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2018 Celebrity Deaths – Looking Back at Famous Figures Lost This Year

So far, 2018 has seen the loss of iconic musicians, award winning actors, beloved political and religious figures, business leaders, military heroes, famous athletes, and more. Here’s a look back at some of these famous people lost to date.



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January 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Jan 01 – Jon Paul Steuer, 33
Famous For:  Actor; Most widely known for his roles in Grace Under FireLittle Giants, and as Alexander Rozhenko in Star Trek: The Next Generation
Cause of Death:  Suicide by gunshot

Jan 01 – Betty Willis, 76
Famous For:  American soul singer from the 1960s
Cause of Death:  Willis was strangled by a homeless man during an attempted rape

Jan 01 – Robert Mann, 97
Famous For:  American violinist / composer; Founding member of the famous Juilliard String Quartet

Jan 02 – Thomas S. Monson, 90
Famous For:  Monson was an American religious leader and writer;  He was President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (since 2008) and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (1995 to 2008)

Mormon church leader Thomas S. Monson (left) delivering family history records to U.S. President Barack Obama (apostle Dallin H. Oaks at right) - July 20, 2009

Mormon church leader Thomas S. Monson (left) delivering family history records to U.S. President Barack Obama (apostle Dallin H. Oaks at right) – July 20, 2009. (Public Domain)

Jan 04 – Jack N. Merritt, 87
Famous For:  Merritt was a four-star United States Army general;  Served as U.S. Military Representative with the NATO Military Committee from 1985-1987

Jan 04 – Ray Thomas, 76
Famous For:  UK Musician;  Ray was a founding member of the rock group The Moody Blues;  Known for the popular song Nights In White Satin
Cause of Death:  Prostate cancer

Jan 05 – Carole Hart, 74
Famous For:  American TV writer, most notably known for her work on Sesame Street
Cause of Death:  Cancer

Jan 05 – Jerry Van Dyke, 86
Famous For:  Actor; Known for his roles as David Crabtree in the TV show My Mother the Car (1965) and Luther Van Dam on Coach from 1989-1997

Jerry Van Dyke (left), with his brother Dick Van Dyke - 7th Annual American Comedy Awards - Publicity Photo - Feb 1993

Jerry Van Dyke (left), with his brother Dick Van Dyke – 7th Annual American Comedy Awards – Publicity Photo – Feb 1993. (Public Domain)

Jan 05 – John Young, 87
Famous For:  Captain, USN / NASA Astronaut; Young flew on the first manned Gemini mission in 1965 and five more missions including a moon walk in 1972

Jan 06 – Dave Toschi, 86
Famous For:  Toschi was an American police detective most notably known for his work with the San Francisco Police Department as an inspector in the infamous Zodiac Killer case
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

Jan 07 – Anna Mae Hays, 97
Famous For:  Hays was an American military officer and nurse; She was the Chief of Army Nurse Corps from 1967-1971 and the first female U.S. General
Cause of Death:  Complications after a heart attack

Anna Mae Hayes - Chief of Army Nurse Corps from 1967-1971 - First female U.S. General

Anna Mae Hayes – Chief of Army Nurse Corps from 1967-1971 – First female U.S. General. (Public Domain)

Jan 07 – Doug Young, 98
Famous For:  Voice actor;  Known for his roles on cartoons Quick Draw McGraw, The Flintstones and Johnny Quest

Jan 08 – Denise LaSalle, 78
Famous For:  Blues Singer;  LaSalle is widely recognized as the Queen of the Blues; Known for her 1971 top hit Trapped By A Thing Called Love
Cause of Death:  Complications from a fall

Jan 10 – Eddie Clarke, 67
Famous For:  UK Musician, most notably known as the lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Motörhead
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

Jan 10 – Doreen Tracey, 74
Famous For:  Actress, Singer; Doreen was a regular on the TV show Mickey Mouse Club from 1955 to 1958
Cause of Death:  Cancer

Jan 12 – Keith Jackson, 89
Famous For:  Sportscaster; Jackson was the voice of ABC Sports’ College football coverage from 1966 to 2006

Jan 13 – Jean Porter, 95
Famous For:  Actress; Porter was contracted with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and appeared in over 30 movies from 1938 to 1961

Jan 13 – Naomi Stevens, 92
Famous For:  Actress; Stevens was a popular character actress from 1950s to the 1980s; Known for her role as Mrs. Dreyfus in the 1960 movie The Apartment

Jan 15 – Dolores O’Riordan, 46
Famous For:  Dolores was the lead singer for popular rock band The Cranberries; Known for hits like Linger and Zombie

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries performing with her signature guitar at a concert in Paris - May 2010

Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries performing with her signature guitar at a concert in Paris – May 2010. (Creative Commons)

Jan 15 – Edwin Hawkins, 74
Famous For:  Hawkins was an American gospel pianist and singer;  Known for songs such as Oh Happy Day and Lay Down (Candles in the Rain); Multiple Grammy award winner
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer

Jan 16 – Jo Jo White, 71
Famous For:  American Hall of Fame basketball player with the NBA’s Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and Kansas City Kings; 1968 Olympic basketball champion
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

Jan 17 – Jessica Falkholt, 29
Famous For:  Australian actress; Known for her role as Hope Morrison in TV series Home and Away
Cause of Death:  Falkholt and her family were killed in a car accident

Jan 17 – Simon Shelton, 52
Famous For:  British actor;  Known for playing the role of Tinky Winky in the BBC TV show Teletubbies from 1997 to 2001
Cause of Death:  Hypothermia

Jan 19 – Olivia Cole, 75
Famous For:  Cole was an American actress known for roles in Roots, Backstairs at the White House, and Brewster Place; 1977 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Heart attack

Olivia Cole (November 26, 1942 – January 19, 2018)

Olivia Cole
November 26, 1942 – January 19, 2018
(© CBS Television / Wikimedia Commons)

Jan 19 – Dorothy Malone, 93
Famous For:  Actress known for her roles in Written on the Wind, Peyton Place, and Too Much, Too Soon;  1956 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner

Jan 20 – Wendell Castle, 85
Famous For:  Artist / furniture maker; Considered by many to be the father of “furniture art”

Jan 20 – John Coleman, 83
Famous For:  Television meteorologist;  John was the original weatherman on ABC’s Good Morning America (1975); Coleman also co-founded of The Weather Channel in 1982

Jan 20 – Naomi Parker Fraley, 96
Famous For:  Naomi is known as the inspiration for the famous Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” WWII era artwork

Jan 21 – Connie Sawyer (Birth name Rosie Cohen), 105
Famous For:  Connie was an American stage, film and TV actress;  Affectionally known as “The Clown Princess of Comedy”; Sawyer had over 140 film and TV credits, but was most notably known for her roles in Dumb and Dumber, Pineapple Express, and When Harry Met Sally…
Cause of Death:  Heart attack

Connie Sawyer (November 27, 1912 – January 21, 2018)

Connie Sawyer
November 27, 1912 – January 21, 2018
(Public Domain)

Jan 26 – Stacey Young, 52
Famous For:  British model;  Stacey appeared in many 1980’s music videos with her singer husband Paul Young
Cause of Death:  Brain cancer

Jan 27 – Mort Walker, 94
Famous For:  Cartoonist; Walker is the artist/writer behind the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey (1950) and Hi and Lois (1954)

Jan 30 – Mark Salling, 35
Famous For:  Actor and musician;   Known for his role as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the TV show Glee from 2009 to 2013
Cause of Death:  Salling committed suicide


February 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Feb 01 – Dennis Edwards, 74
Famous For:  Singer;  Edwards was the lead singer for The Temptations from 1968 to 1977; Known for songs such as Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone

Feb 04 – John Mahoney, 77
Famous For:  British/American actor;  Known for his role as Martin Crane – Frasier’s father – on TV show Frasier from 1993 to 2004
Cause of Death:  Throat cancer

John Mahoney in 1994 (June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018)

John Mahoney in 1994
June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018
(Flickr User Alan Light / Creative Commons)

Feb 07 – John Perry Barlow, 70
Famous For:  Poet / Cyber activist; Barlow was known for being the lyricist for the Grateful Dead and founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation

Feb 07 – Jill Messick, 50
Famous For:  Producer; Known for producing movies She’s All That and Mean Girls
Cause of Death:  Suicide

Feb 09 – Reg E. Cathey, 59
Famous for:  Actor; Known for his role as Freddy Hayes in “House of Cards” (2013-2017); 2015 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Lung cancer

Feb 09 – John Gavin, 86
Famous For:  American actor known for his roles in Psycho, Spartacus, and Imitation of Life; Diplomat; Ambassador to Mexico from 1981 to 1986
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

Feb 11 – Anthony Acevedo, 93
Famous For:  Acevedo was an American soldier during World War II;  Kept a diary while held as a Prisoner Of War (POW) at Berga Concentration Camp; His writings were instrumental in documenting Nazi atrocities against POWs

Tony Acevedo - Shown here in 2010 as POW Honoree at courthouse in Pasadena, California

Tony Acevedo is shown here in 2010 as POW Honoree at courthouse in Pasadena, California. (Wikimedia Commons)

Feb 11 – Vic Damone, 89
Famous For:  Singer / songwriter; Known for songs such as You’re Breaking My Heart (1949) and On the Street Where You Live (1956)

Feb 11 – Jan Maxwell, 61
Famous For:  Actress / singer;  Known for roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Follies and TV’s Gossip Girl
Cause of Death:  Meningitis complicated by breast cancer

Feb 12 – Marty Allen, 95
Famous For:  Actor and comedian;  One-half of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi;  Allen made 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show

Feb 15 – Lassie Lou Ahern, 97
Famous For:  Actress;  Ahern was a child actress in the “Our Gang” films
Cause of Death:  Flu

Feb 19 – Max Desfor, 104
Famous For:  Desfor was an American photographer with the Associated Press;  1951 Pulitzer Prize winner his Korean War photo – Flight of Refugees Across Wrecked Bridge in Korea

Feb 21 – Billy Graham, 99
Famous For:  Baptist Minister and Christian television evangelist; Known for running the “Billy Graham Crusades” from 1947-2005;  Graham was a spiritual advisor to every U.S. President from Harry Truman through Barack Obama

Billy Graham - April 11, 1966

Billy Graham – April 11, 1966 (Library of Congress / Public Domain)

Feb 22 – Nanette Fabray, 97
Famous For:  Actress, singer, dancer;  Known for Sid Caesar’s comedy partner on Caesar’s Hour from 1954 to 1957;  Nanette played Katherine Romano on the TV show One Day at a Time from 1979 to 1984; 1949 Tony Award winner; 1956 and 1957 Emmy Award winner


March 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Mar 01 – Bill Burkette, 75
Famous For:  Singer; Burkette was an original member of ‘The Vogues’; Known for songs such as You’re the One and Five O’Clock World

Mar 03 – David Ogden Stiers, 75
Famous For:  Actor; David is known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in TV show M*A*S*H (1977-1983)
Cause of Death:  Bladder cancer

David Ogden Stiers as Major Charles Winchester

David Ogden Stiers as Major Charles Winchester from TV show M*A*S*H. (CBS Television / Public Domain)

Mar 12 – Craig Mack, 47
Famous For:  Singer / rapper; Also known as MC EZ; Known for song Flava in Ya Ear
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Craig Mack - That's My Word EP

Craig Mack
May 10, 1970 – March 12, 2018

Mar 14 – Stephen Hawking, 76
Famous For:  English theoretical physicist; Professor at the University of Cambridge; Author of A Brief History of Time
Cause of Death:  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Stephen Hawking during the press conference at the National Library of France to inaugurate the Laboratory of Astronomy and Particles in Paris - May 5, 2006

Stephen Hawking during a press conference at the National Library of France to inaugurate the Laboratory of Astronomy and Particles in Paris, France – May 5, 2006. (Public Domain)

Mar 19 – Les Payne, 76
Famous For:  American journalist with Newsday; 1974 Pulitzer Prize winner

Mar 20 – Frank Avruch, 89
Famous For:  Actor; Frank Avruch famously played Bozo, the star of TV show Bozo the Clown from 1959-to 1970
Cause of Death:   Heart disease

Frank Avruch as 'Bozo the Clown' - circa 1966

Frank Avruch as ‘Bozo the Clown’ – circa 1966. (Public Domain)

Mar 22 – Wayne Huizenga, 80
Famous For:  Huizenga was an entrepreneur and philanthropist;  Previous owner of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins and the Florida Panthers
Cause of Death:  Cancer

Mar 22 – Charles Lazar, 94
Famous For:  Entrepreneur; Lazar was the founder and CEO of Toys “R” Us toy store chain

Mar 23 – DuShon Monique Brown, 49
Famous For:  Actress; Brown played Connie in Chicago Fire TV show from 2012-2018
Cause of Death:  Heart disease

Mar 25 – Linda Brown, 76
Famous For:  Civil Rights activist; Linda Brown was the subject of a Supreme Court case which outlawed school segregation, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954


April 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Apr 01 – Steven Bochco, 74
Famous For:  Television writer / producer; Known for his work on Hill Street Blues (1981-1987) and L.A. Law (1986-1994)
Cause of Death:  Leukemia

Apr 02 – Susan Anspach, 75
Famous For:  American actress;  Known for her roles in 1970’s films Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again, Sam, Blume in Love
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Apr 02 – Winnie Mandela, 81
Famous For:  South African politician; Anti-apartheid activist; Wife of Nelson Mandela

Apr 03 – Ron Dunbar, 78
Famous For:  Songwriter;  Known for songs such as Give Me Just a Little More Time, Band of Gold, and Patches; Dunbar won a Grammy Award in 1971

Apr 13 – Art Bell, 72
Famous For:  American author (The Coming Global Superstorm); Radio personality (Coast to Coast AM and Art Bell’s Dark Matter)
Cause of Death:  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Apr 14 – Hal Greer, 81
Famous For:  American Hall of Fame basketball player; Played with the Philadelphia 76ers from 1958 through 1973;  10-time NBA All-Star;  1967 NBA Champion

Hal Greer - 1969

Hal Greer in 1969
June 26, 1936 – April 14, 2018
(Public Domain)

Apr 14 – Kirk Simon, 63
Famous For:  American documentarian;  Known for films such as Strangers No More, Chimps: So Like Us, Rehearsing a Dream; 2011 Oscar winner
Cause of Death:  Cardiac arrest

Apr 15 – R. Lee Ermey, 74
Famous For:  Sgt. USMC retired; Actor;  Famous for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in 1967’s Full Metal Jacket
Cause of Death:  Complications from pneumonia

R. Lee Ermey, famed drill sergeant in the movie “Full Metal Jacket” and host of the History Channel TV show “Mail Call” aboard the USS Belleau Wood - March 22, 2005

R. Lee Ermey – Famed drill sergeant in the movie “Full Metal Jacket” and host of the History Channel TV show “Mail Call” aboard the USS Belleau Wood – March 22, 2005. (Public Domain)

Apr 16 – Harry Anderson, 65
Famous For:  Actor;  Known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on TV show Night Court (1984-1992)

Apr 17 – Barbara Bush, 92
Famous For:  Barbara Bush was the wife of U.S. President George H. W. Bush and First Lady from 1989-1993;  Mother of U.S. President George W. Bush (2001-2009);  Founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
Cause of Death:  Congestive heart failure

First Lady Barbara Bush in 1989

First Lady Barbara Bush in 1989
June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018
(Public Domain)

Apr 18 – Bruno Sammartino, 82
Famous For:  Bruno was a WWF professional wrestler known as “The Living Legend”;  Sammartino held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship longer than anyone in the history of the sport
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Apr 20 – Avicii (Birth name Tim Bergling), 28
Famous For:  Avicii was an electronic music producer; Known for songs such as Sunshine and I Could Be the One; Avicii was a two-time Grammy nominee
Cause of Death:  Acute pancreatitis

Apr 21 – Verne Troyer, 49
Famous For:  Actor;  Troyer was known for his role as Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies;  He was also known as the world’s shortest actor at only 2′ 8″ tall
Cause of Death:  Alcohol poisoning

Verne Troyer signing autographs at the Supernova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney, Australia - June 16, 2012

Verne Troyer signing autographs at the Supernova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney, Australia – June 16, 2012. (Flickr user Eva Rinaldi / Creative Commons)

Apr 23 – Bob Dorough, 94
Famous For:  Musician and songwriter;  Dorough composed and performed the Schoolhouse Rock! series of educational cartoons


May 2018 Celebrity Deaths

May 04 – Steve Coy, 56
Famous For:  UK musician;  Coy played drums and keyboard for the rock group “Dead or Alive” from 1982 until 2016

May 07 – Gayle Shepherd, 81
Famous For:  Singer; Gayle was one of four sisters who formed the group “The Shepherd Sisters” –  known for their appearances on TV shows Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand
Cause of Death:  Dementia

May 13 – Margot Kidder, 69
Famous For:  Canadian-American actress;  Kidder is most notably known for her role as Lois Lane in three Superman movies (1978, 1980, and 1983)
Cause of Death:  Suicide by overdose

Margot Kidder in Gaily, Gaily - 1969

Margot Kidder in Gaily, Gaily – 1969. (Public Domain)

May 14 – Tom Wolfe, 88
Famous For:  Author, known for books such as The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; Journalist

May 19 – Reggie Lucas, 19
Famous For:  Songwriter, most notably known for the hit song Never Knew Love Like This Before; Guitarist; Record Producer; 1981 Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

May 21 – Philip Roth, 85
Famous For:  Novelist; Roth wrote 1968’s Portnoy’s Complaint;  1998 Pulitzer Prize winner for his work on American Pastoral
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

May 26 – Alan Bean, 86
Famous For:  Bean was an American astronaut with Apollo 12, Skylab 3 missions; Alan Bean was the fourth person to walk on the Moon

May 27 – Gardner Dozois, 70
Famous For:  Dozois was an American Hall of Fame sci-fi writer (Morning Child, Hunter’s Run); Editor; 1984 and 1985 Nebula Award winner
Cause of Death:  Infection


June 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Jun 05 – Kate Spade, 55
Famous For:  American fashion designer; Entrepreneur;  Spade was the owner/operator of over 300 fashion stores globally
Cause of Death:  Suicide by hanging

Kate Spade

Kate Spade
December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018
(Bebeto Matthews / AP)

Jun 08 – Anthony Bourdain, 61
Famous For:  Bourdain was a TV Personality and Chef;  Most notably known for his television show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations from 2005 to 2012; Four-time Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Suicide by hanging

Anthony Bourdain at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards - 2014

Anthony Bourdain at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards – 2014. (Flickr Peabody Awards / Creative Commons)

Jun 08 – Jackson Odell, 20
Famous For:  Odell was an actor / songwriter known for his role as Ari Caldwell on TV show The Goldbergs

Jun 13 – D. J. Fontana, 87
Famous For:  Fontana was a drummer that played for The Blue Mean Boys and then later for Elvis Presley from 1954 to 1968

