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Celebrity Deaths

Phoebe Snow, Singer "Poetry Man", Died 60

Phoebe Snow (born Phoebe Ann Laub; July 12, 1950 – April 26, 2011) was an American female singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her 1975 hit "Poetry Man."

Phoebe Snow has performed with a numerous artists including Lou Rawls, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dave Grusin, Avenue Blue with Jeff Golub, Garland Jeffreys, Jewel, Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Queen, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Cyndi Lauper, Roger Daltrey, Chaka Khan, CeCe Peniston, Take 6, Michael Bolton, Thelma Houston, Mavis Staples, Laurie Anderson, Tracy Nelson, and The Sisters of Glory (with whom she performed at the second Woodstock festival), among others.

Phoebe Snow Cause of Death
Snow suffered a brain hemorrhage on January 19, 2010 and slipped into a coma, enduring bouts of blood clots, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure. Snow died on April 26, 2011.  Phoebe Snow was 60 years old at the time of her death.

In 1997, she sang the Roseanne theme song a cappella during the closing moments of the final episode.

Phoebe Snow Poetry Man

Phoebe Snow - Roseanne Finale Ending song

Phoebe Snow's Official Website

Elmer Lynn Hauldren, 'Empire Carpet Man', dead 89

Elmer Lynn Hauldren (April 1, 1922 in Missouri - April 26, 2011) was a former advertising copywriter based out of Chicago who was best known for originating the television character The Empire Man, the spokesman for Empire Today. He resided in Evanston, Illinois.

Hauldren was working on the Empire Carpet account in 1977 and could not find an actor the company approved of for the role of The Empire Man in a commercial scheduled to be shot. Instead, then company owner Seymour Cohen asked Hauldren to play the role of The Empire Man himself.

Elmer Lynn Hauldren Cause of Death
Elmer Hauldren died at the age of 89.
A cause of death wasn't given but the spokeswoman said he had been sick.

Empire Carpet Commercial 1986

 Empire Today 588.2300 animated carpet clip 

Empire Today Website

Poly Styrene, British punk pioneer, died 53

Poly Styrene was the stage name of Marianne Joan Elliott-Said (July 3, 1957 – April 25, 2011), a female British musician, song-writer and singer, most notably in the pioneering punk rock band X-Ray Spex.

Poly Styrene Cause of Death
Poly Styrene revealed that she had been treated for breast cancer, and that it had spread to her spine and lungs. She died on 25 April 2011.
Poly Styrene was 53 years old at the time of her death.

X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

Poly Styrene's Personal Website

Hazel Dickens, bluegrass singer-songwriter, dies 75

Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1935 – April 22, 2011) was a female American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. She was the eighth child of an eleven-child mining family in West Virginia. Her music is characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs.

Dickens was born in Mercer County, West Virginia. She met Mike Seeger, younger half-brother of Pete Seeger and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers and became active in the Baltimore-Washington area bluegrass and folk music scene during the 1960s. During this time she also established a collaborative relationship with Mike Seeger's wife, Alice Gerrard, and as "Hazel & Alice" recorded two albums for the Folkways label: Who's That Knocking (And Other Bluegrass Country Music) (1965) and Won't You Come & Sing for Me (1973). Dickens and Gerrard were bluegrass bandleaders at a time when the vast majority of bluegrass bands were led by men.

Hazel Dickens Cause of Death
Hazel Dickens died in Washington, DC, of complications from pneumonia.
Hazel Dickens was 75 years old at the time of her death

Hazel Dickens - A Few Old Memories 

Michael Sarrazin, Actor, 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' Dies 70

Michael Sarrazin (May 22, 1940 – April 17, 2011) was a Canadian actor who found fame opposite Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

Sarrazin also appeared in The Flim-Flam Man, Joshua Then and Now, and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Quickening". He hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, as well, on April 15, 1978.

For 14 years he was in a relationship with actress Jacqueline Bisset, whom he met in the 1968 film The Sweet Ride.

Michael Sarrazin Cause of death:
He died on April 17, 2011 after a brief battle with cancer, with his daughters Catherine and Michele at his side, according to a family spokesman.

 Eye of the Cat (1969) Michael Sarrazin UNCUT THEATRICAL VERSION

Michael Sarrazin is the male actor

Sidney Lumet, director of 12 Angry Men, dies 86

Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.

Sidney Lumet Cause of Death
Sidney Lumet died of lymphoma (form of Cancer)
Sidney Lumet was 86 years old at the time of his death

Orrin Tucker, Big Band Leader, Dies 100

Robert Orrin Tucker (February 17, 1911 – April 9, 2011) was an American bandleader born in St. Louis, Missouri, whose theme song was Drifting and Dreaming. His biggest hit was Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! (1939), sung by vocalist "Wee" Bonnie Baker.

Tucker and his orchestra remained active until the 1990s, when health problems forced him to retire. In 2003, Tucker was interviewed about his passion for music and his long career as a bandleader by the NAMM Oral History program. He died on April 9, 2011, aged 100.

Cause of death was not released (yet)

Orrin Tucker - You're The One (1941)

Gil Robbins, 60s folk group the Highwaymen, Tim Robbins' father, dies 80

The Highwaymen were a circa 1960 "collegiate folk" group, which originated at Wesleyan University and had a Billboard number-one hit in 1961 with "Michael" and another Top 20 hit in 1962 with "Cottonfields". "Michael" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record.

Gill Robbins spent three years with the group.

Gill Robbins is a father of Academy Award winning actor Tim Robbins.

