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George Michael of "Sports Machine" dies of Cancer 70

George Michael (March 24, 1939 - December 24, 2009) was a sportscaster best known nationally for his long-running American sports highlights show called The George Michael Sports Machine. Started as a local show in 1980 called George Michael's Sports Final and then nationally syndicated in 1984, the nationally broadcast show was distributed for syndication by NBC until it left the air following the March 25, 2007 airing. Michael won a Sports Emmy in 1985 for his work on The George Michael Sports Machine.

Death of Geroge Michael
Michael died on December 24, 2009 at 70 years old after a 2 year battle with cancer.

Brittany Murphy, voice of Luanne from King of the Hill 32

Brittany Murphy (November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009) was an American actress and recording artist. She starred in films such as Just Married, Clueless, Girl, Interrupted, 8 Mile, Sin City, The Dead Girl, Uptown Girls, Riding in Cars with Boys and Spun.

Murphy starred in many successful films, including Clueless (1995), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Don't Say a Word (2001), the TV adaption of the novel The Devil's Arithmetic (2001), 8 Mile (2002) and Uptown Girls (2003) as well as many lesser-known films, such as Spun (2003). In 2004, she starred in the romantic comedy Little Black Book, and the critically acclaimed Sin City (2005). She starred in two Edward Burns films: Sidewalks of New York (2002) and The Groomsmen (2006). In 2009, she was cast in the Lifetime TV movie, Tribute, as the main character, Cilla.

Death of Brittany Murphy
On December 20, 2009, Murphy was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and pronounced dead.  Her family said Brittany Murphy suffered flu-like symptom before death.

Cause of death
February 4, 2010, the Los Angeles County coroner stated that the primary cause of Murphy's death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication.

February 25, 2010, the coroner released a report stating that Murphy had been taking a range of over-the-counter and prescription medications, with the most likely reason being to treat a cold or respiratory infection. These included "elevated levels" of hydrocodone, acetaminophen, L-methamphetamine and chlorpheniramine. All of the drugs were legal and the death was ruled to be an accident, but the report observed: "the possible adverse physiological effects of elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state"

Brittany Murphy on Letterman

Updates

  • July 26, 2010 - Investigation is underway for possible toxic mold that might have killed both Brittany Murphy & her husband Simon Monjack.
  • May 24, 2010 - Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack dies in the same apartment, same room, for same cause of death. Brittany Murphy's mother discovers the body (the same person who found Brittany Murphy's body months earlier)
  • February 25, 2010 - Brittany Murphy's death was ruled "Accident"
  • February 4, 2010, the Los Angeles County coroner stated that the primary cause of Murphy's death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication.
  • Dec 23, 2009: Retailers are pulling Brittany's new movie poster "Deadline" - The poster shows Brittany in the bath tub (looked like she's dying).
  • Dec 21, 2009: Autopsy is completed, but it may take up to 6 weeks for the result to be released (especially toxicology result). Autopsy found no signs of trauma.  The family said she suffered "flu like symptom" before death.
  • Dec 21, 2009: Hulu & YouTube pulled 'SNL' Brittany Murphy skit.
  • Dec 20, 2009: Autopsy is underway.  Her husband originally didn't want autopsy.  He claimed autopsy was against his Jewish belief.

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'Godfather' singer Al Martino dies 82

Al Martino (born Alfred Cini, October 7, 1927 – October 13, 2009) was an Italian American singer and actor. Allmusic journalist Steve Huey states, "Martino was one of the great Italian American pop crooners, boasting a string of hit singles and albums that stretched from the early 1950s all the way into the mid 1970s. However, he was perhaps even better known for his role in The Godfather as singer Johnny Fontane, a character supposedly based on Frank Sinatra, but with eerie similarities to Martino's own career."

In the U.S., Martino had eleven Top 40 hits in the Billboard pop singles chart in the 1960s and 1970s, with 1963's "I Love You Because" (#3) and 1964's "I Love You More and More Every Day" (#9) both reaching the Top Ten. He also sang the title song for the film, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), and is credited in the end titles of the film.

