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Archive - Nov 2011

November 30th

Chester McGlockton; a four-time Pro Bowler for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, dies at 42.

Chester McGlockton, a four-time Pro Bowler for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, died early Wednesday morning of an apparent heart attack.

The 42-year-old McGlockton had spent the past two years as a defensive assistant at Stanford.

Born in Whiteville, N.C., McGlockton was a high school All-American before starring at Clemson for three seasons. He was selected 16th overall in the 1992 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Raiders and would go on to play 12 seasons in the league, making four Pro Bowls and finishing his career with 48.5 sacks.

He retired in 2003 after stints with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets. In 2010, McGlockton completed his undergraduate degree at Tennessee-Martin. Later that year, he took a coaching job at Stanford.

"The thoughts and prayers of the Raider Nation are with the McGlockton family during this difficult time,'' Raiders CEO Amy Trask said in a statement.

McGlockton is survived by his wife, Zina, and two children.

November 29th

Conrad Murray sentenced to four years in Jackson death

On November 29, 2011, Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison.

Patrice O'Neal; Comic and Charlie Sheen Roaster dies at 41.

The outsized funnyman who kept America laughing via a series of cable specials and capped in August by an uproarious appearance on Comedy Central's Roast of Charlie Sheen has died from complications due to a stroke suffered last month.

On Oct. 19, Opie and Anthony broke the news via Facebook that O'Neal endured a stroke and urged listeners to keep him in their prayers as it was unclear whether he'd recover.

Besides being a regular guest of the radio cut-ups, O'Neal was best known for a string of half-hour HBO and Showtime stand-up specials following his breakthrough on HBO's Def Comedy Jam in 2007. His first hourlong special, Elephant in the Room, debuted on Comedy Central last February.

The comedian was also a regular on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn for two years and performed on The Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

He also had guest shots on The Office, Arrested Development, and Chappelle's Show among others.

No word yet on funeral plans.

November 28th

Lana Peters; Stalin's only daughter dies at 85

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's daughter, whose defection to the West during the Cold War embarrassed the ruling communists and made her a best-selling author, has died. She was 85.

Lana Peters — who was known internationally by her previous name, Svetlana Alliluyeva — died of colon cancer Nov. 22 in Wisconsin, where she lived off and on after becoming a U.S. citizen.

Her defection in 1967 — which she said was partly motivated by the poor treatment of her late husband, Brijesh Singh, by Soviet authorities — caused an international furor and was a public relations coup for the U.S. But Peters, who left behind two children, said her identity involved more than just switching from one side to the other in the Cold War. She even moved back to the Soviet Union in the 1980s, only to return to the U.S. more than a year later.

November 26th

Barry Llewellyn of the Heptones died Wednesday at age 64

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- One of the founders of a leading Jamaican reggae and rocksteady trio from the 1960s has died.

A bandmate says Barry Llewellyn of the Heptones died Wednesday at age 64. Lead singer Leroy Sibbles said Friday that Llewellyn died of unknown causes at Kingston Public Hospital.

Llewellyn founded the Heptones with Earl Morgan in the late 1950s. The group was considered highly influential during the island's rocksteady era in the 1960s.

The Heptones reunited in the 1990s after a nearly 20-year absence during a worldwide ska and rocksteady revival.

Llewellyn is survived by his wife, Monica, and several children.

November 24th

Andrea True, 'More, More, More." Porn Star Turned Singer, Dies 68

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Andrea True (July 26, 1943 – November 7, 2011) was an American adult film star and singer from the disco era. In addition to her given name, she had multiple stage names, including Inger Kissin, Andrea Travis, Catherine Warren, Singh Low, and Singe Low.

She is best known for the disco tune "More, More, More", released in 1976, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1976.

Porn
Andrea True appeared in more than 60 hardcore porn films throughout the 1970s and early to mid-1980s, and distinguished herself as one of the more recognizable porn stars in the early New York adult film industry.

More, More, More.
During her heyday as a porn actress, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercials. During her stay on Jamaica, a political crisis gripped the island, and no one was allowed to leave with any money. Not wanting to lose her hard-earned pay, True asked her friend, record producer Gregg Diamond, to travel to the island and produce a track for her, which she would finance locally. Diamond arrived with a composition in hand, to which True added her vocals. The result of their collaboration was "More, More, More."

Andrea True cause of death
Andrea True died on November 7, 2011, at a hospital in Kingston, New York, near her home in Woodstock. The cause of her death was not made public. In line with her wishes, she was cremated.  Andrea True was 68 years old at the time of her death.

More, More More - Andrea True Connection (HQ Audio)

November 22nd

Robin Gibb Reportedly Battling Cancer In England

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Robin Gibb Liver Cancer – Robin Gibb, member of the music group Bee Gees, has liver cancer, a family friend confirmed Sunday.

