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Martin Milner, 'Adam-12' & 'Route 66' Star, dies 83

Martin Sam Milner (December 28, 1931 – September 6, 2015) was an American film, stage, radio and television actor. Milner is best known for his performances in two popular television series: Route 66, which aired on CBS from 1960 to 1964, and Adam-12, which aired on NBC from 1968 to 1975.

After Adam-12 Martin Milner starred as Karl Robinson in a television series version of The Swiss Family Robinson (1975–1976), produced by Irwin Allen. Most of his following work was as a television guest star, most notably in action-adventure series MacGyver (as James MacGyver, MacGyver's father), Airwolf, Life Goes On , Murder, She Wrote and RoboCop: The Series. In 1983, Milner hosted a morning radio wake-up show on AM 600 KOGO, San Diego.

Milner also has the distinction of having portrayed the victim in the premiere episode of Columbo titled "Murder by the Book".

Martin Milner cause of Death

On September 6, 2015, Milner died of heart failure at his home in Carlsbad, California, at the age of 83.  His memorial service was held by Law Enforcement and community members in Oceanside, California six days later.

Martin Milner on left


Al Molinaro, Drive-In Owner in 'Happy Days,' Dies 96

Albert Francis "Al" Molinaro (born Umberto Francesca Molinaro; June 24, 1919 – October 30, 2015) was an American actor. He was best known for his television sitcom roles as Al Delvecchio on Happy Days and Murray Greshler on The Odd Couple. He also starred in TV commercials for On-Cor frozen dinners for 16 years.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Molinaro studied acting and was offered guest roles on TV sitcoms, including Bewitched, Get Smart, Green Acres, and That Girl.

Al Molinaro caluse of death.

Molinaro died in a Glendale, California, hospital on October 30, 2015, at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife Betty and son Michael, who said his father's death was the result of complications from an infected gallbladder. Molinaro had three grandchildren.

Happy Days theme

Flip Saunders, NBA, Timberwolves coach, dies 60

Philip Daniel "Flip" Saunders (February 23, 1955 – October 25, 2015) was an American basketball player and coach. During his career he coached the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.

MBA History
1995–2005     Minnesota Timberwolves
2005–2008     Detroit Pistons
2009–2012     Washington Wizards
2014–2015     Minnesota Timberwolves

Flip Saunders cause of death and illness.

On August 11, 2015, it was announced that Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer from blood). He declared in August that he was being treated for this disease. Doctors considered it "very treatable and curable" and Saunders at the time said he planned to remain the Timberwolves' head coach and president of basketball operations. However, after being hospitalized following a setback in September, it was announced that he would miss the entire 2015–16 NBA season.

Saunders died on October 25, 2015, at age 60.

Flip Saunders Gets Ejected vs Celtics - ( 1-02-2012 )

Maureen O'Hara, Hollywood's 'Queen Of Technicolor,' Dies 95

oscarwalk of fame

Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish-American film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O'Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.


John Ford, casted her as Angharad in How Green Was My Valley (1941), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Later in the decade, she starred as Doris Walker and the mother of a young Natalie Wood in 20th Century Fox's Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

In 1946, she became a naturalised citizen of the United States and held dual citizenship with the US and her native Ireland. An icon of Hollywood's Golden Age, at the height of her career O'Hara was considered one of the world's most beautiful women. She is often remembered for her onscreen chemistry with John Wayne. They made five films together between 1948 and 1972: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, McLintock! and Big Jake.

In addition to her acting skills, O'Hara had a soprano voice and described singing as her first love.

Maureen O'Hara cause of death

Maureen O'Hara died in her sleep at her home in Idaho.  She was 95 years old at the time of her death.

*Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Maureen O'Hara - 90th Birthday Tribute

Cory Wells, Three Dog Night Singer, Dies 74

Cory Wells (born Emil Lewandowski; February 2, 1941 – October 20, 2015) was an American singer, best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the band Three Dog Night.

Cory Wells and Danny Hutton got together to form Three Dog Night in 1968.

Unlike many other rock musicians of the day, Wells was able to abstain from serious drug and alcohol problems, plus he didn't squander his earnings on the lavish life styles of many successful rock stars. Rather, he chose to live a somewhat more moderate existence.

Wells died suddenly in his sleep on October 20, 2015 at his home in Dunkirk, New York at the age of 74.  Cause of death is not known.

Cory Wells - Try a Little Tenderness

Three Dog Night - Mama told me not to come 1970

Cory Wells - Lead singer

Kevin Corcoran, Old Yeller Actor, Dies 66

Kevin Anthony "Moochie" Corcoran (June 10, 1949 – October 6, 2015) was an American director, producer, and former child actor. He appeared in numerous Disney projects between 1957 and 1963, frequently as an irrepressible character with the nickname Moochie. One of eight children, most of whom did some acting in the late 1950s to early 1960s, Corcoran was the sibling whose work is best remembered. His father, William "Bill" Corcoran, Sr. (1905–1958), was a police officer and then director of maintenance at MGM Studios.

Kevin Corcoran and Tommy Kirk played brothers in five films, beginning with 1957's Old Yeller. The other films in this category were The Shaggy Dog (1959), Swiss Family Robinson (1960), Bon Voyage! (1962) and Savage Sam (sequel to Old Yeller, 1963). Fred MacMurray played their father in The Shaggy Dog and Bon Voyage!; Dorothy McGuire played their mother in Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson.

Kevin Corcoran cause of death

Kevin Corcoran died in Burbank after a five-year battle with colorectal cancer.  Keven Corcoran was 66 years old at the time of his death.

Catherine Coulson, Log Lady in Twin Peaks, dies 71

Catherine Elizabeth Coulson (October 22, 1943 – September 28, 2015) was an American stage and screen actress who worked behind the scenes on various studio features, magazine shows and independent films as well as acting in theater and film since the age of 15. She is best known for her role as Margaret Lanterman, the enigmatic Log Lady, in the David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks.

