Thursday, January 28, 2010


J. D. Salinger (1919 - 2010)

J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, died on Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91. (Source: The New York Times)


Thursday, January 14, 2010


Teddy Pendergrass (1950 - 2010)

R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, who was one of the most electric and successful figures in music until a car crash 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair, has died of colon cancer. He was 59. (Source:


Sunday, December 20, 2009


Brittany Murphy (1977 - 2009)

Brittany Murphy, the bubbly, free-spirited actress who appeared in such films as "Clueless" and "8 Mile," died Sunday, apparently of natural causes, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said. She was 32. (Source:


Friday, October 23, 2009


Soupy Sales (1926 - 2009)

Soupy Sales, a comic with a gift for slapstick who attained cult-like popularity in the 1960s with a pie-throwing routine that became his signature, has died. He was 83. (Source:


Monday, September 14, 2009


Patrick Swayze (1952 - 2009)

Actor Patrick Swayze has died after a battle with cancer, he was 57 years old. Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas. His father was an engineering draftsman; his mother was a ballet dancer and later the director of the Houston Ballet Dance Company. Swayze is survived by his wife, Lisa, of over 30 years and his mother, Patsy. (Source:


Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Karl Malden (1913 - 2009)

Karl Malden, the Academy Award-winning actor whose intelligent characterizations on stage and screen made him a star despite his plain looks, died Wednesday. He was 97. Malden is survived by his wife, Mona, daughters Mila and Cara, his sons-in-law, three granddaughters, and four great grandchildren. (Source: AP via Yahoo! News)


Thursday, June 25, 2009


Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009)

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead today. Jackson has three children -- sons Prince Michael 7, and Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., 12, and daughter Paris Michael Katherine, 11. (Source: Los Angeles Times)



Farrah Fawcett (1947 - 2009)

Farrah Fawcett, the actress whose best-selling poster and "Charlie's Angels" stardom made her one of the most famous faces in the world, died Thursday. She was 62. (Source:


Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Ed McMahon (1923 - 2009)

Ed McMahon, the longtime pitchman and Johnny Carson sidekick whose "Heeeeeeerre's Johnny!" became a part of the vernacular, has died. He was 86. He is survived by his wife, Pamela, and five children. A sixth child, McMahon's son Michael, died in 1995. (Source:


Saturday, June 6, 2009


David Carradine (1936 - 2009)

American actor David Carradine has been found dead, in Bangkok, Thailand, according to a Thai police official. Carradine became famous in the 1970s when he starred in the television series "Kung Fu." He was the son of actor John Carradine. (Source:


Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Dom DeLuise (1933 - 2009)

Dom DeLuise, who spiced up such movies as "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie" and "The Cannonball Run" with his manic delivery and roly-poly persona, has died. DeLuise had three sons -- Peter, Michael and David -- who all became actors. (Source:


Friday, May 1, 2009


Danny Gans (1956 - 2009)

Danny Gans, a popular mainstay on the Las Vegas Strip, died Friday morning at his home in Henderson, Nev. He was 52. Gans is survived by his wife and their children, Amy, Andrew and Emily. (Source: Los Angeles Times)


Monday, April 27, 2009


Bea Arthur (1922 - 2009)

Bea Arthur, the actress best known for her roles as television's "Maude" and the sardonic Dorothy on "The Golden Girls," has died of cancer. She is survived by her sons Matthew and Daniel and grandchildren Kyra and Violet. (Source:


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Natasha Richardson (1963 - 2009)

Natasha Richardson, the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and the late director Tony Richardson, died Wednesday following a ski accident. Richardson and husband, Liam Neeson, have two children: Michael, 13, and Daniel, 12. (Source:


Thursday, January 15, 2009


Ricardo Montalban (1920 - 2009)

Ricardo Montalban, one of the first Mexican-born actors to make it big in Hollywood and who was best known for his role as Mr. Roarke on TV's "Fantasy Island," has died. Montalban is survived by two daughters, Laura Montalban and Anita Smith; two sons, Mark Montalban and Victor Montalban; and six grandchildren. (Source: Los Angeles Times)c


