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Archive - Apr 2011

April 28th

William Campbell, Actor, ‘Star Trek’ Klingon, Dies 87

William Campbell (October 30, 1923 – April 28, 2011) was an American actor who appeared in supporting roles in major film productions and also starred in several low-budget B-movies, including two cult horror films.

Campbell has obtained cult status for his guest starring roles on Star Trek, appearing first as the mischievous super-being Trelane (in part a parody of Liberace, whom Campbell resembled), in an episode of the original series called "The Squire of Gothos". Campbell also appeared twice as the Klingon Captain Koloth. Campbell first played Koloth on the original Star Trek series in the classic episode "The Trouble With Tribbles." He reprised the Koloth role on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, some thirty years later. Campbell appeared at several Trek conventions in the 1980s and 1990s and many Star Trek fans consider Campbell's portrayal of the Trelane character as the first introduction of the "Q culture" to the series. (The Q are an omnipotent race made part of The Next Generation, then Deep Space 9 and Voyager series.) His last appearance was at the convention organized by Creation Entertainment at the Las Vegas Hilton in August 2006.

He died quietly on April 28, 2011, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.

 

April 27th

Yvette Vickers, Pin-up Model's Mummified Body found

Yvette Vickers (August 26, 1928 - death discovered April 27, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California) was a blond-haired, blue-eyed American actress, pin-up model and singer.

In 1959, she appeared as the Playboy Playmate of the Month for the July issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Russ Meyer. She also appeared in several other men's magazines.

Her neighbor became concerned after noticing a large pile of yellowing mail in her mailbox as well as spider webs across her front door. Her mummified body was found inside her home on April 27, 2011. It was unclear when she died, but may have been months (up to almost a year).

 Really Cheesy edit on this video - but informative clip

Al Jarreau ?

There is a wave of visitors to this website, trying to confirm Al Jarreau's death.

Al Jarreau is not dead. 

Thank you very much

Al Jarreau's Official Website

 Al Jarreau - Moonlighting

We Are the World - Al Jarreau at 2:07-2:12

Marian Mercer, Tony Winner for Promises, Promises, Dies 75

Marian Mercer (November 26, 1935 – April 27, 2011) was an American actress and singer.

She drew critical notice for her performance in New Faces of 1962, and won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, and the Theatre World Award for Promises, Promises (1968).

Marian Mercer Cause of Death
Marian Mercer died from Alzheimer's disease, in Newbury Park, California.
Marian Mercer was 75 years old at the time of her death.

IT'S A LIVING SITCOM INTRO

April 26th

Phoebe Snow, Singer "Poetry Man", Died 60

Phoebe Snow (born Phoebe Ann Laub; July 12, 1950 – April 26, 2011) was an American female singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her 1975 hit "Poetry Man."

Phoebe Snow has performed with a numerous artists including Lou Rawls, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dave Grusin, Avenue Blue with Jeff Golub, Garland Jeffreys, Jewel, Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Queen, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Cyndi Lauper, Roger Daltrey, Chaka Khan, CeCe Peniston, Take 6, Michael Bolton, Thelma Houston, Mavis Staples, Laurie Anderson, Tracy Nelson, and The Sisters of Glory (with whom she performed at the second Woodstock festival), among others.

Phoebe Snow Cause of Death
Snow suffered a brain hemorrhage on January 19, 2010 and slipped into a coma, enduring bouts of blood clots, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure. Snow died on April 26, 2011.  Phoebe Snow was 60 years old at the time of her death.

In 1997, she sang the Roseanne theme song a cappella during the closing moments of the final episode.

Phoebe Snow Poetry Man

Phoebe Snow - Roseanne Finale Ending song

Phoebe Snow's Official Website

Elmer Lynn Hauldren, 'Empire Carpet Man', dead 89

Elmer Lynn Hauldren (April 1, 1922 in Missouri - April 26, 2011) was a former advertising copywriter based out of Chicago who was best known for originating the television character The Empire Man, the spokesman for Empire Today. He resided in Evanston, Illinois.

Hauldren was working on the Empire Carpet account in 1977 and could not find an actor the company approved of for the role of The Empire Man in a commercial scheduled to be shot. Instead, then company owner Seymour Cohen asked Hauldren to play the role of The Empire Man himself.

Elmer Lynn Hauldren Cause of Death
Elmer Hauldren died at the age of 89.
A cause of death wasn't given but the spokeswoman said he had been sick.

Empire Carpet Commercial 1986

 Empire Today 588.2300 animated carpet clip 

Empire Today Website

April 25th

Poly Styrene, British punk pioneer, died 53

Poly Styrene was the stage name of Marianne Joan Elliott-Said (July 3, 1957 – April 25, 2011), a female British musician, song-writer and singer, most notably in the pioneering punk rock band X-Ray Spex.

