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Celebrity Deaths

Bobby Womack, Soul Legend, dies 70

Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack (March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. An active recording artist since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentinos and as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist, Womack's career spanned more than 50 years and spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.

Womack wrote and originally recorded the Rolling Stones' first UK No. 1 hit, "It's All Over Now" and New Birth's "I Can Understand It" among other songs. As a singer he is most notable for the hits "Lookin' For a Love", "That's The Way I Feel About Cha", "Woman's Gotta Have It", "Harry Hippie", "Across 110th Street" and his 1980s hit "If You Think You're Lonely Now".

Bobby Womack cause of death

Bobby Womack died on June 27, 2014 at age 70. Though the cause of his death is currently unknown, he suffered diabetes, prostate cancer, heart diseases, colon cancer, pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.

Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street (BBC Documentary 2013)

Eli Wallach of 'Magnificent Seven,' 'Good, Bad and Ugly' dies 98

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Eli Herschel Wallach (December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014) was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s. Trained in stage acting, which he enjoyed doing most, he became "one of the greatest 'character actors' ever to appear on stage and screen," states TCM, with over 90 film credits. On stage, he often co-starred with his wife, Anne Jackson, becoming one of the best-known acting couples in the American theater.

Wallach received BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards and Emmy Awards for his work, and received an Honorary Academy Award at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards, presented on November 13, 2010.

Eli Wallach cause of death

Eli Wallach died of natural causes on June 24, 2014 in New York.  Eli Wallach was 98 years old at the time of his death.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Official Trailer

Eli Wallach is the Bad

The Magnificent Seven - Trailer

Eli Wallach is the leader of the gang (bab guys)

Casey Kasem, Legendary Host of 'America's Top 40,' Dies at 82

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kasemKemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American disc jockey, radio personality and actor, best known for being the host of the music radio programs American Top 40, American Top 20, and American Top 10 from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.

Casey Kasem cause of death.

Casey Kasem dies on June 15, 2014, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Casey Kasem was  82 years old at the time of his death.

Illness lead to his death

On June 6, 2014, Kasem was reported to be in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Washington state, receiving antibiotics for bedsores and treatment for high blood pressure. It was revealed that he had been bedridden for some time.

Judge Daniel S. Murphy ruled that Kasem had to be hydrated, fed, and medicated as a court appointed lawyer reported on his health status. Jean Kasem claimed that he had been given no food, water, or medication the previous weekend. Kerri Kasem's lawyer stated that she had him removed from artificial food and water on the orders of a doctor and in accordance with a directive her father signed in 2007, saying he would not want to be kept alive if it "would result in a mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope for normal functioning." Murphy reversed his order the following Monday, after it became known that Kasem's body was no longer responding to the artificial nutrition, allowing the family to place Kasem on "end-of-life" measures over the objections of Jean Kasem.

Casey Kasem - American Top 40 The 70's

Ann B. Davis, Alice on 'Brady Bunch,' dies 88

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Ann Bradford Davis (May 5, 1926 – June 1, 2014) was an American television actress.

Davis achieved prominence for her role in The Bob Cummings Show (1955–59) for which she twice won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, but she was best known for playing the part of Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in The Brady Bunch series (1969–74).

She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice out of four nominations for this role. On February 9, 1960, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Davis was never married nor was she romantically linked to anyone

Ann B. Davis cause of death.

Davis died on June 1, 2014, from a subdural hematoma after a fall in her bathroom. Sources close to her say she was in excellent health for an 88-year-old woman and her death was a complete shock.

The Brady Bunch - Far Out Alice

Joan Lorring, Oscar Nominated 'Corn Is Green' Actress, Dies 88

Joan Lorring (April 17, 1926 – May 30, 2014) was a Hong Kong-born American actress.

Her first film role (by which time the studio had changed her name to "Joan Lorring") was in Song of Russia in 1944. She made The Bridge of San Luis Rey in the same year, and, in 1945, appeared opposite Bette Davis in The Corn Is Green as Bessie Watty. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

Joan Lorring cause of death

Joan Lorring died in a hospital in the New York City.  She was ill but cause of death was not released.  Joan Lorring was 88 years old at the time of her death.

Joan Lorring The Verdict, 1946

Jerry Vale, 50's Legendary Crooner, Dies 83

Jerry Vale (born Genaro Louis Vitaliano; July 8, 1930 – May 18, 2014) was an American singer and actor.

