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Jimmy Ruffin, Motown singer, 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted', dies 78

Jimmy Lee Ruffin (May 7, 1936 – November 17, 2014) was an American soul singer, and elder brother of David Ruffin of The Temptations.

He had several hit records between the 1960s and 1980s, the most successful being the Top 10 classics, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold On (To My Love)".

After leaving the Army in 1964, he returned to Motown, where he was offered the opportunity to join the Temptations to replace Elbridge Bryant. However, after hearing his brother David, they hired him for the job instead so Jimmy decided to resume his solo career.

Jimmy Ruffin cause of death.

Living in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, on October 17, 2014, it was reported that Jimmy was gravely ill and had been taken into an intensive care unit at a Las Vegas hospital. Ruffin died on November 17, 2014, in Las Vegas, aged 78.

Cause of death was not releases.

Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted (1965)

Acker Bilk, jazz clarinettest, dies 85

Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk MBE (January 28, 1929 – November 2, 2014) was an English clarinettist and vocalist, billed as Mr. Acker Bilk on many of his recordings. He was known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style.

Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune "Stranger on the Shore" became the UK's biggest selling single of 1962 where it remained in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaking at number two, and was the first No. 1 single in the US by a British artist in the era of the modern Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

Acker Bilk cause of death

He died on November 2, 2014 at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Jenny and son Pete. Cause of death was not released.

Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk

Tommy Morrison, Ex-heavyweight champion, Rocky V, dies 44

Tommy David Morrison (January 2, 1969 – September 1, 2013) was an American heavyweight boxer and a former World Boxing Organization champion. He lost only three out of a total of 52 professional fights. Morrison's nickname, "The Duke," is based on being a grandnephew of Hollywood star John Wayne. Morrison was a co-star with Sylvester Stallone in the 1990 boxing movie Rocky V.

Morrison's professional boxing career ended in 2008, 12 years after he tested positive for HIV in 1996. Beginning in 2006, Morrison attempted a comeback after a 10-year hiatus, stating that his HIV diagnosis was negative.

Morrison had multiple convictions for driving under the influence, assault, and drugs and weapons charges.

Rocky V

In 1989, actor Sylvester Stallone observed one of Morrison's bouts. Stallone arranged a script reading and cast Morrison in the movie Rocky V as Tommy "The Machine" Gunn, a young and talented protege of the retired Rocky Balboa. Originally an admirer of Rocky, Gunn's successes led him to goad Rocky into a street fight.

Tommy Morrison cause of death

In August 2013, ESPN reported that Morrison was critically ill and had been bedridden for over a year.

On September 1, 2013, Morrison died at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. His family did not disclose the cause of death.  Tommy Morrison was 44 years old at the time of his death.

Tommy Morrison KO's

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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Dick Beals, voice of Gumby and Speedy Alka Seltzer, dies 85

Richard "Dick" Beals (March 16, 1927 - May 29, 2012) was an American voice actor. He performed many voices in his career, which spanned the period from the early 1950s into the 21st century. He specialized primarily in doing the voices of young boys.

Perhaps his most recognizable characterization was the voice of the stop-motion animation figure called "Speedy Alka-Seltzer", featured in television commercials for more than 50 years.

His high voice and boyish appearance were due to a glandular problem; he did not go through puberty. Beals was 4 foot 7 inches (just under 140 cm) tall and weighed just under 70 pounds (about 31 kg).

During the late 1980s, Beals provided the voices for various characters on Garfield and Friends with the most major character he voiced being Jon's cruel nephew Rosco.

Dick Beals cause of Death
Dick Bealspassed away on May 29, 2012, at the age of 85

Vintage Alka Seltzer Commercial - Funny Buster Keaton

Carroll Shelby, Legendary car designer, racer, dies 89

Carroll Hall Shelby (January 11, 1923 – May 10, 2012) was an American automotive designer and racing driver. He was most well known for making the AC Motors-based Shelby American Cobra and later the Mustang-based performance cars for Ford Motor Company known as Mustang Cobras which he has done since 1965. His company, Shelby American Inc., founded in 1962, currently sells modified Ford vehicles, as well as performance parts.

