Celebrity deaths, illness, and divorce

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Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, dies 75

Richard Theodore Otcasek (March 23, 1944 – September 15, 2019), known as Ric Ocasek, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and painter. He was best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band the Cars. In 2018, Ocasek was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars. That same year, he revealed a number of his paintings in a national tour which included an exhibit at the Wentworth Galleries in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Ocasek’s breakout success was as a founding member of the Cars, recording numerous hit songs from 1978 to 1988. He played rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals for a majority of songs (bassist Benjamin Orr was lead vocalist on the remaining tracks). After splitting writing duty with Orr in the 1970s, Ocasek became the principal songwriter of the band, and wrote nearly all of the Cars’ material, sharing credit on only a few songs with bandmate Greg Hawkes as co-writer. In 2010, Ocasek reunited with the surviving original members of the Cars to record their first album in 24 years, titled Move Like This, which was released on May 10, 2011.

Ric Ocasek cause of death

Ocasek was found dead in his New York City apartment on September 15, 2019. Early reports said he had died of natural causes, and had been found by his estranged wife Paulina Porizkova.

The Cars – You Might Think

The Cars – Shake It Up

Jessi Combs, race car driver, dies while trying to beat speed record 39

Jessica Combs (July 27, 1980 – August 27, 2019) was an American professional racer, television personality, and metal fabricator. She set a women’s land speed class record (four wheels) in 2013 and broke her own record in 2016. She was known as “the fastest woman on four wheels”.

She co-hosted the Spike TV show Xtreme 4×4 for more than 90 episodes from 2005 to 2009. Other television shows she appeared on included Overhaulin’, Mythbusters, The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die, All Girls Garage, and Science Channel’s How to Build… Everything in 2016.

Combs died during a land speed record attempt as part of the North American Eagle Project on August 27, 2019, in the Alvord Desert, Oregon.

Eddie Money has Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer

On August 24, 2019, Money, a long-time smoker, revealed he has been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.

Edward Joseph Mahoney (70 years old. born March 21, 1949), known professionally as Eddie Money, is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who had success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Money is well known for songs like “Baby Hold On”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Maybe I’m a Fool”, “Think I’m in Love”, “Shakin'”, “Take Me Home Tonight”, “I Wanna Go Back”, “Walk on Water”, “The Love in Your Eyes”, and “Peace in Our Time”.

Eddie Money – Two Tickets to Paradise (Live 1987)

Richard Williams, animator, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, dies 86

Oscar winner

Richard Edmund Williams (March 19, 1933 – August 16, 2019) was a Canadian–British animator, voice actor, director, and writer, best known for serving as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and for his unfinished feature film The Thief and the Cobbler (1993). He was also a film title sequence designer and animator. Other works in this field included the title sequences to What’s New Pussycat? (1965) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) and title and linking sequences in The Charge of the Light Brigade and the intros of the eponymous cartoon feline for two of the later Pink Panther films.

Richard Williams cause of death.

He died of cancer on August 16, 2019, at his home in Bristol, England.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit – Trailer

Peter Fonda, ‘Easy Rider’ Actor and Oscar Nominee, Dies 79

Peter Henry Fonda (February 23, 1940 – August 16, 2019) was an American actor. He was the son of Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda (by first wife, Susan Brewer, stepdaughter of Noah Dietrich). Fonda was a part of the counterculture of the 1960s.

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Easy Rider (1969), and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Ulee’s Gold (1997). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Fonda also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999).

Peter Fonda cause of death

Fonda died from respiratory failure caused by lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles on August 16, 2019.

Peter Fonda – Top 25 Highest Rated Movies

Jeffrey Epstein commits suicide while awaiting sex trafficking trial

Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender, best known for his alleged sex trafficking of minors and close connections with many of the world’s elite. Epstein began his career in finance at the investment bank Bear Stearns, before forming his own firm, J. Epstein & Co. Until his conviction for sex crimes in 2008, Epstein was a well-connected multimillionaire who moved among the financial, political, and cultural elite of society.

