXIV with the Titans.

Robert McNamara (secretary of defense) — Dead. Died July 6, 2009. Born June 9, 1916. Secretary of Defense during the Viet Nam war, subject of A Fog of War.

Beverly Roberts  — Dead. Died July 13, 2009. Born May 19, 1913. was an American film and stage actress of the 1930s, and entertainment business executive through the 1970s.

Gordon Trueman Riviere Waller — Dead. Died July 17, 2009. Born June 4, 1945. Was a singer/songwriter/guitarist, best known as “Gordon” of 1960s duo Peter and Gordon, whose biggest hit was “A World Without Love”.

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. — Dead. Died July 17, 2009. Born November 4, 1916. Was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1970s and 1980s, he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as “the most trusted man in America” because of his professional experience and kindly demeanor.

Alexis ‘Glitter Girl’ Cohen (Former American Idol contestant) — Dead. Struck By A Car. Died July 25, 2009. Born 1984 . Best known for her colorful behavior and rude gestures directed at the judges in early episodes of Idol.

Vernon Forrest (Professional Boxer ) — Dead. Shot. Died July 25, 2009. Born February 12, 1971. Known as “The Viper”, Became a world champion in the welterweight and light middleweight divisions and was noted for his two fights with Shane Mosley.

Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham (choreographer ) — Dead. Natural Causes. Died July 26, 2009. Born April 16, 1919. Cunningham had a profound influence on modern dance also considered one of the greatest American dancers.

Reverend Ike (Pastor) formally Reverend Dr. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II — Dead. Stroke. Died July 28, 2009. Born June 1, 1935.  Founder and pastor of the Christ United Church, was an American minister and electronic evangelist based in New York City.


Maria Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino (11th president of the Philippines) Dead. colon cancer. Died on August 1, 2009.  Born January 25, 1933.  Was a President of the Philippines and a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, women’s empowerment, and religious piety. She was the first female president of the Philippines and was Asia’s first female president.

Naomi Ruth Sims  (model) — Dead.  Cancer. Died August 1, 2009. Born March 30, 1948. Was an African American model, businesswoman and author. She became one of the first successful black models.

Howard J. Smit  (American film make-up artist) – Dead. Died  August 1, 2009. Born April 19, 1911. Work on films including The Birds and The Wizard of Oz. Smit spearheaded the movement to establish the Academy Award for Best Makeup to recognize the profession within the film industry and pushed studios to credit film make-up artists in a movie’s screen credits.

Michael A. Wiener (Business Executive) Dead.  Cancer. Died August 2, 2009.  Born 1938. Was one of the two founders of the Infinity Broadcasting Corporation in 1972, ran the company as president and chairman, and became a philanthropist after selling the business and its 44 radio stations to Westinghouse Corporation in 1996 for $3.7 billion.

Billy Lee Riley (Musican) Dead. Cancer. Died August 2, 2009. Born October 5, 1933 Was an American rockabilly musician, singer, record producer and songwriter.

Blake Snyder (Screenwriter) Dead. cardiac arrest. Died August 4, 2009. Born October 3, 1957. Was an American screenwriter based in Los Angeles, who became one of the most popular writing mentors in the film industry.

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. (Film Director) Dead.  Heart Attack. Died August 6, 2009. Born February 18, 1950. Was an American film director, producer and writer. He made some of the most successful films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon’s Vacation; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Weird Science; The Breakfast Club; Some Kind of Wonderful; Sixteen Candles; Pretty in Pink; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Uncle Buck; Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Willy DeVille (Songwriter) Dead. Pancreatic Cancer. Died August 6, 2009. Born August 27, 1950. Was an American singer and songwriter. First with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1985) and later on his own.

James Howard “Jimmy” Bedford (Disteller) Dead.  Heart Attack. Died August 7, 2009. Born January 30, 1940. Was responsible for overseeing the production of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey and ensuring the consistent flavor of the product in his 20 years serving as the distillery’s sixth master distiller.

Calvin Coolidge Ermer (Coach) Dead. Died August 8, 2009. Born November 10, 1923. Was an American second baseman, manager, coach and scout in Major League Baseball.

John Quade (Actor) Dead. Natural Causes. Died  August 9 , 2009. Born April 1, 1938. Was an American character actor who starred in film and in television. He was best known for his role as Cholla, the leader of the motorcycle gang “The Black Widows” in the 1978 hit film Every Which Way But Loose and the 1980 sequel Any Which Way You Can with Clint Eastwood.

Merlyn Louise Mantle. (Author) Dead. Alzheimer’s disease. Died August 10, 2009. Born January 28, 1932.  Married to Mickey Mantle

Andy Kessler (Skateborder) Dead. Heart Attack. Died August 10, 2009. Born June 11, 1961. Was a New York City skateboarder, a prominent member of The Soul Artists of Zoo York.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver (American activist) Dead. Died August 11, 2009. Born July 10, 1921. Was a member of the Kennedy family and founded the Special Olympics in the 1960s as a national organization.

Karl Von Hess (Professional Wrestler) Dead. Alzheimer’s disease. Died August 12, 2009. Born 1919. Was an American professional wrestler.

Gladys Gillem Wall (Professional Wrestler) Dead. Alzheimer’s disease. Died August 12, 2009. Born January 6, 1921. Also known as Gladys “Killem” Gillem or Gladys “Kill ‘Em” Gillem.

Ruth Ford (American model) Dead. Died August 12, 2009. Born July 7, 1911.Was an American model and stage and film actress. Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford.

Rashied Ali (Drummer) Born Robert Patterson. Heart Attaack. Died August 12, 2009. Born July 1, 1935. Was an American free jazz and avant-garde jazz drummer best known for playing with John Coltrane in the last years of Coltrane’s life.

Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul (Musician/Inventor) Dead. Pneumonia. Died August 13, 2009. Born June 9, 1915. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar, which “made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with inventing or discovering many recording innovations including overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.

Lawrence Lucie (Jazz Guitarist) Dead. Died August 14, 2009. Born December 18, 1907. was an American jazz guitarist. He was also the best man at Armstrong’s wedding. He recorded with all of them except Ellington. He can also be found on record with Teddy Wilson and Billie Holiday, Spike Hughes, Putney Dandridge, Big Joe Turner, Red Allen, and Jelly Roll Morton.

Sammy Petrillo (Comedian) Dead. Cancer. Died August 15, 2009. Born October 24, 1934. Was an American nightclub and movie comedian best known as a Jerry Lewis lookalike.

James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (American Musician) Dead. Died August 15, 2009. Born November 15, 1941. Was an American record producer, pianist, and singer who fronted, among others, the Memphis based band, Snake Eyes.

Virginia Davis (Actress) Dead. Died August 15, 2009. Born December 31, 1918. Was an American movie child actor.  Worked for Walt Disney’s Kansas City company, Laugh-O-Gram Studio, in the summer of 1924. She was hired to act in a film called Alice’s Wonderland, which combined live action with animation.

Burl Toler, Sr. (Football Official) Dead. Died August 16, 2009. Born May 9, 1928. Was a American football official in the National Football League for 24 seasons from 1965 to 1989. He served as a field judge and head linesman throughout his career and is most notable for being the first African-American official in the NFL. He also officiated in one Super Bowl, Super Bowl XIV in 1980, and wore the uniform number 37.

Edwin W. Reimers (Actor) Dead. Died August 16, 2009. Born October 26, 1912. Known as Ed Reimers, was an American actor in the 1950s and 1960s, who also served as the stentorian-voiced announcer for such early Warner Brothers television series as Cheyenne and Maverick. He appeared as Admiral Fitzpatrick in 1967 in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “The Trouble with Tribbles”.

Warren Eastman Hearnes (Politician) Dead. Died August 16, 2009. Born July 24, 1923. An American politician who was Governor of Missouri from 1965 to 1973. He was the first Missouri Governor eligible to serve two consecutive four year terms. He was a lifelong Democrat.

Robert David Sanders “Bob” Novak (Journalist) Dead. Died August 18, 2009. Born February 26, 1931. Was a syndicated columnist, journalist and conservative political commentator and for 45 years the author of what was during his lifetime the longest-running current syndicated column in U.S. political history.

Kim Dae-jung (Nobel Peace Prize recipient) Dead.  Heart failure. Died August 18, 2009. Born 3 December 1925. Was President of South Korea from 1998 to 2003, and the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Park M. Strader (American politician) Dead. Cancer. Died August 19, 2009. Born February 15, 1945. A Tennessee politician and a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 14th district, which comprises part of Knox County.

Anthony Petro Mayalla (Archbishop) Dead. Died August 19, 2009. Born April 23, 1940. Was a Tanzanian Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mwanza from his installation of February 28, 1988, until his death in 2009. Mayalla was also the founder of the Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) and the Weil Bugando Medical Centre (WBMC).

Donald Shepard Hewitt (Television Producer) Dead. Pancreatic Cancer. Died August 19, 2009. Born December 14, 1922. Was an American television news producer and executive, best known for creating 60 Minutes, the CBS television news magazine in 1968, which at the time of his death, was the longest-running prime-time broadcast on American television.

Donald Metcalf Grant (Publisher) Dead. Died.August 19, 2009. Born April 3, 1927.  Was an American publisher. He co-founded Grant-Hadley Enterprises in 1945, The Buffalo Book Company in 1946 and Centaur Press in 1970. He also founded Grandon, Publishers in 1949 and Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in 1964.

Karla Kuskin (Children’s Author and Illustrator).Dead. Corticobasal Degeneration. Died August 20, 2009. Born July 17, 1932.

Larry Knechtel (American keyboardist) Born Lawrence William Knechtel. Dead. Died August 20, 2009. Born August 4, 1940. Was a keyboard player and bassist, best known for his work as a session musician with Simon & Garfunkel, Duane Eddy, The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds, Smile), The Mamas & the Papas, The Doors, Elvis Presley (68′ Comeback Special),and as a member of the 1970s band, Bread.

Johnny Carter (Singer) Dead. Lung Cancer. Died August 21, 2009. Born  June 2, 1934. Was an American doo-wop and R&B singer. He was a founding member of The Flamingos and a member of The Dells.

Elmer Stephen Kelton (Novelist) Dead. Natural causes.  Died August 22, 2009. Born April 29, 1926. Was an American author, known particularly for his Western novels.

Vicki Cruse (Aerobatic pilot) Dead. Air show accident. Died August 22, 2009. Born 1969.  Was an American aerobatic pilot and administrator. She won the US national unlimited aerobatic title in 2007. She had been president of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) since 2005.

William Joseph Williams, Sr. (former Cincinnati Reds owner).  Dead. Died August 23, 2009. Born 1916. Was the co-owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team of the National League from 1980 through 1984 with his brother James Williams.

James Eugene Urbanek (American Football). Dead. Died  August 24, 2009.  Born April 8, 1945. Was a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football at the University of Mississippi and played professionally in the American Football League for the Miami Dolphins in 1968.

Thomas James “T. J.” Turner (American Football). Dead. Stroke. Died August 24, 2009. Born May 16, 1963. Was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins. He played college football for the University of Houston.

Joseph Gabriel Esther “Joe” Maneri (jazz composer) Dead.complications of heart surgery. Died August 24, 2009.  Born February 9, 1927. Was an American jazz composer, saxophone and clarinet player. Violinist Mat Maneri is his son.

