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Joe Alaskey, voice actor, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Dies 63

Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey III (April 17, 1952 – February 3, 2016) was an American actor, comedian and voice artist.

Alaskey was credited as one of the successors of Mel Blanc at the Warner Bros. Animation studio. Alaskey alternated with Jeff Bergman in impersonating the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety and other characters from Warner Bros.

Alaskey died in Los Angeles, California from cancer on February 3, 2016, aged 63. He was survived by his brother, John, and his nieces and nephews.[

Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dies 74

*Maurice White was the bandleader and producer of most of the albums by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 3, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He was the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He was also the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White. Maurice served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer (along with Philip Bailey). White won seven Grammys, and was nominated for 21 Grammys in total.

White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire, and was also individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also known by his nickname Reese, he worked with several famous recording artists including; Deniece Williams, The Emotions, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond.

White was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the late 1980s, which led him to eventually stop touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in 1994. However, White retained executive control of the band, and remained active in the music business.

Maurice White cause of death

White died in his sleep from the effects of Parkinson's disease at his home in Los Angeles, California on February 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland.  Maurice White singing.

Glenn Frey, Eagles Founding Member, 'Take It Easy,' Dies 67

Glenn Lewis Frey (November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of rock band the Eagles. During the seventies, Frey played guitar with the band, as well as piano and keyboards. Alongside Don Henley, Frey was one of the primary singers of the Eagles; he sang lead vocals on songs such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight".

After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud, in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'", and "Livin' Right".

As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Consolidating his solo recordings and those with the Eagles, Frey released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

He was also an actor, appeared in Let's Get Harry, Jerry Maguire, Miami Vice, Nash Bridges.

Glenn Frey cause of death.

On January 18, 2016, Frey died at the age of 67 in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery.

Eagles - Take it easy 1977. Glenn Frey Vocal.

Glenn Frey - The Heat Is On

Dan Haggerty, Grizzly Adams, Dies 73

Dan Haggerty (November 19, 1941 – January 15, 2016) was an American actor, best known for playing the title role in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.

Dan Haggerty cause of death

Haggerty died of spinal cancer on January 15, 2016 in Burbank, California.

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Alan Rickman, actor, 'Harry Potter', 'Die Hard', dies 69

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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February, 21 1946 – 14 January, 14 2016) was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Rickman was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company performing in both modern and classical theatre productions. His big break was his role as the Vicomte de Valmont in the play Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.

Alan Rickman cause of death

Rickman's family reported on 14 January 2016 that he had died, at the age of 69. He had been suffering from cancer. Rickman is survived by his wife Rima Horton, who he married in 2012.

Harry Potter - Secrets of the Cast Revealed - A Look Back at Severus Snape

Die Hard: Hans Meets McClane

Kitty Kallen, Big Band Singer, Dies 94

Kitty Kallen (May 25, 1921 – January 7, 2016) was an American popular singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s—to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-WWII pop scene and the early years of rock 'n roll. She performed with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s, including those of Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before striking out on a solo career.

She is widely known for her 1954 solo recording '"Little Things Mean a Lot" — a song that stayed at the U.S. number one spot for nine consecutive weeks, charted in the U.S. for almost seven months, hit #1 on the UK singles chart, and sold more than two million copies. AllMusic called the recording a "monster hit", and music historian Jonny Whiteside said the song "ably characterizes Kallen’s impressive, and graceful, transition from classic big band swing to modern post-war pop".

Voted "most popular female singer" in 1954 in both Billboard and Variety polls, Kallen lost her voice at the Palladium in 1955 at the top of her career and left singing for four years, suffering paralyzed vocal cords. After testing her voice under a pseudonym in small town venues, she ultimately returned and went on to achieve 13 top-ten career hits.

Kallen died on January 7, 2016 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at the age of 94.

