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George Kennedy, Oscar Winner,'Cool Hand Luke,' Dies 91

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George Harris Kennedy, Jr. (February 18, 1925 – February 28, 2016) was an American actor who appeared in more than 200 film and television productions. He is best remembered for portraying "Dragline" opposite Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke (1967), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the corresponding Golden Globe. He received a second Golden Globe nomination for portraying Joe Patroni in Airport (1970).

Kennedy was the only actor to appear in all four films in the Airport series, having reprised the role of Joe Patroni three times. He was also widely recognized as Police Captain Ed Hocken in the Naked Gun series of comedy films and corrupt oil tycoon Carter McKay on the original Dallas television series.

For his contributions to motion pictures, Kennedy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6352 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California

Kennedy resided in Eagle, Idaho, at the time of his death. He died on the morning of Sunday, February 28, 2016, of a heart ailment at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Idaho, at the age of 91. He had a history of heart disease.

At the time of his death, Kennedy was the oldest living Oscar winner in the Best Supporting Actor category. Coincidentally, he died the day of the 88th Academy Awards ceremony.

GEORGE KENNEDY TRIBUTE

Roddy Piper, WWE pro wrestler, dies 61

roddyRoderick George "Roddy" Toombs (April 17, 1954 – July 31, 2015), better known by his ring name "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, was a Canadian professional wrestler, actor, and podcast host.

In professional wrestling, Piper is best recalled for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) between 1984 and 2000. Although he was Canadian, because of his Scottish heritage he was billed as coming from Glasgow and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. He earned the nicknames "Rowdy" and "Hot Rod" by displaying his trademark "Scottish" rage, spontaneity, and quick wit. Industry veteran Ric Flair hailed Piper as "the most gifted entertainer in the history of professional wrestling".

Roddy Piper cause of death

On July 31, 2015, Piper died in his sleep at the age of 61, in his home in Hollywood, California. His death certificate attributes this to cardiopulmonary arrest caused by hypertension, listing a pulmonary embolism as a contributing factor; TMZ reported this as a heart attack caused by the embolism. Piper is survived by his wife, Kitty, their four children and four grandchildren.

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Repo Man vs. Roddy Piper

Ben E. King, Singer, 'Stand by Me,' Dies 76

Benjamin Earl King (September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015), professionally known by his pseudonym Ben E. King, was an American soul and R&B singer. He was perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"-a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the film of the same name), a number one hit in the UK in 1987, and #25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Century-and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters.

Ben E. King cause of death

It was announced on May 1, 2015, that King had died at the Hackensack University Medical Center on April 30, 2015, at the age of 76. His agent said he suffered from "coronary problems" at the time of his death. King was survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty.

Stand By Me, Ben E King, 1961

Ben E. King and The Drifters - There Goes My Baby

Jody Payne, Willie Nelson Guitarist, Singer, Dies 77

Jody Payne (January 11, 1936 – August 10, 2013) was an American country musician and singer. He is probably best known as a longtime guitarist in Willie Nelson's band, The Family.

He first met Willie Nelson in about 1962 in Detroit. Nelson was playing bass with Ray Price. Payne started working with Nelson in November 1973. Before that, he played for Merle Haggard.

After playing with Willie Nelson for 35 years he retired from Nelson's band in 2008.

Jody Payne cause of death

Jody Payne died from cardiac problems.  Jody Payne was 77 years old at the time of his death.

Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother - Jody Payne, Willie Nelson (1974)

Wurzel, Motorhead Guitarist, Dies 61

Michael Burston (October 23, 1949 – July 9, 2011) commonly known by the stage name Würzel, was an English musician and formerly a guitarist in the British heavy metal band, Motörhead.

Wurzel Cause of Death
On 9 July 2011, Tim Butcher — longtime bass technician of Motörhead leader Lemmy — reported that Würzel had died. The cause of death was ventricular fibrillation triggered by cardiomyopathy.  Wursel was 61 years old at the time of his death

*Ventricular fibrillation: uncoordinated contraction of the cardiac muscle of the ventricles in the heart.