He was Sports Illustrated's driver of the year in 1956 and 1957.

He competed in Formula One from 1958 to 1959, participating in a total of eight World Championship races and several non-championship races.

He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1991, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1992.

Carroll Shelby cause of death
Carroll Shelby's cause of death was not disclosed.
Carroll Shelby was 89 years old at the time of his death.

MCA Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys Rapper, Dies 47

Breaking News, More Coming

Adam Nathaniel Yauch (August 5, 1964 - May 4, 2012) was a founding member of hip hop trio, the Beastie Boys. He was frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and other pseudonyms such as Nathanial Hörnblowér.

Yauch died on May 4, 2012. He announced in 2009 that he was being treated for cancer, but it is not yet known if his death was a direct result of the cancer

Beastie Boys Live on Conan (performance and interview)
Adam (MCA) wears sunglasses on the stage

Greg Ham, of Men at Work, Dies 58

Greg Norman Ham (September 27, 1953 - April 19, 2012) was an Australian songwriter, actor and saxophone player known for playing multiple instruments in the 1980s band Men at Work. In addition to the saxophone, he played flute, organ, piano and the synthesiser. He replaced Greg Sneddon in the band.

As an actor, Ham was a regular cast member on While You're Down There.

Later in life, Ham taught guitar at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne.

Greg Ham cause of death
Ham was found dead at his home in Carlton North, Melbourne, on 19 April 2012. Further details on his death and its circumstances are yet to be clarified.
Greg Ham was 58 years old at the time of his death.

Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now (1981)
Greg Ham on Saxophone

David Kelly, Grandpa from Chocolate Factory, dies 82

* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is not to be confused with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

David Kelly (July 11, 1929 – February 12, 2012) was an Irish actor, who had regular roles in several film and television works from the 1950s onwards. To American audiences Kelly is known for his role as Grandpa Joe in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Another notable role was as a nude motorcyclist in Waking Ned.

David Kelly cause of death
Kelly died after a short illness
David Kelly was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Waking Ned - Movie Trailer
David Kelly is the naked man

Robert Dickey, a guitarist and singer, “I’m Your Puppet,” died 72

Robert Dickey (Bobby Purify) died December 29, 2011

James & Bobby Purify were an R&B singing duo, whose biggest hits were "I'm Your Puppet" in 1966, which reached #6 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and in a re-recorded version #12 in the UK Singles Chart (in April 1966), and "Let Love Come Between Us" in 1967, which reached #23 in the U.S.

Robert Dickey cause of death
Robert Dickey's Cause of death was not released.
Robert Dickey was 72 uears old at the time of his death.

I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify

Soul singer Dobie Gray, 'Drift Away', dies 71

Dobie Gray (July 26, 1940 – December 6, 2011) was an African American singer and songwriter, whose musical career spanned soul, country, pop and musical theater. His hit records included "The 'In' Crowd" in 1965, and "Drift Away", which was one of the biggest hits of 1973, sold over one million copies, and remains a staple of radio airplay.

Dobie Gray cause of death
Dobie Gray's cause of death is not yet released.
Dobie Gray was 71 years old at the time of his death.

Dobie Gray - Drift away:  He is the original singer, NOT Uncle Kracker

Andrea True, 'More, More, More." Porn Star Turned Singer, Dies 68

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Andrea True (July 26, 1943 – November 7, 2011) was an American adult film star and singer from the disco era. In addition to her given name, she had multiple stage names, including Inger Kissin, Andrea Travis, Catherine Warren, Singh Low, and Singe Low.

She is best known for the disco tune "More, More, More", released in 1976, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1976.

Porn
Andrea True appeared in more than 60 hardcore porn films throughout the 1970s and early to mid-1980s, and distinguished herself as one of the more recognizable porn stars in the early New York adult film industry.