“Rocket” Ray(mond) LeRoy Ramsey (American Football). Dead. Complications from a fall. Died August 25, 2009. Born was 192. A professional American football player who played defensive back for the Chicago Cardinals (1950-1953). He remains the Cardinals all-time record holder for interception return yardage in a single season with 237 which he set in the 1953 season.

Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy (U.S.Senator) Dead.  brain cancer. Died August 25, 2009. Born February 22, 1932. Was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party.First elected in November 1962, he was elected nine times and served for 46 years in the U.S. Senate.

Eleanor Louise “Ellie” Greenwich (Songwriter, singer) Dead. heart attack. Died August 26, 2009. Born October 23, 1940. Was an American pop music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She wrote or co-wrote “Be My Baby”, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, “Da Doo Ron Ron”, “Leader of the Pack”, Do Wah Diddy Diddy and “River Deep, Mountain High”, among many others. She discovered Neil Diamond and sang backing vocals on several of Diamond’s hit songs.

Wayne Tippit (character actor). Dead. Died August 28, 2009.  Born December 19, 1932. Was an American television and stage character actor. He was best known to television audiences for playing Ted Adamson on the 1970s and 1980s CBS soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, for five years. He later portrayed Palmer Woodward, the father of Heather Locklear’s character, Amanda Woodward, on the hit Fox primetime series, Melrose Place, during the 1990s.

Nancy Talbot (Business Woman). Alzheimer’s disease. Dead. Died August 30, 2009. Born 1920. Was an American businesswomen who co-founded the Talbots womens retail clothing chain with her husband, Rudolf Talbot.

Jack Dorn Phillips (Baseball Player) Dead. Died August 30, 2009. Born September 6, 1921. Was a backup first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams between the 1947 and 1957 seasons. Listed at 6’ 4″, 193 lb., he batted and threw left-handed.

John Milton Stephens (Football Player). car accident. Dead. Died September 1, 2009. Born February 23, 1966. Was a professional American football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (17th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. A 6’1″, 220 lbs. running back from Northwestern State University in Louisiana, Stephens played in 6 NFL seasons from 1988-1993 for the Patriots, the Green Bay Packers, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a rookie for the Patriots during the 1988 NFL season, Stephens rushed for 1,168 yards and was selected to his one and only Pro Bowl.

Alvin “Skip” Miller (Recording Executive). heart attack. Died September 4, 2009. Born 1946. Was an American recording industry executive. He worked for 17 years at Motown Records (1971-1988) and served as the label’s last president before the company was sold to MCA. While at Motown, he was credited with developing Rick James, DeBarge and the Commodores. After the sale of Motown, Miller worked for a decade at RCA Records, where he was credited with rejuvenating the label’s black music division and helping to develop the rap genre. He later worked as the manager of Lionel Richie’s solo career.

Jesse Steven Kahuanani Mahelona (Football Player). car accident. Died September 5, 2009. Born April 7, 1983. Was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

Frank Batten (American businessman, founder of The Weather Channel) Died 10 September 2009. Born 11 February 1927. Was a communications entrepreneur who began his career when he assumed leadership of his uncle Samuel L. Slover’s newspaper. Batten grew his uncle’s business by acquiring additional newspapers, radio stations, and television stations, as well as founding a new cable station The Weather Channel.

Larry Simon Gelbart (American comedy writer) Cancer. Died September 11, 2009. Born February 25, 1928. Writer of M*A*S*H and blogger, The Huffington Post.

Gertrude Baines (American supercentarian) suspected heart attack. Died September 11, 2009. Born April 6, 1894. Was an American supercentenarian, who was the oldest recognized living person according to Guinness World Records, from January 2, 2009.

George Eckstein (Television Producer) lung cancer. Died September 12, 2009. Born May 3, 1928. Eckstein was a producer of many popular television programs such as The Invaders and The Name of the Game, in addition to penning the scripts of many others, including Gunsmoke and Cannon.

John Albert Kramer  (cancer) September 12, 2009. BornAugust 1, 1921. was an American tennis player of the 1940s. A World Number 1 player for a number of years, he is a possible candidate for the title of the greatest tennis player of all time.

Levy-Gardner-Laven September 12, 2009. Productions was an American film production company based in Beverly Hills, California.

Linus Reinhard Frey [Junior]. September 13, 2009. Born August 23, 1910. Oldest living MLB All-Star. Was an infielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1933 through 1948 for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1933-1936), Chicago Cubs (1937, 1947), Cincinnati Reds (1938-1943, 1946), New York Yankees (1947-1948) and New York Giants (1948). He was born in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Paul Burke.  September 13, 2009. Born July 21, 1926. Was an American actor best known for his lead roles in two 1960s ABC television series, Naked City and Twelve O’Clock High. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of New York Police Department detective Adam Flint in Naked City.

Patrick Wayne Swayze. September 14, 2009. Born August 18, 1952. Pancreatic cancer. Was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He was best know for his roles as romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost and Orry Main in the North and South television ministeries.

Joseph Lester “Jody” Powell, Jr. Heart Attack. September 14, 2009.  Born September 30, 1943. Was the White House Press Secretary during the presidency of Jimmy Carter.

Henry Gibson. Cancer. September 14, 2009. Born September 21, 1935. W
as an American actor and songwriter, best known as a cast member of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and for his recurring role as Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal.

Mary Allin Travers. Leukemia. September 16, 2009. Born November 9, 1936. Was an American singer-songwriter and member of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, along with Peter Yarrow and Noel “Paul” Stookey. Peter, Paul and Mary was one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s.

Steve Romanik ( May 27, 1924 – September 16, 2009) was an American football player. Played quarterback in the NFL from 1950-1954 for the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals.

Johnny Mullins (died 16 September 2009) was an American songwriter. His writing credits include “Blue Kentucky Girl”

Monte Dale Clark (January 24, 1937 – September 16, 2009) was a former American football player who served as head coach for two National Football League teams: the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions.

Robert Kowalkowski (November 5, 1943 – September 17, 2009) was a former American Football offensive guard who played for the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.

Sam Thomas “Tommy” Burnett (August 1, 1942 – September 17, 2009) was a Tennessee politician who was Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

John Julian Cuttance Wild (August 11, 1914 – September 18, 2009) was an English-born American physician who was part of the first group to use ultrasound for body imaging, most notably for diagnosing cancer.

John Hart (December 13, 1917 – September 20, 2009) was an American television actor. Best-known for replacing Clayton Moore in 1952 for two seasons of the television show The Lone Ranger.

Robert E. “Bob” Stupak (April 6, 1942 – September 25, 2009) was a Las Vegas casino owner and entrepreneur.

Alfred Lee Oglesby (born January 27, 1967 in Weimar, Texas, died September 26, 2009 in Houston, Texas) was a professional American football defensive end and defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played for the Miami Dolphins (1990-1992), the Green Bay Packers (1992), the New York Jets (1993-1995), and the Cincinnati Bengals (1995).

Donald George Fisher (September 3, 1928 – September 27, 2009) was an American businessman who founded The Gap clothing stores.

Greg Ladanyi (July 6, 1952 – September 29, 2009) was an American record producer and recording engineer, known for his work with many musicians, including Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Type O Negative, The Church, Anna Vissi, Toto, Fleetwood Mac, Hollywood Undead, Don Henley and Jeff Healey.

Dewey Lee Fletcher, Jr. (April 29, 1966–September 30, 2009), was an American political consultant and a talk radio host and blogger in Monroe.

John “Mr. Magic” Rivas, (March 15, 1956 – October 2, 2009) was an important figure in the world of hip hop radio.

Nathan “Nat” Louis Finkelstein (January 16, 1933 – October 2, 2009) was an American photographer and photojournalist.

William Brian Powell (October 10, 1973 – October 5, 2009) was a Major League Baseball pitcher from Bainbridge, Georgia, who played in the majors from 1998 to 2004 for the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Francisco Giants.

David Lake (1943 – October 5th, 2009) was a Washington winemaker and Master of Wine.

Leon Clarke (January 10, 1933 – October 5, 2009) was a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League between 1956 and 1963.

Shelby Singleton (born December 16, 1931, Waskom, Texas – died October 7, 2009, Nashville, Tennessee) was an American record producer and record label owner.

Abu Talib (born as Fred Leroy Robinson and previously known as Freddy Robinson; February 24, 1939 – October 8, 2009) was an African American blues and jazz guitarist, singer, and harmonica player.

Stuart M. Kaminsky (September 29, 1934 – October 9, 2009) was an American mystery writer and film professor.

Lionel I. Pincus (2 March 1931 – 10 October 2009) was an American finance executive, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur. He ran the private equity firm Warburg Pincus from 1966 to 2002.

Mildred Cohn (July 12, 1913 – October 12, 2009) was an American biochemist.

Daniel Melnick (April 21, 1932 – October 13, 2009) was an American film producer and movie studio executive. Producer of such films as All That Jazz, Altered States and Straw Dogs.

William Wayne Justice (February 25, 1920 – October 13, 2009) was an American jurist. He served as a Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.

Collin Wilcox (February 4, 1935 – October 14, 2009) was an American actress in film, on stage and television. She was also credited as Collin Wilcox-Horne or Collin Wilcox-Paxton.

Bruce Jay Wasserstein (December 25, 1947 – October 14, 2009) was an American investment banker and businessman.

Louis Vincent Albano (July 29, 1933 – October 14, 2009) was an American professional wrestler, manager and actor.

George Tuska (April 26, 1916 – October 15, 2009), who early in his career used a variety of pen names including Carl Larson, was an American comic book and newspaper comic strip artist best known for his 1940s work on various Captain Marvel titles and the crime fiction series.

George Pollock Jenkins (February 24, 1915 – October 15, 2009) was an American business executive who helped broaden the firm’s investment portfolio as chief investment officer and later chairman of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Jasper Tyrone Howard (January 28, 1989 – October 18, 2009), known as “Jazz,” was a cornerback for the University of Connecticut Huskies from 2007 to 2009.

John Howard “Jack” Nelson (October 11, 1929 – October 21, 2009) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Elmer Louis Winter (March 6, 1912 – October 22, 2009) was an American lawyer who co-founded the Manpower Inc. temporary employment agency in 1948.

Soupy Sales (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009) was an American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host, and jazz aficionado.

Shiloh Pepin was born in Kennebunkport, Maine on August 4, 1999, with her lower extremities fused, a missing bladder, uterus, only 6 inches of large colon, no vagina, and with only one quarter of a kidney and one ovary. She died fighting a serious case of pneumonia on October 23, 2009.

Kevin Widemond (born in Newark, New Jersey, United States on 24 December 1985, died in Leiria, northern Portugal on 25 October 2009) was an American basketball player. He played in West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey, was a two-year starter for San Jacinto College and then played at Texas A&M University–Commerce in Commerce, Texas.

Lawrence Halprin (July 1, 1916 – October 25, 2009) was an American landscape architect, designer and teacher.

Troy Nuel Smith, Sr. (May 26, 1922 – October 26, 2009) was an American entrepreneur who founded Sonic Drive-In.

Lea Fite (January 4, 1955-October 26, 2009) was an Alabama state legislator.

Paul Charles Zamecnik (1912–2009) was an American scientist, Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Harvard Medical School and Senior Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital.

John David Carson (March 6, 1952- October 27, 2009) was an American actor.

June D. Maule (? – October 29, 2009) was an American businesswoman. Maule was the owner and manager of Maule Air.

