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James Ellis, singer, 'Disco Inferno', dies 74

James Ellis (? - March 7, 2012) was a lead singer of a Disco band 'The Trammps'

The Trammps were an American disco band, who were based in Philadelphia and were one of the first disco bands.  They are best known for their Grammy winning song, "Disco Inferno".

James Ellis cause of death.
James Ellis, died after suffering Alzheimer's disease.
james Ellis was 74 years old at the time of his death.

The Trammps - Disco Inferno.  Lead Singer James Ellis

Steve Bridges, Comic impressionist, dies 48

Steve Bridges (May 22, 1963 – March 3, 2012) was an American comedian, impressionist, and actor who "developed a repertoire of over 200 impressions, including TV characters Barney Fife and Homer Simpson, broadcasters Tom Brokaw, Paul Harvey and Rush Limbaugh... and political leaders Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Arnold Schwarzenegger".

Steve Bridges cause of Death
Steve Bridges was found dead on March 3, 2012, in his Los Angeles home. The cause of death was not immediately known. Steve Bridges was 48 years old at the time of his death.

Steve Bridges - As George W. Bush with George W. Bush

Ronnie Montrose, Guitarist, dies 64

Ronnie Montrose (November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012) was an American rock guitarist who led a number of his own bands as well as performing with a variety of musicians, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Dan Hartman, Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter.

Ronnie Montrose cause of death.
The coroner's report released on April 6, 2012 ruled his death a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ronnie Montrose was 64 years old at the time of his death.
On his most recent tour, in late 2009, Montrose revealed that he had successfully fought prostate cancer over the last two years.

Ronnie Montrose with Sammy Hagar (1974) - Bad Motor Scooter

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Davy Jones, Monkees lead singer, dies 66

David Thomas "Davy" Jones (December 30, 1945 – February 29, 2012) was an English rock singer-songwriter and actor best known as a member of The Monkees.

Davy Jones cause of death
On the morning of 29 February 2012, Jones was found dead at his Indiantown, Florida home. His publicist announced that Jones had suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep. Jones is survived by his widow Jessica and four daughters.
Davy Jones was 66 years old at the time of his death

Monkees - Daydream Believer. Davy Jones in red shirt (lead singer)

Michael Davis, Bassist from influential '60s band MC5, dies 68

Michael Davis (June 5, 1943 – February 17, 2012) was an American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer, best known as a member of the MC5.

Michael Davis played on the band's three original albums, including their debut Kick Out the Jams, and remained in the the group until 1972.

Michael Davis cause of death
Michael Davis died of liver failure
Michael Davis was 68 years old at the time of his death.

MC5 - Kick Out The Jams (Michael Davis standing by drummer in the back)

David Kelly, Grandpa from Chocolate Factory, dies 82

* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is not to be confused with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

David Kelly (July 11, 1929 – February 12, 2012) was an Irish actor, who had regular roles in several film and television works from the 1950s onwards. To American audiences Kelly is known for his role as Grandpa Joe in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Another notable role was as a nude motorcyclist in Waking Ned.

David Kelly cause of death
Kelly died after a short illness
David Kelly was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Waking Ned - Movie Trailer
David Kelly is the naked man

Whitney Houston Dies 48

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Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 — February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer and a former model. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pop" or simply "the Voice". Houston is the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records, and her list of awards include 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston is also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide.

Whitney Houston cause of death
Whitney Houston was 48 years old at the time of her death.

On March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported the cause of Houston's death was drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" In addition, the office stated the amount of cocaine found in Houston's body indicates she used the substance shortly before her death. Toxicology results also revealed additional drugs in her system: Benadryl, Xanax, marijuana and Flexiril. The manner of death was listed as an "accident".

How the body was found
At Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, a female hairdresser went to check on Houston and found her lying in the bathtub. Houston's face was underwater.  Beverly Hills paramedics performed CPR for about 20 minutes before declaring her dead at 3:55pm. Authorities speculate that a combination of Xanax and alcohol could have fatally sedated Houston and she may have fallen asleep or lapsed into unconsciousness in the bathtub. But it is too early to tell the actual cause of death.  Police stated that there was no obvious sign of criminal intent, foul play, nor drugs.

National Anthem - Super Bowl XXV - Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You Official Music Video

Ben Gazzara, Emmy winning actor, Director, Broadway Actor Dies 81

Ben Gazzara (August 28, 1930 – February 3, 2012) was an American film, stage, and Emmy Award winning television actor and director.

Ben Gazzara had an extensive career but a lot of men remember him as Brad Wesley (the bad guy) from Roadhouse (Starring Patrick Swayze).

In the 1950s, Gazzara starred in various Broadway productions, most notably Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, directed by Elia Kazan.  He was nominated three times for the Tony Award. Gazzara had a long and varied acting career, with spells as an accomplished director, mostly in television. He  directed Columbo episodes "A Friend in Deed" and "Troubled Waters".

