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Cornell Dupree, rhythm-and-blues guitarist, dies at 69

Cornell Dupree (December 19, 1942 – May 8, 2011) was an American jazz and R&B guitarist. He worked at various times with Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, King Curtis and Steve Gadd, appeared on David Letterman, and written a book on soul and blues guitar: Rhythm and Blues Guitar ISBN 0-634-00149-3. He reputedly recorded on 2,500 sessions.

Cornell Dupree also worked with Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and Mariah Carey.

He played on Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love", and is featured on two tracks of Peter Wolf's 1998 album, Fool's Parade. He is also known for playing the opening guitar riff on Aretha Franklin's "Respect"

Cornell Dupree Cause of Death
Cornell Dupree died of emphysema while waiting for lung transplant.
Cornell Dupree was 69 years old at the time of his death.

Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton

Aretha Franklin - Respect [1967]

Hazel Dickens, bluegrass singer-songwriter, dies 75

Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1935 – April 22, 2011) was a female American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. She was the eighth child of an eleven-child mining family in West Virginia. Her music is characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs.

Dickens was born in Mercer County, West Virginia. She met Mike Seeger, younger half-brother of Pete Seeger and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers and became active in the Baltimore-Washington area bluegrass and folk music scene during the 1960s. During this time she also established a collaborative relationship with Mike Seeger's wife, Alice Gerrard, and as "Hazel & Alice" recorded two albums for the Folkways label: Who's That Knocking (And Other Bluegrass Country Music) (1965) and Won't You Come & Sing for Me (1973). Dickens and Gerrard were bluegrass bandleaders at a time when the vast majority of bluegrass bands were led by men.

Hazel Dickens Cause of Death
Hazel Dickens died in Washington, DC, of complications from pneumonia.
Hazel Dickens was 75 years old at the time of her death

Hazel Dickens - A Few Old Memories 

Nate Dogg, Rapper (West Coast Ganster Funk), dies 41

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011), better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American musician.

Death of Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg died on March 15, 2011 in Long Beach, California. In 2007, Nate Dogg had a massive stroke, and another stroke in 2008, however it is unknown if that contributed to his death.
Nate Dogg was 41 years old at the time of his death

Nate Dogg - I Got Love

John Dye, 'Touched By An Angel' Star dies 47

John Carroll Dye (January 31, 1963 – January 10, 2011) was an American film and television actor known for his role as Andrew in the television series Touched by an Angel.

Death of John Dye
Dye was found dead in his home in San Francisco, California on January 10, 2011, family have reported that he passed away from a heart attack.

John Dye in "The Perfect Weapon" (1/2)

Geraldine Doyle, WWII Poster 'We Can Do It!' Inspiration, Dies 86

Geraldine Hoff Doyle (July 31, 1924 — December 26, 2010) was the real-life model for the World War II era We Can Do It posters, an embodiment of the iconic World War II character Rosie the Riveter.

Because the We Can Do It poster was created for an internal Westinghouse project, it did not become widely known until the 1980s, when it began to be used by advocates of women's equality in the workplace.

In 1942 Geraldine found work as a metal presser in a Michigan factory. (As men started enlisting and being drafted into military service for World War II, women began to support the war effort by taking on roles, including factory work, that were formerly considered "male only.")

Because she was a cello player, Geraldine feared a hand injury from the metal pressing machines and soon left the factory. During the brief time she worked there a wire photographer took a picture of her. That image - re-imagined by graphic artist J. Howard Miller while working for the Westinghouse Company's War Production Coordinating Committee -- became the basis for the poster Miller created during a Westinghouse anti-absenteeism and anti-strike campaign.

Doyle didn't know she was the model for We Can Do It until 1984, when she came across the original photograph in a 1940's back issue of Modern Maturity Magazine.

Death of Geraldine Doyle
Geraldine Doyle died in Lansing, Michigan, due to complications from arthritis.
Geraldine Hoff Doyle was 86 years old at the time of her death.

Jon D'Agostino, drawer of Archie and GI Joe, 81

Jon D'Agostino (John P. D'Agostino Sr.) (June 13, 1929 – November 28, 2010) was an Italian-American comic-book artist best known for his Archie Comics work. As well, under the pseudonym Johnny Dee, he was the letterer for the lead story in the Marvel Comics landmark The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963), as well as other seminal Marvel comics.

D'Agostino is not the French comics artist Tony D'Agostino, a.k.a. Tony Dagos, whose early work was signed "D'Agostino". He is also not the concurrent early-Marvel letter John Duffy a.k.a. John Duffi, although he is listed as such in some databases.

Death of Jon D'Agostino
Jon D'Agostino died of bone cancer in Ansonia, Conn.
Jon D'Agostino was 81 years old at the time of his death

Jimmy Dean, Singer, Actor, Sausage Businessman Dies 81

Jimmy Ray Dean (August 10, 1928 - June 13, 2010) was an American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman. Although he may be best known today as the creator of the Jimmy Dean Sausage brand, he first rose to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John"; and became a national television personality in the 1960s. His acting career included a supporting role in the 1971 James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever. He lived near Richmond, Virginia and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

In 1969, Dean went into the sausage business, starting the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. He sold the company to Sara Lee Corp. in 1984.

