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Phoebe Snow, Singer "Poetry Man", Died 60

Phoebe Snow (born Phoebe Ann Laub; July 12, 1950 – April 26, 2011) was an American female singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her 1975 hit "Poetry Man."

Phoebe Snow has performed with a numerous artists including Lou Rawls, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dave Grusin, Avenue Blue with Jeff Golub, Garland Jeffreys, Jewel, Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Queen, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Cyndi Lauper, Roger Daltrey, Chaka Khan, CeCe Peniston, Take 6, Michael Bolton, Thelma Houston, Mavis Staples, Laurie Anderson, Tracy Nelson, and The Sisters of Glory (with whom she performed at the second Woodstock festival), among others.

Phoebe Snow Cause of Death
Snow suffered a brain hemorrhage on January 19, 2010 and slipped into a coma, enduring bouts of blood clots, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure. Snow died on April 26, 2011.  Phoebe Snow was 60 years old at the time of her death.

In 1997, she sang the Roseanne theme song a cappella during the closing moments of the final episode.

Phoebe Snow Poetry Man

Phoebe Snow - Roseanne Finale Ending song

Phoebe Snow's Official Website

Poly Styrene, British punk pioneer, died 53

Poly Styrene was the stage name of Marianne Joan Elliott-Said (July 3, 1957 – April 25, 2011), a female British musician, song-writer and singer, most notably in the pioneering punk rock band X-Ray Spex.

Poly Styrene Cause of Death
Poly Styrene revealed that she had been treated for breast cancer, and that it had spread to her spine and lungs. She died on 25 April 2011.
Poly Styrene was 53 years old at the time of her death.

X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

Poly Styrene's Personal Website

Joe Willie 'Pinetop' Perkins, Blues legend, dies 97

Joseph William Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011), better known by the stage name Pinetop Perkins, was an American Blues musician, specializing in piano music. He played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history, and received numerous honors during his lifetime including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Along with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, he was one of the last two original Mississippi Delta blues musicians, and also to have a personal knowledge of and friendship with Robert Johnson.

At age 97, he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined at the Hip, an album he recorded with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Perkins thus became the oldest-ever Grammy winner, edging out comedian George Burns who had won in the spoken word category 16 years earlier.

Pinetop Perkins Cause of Death

Pinetop Perkins died on 21 March 2011 at his home in Austin, Texas.
Pinetop Perkins was 97 years old at the time of his death.

Pinetop Perkins, Harvelle's Santa Monica

 Pinetop Perkins - Official Website

 

Peggy Rea, Actress (Dukes of Hazzard, I Love Lucy,etc.. ), Dies 89

Peggy Rea (March 31, 1921 - February 5, 2011) was an American character actress known for her many roles in television, often playing matronly characters. Her recurring roles included:

  • Cousin Bertha on All in the Family
  • Martha Burkhorn on All in the Family
  • Rose Burton on The Waltons
  • Lulu Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Ivy Baker on Step by Step
  • Jean Kelly on Grace Under Fire

Rea appeared in such television programs as I Love Lucy, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Sergeant Bilko, Ironside, Burke's Law, Marcus Welby, M.D., Hunter, The Odd Couple, Gidget, MacGyver, and The Golden Girls. She also appeared in feature films, including Cold Turkey and In Country.

Death of Peggy Rea
Peggy Rea died of congestive heart failure at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif.,
Peggy Rea was 89 years old at the time of her death

Dukes of Hazzard - Lulu

Step By Step - Theme Song

Peter Yates, 'Bullitt' Director Dies 81

Peter Yates (July 24, 1928 – January 9, 2011) was an English film director and producer. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Deathe of Peter Yates
Peter Yates died in London on 9 January 2011. He was 82 years old.

Bullitt Official Trailer (1968)

Pete Postlethwaite, Oscar-nominated, 'Inception' actor dies 64

Peter William "Pete" Postlethwaite, OBE (February 7, 1946 – January 2, 2011) was an English stage, film and television actor.

After minor television appearances including in The Professionals, Postlethwaite's first success came with the film Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. He played a mysterious lawyer "Kobayashi" in The Usual Suspects, and he appeared in Alien 3, In the Name of the Father, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, Inception, and in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.

