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November 9th, 2012

Major Harris, R&B singer, The Delfonics, dies 65

Major Harris III (February 9, 1947 – November 9, 2012) was an American R&B singer, associated with the Philadelphia soul sound and The Delfonics (early 1970s-1974).

In the early 1970s, he took over from Randy Cain as a member of The Delfonics; he quit the group to go solo in 1974. Signing with Atlantic Records, Harris scored a string of R&B hits in the United States, including the Top Ten single "Love Won't Let Me Wait", which peaked at #5 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #37 in the UK Top 50. Written by Bobby Eli and Vinnie Barrett, "Love Won't Let Me Wait" was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. on 25 June 1975.

When his success as a soloist subsided, Harris returned to the Delfonics, and continued to tour with one of two touring ensembles that used the name in the 1990s and 2000s. Major was a cousin to the late Philadelphia record producer and arranger, Norman Harris.

Harris died in a Richmond, Virginia hospital from congestive heart and lung failure at the age of 65

Major Harris - Love won't let me wait

November 6th

Brooke Shields' mother and manager, Teri Shields, Dies 79

Teri Shields, who began promoting her daughter, Brooke, as a child model and actress when she was an infant and allowed her to be cast as a child prostitute in the 1978 film “Pretty Baby,” died on Wednesday in Manhattan. She was 79.

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November 2nd

Han Suyin, author of ‘A Many-Splendoured Thing,’ dies 95

Han Suyin (September, 12 1917 – November 2, 2012) was the pen name of Elizabeth Comber, born Rosalie Elisabeth Kuanghu Chow. She was a Chinese-born Eurasian author of several books on modern China, novels set in East Asia, and autobiographical works, as well as a physician. She lived in Lausanne until her death and wrote in English and French.

In 1955, her best-known work, A Many-Splendoured Thing, was made into a Hollywood film, with a musical theme that became popular song and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In her autobiography My House Has Two Doors, she distanced herself from the film, saying that although the film was shown for many weeks at the Cathay Cinema in Singapore to packed audiences, she never went to see it, and that the film rights were sold to pay for an operation on her adopted daughter who was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. Much later, the movie itself was made into a daytime soap opera, which ran from 1967 to 1973 on American TV.

Han Suyin cause of death

She died in Lausanne on 2 November 2012, aged 95. She is survived by two daughters, Tang Yung Mei and Chew Hui Im.

Matt Monro - Love is a many splendored thing

October 26th

Natina Reed, Singer and 'Bring It On' actress, dies 32

Natina Tiawanna Reed (October 28, 1979 – October 26, 2012) was an American actress, rapper, singer, teen idol and songwriter in the R&B trio Blaque. On most of Blaque's songs, Reed is featured as a rapper, except on "Mind of a King" where she sings the song entirely on her own. She is also known as Blaque's rapper. Reed was a protégée of the late rapper Left Eye.

Reed contributed her own raps to many of Blaque's past singles, including "808", "Can't Get it Back" and "Bring It All to Me" (remix)

In 2001, Reed was engaged to rapper Kurupt. In 2002, she gave birth to their son Tren Brown after the group was dropped from their label. Reed and Kurupt were separated.

Reed was the cousin of former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin.

Natina Reed cause of death

Reed died on October 26, 2012, two days shy of her 33rd birthday, in a car accident as she was walking on a state highway in Atlanta, Georgia.

The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. near Lawrenceville, Georgia on U.S. Highway 29 near Hamilton Road. No charges are expected, said Gwinnett police. Police and firefighters arrived to find a bystander performing CPR on Reed at the scene. She was pronounced dead a short time later at Gwinnett Medical Center. A preliminary investigation indicates that Reed was in the roadway when she was struck. Only the vehicle's driver and a passenger witnessed the impact. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be not at fault, and there are no charges pending.

Blaque - Bring it All to Me (Natina Reed rapping)

October 14th

Kyle Bennett, Three-time BMX world champion, dies 33

Kyle Bennett (September 25, 1979 – October 14, 2012) was an American professional "New/Current School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer and Dirt Jumper. He competed for 2008 Summer Olympics.

