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July 16th, 2012

Kitty Wells, first female country music pioneer, dies at 92

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The Queen of Country Music.

Kitty Wells (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), born Ellen Muriel Deason, was an American country music singer. Her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.

Wells ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of Billboard's country charts, according to historian Joel Whitburn's book The Top 40 Country Hits, behind Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is currently its oldest living member. In 1991, she became the third country music artist, after Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, and the eighth woman to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Wells' accomplishments earned her the nickname The Queen of Country Music.

Kitty Wells cause of death
Kitty Wells died from complications after a stroke.
Kitty Wells was 92 years old at the time of her death

Kitty Wells - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

Kitty Wells "I Can't Stop Loving You"

Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies 71

Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord D.M. (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012) was an English composer, pianist and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock and classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, besides Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.

In 1968, Lord founded Deep Purple, where he was virtually the leader of the band until 1970. In addition, Lord wrote the organ riff on "Child in Time".

Jon Lord cause of death
In 2012, Lord was diagnosed as suffering from pancreatic cancer, a normally swiftly developing and deadly form of cancer. Lord died on 16 July 2012, surrounded by his family at the London Clinic after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Jon Lord was 71 years old at the time of his death

Deep Purple - Jon Lord Solo + When A Blind Man Cries (Moscow 1996)

July 15th

Celeste Holm, Oscar-winning actress, 'Oklahoma!', dies 95

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Celeste Holm (April 29, 1917 – July 15, 2012) was an American stage, film, and television actress, known for her Academy Award-winning performance in Gentleman's Agreement (1947), as well as for her Oscar-nominated performances in Come to the Stable (1949) and All About Eve (1950) and originating the role of Ado Annie in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1943).

Celeste Holm cause of death
Celeste Holm died of heart attack.  Celeste Holm was 95 years old at the time of her death.

In June 2012, Holm was admitted to New York's Roosevelt Hospital with dehydration after a fire in Robert De Niro's apartment in the same Manhattan building. She suffered a heart attack on July 13 in the facility, dying at home on July 15, where she chose to spend her final days. She is survived by husband Frank Basile and her sons.

According to her husband, Holm had been treated for memory loss since 2002, suffered skin cancer, bleeding ulcers and a collapsed lung, and had hip replacements and pacemakers.

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CELESTE HOLM TRIBUTE

July 13th

Omarosa Saves Michael Clarke Duncan's Life With CPR After Heart Attack

On July 13, 2012 Michael Clarke Duncan (54) was sent to the hospital after suffering from a heart attack. Omarosa (38), Michael Duncan's girlfriend, found that Duncan had suffered cardiac arrest. She performed CPR and was able to revive him thus saving his life.

Sage Stallone, Sylvester Stallone's son, dies 36

Sage Moonblood Stallone (May 5, 1976 – July 13, 2012) was an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.

Stallone was the son Sylvester Stallone. His uncle was actor/singer Frank Stallone

He made his acting debut alongside his father in the fifth installment of the Rocky franchise titled Rocky V (1990) where he played Robert Balboa, the on-screen son of his father's title character. He also appeared with his father in the 1996 disaster movie Daylight. Since then he has only acted in low profile films.

Sage Stalloone cause of death

Stallone was found dead in his Studio City, Los Angeles home on July 13, 2012, at age 36. Law enforcement stated that he could have been dead for at least three days up to a week. No one had heard from him in days.

On August 30, 2012, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office announced that Stallone died of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, which caused a heart attack.

He is interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.  Sage Stalloone was 36 years old at the time of his death

July 10th

Maria Cole, widow of Nat Cole, mother of Natalie Cole, dies 89

* Her last name is also known as Ellington.  She was not married to Duke Ellington.

Maria Hawkins Cole (August 1, 1922 – 10 July, 2012) was the widow of singer Nat King Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole. She was also a jazz singer who worked most notably with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. She met Nat King Cole while they were both singing at the Zanzibar club.

Maria Cole cause of death
Maria Hawkins Ellington was born in Boston and was the niece of Charlotte Hawkins Brown. She died in a nursing home in Boca Raton, Florida, after a short battle with cancer on July 10, 2012.
Maria Cole was 89 years old at the time of her death

July 8th

Ernest Borgnine, Oscar winning actor, dies 95

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Ernest Borgnine, born Ermes Effron Borgnino, (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American actor of television and film. His career spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, including his Academy Award-winning turn in the 1955 film Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962–66 series McHale's Navy and co-starred in the mid-1980s action series Airwolf, in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine was also known for his role as Mermaid Man in the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Borgnine earned an Emmy Award nomination at age 92 for his work on the series ER. He was also known for his love of Mexican food.