Death of Pete Postlethwaite
Postlethwaite died in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 2 January 2011 after a battle with cancer.  Pete Postlethwaite was 64 at the time of his death.

Postlethwaite was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1990, and had one testicle removed.

Pete Postlethwaite talks about The Age of Stupid on BBC Breakfast

Patricia Neal, Oscar-winning actress, dies 84

Patricia Neal (January 20, 1926 – August 8, 2010) was an American actress of stage and screen. She won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the drama Hud (1963).

During the filming of The Fountainhead (1949), Neal had an affair with her married co-star, Gary Cooper, whom she had met in 1947 when she was 21 and he was 46. By 1950, Cooper's wife, Veronica, had found out about the relationship and sent Neal a telegram demanding they end it. Neal became pregnant by Cooper, but he persuaded her to have an abortion.

Death of Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal died at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts on Martha's Vineyard, August 8, 2010, of lung cancer.

Patricia Neal & Gary Cooper  - "The Fountainhead"

Paul Gray, Slipknot bassist, found dead in Iowa hotel room

Paul Dedrick Gray (April 8, 1972 – May 24, 2010), also known by his number #2, or "The Pig", was an American musician  best known as the bassist of the Grammy Award winning rock band Slipknot.

Death of Paul Gray
On May 24, 2010, The Des Moines Register reported that Gray had been found dead at a room in the Town Plaza hotel in Urbandale, Iowa. He is survived by his wife Brenna. He and his wife were expecting their first child at the time of his death.

On June 21, 2010, autopsy results were released that stated Gray had died of an accidental overdose of morphine  and fentanyl, and had also shown signs of "significant heart disease".

 

 Slipknot - Wait and Bleed - Live at London Arena
Paul Gray on Bass (left handed)

Peter Steele, Front man of Type O Negative (singer, bass), dies 48

Petrus T. Ratajczyk (January 4, 1962  – April 14, 2010) better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist, and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.  Before joining Type O Negative, he played for the metal group Fallout and the thrash  band Carnivore.

As the front-man for Type O Negative, Steele was known for his vampiric looks, rich bass-baritone vocals, and a dark, often self-deprecating sense of humor.  His lyrics were often intensely personal, dealing with subjects including love, loss and addiction. Steele credited Black Sabbath and The Beatles as his key musical inspirations.

Death of Peter Steele
Peter Steele died of heart failure.  Prior to his death, Steele had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music.
Peter Steele was 48 years old at the time of his death

Type O Negative - Love You To Death (Live)
Peter Steele - Lead Singer & Bass

Peter Graves, 'Mission: Impossible' Star, Dies 83

Born: Peter Aurness March 18, 1926 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: March 14, 2010 (aged 83) Pacific Palisades, California

Peter Graves was an American  film and television  actor. He was known for his starring role in the television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973, and its revival, from 1988 to 1990. He was the younger brother of character actor James Arness.

Death of Peter Graves
Graves died on March 14, 2010, just four days prior to his 84th birthday. He collapsed outside his home in Pacific Palisades, shortly after returning from a Sunday brunch with his family. His daughter tried to revive him, but failed. According to Graves' business manager, Graves died of a heart attack

Awards
Peter Graves won a Golden Globe Award in 1971 for his role as Jim Phelps in the series Mission: Impossible.
He won an Emmy Award for outstanding informational series in 1997 as host of A&E Biography

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Peter Graves' star was added just 5 months before his death

Airplane - Trailer

 

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Peter Grave Filmography

    * Winning Your Wings (1942) (short subject)
    * Up Front (1951)
    * Fort Defiance (1951)
    * The Congregation (1952)
    * Red Planet Mars (1952)
    * Stalag 17 (1953)
    * War Paint (1953)
    * East of Sumatra (1953)
    * Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
    * Killers from Space (1954)
    * The Yellow Tomahawk (1954)
    * The Raid (1954)
    * Black Tuesday (1954)
    * Fort Yuma (1955)
    * The Long Gray Line (1955)
    * Robbers' Roost (1955)
    * Wichita (1955)
    * The Naked Street (1955)
    * The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    * The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
    * It Conquered the World (1956)
    * Hold Back the Night (1956)
    * Canyon River (1956)
    * Beginning of the End (1957)
    * Bayou (1957)
    * Death in Small Doses (1957)

