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'Macho Man' Randy Savage, WWF Wrester, Died 58

Randall Mario Poffo (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011), better known by his ring name "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler and actor best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He also had a short run with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Savage held twenty championships during his professional wrestling career and is a seven-time world champion: a two-time WWF Champion, four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and one-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion. Also a one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, WWE has named Savage the greatest Intercontinental champion of all time and credited him for bringing "a higher level of credibility to the title through his amazing in-ring performances." Aside from championships, Savage is the 1987 WWF King of the Ring and the 1995 WCW World War 3 winner. For much of his tenures in the WWF and WCW, he was managed by his real life wife, "Miss Elizabeth" Hulette.

Miss Elizabeth died May 1, 2003, at the age of 42

Randy Savage Cause of Death
Randy Savage suffered a heart attack around 10AM while driving on a highway in Tampa, Florida before losing control of the vehicle and crashing.  Randy Savage was driving a 2009 Jeep Wrangler when he "veered across a concrete median ... through oncoming traffic ... and "collided head-on with a tree." His wife Lynn was a passenger but survived with "minor injuries". According to officials, both were wearing their seat belts at the time.
Randy Savage was 58 years old at the time of his death

 Macho Man promo

Rich Cronin, Singer of LFO, Dies of Leukemia 36

Richard Burton "Rich" Cronin (August 30, 1975 – September 8, 2010) was an American singer and songwriter. He was the lead singer and primary songwriter for the pop group Lyte Funky Ones or LFO.

LFO
Cronin was the founding member of the pop group LFO. The group's breakout hit "Summer Girls", was written by Cronin in 1999, hit #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart for six weeks. The single also went platinum in the US with sales of over 1,000,000 units. The group disbanded in 2002.

Illness and death of Rich Cronin
In March 2005, Cronin went to the hospital after suffering from constant headaches. He was diagnosed with a form of leukemia known as acute myelogenous leukemia. He was given chemotherapy at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In January 2006 he went into remission. He started his own foundation called the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation to raise awareness about the deadly disease; making it his mission to educate people about the urgent need for donating blood, and even more so, bone marrow.

In the summer of 2010, his condition worsened, and he was admitted for further treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. On the afternoon of September 8, 2010, Rich Cronin died in the hospital after suffering a stroke, at the age of 35.

Summer Girls by LFO

Robert Schimmel, Comedian, Dies Following Car Accident

Robert George Schimmel (January 16, 1950 – September 3, 2010) was an American stand-up comedian whose material was often X-rated and controversial. He was perhaps best known for his comedy albums and his appearances on HBO and The Howard Stern Show. Schimmel is number 76 on the 2004 program Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time.

Health
Schimmel battled lymphoma into remission and the disease did not return. He also survived a heart attack

Car accident and death
On August 26, 2010, while travelling on Arizona State Route 101 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Schimmel was involved in a major car accident that left him in a very serious condition. Schimmel's 19 year old daughter Aliyah was driving with her father and brother. Police reported that she was run off the road by an out-of-control SUV and lost control of the vehicle which rolled over a concrete embankment. It came to a stop on its side on the shoulder of the freeway. Aliyah Schimmel was hospitalized and is in stable condition. Schimmel's son was not injured.

On September 3, 2010, Schimmel died of his injuries. He was survived by five children.

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Robert Byrd, longest serving senator, dies 92

Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr.; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a Senator from 1959 to 2010 and was the longest-serving senator and the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress.

On June 27, 2010, Byrd became ill and was admitted to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax County, Virginia, for what was assumed to be heat stroke and dehydration.  However, other medical conditions emerged and Byrd was described as "seriously ill."  Robert Byrd died at approximately 3 a.m. EDT the next day at age 92

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Rue McClanahan, 'Golden Girls', dies from stroke 76

Rue McClanahan (February 21, 1934 – June 3, 2010) was an American  actress, known for her roles as Vivian Cavender Harmon on Maude, Fran Crowley on Mama's Family, and Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, a role that won her an Emmy Award.

Death of Rue McClanahan
McClanahan's manager, Barbara Lawrence, said McClanahan died Thursday June 3, 2010 at 1am. of a stroke.
Rue McClanahan was 76 years old at the time of her death

"She went in peace."

