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Merle Haggard, country music legend, dies 79

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country music songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era.

On December 5, 2015, Haggard was treated at an undisclosed hospital in California for pneumonia. He made a recovery, but postponed several concerts.

In March 2016, Haggard was once again hospitalized. His concerts for April were cancelled due to his ongoing double pneumonia. On April 6, 2016, his 79th birthday, he died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California.

Merle Haggard - Lonesome Fugitive & Sing Me Back Home

Merle Haggard - Mama Tried (Live)

Gil Hill, Detroit Detective and ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Actor, Dies 84

Gilbert Roland "Gil" Hill (November 5, 1931 – February 29, 2016) was the President of the Detroit City Council. He was also a Detroit police officer and part-time actor, gaining recognition for his craft in the Beverly Hills Cop movie franchise.

Already a nationally-prominent figure through his success in law enforcement, Hill rose to worldwide fame when he appeared in the Beverly Hills Cop films, playing the role of Inspector Todd, the boss of Eddie Murphy's character Axel Foley. Offered other acting work after the film's release, Hill declined to pursue acting as a career, but did appear in the two subsequent sequels of the movie, saying that the only difference between his famous character's life and his own was that he didn't curse as much in real life.

Hill died from pneumonia at the age of 84 on February 29, 2016 at 4:40 PM at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Gil Hill - Eddie Murphy's boss

Dan Haggerty, Grizzly Adams, Dies 73

Dan Haggerty (November 19, 1941 – January 15, 2016) was an American actor, best known for playing the title role in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.

Dan Haggerty cause of death

Haggerty died of spinal cancer on January 15, 2016 in Burbank, California.

Maybe - Thom Pace - Grizzly Adams Opening

Pat Harrington, Jr., Actor, "One Day at a Time" dies 86

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Daniel Patrick Harrington, Jr. (August 13, 1929 – January 6, 2016), known as Pat Harrington, Jr. or simply Pat Harrington, was an American voice, stage, and television actor, best known for his role as building superintendent "Schneider" on the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time. His father, Pat Harrington, Sr., was also an actor.

Harrington, who had Alzheimer's disease, fell in early November 2015. He suffered a small brain hemorrhage and spent three weeks in a hospital and nursing home. He died on January 6, 2016, aged 86. Harrington was survived by four children.

One Day at a Time - Season 2 Opening Credits

James Horner, Film Composer for 'Titanic' and 'Braveheart,' Dies 61

James Roy Horner (August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015) was an American composer, conductor and orchestrator of film scores. He was known for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for his frequent use of motifs associated with Celtic music.

Horner was an accomplished concert hall composer before he moved into writing film scores. His first major film score was for the 1979 film The Lady in Red, but did not establish himself as a mainstream composer until he worked on the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Horner's score for Titanic is the best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time while Titanic and Avatar, both directed by James Cameron, are the two highest-grossing films of all time.

Horner died at the age of 61 when his single-engine Tucano aircraft crashed in the Los Padres National Forest.

Titanic Suite (James Horner) - Hollywood in Vienna 2013

Big Bank Hank, of Sugarhill Gang, Dies 57

Henry Lee Jackson (January 11, 1956 – November 11, 2014), known by his stage name, Big Bank Hank, was an American old school rapper and manager. Also known as Imp the Dimp, he was a member of the trio The Sugarhill Gang, the first hip hop act to have a hit with the cross-over single "Rapper's Delight" in the pop music charts in 1979.  He contributed to many documentaries based on the rap music industry

Big Bank Hank cause of death

A resident of Tenafly, New Jersey, Hank died at the age of 58 at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in nearby Englewood on November 11, 2014, from kidney complications due to cancer.

The sugar hill gang - Rapper's delight

Big Bank Hank with a hat

Jan Hooks, Former Saturday Night Live Star, Dies 57

Janet Vivian "Jan" Hooks (April 23, 1957 – October 9, 2014) was an American actress and comedian best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was a repertory player from 1986-91, and continued making cameo appearances until 1994. Her subsequent work included a regular role on the final two seasons of Designing Women, a recurring role on 3rd Rock from the Sun and a number of other roles in film and television.

Jan Hooks cause of death

Hooks died on October 9, 2014 in her home in Woodstock, New York.  She had been battling cancer before her death and will be interred in Cedartown, Georgia.  Jan Hooks was 57 years old at the time of his death.

I didn't evolve from you.  Jan Hooks as Kathy Lee

James Harness, Discovery Channel's Gold Rush, dies 57

Cause of death has not yet been released

The crew mechanic, he prides himself on being able to repair nearly anything. However, a car wreck has left him with metal pins in his ankle and a severe spinal injury which, due to lack of finances, he cannot afford to have surgically repaired. A Baltimore medical center donated a medical procedure to correct his back problem, which resulted in the need for yearly injections. During season 2 when operations were halted due to dirty water, Todd asked him to build a water filter. Instead he left the camp to spend a week with his girlfriend in a motel. At the end of the season the crew fired him, blaming him for missing their 100 ounce target.

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James Hellwig, WWE Legend, Ultimate Warrior, Dies 54

James Brian Hellwig (June 16, 1959 – April 8, 2014), was an American professional wrestler, who most famously wrestled under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior. He was best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996, and in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998. Warrior died on April 8, 2014 at the age of 54, three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Ultimate Warrior cause of death

Information on the cause of death is not released yet.

