James Gurley (December 22, 1939 – December 20, 2009) was an American musician. He is best known as the guitar player of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic/acid rock band from San Francisco.
Relationship with Janis Joplin A few weeks after Janis Joplin joined the band, James began having an affair with her. Once James and Janis became involved, he moved out of the apartment he shared with his wife and moved in with Janis. According to Janis, that arrangement ended the day Nancy came barging through the front door of Janis's apartment. "What an embarrassing situation," Janis told Jim Langdon later. "His old lady comes marching into my bedroom with the kid and the dog and confronts us." James continued his affair with Janis for a while, but eventually returned to Nancy, who forgave both him and Janis, with whom she had a close friendship. In 1966, the members of Big Brother, along with their wives and children, all moved into a single house in Lagunitas, California.
Death of James Gurley James Gurley passed away on December 20, 2009, of a heart attack at home in Palm Desert, Ca, just two days before his 70th birthday.
Big Brother & The Holding Co. feat. Janis Joplin, James Gurley on Guitar
Henry Gibson (September 21, 1935 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor and songwriter, best known as a cast member of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and for his recurring role as Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal.
Personal life of Henry Gibson On April 6, 1966, he married Lois Joan Geiger, with whom he had three sons: Jonathan David Gibson, Charles Alexander Gibson and James Gibson.She died on May 6, 2007
Gibson spent three years as part of the Laugh-In television show's cast. He often played "The Poet," reciting poems with "sharp satirical or political themes".Gibson would emerge from behind a stage flat, wearing a Nehru jacket and "hippie" beads and holding an outlandishly large artificial flower. He would state the "[Title of poem] — by Henry Gibson", bow stiffly from the waist, recite his poem, and return behind the flat
Death Henry Gibson On September 14, 2009, Gibson died of cancer at his home in Malibu, California, a week before his 74th birthday.
The Poetry Of Henry Gibson: A Tribute
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Filmography The Nutty Professor (1963) Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968-1971) Evil Roy Slade (1972) Every Man Needs One (1972) Charlotte's Web (1973) - Wilbur (voice) The Long Goodbye (1973) The Mini-Munsters (1973) - Mr. Grundy (voice) Nashville (1975) The New Original Wonder Woman (1975) - Nickolas The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1976) The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) Escape from Bogen County (1977) Halloween is Grinch Night (1977) The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1978) Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (1979) A Perfect Couple (1979) The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979) - Igor, Count Dracula's butler The Blues Brothers (1980) - Head Nazi For the Love of It (1980) HealtH (1980) The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) The Smurfs (1981) Tulips (1981) Nashville Grab (1981) The Biskitts (1982) Quincy M.E. (ep. "Murder on Ice") (1983) The Wuzzles (1985) Slow Burn (1986) The Blinkins (1986) Galaxy High School (1986) Monster in the Closet (1987) Long Gone (1987) Innerspace (1987) Switching Channels (1988) The 'Burbs (1989) Around the World in 80 Days (1989) Night Visitor (1989) Brenda Starr (1989) The Magic Balloon (1990) Return to Green Acres (1990) Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Tune in Tomorrow... (1990) Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1993) Vault of Horror I (1994) AAAHH!!! Real Monsters (1994) The Bears Who Saved Christmas (1994) Cyber Bandits (1995) Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995) - The Cat in the Hat (voice) Escape to Witch Mountain (1995) - Ravetch Santo Bugito (1995) Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996) Bio-Dome (1996) Mother Night (1996) Asylum (1997) Stranger in the Kingdom (1998) Rocket Power (1999) Magnolia (1999) Sunset Beach (1999) Mullitt (2000) The Luck of the Irish (2001) (TV) Rocket Power: Race Across New Zealand (2002) The Year That Trembled (2002) Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002) No Prom for Cindy (2002) The Commission (2003) The Goldfish (2003) Never Die Alone (2004) Boston Legal (2004-2008) Wedding Crashers (2005) Trapped Ashes (2006) Big Stan (2008)
Lucy Gordon (May 22, 1980 – May 20, 2009) was an English actress and model, born in Oxford. Gordon was found dead in her Paris flat, on 20 May 2009, two days before her 29th birthday.