Jun 20 – Brian Donovan, 77
Famous For:  American journalist with Newsday; 1970 and 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner
Cause of Death:  Alzheimer’s disease

Jun 21 – Charles Krauthammer, 68
Famous For:  Author and columnist; Krauthammer was a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Washington Post;  Also known for several Fox TV commentary shows
Cause of Death:  Cancer of the small intestine

Jun 25 – Richard Benjamin Harrison, 77
Famous For:  Businessman and reality television star;  Richard Benjamin Harrison was most notably known as the “Old Man” on the History Channel’s TV show Pawn Stars
Cause of Death:  Parkinson’s disease

Jun 27 – Joe Jackson, 89
Famous For:  Joe Jackson was the father and patriarch of the Jackson family; Manager of group The Jackson 5
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer

Joe Jackson at the Cannes Film Festival - 2014

Joe Jackson at the Cannes Film Festival – 2014. (Public Domain)


July 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Jul 03 – Alan Diaz, 71
Famous For:  American photographer; 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner

Jul 05 – Jim Malloy, 87
Famous For:  American recording engineer; Most notably known for his work with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Henry Mancini; 1964 Grammy Award winner

Jul 13 – Nancy Barbato Sinatra, 101
Famous For:  Nancy was the first wife of Frank Sinatra (1939-1959)

Jul 21 – Alene Duerk, 98
Famous For:  American Navy admiral;  Duerk was the first female admiral in the United States Navy (1972);  Director of U.S. Navy Nurse Corps from 1970-1975

Alene Duerk - First woman promoted to Navy Admiral

Alene Duerk – First woman promoted to Admiral of the United States Navy. (Public Domain)

Jul 21 – Jonathan Gold, 57
Famous For:  American food critic with the Los Angeles Time, LA Weekly, and Gourmet;  2007 Pulitzer Prize winner
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer


August 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Aug 05 – Charlotte Rae, 92
Famous For:  Actress; Known for her roles as Edna Garrett on TV sitcoms Diff’rent Strokes and its spin-off The Facts of Life
Cause of Death:  Bone cancer

Aug 07 – Stan Mikita, 78
Famous For:  Canadian ice hockey player with the Chicago Black Hawks from 1959 to 1989; Widely considered to have been the NHL’s best center during the 1960s
Cause of Death:  Dementia

Aug 16 – Aretha Franklin, 76
Famous For:  Singer, songwriter and pianist;  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee;  Aretha Franklin was known as “The Queen of Soul”;  Franklin’s top songs include 1967’s Respect and Natural Woman and 1968’s Think; Franklin was an 18-time Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer

Aretha Franklin singing My Country 'Tis Of Thee' at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2009

Aretha Franklin singing My Country ‘Tis Of Thee’ at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2009. (Wikimedia Commons)

Aug 21 – Barbara Harris, 83
Famous For:  American actress;  Known for roles in films such as Peggy Sue Got Married, Gross Pointe Blank, The Apple Tree, Freaky Friday and Nashville;  1967 Tony Award winner;  Co-founder of inspirational comedy enterprise, The Second City
Cause of Death:  Lung cancer

Aug 22 – Ed King, 68
Famous For:  King was an American Hall of Fame guitarist known for his work bands Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynryd;  Songwriter (Sweet Home Alabama)
Cause of Death:  Lung cancer

Aug 22 – Lazy Lester (Birth name Leslie Johnson), 68
Famous For:  American Hall of Fame blues magician
Cause of Death:  Stomach cancer

Aug 23 – George Walker, 68
Famous For:  American composer known for his work Lilacs;  1996 Pulitzer Prize winner;  Walker was the first American to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Music

Aug 25 – John McCain, 81
Famous For:  McCain was an American politician, serving in the U.S. Senate (since 1987) and the House of Representatives (from 1983-1987);  Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2008 election (lost to Barack Obama); Navy officer and naval aviator, most notably known for being shot down during the Vietnam War and taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese

John McCain - Official Portrait 2009

John McCain
August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018
(Public Domain)

Aug 26 – Neil Simon, 68
Famous For:  Simon was an American author, screenwriter (The Goodbye Girl), and playwright (Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple);  1965, 1985, and 1991 Tony Award winner;  Simon received more combined Oscar and Tony award nominations than any other writer in history
Cause of Death:  Complications from pneumonia


September 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Sep 06 – Burt Reynolds, 82
Famous For: American actor; Most notable for his performances in films such as 1972’s Deliverance, 1974’s The Longest YardSmokey and the Bandit I & II (1977, 1980), 1982’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and 1997’s Boogie Nights
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Burt Reynolds as Quint Asper in Gunsmoke - 1962

Burt Reynolds as Quint Asper in Gunsmoke – 1962. (Public Domain)

Sep 07 – Mac Miller (Birth name Malcolm James McCormick), 26
Famous For: American rapper and singer;  Miller’s debut album, Blue Slide Park, hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200;  Relationship with actress/singer Ariana Grande
Cause of Death: Suspected drug overdose

Sep 08 – Chelsi Smith, 45
Famous For: American beauty pageant winner (crowned Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1995)
Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Sep 10 – Peter Donat, 90
Famous For: Peter was a Canadian-born American actor; He is most well-known for roles in The Godfather: Part II, The X-Files, and The China Syndrome
Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes

Sep 19 – Dave Barrett, 63
Famous For: Barrett was an American news radio correspondent with CBS, ABC, and Fox; Three-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sep 19 – Jon Burge, 70 (death announced on this date)
Famous For: Burge was a police officer with the Chicago Police Department who was accused of torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in attempts to force confessions

Sep 26 – Roger Robinson, 78
Famous For: American actor most known for roles on Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Kojak, and Rubicon; 2009 Tony Award winner

Sep 27 – Marty Balin, 76
Famous For: Hall of Fame rock singer and musician with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship

Sep 29 – Otis Rush, 83
Famous For: Hall of Fame blues guitarist and singer, most known for songs like “All Your Love”, “I Can’t Quit You Baby”, and “Double Trouble”
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke


October 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Oct 01 – Graciano Rocchigiani, 54
Famous For: German boxing world champion with the WBC (1988–1989) and IBF (1998–2000)
Cause of Death: Trauma from a traffic collision


Want to see a listing of celebrities lost in other years?

⇢ 2017 Celebrity Deaths

⇢ 2016 Celebrity Deaths

 

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Sinking of the Maine – What Happened?

The United States battleship, U.S.S. Maine, was sunk in an explosion amid Cuba’s uprising against Spain known as The Cuban War of Independence.

U.S.S. Maine - Before and After Being Sunk

LEFT: The U.S.S. Maine in 1897.
RIGHT: Wreckage of the Maine in Cuban harbor – c1900.
(Library of Congress)

On February 15, 1898, at 9:40pm, an explosion rocked the battleship U.S.S. Maine while in the Havana, Cuba harbor. The explosion tore out the bottom of the ship and sank her, killing 266 officers and members of the crew of 354. The next morning, only a small amount of the huge warship could be seen sticking out of the water. The sinking of the Maine would raise United States’ tensions against Spain, which eventually led to a naval blockade against Cuba and a full-on declaration of war.

U.S.S. Maine Battleship - c1897

U.S.S. Maine Battleship – c1897. (Library of Congress)

The battleship U.S.S. Maine entering Havana harbor - January 1898

The battleship U.S.S. Maine entering Havana, Cuba harbor – January 1898. (Public Domain)

The Spanish-American War

While officially on a friendly visit, the U.S.S. Maine, one of the earliest American battleships, had been sent to protect American interests after major rioting broke out in Havana in January. A U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry ruled on March 28, 1898 that the Maine had been sank by a mine, but failed to lay blame on any particular party or nation. However, public opinion throughout the United States believed the Spanish military, whom had been occupying Cuba, was responsible. After diplomatic negotiations failed, the Spanish-American War was declared by the end of April, with Spain declaring war on the United States on April 24th and the United States formally declaring war the next day, on April 25th.

General view of the wrecked battleship Maine, Havana Harbor, Cuba

General view of the wrecked battleship U.S.S. Maine shortly after being sunk – Havana Harbor, Cuba – 1898. (Keystone View Company / Library of Congress)

Wreck of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor - c1900

Wreckage of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor, two years after being sunk – c1900. (Library of Congress)

Uneven Contest

The Spanish-American war was truly an uneven contest. The first conflict of the battle was dominated by American Commodore Dewey’s fleet on May 1st in Manila Bay, Philippines. In the battle, the Americans destroyed the Spanish fleet quickly and easily, with the Americans suffering a total of only seven sailors injured.

Shortly after the Naval battle, in June of 1898, an American expedition force landed close to the Cuban city of Santiago. On July 1st, Teddy Roosevelt led his band of volunteers – known as the “Rough Riders” – and the African-American 10th Cavalry to take the San Juan Heights above Santiago. Roosevelt’s troops faced only minimal resistance and few casualties. The city fell swiftly and Santiago officially surrendered on July 17th.

By this time, the remaining Spanish Cuban Naval fleet had fled Santiago harbor. Unfortunately for the fleet, however, they didn’t get far as they were quickly hunted down and found by American battleships. Once the Americans caught-up with the opposing fleet, they destroyed or sunk all enemy ships within four short hours. American troops captured Puerto Rico a few days later, prompting the Spanish government to sue the United States for peace – officially ending fighting in the Spanish-American War.

Many more Americans, by far, were killed by tropical diseases than in the battle itself. Typhoid, malaria, and yellow fever claimed the lives of approximately 4,000 Americans, while only 300 were listed as casualties of war.

Spoils of War

With the signing of a peace treaty in Paris, France in December 1898, Spain relinquished the last of its colonies in the “New World.” The United States claimed Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and the Pacific island of Guam. In addition to these lands, the United States gained worldwide respect as a super power. In the process, Cuba gained its independence from Spain and Theodore Roosevelt was vaulted to hero status in America. Additionally, poor food supplied to the American troops during the skirmish resulted in the founding of the Food and Drug Act.

Raising the U.S.S. Maine

In the years after the Spanish-American War’s end, the United States Congress came under pressure to have the historic vessel raised and returned home. On August 5, 1910, Congress finally gave-in to the pressure and authorized raising the remains of the Maine. The Army Corps of Engineers was tasked with the job and set about building a cofferdam around the sunken ship, pumping out water, and finally removing the wreckage. The ship and remains of sailors found were then removed to be sent back to the United States for proper burial.

Men standing among the wreckage of the U. S. S. Maine after being raised from Havana harbor - 1911

Men standing among the wreckage of the U. S. S. Maine after being raised from Havana harbor – 1911.

Twisted wreckage of the U. S. S. Maine after being raised from Havana harbor - 1911

Twisted wreckage of the U. S. S. Maine after being raised from Havana harbor – 1911.


SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
Library of Congress
History Today
The Spanish-American War Centennial Website

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2016 Celebrity Deaths – Looking Back at Famous Figures Lost in 2016

The world lost world-renowned musicians, sports figures, acclaimed actors, comedians, business leaders, military heroes, religious leaders, political activists, and more in 2016. Here’s a look back at 2016 celebrity deaths.

2016 Celebrity Deaths

January 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Jan 01 – Lennie Bluett, 96
Famous For:  Actor; Known for roles in films Gone with the Wind, Mighty Joe Young, and A Star is Born

Jan 01 – Tony Lane, 71
Famous For:  Art director for Rolling Stone magazine
Cause of Death:  Brain cancer

Jan 02 – Brad fuller, 62
Famous For:  Video game composer for games such as Blasteroids, Marble Madness, and Tetris; Director of Engineering for Atari from 1993-1996
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer

Jan 06 – Pat Harrington, Jr., 86
Famous For:  Actor; Known for roles on One Day at a Time, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, and The Inspector
Cause of Death:  Complications from a brain hemorrhage

Jan 09 – Barbara Allyne Bennet, 76
Famous For:  Actress; Known for roles in Mac and Me and The Office

Jan 09 – Angus Scrimm, 89
Famous For:  Actor; Known for roles in Alias, John Dies at the End and for playing the Tall Man in 1979’s Phantasm movie and four sequels

Jan 10 – David Bowie (Birth name David Robert Jones), 69
Famous For:  English singer and musician; Two-time Grammy award winner
Cause of Death:  Liver cancer

David Bowie performing with Cher on the Cher Variety Show - 1975

David Bowie performing with Cher on the Cher Variety Show – 1975. (CBS Television / Public Domain)

Jan 11 – David Margulies, 78
Famous For:  Actor; Most notably known for playing the Mayor in Ghost Busters I and II (1984, 1989) and roles on The Sopranos and Conversations with My Father

Jan 13 – Lawrence Phillips, 40
Famous For:  American football player; Two-time national champion with the University of Nebraska; Played professionally for the St. Louis Rams
Cause of Death:  Suicide

Jan 13 – Tera Wray (Birth name Tera Elizabeth Lents), 33
Famous For:  Pornographic actress
Cause of Death:  Suicide

Porn star Tera Wray at the 2007 Adult Entertainment Expo

Porn star Tera Wray at the 2007 Adult Entertainment Expo. (Luke Ford)

Jan 14 – Alan Rickman, 69
Famous For:  Actor; Known for his roles as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in Harry Potter movies
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer

Jan 14 – René Angélil, 73
Famous For:  Singer, manager; Husband and manager of Celine Dion

Jan 15 – Marie L. Garibaldi, 81
Famous For:  American judge; Garibaldi was the first woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court

Jan 15 – Dan Haggerty, 74
Famous For:  Actor;  Known for playing the lead role in television show The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
Cause of Death:  Spinal cancer

2016 Celebrity Deaths - Grizzly Adams - Dan Haggerty - 1977

Dan Haggerty with a Grizzly Bear – 1977. (Wikimedia)

 

Jan 15 – Pete Huttlinger, 54
Famous For:  Guitarist; Known for his work with John Denver and LeAnn Rimes
Cause of Death:  Stroke

Jan 18 – Glenn Frey, 67
Famous For:  Singer,  songwriter;  Founding member of rock band The Eagles; Known for writing hit songs like “Take It Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling”; Actor, known for role in Jerry Maguire film
Cause of Death:  Complications from intestinal surgery

Glenn Frey - The Eagles in concert - December 18, 2010 Melbourne Australia

Glenn Frey – The Eagles in concert – December 18, 2010 Melbourne Australia. (Flickr jeaneeem)

Jan 19 – Micole Mercurio, 87
Famous For:  Actress;  Known for roles in Flashdance, What Lies Beneath, and The Client

Jan 19 – William Y. Smith, 90
Famous For:  American Air Force general
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Jan 23 – Jimmy Bain, 68
Famous For:  Musician; Heavy metal bassist with bands Rainbow and Dio

Jan 26 – Abe Vigoda, 94
Famous For:  Actor; Most notably known for his role as Detective Fish on TV’s Barney Miller (1975-1977)

Abe Vigoda - 1975

Actor Abe Vigoda in 1975. (Public Domain)

Jan 28 – Paul Kantner, 74
Famous For:  Singer, songwriter; Co-founder of rock band Jefferson Airplane


February 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Feb  03 – Maurice White, 74
Famous For:  Musician, songwriter; Founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire

Feb  03 – Joe Alaskey, 63
Famous For:  Voice actor; Known as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, and Tweety Bird

Feb  03 – John P. Riley, Jr., 95
Famous For:  American ice hockey player and coach of the 1960 Olympic Champions US National Team

Feb  04 – Leslie Bassett, 93
Famous For:  American music composer; 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Music recipient

Feb  04 – Dave Mirra, 41
Famous For:  BMX rider; X Games winner (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005)
Cause of Death:  Suicide by gunshot

Dave Mirra - 2010

Dave Mirra in 2010. (Public Domain)

Feb  04 – Edgar Mitchell, 85
Famous For:  NASA astronaut; Edgar was the sixth person to walk on the Moon while on Apollo 14 (1971) mission

Feb  13 – Antonin Scalia, 79
Famous For:  Supreme Court Justice; Appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986

Antonin Scalia testifying before the House Judiciary Committee's Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee - May 20, 2010

Antonin Scalia testifying before the House Judiciary Committee’s Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee – May 20, 2010. (Creative Commons)

Feb  15 – George Gaynes, 98
Famous For:  Actor; Most notably known for his role as Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy films

Feb  15 – Vanity, 57
Famous For:  Canadian actress, singer; Vanity was the lead singer for all-girl group Vanity 6; She was also the long-time girlfriend and muse of music icon, Prince
Cause of Death:  Renal failure

Feb  19 – Harper Lee, 89
Famous For:  Novelist; Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961 for novel To Kill a Mockingbird

Feb  22 – Yolande Fox, 87
Famous For:  Opera singer; 1951 Miss America winner

Miss America pageant contestant Yolande Betbeze

Miss America pageant contestant Yolande Betbeze. (Library of Congress)

Feb  22 – Sonny James, 87
Famous For:  Country music singer, songwriter; James was the first teenage country crossover artist with a #1 single, “Young Love”

Feb  23 – Donald E. Williams, 74
Famous For:  NASA astronaut; Space shuttle pilot for Discovery and Atlantis

Feb  24 – Lennie Baker, 69
Famous For:  Musician; Known for 1950s music tribute group and TV show Sha-Na-Na

Feb  25 – Tony Burton, 78
Famous For:  Actor; Known for roles as boxing trainer to Apollo Creed and later Rocky in six Rocky films

Feb 28 – George Kennedy, 91
Famous For:  Actor; Won 1968 Academy Award for his role in Cool Hand Luke; Kennedy also had roles in the Airport films

2016 Celebrity Deaths - Actor George Kennedy in 1975

2016 Celebrity Deaths – Actor George Kennedy in 1975. (CBS Television / Public Domain)

Feb 29 – Gil Hill, 84
Famous For:  Police Commander, actor; Hill is known for his role as Inspector Todd in three Beverly Hills Cop films


March 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Mar 01 – Jim Kimsey, 76
Famous For:  American tech executive; Co-founder and CEO of AOL
Cause of Death:  Melanoma

Mar 04 – Joey Martin Feek, 40
Famous For:  Country Western musician; Member of the husband and wife country duo “Joey + Rory”
Cause of Death:  Cervical cancer

Mar 05 – Ray Tomlinson, 74
Famous For:  Computer programmer; Tomlinson invented system to send first email and is credited for the first use of the @ sign
Cause of Death:  Heart attack

Mar 06 – Nancy Reagan, 94
Famous For:  First Lady of the United States of America (1981-1989); Wife to 40th President Ronald Reagan; Actress, known for roles in films Hellcats of the Navy, Donovan’s Brain, and The Next Voice You Hear…
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

2016 Celebrity Deaths - Official White House photograph of Nancy Reagan

Official White House photograph of Nancy Reagan. (Public Domain)

Mar 06 – Elizabeth Strohfus, 96
Famous For:  Strohfus was an American military pilot with the Women Air Force Pilot (WASP); Two-time recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal
Cause of Death:  Complications from a fall