   

    * Wolf Larsen (1958)
    * A Stranger in My Arms (1959)
    * A Rage to Live (1965)
    * Texas Across the River (1966)
    * The Ballad of Josie (1967)
    * Mission: Impossible vs. the Mob (1968) (compilation of episodes released to European theaters)
    * Sergeant Ryker (1968)
    * The Five Man Army (1969)
    * Where Have All The People Gone? (1974) (TV movie)
    * Scream of the Wolf (1974)
    * Sidecar Racers (1975)
    * The Mysterious Monsters (1976) (documentary) (narrator)
    * High Seas Hijack (1978) (in English version)
    * The Clonus Horror (1979)
    * Survival Run (1980)
    * Airplane! (1980)
    * The Guns and the Fury (1981)
    * Savannah Smiles (1982)
    * Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
    * The Winds of War (1983)
    * Number One with a Bullet (1987)
    * War and Remembrance (1988)
    * Addams Family Values (1993)
    * House on Haunted Hill (1999)
    * Men in Black II (2002)
    * Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

Pernell Roberts of 'Bonanza' and 'Trapper John, MD' dies 81

Pernell Elvin Roberts (May 18, 1928 – January 24, 2010) was an American television actor and singer. He was best known for his roles as Ben Cartwright's eldest son, Adam Cartwright, on the western series Bonanza (a role he played from 1959 to 1965), and as chief surgeon, Dr. John MacIntyre, the title character on Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986).

Born: Pernell Elvin Roberts Waycross, Georgia, U.S.
Died: Malibu, California, U.S.

He came to prominence playing Ben Cartwright's urbane eldest son, Adam, in the Western television series Bonanza. Despite the show’s success, he left after the sixth season in 1965 due to disagreements with the writers and a desire to return to legitimate theatre.

He was known for his activism, which included participation in the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965, and pressuring NBC to refrain from hiring whites to portray minority characters.

Death of Pernel Roberts
Roberts died of cancer at his home in Malibu, California on January 24, 2010, aged 81

Pernell Roberts

'Dirty Dancing' and 'Ghost' Star Patrick Swayze Dies 57

 

Patrick SwayzePatrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 - September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He was best-known for his roles as romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost and as Orry Main in the North and South television miniseries. He was listed by People magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991.

Health and death of Patrick Swayze
Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late January 2008, and underwent chemotherapy and other treatments at the Stanford University Medical Center. On March 5, 2008, a Reuters article reported that Swayze "has a very limited amount of disease, and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far". Swayze's doctor confirmed that the actor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but insisted he was not as close to death as reports suggest. Specifically, Swayze was diagnosed with a type of pancreatic tumor called Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm (IPMN).

Swayze acknowledged that his chain smoking probably "had something to do with" the development of his disease. Research has shown a link between cigarette smoking and the development of cancer of the pancreas. Swayze died on September 14, 2009, at age 57.

Patrick Swayze - She's Like the Wind

Paul Burke, actor starred in 'Naked City', dies 83

Paul Burke (July 21, 1926 – September 13, 2009) was an American actor best known for his lead roles in two 1960s ABC television series, Naked City and Twelve O'Clock High. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of New York Police Department detective Adam Flint in Naked City.

Career
Burke was cast in the lead role of the police show Naked City, in which he appeared as Adam Flint from 1960 to 1963. Burke then appeared in the starring role of Captain (later Major, then Colonel) Joe Gallagher on 12 O'Clock High between 1964 and 1967, during which time he met his wife, Lyn. The 12 O'Clock High role was Burke's last lead television role. In 1967, Burke starred in the film Valley of the Dolls as Lyon Burke, the young lawyer who befriended all three female stars and had a tempestuous relationship with Anne Welles. He also played a police officer who pursued an art thief played by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair

During the 1970s, he appeared in three episodes each of ABC's The Love Boat and CBS's Medical Center. In 1984, he appeared as C.C. Capwell in twenty-one episodes of the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara. He appeared in supporting roles in a number of television series, including recurring roles in Dynasty from 1982-1988 and in Tom Selleck's Magnum, P.I. from 1981-1985 as Rear Admiral Hawkes.