Death of Lucy Gordon A French police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the cause of death appeared to be suicide
Lucy Gordon Filmography 1999: 2point4 children (episode "After the Fox") as Lampety Jones 2001: Perfume as Sarah 2001: Serendipity as Caroline Mitchell 2002: The Four Feathers as Isabelle 2005: The Russian Dolls as Celia Shelburn 2007: Serial as Sadie Grady 2007: Spider-Man 3 as Jennifer Dugan 2008: Frost as Kate Hardwick 2009: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men as Hitchhiker 2009: Cinéman as Fernandel's friend 2010: Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque as Jane Birkin
Vern Gosdin (August 5, 1934 - April 28, 2009) was an American country music singer. He idolized The Louvin Brothers and The Blue Sky Boys as a young man and sang in a gospel quartet called The Gosdin Brothers. Nicknamed "The Voice," an inheritor of the soulful honky tonk style of Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard rose to the top of the business and notched hit after barroom hit. Some of these scored hits in the 1970s and 1980s, included "Chiseled in Stone," "Set 'em Up Joe," "I'm Still Crazy," "That Just About Does It," "If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)," "Today My World Slipped Away," "Slow Burning Memory," "This Ain't My First Rodeo," "Way Down Deep" and "I Can Tell By The Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)."
Death of Vern Gosdin Gosdin, who suffered a stroke at the start of April 2009, died peacefully in his sleep at a Nashville hospital the evening of April 28, 2009 at the age of 74
Kelly Groucutt (born Michael William Groucutt, (September 8, 1945 - February 19, 2009) was an English musician who was best known for being the bass player for the band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), between 1974 and 1983. He was born in Coseley, Staffordshire.
Death of Kelly Groucutt Kelly Groucutt died of heart attack he suffered the previous night. Kelly Groucutt was 63 years old at the time of his death.
The first Electric Light Orchestra album to feature Kelly on bass guitar and as a backing vocalist was 1975's Face the Music. He continued contributing on the following albums A New World Record (1976), Out of the Blue (1977), Discovery (1979), Xanadu (1980) and Time (1981).
Groucutt remained with ELO until the onset of the recording sessions for 1983's Secret Messages album. It was at this juncture that he left the band, unhappy with royalty payments during his tenure, and made the decision to sue management and band leader Jeff Lynne. A settlement for the sum of £300,000 was reached out of court prior to proceedings. He is credited with playing bass on Secret Messages, although it has been stated from an official source that he only played on four songs.
In 2006 Groucutt married his second wife, long time girlfriend Anna-Maria Bialaga. He has four children and two grandchildren.
He took part in some of the many ELO spin-off groups: OrKestra, ELO Part 2, and The Orchestra. He toured worldwide with The Orchestra (Former members of ELO and ELO Part II) and also took part in tours as part of a local, little known band called Session 60.
John Arnold Griffin III (April 24, 1928 – July 25, 2008) was an American bop and hard bop tenor saxophonist.
Death of Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin died in Availles-Limouzine, France, where he had lived for the past 24 years. Johnny Griffin was 80 years old at the time of his death. Cause of death is unknown for now. Griffin's wife Miriam found him dead before he was due to give a concert.
Johnny Griffin's last concert was July 21, 2008, in Hyères, France.
Early life and education Griffin studied music at DuSable High School under Walter Dyett, starting out on clarinet before moving on to oboe and then alto sax. While still at high school at age 15, Griffin was playing with T-Bone Walker in a band led by Walker's brother.
Early career Alto sax was still his instrument of choice when he joined Lionel Hampton's big band three days after his high school graduation, but Hampton encouraged him to take up the tenor, playing alongside Arnett Cobb. He first appeared on a Los Angeles recording with Hampton's band in 1945 at the age of 17.
In 1947, Griffin and fellow Hampton band member Joe Morris formed a sextet, where he remained for the next two years. His playing can be heard on various early Rhythm and Blues recordings for Atlantic Records. By 1951 Griffin was playing baritone sax in an R&B sextet led by former bandmate Arnett Cobb.
After returning to Chicago from two years in the Army, Griffin began establishing a reputation as one of the premiere saxophonists in that city. Thelonious Monk enthusiastically encouraged Orrin Keepnews of Riverside Records to sign the young tenor, but before he could act Blue Note Records had signed Griffin.
He joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1957, and his recordings from that time include a memorable album joining together the Messengers and Thelonious Monk. Griffin then succeeded John Coltrane as a member of Monk's Five Spot quartet; he can be heard on the album "Thelonious Monk at the Five Spot."
Recordings As leader of his own band, his first Blue Note album Introducing Johnny Griffin in 1956, also featuring Wynton Kelly on piano, Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums, brought him critical acclaim.