Mar 08 – Sir George Martin, 90
Famous For: British Hall of Hame record producer, responsible for the Beatles albums; Six-time Grammy Award winner

Mar 09 – Robert Horton, 91
Famous For:  Actor, known for his role as Flint McCullough in Wagon Train (1957-1962)

Mar 09 – Clyde Lovellette, 86
Famous For:  Basketball player with the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers, St. Louis Hawks, and Boston Celtics; NBA champion in 1954, 1963, and 1964; 1952 Olympic champion
Cause of Death:  Cancer

NBA basketball player Clyde Lovellette with his mother - 1956

NBA basketball player Clyde Lovellette with his mother – 1956. (Public Domain)

Mar 13 – Adrienne Corri, 85
Famous For:  Actress, known for her role as Mrs. Alexander in 1971’s A Clockwork Orange

Mar 16 – Frank Sinatra Jr., 72
Famous For:  Singer; Son of Frank Sinatra

Mar 17 – Larry Drake, 66
Famous For:  Actor, most notably known for his role as Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law (1987-1994)

Mar 18 – Joe Santos, 84
Famous For:  Actor, known for his role as Lieutenant Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files (1974-1980)

Mar 21 – Peter Brown, 80
Famous For:  Actor, known for roles as Deputy Johnny McKay in Lawman (1958-62) and Chad Cooper in Laredo (1965-67)

Mar 22 – Rob Ford, 46
Famous For:  Canadian politician who served as the 64th Mayor of Toronto, Canada from 2010-2014; Subject of substance abuse scandal while in office, where Ford was caught on video smoking crack cocaine
Cause of Death:  Pleomorphic liposarcoma

Mar 22 – Phife Dawg (Birth name Malik Izaak Taylor), 45
Famous For:  Rap musician with group A Tribe Called Quest
Cause of Death:  Complications from diabetes

Rapper Phife Dawg in Cologne, Germany - 1999

Rapper Phife Dawg in Cologne, Germany – 1999.
November 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016
(Public Domain)

Mar 23 – Joe Garagiola, Sr., 90
Famous For:  MLB baseball player with the Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates; 1946 World Series champion; Hall of Fame sportscaster (announcer and television host)

Mar 23 – Ken Howard, 71
Famous For:  Actor, known for roles in films such as 1776, The White Shadow, and J. Edgar; 1981 and 2009 Emmy Award winner; President of SAG/SAG-AFTRA (2009-2016)

Mar 24 – Garry Shandling, 66
Famous For:  Comedian, actor, and writer; Most well-known for his work on the Garry Shandling Show and The Larry Sanders Show
Cause of Death:  Pulmonary thrombosis

Garry Shandling on the red carpet at the 39th Annual Emmy Awards 9/20/87

Garry Shandling on the red carpet at the 39th Annual Emmy Awards 9/20/87. (Photo by Alan Light)

Mar 29 – Patty Duke, 69
Famous For:  Actress; Known for playing identical cousins in The Patty Duke Show (1963-1966) and her roles in The Miracle Worker and Valley of the Dolls; President of SAG (1985-1988); 1962 Academy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Sepsis

Patty Duke from the television program The Patty Duke Show - 1965

Patty Duke from the television program The Patty Duke Show – 1965. (Public Domain)


April 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Apr 02 – Amber Rayne (Birth name Meghan Elizabeth Wren), 31
Famous For:  Pornographic actress
Cause of Death:  Accidental drug overdose

Amber Rayne at the 2010 AVN Awards Show - Palm Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Amber Rayne at the 2010 AVN Awards Show – Palm Casino Resort, Las Vegas. (Photo by Glenn Francis of www.PacificProDigital.com)

Apr 03 – Joe Medicine Crow, 102
Famous For:  American Crow Indian author and historian; Crow War Chief

Joe Medicine Crow (right) with U.S. President, Barack Obama in 2009

Joe Medicine Crow (right) with U.S. President, Barack Obama in 2009. (Public Domain)

Apr 06 – Dennis Davis, 64
Famous For:  Drummer, most notably known for his work with David Bowie and Stevie Wonder
Cause of Death:  Cancer

Apr 06 – Merle Haggard, 79
Famous For:  Country Western singer/songwriter; Know for songs like “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” “Okie From Muskogee”, “The Fightin’ Side of Me”, and “Carolyn”; 1984, 1998, and 1999 Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Complications from pneumonia

Merle Haggard - Country Music Association's performer of the year - 1971

Merle Haggard – Country Music Association’s performer of the year – 1971. (Public Domain)

Apr 09 – Arthur Anderson, 93
Famous For:  Actor / voice actor; Known for his work on Courage the Cowardly Dog, Midnight Cowboy and as the voice of the Lucky Charms leprechaun

Apr 09 – Duane Clarridge, 83
Famous For:  Clarridge was a senior operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and supervisor for over 30 years; Chief of the Latin American CIA division for 1981-87; Prominent figure in the infamous Iran-Contra Affair

Apr 11 – Richard Branson, 96
Famous For:  American businessman; Founder of Hickory Farms

Apr 12 – Hector A. Cafferata Jr., 96
Famous For:  American soldier with United States Marine Corp; Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Korean War

Apr 17 – Doris Roberts, 90
Famous For:  Actress; Most notably known for her role as Marie Barone on TV’s Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996-2005

Apr 19 – Walter Kohn, 93
Famous For:  Austrian-born American theoretical physicist; 1998 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry
Cause of Death:  Jaw cancer

Apr 20 – Chyna (Birth name Joan Marie Laurer), 46
Famous For:  Professional wrestler with the WWF; Pornographic actress
Cause of Death:  Mixed drug intoxication

Chyna - Slim-Fast Fashion Show - January 8, 2008

Chyna – Slim-Fast Fashion Show – January 8, 2008. (Photo from www.lukeford.net.)

Apr 20 – Victoria Wood, 62
Famous For:  English comedienne and actress; Considered by many to be Britain’s most popular stand-up comic
Cause of Death:  Cancer

Apr 21 – Prince (Full name Prince Rogers Nelson), 57
Famous For:  Musician / songwriter, known for songs like “When Doves Cry”, “Purple Rain”, and “Little Red Corvette”; Prince was known for his flamboyant songs and stage presence; Seven-time Grammy Award winner; Actor, known for his 1984 Academy Award winning role in Purple Rain
Cause of Death:  Accidental overdose on fentanyl

Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) in 2009

Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) in 2009
June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016
(Flickr Nicolas Genin)

Apr 24 – Tommy Kono, 85
Famous For:  American weightlifter; 1952 and 1956 Olympic champion; World champion (1953-1959)
Cause of Death:  Complications from liver disease

Apr 24 – Billy Paul, 81
Famous For:  Singer; 1972 Grammy Award winner for “Me and Mrs. Jones”
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer


May 2016 Celebrity Deaths

May 03 – Marianne Gaba, 76
Famous For:  Actress, model, Playmate; Most notably known for roles in Missile to the Moon, The Choppers, and The Beverly Hillbillies; 1957 Miss Illinois USA; September 1959 Playboy Playmate of the Month
Cause of Death:  Brain cancer

Marianne Gaba with Edd Byrnes from TV show 77 Sunset Strip. Gaba was a guest star on the show and requested a lock of Kookie's hair - to which Byrnes obliged - January 1960

Marianne Gaba with Edd Byrnes from TV show 77 Sunset Strip. Gaba was a guest star on the show and requested a lock of Kookie’s hair – to which Byrnes obliged – January 1960. (Public Domain)

May 08 – William Schallert, 93
Famous For:  Actor; Most notably known for playing Martin Lane (Patty’s Father) on The Patty Duke Show; President of SAG from 1979-1981

19 – Morley Safer, 84
Famous For:  Canadian-born American journalist; Safe was with CBS News for 52 years (1964-2016) and 60 Minutes for 46 years (1970-2016); 12-time Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

19 – Alan Young, 96
Famous For:  English-born Canadian-American actor; Known for his role as Wilbur Post on Mr. Ed (1961-1966)

24 – Buck Kartalian, 93
Famous For:  Actor; Character actor that appeared in more than 70 films between 1953 and his retirement in 2006;  Most notably known for his role as the brutish gorilla Julius in 1968’s Planet of the Apes

24 – Burt Kwouk, 85
Famous For:  Actor; Most notably known for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films
Cause of Death:  Cancer


June 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Jun 03 – Muhammad Ali (Birth name Cassius Clay), 74
Famous For:  American boxer; Olympic gold medalist (1960); Three-time heavyweight champion (1964, 1974, and 1978); Self-proclaimed “The Greatest”

Muhammad Ali in 1967 - World Journal Tribune photo by Ira Rosenberg

Muhammad Ali in 1967 – World Journal Tribune photo by Ira Rosenberg. (Library of Congress)

Jun 04 – Bill Richmond, 94
Famous For:  Screenwriter and producer; Most well-known for his work on The Carol Burnett show, The Nutty Professor, and Three’s Company; Three-time Emmy Award winner (1974,1975, 1978)

Jun 06 – Teresa Saldana, 61
Famous For:  Actress, most known for her role as Rachel Scali on “The Commish” from 1991-1996
Cause of Death:  Renal failure

Jun 06 – Sir Peter Shaffer, 90
Famous For:  British playwright and screenwriter; Most notably known for his plays Amadeus, Equus, and Black Comedy;  Two-time Tony Award winner (1975, 1981); 1985 Academy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Renal failure

Jun 06 – Kimbo Slice (Birth name Kevin Ferguson), 42
Famous For:  Bahamian-born American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter with Bellator and UFC;  Actor, known for roles in Merry Christmas and Drake & Josh
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson)

Kimbo Slice (Wikipedia)

Jun 10 – Christina Grimmie, 22
Famous For:  Singer-songwriter and YouTube personality; Grimmie placed 3rd on talent show, The Voice in 2014
Cause of Death:  Shot (Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by a fan)

Jun 10 – Gordie Howe, 88
Famous For:  Hall of Fame Canadian ice hockey player with the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers; 23-time NHL All-Star

Gordie Howe - Chex cereal trading card as a member of the Detroit Red Wings - ca1963-1965

Gordie Howe – Chex cereal trading card as a member of the Detroit Red Wings – ca1963-1965. (Public Domain)

Jun 13 – Michu Meszaros, 76
Famous For:  Hungarian-born American actor and circus performer; Meszaros is most notably known as the man in the ALF costume (ALF TV Show 1986-1990); Michu was 2′ 9″ tall
Cause of Death:  Respiratory failure

Jun 14 – Ann Guilbert, 87
Famous For:  Actress; Known for her roles as Millie Helper in The Dick Van Dyke Show and Yetta Rosenberg in The Nanny
Cause of Death:  Cancer

Jun 16 – Jerome Teasley, 67
Famous For:  Drummer; Known for his work with Al Green, Jimi Hendrix, Bill Carr, Tina Turner, and other top musicians; Motown Hall of Fame member
Cause of Death:  Complications from liver and lung cancer

Jun 17 – Prince Be (Birth name Attrell Cordes), 46
Famous For:  R&B singer, rapper; Founding member of hip-hop group, P.M. Dawn
Cause of Death:  Renal disease

Jun 17 – Ron Lester, 45
Famous For:  Actor; Known for roles in Popular, Good Burger and as Billy Bob in the film, Varsity Blues
Cause of Death:  Liver and kidney failure

Jun 19 – Anton Yelchin, 27
Famous For:  Soviet-born American actor;  Yelchin was most notably known for his role as Pavel Chekov in three Star Trek movies (2009-2016)
Cause of Death:  Blunt traumatic asphyxia

Anton Yelchin at the Festival Du Cinema Americain De Deauville - 2011

Anton Yelchin at the Festival Du Cinema Americain De Deauville – 2011. (Flickr Philippe Berdalle)

Jun 19 – Ralph Stanley, 89
Famous For:  Bluegrass musician; Co-founder of The Stanley Brothers;  2002 Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Skin cancer

Jun 27 – Mack Rice, 82
Famous For:  Songwriter; Most well-known for the songs “Mustang Sally” & “Respect Yourself”
Cause of Death:  Complications from Alzheimer’s disease

Jun 28 – Scotty Moore, 84
Famous For:  Guitarist; Known for working with Elvis Presley in early recordings and pioneering new guitar styles

Jun 28 – Buddy Ryan, 85
Famous For:  NFL head football coach and defensive coordinator; Inventor of the 46 defense

Jun 28 – Pat Summitt, 64
Famous For:  NCAA Women’s Basketball coach; Summitt coached the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers to 1,098 wins from 1974 to 2012, the most wins in NCAA basketball history; Eight-time NCAA Champion
Cause of Death: Dementia

Coaching Legend - Pat Summitt

Coaching Legend – Pat Summitt
June 14, 1952 – June 28, 2016
(Public Domain)


July 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Jul 02 – Elie Wiesel, 87
Famous For:  Romanian-born American writer writer and political activist;  Holocaust survivor, and 1986 Nobel Laureate

Jul 02 – Teddy Rooney, 66
Famous For:  Actor, musician; Son of Mickey Rooney and Martha Vickers

Jul 03 – Noel Neill, 95
Famous For:  Actress; Most notably known for her role as Lois Lane in Adventures of Superman  (1952-1958)

Jul 16 – Nate Thurmond, 74
Famous For:  Thurmond was an Hall of Fame basketball player with the Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, and Cleveland Cavaliers; Seven-time NBA All-Star; First NBA player to record a quadruple-double
Cause of Death:  Leukemia

Professional Basketball Player, Nate Thurmond in 1969

Professional Basketball Player, Nate Thurmond in 1969. (Public Domain)

Jul 19 – Garry Marshall, 81
Famous For:  Writer, producer, actor;  Marshall was the creator of popular television shows Happy DaysMork & Mindy, and Laverne & Shirley, and director of the film Pretty Woman

Jul 20 – William Gaines, 82
Famous For:  Journalist with the Chicago Tribune; Academic at University of Illinois; 1976 and 1988 Pulitzer Prize recipient
Cause of Death:  Parkinson’s disease

Jul 22 – Julius Freeman, 89
Famous For:  American fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen; Congressional Gold Medal recipient
Cause of Death:  Heart attack

Jul 26 – Miss Cleo (Birth name Youree Dell Harris), 53
Famous For:  American television psychic
Cause of Death:  Metastatic colon cancer

Jul 27 – Jerry Doyle, 60
Famous For:  Actor; Most notably known for his role as Michael Garibaldi in Babylon 5 (1994-1998)

Jul 27 – James Alan McPherson, 72
Famous For:  Writer; Known for his collection of short stories called Elbow Room; 1978 Pulitzer Prize winner
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia


August 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Aug 02 – Ahmed Zewail, 70
Famous For:  Egyptian-American scientist; 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient for his work on femtochemistry; First Egyptian to be awarded a Nobel Prize in a scientific field

Aug 03 – Ricci Martin, 62
Famous For:  Entertainer; Son of Dean Martin

Aug 11 – Glenn Yarbrough, 86
Famous For:  Singer; Known for his work with the band The Limeliters (1959-1963) and songs like “Baby the Rain Must Fall”, “It’s Gonna Be Fine”, and “San Francisco Bay Blues”.

Aug 13 – Michel Richard, 68
Famous For:  French-born American chef and restaurateur;  Founded restaurant Citrus in Los Angeles, California and five other cities
Cause of Death:  Complications from stroke

Aug 13 – Kenny Baker, 81
Famous For:  English actor; Most notably known for his roles as R2-D2 in the Star Wars franchise and as Paploo, the Ewok

Kenneth George 'Kenny' Baker at a science fiction convention in 2005. Kenny was best known as the man inside the R2-D2 costume in the original Star Wars films

Kenneth George ‘Kenny’ Baker at a science fiction convention in 2005. Kenny was best known as the man inside the R2-D2 costume in the original Star Wars films. (Mean Mr Mustard Flickr)

Aug 14 – Ron Vander Kelen, 76
Famous For:  Football player with the Wisconsin Badgers and the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings; 1963 Rose Bowl MVP

Aug 14 – James Woolley, 49
Famous For:  Musician, keyboardist with 2wo and Nine Inch Nails; 1993 Grammy Award winner

Aug 19 – Jack Riley, 80
Famous For:  Actor; Most well-known for his role as Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

Aug 23 – Steven Hill, 94
Famous For:  Actor; Most notably known for his role as District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order from 1990-2000

Aug 25 – James Cronin, 84
Famous For:  Physicist; Awarded 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics

Aug 25 – Jeanne Martin, 89
Famous For:  Model; 1947 Orange Bowl Queen; Wife to actor, Dean Martin

Aug 28 – Mr. Fuji (Birth name Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara), 83
Famous For:  Japanese-American professional wrestler and manager with the WWF

Aug 29 – Gene Wilder, 83
Famous For:  Actor, screenwriter, and author; Most well-known for roles in Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Willy Wonka
Cause of Death:  Complications from Alzheimer’s disease

Gene Wilder - Publicity photo for 1970 film Start the Revolution Without Me (AKA Two Times Two)

Gene Wilder – Publicity photo for 1970 film Start the Revolution Without Me (AKA Two Times Two). (Public Domain)


September 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Sep 01 – Jon Polito, 65
Famous For:  Actor; Credited with over 220 roles in television and film; Most known for his role as Steve Crosetti on Homicide: Life on the Street
Cause of Death:  Multiple myeloma

Sep 05 – Hugh O’Brian, 91
Famous For:  Actor; Most well-known for his starring roles on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp from 1955-1961 and Search from 1972-1973

Sep 07 – Bobby Chacon, 64
Famous For:  Professional boxer; Two-time world champion (Featherweight 1974, Super Featherweight 1982); Career record of 52 wins, 7 losses, 1 no contest – with 47 wins by knockout
Cause of Death:  Fall

Sep 07 – Norbert Schemansky, 92
Famous For:  American weightlifter, Olympic champion; First weightlifter to win four Olympic medals

Norbert Schemansky - 1964 Olympics

Norbert Schemansky – 1964 Olympics . (Asahi Shinbun / Public Domain)

Sep 08 – Greta Zimmer Friedman, 92
Famous For:  Greta an Austrian-born American that was the subject of the famous 1945 V-J Day in Times Square photo, where she was kissed by an unknown Navy Sailor celebrating the end of WW II

Greta Zimmer Friedman 1939 Passport - 1945 V-J Day in Times Square photo

LEFT: 1939 passport of Greta Zimmer Friedman.
RIGHT: 1945 V-J Day in Times Square photo featuring Greta being kissed by an unknown U.S. Sailor.
(Creative Commons / Public Domain)

Sep 09 – James Stacy (Birth name Maurice William Elias), 79
Famous For:  Actor; Known for his role as Johnny Madrid Lancer on TV’s Lancer from 1968-1970

Sep 16 – Edward Albee, 88
Famous For:  Playwright; Known for his work on The Sandbox (1959) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962); 1963 and 2002 Tony Award winner; 1967, 1975, 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner

Sep 17 – Charmian Carr, 73
Famous For:  Actress; Known for her role as Liesl Von Trapp (the eldest daughter) in The Sound of Music
Cause of Death:  Complications from dementia

Sep 20 – Curtis Hanson, 71
Famous For:  Film director, screenwriter; Known for his work on 8 Mile, L.A. Confidential, and Wonder Boys; 1998 Academy Award winner

Sep 24 – Bill Nunn, 63
Famous For:  Actor; Most well-known for his role as Robbie Robertson in Spider-Man film trilogy
Cause of Death:  Leukemia

Sep 25 – Arnold Palmer, 87
Famous For:  Hall of Fame professional golfer; Widely considered to be among all-time greatest golfers; Palmer won 62 PGA Tour titles from 1955 to 1973; Seven-time Major Championship winner (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964 Masters Tournament; 1960 U.S. Open; 1961, 1962 The Open Championship)

Arnold Palmer (right) is pictured with sculptor Zenos Frudakis at Laurel Valley Golf Course, Ligonier, PA, on September 10, 2009 at unveiling of his statue in honor of Palmer's 80th birthday.