Robert H. Rines (August 30, 1922–November 1, 2009) was an American lawyer, inventor, researcher, and composer. He was also well known for his efforts to find the legendary “Loch Ness Monster.”

Ronald Ralph Moeller (October 13, 1938 – November 2, 2009) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played between 1956 and 1963 for the Baltimore Orioles (1956, 1958), Los Angeles Angels/California Angels (1961/1963) and Washington Senators (1963)

Phil Lumpkin (December 20, 1951 – November, 2009) was an American professional basketball player and high school basketball coach.

Ronald Sproat (2 November 1932 – 6 November 2009 in Manhattan, New York) was an American screenwriter and playwright known for Dark Shadows.

Dimitri De Fauw (July 13, 1981 – November 6, 2009) was a Belgian professional road and track bicycle racer.

Robert Bernard “Bob” Dillinger (September 17, 1918 – November 7, 2009) was a professional baseball player who played third base in the major leagues from 1946-51. He played for the St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago White Sox.

John Jay O’Connor III (January 10, 1930 – November 11, 2009) was an American lawyer and the husband of United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the court.

Marvin Minoff (June 26, 1931 – November 11, 2009) was an American film and television producer best known for producing The Nixon Interviews between British journalist David Frost and former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1977.

Ueli Gegenschatz (January 3, 1971 – November 13, 2009, Zurich) was a Swiss BASE jumper, paraglider and skydiver who held several world records.

Antonio de Nigris Guajardo “el tano” (April 1, 1978 – November 16, 2009) was a Mexican footballer, who played as a striker.

Kim Daul (31 May 1989 – 19 November 2009) was a South Korean fashion model.

Lester D. Shubin (September 27, 1925 – November 20, 2009) was a researcher who developed Kevlar for the use in ballistic vests.

Francisco Rodriguez (born in Mexico in 1984, died in Philadelphia, United States on 22 November 2009) was an American boxer and a former national Golden Gloves champion in 2001.

Richard Graham Meale, AM, MBE (2 August 1932 – 23 November 2009) was one of Australia’s leading instrumental composers.

Amy Black (17 September 1973 – 24 November 2009) was a British mezzo-soprano opera singer of international repute.

Larry Turner (January 16, 1939 – November 27, 2009) was an American politician.

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Tony Kendall (born 22 August 1936, Rome, Italy – died 28 November 2009, Rome, Italy) was an Italian model turned film actor with over 50 film credits.

Solange Magnano (born 12 January 1971, Buenos Aires, Argentina – November 29, 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina), was a former beauty queen.

Brent Green (29 March 1976 – 30 November 2009) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Bears, Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Leila Lopes (19 November 1959 – 3 December 2009) was an actress, journalist and presenter of Brazilian television, known for her appearance in soap operas on the Rede Globo channel, and later for entering the pornographic cinema.

Edward Smith “Eki” Fatu (March 28, 1973 – December 4, 2009) was a Samoan-American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Umaga.

William “Liam” Clancy (2 September 1935 – 4 December 2009) (Irish Liam Mac Fhlannchadha) was an Irish folk singer and actor from Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary.

Harold Bell (October 5, 1919 – December 4, 2009) was an American marketer and merchandising executive who co-created Woodsy Owl, the iconic mascot of the United States Forest Service.

Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García (24 January 1930 – 9 December 2009) was President of Guatemala from 1 July 1974 to 1 July 1978.

Gene Barry (June 14, 1919 – December 9, 2009) was an American stage, screen, and television actor.

Roy Edward Disney, KCSG (January 10, 1930 – December 16, 2009) was a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father Roy Oliver Disney and his uncle Walt Disney founded.

(Marcos) Arturo Beltrán Leyva (September 27, 1961 – December 16, 2009) was the leader of the Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel.

Chris Henry (May 17, 1983 – December 17, 2009) was an American football wide receiver who played five seasons in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Alaina Reed Hall (November 10, 1946 – December 17, 2009) was an American actress best known for her roles as Olivia, Gordon’s younger sister, on the long-running children’s television series Sesame Street, and Rose Lee Holloway on the NBC sitcom 227.

Mike Simpson (December 11, 1962 – December 18, 2009) was a American businessman, politician, and member of the Michigan House of Representatives.

Connie Hines (March 24, 1931 – December 18, 2009) was an American actress, best known for playing Alan Young’s wife, Carol Post, on the 1960s syndicated and then CBS sitcom Mister Ed.

Laurence Kim Peek (November 11, 1951 – December 19, 2009) was an American savant. Known as a “megasavant”, he had a photographic or eidetic memory, but also social difficulties. He was the inspiration for the character of Raymond Babbitt, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the movie Rain Man.

Arnold Stang (September 28, 1918 – December 20, 2009) was an American comic actor who played a small and bespectacled, yet brash and knowing big-city type.

Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack (November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009), known professionally as Brittany Murphy, was an American actress and singer.

Erik Gates: Rocketry Expert – Erik provided rockets and his rocketry expertise in several myths, starting with the very first experiment—the legend of the Jet Assisted Take-Off Chevy Impala. Gates died in a construction accident unrelated to rocketry on December 20, 2009, at the age of 47.

Ann Louise Nixon Cooper (9 January 1902 – 21 December 2009) was a centenarian used in United States President-elect Barack Obama’s November 2008 election speech.

Charles Wilson ‘Charlie’ Capps, Jr. (January 1, 1925–December 25, 2009) was a Mississippi politician and legislator.

Charles F. Baird (1922 – December 26, 2009) was United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) 1966-67; Under Secretary of the Navy 1967-69; and Chief Executive Officer of Inco Ltd. 1977-87.

Maryam Babangida (November 1, 1948 – December 27, 2009) was the wife of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who was Nigeria’s head of state from 1985 to 1993.

James Owen Sullivan (February 9, 1981 – December 28, 2009), better known by his stage name, The Rev, was the drummer for the American rock band Avenged Sevenfold.

Terry Matte was a news producer for CBWT’s 24Hours program in Winnipeg in the 1980s before moving to Ottawa where he was senior producer for “Newsday”, CBC Ottawa’s supper-hour, television newscast.

Steven Williams (May 14, 1960 – December 29, 2009), better known by his ring name “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, was an American professional wrestler.

William J. Powell (November 22, 1916 – December 31, 2009) was the first African American to design, construct and own a professional golf course in the United States.

January 2010
1 ·Jean Carroll, 98, American comedienne (The Ed Sullivan Show).
·Lhasa de Sela, 37, American singer, breast cancer.
·Richard Kindleberger, 67, American newspaper reporter (The Boston Globe), brain tumor.
·Tom Walsh, 67, American politician, member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (2003–2008), leukemia.
John Shelton Wilder, 88, American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee (1971–2007), stroke.

2 ·David Gerber, 86, American executive producer (Police Story, Police Woman), heart failure.

3 ·Gianni Bonichon, 65, Italian bobsledder, Olympic silver medalist.
Joyce Collins, 79, American jazz singer and pianist, pulmonary fibrosis.
Mary Daly, 81, American radical feminist philosopher.
Billy Harris, 58, American basketball player (Northern Illinois Huskies, San Diego Conquistadors), stroke.
John Keith Irwin, 80, American sociologist.
Eunice Walker Johnson, 93, American director of Ebony Fashion Fair, widow of John H. Johnson, renal failure.
Charles Kleibacker, 88, American fashion designer, pneumonia.

4 •Knox Burger, 87, American editor, writer, and literary agent.
Casey Johnson, 30, American socialite, Johnson & Johnson heiress, diabetic ketoacidosis.
Rory Markas, 54, American baseball radio announcer (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), heart attack.

5 •Willie Mitchell, 81, American musician and record producer, cardiac arrest.
George Willoughby, 95, American Quaker activist.

6 •James von Brunn, 89, American white supremacist, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting suspect.

7 •Stephen Huneck, 61, American wood carving artist, suicide by gunshot.
Jim White, 67, American professional wrestler, cancer.
Hardy Williams, 78, American politician, Pennsylvania State Senator (1983–1998), Alzheimer’s disease.

8 •Art Clokey, 88, American stop motion animator (Gumby, Davey and Goliath), bladder infection.
Tony Halme, 47, Finnish professional boxer, wrestler and Member of Parliament (2003–2007), suicide by gunshot
Otmar Suitner, 87, Austrian conductor.

9 •Christopher Shaman Abba, 74, Nigerian Roman Catholic Bishop of Yola (since 1996), Bishop of Minna (1973–1996).
Ken Genser, 59, American politician, Mayor of Santa Monica, California, after long illness.

10 •Donald Goerke, 83, American executive (Campbell’s Soup Company), created SpaghettiOs, heart failure.
Jayne Walton Rosen, 92, American singer, Lawrence Welk‘s Champagne Lady (1940–1945), natural causes.
Dale Shewalter, 59, American teacher, founder of the Arizona Trail, cancer.

11 •Juliet Anderson, 71, American pornographic actress.
Dorothy Geeben, 101, American Mayor of Ocean Breeze Park, Florida (since 2001), oldest active mayor in the U.S.
Andis Hadjicostis, 43, Cypriot CEO of Sigma TV, shot.
Joe Rollino, 104, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer, struck by van.
Dennis Stock, 81, American photographer (Magnum Photos), colon and liver cancer.
Gordon Van Tol, 49, Canadian Olympic water polo player, heart attack.

12 •Shirley Bell Cole, 89, American voice actor (Little Orphan Annie).
Brian Damage, 46, American punk and rock drummer (Misfits), complications of colorectal cancer.
Fred Krone, 79, American stuntman, cancer.

13 •Teddy Pendergrass, 59, American soul singer, complications from colorectal cancer.
Jay Reatard, 29, American garage punk musician, cocaine toxicity.

14 •Bobby Charles, 71, American songwriter (“See You Later, Alligator“, “(I Don’t Know Why) But I Do“).
Micha Gaillard, Haitian politician, earthquake.
Charles Nolte, 86, American actor, playwright and educator, prostate cancer.

15 •Steve Lovelady, 66, American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, throat cancer.

16 •Glen Bell, 86, American entrepreneur, founder of Taco Bell.
Guy Day, 79, American advertising executive.

17 •Gaines Adams, 26, American football player (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), cardiac arrest.
Erich Segal, 72, American professor, author (Love Story), and screenwriter (Yellow Submarine), heart attack.

18 •Imari Obadele, 79, American black separatist, stroke.

19 •Jennifer Lyon, 37, American reality TV personality (Survivor: Palau), breast cancer.

20 ·John S. Loisel, 89, American fighter ace.
Calvin Maglinger, 85, American painter.

21 •Bobby Bragan, 92, American baseball player and manager, heart attack.
Irwin Dambrot, 81, American basketball player involved in the CCNY Point Shaving Scandal, Parkinson’s disease.
Lawrence Garfinkel, 88, American epidemiologist, cardiovascular disease.
Larry Johnson, 62, American film producer, heart attack.
Robert “Squirrel” Lester, 67, American smooth soul tenor (The Chi-Lites), liver cancer.

22 •Apache, 45, American rapper, after long illness.
Donnis Churchwell, 73, American football player.
Jennifer Lyn Jackson, 40, American Playboy model, drug overdose.
Andrew E. Lange, 52, American astrophysicist, Big Bang researcher, suicide by asphyxiation.
James Mitchell, 89, American actor (All My Children), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Maggie Renfro, 114, American supercentenarian, fourth-oldest person in the world, pneumonia.

