Celebrity deaths, illness, and divorce

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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

Tracy Morgan Divorcing After 5 Years of Marriage

Tracy Jamel Morgan (born November 10, 1968) is an American actor, voice actor and comedian best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1996–2003) and 30 Rock (2006–2013). He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009 for his work on 30 Rock. He has appeared in numerous films as an actor and voice actor.

Morgan and Wollover married on August 23, 2015. Morgan filed for divorce July 2020.

While in high school, Morgan married his girlfriend Sabina in 1987 and have three sons together. Morgan filed for divorce in August 2009, after having been separated for approximately eight years.

In September 2011, on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards, Morgan announced he and model Megan Wollover had become engaged six months earlier in San Francisco. Their first child, daughter Maven, was born in New York City on July 2, 2013.

Tracy Morgan Monologue – SNL

John Saxon, ‘Enter the Dragon,’ ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Actor, Dies at 83

John Saxon (born Carmine Orrico; August 5, 1936 – July 25, 2020) was an American actor and martial artist who worked on more than 200 projects during a span of 60 years. Saxon is known for his work in Westerns and horror movies, often playing police officers and detectives.

Saxon was a teen idol.

During the 1970s and 1980s, he established himself as a character actor, frequently portraying law enforcement officials in horror movies such as Black Christmas (1974), Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

In addition to his roles in horror movies, Saxon co-starred with Bruce Lee in the martial arts movie Enter the Dragon (1973), and had supporting roles in the westerns Death of a Gunfighter (1969) and Joe Kidd (1972), as well as the adventure thriller Raid on Entebbe (1977). In the 1990s, Saxon occasionally appeared in movies, with small roles in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) and From Dusk till Dawn (1996).

John Saxon cause of death

Saxon died of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on July 25, 2020, aged 83.

Teen Idol – Young John Saxon

John Saxon vs Tony Liu – Enter the Dragon