Kitty Kallen, Little Things Mean a Lot, 1955 Perry Como TV

Harry James , Kitty Kallen - IT'S BEEN A LONG,LONG TIME

Pat Harrington, Jr., Actor, "One Day at a Time" dies 86

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Daniel Patrick Harrington, Jr. (August 13, 1929 – January 6, 2016), known as Pat Harrington, Jr. or simply Pat Harrington, was an American voice, stage, and television actor, best known for his role as building superintendent "Schneider" on the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time. His father, Pat Harrington, Sr., was also an actor.

Harrington, who had Alzheimer's disease, fell in early November 2015. He suffered a small brain hemorrhage and spent three weeks in a hospital and nursing home. He died on January 6, 2016, aged 86. Harrington was survived by four children.

One Day at a Time - Season 2 Opening Credits

Wayne Rogers, 'Trapper John' on 'M*A*S*H,' dies 82

William Wayne McMillan Rogers III (April 7, 1933 – December 31, 2015) was an American film and television actor, best known for playing the role of Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in the CBS television series, M*A*S*H.

He was a regular panel member on the Fox News Channel stock investment television program Cashin' In, as a result of having built a career as an investor, investment strategist and advisor, and money manager.

Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.

Wayne Rogers cause of death

Rogers died on December 31, 2015, from complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 82.

Natalie Cole: Legendary Singer & Nat King Cole's Daughter Dies 65

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Natalie Maria Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015) was an American singer, songwriter, and performer. The daughter of Nat King Cole, Natalie rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be", "Inseparable", and "Our Love". After a period of failing sales and performances due to a heavy drug addiction, Cole re-emerged as a pop artist with the 1987 album, Everlasting, and her cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac". In the 1990s, she re-recorded standards by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable... with Love, which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole numerous Grammy Awards. She sold over 30 million records worldwide.

Natalie Cole cause of death

Cole canceled several events in December 2015 due to illness. It was reported on January 1, 2016, that Cole had died. Her publicist stated Cole died on December 31, 2015 but gave no details as to cause or place of death. Her family told reporters that she died at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles of complications from ongoing health issues.

Natalie Cole LIVE - Unforgettable

Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead frontman, dies 70

Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015) was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. His music was a distinctive part of the heavy metal genre.

Lemmy Kilmister

On 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy died at his home in Los Angeles, California, at 16:00 PST, from an "extremely aggressive cancer". Motörhead announced his death on their official Facebook page later that day. According to the band, his cancer had only been diagnosed two days prior to his death.

Motörhead - The Tonight Show '92 - Lemmy on bass & lead vocal

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades

Robert Loggia, 'Scarface,' 'Big,' dies 85

Salvatore Loggia (January 3, 1930 – December 4, 2015), known as Robert Loggia, was an American actor and director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jagged Edge.

His many television credits included appearances on Overland Trail, Target: The Corruptors!, The Untouchables, The Eleventh Hour, Breaking Point, Combat!, Custer, Columbo, Ellery Queen, High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Big Valley, The Wild Wild West, Rawhide, Little House on the Prairie, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files (three times as three different characters), Magnum, P.I., Quincy, M.E., Kojak, Hawaii Five-0, The Bionic Woman, Falcon Crest, Frasier, The Sopranos, Monk and Oliver Stone's miniseries Wild Palms.

His film roles included Revenge of the Pink Panther, An Officer and a Gentleman, Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771, based on the Air New Zealand Flight 103 incident, Psycho II, Scarface, Prizzi's Honor, Over The Top, Independence Day, Necessary Roughness, Return to Me, Armed and Dangerous and Big (for which he won a Saturn Award).

Robert Loggia cause of death.

In 2010, Loggia was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and died on December 4, 2015, of complications from the disease at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles at the age of 85.

Tribute to Roberto Loggia at MIFF 2011

Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, dies 48

Scott Richard Weiland (born Scott Richard Kline; October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. During a career spanning three decades, Weiland was best known as the lead singer for the successful rock band Stone Temple Pilots from 1986 to 2013, as well as the supergroup Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008. He also established himself as a solo artist, releasing four studio albums, a cover album, a live album and collaborations with several other musicians since 1995.