Kyle Bennett cause of death
In the early hours of October 14, 2012, Bennett's 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck went off the road while traveling at high speed. The truck smashed through a culvert pipe, a wrought-iron gate, and several other objects before coming to rest upside down. Responding EMTs extracted Bennett from the vehicle, and later pronounced him dead at the scene. Officials said he was not wearing a seat belt.

Kyle Bennett was 33 years old at the time of his death.

Kyle Bennett riding for USA in BMX World Championships 2012

Arlo Guthrie's wife dies: Jackie Guthrie dies at 68

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Folk singer Arlo Guthrie has announced the death of his wife, Jackie, at age 68.

Jackie Guthrie had inoperable cancer and died Sunday at the couple's winter home in Sebastian according to an obituary released by Arlo Guthrie's record label. The couple had recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary.

Arlo Guthrie/City Of New Orleans/Boston Pops

October 13th

Gary Collins, actor, host of Miss America pageant, dies 74

Hollywood Walk of Fame

CollinsGary Ennis Collins (April 30, 1938 – October 13, 2012) was an American film and television actor.

He guest-starred on dozens of television shows since the 1960s, including Perry Mason, The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, The Six Million Dollar Man, Alf, The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Friends, and JAG. He had roles in the 1969 Andy Griffith film Angel in My Pocket, and in the 1970 film Airport. He played the heroic co-pilot in the 1977 film The Night They Took Miss Beautiful.

Collins hosted the television talk show Hour Magazine from 1980 to 1988, and co-hosted the ABC television series The Home Show from 1989 to 1994. He was the host of the Miss America Pageant from 1982 to 1990.

Collins was nominated for an Emmy Award six times and won in 1983 for Outstanding Talk Show Host. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Gary Collins cause of death
Gary Collins was found dead around 1:00 AM on October 13, 2012, at Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. His death was said to be a result of natural causes.
Gary Collins was 74 years old at the time of his death.

Miss America 1986 - Crowning

BORN FREE opening credits NBC adventure series

October 10th

Turhan Bey Dies at 90.

Austrian-born leading man (of Turkish-Czech parentage) with slick black hair and faintly oriental aspect.His sleekly handsome features flourished in Arabian Nights and other escapist adventures in the war years,but his career foundered after army service (1948-1950) and he became a commercial photographer.Wooed some of Hollywood's most glamorous ladies, but has never married.

Alex Karras, Actor, NFL Lineman, Pro-Wrestler, dies 77

Alex KarrasAlexander George "Alex" Karras (July 15, 1935 – October 10, 2012), nicknamed "The Mad Duck", was an American football player, professional wrestler, and actor. He played football with the Detroit Lions in the National Football League from 1958–1962 and 1964–1970. As an actor, Karras is noted for his role as the thuggish Mongo in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles, and for starring in the ABC sitcom Webster (1983–89) alongside his wife Susan Clark, as the title character's adoptive father.

Professional wrestling
Before his NFL career got under way, Karras signed a contract as a professional wrestler on December 13, 1957, earning $25,000 during the six-month off-season.

NFL player
Karras was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions in 1958. He quickly became one of the dominant defensive tackles in the NFL, playing for 12 seasons (1958-1962, 1964-1970) with the same team

He was known for his humorous endorsement of La-Z-Boy recliners.

Alex Karras cause of death
Alex Karras died in the morning hours of October 10 from complications caused by kidney failure.
Alex Karras was 77 years old at the time of his death.

In his later years, Karras suffered several serious health problems, including dementia, heart disease, and cancer.

Karras was among many former NFL players to have filed a lawsuit against the NFL in early 2012, over issues of head injuries during their career that had caused various ill effects later in their lives, including dementia.

On October 8, 2012, it was revealed by friend Tom McInerney that Karras had suffered from kidney failure; doctors gave him a few days to live. Karras was treated at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, before being released into hospice care. After returning to his Los Angeles home with family.

Blazing Saddles - Alex Karras as Mongo

October 9th

Sammi Kane Kraft, 'Bad News Bears' Remake Actress, dies 20

Sammi Kane Kraft (April 2, 1992 – October 9, 2012) was an American recording artist, child actress and baseball player. Born in Livingston, New Jersey, she starred in the 2005 remake Bad News Bears as Amanda Whurlitzer, who was played by Tatum O'Neal in the original film. She was featured in an ESPN.com Page 2 story about her athletic skills, and competed in the Junior Olympics.