Apart from singing, Martino played the role of Johnny Fontane in the 1972 film The Godfather, as well as singing the film's theme, "I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)". He played the same role in "The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III, as well as The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980.

Death of Al Martino
Al Martino died at his childhood home in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
Al Martino was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Al Martino - I have but one heart

Celebrity Deejay DJ AM Dies in New York 36

Adam Michael Goldstein (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009) was an American club disc jockey better known as DJ AM.

Death of DJ AM
DJ AM was found dead at his New York City apartment at around 5:20 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2009. He was 36 years old.

TMZ reported that friends called the police, who broke down the door and then found DJ AM's body. Sources say this may have been caused by the drug use. Statements by a New York law enforcement official to the Associated Press indicate that drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment, but no signs of foul play

Plane crash
On September 19, 2008, after having performed at a college event with frequent collaborator Travis Barker, Goldstein was seriously injured when a Learjet he was traveling in crashed on takeoff in Columbia, South Carolina. The crash killed both crew members and two other passengers, and critically injured Goldstein and Barker

Steve McNair, Ex-NFL QuarterBack, murdered 36

NFL deathSteve LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 - July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Houston Oilers third overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alcorn State.

McNair was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and was the Co-AP NFL MVP in 2003.

Death of Steve McNair
On July 4, 2009, McNair was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head, along with a female victim, 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi, who was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head, in a condominium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville police declared McNair's death a homicide on July 5, but did not reach a conclusion about the death of Kazemi

Police have not yet made a statement as to who is suspected of the killings,. Initial media reports erroneously indicated McNair's was a murder-suicide. Police were not seeking any suspects in either death.

Two days before their deaths, Kazemi was pulled over in a black 2007 Cadillac Escalade in Nashville with McNair in the passenger seat. The vehicle was registered to both McNair and Kazemi. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. McNair was not arrested and instead allowed to leave in a taxi

Career highlights and awards
3× Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2003, 2005)
All-Pro selection (2003)
2003 Co-AP NFL MVP
1994 Walter Payton Award 

Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden dies 97

Supporting Actor Streetcar Named Desire 19516231 Hollywood Blvd. 2005

Karl Malden (March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an Academy Award winning American actor. In a career that spanned over seven decades, he was featured in classic films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks with Marlon Brando. Among other notable film roles are Archie Lee Meighan in Baby Doll, Zebulon Prescott in How the West Was Won and General Omar Bradley in Patton. His best-known role was on television as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s crime drama, The Streets of San Francisco.

Death Karl Malden
Karl Malden died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles's Brentwood neighborhood.
Karl Malden was 97 years old at the time of his death

Karl Malden - American Express

Karl Malden's filmography continues next page

Selected filmography

Winged Victory (1944)
13 Rue Madeleine (1947)
Boomerang (1947)
Kiss of Death (1947)
The Gunfighter (1950)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The Sellout (1952)
Diplomatic Courier (1952)
Operation Secret (1952)
Ruby Gentry (1952)
I Confess (1953)
Take the High Ground! (1953)
Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Baby Doll (1956)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Bombers B-52 (1957)
Time Limit (1957) (director)
The Hanging Tree (1959) (also co-director)
Pollyanna (1960)
The Great Impostor (1961)
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Parrish (1961)
All Fall Down (1962)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
How the West Was Won (1962)
Gypsy (1962)
Come Fly with Me (1963)
Dead Ringer (1964)
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Nevada Smith (1966)
Murderers' Row (1966)
Hotel (1967)
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
Blue (1968)
Hot Millions (1968)
Patton (1970)
The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
Wild Rovers (1971)
Summertime Killer (1972)
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Meteor (1979)
Miracle on Ice (1981)
Twilight Time (1982)
The Sting II (1983)
Fatal Vision (1984) (television miniseries)
Dario Argento's World of Horror (1985) (documentary)
Billy Galvin (1986)
Nuts (1987)
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)

Infomercial Pitchman Billy Mays Dies at 50

Used to be on TV 400 times a week - He was the most aired person on TV.