A 1957 Blue Note album A Blowing Session featured him with fellow tenor players John Coltrane and Hank Mobley. He played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers for a few months in 1957, and in the Thelonious Monk Sextet and Quartet (1958). During this period, he recorded a set with Clark Terry on Serenade To a Bus Seat featuring the rhythm trio of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.
At this stage in his career, Griffin was known as the "fastest tenor in the west", for the ease with which he could execute fast note runs with excellent intonation.
Subsequent to his three albums for Blue Note, Griffin did not get along with the label's house engineer Rudy Van Gelder, he recorded for the Riverside label.
From 1960 to 1962 he and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis led their own quintet, recording several albums together.
Move to Europe He went to live in France in 1963, moving to the Netherlands in 1978. Apart from appearing regularly under his own name at jazz clubs such as London's Ronnie Scott's, Griffin became the "first choice" sax player for visiting US musicians touring the continent during the 60s and 70s. He briefly rejoined Monk's groups (an Octet and Nonet) in 1967.
Griffin and Davis met up again in 1970 and recorded Tough Tenors Again 'n' Again, and again with the Dizzy Gillespie Big 7 at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1965 he recorded some albums with Wes Montgomery. From 1967 to 1969, he formed part of The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, and in the late 70s, recorded with Peter Herbolzheimer And His Big Band, which also included, among others, Nat Adderley, Derek Watkins, Art Farmer, Slide Hampton, Jiggs Whigham, Herb Geller, Wilton Gaynair, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Rita Reys, Jean "Toots" Thielemans, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Grady Tate, and Quincy Jones as arranger. He also recorded with the Nat Adderley Quintet in 1978, having previously recorded with Adderley in 1958.
His last concert, July 21, 2008 was played in Hyères, France. Johnny Griffin died in Availles-Limouzine, France, where he had lived for the past 24 years.
Selected discography Introducing Johnny Griffin (1956) A Blowing Session (1957) The Congregation (1957) Johnny Griffin Sextet (1958) The Little Giant (1959) The Big Soul Band (1960) White Gardenia (1961; Riverside Records) The Kerry Dancers and Other Swinging Folk (1961) Tough Tenor Favourites (1962) Grab This! (1962) The Man I Love (1967) Tough Tenors Again 'n' Again, with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (1970) Bush Dance (1978) That Old Feeling (Rita Reys, Trio Pim Jacobs ft. Johnny Griffin (1979) Take My Hand (1988) The Cat (1990) Dance of Passion (1992) Johnny Griffin/Steve Grossman Quintet (2000)
Estelle Getty (July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress (theatre and screen). In her later years, she retired from acting and was battling Lewy Body dementia.
Death of Estelle Getty On July 22, 2008, at approximately 5:30 a.m. PDT, Getty died in her Hollywood Boulevard home in Los Angeles from natural causes (according to her manager), three days before her 85th birthday.
Each of Getty's former Golden Girls co-stars reflected on her death: Rue McClanahan told the Associated Press, "Don't feel sad about her passing. She will always be with us in her crowning achievement, Sophia." Bea Arthur said in a statement, "Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her." Betty White remarked, "The only comfort at this moment is that although Estelle has moved on, Sophia will always be with us."
In honor of Estelle, Lifetime TV, which airs The Golden Girls, announced that it will air ten episodes of the series featuring the best of Sophia on Friday, July 25. Fans can vote for their favorite episode on Lifetime's website. The winning episode will be aired last in the marathon.
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Estelle Getty Biography Getty was born Estelle Scher. She got her start in the Yiddish theater, and her most important early role was playing Harvey Fierstein's mother on Broadway in the play Torch Song Trilogy. However, she is best known for her role as Sophia Petrillo on the popular 1980s sitcom, The Golden Girls. In it, she played the wise-cracking old Sicilian mother of Dorothy Zbornak, who was the show's main protagonist, played by Beatrice Arthur. Getty was actually one year younger than Arthur.
She was married to Arthur Gettleman (from whose name she adapted her stage name) from 1946 until his death in 2004. Getty had two grown sons: Carl Gettleman, who lives in California, and Barry Gettleman, who lives in Florida.
She wrote her autobiography, with Steve Delsohn, titled If I Knew Then, What I Know Now. . .So What? (Contemporary Books, 1988).
In 1991 Estelle Getty opened her heart to her nephew, Steven Scher (age 29), who was in the final stages of AIDS and near death in 1991. With Steve's parents living in England and his friends no longer able to care for him in Greensboro, North Carolina, Estelle had Steve flown out to California where she admitted him to hospice care. Steve died in January 1992. An extensive account of her act of charity was published in STAR Magazine.
