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Patty Duke, Child Star and Oscar Winner, Dies 69

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Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (December 14, 1946 – March 29, 2016) was an American actress of stage, film, and television. She first became known as a teen star, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), which she had originated on Broadway. Later she had the lead in the eponymous sitcom The Patty Duke Show. Duke progressed to more mature roles such as in the film Valley of the Dolls (1967), playing Neely O'Hara. She served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988, four years after her Patty Duke Show co-star William Schallert held the same office.

Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982, after which she devoted much of her time as an advocate for and educating the public on mental health issues.

In 1996, 30 years after The Patty Duke Show ended, Duke was ranked No. 40 on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time".

Patty Duke cause of deagth

Duke died on the morning of March 29, 2016, at the age of 69, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, of sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

BIOGRAPHY: PATTY DUKE Pt. 1/5 2003

Alan Rickman, actor, 'Harry Potter', 'Die Hard', dies 69

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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February, 21 1946 – 14 January, 14 2016) was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Rickman was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company performing in both modern and classical theatre productions. His big break was his role as the Vicomte de Valmont in the play Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.

Alan Rickman cause of death

Rickman's family reported on 14 January 2016 that he had died, at the age of 69. He had been suffering from cancer. Rickman is survived by his wife Rima Horton, who he married in 2012.

Harry Potter - Secrets of the Cast Revealed - A Look Back at Severus Snape

Die Hard: Hans Meets McClane

David Bowie, legendary rock star, dies 69

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David Bowie (born David Robert Jones; January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. Bowie was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.

David Bowie cause of death

On 10 January 2016, Bowie died from cancer following an eighteen-month battle with the disease.  He had just turned 69.

Bonnie Franklin, Acterss, 'One Day at a Time,' Dies 69

BFBonnie Gail Franklin (January 6, 1944 – March 1, 2013) was an American actress, best known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time (1975–1984). She was nominated for the Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Awards.

Bonnie Franklin cause of death

Bonnie Franklin died on March 1, 2013, at her Los Angeles home from complications of pancreatic cancer.  Bonnie Franklin was 69 years old a the time of her death.  Her 101 year old mother was her only immediate survivor.   On September 24, 2012, a family spokesman announced that Franklin had pancreatic cancer, and was undergoing treatment.

One Day at a Time - Home Again, Home Again (1 of 3)

Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, dies 69

Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. (January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011), also known as The Big Man, was an American musician and actor. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the saxophone. He released several solo albums and in 1985 had a hit single with "You're a Friend of Mine", a duet with Jackson Browne. As a guest musician he also featured on Aretha Franklin's classic "Freeway of Love" and on Twisted Sister's "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" as well as performing in concert with The Grateful Dead and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. As an actor Clemons featured in several films, including New York, New York and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. He also made cameo appearances in several TV series, including Diff'rent Strokes, Nash Bridges, The Simpsons and The Wire. Together with his television writer friend Don Reo he published his autobiography, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales, in 2009.

Clarence Clemons Cause of Death
Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011. He underwent two surgeries after which he was in serious, but stable condition. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, he had been showing signs of recovery. However, Clemons died from complications caused by the stroke on June 18.
Clarence Clemons was 69 years old at time of his death.

Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is coming to town - Paris 07
Clarence Clemon on Sax, also sings "You better be good for goodness sake"

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Jungleland

Cornell Dupree, rhythm-and-blues guitarist, dies at 69

Cornell Dupree (December 19, 1942 – May 8, 2011) was an American jazz and R&B guitarist. He worked at various times with Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, King Curtis and Steve Gadd, appeared on David Letterman, and written a book on soul and blues guitar: Rhythm and Blues Guitar ISBN 0-634-00149-3. He reputedly recorded on 2,500 sessions.

Cornell Dupree also worked with Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and Mariah Carey.

He played on Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love", and is featured on two tracks of Peter Wolf's 1998 album, Fool's Parade. He is also known for playing the opening guitar riff on Aretha Franklin's "Respect"

Cornell Dupree Cause of Death
Cornell Dupree died of emphysema while waiting for lung transplant.
Cornell Dupree was 69 years old at the time of his death.

Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton

Aretha Franklin - Respect [1967]

Don Van Vliet, Captain Beefheart, dies 69

Don Van Vliet (January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician and visual artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians he called The Magic Band, active between 1965 and 1982, with whom he recorded 12 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments. His music blended rock, blues and psychedelia with free jazz, avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition. Beefheart was also known for exercising an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians.

Death of Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart)
Captain Beefheart died of complications from multiple sclerosis
Captain Beefheart was 69 years old at the time of his death

Captain Beefheart & Magic Band - Sure 'nuff 'n Yes I do 

Stephen Cannell, prolific TV writer-producer, dies 69

Stephen Joseph Cannell (February 5, 1941 – September 30, 2010) was an American television producer, writer, novelist and occasional actor who was also the founder of Stephen J. Cannell Productions.

Cannell has created or co-created nearly 40 television series, mostly crime dramas, including The Rockford Files, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings, and The Commish. In the process he had, by his own count, scripted more than 450 episodes, and produced or executive produced over 1,500 episodes.

Death of Stephen J. Cannell
Stephen J. Cannell died September 30, 2010, due to complications associated with melanoma.

Stephen J. Cannell (himself) on the logo

For many years, Cannell's office was at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, though his shows (with the exception of Hunter and The Greatest American Hero) were almost always distributed by Universal Studios. The closing logo  of his production company features him typing, before throwing the sheet from his typewriter whereupon it animates to become his company logo against a black screen (the one sheet of paper lands on a stack of paper forming a letter C) It was updated often, the main differences being Cannell's clothes, sometimes new awards were in the background and (rarely) a new office for the live-action part. Early examples are also notable for Cannell smoking a pipe as he types. 

Merlin Olsen, NFL Hall of Famer, Actor on "The Little House" dies 69

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Born     September 15, 1940 Logan, Utah
Died     March 10, 2010 (aged 69) Duarte, California

Merlin Olsen was a former American football player in the National Football League and an actor. He played his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams and was elected to the Pro Bowl  in 14 of those seasons, a current record shared with Bruce Matthews. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. As an actor he portrayed Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father Murphy, playing the title role of a traveling priest.

NFL Career
Olsen played professionally (from 1962 to 1976) for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. A leading defensive star of his era, he missed only two games in his 15-season NFL career. He was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year in 1962 and was First-team All-Pro in 1964, and 1966 through 1970. He was voted Second-team All-Pro in 1965, 1973 and 1974.

Acting Career
He also enjoyed success as an actor. When Little House on the Prairie actor Victor French left to star in his own comedy Carter Country in 1977, Olsen was tapped to play Michael Landon's new sidekick Jonathan Garvey for several years. One memorable quote from Merlin during the series, "I don't know nothin' bout football!" was when Charles and Jonathan were to coach a boys football team. A couple of years later, Landon cast Olsen as the eponymous Father Murphy.

Illness and Death of Merlin Olsen
Merlin Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma  in 2009  and underwent three courses of chemotherapy. In January 2010 he filed a lawsuit against NBC Studios, NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox for exposing him to asbestos.  Merlin's brother Orrin Olsen announced that he died on March 11, 2010, aged 69, following Merlin's brief battle with cancer.

Merlin Olsen on LIttle House on the Prairie

James Gurley, guitartist, Big Brother and the Holding Company, 69

James Gurley (December 22, 1939 – December 20, 2009) was an American musician. He is best known as the guitar player of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic/acid rock band from San Francisco.

Relationship with Janis Joplin
A few weeks after Janis Joplin joined the band, James began having an affair with her. Once James and Janis became involved, he moved out of the apartment he shared with his wife and moved in with Janis. According to Janis, that arrangement ended the day Nancy came barging through the front door of Janis's apartment. "What an embarrassing situation," Janis told Jim Langdon later. "His old lady comes marching into my bedroom with the kid and the dog and confronts us." James continued his affair with Janis for a while, but eventually returned to Nancy, who forgave both him and Janis, with whom she had a close friendship. In 1966, the members of Big Brother, along with their wives and children, all moved into a single house in Lagunitas, California.