Catherine Coulson cause of death.

On September 28, 2015, it was confirmed that Coulson had died of complications from cancer at her home in Ashland, Oregon.

Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame Yankees catcher, dies 90

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American professional baseball catcher, manager, and coach who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) (1946–63, 1965), all but the last for the New York Yankees. An 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion as a player, Berra had a career batting average of .285, while compiling 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only five players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. Widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.


Berra was also well known for his pithy comments, malapropisms, and witticisms, known as Yogi-isms, such as "It ain't over till it's over."

Yogi Berra Cause of Death

Yogi Berra died of natural causes during his sleep at an assisted living facility in West Caldwell, New Jersey, on September 22, 2015—69 years to the day after his MLB debut.

Jackie Collins, best-selling author, dies 77

CollinsJacqueline Jill "Jackie" Collins OBE (4 October 1937 – 19 September 2015) was a British American romance novelist who moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, where she lived, became a U.S. citizen and wrote most of her novels. She wrote 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. In total, her books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages. Eight of her novels have been adapted for the screen, either as films or television mini-series. She was the younger sister of actress Joan Collins.

Jackie Collins cause of Death

Jackie Collins died on September 19, 2015 of breast cancer, two weeks before her 78th birthday. She had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer more than six years before her death but kept her illness almost entirely to herself. She reportedly only informed her sister two weeks before she died. and flew from Los Angeles to London to appear on the ITV chat show Loose Women only nine days before her death.

Gary Richrath, Guitarist of REO Speedwagon, dies 65

Gary Dean Richrath (October 18, 1949 - September 13, 2015) was an American guitarist, best known as the lead guitarist and a songwriter for the band REO Speedwagon from 1970 until 1989.

Richrath wrote many of the REO's songs including "Golden Country" from 1972, Ridin' the Storm Out (1973), "Son of a Poor Man" (1973), "Flying Turkey Trot" (1976), "Only the Strong Survive" (1979) and "Take It On the Run" from 1981. In 1977, he and other members of the band took over production, which resulted in the band's first platinum album.

Richrath sang several REO Speedwagon songs including "Find My Fortune" (1973), "Wild as the Western Wind" (1974) and "(Only A) Summer Love" (1976). He left REO Speedwagon in 1989, and released a solo album titled Only the Strong Survive in 1992 under the name "Richrath."

Gary Richrath died on September 13, 2015.  Cause of death is unknown. He was 65.

REO Speedwagon - Ridin' the Storm Out (1981).  Gary Richrath on lead guitar.

Wes Craven, Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream director, dies 76

Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven (August 2, 1939 – August 30, 2015) was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films.

He was best known for creating the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring the Freddy Krueger character, directing the first installment and Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and co-writing A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors with Bruce Wagner.

Craven also directed all four films in the Scream series, and co-created the Ghostface character. Some of his other films include The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, The People Under The Stairs, Red Eye, The Serpent And The Rainbow and Vampire In Brooklyn.

Wes Craven cause of death.

On August 30, 2015, Craven died of brain cancer, at the age of 76, at his home in Los Angeles.

Yvonne Craig, Batgirl, dies 78

batgirlYvonne Joyce Craig (May 16, 1937 – August 17, 2015) was an American ballet dancer and actress best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman, and as the Orion slave girl Marta in the Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969). The Huffington Post called her "a pioneer of female superheroes" for television.

Yvonne Craig cause of death

Craig died at her home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, on August 17, 2015, aged 78, from metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her liver. She was survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, as well as by her sister, Meridel Carson.


Yvonne Craig - Batman

Roddy Piper, WWE pro wrestler, dies 61

roddyRoderick George "Roddy" Toombs (April 17, 1954 – July 31, 2015), better known by his ring name "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, was a Canadian professional wrestler, actor, and podcast host.

In professional wrestling, Piper is best recalled for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) between 1984 and 2000. Although he was Canadian, because of his Scottish heritage he was billed as coming from Glasgow and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. He earned the nicknames "Rowdy" and "Hot Rod" by displaying his trademark "Scottish" rage, spontaneity, and quick wit. Industry veteran Ric Flair hailed Piper as "the most gifted entertainer in the history of professional wrestling".

Roddy Piper cause of death

On July 31, 2015, Piper died in his sleep at the age of 61, in his home in Hollywood, California. His death certificate attributes this to cardiopulmonary arrest caused by hypertension, listing a pulmonary embolism as a contributing factor; TMZ reported this as a heart attack caused by the embolism. Piper is survived by his wife, Kitty, their four children and four grandchildren.


Repo Man vs. Roddy Piper

Lynn Anderson, Country Singer of 'Rose Garden,' Dies 67


Lynn Rene Anderson (September 26, 1947 – July 30, 2015) was a multi-award-winning American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her 1970 country-pop, worldwide megahit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden". Anderson's crossover appeal and regular exposure on national television helped her to become one of the most popular and successful country singers of the 1970s.

Anderson charted 12 No. 1, 18 Top 10, and more than 50 Top 40 hits. In addition to being named "Top Female Vocalist" by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) twice and "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Country Music Association (CMA), Anderson won a Grammy Award (earning seven nominations), People's Choice Award and an American Music Award (AMA). She was named Billboard's Female Artist of the Decade (1970–1980).

Anderson was the first female country artist to win the American Music Award (in 1974), as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden that same year.

Anderson debuted in 1966, at the age of 19.

Lynn Anderson Cause of Death

Anderson died on July 30, 2015 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee from a heart attack at the age of 67. She had been hospitalized due to pneumonia after returning from a trip to Italy.

Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden


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