Arnold Palmer (right) is pictured with sculptor Zenos Frudakis at Laurel Valley Golf Course, Ligonier, PA, on September 10, 2009 at unveiling of his statue in honor of Palmer’s 80th birthday. (Photo by Zenos Frudakis)

Sep 26 – Milt Moss, 93
Famous For:  Actor; Most notably known for his role in 1972 Alka-Seltzer commercials, which coined the phrase “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing”


October 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Oct 12 – Tommy Ford, 52
Famous for:  Actor; Most well-known for his role as Tommy Strawn in TV’s Martin
Cause of Death:  Stomach aneurysm

Oct 09 – Aaron Pryor, 60
Famous For:  Professional boxer; Light-welterweight world champion WBA/IBF from 1980-1985
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Oct 20 – Michael Massee, 64
Famous For:  Actor; Most notably known for his roles in TV’s 24 and films The Crow and The Amazing Spider-Man
Cause of Death:  Stomach cancer

Oct 23 – Pete Burns, 57
Famous For:  English singer-songwriter; Burns founded the band Dead or Alive; Known for his song “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”


November 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Nov 03– Kay Starr, 94
Famous For:  Singer;  Starr was a successful musician in the 1940s and 1950s; Most notably known for two No. 1 hits in the 1950s, “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Rock and Roll Waltz”
Cause of Death:  Complications from Alzheimer’s disease

Nov 07 – Janet Reno, 78
Famous For:  Lawyer and politician;  First female Attorney General of the United States (1993-2001)
Cause of Death:  Parkinson’s disease

Janet Reno - 78th Attorney General of the United States, from 1993–2001

Janet Reno – 78th Attorney General of the United States, from 1993–2001. (Public Domain)

Nov 11 – Robert Vaughn, 83
Famous For:  Actor; Known for his role as Napoleon Solo in the 1960’s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., detective Harry Rule in the 1970s TV series The Protectors, and for the role of Walter Chalmers in the film Bullitt
Cause of Death:  Leukemia

Nov 13 – Leon Russell, 74
Famous For:  Hall of Fame musician with The Wrecking Crew; Songwriter, known for the song “Tight Rope”

Nov 14 – Gardnar Mulloy, 102
Famous For:  Professional tennis player; U.S. Open winner in 1942, 1945, 1946, and 1948; Wimbledon Champion in 1957
Cause of Death:  Complications from a stroke

Nov 19 – Paul Sylbert, 88
Famous For:  Production designer;  Known for his work on Heaven Can Wait, The Prince of Tides, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; 1979 Academy Award winner

Nov 24 – Florence Henderson, 82
Famous For:  Actress, singer;  Henderson was active in her career for more than six decades;  Most known for playing the role of Carol Brady on popular TV show, The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Actress Florence Henderson at the 1989 Emmy Awards

Actress Florence Henderson at the 1989 Emmy Awards. (Alan Light / Creative Commons)

Nov 25 – Fidel Castro, 90
Famous For:  Cuban politician / dictator;  Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959-1976, then President from 1976-2008

Cuban Dictator, Fidel Castro, arriving at MATS Terminal - Washington D.C. - 1959

Cuban Dictator, Fidel Castro, arriving at MATS Terminal – Washington D.C. – 1959. (Library of Congress)

Nov 25 – Ron Glass, 71
Famous For:  Actor; Known for playing Det. Ron Harris on TV’s Barney Miller from 1975-1982 and as Derrial Book in the fan favorite science-fiction television series Firefly and its film sequel Serenity
Cause of Death:  Respiratory failure

Nov 26 – Fritz Weaver, 90
Famous For:  Actor; Known for roles in Fail Safe, Holocaust, and Creepshow; 1970 Tony Award winner

Nov 28 – Jim Delligatti, 98
Famous For:  Entrepreneur;  Owned 48 McDonald’s franchises; Credited as the creator of the “Big Mac” sandwich

Nov 28 – Van Williams, 82
Famous For:  Actor;  Williams was known for his leading role as Kenny Madison in TV detective series Bourbon Street Beat from 1959-1960 and its sequel called Surfside 6 from 1960-1962; Van was also the leading role in TV’s Green Hornet, where he teamed up with Bruce Lee (who played Kato) in 1966
Cause of Death:  Renal failure

Van Williams (left) as the Green Hornet and Bruce Lee as Kato from the TV show The Green Hornet - September 1959

Van Williams (left) as the Green Hornet and Bruce Lee as Kato from the TV show The Green Hornet – September 1959. (Public Domain)

Nov 30 – Keo Woolford, 49
Famous For:  Filmmaker, actor; Woolford is known for his work on Godzilla, Act of Valor, and as Det. Chang on Hawaii Five-0

Nov 30 – Grant Tinker, 90
Famous For:  Television executive;  Chairman and CEO of NBC from 1981-1986; Husband to Mary Tyler Moore from 1962-1981


December 2016 Celebrity Deaths

Dec 01 – Don Calfa, 76
Famous For:  Actor; Most well-known for his role as Paulie the hitman in 1989’s Weekend at Bernie’s

Dec 08 – Joseph Mascolo, 87
Famous For:  Actor; Known for roles in television soap operas Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, and the film Jaws 2
Cause of Death:  Alzheimer’s disease

Dec 08 – Colonel John Glenn, 95
Famous For:  United States Marine Corps aviator, NASA astronaut, engineer, businessman, and politician;  Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth (1962); Senator from Ohio (1974-99)

NASA Astronaut - John Glenn - October 1964

NASA Astronaut – John Glenn – October 1964. (Public Domain)

Dec 13 – Alan Thicke, 69
Famous For:  Canadian actor, singer;  Most well-known as Jason Seaver, the father on TV’s Growing Pains from 1985-1992
Cause of Death:  Ruptured aorta

Alan Thicke at the Night of 100 Stars for 82nd Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel - March 7, 2010

Alan Thicke at the “Night of 100 Stars” for 82nd Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel – March 7, 2010. (Glenn Francis of www.pacificprodigital.com)

Dec 14 – Bernard Fox (Birth name Bernard Lawson), 89
Famous For: Welsh actor; Known for his roles as Dr. Bombay in Bewitched and Colonel Crittendon in Hogan’s Heroes
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Dec 15 – Craig Sager, 65
Famous For:  Sport reporter; Most known for his work with NBA on TNT; Sager was also known for wearing flamboyant sports coats during his on-camera interviews with NBA players and coaches
Cause of Death:  Leukemia

Craig Sager -- June 29, 1951 – December 15, 2016

Craig Sager
June 29, 1951 – December 15, 2016
(Public Domain)

Dec 18 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99
Famous For:  Hungarian-born American actress and socialite; Most notably known for her work in 1952’s Moulin Rouge, Gabor was married nine times
Cause of Death:  Heart attack

Zsa Zsa Gabor - 1959 Publicity Photo

Zsa Zsa Gabor – 1959 Publicity Photo. (Public Domain)

Dec 18 – Gordie Tapp, 94
Famous For:  Canadian country music singer and entertainer;  Wrote and acted on TV show Hee Haw

Dec 23 – Piers Sellers, 61
Famous For:  British-American NASA astronaut; Veteran of three space shuttle missions (2002, 2006, 2010); Director of the Earth Science Division at NASA/GSFC
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer

Dec 25 – George Michael, 53
Famous For:  British singer-songwriter; George Michael had several #1 hits, including “Faith”, “I Want Your Sex”, and “Careless Whisper”; 1987 and 1989 Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Cardiomyopathy

George Michael performing during the Faith World Tour - 1988

George Michael performing during the Faith World Tour – 1988. (Public Domain)

Dec 25 – Vera Rubin, 88
Famous For:  Astronomer;  Innovator of dark matter theory by providing the first evidence of its existence in the universe
Cause of Death:  Dementia

Dec 26 – Ricky Harris, 54
Famous For:  Comedian and actor; Known for roles in Heat, Dope Rain, and Everybody Hates Chris
Cause of Death:  Heart attack

Dec 27 – Carrie Fisher, 60
Famous For:  Actress, novelist, and screenwriter; Fisher’s most famous role was Princess Leia in 1977’s Star Wars and four sequels
Cause of Death:  Cardiac arrest

Carrie Fisher - Star Wars - Episode VI - Return of the Jedi promotional photo - 1983

Carrie FisherStar Wars – Episode VI – Return of the Jedi promotional photo – 1983. (Public Domain)

Dec 28 – Debbie Reynolds, 84
Famous For:  Actress, singer; Most notably known for her role as Kathy Selden in the film Singin’ in the Rain, and for roles in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Irene; Mother of actress Carrie Fisher
Cause of Death:  Stroke

Dec 30 – Tyrus Wong, 106
Famous For:  Chinese-born American artist and film production illustrator;  Most known for working with Disney Studios and as the illustrator for 1942’s Bambi

Dec 31 – William Christopher, 84
Famous For:  Actor;  Most notable role was that of Father Mulcahy on TV’s M*A*S*H
Cause of Death:  Small-cell carcinoma

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The Dust Bowl

What Was the Dust Bowl?

The Dust Bowl, also called the “Dirty Thirties,” was a time of crippling dust storms that greatly damaged the drought-stricken Southern Plains area of the United States during a dry period of the 1930s. The weather during this time stirred up dirt that caused massive zero visibility dust storms, covering everything in the storms’ path with dirt.

Dust Bowl - Farm with huge dust storm about to hit - Boise City, Oklahoma - April 15, 1935

Dust Bowl – Farm with a huge dust storm about to engulf barn. Boise City, Oklahoma – April 15, 1935.
(Library of Congress / Dorothea Lange)

The drought hit the Southern Plains in three waves starting around 1930. Some parts of the region experienced drought conditions for as many as eight straight years. By 1934, the Great Plains had literally been turned into a desert area.

High winds caused choking dust storms that swept through massive areas from Texas to Nebraska. People and animals alike were killed and crops were covered by dust. As a result, most agricultural crops failed throughout the entire region. As the Dust Bowl gained momentum, the poor conditions intensified, eventually driving farming families by the thousands out of the affected areas in search of better living conditions.

Massive dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas - 1935

Massive dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas – 1935. (NOAA George E. Marsh Album / Public Domain)

What Caused the Dust Bowl?

The Dust Bowl was caused by a combination of severe drought and farming methods that increased wind erosion of the land. Farmers settling in the Great Plains from the Eastern United States used extensive deep plowing methods. These farming methods displaced the native, deep root plants and grasses of the area that traditionally trapped soil and water even throughout periods of excessive drought and wind.

When the first drought hit in 1930, the now unanchored topsoil turned to dust. When winds picked-up, this caused huge dust clouds that at times blackened the sky. These enormous dirt storms – dubbed “black blizzards” or “black rollers” – blew across the country, even reaching the East Coast hitting cities as far away as New York City and Washington, D.C.

Dust is too much for this farmer's son in Cimarron County, Oklahoma - April 1936

Dust is too much for this farmer’s son in Cimarron County, Oklahoma – April 1936. (LOC.gov)


Dust Bowl Photos

Dust Storm - Spearman Texas - April 14, 1935 Large dust storm approaching Spearman, Texas – April 14, 1935.


Dust storm - Amarillo, Texas - April 1936 Dust storm ripping through a suburban area of Amarillo, Texas – April of 1936.


A farm now covered by sand. Cimarron County, Oklahoma - April 1936 Farm land covered by sand after dust storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma – April 1936.


Buried automobile and farm machinery in a barn lot. Dallas, South Dakota. May 1936 Buried automobile and farm machinery in a barn lot. Dallas, South Dakota. May, 1936.


The Dust Bowl - Car trying to outrun a massive dust storm in the Texas Panhandle - 1936 Car trying to outrun a massive dust storm in the Texas Panhandle – 1936.


This farmer converted the roof of a barn into a windbreak for his garden. Cimarron County, Oklahoma. April 1936 This farmer converted the roof of a barn into a windbreak for his garden. Cimarron County, Oklahoma. April 1936.


Windmill and tank on an abandoned farm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma. April 1936 Windmill and tank on an abandoned farm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma.


Dust Bowl - Buried farm machinery. Cimarron County, Oklahoma - April 1936 Dust Bowl – Buried farm machinery after dust storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma – 1936.


Worst Dust Storm of Decade - Ulysses, Kansas - April 1936 Farmer and his two sons trying to escape the worst dust storm of the decade. Ulysses, Kansas – April of 1936.


Chickens trying to huddle together to shelter from blowing sand. Cimarron County, Oklahoma - April 1936 Chickens trying to huddle together to shelter from blowing sand. Cimarron County, Oklahoma.


Results of a dust storm - Buried farm equipment and barn. Cimarron County, Oklahoma - April 1936 Results of a dust storm. Buried farm equipment and dust piled-up around barn. Cimarron County, Oklahoma – April 1936.


Dust piled up around farmhouse. Oklahoma - 1936


Dust bowl farmer raising fence to keep it from being buried under drifting sand - April 1936 Dust bowl farmer raising his fence in an attempt to keep it from being buried under drifting sand – 1936.


Son of farmer in dust bowl area. Cimarron County, Oklahoma - April 1936 Young son of a farmer in dust bowl area – Cimarron County, Oklahoma.


View of a badly blown area in Cimarron County, Oklahoma - April 1936 View of a badly blown area showing crops completely covered by dust and dirt. Cimarron County, Oklahoma – April 1936.


Removing drifts of dirt that are blocking the highways near Guymon, Oklahoma. March 1936 Removing drifts of dirt that are blocking the highways near Guymon, Oklahoma. March 1936.


Oklahoma dust bowl refugees reach San Fernando, California - June 1936 Oklahoma Dust Bowl refugees reach San Fernando, California – June 1936.


Fighting the drought and dust with irrigation. Cimarron County, Oklahoma Fighting the drought and dust with irrigation. Cimarron County, Oklahoma.


Dust Bowl - Squatter camp on county road near Calipatria, California - March 1937 Dust Bowl – Squatter camp on county road near Calipatria, California – March 1937.


Years of Dust - Resettlement Administration - Poster Years of Dust – Resettlement Administration poster.


Photos courtesy Library of Congress / Public Domain


SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
History.com
Wikipedia.com
AmericasLibrary.gov

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How Using the Term ‘420’ for Marijuana Got Started http://tribupedia.com/420-origin-meaning-marijuana/ http://tribupedia.com/420-origin-meaning-marijuana/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 23:57:17 +0000 http://tribupedia.com/?p=12320 The Meaning and Origin of the Term: 420 How 420 (4/20 or 4:20 – pronounced “four-twenty”) Became Code for Marijuana 420 MEANING: The term 420 is slang for the use and enjoyment of marijuana. 420 literally means “weed,” “pot,” “it’s time to get high,” “smoke marijuana,” and so on. You will hear this term in... View Article

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The Meaning and Origin of the Term: 420

How 420 (4/20 or 4:20 – pronounced “four-twenty”) Became Code for Marijuana


420 MEANING:
The term 420 is slang for the use and enjoyment of marijuana. 420 literally means “weed,” “pot,” “it’s time to get high,” “smoke marijuana,” and so on.

Featured - 420 Meaning Origination - Association with MarijuanaYou will hear this term in relation to someone being “420 friendly” and the date April 20th (IE: 4/20) is globally recognized as “Marijuana Appreciation Day.”


420 ORIGIN:
The term 420 was first used in conjunction with marijuana back in 1971. Five students at Marin County, California’s San Rafael High School are credited as the first people to coin the term.
After finding a hand-drawn map supposedly showing the location of a huge marijuana field north-west of San Francisco, the group of boys (self-proclaimed “Waldos“) began meeting at 4:20pm every day by the school’s statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to go look for the marijuana. (The boys never found their treasure, however.)

The students – Steve Cooper, Mark Gravich, Jeffrey Noel, Dave Reddix, and Larry Schwartz – chose the time 4:20pm because extracurricular school activities would have normally been over by then. The original term they used was “420 Louis,” which meant to meet at the statue at 4:20 to go look for the pot field. This was soon shortened to just “420” and they would say it to each other as a slang word for smoking weed at any time or place. It wasn’t long before their friends and acquaintances also started using 420 as a slang term for marijuana and getting high.


GOING GLOBAL:
As luck would have it, members of the band the Grateful Dead had moved to San Rafael from San Francisco in 1970. The band members had connections to the Waldos, heard the term from them, and started using it themselves. Soon after, 420 began being used by Grateful Dead fans and quickly became a common term associated with marijuana to “Deadheads” throughout the country.

Later on, in 1990, High Times magazine editor Steve Bloom saw a flyer explaining how the term 420 came into popular use on a Grateful Dead concert flyer. It wasn’t long before magazine staff were frequently using the term themselves (they even held pot-fueled meetings of their own at 4:20pm) and then in magazine articles, spreading the term across the United States as well as globally.


EXAMPLE SENTENCES USING 420:

“Sally’s online dating profile says that she is 420 friendly.”

“420 day, April 20th, is a stoner holiday.”

“People all over the world get together on one day each year and collectively smoke pot at the same time. That day is April 20, also known as 420 Day.”

“Dave is 420 friendly, so we can smoke at his place before going out tonight.”