Death of Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean died on June 13, 2010, of natural causes at his Henrico, Virginia home at the age of 81. He was survived by his wife Donna.

Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John

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)

J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye, dies 91

Jerome David "J. D." Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980.

Death of J.D. Salinger
Salinger died of natural causes on January 27, 2010, at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire.

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.

Millvina Dean, Last Titanic survivor dies at 97

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Last Titanic SurvivorMillvina Dean (February 2, 1912 - May 31, 2009) was the last living survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic which occurred on 15 April 1912. At nine weeks of age, she was the youngest passenger on board

Ill health and death of Millvina Dean
In December 2008, at the age of 96, Millvina Dean was forced to sell several of her family's possessions to pay for her private medical care following a broken hip.

In response, the Millvina Fund was set up in May 2009 by the director and stars of the film Titanic, James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, who donated over £20,000 to support Dean with her bills. This fund was set up through a challenge by photographer Don Mullan, and matches one he set up through selling prints.

Dean died on 31 May 2009 at the age of 97, 98 years to the day after the Titanic was launched in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Millvina Dean's biography continutes next page

Family
Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean was born in London to Bertram Frank Dean and Georgette Eva Light. She had a brother, Bertram Vere Dean (1910–1992), and a great great great niece Khara Barnard who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dean never married and had no children.


Titanic voyage
Millvina's parents decided to leave England and emigrate to Wichita, Kansas where her father had family living and where he hoped to open a tobacco shop. The Deans were not supposed to be aboard the Titanic, but owing to a coal strike, they were transferred to the ship and boarded it as third-class passengers at Southampton, England. Millvina was barely two months old when she boarded the ship. Her father felt the ship's collision with the iceberg on the night of 14 April 1912, and after investigating, returned to his cabin telling his wife to dress the children and go up on deck. Millvina, her mother, and brother were placed in Lifeboat 10 and were among the first steerage passengers to escape the sinking liner. Her father, however, did not survive, and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Return to England
At first, Millvina's mother wanted to continue on to Kansas to fulfil her husband's wish of a new life in the United States. However, after losing her husband and being left with two small children for whom to care, they returned to England aboard the RMS Adriatic. While aboard the ship, Millvina understandably attracted considerable attention. An article in the Daily Mirror newspaper dated 12 May 1912 described the ordeal:

She was the pet of the liner during the voyage, and so keen was the rivalry between women to nurse this lovable mite of humanity that one of the officers decreed that first and second class passengers might hold her in turn for no more than ten minutes.

Family deaths
Dean's mother died on 16 September 1975, aged 96, and her brother, Bertram, died, aged 81, on 14 April 1992, 80 years to the day after the Titanic struck the iceberg.

Later years
It was not until Millvina was in her seventies that she became involved in Titanic-related events. Over the years, she participated in numerous conventions, exhibitions, documentaries, television and radio interviews, and personal correspondence. In 1998, Millvina traveled to the United States to participate in a Titanic convention in Springfield, Massachusetts, and another in 1999 in Montreal. She had also been scheduled to appear at a commemoration of the Titanic's 94th anniversary in 2006, but a broken hip prevented her appearance.

In October 2007, she became the last-living Titanic survivor following the death of Barbara West Dainton, who died at the age of 96 in England.

Dom DeLuise (Chef, Comedian, Actor, director) Dies 75

Dominick "Dom" DeLuise (August 1, 1933 - May 4, 2009) was a Golden Globe - nominated American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, and chef. He is the husband of actress Carol Arthur, and the father of actor, writer, director Peter DeLuise, and actors David DeLuise and Michael DeLuise

Death of Dom DeLuise
Dom DeLuise died in his sleep, peacefully, at Los Angeles hospital after a long illness.
Dom DeLuise was 75 years old at the time of his death.

DeLuise is probably best known as a regular in Mel Brooks's films. He appeared in The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs & Robin Hood: Men in Tights. In Silent Movie (1976), Brooks plays a film director and his strange friends, DeLuise (as "Dom Bell") and Marty Feldman, struggle to produce the first major silent film in forty years. Brooks's late wife, actress Anne Bancroft, directed Dom in Fatso (1980). He also had a cameo in Johnny Dangerously as the Pope, and in Jim Henson's The Muppet Movie as a wayward Hollywood talent agent who comes across Kermit the Frog singing "The Rainbow Connection" in the film's opening scene.

