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Johnny Lewis, Actor 'Sons of Anarchy', Dies after Commiting Murder

LewisJonathan Kendrick "Johnny" Lewis (October 29, 1983 – September 26, 2012), also credited as Johnny K. Lewis, was an American actor, best known for playing Kip "Half-Sack" Epps in the first two seasons of the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. Lewis also appeared in supporting roles in the films Underclassman, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem and The Runaways.

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Johnny Lewis cause of death
Lewis and an 81-year-old woman were found dead at a home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California on September 26, 2012. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) found the body of Lewis on the home's driveway. The elderly homeowner, identified as Catherine Davis was found dead inside the dwelling. The woman's death is being investigated as a homicide, in which Lewis is a suspect. According to multiple reports, police were called to the scene after neighbors heard the 81-year-old woman screaming. Neighbors told police they saw a man jump the fence on the Davis property, assault a homeowner and painter next door, then jump back over the fence. According to the LAPD, Lewis then either fell or jumped from the home's roof, garage, or patio.

Johnny Lewis was 28 years old at the time of his death.

Johnny Lewis legal troubles.
Johnny Lewis was arrested three times between 2011 and 2012. In January, 2012 he struck two men in the head with a bottle while engaged in a fight. He pleaded no contest to charges of assault with a deadly weapon in the case. The second arrest came about six weeks after the first, with Lewis accused of attempting to break into a woman's home. He pleaded no contest in that case as well. Considering the cases, a probation official expressed that he was "very concerned for the well-being of not only the community but that of the defendant", that he suffered from mental health issues as well as chemical dependency, and that Lewis would "continue to be a threat to any community he may reside" in. Lewis was released from a Los Angeles County, California jail in mid-September, 2012.

Joe South, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, dies 72

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Joe South (born Joseph Alfred Souter, February 28, 1940 - September 5, 2012) was a multi-talented American singer-songwriter and guitarist.

South was a prominent sideman, playing guitar on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools", Tommy Roe's "Sheila", and Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album.

His biggest single was "Games People Play"  The production won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

South's compositions have been recorded by many other artists as well, including Billy Joe Royal's songs "Down in the Boondocks", "I Knew You When", "Yo-Yo" (later a hit for the Osmonds), and "Hush" (later a hit for Deep Purple and Kula Shaker). South's most commercially successful composition is Lynn Anderson's 1971 country/pop monster hit "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden", which was a hit in 16 countries worldwide and translated into many languages. Anderson won a Grammy Award for her vocals, and South won a Grammy Award for writing the song. South would go on to write more hits for Anderson, such as "How Can I Unlove You" (Billboard Country No. 1) and "Fool Me" (Billboard Country No. 3).

South was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1979.

Joe South Cause of Death
Joe South died of heart failure.
Joe South was 72 years old at the time of his death

Joe South - Games People Play

Jerry Nelson, Count von Count Of 'Sesame, Dies 78

Jerry Nelson (July 10, 1934 – August 23, 2012) was an American puppeteer, best known for his work with The Muppets. Renowned for his wide range of characters and singing abilities, he performed Muppet characters on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and various Muppet movies and specials.

Jerry Nelson cause of death
Jerry Nelson died on August 23, 2012, of complications from the various cancers and respiratory diseases from which he suffered in his final years.  He had suffered from emphysema for years.

Jerry Nelson

Sesame Street - Counting is Wonderful

Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies 71

Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord D.M. (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012) was an English composer, pianist and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock and classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, besides Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.

In 1968, Lord founded Deep Purple, where he was virtually the leader of the band until 1970. In addition, Lord wrote the organ riff on "Child in Time".

Jon Lord cause of death
In 2012, Lord was diagnosed as suffering from pancreatic cancer, a normally swiftly developing and deadly form of cancer. Lord died on 16 July 2012, surrounded by his family at the London Clinic after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Jon Lord was 71 years old at the time of his death

Deep Purple - Jon Lord Solo + When A Blind Man Cries (Moscow 1996)

'Sweet Joe' Russell, singer with the Persuasions, dies 72

"Sweet Joe" Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the "kings of a cappella," has died. (May 5, 2012)

Joe Russell Cause of death
Joe Russell in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes.
Joe Russell was 72 years old at the time of his death

The Persuasions are an a cappella group that began singing together in Brooklyn, New York in the mid 1960s. They have performed interpretations of both secular and non-secular music, and have covered a wide range of musical genres.

The Persuasions with Jerry Lawson - 1974 Performance and Interview
Joe? Russell in the middle (on the step)

Junior Seau, NFL great, died in apparent suicide 43

Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau, Jr., (January 19, 1969 – May 2, 2012) was an American football linebacker. A ten-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowl selection, Seau was a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.

He played college football at the University of Southern California and was the progenitor of the "NFL-USC linebacker". He was drafted fifth overall by the San Diego Chargers during the 1990 NFL Draft, later played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, and retired from pro football in 2010.

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Seau survived with minor injuries a 100-foot fall down a cliff in his SUV in October 2010; he said he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Hours earlier he was arrested for domestic violence after his girlfriend reported an incident to the police. He was never charged.

Junior Seau cause of death
On May 2, 2012, Seau was found dead by his girlfriend at his home in Oceanside, California, with a gunshot wound to the chest that was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County medical examiner's office.

Seau's family decided to allow researchers to study his brain for possible damage due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition traced to concussion-related brain damage with depression as a symptom.

Jonathan Frid, actor, 'Dark Shadows', dies 87 (Friday, 13th)

* 40 years before Twilight, there was Dark Shadows.   Motion picture version of "Dark Shadows", starring Johnny Depp, is scheduled to release in 2012.

John Herbert Frid (December 2, 1924 – April 13, 2012) was a Canadian theater, television, and film actor, best known for having played the role of vampire Barnabas Collins on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows.

