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2016 Notable Deaths: Remembrance thread

Post by unchoopfan » Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:07 pm

Natalie Cole, singer/songwriter, 65

Natalie Cole, Grammy-winning singer and daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole, has died at age 65.

Natalie Cole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace,” tweeted the Rev. Jesse Jackson on New Year’s Day. Cole, who had struggled with a variety of health issues in recent years, died at a Los Angles hospital, according to TMZ.com.

Cole rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be", "Inseparable", and "Our Love". After a period of failing sales and performances due to a heavy drug addiction, Cole re-emerged as a pop artist with the 1987 album, Everlasting, and her cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac". In the 1990s, she re-recorded standards by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable... with Love, which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole numerous Grammy Awards. She sold over 30 million records worldwide.

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Post by just saying » Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:00 am

Actor Pat Harrington Jr. died Wednesday at in Los Angeles after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, his daughter Tresa announced. He was 86
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Post by just saying » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:02 am

David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief," read a statement posted on the artist's official social media accounts.
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Post by just saying » Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:49 pm

Dan Haggerty was an American actor, best known for the title role in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. Wikipedia
Born: November 19, 1941, Pound, WI
Died: January 15, 2016, San Fernando Valley, CA
Children: Dylan Haggerty
Spouse: Samantha Haggerty (m. 1984–2008), Diane Rooker (m. 1959–1984)
TV shows: The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
Awards: People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series

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Post by cgarison » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:29 pm

Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard actor, dies aged 69

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35313604
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Post by cgarison » Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:42 pm

Dale Griffin, drummer for rock group Mott The Hoople, has died aged 67

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Post by genlock » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:48 pm

He is dead, finally. No kidding, This time it is verified.

Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sad-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at age 94.

Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs' home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. "This man was never sick," Fuchs said.
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Post by Cameron » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:42 am

Barney Hall - The Voice of NASCAR

http://www.mrn.com/Race-Series/NASCAR-S ... -Away.aspx

STATEMENT FROM DAVID HYATT / MOTOR RACING NETWORK PRESIDENT

“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that Motor Racing Network must today convey the passing of our friend and colleague, long-time MRN anchor Barney Hall. For many of us in the racing and broadcasting industries, Barney was more than just ‘The Voice’ who brought us the NASCAR action each week on the radio. He was an inspiration, a teacher and mostly, a friend. Barney was a consummate professional whose style and honesty made him one of the most revered voices of the sport and perhaps the most trusted reporter of his day.

“In a world that can have its share of egos, Barney’s humor and humility kept everyone around him firmly grounded. His smooth and easygoing delivery was the mark by which others were measured. His co-anchor, Joe Moore, once commented that ‘Barney was the calming force in the midst of a raging storm and simply by listening to him, you knew there was safe passage through it.’ Barney Hall was the true voice of NASCAR and although his own voice has gone silent, his presence will live on in the many current motor sports broadcasters who learned at the knee of such a great storyteller.”

CONCORD, N.C. - Hall of Fame broadcaster Barney Hall, a cornerstone of MRN’s NASCAR coverage since the network’s founding in 1970, died Tuesday from complications following a recent medical procedure. He was 83.

At the time of his death, Hall was in the company of long-time companion Karen Carrier – the love of his life.

Hall was born on June 24, 1932, in Elkin, N.C., the town he called home his entire life. After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy and served four years of active duty, during which Hall launched his radio career. He would return to his hometown and work as a disc jockey at radio station WIFM for 13 years.

Hall was widely known for his calm voice and unmatched storytelling. He was part of MRN’s award-winning race coverage since the network’s debut in 1970. Prior to that, Hall served as Bristol Motor Speedway’s first public address announcer, called his first Daytona 500 in 1960 and missed only four broadcasts in the 57-year history of "The Great American Race."

One of those was the "500" won by Matt Kenseth in 2012, when illness sidelined Hall. But as NASCAR returned to Martinsville Speedway one month later, fans once again heard a comforting, familiar voice over the airwaves.

Barney was back in the booth.