In 2000, she stopped making public appearances after revealing that she had Parkinson's Disease and osteoporosis. In 2002, it was revealed to the media that she was also suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. It was later discovered that she actually had Lewy Body Dementia, and both the Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diagnoses were incorrect. In 2003, there was a Golden Girls reunion hosted on the Lifetime television network but Getty did not appear in it due to her failing health.
Emmy Awards 1992 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated) 1991 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated) 1990 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated) 1989 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated) 1988 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Won) 1987 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated) 1986 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)
Golden Globe Awards 1991 - Actress In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series Or Television Movie - The Golden Girls - (Nominated) 1986 - Actress In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Won) 1985 - Actress In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)
Johnny Grant (May 9, 1923 – January 9, 2008) was an American radio personality, television producer, and the honorary mayor of Hollywood. The honorary mayor was present at Hollywood community functions, including the unveiling of new stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. An intersection just north of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue is designated "Johnny Grant Way."
Grant died in bed at his apartment in the Roosevelt Hotel, the night of January 9, 2008 at the age of 84
In 1954, Grant had a significant role in the Paramount film White Christmas, portraying "Ed Harrison," an Ed Sullivan-type TV show host.
He is a retired major general in the California State Military Reserve, a volunteer backup and support force of the California National Guard. He is the only person ever to twice receive an Order of California, the state's highest honor. He was the first recipient of the highest honor awarded by the USO, the United Service Organizations. He has been chairman of the Los Angeles City Fire Commission, the Los Angeles County Social Service Commission and the Burbank, California, Police Commission. Most recently he has been a member of the Los Angeles City Cultural Heritage Commission.
Grant has won the Emmy Award twice. He was also chairman of the "Hollywood Christmas Parade" and head of the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee.
Robert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was a Grammy and Tony Award-winning American-Canadian entertainer.
Goulet rose to international stardom in 1960 as Lancelot in Lerner and Loewe's hit Broadway musical Camelot. His long career as a singer and actor encompassed theatre, radio, television and film.
Robert Goulet death Robert Goulet was died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Robert Goulet was 73 years old at the time of his death.
On September 30, 2007, Robert Goulet was hospitalized in Las Vegas, where he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, "a rare but rapidly progressive and potentially fatal condition." On October 13 he was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after it was determined he "would not survive without an emergency lung transplant." Goulet died on October 30, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, while awaiting a lung transplant.
Alice Ghostley (August 14, 1926 – September 21, 2007) was a Tony Award-winning American actress. She was best known for her roles as Bernice Clifton on Designing Women (Emmy Nomination, Best Supporting Actress; 1992), as Esmeralda on Bewitched, and as Cousin Alice on Mayberry R.F.D..
Alice Ghostley died at her home in Studio City, California on September 21, 2007 after a long battle with colon cancer and a series of strokes. Her death finally came from lung cancer. She was 81 years old. She is survived by a sister, Gladys Ghostley.
Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American talk show host, game show host, entertainer, pianist, television personality and raconteur. He began his career as a singer and also appeared in movies and on Broadway; he later became host of his own TV show, The Merv Griffin Show, and created the long-running award-winning game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, becoming an entertainment business magnate.
Griffin's prostate cancer, treated originally in 1996, returned and he was admitted to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where his condition deteriorated leading to his death on August 12, 2007 at age 82. Griffin is survived by his son, Tony, from Griffin's only marriage to Julann Wright during 1958 from 1976, and two grandchildren.
Merv Griffin had a good and long life.
I remember a Seinfeld episod on Merv Griffin studio set.
Robert William "Dabbs" Greer (April 2, 1917 — April 28, 2007) was an American character actor who performed many diverse supporting roles in film and television for about 50 years.
Greer was born in Fairview, Missouri and attended Drury University, where he was a member of Theta Kappa Nu. His Southern voice fitted well in shows featuring rustic characters, such as Westerns.
Dabbs Greer in 1999He was recognizable to fans of The Adventures of Superman, as he appeared in three separate episodes on that show, including the series' inaugural entry, Superman on Earth (1952). He was the major guest star, as a man framed for capital murder in Five Minutes to Doom (1954 - see photo on right), and as an eccentric millionaire in The Superman Silver Mine (1958).