420 RELATED HISTORICAL PHOTOS:

Thousands illegally smoke marijuana in Golden Gate Park to celebrate 420 and end prohibition - April 20, 2013 Thousands illegally smoke marijuana in Golden Gate Park to celebrate 420 and end prohibition – April 20, 2013. (Wikipedia / Public Domain)


Louis Pasteur statue, San Rafael High School where the term 420 began Louis Pasteur statue at San Rafael High School where the term 420 first began being used for association with marijuana. (Wikipedia / Public Domain)


How the Term 420 Got Started Being Used for Marijuana

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Rare Prohibition Era Photos http://tribupedia.com/rare-prohibition-era-photos/ http://tribupedia.com/rare-prohibition-era-photos/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 21:20:31 +0000 http://tribupedia.com/?p=12081 Old Photos: 27 Rare Prohibition Era Photos The Prohibition era was an extremely difficult time in 20th century American history. During this period, from 1919 until Prohibition was finally repealed in 1933, it was against the law in the United States to make, sell, or consume alcohol. Americans, however, loved their alcohol and banning it... View Article

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Old Photos: 27 Rare Prohibition Era Photos

The Prohibition era was an extremely difficult time in 20th century American history. During this period, from 1919 until Prohibition was finally repealed in 1933, it was against the law in the United States to make, sell, or consume alcohol. Americans, however, loved their alcohol and banning it actually resulted in a whopping 70% increase in alcohol consumption during the Prohibition years.

We Want Beer - Labor union members marching through Broad Street, Newark New Jersey, carrying signs in protest of Prohibition - 1931

WE WANT BEER
Labor union members marching through Broad Street, Newark New Jersey, carrying signs in protest of prohibition – 1931.
(Library of Congress)

People went to great lengths to both make and find alcoholic beverages. Criminal gangs, in particular, exploited the system. These operations distilled their own whiskey, beer, gin, moonshine and other types of alcohol or simply illegally imported it by air and sea from other countries. The sale and distribution of alcohol netted huge profits for their illegal liquor businesses and also resulted in literal war between gangs and police across the country.

In this collection of rare Prohibition era photos, you’ll get a glimpse of what everyday life was like for not just the average citizen, but also police officials as they sought, found and destroyed millions of gallons of booze throughout America.


Inside shot of a crowded bar just before midnight, when wartime prohibition went into effect - New York City - June 30, 1919 Inside shot of a crowded bar just before midnight, the night before Prohibition went into effect. New York City – June 30, 1919. (Library of Congress)


A Fair Haul by the Liquor Squad - Group of policemen posed with cases of moonshine, Washington, D.C. - September 23, 1922 A Fair Haul by the Liquor Squad – Group of policemen posed with cases of moonshine, Washington, D.C. – September 23, 1922. (Library of Congress)


January 26, 1926 - Latest fashion trend in flasks. Mlle. Rhea, dainty dancer with the Keiths Program started the garter flask fad in Washington, DC The Latest Fashion Trend in Flasks. Mlle. Rhea, dainty dancer with the Keiths Program, started the garter flask fad in Washington, DC – January 26, 1926. (Library of Congress)


Prohibition Era Photos - Krazy Kat Speakeasy - Washington, DC - circa 1920s Prohibition Era Photos: Several people standing outside the Krazy Kat Speakeasy in Washington, DC – circa 1920s. (themobmuseum.org)


Alcohol pouring out the third floor windows after being discovered by Prohibition agents during a raid on an illegal distillery in Detroit, Michigan - December 10, 1929 Alcohol is seen pouring out the third floor windows of a building after an illegal distillery is discovered and destroyed by Prohibition agents during a raid. Detroit, Michigan – December 10, 1929. (Public Domain)


Man carrying a case of Four Roses whiskey on his shoulder, possibly confiscated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Bureau - ca1921-1932 Man carrying a case of Four Roses whiskey on his shoulder, possibly confiscated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Bureau – ca1921-1932. (Library of Congress)


Prohibition agents pouring whiskey into a sewer drain - July 8, 1921 Prohibition agents pouring whiskey into a sewer drain – July 8, 1921. (Library of Congress)


A woman hides 2 large containers of alcohol under her dress and coat, as seen in this 'on off' photo - Detroit, Michigan - circa 1925-1930 A woman hides two large containers of alcohol under her dress and coat, as seen in this “on / off” photo – Detroit, Michigan – circa 1925-1930. (Public Domain)


Prohibition officers raiding the lunch room of 922 Pa. Ave., Wash., D.C. - April 25, 1923 Prohibition officers raiding the restaurant, Lunch Room – 922 Pa. Ave., Wash., D.C. – April 25, 1923. (Library of Congress)


One barrel and multiple bottles of confiscated whiskey - Prohibition - ca1921-1930 One barrel and multiple bottles of confiscated whiskey – Prohibition – ca1921-1930. (Library of Congress)


Coast Guardesmen with rifles along deck facing a rum runner - 1924 Coast Guardesmen with rifles along deck facing a rum runner – 1924. (Library of Congress)


Wreckage of a Stutz automobile that crashed into a tree at 70 MPH - Bootlegger driver was killed and fifty gallons of corn liquor was destroyed and confiscated - July 29, 1924 Wreckage of a Stutz automobile that crashed into a tree at 70 MPH. Bootlegger driver was killed and fifty gallons of corn liquor was destroyed and confiscated – July 29, 1924. (Library of Congress)


Bootleggers and moonshiners wore special 'cow shoes' to hide their footprints from police and prohibition agents - Prohibition Era - 1922

Above and Below Photos… Bootleggers and moonshiners wore special ‘cow shoes’ to hide their footprints from police and prohibition agents – 1922. (Library of Congress)

Second photo showing the bottom of the 'cow shoes' worn by bootleggers and moonshiners - prohibition - 1922 According to The Evening Independent (May 27, 1922):
“A new method of evading prohibition agents was revealed here today by A.L. Allen, state prohibition enforcement director, who displayed what he called a “cow shoe” as the latest thing front the haunts of moonshiners. The cow shoe is a strip of metal to which is tacked a wooden block carved to resemble the hoof of a cow, which may be strapped to the human foot. A man shod with a pair of them would leave a trail resembling that of a cow. The shoe found was picked up near Port Tampa where a still was located some time ago. It will be sent to the prohibition department at Washington. Officers believe the inventor got his idea from a Sherlock Holmes story in which the villain shod his horse with shoes the imprint of which resembled those of a cow’s hoof.”


Women and ballot box- Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform - 1932 Women and Ballot Box – Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform – 1932. (Library of Congress)


Woman holding a poster that says 'Abolish Prohibition! - 1931 Woman holding a poster that says ‘Abolish Prohibition! – 1931. Near the end of Prohibition in 1933, many women had organized in efforts to repeal the law as gang violence and illegal distilling of alcohol had become a huge problem throughout major cities in America. Along with gang members, innocent bystanders were also killed or seriously injured in the violence. (Library of Congress)


Internal Revenue Bureau agents destroying whiskey and beer - November 20, 1923 Internal Revenue Bureau agents destroying whiskey and beer – November 20, 1923. (Library of Congress)


Photo shows Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Public Safety Director, Smedley D. Duckboards Butler, destroying kegs of beer with an axe and dumping the alcohol into the Schuylkill River - 1924 Photo shows Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Public Safety Director, Smedley D. Duckboards Butler, destroying kegs of beer with an axe and dumping the alcohol into the Schuylkill River – 1924. (Library of Congress)


Prohibition agents dismantling a still in San Francisco - ca1909-1932 Prohibition agents dismantling a still in San Francisco – ca1909-1932. (Library of Congress)


Two U.S. prohibition agents carrying confiscated liquor past a group of men - ca1921 Two U.S. prohibition agents carrying confiscated liquor past a group of men – ca1921. (Library of Congress)


Lt. O.T. Davis, Sergt. J.D. McQuade, George Fowler of Internal Revenue Service and H.G. Bauer with the largest still ever taken in the national capitol and bottles of liquor - November 11, 1922 Lt. O.T. Davis, Sergt. J.D. McQuade, George Fowler of Internal Revenue Service and H.G. Bauer with the largest still ever taken in the national capitol and bottles of liquor – November 11, 1922. (Library of Congress)


Prohibition Era Photos - Two men posing with a whiskey still - ca1920-1930 Prohibition Era Photos – Two men posing with a whiskey still – ca1920-1930. (Library of Congress)


A rather happy looking group of New York law enforcement officials dumping illegal alcohol during Prohibition - 1920 A rather happy looking group of New York law enforcement officials dumping illegal alcohol during Prohibition – 1920. (Public Domain / New York Daily News)


Police Officers watch as prohibition agents pour a barrel of alcohol into the sewer after a raid - New York City - Prohibtion - 1921 Police Officers watch as officials pour a barrel of alcohol into the sewer after a raid – New York City – Prohibtion – 1921. (Library of Congress)


Woman showing a Prohibition-era fashion accessory, the cane-flask, 1922 - Washington, DC Woman showing a Prohibition-era fashion accessory, the cane-flask. 1922 – Washington, DC. (Library of Congress)


Bandleader Ted Lewis is seen here celebrating the end of Prohibition at the Hollywood Club with his ‘Broadway Beauties’ Bandleader Ted Lewis is seen here celebrating the end of Prohibition at the Hollywood Club with his ‘Broadway Beauties’ in 1933. (Public Domain / Dan Kelleher / New York Daily News)

To the delight of most everyone, except the mobsters profiting from illegal alcohol sales, Prohibition was repealed on December 5, 1933, when the U.S. government ratified the 18th amendment.

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Old Photos: Rare Star Trek TOS Photos, Including Behind the Scenes & Deleted Scenes Images

The following collection of rare Star Trek TOS photos (many of which are behind the scenes photos, deleted scenes, or restorations of discarded production images) are a sampling of images from long time Star Trek fan, Flickr user Birdofthegalaxy. The collection was put together from a mix of single frame 35mm movie positives Birdofthegalaxy purchased back in the early Lincoln Enterprises and Star Trek convention days – combined with more recent online auction purchases.

Many of these Star Trek TOS images are behind the scenes photos, showing the fun times had on set and camaraderie the cast felt for one another. There’s no doubt that Star Trek is a special show that is still enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world today.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy looking at Mad Magazine issue 115 from December 1967. The issue This issue contained the parody of TOS Star Trek called 'Star Blecch.' This behind the scenes Star Trek TOS photo shows William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy looking at Mad Magazine issue #115 from December 1967. The issue contained the parody of Star Trek TOS called ‘Star Blecch.’ The term became a frequent one in future Mad parodies such as Star Blecch III The Search for Plot, Star Blecch The Next Degradtion, Star Blecch Voyeur, and Star Blecch Worst Contact. The photo is believed to have been taken during the filming of episode “A Private Little War.”


December 29th, 1964 - Delivery of the Eleven Foot Enterprise This amazing photo shows delivery of the original eleven foot long U.S.S. Enterprise model used for the first two pilot episodes of Star Trek. The photo was taken on Providencia Avenue in Burbank, California on December 29th, 1964.


Another Photo of the Eleven Foot USS Enterprise Model from December 29, 1964 Another photo of the eleven foot Enterprise model. This photo was sharpened and color corrected by Birdofthegalaxy to help show a little more detail of the model.


Lieutenant Uhura pointing a phaser at Marlena Moreau in the mirror universe. From the Star Trek TOS episode Mirror, Mirror Lieutenant Uhura is shown here pointing a phaser at Marlena Moreau in the mirror universe. From the Star Trek TOS episode Mirror, Mirror.


Star Trek TOS - First pilot episode U.S.S. Enterprise bridge set from above, cables and sound boom visible. Star Trek TOS – First pilot episode U.S.S. Enterprise bridge set from above, cables and sound boom visible. This photo shows details of the set from the first pilot Enterprise bridge from a rarely seen port perspective. Majel Barrett, Leonard Nimoy, and Jeffrey Hunter are visible in the photo, along with production equipment like a sound boom and power wires.


Street scene on an Earth-like planet surface from Star Trek TOS episode Miri Street scene on an Earth-like planet surface from Star Trek TOS episode Miri. On the episode, this was a neglected and decaying city where all adults die, leaving only children to inhabit the planet. It is believed buildings used in this episode for the courthouse and Walker’s Drugstore are from the the town of Mayberry, from The Andy Griffith Show. These same streets were also used for a later Star Trek episode, The City on the Edge of Forever.


A blooper moment from filming the Star Trek TOS episode The City on the Edge of Forever A blooper moment from filming the Star Trek TOS episode The City on the Edge of Forever.


Original Romulan Bird of Prey Model in Studio - Hanging from Gimbal Device for Photogprahing and on Blackscreen to Simulate Flight Behind the scenes look at how the Romulan Bird of Prey model was photographed for movement. The model is shown in studio (left) hanging from wooden gimbal device for photographing in various stages of movement (with blue screen background), then (right) the semi-finished product is shown with superimposed black background and stars. This footage was used in the TOS episode Balance of Terror.


Having Fun on the Set - Leonard Nimoy with his young son, Adam Nimoy made up as a Vulcan child Having Fun on the Set: Leonard Nimoy is shown here with a smile on his face and his young son, Adam Nimoy, made up as a Vulcan child standing next to him. This scene is part of a well-known TOS blooper reel. This shot was taken from an actual 35mm frame of the gag, however.


Actress Sherry Jackson is seen here as the android Andrea in the famous Bill Theiss costume, along with the late actor Ted Cassidy as Ruk.  This scene is from Star Trek TOS episode What Are Little Girls Made Of? Actress Sherry Jackson is seen here as the android Andrea in the famous Bill Theiss costume, along with the late actor Ted Cassidy as Ruk. This scene is from Star Trek TOS episode What Are Little Girls Made Of?.


Leslie Parrish as Carolyn Palamas - Star Trek TOS episode Who Mourns for Adonais - June 6, 1967 Leslie Parrish as Carolyn Palamas – Star Trek TOS episode Who Mourns for Adonais – June 6, 1967.


Star Trek - Third season commercial bumper, with off screen production details Star Trek – Third season commercial bumper, with off screen production details. (A “commercial bumper” is a term that indicates an image used on television before mid-show commercials. This image would have been accompanied by spoken words like “Star Trek will return after these messages,” etc.)


Spock and the Creator - Leonard Nimoy and Gene Roddenberry in a candid photo taken on the set of 'The Cage' during the filming of the first pilot episode - December 1964 Spock and the Creator – Leonard Nimoy and Gene Roddenberry in a candid photo taken on the set of “The Cage” during the filming of the first pilot episode – December 1964.


Original Gorn costume before tunic was put on - Star Trek TOS Original Gorn costume before tunic was put on. This photo shows the breathing holes of the cosutme, necessary to keep the actor inside ventilated. The Gorn suit was made of rubber and was like wearing a thick Halloween mask on your entire body.


Bearded Spock - Close up image of Spock with a full beard in his cabin from the TOS episode Mirror, Mirror Bearded Spock: Close up image of Spock with a full beard in his cabin from the TOS episode Mirror, Mirror. This episode is consistently selected as a fan favorite.


Actress Grace Lee Whitney is shown here in her role as Yeoman Rand. She is constrained with ropes and covered in dirt, held captive by the Onlies in Star Trek TOS episdoe Miri Actress Grace Lee Whitney is shown here in her role as Yeoman Rand. She is constrained with ropes and covered in dirt, held captive by the Onlies in Star Trek TOS episode Miri.


Star Trek TOS first season production set showing the large U.S.S. Enterprise model in the studio Star Trek TOS first season production set showing the large U.S.S. Enterprise model in the studio on blue screen background. Technicians are shown on set with camera dolly rails, studio lighting, cables, stands and other studio equipment. Botany Bay model is also visible in the far left of this shot.


The images on this page are just a sampling of Birdofthegalaxy’s Star Trek TOS photos. Please be sure to visit his Flickr website to see the full collection of photos…
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2017 Celebrity Deaths http://tribupedia.com/2017-celebrity-deaths/ http://tribupedia.com/2017-celebrity-deaths/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:07:54 +0000 http://tribupedia.com/?p=11796 2017 Celebrity Deaths – Looking Back at Famous Figures Lost in 2017 The world lost iconic musicians, renowned actors, beloved comedians, business leaders, military heroes, religious leaders, political activists, and legendary athletes in 2017. Here’s a look back at 2017 celebrity deaths. January 2017 Celebrity Deaths Jan 02 – Richard Machowicz, 51 Famous For: Actor;... View Article

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2017 Celebrity Deaths – Looking Back at Famous Figures Lost in 2017

The world lost iconic musicians, renowned actors, beloved comedians, business leaders, military heroes, religious leaders, political activists, and legendary athletes in 2017. Here’s a look back at 2017 celebrity deaths.

2017 Celebrity Deaths

January 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Jan 02 – Richard Machowicz, 51
Famous For: Actor; Navy Seal; Television show host (Future Weapons, Deadliest Warrior)
Cause of Death: Brain cancer

Jan 03 – Rodney Bennett, 81
Famous For: British television director (Doctor Who)

Jan 03 – Martin Brandtner, 78
Famous For: American Marine Corps general

Jan 03 – Mike Buchanan, 84,
Famous For: Canadian Ice hockey player with the Chicago Blackhawks

Jan 04 – Milt Schmidt, 98
Famous For: Canadian Hall of Fame ice hockey player, coach and general manager with the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals
Cause of Death: Stroke

Jan 06 – Francine York, 80
Famous For: Actress; Starred as Sabrina Kincaid in The Doll Squad (1973) and other films, including It’s Only Money, Batman and The Family Man
Cause of Death: Cancer

Francine York - 1968 guest appearance on 'It Takes a Thief'

Francine York – 1968 guest appearance on ‘It Takes a Thief(Public Domain)

Jan 07 – John Deely, 74
Famous For: American philosopher
Cause of Death: Cancer

Jan 08 – Roy Innis, 82
Famous For: American politician and civil rights activist; National Director of the Congress of Racial Equality (since 1968)
Cause of Death: Complications from Parkinson’s disease

Roy Innis - Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality - circa 1970

Roy Innis – Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality – circa 1970. (Wikipedia)

Jan 10 – Buddy Greco, 90
Famous For: American jazz and pop singer; Actor (The Girl Who Knew Too Much) and pianist

Jan 12 – William Peter Blatty, 89
Famous For: American novelist (The Exorcist, Legion); Screenwriter (A Shot in the Dark)
Cause of Death: Multiple myeloma

Jan 12 – Milton Metz, 95
Famous For: American radio and television sports personality
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

Jan 12 – Frank Spellman, 94
Famous For: American weightlifting Olympic champion (1948); United States Weight Lifting Hall of Fame

Jan 13 – Dick Gautier, 85
Famous For: American actor (Hymie the Robot in Get Smart, Transformers, Bye Bye Birdie)

Jan 13 – David Modell, 56
Famous For: American businessman; Owner of the Baltimore Ravens
Cause of Death: Cancer

Jan 13 – Nicodemo Scarfo, 87
Famous For: American mobster; Boss of Philadelphia crime family from 1981–1991

Jan 16 – Eugene Cernan, 82
Famous For: American astronaut on missions Apollo 7, Apollo 14, Apollo 17; Last person to walk on the Moon

American Astronaut, Eugene Cernan - December 1971

American Astronaut, Eugene Cernan – December 1971.  Cernan is the last person to have walked on the Moon. (Public Domain)

Jan 16 – Charles “Bobo” Shaw, 69
Famous For: American jazz drummer with Human Arts Ensemble and Black Artists Group