* Related links: Deaths of Golden Girls cast

 Rue McClanahan on Dame Edna's Hollywood (May 1992)
 
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Rue McClanahan's Television work

    * Another World (cast member from 1970 – 1971)
    * Where the Heart Is (1971 – 1972)
    * Hogan's Goat (1971; TV movie)
    * All in the Family (1972; 1 episode: "The Bunkers and the Swingers")
    * The Rimers of Eldritch (1974; TV movie)
    * Maude (1974 – 1978)
    * Apple Pie (1978)
    * Gimme A Break (1981-1987; 2 episodes)
    * Mama's Family as Fran (1983 – 1985)
    * Murder, She Wrote (1985; 1 episode: "Murder Takes the Bus")
    * The Golden Girls (1985 – 1992)
    * The Man in the Brown Suit (1989; TV movie)
    * Children of the Bride (1990; TV movie)
    * Baby of the Bride (1991; TV movie)
    * The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story (TV movie; 1991)
    * The Golden Palace (1992 - 1993)
    * Mother of the Bride (1993; TV movie)
    * Boy Meets World (1993; 1 episode)
    * A Saintly Switch (1999; TV movie)
    * Safe Harbor (1999; 11 episodes)
    * Ladies Man (2000; 2 episodes)
    * Hope & Faith (2005; 1 episode)
    * King of the Hill (2007; 1 episode)
    * Sordid Lives: The Series (2008; 12 episodes)
    * Law & Order (2009; 1 episode)
    * Celebrity Ghost Stories (October 17, 2009 episode)
    * Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (December 2, 2009 episode)

Filmography

    * The Rotten Apple (1961)
    * Angel's Flight (1965)
    * Walk the Angry Beach (1968)
    * Hollywood After Dark (1968)
    * The Unholy Choice (1968)
    * The People Next Door (1970)
    * Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971)
    * They Might Be Giants (1971)
    * The Wickedest Witch (1989)
    * Message from Nam (1993)
    * A Christmas to Remember (1995)
    * Dear God (1996)
    * Innocent Victims (TV movie) (1996)
    * Annabelle's Wish (1997)
    * Out to Sea (1997)
    * Starship Troopers (1997)
    * The Fighting Temptations (2003)
    * Back to You and Me (2005)
    * Generation Gap (2008)
 

Ronnie James Dio, Heavy Metal Legend, dies 67

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" Sad news for the Rock & metal world today. Ronnie James Dio has lost his battle with Cancer. It was reported that he passed away today. He will be sorely missed. "
- 1metalfan -

Ronald James Padavona
Born: July 10, 1942 Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
Died: May 16, 2010 (67) Houston, Texas, USA

Ronnie James Dio was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser Hear 'n Aid. He was widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal,  renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. He was collaborating on a project with former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, under the moniker Heaven & Hell, whose first and only studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on April 28, 2009.

Death of Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio died at 7:45 am (CDT) of stomach cancer.
Ronnie James Dio was 67 years old at the time of his death.

Statement from Official Fan Site:
"Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

1983 Ronnie James Dio "Rainbow In The Dark" (Rock Palace)

Robert Culp, 'I Spy', 'The Greatest American Hero', Dies 79

Robert Martin Culp
Born: August 16, 1930 Oakland, California, United States
Died: March 24, 2010 (aged 79) Los Angeles, California

Robert Culp was an American actor and scriptwriter, perhaps best known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965-1968), the espionage  series, where he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents.

Culp came to national attention very early in his career as the star of the 1957-59 Western television series Trackdown  in which he played Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman.

He played a murderer in three separate Columbo episodes.
In 1981 he got his big break back into the television realm when he starred in The Greatest American Hero.

One of his most recent recurring roles was a part on Everybody Loves Raymond as Warren Whelan, Ray's father-in-law.

He appeared on episodes of many other television programs including a 1961 season three episode of "Bonanza" titled Broken Ballad, as well as The Golden Girls, The Nanny, The Girls Next Door and Wings.

Death of Robert Culp
Culp died on March 24, 2010 after a fall that took place outside his Los Angeles home.  Robert Culp was 79 years old at the time of his dealth.

