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Franny Beecher, Guitarist for Bill Haley & the Comets, Dies 92

Francis "Franny" Beecher (September 29, 1921 – February 24, 2014), also known as Frank Beecher, was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962, and is best remembered for his innovative guitar solos combining elements of country music and jazz. He composed the classics "Blue Comet Blues", "Goofin' Around", "Week End", and "Shaky" when he was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets. He continued to perform with surviving members of the Comets into 2006. In 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Beecher as a member of the Comets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the previous mistake of not inducting the Comets with Bill Haley.

Franny Beecher cause of death

Beecher died on February 24, 2014 in his sleep from natural causes. Franny Beecher was 92 years old at the time of his death.

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Fran Warren, Big Band Singer, 'Sunday Kind of Love', dies 87

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Frances Wolfe (March 4, 1926 – March 4, 2013), known by her stage name, Fran Warren, was an American popular singer.

One of the singer's biggest hits was the 1947 "Sunday Kind of Love." Fran Warren was also an actress who appeared in an Abbott and Costello film.

Fran Warren cause of death

Fran Warren died of natural causes in Connecticut on March 4, 2013.  Fran Warren was 87 years old at the time of her death.

Fran Warren - Sunday Kind of Love

"A Sunday Kind of Love" was composed by Barbara Belle, Anita Leonard, Stan Rhodes, and Louis Prima and was published in 1946.  The song was first recorded November 11, 1946. He released the song as a single in January, 1947 and it became permanently identified as the signature song for its vocalist, Fran Warren.

Fontella Bass, Singer, 'Rescue Me', Dies 72

Fontella Bass (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012) was an American soul singer, best known for the 1965 R&B hit "Rescue Me", which she also co-wrote.

Her health started fading after a series of strokes beginning in 2005.

Fontella Bass cause of death

Fontella Bass died at a St. Louis hospital from complications of a heart attack suffered in early December 2012. Fontella Bass was 72 years old at the time of her death

Fontella Bass - Rescue Me (Shindig 1965)

Frances Bay, actress in 'Happy Gilmore,' 'Seinfeld,' dies at 92

Frances Bay (January 23, 1919 – September 15, 2011) was a U.S.-based Canadian character actress, best-known for playing quirky, elderly women on film and television. She began her acting career in her mid-50s.

Bay may also be familiar from her performance in the music video for Jimmy Fallon's comedy song, Idiot Boyfriend. She made an appearance as Mrs. Pickman in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness. She may be best-remembered for her performance as the hapless but loving grandmother of Adam Sandler's titular character in the 1996 film Happy Gilmore.

Frances Bay appeared as Mrs. Hamilton in the Christmas television special Christmastime with Mister Rogers. She went on to play small roles in films like The Karate Kid, Big Top Pee-wee and Twins.

Her first major television appearance occurred playing the grandmother to the character of Arthur Fonzarelli (aka "The Fonz") on Happy Days.  In 1983, she played the grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood in Faerie Tale Theatre for Showtime. In 1994, she played Mrs. Pickman in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness.

In 1986, Bay appeared as the doddery aunt of Kyle MacLachlan's character in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. This role seems to have endeared the actress to Lynch, who recast her in several subsequent works, including as a foul-mouthed madam in Wild at Heart, and as Mrs. Tremond on Twin Peaks and its movie spin-off, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

She has the distinction of appearing in the final episodes of three long-running sitcom series: Happy Days, Who's the Boss? and Seinfeld. Bay had the opportunity to play Cousin Winifred in the fourth to last episode of Road To Avonlea, for which she won a Gemini Award.

Frances Bay cause of death
Frances Bay died of pneumonia and other complications.
Frances Bay  was 92 years old at the time of her death

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Francesco Quinn, Actor, Anthony Quinn's son, died 48

Francesco Daniele Quinn (March 22, 1963 – August 5, 2011) was an Italian-born American actor. The third son of Oscar winner Anthony Quinn, Francesco is perhaps best known for his breakout role as Rhah in Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning Platoon (1986).

Francesco Quinn appeared in many feature films including the New York Independent Film Festival winner Placebo Effect. He acted with his father in several films, including A Star For Two with Lauren Bacall. The two Quinns also had the opportunity to share the role of Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea, son and father playing the character as a young and old man.