Ernest Borgnine cause of death
Borgnine died of renal failure (kidney failure) on 2012 July 8 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, California. His wife and children were at his side.
Ernest Borgnine was 95 years old at the time of his death

Ernest Borgnine has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6324 Hollywood Blvd. In 1996,
Borgnine won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Marty Piletti in the film Marty.

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Ernest Borgnine Lifetime Achievement Award

July 4th

British Comic Actor Eric Sykes dies at 89

Eric Sykes after receiving his CBE from the Queen in 2004. He has died aged 89 following a short illness
One of Britain's most-loved comic actors Eric Sykes, described as the 'gentleman of comedy' has died today at the age of 89.
Long,lean,dark, mournful-looking British comedian and comic actor who began as a scriptwriter for radio comedy programmes had some interesting leading roles at the beginning of the sixties,then settled down to stealing scenes in all-star comedies, and to working on his own long-running television show in partnership with Hattie Jacques (1924-1980)

July 3rd

Andy Griffith dies 86

Andy Griffith was buried within five hours of his death

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Andrew Samuel "Andy" Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, director, producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's epic film, A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960–68 situation comedy, The Andy Griffith Show, and in the 1986–95 legal drama, Matlock.

Andy Griffith cause of death
Andy Griffith had a cardiac ailment, but official cause of death is not known.  Andy Griffith died around 7 AM EDT on July 3, 2012 at his home on Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina.  At the request of his family, he was buried on his property on Roanoke Island within five hours of his death Andy Griffith was 86 years old at the time of his death.

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Silhouettes - Andy Griffith PLUS Silhouettes - The Rays

Andy Griffith discusses the character of Ben Matlock

June 26th

Don Grady, Mouseketeer, 'My Three Sons' star, dies 68

hollywood deathDon Louis Agrati (June 8, 1944 – June 27, 2012), better known as Don Grady, was an American actor, composer, and musician. He was best known both as one of Mickey Mouse's original Mouseketeers, and as Robbie Douglas on My Three Sons. His sister was also an actress, billed as Lani O'Grady. Their mother was a talent agent, known as Mary Grady.

His acting credits included several Western series, including John Payne's The Restless Gun, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, Wagon Train and The Rifleman, where he played a young man whose vocal cords were severed by Indians. He also had a role in the NBC medical drama, The Eleventh Hour. Originally the frustrated middle brother on My Three Sons, he became the confident elder brother with the departure of Mike (Tim Considine, who had earlier appeared with Grady in The New Adventures of Spin and Marty), and the adoption of Ernie (Barry Livingston), who became the new "third son."

After My Three Sons ended in 1972, Grady pursued a musical career. His works included music for the Blake Edwards comedy film Switch, the theme song for The Phil Donahue Show and for EFX, a Las Vegas multimedia stage show which starred Michael Crawford, David Cassidy, Tommy Tune, and Rick Springfield.

Don Grady cause of death
Don Grady died after a long battle with cancer.
Don Grady was 68 years old at the time of his death

Doris Singleton, 'I Love Lucy' actress, dies 92

hollywoodDoris Singleton (born Dorthea Singleton; September 28, 1919 – June 26, 2012) was an American actress, perhaps best remembered as Lucy Ricardo's frenemy, the stuck-up Carolyn Appleby, in I Love Lucy.

Singleton guest starred on several other television shows including Hogan's Heroes, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone, all on CBS, and on Rod Cameron's syndicated modern western crime drama, State Trooper. She played Laura, the girlfriend of Butch Cassidy on a 1958 episode, "The Outlaw Legion," of the syndicated western Frontier Doctor. Singleton played the sympathetic neighbor, Susie, to Annie Fargé's scatterbrained character "Angel Smith" in the short-lived CBS sitcom Angel (1960–61). Singleton also appeared in All in the Family as Edith's hotel roommate, Lydia Stonehurst in the 1971 episode "Edith has Jury Duty". She also appeared in two Perry Mason episodes, titled "The Crooked Candle" and "The Purple Woman".