Robert Culp (as a waiter) on "Get Smart"

 

Roy Disney, Walt Disney's nephew, dies 79

Roy Edward Disney (January 10, 1930 – December 16, 2009) was a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father Roy Oliver Disney and his uncle Walt Disney founded. At the time of death he was a shareholder (over 16 million shares or about 1%),and served as a consultant for the company and Director Emeritus for the Board of Directors. He is perhaps best known for organizing the ousting of two top Disney executives: first, Ron Miller in 1984, and then Michael Eisner in 2005. He graduated from Pomona College in 1951.

Death of Roy Disney
Disney, who had been battling stomach cancer, died at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California.  He was 79 years old.

Tony Winner Ron Silver Dies of Cancer at 62

Ronald Silver (July 2, 1946  - March 15, 2009) was an American actor, director, producer and political activist.

Death of Ron Silver
Ron Silver died of esophageal cancer,  after battling the disease for two years
Ron Silver was 62 years old at the time of his death.

Silver made his film debut in Tunnel Vision in 1976. Additional screen roles include Lovesick (1983), the devoted son of Anne Bancroft in Garbo Talks (1984), an incompetent detective in Eat and Run (1986), and the lead in Paul Mazursky's Oscar-nominated Enemies: A Love Story (1989). He also portrayed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz in Reversal of Fortune (1990), based on the trial of Claus von Bülow.

Silver has been featured in such diverse films as Billy Crystal's Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Timecop (1994) with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and as Muhammad Ali's boxing cornerman Angelo Dundee in Michael Mann's Ali. From 2001 to 2002 and 2005 to 2006, Silver portrayed presidential campaign advisor Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing.

From 1991 to 2000, Silver served as president of the Actors' Equity Association.

Ricardo Montalban, 'Fantasy Island' dies 88

 

Mexican Actor died 2009Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino (November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009) was a Mexican television, theatre, and film actor. He had a career spanning decades and multiple notable roles. During the late 1970s, he was the spokesperson in automobile advertisements for the Chrysler Cordoba (in which he famously extols the "Corinthian leather" used for its interior). From 1977 to 1984 he starred as Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island. He also played the villainous Khan Noonien Singh in both the 1967 "Space Seed" episode of the first season of the original Star Trek series, and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He won an Emmy Award in 1978, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. Up until his 80s, he continued to perform, often providing voices for animated films and commercials.

Death of Ricardo Montalban
Montalbán died on January 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88. His cause of death has not yet been identified.

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To Kill a Mockingbird' director, Robert Mulligan, dies at 83

Emmy award winner 

Robert Mulligan (August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York - Died December 20, 2008 Lyme, Conn) is an American film and television director.

In 1957 Robert Mulligan directed his first motion picture (Fear Strikes Out) and five years later received wide acclaim and Academy award and Directors Guild of America nominations for To Kill a Mockingbird. In the same year, he also directed a film with stars Rock Hudson and Burl Ives, called The Spiral Road, based on the book by Jan de Hartog.

Death of Robert Mulligan
Robert Mulligan died of had heart disease.
Robert Mulligan was 83 years old at the time of his death

In 1972 he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director and another Directors Guild Award for the highly successful Summer of '42.

He is the brother of actor Richard Mulligan who is best remembered for his television roles of Burt Campbell in the sitcom Soap and of Dr. Harry Weston in Empty Nest.

Robert Mulligan's biography & filmography continues next page

Employed by the CBS network, Mulligan began his television career at the bottom of the ladder, working as a messenger boy. He worked his way up, learning the business to where in 1948 he was directing important dramatic series. In 1959 he won an Emmy Award for directing The Moon and Sixpence, a made-for-television production that marked the American small-screen debut of Sir Laurence Olivier.

Selected filmography
The Man in the Moon (1991)
Clara's Heart (1988)
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
The Nickel Ride (1974)
The Other (1972)
Summer of '42 (1971)
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
The Stalking Moon (1969)
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Spiral Road (1962)
Come September (1961)
The Great Impostor (1961)
The Rat Race (1960)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Character actor Robert Prosky dies 77

actor who died 2008Robert Prosky (December 13, 1930 - December 8, 2008) was an American actor with hundreds of credits on stage and screen including "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Hill Street Blues"

Death of Robert Prosky
Robert Prosky died on December 8, 2008, five days short of his 78th birthday, of complications following a heart procedure. At the time of his death, he lived on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Biography
Robert Prosky appeared in such films as Thief, Christine, The Natural, Broadcast News, Green Card, Hoffa, Rudy, and Dead Man Walking. In addition to appearing in numerous films, Prosky appeared as a regular on the television shows Hill Street Blues and Veronica's Closet. Prior to his film and television career, Prosky appeared in numerous productions at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, most notably as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. He was considered for the role of Martin Crane in Frasier and later made a guest appearance in the show as a reclusive writer. He also played Rebecca Howe's father on Cheers.