Greer had a prominent continuing role in the NBC TV series Little House on the Prairie as Reverend Alden from 1974 to 1983. Often cast as a minister, he performed the marriages of Rob and Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and of Mike and Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, and he tended to the spiritual needs of the townfolk in fictional Rome, Wisconsin, as Reverend Henry Novotny in Picket Fences.
In the 1958 film I Want to Live! he played the San Quentin captain who finished strapping down Barbara Graham in the gas chamber prior to her execution and was the last person to speak to her. He had a similar role in the 1999 film The Green Mile, in which he played the elderly version of Tom Hanks' Death Row officer Paul Edgecomb.
In the May 9, 1991, episode of L.A. Law called "On the Toad Again", he played a character who was addicted to a "high" produced by licking the skin secretions of psychoactive toads.
Greer, a Missouri native, died April 28, 2007 at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena California after a battle with kidney and heart disease. He was 90 years old
Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909 – March 6, 2007) was the American co-founder of the E & J Gallo Winery, which recently changed its name to Gallo Family Vineyards. He was ranked 297th on the 2006 Forbes 400 list of billionaires.
After the death of his parents, Ernest and brother Julio (1910–1993), along with their wives Amelia (1910–1993) and Aileen (1913–1999), raised their thirteen-year-old little brother Joseph (1919–2007). In 1986, the brothers sued Joseph for using the Gallo name on his cheese labels. The brothers won and their relationship with Joseph was forever strained.
Ernest Gallo was married for sixty-two years to Amelia Franzia Gallo. When she died on December 22, 1993, Ernest released the following statement: "Amelia was a great wife, mother and grandmother, and a truly great lady. While her loss is very, very difficult for me, I feel fortunate and thankful I have had her for sixty-two memorable years." The couple had two sons: David, who died in 1997, and Joseph.
His younger brother, Joseph Gallo, died on February 17, 2007 at age eighty-seven. Weeks later, on March 6, 2007, Ernest Gallo died at his home in Modesto, California.
Paul Xavier Gleason (May 4, 1939 – May 27, 2006) was an American film and television actor.
Death of Paul Gleason Gleason died on May 27, 2006 at a Burbank, California hospital from mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer connected with asbestos, which he is thought to have contracted from asbestos exposure on building sites while working for his father as a teenager
Career Gleason starred in many movies, and became well-known initially as Dr. David Thornton on All My Children, playing the role from 1976 to 1978. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Richard Vernon, the gruff disciplinary principal in the seminal 1985 movie The Breakfast Club. He reprised versions of that character several times, including in an A*Teens music video, on the television show Boy Meets World (although he was a dean on BMW) and in the films Johnny Be Good and Not Another Teen Movie. As a bookend to his modern fame as strict disciplinarian, Gleason played a tough yet forgiving and nurturing professor to the lead character in Van Wilder.
Gleason is known to Star Wars fans for his role as Jeremitt Towani in the 1985 made-for-TV film The Battle for Endor. He played the villainous Clarence 'Mr' Beeks in the famous 1983 comedy Trading Places starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. He also played Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T Robinson, the blowhard police official in Die Hard.
Eduardo "Eddie" Gory Guerrero Llanes (October 9, 1967 – November 13, 2005) was an American professional wrestler born into a Mexican wrestling family. He wrestled in Mexico and Japan and in every major professional wrestling promotion in the United States. He wrestled in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Death of Eddy Guerrero
On November 13, 2005, Guerrero was found unconscious in his hotel room (The Marriott City Center) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by his nephew, Chavo. Chavo attempted CPR, but Eddie was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived on the scene. He was survived by his widow Vickie Guerrero and their two daughters, Shaul and Sherilyn. He also is survived by a daughter, Kaylie, from a previous relationship.
An autopsy revealed that Guerrero died as a result of acute heart failure, caused by undiagnosed arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Although Guerrero had not taken alcohol or illicit drugs for nearly four years, his past excesses contributed to his heart failure.
Guerrero's wife Vickie claimed that he had been lethargic and unwell in the week preceding his death, but had attributed it to the stress of continuously traveling and performing. She added that the doctors had told her that Guerrero's blood vessels had shriveled and weakened as a result of an undiagnosed heart disease, and that he had simply dropped into a deep sleep.
On the November 30 edition of WWE Byte This!, Chavo said that Guerrero had been working hard and was at peak physical fitness as a result, doing cardiovascular and weight training exercises every day. There had been no symptoms or cause for concern. Chavo noted that, while many people abuse drugs for over ten years with no ill effects, Guerrero had suffered heart complications that were not detected in time to prevent his death, even though he had ceased his drug abuse some four years earlier.