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Groundhog Dropped By NY Mayor Dies

The groundhog that escaped Mayor Bill de Blasio's grasp during this year's Staten Island Zoo Groundhog Day ceremony died a week after the fall.

But the rodent, which had just predicted six more weeks of winter before tumbling several feet from the mayor's hands, was not the zoo's famed Staten Island Chuck, but rather a stand-in named Charlotte.

Moreover, the zoo did not notify the mayor's office of the death, which was first reported by The New York Post. The story electrified social media on Thursday, prompting a flood of Twitter jokes about a #Groundhoghazi cover-up and de Blasio's possible impeachment.

Richard Kiel, Actor, James Bond villain Jaws, dies 74

Richard Dawson Kiel (September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014) was an American actor known for his role of the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) as well as the video game Everything or Nothing (he also had cameos in many other James Bond videogames). He was also well known as Mr. Larson in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore, for playing the Kanamit aliens in the classic Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man and for his role of Dr. Miguelito Loveless' assistant Voltaire in first season episodes of The Wild, Wild West (1965-1966).

Richard Kiel Cause of Death

Richard Kiel died on September 10, 2014, 3 days before his 75th birthday. He had been admitted to a hospital in Fresno, California, after breaking his leg the previous week. He was survived by his wife, Diane, and three children.  Richard Kiel was 74 years old at the time of his death.

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Joan Rivers, Comedian and Talk-Show Host, Dies 81

Joan Alexandra Rosenberg (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known by her stage name Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host, best known for her stand-up comedy, for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police, and for starring in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers.

Rivers first came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show, a pioneering late-night program with interviews and comedy, hosted by Johnny Carson, whom she acknowledged as her mentor.

Joan Rivers cause of death.

Rivers died on September 4, 2014, following serious complications—including cardiac arrest—during a procedure on her vocal cords at a clinic on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

" Lucy and Joan: Again "Lucille Ball visits Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show

Joan Rivers on life support

On August 28, 2014, Rivers experienced serious complications-including stopping breathing-during throat surgery at a clinic in Yorkville on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and was put into a medically induced coma after reportedly entering cardiac arrest.

On August 29, her daughter, Melissa, publicly stated that she is "resting comfortably" in the hospital.

On August 30, it was reported Rivers has been put on life-support. Reports stated that her family might face ending Rivers's life support if her condition did not improve.

Jimi Jamison, Survivor Lead Singer, Dies 63

Jimmy Wayne "Jimi" Jamison (August 23, 1951 – August 31, 2014) was an American rock vocalist and songwriter, best known as the longtime frontman of rock bands Cobra and platinum-selling Survivor and as the voice and co-writer of the theme song for Baywatch.

Jimi Jamison cause of death

Jamison died at the age of 63 on August 31, 2014, from a heart attack.

SURVIVOR - Eye Of The Tiger (live Nagoya 1986)

Jimi Jamison - I'm Always Here (Baywatch OST)

Don Pardo, voice of 'Saturday Night Live,' dies 96

Dominick George "Don" Pardo (February 22, 1918 – August 18, 2014) was an American radio and television announcer whose career spanned over seven decades.

A member of the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo was noted for his 70-year tenure with NBC, working as the announcer for early incarnations of such notable shows as The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News. His longest, and best-known, announcing gig was for NBC's Saturday Night Live, a job he held for 39 seasons, from the show's debut in 1975 until his death in 2014.

Don Pardo cause of death

Pardo died in his sleep on August 18, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 96.  Cause of death is not know.

Lauren Bacall, Legendary Actress, Dies 89

Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske; September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) was an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks.

She first emerged as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck. Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, gaining Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.

In 1999, Bacall was ranked #20 of the 25 actresses on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list by the American Film Institute. In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."

Lauren Bacall cause of death

Lauren Bacall died from a stroke in New York City.  She was 89 years old at the time of her death.

Mini Biography: Lauren Bacall

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies 63

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Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.

Robin Williams cause of death

Though his publicist would not confirm the reports that the death was suicide. Robin Williams was 63 years old at the time of his death.

