Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who had been called "the godfather of fitness". He published numerous books on fitness and hosted a fitness television show between 1951 and 1985. He had four children.
LaLanne gained recognition for his success as a bodybuilder, as well as his prodigious feats of strength. He was inducted to the California Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Until his death at the age of 96, LaLanne continued to work out every morning for two hours. He spent 1½ hours in the weight room and half an hour swimming or walking. When interviewed by Katie Couric on NBC’s Today show, LaLanne said his two simple rules of nutrition are: "if man made it, don’t eat it", and "if it tastes good, spit it out." He often said, "I cannot afford to die, it will ruin my image."
On December 8, 2009, the 95-year-old LaLanne underwent heart valve surgery at a Los Angeles Hospital.
Death of Jack LaLanne Jack LaLanne died on January 23, 2011 of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California. He was married to Elaine LaLanne; they had two sons and a daughter.
Don Kirshner (April 17, 1934 – January 17, 2011), known as "The Man With the Golden Ear", was an American song publisher and rock producer who is best known for managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups, such as The Monkees and The Archies.
Death of Don Kirshner Don Kirshner died of heart failure in a Boca Raton, Florida hospital on January 17, 2011, at age 76.
David Oswald Nelson (October 24, 1936 – January 11, 2011) was an American actor, director, producer, and son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard and the older brother of late singer Ricky Nelson.
Career David and Ricky Nelson, along with their parents, appeared on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950s and 1960s. During the run of the series, Nelson directed several episodes. After the series’ end, Nelson continued acting, directing and producing. Nelson’s last film appearance was in Cry-Baby (1990).
Death of David Nelson David Nelson died on January 11, 2011 in Century City, California of complications from colon cancer.
Margaret Whiting (July 22, 1924 — January 10, 2011) was a singer of American popular music and country music who first made her reputation during the 1940s and 1950s.
Recording career Whiting’s first recordings were as featured singer with various orchestras:
Television career Margaret and Barbara Whiting starred as themselves in the situation comedy Those Whiting Girls. The show, produced by Desilu Productions, aired on CBS as a summer replacement series (in place of I Love Lucy) between July, 1955 and September, 1957.
Death of Margaret Whiting Margaret Whiting died in 2011, aged 86, from natural causes at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home in Englewood, New Jersey.
Margaret Whiting: "My Foolish Heart"
Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer – Baby Its Cold Outside
Gerald "Gerry" Rafferty (April 16, 1947 – January 4, 2011) was a Scottish singer and songwriter best known for his hits "Right Down the Line" and "Baker Street". He was the son of a Scottish mother and an Irish father.
Death of Gerry Rafferty Gerry Rafferty died on 4 January 2011, at the age of 63 of liver failure.
In November 2010, Rafferty was admitted to a hospital in Bournemouth, Dorset, suffering from liver failure. His family was told that there was little chance of his survival, although after he was taken off life support, his condition began to improve.
Peter William "Pete" Postlethwaite, OBE (February 7, 1946 – January 2, 2011) was an English stage, film and television actor.
After minor television appearances including in The Professionals, Postlethwaite’s first success came with the film Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. He played a mysterious lawyer "Kobayashi" in The Usual Suspects, and he appeared in Alien 3, In the Name of the Father, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, Inception, and in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.
Death of Pete Postlethwaite Postlethwaite died in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 2 January 2011 after a battle with cancer. Pete Postlethwaite was 64 at the time of his death.
Postlethwaite was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1990, and had one testicle removed.
Pete Postlethwaite talks about The Age of Stupid on BBC Breakfast
Anne Francis (September 16, 1930 – January 2, 2011) was an American actress, best known for her role in the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet (1956), and as the female private detective in the television series Honey West (1965–66). She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy award for her role in Honey West. Francis holds the distinction of starring in the first TV series with a female detective character’s name in the title.
Her first leading role was in Blackboard Jungle (1955).
Anne Francis found success in television, with several appearances on The Twilight Zone, including the title character in "Jess-Belle" and as Marsha White in "The After Hours." She was a frequent guest star in 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s TV movies and programs. She appeared in two episodes of the popular TV western The Virginian.
Anne Francis was treated for lung cancer in 2007-2008. She kept her followers informed of her progress on her official website.
Death of Anne Francis Anne Francis died on January 2, 2011, due to complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California, a city in which she was a longtime resident. Anne Francis was 80 years old at the time of her death