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Roy Brown Jr., Edsel Designer, Dies 96

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Roy Brown Jr. (October 30, 1916 - February 24, 2013) was an American car designer and engineer, best known for creating the first Ford Edsel automobile model in 1958 and the exterior for the Ford Zephyr.

The model, named Edsel after Henry Ford's only child, rolled into showrooms in 1957, accompanied by a massive publicity campaign.[2] But only 63,000 Edsels were sold in the first year of production, with its distinctive grille being the most criticized feature.

Roy Brown Jr. Cause of Death

Roy Brown Jr. died on Feb. 24 in Michigan died of pneumonia and Parkinson's disease.  Roy Brown Jr. He was 96 years old at the time of his death

Mindy McCready, Country singer, Commits Suicide 37

Malinda Gayle "Mindy" McCready (November 30, 1975 – February 17, 2013) was an American country music singer. Active since 1995, she recorded a total of five studio albums. Her debut album, 1996's Ten Thousand Angels, was released on BNA Records and was certified 2× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, while 1997's If I Don't Stay the Night was certified Gold. 1999's I'm Not So Tough, her final album for BNA, was less successful, and she left the label. A self-titled fourth album followed in 2002 on Capitol Records.

Mindy McCready Cause of Death

On February 17, 2013, neighbors called the Sheriff's Office of Cleburne County, Arkansas, reporting gunshots. McCready was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was found dead on her front porch, the same place where her former boyfriend, the father of her younger son, had killed himself one month prior. McCready's two children remain in foster care and were not home at the time of her death. Mindy McCready was 37 years old at the time of her death

Mindy McCready - Ten Thousand Angels

Personal life

In 1997, McCready became engaged to actor Dean Cain. The couple broke up the following year. McCready also dated former NHL hockey player Drake Berehowsky.

In December 2003, she began dating aspiring singer William Patrick "Billy" McKnight. On May 8, 2005, McKnight was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking her. After reporting to People magazine that she had cut ties with McKnight, McCready was found unconscious in a hotel lobby in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, after attempting suicide in July 2008. She was hospitalized for a drug overdose after consuming a large amount of undisclosed drugs with alcohol. The couple eventually got back together and McCready became pregnant. In September 2008, while she was pregnant with McKnight's child, she attempted suicide again by overdosing on antidepressants. On March 25, 2006, McCready gave birth to a son, Zander Ryan McCready.

On December 17, 2008, paramedics were called to McCready's Nashville home after an apparent suicide attempt; they transported her to a hospital after finding wounds on her wrists. On May 25, 2010, McCready was hospitalized in Cape Coral, Florida, for a possible drug overdose; she may have had a reaction to Darvocet her mother had given her.She was released later that day and returned home.

A pornographic videotape of McCready and an ex-boyfriend referred to as "Peter" went on sale by Vivid Entertainment in 2010.

On April 9, 2012, McCready gave birth to her second child, a son named Zayne. The child's father, record producer David Wilson, was found dead at McCready's home, on the same front porch where McCready would be found, on February 13, 2013, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Cleburn County, Arkansas, sheriff's department has opened an investigation into Wilson's death. Following Wilson's death, McCready released a statement in which she referred to him as her "soulmate" and "life partner".

Roger Clemens affair

On November 17, 2008, McCready spoke in more detail to Inside Edition about her affair with baseball star Roger Clemens. She stated that their relationship lasted for more than a decade, ending when Clemens refused to leave his wife to marry McCready. However, she denied that she was 15 when it began; she said they met when she was 16 and the relationship became sexual only "several years later".

Legal troubles

In August 2004, McCready was arrested in Tennessee for using a fake prescription to buy the painkiller OxyContin. Although she initially denied the charge, she pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000, sentenced to three years probation, and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

In May 2005, she was stopped by Nashville police for speeding, then arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. A jury later found her not guilty on the charges of DUI, but guilty of driving with a suspended license. That July, she was charged in Arizona with identity theft, unlawful use of transportation, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution.

