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George Kennedy, Oscar Winner,'Cool Hand Luke,' Dies 91

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George Harris Kennedy, Jr. (February 18, 1925 – February 28, 2016) was an American actor who appeared in more than 200 film and television productions. He is best remembered for portraying "Dragline" opposite Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke (1967), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the corresponding Golden Globe. He received a second Golden Globe nomination for portraying Joe Patroni in Airport (1970).

Kennedy was the only actor to appear in all four films in the Airport series, having reprised the role of Joe Patroni three times. He was also widely recognized as Police Captain Ed Hocken in the Naked Gun series of comedy films and corrupt oil tycoon Carter McKay on the original Dallas television series.

For his contributions to motion pictures, Kennedy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6352 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California

Kennedy resided in Eagle, Idaho, at the time of his death. He died on the morning of Sunday, February 28, 2016, of a heart ailment at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Idaho, at the age of 91. He had a history of heart disease.

At the time of his death, Kennedy was the oldest living Oscar winner in the Best Supporting Actor category. Coincidentally, he died the day of the 88th Academy Awards ceremony.

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Kitty Kallen, Big Band Singer, Dies 94

Kitty Kallen (May 25, 1921 – January 7, 2016) was an American popular singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s—to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-WWII pop scene and the early years of rock 'n roll. She performed with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s, including those of Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before striking out on a solo career.

She is widely known for her 1954 solo recording '"Little Things Mean a Lot" — a song that stayed at the U.S. number one spot for nine consecutive weeks, charted in the U.S. for almost seven months, hit #1 on the UK singles chart, and sold more than two million copies. AllMusic called the recording a "monster hit", and music historian Jonny Whiteside said the song "ably characterizes Kallen’s impressive, and graceful, transition from classic big band swing to modern post-war pop".

Voted "most popular female singer" in 1954 in both Billboard and Variety polls, Kallen lost her voice at the Palladium in 1955 at the top of her career and left singing for four years, suffering paralyzed vocal cords. After testing her voice under a pseudonym in small town venues, she ultimately returned and went on to achieve 13 top-ten career hits.

Kallen died on January 7, 2016 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at the age of 94.

Kitty Kallen, Little Things Mean a Lot, 1955 Perry Como TV

Harry James , Kitty Kallen - IT'S BEEN A LONG,LONG TIME

Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead frontman, dies 70

Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015) was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. His music was a distinctive part of the heavy metal genre.

Lemmy Kilmister

On 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy died at his home in Los Angeles, California, at 16:00 PST, from an "extremely aggressive cancer". Motörhead announced his death on their official Facebook page later that day. According to the band, his cancer had only been diagnosed two days prior to his death.

Motörhead - The Tonight Show '92 - Lemmy on bass & lead vocal

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades

B.B. King, Legendary Blues Guitarist, Dies 89

Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known by his stage name B.B. King, was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked No. 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list), and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed." King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues", and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King). King was also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s. In 1956, he reportedly appeared at 342 shows.

In 1990, King was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George H.W. Bush. In 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, inspiring countless other electric blues and blues rock guitarists.

Illness and death

After the cancellation of the remaining eight shows of his 2014 tour due to health problems, King announced on October 8, 2014 he was back at home to recuperate. On May 1, 2015, after two hospitalizations caused by complications from high blood pressure and diabetes, King announced on his website that he was in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died there on May 14 at 9:40 P.M. PDT.  He died in his sleep.

BB King & Bobby Blue Bland - The thrill is gone - 1977

BB King with President Obama

Ben E. King, Singer, 'Stand by Me,' Dies 76

Benjamin Earl King (September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015), professionally known by his pseudonym Ben E. King, was an American soul and R&B singer. He was perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"-a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the film of the same name), a number one hit in the UK in 1987, and #25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Century-and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters.

Ben E. King cause of death

It was announced on May 1, 2015, that King had died at the Hackensack University Medical Center on April 30, 2015, at the age of 76. His agent said he suffered from "coronary problems" at the time of his death. King was survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty.