Gazzara appeared in thirty-eight films—many for TV—in the 1990s. He worked with a number of renowned directors, such as the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski), Spike Lee (Summer of Sam), David Mamet (The Spanish Prisoner), Walter Hugo Khouri (Forever), Todd Solondz (Happiness), John Turturro (Illuminata), and John McTiernan (The Thomas Crown Affair).

Ben Gazzara cause of death
Ben Gazzara was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999. On February 3, 2012, he died of pancreatic cancer at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York.
Ben Gazzara 81 years old at the time of his death

Part 1 - Opening Night - Ben Gazzara & Gena Rowlands

David Peaston, R&B Singer, Apollo star, dies 54

David Peaston (1957 – February 1, 2012) was an American R&B/gospel singer who in 1990 won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. He is mostly known for the singles, "Two Wrongs (Don't Make it Right)" and "Can I?", the latter of which was originally recorded by Eddie Kendricks.

In the late 1980s, Peaston, a former schoolteacher, won several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo television show, winning over the audience with a powerful rendition of "God Bless the Child."

David Peaston cause of death
David Peaston died from complications of diabetes on February 1, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.
David Peaston  was 54 years old at the time of his death.

David Peaston - 2 Wrongs

Don Cornelius, “Soul Train,” commits Suicide 75

Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television show host and producer who is best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971-1993. Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.

Don Cornelius Cause of Death
Don Cornelius died of a self-inflicted gunshot.  Cornelius suffered from dementia and his health had been on the decline.
Don Cornelius was 75 years old at the time of his death

Don Cornelius Grooving Down the Soul Train Line

Leslie Carter, Aaron and Nick Carter's sister, dies 25

Leslie Carter (June 6, 1986 – January 31, 2012) was an American pop singer best known as the sister of fellow singers Nick and Aaron Carter.

Leslie Carter cause of death
Leslie Carter died in Westfield, New York.  Cause of death was not released, but people suspect drug overdose.  Leslie Carter was 25 years old at the time of her death.

Leslie Carter - Like wow

John Rich, Legendary TV Director, 'All in the Family', Dies 86

John Rich (July 6, 1925 – January 29, 2012) was a film and television director. He directed such television shows as Where's Raymond?, Mister Ed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times, Barney Miller, Newhart, Benson, The Brady Bunch, Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Twilight Zone, Murphy Brown, and Gilligan's Island.

His feature film credits include Wives and Lovers, Boeing Boeing, Roustabout and Easy Come, Easy Go (the latter two starring Elvis Presley). He also participated in the live telecast of the opening day ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955. He won an Emmy for The Dick Van Dyke Show, two Emmys for All in the Family, and two Golden Globes for All in the Family.

In the 1980s Rich and Henry Winkler formed a production company called Henry Winkler/John Rich Productions and together they produced MacGyver for Paramount Television.

John Rich cause of death
John Rich died of heart failure.
John Rich was 86 years old at the time of his death

John Rich directed this famous episode of All in the family
Sammy Davis Jr. Kissing Archie Bunker

Dimitra Arliss, 'The Sting' actress, dies 79

Dimitra Arliss (October 23, 1932 - January 26, 2012), sometimes credited as Dimitra Arlys, was an American actress.  She played a hired killer alongside Robert Redford and Paul Newman in The Sting.

Partial filmography
The Sting (1973)
Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (1976)
The Other Side of Midnight (1977)
A Perfect Couple (1979)
Xanadu (1980)
Firefox (1982)
Eleni (1985)
It's My Party (1996)
Bless the Child (2000)

Dimitra Arliss cause of death
Dimitra Arliss died of complications from a stroke.
Dimitra Arliss was 79 years old at the time of her death

The Sting (7/10) Movie CLIP - Johnny Gets the Girl (1973)

Clare Fischer, Grammy-winning composer, arranger, pianist died 83

Clare Fischer (October 22, 1928 – January 26, 2012) was an American keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. After graduating from Michigan State University, he became the pianist and arranger for the vocal group The Hi-Lo’s in the late 1950s. Fischer went on to work with Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd, and became known for his Latin and bossa nova recordings in the 1960s. He composed the jazz standard, "Pensativa". Fischer was nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, winning two for his albums, Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante Present 2+2 (1981) and Free Fall (1986), where he merged Latin and vocal music. Fischer also became an in-demand arranger for pop albums, working with Prince, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Robert Palmer, and many others.

Fischer wrote for Prince and many other renowned artists including Michael Jackson, Amy Grant, João Gilberto, Paula Abdul, Natalie Cole and more recently Chaka Khan and Branford Marsalis.

Clare Fischer cause of death
On January 8, 2012, Fischer suffered a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, following a minor surgery a few days before. His wife of 18 years, Donna, was at his side and performed CPR, which saved his life. He remained in ICU on life support, and died on January 26, 2012.  Clare Fischer was 83 years old at the time of his death.

Bud Shank & Clare Fischer 'Wistful Samba' on Franly Jazz

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