An arrest warrant was issued for her the following month for violation of her probation when she left Tennessee without her probation officer's permission. She was also charged with not reporting to her probation officer during the month of July. She was finally arrested in Florida and returned to Tennessee. She faced a hearing later that year on charges of violating her probation on a drug charge by failing to check in with her probation officer and leaving the state without permission to go to Florida.

In July 2007, McCready was arrested in Ft. Myers, Florida. She was charged with battery and resisting arrest for an apparent scuffle with her mother. The following week, she was taken into custody at the Nashville International Airport for violating probation. In September, McCready was sentenced to a year in jail for violating probation. In addition to the jail time, she was ordered to serve two more years of probation and perform 200 additional hours of community service. She was released from jail in December.

In June 2008, McCready was arrested in Tennessee for violating the terms of her probation set in September 2007. Sentenced to 60 days in jail, McCready turned herself in on September 30, 2008. After serving half of her sentence, she was released early for good behavior on October 31, 2008.

Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

On 14 February 2013, reports surfaced that a woman had been shot and killed at Pistorius's Pretoria home, with one police spokesman reportedly stating the woman was Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius's girlfriend. Johannesburg's Talk Radio 702 told Sky News that police had arrested a 26-year-old man believed to be Pistorius on suspicion of murder and a 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene. Police have confirmed that Pistorius has been charged with Steenkamp's murder. Reports have also suggested that Pistorius will undergo forensic medical tests at The Mamelodi Day Hospital. Reports have stated that police officials are set to oppose bail for Pistorius.

Some early media reports indicated that the shooting may have been an accident caused by Pistorius mistaking his girlfriend for an intruder. A police spokeswoman stated that those reports did not come from the police. The spokeswoman also stated that earlier in the evening the neighbors heard "shouting and screaming" coming from Pistorius' house and that the police were called to the house on some previous occasions responding to reports of "a domestic nature"

Oscar Pitrorius

Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born November 22, 1986) is a South African sprint runner. Pistorius, who has double below-knee amputations, competes in T44 (single below knee amputees) events though he is actually classified in T43 (double below knee amputee). He is the T44 world record holder for the 200 and 400 metres events, and the joint T43 record holder for the 100 metres.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics on August 4, 2012, Pistorius became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games.

Rick Huxley, Dave Clark Five bassist, dies 72

Rick Huxley (August 5, 1940 – February 11, 2013) was an English musician who was the bassist for The Dave Clark Five, a group that was part of the British Invasion.

Rick Huxley cause of death: Rick Huxley died in February 2013,  after suffering from emphysema for some years. Rick Huxley  was 72 years old at the time of his death.

Dave Clark Five - Because (1964)

Paul Tanner, Glenn Miller trombonist, dies 95

Paul Tanner (October 15, 1917 – February 5, 2013) was an American musician and former member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  He was the last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Tanner developed and played the electrotheremin. The electrotheremin is featured in several songs by The Beach Boys, with Tanner himself playing the instrument; most notably Good Vibrations, Wild Honey, and I Just Wasn't Made For These Times.

Paul Tanner Cause of Death

Paul Tanner died of pneumonia on February 5, 2013. Paul Tanner was 95 years old at the time of his death.

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Stuart Freeborn, ‘Star Wars’ Makeup Artist, Dies 98

Stuart Freeborn (September 5, 1914 – February 5, 2013) was a British motion picture make-up artist. He has been referred to as the "grandfather of modern make-up design" and is perhaps best known for his work on the original Star Wars trilogy, most notably the design and fabrication of Yoda.

Freeborn's earliest work in the film industry was designing the hair and make-up worn by Alec Guinness as Fagin in Oliver Twist. Freeborn's most famous work is creating the make-up for all of the characters in the Star Wars trilogy, including Chewbacca and Yoda; he based Yoda on his own face and partly on Albert Einstein. He oversaw the design of the original Jabba the Hutt puppet used in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, as well as the creation of the Ewoks.