Stand By Me, Ben E King, 1961

Ben E. King and The Drifters - There Goes My Baby

Richard Kiel, Actor, James Bond villain Jaws, dies 74

Richard Dawson Kiel (September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014) was an American actor known for his role of the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) as well as the video game Everything or Nothing (he also had cameos in many other James Bond videogames). He was also well known as Mr. Larson in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore, for playing the Kanamit aliens in the classic Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man and for his role of Dr. Miguelito Loveless' assistant Voltaire in first season episodes of The Wild, Wild West (1965-1966).

Richard Kiel Cause of Death

Richard Kiel died on September 10, 2014, 3 days before his 75th birthday. He had been admitted to a hospital in Fresno, California, after breaking his leg the previous week. He was survived by his wife, Diane, and three children.  Richard Kiel was 74 years old at the time of his death.

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Casey Kasem, Legendary Host of 'America's Top 40,' Dies at 82

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kasemKemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American disc jockey, radio personality and actor, best known for being the host of the music radio programs American Top 40, American Top 20, and American Top 10 from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.

Casey Kasem cause of death.

Casey Kasem dies on June 15, 2014, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Casey Kasem was  82 years old at the time of his death.

Illness lead to his death

On June 6, 2014, Kasem was reported to be in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Washington state, receiving antibiotics for bedsores and treatment for high blood pressure. It was revealed that he had been bedridden for some time.

Judge Daniel S. Murphy ruled that Kasem had to be hydrated, fed, and medicated as a court appointed lawyer reported on his health status. Jean Kasem claimed that he had been given no food, water, or medication the previous weekend. Kerri Kasem's lawyer stated that she had him removed from artificial food and water on the orders of a doctor and in accordance with a directive her father signed in 2007, saying he would not want to be kept alive if it "would result in a mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope for normal functioning." Murphy reversed his order the following Monday, after it became known that Kasem's body was no longer responding to the artificial nutrition, allowing the family to place Kasem on "end-of-life" measures over the objections of Jean Kasem.

Casey Kasem - American Top 40 The 70's

Lisa Robin Kelly, 'That '70s Show' actress, dies 43

Lisa Robin Kelly (March 1970 – August 14, 2013) was an American actress best known for her roles on That '70s Show and Amityville Dollhouse. Prior to her role in That '70s Show, she had small roles in several sitcoms.

Lisa Kelly cause of death

Kelly died on the evening of August 14, 2013 at age 43.  Kelly had voluntarily checked herself into a rehabilitation facility several days earlier to receive treatment.

Lisa Robin Kelly & Christina Applegate  (Lisa Kelly appears at 0:43)

Lisa Kelly Legal issues

  • In August 2010, Kelly was arrested in North Carolina on a charge of driving under the influence. In November 2010, she pleaded guilty, was fined and sentenced to 12 months unsupervised probation.
  • On March 31, 2012, she was arrested on a felony charge of corporal injury upon a spouse, and was released on $50,000 bail. The charge was based on a complaint filed by her ex-boyfriend, John Michas. She later made public statements saying that she was the one who had been assaulted, and denied Michas' claim that she assaulted him. On May 12, 2012, TMZ reported that the LA County DA declined to file charges.
  • In November 2012, police in Mooresville, North Carolina arrested the 42-year-old Kelly and her 61-year-old husband Robert Joseph Gilliam after responding to a disturbance at their home. Both were charged with assault and released on bond.
  • On June 23, 2013, Kelly was arrested for a suspected DUI when law enforcement responded to a call about a parked car blocking a lane of traffic on the I-5 freeway and she failed a field sobriety test.

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Marilyn King, Last of Singing Sisters’ Group, Dies at 82

The King Sisters were an American big band-era vocal quartet

Marilyn King died on August 7, 2013, aged 82, from cancer, in California surrounded by her loving children.

The King Sisters Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime King Family Special 1964

"Route 66" by the Four King Sisters

* I may be wrong, but Marilyn King is the shortest person.

Jim Kelly, Actor In 'Enter The Dragon,' Dies 67

James Milton "Jim" "the Dragon" Kelly (May 5, 1946 – June 29, 2013) was an American athlete, actor, and martial artist who rose to fame in the early 1970s. He was best known from his performance as Williams in the 1973 film Enter the Dragon.

Kelly became the first Black martial arts film star.

In 2004, he appeared with NBA star LeBron James in the Nike commercial "Chamber of Fear", a similarity of the Bruce Lee film Game of Death.

