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January 28th

Is Paulina Rubio dead?

I received an email saying Paulina Rubio died in Spain.

Paulina Rubio is a Mexican super star, equivalent to Shakira.  She would be US equivalent to Beyonce or Madonna. 

But I couldn't confirm that news with any website out-there right now.  We shall find out.  This is confusing.

Update:
I think somebody was pulling my leg.  I have waited a whole day but there is no new on Paulina's death.   But, I received the news (of Paulina's death) from a Mexican entertainment website.  I bet there were a lot others who received that email.  Hm..

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January 27th

Christodoulos - primate of the greek orthodox church

christodoulosChristodoulos (born Christos Paraskevaides) (January 16, 1939 - January 28, 2008), was the primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece, a position to which he was elected in 1998.

Illness
In June 2007, Archbishop Christodoulos was hospitalized in Aretaeion Hospital of Athens and diagnosed with colonic adenocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma in the right lobe of the liver, and cirrhosis due to chronic hepatitis C.

Following colonic tumor resection, transplantation specialist Professor Andreas Tzakis, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, announced that the Archbishop would be transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida in order to undergo liver transplantation. On October 8, 2007 the transplantation was cancelled because one of the tumors had already spread to the peritoneum. As a result of the transplantation cancellation and following suggestions by his attending doctors, Christodoulos returned to Athens on October 26, 2007 to continue his treatment. He passed away on January 28, 2008 after battling bravely with his illness.

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Gordon Hinckley, president of Mormon churches

Gordon HinckleyGordon Bitner Hinckley (June 23, 1910 – January 27, 2008) was the fifteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from March 12, 1995 until his death. He was the oldest person to preside over the LDS Church in its history. As president of the LDS Church, he was considered by its members to be a prophet, seer, and revelator. His presidency was noted for the building of new temples and the creation of the Perpetual Education Fund. Hinckley holds the record for dedicating the most LDS Church temples and has dedicated more than half of the current church temples.

As president of the church, Hinckley was also chairman of the Church Board of Education and Board of Trustees that governs the Church Educational System

Death of Gordon Hinckley
On January 27, 2008, at approximately 7 p.m. MST, Hinckley died due to "causes incident to age", at the age of ninety-seven. He was surrounded by family in his Salt Lake City apartment at the time of his death. According to a church news release, a presidential successor will likely not be named until after the funeral.

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January 25th

Christian Brando - Marlon Brando's Son

Christian Brando (May 11, 1958 – January 26, 2008) was the eldest of the offspring of the late actor Marlon Brando. He was convicted of the voluntary manslaughter of his half-sister Cheyenne's boyfriend on May 16, 1990 at Marlon Brando's residence on Mulholland Drive. He was released from prison in 1996. In 2005, he pled guilty to spousal abuse with his then wife Deborah Presley, for which he was given probation.

Death of Christian Brando
Christian Brando died of pneumonia on 26 January 2008 at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Christian Brando was 49 years old at the time of his death.

He was admitted into Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center on 11 January. On 17 January, Christian's attorney Benjamin Brin announced that the Brando was hospitalized with pneumonia. "The prognosis is for a complete recovery," Brin said, "He's going to be OK." But another friend that asked not to be identified at the time claimed that Brando was in grave condition. "He's in the hospital, and he's not doing very well. He has pneumonia with complications," they said.

  • Christian Brando's biography continues on next page

Early life
Brando was born in Los Angeles, California, the result of an affair between the Hollywood legend Marlon Brando and actress Anna Kashfi. They met in 1955. Kashfi became pregnant in 1957, and married Brando in 1958. Brando later claimed he had only married Kashfi because of the pregnancy, and had maintained additional romantic relationships away from home. Kashfi turned to barbiturates and alcohol and a year after Christian's birth the couple divorced. Christian was passed between the two as their relationship became more and more hostile and abusive. The author Nellie Bly claimed that “When the Brandos quarreled, Anna displayed a ‘frightening’ rage,” and that “Anna left baby Christian alone in her car parked on Wilshire Boulevard while she confronted Brando in his office, ‘beating at him with her fists, in a frenzy of rage.” There was a protracted custody battle between Kashfi and Brando until he eventually won custody of Christian aged 13 after an incident when Christian was taken out of school to Mexico by Kashfi without Brando's consent.

