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Archive - 2007

December 26th

Benazir Bhutto assassinated

Benazir Bhutto (June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007) was a Pakistani politician who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a centre-left political party in Pakistan affiliated to the Socialist International. Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, having been twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.

On 27 December 2007, Bhutto was killed while entering a vehicle upon leaving a political rally for the Pakistan People's Party in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. A suicidal assassin reportedly fired shots in Bhutto's direction just prior to detonating an explosive pellet-laden vest, killing approximately 22 people and wounding many more.

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December 25th

Stu Nahan - Los Angeles Sports Broadcaster

 

Stu Nahan

A television veteran since the 1950s, Stu Nahan (1926 - December 26, 2007) is best remembered for his role as a boxing commentator in all of the Rocky films as well as being a longtime sportscaster in the Los Angeles market. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 25, 2007. Nahan had battled lymphoma, a form of cancer, since being diagnosed in January 2006

Early life and career
Nahan originally began working on a children's television program, appearing as "Skipper Stu", in Sacramento in the 1950s. He also worked for KCRA in Sacramento as a sportscaster.

Stu later moved to Philadelphia to host his own children's show as Captain Philadelphia on the now defunct WKBS-TV (Philadelphia). During this stint in Philadelphia, Nahan also provided the play-by-play commentary for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL at WTAF, working alongside Gene Hart.

Film career
In the mid-to-late 1970s, Nahan began working in the movie industry. He always played a sports personality, such as a commentator, and usually as himself. Aside from the Rocky film series, Nahan is also remembered for a very small appearance in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High when he interviews the character Jeff Spicolli (played by Sean Penn) in a dream sequence. He also had a very bit part in the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song, as the speaker who introduced Gale Sayers at the awards banquet where Sayers was named Rookie of the Year.

Los Angeles television market
Nahan was a sports anchor in the Los Angeles television market for roughly 30 years, with KABC (1968-77), KNBC (1977-86) and KTLA (1988-99). He also spent time with radio stations KABC, KXTA, and KFWB. He was involved with the Los Angeles Dodgers' pregame show, from which he retired after the 2004 season.

Death of Stu Nahan
Stu Nahan died of lymphoma, a type of cancer.
Stu Nahan was 81 years old at the time of his death.

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December 15th

Dan Fogelberg

Dan FogelbergDaniel Grayling "Dan" Fogelberg (August 13, 1951 - December 16, 2007) was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, whose music was inspired by sources as diverse as folk, pop, classical, jazz, and bluegrass music.

Death Dan Fogelberg
Dan Fogelberg died of cancer on December 16, 2007
Dan Fogelberg was 56 years old at the time of his death

Dan FogelbergIn May 2004, Dan Fogelberg was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. He underwent hormonal therapy and achieved a partial remission, which did not eliminate his cancer, but reduced it and stopped its spread. On August 13, 2005, his 54th birthday, Fogelberg announced the success of his cancer treatments and he thanked fans for their support, but said that he had no immediate plans to return to making music, but was keeping his options open, and enjoying spending time with his wife, musician Jean Fogelberg.

He lost his battle against cancer on December 16, 2007 at his home in Maine with his wife, Jean, by his side.

Dan Fogelberg singing Leader of the Band

December 12th

Ike Turner

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Ike Wister Turner (November 5, 1931 – December 12, 2007) was an American musician, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer, best known for his work with his former wife Tina Turner as one half of the Ike & Tina Turner duo. Spanning a career that lasted half a century, Ike's repertoire included blues, soul, rock, and funk. Alongside his former wife, he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and in 2001 was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Death of Ike Turner
Turner died at 76 years old at his home in San Marcos, California, near San Diego.
Ike Turner was 76 years old at the time of his death

On January 16, 2008 (over a month later) it was reported by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office that he died from a cocaine overdose.

Ike and Tina

December 10th

Alex Trebek suffers a mild heart attack

On December 11, 2007, Trebek (Host of the game show Jeopardy!) was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a minor heart attack. It is not known when he will be released from the hospital but a spokesman expects him to return to the production of Jeopardy!, scheduled for January 2008.