Friday, December 26, 2008


Eartha Kitt (1927 - 2008)

Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81. She is survived by her daughter, Kitt. (Source: AP via


Monday, June 23, 2008


George Carlin (1937 - 2008)

George Carlin, the influential comedian whose routines used profanity, scatology and absurdity to point out the silliness and hypocrisy of human life, has died. He was 71. Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, died of heart failure Sunday. He is survived by his wife, Sally Wade; daughter Kelly Carlin McCall; son-in-law Bob McCall; brother Patrick Carlin; and sister-in-law Marlene Carlin. Carlin's first wife, Brenda, died in 1997. (Source: AP via


Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Cyd Charisse (1923 - 2008)

Cyd Charisse, the long-legged Texas beauty who danced with the Ballet Russe as a teenager and starred in MGM musicals with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, died Tuesday. She was 86. (Source: AP via


Monday, June 2, 2008


Bo Diddley (1928 - 2008)

Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Bo Diddley died Monday, surrounded by family and loved ones at his home in Archer, Florida. The world-renowned guitarist and vocalist, who was known for his hybrid hits that melded rock and rhythm and blues, was 79. (Source:


Thursday, May 29, 2008


Harvey Korman (1927 - 2008)

Comic actor Harvey Korman has died at 81, four months after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Korman was a regular on "The Carol Burnett Show" and also appeared in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles," "High Anxiety" and "History of the World, Part 1." Harvey is survived by his wife Deborah, daughters Kate, Laura and Maria, son Chris and three grandchildren. (Source:


Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Sydney Pollack (1934 - 2008)

Sydney Pollack, director of films such as "Out of Africa," "Tootsie," and "Absence of Malice," and also known for his acting talents, died Monday afternoon, surrounded by family. He was 73. Pollack is survived by his wife, Claire; two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel; his brother Bernie; and six grandchildren. (Source: AP via Google)


Sunday, May 25, 2008


Dick Martin (1922 - 2008)

Dick Martin, a veteran nightclub comic who with his partner, Dan Rowan, turned a midseason replacement slot at NBC in 1968 into a hit that redefined what could be done on television, died Saturday night of respiratory complications at a hospital in Santa Monica, California, according to The Associated Press. He was 86. Survivors include his wife, Dolly Read, and two sons, actor Richard Martin and Cary Martin. (Source: International Herald Tribune)


Thursday, May 8, 2008


Eddy Arnold (1918 - 2008)

Eddy Arnold, whose mellow baritone on songs like "Make the World Go Away" made him one of the most successful singers in history, died Thursday at a care facility just south of Nashville. He was 89. Sally, his wife of 66 years, died March 11 after a short illness. Survivors include a son and daughter. (Source: AP via Knoxville News Sentinel)


Sunday, April 6, 2008


Charlton Heston (1924 - 2008)

Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84. He is survived by two children, Fraser Clarke Heston and Holly Heston Rochell, and three grandchildren, Jack Alexander Heston, Ridley Rochell and Charlie Rochell. (Source: AP via


Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)

Arthur C. Clarke, a writer whose seamless blend of scientific expertise and poetic imagination helped usher in the space age, died Wednesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he had lived since 1956. He was 90. He was briefly married in 1953 to an American diving enthusiast named Marilyn Mayfield; they separated after a few months and were divorced in 1964, having had no children. (Source: International Herald Tribune)


Monday, March 3, 2008


Jeaf Healey (1966 - 2008)

Blind rock and jazz musician Jeff Healey has died after a lifelong battle against cancer. Healey had battled cancer since age 1, when a rare form of retinal cancer known as Retinoblastoma claimed his eyesight. Due to his blindness, Healey taught himself to play guitar by laying the instrument across his lap. He was 41. Healey is survived by his children, Rachel and Derek, as well as his wife, Cristie, father (by adoption) and stepmother, Bud and Rose Healey, and sisters Laura and Linda. (Source: AP via Google)


Monday, February 11, 2008


Roy Scheider (1932 - 2008)