Death of James Gurley
James Gurley passed away on December 20, 2009, of a heart attack at home in Palm Desert, Ca, just two days before his 70th birthday.

Big Brother & The Holding Co. feat. Janis Joplin, James Gurley on Guitar

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - Molly Bee dies 69

Molly Bee, born Mollie Gene Beachboard and also known as Molly Muncy (August 18, 1939 - February 7, 2009), was an American country music singer who became a popular teenage star on the 1950s TV show Hometown Jamboree.

She was born in Oklahoma City. She had her first major recording success at the age of 13 with I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. This was followed by at least three more hit singles, and a brief acting career. On February 7, 2009, Bee died of complications relating to a stroke, at the Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, California. She was 69

Bob May, Robot B9 from Lost in Space, dies 69

Lost In SpaceBob May (1939 - January 18, 2009) was an American actor best remembered for playing The Robot on the television series Lost in Space.

Born in New York City, May was the grandson of vaudeville comedian Chic Johnson, as well as an actor, stage performer, stuntman, director and public speaker.

For years, May was a regular at autograph conventions in the Los Angeles area and around the country. May's home was destroyed in the firestorm that hit the Los Angeles area in 2008; he and his wife escaped without injury.  In later life, May enjoyed attending matches at St James' Park to watch his beloved Newcastle United FC play.

Death of Bob May
Bob May died of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lancaster.
Bob May was 69 years old at the time of his death

Bob May with B9

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

Bobby Pickett, Singer of Monster Mash (February 11, 1938 – April 25, 2007),

Robert George Pickett (February 11, 1938 – April 25, 2007), was a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, United States, who found fame as a one-hit wonder musician under the name Bobby "Boris" Pickett. He was best known for co-writing and singing the 1962 hit novelty song, "Monster Mash".

Death

Pickett died at the age of 69 on April 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, due to complications from leukemia. His daughter Nancy was at his side when he died. He left two grandchildren, Jordan and Olivia. The Sunday, May 13, 2007, episode of the Dr. Demento show featured a documentary retrospective of Pickett's work.

Early life

Pickett's father was a theater manager, and as a 9-year-old he watched many horror films. He would later incorporate impressions of them in his Hollywood nightclub act in 1959. Pickett was a United States Army veteran, who served in Korea.

Music career

Bobby Pickett co-wrote "Monster Mash" with Leonard Capizzi, featuring impersonations of veteran horror stars Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi (the latter with the line "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"). It was passed on by every major label, but after hearing the song Gary S. Paxton agreed to produce and engineer it; among the musicians who played on it was pianist Leon Russell. The single became a million seller, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks before Halloween in 1962. It was styled as being by "Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers". The track re-entered the U.S. charts twice, in August 1970, and again in May 1973, when it reached the #10 spot. In Britain it took until October 1973 for the tune to become popular, peaking at #3 in the UK Singles Chart.

A Christmas-themed follow-up, "Monster's Holiday," was also released in 1962 and reached #30 in December that year. Another of his songs, "Graduation Day", made #80 in June 1963. Pickett also recorded a novelty spoof on Star Trek called "Star Drek", again performing the various voices, which was played on Dr. Demento's radio show. In October 2005, Pickett protested inaction on global warming by releasing "Climate Mash," a new version of his hit single.

In addition to his music, Pickett also performed as a magician as "Dellesandro The Great."

 

Saddam Hussein

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein (April 28, 1937 – December 30, 2006), was the President of Iraq from July 16, 1979, until April 9, 2003

Saddam was hanged on the first day of Eid ul-Adha, December 30, 2006, despite his wish to be shot (which he felt would be more dignified). The execution was carried out at "Camp Justice," an Iraqi army base in Kadhimiya, a neighborhood of northeast Baghdad. The execution was videotaped on a mobile phone, showing Saddam being taunted before his hanging. The video was leaked to electronic media, becoming the subject of global controversy.

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