Roy Clark, ‘Hee Haw’ star, dies 85

Roy Linwood Clark (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018) was an American singer and musician. He is best known for having hosted Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997. Clark was an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre.

During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark was highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist, banjo player, and fiddler. He was skilled in the traditions of many genres, including classical guitar, country music, Latin music, bluegrass, and pop. He had hit songs as a pop vocalist (e.g., “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God and Greyhound”), and his instrumental skill had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987, and, in 2009, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He published his autobiography, My Life in Spite of Myself, in 1994.

Clark married Barbara Joyce Rupard on August 31, 1957, and they had five children. He made his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the Roy Clark Elementary School was named in his honor in 1978.

Roy Clark Cause of Death

Clark died on November 15, 2018, at 85 at his Tulsa home due to complications of pneumonia.

Roy Clark play Guitar, Banjo and Fiddle

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Roy Clark: Yesterday, When I Was Young – 1969

Katherine MacGregor, Harriet Oleson on ‘Little House on the Prairie’ dies 93

Katherine MacGregor, Harriet Oleson on ‘Little House on the Prairie’m dies 93

Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor (born Dorlee Deane McGregor; January 12, 1925 – November 13, 2018) was an American actress, best known for her role as Harriet Oleson in Little House on the Prairie.

She was married to actor Bert Remsen from 1949 to 1950 and to actor, director, and teacher Edward G. Kaye-Martin, 14 years her junior, from August 1969 to October 1970.

While recovering from alcoholism, MacGregor converted to Hinduism. She was unable to appear in the series finale of Little House on the Prairie, as she was on pilgrimage to India at the time of the episode’s filming.

MacGregor died on November 13, 2018 at the age of 93, in Los Angeles, CA. No cause was given

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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics creator, dies 95

Stan Lee (December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic-book writer, editor, film executive producer, actor, and publisher. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman before leaving the company to become its chairman emeritus, as well as a member of the editorial board. He was also known for making several cameo appearances in Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

Lee died at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on November 12, 2018, after being rushed there in a medical emergency earlier in the day.

In late September 2012, Lee underwent an operation to insert a pacemaker, cancelling planned appearances at conventions.

On July 6, 2017, his wife for 69 years, Joan, died of complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old.

Freddie Hart, Country Star, ‘Easy Loving’, Dies 91

Frederick Segrest (December 21, 1926 – October 27, 2018), known professionally as Freddie Hart, was an American country musician and songwriter best known for his chart-topping country song and lone pop hit “Easy Loving,” which won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award in 1971 and 1972.

Hart charted singles from 1953 to 1987, and later became a gospel singer. He performed at music festivals and other venues until he died.

Hart died as a result of pneumonia on October 27, 2018 in Burbank, California.

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James Karen, character actor, ‘Poltergeist,’ ‘Return of the Living Dead’ Dies 94

James Karen (born Jacob Karnofsky; November 28, 1923 – October 23, 2018) was an American character actor of Broadway, film and television. Karen was best known for his roles in Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, and in The Pursuit of Happyness.

He was married to Susan Reed (1926–2010), the actress and folk singer, with whom he had one son, Reed, whose godfather was Buster Keaton, Karen’s good friend. Karen and Reed divorced in 1967. He married Alba Francesca in 1986.

Karen died on October 23, 2018, at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 94. The cause was cardiorespiratory arrest.

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Bill Daily, Major Healey in ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ Dies 91

William Edward Daily Jr. (August 30, 1927 – September 4, 2018) was an American actor, comedian and best known for his performances in various sitcoms, most notably astronaut Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie and commercial airline navigator Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show.

Daily died on September 4, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His death was announced by his family three days later.  Daily died of natural causes.

Neil Simon, legendary Broadway playwright, dies 91

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Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

During 1966, Simon had four shows playing at Broadway theatres simultaneously: Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park.

In 1991, Simon was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Lost in Yonkers
In 2006, Simon received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Neil Simon Cause of Death

In 2004, Simon received a kidney transplant from his long-time friend and publicist Bill Evans.

Neil Simon died on August 26, 2018, after being on life support while hospitalized for renal failure. He also had Alzheimer’s disease. He was 91. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia, according to his publicist, Bill Evans. Simon died around 1 a.m. Sunday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul,’ dies 76

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Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer and songwriter. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”. By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title “The Queen of Soul”.

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

On August 13, 2018, Franklin was reported to be gravely ill at her home near Detroit. She was reported to be under hospice care and surrounded by friends and family. Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson, among others, had visited her.
Death

On August 16, 2018, it was reported that Franklin had died at home in Detroit, aged 76. The cause was reported to be advanced pancreatic cancer.

Brian Christopher, WWE, Grand Master Sexay, dies 46

Brian Christopher Lawler (January 10, 1972 – July 29, 2018) was an American professional wrestler. He was the son of professional wrestler Jerry Lawler and brother of wrestling referee Kevin Christian. He was best known for his career in the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE), where he performed as Brian Christopher and Grand Master Sexay. Lawler was a one-time WWF Tag Team Champion as part of Too Cool with Scotty 2 Hotty, and won 44 titles within the United States Wrestling Association.

In early July 2018, Lawler was again arrested and jailed for driving under the influence and for evading police. On the early morning of July 29, 2018, Lawler was found hanging in a cell at the Hardeman County Jail and was observed to be brain dead. His life support was disabled after his father Jerry Lawler had arrived to the hospital to bid his farewell. Lawler was pronounced dead at around 4:40 p.m. EST at the age of 46.

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Joe Jackson, Father of Michael and Janet, Dies 89

Joseph Walter Jackson (July 26, 1928 – June 27, 2018) was an American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers that includes his children Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. He was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2014.

Joe Jackson cause of death

Joe Jackson died of pancreatic cancer in June 26, 2018. He was 89 years old at the time of his death. He died at a hospice in Las Vegas.

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