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MCA Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys Rapper, Dies 47

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Adam Nathaniel Yauch (August 5, 1964 - May 4, 2012) was a founding member of hip hop trio, the Beastie Boys. He was frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and other pseudonyms such as Nathanial Hörnblowér.

Yauch died on May 4, 2012. He announced in 2009 that he was being treated for cancer, but it is not yet known if his death was a direct result of the cancer

Beastie Boys Live on Conan (performance and interview)
Adam (MCA) wears sunglasses on the stage

Alan Sues, 'Laugh-In' regular, dies 85

Alan Grigsby Sues (March 7, 1926 – December 1, 2011) was an American comic actor widely known for his roles on the 1968–1973 television series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Sues' on-screen persona was campy, outrageous and contained verbal slapstick; typical of his humor was a skit that found him following a pair of whiskey-drinking cowboys to a Wild West bar and requesting a frozen daiquiri. Sues' recurring characters on the program included Big Al the Sportscaster and Uncle Al the Kiddie's Pal. He also parodied castmate JoAnne Worley when she left the show, appearing in drag.

He was the only known gay man on TV at that time.

Alan Sues cause of death
Alan Sues died of heart attack.
Alan Sues was 85 years old at the time of his death

Laugh-In - Uncle Al, the kiddies Pal

Andrea True, 'More, More, More." Porn Star Turned Singer, Dies 68

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Andrea True (July 26, 1943 – November 7, 2011) was an American adult film star and singer from the disco era. In addition to her given name, she had multiple stage names, including Inger Kissin, Andrea Travis, Catherine Warren, Singh Low, and Singe Low.

She is best known for the disco tune "More, More, More", released in 1976, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1976.

Porn
Andrea True appeared in more than 60 hardcore porn films throughout the 1970s and early to mid-1980s, and distinguished herself as one of the more recognizable porn stars in the early New York adult film industry.

More, More, More.
During her heyday as a porn actress, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercials. During her stay on Jamaica, a political crisis gripped the island, and no one was allowed to leave with any money. Not wanting to lose her hard-earned pay, True asked her friend, record producer Gregg Diamond, to travel to the island and produce a track for her, which she would finance locally. Diamond arrived with a composition in hand, to which True added her vocals. The result of their collaboration was "More, More, More."

Andrea True cause of death
Andrea True died on November 7, 2011, at a hospital in Kingston, New York, near her home in Woodstock. The cause of her death was not made public. In line with her wishes, she was cremated.  Andrea True was 68 years old at the time of her death.

More, More More - Andrea True Connection (HQ Audio)

Andy Rooney, '60 Minutes' commentator, dies 92

Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney (January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) was an American radio and television writer. He was most notable for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney", a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. His final regular appearance on 60 Minutes aired October 2, 2011.

Rooney's "end-of-show" segment on 60 Minutes, "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney" (originally "Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney"), began in 1978

In 1990, Rooney was suspended without pay for three months by then-CBS News President David Burke, due to the negative publicity around his saying that "too much alcohol, too much food, drugs, homosexual unions, cigarettes [are] all known to lead to premature death."

Andy Rooney Cause of Death
Aney Rooney was hospitalized on October 25, 2011 for developing postoperative complications, and died 10 days later (November 4, 2011).  He died about a month after his last appearance on 60 Minutes.
Aney Rooney was 92 years old at the time of his death.

Annette Charles, Cha Cha from Grease, died 63

Annette Charles (March 5, 1948 – August 3, 2011) was an American actress, probably best remembered for her role as "Cha Cha" DiGregorio in Grease. She has made several appearances on television, as well.

Charles was born Annette Cardona in Los Angeles, California. She speech at California State University, Northridge.

Annette Charles cause of death
Charles died August 3, 2011 in Los Angeles due to complications from cancer.

Related Story:
In the movie Grease, Cha Cha's dance partner was Kenickie, played by Jeff Conaway. Jeff Conaway died in May 11, 2011 from Pneumonia (drugs may have contributed).

Amy Winehouse, 5 times Grammy-Winning, Singer, Dies 27

Amy Jade Winehouse (September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011 London) was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz.

Amy Winehouse cause of death
Over 3 months later, on October 26, coroner ruled her death accidental, by cosuming too much alcohol. Her blood alcohol level was 5 times over legal limit.