He made cameo appearances as himself in the 1990 film Goodfellas and the 1995 film Casino, both directed by Martin Scorsese.

Jerry Vale cause of death

Jerry Vale died of natural causes in his sleep on May 18, 2014 at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 83 years old.

Jerry Vale AL-DI-LA

Lee Marshall, Voice of 'Tony The Tiger' dies 64

Lee Marshall (born Marshall Aaron Mayer; November 28, 1949 – April 26, 2014) was a professional wrestling announcer formerly of the American Wrestling Association (AWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Women of Wrestling (WOW!).

He was the voice of Kellog's iconic Tony the Tiger, succeeding Thurl Ravenscroft when he passed away in 2005.

Lee Marshall cause of death

Marshall died in Santa Monica on April 26, 2014 of esophageal cancer.

James Hellwig, WWE Legend, Ultimate Warrior, Dies 54

James Brian Hellwig (June 16, 1959 – April 8, 2014), was an American professional wrestler, who most famously wrestled under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior. He was best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996, and in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998. Warrior died on April 8, 2014 at the age of 54, three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Ultimate Warrior cause of death

Information on the cause of death is not released yet.

Warrior died on April 8, 2014. He had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, appeared at WrestleMania XXX on April 6, and made his first Raw appearance in 18 years on April 7, one day before his death. According to TMZ, Warrior collapsed at 5:50 PM while walking to his car with his wife in Arizona outside of their hotel. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

During his final appearance on Raw and less than 24 hours before his death, Warrior gave a speech to the fans and wrestlers past and present as his Ultimate Warrior character.

Mickey Rooney, Legendary Hollywood Star, Dies 93

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Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances spanned nearly his entire lifetime.

He received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award. Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s. For a younger generation of fans, he gained international fame for his leading role as Henry Dailey in The Family Channel's The Adventures of the Black Stallion.

Upon his death in April 2014, along with Jean Darling, Carla Laemmle, and Baby Peggy, Rooney was one of the last surviving stars who worked in the silent film era. He was also the last surviving cast member of several films in which he appeared during the 1930s and 1940s.

Mickey Rooney Cause of death

Rooney died of natural causes, surrounded by his family at his home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on April 6, 2014. Mickey Rooney was 93 years old at the time of his death.

Spouses

  • Ava Gardner (m. 1942–1943)
  • B.J. Baker (m. 1944–1948)
  • Martha Vickers (m. 1949–1951)
  • Elaine Devry (m. 1952–1958)
  • Carolyn Mitchell (m. 1958–1966)
  • Marge Lane (m. 1966–1967)
  • Carolyn Hockett (m. 1969–1975)
  • Jan Chamberlin (m. 1978–2014)

Arthur Smith, Musician Who Wrote ‘Dueling Banjos,’ Dies 93

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Arthur Smith (April 1, 1921 – April 3, 2014) was an American musician and songwriter.

In 1955, Smith composed a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos" and recorded the song with five-string banjo player Don Reno. Later the composition appeared in the popular 1972 film Deliverance as "Dueling Banjos" played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel. Not given credit, Smith had to proceed with legal action that eventually gave him songwriting credit and back royalties. It was a landmark copyright infringement suit.

Arthur Smith won a Grammy Award in 1973 for Dueling Banjos (original writer)

Arthur Smith cause of death

Arthur Smith died at his home on April 3, 2014.  A family member confirmed the death but did not specify a cause.  Arthur Smith was 93 years old at the time of his death.

Dueling Banjos - Deliverance

Marc Platt, '7 Brides for 7 Brothers', 'Oklahoma!, Dies 100

Marcel Emile Gaston LePlat (December 2, 1913 – March 29, 2014), known professionally as Marc Platt, was an American ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, and actor. He was best known for his portrayal of Daniel Pontipee, one of the seven brothers in the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Platt danced the role of Chalmers/Dream Curly in the original 1943 Broadway production of Oklahoma!.

Platt appeared in the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! in a dancing / speaking role as one of Curly's cowboy friends. He is the cowboy friend who buys Curly's saddle for $10 at the auction - and who also comments that, the previous year, Ado Annie's sweet potato pie gave him a 'three day bellyache' (Marc Platt is credited in the cast list of the film as a dancer). After he stopped dancing, Platt ran the Radio City Music Hall Ballet for several years, then transitioned to full-time teaching. In 2000, Platt was presented with the Nijinsky Award at the Ballets Russes Reunion. He appeared in the 2005 documentary Ballets Russes.

