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Montae Talbert, Rapper, 'Teach Me How to Dougie' Dead 22

On May 15, 2011 Cali Swag District's member Montae Talbertwas (M-Bone) was killed during a drive-by shooting.

Cali Swag District is an American hip hop group from Inglewood, California, founded by former Death Row artist Big Wy and Dairold Potts. The group is best known for the single "Teach Me How to Dougie", which debuted at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song remained on the chart and climbed steadily during the weeks that followed, rising to number 28 by its thirteenth week. "Teach Me How to Dougie" reached number 1 on Billboard Heatseekers, holding the number 2 position for six consecutive weeks before claiming the number 1 position in its seventh week. The group is signed with Capitol Records' Checkmate Entertainment imprint.

Cali Swag District-Teach Me How To Dougie (Unofficial Video)
M-Bone in Hello Kitty Shirt  - Warning: explicit lyrics

Mia Amber Davis, Road Trip actress, Plus Model. Dies 36

Mia Amber Davis (1975 – May 10, 2011) was an American model, actress, television producer, magazine editor and style consultant.

Mia Amber Davis Cause of Death
Mia Amber Davis has died at the age of 36 after routine knee surgery. Also a plus-size model, she famously played Rhonda, the curvy lady who seduced geeky Kyle (DJ Qualls) in the 2000 film (Road Trip).

 Plus Size Supermodel Mia Amber Davis talking about Monif C. Plus Sizes

 

Mary Murphy, Actress, opposite Brando in ‘Wild One’ died 80

Mary Murphy ( January 26, 1931 - May 4, 2011) was an American film actress of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She was born in Washington, D.C., before moving to Los Angeles. Shortly out of high school she was signed to appear in films for Paramount Pictures in the late 1940s.

Murphy first gained attention 1953, when she played a good-hearted girl who tries to reform Marlon Brando in The Wild One. The following year, she appeared opposite Tony Curtis in Beachhead, and the year after that as Fredric March's daughter in the thriller The Desperate Hours, which also starred Humphrey Bogart. She co-starred with actor-director Ray Milland in his Western A Man Alone. She appeared in dozens of television series including Perry Mason, I Spy and Ironside. She was long absent from the big screen before acting in 1972 with Steve McQueen in the Sam Peckinpah film Junior Bonner. She had retired from acting by the 1980s.

Mary Murphy Cause of Death
Mary Murphy died from heart disease complications on May 4, 2011; she was 80 years old.

 Johnny meets Kathie (Marlon Brando & Mary Murphy ) - The Wild One(1953)

Marian Mercer, Tony Winner for Promises, Promises, Dies 75

Marian Mercer (November 26, 1935 – April 27, 2011) was an American actress and singer.

She drew critical notice for her performance in New Faces of 1962, and won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, and the Theatre World Award for Promises, Promises (1968).

Marian Mercer Cause of Death
Marian Mercer died from Alzheimer's disease, in Newbury Park, California.
Marian Mercer was 75 years old at the time of her death.

IT'S A LIVING SITCOM INTRO

Michael Sarrazin, Actor, 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' Dies 70

Michael Sarrazin (May 22, 1940 – April 17, 2011) was a Canadian actor who found fame opposite Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

Sarrazin also appeared in The Flim-Flam Man, Joshua Then and Now, and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Quickening". He hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, as well, on April 15, 1978.

For 14 years he was in a relationship with actress Jacqueline Bisset, whom he met in the 1968 film The Sweet Ride.

Michael Sarrazin Cause of death:
He died on April 17, 2011 after a brief battle with cancer, with his daughters Catherine and Michele at his side, according to a family spokesman.

 Eye of the Cat (1969) Michael Sarrazin UNCUT THEATRICAL VERSION

Michael Sarrazin is the male actor

Mel McDaniel, Grand Ole Opry Country musician, dies 68

Mel McDaniel (September 6, 1942 – March 31, 2011) was an American country music artist. His chartmaking years were the 1980s and his hits from that era include "Louisiana Saturday Night," "Stand Up," "Anger and Tears," the Number One "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On", "I Call It Love", "Stand On It" and a remake of Chuck Berry's "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)."