Christian had little contact with his father. He was primarily raised by nannies and servants and moved between Hollywood and the family's private island near Tahiti. A reluctant witness to his father’s sexual exploits and bizarre behavior, Christian complained that: “The family kept changing shape, I'd sit down at the breakfast table and say, "Who are you?"”.

Brando had two small early movie roles as a child in 1968 in The Secret Life of an American Wife and I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!. He appeared in a number of films and TV productions using the stagename Gary Brown between 1980 and 1990.

Manslaughter
Christian was convicted of manslaughter for killing Dag Drollet in 1990. Dag was in a relationship with Christian's younger (half-)sister Cheyenne; he was the father of the child she was expecting at the time, her son Tuki. Christian and Cheyenne had discussed Dag over dinner at the Musso & Frank Grill. Cheyenne alleged that Dag was abusive, which may have been untrue. Christian confronted Dag at the family home and shot him. After heavily publicized pretrial proceedings, Christian pled guilty to manslaughter.

Bonnie Lee Bakley
Robert Blake claimed that Christian Brando was involved in the murder of Blake's 44-year-old wife Bonnie Lee Bakley in 2001. Blake was however charged with the murder and acquitted, then later found liable in a civil case.

Testimony during criminal pre-trial hearings and civil trial implicated Christian in the murder. Testimony included that he had the same motive as Blake to have Bonny Lee Bakley killed. Bonnie Lee Bakley was dating Robert Blake and Christian Brando at the same time. Letters to Robert Blake from Bakley outlined financial motives for the relationships with Blake and Brando. Bakley became pregnant and claimed to both Brando and Blake that they were the father. Bakley named Christian Brando as the father in the official birth certificate and named the baby Christian Shannon Brando. After a DNA test, Robert Blake was proven to be the father.

According to trial testimony, just days before her murder Bakley sent a letter to Brando with pictures of the baby still claiming Brando was the father.[8] A witness, Dianne Mattson, testified that Brando became enraged and at one point stated "somebody should put a bullet in that bitch's head!". In a tape recorded conversation between Brando and Bakley, Brando stated, "You’re lucky. You know, I mean, not on my behalf, but you’re lucky someone ain’t out there to put a bullet in your head.”

According to pre-trial testimony and corroboration, Christian Brando was in Washington state the night of Bakley's death. He could not have shot Ms. Bakley. Other pre-trial testimony alleged associates of Christian Brando were involved in the murder. One of those allegedly involved was the prosecution star witness: a stuntman named "Duffy Hambleton". Hambleton claimed that Blake tried to hire him as the gunman to kill Bakley but he refused. Blake testified that he hired Hambleton for private security to protect him and Bakley from a stalker. Criminal pre-trial and civil trial testimony claimed that Duffy Hambleton was an associate of Christian Brando and he arranged the murder of Bakley to curry favor with Brando. The judge in the criminal case prevented the defense from presenting that view during trial.

Brando appeared as a witness in actor Robert Blake’s civil trial but refused to testify, invoking his Fifth Amendment constitutional right against self-incrimination. Although Brando refused to testify, his objectionable behavior in court earned him a "contempt of court" charge and conviction.

According to legal analyst Andrew Cohen, Blake's acquittal was a result of defense lawyer M. Gerald Schwartzbach's successful impeachment of the prosecution's "stuntmen" witnesses[16] and suggestions that others could have been involved in the murder. Another civil trial witness, Brian Allan Fiebelkorn, testified that he alerted authorities to information that could confirm prosecution witness Duffy Hambleton was not being truthful in his assertions against Robert Blake. More importantly, Fiebelkorn (as well as other trial witnesses) asserted that Duffy Hambleton had an association with Christian Brando, but Fiebelkorn was rebuked by law enforcement.

The civil trial verdict found Robert Blake liable in the death of Bonnie Lee Bakley. An appeal was filed on February 28, 2007.