Williams was found unconscious in his home in an unincorporated area just outside Tiburon, California, at around 11:55 AM PDT on August 11, 2014, and was pronounced dead at 12:02 PM The Coroner Division of Marin County suspects the death to be suicide by asphyxia, pending investigation. A forensic examination and postliminary toxicology test is scheduled for August 12, 2014. According to his publicist, Williams was "battling severe depression" in the time before his death,

James Garner, 'Maverick' and 'Rockford Files,' dies 86

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jamesJames Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American film and television actor. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, which included such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western-comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama The Rockford Files.

Garner starred in more than 50 films including The Great Escape (1963), Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985) for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and The Notebook (2004).

Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard).

James Garner cause of death

According to police, an ambulance was dispatched to Garner's Brentwood home about 8 p.m. PDT on July 19, 2014. Garner was confirmed dead when paramedics arrived at his home. The cause of death was not immediately reported but initial law enforcement statements declared his death to be of "natural causes".  James Garner was 86 years old at the time of his death.

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Skye McCole Bartusiak, the Patriot child star, dies 21

Skye McCole Bartusiak (September 28, 1992 – July 19, 2014) was an American film and television actress.

McCole Bartusiak first starred in The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, in 2000. She later played the young Marilyn Monroe in the TV miniseries Blonde, and Don't Say a Word alongside Michael Douglas and Brittany Murphy, both in 2001. She also played the young Charlie McGee in the sequel to Firestarter, Firestarter 2: Rekindled and Megan Matheson during season two of the television series 24.

Skye McCole Bartusiak cause of death

Celebrity web sites TMZ and Variety reported on July 19, 2014, that McCole Bartusiak was found dead in her apartment behind her parents' Houston home. Variety staff said she "died in her sleep"; TMZ reported that no foul play is suspected, pending the results of toxicology tests. Her mother told CNN that the actress was found by her boyfriend, sitting up in her bed; she began CPR on her daughter before paramedics arrived, who then worked "for 45 minutes" to no avail. Helen McCole Bartusiak said Skye had recently been suffering from epileptic seizures and that this likely played a role in her death.

The Patriot - Skye is the little girl with a doll

Johnny Winter, Blues legend, dies 70

John Dawson Winter III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014), better known as Johnny Winter, was an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and '70s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues legend Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Johnny Winter Cause of Death

Cause of death was not released. Johnny Winter remained active until shortly before his death in Zurich, Switzerland, on 16 July 2014. He died in his hotel four days after his last performance, at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.

Johnny Winter - Be Careful With A Fool

Johnny Winter - Dust My Broom (Live on Letterman)

Tommy Ramone, Ramones Drummer, Dies 65

*Tommy was the last of the original members of Ramones.

Thomas Erdelyi (born Erdélyi Tamás; January 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014), also known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer and musician. He was the drummer of the influential punk rock band the Ramones.

Tommy Ramone cause of death

Tommy Ramone died at his home in Queens, New York City, on July 11, 2014. He had been receiving hospice care following unsuccessful treatment for cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer).  Tommy Ramone was 65 years old at the time of his death.

Ramones - Loudmouth (1975 Live in Japanese TV).  Tommy Ramone on drums

Dick Jones, voice of Pinocchio, dies 87

Richard Percy "Dick" Jones (February 25, 1927 – July 7, 2014) was an American actor who achieved some success as a child actor and as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and television. He may be best-known as the voice of Pinocchio in the 1940 Walt Disney film Pinocchio.

Dick Jones Cause of Death

Jones died after a fall at his home on July 7, 2014 from apparent natural causes. Dick Jones was 87 years old at the time of his death.

David Legeno, 'Harry Potter' actor, dies 50

David "Dave" Legeno (12 October 1963 – July 2014) was an English actor, boxer, and mixed martial artist.

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Legeno worked as a bouncer, debt collector, and wrestler, before becoming a boxer. His wrestling nickname was Lone Wolf. Legeno's first major film role was in Guy Richie's Snatch. Since then he has had roles in Batman Begins, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Centurion. He played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. He also lent his voice to the videogame The Getaway: Black Monday.

David Legeno cause of death

Legeno's body was found by a pair of hikers on July 6, 2014, in Death Valley, California, United States. Due to the remote area, a helicopter was called in to retrieve his remains. It appears Legeno died of heat-related issues and may have been dead for three to four days before his body was discovered.

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