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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.

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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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.

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.

Happy Holidays 2011

Merry Christmas & happy holidays

Thank you for visiting HollywoodMemoir.com.  
Thank you for sharing my passion.

I hope everyone is enjoying the season.  I am making turkey right now.  I shall watch all 5 NBA games on TV today.

I hope good things will happen to everyone next year.

Singer Etta James terminally ill with Cancer (Leukemia)

* Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow,

On December 16, 2011, it was announced that Etta James was under 24-hour care and is terminally ill from the cancer she has been battling throughout 2011. Her manager, Lupe De Leon, stated to the media that she is "in the final stages of leukemia", has been diagnosed with both dementia and Hepatitis C, has been placed on oxygen, is receiving constant care from her husband, and is being visited regularly by her sons. De Leon went on to say, "We're all very sad. We're just waiting..."

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins, January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, rhythm and blues (R&B), rock and roll, gospel, and jazz singer. In the 1950s and 1960s, she had her biggest success as a blues and R&B singer. She is best known for her version of the Mack Gordon and Harry Warren song "At Last", and for "I'd Rather Go Blind", for which she claims she wrote the lyrics.

At Last - Etta James

Singer Roy Orbison's wife dies exactly 23 years after Roy's death

Barbara Orbison, died Tuesday, December 6, 2011 of pancreatic cancer. She was 60 at the time of her death. She died 23 years to the day that her husband Roy Orbison died of a heart attack (December 6, 1988). Barbara Orbison will be buried next to Roy Orbison at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter.  His greatest success came with Monument Records in the early to mid 1960s when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top Forty, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "In Dreams", and "Oh, Pretty Woman".

Conrad Murray sentenced to four years in Jackson death

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

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.

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

Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson Doctor, Found Guilty

Breaking News - 1:17pm (November 7, 2011)

Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson Doctor, Found Guilty of involuntary murder of Michael Jackson

Steven Tyler Hospitalized, Loses Teeth After Bathroom Fall

On October 25, 63 years old Steven Tyler slipped in his hotel shower in Paraguay and injured his face, including losing 2 teeth. Tyler was rushed to the hospital, and the scheduled show was postponed for the following night.

Amy Winehouse death ruled accidental, too much alcohol, coroner says

On October 26, 2011 (3 months after her death) the coroner reported that Amy Winehouse had been found to have died of alcohol poisoning, with her blood alcohol content determined at 416 mg per decilitre (5 times the legal limit).

Loretta Lynn Diagnosed with Pneumonia, Cancels Tour Dates

She woke up on her tour bus Saturday having difficulty breathing. She was treated at a Kentucky hospital over the weekend and released.

Mikey Welsh, former Weezer bassist, dies at 40

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Mikey Welsh, former bassist for the alternative rock band Weezer, has died. Welsh, who was 40, was found in a Chicago hotel room on Saturday afternoon. The cause of death is still undetermined...    

....The Vermont-born Welsh performed with Weezer from 1998 to 2001

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