Jan 17 – Brenda C. Barnes, 63
Famous For: American businesswoman; CEO of Sara Lee from 2005–2010
Cause of Death: stroke

Jan 17 – Philip Bond, 82
Famous For: British actor, starred in Doctor Who and The Onedin Line

Jan 18 – Red Adams, 95
Famous For: American baseball player with the Chicago Cubs and coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Jan 19 – Miguel Ferrer, 61
Famous For: American actor (RoboCop, Mulan, Crossing Jordan)
Cause of Death: Throat cancer

2017 Celebrity Deaths - Miguel Ferrer - September 2015

2017 Celebrity Deaths
Actor Miguel Ferrer is shown here in September 2015. Ferrer passed away on January 19, 2017 from throat cancer. (Wikipedia)

Jan 19 – Walt Streuli, 81
Famous For: American baseball player with the Detroit Tigers

Jan 19 – H. Boyd Woodruff, 99
Famous For: American microbiologist; Discovered actinomycin

Jan 24 – Gil Ray, 60
Famous For: American drummer (Game Theory, The Loud Family)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Jan 24 – Butch Trucks, 69
Famous For: American drummer with The Allman Brothers Band
Cause of Death: Suicide by gunshot

Jan 25 – Kevin Geer, 64
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Twelve Angry Men, The Pelican Brief, and The Contender
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Jan 25 – Sir John Hurt, 77
Famous For: British actor; Hurt was known for playing roles in films Midnight Express, Alien, and The Elephant Man
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Jan 25 – Mary Tyler Moore, 80
Famous For: American actress, starring in The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Ordinary People; Philanthropist (JDRF)
Cause of Death: Cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by diabetic-related pneumonia

1960 Photo of Mary Tyler Moore from the television drama series Johnny Staccato. Moore played a beauty pageant contestant who hired Staccato to protect her

1960 Photo of Mary Tyler Moore from the television drama series Johnny Staccato. Moore played a beauty pageant contestant who hired Staccato to protect her. (Public Domain)

Jan 30 – Carmen Contreras-Bozak, 97
Famous For: American World War II veteran; She was the first Hispanic to serve in the Women’s Army Corps

Jan 31 – Frank Pellegrino, 72
Famous For: American actor (Goodfellas, The Sopranos); Restaurateur (Rao’s)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer


February 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Feb 01 – Edward Tipper, 95
Famous For: American World War II veteran (Private of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division, United States Army during World War II); Subject of HBO television series Band of Brothers

Feb 06 – Irwin Corey, 102
Famous For: American comedian (The Steve Allen Show) and actor (Car Wash, Doc, and Thieves)

Feb 07 – Richard Hatch, 71
Famous For: American actor known for roles in All My Children, Battlestar Galactica, and The Streets of San Francisco
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Feb 10 – Bradley Ayers, 81
Famous For: American soldier and CIA operative; Ayers is known for saying that the CIA played a role in the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

Feb 10 – Mike Ilitch, 87
Famous For: American businessman and sports team owner (Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers); Ilitch was the founder of Little Caesars

Feb 11 – Barbara Carroll, 92
Famous For: American jazz pianist and singer

Feb 11 – Chavo Guerrero Sr., 68
Famous For: American professional wrestler (NWA, AWA, WWE)
Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Feb 11 – Fab Melo, 26
Famous For: Brazilian born professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics
Cause of Death: Suspected heart attack

Feb 12 – Al Jarreau, 76
Famous For: American jazz and R&B singer (Moonlighting, Since I Fell for You, We Are the World); Jarreau is a seven-time Grammy winner
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

American singer Al Jarreau during concert at the Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany - January 16 1981

American singer Al Jarreau during concert at the Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany – January 16 1981. (Creative Commons)

Feb 13 – e-dubble (Birth name Evan Sewell Wallace), 34
Famous For: American rap artist; Founder of Black Paisley Records
Cause of Death: Blood infection

Feb 16 – George “The Animal” Steele, 79
Famous For: American professional wrestler (WWF); Actor (Ed Wood)
Cause of Death: Renal failure

Feb 17 – Andrew Schneider, 74
Famous For: American journalist with the Pittsburgh Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Pulitzer Prize winner (1986, 1987)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Feb 19 – Larry Coryell, 73
Famous For: American jazz guitarist; Coryell was known as the “Godfather of Fusion”
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Feb 20 – Mildred Dresselhaus, 86
Famous For: American nanotechnologist (Carbon nanotubes); First female professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Feb 25 – Bill Paxton, 61
Famous For: American actor (Apollo 13, Aliens, Big Love, Twister)
Cause of Death: Stroke complicated by heart surgery

2017 Celebrity Deaths - Bill Paxton at 2014 WonderCon for 'Edge of Tomorrow' - Anaheim, California

2017 Celebrity Deaths – Bill Paxton at 2014 WonderCon for ‘Edge of Tomorrow‘ – Anaheim, California. (Creative Commons)

Feb 26 – Joseph Wapner, 97
Famous For: American judge and television personality (The People’s Court, Judge Wapner’s Animal Court)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Feb 27 – John Harlan, 91
Famous For: American radio and television personality (Name That Tune)


March 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Mar 05 – Florence S. Jacobsen, 103
Famous For: American Mormon leader and missionary; General President of the Young Women Organization from 1961–1972

Mar 06 – Bill Hougland, 86
Famous For: American basketball player (Phillips 66ers), Olympic champion (1952 and 1956); Businessman, Vice President of Koch Industries (until 1991)

Mar 07 – Ron Bass, 68
Famous For: American professional wrestler with the NWA and WWF
Cause of Death: Complications from appendicitis-related surgery

Mar 07 – Hans Georg Dehmelt, 94
Famous For: German-born American physicist; 1989 Nobel Prize in Physics

Mar 08 – George Andrew Olah, 89
Famous For:  Hungarian-born American chemist; 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Mar 08 – Dave Valentin, 64
Famous For: American jazz flutist; Grammy Award-winner (2003)
Cause of Death: Complications from stroke and Parkinson’s disease

Mar 10 – Joni Sledge, 60
Famous For: American singer (Sister Sledge) and songwriter (Then Came You)

Mar 18 – Chuck Berry, 90
Famous For: American Hall of Fame rock and roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Johnny B. Goode, Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Chuck Berry - 1958 publicity photo

Chuck Berry – 1958 publicity photo. (Public Domain)

Mar 19 – Jimmy Breslin, 88
Famous For: American journalist with the New York Daily News and Newsday; Author (Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight), 1986 Pulitzer Prize recipient
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

Mar 20 – David Rockefeller, 101
Famous For: American banker (Chase Manhattan); Philanthropist (Rockefeller Brothers Fund)
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Mar 21 – Chuck Barris, 87
Famous For: American television producer; Game show creator (The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game), TV host (The Gong Show); Songwriter (Palisades Park); Barris was the subject of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Mar 22 – Pete Hamilton, 74
Famous For: American racecar driver; 1970 Daytona 500 winner

Mar 22 – Sib Hashian, 67
Famous For: American musician, best known as the drummer of rock band Boston
Cause of Death: Suspected heart attack

Mar 23 – Lola Albright, 92
Famous For: American actress (Champion, Kid Galahad, Peter Gunn)

1959 publicity photo of Lola Albright as Edie Hart in the television show Peter Gunn

1959 publicity photo of Lola Albright as Edie Hart in the television show Peter Gunn. (Public Domain)

Mar 26 – Darlene Cates, 69
Famous For: American actress (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape)
Cause of Death: Suspected heart attack

Mar 27 – Arthur Blythe, 76
Famous For: American jazz alto saxophonist; Composer
Cause of Death: Parkinson’s disease

Mar 30 – Rosie Hamlin, 71
Famous For: American Hall of Fame singer-songwriter (Angel Baby); R&B pianist (Rosie and the Originals)


April 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Apr 01 – Gary Austin, 75
Famous For: American theater writer and director (The Groundlings)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Apr 03 – Roy Sievers, 90
Famous For: American baseball player with the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, and Chicago White Sox

Apr 05 – Arthur Bisguier, 87
Famous For: American chess grandmaster and writer
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Apr 05 – Paul O’Neill, 61
Famous For: American producer, composer and songwriter (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Cause of Death: Chronic disease

Apr 06 – Don Rickles, 90
Famous For: American stand-up comedian (The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast); Actor (Toy Story, C.P.O. Sharkey, Kelly’s Heroes)
Cause of Death: Kidney failure

Don Rickles 1973

Don Rickles in 1973. (Public Domain)

Apr 11 – J. Geils, 71
Famous For: American guitarist with The J. Geils Band

Apr 12 – Charlie Murphy, 57
Famous For: American comedian (Chappelle’s Show); Actor (Paper Soldiers, Black Jesus, Meet the Blacks); Screenwriter; Charlie is the older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy
Cause of Death: Leukemia

December 2009 photo of Charlie Murphy at an event to promote his book The Making of a Stand Up Guy

December 2009 photo of Charlie Murphy at an event to promote his book The Making of a Stand Up Guy. (Creative Commons)

Apr 13 – Dan Rooney, 84
Famous For: American football executive and diplomat; Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers (since 2003); Ambassador to Ireland from 2009–2012); Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (inducted 2000)

Apr 19 – Aaron Hernandez, 27
Famous For: American football player (New England Patriots); Convicted murderer of Odin Lloyd
Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging

Apr 20 – Cuba Gooding, Sr., 72
Famous For: American soul singer (The Main Ingredient); Actor (Gedo, Children of the Struggle, Save the Children)
Cause of Death: Suspected drug overdose

Apr 22 – Erin Moran, 56
Famous For: American actress best known for playing Joanie in Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi
Cause of Death: Complications from squamous cell carcinoma of the throat

Erin Moran on the set of Happy Days

2017 Celebrity Deaths
Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham on the set of Happy Days. Moran passed away in 2017 at the age of 56. (Public Domain)

Apr 23 – Kathleen Crowley, 87
Famous For: American actress in the 1950s through 1970; Most known for playing multiple roles on the TV show Maverick

Apr 26 – Jonathan Demme, 73
American movie director;  Demme won an Oscar for 1992’s The Silence of the Lambs
Cause of Death: Complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease

Apr 28 – Janelle Kirtley, 73
Famous For: American world champion water skier (1961)

Apr 28 – Chad Young, 21
Famous For: American racing cyclist with team Axeon
Cause of Death: Cycling accident


May 2017 Celebrity Deaths

May 01 – Bruce Hampton, 70
Famous For: American musician with the Hampton Grease Band and Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit; Actor (Sling Blade)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

May 06 – Steven Holcomb, 37
Famous For: American bobsledder, Olympic gold medal champion 2010
Cause of Death: Suspected pulmonary edema

May 09 – Christopher Boykin, 45
Famous For: American entertainer and musician, best known for his role in the MTV show Rob & Big
Cause of Death: Heart failure

May 09 – Michael Parks, 77
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Twin Peaks, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Kill Bill

May 09 – Wilburn K. Ross, 94
Famous For: American WWII veteran; Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in World War II

U.S. President John F. Kennedy congratulating Medal of Honor recipient Wilburn K. Ross - 1963

U.S. President John F. Kennedy congratulating Medal of Honor recipient Wilburn K. Ross – 1963. (Public Domain)

May 14 – Powers Boothe, 68
Famous For: American actor with roles in Tombstone, Deadwood, Red Dawn and more; Emmy winner (1980)
Cause of Death: Cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pancreatic cancer

May 14 – Brad Grey, 59
Famous For: American producer of films such as The Departed, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher; Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures (since 2005)
Cause of Death: Cancer

May 15 – Thomas James Kinsman, 72
Famous For: American soldier, Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in Vietnam

Thomas James Kinsman - Medal of Honor Recipient

Thomas James Kinsman – Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in Vietnam. (Public Domain)

May 15 – Oleg Vidov, 73
Famous For: Russian-American actor starring in films like Red Heat, Wild Orchid, and The Immortals
Cause of Death: Complications from pancreatic cancer

May 17 – Chris Cornell, 52
Famous For: American musician and singer-songwriter as a member of Audioslave and Soundgarden
Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging

Chris Cornell in 2009 - Singer, Songwriter - Front Man for the Band Soundgarden - Two Time Grammy Winner - Tragically, Cornell Took His Own Life on May 17, 2017

Chris Cornell in 2009. Singer, Songwriter, Front Man for the Band Soundgarden, Two Time Grammy Winner. Tragically, Cornell Took His Own Life on May 17, 2017. (Creative Commons)

May 18 – Roger Ailes, 77
Famous For: American television executive; Chairman and CEO of Fox News from 1996–2016
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

May 21 – Kenny Cordray, 62
Famous For: American guitarist with The Children; Songwriter (ZZ Top hit – Francine)
Cause of Death: Cordray was shot by a family member

May 22 – Nicky Hayden, 35
Famous For: American professional motorcycle racer (Ducati); Winner of MotoGP World Championship in 2006
Cause of Death: Hayden sustained life-ending injuries after being struck by an automobile while riding a bicycle in Italy

May 23 – Sir Roger Moore, 89
Famous For: English actor known for his roles as James Bond
Cause of Death: Cancer

Sir Roger Moore as James Bond - Moonraker - 1979

Sir Roger Moore as James Bond – Moonraker – 1979. (Public Domain)

May 24 – Jared Martin, 75
Famous For: American actor known for roles in TV’s Dallas and films War of the Worlds and The Fantastic Journey
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

May 26 – Jim Bunning, 85
Famous For: Jim was an American baseball player with the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates; Politician; Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky’s 4th congressional district from 1987–1999 and U.S. Senator from 1999–2011
Cause of Death: Bunning died of complications from a stroke

May 26 – Gregg Allman, 69
Famous For: American Hall of Fame singer-songwriter known for hits such as I’m No Angel, Ramblin’ Man, and Midnight Rider; Gregg was a musician and member of The Allman Brothers Band
Cause of Death: Complications from liver cancer

May 30 – Elena Verdugo, 92
Famous For: American actress with roles in Panama Sal, House of Frankenstein, and Marcus Welby, M.D.

Lon Chaney Jr. and Elena Verdugo in House of Frankenstein - 1944

2017 Celebrity Deaths
Lon Chaney Jr. and Elena Verdugo in House of Frankenstein – 1944.
Verdugo passed away on May 30, 2017. (Public Domain)


June 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Jun 01 – José Greci, 76
Famous For: Italian actress known for playing the Virgin Mary in Ben-Hur; Also starred in The Ten Gladiators, and The Sicilian Connection

Jun 02 – Jack O’Neill, 94
Famous For: American businessman and surfer; inventor of the wetsuit
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Jun 03 – Jimmy Piersall, 87
Famous For: American baseball player with the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Los Angeles Angels; Sportscaster with the Chicago White Sox); Subject of the film Fear Strikes Out
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke

Jun 08 – Glenne Headly, 63
Famous For: American actress known for her roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and Dick Tracy
Cause of Death: Complications from a pulmonary embolism

Jun 09 – Adam West, 88
Famous For: American actor most widely known for starring in TV’s Batman; Also known for roles on Family Guy and Robinson Crusoe on Mars
Cause of Death: Leukemia

Adam West - LEFT - The Detectives, 1961 - RIGHT - Batman ca1968

Adam West 1928-2017
LEFT – The Detectives, 1961; RIGHT – Batman, ca1968 (Public Domain)

Jun 12 – Sam Beazley, 101
Famous For: British actor known for roles in Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Johnny English

Jun 12 – Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker, 74
Famous For: American computer designer; Known widely as a co-inventor of the ethernet
Cause of Death: Complications from esophageal cancer

Jun 13 – Jack Ong, 76
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Next, Akeelah and the Bee, L.A. Noire
Cause of Death: Complications from brain cancer

Jun 14 – Arthur J. Jackson, 92
Famous For: American military officer; Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in World War II

Arthur J. Jackson - USMC Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during World War II

Arthur J. Jackson – USMC Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during World War II. (Public Domain)

Jun 15 – Bill Dana, 92
Famous For: American comedian with The Ed Sullivan Show; Actor known for his role on The Golden Girls; Screenwriter

Jun 16 – John G. Avildsen, 81
Famous For: American movie director of films such as Rocky, The Karate Kid, and Save the Tiger;
Best Director Oscar winner in 1977 for his work on Rocky
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Jun 16 – Stephen Furst, 63
Famous For: American actor with roles in Babylon 5, Animal House, and St. Elsewhere
Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes

Jun 19 – Tony DiCicco, 68
Famous For: American soccer coach, most notably with the United States women’s national team; 1999 World Cup winner
Cause of Death: Cancer

2017 Celebrity Deaths - Tony DiCicco - August 5, 1948 - June 19, 2017

Tony DiCicco
August 5, 1948 – June 19, 2017
(Wikipedia)

Jun 19 – Otto Warmbier, 22
Famous For: Warmbier was an American college student, held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months from March 2016 to June 2017 after being convicted of “hostile acts” against the country (He confessed to stealing a political propaganda poster)
Cause of Death: Otto died of cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by botulism and sepsis after being released

Jun 20 – Prodigy, 42
Famous For: American rapper with rap group Mobb Deep; Actor (Blackout)
Cause of Death: Complications from sickle-cell anaemia

Prodigy was pronounced dead on June 20, 2017,. He was 42. Prodigy died from complications related to sickle-cell anemia in Las Vegas, Nevada after having been hospitalized a few days earlier

Prodigy was pronounced dead on June 20, 2017 at the age of 42.
He died from complications related to sickle-cell anemia in Las Vegas, Nevada after having been hospitalized a few days earlier.
(Public Domain)

Jun 22 – Frank Kush, 88
Famous For: American Hall of Fame football player with Michigan State; Coach with Arizona State and the Baltimore Colts
Cause of Death: Complications from dementia

Jun 22 – Keith Loneker, 46
Famous For: American football player with the Los Angeles Rams; Actor with roles in Out of Sight and Superbad
Cause of Death: Cancer

Jun 23 – Gabe Pressman, 93
Famous For: American journalist; Pressman was a reporter for WNBC-TV in New York City for over 50 years; Gabe is credited as being the first reporter to leave the studio for on-the-scene “street reporting” at major news events


July 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Jul 01 – Norman Dorsen, 86
Famous For: American civil rights activist; President of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1977–1991
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke

Jul 04 – Gene Conley, 86
Famous for: American baseball player with the Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Red Sox; Basketball player with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks

Jul 06 – Joan Boocock Lee, 95
Famous For: English-born American actress with roles in Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and X-Men: Apocalypse; Model; Joan was married to comic book legend Stan Lee for 65 years
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke

Jul 07 – Kenneth Silverman, 81
Famous For: American biographer; 1985 Pulitzer Prize winner
Cause of Death: Complications from respiratory failure

Jul 08 – Nelsan Ellis, 39
Famous For: American actor known for roles in True Blood, Get on Up, and Elementary
Cause of Death: Complications from heart failure

Nelsan Ellis in HBO's True Blood

Nelsan Ellis in HBO’s True Blood. Ellis passed away in July of 2017 at the age of 39. (HBO)

Jul 10 – Jim Bush, 90
Famous For: American track and field coach with the University of California, Los Angeles from 1965 to 1984; Bush’s teams won five NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Cause of Death: Skin cancer

Jul 13 – Fresh Kid Ice, 53
Famous For: American rapper with the group 2 Live Crew

Jul 15 – Martin Landau, 89
Famous For: American actor with roles in Ed Wood, Mission: Impossible, and North by Northwest; 1995 Oscar winner
Cause of Death: Septic shock complicated by abdominal bleeding and arteriosclerosis

Martin Landau at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival

Martin Landau at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. (Creative Commons)

Jul 16 – Trevor Baxter, 84
Famous For: British actor most notably known for his role as Professor George Litefoot in Doctor Who; Playwright (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Jul 16 – George A. Romero, 77
Famous For: American-Canadian movie director known for horror films Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Creepshow; Screenwriter (The Crazies, Two Evil Eyes, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie); Actor (The Silence of the Lambs)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

George Romero in Venice, Italy - 2009

George Romero in Venice, Italy – 2009. (Creative Commons)

Jul 17 – Harvey Atkin, 74
Famous For: Canadian actor known for roles in Cagney & Lacey, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Meatballs
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Jul 20 – Chester Bennington, 41
Famous For: American singer with bands Linkin Park, Dead By Sunrise, and Stone Temple Pilots; Actor (Crank, Saw 3D, Artifact)
Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging

Chester Bennington performing - June 2014

Chester Bennington performing – June 2014.

