Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, dies in apparent suicide at 61

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Anthony Michael Bourdain (June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018) was an American celebrity chef, author, and television personality. He was noted by popular sources as one of the most influential chefs in the world.

Anthony Bourdain Cause of Death

Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide by his friend Eric Ripert on June 8, 2018, in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he was shooting an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

Anthony Bourdain feat. Serj Tankian in Armenia – Parts Unknown

Jerry Maren, Last Surviving Munchkin, Dies 98

Gerard Marenghi (January 24, 1920 – May 2018), known as Jerry Maren, was an American actor who was the last surviving Munchkin of the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz, in which he portrayed a member of the Lollipop Guild. He became the last known survivor of the Munchkin cast, following the death of fellow Munchkin Ruth Duccini on January 16, 2014.

Jerry Maren cause of death

Maren died in San Diego, California at a nursing facility center in May 2018 at the age of 98 after suffering from dementia.

Jerry Maren in the middle

Designer Kate Spade, 55, Found Dead In Apparent Suicide

Kate Valentine (born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018), known professionally as Kate Spade, was an American fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the namesake and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

Kate and Andy Spade founded Kate Spade New York in 1993. She sold 56% of the company to Neiman Marcus Group in 1999, and the rest of the company in 2006. In 2016, she and her partners launched a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine.

Personal life

Spade married Andy Spade, the brother of actor/comedian David Spade, in 1994. The couple had one child, Frances Beatrix Spade, born in February 2005. Her niece is actress Rachel Brosnahan.

Kate Spade Cause of Death

On June 5, 2018, Spade was found dead after an apparent suicide by hanging in her Manhattan apartment.

Margot Kidder dies 69, Lois Lane in ‘Superman’.

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Margaret Ruth Kidder (October 17, 1948 – May 13, 2018), professionally known as Margot Kidder, was a Canadian-American actress and activist. She rose to fame in 1978 for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman film series, alongside Christopher Reeve. Kidder began her career in the 1960s appearing in low-budget Canadian films and television series, before landing a lead role in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970).

In 2015 Kidder won an Emmy award for Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming for her performance in R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

Kidder dated former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, directors Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg, writer/director Tom Mankiewicz, and actor/comedian Richard Pryor. She was married and divorced three times. Kidder’s first husband was American novelist Thomas McGuane, with whom she had her only child, daughter Maggie McGuane, born in 1976. She was married to actor John Heard in 1979 for only six days, and was married to French film director Philippe de Broca from 1983 to 1984.

Kidder was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which was the cause of a widely publicized manic episode that she experienced in April 1996. At the time, Kidder had been working on an autobiography when her laptop computer was infected with a virus, which caused it to crash and her to lose three years’ worth of drafts. Kidder flew to Los Angeles to have the computer examined by a data retrieval company, who ultimately were unable to retrieve the files. Kidder then entered a manic state and disappeared for four days. She was found in a backyard by a homeowner and was taken by the Los Angeles Police Department to Olive View Medical Center in a distressed state, the caps on her teeth having been knocked out during a rape attempt. She was later placed in psychiatric care.

Margot Kidder cause of death

Margot Kidder died in her sleep on May 13, 2018, at her home in Montana at the age of 69.[51] The cause of death has not been disclosed.

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Verne Troyer, actor, ‘Mini-Me’, dies 49

Verne Troyer (January 1, 1969 – April 21, 2018) was an American actor, stunt performer and comedian. He was notable for his height of 2 ft 8 in (81 cm), the result of achondroplasia dwarfism, which made him one of the shortest men in the world. He was best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films, and for his brief appearance as Griphook the goblin in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Verne Troyer cause of death

Troyer had died at the age of 49. No cause of death was given.

In April 2018, Troyer was admitted to a hospital after an incident in his home. He had previously been admitted to rehab to undergo treatment for alcohol addiction.

Mini-Me vs Austin Powers

Harry Anderson, ‘Night Court’ actor, dies 65

Harry Laverne Anderson (October 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018) was an American actor, comedian and magician. He is best known for the role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984–92 television series Night Court.

In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1981 and 1985, Anderson had a recurring guest role as con man Harry “The Hat” Gittes on Cheers, toured extensively as a magician, and did several magic/comedy shows for broadcast, including Harry Anderson’s Sideshow (1987). He was also notable for his role as Richie Tozier in the 1990 Tommy Lee Wallace miniseries It.

Harry Laverne Anderson cause of death

On April 16, 2018, Anderson died in his sleep of a cardioembolic cerebrovascular accident complicated by influenza at his home in Asheville at the age of 65. In late January 2018, Anderson had a bout of influenza, and subsequently suffered several strokes.

Night Court: Harry Anderson as judge Harry Stone

R. Lee Ermey, “Full Metal Jacket” sergeant, dies 74

Ronald Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018) was an American actor and voice actor known for playing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant; during his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps he served as a drill instructor.

Ermey was often typecast in authority figure roles, such as Mayor Tilman in the film Mississippi Burning, Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine, Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Jimmy Lee Farnsworth in Fletch Lives, a police captain in Se7en, plastic army men leader Sarge in the Toy Story films, Lt. “Tice” Ryan in Rocket Power, the warden in SpongeBob SquarePants, and John House in House.

Ermey hosted two programs on the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he answered viewers’ questions about various military issues both modern and historic; and Lock n’ Load with R. Lee Ermey, which concerned the development of different types of weapons. He also hosted GunnyTime on the Outdoor Channel.