Francesco Quinn has appeared extensively in television guest star roles in crime and thriller dramas.
He also voiced Mirage/Dino in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Francesco Quinn cause of death
Francesco Quinn died on August 5, 2011, in Malibu after a heart attack.
Francesco Quinn was 48 years old at the time of his death

Interview with Francesco Quinn

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.

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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

Fred Foy, 'Lone Ranger' announcer, dies 89

Frederick William Foy (March 27, 1921 – December 22, 2010) was an American radio and television announcer, who used Fred Foy as his professional name. He is best known for his narration of The Lone Ranger. Radio historian Jim Harmon described Foy as "the announcer, perhaps the greatest announcer-narrator in the history of radio drama."

Death of Fred Foy Fred Foy died on December 22, 2010 of natural causes. Fred Foy was 89 years old at the time of his death

Fess Parker, 'Davy Crockett' Star dies 85

Fess Elisha Parker, Jr.
Born: August 16, 1924 Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: March 18, 2010 (aged 85) California, United States

Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his 1950s portrayals of Davy Crockett for Walt Disney and of Daniel Boone in the late 1960s. He was also known as a wine maker and resort owner-operator.

Death of Fess Parker
Fess Parker died of complications from old age.
Fess Parker was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Davy Crockett - "Old Betsy" - Song performed by Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen (Disneyland Opening Day)
 

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Fess Parker Filmography

    * Harvey (1950)
    * No Room for the Groom (1952)
    * Untamed Frontier (1952)
    * Springfield Rifle (1952)
    * Take Me to Town (1953)
    * The Kid from Left Field (1953)
    * Island in the Sky (1953)
    * Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
    * Dragonfly Squadron (1954)
    * Them! (1954)
    * The Bounty Hunter (1954)
    * Battle Cry (1955)
    * Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
    * The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
    * Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)
    * Westward Ho, The Wagons! (1956)
    * Old Yeller (1957)
    * The Light in the Forest (1958)
    * The Hangman (1959)
    * Alias Jesse James (1959)
    * The Jayhawkers! (1959)
    * Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
    * Smoky (1966)
    * Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider (1966)

Television

    * City Detective, (1 episode, 1955)
    * Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1962-1963)
    * Daniel Boone (lead cast member from 1964-1970, with Ed Ames, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, and Veronica Cartwright)
    * Climb an Angry Mountain (1972)
    * The Fess Parker Show (1974) (unsold pilot)

Fred Travalena, impressionist and singer, dies 66

 

Fred Travalena (October 6, 1942 - June 28, 2009) was an American entertainer, specializing in comedy and impersonations.

Death of Fred Travalena
Travalena was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2002 and prostate cancer in 2003. Following five years' remission, the lymphoma returned in 2008. Travelena died on June 28, 2009, aged 66, at his home in Encino, California

Fred Travalena - Comedian , impressionist

Charlie's Angels Farrah Fawcett, a Pop icon, dies of cancer 62

 

Farrah Leni Fawcett (February 2, 1947 - June 25, 2009) was an American actress. A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, Fawcett shot to international fame in 1976 due in part to her role as private investigator Jill Munroe in the TV series Charlie's Angels. Fawcett went on to become a critically acclaimed actress, appearing off-Broadway and in highly rated television movies in roles often challenging (The Burning Bed, Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, Margaret Bourke-White) and sometimes unsympathetic (Small Sacrifices).

Fawcett was also a pop culture figure whose hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women and whose poster sales broke records, making her an international sex symbol in the 1970s and 1980s.

Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006, and began treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery

Death of Farrah Fawcett
Fawcett died on June 25, 2009, at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California
Farrah Fawcett was 62 years old at the day of her death

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Farrah Fawcett's Cancer and Death 

Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006, and began treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery. Four months later, on her 60th birthday, the Associated Press wire service reported that Fawcett was, at that point, cancer free.

Less than four months later, in May 2007, Fawcett brought a small digital video camera to document a doctor's office visit. There, she was told a malignant polyp was found in the area where she had been treated for the initial cancer.

Fawcett traveled to Germany for treatments described variously in the press as "holistic", "aggressive", and "alternative".

