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Celebrity Deaths

August Schellenberg, Free Willy actor, dies 77

August Schellenberg (July 25, 1936 – August 15, 2013) was a Canadian-born Métis actor.

His first film was Rip-Off in 1971. In 1981, he did voices for the animated film Heavy Metal. During the late '90s he had major roles in Black Robe (as Chomina), Free Willy and its sequels (as Randolph Johnson), Iron Will (Ned Dodd), and TV film Crazy Horse (Sitting Bull). He went on to star as Chief Powhatan in Terrence Malick's 2005 film The New World, alongside Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, and Christian Bale. He also had roles in Disney's Eight Below and the doco within a film The Green Chain (2007). In 2011, he appeared in two episodes of the television series Stargate Universe as Yaozu.

August Schellenberg cause of death

Schellenberg died on August 15, 2013 at his home in Texas after a long battle with lung cancer.  August Schellenberg was 77 years old at the time of his death.

August Schellenberg. native actor

Lisa Robin Kelly, 'That '70s Show' actress, dies 43

Lisa Robin Kelly (March 1970 – August 14, 2013) was an American actress best known for her roles on That '70s Show and Amityville Dollhouse. Prior to her role in That '70s Show, she had small roles in several sitcoms.

Lisa Kelly cause of death

Kelly died on the evening of August 14, 2013 at age 43.  Kelly had voluntarily checked herself into a rehabilitation facility several days earlier to receive treatment.

Lisa Robin Kelly & Christina Applegate  (Lisa Kelly appears at 0:43)

Lisa Kelly Legal issues

  • In August 2010, Kelly was arrested in North Carolina on a charge of driving under the influence. In November 2010, she pleaded guilty, was fined and sentenced to 12 months unsupervised probation.
  • On March 31, 2012, she was arrested on a felony charge of corporal injury upon a spouse, and was released on $50,000 bail. The charge was based on a complaint filed by her ex-boyfriend, John Michas. She later made public statements saying that she was the one who had been assaulted, and denied Michas' claim that she assaulted him. On May 12, 2012, TMZ reported that the LA County DA declined to file charges.
  • In November 2012, police in Mooresville, North Carolina arrested the 42-year-old Kelly and her 61-year-old husband Robert Joseph Gilliam after responding to a disturbance at their home. Both were charged with assault and released on bond.
  • On June 23, 2013, Kelly was arrested for a suspected DUI when law enforcement responded to a call about a parked car blocking a lane of traffic on the I-5 freeway and she failed a field sobriety test.

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Gia Allemand, 'Bachelor' contestant, dies of suicide 29

Gia Allemand (December 20, 1983 – August 14, 2013) was an American actress, model, and reality television contestant. She was known for appearing in Maxim and competing on two ABC reality shows, The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love and Bachelor Pad. Allemand had been set to star in a new television series and had been selected to play a role in an upcoming film about the life of Gianni Russo.

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Gia Allemand cause of death

On August 12, 2013, Allemand was admitted to University Hospital in New Orleans for an attempt at suicide by hanging. She was declared brain dead and removed from life support two days later at age 29. At the time of her death, she was living in New Orleans with her boyfriend, NBA basketball player Ryan Anderson.

Allen Lanier, Original Member of Blue Oyster Cult, dies 67

Allen Glover Lanier (June 25, 1946 – August 14, 2013) was an original member of Blue Öyster Cult. Lanier played keyboards and rhythm guitar. He resided in Manhattan.

Lanier wrote several songs for Blue Öyster Cult albums, including "True Confessions", "Tenderloin", "Searchin' for Celine", "In Thee" and "Lonely Teardrops". In addition to his work with Blue Öyster Cult, he also contributed to music by Patti Smith, Jim Carroll, The Dictators and The Clash, among others. He dated Patti Smith for several years during the 1970s.

Allen Lanier cause of death

Allen's death was announced by Blue Öyster Cult on August 14, 2013. According to their official Facebook page, "Allen succumbed to complications from C.O.P.D." Lead singer Eric Bloom posted the following:

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Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin' For You

Blue Oyster Cult interview 1980-81 Kids Show (Allen Lanier in red)

Eydie Gorme, Singing Legend, dies 84

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Eydie GormeEydie Gorme (also spelled as Eydie Gormé; August 16, 1928 – August 10, 2013) was an American singer, specializing, with her husband, Steve Lawrence, in traditional pop music, in the form of ballads and breezy swing. She earned numerous awards, including the Grammy and the Emmy.

She won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance in 1967, for her version of "If He Walked Into My Life", from Mame.

As a duo with her husband, the act was billed as Steve and Eydie. In 1960, Steve and Eydie were awarded the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for the album, "We Got Us". 