Hall remained an integral part of the network's NASCAR coverage throughout the next two years. On July 6, 2014, he worked his final race - calling Aric Almirola's rain-shortened win at Daytona International Speedway, which returned the iconic No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports entry to Victory Lane.

Hall's voice was heard on a number of special broadcasts in the months that followed. The National Motorsports Press Association named Hall its Broadcaster of the Year in 2014. He and MRN producer Darrell Smith teamed up to win another NMPA award in 2015. Barney was inducted into that organization's Hall of Fame in 2007.

In May 2012, NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame jointly announced the creation of a new award to honor the media’s contributions to the success of the sport. It carried the names of two legendary MRN broadcasters: Barney Hall and Ken Squier, who were also the first recipients.

Hall was recently recognized by the Motor Racing Network with an appreciation award for his 45 years of service.

Mr. Hall is survived by Karen Carrier, the love of his life for 35 years, an aunt and several cousins.
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Post by cgarison » Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:13 pm

Microphone maven Rose L. Shure dies at 95

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1 ... icrophones

Rose L. Shure headed a business that managed to link Lou Reed, Elvis Presley, Roger Daltrey, Martin Luther King Jr. and every president since Franklin Roosevelt.

She was chairman of Shure Inc., a Niles maker of audio electronics equipment renowned for the quality and durability of its cutting-edge microphones. When King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, he spoke into a Shure mic. When the U.S. Post Office created its first Presley stamp, he had the Shure 55SH mic in his hand. Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, twirls the Shure SM58 around his head like a lasso. Lou Reed advertised them.

At presidential addresses, they’re on the lecturn. And when the Japanese signed World War II surrender papers on the U.S.S. Missouri, Shure mics were on deck.

Though also known to consumers for its earphones, it supplies many audio products for industry, including wireless microphones used in music, sports and business. Shure produces equipment for sound mixing and audio processing and audio conferencing. Its microphones are used for the Academy Award and Grammy ceremonies, and by contemporary recording artists including Luke Bryan, Cage the Elephant, Fall Out Boy, Hozier, Imagine Dragons, Little Big Town, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots and Wilco.

Mrs. Shure, who became chairman of the privately held company after the death of her husband, founder Sidney N. Shure, died Monday at her Lake Shore Drive home at age 95.

Her 60-year career was remarkable not only for its rise and longevity, but for the seamlessness of the transition after the death of her 93-year-old husband in 1995.

“She was actively involved in the company as chairman, worked very diligently to ensure that Shure’s long history of ethical and civic and quality standards were maintained in the spirit of the track record, the vision, that had been established by her husband,” said Mark Brunner, senior director of global brand management.

In 1949, Rose Langer, a native of Dubuque and a University of Iowa business graduate, was hired to be a secretary to Sidney N. Shure, who preferred to go by S.N. Shure.

Five years later, she became the second wife of Shure, an alum of Austin High School and the University of Chicago, whose amateur radio hobby led him to start Shure Radio in 1925 at 19 S. Wells. Back then, radios weren’t in mass production. A mail-order radio parts catalog company, Shure supplied components to consumers who built their own sets.

After the stock market crash, the comapny got out of distribution and entered manufacturing. During World War II, Shure supplied microphones to the U.S. military, including headsets and noise-canceling microphones that enabled bomber crews to talk over the roar inside aircraft. From the vinyl era of the 1940s through the 1980s, Shure became a worldwide leader in producing phonograph cartridges — the headpiece that includes the record needle.

After her husband’s death, the company continued to produce inventive products that became market leaders and Shure tripled in size, Brunner said.

“We have had the privilege of working with a truly extraordinary woman,” Shure CEO Sandy LaMantia said. “Our company and many charitable and cultural organizations have benefited from her thoughtfulness and generosity. I am confident that the legacy left to us by Mr. and Mrs. Shure will continue to endure in our hearts and in our minds.”