Jul 21 – John Heard, 71
Famous For: American actor most notably known for playing the father in the Home Alone movies; Also known for roles in Big and Prison Break
Cause of Death: Heart attack complicated from back surgery

Jul 23 – Thomas Fleming, 90
Famous For: American novelist (Liberty Tavern, The Spoils of War, When This Cruel War Is Over); Historian

Jul 26 – June Foray, 99
Famous For: American voice actress known for roles in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Cinderella, Looney Tunes
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

1952 Photo of June Foray from the television show Smilin' Ed's Gang

1952 Photo of June Foray from the television show Smilin’ Ed’s Gang. (Public Domain)

Jul 27 – Sam Shepard, 73
Famous For: American playwright (Buried Child); Actor known for roles in films The Right Stuff, Black Hawk Down, and Mud
Cause of Death: Complications from ALS

Jul 28 – John G. Morris, 100
Famous For: American photo editor for Life, The New York Times, and Ladies’ Home Journal; Most notably, Morris worked for the weekly picture magazine Life throughout World War II
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Jul 31 – Jeanne Moreau, 89
Famous For: French actress with roles in films Elevator to the Gallows, The Lovers, and Jules and Jim


August 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Aug 01 – Jeffrey Brotman, 74
Famous For: American businessman; Co-founder of Costco

Aug 01 – Mariann Mayberry, 52
Famous For: American actress with roles in War of the Worlds, August: Osage County, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Cause of Death: Ovarian cancer

Mariann Mayberry 1965 - 2017

Mariann Mayberry
1965 – 2017

Aug 02 – Daniel Licht, 60
Famous For: American composer known for his work on Dexter, Silent Hill, and Children of the Night; Musician
Cause of Death: Liposarcoma

Aug 02 – Ara Parseghian, 94
Famous For: American football player and coach with the University of Notre Dame; Considered by many to be one of the best coaches in Notre Dame history
Cause of Death: Infection complicated by hip surgery

Aug 03 – Ty Hardin, 87
Famous for: American actor best known for the starring role on TV’s Bronco from 1958 to 1962

Aug 07 – Don Baylor, 68
Famous For: American baseball player with the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, and New York Yankees; Manager with the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs; World Series champion in 1987
Cause of Death: Multiple myeloma

Aug 08 – Glen Campbell, 81
Famous For: American country singer known for songs such as Rhinestone Cowboy, Gentle on My Mind, and By the Time I Get to Phoenix; Actor (True Grit, Norwood, Rock-a-Doodle), Campbell won Grammy awards in 1967 and 2015
Cause of Death: Alzheimer’s disease

Glen Campbell in 1967

Glen Campbell in 1967. (Public Domain)

Aug 08 – Barbara Cook, 89
Famous For: American singer known for Songs of Perfect Propriety, All I Ask of You, and Rainbow Round My Shoulder; Actress (The Music Man, Sondheim on Sondheim, Plain and Fancy)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Aug 08 – Dick MacPherson, 86
Famous For: American football coach with UMass, Syracuse, and the New England Patriots

Aug 12 – Heather Heyer, 32
Famous For: American civil rights activst; Heyer became an international symbol for civil rights after she was struck by a car and killed during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
Cause of Death: Vehicular homicide

Heather Heyer was struck by a car and killed during the August 12, 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Heather Heyer was struck by a car and killed during the August 12, 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
(Flickr – Charlie Moehle)

Aug 16 – Jon Shepodd, 92
Famous For: American actor, most notably known for his role as Paul Martin in TV’s Lassie

Aug 17 – Sonny Landham, 76
Famous For: American actor (Predator, 48 Hrs., Lock Up); Politician
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Aug 18 – Sonny Burgess, 86
Famous For: American rockabilly singer known for songs such as We Wanna Boogie, The Razorback Rock & Roll Tapes, and Hittin’ That Jug; Guitarist
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

Aug 19 – Dick Gregory, 84
Famous For: American comedian and writer (Nigger); Civil rights activist
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Aug 19 – Bea Wain, 100
Famous For: American singer with four number 1 hits – Cry, Baby, Cry, Deep Purple, Heart and Soul, and her most famous song My Reverie
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Aug 19 – Jerry Lewis, 91
Famous For: Jerry Lewis was an American actor (The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor, The King of Comedy); Comedian; Humanitarian raising money annually through his The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon
Cause of Death: Heart disease

Jerry Lewis - Anna Maria Alberghetti - Cinderfella Promotional Photo - 1960

Jerry Lewis and Anna Maria Alberghetti – Cinderfella Promotional Photo – 1960. (Public Domain)

Aug 21 – Thomas Meehan, 88
Famous For: American playwright (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray); 1977 Tony Award winner
Cause of Death: Complications from surgery and cancer

Aug 24 – Jay Thomas, 69
Famous For: American actor known for his roles on Cheers, Murphy Brown and Love & War; Radio talk show host; 1990 and 1991 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death: Throat cancer

Aug 26 – Tobe Hooper, 74
Famous For: American movie director of films The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist, and Salem’s Lot; Novelist

Aug 30 – Louise Hay, 90
Famous for: American motivational author, most notably known for her 1984 self-help book You Can Heal Your Life; Found of Hay House

Louise Hay - October 8, 1926 – August 30, 2017

Louise Hay
October 8, 1926 – August 30, 2017
(louisehay.com)

Aug 30 – Rollie Massimino, 82
Famous For: American Hall of Fame basketball coach with the Villanova Wildcats, UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, and Cleveland State Vikings
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Aug 31 – Richard Anderson, 91
Famous For: American actor known for roles in The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and Forbidden Planet
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure


September 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Sep 01 – Shelley Berman, 92
Famous For: American comedian and actor known for roles in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Meet the Fockers, and Curb Your Enthusiasm; 1959 Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death: Complications from Alzheimer’s disease

Sep 03 – John Ashbery, 90
Famous For: Highly published American poet and art critic; 1976 Pulitzer Prize winner

John Ashbery Accepting 2010 Best of Brooklyn Award

John Ashbery accepting 2010 Best of Brooklyn Award. (Public Domain)

Sep 03 – Walter Becker, 67
Famous For: American Hall of Fame musician with Steely Dan; Songwriter known for songs such as Do It Again, Deacon Blues, and Cousin Dupree; Producer; 2001 Grammy Award winner

Sep 03 – Dave Hlubek, 66
Famous For: American musician with Molly Hatchet; Songwriter (Flirtin’ with Disaster)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sep 05 – Nicolaas Bloembergen, 97
Famous For: Dutch-American physicist; 1981 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Cause of Death: Heart and respiratory failure

Sep 08 – Pierre Bergé, 86
Famous For: French businessman and activist; Co-founder of fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent
Cause of Death: Complications from myopathy

Sep 08 – Troy Gentry, 50
Famous For: American country music singer, one-half of the band Montgomery Gentry
Cause of Death: Helicopter crash

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry at Toadlick Music Festival in Dothan, AL on March 24, 2012

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry at Toadlick Music Festival in Dothan, AL on March 24, 2012.
Gentry died in a helicopter crash on September 8, 2017.
(Mark Runyon | ConcertTour.net)

Sep 08 – Blake Heron, 35
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Shiloh, We Were Soldiers, and Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher

Sep 08 – Catherine Hardy Lavender, 87
Famous For: American sprinter and 1952 Olympic gold medalist
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

Catherine Hardy training for the Olympics

Catherine Hardy training for the Olympics.  Hardy won gold in the 1952 Olympics.  (Public Domain)

Sep 08 – Don Williams, 78
Famous For: American Hall of Fame country music singer-songwriter known for songs such as I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me, Tulsa Time, and I Believe in You
Cause of Death: Emphysema

Sep 10 – Len Wein, 69
Famous For: American comic book writer known for his work on X-Men, and Justice League of America; Editor (Swamp Thing, Watchmen); Co-creator of Wolverine
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sep 11 – James Madison Lee, 90
Famous for: American lieutenant general and Commander of the United States Army Pacific from 1983 to 1985
Cause of Death: Complications from dementia

Sep 12 – Edith Windsor, 88
Famous For: American LGBT rights activist; Technology Manager at IBM

Sep 13 – Frank Vincent, 80
Famous For: American actor known for Italian mobster type roles on The Sopranos, Goodfellas, and Casino
Cause of Death: Complications from heart surgery

Sep 15 – Harry Dean Stanton, 91
Famous For: American actor known for roles in films Paris, Texas, Alien, and The Green Mile
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Harry Dean Stanton - Have Gun Will Travel

Harry Dean Stanton in Have Gun – Will Travel. (Public Domain)

Sep 16 – Ted Christopher, 59
Famous For: Christopher was an American racecar driver (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour)
Cause of Death: Plane crash

Sep 16 – Mitchell Flint, 94
Famous For: American fighter pilot (Navy, 101 Squadron); Lawyer
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

Sep 17 – Steve “Mr. Escape” Baker, 79
Famous For: American comedian, magician, escape artist

Sep 17 – Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, 72
Famous For: American wrestler with the WWE, AWA, and WCW; Commentator for Prime Time Wrestling, All American Wrestling, and Monday Night Raw; Manager (André the Giant)
Cause of Death: Complications from throat and tongue cancer

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan (left) walking through the crowd at a WWF event with André the Giant - 1980s

Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan (left) walking through the crowd at a WWF event with André the Giant – 1980s.
Heenen passed away on September 17, 2017 after a battle with cancer. (Flickr – John McKeon)

Sep 19 – Jake LaMotta, 95
Famous For: American boxer; Jake was the inspiration for the film Raging Bull
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

Sep 21 – Liliane Bettencourt, 94
Famous For: French businesswoman (L’Oréal); Heiress; Socialite

Sep 23 – Charles Bradley, 68
Famous for: American singer known for songs such as No Time For Dreaming, Heart of Gold, and Changes
Cause of Death: Stomach cancer

Sep 26 – Barry Dennen, 79
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Shining, and Fiddler on the Roof
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

Sep 27 – Hugh Hefner, 91
Famous For: American magazine publisher of Playboy Magazine; Businessman (Playboy Enterprises); Television personality (The Girls Next Door); Philanthropist
Cause of Death: Hefner died of cardiac arrest and sepsis complicated by respiratory arrest and e. coli infection.

Hugh Hefner with his then-partners Holly Madison (left) and Bridget Marquardt - 2007

Hugh Hefner with his then-partners Holly Madison (left) and Bridget Marquardt – 2007.
(Creative Commons)

Sep 27 – Anne Jeffreys, 94
Famous For: American actress known for roles in General Hospital, Topper, and Dick Tracy

Sep 30 – Monty Hall, 96
Famous For: Canadian-American game show host most notably on Let’s Make a Deal
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Sep 30 – Frank Hamblen, 70
Famous For: American professional basketball coach with the Denver Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Lakers
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Sep 30 – Donald Malarkey, 96
Famous For: American World War II military officer with Easy Company; Subject of HBO’s Band of Brothers


October 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Oct 02 – Paul Otellini, 67
Famous For: American businessman; CEO of Intel from 2005–2013

Oct 02 – Tom Petty, 66
Famous For: American Hall of Fame musician with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, and Mudcrutch; Actor (King of the Hill)
Cause of Death: Petty died of cardiac arrest complicated from accidental pain killer and fentanyl overdose

Tom Petty performing in 2012

Tom Petty performing in 2012. (Creative Commons)

Oct 02 – Robert Yates, 74
Famous For: American racing team owner with Yates Racing; 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup champion
Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Oct 03 – Isabella Karle, 95
Famous For: American scientist who was instrumental in the success of the Manhattan Project; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Cause of Death: Brain Cancer

Oct 06 – Connie Hawkins, 75
Famous For: American Hall of Fame basketball player with the Harlem Globetrotters, Pittsburgh Pipers, and the NBA’s Phoenix Suns

Connie Hawkins in 1962

Connie Hawkins in 1962. (Public Domain)

Oct 08 – Grady Tate, 85
Famous For: Tate was an American soul-jazz drummer and singer

Oct 08 – Y. A. Tittle, 90
Famous For: American Hall of Fame football quaterback with the Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, and New York Giants
Cause of Death: Complications from dementia

Oct 10 – Don Pedro Colley, 79
Famous For: American actor with roles in TV’s The Dukes of Hazzard and films THX 1138 and Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Oct 10 – Bob Schiller, 98
Famous For: American television writer known for I Love Lucy, All in the Family, and The Carol Burnett Show; 1971 and 1978 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Oct 14 – Richard Wilbur, 96
Famous For: American poet known for Things of This World, New and Collected Poems, and Responses: Prose Pieces; Literary translator; 1957 and 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner

Oct 16 – Roy Dotrice, 94
Famous For: British actor known for role s in Amadeus, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Game of Thrones; 2000 Tony Award winner

Roy Dotrice in 2014

Roy Dotrice in 2014.
(Flickr – soldier2005)

Oct 16 – John Dunsworth, 71
Famous For: Canadian actor known for roles in TV shows Trailer Park Boys, Haven, and The Shipping News

Oct 18 – Brent Briscoe, 56
Famous For: American actor known for roles on Twin Peaks, A Simple Plan, and Sling Blade; Screenwriter (Waking Up in Reno)
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

Oct 18 – Eamonn Campbell, 70
Famous For: Campbell was an Irish guitarist with the band The Dubliners; Record producer
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Oct 22 – Daisy Berkowitz (Birth name Scott Putesky), 49
Famous For: Putesky was an American guitarist with Marilyn Manson
Cause of Death: Colorectal cancer

Oct 23 – Paul J. Weitz, 85
Famous For: American astronaut (Skylab 2, STS-6)
Cause of Death: Myelodysplastic syndrome

Oct 24 – Fats Domino, 89
Famous For: Fats Domino was an American Hall of Fame pianist and singer-songwriter known for songs such as Blueberry Hill, Ain’t That a Shame, and I’m Walkin’
Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes

Fats Domino performing at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands - 1962

Fats Domino performing at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands – 1962.
Domino passed away on October 24, 2017 at the age of 89. (Creative Commons)

Oct 24 – Robert Guillaume, 89
Famous For: American actor in films such as Benson, The Lion King, and Sports Night; Singer (There Is Love, Midnight Blue); 1979 and 1985 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death: Prostate cancer

Oct 25 – Ronald Breslow, 86
Famous For: American chemist; 1991 recipient of the National Medal of Science
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Oct 29 – Dennis Banks, 80
Native American indigenous leader and activist (American Indian Movement); Actor known for roles in War Party, The Last of the Mohicans, and Older than America; Banks was a 2016 Peace and Freedom Party vice presidential candidate
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks in 2013.
April 12, 1937 – October 29, 2017
(Creative Commons)


November 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Nov 06 – Richard F. Gordon, Jr., 88
Famous For: American astronaut on missions Gemini 11 and Apollo 12

Nov 07 – Roy Halladay, 40
Famous For: American baseball player with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies
Cause of Death: Plane crash

Nov 09 – John Hillerman, 84
Famous For: American actor with roles in Magnum, P.I., Chinatown, and Blazing Saddles; 1987 Emmy winner
Cause of Death: Heart disease

Nov 09 – Chuck Mosley, 57
Famous For: American singer-songwriter (We Care a Lot); Guitarist with bands Faith No More and Bad Brains
Cause of Death: Mosley died of complications from alcoholism

Nov 09 – Shyla Stylez (Birth name Amanda Friedland), 35
Famous For: Stylez was a Canadian pornographic actress known for Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge among 500 credited roles
Cause of Death: Suspected suicide

Shyla Stylez at Website Launch Party of Lexxi Tyler at 'The Kress', Hollywood, CA on May 2, 2009

Porn actress Shyla Stylez at Website Launch Party of Lexxi Tyler at “The Kress”, Hollywood, CA on May 2, 2009.
(© Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com)

Nov 12 – Edith Savage-Jennings, 93
Famous For: American civil rights activist; Associate of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Edith Savage-Jennings addresses the participants in Trenton during the Women's March on New Jersey - Jan 21, 2017

Edith Savage-Jennings addresses the participants in Trenton during the Women’s March on New Jersey – Jan 21, 2017.
(Flickr – Joan Eddis-Koch)

Nov 12 – Liz Smith, 94
Famous For: American gossip columnist with the New York Daily New, The Washington Post, and Cosmopolitan; Famously known as “The Grand Dame of Dish”

Nov 13 – Bobby Doerr, 99
Famous For: American Hall of Fame baseball player with the Boston Red Sox

Nov 13 – Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., 93
Famous For: American naval aviator; Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, in 1950 for his heroic actions in the Korean War

Thomas J. Hudner Receiving Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman - April 13, 1951

Thomas J. Hudner receiving Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman – April 13, 1951. (Public Domain)

Nov 14 – Jack Blessing, 66
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Moonlighting, The Naked Truth, and George Lopez
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Nov 15 – Lil Peep (Birth name Gustav Åhr), 21
Famous For: Lil Peep was an American singer and rapper known for songs such as White Wine, Benz Truck, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
Cause of Death: Xanax overdose

American singer rapper Lil Peep passed away on November 15, 2017 from a Xanax overdose

American singer / rapper Lil Peep passed away on November 15, 2017 from a Xanax overdose.