Substance abuse and mental health issues
Winehouse's battles with substance abuse were the subject of much media attention. In various interviews, she admitted to having problems with self-harm, depression and eating disorders. In 2005, she went through a period of drinking, heavy drug use, violent mood swings and weight loss. People who saw her during the end of that year and early 2006 reported a rebound that coincided with the writing of Back to Black. Her family believes that the mid-2006 death of her grandmother, who was a stabilising influence, set her off into addiction. In August 2007, Winehouse cancelled a number of shows in the UK and Europe, citing exhaustion and ill health. She was hospitalised during this period for what was reported as an overdose of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol.

 Amy Winehouse - Rehab

Andrew Gold, singer 'Lonely Boy', 'Thank you for being a friend', died 59

Andrew Maurice Gold (August 2, 1951  – June 3, 2011) was an American singer, musician and songwriter. His work includes the Top 10 single "Lonely Boy" (1977), as well as the singles "Thank You for Being a Friend" (1978), and "Never Let Her Slip Away" (1978).

"Thank You for Being a Friend" was a theme song for "The Golden Girls"

Andrew Gold was a prolific multi-instrumentalist as artist, producer, film composer, session musician, actor, painter, and singer.

Andrew Gold was born in Burbank, California, and later joined a family business. His mother is singer Marni Nixon (who provided the singing voice for numerous actresses, notably Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady); his father was Ernest Gold, the Academy Award-winning composer for the movie Exodus. He has two younger sisters. Gold began writing songs at the age of 13.

Andrew Gold Cause of Death
Gold died on June 3, 2011, Andrew died in his sleep at age 59 from Heart Attack. He leaves behind his wife, Leslie Kogan; daughters Emily, Victoria and Olivia and his mother, Marni Nixon.

Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy 

Andrew Gold - Thank you for being a friend

Andrew Gold - Official Website

Arthur Laurents, Tony Winning Playwright and Director, Dies 93

Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 - May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, librettist, stage director, and screenwriter. His credits include the stage musicals West Side Story and Gypsy and the film The Way We Were.

Arthur Laurents's Notable Work
    * West Side Story - 1957 - Tony Nomination for Best Musical
    * Gypsy - 1959 - Tony Nomination for Best Musical
    * Hallelujah, Baby! - 1967 - Tony Award for Best Musical
   
Direction
    * Gypsy - 1974 - Tony Nomination for Best Direction of a Musical
    * La Cage aux Folles - 1983 - Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical
    * Gypsy - 2008 - Tony Award nomination as Best Director of a Musical

Arthur Laurents Cause of Death
Arthur Laurents died from complications of pneumonia.
Arthur Laurents was 93 years old at the time of his death.

Michael Gough, Alfred the butler in Batman, dies 94

Michael Gough (November 23, 1916 – March 17, 2011) was a British character actor who appeared in over 100 films. He is perhaps best known to international audiences by his recurring role as Alfred Pennyworth in all four movies of the Burton/Schumacher Batman franchise, beginning with Batman (1989).

He won Broadway's 1979 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) for Bedroom Farce. He was also nominated in the same category in 1988 for Breaking the Code.

He won a BAFTA TV Award in 1957 and was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award in 1972 for his work in The Go-Between.

He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play in 1979 for Bedroom Farce and again in 1988 for Breaking the Code.

Death of Michael Gough
Michael Gough died on Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at the age of 94. He is survived by his 4th wife, Henrietta.

The Making of Batman Returns (1992) - ALFRED

Anne Francis, 'Forbidden Planet', 'Honey West', actress dies 80

Anne Francis (September 16, 1930 – January 2, 2011) was an American actress, best known for her role in the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet (1956), and as the female private detective in the television series Honey West (1965–66). She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy award for her role in Honey West. Francis holds the distinction of starring in the first TV series with a female detective character's name in the title.

Her first leading role was in Blackboard Jungle (1955).

Anne Francis found success in television, with several appearances on The Twilight Zone, including the title character in "Jess-Belle" and as Marsha White in "The After Hours." She was a frequent guest star in 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s TV movies and programs. She appeared in two episodes of the popular TV western The Virginian.