Weiland has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (No. 57).

Scott Weiland Cause of Death

On December 3, 2015, Weiland was found in cardiac arrest on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, just before he was scheduled to go on stage with his band The Wildabouts. He was 48 years old. No underlying cause of death was immediately given. Police later confirmed during a search of Weiland's tour bus, small amounts of cocaine were found in the bedroom where Weiland was discovered dead. His Wildabout bandmate Delton Black was arrested and is to be charged with possession of a controlled substance after cocaine was also found in his bedroom on the same tour bus.

Drug use

  • 1995 - Weiland was convicted of buying crack cocaine.
  • 2005 - interview with Esquire, Weiland said that while performing in his first bands as a teenager, his drinking "escalated" and he began using cocaine for the first time.In
  • December 2007 - Weiland was arrested and charged with DUI, his first arrest in over four years (since October 27, 2003).
  • February 7, 2008 - Weiland checked into rehab and left in early March.
  • April 2015 footage showed Weiland, who appeared in the video to be zoned out and giving a bizarre performance.
  • June 2015 - Weiland claimed that he had been off drugs for 13 years. His response was directed towards comments made by Filter's Richard Patrick, who claimed Weiland was using drugs and even his fans were pushing him closer to death saying "the fans are just sticking up for Scott, and they have no idea of what is going on behind the scenes and it’s actually they’re pushing him into his death, because they’re making him believe that whatever I did is acceptable, and I can be as high as I want and I can do as much drugs as I want.”

Stone Temple Pilots - Plush. (Singer Scott Weiland)



Velvet Revolver - Slither (Singer Scott Weiland)

Phil Taylor, Motorhead Drummer, Dies 61

Phil Taylor (September 21, 1954 – November 11, 2015), better known as "Philthy Animal" Taylor was an English rock drummer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead from 1975–1984 and 1987–1992 recording ten studio albums and the live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith. The classic mark IV Motörhead line-up consisted of Lemmy, Taylor, and Fast Eddie Clarke.

Phil Taylor cause of death.

Phil Taylor died of Liver failure.  Phil Taylor was 61 years old at the  time of his death.

Motörhead - Ace of Spades

Al Molinaro, Drive-In Owner in 'Happy Days,' Dies 96

Albert Francis "Al" Molinaro (born Umberto Francesca Molinaro; June 24, 1919 – October 30, 2015) was an American actor. He was best known for his television sitcom roles as Al Delvecchio on Happy Days and Murray Greshler on The Odd Couple. He also starred in TV commercials for On-Cor frozen dinners for 16 years.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Molinaro studied acting and was offered guest roles on TV sitcoms, including Bewitched, Get Smart, Green Acres, and That Girl.

Al Molinaro caluse of death.

Molinaro died in a Glendale, California, hospital on October 30, 2015, at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife Betty and son Michael, who said his father's death was the result of complications from an infected gallbladder. Molinaro had three grandchildren.

Happy Days theme

Maureen O'Hara, Hollywood's 'Queen Of Technicolor,' Dies 95

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Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish-American film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O'Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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John Ford, casted her as Angharad in How Green Was My Valley (1941), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Later in the decade, she starred as Doris Walker and the mother of a young Natalie Wood in 20th Century Fox's Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

In 1946, she became a naturalised citizen of the United States and held dual citizenship with the US and her native Ireland. An icon of Hollywood's Golden Age, at the height of her career O'Hara was considered one of the world's most beautiful women. She is often remembered for her onscreen chemistry with John Wayne. They made five films together between 1948 and 1972: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, McLintock! and Big Jake.

In addition to her acting skills, O'Hara had a soprano voice and described singing as her first love.

Maureen O'Hara cause of death

Maureen O'Hara died in her sleep at her home in Idaho.  She was 95 years old at the time of her death.

*Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Maureen O'Hara - 90th Birthday Tribute

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