Nov 16 – Ann Wedgeworth, 83
Famous For: Wedgeworth was an American actress known for her work on Three’s Company, Evening Shade, and Steel Magnolias; 1978 Tony Award winner

Nov 17 – Earle Hyman, 91
Famous For: American actor known for roles on The Cosby Show, The Lady from Dubuque, and voice acting for ThunderCats
Cause of Death: Stomach cancer

Nov 17 – Rikard Wolff, 59
Famous For: Rikard was a Swedish actor known for his roles in House of Angels, The Lion King, and Waiting for Gadot; Singer (“Pojken på månen”)
Cause of Death: Emphysema

Nov 18 – Malcolm Young, 64
Famous For: Scottish-born Australian Hall of Fame musician and songwriter; Rhythm guitarist for the band AC/DC
Cause of Death: Dementia

Nov 19 – Charles Manson, 83
Famous For: Charles Manson was an American criminal behind the Tate murders; Songwriter (Lie: The Love and Terror Cult); Cult leader (Manson Family)
Cause of Death: Manson died of cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by colorectal cancer

Charles Manson - 1969 Mug Shot - Charles Milles Manson booking photo for San Quentin State Prison, California (CII 966 856)

Charles Manson – 1969 Mug Shot
Charles Milles Manson booking photo for San Quentin State Prison, California (CII 966 856).
(Public Domain)

Nov 19 – Warren “Pete” Moore, 78
Famous For: Moore was an American Hall of Fame singer-songwriter known for songs such as The Tracks of My Tears, Ain’t That Peculiar, and Love Machine; Musician with band The Miracles

Nov 19 – Della Reese, 86
Famous For: American actress known for roles in Touched by an Angel, Chico and the Man, and Harlem Nights; Singer (Don’t You Know?)
Cause of Death: Reese died of complications from diabetes

Della Reese - Kraft Foods commercial - 1977

Della Reese
Kraft Foods commercial – 1977. (Public Domain)

Nov 19 – Mel Tillis, 85
Famous For: Mel Tillis was an American Hall of Fame country music singer-songwriter known for songs such as I Ain’t Never, Good Woman Blues, and Coca-Cola Cowboy; Actor (The Cannonball Run)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure complicated by sepsis

Nov 20 – Terry Glenn, 43
Famous For: Glenn was an American football player with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, and Dallas Cowboys
Famous For: Terry Glenn was killed in a car crash

Nov 21 – David Cassidy, 67
Famous For: Cassidy was an American singer-songwriter known for songs such as Cherish, Daydreamer, and I Think I Love You; Actor known for roles on The Partridge Family, Ruby & The Rockits, and Popstar
Cause of Death: Multiple organ failure

David Cassidy - Publicity Photo for The Partridge Family - 1972

David Cassidy
Publicity Photo for The Partridge Family – 1972. (Public Domain)

Nov 24 – Wesley L. Fox, 86
Famous For: American colonel; Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War

Colonel Wesley L. Fox - USMC - Medal of Honor recipient and distinguished Marine Corps veteran

Colonel Wesley L. Fox – USMC – Medal of Honor recipient and distinguished Marine Corps veteran. (HomeOfHeroes.com)

Nov 25 – Rance Howard, 89
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Apollo 13, Ed Wood, and Nebraska
Cause of Death: Heart failure complicated by the West Nile virus

Nov 27 – Bud Moore, 92
Famous For: American Hall of Fame NASCAR driver; Team owner (Bud Moore Engineering); World War II military personnel (Normandy landings); Purple Heart recipient

Nov 30 – Jim Nabors, 87
Famous For: American actor known for his roles on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Andy Griffith Show, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Singer (Back Home Again in Indiana)

Don Knotts (as Barney Fife) and Jim Nabors (as Gomer Pyle) - Publicity photo for The Andy Griffith Show - 1964

Don Knotts (as Barney Fife) and Jim Nabors (as Gomer Pyle) – Publicity photo for The Andy Griffith Show – 1964. (Public Domain)


December 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Dec 05 – August Ames, 23
Famous For: Canadian-born American pornographic actress with Brazzers; 2015 and 2017 AVN Award winner
Cause of Death: August Ames died of suicide by hanging

August Ames at the AVN Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 18, 2014

August Ames at the AVN Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 18, 2014.
(Photo by Glenn Francis of www.PacificProDigital.com)

Dec 06 – Conrad Brooks, 86
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda, and The Beast of Yucca Flats
Cause of Death: Complications from sepsis

Dec 06 – Johnny Hallyday, 74
Famous For: French rock singer; Actor known for roles in The Specialist, Crime Spree, and The Pink Panther 2
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Dec 06 – Cy Young, 89
Famous For: American javelin thrower; 1952 Olympic champion
Cause of Death: Vascular dementia

Dec 08 – Sunny Murray, 81
Famous For: Murray was an American jazz drummer

Sunny Murray - Still from Sunny's Time Now by Antoine Prum

Sunny Murray
September 21, 1936 – December 7, 2017
(Still from Sunny’s Time Now by Antoine Prum)

Dec 09 – Joe Newton, 88
Famous For: American track and field coach

Dec 10 – Angry Grandpa (Birth name Charles Marvin “Charlie” Green, Jr.), 67
Famous For: American YouTube personality (The Angry Grandpa Show)
Cause of Death: Complications from cirrhosis

Dec 12 – Pat DiNizio, 62
Famous For: American singer, song-writer and musician most notably known as the lead singer of band The Smithereens

Dec 13 – Warrel Dane, 56
Famous For: American heavy metal singer-songwriter known for songs such as Refuge Denied, Praises to the War Machine, and Enemies of Reality; Musician and lead singer for bands Sanctuary and Nevermore; Actor (Metalocalypse)
Cause of Death: Dane died of a heart attack

Dec 16 – Keely Smith (birth name Dorothy Jacqueline Keely), 89
Famous For: American singer known for songs such as Politely!, That Old Black Magic, and Little Girl Blue/Little Girl New; 1959 Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Keely Smith and Louis Prima

Keely Smith performing with Louis Prima.
Smith passed away December 16, 2017 at the age of 89.
(NYTimes.com)

Dec 17 – Bob Glidden, 73
Famous For: American Hall of Fame drag racer with the NHRA
Cause of Death: Colorectal cancer

Dec 18 – Janet Benshoof, 70
Famous For: American lawyer and human rights activist; Founder of the Global Justice Center
Cause of Death: Uterine cancer

Dec 21 – Dick Enberg, 82
Famous For: Enberg was an American sportscaster (NFL on NBC, Major League Baseball on NBC, San Diego Padres)
Cause of Death: Suspected heart attack

Dec 21 – Bruce McCandless II, 80
Famous For: American astronaut; McCandless made the first-ever untethered free flight using a device called the Manned Maneuvering Unit during the first of his two Space Shuttle missions in 1984

Dec 22 – Gerald B. Greenberg, 81
Famous For: American movie editor known for his work on The French Connection, Apocalypse Now, and Scarface; 1972 Oscar winner
Cause of Death: Stroke

Dec 28 – Rose Marie, 94
Famous For: American actress known for her work on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hollywood Squares, and The Doris Day Show

Rose Marie - 1970

Rose Marie in 1970
August 15, 1923 – December 28, 2017
(Public Domain)

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1950s New York City – Frank Larson Photos http://tribupedia.com/1950s-new-york-city-frank-larson-photos/ http://tribupedia.com/1950s-new-york-city-frank-larson-photos/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:38:12 +0000 http://tribupedia.com/?p=11667 Old Photos: 1950s New York City New York City in the 1950s – Frank Oscar Larson These amazing vintage New York City photos effortlessly portray the beauty and diversity that was New York in the 1950s. Amateur photographer Frank Larson took these photos, the majority of which were shot using a Rolleiflex Automat Model 4... View Article

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Old Photos: 1950s New York City

New York City in the 1950s – Frank Oscar Larson

These amazing vintage New York City photos effortlessly portray the beauty and diversity that was New York in the 1950s. Amateur photographer Frank Larson took these photos, the majority of which were shot using a Rolleiflex Automat Model 4 camera, mostly on weekends as a getaway from his 9 to 5 bank job. Larson had a great eye and a natural talent for photography, capturing both daytime and nighttime street scenes that vividly tell the tale of everyday life in the city that never sleeps.

Pigeons on the ground during a rainy day Times Square in front of marquee for ‘A star is Born’ starring Judy Garland - New York City - 1954

Pigeons on the ground during a rainy day at Times Square in front of marquee for “A Star is Born” starring Judy Garland – New York City – 1954.

How the physical photos themselves came to light is a very interesting story. Frank Larson passed away in a retirement home in Lakeville, Connecticut in the year 1964. His wife, Eleanora, boxed up all their possessions and moved non-essential items to storage. This included a cardboard box filled with envelopes containing 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ negatives of Frank’s photos.

A man getting warm - Hell's Kitchen 9th Avenue and 39th St -December, 1953

A man getting warm – Hell’s Kitchen at 9th Avenue and 39th St. – December 1953.

The box of negatives sat tucked away in storage, virtually forgotten for nearly 50 years, until they were rediscovered by Frank’s grandson – Soren Larson. Soren was a young boy when Frank passed away in 1964, but he had seen and admired some of Frank’s photography work in family photo albums. Digging through the negatives, Soren became astounded by the quality and range of his grandfather’s photography. Wanting to share the photos with the world, Soren built a website to showcase and share these wonderful images of the Bowery, Chinatown, Times Square and other areas of 1950s New York City.

April 1953 New York City - People on sidewalk in front of 'Invaders From Mars' marquee.

April 1953 New York City – People on sidewalk in front of “Invaders From Mars” marquee.

Four Sailors Central Park, New York City Skyline silhouette in distance - November, 1953

Four sailors in Central Park. New York City skyline silhouette in distance – November 1953.

October 28, 1954 - Nighttime photo of the old Roxy Theatre located at 153 West 50th St, between 6th and 7th Avenues, slightly off Times Square.

October 28, 1954 – Nighttime photo of the old Roxy Theatre located at 153 West 50th St, between 6th and 7th Avenues, slightly off Times Square. ‘Black Widow’ staring Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney, and George Raft headlining. The Roxy was demolished in the 1960s.

Ticket counter at Grand Central Terminal - December 1954. This world-famous Midtown Manhattan landmark is not just a transportation hub, it is a cultural destination

Ticket counter at Grand Central Terminal – December 1954. This world-famous Midtown Manhattan landmark is a cultural destination.

1950s New York City Photos - Park Avenue and 57th - ca 1954

1950s New York City Photos – Park Avenue and 57th St. – ca 1954.

1950s New York City - Across from St. Patrick's Cathedral - ca 1954

1950s New York City – Across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral – ca 1954.

Several young ladies having their photos made in a photo booth - NYC - April 1954 - 4 Poses for 25 Cents

Several young ladies having their photos made in a photo booth – NYC – April 1954.  “The NEW Photographic Sensation!”

Four boys on a window sill, watching 1955 Saint Patrick's Day Parade - New York City

Four boys on a window sill, watching the 1955 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – New York City.

1950s New York City Photos - Night Photo of Fulton Fish Market - April 1958

1950s New York City Photos – Night Photo of Fulton Fish Market – April 1958.

Street vendor selling jewelry - Times Square New York - ca 1954

Street vendor selling jewelry – Times Square, New York City – ca 1954.

Shoe Shine - Outside Horn and Hardart Company - New York City - April 1954

Shoe Shine – Outside Horn and Hardart Company – New York City – April 1954.

Lady and the Lion - A woman sleeps by one of the stone lion statues outside the New York Public Library - 1955

Lady and the Lion – A woman sleeps by one of the stone lion statues outside the New York Public Library – 1955.

A man selling balloons at 42nd and Broadway, New York City - April 1954

A man selling balloons at 42nd and Broadway, New York City – April 1954.

1950s New York City Photos - School Girls - ca 1953

1950s New York City Photos – School Girls – ca 1953.

A man standing on the busy sidewalks of Times Square playing a guitar to promote the film “Johnny Guitar” - New York City, Spring of 1954

A man standing on the busy sidewalks of Times Square playing a guitar to promote the film “Johnny Guitar” – New York City, Spring of 1954.

New York City Police Officer Writing a Parking Ticket - 1953

New York City Police Officer Writing a Parking Ticket – 1953.

Feeding the Elephant - Bronx Zoo - 1953

Feeding the Elephant – Bronx Zoo – 1953.

Keep Off - 1950s New York Photos - Fat Squirrel on a Fence

“Keep Off” – Funny 1950s New York City photo of a rather large squirrel sitting on a fence, Keep Off sign in the background.

Woman at Train Platform - Marble Hill - Bronx New York - August 1955

Woman at Train Platform – Marble Hill – Bronx New York – August 1955.


The images on this page are just a sampling of Frank Larson’s amazing 1950s New York City photos. Please be sure to visit this website to see the full collection of photos or to buy prints.

All photos © Copyright Frank Larson and used with permission.

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Migrant Mother – Iconic Dorothea Lange 1936 Photo http://tribupedia.com/migrant-mother-iconic-dorothea-lange-photo/ http://tribupedia.com/migrant-mother-iconic-dorothea-lange-photo/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 03:39:10 +0000 http://tribupedia.com/?p=11406 Migrant Mother – Dorothea Lange Depression Era Photo Set Florence Owens Thompson (September 1, 1903 – September 16, 1983) became immortalized in Dorothea Lange’s famous photo Migrant Mother during the American Great Depression in 1936. Dorothea Lange snapped this famous photograph, and several others shown on this page, while working for the United States government’s... View Article

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Migrant Mother – Dorothea Lange Depression Era Photo Set

Florence Owens Thompson (September 1, 1903 – September 16, 1983) became immortalized in Dorothea Lange’s famous photo Migrant Mother during the American Great Depression in 1936.

Migrant Mother - Florence Thompson - Famous Dorothea Lange Photograph from 1936

Migrant Mother – The Library of Congress titled the image this way: “Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California.”

Dorothea Lange snapped this famous photograph, and several others shown on this page, while working for the United States government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) program. The program was designed in the midst of the Great Depression in attempts to raise awareness of and provide aid to poverty-stricken U.S. farmers. While in Nipomo, California, Lange encountered Florence Thompson and her children living in a makeshift camp. The camp was filled with other field workers whose lives had been devastated by failed pea crops in the region.

While the photos of Thompson (primarily the one at top dubbed “Migrant Mother“) became hugely popular and famous nearly overnight, Thompson’s actual identity was not known for over 40 years.

Iconic Photograph

After picking beets in the Imperial Valley in March 1936, Florence Thompson was traveling with her family on U.S. Highway 101. They were headed towards Watsonville, trying to find work in the lettuce fields of Pajaro Valley. While traveling, their car’s timing chain broke and the family coasted to a stop near a pea-picking camp at Nipomo Mesa. Once at the camp, they were astounded to find 2,500 to 3,500 people camping there. The huge crowd was gathered at the location in response to a call for pickers, but the pea crops were destroyed by freezing rain and the crowd became stuck without work or a way to earn money.

Migrant Mother - Dorothea Lange Famous Photo - Florence Thompson with two of her children - 1936

Florence’s husband at the time, Jim Hill, walked with two of their sons to the closest town to find parts to repair the family car. Florence and her daughters stayed behind to set-up a temporary camp. As coincidence would have it, photographer Dorothea Lange came upon Florence’s camp at this time and started taking photos of the family. Lange took a total of six images over the span of ten minutes.

Dorothea’s field notes of the encounter read:

“Seven hungry children. Father is native Californian. Destitute in pea pickers’ camp… because of failure of the early pea crop. These people had just sold their tires to buy food.”

Lange later added the following statement about the meeting:

“I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was 32. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food.”

The Migrant Mother - Famous Depression Era Photo - 1936 - Florence Thompson is Shown Breast Feeding Her Daughter, Norma

Drained after a long trip, Lange did not talk much with Florence Thompson and didn’t record her name or get details of her heritage. As a result, Thompson became an infamous symbol for White motherhood during the depression, but her actual heritage was Native American. The immediate fame of the Migrant Mother photo and inaccuracies in her details caused emotional issues for Thompson and her family.

Florence later stated that Dorothea Lange promised her the iconic photos would not be published. Lange, however, sent the photos to the San Francisco News and to her employer at the Resettlement Administration in Washington, D.C. The San Francisco News ran the photos almost immediately and featured them prominently in their publication, along with the story that 2,500 to 3,500 migrant workers were without food in Nipomo, California. As a result, the federal government sent 20,000 pounds of food to the pea-picker camp. Thompson and her family, however, had already moved on to Watsonville, California looking for work by the time the food arrived.

Truth Comes To Light

As mention earlier, the Migrant Mother photo became extremely popular, while Thompson’s identity was unknown for more than 40 years. In fact, her identity was not discovered until 42 years later, in 1978, when Modesto Bee reporter Emmett Corrigan ran into Florence living in a mobile home park and recognized her from the 1936 photo. As a result of that meeting, Thompson wrote a letter to the Modesto Bee, which was then picked up and distributed by the Associated Press with a headline that read “Woman Fighting Mad Over Famous Depression Photo.” In the article, Florence was quoted as saying “I wish she [Lange] hadn’t taken my picture. I can’t get a penny out of it. She didn’t ask my name. She said she wouldn’t sell the pictures. She said she’d send me a copy. She never did.”

Migrant Mother - 1936 - Florence Thompson with Two of Her Seven Children

Lange was a government employee at the time she took the photo, which put the image in the public domain and Lange never directly profited from the photo or received royalties. However, the Migrant Mother photo did make Lange a celebrity and help propel her photography career.

Later Years

In a 2008 CNN interview, Thompson’s daughter Katherine McIntosh talked about her mother being a strong woman and the backbone of their family. She stated “We never had a lot, but she always made sure we had something. She didn’t eat sometimes, but she made sure us children ate. That’s one thing she did do.”

Florence Thompson (seated) with three of her daughters - Katherine, Ruby and Norma, in 1979 - 43 years after the famous Migrant Mother photograph

Florence Thompson (seated) with three of her daughters – Katherine, Ruby and Norma, in 1979 – 43 years after the famous Migrant Mother photograph.

Thinking their mother would be better off in a house than a mobile home, Thompson’s children pitched in and bought her a house in Modesto, California in the 1970s. But, Thompson decided she preferred mobile home life and eventually moved back. In August of 1983, Florence became ill and was hospitalized. The family appealed to the public for financial assistance and over $35,000 in donations came rolling in. Unfortunately, Florence’s health failed and she was pronounced dead on September 16, 1983 of stroke, cancer and heart problems. Florence Thompson was buried in Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, California – her gravestone etched with “FLORENCE LEONA THOMPSON Migrant Mother – A Legend of the Strength of American Motherhood.”

Migrant Mother Photos - Florence Thompson - Other Five Photos - 1936

This photo shows the other five photos from the Migrant Mother photos set – 1936.

Migrant Mother and Her Family - Famous Depression Era Photo - 1936 - Dorothea Lange Photographer

Recanting her time with Thompson years later, photographer Dorothea Lange said: “I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction.”


SOURCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Owens_Thompson
https://www.loc.gov/item/2009631019/?loclr=blogloc

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