Roy Scheider, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his role as a police chief in the blockbuster movie "Jaws," died Sunday. He was 75 and lived in Sag Harbor, N.Y. Besides his wife, Brenda Seimer, his survivors include three children, Christian Verrier Scheider and Molly Mae Scheider, with Ms. Seimer, and Maximillia Connelly Lord, from an earlier marriage, to Cynthia Bebout; a brother, Glenn Scheider of Summit, N.J.; and two grandchildren. (Source: AP via


Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Heath Ledger (1979 - 2008)

Actor Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday of a possible drug overdose in a Lower Manhattan apartment, the New York Police Department said. The Academy Award nominated actor was 28. He has a young daughter with actress Michelle Williams. (Source:


Sunday, January 20, 2008


Suzanne Pleshette (1937 - 2008)

Seventy-year-old actress Suzanne Pleshette died of respiratory failure on Saturday evening at her residence in Los Angeles. Pleshette was best known as a sardonic wife on the long running "The Bob Newhart Show". (Source: All Headline News)


Friday, January 18, 2008


Bobby Fischer (1943 - 2008)

Bobby Fischer, who died on Thursday aged 64, was a high school dropout who may have been the greatest chess player of all time, but ended his life in eccentric seclusion. The Brooklyn-bred genius made headlines around the world when he wrestled the world chess title from Soviet domination in 1972, beating world champion Boris Spassky, in a Cold War chess showdown in Reykjavik known as the match of the century. (Source: AFP via Google)


Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Brad Renfro (1982 - 2008)

Actor Brad Renfro, whose career began promisingly with a childhood role in "The Client" but rapidly faded as he struggled with drugs and alcohol, was found dead Tuesday in his home. He was 25. (Source: AP via


Friday, January 11, 2008


Christopher Bowman (1967 - 2008)

Christopher Bowman, the former U.S. figure skating champion dubbed "Bowman the Showman" for his flair on the ice, died Thursday of a possible drug overdose, authorities said. He was 40. (Source: AP via Google)


Thursday, December 20, 2007


Dan Fogelberg (1951 - 2007)

Dan Fogelberg, who died after a long battle with cancer on 16 December, 2007, was a popular and multi-talented American songwriter and musician who epitomized the soft rock of the late 1970s. (Source:


Saturday, December 1, 2007


Evel Knievel (1938 - 2007)

Evel Knievel, the red-white-and-blue-spangled motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over crazy obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69. (Source: Fox News)


Thursday, November 22, 2007


Dick Wilson (1916 - 2007)

Long-time Charmin bath tissue pitchman Dick Wilson -- known to millions as Mr. Whipple -- died Monday at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA. He was 91. Wilson is survived by his wife Meg, three children and three grandchildren -- all located in the Los Angeles area. (PRNewswire via Earth Times)


Thursday, November 1, 2007


Robert Goulet (1933 - 2007)

Robert Goulet, the big-voiced baritone, whose Broadway debut in "Camelot" launched an award-winning stage and recording career, died Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital, where he had been awaiting the transplant after being diagnosed last month with a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis. Goulet was 73. (Source: Fox News)


Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Marcel Marceau (1923 - 2007)

Marcel Marceau, celebrated French mime artist whose clowning dramas eloquently expressed the wonder and terror of existence, died on September 22, 2007, aged 84. He was married three times and leaves two daughters and two sons. (Source: Times Online)


Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Phil Rizzuto (1917 - 2007)

Phil Rizzuto, the Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop nicknamed The Scooter, died today. He was 89. Rizzuto played for the Yankees from 1941 to 1956. (Source: The New York Times)


Sunday, August 12, 2007


Merv Griffin (1925 - 2007)

Merv Griffin, who started out as a band singer and wound up as one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment business, died Sunday of prostate cancer. He was 82. Although he enjoyed a long run as a TV talk show host, Griffin will be best remembered for creating the television game show "Jeopardy!" in 1964. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle)


Tuesday, July 3, 2007


Beverly Sills (1929 - 2007)

Beverly Sills, the Brooklyn-born opera diva who was a global icon of can-do American culture with her dazzling voice, bubbly personality and management moxie in the arts world, died Monday of cancer, her manager said. She was 78. (Source: AP via