Marriage and spousal abuse
Brando married artist Deborah Presley on October 16, 2004 in Las Vegas. Presley, two years Brando's senior, claims to be an illegitimate daughter of Elvis Presley. On January 10, 2005, Christian Brando was charged with two counts of spousal abuse in relation to battery of his wife. Pleading guilty, he was sentenced to three years' probation, two months drug and alcohol treatment, and he was ordered to complete a spousal abuse prevention program. The couple divorced in June 2005.

In December 2005, Deborah Brando launched a suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking financial damages for multiple counts of violence and threats of violence and murder against her and her 13-year-old daughter. Deborah claimed that Christian repeatedly forced her into sex by threatening to smother her with a pillow or to cut her daughter "into a million pieces.". The former couple reached a settlement in February, 2007

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January 22nd

Two Shocking Deaths in Hollywood - Brad Renfro & Heath Ledger

We are starting 2008 with two shocking Hollywood deaths.

We lost two very young Hollywood actors; Brad Renfro (25) and Heath Ledger (28). They started very young and made well over 10 movies each. They worked in very good movies. They were on their way to make history... I was looking forward to see what they were going to do next 30-40 years.

Heath Ledger was already an Oscar nominated actor.

Their lives were better than what most people can imagine. They were so young and had a lot of living to do. Both Brad and Heath died of drug overdose.

These were truly shocking deaths in Hollywood (*Head Ledger died in NY).

I enjoy running this website to celebrate old-timers' passing. Death is natural when you are old. I want to keep their memories alive.

But I hate to see young stars dying like this... for drugs.
It's shocking and disgusting.

Please don't do drugs. Don't do anything to harm your body. It's doesn't matter if you are not a movie star. We are all stars in our own world.

Please take care... God bless you all.

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lead singer of boston

boston was the kind of music that everyone could rock to...what a sad day that he is gone...boston's music will play on forever!! those were the days....

Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain) died at 28

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Heath Ledger DeathHeath Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008) was an Academy Award-nominated Australian actor.

Death of Heath Ledger 
(Feb 5, 2008 - Official cause of death was announced as "accidental pill over-dose" [more])
According to the New York City Police Department, Ledger was found dead in his apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan on January 22, 2008.
Heath Ledger was 28 years old at the time of his death.

Sewell Chan of The New York Times writes:

"At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A of 421 Broome Street in SoHo for an appointment with Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Ledger unresponsive. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities. The police said they did not suspect foul play and said they found pills near his body." 

10 Things I Hate About You - Heath Ledger Singing
 
 

January 21st

One week after Brad Renfro's death - Secret Son

This news came out 1 week after Brad Renfro's death. 

25 years old Actor had a secret son.  He's know as "Y".  We don't know much about him now. 

I wish best of luck to the little Brad.  I hope he will be well taken care of...  God bless.

January 18th

Suzanne Pleshette - Character actress (Emily Hartley)

Suzanne PleshetteSuzanne Pleshette (January 31, 1937 - January 17, 2008) was an American actress, primarily known in character-type roles.

The naturally brunette-headed Pleshette was best known for her role as Bob Newhart's wife, Emily Hartley, on The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s. She later guest-starred as Katey Sagal's mother, Laura Egan, on 8 Simple Rules, in the 2000s.

Death of Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette died early in the evening of January 17, 2008 of respiratory failure at her Los Angeles home.
Suzanne Pleshette was 70 years old at the time of her death.

** Suzanne Pleshette's husband is Tom Poston, an actor who passed away April 30, 2007.  At the time of her death, the city of Hollywood was getting ready for her star on the walk of fame.

Early life
Born to Eugene Pleshette, manager of the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, New York and dancer Geraldine Kaplan, she was a cousin of Knots Landing actor John Pleshette. Pleshette graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. She then attended Syracuse University.

