Celebrity deaths, illness, and divorce

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Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men’s Berta, Dies 77

Conchata Galen Ferrell (March 28, 1943 – October 12, 2020) was an American actress. Although she was a regular castmember of five TV sitcom series, she was best known for playing Berta the housekeeper for all twelve seasons of the sitcom Two and a Half Men. For her performance as Berta, she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (in 2005 and 2007). These came in addition to an earlier nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in L.A. Law (1992).

Ferrell was best known for portraying Berta the Housekeeper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, appearing in a total of 212 episodes from 2003 to 2015. She had received two nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2007.

Ferrell died on October 12, 2020, as a result of complications following cardiac arrest. She was 77 years old.

The Best of Berta (Compilation) | Two and a Half Men | TV Land

In 1992, she received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring role as Attorney Susan Bloom on the sixth season of L.A. Law.

Ferrell’s supporting roles in films include performances in Deadly Hero, Network, Edward Scissorhands, Erin Brockovich, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia, Mr. Deeds and K-PAX as well as a small part in True Romance. Her other television credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hot L Baltimore, Teen Angel, Matlock, B. J. and the Bear, Good Times, Hearts Afire, Townies, Night Court, The Love Boat and Push, Nevada. She played Mrs. Werner in the episode of Quincy, M.E. titled “Into the Murdering Mind” (1982). She has also made memorable appearances portraying blunt, authoritative judges (The “Jagged Sledge” episode of Sledge Hammer! in 1987, and on “The One With Joey’s Porsche” episode of Friends in 1999).

Johnny Nash, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ singer, dies 80

John Lester Nash Jr. (August 19, 1940 – October 6, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter, best known in the United States for his 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now”. Primarily a reggae and pop singer, he was one of the first non-Jamaican artists to record reggae music in Kingston.

I Can See Clearly Now

Nash’s 1972 reggae influenced single “I Can See Clearly Now” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in November 1972. “I Can See Clearly Now” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 4, 1972, and remained atop the chart for four weeks, and also spent the same four weeks atop the adult contemporary chart.

Acting career

Nash has four acting credits in film and television. In 1959, he had the lead role as Spencer Scott in Take a Giant Step, directed by Philip Leacock, one of the first black family films written by a black writer. In 1960 he appeared as “Apple” alongside Dennis Hopper in the crime drama Key Witness. In 1971, he played Robert in the Swedish romance Vill så gärna tro.

Johnny Nash Cause of Death

Johnny Nash died of natural causes at his home in Houston on October 6, 2020. Johnny Nash was 80 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his son Johnny Jr., daughter, Monica, and wife, Carli Nash.

Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now (1972) Clip – VHS

Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now

Eddie Van Halen, One of the Greatest Guitarists, dies 65

Edward Lodewijk Van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor. He was the main songwriter and founder—with brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth—of the American rock band Van Halen. In 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll for “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

Eddie Van Halen Illness

Van Halen struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse. He stated that he began smoking and drinking at age 12, and that he eventually needed alcohol to function. Van Halen entered rehabilitation in 2007. In a 2015 interview, he stated that he had been sober since 2008.

Van Halen began receiving treatment for tongue cancer in 2000. The subsequent surgery removed roughly a third of his tongue. He was declared cancer-free in 2002.

Eddie Van Halen cause of death

In 2019, it was revealed that Van Halen had been secretly battling throat cancer over the previous five years. Van Halen died from the illness on October 6, 2020. He was 65 years old.

Van Halen – Jump (Official Music Video)

Van Halen Eruption Guitar Solo

Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther actor, dies 43

Chadwick Aaron Boseman (November 29, 1976 – August 28, 2020) was an American actor and producer. He was best known for his portrayals of real-life historical figures, such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014) and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017), and for his portrayal of the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, most notably in Black Panther (2018), for which he won a NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). He also starred in films such as 21 Bridges (2019) and Da 5 Bloods (2020).

Chadwick Boseman cause of death

Boseman died of complications related to his four-year battle with colon cancer at his home on August 28, 2020.

Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which eventually progressed to a stage IV before 2020. Boseman had not spoken publicly about his battle with cancer. News of his death was released on August 28, 2020. During treatment (multiple surgeries and chemotherapy) he continued to work and completed filming for several films, including Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and others.

Black Panther Trailer

Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot drummer, dies 68

Frankie Banali (November 14, 1951 – August 20, 2020) was an American rock drummer, known for his work with multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot and was the only member remaining from the band’s classic lineup. He had been the band’s manager since 1994. He played drums in the heavy metal band W.A.S.P., as well as with Billy Idol. Banali was briefly a touring drummer for Faster Pussycat and Steppenwolf.