Monday, May 28, 2007


Charles Nelson Reilly (1931 - 2007)

Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner who later became known for his ribald appearances on the "Tonight Show" and various game shows, has died. He was 76. Reilly died Friday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. (Source: San Jose Mercury News)


Tuesday, May 1, 2007


Tom Poston (1921 - 2007)

Tom Poston, the tall, pasty-faced comic who found fame and fortune playing a clueless everyman on such hit television shows as "Newhart" and "Mork and Mindy," has died. He was 85. (Source:


Friday, April 27, 2007


Bobby "Boris" Pickett (1940 - 2007)

Bobby "Boris" Pickett, whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem "Monster Mash" to the top of the charts while cementing his place as one of pop music's most enduring one-hit wonders died of leukemia April 25 in Los Angeles. He was 69. (Source:


Thursday, April 19, 2007


Kitty Carlisle Hart (1910 - 2007)

Kitty Carlisle Hart, whose long career spanned Broadway, opera, television and film, including the classic Marx Brothers movie "A Night at the Opera," died after a battle with pneumonia, her son said Wednesday. Kitty was also one of the celebrity panelists on the popular game show "To Tell the Truth." She was 96. (Source:


Sunday, April 15, 2007


Don Ho (1930 - 2007)

Hawaii has lost one of its most popular attractions with the death of Hawaiian entertainer Don Ho. Ho died yesterday morning at the Queen's Medical Center of heart failure at age 76. Ho is survived by his wife Haumea and 10 children. (Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin)


Thursday, April 12, 2007


Roscoe Lee Browne (1925 - 2007)

Actor Roscoe Lee Browne, whose rich voice and dignified bearing brought him an Emmy Award and a Tony nomination, has died. He was 81. Browne had guest roles on television hits such as All In The Family and The Cosby Show, for which he won an Emmy. (Source: AP via Hollywood Reporter)



Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007)

Kurt Vonnegut, the Indianapolis-born literary giant behind seminal 20th century novels "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Breakfast of Champions," died Wednesday evening at age 84. He had been ill after suffering a fall several weeks ago. (Source:


Thursday, March 22, 2007


Calvert DeForest (1921 - 2007)

Calvert DeForest, the white-haired, bespectacled nebbish who gained cult status as the oddball Larry "Bud" Melman on David Letterman's late night television shows, has died after a long illness. The Brooklyn-born DeForest, who was 85, died Monday at a hospital on Long Island. (Source:


Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Luther Ingram (1937-2007)

Luther Ingram, who co-wrote "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)", died Monday in St. Louis at age 69. (Source:


Monday, March 19, 2007


Carol Richards (1922-2007)

Carol Richards, singer, radio and television performer, well-remembered for her duet with Bing Crosby on the hit single "Silver Bells", died Friday in Vero Beach, Florida. She was 84. She co-authored the book "Letters from the Cosmos" with her husband Edward Swiedler. Carol is also the grandmother of actress Amy Laughlin. (Source: LA Times via


Sunday, March 11, 2007


Richard Jeni (1962-2007)

Richard Jeni, one of Comedy Central's Top 100 Comedians of All Time, is dead. Jeni was found dead presumably from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday, March 10, 2007. A loaded gun was reportedly found next to his body. (Source: The Post Chronicle)


Tuesday, March 6, 2007


Ernest Gallo (1909-2007)

Ernest Gallo, who with his brother Julio, helped build the American wine industry and, in turn, achieved one of the greatest American business successes of the twentieth century, died today at his home in Modesto, California. He was 97. Julio passed away in 1993. (Source: E&J Gallo Winery)


Thursday, February 8, 2007


Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007)

Anna Nicole Smith died Thursday at a South Florida hospital after being discovered unconscious in her hotel room. The reality TV star, Playboy Playmate and former Guess model was 39. (Source: AP via Chicago Tribune)


Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007)

Sidney Sheldon, 89, who won awards in stage, screen, TV before writing novels, has died. Sheldon died Tuesday afternoon of complications from pneumonia at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. (Source: AP via Excite)