His career finally took off with “Louisiana Saturday Night” in 1981, a number one hit "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" in 1984 and Top 10 hits, like “Right in the Palm of Your Hand” (later covered by Alan Jackson in 1999), “Take Me to the Country,” “Big Ole Brew,” and “I Call It Love.”

McDaniel was a member of the Grand Ole Opry (since 1986) and made frequent appearances on the show.

McDaniel was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2006, along with induction classmate Leon Russell.

Mel McDaniel's Health and Cause of Death
Since 1996, he had been recovering from a near-fatal fall into an orchestra pit, suffered while he was performing at a show in Lafayette, Louisiana. On June 16, 2009, McDaniel suffered a heart attack, putting him in a medically induced coma in a Nashville area hospital according to The Tennessean. Mel's wife, Peggy, requested the prayers of the singer's fans, saying his situation was "not good." McDaniel died March 31, 2011 as a result of cancer.

Mel McDaniel - Louisiana Saturday Night

Mel McDaniel - Baby's Got Her BlueJeans On

Mike Starr, Ex-Alice In Chains Bassist, Dies 44

Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr (April 4, 1966 – March 8, 2011), was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, with whom he served from their formation in 1987 to 1993.

On 18 February, 2011, Starr was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Death of Mike Starr
Mike Starr was found dead on March 8, 2011 in a residence in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cause of death has not yet been released

* Former singer of Alice in Chains, Layne Staley died in spring 2002 after overdosing on a mixture of heroin and cocaine

Marvin Sease, American Blues singer, dies 64

Marvin Sease (February 16, 1946 - February 8, 2011) was an American blues and soul singer, known for his racy lyrics.

Sease died of pneumonia in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on February 8, 2011, eight days before his 65th birthday

 Cany Licker (Warning, adult content)

Maria Schneider, Actress in 'Last Tango,' Dies 58

Maria Schneider (March 27, 1952 – February 3, 2011) was a French actress. She was best known for playing Jeanne, opposite Marlon Brando, in the 1972 film, Last Tango in Paris.

Maria Schneider and Brando remained friends until his death, although they did not speak of the movie "for a while." She also said that her experience with the film – and her treatment as a sex symbol rather than as a serious actress – motivated her never to do films with nude scenes again. Schneider also appeared in films such as Antonioni's The Passenger and Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre.

Death of Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider died of cancer.  Maria Schneider was 58 years old at the time of her death.

Last Tango In Paris Trailer

 

Margaret Whiting, Iconic Standard Recording Artist Dies 86

Margaret Whiting (July 22, 1924 — January 10, 2011) was a singer of American popular music and country music who first made her reputation during the 1940s and 1950s.

Recording career
Whiting's first recordings were as featured singer with various orchestras:

Television career
Margaret and Barbara Whiting starred as themselves in the situation comedy Those Whiting Girls. The show, produced by Desilu Productions, aired on CBS as a summer replacement series (in place of I Love Lucy) between July, 1955 and September, 1957.

Death of Margaret Whiting
Margaret Whiting died in 2011, aged 86, from natural causes at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

Margaret Whiting: "My Foolish Heart"

Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer - Baby Its Cold Outside

Mike Edwards, Member of ELO, dies of Freak Accident 62

Mike Edwards (May, 31 1948 – September, 3 2010), known as Swami Deva Pramada or simply Pramada, was an English cellist and music teacher. His wide-ranging career was most widely notable for his membership of the Electric Light Orchestra.

He played as a member of the Electric Light Orchestra  from their first live gig in 1972 until he departed in January 1975, of his own choosing. Previously he had had little interest in non-classical music, though he had played on recording sessions for Barclay James Harvest.

His eccentric cello playing (fingering the cello strings with an orange or grapefruit) and bizarre costumes were a major ingredient of the early ELO touring band. Edwards' live "party piece" was The Dying Swan, where he would perform a cello solo and ultimately his cello would explode through the use of pyrotechnics. His cello playing contributed to the albums ELO II, On the Third Day, The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) and Eldorado. He was later replaced as cellist by Melvyn Gale.