William "Billy" D. Mays, Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) was a television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo, and other cleaning, home-based, and maintenance products. His distinctive beard and loud sales pitches made him a recognizable television presence

Biography
Mays was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Sto-Rox High School in 1977, he began his career as a salesman on the Atlantic City boardwalk, selling the Washmatik portable washing device to passersby. Working alongside other pitchmen, he developed his style of salesmanship.

Mays later traveled to home shows, auto shows, and state fairs across the United States for a period of twelve years, selling various maintenance products and tools, including cleaning products and food choppers

Death of Billy Mays
Mays was found dead by his wife in his Tampa, Florida home on the morning of June 28, 2009, having died sometime in his sleep. He was then pronounced dead at 7:45am. The Associated Press reported that there were no indications that the house had been broken into, and that police did not suspect foul play.

Cause of death was identified as heart related - not the bump in the head he received in the airplane. (see below tweet).

The Awesome Auger - Billy Mays

Billy Mays' Last Tweet

Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's Side Kick, dies 86

 

Hollywood DeathsEdward Leo Peter "Ed" McMahon, Jr. (March 6, 1923 – June 23, 2009) was an American comedian, game show host, announcer, and television personality. Most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's announcer on Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992, and as the host of the talent show Star Search from 1983 to 1995, he later also became well-known as the presenter of American Family Publishers sweepstakes, which arrives unannounced at the homes of winners. He subsequently made a series of Neighborhood Watch Public Service Announcements parodying that role.

The Tonight Show
McMahon and Johnny Carson first worked together as announcer and host on the daytime game show Who Do You Trust? (1957-1962). McMahon and Carson left to join The Tonight Show in 1962.

He describes what happened when the pair first met, the whole meeting being "about as exciting as watching a traffic light change".

For more than 30 years, McMahon introduced the Tonight Show with a drawn-out "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!" His booming voice and constant laughter alongside the "King of Late Night" earned McMahon the nickname the Human Laugh Track and "Toymaker to the King".

Death of Ed McMahon
Ed McMahon died in his sleep at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center just after midnight on June 23, 2009.  Ed McMahon had a "multitude of health problems the last few months" including broken neck from a fall last year.  Unconfirmed report says he also had a bone cancer.
McMahon was 86 years old at the time of his death

Ed McMahon with Johnny Caron

Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin dies 68

Dewey Martin (September 30, 1940 - January 31, 2009) was a Canadian rock drummer, best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield.

Death of Dewey Martin
Dewey Martin died of unknown causes.
Dewey Martin was 68 years old at the time of his death

Dewey Martin Biography
Dewey Martin (real name: Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) started playing drums when he was about 13-years-old. After leaving Canada in the early 1960s, Martin worked as an itinerant drummer for many of country music's greatest artists, including Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Charlie Rich, Faron Young and Roy Orbison among others. In 1963, he travelled to Las Vegas with Faron Young's band and then Los Angeles where he decided to stay.

Dewey Martin staid with Buffalo Springfield from its inception in April 1966 to its disbandment on May 5, 1968. During his time with the group, Martin also did session work for The Monkees.

When the original band broke up Martin formed a new version in September 1968. Dubbed "New Buffalo Springfield".

Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth

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

Ricardo Montalban, 'Fantasy Island' dies 88

 

Mexican Actor died 2009Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino (November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009) was a Mexican television, theatre, and film actor. He had a career spanning decades and multiple notable roles. During the late 1970s, he was the spokesperson in automobile advertisements for the Chrysler Cordoba (in which he famously extols the "Corinthian leather" used for its interior). From 1977 to 1984 he starred as Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island. He also played the villainous Khan Noonien Singh in both the 1967 "Space Seed" episode of the first season of the original Star Trek series, and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He won an Emmy Award in 1978, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. Up until his 80s, he continued to perform, often providing voices for animated films and commercials.

Death of Ricardo Montalban
Montalbán died on January 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88. His cause of death has not yet been identified.