Dean Martin & Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise's Filmography & TV works on next page

Filmography
tom thumb (1958)
Diary of a Bachelor (1964)
Fail-Safe (1964)
The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
The Busy Body (1967)
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
The Twelve Chairs (1970)
Norwood (1970)
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)
Every Little Crook and Nanny (1972)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)
Silent Movie (1976)
The World's Greatest Lover (1977)
Sextette (1978)
The End (1978)
The Cheap Detective (1978)
The Muppet Movie (1979) (cameo)
Hot Stuff (1979) (also director)
The Last Married Couple in America (1980)
Fatso (1980)
Wholly Moses (1980)
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
History of the World, Part I (1981)
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Peter-No-Tail (1981) (voice in English dubbed version)
The Secret of NIMH (1982) (voice)
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
An American Tail (1986) (voice)
A Taxi Driver in New York (1987)
Spaceballs (1987) (voice only)
Going Bananas (1988)
Oliver & Company (1988) (voice)
The Princess and the Dwarf (1989)
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) (voice)
Loose Cannons (1990)
Driving Me Crazy (1991)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) (voice)
Munchie (1992) (voice only)
The Magic Voyage (1992) (voice)
Almost Pregnant (1992)
The Skateboard Kid (1993) (voice only)
Happily Ever After (1993) (voice)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
The Silence of the Hams (1994)
A Troll in Central Park (1994) (voice)
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996) (voice)
Red Line (1996)
Boys Will Be Boys (1997)
The Good Bad Guys (1997)
Between the Sheets (1998) (Cameo)
The Godson (film) (1998)
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island (1998) (voice)
Baby Geniuses (1999)
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999) (voice)
Lion of Oz (2000) (voice)
The Brainiacs.com (2000)
It's All About You (2001)
Always Greener (2001)
My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception (2001)
Remembering Mario (2003) (voice only)
Girl Play (2004)
Breaking the Fifth (2004)
Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm (2006) (voice)

Television
Amazing Stories (TV series) (1 Episode Guilt Trip)
The Entertainers (1964–1965)
The Dean Martin Summer Show (regular performer in 1966)
The Dom DeLuise Show (1968) (summer replacement for Jackie Gleason)
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (regular performer from 1971 - 1972)
The Roman Holidays (1972) (cancelled after four months)
The Dean Martin Show (regular performer from 1972 - 1973)
Lotsa Luck (1973–1974)
Only with Married Men (1974)
The Muppet Show (1977) [Guest]
Happy (1983) (also executive producer)
The Dom DeLuise Show (1987 - 1988)
21 Jump Street (1989)
Die Laughing (1990)
Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas (1991) (voice)
Fievel's American Tails (1991 - 1992) (voice)
Candid Camera (host from 1991 - 1992)
The Ren & Stimpy Show (cast member from 1993 - 1995) (voice)
Married... With Children (1993) (voice)
Burke's Law (1994–1995)
seaQuest DSV (1994)
Tin Soldier (1995)
Shari's Passover Surprise (1996)
3rd Rock from the Sun (1997)
Dexter's Laboratory
Cow and Chicken
Hercules: The Animated Series
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1998)
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1996 - 1999) (voice)
Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998 - 1999)
Stargate SG-1 episode "Urgo" (2000)
Robot Chicken (2005) (guest voice)
"Spaceballs: The Animated Series" (2008) (voice)

Bo Diddley - Founding father of Rock dies 79

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Bo DiddleyBo Diddley (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), born Ellas Otha Bates, aka "The Originator", was an influential American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Often cited as a key figure in the transition from blues to rock and roll, he introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound. He was also known for his characteristic rectangular guitar.

Death of Bo Diddley
On June 2, 2008, Bo Diddley died at 79 of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida.

Illness of Bo Diddley
On May 17, 2007, Bo Diddley was admitted to intensive care in Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, following a stroke during a concert at Council Bluffs, Iowa on May 13. He had a history of hypertension and diabetes, and the stroke affected the left side of his brain, causing receptive and expressive dysphasia. The hospital reported him in "guarded" condition at the time. (Continues next page)

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Kevin DuBrow, Singer from Quiet Riot

Kevin Dubrow Quiet RiotKevin DuBrow (October 29, 1955 – November 19, 2007) was an American rock vocalist, best known as the lead singer of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot. During Quiet Riot's commercial heyday in the 1980s, Dubrow was known for his on-stage charisma, gravelly bluesy voice, and suspenders.

Kevin DuBrow Death
Kevin DuBrow was found dead On November 25, 2007.
The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of cocaine.  Kevin DuBrow was 52 years old at the time of his death.

The Vegas Eye reported on its website that DuBrow was found dead on that day in his apartment in Las Vegas. Drummer Frankie Banali confirmed DuBrow's death in an email to Spain's The Metal Circus.

According to local police, there was no forced entry and no suspicious circumstances were reported. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that he had passed away about six days prior to his discovery

One of the best heavy metal songs, sang by Kevin DuBrow with Quiet Riot

Brad Delp (band Boston)

Boston Brad Delp 
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Boston Lead SingerBradley E. Delp (June 12, 1951 – March 9, 2007) was an American musician best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Boston.

Brad Delp Cause of Death
Brad Delp committed suicide in his bathroom. Brad Delp was 55 years old at the time of his death.

Born: Danvers, Massachusetts, USA
Died: Atkinson, New Hampshire
Genre: Rock
Occupation: Musician
Instrument:  Vocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active: 1976-2007
Label: Epic Records, MCA Records, Artemis Records
Associated acts: Boston, Return to Zero, Beatlejuice
Website Bandboston.com

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