Gill Robbins Cause of Death
Gill Robbins died on April 5, 2011 in of prostate cancer.
Gill Robbins was 80 years old at the time of his death.

Michael - The Highwaymen

Mel McDaniel, Grand Ole Opry Country musician, dies 68

Mel McDaniel (September 6, 1942 – March 31, 2011) was an American country music artist. His chartmaking years were the 1980s and his hits from that era include "Louisiana Saturday Night," "Stand Up," "Anger and Tears," the Number One "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On", "I Call It Love", "Stand On It" and a remake of Chuck Berry's "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)."

His career finally took off with “Louisiana Saturday Night” in 1981, a number one hit "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" in 1984 and Top 10 hits, like “Right in the Palm of Your Hand” (later covered by Alan Jackson in 1999), “Take Me to the Country,” “Big Ole Brew,” and “I Call It Love.”

McDaniel was a member of the Grand Ole Opry (since 1986) and made frequent appearances on the show.

McDaniel was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2006, along with induction classmate Leon Russell.

Mel McDaniel's Health and Cause of Death
Since 1996, he had been recovering from a near-fatal fall into an orchestra pit, suffered while he was performing at a show in Lafayette, Louisiana. On June 16, 2009, McDaniel suffered a heart attack, putting him in a medically induced coma in a Nashville area hospital according to The Tennessean. Mel's wife, Peggy, requested the prayers of the singer's fans, saying his situation was "not good." McDaniel died March 31, 2011 as a result of cancer.

Mel McDaniel - Louisiana Saturday Night

Mel McDaniel - Baby's Got Her BlueJeans On

Farley Granger, Hitchcock actor, 'Strangers on a Train', dead at 85

Farley Earle Granger (July 1, 1925 – March 27, 2011) was an American actor. In a career spanning several decades, he perhaps was known best for his two collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951.

Farley Granger Cause of Death
Farley Granger died of natural causes
Farley Granger was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Strangers on a Train Trailer

Elizabeth Taylor, Screen Legend, Dies 79

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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011), also known as Liz Taylor, was an English-American actress. A former child star, she grew to be known for her acting talent and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle, including many marriages. Taylor was considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's golden age. The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list.

Elizabeth Taylor Cause of Death
Elizabeth Taylor dealt with various health problems over the years. In 2004 it was announced that she was suffering from congestive heart failure, and in 2009 she underwent cardiac surgery to replace a leaky valve. In February 2011 new symptoms related to congestive heart failure caused her to be admitted into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment.

Elizabeth Taylor died on 23 March 2011 surrounded by her four children at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California
Elizabeth Taylor was 79 years old at the time of her death.

Elizabeth Taylor's Twitter Account (last 5 tweets)

Joe Willie 'Pinetop' Perkins, Blues legend, dies 97

Joseph William Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011), better known by the stage name Pinetop Perkins, was an American Blues musician, specializing in piano music. He played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history, and received numerous honors during his lifetime including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Along with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, he was one of the last two original Mississippi Delta blues musicians, and also to have a personal knowledge of and friendship with Robert Johnson.

At age 97, he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined at the Hip, an album he recorded with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Perkins thus became the oldest-ever Grammy winner, edging out comedian George Burns who had won in the spoken word category 16 years earlier.

Pinetop Perkins Cause of Death

Pinetop Perkins died on 21 March 2011 at his home in Austin, Texas.
Pinetop Perkins was 97 years old at the time of his death.

Pinetop Perkins, Harvelle's Santa Monica

 Pinetop Perkins - Official Website

 

Loleatta Holloway, Disco singer, dies 64

Loleatta Holloway (November 5, 1946 – March 21, 2011) was an American singer, mainly known for disco songs such as "Hit and Run" and "Love Sensation", both of which have been sampled extensively.

Whitney Houston sampled Holloway's 1976 track "We're Getting Stronger" on her 2009 hit single "Million Dollar Bill".

Loleatta Holloway Cause of Death

Loleatta Holloway died on March 21, 2011 after slipping into a coma.
Loleatta Holloway was 64 years old at the time of her death.

Love Sensation by Loleatta Holloway (1980)

Loleatta Holloway's official Myspace

Monaco's Princess Antoinette, sister to long-reigning Prince Rainier, dies 90

* She was Grace Kelly's sister-in-law

Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Countess of Polignac, Baroness of Massy (Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne Grimaldi; December 28, 1920 – March 18, 2011) was a non-dynastic member of the princely family of Monaco and the elder sister of the late Prince Rainier III and aunt of Albert II, Prince of Monaco. Her parents were Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois and Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois.

Her brother, Prince Rainier III, was married to American actress Grace Kelly.

Princess Antoinette Cause of Death

On 18 March 2011 Princess Antoinette died in hospital, aged 90.

 Princess Antoinette with her parents, brother and maternal grandfather.

Ferlin Husky, Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Dies 85

Ferlin Eugene Husky (December 3, 1925 – March 17, 2011) was an American singer who became well-known as a country-pop chart-topper under various names, including Terry Preston and Simon Crum. In the 1950s and 60s, Husky had several hits, including "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove", each reaching number one on the country charts. In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Husky has suffered from heart problems for many years and has been hospitalized several times since the late 1970s, most recently for heart surgery in 2005 and blood clots in his legs in 2007. He was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri on April 19, 2009, with congestive heart failure and pneumonia. On July 15, 2009 his spokesman said he was recuperating at home after being released from a Nashville hospital.

Death of Ferlin Husky
On March 17, 2011, Management released a statement saying that Husky died from congestive heart failure.
Ferlin Husky was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Ferlin Husky - Wings of a Dove

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