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Tony Burton, Actor, 'Rocky', Dies 78

Anthony "Tony" Burton (March 23, 1937 – February 25, 2016) was an American actor, comedian, boxer, and football player. He was best known for his role as Tony "Duke" Evers in the Rocky franchise.

Tony Burton had been frequently hospitalized for the last year of his life, according to his sister. On February 25, 2016, he died at the age of 78, from complications of pneumonia at a hospital in Menifee, California.

Sonny James, Country Singer, 'Young Love,' Dies 87

James Hugh Loden (May 1, 1928 – February 22, 2016), known professionally as Sonny James, was an American country music singer and songwriter best known for his 1957 hit, "Young Love". Dubbed the "Southern Gentleman" for his congenial manner, his greatest success came from ballads about the trials of love.[1] James had 72 country and pop charted releases from 1953 to 1983, including an unprecedented five-year streak of 16 straight Billboard #1 singles among his 26 #1 hits. Twenty-one of his albums reached the country top ten from 1964 to 1976. James was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1961 and co-hosted the first Country Music Association Awards Show in 1967.[2] He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

James died on February 22, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 87.

Sonny James - Young Love [1965]

George Gaynes, 'Punky Brewster', 'Police Academy', dies 98

George Gaynes (born George Jongejans; 16 May 1917 – 15 February 2016) was an American singer, actor, voice artist, and comedy performer of stage, screen, and television. Born to Dutch and Russian parents in Finland, he grew up in France, England, and Switzerland; after serving in the Royal Netherlands Navy during World War II, he immigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen and began his acting career on Broadway.

Gaynes' most recognized roles in cinema were, arguably, that of Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy series and the comedy film Tootsie. To television fans, he is perhaps best remembered as the curmudgeonly but lovable foster parent Henry Warnimont on the NBC series Punky Brewster; as high-powered theatrical producer Arthur Feldman on The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, in which Gaynes' real-life wife, Allyn Ann McLerie, co-starred as his love interest; and as Frank Smith, the mob boss brought down by Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) on the soap opera General Hospital.

Gaynes died at his home in North Bend, Washington on 15 February 2016. He was 98 years old.

Punky Brewster Vs Zack Morris

Daniel Gerson, Screenwriter on 'Monsters, Inc.' and Its Prequel, Dies 49

Daniel "Dan" Gerson (August 1, 1966 – February 6, 2016) was an American screenwriter best-known for his work with Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He co-wrote the screenplays of Monsters, Inc., Monsters University and Big Hero 6; the latter two with his regular writing partner Robert L. Baird. At the time of his death, it was reported that he would be a co-writer of the upcoming Cars 3, again with Baird.

Gerson was also a member of the Pixar and Disney writing teams, and contributed material to Chicken Little, Curious George, Cars, Meet the Robinsons, Up, Inside Out and Zootopia, as well as television shows including Misguided Angeles, Big Wolf on Campus and Something So Right. Of the films he wrote, Big Hero 6 won the Academy Award for best animated film, for which Monsters, Inc was also nominated. Big Hero 6 was also the highest-grossing animated film of 2014. He also won a BAFTA award.

Gerson died in Los Angeles at the age of 49 on February 6, 2016, due to brain cancer.  He was survived by his parents, wife and children, and his sister.

Joe Dowell, singer, "Wooden Heart", dies 76

Joe Dowell (January 23, 1940 – February 4, 2016) was an American pop singer.

He sang the tune "Wooden Heart", which had been a hit for Elvis Presley in Europe, but which was never released as a single stateside. "Wooden Heart", became the first single released on Smash Records to shoot to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.  In the wake of his success, Dowell wanted to become a songwriter in his own right, but due to contractual obligations, he was required to sing music owned by Smash's parent company, Mercury Records. He had two further hits, "The Bridge of Love" (US #50) and "Little Red Rented Rowboat" (US #23), but after struggles with his management he was dropped from the label.

Joe Dowell died on February 4, 2016 in Bloomington, Illinois after suffering a heart attack in the prior weekend.

Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell

Joe Alaskey, voice actor, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Dies 63

Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey III (April 17, 1952 – February 3, 2016) was an American actor, comedian and voice artist.

Alaskey was credited as one of the successors of Mel Blanc at the Warner Bros. Animation studio. Alaskey alternated with Jeff Bergman in impersonating the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety and other characters from Warner Bros.

Alaskey died in Los Angeles, California from cancer on February 3, 2016, aged 63. He was survived by his brother, John, and his nieces and nephews.[

Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dies 74

*Maurice White was the bandleader and producer of most of the albums by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 3, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He was the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He was also the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White. Maurice served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer (along with Philip Bailey). White won seven Grammys, and was nominated for 21 Grammys in total.