Marcel LePlat cause of death

Marcel Platt died of pneumonia at a hospice in San Rafael, California on March 29, 2014. Marcel LePlat was 100 years old at the time of his death.

Barn Raising Dance - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Marc Platt (Dan) in purple shirt

Dave Brockie, Gwar Singer, Oderus Urungus, dies 50

David Murray "Dave" Brockie (August 30, 1963 – March 23, 2014) was a lead vocalist of the metal band Gwar. The character of Oderus Urungus appeared as an intergalactic humanoid barbarian with devil horns and a meaty-looking face, and carried a long sword named "Unt Lick" and a cuttlefish around his loins.

Brockie portrayed Urungus from the band's beginning in 1982 until his death on March 23, 2014.

Oderus Urungus was the only character to have existed in every incarnation of Gwar, having started as a guitar player, then moving to bass, and finally the vocals.

David Brockie cause of death

On Sunday March 23, 2014, Brockie was found dead in his house by a band member. According to police, Brockie was found deceased and sitting upright in a chair. Foul play and suicide have been ruled out as causes of death, but drugs are being considered as the official word awaits from a medical examiner. Gwar's management confirmed the reports of Brockie's death on the official Gwar website at 4am on March 24 and news of Brockie's death spread quickly with many of his fellow musicial peers and bandmates responding through social media. Mike Bishop, former member of Gwar, was one of the first to confirm Brockie's death.  David Brockie was 50 years old at the time of his death.

GWAR "Madness at the Core of Time" - Lead singer is David Brockie

Mitch Leigh, Mitch Leigh, Composer, ‘Man of La Mancha’, Dies 86

Mitch Leigh (born Irwin Michnick; January 30, 1928 – March 16, 2014) was an American musical theatre composer and theatrical producer best known for the musical Man of La Mancha.

He also composed the jingle: "Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee". He established Music Makers, Inc., in 1957 as a radio and television commercial production house and is its creative director.

Leigh won a Tony Award for composing the music for Man Of La Mancha. He was also nominated for a Tony Award as the director of the revival of The King and I.

He received the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for "The Impossible Dream."

The Impossible Dream-Man of La Mancha

David Brenner, Comedian, 'Tonight Show' Favorite, Dies 78

David Norris Brenner (February 4, 1936 – March 15, 2014) was an American stand-up comedian, actor and author. The most frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 80s, Brenner was a pioneer in the genre of observational comedy.

Brenner was a writer, director or producer of 115 television documentaries and headed the documentary units of Westinghouse Broadcasting and Metromedia, winning nearly 30 awards including an Emmy, before moving to comedy. His first paid gig was at The Improv in June 1969, and then frequently performed at clubs in Greenwich Village. After making his national television debut in 1971, on the The Tonight Show, he became the show's most frequent guest, with 158 appearances. He guest-hosted for Johnny Carson 75 times between 1975 and 1984, putting him fifth on the list of Carson's favorite and most frequent guest hosts. Brenner was ranked No. 53 on Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. "At one point, he had appeared more often on major TV talk shows than any other entertainer. He also wrote five books,  and starred in four HBO Specials.

David Brenner cause of death

Brenner died on March 15, 2014, at the age of 78 from cancer at his Manhattan home. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his three sons, Cole, Wyatt, Slade and his grandson, Wesley.

David Brenner on The Tonight Show

Cynthia Lynn, Helga on 'Hogan's Heroes', dies 76

lynnCynthia Lynn (born Zinta Valda Zimilis; April 2, 1937 in Riga, Latvia – March 10, 2014) was a Latvian born American actress. 

Lynn is most notable for her portrayal of Fraulein Helga in Hogan's Heroes during the first season (1965-66). She returned to the series in the 1968 episode, "Will the Blue Baron Strike Again", for a background part, and again in the 1971 episode, "Easy Come, Easy Go", as Eva, another background part. She last acted in 1975 in an episode of Harry O.

She wrote an autobiography titled Escape to Freedom with co-author Edward Ansara.

Cynthia Lynn cause of death

Cynthia Lynn died on March 10, 2014, from multiple organ failure after being stricken with hepatitis. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Brando, whose father was Marlon Brando.  Cynthia Lynn was 76 years old when she died.

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