Later years and death
Burke retired from acting in the early 1990s. He was the grandfather of actress Alia Shawkat. He died at his home in Palm Springs, California. He had leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Paul Burke in 12 O'Clock High

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Selected filmography

Film
YearFilmRole
1951Fixed Bayonets!Doggie
1952Francis Goes to West PointSergeant Swazey
1953South Sea WomanEnsign at court-martial
1955Francis in the NavyTate
1956Screaming EaglesCpl. Dreef
1957The DisembodiedTom Maxwell
1964DellaBarney Stafford
1967Valley of the DollsLyon Burke
1968The Thomas Crown AffairLt. Eddy Malone
1969Once You Kiss a Stranger...Jerry
1970Guerilla Strike ForceBob Reynolds
1990The FoolPaul Brooke
Television
YearTitleRole
1955Big TownGardiner
Navy LogSparks
Stage 7Tommy
1957Men of AnnapolisWesley Edmont
1958Tales of Wells FargoBud Crawford
1959The MillionaireNellis
1960Hawaiian EyeBrad Finley
Hotel de PareeTad Frisbee
Wanted: Dead or AliveDaniel Trenner
1960-1963Naked CityDetective Adam Flint
1963The LieutenantCaptain Thomson
1964The Great AdventureCaptain Richard Pratt
Combat!Sgt. O'Neill
Slattery's PeopleDr. Robert Harrison
1964-196712 O'Clock HighColonel Joseph Anson Gallagher
1970Crowhaven FarmBen Porter
1972The RookiesNeil Montgomery
1973The New Adventures of Perry MasonHerbert Newton
ShaftElliot Williamson
1974Police WomanJoe Fenner
Harry OPhilip Ballinger
MannixAnderson
1975McMillan and WifeLes Walker
1976PetrocelliJohn Fleming
Starsky and HutchLt. Ted Cameron
1977Little Ladies of the NightFrank Atkins
1978What Really Happened to the Class of '65?McDonald
1979The Littlest HoboAndy McClelland
1980Charlie's AngelsClifford Burke
Trapper John, M.D.Dr. Malcolm
1981Vega$Raymond Green
1983T. J. HookerCapt. Frank Medavoy
1984The Red-Light StingBrockelhurst
1985Finder of Lost LovesRichard Foster
Murder, She WroteHerbert Upton
1986Hot ShotsNicholas Broderick
1988Cagney & LaceyWinston Prentiss
1990ColumboHorace Sherwin

Radio Legend Paul Harvey Dies 90

Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 - February 28, 2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcasted News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. His listening audience was estimated at 22 million people a week. Harvey liked to say he was raised in radio newsrooms

Harvey died on February 28, 2009, at the age of 90 after being taken to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He died while surrounded by family and friends. His son, Paul Harvey Jr., said "millions have lost a friend" in response to his father's passing.  The cause was not immediately known.

Movie & Soap Actor Philip Carey (one life to live) dies 83

Philip Carey (July 15, 1925 - February 6, 2009) was an American actor.

A former U.S. Marine, Carey made appearances in films such as This Woman is Dangerous with Joan Crawford (1952) Calamity Jane (1953), Pushover (1954) and Monster (1979).

From 1965-1967, Carey played Captain Edward Parmalee on the NBC western television series Laredo, set in the South Texas city located on the Rio Grande. After Laredo, Carey guest starred in an episode of ABC's military-western Custer starring Wayne Maunder in the title role.

From 1979 until late 2007, he has played the protective Texan patriarch Asa Buchanan on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live.

Death of Philip Carey
Philip Carey died of lung cancer
Philip Carey was 83 years old at the time of his death.
Philip Carey was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2006 and underwent chemotherapy.

One Life to Live: Asa's Heart Attack

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