January 17th

Georgia Frontiere - St. Louis Rams' owner died

Georgia FrontiereGeorgia Frontiere (November 21, 1927 — January 18, 2008) was the co-owner and chairwoman of the St. Louis Rams. She grew up in a middle class home, the daughter of an insurance salesman and entertainer Lucia Pamela. When she was 15 years old, her parents divorced and a shaken Frontiere eloped with her boyfriend, a US Army soldier who died in World War II. After going to college at Pepperdine University for business and working for several years as a secretary, Frontiere decided that she wanted to enter show business. She moved to Los Angeles and later Miami, where she worked as a dancer, a singer, a weather forecaster, and in various other jobs.

Georgia Frontiere's Death
In 2004 Frontiere was diagnosed with breast cancer. 4 years later on January 18, 2008, she died peacefully at UCLA Medical Center, in Los Angeles, California. Frontiere was 80 years old.

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Bobby Fischer, American chess master died 64

Bobby FischerRobert James "Bobby" Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008) was an American-born Icelandic chess Grandmaster who became famous as a teenager for his chess-playing ability, and in 1972 became the only American chessplayer to become the official World Chess Champion. In 1975 he refused to defend the title when FIDE, the international chess federation, did not accept all his conditions for a title defense. He was stripped of his title as a result. Fischer is often referred to as a candidate for the greatest chess player of all time.

Fischer never returned to the United States after his 1992 rematch with Spassky. He lived in Hungary and later Japan, where he was detained by Japanese authorities in 2004-2005 after his U.S. passport was revoked. He was granted Icelandic citizenship, and lived in Iceland from 2005 until his death. In the final decades of his life, he became well-known for his anti-American and anti-Semitic statements

Death of Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer died from kidney failure, in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Bobby Fischer was 64 years old at the timd of his death.

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January 16th

Ike Turner's cause of death finally revealed

click here for Ike Turner page

Over a month later San Diego County Medical Examiner's office released the cause of Ike Turner's death. It was a drug overdose combined with other old-age related diseases.

"On January 16, 2008 it was reported by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office that he died from a cocaine overdose. "The cause of death for Ike Turner is cocaine toxicity with other significant conditions," such as hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema, Supervising Medical Examiner Investigator Paul Parker told CNN"

click here for Ike Turner page

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January 14th

Brad Renfro dies at the age of 25

Brad Renfro's DeathBrad Barron Renfro (July 25, 1982 – January 15, 2008) was an American actor. He made his film debut in 1994 in the lead role of The Client. He acted in 21 films, several short films, and two television episodes ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Recess") during his career. Much of his later career was marred by a pattern of substance abuse. He died January 15, 2008 from a heroin overdose.

Latest: Brad Renfro had a secret Son, known as "Y".

Death of Brad Renfro

Brad Renfro was found dead, at the age of 25, on January 15, 2008 in his Los Angeles apartment. On February 8, 2008, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office ruled that Renfro's death was accidental, attributing it to acute heroin/morphine intoxication.  His body was returned to East Tennessee, where he was buried on January 22, 2008 north of Knoxville, at Red House Cemetery in the small community of Blaine.  He was not included in the annual Academy Awards tribute to Hollywood figures who died in the past year.

Less than three weeks after his death, his grandmother Joanne – who had raised him and accompanied him regularly during his early acting career – died at her home at the age of 76.  Local officials stated that she died of natural causes

January 14th

Inventor of Hula Hoop, Richard Knerr dies 82

Richard Knerr (1926 ? - January 14, 2008) co founded Wham-o toy company. Richard Knerr invented Hula Hoop, Frisbee, Silly String, Slip 'N Slide, and many more.

Death of Richard Knerr
Richard Knerr died from stroke. Richard was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Richard Knerr and his partner Arthur Melin (Wham-o) sold 20 million hula hoops in first 6 month.

Wham-o

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January 10th

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary - First human on top of Everest

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. On 29 May 1953, he and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt.

Sir Edmund Hillary died at the Auckland City Hospital at around 9 am NZDT of a heart attack on 11 January 2008 at the age of 88.

Sir Hillary's death was announced by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark at around 11.20 am NZDT during which she stated that his passing was a "profound loss to New Zealand". His death was recognised by the lowering of flags to half-mast at the New Zealand Parliament, Auckland Harbour Bridge and at Scott Base in Antarctica. He was in hospital at the time of his death but was expected to come home that day according to his family