Jonathan Frid cause of death
Jonathan Frid died of natural causes on April 14, 2012, at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.
Jonathan Frid was 87 years old at the time of his death.

The Tragic Loves of Barnabas Collins - "I Wasn't Her" 

Jim Marshall, founder of Marshall amps, dies 88

James Charles "Jim" Marshall, OBE (July 29, 1923 – April 5, 2012), known as The Father of Loud or The Lord of Loud, was an English businessman, and pioneer of guitar amplification. His company, Marshall Amplification, has created kit used by some of the biggest names in rock, producing amplifiers with an iconic status. Marshall has been listed as one of the four forefathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.

Jim Marshall cause of death
Jim Marshall had cancer and endured a series of strokes.
Jim Marshall was 88 years old at the time of his death..

James Ellis, singer, 'Disco Inferno', dies 74

James Ellis (? - March 7, 2012) was a lead singer of a Disco band 'The Trammps'

The Trammps were an American disco band, who were based in Philadelphia and were one of the first disco bands.  They are best known for their Grammy winning song, "Disco Inferno".

James Ellis cause of death.
James Ellis, died after suffering Alzheimer's disease.
james Ellis was 74 years old at the time of his death.

The Trammps - Disco Inferno.  Lead Singer James Ellis

John Rich, Legendary TV Director, 'All in the Family', Dies 86

John Rich (July 6, 1925 – January 29, 2012) was a film and television director. He directed such television shows as Where's Raymond?, Mister Ed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times, Barney Miller, Newhart, Benson, The Brady Bunch, Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Twilight Zone, Murphy Brown, and Gilligan's Island.

His feature film credits include Wives and Lovers, Boeing Boeing, Roustabout and Easy Come, Easy Go (the latter two starring Elvis Presley). He also participated in the live telecast of the opening day ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955. He won an Emmy for The Dick Van Dyke Show, two Emmys for All in the Family, and two Golden Globes for All in the Family.

In the 1980s Rich and Henry Winkler formed a production company called Henry Winkler/John Rich Productions and together they produced MacGyver for Paramount Television.

John Rich cause of death
John Rich died of heart failure.
John Rich was 86 years old at the time of his death

John Rich directed this famous episode of All in the family
Sammy Davis Jr. Kissing Archie Bunker

James Farentino, Stage and Film Actor, Dies 73

James Farentino (February 24, 1938 – January 24, 2012) was an American actor. He appeared in nearly 100 television, film and stage roles, among them The Final Countdown, Jesus of Nazareth, and Dynasty.

Farentino was charged with stalking his former girlfriend, Tina Sinatra (youngest child of Frank Sinatra), in 1993. A restraining order was issued against him after he entered a plea of nolo contendere.

James Farentino cause of death
On January 24, 2012, Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California following a long illness.  James Farentino was 73 years old at the time of his death.

Dead & Buried (1981) International Trailer

Johnny Otis, Singer, 'Willie and the Hand Jive', dies 90

Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes (December 28, 1921 – January 17, 2012), better known as Johnny Otis, was an American singer, musician, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger, recording artist, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, percussionist, bandleader, and impresario. Born in Vallejo, California, he is commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues".

Johnny Otis cause of death
Cause of death is not released yet.
Johnny Otis was 90 years old at the time of his death

Hand Jive - The Johnny Otis Show

Kim Jong Il, North Korea's ruler, dies 69

Kim Jong-il (February 16, 1942 - December 17, 2011), was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

Kim's death was reported by North Korean state television on 19 December 2011. The tearful presenter announced that he had died two days earlier of "physical and mental over-work" whilst travelling via train to an area outside Pyongyang.

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Smokin' Joe Frazier, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Dies 67

Joseph William "Joe" Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), also known as Smokin' Joe, was a former Olympic and Undisputed World Heavyweight boxing champion, whose professional career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a brief comeback in 1981.

Frazier emerged as the top contender in the late 1960s, defeating the likes of Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, Buster Mathis, Eddie Machen, Doug Jones, George Chuvalo and Jimmy Ellis en route to becoming undisputed heavyweight champion in 1970, and followed up by defeating Muhammad Ali on points in the highly-anticipated "Fight of the Century" in 1971. Two years later Frazier lost his title when he was knocked out by George Foreman. He fought on, beating Joe Bugner, losing a rematch to Ali, and beating Quarry and Ellis again.

He is an inductee of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Joe Frazier cause of death
Joe Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer in late September 2011 and admitted to hospice care and died November 7, 2011.  Joe Frazier was 67 years old at the time of his death.

Johnny Wright, Country music pioneer, husband of Kitty Wells, dies 97

Johnnie Robert Wright, Jr. (May 13, 1914 – September 27, 2011), known professionally as Johnnie Wright, was an American country music singer-songwriter who spent much of his career working with Jack Anglin as the popular duo Johnnie & Jack, and was also the husband of Kitty Wells.

In 1937, he married Kitty Wells.

In 1952, Johnnie & Jack’s "Poison Love" took them to the Grand Ole Opry, where the duo, along with Wells, were invited to join and where they remained for 15 years.

In 1964, he and his Tennessee Mountain Boys had a Top 25 hit with "Walkin', Talkin', Cryin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart." The following year, he had success with "Hello Vietnam", a No. 1 hit. In 1968, he and Wells recorded an autobiographical duet, "We'll Stick Together", and continued playing live shows together through the early 1980s.

Johnnie Wright cause of death
Johnnie Wright passed away of natural causes at his home in Madison, TN on September 27, 2011.  Johnnie Wright was 97 years old at the time of his death.

Johnnie Wright - Is Love Worth All The Heartaches?

Johnny Wright - Hello Vietnam (Full Metal Jacket)

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