The company, based at the intersection of Hartrey and Howard in Evanston from 1956 to 2003, is headquartered at 5800 W. Touhy Ave. in Niles in a glass building designed by Helmut Jahn. Its largest plant is in Mexico, and it has units throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Mrs. Shure, a patron of the arts who loved attending the opera, ballet and performances at Symphony Center, is survived by her stepchildren, Myrna and Bob, and many nieces and nephews.

Private services are planned Wednesday at Temple Chai in Long Grove.
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Post by just saying » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:53 pm

Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane Dies at 74
Paul Kantner, who helped pioneer psychedelic rock as the guitarist and founder of Jefferson Airplane and its splinter group Jefferson Starship, has died of multiple organ failure and septic shock. He was 74.

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Post by just saying » Fri Feb 05, 2016 6:21 am

Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Dead at 74
Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.
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Post by genlock » Sun Feb 07, 2016 3:55 pm

Sam Spence, who died Saturday at age 88, provided the dramatic soundtrack to hundreds of NFL Films highlights from 1966 to 1984, often setting the stage for John Facenda, nicknamed the Voice of God, to deliver the scene in his deep baritone. In tribute to the composer/conductor, the Daily News presents his top 10, highlights of the highlights.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/footb ... -1.2523043

Spence's "Milktrain to Paydirt" was left out on a technicality — it’s not on YouTube. Also: the legendary NFL Films/Facenda piece "The Autumn Wind" is not included because it was composed by Tom Hedden, not Sam Spence.
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Post by just saying » Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:23 am

George Gaynes, who portrayed an irritable foster parent on the ’80s sitcom “Punky Brewster,” the bewildered commandant in seven “Police Academy” films and a soap opera star with a crush on Dorothy Michaels, whom he doesn’t know is Dustin Hoffman’s character in drag, in the hit feature comedy “Tootsie,” died on Monday in North Bend, Wash. He was 98.
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Post by just saying » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:39 pm

Nelle Harper Lee was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature.
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Post by just saying » Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:28 am

TV, film and stage actor Lou Myers, best known for playing Mr. Gaines on the sitcom A Different World in the '80s and early '90s, has died at 77.

Myers passed away at the Charleston Area Medical Center in his native state of West Virginia after battling pneumonia for several months, TMZ.com reported.
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Post by just saying » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:50 pm

Tough-guy journeyman actor George Kennedy dies at 91
LOS ANGELES – George Kennedy, the hulking, tough-guy character actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a savage chain-gang convict in the 1960s classic "Cool Hand Luke," has died.
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Post by just saying » Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:19 pm

Nancy Reagan, one of the most high-profile and influential first ladies of the 20th century, has died, according to a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library. She was 94.
The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her rep Joanne Drake. "Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004," Drake wrote in a statement.
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Post by cgarison » Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:44 am

Sir George Martin, Beatles producer, dead at 90

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/09/entertain ... index.html

Sir George Martin, the music producer whose collaboration with the Beatles helped redraw the boundaries of popular music, died Tuesday, according to his management company. He was 90.

Martin died "peacefully at home" in England, according to Adam Sharp, the founder of C A Management which represents the music producer.
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Post by cgarison » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:15 pm

Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer Keyboardist, Dead at 71
Emerson, Lake & Palmer keyboardist and co-founder dies in Santa Monica

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson has died at the age of 71.

The news was confirmed by on the band’s Facebook page and their official website.

A statement reads: "We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected."

Bandmate Carl Palmer adds: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson.

"Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz.

"I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humour, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft.

"I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did, together. Rest in peace, Keith."

The keyboardist was born on November 2, 1944, and played with the Keith Emerson Trio, John Brown's Bodies, The T-Bones, The V.I.P.’s and PP Arnold’s backing band The Nice, before co-founding supergroup ELP in 1970 with singer and guitarist Greg Lake and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer.

They released the studio albums Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery, Works Volume 1 and 2, and Love Beach between their formation and 1978, along with live record Pictures At An Exhibition.

They split in 1979, coming back together in 1991, releasing Black Moon in 1992 and In The Hot Seat in 1994.

Emerson also carved out a successful solo career and worked on a variety of film soundtracks.
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