White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire, and was also individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also known by his nickname Reese, he worked with several famous recording artists including; Deniece Williams, The Emotions, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond.

White was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the late 1980s, which led him to eventually stop touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in 1994. However, White retained executive control of the band, and remained active in the music business.

Maurice White cause of death

White died in his sleep from the effects of Parkinson's disease at his home in Los Angeles, California on February 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland.  Maurice White singing.

Glenn Frey, Eagles Founding Member, 'Take It Easy,' Dies 67

Glenn Lewis Frey (November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of rock band the Eagles. During the seventies, Frey played guitar with the band, as well as piano and keyboards. Alongside Don Henley, Frey was one of the primary singers of the Eagles; he sang lead vocals on songs such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight".

After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud, in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'", and "Livin' Right".

As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Consolidating his solo recordings and those with the Eagles, Frey released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

He was also an actor, appeared in Let's Get Harry, Jerry Maguire, Miami Vice, Nash Bridges.

Glenn Frey cause of death.

On January 18, 2016, Frey died at the age of 67 in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery.

Eagles - Take it easy 1977. Glenn Frey Vocal.

Glenn Frey - The Heat Is On

Celine Dion's Brother Daniel Dies

Just two days after Celine Dion's husband René Angélil died at age 73 from cancer, Dion's older brother Daniel has also passed away.

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Dan Haggerty, Grizzly Adams, Dies 73

Dan Haggerty (November 19, 1941 – January 15, 2016) was an American actor, best known for playing the title role in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.

Dan Haggerty cause of death

Haggerty died of spinal cancer on January 15, 2016 in Burbank, California.

Maybe - Thom Pace - Grizzly Adams Opening

Husband of Céline Dion, René Angélil, Dies After Cancer Battle

The husband of Céline Dion died Thursday morning in the Las Vegas area after a lengthy fight against cancer, the singer's representatives said.

"René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,"


Alan Rickman, actor, 'Harry Potter', 'Die Hard', dies 69


Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February, 21 1946 – 14 January, 14 2016) was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Rickman was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company performing in both modern and classical theatre productions. His big break was his role as the Vicomte de Valmont in the play Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.

Alan Rickman cause of death

Rickman's family reported on 14 January 2016 that he had died, at the age of 69. He had been suffering from cancer. Rickman is survived by his wife Rima Horton, who he married in 2012.

Harry Potter - Secrets of the Cast Revealed - A Look Back at Severus Snape

Die Hard: Hans Meets McClane

David Bowie, legendary rock star, dies 69


David Bowie (born David Robert Jones; January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. Bowie was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.

David Bowie cause of death

On 10 January 2016, Bowie died from cancer following an eighteen-month battle with the disease.  He had just turned 69.

Kitty Kallen, Big Band Singer, Dies 94

Kitty Kallen (May 25, 1921 – January 7, 2016) was an American popular singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s—to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-WWII pop scene and the early years of rock 'n roll. She performed with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s, including those of Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before striking out on a solo career.

She is widely known for her 1954 solo recording '"Little Things Mean a Lot" — a song that stayed at the U.S. number one spot for nine consecutive weeks, charted in the U.S. for almost seven months, hit #1 on the UK singles chart, and sold more than two million copies. AllMusic called the recording a "monster hit", and music historian Jonny Whiteside said the song "ably characterizes Kallen’s impressive, and graceful, transition from classic big band swing to modern post-war pop".

Voted "most popular female singer" in 1954 in both Billboard and Variety polls, Kallen lost her voice at the Palladium in 1955 at the top of her career and left singing for four years, suffering paralyzed vocal cords. After testing her voice under a pseudonym in small town venues, she ultimately returned and went on to achieve 13 top-ten career hits.

Kallen died on January 7, 2016 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at the age of 94.

Kitty Kallen, Little Things Mean a Lot, 1955 Perry Como TV

Harry James , Kitty Kallen - IT'S BEEN A LONG,LONG TIME

Pat Harrington, Jr., Actor, "One Day at a Time" dies 86

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Daniel Patrick Harrington, Jr. (August 13, 1929 – January 6, 2016), known as Pat Harrington, Jr. or simply Pat Harrington, was an American voice, stage, and television actor, best known for his role as building superintendent "Schneider" on the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time. His father, Pat Harrington, Sr., was also an actor.

Harrington, who had Alzheimer's disease, fell in early November 2015. He suffered a small brain hemorrhage and spent three weeks in a hospital and nursing home. He died on January 6, 2016, aged 86. Harrington was survived by four children.

One Day at a Time - Season 2 Opening Credits

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