Johnny Nash, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ singer, dies 80

John Lester Nash Jr. (August 19, 1940 – October 6, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter, best known in the United States for his 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now”. Primarily a reggae and pop singer, he was one of the first non-Jamaican artists to record reggae music in Kingston.

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Nash’s 1972 reggae influenced single “I Can See Clearly Now” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in November 1972. “I Can See Clearly Now” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 4, 1972, and remained atop the chart for four weeks, and also spent the same four weeks atop the adult contemporary chart.

Acting career

Nash has four acting credits in film and television. In 1959, he had the lead role as Spencer Scott in Take a Giant Step, directed by Philip Leacock, one of the first black family films written by a black writer. In 1960 he appeared as “Apple” alongside Dennis Hopper in the crime drama Key Witness. In 1971, he played Robert in the Swedish romance Vill så gärna tro.

Johnny Nash Cause of Death

Johnny Nash died of natural causes at his home in Houston on October 6, 2020. Johnny Nash was 80 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his son Johnny Jr., daughter, Monica, and wife, Carli Nash.

Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now (1972) Clip – VHS

Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now

Reni Santoni, Actor, ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Dirty Harry,’ Dies 81

Reni Santoni (April 21, 1939 – August 1, 2020) was an American film, television and voice actor. He was noted for playing Poppie on the television sitcom Seinfeld. He also played Chico González in Dirty Harry.

His first leading role was as a young actor in Enter Laughing. He went on to play Inspector “Chico” González in the 1971 film Dirty Harry. His character uttered the memorable phrase, “No wonder they call him Dirty Harry; [he] always gets the shit end of the stick”. Other film roles included Carl Reiner’s comedic homage to the film noir genre, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982), as prison official Ramon Herrera in Bad Boys (1983), and as Detective Tony Gonzales in the action film Cobra (1986).

Santoni made guest appearances on television shows such as Barnaby Jones, Lou Grant, Hawaii Five-O, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hill Street Blues, The Odd Couple and Midnight Caller. In 1973, Santoni played a junior partner on Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law.

Reni Santoni cause of death

Santoni died on August 1, 2020, at a hospice in Los Angeles at the age of 81. He had several health issues during his last years, including battling cancer. Santoni passed away from natural causes.

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Seinfeld – Kramer and Papi Pizza Debate

Olivia de Havilland, Actress, ‘Gone With the Wind,’ Dies 104

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Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (July 1, 1916 – July 25, 2020) was a French-British-American actress. The major works of her cinematic career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films, and was one of the leading actresses of her time. She was also one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema, until her death in 2020. Her younger sister was actress Joan Fontaine.

De Havilland first came to prominence as a screen couple with Errol Flynn in adventure films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). One of her best-known roles is Melanie Hamilton in the film classic Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she received her first of five Oscar nominations, the only one for Best Supporting Actress.

Olivia de Havilland cause of death

De Havilland died of natural causes in her sleep at her home in Paris, France, on July 25, 2020, at the age of 104.

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Regis Philbin, ‘Regis and Kathie Lee,’ ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire,’ dies 88

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Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (August 25, 1931 – July 24, 2020) was an American media personality, actor, and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows. Having been called “the hardest working man in show business”, Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on U.S. television. His trademarks included his excited manner, his New York accent, his wit, and his irreverent ad-libs.

Philbin gained his first network TV exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show. Philbin is most widely known for having been the co-host of the New York City-based nationally syndicated talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee starting in 1988, which became Live! with Regis and Kelly starting in 2001, and continued with former football player Michael Strahan after Philbin’s departure in 2011.

Philbin debuted and hosted the US version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, and the first season of America’s Got Talent.

Regis Philbin cause of death

On July 24, 2020, Philbin died of natural causes at the age of 88, one month before his 89th birthday.

Philbin had an angioplasty in 1993. On March 14, 2007, he underwent triple bypass surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center because of plaque in his arteries. Prior to the surgery, Philbin talked with David Letterman, for whom Philbin had substituted on Late Show with David Letterman during Letterman’s own quintuple bypass surgery. Following Philbin’s successful heart surgery, he returned to the show on April 26.

On December 1, 2009, Philbin had hip-replacement surgery. He returned on Monday, January 4, 2010, to his regular hosting duties. In May 2010, Philbin underwent surgery to have a blood clot removed from his calf. He returned to work the next day.

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Carl Reiner, Comedy legend, dies 98

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Carl Reiner (March 20, 1922 – June 29, 2020) was an American actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, and author whose career spanned seven decades. During the early years of television comedy from 1950 to 1957, he acted on and contributed sketch material for Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour, starring Sid Caesar. In the 1960s, Reiner was best known as the creator, producer, writer, and actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Reiner formed a comedy duo with Mel Brooks in “2000 Year Old Man” and acted in films such as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), and the Ocean’s film series (2001–2007). He co-wrote and directed some of Steve Martin’s first and most successful films, including The Jerk (1979), and also directed comedies such as Where’s Poppa? (1970), Oh, God! (1977), and All of Me (1984).