24 •Pernell Roberts, 81, American actor (Bonanza; Trapper John, M.D.), pancreatic cancer.

27 •Barry Blitzer, 80, American television writer (Get Smart, The Flintstones), complications from abdominal surgery.
Zelda Rubinstein, 76, American actress (Poltergeist, Picket Fences), natural causes.
Howard Zinn, 87, American historian (A People’s History of the United States), civil rights and antiwar activist, heart attack.

28 •Bill Binder, 94, American restaurateur (Phillippe’s).

29 •Eric Freiwald, 82, American television writer (The Young and the Restless).

30 •Aaron Ruben, 95, American television producer (Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., Sanford and Son), pneumonia.

31 •Henry Fukuhara, 96, American watercolor painter, natural causes.
Howard Lotsof, 66, American researcher, discovered anti-addictive effects of ibogaine, liver cancer.

Februray 2010

1 •Jack Brisco, 68, American professional wrestler, complications from open heart surgery.
David Brown, 93, American film producer (Jaws), renal failure.
Azzeddine Laraki, 80, Moroccan politician, Prime Minister (1986–1992).
Justin Mentell, 27, American actor (Boston Legal), car accident.

2 •Myron Donovan Crocker, 94, American federal judge.

3 •Dick McGuire, 84, American basketball player, New York Knicks senior consultant, Basketball Hall of Famer, natural causes.
Frances Reid, 95, American actress (Days of our Lives).

4 •Bill Dudley, 88, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), Pro Football Hall of Famer, stroke.
Richard Lashof, 87, American mathematician, after long illness.
Phillip Martin, 83, American tribal chief (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians), stroke.

5 •Cecil Heftel, 85, American businessman and politician, U.S. Representative from Hawaii (1977–1986), natural causes.
Brooks Thomas, 78, American publisher (Harper and Row), complications of a brain injury after a fall.

8 •David Froman, 71, American actor (The Edge of Night, Matlock), cancer.
Robert Hoy, 82, American actor (The High Chaparral) and stuntman, cancer.
Bernard Lander, 94, American rabbi, founder of Touro College.
John Murtha, 77, American politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania (1974–2010), complications of gallbladder surgery.

9 •Phil Harris, 53, American fisherman, reality television participant (Deadliest Catch), stroke.
Walter Frederick Morrison, 90, American inventor, designer of the frisbee.
Hastings Shade, 68, American deputy tribal chief of the Cherokee Nation (1999–2003).

10 •Carl Braun, 82, American basketball player (New York Knicks), natural causes.
Gabriela Konevska-Trajkovska, 38, Macedonian politician, Deputy Prime Minister (2006–2008), after long illness.
Judith Paige Mitchell, 77, American television writer, cancer.
Charles Wilson, 76, American politician, U.S. Representative (1973–1997), subject of Charlie Wilson’s War, pulmonary arrest.

11 •Alexander McQueen, 40, British fashion designer, suicide by hanging.
Caroline McWilliams, 64, American actress (Benson, Guiding Light), multiple myeloma.
Daryle Smith, 46, American football player (Dallas Cowboys).

12 •Sheldon Gilgore, 77, American physician, President of Pfizer (1971–1986) and Searle (1986–1995), pancreatic cancer.
Jake Hanna, 78, American jazz drummer, blood disease.
Bernard Smith, 99, American sailboat designer, liver cancer.

13 •Dale Hawkins, 73, American rockabilly musician, colorectal cancer.
James D. Johnson, 85, American politician and jurist, Arkansas Supreme Court Justice (1959–1966), suicide by gunshot.

14 •Rosa Rein, 112, German-born Swiss supercentenarian.

15 •Dana Kirk, 74, American basketball coach (Memphis Tigers), heart attack.

16 •Jim Bibby, 65, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), bone cancer.
Bill Gordon, 92, American inventor, designer of the Arecibo Radio Telescope, natural causes.
Bo Griffin, 51, American radio and television personality, colorectal cancer.
Jim Harmon, 76, American science fiction writer, heart attack.
Ronald Howes, 83, American inventor, designer of Easy-Bake Oven.
Wan Chi Keung, 53, Hong Kong footballer, actor, and businessman, nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

17 •David Lelei, 38, Kenyan middle distance runner, car accident.
Ines Paulke, 51, German rock and roll singer and songwriter, suicide.

19 •Jamie Gillis, 66, American pornographic film actor, melanoma.
Rudy Larriva, 94, American animator and animation director (Looney Tunes, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show).

20 •Juanita Goggins, 75, American politician, first black woman in South Carolina Legislature, hypothermia.

21 •George Strickland, 84, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians).
James Wieghart, 76, American newspaper editor (New York Daily News), pneumonia.

25 •Andrew Koenig, 41, American actor (Growing Pains), suicide (body discovered on this date).
Frank Williams, 73, American architect (Trump Palace, Four Seasons Hotel New York), esophageal cancer.

26 •Violet Barclay, 87, American comic book artist.

27 •Nathan Scott, 94, American film and televison composer (Lassie, The Twilight Zone, Dragnet), natural causes.

28 •Tom “T-Bone” Wolk, 58, American bass guitarist (Hall & Oates), heart attack.
Theodore Cross, 86, American publisher and civil rights activist, heart failure.

March 2010

1Perry Brooks, 55, American football player (Washington Redskins).
Kristian Digby, 32, British television presenter and director (To Buy or Not to Buy).
Joseph Hernández Ochoa, 26, Honduran journalist, shot.

2Emil Forselius, 35, Swedish actor, suicide.
Melva Blancett, 85, American actress.
Judith Bumpus, 70, British arts radio producer.

3Yuri Stepanov, 42, Russian actor, car accident.
Big Tiny Little, 79, American musician (The Lawrence Welk Show).
Frank Bertaina, 65, American Major League Baseball player, heart attack.

4Nan Martin, 82, American actress (The Drew Carey Show), emphysema.
Ron Banks, 58, American singer (The Dramatics), heart attack.

5Edgar Wayburn, 103, American environmentalist and conservationist.
Charles B. Pierce, 71, American film director (The Legend of Boggy Creek).
Andrée Peel, 105, French patriot, World War II Resistance member.
Donald N. Frey, 87, American product planning manager, co-creator of Ford Mustang, stroke.

6Dener Pacheco, 28, Brazilian actor, stomach and lung cancer.
Mark Linkous, 47, American singer-songwriter (Sparklehorse), suicide by gunshot.
Endurance Idahor, 25, Nigerian footballer, heart attack.
Bruce Graham, 84, American architect (Willis Tower, John Hancock Center), Alzheimer’s disease.

7Patrick Topaloff, 65, French actor and humorist, heart attack.
Mary Josephine Ray, 114, Canadian-born American supercentenarian, oldest person in U.S. and second-oldest in world.
Daisey Bailey, 113, American supercentenarian, second-oldest person in U.S. and fourth-oldest in world.

8Jerry E. Smith, 59, American author, pancreatic cancer.

10Dorothy Janis, 98, American silent film actress.
Corey Haim, 38, Canadian actor (Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive), pneumonia.

11Merlin Olsen, 69, American football player (L.A. Rams) and actor (Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy), mesothelioma.
Charles Moore, 79, American photographer.

12Aleksandr Minayev, 51, Russian football player and coach.

13Cliff Livingston, 79, American football player (N.Y. Giants) and stuntman, complications from DLB and Parkinson’s disease.
He Pingping, 21, Chinese dwarf, shortest man who was able to walk, heart complications.

14Lisle Wilson, 66, American actor.
Peter Graves, 83, American actor (Mission: Impossible, Airplane!), heart attack.
Cherie DeCastro, 87, American singer (The DeCastro Sisters), pneumonia.
Nahúm Elí Palacios Arteaga, 36, Honduran journalist and television news director, shot.

15David J. Steinberg, 45, American actor (Willow).
Sam Mtukudzi, 21, Zimbabwean musician, car accident.

16Jane Sherman, 101, American writer and dancer.
Billy Hoeft, 77, American Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher.
Herb Cohen, 77, American record company executive, manager of Frank Zappa.

17Robert M. White, 85, American X-15 test pilot.
Sid Fleischman, 90, American children’s writer, cancer.
Alex Chilton, 59, American musician (Big Star, The Box Tops), heart attack.

18Jerry York, 71, American businessman, Executive Director for Apple Inc., cerebral hemorrhage.
Fess Parker, 85, American actor (Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone), natural causes.

19Bill McIntyre, 80, American actor (Dallas), natural causes.
John Hicklenton, 42, British comics artist (2000 AD), assisted suicide.
Bob Curtis, 60, English footballer (Charlton Athletic, Mansfield Town), motor neurone disease.

20Yang Lina, 47, Singaporean actress (Samsui Women), uterine cancer.
Erwin Lehn, 90, German musician and conductor.
István Bilek, 77, Hungarian chess grandmaster.

22Ella Mae Johnson, 106, American social worker and author.

23Marva Wright, 62, American blues singer, complications from a stroke.
James Williamson, 26, Australian mountain biker and journalist.
Blanche Thebom, 94, American mezzo-soprano, pneumonia.
Lauretta Masiero, 80, Italian actress.
Alan King-Hamilton, 105, British judge.

24Elena Tairova, 18, Russian chess player, woman grandmaster and international master, after long illness.
Harold McGraw, Jr., 92, American businessman, CEO of McGraw-Hill (1975–1983).
Robert Culp, 79, American actor (I Spy, The Greatest American Hero, Everybody Loves Raymond), complications following a fall.
Elijah Alexander, 39, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), multiple myeloma.

25Marty Lederhandler, 92, American photographer (Associated Press), stroke.

27Dick Giordano, 77, American comic book artist and editor (Batman, Green Lantern), complications from pneumonia.

28Eric Tunney, 45, Canadian comedian (Brain Candy).
Joe Gates, 55, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox) and coach (Gary SouthShore RailCats), heart failure.
David Carnegie, 14th Earl of Northesk, 55, Scottish peer, member of the House of Lords.

29Sam Menning, 85, American character actor and photographer (My Name Is Earl, The Prestige), emphysema.
Choi Jin-yeong, 39, South Korean actor and singer, brother of Choi Jin Sil, suicide by hanging.
Tom Burton, American professional wrestler.

30Martin Sandberger, 98, German Nazi leader and Holocaust perpetrator.
David Mills, 48, American author, journalist and television writer (NYPD Blue, The Corner, Kingpin), brain aneurysm.
Juan Carlos Caballero Vega, 109, Mexican revolutionary, driver of Pancho Villa.
Thomas Angove, 92, Australian winemaker, inventor of the wine cask.

31Jerald terHorst, 87, American White House Press Secretary (1974), heart failure.
Shirley Mills, 83, American actress (The Grapes of Wrath), pneumonia.
Paul Fry, 45, British motorcycle speedway rider.
Eugene Allen, 90, American White House butler (1952–1986), renal failure.

