Ron Popeil, TV infomercial personality, dies 86

Ronald Martin Popeil (May 3, 1935 – July 28, 2021), was an American inventor and marketing personality, and founder of the direct response marketing company Ronco. He made appearances in infomercials for the Showtime Rotisserie and coined the phrase “Set it, and forget it!” as well as popularizing the phrase, “But wait, there’s more!” on television as early as the mid-1950s.

Inventions

Among the better known and more successful are the Chop-O-Matic hand food processor (“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to show you the greatest kitchen appliance ever made … All your onions chopped to perfection without shedding a single tear.”), the Dial-O-Matic successor to the Veg-O-Matic (“Slice a tomato so thin it only has one side.”), and the Ronco Pocket Fisherman. Popeil is also well known for his housewares inventions like his Giant Dehydrator and Beef Jerky Machine, his Electric Pasta Maker and his Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ. His Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ sold over eight million units in the US alone, helping Ronco’s housewares sales exceed $1 billion in profits.

Ron Popeil cause of death

Popeil died on July 28, 2021, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at age 86. He had been sent there a day earlier for a medical emergency. No cause of death was given.

The Popeil and Ronco Story

Ronco Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ (Compact Model) FULL Informercial

Biz Markie, Rapper, Dies 57

Marcel Theo Hall (April 8, 1964 – July 16, 2021), known professionally as Biz Markie, was an American rapper, singer-songwriter, DJ, and record producer. Markie was best known for his 1989 single “Just a Friend”, which became a top 40 hit in several countries. In 2008, “Just a Friend” made No. 100 on VH1’s list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time. Markie has been called the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop”.

In April 2020, Markie was hospitalized due to severe complications from Type 2 diabetes. In December 2020, it was reported that Markie was staying in a rehabilitation facility as a result of a stroke he had suffered after going into a diabetic coma.

On July 1, 2021, rumors of his death circulated on Twitter. His representative told Rolling Stone, “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true, Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.” Markie died at a Baltimore hospital fifteen days later, on July 16, at age 57.

BIZ MARKIE – VAPORS
Vapors is the song that was big in the rap scene

Biz Markie – Just A Friend (Official Video)
Just a Friend was the song that was popular when he became mainstream.

Donald Rumsfeld, former secretary of defense, dies 88

Donald Henry Rumsfeld (July 9, 1932 – June 29, 2021) was an American politician, government official and businessman who served as Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under Gerald Ford, and again from 2001 to 2006 under George W. Bush. He was both the youngest and the second-oldest person to have served as Secretary of Defense. Additionally, Rumsfeld was a three-term U.S. Congressman from Illinois (1963–1969), director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (1969–1970), counsellor to the president (1969–1973), the United States Permanent Representative to NATO (1973–1974), and White House Chief of Staff (1974–1975). Between his terms as Secretary of Defense, he served as the CEO and chairman of several companies.

Donald Rumsfeld Cause of Death

On June 29, 2021, Rumsfeld died from multiple myeloma (cancer of plasma cells) at his home in Taos, New Mexico, at the age of 88.

Johnny Solinger, former Skid Row lead singer, dies 55

John Preston Solinger (August 7, 1965 – June 26, 2021) was an American singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of Skid Row from 1999 to 2015. At the time of his split, Solinger was the band’s longest-serving vocalist, surpassing Sebastian Bach, who was in the band for nine years. During his time in the band, he performed on the albums Thickskin (2003) and Revolutions Per Minute (2006), along with Chapters 1 and 2 of the three-part United World Rebellion EP series, with Chapter 3 due to be completed with Solinger’s replacement ZP Theart on vocals.

Johnny Solinger cause of death

Solinger died on June 26, 2021, one month after he revealed he was suffering from liver failure. He was 55 years old.

Shock G, rapper,’Humpty Hump’, dies 57

Gregory Edward Jacobs (August 25, 1963 – April 22, 2021), known professionally as Shock G (and his alter ego Humpty Hump), was an American musician, rapper, and lead vocalist for the hip hop group Digital Underground. He was responsible for Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance”, 2Pac’s breakthrough single “I Get Around”, and co-producer of 2Pac’s debut album 2Pacalypse Now.