Prosky often performed at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, with over 100 stage credits to his name at that theatre alone. He also originated the role of Shelly Levene in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.

Robert Prosky's biography continues next page

Filmography
The Skeptic (2009)
Suits on the Loose (2005)
D-Tox (2002) - McKenzie
Death to Smoochy (2002) (uncredited)
Dudley Do-Right (1999) - Inspector Fenwick
Veronica's Closet (1997) (TV series) (1997–1998)
The Chamber (1996)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
The Scarlet Letter (1995) - Horace Stonehall
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) - Judge Henry Harper
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) - Jonathan Lundy
Rudy (1993) - Father Cavanaugh
Last Action Hero (1993)
Hoffa (1992)
Far and Away (1992) - Daniel Christie
Green Card (1990)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Outrageous Fortune (1987) - Stanislav Korzenowski
Broadcast News (1987)
Hill Street Blues (1981) (TV series) (1984–1987)
The Natural (1984)
The Keep (1983)
Christine (1983)
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
Monsignor (1982)
Hanky Panky (1982)
Thief (1981)

Record producer Ray Ellis (Chances are, Splish Splash) dies 85

Ray Ellis (July 28, 1923 Philadelphia - October 27, 2008 Encino, California) was an American record producer, arranger and conductor. The orchestration for Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin is perhaps his best known work in the jazz vein.

Ellis arranged many hit records in the 1950s and 1960s. Included are classics such as "A Certain Smile" by Johnny Mathis; Broken Hearted Melody by Sarah Vaughan; and "Standing On The Corner" by the Four Lads. In 1970 he produced Emmylou Harris' debut LP Gliding Bird.

Ellis work encompassed all areas of music, from records to film, commercials, and television. His television theme music credits include NBC News At Sunrise with Connie Chung and the original cartoon series Spider-Man. In the early 1960s, Ellis had a contract to produce his own easy listening record albums with RCA Victor, MGM, and Columbia, the most popular probably being Ellis in Wonderland.

Death of Ray Ellis
Ray Ellis died of complications from melanoma
Ray Ellis was 85 years old at the age of his death.

Mr. Blackwell (Ten Worst Dressed Women list) dies 86

Richard Blackwell (born Richard Sylvan Selzer) (August 29, 1922 - October 19, 2008) was a fashion critic, journalist, television and radio personality, artist, former child actor and former fashion designer, sometimes known just as Mr. Blackwell. He was the creator of the Ten Worst Dressed Women list, an annual awards presentation he unveiled in January of each year. He published the "Fabulous Fashion Independents" list and an annual Academy Awards fashion review, both of which receive somewhat less media attention. His longtime companion, former Beverly Hills hairdresser, Robert Spencer, managed him. He wrote two books, Mr. Blackwell: 30 Years of Fashion Fiascos and an autobiography, From Rags to Bitches.

Death of Richard Blackwell
Blackwell died in Los Angeles on October 19, 2008, aged 86, of complications from an intestinal infection

Pink Floyd member Richard Wright dies age 65

Richard William Wright (July 28, 1943 -  September 15, 2008) was a self-taught pianist and keyboardist best known for his long career with Pink Floyd. Though not as prolific a songwriter as his bandmates Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, he wrote significant parts of the music for classic albums such as Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, as well as for Pink Floyd's final studio album The Division Bell. Wright’s richly textured keyboard layers were a vital ingredient and a distinctive characteristic of Pink Floyd's sound. In addition, Wright frequently sang background and occasionally lead vocals onstage and in the studio with Pink Floyd (most notably on the songs "Time," "Echoes," and on the Syd Barrett composition "Astronomy Domine").

Death of Richard Wright
Richard Wright died of cancer on 15 September 2008.
Richard Wright was 65 years old at the time of his death

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