Warrior died on April 8, 2014. He had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, appeared at WrestleMania XXX on April 6, and made his first Raw appearance in 18 years on April 7, one day before his death. According to TMZ, Warrior collapsed at 5:50 PM while walking to his car with his wife in Arizona outside of their hotel. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

During his final appearance on Raw and less than 24 hours before his death, Warrior gave a speech to the fans and wrestlers past and present as his Ultimate Warrior character.

Roger Hill, ‘The Warriors’ actor, "Can you dig it?", dies 65

Roger Hill (July 31, 1948 – February 20, 2014) was an American actor.  A lifelong New Yorker, Roger Hill spent most of his 20-year career in theater.

Hill played the role of Cyrus in the 1979 film The Warriors. He also portrayed the character of Lil John in the 1974 film The Education of Sonny Carson, and took on the role of Ernest Clay in the 1976 TV Movie Hazzard's People starring John Houseman. After his work in The Warriors, Hill performed in the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live playing the part of Alex Lowndes from 1983-1984.

Hill was chosen to portray the doomed gang lord Cyrus in The Warriors after the original actor chosen for the part, a real life gang leader, mysteriously disappeared just before filming started.

In 2006, Hill filed a lawsuit of $250,000 against Take-Two for using his voice and depiction in the Warriors video game. He claimed that it would not have been difficult for Take-Two to pay, since the game made $37 million. A spokesman for Take-Two stated that the company "has a valid third-party license for the rights to use Roger Hill's likeness and the character of Cyrus in The Warriors video game and related marketing materials".

Hill was the father of Big Brother editor, Chris W. Hill.

Roger Hill cause of death.

The cause of death was not disclosed. Roger Hill was 65 years old at the time of his death.

Can You Dig It? - The Warriors

Jane Harvey, jazz singer, performed with Benny Goodman, dies 88

Jane Harvey (January 6, 1925 - August 15, 2013) was an American jazz singer, known for recording many tracks with famous musicians Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman during the 1940s. Harvey began her musical career at Barney Josephson's nightclub, occasionally performing there. In 1946, she joined Desi Arnaz's Orchestra, until she left in 1958 to raise her son, Bob Thiele Jr. During the late 1950s, she joined Duke Ellington's Orchestra. Around the time of her death, she performed locally, all over the Los Angeles area.

Jane Harvey cause of death

Jane Harvey died of cancer in her home. Jane Harvey was 88 years old at the time of her death, . She is survived by her son, husband and grandson.

Jane Harvey 1946 Soundies

Rick Huxley, Dave Clark Five bassist, dies 72

Rick Huxley (August 5, 1940 – February 11, 2013) was an English musician who was the bassist for The Dave Clark Five, a group that was part of the British Invasion.

Rick Huxley cause of death: Rick Huxley died in February 2013,  after suffering from emphysema for some years. Rick Huxley  was 72 years old at the time of his death.

Dave Clark Five - Because (1964)

Larry Hagman, "Dallas" & "I Dream of Jeannie," Dies 81

Larry HagmanLarry Martin Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012) was an American film and television actor, producer and director most known for playing J. R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dallas and for playing Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson in the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. His films include Fail-Safe, Superman, JFK, Nixon and Primary Colors. His TV appearances continued in international soap operas and with guest roles on shows such as Desperate Housewives into the 21st century. In 2012 he reprised his role as J.R. Ewing in an updated version of Dallas.

Larry Hagman was the son of the actress Mary Martin. A long-time drinker, he underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 1995, and although a member of a 12-step program, he publicly advocated marijuana as a better alternative to alcohol.

Larry Hagman cause of death
Larry Hagman died November 23, 2012, at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas from complications of the cancer.  Larry hagman was 81 years old at the time of his death

Major Harris, R&B singer, The Delfonics, dies 65

Major Harris III (February 9, 1947 – November 9, 2012) was an American R&B singer, associated with the Philadelphia soul sound and The Delfonics (early 1970s-1974).

In the early 1970s, he took over from Randy Cain as a member of The Delfonics; he quit the group to go solo in 1974. Signing with Atlantic Records, Harris scored a string of R&B hits in the United States, including the Top Ten single "Love Won't Let Me Wait", which peaked at #5 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #37 in the UK Top 50. Written by Bobby Eli and Vinnie Barrett, "Love Won't Let Me Wait" was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. on 25 June 1975.

When his success as a soloist subsided, Harris returned to the Delfonics, and continued to tour with one of two touring ensembles that used the name in the 1990s and 2000s. Major was a cousin to the late Philadelphia record producer and arranger, Norman Harris.

Harris died in a Richmond, Virginia hospital from congestive heart and lung failure at the age of 65

Major Harris - Love won't let me wait

Larry Hoppen, Singer, Orleans Co-Founder, Dies 61

Larry Hoppen ( - died July 24, 2012) was a co-founder of the 1970s pop-rock group Orleans.  He sang including "Still the One" and "Dance With Me"

Larry Hoppen cause of death
Larry Hoppen's cause of death is not known yet.
Larry Hoppen was 61 years old at the time of his death.

Orleans is an American pop-rock band best known for its hits "Dance with Me" (1975), "Still the One", from the album Waking and Dreaming (1976) and "Love Takes Time" (1979). The group's name evolved from the music it was playing at the time of their formation, which was inspired by Louisiana artists such as Allen Toussaint and the Neville Brothers. Orleans was formed in Woodstock, New York in January 1972 by vocalist/guitarist/songwriter John Hall, vocalist/guitarist Larry Hoppen and drummer/percussionist Wells Kelly. In October of that year, the group expanded to include Larry's younger brother, Lance, on bass. Drummer Jerry Marotta joined in 1976, completing the quintet.

Orleans "Still the one" (with lyrics)

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