Sammi Kane Kraft cause of death
On October 9, 2012, Kraft was riding in the passenger seat of an Audi when the car rear-ended a semi trailer and was then struck by another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Sammi Kane Kraft was 20 years old at the time of her death

October 5th

British Actor Herbert Lom Dies at 95

Smooth, dark-haired Czech actor who could be romantic,sinister,or
even funny. His career hardly got started before he was on the run from the Nazis,landing in British films where his faintly menacing charm had some dubbing him a British Charles Boyer,even though his characters usually ended up dead.Looked further afield for acting opportunites from 1959,but had a successful British TV series,The Human Jungle which cast him in more sympathetic light,later on his career he became closely identified with the comic role of the hapless Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies.

October 1st

Sahara Davenport, "RuPaul's Drag Race" star, dies 27

Sahara Davenport, born Antoine Ashley, (December 17, 1984 – October 1, 2012) was an American drag queen and reality television personality and classically-trained dancer. He was best known as a contestant on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Sahara Davenport cause of death
Davenport died of heart failure.
Sahara Davenport was 27 years old at the time of his death.

Davenport died on October 1, 2012. The cause of his death is yet to be determined.

September 28th

Michael O'Hare, Actor, 'Babylon 5', Dies 60

Michael O'Hare (May 6, 1952 – September 28, 2012) was an American actor, best known for playing Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in the science fiction television series Babylon 5.

He appeared on a range of television shows, including Kate & Allie, The Equalizer, Tales from the Darkside, The Cosby Mysteries, and Law & Order.

Michael O'Hare cause of death
Michael O'Hare died September 28, 2012, after suffering a heart attack on September 23, 2012.
Michael O'Hare was 60 years old at the time of his death.

Michael O'Hare as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair

September 27th

R. B. Greaves, Singer, 'Take a Letter Maria', dies 68

Ronald Bertram Aloysius "R. B." Greaves III (November 28, 1943 - September 27, 2012) was a singer who had chart success in 1969 with the pop single "Take a Letter Maria". A #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, this single sold one million copies and earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Greaves also had a Top 40 pop hit a year later with "Always Something There to Remind Me"

R. B. Greaves cause of death
Greaves passed away in Los Angeles.  Cause of death was not released.
R. B. Greaves was 68 years old at the time of his death.

R.B. Greaves -Take A Letter Maria

September 26th

Johnny Lewis, Actor 'Sons of Anarchy', Dies after Commiting Murder

LewisJonathan Kendrick "Johnny" Lewis (October 29, 1983 – September 26, 2012), also credited as Johnny K. Lewis, was an American actor, best known for playing Kip "Half-Sack" Epps in the first two seasons of the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. Lewis also appeared in supporting roles in the films Underclassman, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem and The Runaways.

Psychopathy or Bipolar Disorder," Says His Former Advisor

Johnny Lewis cause of death
Lewis and an 81-year-old woman were found dead at a home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California on September 26, 2012. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) found the body of Lewis on the home's driveway. The elderly homeowner, identified as Catherine Davis was found dead inside the dwelling. The woman's death is being investigated as a homicide, in which Lewis is a suspect. According to multiple reports, police were called to the scene after neighbors heard the 81-year-old woman screaming. Neighbors told police they saw a man jump the fence on the Davis property, assault a homeowner and painter next door, then jump back over the fence. According to the LAPD, Lewis then either fell or jumped from the home's roof, garage, or patio.

Johnny Lewis was 28 years old at the time of his death.

Johnny Lewis legal troubles.
Johnny Lewis was arrested three times between 2011 and 2012. In January, 2012 he struck two men in the head with a bottle while engaged in a fight. He pleaded no contest to charges of assault with a deadly weapon in the case. The second arrest came about six weeks after the first, with Lewis accused of attempting to break into a woman's home. He pleaded no contest in that case as well. Considering the cases, a probation official expressed that he was "very concerned for the well-being of not only the community but that of the defendant", that he suffered from mental health issues as well as chemical dependency, and that Lewis would "continue to be a threat to any community he may reside" in. Lewis was released from a Los Angeles County, California jail in mid-September, 2012.