R. Lee Ermey Cause of death

Ermey died at a hospital in Santa Monica, California from complications related to pneumonia on the morning of April 15, 2018. He was 74 years old.

R Lee Ermey Interview (2001) – History Channel

Yvonne Staples, Background Singer and Manager of the Staple Singers, Dies 80

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group. Roebuck “Pops” Staples (1914–2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), and Mavis (b. 1939). Yvonne (1937–2018) replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and again in 1970. They are best known for their 1970s hits “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me)”, and “Let’s Do It Again”, which with one exception (“I’ll Take You There”) peaked on the Hot 100 within a week from Christmas Day. While the family name is Staples, the group used “Staple” commercially.

Yvonne Staples Cause of Death

Yvonne Staples died on April 10, 2018. Cause of death was colon cancer (diagnosed weeks earlier).

In 1999, The Staple Singers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pops Staples died of complications from a concussion suffered in December 2000. In 2005, the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Cleotha Staples died in Chicago on February 21, 2013, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for over a decade.

Lead singer Mavis Staples is still alive.

Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies 76

Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Stephen Hawking Disability

Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis “ALS” or Lou Gehrig’s disease) that gradually paralysed him over the decades. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech-generating device, initially through use of a hand-held switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking Death

Hawking died in his home in Cambridge, England, early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. His family stated that he “died peacefully”.

Hawking was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death and died on the 139th anniversary of Einstein’s birth; the latter of which coincided with Pi day. Hawking’s private funeral took place at 2pm on the afternoon of 31 March 2018, the 291st anniversary of Newton’s passing, at Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge.

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies 46

Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan (6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018) was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band the Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009.

In 1990 O’Riordan auditioned for and won the role of lead singer for a band called The Cranberry Saw Us (later changed to The Cranberries). The band released five albums: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993), No Need to Argue (1994), To the Faithful Departed (1996), Bury the Hatchet (1999) and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001) and a greatest-hits compilation entitled Stars: The Best of 1992–2002 (2002), before they went on hiatus in 2003.

Dolores O’Riordan death

On 15 January 2018, at the age of 46, while in London for a recording session, O’Riordan died unexpectedly at a hotel. The cause of death has not yet been made public, although police said it was not being treated as suspicious.

The Cranberries – Zombie (Live in Paris 1999)

River Phoenix dies 23 years old

River Phoenix DeathRiver Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American film actor. He was listed on John Willis’s Screen World, Vol. 38 as one of twelve "promising new actors of 1986", and was hailed as highly talented by such critics as Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. He was the older brother of actors Joaquin Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.

River Phoenix’s Cause of Death
On October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed from a drug overdose of heroin and cocaine (known as a speedball) outside the Viper Room, a Hollywood night club partially owned by actor Johnny Depp until 2004. On the night of Phoenix’s death, River was to perform onstage with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At some point in the evening Phoenix went to the bathroom to take drugs with various friends and dealers. It is reported that an acquaintance offered him some Persian Brown (a powerful form of methamphetamine mixed with opiates, which is then snorted) and soon after consuming the drug he became ill. Upon leaving The Viper Room, he collapsed onto the sidewalk and began convulsing for eight minutes. His brother Joaquin, sister Rain and actress Samantha Mathis were at the scene. Joaquin dialed 911; during the call Joaquin was unable to determine whether River was breathing. River had, in fact, already stopped breathing. Paramedics arrived on the scene and found Phoenix in asystole (flatline), when they administered drugs in an attempt to restart his heart. He was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center via an ambulance. Further attempts to resuscitate Phoenix (including the insertion of a pacemaker) were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 1:51 a.m. PST on the morning of October 31, 1993.

River Phoenix (White Shirt) – Stand By Me

Elis Regina, one of the most important singers in Brazil, 36

Elis Regina (March 17, 1945 – January 19, 1982) was a singer of Brazilian popular music. She is considered one of the most important Brazilian singers of her time by many critics.  She had recorded dozens of top-selling records in her career.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, along with Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Elis Regina helped to popularize the work of the tropicalismo (Tropicália) movement, recording songs by musicians such as Gilberto Gil. Her 1974 collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis & Tom, is often cited as one of the greatest bossa nova albums of all time, which also includes what many consider the all-time best Brazilian song, "Águas de Março". She also recorded songs by Milton Nascimento, João Bosco, Aldir Blanc, Chico Buarque,Guinga, Jorge Ben, Baden Powell, Caetano Veloso and Rita Lee. She possessed an exciting voice and superb pronunciation and intonation, and excelled at up-tempo numbers and ballads under the banner of Brazilian Popular Music (Música Popular Brasileira). Her nicknames were "furacão" ("hurricane") and "pimentinha" ("little pepper").

Death of Elis Regina
Elis Regina died at the age of 36 in 1982, from a cocaine overdose.

Death of Elis Regina

Elis Regina –  Aquarela Do Brasil

Laurie Bird (25)- Female version of James Dean

Laurie Bird ActressLaurie Bird (September 26, 1953 – June 15, 1979) was an American actress and photographer. She appeared in just three films: Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Cockfighter (1974), and a small role in Annie Hall (1977). Bird shot the cover photo for Art Garfunkel’s Watermark album in 1978, and was the still photographer on Cockfighter.

Bird’s mother died when she was three, and her father worked long hours, so she more or less raised herself. She was romantically involved with her Blacktop and Cockfighter director Monte Hellman, and later with Garfunkel for several years.

Bird committed suicide in Garfunkel’s New York apartment.

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