On April 22, 2021, Shock G was found dead in a Tampa, Florida hotel room. Cause of death is unknown.

Larry Flynt, Hustler founder, dies 78

Larry Claxton Flynt Jr. (November 1, 1942 – February 10, 2021) was an American publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications (LFP). LFP mainly produces pornographic magazines, such as Hustler, pornographic videos, and three pornographic television channels named Hustler TV. Flynt fought several high-profile legal battles involving the First Amendment, and unsuccessfully ran for public office. He was paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries sustained in a 1978 assassination attempt by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin. In 2003, Arena magazine listed him at No. 1 on the “50 Powerful People in Porn” list.

Flynt said that he had bipolar disorder.

His daughter Lisa Flynt-Fugate died in a car crash in Ohio in October 2014 at the age of 47.

Larry Flynt cause of death

Flynt died from heart failure in Los Angeles on February 10, 2021, at the age of 78.

Christopher Plummer, Actor, ‘Sound of Music’, Dies 91

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Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer CC (December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021) was a Canadian actor whose career spanned seven decades. He gained recognition for his performances in film, television, and theater. Plummer made his Broadway debut in 1954, and continued to act in leading roles on stage playing Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano (1974), Iago in Othello, as well as playing the titular roles in Macbeth, King Lear, and Barrymore. Plummer also performed in stage productions J.B., No Man’s Land, and Inherit the Wind.

He made his film debut in Sidney Lumet’s Stage Struck (1958), and won great acclaim with audiences for his performance as Captain Georg von Trapp in the musical film The Sound of Music (1965) alongside Julie Andrews. Plummer portrayed numerous major historical figures, including Roman emperor Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington in Waterloo (1970), Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Mike Wallace in The Insider (1999), Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009), Kaiser Wilhelm II in The Exception (2016), and J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017). Plummer also appeared in such films as Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992), Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind (2001), Terrence Malick’s The New World (2005), David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Mike Mills’ Beginners (2011), and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out (2019).

Plummer received various accolades for his work, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Academy Film Award; he is one of the few performers to receive the Triple Crown of Acting, and the only Canadian. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 82 for Beginners (2010), becoming the oldest person to win an acting award, and he received a nomination at the age of 88 for All the Money in the World, making him the oldest person to be nominated in an acting category.

Christopher Plummer cause of death

Christopher Plummer died of accidental head injury from a fall in his home in Connecticut. He was 91 years old at the time of his death.

Sound of Music

Christopher Plummer

Dustin Diamond, Actor, ‘Saved by the Bell’, Dies 44

Dustin Neil Diamond (January 7, 1977 – February 1, 2021) was an American actor, director, stand-up comedian, and musician best known for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers throughout the Saved by the Bell franchise.

Dustin Diamond Illness and death

On January 14, 2021, Diamond’s manager announced that Dustin had been diagnosed with small-cell lung carcinoma, and was undergoing chemotherapy in Florida. Diamond died from the disease on February 1, 2021, at age 44.

Screechios

Hilton Valentine, The Animals guitarist, House of the Rising Sun, dies 77

Hilton Stewart Paterson Valentine (21 May 1943 – 29 January 2021) was an English skiffle and rock and roll musician who was the original guitarist in The Animals. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and into Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame in 2001 with the other members of The Animals.

Valentine is credited with the electric guitar arpeggio introduction to the Animals’ 1964 signature song “The House of the Rising Sun”, which inspired countless beginning guitarists. It was played on his Gretsch Tennessean guitar which he bought in Newcastle in early 1962 while he was still with the Wildcats, and a Selmer amplifier. Later, in 1964, Rickenbacker gave him a 1964 Rose Morris guitar to use along with a 12-string model.

In his later years, Valentine resided in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Hilton Valentine cause of death

He died on 29 January 2021, at the age of 77. No cause of death was released.

The Animals – House of the Rising Sun (1964)
Hilton Valentine on guitar