She retired in 2009.  Gormé became a blogger, posting occasional messages on her official website. In November 2009, after his wife retired, Lawrence embarked on a solo musical tour.

Eydie Gorme cause of death

Eydie Gorme died on August 10, 2013, six days before her 85th birthday, following a brief illness, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is believed that she died of cancer. Lawrence was at her bedside, along with their son, when she died on Saturday afternoon, her publicist Howard Bragman said. Eydie Gorme was 84 years old at the time of her death.

*She has a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame as a duo (Steve & Eydie)

Eydie Gorme - "As Long As He Needs Me" - 1969

"If He Walked Into My Life" sung by Eydie Gorme

Frank Sinatra and Steve :awrence & Eydie Gorme - Oslo Norway

Jody Payne, Willie Nelson Guitarist, Singer, Dies 77

Jody Payne (January 11, 1936 – August 10, 2013) was an American country musician and singer. He is probably best known as a longtime guitarist in Willie Nelson's band, The Family.

He first met Willie Nelson in about 1962 in Detroit. Nelson was playing bass with Ray Price. Payne started working with Nelson in November 1973. Before that, he played for Merle Haggard.

After playing with Willie Nelson for 35 years he retired from Nelson's band in 2008.

Jody Payne cause of death

Jody Payne died from cardiac problems.  Jody Payne was 77 years old at the time of his death.

Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother - Jody Payne, Willie Nelson (1974)

Karen Black, Actress Appeared in Over 100 films, Dies 74

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Karen Black (July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. She is known for her appearances in such films as Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The Great Gatsby, Rhinoceros and Airport 1975 (all 1974), The Day of the Locust, Nashville, (both 1975), and Alfred Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot (1976). Over the course of her career, she won two Golden Globe Awards (out of three nominations), and an Academy Award nomination in 1971 for Best Supporting Actress.

Karen Black cause of death

Karen Black died in Los Angeles from ampullary cancer.  After her final films in 2010, she was diagnosed with cancer and did not make any more public appearances. Karen Black was 74 years old at the time of her death.

Karen Black film montage  **Please watch this video**

Marilyn King, Last of Singing Sisters’ Group, Dies at 82

The King Sisters were an American big band-era vocal quartet

Marilyn King died on August 7, 2013, aged 82, from cancer, in California surrounded by her loving children.

The King Sisters Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime King Family Special 1964

"Route 66" by the Four King Sisters

* I may be wrong, but Marilyn King is the shortest person.

Michael Ansara, Star Trek Actor, Dies 91

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MichaelMichael Ansara and actress Barbara Eden was married between 1958–1974 and had one son together, actor Matthew Ansara, who died on June 25, 2001, of a heroin overdose.

Michael George Ansara (April 15, 1922 – July 31, 2013) was a Syrian-born American stage, screen, and voice actor best known for his portrayal of Cochise in the American television series Broken Arrow, Kane in the 1979–1981 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Commander Kang on three different Star Trek television series, Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart on the NBC series, Law of the Plainsman, and providing the voice for Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and several of its spin-offs.

Michael Ansara was inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960 with 1 star.

Michael Ansara cause of death

Ansara died after a long illness at his home in Calabasas on July 31, 2013.

 "Broken Arrow", starring Michael Ansara as "Cochise".

Ossie Schectman, who scored first points in NBA history, dies 94

Oscar Benjamin "Ossie" Schectman (March 30, 1919 – July 30, 2013) was an American professional basketball player. He is credited with having scored the very first basket in the National Basketball Association (NBA), at that time the Basketball Association of America.

On November 1, 1946, in the first ever game of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), Schectman made the opening basket for the New York Knicks against the Toronto Huskies at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The Knicks won the game 68–66. In 1949, the BAA became the National Basketball Association (NBA); thus, Schectman's basket is considered the first in NBA history.

In 1946–47 (his only year in the NBA), Schectman played in 54 games for the Knicks and was third in the league with 2.0 assists per game.

Ossie Schectman cause of death

Ossie Schectman died at age 94 in Delray Beach, Florida.

Eileen Brennan, actress, 'Last Picture Show', 'Private Benjamin', dies 80

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Eileen Brennan (September 3, 1932 – July 28, 2013) was an American actress of film, television, and theater. Brennan is best known for her role as Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised the role in the TV adaptation and won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for her performance. She received Emmy nominations for her guest starring roles on Newhart, Thirtysomething, Taxi and Will & Grace.

Eileen Brennan cause of death

Eileen Brennan received excellent reviews as brothel madam "Billie" in George Roy Hill's Oscar-winning 1973 film The Sting as the confidante of con man Henry Gondorf (Paul Newman).

