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Archive - Jan 2012

Leslie Carter, Aaron and Nick Carter's sister, dies 25

Leslie Carter (June 6, 1986 – January 31, 2012) was an American pop singer best known as the sister of fellow singers Nick and Aaron Carter.

Leslie Carter cause of death
Leslie Carter died in Westfield, New York.  Cause of death was not released, but people suspect drug overdose.  Leslie Carter was 25 years old at the time of her death.

Leslie Carter - Like wow

January 29th

John Rich, Legendary TV Director, 'All in the Family', Dies 86

John Rich (July 6, 1925 – January 29, 2012) was a film and television director. He directed such television shows as Where's Raymond?, Mister Ed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times, Barney Miller, Newhart, Benson, The Brady Bunch, Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Twilight Zone, Murphy Brown, and Gilligan's Island.

His feature film credits include Wives and Lovers, Boeing Boeing, Roustabout and Easy Come, Easy Go (the latter two starring Elvis Presley). He also participated in the live telecast of the opening day ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955. He won an Emmy for The Dick Van Dyke Show, two Emmys for All in the Family, and two Golden Globes for All in the Family.

In the 1980s Rich and Henry Winkler formed a production company called Henry Winkler/John Rich Productions and together they produced MacGyver for Paramount Television.

John Rich cause of death
John Rich died of heart failure.
John Rich was 86 years old at the time of his death

John Rich directed this famous episode of All in the family
Sammy Davis Jr. Kissing Archie Bunker

January 26th

Dimitra Arliss, 'The Sting' actress, dies 79

Dimitra Arliss (October 23, 1932 - January 26, 2012), sometimes credited as Dimitra Arlys, was an American actress.  She played a hired killer alongside Robert Redford and Paul Newman in The Sting.

Partial filmography
The Sting (1973)
Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (1976)
The Other Side of Midnight (1977)
A Perfect Couple (1979)
Xanadu (1980)
Firefox (1982)
Eleni (1985)
It's My Party (1996)
Bless the Child (2000)

Dimitra Arliss cause of death
Dimitra Arliss died of complications from a stroke.
Dimitra Arliss was 79 years old at the time of her death

The Sting (7/10) Movie CLIP - Johnny Gets the Girl (1973)

Clare Fischer, Grammy-winning composer, arranger, pianist died 83

Clare Fischer (October 22, 1928 – January 26, 2012) was an American keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. After graduating from Michigan State University, he became the pianist and arranger for the vocal group The Hi-Lo’s in the late 1950s. Fischer went on to work with Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd, and became known for his Latin and bossa nova recordings in the 1960s. He composed the jazz standard, "Pensativa". Fischer was nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, winning two for his albums, Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante Present 2+2 (1981) and Free Fall (1986), where he merged Latin and vocal music. Fischer also became an in-demand arranger for pop albums, working with Prince, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Robert Palmer, and many others.

Fischer wrote for Prince and many other renowned artists including Michael Jackson, Amy Grant, João Gilberto, Paula Abdul, Natalie Cole and more recently Chaka Khan and Branford Marsalis.

Clare Fischer cause of death
On January 8, 2012, Fischer suffered a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, following a minor surgery a few days before. His wife of 18 years, Donna, was at his side and performed CPR, which saved his life. He remained in ICU on life support, and died on January 26, 2012.  Clare Fischer was 83 years old at the time of his death.

Bud Shank & Clare Fischer 'Wistful Samba' on Franly Jazz

January 25th

Ian Abercrombie, Mr. Pitt on 'Seinfeld,' Dies 77

Ian Abercrombie (September 11, 1934 - January 26, 2012) was an English actor, best known for playing Alfred Pennyworth in Birds of Prey. He appeared as Elaine Benes' fastidious boss, Justin Pitt during the sixth season of Seinfeld, and later as an even more fastidious butler on Desperate Housewives.

Ian Abercrombie Cause of Death
Ian Abercrombie died in Hollywood on 26 January 2012, from undisclosed causes. Ian Abercrombie was 77 years old at the time of his death.

Mr. Pitt

Robert Hegyes, Epstein from 'Welcome Back, Kotter' dies 60

Robert Hegyes (May 7, 1951 – January 26, 2012) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of high school student Juan Epstein on the 1970s American sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

Robert Hegyes Cause of Death
On January 26, 2012, after suffering from chest pains at his Metuchen, New Jersey home, Hegyes died from an apparent heart attack at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey. Robert Hegyes was 60 years old at the time of his death.

Welcome Back, Kotter Wedding Scene (this video is likely to get deleted)

January 24th

Dick Kniss, a Bassist for Peter, Paul and Mary, Dies at 74

Dick Kniss played stand-up bass behind Peter, Paul and Mary for more than 40 years.

Dick Kniss cause of death
Kick Kniss died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Dick Kniss was 74 years old at the time of his death.

Peter Paul & Mary - Puff the Magic Dragon
You can see Kick Kniss (I assume) standing on the side in dark.

January 23rd

James Farentino, Stage and Film Actor, Dies 73

James Farentino (February 24, 1938 – January 24, 2012) was an American actor. He appeared in nearly 100 television, film and stage roles, among them The Final Countdown, Jesus of Nazareth, and Dynasty.