Freeborn was also the make-up artist on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, where he created the humans/apes for the "Dawn of Man" sequence. He worked on Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, handling Peter Sellers' multiple lead roles. He also worked with Sellers in several other films, including Heavens Above!, Mr. Topaze, and Soft Beds, Hard Battles and he was the make-up visual supervisor in the Superman films.

Stuart Freeborn cause of death

Freeborn died on 5 February 2013 at the age of 98 in London.  His wife Kay died in 2012. Freeborn's three sons - Roger, Ray and Graham - also died before him.

Reg Presley, Troggs singer, 'Wild Thing', dies 71

Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball; June 12, 1941 – February 4, 2013) was an English singer-songwriter. He was best known as the lead singer with prominent 1960s rock and roll band The Troggs, whose best known hit was "Wild Thing", though their only UK number one single was the follow-up "With a Girl Like You". He was born at 17 Belle Vue Road, Andover, Hampshire.

His most famous composition is "Love Is All Around". Wet Wet Wet's 1994 cover stayed at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for fifteen weeks. Presley used his royalties from that cover to fund his research into crop circles and outlined his findings in a book, Wild Things They Don't Tell Us, published in October 2002.

Reg Presley appears as a character in Steve Erickson's novel These Dreams of You (2012).

Reg Presley cause of death

Reg Presley died from cancer and a succession of recent strokes.  Reg Presley was 71 years old at tht time of his death.

In December 2011 Presley was hospitalized in Winchester, Hampshire, with what was suspected to be a stroke. He was also suffering from pneumonia and fluid around the heart. Presley had suffered a major stroke about a year before. His wife said he first began to feel bad while performing in Germany on December 3, 2011, and had got progressively worse.

The Troggs - Wild Thing

Troggs - "Love Is All Around"

John Kerr, actor, 'Tea and Sympathy,' 'South Pacific,' Dies 81

John Grinham Kerr (November 15, 1931 – February 2, 2013), was an American actor from a family rooted in British and Broadway stage, and a lawyer.

He made his Broadway debut in 1953 in Mary Coyle Chase's Bernardine, a high-school comedy for which he won a Theatre World Award. In 1953-54, he received considerable critical acclaim as a troubled prep school student in Robert Anderson's play Tea and Sympathy. In 1954, he won a Tony Award for his performance, and he starred in the film version in 1956.

John Kerr had a major role in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific (1958), playing Lt. Joe Cable, the newly arrived marine about to be sent on a dangerous spy mission. In The Crowded Sky (1960), Kerr played a pilot who helps the Captain (Dana Andrews) steer a crippled airliner back to earth. His only other notable film appearance was in Roger Corman's The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), co-starring with Vincent Price and Barbara Steele

In 1963, Kerr had a continuing role on "Arrest and Trial" playing Assistant DA Barry Pine. In 1965, Kerr guest starred on NBC's The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He had a regular role on the ABC-TV primetime TV series, Peyton Place, playing District Attorney John Fowler during the 1965-66 season. In 1964-65 he appeared as guest star on several episodes of Twelve O'Clock High. During the 1970s, Kerr had a recurring role as prosecutor Gerald O'Brien on the Quinn Martin television series The Streets of San Francisco. His last appearance as an actor was in 1986, in a minor role in The Park Is Mine, a made-for-TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones.

He graduated law school, and passed the California bar in 1970. He since pursued a full-time career as a Beverly Hills lawyer, but still accepted occasional small roles in a variety of television productions over the years. He retired from legal practice in 2000.

John Kerr Cause of Death

John Kerr died of congestive heart failure.  John Kerr was 81 years old at the time of his death.

