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Archive - Oct 2011

October 30th

Tom Keith, 'A Prairie Home Companion's' Sound Guy, Dies 64

Tom Keith (? - October 30, 2011) was a radio personality who worked for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was the engineer for Garrison Keillor when he began his early morning radio show from the St. John's University Collegeville studio. Keillor wanted dialogue during the program and Keith was about the only other person around at that early hour. Keith was one of the primary sound effects performers for the Prairie Home Companion radio show and was often an actor in sketches written by Keillor.

Tom Keith cause of death
Tom Keith died after collapsing at his Minnesota home.
Tom Keith was 64 year old at the time of his death.

Tom Keith on far left

October 28th

Beryl Davis, British-born big band singer, dies 87

Beryl Davis (March 16, 1924 – October 28, 2011) was a British big band singer; born into a show business family, her father was Harry Davis, and her sister is Lisa Davis Waltz, a teen actress in the 1950s and 1960s.

Born in Plymouth, England, she began to sing for her father's band, and became popular singing for British and Allied troops during World War II. Glenn Miller discovered her in London, and she sang for the Army Air Force Orchestra.

She moved to Los Angeles post-war with her father's big band, and with Frank Sinatra for one year on "Your Hit Parade."

She was part of "The Four Girls" singing group, with Jane Russell, Rhonda Fleming, and Connie Haines. They recorded sixteen singles, and albums that became best sellers.

Beryl Davis Cause of Death
Beryl Davis died from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Beryl Davis was 87 years old at the time of her death.

"Bluebirds in the Moonlight" (Beryl Davis, 1939)

Connie Haines - Beryl Davis - Rhonda Fleming - Jane Russell

October 26th

Steven Tyler Hospitalized, Loses Teeth After Bathroom Fall

On October 25, 63 years old Steven Tyler slipped in his hotel shower in Paraguay and injured his face, including losing 2 teeth. Tyler was rushed to the hospital, and the scheduled show was postponed for the following night.

Amy Winehouse death ruled accidental, too much alcohol, coroner says

On October 26, 2011 (3 months after her death) the coroner reported that Amy Winehouse had been found to have died of alcohol poisoning, with her blood alcohol content determined at 416 mg per decilitre (5 times the legal limit).

October 24th

Loretta Lynn Diagnosed with Pneumonia, Cancels Tour Dates

She woke up on her tour bus Saturday having difficulty breathing. She was treated at a Kentucky hospital over the weekend and released.

October 21st

State Senator Scott White dies at 41

State Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle, was found dead in his hotel room Friday at the Suncadia Resort in Kittitas County.

The cause of death of Sen. Scott White was a heart attack, the Kittitas County coroner has determined.

The coroner's office said the cause of the heart attack was an enlarged heart, a congenital condition that had not been previously diagnosed.

October 20th

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi dead 69

Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi(June 7, 1942 – October 20, 2011), commonly known as Muammar Gaddafi or Colonel Gaddafi, was the autocratic ruler of Libya, from 1969 when he seized power in a military coup, until 2011 when his government was overthrown by a NATO-backed rebel force in a civil war. His 41-year rule prior to the uprising made him the fourth longest-ruling non-royal leader since 1900, as well as the longest-ruling Arab leader. He has variously styled himself as 'the Brother Leader', 'Guide of the Revolution', and the 'King of Kings'.

Muammar Gaddafi Cause of Death
UN confirmed Gaddafi's death, caused by wounds suffered during his capture.
Muammar Gaddafi was 69 years old at the time of his death

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October 18th

Former Bills star center Kent Hull dies at 50

Kent Hull, who served as Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's center during the Buffalo Bills' AFC title years in the early 1990s, has died. He was 50.

Mississippi State, where Hull played his college ball, announced he passed away on Tuesday afternoon. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Hull was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during 11 seasons with the Bills. He was credited for playing a key role in helping run the team's no-huddle "K-Gun" offense. The Bills honored Hull in 2002 by placing his name on Ralph Wilson Stadium's Wall of Fame.