In 2005, the Palm Beach police in Florida began investigating Epstein after a parent complained that he molested her 14-year-old daughter. Epstein eventually pleaded guilty and was convicted in a Florida state court in 2008 of soliciting a prostitute and of procuring an under-18 girl for prostitution. He served 13 months in custody with work release, as part of a plea deal, where federal officials had identified 36 girls as young as 14 years old who had been molested.

Epstein was arrested again on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He died on August 10, 2019, after reportedly hanging himself in his Manhattan prison cell.

Harold Prince, Broadway Legend, 21 Tony Award Winner, Dies 91

Harold Smith Prince (born Harold Smith; January 30, 1928 – July 31, 2019) was an American theatrical producer and director associated with many of the best-known Broadway musical productions of the 20th century.

Over the span of his career, he garnered 21 Tony Awards, more than any other individual, including eight for directing, eight for producing the year’s Best Musical, two as Best Producer of a Musical, and three special awards.

Prince died on July 31, 2019, in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the age of 91 following a brief illness.

The marquee lights of Broadway theatres were dimmed on July 31, 2019, in the traditional gesture of honor.

Russi Taylor, Voice of Minnie Mouse and ‘Simpsons’ Characters, Dies 75

Russi Taylor (May 4, 1944 – July 26, 2019) was an American voice actress, who voiced many characters throughout her career. She provided the voices of Minnie Mouse from 1986 and The Simpsons character Martin Prince from 1990 until her death in 2019.

Many Voices of Russi Taylor

She voiced Huey, Dewey and Louie and Webby Vanderquack in the television series DuckTales, the video game Donald Duck: Goin’ Quackers and in other appearances such as in the holiday movies Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas and Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas. In appearances where the three young ducks appear at an older age, such as in Mickey Mouse Works and Disney’s House of Mouse, Tony Anselmo, the voice of Donald Duck, reprises Taylor’s role as their voice actor. In Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Mickey Mouse Works and in Disney’s House of Mouse, she plays Clara Cluck.

Taylor provided the voices of numerous characters in the animated series The Simpsons, including fourth-grade nerd Martin Prince, purple-haired twins Sherri and Terri, and German exchange student Üter. On occasions, she voiced Martin’s friend, Wendell. In addition, she participated in two anime dubbing projects. The first is Daisy Nohara, Max, Cheetah and Shin’s Grandmother (Tsuru Nohara) in the English Vitello dub of Crayon Shin-chan, while the other is the voice of Otama in Disney’s re-dubbing of Pom Poko.

She was the original voice of Strawberry Shortcake in the six 1980s television specials.

She voiced Pebbles Flintstone in The Flintstone Comedy Show for Hanna-Barbera in 1980. Taylor was also the voice of Baby Gonzo in Muppet Babies, Nova in Twinkle, the Dream Being, Pac-Baby in the television series Pac-Man, the high-pitched Nurses that were mice in The Rescuers Down Under, Melissa in the Pound Puppies episode Garbage Night: The Musical, Queen Rosedust in My Little Pony, and her last non-Disney role was Birdie the Early Bird in McDonaldland commercials. She was also the voice of Drizella and the Fairy Godmother in the Cinderella sequels, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.

Taylor also provided the voice of the main hero Widget in Widget the World Watcher and Hard Luck Duck in a What-a-Cartoon! short.

She also appeared in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, playing Fauna and Sofia the First, alongside her Simpsons castmates, Tress MacNeille and Frank Welker. She was nominated for an Emmy for her voice work in PBS’ series Jakers! in 2006. She also voiced a witch in her second Scooby-Doo movie, Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King.

Taylor also replaced Jeanette Nolan (who died in 1998) as Widow Tweed in The Fox and the Hound 2.

Russi Taylor Cause of Death

Taylor died from colon cancer on July 26, 2019, at her home in Glendale, California, at the age of 75.