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Wurzel on guitar, standing on right side (from audience's view)


Jack Kevorkian, 'Dr. Death', Assisted Suicide Advocate, Died 83

Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian (May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011) was an Armenian-American pathologist, right-to-die activist, painter, composer, and instrumentalist. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients to that end. He famously said that "dying is not a crime".

Between 1990 and 1998, Kevorkian assisted in the deaths of 130 terminally ill people.

Beginning in 1999 Kevorkian served eight years of a 10-to-25-year prison sentence for second-degree murder. He was released on parole on June 1, 2007, on condition that he would not offer suicide advice to any other person.

An oil painter and a jazz musician, Kevorkian marketed limited quantities of his visual and musical artwork to the public.

Jack Kevorkian Cause of Death
Jack Kevorkian was hospitalized for pneumonia and a kidney-related ailment.  He died when a blood clot broke from his leg and became lodged in his heart.

Jack Kevorkian : Dr. Death - "I Am Honest And Is There A God ?"

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Infomercial Pitchman Billy Mays Dies at 50

Used to be on TV 400 times a week - He was the most aired person on TV.

William "Billy" D. Mays, Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) was a television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo, and other cleaning, home-based, and maintenance products. His distinctive beard and loud sales pitches made him a recognizable television presence

Biography
Mays was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Sto-Rox High School in 1977, he began his career as a salesman on the Atlantic City boardwalk, selling the Washmatik portable washing device to passersby. Working alongside other pitchmen, he developed his style of salesmanship.

Mays later traveled to home shows, auto shows, and state fairs across the United States for a period of twelve years, selling various maintenance products and tools, including cleaning products and food choppers

Death of Billy Mays
Mays was found dead by his wife in his Tampa, Florida home on the morning of June 28, 2009, having died sometime in his sleep. He was then pronounced dead at 7:45am. The Associated Press reported that there were no indications that the house had been broken into, and that police did not suspect foul play.

Cause of death was identified as heart related - not the bump in the head he received in the airplane. (see below tweet).

The Awesome Auger - Billy Mays

Billy Mays' Last Tweet

Character actor Robert Prosky dies 77

actor who died 2008Robert Prosky (December 13, 1930 - December 8, 2008) was an American actor with hundreds of credits on stage and screen including "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Hill Street Blues"

Death of Robert Prosky
Robert Prosky died on December 8, 2008, five days short of his 78th birthday, of complications following a heart procedure. At the time of his death, he lived on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Biography
Robert Prosky appeared in such films as Thief, Christine, The Natural, Broadcast News, Green Card, Hoffa, Rudy, and Dead Man Walking. In addition to appearing in numerous films, Prosky appeared as a regular on the television shows Hill Street Blues and Veronica's Closet. Prior to his film and television career, Prosky appeared in numerous productions at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, most notably as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. He was considered for the role of Martin Crane in Frasier and later made a guest appearance in the show as a reclusive writer. He also played Rebecca Howe's father on Cheers.

Prosky often performed at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, with over 100 stage credits to his name at that theatre alone. He also originated the role of Shelly Levene in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.

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Filmography
The Skeptic (2009)
Suits on the Loose (2005)
D-Tox (2002) - McKenzie
Death to Smoochy (2002) (uncredited)
Dudley Do-Right (1999) - Inspector Fenwick
Veronica's Closet (1997) (TV series) (1997–1998)
The Chamber (1996)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
The Scarlet Letter (1995) - Horace Stonehall
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) - Judge Henry Harper
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) - Jonathan Lundy
Rudy (1993) - Father Cavanaugh
Last Action Hero (1993)
Hoffa (1992)
Far and Away (1992) - Daniel Christie
Green Card (1990)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Outrageous Fortune (1987) - Stanislav Korzenowski
Broadcast News (1987)
Hill Street Blues (1981) (TV series) (1984–1987)
The Natural (1984)
The Keep (1983)
Christine (1983)
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
Monsignor (1982)
Hanky Panky (1982)
Thief (1981)

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