April 2010
30 Ron Fimrite, 79, American sports journalist (Sports Illustrated), pancreatic cancer.
José Fragelli, 95, Brazilian politician, Governor of Mato Grosso (1970-1974) and Senate president (1985-1987). (Portuguese)
Steve Strayhorn, 56, American drummer (A Full Moon Consort), cancer.
29 Walter Sear, 79, American recording engineer.
27 David Martin Baker, 86, American politician and judge, member of the West Virginia House of Delegates (1953-1954, 1957-1958).
George Gross, 69, American football player (San Diego Chargers).
26 Joseph W. Sarno, 89, American film director and screenwriter, after short illness.
25 Dorothy Provine, 75, American actress, (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), emphysema.
24 W. Willard Wirtz, 98, American politician, Secretary of Labor (1962-1969), last surviving member of the Kennedy Cabinet.

22 Ambrose Olsen, 24, American fashion model, suicide.
20 Floyd Dominy, 100, American public servant, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation (1959-1969).
Dorothy Height, 98, American civil rights activist.
19 Guru, 48, American rapper (Gang Starr), multiple myeloma.
Dick Zimmer, 77, American politician, City Commissioner (Dayton, Ohio), cancer.

18 Abu Abdullah al-Rashid al-Baghdadi, Iraqi terrorist (Al-Qaeda), airstrike.
Abu Ayyub al-Masri, Egyptian terrorist (Al-Qaeda), airstrike.
Allen Swift, 86, American voice actor (Underdog, Howdy Doody), natural causes.

16 Sid Conrad, 86, American actor (The Young and the Restless).

15 Joseph Azzolina, 84, American politician, member of the New Jersey General Assembly (1992-2006), pancreatic cancer.
Robert Brubaker, 93, American character actor (Gunsmoke).
Benjamin Hooks, 85, American civil rights leader, executive director of the NAACP (1977-1992), after long illness.

14 Mississippi Slim, 66, American blues singer, heart attack.
Peter Steele, 48, American rock singer and bassist (Type O Negative), heart failure.

12 Dale N. Van Vyven, 74, American politician, member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1978-2000).

10 Dixie Carter, 70, American actress (Designing Women, Diff’rent Strokes), endometrial cancer
Notable Polish people killed in the Polish Air Force Tu-154 plane crash:
Joanna Agacka-Indecka, 45, attorney, President of the Bar Council (since 2007).
Andrzej B_asik, 47, general, Chief of the Air Force (since 2007).
Krystyna Bochenek, 56, senator, vice president of Senate.
Tadeusz Buk, 49, general, head of Land Forces.
Miron Chodakowski, 52, Orthodox prelate, Archbishop of Military ordinariate of Poland (since 1998).
Czes_aw Cywi_ski, 84, President of the Association of Armia Krajowa Soldiers.
Leszek Deptu_a, 57, member of the Sejm.
Grzegorz Dolniak, 50, member of the Sejm.
Janina Fetli_ska, 57, senator.
Franciszek G_gor, 58, general, Chief of the General Staff (since 2006).
Gra_yna G_sicka, 58, politician, Minister of Regional Development (2006-2007).
Kazimierz Gilarski, 54, Commander of the Warsaw Garrison.
Przemys_aw Gosiewski, 45, member of the Sejm, Deputy Prime Minister (2007).
Mariusz Handzlik, 44, diplomat, Undersecretary of State in the Office of the President.
Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, 59, member of the Sejm, Deputy Prime Minister (2004-2005).
Ryszard Kaczorowski, 90, politician, President in exile (1989-1990).
Maria Kaczy_ska, 67, First Lady of Poland (since 2005), wife of Lech Kaczy_ski.
Lech Kaczy_ski, 60, President of Poland (since 2005).
Sebastian Karpiniuk, 37, member of the Sejm.
Andrzej Karweta, 51, Vice Admiral, commander-in-chief of the Navy.
Mariusz Kazana, 49, diplomat, Director of Diplomatic Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Janusz Kochanowski, 69, lawyer and diplomat, Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection (Ombudsman) (since 2006).
Stanis_aw Komornicki, 85, general, Chancellor of the Order Virtuti Militari.
Stanis_aw Komorowski, 56, Deputy Defense Minister (since 2007), Ambassador to Holland (1994-1998) and UK (1999-2004).
Andrzej Kremer, 48, lawyer and diplomat, Deputy Foreign Minister (since 2008).
Janusz Kurtyka, 49, historian, president of the Institute of National Remembrance.
Bronis_aw Kwiatkowski, 59, general, Commander of the Armed Forces Operational Command.
Tomasz Merta, 44, Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Aleksandra Natalli-_wiat, 51, member of the Sejm.
Piotr Nurowski, 64, sports administrator, head of the Polish Olympic Committee (since 2005).
Maciej P_a_y_ski, 52, member of the Sejm.
Tadeusz P_oski, 54, Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Military ordinariate of Poland (since 2004).
W_odzimierz Potasi_ski, 53, Commander of the Special Forces.
Andrzej Przewo_nik, 46, Secretary-General of the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites.
Krzysztof Putra, 52, politician, Vice-Marshal of the Sejm (since 2007).
Ryszard Rumianek, 62, rector of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszy_ski University in Warsaw.
Arkadiusz Rybicki, 57, member of the Sejm.
Wojciech Seweryn, 70, Polish-born American sculptor.
S_awomir Skrzypek, 46, banker, President of National Bank of Poland.
W_adys_aw Stasiak, 44, Chief of the Office of the President.
Aleksander Szczyg_o, 46, politician, Minister of Defence (2007), chief of the National Security Bureau (since 2009).
Jerzy Szmajdzi_ski, 58, politician, Minister of Defence (2001-2005), Vice-Marshal of the Sejm (since 2007).
Jolanta Szymanek-Deresz, 55, member of the Sejm.
Anna Walentynowicz, 80, trade unionist whose 1980 firing led to the creation of the Solidarity movement.
Zbigniew Wassermann, 60, member of the Sejm.
Wies_aw Woda, 63, member of the Sejm.
Edward Wojtas, 55, member of the Sejm.
Pawe_ Wypych, 42, politician, Secretary of State (since 2009).
Stanis_aw Zaj_c, 60, senator.
Janusz Zakrze_ski, 74, actor.

9 Bob Franks, 58, American politician, member of the House of Representatives from New Jersey (1993-2001), cancer.

6 Wilma Mankiller, 64, American activist, first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1985-1995), pancreatic cancer.
Neva Morris, 114, American supercentenarian, oldest person in the United States.

4 Henry Scarpelli, 79, American comic book artist (Archie), after long illness.

2 Chris Kanyon, 40, American professional wrestler, possible suicide by overdose of prescription painkillers.

1 John Forsythe, 92, American actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty), complications from pneumonia.

May 2010

30 Ali-Ollie Woodson, 58, American soul singer (The Temptations), leukemia.

29 Dennis Hopper, 74, American actor (Speed, Blue Velvet) and film director (Easy Rider), prostate cancer.
Jeriome Robertson, 33, American baseball player (Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians), motorcycle collision.

28 Eddie Barth, 78, American actor (Simon & Simon) and voice actor, heart failure.
Gary Coleman, 42, American actor (Diff’rent Strokes), intracranial hemorrhage.

27John William Finn, 100, American naval officer, oldest living Medal of Honor recipient.

26 Pat Stevens, 64, American actress and voice actress (M*A*S*H, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo), breast cancer.

16 Ronnie James Dio, 67, American heavy metal singer (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio), stomach cancer.
Stephen Perry, 55, American television writer (ThunderCats, SilverHawks), homicide.

15 Harry Aleman, 71, American gangster and murderer, lung cancer.

14 Frank J. Dodd, 72, American politician, President of the New Jersey Senate (1974–1975).
Norman Hand, 37, American football player (San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints), heart disease.
Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, 70, South African politician, complications from liver disease.

13 Eddie Garrett, 82, American actor (Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Quincy, M.E.).
Rosa Rio, 107, American organist (Tampa Theatre).

12 Phyllis Hodges Boyce, 73, American actress (Gone with the Wind, Star Trek).
Allan Manings, 86, American television writer (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Good Times), cardiac arrest.

11Richard LaMotta, 67, American inventor of the Chipwich ice cream sandwich, heart attack.

9 Erica Blasberg, 25, American golfer, suicide.
Lena Horne, 92, American singer and actress (Stormy Weather, The Wiz).
Edward Uhl, 92, American inventor, co-inventor of the bazooka, heart failure.

2 Kama Chinen, 114, Japanese supercentenarian, verified oldest living person and last surviving person documented as born in 1895.

June 2010

29 Ron Gans, 79, American voice actor (Transformers, Welcome to Pooh Corner, Dumbo’s Circus), complications from pneumonia.

28 Robert Byrd, 92, American politician, U.S. Representative (1953–1959), Senator from West Virginia

24 Bill Hudson, 77, American photojournalist, heart failure.

23 Allyn Ferguson, 85, American television composer (Barney Miller, Charlie’s Angels), natural causes.

19 Vince O’Brien, 91, American character actor (Dark Shadows, Guiding Light, Law & Order).

17 Hannah Atkins, 86, American politician, Secretary of State of Oklahoma (1987–1991) and State Representative (1969–1981), cancer.

16 Peter Brunette, 66, American film critic (The Hollywood Reporter), heart attack.
Bill Dixon, 84, American jazz musician.
Carole McGoldrick, 66, American singer (The Secrets), illness.
Ronald Neame, 99, British film director (The Poseidon Adventure) and screenwriter.
Garry Shider, 56, American musician (Parliament-Funkadelic), complications from brain and lung cancer.

15 Phil Gordon, 94, American character actor and dialect coach (The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction).

13 Jimmy Dean, 81, American country music singer (Big Bad John), actor and businessman (Jimmy Dean Foods), natural causes.

8 Crispian St. Peters, 71, British pop singer (“The Pied Piper”, “You Were on My Mind”), after long illness.

6 Marvin Isley, 56, American bassist (The Isley Brothers, Isley-Jasper-Isley), complications of diabetes.
Abraham Nathanson, 80, American artist and author, co-inventor of Bananagrams, cancer.

5 Robert Bergenheim, 86, American founder of Boston Business Journal.
Robert Healy, 84, American journalist, executive editor (The Boston Globe), stroke.
Stephen Clancy Hill, 34, American pornographic actor and murderer, suicide by jumping from cliff.
Tony Peluso, 60, American musician and record producer (The Carpenters), heart disease.
Robert Wussler, 73, American businessman, co-founder of CNN, after long illness.

4 Himan Brown, 99, American radio producer (CBS Radio Mystery Theater).
Jim Copeland, 65, American football player, cancer.
Marianne Elser Crowder, 104, American oldest Girl Scout, pancreatic cancer.

3 Rue McClanahan, 76, American actress (The Golden Girls, Maude), stroke.
Emory C. Swank, 88, American diplomat, Ambassador to Cambodia (1970–1973).

2 Dorothy DeBorba, 85, American actress (Our Gang), emphysema and lung disease.
John W. Douglas, 88, American civil rights advocate, complications from a stroke.

July 2010

31 Tom Mankiewicz, 68, American screenwriter (James Bond, Superman), cancer.
Dan Resin, 79, American actor (Caddyshack, On Our Own), complications from Parkinson’s disease.

29 gnacio Coronel Villarreal, 56, Mexican drug lord (Sinaloa Cartel), shot.
Martin Drew, 66, British jazz drummer, heart attack.
António Feio, 55, Portuguese actor and comedian, pancreatic cancer.
Bernie West, 92, American screenwriter (All in the Family, Three’s Company), complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Lorene Yarnell, 66, American mime artist (Shields and Yarnell), brain aneurysm.
Peter R. Romero, 90, American art director (The Right Stuff, The Waltons).