Frankie Banali cause of death

In October 2019, Banali revealed that he was diagnosed with stage-IV pancreatic cancer on April 17. He died from the disease on August 20, 2020, at age 68. This left Banali as the second member of the classic Metal Health-era Quiet Riot lineup to have died, following Kevin DuBrow in November 2007.

Quiet Riot – “Cum On Feel The Noize” Live at the US Festival, 1983

Wayne Fontana, 60’s singer, ‘Game of Love,’ dies 74

Wayne Fontana (born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis, 28 October 1945 – 6 August 2020) was an English rock and pop singer, best known for the 1965 hit “The Game of Love” with the Mindbenders.

Wayne Fontana cause of death

Fontana died from cancer on 6 August 2020 at the age of 74. His long-term partner was by his side. He also had a daughter and two sons.

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders – Game Of Love

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders – Game Of Love

Wilford Brimley, Character Actor, ‘Cocoon,’ ‘Natural,’ Dies 85

Anthony Wilford Brimley (September 27, 1934 – August 1, 2020) was an American actor and singer. After serving in the Marines and taking on a variety of odd jobs, he became an extra for Western films, and in little more than a decade he had established himself as a character actor in films such as The China Syndrome (1979), The Thing (1982), and The Natural (1984). He was the long-time face of television advertisements for the Quaker Oats Company. He also promoted diabetes education and appeared in related commercials for Liberty Medical.

Wilford Brimley cause of death

On August 1, 2020, Brimley died at a hospital in St. George, Utah. He was 85 years old, and had been ill with a kidney condition for two months.

The Natural – Wilford Brimley in glasses

Seinfeld – Kramer Vs The U.S Post Office

1970’s – Wilford Brimley on “The Waltons”
Season 2 – Episode 24 – “The Five Foot Shelf”

The Firm

Quaker Oaks

Reni Santoni, Actor, ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Dirty Harry,’ Dies 81

Reni Santoni (April 21, 1939 – August 1, 2020) was an American film, television and voice actor. He was noted for playing Poppie on the television sitcom Seinfeld. He also played Chico González in Dirty Harry.

His first leading role was as a young actor in Enter Laughing. He went on to play Inspector “Chico” González in the 1971 film Dirty Harry. His character uttered the memorable phrase, “No wonder they call him Dirty Harry; [he] always gets the shit end of the stick”. Other film roles included Carl Reiner’s comedic homage to the film noir genre, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982), as prison official Ramon Herrera in Bad Boys (1983), and as Detective Tony Gonzales in the action film Cobra (1986).

Santoni made guest appearances on television shows such as Barnaby Jones, Lou Grant, Hawaii Five-O, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hill Street Blues, The Odd Couple and Midnight Caller. In 1973, Santoni played a junior partner on Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law.

Reni Santoni cause of death

Santoni died on August 1, 2020, at a hospice in Los Angeles at the age of 81. He had several health issues during his last years, including battling cancer. Santoni passed away from natural causes.

Seinfeld – Poppie’s a little sloppy

Seinfeld – Poppie

Seinfeld – Kramer and Papi Pizza Debate

Alan Parker, Director, ‘Midnight Express,’ ‘Mississippi Burning,’ ‘Fame,’ dies 76

His films won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and six Academy Awards.

Sir Alan William Parker CBE (14 February 1944 – 31 July 2020) was an English filmmaker. His early career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director of television advertisements. After about ten years of filming adverts, many of which won awards for creativity, he began screenwriting and directing films.

Parker was known for using a wide range of filmmaking styles and working in differing genres. He directed musicals, including Bugsy Malone (1976), Fame (1980), Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982), The Commitments (1991) and Evita (1996); true-story dramas, including Midnight Express (1978), Mississippi Burning (1988), Come See the Paradise (1990) and Angela’s Ashes (1999); family dramas, including Shoot the Moon (1982), and horrors and thrillers including Angel Heart (1987) and The Life of David Gale (2003).

Alan Parker cause of death

Parker died in London on 31 July 2020 at age 76, following a lengthy illness

Bent Fabric, Pianist, ‘Alley Cat,’ Dies 95

grammy winner

Bent Fabricius-Bjerre (7 December 1924 – 28 July 2020), better known internationally as Bent Fabric, was a Danish pianist and composer.

He is best known for his 1961 instrumental “Omkring et flygel” (literally, “Around a Grand Piano”) which became a hit in Denmark. The song was re-released worldwide under the name “Alley Cat” on Atco Records the following year, and went to #1 in Australia and #49 in Germany. The tune also became a hit in the United States; the song hit #2 on the AC chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the LP of the same name hit #13 on the Billboard 200. “Alley Cat” also won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The follow-up single, “Chicken Feed”, hit #63 in the U.S.

Bent Fabric cause of death.

Bent Fabric died on 28 July 2020, after fighting cancer.

Alley Cat – Bent Fabric