The 61 year old was rushed to the hospital last Tuesday after a 911 call from his mansion home in Oxfordshire, central England, but allowed home after a few hours, the Sunday Mirror reported.

Paul Motian, influential jazz drummer and composer, dies 80

Stephen Paul Motian (March 25, 1931 – November 22, 2011) was an American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer of Armenian extraction.

He first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and later led several groups. Motian played an important role in freeing the drummer from strict time-keeping duties.

Biography
Motian became a professional musician in 1954, and briefly played with pianist Thelonious Monk. He became well known as the drummer in pianist Bill Evans's trio (1959–64), initially alongside bassist Scott LaFaro and later Chuck Israels.

Subsequently he played with pianists Paul Bley (1963-4) and Keith Jarrett (1967–76). Other musicians with whom Motian performed and/or recorded in the early period of his career included Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh,Lee Konitz, Joe Castro, Arlo Guthrie (Motian performed briefly with Guthrie in 1968-69, and performed with the singer at Woodstock), Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, and Don Cherry. Motian subsequently worked with musicians such as Marilyn Crispell, Bill Frisell, Leni Stern, Joe Lovano, Alan Pasqua, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Bill McHenry, Stephane Oliva, Frank Kimbrough, and many more.

Stephen Paul Motian cause of death
Paul Motian died on November 22, 2011 of myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disorder.  Paul Motian was 80 years old at the time of his death

Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian - Germany 1972

November 21st

Greg Halman, Seattle Mariners outfielder stabbed to death in his native Netherlands. He was 24

From the Associated Press:

Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels says police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound.

The officers attempted unsuccessfully to resuscitate the 24-year-old.
Wessels says the officers arrested Halman's 22-year-old brother. She declined to give his name, in line with Dutch privacy rules.

She said the brother was being questioned by police. No charges have been filed.

"He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned," Wessels told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened."

November 20th

Garrett Uekman, Arkansas Razorbacks tight end, dead at 19.

Garrett Uekman was reportedly found dead in his dorm room this morning of unknown causes.

Uekman, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman from Little Rock, had played in nine of the Razorbacks' first eleven games this season.

November 18th

Kurt Budke 50, Oklahoma State women's basketball coach and assistant Miranda Serna die in plane crash.

Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna died during a recruiting trip Thursday when their small plane crashed in Perry County, Ark. The pilot and the only other passenger aboard the plane also were killed.

Oklahoma State has canceled the two games its women's basketball team was supposed to host against Grambling State on Saturday and Texas-Arlington on Sunday. Associate head coach Jim Littell will take over as interim head coach whenever the school decides to resume its season.

No school should have to endure a tragedy of this nature, but it's especially unfair that it's happening at Oklahoma State again. One of the school's three charter planes traveling back from a men's basketball game at Colorado crashed in 2001, killing 10 members of the Cowboys' traveling party including freshman guard Nate Fleming and junior guard Dan Lawson.

Natalie Wood Death Case To Be Reopened: Yacht Captain Blames Robert Wagner

On November 18th 2011 the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) said it had decided on a cold case review of her death after they were made aware of comments made by the yacht’s skipper that he deliberately misled investigators at the request of the actor Robert Wagner, Wood’s husband.

On November 29, 1981, Actress Natalie Wood drowned after spending several hours drinking on Catalina Island and a yacht with husband Robert Wagner, fellow actor Christopher Walken and the ship's captain, Dennis Davern.  There was an argument between three actors.  Robert Wagner accused Christoper Walken for wanting to sleep with his wife Natalie Wood.  After the argument, Robert Wagner reportedly smashed a wine glass on a coffee table.

Yacht Captain is now saying Robert Wagner is Responsible for Death of Natalie Wood.  But he wouldn't say why.

More coming... This story will be followed and updated.  Please check back

November 15th

Argentine driver Guido Falaschi 22, killed after crashing on last lap of Turismo de Carretera race

Racing driver Guido Falaschi has died from injuries sustained in a dramatic crash at a rally car competition in Argentina.

According to reports from hospital officials, doctors tried to revive Falaschi for more than 40 minutes.

Fellow race car driver, Guillermo Ortelli, described the crash as a "disaster".

November 14th

Jamie Pierre, Pro skier dies in avalanche at Snowbird in Utah. He was 38.

Professional skier Jamie Pierre was killed Sunday afternoon by an avalanche he triggered while he and a friend were snowboarding at Utah's Snowbird Ski Resort. The resort had not yet opened for the season and conditions throughout the area were hazardous in the aftermath of a major storm.

The incident is under investigation but the Utah Avalanche Center reported on its website that avalanche-control measures had not been taken because the resort was closed.

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Co-founder of social network Diaspora dies at 22

The cause of Zhitomirskiy's death in San Francisco wasn't immediately known, and neither the company nor the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office would release details.