Death of Mike Edwards
Mike Edwards was killed in Devon, England, between Harbertonford and Halwell.  A 1300 lbs hay bale (roll of hay) rolled down a hillside and collided with the van he was driving.  Mike Edwards was sixty two years old at the time of his death.

Related Story
ELO Bass Player Kelly Groucutt dies 63 (February 20, 2009) 

 Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado Overture/Can't Get It Out of My Head
Mike Edwards & Hugh McDowell on Cello, Mik Kaminski on Violin

Mitch Miller, record executive and 'Sing Along' star, dies 99


Star Location: 7001 Hollywood Blvd

Mitchell William "Mitch" Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010) was an American musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man and record company executive. One of the most influential figures in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s, both as the head of Artists & Repertoire at Columbia Records and as a best-selling recording artist, he is sometimes thought of as the creator of what would become karaoke with his NBC-TV series, Sing Along with Mitch. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in the early 1930s, Miller began his musical career as an accomplished player of the oboe and English horn, and recorded several highly regarded classical albums featuring his instrumental work. But he is best remembered as a conductor, choral director, television performer and recording executive.

Death of Mitch Miller
Mitch Miller died of complications from surgery
Mitch Miller was 99 years old at the time of his death

Mitch Miller - Santa Claus is comin' to Town

Marvin Isley, Isley Brothers, dies 56

Marvin Isley (August 18, 1953 – June 6, 2010) was one of the members of the family music group, The Isley Brothers and a bass guitarist. Marvin Isley the youngest of the brothers grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1972.

Death of Marvin Isley
Marvin Isley died on June 6, 2010, from complication of diabetes at the Seasons Hospice within Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 56

Isley Brothers Live - Twist and Shout
Marvin Isley on Bass Guitar

Meinhardt Raabe, 'Wizard Of Oz' Munchkin Coroner, Dies 94

Meinhardt Raabe (September 2, 1915 – April 9, 2010) was an American  actor. One of the last surviving Munchkin-actors in The Wizard of Oz, he was also the last surviving cast member with any dialogue in the film.

Raabe still made occasional appearances at Wizard of Oz conventions and celebrations across the country. In 2008 he was honored by the International Wizard of Oz Club with the organization's L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.

Death of Meinhardt Raabe
He died on April 9, 2010 from a heart attack at age 94.

He was the coroner in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, with his only lines being:

As coroner, I must aver
I thoroughly examined her
And she's not only merely dead
She's really, most sincerely dead!

Merlin Olsen, NFL Hall of Famer, Actor on "The Little House" dies 69

Merlin Jay Olsen
Born     September 15, 1940 Logan, Utah
Died     March 10, 2010 (aged 69) Duarte, California

Merlin Olsen was a former American football player in the National Football League and an actor. He played his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams and was elected to the Pro Bowl  in 14 of those seasons, a current record shared with Bruce Matthews. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. As an actor he portrayed Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father Murphy, playing the title role of a traveling priest.

NFL Career
Olsen played professionally (from 1962 to 1976) for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. A leading defensive star of his era, he missed only two games in his 15-season NFL career. He was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year in 1962 and was First-team All-Pro in 1964, and 1966 through 1970. He was voted Second-team All-Pro in 1965, 1973 and 1974.

Acting Career
He also enjoyed success as an actor. When Little House on the Prairie actor Victor French left to star in his own comedy Carter Country in 1977, Olsen was tapped to play Michael Landon's new sidekick Jonathan Garvey for several years. One memorable quote from Merlin during the series, "I don't know nothin' bout football!" was when Charles and Jonathan were to coach a boys football team. A couple of years later, Landon cast Olsen as the eponymous Father Murphy.

Illness and Death of Merlin Olsen
Merlin Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma  in 2009  and underwent three courses of chemotherapy. In January 2010 he filed a lawsuit against NBC Studios, NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox for exposing him to asbestos.  Merlin's brother Orrin Olsen announced that he died on March 11, 2010, aged 69, following Merlin's brief battle with cancer.

Merlin Olsen on LIttle House on the Prairie

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