October 16th

Dan Wheldon, Indy 500 champion, dies after crash 33

Daniel Clive "Dan" Wheldon (June 22, 1978 – October 16, 2011) was an English auto racing driver. He was the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion, and winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2011. Wheldon died during a racing accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on 16 October 2011, at the age of 33.

Dan Wheldon cause of death
DeathAt the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on 16 October 2011, Wheldon was involved in a 15-car accident during lap 11 of the race. The massive pile-up resulted in a red flag. Wheldon had to be extricated from his car and was airlifted to a local hospital with what were described as "serious injuries." He subsequently succumbed to his injuries. He was 33 years old.

Dan Wheldon's Last Tweet Before Race

October 11th

Austin Powers Random Task Actor Now Suspected in Prison Killing

Joe Son, sent to prison for torturing a woman, possibly murders his cell mate...

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October 9th

Mikey Welsh, former Weezer bassist, dies at 40

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Mikey Welsh, former bassist for the alternative rock band Weezer, has died. Welsh, who was 40, was found in a Chicago hotel room on Saturday afternoon. The cause of death is still undetermined...    

....The Vermont-born Welsh performed with Weezer from 1998 to 2001

October 8th

Longtime Raiders owner Al Davis dies, he was 82.

Davis, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and one of the icons of the modern game, died Saturday morning at 82. He was considered a driving force in turning the NFL into the nation’s most popular game, as well as turning the Raiders into a three-time Super Bowl champion. He did that with an uncompromising and bold sense of competition that often pushed the boundaries of what some people thought was acceptable.

Roger Williams, pianist, 'Autumn Leaves', dies 87

Roger Williams (born Louis Weertz, October 1, 1924 – October 8, 2011) was an American popular music pianist. As of 2004, he had released 116 albums.

In 1955 Williams recorded "Autumn Leaves", the only piano instrumental to reach #1 on Billboard's popular music chart.   In 1966 he had another Top Ten hit with the song "Born Free" from the motion picture soundtrack. His other hits include "Near You", "Till", "The Impossible Dream", "Yellow Bird", "Maria", and "The Theme from Somewhere in Time". Billboard magazine ranks him as the top selling piano recording artist in history with 18 gold and platinum albums to his credit. Williams was known as the "Pianist to the Presidents" having played for nine administrations beginning with Harry S. Truman. His last White House performance was in November 2008 for a luncheon hosted by former First Lady Laura Bush.

Roger Williams cause of death
He died on October 8, 2011, one week after his 87th birthday of pancreatic cancer.

Autumn Leaves Roger Williams 1955

Roger Williams Excerpts From Vegas 2010 part 2

October 6th

Charles Napier, Veteran Actor, Rambo II, Blues Brothers, dies 75

Memorable characters: Good Ol' Boys from Blues Brothers, Murdock from Rambo II

Charles L. Napier (April 12, 1936 – October 5, 2011) was an American actor, known for his portrayals of square-jawed tough guys and military types.

Charles Napier served in the U.S. Army with the 11th Airborne Division before becoming an actor.

Napier was a regular in Jonathan Demme-directed movies, including The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. Some of Napier's memorable roles include Murdock, the intelligence officer commanding Rambo in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Tucker McElroy, lead singer and driver of the Winnebago for "The Good Ol' Boys" in The Blues Brothers (1980).

Charles Napier cause of death
Charles Napier was found collapsed at home, and was taken off life support the next day.  Exact cause of death is not specified as of October 6, 2011.
Charles Napier was 75 years old at the time of his death

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Feature Film Actor Charles Napier featured on Shelby Headline News

October 5th

Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dies 56

Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and inventor. He was co-founder, chairman, and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs also previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney. He was credited in Toy Story (1995) as an executive producer.

On August 24, 2011, Jobs announced his resignation from his role as Apple's CEO. In his letter of resignation, Jobs strongly recommended that the Apple executive succession plan be followed and Tim Cook be named as his successor. Per his request, Jobs was appointed chairman of Apple's board of directors.

Steve Jobs cause of death
Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer.
Steve Jobs was 56 years old at the time of his death.

Forbes Editors On Great Steve Jobs Moments