28 Arthur Gish, 70, American peace activist and author, tractor accident.
Lorenzen Wright, 34, American basketball player (Memphis Grizzlies), shot. [58] (body found on this day)

27 Maury Chaykin, 61, American-born Canadian actor (Dances with Wolves, My Cousin Vinny, A Nero Wolfe Mystery), kidney failure.

23 Kenyon Cotton, 36, American football player (Baltimore Ravens, 1997–1998), complications following surgery.

21Mabel Lang, 92, American archaeologist.
Doug Oldham, 79, American gospel music singer, complications from a fall.
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, 69, English tenor, Alzheimer’s disease.
Wesley C. Skiles, 52, American underwater photographer and filmmaker, drowning.

19 Jon Cleary, 92, Australian novelist (The Sundowners, High Road to China), creator of Scobie Malone.
Daiki Sato, 21, Japanese footballer. (Japanese)
Mac Foster, 68, American boxer, heart failure.
Sokratis Giolias, 37, Greek reporter, shot.

17 Denise Jefferson, 65, American dancer, director of the Ailey School, ovarian cancer.
Larry Keith, 79, American actor (All My Children), cancer.
Shirley Silvey, 82, American animator (The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Dudley Do-Right Show, George of the Jungle), heart failure.

16 James Gammon, 70, American actor (Major League, Nash Bridges), liver cancer.

15 Peter Fernandez, 83, American voice actor (Speed Racer), lung cancer.
Tom Gage, 67, American Olympic hammer thrower, heart failure.
Luo Pinchao, 98, Chinese opera singer.
Billy McKinney, 83, American politician, member of Georgia House of Representatives (1973–2003), cancer.
Busi Mhlongo, 62, South African singer.

14 Seymour London, 95, American doctor, invented automatic sphygmomanometer, heart disease.

11 Walter Hawkins, 61, American gospel music singer (“Oh Happy Day”), pancreatic cancer.

10 Robert Spillane, 45, American actor (EZ Streets) and playwright, son of gangster Mickey Spillane, fall.

9 Clément Joseph Marie Raymond Guillon, 78, French Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Quimper and Leon. (French)
Daryl Hunt, 53, American football player (Houston Oilers), heart attack.
Vonetta McGee, 65, American actress (Blacula, The Eiger Sanction), cardiac arrest.
Milt Morin, 67, American football player (Cleveland Browns), heart attack.
Nobuyoshi Tamura, 77, Japanese aikidoka, cancer.

8 Melvin Turpin, 49, American basketball player, suicide by gunshot.

6 Harvey Fuqua, 80, American rhythm and blues singer (The Moonglows), and record producer (Marvin Gaye), heart attack.
Ramón Eduardo Ruiz, 88, American historian of Mexico and Latin America.

5 Nasr Abu Zayd, 66, Egyptian Qur’anic theologian, brain infection.

August 2010

30 J. C. Bailey, 27, American professional wrestler, brain aneurysm.

21 Harold Dow, 62, American television news correspondent (48 Hours), asthma.
Melody Gersbach, 23, Filipina beauty queen, Binibining Pilipinas International (2009), car crash.
Chloé Graftiaux, 23, Belgian rock climber, mountaineering accident.

20 Johnny Bailey, 43, American football player (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals), pancreatic cancer.

19 Ahna Capri, 66, American actress (Enter the Dragon), car accident.
Jackson Gillis, 93, American television writer (Columbo, Perry Mason), pneumonia.

18 Fiona Coyne, 45, South African television presenter (The Weakest Link), suspected suicide
Rina Franchetti, 102, Italian actress. (Italian)
Robert Gundlach, 84, American physicist and inventor.

15 Harrison Price, 89, American businessman, theme park pioneer.
Lionel Régal, 35, French hillclimbing racer, car accident.
Robert Wilson, 53, American musician (The Gap Band), heart attack

13 Edward Kean, 85, American television writer (Howdy Doody), complications from emphysema.

9 Tab Baker, 50, American actor (Prison Break), heart attack.
George DiCenzo, 70, American character actor (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Helter Skelter) and voice actor (He Man and the Masters of the Universe).

6 Catfish Collins, 66, American guitarist (James Brown, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Parliament-Funkadelic), cancer.
Chris Dedrick, 62, American musician (The Free Design) and composer (Ray Bradbury Theatre), cancer.
David C. Dolby, 64, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient.

3 Bobby Hebb, 72, American singer-songwriter (“Sunny”), lung cancer.

2 Makh Daniels, 28, American heavy metal singer (Early Graves), car accident.
James Hunter, 56, American football player (Detroit Lions), apparent heart attack.
Mitch Jayne, 82, American bluegrass bassist (The Dillards) and actor (The Andy Griffith Show), cancer.

September 2010

30 Stephen J. Cannell, 69, American TV producer and writer (The A-Team, The Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street), complications from melanoma.

27 George Blanda, 83, American Hall of Fame football player (Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders).
Kenny Marino, 66, American actor (Death Wish 3, Prince of the City).
Sally Menke, 56, American film editor (Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction), suspected heat exhaustion.

26 Gloria Stuart, 100, American film actress (The Invisible Man, Titanic), respiratory failure.

22 Van Snowden, 71, American puppeteer (Child’s Play, H.R. Pufnstuf, Tales from the Crypt), cancer.

21 John Crawford, 90, American actor (The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, The Waltons), stroke.

20 Kenny McKinley, 23, American football player (Denver Broncos), suicide by gunshot.
Kenneth Weaver, 94, American science writer (National Geographic Magazine).

17 Bill Littlejohn, 96, American animator (Tom and Jerry, Peanuts), natural causes.

16 John D. Goeken, 80, American entrepreneur, founder of MCI Communications, cancer.

14 Francisco Ribeiro, 45, Portuguese musician (Madredeus), liver cancer. (Portuguese)
James E. Winner Jr., 81, American entrepreneur, inventor of The Club, car accident

11 King Coleman, 78, American rhythm and blues singer (“Do the Mashed Potatoes”), heart failure.
Harold Gould, 86, American actor (The Sting, Rhoda, The Golden Girls), prostate cancer.
Ron Kramer, 75, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions), heart attack.
Kevin McCarthy, 96, American actor (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), natural causes
Mike Shaw, 53, American professional wrestler, heart attack.

7 Jack Kershaw, 96, American attorney who represented James Earl Ray.
Glenn Shadix, 58, American actor (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), fall

5 Jefferson Thomas, 67, American civil rights pioneer, member of the Little Rock Nine, pancreatic cancer.

3 Mike Edwards, 62, English cellist (Electric Light Orchestra), car accident.
Noah Howard, 67, American jazz saxophonist.
Robert Schimmel, 60, American stand-up comedian (The Howard Stern Show), car accident.

October 2010

29 Takeshi Shudo, 61, Japanese writer, creator of Pokémon, subarachnoid hemorrhage.

28 James MacArthur, 72, American actor (Hawaii Five-O, Swiss Family Robinson), natural causes.

27 Denise Borino-Quinn, 46, American actress (The Sopranos), liver cancer.
James Wall, 92, American actor (Captain Kangaroo) and stage manager, after short illness.

25 Lisa Blount, 53, American actress (An Officer and a Gentleman) and film producer (The Accountant).

24 Lamont Johnson, 88, American actor and television director (The Twilight Zone, The Execution of Private Slovik), heart failure.

20 Bob Guccione, 79, American publisher, founder of Penthouse, lung cancer.

19 Tom Bosley, 83, American actor (Happy Days, Father Dowling Mysteries), heart failure.

16 Barbara Billingsley, 94, American actress (Leave It to Beaver).

1 Kilian Hennessy, 103, Irish patriarch of the Hennessy cognac company.

November 2010

30 Garry Gross, 73, American fashion photographer, heart attack.
Jim Kelley, 61, American sportswriter and television journalist (Sports Illustrated), pancreatic cancer.

28 Samuel T. Cohen, 89, American physicist, inventor of the neutron bomb, cancer.

26 James DiPaola, 57, American politician, Massachusetts House of Representatives (1993–1996), Sheriff of Middlesex County (1996–2010), suicide by gunshot.

15 W. Howard Lester, 75, American businessman, former CEO of Williams-Sonoma, cancer.
William Self, 89, American actor and television production manager (Batman, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea), heart attack.

8 Gregorio Barradas Miravete, 28, Mexican politician, Mayor-elect of Rodríguez Clara, Veracruz, shot.
Quintin Dailey, 49, American basketball player (Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle SuperSonics), cardiovascular disease.
Addison Powell, 89, American actor (Dark Shadows, The Thomas Crown Affair, Three Days of the Condor).

4 Eugénie Blanchard, 114, French supercentenarian, world’s oldest person.
Michelle Nicastro, 50, American singer, actress (When Harry Met Sally…) and voice actress (The Swan Princess), lung cancer.

1 Shannon Tavarez, 11, American actress (The Lion King), leukemia.

December 2010

31 Onie Ponder, 112, American supercentenarian. oldest living Floridian.

29 Bill Erwin, 96, American actor (Seinfeld, Falcon Crest, The Twilight Zone).

28 Brandon Joyce, 26, American football player (St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings), shot.

26 Teena Marie, 54, American singer and composer
Bernard Wilson, 64, American singer (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes), stroke and heart attack.

25 Aron Abrams, 50, American screenwriter and television producer (Everybody Hates Chris, Bob’s Burgers).
Eric Laakso, 54, American football player (Miami Dolphins), natural causes. (body found on this date)

20 Jacqueline Courtney, 64, American actress (Another World, One Life to Live), metastatic melanoma.
Giovanni Ferrofino, 98, Italian Roman Catholic prelate, Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti (1960–1965) and to Ecuador (1965–1970)
Brian Hanrahan, 61, British journalist, cancer.
Steve Landesberg, 74, American actor (Barney Miller, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), colorectal cancer.
James R. Mann, 90, American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina (1969–1979), Alzheimer’s disease.
Magnolia Shorty, 28, American rapper, shot.

15 Blake Edwards, 88, American film director, producer and screenwriter (The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), pneumonia.

9 John du Pont, 72, American billionaire and murderer, natural causes.
Chuck Jordan, 83, American automobile designer (General Motors).
Nazario Moreno González, 40, Mexican drug lord (La Familia Michoacana), shot.

7 Hendrik Coetzee, 35, South African kayaker and adventurer, crocodile attack.
Elizabeth Edwards, 61, American author, lawyer and political activist, breast cancer.

6 Carol Rymer Davis, 65, American balloonist. (body found on this date)

5 Alan Armer, 88, American Emmy Award-winning television producer (The Fugitive), colon cancer.
Shamil Burziyev, 25, Russian footballer, car crash.
Don Meredith, 72, American football player (Dallas Cowboys) and commentator (Monday Night Football), brain hemorrhage.
Virgilio Teixeira, 93, Portuguese actor (Return of the Seven, The Fall of the Roman Empire, El Cid).

4 Pamela Bryant, 51, American model, actress (H.O.T.S.), and Playboy Playmate of the Month (April 1978), natural causes.

January 2011

2 –Actor Pete Postlethwaite, age 64, pancreatic cancer

2 -Miriam Seegar, 103, American silent film actress and interior designer.