Brennan died at her home in Burbank, California on July 28, 2013, of bladder cancer.  Brennan was a breast cancer survivor.

Partial Filmography (years active 1960–2011)

Divorce American Style, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, The Last Picture Show, All in the Family, The Sting, Kojak, Private Benjamin, Taxi, The Love Boat, Magnum P.I., Murder, She Wrote, Home Improvement, Tales from the Crypt, Walker, Texas Ranger, ER, 7th Heaven, Nash Bridges, Mad About You, Touched by an Angel, Will & Grace, Lizzie McGuire, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

JJ Cale, Musician and Songwriter, Dies 74

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John Weldon Cale (December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013), known as JJ Cale or J.J. Cale, was a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and musician. Cale was one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Cale's personal style has often been described as "laid back".

Songs written by Cale that have been covered by other musicians include "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton, "Clyde" by Waylon Jennings, "Call Me the Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and "Ride Me High" and "Travelin' Light" by Widespread Panic.

In 1974 Captain Beefheart covered the song "Same Old Blues" on his album Bluejeans & Moonbeams.

In 2007, the Cale and Clapton team won a Grammy for their collaboration on The Road to Escondido.

J.J. Cale cause of death

J.J. Cale died on July 26, 2013, at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California, after a heart attack. J.J. Cale was 74 years old at the time of his death.

JJ Cale, Eric Clapton (After Midnight & Call me the Breeze)

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Call Me the Breeze (live '75)

Cory Monteith, 'Glee' star, dies 31

Cory Allan Michael Monteith (May 11, 1982 – July 13, 2013) was a Canadian actor and singer, known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee from 2009 until his death in 2013.

In an interview with Parade magazine in 2011, he discussed his history of substance abuse, and in April 2013 he again sought treatment for addiction.

Cory Monteith cause of death

On July 13, 2013, at the age of 31, Monteith was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. He had been scheduled to check out earlier that day, but when he failed to do so, hotel staff entered his room and discovered his body. Although the Vancouver Police Department said the cause and manner of death were not immediately apparent, foul play was ruled out. An autopsy is scheduled for July 15.

I'll Stand By You - Cory Monteith as Finn

Bernie Nolan, singer, 'The Nolans', dies 52

Bernadette Therese "Bernie" Nolan (October 17, 1960 – July 4, 2013) was an Irish actress, singer and television personality, formerly lead vocalist of The Nolans. Bernie Nolan was the second youngest of siblings Anne, Brian, Denise, Maureen, Tommy, Linda and Coleen Nolan. She was raised in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

Bernie Nolan cause of death

Nolan died from cancer in her sleep, at her home in Surrey on 4 July 2013, aged 52.

It was revealed on 23 April 2010 that Nolan was suffering from breast cancer, which spread to her lymph nodes. In October 2010, she stated that she was cancer-free after having undergone chemotherapy and a mastectomy, and was taking herceptin. In February 2012, she announced that she was no longer taking cancer treatment drugs, and was completely free of cancer. At the end of October 2012, Bernie announced that the cancer had returned and was incurable. It had metastasised to her brain, lungs, liver and bones.  Anne and Linda Nolan suffered from the disease in 2000 and 2006 respectively; both recovered.

The Nolans are an Anglo-Irish girl group consisting of a group of sisters. The group, best known for their song "I'm in the Mood for Dancing", gained prominence as guest performers on numerous television shows in the United Kingdom. The majority of their charted singles and albums occurred in the early 1980s, but they continued to be active until 2005 and were particularly successful in Japan. The sisters have pursued varying solo careers in acting, music and television presenting. In 2009, The Nolans reformed for a one-off concert tour in Ireland and in the UK, spawning an album and DVD.

The Nolans - I'm In The Mood For Dancing

Jim Kelly, Actor In 'Enter The Dragon,' Dies 67

James Milton "Jim" "the Dragon" Kelly (May 5, 1946 – June 29, 2013) was an American athlete, actor, and martial artist who rose to fame in the early 1970s. He was best known from his performance as Williams in the 1973 film Enter the Dragon.

Kelly became the first Black martial arts film star.

In 2004, he appeared with NBA star LeBron James in the Nike commercial "Chamber of Fear", a similarity of the Bruce Lee film Game of Death.

Kelly resided in southern California and worked as a professional tennis coach. He was still a popular draw at conventions such as the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Jim Kelly cause of death

Jim Kelly died of cancer on June 29, 2013 at his home in San Diego, California.  Jim Kelly was 67 years old at the time of his death

Most Unrecognized BADASS Jim Kelly

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