More, More, More.
During her heyday as a porn actress, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercials. During her stay on Jamaica, a political crisis gripped the island, and no one was allowed to leave with any money. Not wanting to lose her hard-earned pay, True asked her friend, record producer Gregg Diamond, to travel to the island and produce a track for her, which she would finance locally. Diamond arrived with a composition in hand, to which True added her vocals. The result of their collaboration was "More, More, More."

Andrea True cause of death
Andrea True died on November 7, 2011, at a hospital in Kingston, New York, near her home in Woodstock. The cause of her death was not made public. In line with her wishes, she was cremated.  Andrea True was 68 years old at the time of her death.

More, More More - Andrea True Connection (HQ Audio)

Charles Napier, Veteran Actor, Rambo II, Blues Brothers, dies 75

Memorable characters: Good Ol' Boys from Blues Brothers, Murdock from Rambo II

Charles L. Napier (April 12, 1936 – October 5, 2011) was an American actor, known for his portrayals of square-jawed tough guys and military types.

Charles Napier served in the U.S. Army with the 11th Airborne Division before becoming an actor.

Napier was a regular in Jonathan Demme-directed movies, including The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. Some of Napier's memorable roles include Murdock, the intelligence officer commanding Rambo in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Tucker McElroy, lead singer and driver of the Winnebago for "The Good Ol' Boys" in The Blues Brothers (1980).

Charles Napier cause of death
Charles Napier was found collapsed at home, and was taken off life support the next day.  Exact cause of death is not specified as of October 6, 2011.
Charles Napier was 75 years old at the time of his death

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Feature Film Actor Charles Napier featured on Shelby Headline News

Jani Lane, Singer, Glam Metal Band Warrant Died 47

Jani Lane (born John Kennedy Oswald, February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011) was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant.

As lead vocalist with Warrant, Lane wrote three Top 40 hit singles: "Heaven," "Down Boys" and "Sometimes She Cries" for Warrant's debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich which peaked at number 10 on the billboard 200. and another three Top 40 hit singles: "Cherry Pie," "I Saw Red," and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (the intro to "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was performed by Lane's older brother Eric Oswald; see Warrant) for the second album Cherry Pie which peaked at number 7 on The Billboard 200. Lane also co-wrote and performed with Warrant the song "The Power" in the 1992 movie "The Gladiator." Lane also had an unreleased project titled "Jabberwocky" which has become an underground fan favorite world wide.

Lane was featured on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club 2

Jani Lane cause of death
Jani Lane was found dead at a Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California on August 11, 2011. The official cause of death has not yet been released.

Warrant - Heaven
Jani Lane is the lead singer

Warrant - Cherry Pie
Jani Lane is the singer

Warrant is an American glam metal band from Hollywood, California, that experienced success from 1989-1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, and one of its singles, "Heaven," reached #1 in Rolling Stone and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the 2x Platinum album Cherry Pie and the gold album Dog Eat Dog, both albums providing more charted singles. The band continued performing and recording albums throughout the 1990s and the 2000s despite several changes to their line up.

Eugene McDaniels, Singer-Songwriter, Dies 76

Gene McDaniels (February 12, 1935 – July 29, 2011) was an American singer and songwriter, who had his greatest recording success in the early 1960s.

Born Eugene Booker McDaniels had six Top 40 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The two that went into the Top 5 were 1961's "Tower of Strength" (#5 on the pop chart) and "A Hundred Pounds of Clay," which reached #3 on the pop chart, and sold over one million records, earning gold disc status.

In 1974, Roberta Flack reached #1 with McDaniels' "Feel Like Makin' Love", which she won a Grammy Award.

Eugene McDaniels cause of death
Eugene McDaniels died after a brief illness.
Eugene McDaniels was 76 years old at the time of his death.

A Hundred Pounds of Clay - Eugene McDaniels

Feel Like Makin' Love - Written by Eugene McDaniels

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