Thursday, January 25, 2007


Leopoldo Pirelli (1925 - 2007)

Leopoldo Pirelli, former chairman of the Italian tire and real estate company that was founded by his family, died Tuesday, the company said. He was 81. (Source: AP via


Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Brent Liles (1963 - 2007)

Brent Liles, a former bassist for the 1980s punk rock group Social Distortion, was struck and killed by a truck while riding a bicycle, authorities said Wednesday. He was 43. (Source: AP via


Monday, January 22, 2007


Denny Doherty (1940 - 2007)

Denny Doherty, one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, known for their soaring harmony on hits like "California Dreamin' " and "Monday, Monday," died Friday at 66. His sister, Frances Arnold, said the singer-songwriter died at his home in Mississauga, a city just west of Toronto, after a short illness. (Source: AP via



Robert Anton Wilson (1932 - 2007)

Robert Anton Wilson, who helped co-write the sci-fi trilogy "Illuminatus," died on Saturday at the age of 74. Wilson died in his California home on January 11 after suffering from post-polio syndrome and becoming bedridden as a result of a fall. (Source: All Headline News)


Thursday, January 18, 2007


Art Buchwald (1925 - 2007)

Art Buchwald, who took humorous jabs at Washington politicians in syndicated columns for decades, has died, a close friend said Thursday. He was 81. The unofficial cause of death was kidney failure. (Source:


Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Benny Parsons (1941 - 2007)

Benny Parsons, a NASCAR legend because of his personality and rise from taxi-cab driver to Cup champion, died Tuesday. Parsons, 65, had complications stemming from his battle with lung cancer and had been in the intensive-care unit of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., for three weeks. (Source: Miami Herald)


Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Ron Carey (1935 - 2007)

Ron Carey, the short and puckish comedic actor who played Officer Carl Levitt on the hit situation comedy Barney Miller and was a member of Mel Brooks' troupe in films such as High Anxiety and Silent Movie, has died. He was 71. Carey died of a stroke Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. (Source: The Star Ledger via


Monday, January 15, 2007


Michael Brecker (1949 - 2007)

Michael Brecker, a versatile and influential tenor saxophonist who won 11 Grammys over a career that spanned more than three decades, died Saturday. He was 57. Brecker died in a hospital in New York City of leukemia. (Source: AP via



Alice Coltrane (1937 - 2007)

Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and composer and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane, has died. She was 69. Coltrane died Friday of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said her sister, Marilyn McLeod. (Source: AP via


Thursday, January 11, 2007


Yvonne De Carlo (1922 - 2007)

Yvonne De Carlo, the beautiful star who played Moses' wife in "The Ten Commandments" but achieved her greatest popularity on TV's "The Munsters," has died. She was 84.De Carlo died of natural causes Monday at the Motion Picture & Television facility in suburban Los Angeles. (Source: AP via


Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Carlo Ponti (1910 - 2007)

Oscar-winning film producer Carlo Ponti, who risked excommunication to marry Sophia Loren and later fled his native Italy to avoid fraud charges -- has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 94. Ponti died overnight at a Geneva hospital. (Source: AP via


Tuesday, January 9, 2007


Peter Kleinow (1934 - 2007)

"Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, a steel guitar prodigy who rose to fame as one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, has died. He was 72. Kleinow died Saturday at a Petaluma convalescent home near the skilled nursing facility where he had been living with Alzheimer's disease since last year. (Source: AP via


Monday, January 8, 2007


Nikki Bacharach (1966 - 2007)

Nikki Bacharach, daughter of Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson, committed suicide, the songwriter and actress said in a statement Friday. Nikki Bacharach, 40, suffered from Asperger's Disorder, a form of autism. She killed herself Thursday night at her condo. (Source: AP via


Sunday, January 7, 2007


Bobby Hamilton (1957 - 2007)

Bobby Hamilton, the longtime NASCAR driver who won the 2001 Talladega 500 and was the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series champion, died Sunday of cancer. He was 49. Hamilton was at home with his family when he died. (Source: AP via


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