Singleton guest-starred on My Three Sons, playing two different characters who had recurring roles throughout the long run of the show. She originally played the mother of Meredith MacRae whose character Sally Morrison married original oldest son Mike Douglas (Tim Considine) in the 1964-65 season. Later she played Margaret, mother of Polly Williams (Ronne Troup) in the 1970-71 season. At the time of her death in June 2012, Singleton was the last surviving major recurring adult cast members from the "Lucy" shows. Her last major acting role was in Deadly Messages (1985), though she appeared in advertising and voice overs for many subsequent years.

Doris Singleton cause of death
Doris Singleton died from complications from cancer on June 26, 2012, in her Los Angeles home. She had no children and left no immediate survivors.
Doris Singleton was 92 years old at the time of her death.

Nora Ephron, 'When Harry Met Sally' writer, Academy nominee, dies 71

Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012) was an American filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, journalist, author, and blogger.

She is best known for her romantic comedies and was a triple nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for three films: Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in Seattle. She sometimes wrote with her sister Delia Ephron. Her last film was Julie & Julia. She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award-winning theatrical production, Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

Nora Ephron cause of death
Nora Ephron died from pneumonia, a complication resulting from acute myeloid leukemia, a condition with which she was diagnosed in 2006. In her most recent book, I Remember Nothing (2010), Ephron left clues that something was wrong or that she was sick.  Nora Ephron was 71 years old at the time of her death

June 23rd

Patricia Medina dies at 92

Patrica Medina Flashing-eyed British actress with a mass of very dark and picture-book beauty. Followed then-husband Richard Greene to Hollywood and became everyone's idea of the swashbuckler's lady fayre. Married to Greene form 1941 to 1951 and Joseph Cotten from 1960 till his death in 1994, after which she dovoted less time to films.

June 19th

Beatles Film Actor Victor Spinetti Dead at 82

Victor Spinetti, an acclaimed comic actor who appeared in several Beatles movies, has died at 82. Spinetti's close friend and agent Barry Burnett said Spinetti died Tuesday morning after suffering from cancer for several years. Spinetti won a Tony award in 1965 for his Broadway performance in "Oh, What a Lovely War." He also appeared in three Beatles movies, "A Hard Day's Night," ''Help," and "Magical Mystery Tour." Spinetti was born to an Italian Welsh father and Welsh mother in South Wales. He moved to London to develop his career,and moved back to Wales after he was diagnosed with cancer.

June 16th

Rodney King, key figure in LA riots (1992) dies 47

Rodney Glen King (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012) was the victim in a police brutality case involving the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on March 3, 1991. A bystander, George Holliday, videotaped much of the incident from a distance.

The footage showed seven officers surrounding the solitary King, with several LAPD officers repeatedly striking a helpless King with their batons while the other officers stood by watching, without taking any action to stop the beating. A portion of this footage was aired by news agencies around the world, causing public outrage that increased tension between the local black community and the LAPD and increased anger over police brutality, racism and social inequalities in Los Angeles.

Four LAPD officers were later tried in a state court for the beating; three were acquitted and the jury failed to reach a verdict for the fourth. The announcement of the acquittals sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots. A later federal trial for civil rights violations ended with two of the officers found guilty and sent to prison and the other two officers acquitted.

After LA Riots

  • In 1993, King entered an alcohol rehabilitation program and was placed on probation after crashing his vehicle into a block wall in downtown Los Angeles.
  • In July 1995, he was arrested by Alhambra police, who alleged that he hit his wife with his car, knocking her to the ground. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail after being convicted of hit and run. 
  • On August 27, 2003, King was arrested for speeding and running a red light while under the influence of alcohol. He failed to yield to police officers and slammed his vehicle into a house, breaking his pelvis.
  • On November 29, 2007, while riding home on his bicycle, King was shot in the face, arms, and back with pellets from a shotgun.
  • In May 2008 King checked into the Pasadena Recovery Center in Pasadena, California, which was filmed as part of the second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
  • On March 3, 2011, King was stopped by Los Angeles police for driving erratically. He was issued a citation for driving with an expired license. 
  • In February 2012, King was convicted in misdemeanor for reckless driving.

Death of Rodney King
On June 17, 2012, King's fiancée, Cynthia Kelly, found him dead in his swimming pool. Rialto Police (California) received a 911 call from Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m. PST. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him, and attempted to revive him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  Rodney King as 47 years old at the time of his death.

*Kings fiancee Cyntia Kelly was juror #5 at King's beating trial (1992)