South Pacific - Younger Than Springtime

Patty Andrews, Andrews Sisters' last surviving memberm dies 94

The Andrews Sisters was a highly successful close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia Andrews (July 6, 1911 – May 8, 1967), soprano Maxene Angelyn Andrews (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995), and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie "Patty" Andrews (February 16, 1918 – January 30, 2013). Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). Their 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues.

The Andrews Sisters' harmonies and songs are still influential today, and have been covered by entertainers such as Bette Midler, The Puppini Sisters, Christina Aguilera and The Three Belles. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

Patty Andrews was 94 years old at the time of her death

Dean Martin & The Andrews Sisters

Pauline Phillips, 'Dear Abby' advice columnist, dies 94

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Pauline Phillips (aka. Abigail Van Buren) (July 4, 1918 - January 16, 2013) was an American advice columnist and radio show host who began the "Dear Abby" column in 1956.

Pauline Phillips cause of death

Pauline Phillips died January 16, 2013 of natural causes after years of battling Alzheimer's Disease. Pauline Phillips was 94 years old at the time of her death

Conrad Bain, 'Diff'rent Strokes' dad, dies 89

Conrad Stafford Bain (February 4, 1923 – January 14, 2013) was a Canadian-American actor. His television credits include a leading role as Phillip Drummond in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and as Dr. Arthur Harmon on Maude.

Conrad Bain cause of death

Conrad Bain died of natural causes. Conrad Bain died on January 14, 2013, at the age of 89.

Diff'rent Strokes - Season 6 Intro

Sol Yurick, 87, Author of 'The Warriors' Gang Novel, dies 87

Sol Yurick (January 18, 1925 – January 5, 2013) was an American novelist. He was perhaps best known for his book The Warriors which became a major motion picture.

Yurick's first novel, The Warriors, appeared in 1965. It combined a classical Greek story, Anabasis, with a fictional account of gang wars in New York City. It inspired the 1979 film of the same name.

His other works include: Fertig (1966), The Bag (1968), Someone Just Like You (1972), An Island Death (1976), Richard A (1981), Behold Metatron, the Recording Angel (1985), Confession (1999).

Sol Yurick cause of death

Sol Yurick died of complications from lung cancer. Sol Yurick was 87 years old at the time of his death (January 5, 2013)

Ned Wertimer, Doorman On 'Jeffersons,' Dies 89

Ned Wertimer, who played Ralph the Doorman on all 11 seasons of the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died.

Ned Wertimer cause of death

Ned Wertimer died following a November fall at his home in Burbank.  Ned Wertimer was 89 years old at the time of his death

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Patti Page, Singer, 'Tennessee Waltz', dies 85

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Clara Ann Fowler (November 8, 1927 - January 1, 2013), known by her professional name Patti Page, was an American singer, one of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s, and sold over 100 million records. Her nickname was The Singin' Rage (a phrase commonly followed by "Miss Patti Page").

In 1950, she had her first million-selling single "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming", and would eventually have 14 additional million-selling singles between 1950 and 1965.

Page's signature song, "Tennessee Waltz", recorded in 1950, was one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century, and is also one of the two official state songs of Tennessee. "Tennessee Waltz" spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard magazine's Best-Sellers List in 1950. Page had three additional No. 1 hit singles between 1950 and 1953, with "All My Love (Bolero)", "I Went to Your Wedding", and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window".

She also recorded "Mockin' Bird Hill," "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte," and "Allegheny Moon." She teamed with George Jones on "You Never Looked That Good When You Were Mine."

  • Patti Page won her Grammy Award in 1999.
  • Patti Page was inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Patti Page cause of death

Patti Page's cause of death was not published. Patti Page was 85 years old at the time of her death

The Tennessee Waltz - singer Patti Page 1950

Photographer Dies Chasing Justin Bieber's Ferrari

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A photographer, who thought he spied Bieber sitting in his parked white Ferrari, was struck and killed by oncoming traffic as he walked across a Los Angeles freeway to get back to his car after snapping photos.

...but Bieber was not in the car at the time of the New Year's Day incident.

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