November 29th

Evel Knievel

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Evel KnievelRobert Craig "Evel" Knievel, Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was an American motorcycle daredevil, a well-known figure in the United States and elsewhere since the late 1960s, and arguably the most iconic motorbike stuntman of all time. Knievel's nationally televised motorcycle jumps, including his 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, represent four of the top 20 most-watched ABC's Wide World of Sports events of all time.

His achievements and failures got him into the Guinness Book of World Records several times, including his record forty broken bones.

Death of Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel died of diabetes.
Evel Knievel was 69 years old at the time of his death.

Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Florida on November 30, 2007, at the age of 69. He had been suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis for many years. Longtime friend Billy Rundle reported that Knievel had trouble breathing while at his residence in Clearwater, but died before the ambulance could reach the hospital. "It's been coming for years, but you just don't expect it. Superman just doesn't die, right?" was Rundle's reaction

November 26th

American football player Sean Taylor died

Sean Michael Maurice Taylor (April 1, 1983 – November 27, 2007) was an American football free safety who played for the NFL's Washington Redskins franchise. Collegiately he played for the University of Miami, where he helped lead the Hurricanes to a national championship in 2001. Due to his ferocious style of hitting, his pro teammates had nicknamed him "Meast," a reference to half man, half beast.

Taylor died during his NFL playing career at the age of 24 from critical injuries sustained after being shot by an intruder at his Miami area home on November 26, 2007. He died the following day at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, several hours following an emergency surgery at the hospital

November 18th

Dick Wilson - Mr. Whipple, Charmin tissue commercial

Dick WilsonDick Wilson (born Riccardo DiGuglielmo; July 30, 1916 – November 19, 2007), was a British-born American character actor who played the role of finicky grocery store manager Mr. (George) Whipple in over 500 Charmin toilet paper television commercials (1965–1989, 1999). In appreciation for his performance of the recognizable character, Procter & Gamble famously provided Wilson with a free lifetime supply of Charmin

Death
Wilson died at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, United States. Cause of death was not specified.  Dick Wilson was 91 years old at the time of his death.  Wilson was survived by his wife Meg, daughters Wendy and actress Melanie Wilson of the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers, and five grandchildren. He was Buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.

Charmin Commercial - Dick Wilson as Mr. Whipple

Kevin DuBrow, Singer from Quiet Riot

Kevin Dubrow Quiet RiotKevin DuBrow (October 29, 1955 – November 19, 2007) was an American rock vocalist, best known as the lead singer of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot. During Quiet Riot's commercial heyday in the 1980s, Dubrow was known for his on-stage charisma, gravelly bluesy voice, and suspenders.

Kevin DuBrow Death
Kevin DuBrow was found dead On November 25, 2007.
The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of cocaine.  Kevin DuBrow was 52 years old at the time of his death.

The Vegas Eye reported on its website that DuBrow was found dead on that day in his apartment in Las Vegas. Drummer Frankie Banali confirmed DuBrow's death in an email to Spain's The Metal Circus.

According to local police, there was no forced entry and no suspicious circumstances were reported. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that he had passed away about six days prior to his discovery

One of the best heavy metal songs, sang by Kevin DuBrow with Quiet Riot

November 8th

Barbara West, second last survivor of Titanic, dies 95

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Barbara West Titanic SurvivorBarbara Joyce Dainton née West (May 24, 1911 – October 16, 2007) was second to the last remaining survivor from the sinking of the Titanic.

Barbara was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, the second child and daughter of Edwy Arthur West and his wife, Ada Mary Worth. She was preceded in birth by a sister, Constance Mirium. Barbara was 10 months and 22 days old when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.

The West family boarded the Titanic at Southampton, England as second-class passengers, en route to Gainesville, Florida. Barbara, her pregnant mother and older sister, Constance, escaped the sinking ship in lifeboat 10. Barbara's father did not survive. Upon their arrival in New York, Ada took her daughters and booked passage aboard the Celtic, returning to England, where she later gave birth to a third daughter.