Reiner appeared in dozens of television specials from 1967 to 2000 and was a guest star on television series from the 1950s until his death. He also voiced characters in film and animated films, and was a reader for books on tape. He wrote more than two dozen books, mostly in his later years.

Reiner was the recipient of many awards and honors, including 11 Emmy Awards, one Grammy Award, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. He was the father of actor and director Rob Reiner, author Annie Reiner, and artist Lucas Reiner, and the grandfather of Tracy Reiner.

Carl Reiner cause of death

On June 29, 2020, Reiner died at the age of 98 in his home in the company of his family. Reiner fell while leaving his TV room at around 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time and lost consciousness. Reiner died of natural causes.

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Jerry Stiller, comedian, ‘Seinfeld’, dies 92

Gerald Isaac Stiller (June 8, 1927 – May 11, 2020) was an American comedian, actor, and author. He spent many years as part of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara, to whom he was married for over 60 years until her death in 2015. Stiller saw a late-career resurgence starting in 1993, playing George Costanza’s father Frank in the sitcom Seinfeld, a part which earned him an Emmy nomination. The year Seinfeld went off the air, Stiller began his role as the eccentric Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens, another role which garnered him widespread acclaim.

Stiller was the father of actor Ben Stiller, and he and his son appeared together in films such as Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid, and Zoolander 2. He also performed voice-over work for television and films including The Lion King 1½ and Planes: Fire and Rescue and Teacher’s Pet. In his later career, Stiller became known for playing grumpy and eccentric characters who were nevertheless beloved.

Jerry Stiller cause of death.

Stiller died from natural causes at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on May 11, 2020 at the age of 92. His death was announced by his son, Ben Stiller.

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Kenny Rogers, country singer, dies 81

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Kenneth Ray Rogers (August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though he was most successful with country audiences, Rogers charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone, and sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Kenny Rogers was married five times (with each marriage lasting longer than the previous one) and had five children.

Kenneth Rogers Cause of Death

On March 20, 2020, Rogers died under hospice care at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He died from natural causes. Due to the national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.

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Mary Higgins Clark, bestselling author of suspense novels, dies 92

Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark (December 24, 1927 – January 31, 2020), known professionally as Mary Higgins Clark, was an American author of suspense novels. Each of her 51 books was a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, and all of her novels remained in print as of 2015, with her debut suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, in its seventy-fifth printing.

Higgins Clark has had over 50 novels published, with millions of copies sold throughout the United States.

Many of the books deal with crimes involving children or with telepathy.

Higgins Clark died of natural causes in Naples, Florida on January 31, 2020, at age 92.

Edd Byrnes, ‘Grease’, ’77 Sunset Strip’, dies 87

Edd Byrnes (Edward Byrne Breitenberger; July 30, 1932 – January 8, 2020) was an American actor, best known for his starring role in the television series 77 Sunset Strip. He also was featured in the 1978 film Grease as television teen-dance show host Vince Fontaine, and was a charting recording artist with “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)” (with Connie Stevens).

Edd Byrnes cause of death

Edd Byrnes died of natural causes on January 8, 2020, at his Santa Monica home.

Edd Byrnes & Connie Stevens “Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb”

Carol Channing, Original Hello, Dolly! & Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Dies 97

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Carol Elaine Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019) was an American actress, singer, dancer and comedienne. Known for starring in Broadway and film musicals, her characters usually radiated a fervent expressiveness and an easily identifiable voice, whether singing or for comedic effect.

She began as a Broadway musical actress, starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949 and Hello, Dolly! in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the latter. She revived both roles several times throughout her career, most recently playing Dolly in 1995. Channing was nominated for her first Tony Award in 1956 for The Vamp followed by a nomination in 1961 for Show Girl. She received her fourth Tony Award nomination for the musical Lorelei in 1974.

As a film actress, she won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Her other film appearances include The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and Skidoo (1968). On television, she appeared as an entertainer on variety shows, from The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s to Hollywood Squares. She had a standout performance as The White Queen in the TV production of Alice in Wonderland (1985), and had the first of many TV specials in 1966, An Evening with Carol Channing.

Channing was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 1995. She continued to perform and make appearances well into her 90s, singing songs from her repertoire and sharing stories with fans, cabaret style. She released an autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess, in 2002, and Larger Than Life, a documentary film about her career, was released in 2012.

Carol Channing cause of death

Channing died on January 15, 2019, of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California at the age of 97.

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