2- Patricia Smith, 80, American actress (The Spirit of St. Louis, The Bob Newhart Show, The Debbie Reynolds Show), heart failure

3- Jill Haworth, 65, English actress (Exodus, In Harm’s Way, Cabaret, The Outer Limits), natural causes.

3 – Stanley Tolliver, 85, American attorney and civil rights advocate.

3 — Actress Anne Francis, age 80, lung cancer

4 – Grady Chapman, 81, American doo-wop singer (The Robins), heart failure.

4 — Singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty, age 63, after a long illness

5 – Bill Zeller, 27, American computer programmer, injuries from a suicide attempt.

6 – Tom Cavanagh, 28, American ice hockey player (San Jose Sharks), blunt force trauma.

6 – Donald J. Tyson, 80, American business executive, Chairman of Tyson Foods (1967–2001), cancer.

6 – Susana Chávez, 36, Mexican poet and human rights activist, strangled.

6 – Ryne Duren, 81, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees).

7 – Red Borom, 95, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers).

7 – Bill Johnson, 84, American football player (San Francisco 49ers) and coach (Cincinnati Bengals).

7 – Val Puccio, 45, American professional wrestler.

8 –Canadian actor Peter Donaldson, 57, cancer

8 – William F. Walsh, 98, American politician, Mayor of Syracuse, New York (1961–1969), Congressman (1973–1979).

8 – Del Reisman, 86, American television producer (The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables) and writer, President of WGAW (1991–1993), cardiac arrest.

9 – Debbie Friedman, 59, American songwriter, pneumonia.

10 – Cookie Gilchrist, 75, American football player (Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos), cancer

10 – John Dye, 47, American actor (Touched by an Angel), heart attack.

11 — Canadian actor Al Kozlik, 76, stroke

11 – Butch McCord, 85, American Negro league baseball player.

11- David Nelson, 74, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), colon cancer

12 – Paul Picerni, 88, American actor (The Untouchables), heart attack.

13 – Tuviah Friedman, 88, Israeli Nazi hunter.

14 – Georgia Carroll, 91, American fashion model and actress (Yankee Doodle Dandy).

14 – Mississippi Winn, 113, American supercentenarian, Louisiana’s oldest person.

14 – Dr. Creep, 69, American television host.

15 –Stage director Michael Langham, 91, natural causes

18 – Milton Rogovin, 101, American documentary photographer.

21 – ay Garner, 82, American actor (Pennies from Heaven, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century), respiratory failure.

21 – Tony Geiss, 86, American television writer and composer (Sesame Street), Emmy award winner, complications from a fall.

22 – William Schreyer, 83, American business executive, Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch (1985–1993).

23 — Jack LaLanne, father of the fitness movement, age 96, pneumonia

24 – Barrie Lee Hall, Jr., 61, American jazz trumpeter and band leader (Duke Ellington).

26 – Gladys Horton, 65, American R&B singer (The Marvelettes), complications from a stroke.

26 – Shawn McGrath, 34, American professional wrestler, suicide.

27 – Boyd Kirkland, 60, American animation producer and director (Batman: TAS, X-Men: Evolution), pulmonary fibrosis.

30 – Charles Nolan, 53, American fashion designer, cancer of the head and neck.

31 – Eunice Sanborn, 114, American supercentenarian, oldest living American at the time of her death..

31 – Charles Sellier, 67, American film and television producer (The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams).

31 – Michael Tolan, 85, American actor (The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), heart disease and renal failure.


2 – Bill Foster, 78, American television director (Benson, Full House, The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults), cancer.

4 – Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud, 41, Egyptian journalist, shot.

5 – Donald Peterman, 79, American cinematographer (Flashdance, Men in Black, Cocoon), complications from myelodysplastic syndrome.

5 – Peggy Rea, 89, American character actress (Grace Under Fire, The Dukes of Hazzard, Step by Step, The Waltons), heart failure

9 – Alicia Pietri, 87, Venezuelan First Lady (1969–1974; 1994–1999), widow of President Rafael Caldera.

10 – Jon Petrovich, 63, American journalist, executive at CNN, cancer.

11- Steve Dacri, 58, American magician, cancer.

11- Chuck Tanner, 82, American baseball manager (Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates) and player (Los Angeles Dodgers), after long illness.

12 – Betty Garrett, 91, American actress, singer and dancer (On the Town, All in the Family, Laverne & Shirley), aortic aneurysm.

12 – Kenneth Mars, 75, American actor (Young Frankenstein, The Producers, The Little Mermaid), pancreatic cancer.

12 – Bridgett Rollins, 54, American model (Playboy), cancer.

16 –Actor Len Lesser (aka Seinfeld’s “Uncle Leo”), age 88, cancer-related pneumonia

16 – Len Lesser, 88, American actor (Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond), cancer-related pneumonia.

17 – Ricky Bell, 36, American football player (Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Winnipeg Blue Bombers).

17 – Perry Moore, 39, American author (Hero) and film producer (The Chronicles of Narnia), apparent drug overdose.

17 – Dave Duerson, 50, American football player (Chicago Bears, Phoenix Cardinals, New York Giants), suicide by gunshot

17 – Ron Hickman, 78, South African-born British inventor (Black & Decker Workmate, Lotus Elan).

17 – Michelle Monkhouse, 19, Canadian fashion model, car accident.

19 – Donald L. Cox, 74, American leader of the Black Panther Party.

21 – Ben Fricke, 35, American football player (Dallas Cowboys), colon cancer.

23 – Rebekah Johansson, 29, Swedish model, apparent suicide.

26 – Shawn Lee, 44, American football player (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears).

27 – Duke Snider, 84, American Baseball Hall of Famer (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants).

28 — Jane Russell, 89, American actress (The Outlaw, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), respiratory illness.

MARCH 2011

1 – John M. Lounge, 64, American NASA astronaut (1981–1991), complications from liver cancer.

8 –Alice in Chains bassist Mike Star, age 44, drugs and alcohol overdose

10 – Eddie Snyder, 92, American composer (“Strangers in the Night”, “Spanish Eyes”).

11 – Hugh Martin, 96, American songwriter (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) and film composer (Meet Me in St. Louis), natural causes.

15 –Musician Nate Dogg (aka Nathaniel Dwayne Hale), age 41, heart failure

17 — Actor Michael Gough (Alfred the Butler in the Burton/Schumacher Batman films), age 94, natural causes

18 – Drew Hill, 54, American football player (Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers), stroke

20 – Dorothy Young, 103, American actress, assistant to Harry Houdini.

21 — Soul/disco singer Loleatta Holloway, age 64, heart failure

23 –Elizabeth Taylor, 79, British-American actress (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cleopatra, BUtterfield 8), heart failure.

26 –Paul Baran, 84, American Internet pioneer, complications from lung cancer.

26 – Carl Bunch, 71, American drummer (Buddy Holly and the Crickets).

26 – Harry Coover, 94, American inventor (Super Glue).

26 – Cibele Dorsa, 36, Brazilian actress and writer, suicide by jumping.

26 – Geraldine Ferraro, 75, American politician, U.S. Representative from New York (1979–1985) and 1984 Vice Presidential nominee, multiple myeloma.

30 – Jack Fulk, 78, American businessman, co-founder of Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits.

APRIL 2011

9 — Director Sidney Lumet, age 87,

25 –Singer Poly Styrene (aka Marianne Joan Elliott-Said), age 53, cancer

26 — Singer Phoebe Snow, age 60, complications resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage

27 – David E. Davis, 80, American automotive writer, editor and publisher (Car and Driver, Automobile), complications from bladder surgery.


20 –Randy “Macho Man” Savage, age 58, heart attack followed by car crash

27 –Actor Jeff Conaway, age 60, pneumonia

30 — Actress Clarice Taylor (“Cosby Show” grandman), age 93, congestive heart failure


3 — Actor James Arness (Gunsmoke), age 88, natural causes

18 –Saxaphonist Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), age 69, complications from stroke

20 –Jackass star Ryan Dunn, age 34, car accident

23 — Actor Peter Falk (Columbo), age 83, cardio respiratory arrest with pneumonia


12 –Sherwood Schwartz (Brady Bunch creator), age 94, natural causes

21 –Elwy Yost, Canadian film historian and TV host, age 86, natural causes

23 –Soul-pop singer Amy Winehouse, age 27, alcohol poisoning


3 — Actor/NFLer Bubba Smith, age 66, drug intoxication and heart disease

10 –Jani Lane (frontman of rockband Warrant), age 47, alcohol poisoning

15 –Russell Armstrong (“Real Housewives” husband), age 47, suicide

22 –Actor Michael Showers, age 45, drowning

22 –R&B singer Nick Ashford, age 70, throat cancer

29 –Bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards, age 96, heart failure


10 — Actor Cliff Robertson, age 88, natural causes

15 –Canadian actress Frances Bay, age 92, complications from pneumonia

30 –Alexander Grant, former artistic director of National Ballet of Canada, age 86, natural causes


5 — Actor Charles Napier, age 75, natural causes

8 –Mikey Welsh (former Weezer bassist), age 40, suspected drug overdose leading to heart attack


3 –Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus), age 34, undetermined

4 — Journalist Andy Rooney (60 Minutes), age 92, complications from surgery

8 –Rapper Heavy D, age 44, pneumonia

8 –Cartoonist Bill Keane (“Family Circus”), age 89, unknown

19 –John Neville, actor and former artistic director of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, age 86, natural causes

21 — Sci-fi writer Anne McCaffrey, age 85, stroke

27 — Director Ken Russell, age 84, natural causes


7 –Actor Harry Morgan (Col. Potter on M*A*S*H), age 96, pneumonia

8 — Comics writer Jerry Robinson, age 89,

15 — Writer/politico Christopher Hitchens, age 62, complications from cancer

26 — Comedy writer Joe Bodolai, age 63, suicide by poisoning

Jan. 1: Dion and the Belmonts singer Fred Milano, 72

Jan. 3: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston, 64

Jan. 17: “Willie and the Hand Jive” singer Johnny Otis, 90

Jan. 20: “At Last” singer Etta James, 73

Jan. 22: College football coach Joe Paterno, 85

Jan. 22: “Lost in Space” robot voice artist Dick Tufeld, 85

Jan. 24: “The Bold Ones” star James Farentino, 73

Jan. 26: “Welcome Back Kotter” star Robert Hegyes, 60

Jan. 31: “House of Carters” star Leslie Carter, 25

Feb. 1: “Soul Train” host Don Cornelius, 75

Feb. 3: “Anatomy of a Murder” star Ben Gazzara, 81

Feb. 11: “I Will Always Love You” singer Whitney Houston, 48

Feb. 12: Mad and Cracked magazine artist John Severin, 90

Feb. 15: “The Mummy’s Tomb” star Elyse Knox, 94

Feb. 15: “Women Behind Bars” star Lina Romay, 57

Feb. 29: Monkees singer Davy Jones, 66

Feb. 29: Batman artist Sheldon Moldoff, 91

March 3: “Jump On It” guitarist Ronnie Montrose, 64

March 28: Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, 88

April 7: “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace, 93

April 14: “Dark Shadows” star Jonathan Frid, 87

April 18: “American Bandstand” host Dick Clark, 82

April 5: Amplifier manufacturer Jim Marshall, 88

April 19: The Band singer-drummer Levon Helm, 71

April 26: New York radio DJ Pete Fornatale, 66

April 28: “Phantom of the Rue Morgue” star Patricia Medina, 92

May 4: Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, 47

May 6: “Andy Griffith Show” Goober George Lindsey, 83

May 8: “Where the Wild Things Are” writer-artist Maurice Sendak, 83

May 9: Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, 84

May 13: Booker T. & the M.G.’s bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, 70