In early April 2009, Fawcett, back in the U.S., was rushed to a hospital, reportedly unconscious and in critical condition. On April 6, the Associated Press reported that her cancer had metastasized to her liver.

On April 9, Fawcett was released from the hospital, picked up by longtime companion O'Neal, and, according to her doctor, was "walking and in great spirits and looking forward to celebrating Easter at home."

A month later, on May 7, Fawcett was reported as being critically ill, with Ryan O'Neal quoted as saying that she now spends her days at home, on an IV, often asleep. The Los Angeles Times reported that Fawcett was in the last stages of her cancer and had the chance to see her son Redmond in April 2009 under supervision, as he was then incarcerated.

Fawcett died at approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 25, 2009, in the intensive care unit of Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, with O'Neal and Stewart by her side

Jazz pioneer Freddie Hubbard dies 70

Freddie Hubbard JazzFrederick Dewayne Hubbard (April 7, 1938 – December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post bop styles from the early 60s and on. His unmistakable and influential tone contributed to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop

Following a long setback of health problems and a serious lip injury in 1992 where he ruptured his upper lip and subsequently developed an infection, Hubbard was again playing and recording occasionally, even if not at the high level that he set for himself during his earlier career. His best records ranked with the finest in his field

Death of Frederick Hubbard
On December 29, 2008, Hubbard's hometown newspaper, The Indianapolis Star reported that Hubbard died from complications from a heart attack suffered on November 26 of the same year. Billboard magazine reported that Hubbard died in Sherman Oaks, California

Freddie Hubbard - Misty

Freddie Hubbard's discography continues next page

Freddie Hubbard Discography

YearTitle
1992Live at Fat Tuesday
1991Bolivia
1989Times Are Changin'
1983Sweet Return
1982Ride Like the Wind
1981Outpost
1980Skagly
1979The Love Connection
1978Super Blue
1977Bundle of Joy
1976Windjammer
1975Polar AC
1975Liquid Love
1974Keep Your Soul Together
1974High Energy
1974Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine in Concert
1973Sky Dive
1971First Light
1971Sing Me a Song of Songmy
1970Straight Life
1970Red Clay
1970The Black Angel
1969The Hub of Hubbard
1969A Soul Experiment
1968High Blues Pressure
1966Backlash
1965Blue Spirits
1964Breaking Point
1963The Body & the Soul
1962Hub-Tones
1962The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard
1961Ready for Freddie
1961Minor Mishap
1961Here to Stay
1961Hub Cap
1960Ballads
1960Goin' Up
1960Open Sesame

Fabulous Moolah, Pro wrestler

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Dead WWE female restlerLilian Ellison (July 22, 1923 – November 2, 2007) better known by her ring name The Fabulous Moolah, was a female professional wrestler who was marketed by World Wrestling Entertainment for holding the record for the longest title reign by any athlete in any professional sport. She was well known as being the first NWA and WWF Women's Champion.

Fabulous Moolah's Death

Fabulous Moolah died iin Columbia South Carolina.
Fabulous Moolah was 84 years old at the time of her death.

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Championships and accomplishments

  • National Wrestling Alliance
    NWA Women's Championship (5 times) (First)
  • World Wrestling Federation
    WWF Women's Championship (4 times) (First)
  • WWF Hall of Fame (Class of 1995)

 

Frankie Laine, singer

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Frankie Laine Dead singerFrankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007), was one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century. Often billed as America's Number One Song Stylist, his other nicknames include Mr. Rhythm, Old Leather Lungs, and Old Man Jazz. His hits included "That's My Desire", "That Lucky Old Sun," "Mule Train", "Cry of the Wild Goose", "Jezebel," "High Noon", "I Believe", "Hey Joe!", "The Kid's Last Fight", "Cool Water", "Moonlight Gambler", "Love is a Golden Ring", "Rawhide", and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain". His career as an entertainer spanned approximately 75 years, from 1930 (when he sang in between sets with a marathon dance company) to 2005 (when he sang That's My Desire in a PBS special).

Frankie Laine's Death
Frankie Laine died heart failure on February 6, 2007, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California,
Frankie Laine was 93 years old at the time of his death

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