Star Trek - Kirk and Khan The Epic Encounter

Patrick McGoohan, actor, 'Prisoner' 'Columbo' 'Braveheart' dies 80

1975 Columbo - Guest Actor 1990 Columbo - Guest Actor

Patrick Joseph McGoohan (March 19, 1928 - January 13, 2009) was a two-time Emmy winning American born actor, raised in Ireland and England, with an extensive stage career, who rose to fame in the British film and TV industry by starring in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the US), cult classic The Prisoner and Mel Gibson's Oscar winning epic Braveheart as Edward Longshanks. McGoohan wrote several episodes of The Prisoner himself, occasionally using the pseudonyms Joseph Serf and Paddy Fitz.

Patrick McGoohan won two Emmies, both for Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series - both for Columbo (1975, 1990)

Death of Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 80.
Cause of death is unknown.

Personal Life
At the time of his death, McGoohan was mostly retired, living in Los Angeles, California with his wife of 57 years, Joan Drummond McGoohan. Along with his three daughters, he had five grandchildren (Sarah, Erin, Simon, Nina, and Paddy). On June 11, 2008, he became a great-grandfather to Jack Patrick Lockhart

The Prisoner intro Patrick Mcgoohan 60s

To Kill a Mockingbird' director, Robert Mulligan, dies at 83

Emmy award winner 

Robert Mulligan (August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York - Died December 20, 2008 Lyme, Conn) is an American film and television director.

In 1957 Robert Mulligan directed his first motion picture (Fear Strikes Out) and five years later received wide acclaim and Academy award and Directors Guild of America nominations for To Kill a Mockingbird. In the same year, he also directed a film with stars Rock Hudson and Burl Ives, called The Spiral Road, based on the book by Jan de Hartog.

Death of Robert Mulligan
Robert Mulligan died of had heart disease.
Robert Mulligan was 83 years old at the time of his death

In 1972 he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director and another Directors Guild Award for the highly successful Summer of '42.

He is the brother of actor Richard Mulligan who is best remembered for his television roles of Burt Campbell in the sitcom Soap and of Dr. Harry Weston in Empty Nest.

Robert Mulligan's biography & filmography continues next page

Employed by the CBS network, Mulligan began his television career at the bottom of the ladder, working as a messenger boy. He worked his way up, learning the business to where in 1948 he was directing important dramatic series. In 1959 he won an Emmy Award for directing The Moon and Sixpence, a made-for-television production that marked the American small-screen debut of Sir Laurence Olivier.

Selected filmography
The Man in the Moon (1991)
Clara's Heart (1988)
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
The Nickel Ride (1974)
The Other (1972)
Summer of '42 (1971)
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
The Stalking Moon (1969)
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Spiral Road (1962)
Come September (1961)
The Great Impostor (1961)
The Rat Race (1960)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Mitch Mitchell, Drummer for Jimi Hendrix Experience, Dies 61

John "Mitch" Mitchell (July 9, 1947 – November 12, 2008) was an English drummer, most famous for his membership in The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Mitchell, 61, apparently died of natural causes, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner said

Legenday Russian opera singer Muslim Magomaev dies 66

Russian Singer Died 2008Muslim Mahammad oglu Magomayev (Azeri: Müslüm Maqomayev; born August 17, 1942 in Baku - October 25, 2008 in Moscow) was an Azerbaijani baritone operatic and pop singer of the 1960s and 1970s.

Death of Muslim Magomaev
Muslim Magomaev died after a long illness.
Muslim Magomaev was 66 years old at the time of his death.

Early life
Muslim Magomaev represented one of the most respected artistic dynasties in Azerbaijan. His grandfather Muslim Magomayev (1885-1937), a friend and contemporary of the prominent Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov, was one of the founders of Azerbaijani-composed music. Magomaev's father, Mahammad Magomaev, who died during World War II, was a gifted Scenic designer, and his mother was an actress.

Muslim Magomaev's biography continues on next page

Muslim MAGOMAEV - "Figaro"

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