Poly Styrene Cause of Death
Poly Styrene revealed that she had been treated for breast cancer, and that it had spread to her spine and lungs. She died on 25 April 2011.
Poly Styrene was 53 years old at the time of her death.

X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

Poly Styrene's Personal Website

April 22nd

Hazel Dickens, bluegrass singer-songwriter, dies 75

Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1935 – April 22, 2011) was a female American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. She was the eighth child of an eleven-child mining family in West Virginia. Her music is characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs.

Dickens was born in Mercer County, West Virginia. She met Mike Seeger, younger half-brother of Pete Seeger and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers and became active in the Baltimore-Washington area bluegrass and folk music scene during the 1960s. During this time she also established a collaborative relationship with Mike Seeger's wife, Alice Gerrard, and as "Hazel & Alice" recorded two albums for the Folkways label: Who's That Knocking (And Other Bluegrass Country Music) (1965) and Won't You Come & Sing for Me (1973). Dickens and Gerrard were bluegrass bandleaders at a time when the vast majority of bluegrass bands were led by men.

Hazel Dickens Cause of Death
Hazel Dickens died in Washington, DC, of complications from pneumonia.
Hazel Dickens was 75 years old at the time of her death

Hazel Dickens - A Few Old Memories 

April 20th

Gerard Smith, Bassist, "TV on the Radio" Dies 34

TV on the Radio is an American art rock band formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, New York, whose music spans numerous diverse genres, from post-punk to electro and free jazz to soul music. The group has released several EPs including their debut Young Liars (2003), and four critically acclaimed studio albums: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Return to Cookie Mountain (2006), Dear Science (2008), and Nine Types of Light (2011).

On March 14, 2011, it was announced that the band's bassist, Gerard Smith, was diagnosed with lung cancer. On April 20, 2011 the band issued a statement of the passing of Gerard Smith on their homepage:

"We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly."

All upcoming shows have been cancelled due to the loss of their band member Gerard Smith.

TV on the Radio Official Website

 TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me on Letterman

April 17th

Tim Robbins' Mother Dies 12 Days After Father's Death

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Gil Robbins, 60s folk group the Highwaymen, Tim Robbins' father, dies 80

Actor Tim Robbins' mother, Mary Robbins, died of a heart arrhythmia on April 17, 2011. Mary Robbins was 78 years old at the time of her death.  She died 12 days after her husband of nearly 59 years passed away.

Michael Sarrazin, Actor, 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' Dies 70

Michael Sarrazin (May 22, 1940 – April 17, 2011) was a Canadian actor who found fame opposite Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

Sarrazin also appeared in The Flim-Flam Man, Joshua Then and Now, and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Quickening". He hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, as well, on April 15, 1978.

For 14 years he was in a relationship with actress Jacqueline Bisset, whom he met in the 1968 film The Sweet Ride.

Michael Sarrazin Cause of death:
He died on April 17, 2011 after a brief battle with cancer, with his daughters Catherine and Michele at his side, according to a family spokesman.

 Eye of the Cat (1969) Michael Sarrazin UNCUT THEATRICAL VERSION

Michael Sarrazin is the male actor

April 15th

Dog the Bounty Hunter Bails Out Nicolas Cage

On April 15, 2011, at 11:30 PM, Actor Nichlas Cage was arrested in New Orleans in the city's famed French Quarter district for suspicion of domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace, and public intoxication, after a police officer was flagged down by onlookers after Cage allegedly grabbed his wife's upper arm, while appearing to be under the influence. Cage was held in police custody until $11,000 USD bail was posted by Duane "Dog" Chapman. He was later ordered to appear in court on May 31st.

April 14th

Geraldine Ferraro

How come you will post about some actress' dog and a flip camera but not one mention of geraldine ferraro's passing???

April 13th

Catherine Zeta-Jones Checks Herself in a Mental Health Facility

Catherine Zeta-Jones sought treatment for bipolar II disorder, checking herself in a mental health facility in Connecticut.

Last week, she spent 5 days in the clinic.  She said she feels great.

With Bipolar II disorder, depressive episodes are more frequent and more intense than manic episodes.

April 12th

Cisco to stop making Flip video cameras


The Flip Video was a camcorder for digital video created by Pure Digital Technologies.

It was announced on March 19, 2009, that Cisco Systems had acquired Pure Digital Technologies, the maker of Flip Video for $590 million USD in stock. The acquisition was completed on May 21, 2009.

However, on April 12, 2011, Cisco announced that it was closing down the Flip business as part of Cisco's restructuring of its consumer business unit.

The Flip Ultra has been the best-selling camcorder on Amazon.com since the day of its debut (September 12, 2007), capturing about 13% of the camcorder market