In 1952 Barbara married William Ernest B. Dainton.

Barbara never participated in any Titanic-related event, having said that she wanted "nothing to do with the Titanic people". She lived in Truro, United Kingdom, but remained incapacitated and required full care in her last months of life. West died on October 16, 2007 in Truro at the age of 96. Her funeral took place on November 5 at Truro Cathedral.

** The last living Titanic survivor is Millvina Dean, 95, of Southampton, England.

November 5th

Hank Thompson, Country singer

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Hank Thompson died 2007Henry "Hank" William Thompson (September 3, 1925 – November 6, 2007) was a country music entertainer whose career spanned seven decades. He sold over 60 million records worldwide.

Hank Thompson was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1997.

Hank Thompson's Death
Hank Thompson was died of Lung Cancer.
Hank Thompson Was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Hank Thompson singing Whoa Sailor

November 1st

Fabulous Moolah, Pro wrestler

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Dead WWE female restlerLilian Ellison (July 22, 1923 – November 2, 2007) better known by her ring name The Fabulous Moolah, was a female professional wrestler who was marketed by World Wrestling Entertainment for holding the record for the longest title reign by any athlete in any professional sport. She was well known as being the first NWA and WWF Women's Champion.

Fabulous Moolah's Death

Fabulous Moolah died iin Columbia South Carolina.
Fabulous Moolah was 84 years old at the time of her death.

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Championships and accomplishments

  • National Wrestling Alliance
    NWA Women's Championship (5 times) (First)
  • World Wrestling Federation
    WWF Women's Championship (4 times) (First)
  • WWF Hall of Fame (Class of 1995)

 

October 29th

Robert Goulet, Singer

 

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Robert Goulet dead singerRobert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was a Grammy and Tony Award-winning American-Canadian entertainer.

Goulet rose to international stardom in 1960 as Lancelot in Lerner and Loewe's hit Broadway musical Camelot. His long career as a singer and actor encompassed theatre, radio, television and film.

Robert Goulet death
Robert Goulet was died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Robert Goulet was 73 years old at the time of his death.

On September 30, 2007, Robert Goulet was hospitalized in Las Vegas, where he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, "a rare but rapidly progressive and potentially fatal condition." On October 13 he was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after it was determined he "would not survive without an emergency lung transplant."
Goulet died on October 30, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, while awaiting a lung transplant.

October 28th

Porter Wagoner, Country Singer

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Portr Wayne Wagoner CountryPorter Wayne Wagoner (Aug 12, 1927 – Oct 28, 2007) was an American country music singer. Famous for his flashy Nudie suits and blond pompadour, Wagoner introduced a young Dolly Parton to his long-running television show. Together, "Porter and Dolly" were a well-known duet team for many years. Parton wrote the song "I Will Always Love You" after Wagoner suggested she shift from story songs to focus on love songs.

Porter Wayne Wagoner's Death
Porter Wagoner died of Lung Cencer
Porter Wagoner was 80 years old at the time of his death

Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton - Run That By Me One More Time

October 17th

Teresa Brewer

 

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Teresa Brewer famous singerTeresa Brewer (May 7, 1931 – October 17, 2007) was an American pop and jazz singer who was one of the most popular female singers of the 1950s. Born Theresa Breuer in Toledo, Ohio, Brewer died of a neuromuscular disease at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. at the age of 76

Death of Teresa Brewer
Teresa Brewer died on October 17, 2007, at her home in New Rochelle, New York, of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare degenerative brain disease. Teresa Brewer was 76 at the time of his death.

Altogether, she recorded nearly 600 song titles. For her contribution to the recording industry, Teresa Brewer has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1708 Vine Street.

In the 1980's and 1990's Teresa Brewer recorded a number of albums including tribute albums to Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and Irving Berlin. She also recorded with such jazz greats as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bobby Hackett.

Teresa Brewer Singing "Music, Music, Music!"