Anne Francis was treated for lung cancer in 2007-2008. She kept her followers informed of her progress on her official website.

Death of Anne Francis
Anne Francis died on January 2, 2011, due to complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California, a city in which she was a longtime resident.  Anne Francis was 80 years old at the time of her death

Movie Legends - Anne Francis

Andy Irons, three-time world champion Surfer, found dead 32

* Andy Irons is a surfing world's super star - equivalent to Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods.

Andy Irons (July 24,1978 – November 2, 2010) was a professional surfer. Irons learned to surf on the dangerous and shallow reefs of the North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii, and won three world titles (2002, 2003, 2004), three Quiksilver Pro France titles (2003, 2004, 2005), two Rip Curl Pro Search titles (2006 and 2007) and 19 elite tour victories. On September 3, 2010 he won the Billabong Pro in Tahiti.

Death of Andy Irons
Irons died on November 2, 2010; according to The Association of Surfing Professionals, "he had reportedly been battling with dengue fever, a viral disease." Professor Robert Booy, an infectious disease academic, was suspicious of this, saying that dengue fever deaths are rare. According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, in his hotel room was found the painkiller methadone and the sedative zolpidem. Investigators have ruled out foul play as a cause. He was found lying on the bed on his back by two hotel staff after he had failed to respond to knock on the door and they went in to investigate

Alex Anderson, creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle dies 90

Alexander "Alex" Anderson, Jr. (September 5, 1920 – October 22, 2010) was an American cartoonist who created the characters of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Bullwinkle, and Dudley Do-Right, as well as the more obscure Crusader Rabbit. He was not directly involved in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show however, because he did not want to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles with business partner and childhood friend Jay Ward. Ward recruited others in Los Angeles, and Anderson functioned only in a consulting role, thereby missing out on most of the credit for his creations.

Death of Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson died due to complications of Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Carmel, California.  Alex Anderson was 90 years old at the time of his death

Rocky and Bullwinkle Opening Theme

Ali "Ollie" Woodson, former lead singer of The Temptations, dies 58

Ali-Ollie Woodson (September 12, 1951 – May 30, 2010) was an American  R&B singer, songwriter, keyboardist  and occasional actor.

He is most notable for being lead singer of Motown act The Temptations from 1984 to 1986, and from 1988 to 1996. While in the group, he co-wrote, co-produced and sang lead on the 1984 Temptations single "Treat Her Like a Lady", which was a #2 hit on the U.S. R&B charts. His last Temptations album was 1995's For Lovers Only.

Woodson, who wasn't a member of The Temptations after 1996, toured with the band in Japan in 2002 when member Barrington "Bo" Henderson was unable to accompany the group due to visa problems

Death of Ali-Ollie Woodson
In late 2008, Woodson was diagnosed with leukemia and hospitalized for several weeks.  Woodson died in southern California on May 30, 2010 after battling leukemia for nearly eighteen months.  Alie-Ollie Woodson was 58 years old at the time of his death

The Temptations "Treat her like a lady" 1988
Alie Ollie Woodson - lead singer

Art Linkletter, TV Host, Dies at 97

Arthur Gordon "Art" Linkletter (July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010) was a Canadian  born radio and television personality and the former host of two long-running United States television shows: House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio-TV for 19 years. Linkletter was famous for interviewing children on House Party and Kids Say the Darndest Things, which led to a successful series of books quoting children. A native of Canada, he became a naturalized United States citizen in 1942.

Death of Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter died at his home in Bel Air.
Art Linkletter was 97 at the time of his death

 Art Linkletter KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS

Alex Chilton, Influential Singer from Box Tops (The Letter), Dies 59

William Alexander Chilton
Born: December 28, 1950, Memphis, Tennessee
Died: March 17, 2010, New Oleans, (aged 59)

Alex Chilton was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music  bands the Box Tops and Big Star. Chilton's early commercial sales success in the 1960s as a teen vocalist for the Box Tops was not repeated in later years with Big Star and in his indie music solo career on small labels, but he did draw a loyal following in the indie and alternative music fields.

Death of Alex Chilton:
Chilton was taken to hospital in New Orleans on March 17, 2010, complaining of health problems, and died the same day of a suspected heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Laura and son, Timothy.

Box Tops, The Letter - Alex Chilton Singing

 

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