Farentino was charged with stalking his former girlfriend, Tina Sinatra (youngest child of Frank Sinatra), in 1993. A restraining order was issued against him after he entered a plea of nolo contendere.

James Farentino cause of death
On January 24, 2012, Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California following a long illness.  James Farentino was 73 years old at the time of his death.

Dead & Buried (1981) International Trailer

January 20th

Merle Haggard Hospitalized With Pneumonia, Cancels Shows

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Merle Haggard is hoping to be released in a few days from the hospital where he was admitted earlier this week to be treated for pneumonia, which forced the celebrated country singer and songwriter to postpone seven shows in several states, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

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Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937, 74 years old) is an American country music singer, guitarist, fiddler, instrumentalist, and songwriter. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster guitars, vocal harmonies, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville Sound recordings of the same era.

Etta James, American Singing Legend, Dies 73

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 - January 20, 2011) was an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in the mid 1950s, she gained fame with hits such as "Dance With Me, Henry", "At Last", "Tell Mama", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she claimed she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems including drug addiction before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album, The Seven Year Itch.

She is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number twenty-two on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number sixty-two on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.

Etta James cause of death
Etta James died of Cancer (Leukemia). Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow,
Etta James was 73 years old at the time of her death

Related Blog:
Singer Etta James terminally ill with Cancer (Leukemia) (December 18, 2011)

Related Death:
Etta James was discovered by Johnny Otis. He died a day before Etta James' death

Recent quote from Etta James on Beyonce (when Beyonce sang 'At Last' for president Obama on February 2009)
"I can't stand Beyonce. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' president day ... singing my song that I've been singing forever."

At Last - Etta James

At Last - Studio Version

January 19th

Sarah Burke, Canadian Freestyle Skier, Olympic Hopeful, dies 29

Sarah Burke (September 3, 1982 – January 19, 2012) was a Canadian freestyle skier who was a pioneer of the superpipe event. She was a four-time Winter X Games gold medalist, and won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005. She successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have the event added to the Olympic program for the 2014 Winter Olympics. She was considered a medal favourite in the event. 

Sarah Burke cause of death
Sarah Burkedied following a training accident in Utah.
Sarah Burke was 29 years old at the time of her death.

Accident
On January 10, 2012 Burke was seriously injured while training on the Park City Mountain Resort Eagle superpipe in Park City, Utah. This is the same superpipe where snowboarder Kevin Pearce was seriously injured in 2009. Onlookers reported that Burke had completed a trick fairly well yet fell onto her head, and the accident did not appear to be very severe. Moments later, however, she went into cardiac arrest while still on the ski slope, making her chance of survival extremely low. She was resuscitated and airlifted to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, where she was reported to be in a coma. The following day, she underwent neurosurgery to repair a tear in a vertebral artery. She succumbed to her injuries on January 19, 2012. Per her publicist's words, Burke's injuries had resulted in "irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest." Her organs and tissues were donated as she requested before her death.

etalk Sarah Burke at Whistler World Ski Fest

January 17th

Johnny Otis, Singer, 'Willie and the Hand Jive', dies 90

Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes (December 28, 1921 – January 17, 2012), better known as Johnny Otis, was an American singer, musician, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger, recording artist, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, percussionist, bandleader, and impresario. Born in Vallejo, California, he is commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues".

Johnny Otis cause of death
Cause of death is not released yet.
Johnny Otis was 90 years old at the time of his death

Hand Jive - The Johnny Otis Show

January 13th

John Edwards has a life-threatening heart condition

John Edwards has a life-threatening heart condition.

Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is an American politician, who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004, and was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008.

On June 3, 2011, Edwards was indicted by a North Carolina grand jury on six felony charges, including four counts of collecting illegal campaign contributions, one count of conspiracy and one count of making false statements. If convicted, Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.

On December 7, 2010, John Edwards' wife Elizabeth died of metastatic breast cancer. Before Elizabeth's death, John Edwards announced he had an extended affair and fathered a child.

On January 25, 2010, reports surfaced of the existence of an explicit sex tape featuring Edwards and Rielle Hunter (mistress).

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January 12th

Tony Iommi, guitarist, Black Sabbath, diagnosed with cancer

In early 2012, Tony Iommi was diagnosed with early stages of lymphoma (cancer)

Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi (February 19, 1948. 63 years old) is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as the founding member of pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, and its sole continual member through multiple personnel changes.

January 4th

Nick Cannon hospitalized for kidney issues after Aspen holiday

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NEW YORK — Nick Cannon is spending the first week of the new year in the hospital, with wife Mariah Carey by his side.

Carey tweeted that Cannon is suffering from “mild kidney failure.” His representative confirmed Cannon’s hospitalization. He is in Aspen, Colo., where he and Carey were vacationing.

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Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, radio, and television personality. On television, Cannon began as a teenage sketch comedian on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild 'N Out, and America's Got Talent. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and Roll Bounce. As a rapper, he released his debut self-titled album in 2003 with the hit single "Gigolo", a collaboration with singer R. Kelly. In 2006, Cannon recorded singles "Dime Piece" and "My Wife" for a planned album Stages, which was never released. Cannon married American R&B/Pop superstar Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008.