May 17: “Last Dance” singer Donna Summer, 63

May 20: Bee Gees member Robin Gibb, 62

May 29: “Gumby” voice artist Dick Beals, 85

June 2: “Hogan’s Heroes” star Richard Dawson, 79

June 4: Platters singer Herb Reed, 83

June 5: “Fahrenheit 451” author Ray Bradbury, 91

June 7: Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, 66

June 8: “Green Acres” star Frank Cady, 96

June 20: Playboy artist LeRoy Neiman, 91

June 20: Movie critic Andrew Sarris, 83

June 26: “Sleepless in Seattle” director Nora Ephron, 71

June 26: “I Love Lucy” player Doris Singleton, 92

June 27: “My Three Sons” star Don Grady, 68

July 3: “The Andy Griffith Show” star Andy Griffith, 86

July 8: “Marty” star Ernest Borgnine, 95

July 15: “All About Eve” player Celeste Holm, 95

July 24: “Medical Center” Chad Everett, 75

July 24: “The Jeffersons” star Sherman Hemsley, 74

July 27: “Keeping Up Appearances” star Geoffrey Hughes, 68

July 31: “Myra Breckinridge” author Gore Vidal, 86

Aug. 6: “The Way We Were” composer Marvin Hamlisch, 68

Aug. 7: Movie critic Judith Crist, 90

Aug. 12: “Sgt. Rock” artist Joe Kubert, 85

Aug. 13: Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, 90

Aug. 14: “Welcome Back Kotter” sweathog Ron Palillo, 63

Aug. 16: “The Farmer’s Daughter” star William Windom, 88

Aug. 20: Comedian Phyllis Diller, 95

Aug. 25: First man on the moon Neil Armstrong, 82

Sept. 3: “The Green Mile” player Michael Clarke Duncan, 54

Sept. 25: “Moon River” singer Andy Williams, 84

Sept. 27: “Phantom of the Opera” star Herbert Lom, 95

Sept. 30: “The Mummy’s Tomb” star Turhan Bey, 90

Oct. 10: “Webster” star Alex Karras, 77

Oct. 14: Captain Marvel artist Marc Swayze, 99

Oct. 14: Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, 82

Oct. 24: Our Gang member Peggy Ahern, 95

Nov. 13: 3-D historian Ray Zone, 65

Nov. 23: “Dallas” star Larry Hagman, 81

Nov. 25: Cadillacs singer Earl “Speedo” Carroll, 75

Nov. 28: Underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez, 72

December 2012

Dec. 5: Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, 91

Dec. 6: Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy, 89

Dec. 11: Sitar master Ravi Shankar, 92

Dec. 13: “Our Gang” cast member Jack Hanlon, 96

Dec. 24: “The Odd Couple” star Jack Klugman, 90

Dec. 24: Mothers of Invention singer Ray Collins, 73

Dec. 24: “The Sting” player Charles Durning, 89

Dec. 26: “Fireball XL5” creator Gerry Anderson, 83

Dec. 27: Retired Gen. Norman H. Schwarzkopf, Jr., 78

Dec. 27: John Ford stock player Harry Carey, Jr., 91

January 2013

Jack Davis, 80, American football player (Boston Patriots)

Ross Davis, 94, American Negro League baseball player

Lucio Dell’Angelo, 74, Italian footballer

Patti Page, 85, American singer (“Tennessee Waltz”, “Confess”) and actress (Elmer Gantry)

Yuri Alexandrov, 49, Russian boxer

Charles W. Blackwell, 70, American Chickasaw Nation diplomat, Ambassador to the United States (since 1995)

Jim Boyd, 79, American actor (The Electric Company)

Mamie Rearden, 114, American supercentenarian

Ned Wertimer, 89, American actor (The Jeffersons, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), complications from a fall

Hisayuki Sasaki, 48, Japanese golf player, cardiac arrest

Burry Stander, 25, South African Olympic (2008, 2012) mountain biker, traffic collision

Paul Taff, 92, American television executive and executive producer (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, The French Chef)

Pete Elliott, 86, American Hall of Fame college football player (Michigan), Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1979–1995)

Tony Lip, 82, American actor (Donnie Brasco, Goodfellas, The Sopranos)

Vittorio Missoni, 58, Italian fashion designer, CEO of Missoni, plane crash

Lassaad Ouertani, 32, Tunisian footballer, traffic collision

Bryan Stoltenberg, 40, American football player (San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers), injuries sustained in traffic collision

Reg Dean, 110, English supercentenarian, Britain’s oldest man

Jeff Lewis, 39, American football player (Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos), accidental drug overdose

Chandler Williams, 27, American football player

Larry Clapp, 66, American politician, member of Wyoming House of Representatives (1978–1979), suicide by gunshot.

Matthew Dickens, 51, American actor and choreographer (The Aviator, Rent, Dreamgirls), cancer

Manuel Mota, 46, Spanish fashion designer, suicide

John Wilkinson, 67, American rhythm guitarist (Elvis Presley’s TCB Band), cancer

Aida Desta, 86, Ethiopian royal

George Gund III, 75, American sports franchise co-owner (San Jose Sharks, Cleveland Cavaliers), cancer

Eifan Saadoun Al Issawi, 37, Iraqi politician, MP for Fallujah, bombing

Noé Hernández, 34, Mexican Olympic silver medal-winning (2000) race walker, cardiac arrest

Isidro Pérez, 47, Mexican boxer, WBC Flyweight Champion (1990–1992) (body discovered on this date)

Robert F. Chew, 52, American actor (The Wire), apparent heart failure

Jack McCarthy, 73, American poet

Walmor Chagas, 82, Brazilian actor (Xica da Silva, São Paulo, Sociedade Anônima), apparent suicide by gunshot

Said Ali al-Shihri, 39, Saudi Al-Qaeda leader

Leslie Frankenheimer, 64, American set decorator (Blade Runner, Star Trek: Voyager, Ben & Kate), leukemia

Anna Litvinova, 29, Russian fashion model, won Miss Russia (Miss Universe competition) (2006), cancer

Janice Knickrehm, 87, American actress (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers)

Khuseyn Gakayev, 42, Russian Chechen nationalist military leader, shot

Gregory Carroll, 83, American R&B singer (The Four Buddies, The Orioles) and songwriter (“Just One Look”), aneurysm

Leroy Bonner, 69, American funk singer and guitarist (Ohio Players), cancer

Bernard Horsfall, 82, British actor (Doctor Who, Gandhi, Braveheart)

Patty Andrews, 94, American singer, last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters, natural causes

George Witt, 79, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Colt .45’s)

Caleb Moore, 25, American snowmobile competitor, complications from a collision during competition
February 2013

Ed Koch, 88, American politician, U.S. Representative from New York (1969–1977), Mayor of New York City (1978–1989), television judge (The People’s Court), heart failure

Robin Sachs, 61, English actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Galaxy Quest, Babylon 5), heart attack

Cecil Womack, 65, American musician and singer

John Kerr, 81, American actor (The Streets of San Francisco)

Chris Kyle, 38, American author and Navy SEAL sniper, most lethal in U.S. military history, shooting

Arpad Miklos, 45, Hungarian model and porn actor, suicide

Joe Gardner, 68, American politician, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives (since 2007)

John M. Peters, 86, American politician, member of the Iowa House of Representatives (1953–1955)

Reg Presley, 71, British singer (The Troggs) and songwriter (“Love Is All Around”), lung cancer

Gerry Hambling, 86, English film editor (Pink Floyd – The Wall, Midnight Express, In the Name of the Father)

Chokri Belaid, 48, Tunisian politician, assassination by shooting

Kevin Gray, 55, American musical theatre actor (The Phantom of the Opera, The King and I), heart attack

Matthew White, 55, American basketball player (University of Pennsylvania), stabbing

John Holt, 53, American football player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts)

Richard J. Collins, 98, American screenwriter (Bonanza, Matlock)

Walt Easley, 55, American football player (San Francisco 49ers)

Reeva Steenkamp, 29, South African model, shot

Tim Dog, 46, American rapper, complications of diabetes

Ken Clark, 46, American football player (Indianapolis Colts, Nebraska Cornhuskers), heart attack

Harald Siepermann, 50, German animator (Tarzan, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Enchanted), cancer

Richard Briers, 79, British actor (The Good Life, Ever Decreasing Circles, Peter Pan), emphysema
Jerry Buss, 80, American entrepreneur, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, cancer and kidney failure

Damon Harris, 62, American soul and R&B singer (The Temptations), prostate cancer

Lou Myers, 77, American actor (The Wedding Planner, A Different World)

Kenji Eno, 42, Japanese video game developer (D, Real Sound), heart failure

Magic Slim, 75, American blues singer and guitarist

Cleotha Staples, 78, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Alzheimer’s disease

George Ives, 87, American actor (Bewitched, Green Acres, Perry Mason)

Mario Ramírez, 55, American baseball player (New York Mets, San Diego Padres)

Dale Robertson, 89, American actor (Death Valley Days, Tales of Wells Fargo, Dynasty), lung cancer and pneumonia

Richard Street, 70, American singer (The Monitors, The Temptations), pulmonary embolism

March 2013

Bonnie Franklin, 69, American actress (One Day at a Time), pancreatic cancer

Magic, 37, American rap vocalist (Sky’s the Limit), traffic collision

Lilian Cahn, 89, American businesswoman, co-founder of Coach, Inc.

Hugo Chávez, 58, Venezuelan politician and military officer, President (since 1999), heart attack

Malachi Throne, 84, American actor (Batman, Star Trek, The Rockford Files)

Yadier Pedroso, 26, Cuban baseball player, traffic collision

Michael Roarty, 84, American brewing advertising executive (Anheuser-Busch), created “This Bud’s for you” slogan

Bobby Smith, 76, American singer (The Spinners), complications of influenza and pneumonia

Frank Thornton, 92, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine, Gosford Park)

Lester Lewis, 46, American television writer and producer (The Office, Caroline in the City, The PJs), suicide

David Early, 74, American actor (Dawn Of The Dead, The Silence of the Lambs, Zack and Miri Make a Porno), cancer

Jessica Upshaw, 53, American politician, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives (since 2004), apparent suicide by gunshot

Don Payne, 48, American television writer (The Simpsons) and screenwriter (Thor, My Super Ex-Girlfriend), bone cancer

Richard Griffiths, 65, British actor (Withnail and I, The History Boys, Harry Potter), complications after heart surgery

John Charles Upton, Jr., 56, American documentary film maker, shot

Reid Flair, 25, American professional wrestler, heroin overdose

Bobby Parks, 51, American basketball player and coach (Shell Turbo Chargers, University of Memphis), PBA Hall of Fame (2009), laryngeal cancer


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Michael Jackson Last Video

This is off the norm here, I wanted to post something about Michael Jackson here.  I did grow up following the Jackson 5 and Michael, that’s another story,  I did find his last rehearsal video shocking. The song is called, ‘They Don’t Really Care About Us.’   Who is Michael referring to?

Rest In Peace My Friend, Rest In Peace.