Kelly resided in southern California and worked as a professional tennis coach. He was still a popular draw at conventions such as the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Jim Kelly cause of death

Jim Kelly died of cancer on June 29, 2013 at his home in San Diego, California.  Jim Kelly was 67 years old at the time of his death

Most Unrecognized BADASS Jim Kelly

Chris Kelly of rap duo Kris Kross dies 34

On May 1, 2013 Chris Kelly, AKA "Mac Daddy", was found unresponsive in his Atlanta home. Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 pm on the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center. He was 34 years old. A drug overdose is suspected.

Kris Kross was an American rap duo of the 1990s comprising Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith. The duo was best known for their hit 1992 song "Jump", which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and was certified double platinum as a single. Kris Kross was also noted for their fashion style, which consisted of wearing their clothing backwards.

Kris Kross- Jump

John Kerr, actor, 'Tea and Sympathy,' 'South Pacific,' Dies 81

John Grinham Kerr (November 15, 1931 – February 2, 2013), was an American actor from a family rooted in British and Broadway stage, and a lawyer.

He made his Broadway debut in 1953 in Mary Coyle Chase's Bernardine, a high-school comedy for which he won a Theatre World Award. In 1953-54, he received considerable critical acclaim as a troubled prep school student in Robert Anderson's play Tea and Sympathy. In 1954, he won a Tony Award for his performance, and he starred in the film version in 1956.

John Kerr had a major role in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific (1958), playing Lt. Joe Cable, the newly arrived marine about to be sent on a dangerous spy mission. In The Crowded Sky (1960), Kerr played a pilot who helps the Captain (Dana Andrews) steer a crippled airliner back to earth. His only other notable film appearance was in Roger Corman's The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), co-starring with Vincent Price and Barbara Steele

In 1963, Kerr had a continuing role on "Arrest and Trial" playing Assistant DA Barry Pine. In 1965, Kerr guest starred on NBC's The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He had a regular role on the ABC-TV primetime TV series, Peyton Place, playing District Attorney John Fowler during the 1965-66 season. In 1964-65 he appeared as guest star on several episodes of Twelve O'Clock High. During the 1970s, Kerr had a recurring role as prosecutor Gerald O'Brien on the Quinn Martin television series The Streets of San Francisco. His last appearance as an actor was in 1986, in a minor role in The Park Is Mine, a made-for-TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones.

He graduated law school, and passed the California bar in 1970. He since pursued a full-time career as a Beverly Hills lawyer, but still accepted occasional small roles in a variety of television productions over the years. He retired from legal practice in 2000.

John Kerr Cause of Death

John Kerr died of congestive heart failure.  John Kerr was 81 years old at the time of his death.

South Pacific - Younger Than Springtime

Jack Klugman, Actor, 'The Odd Couple' and 'Quincy,' dies 90

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Jacob Joachim "Jack" Klugman (April 27, 1922 - December 24, 2012) was an American stage, film and television actor. He was best known as Felix Unger's sloppy roommate Oscar Madison in the American television series The Odd Couple (1970-1975), for his starring role in Quincy, M.E. (1976-1983), as Juror #5 in 12 Angry Men, and his multiple appearances on The Twilight Zone.

A heavy smoker, Klugman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1974. In 1989, he lost a vocal cord to cancer, but continued to act on stage and television, though he was left with a raspy, scratchy voice.

Jack Klugman cause of death

Klugman died at the age of 90 at his home in Northridge, California, with his wife, Peggy, at his side. He is survived by his sons, David and Adam, and two grandchildren.

Alex Karras, Actor, NFL Lineman, Pro-Wrestler, dies 77

Alex KarrasAlexander George "Alex" Karras (July 15, 1935 – October 10, 2012), nicknamed "The Mad Duck", was an American football player, professional wrestler, and actor. He played football with the Detroit Lions in the National Football League from 1958–1962 and 1964–1970. As an actor, Karras is noted for his role as the thuggish Mongo in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles, and for starring in the ABC sitcom Webster (1983–89) alongside his wife Susan Clark, as the title character's adoptive father.

Professional wrestling
Before his NFL career got under way, Karras signed a contract as a professional wrestler on December 13, 1957, earning $25,000 during the six-month off-season.

NFL player
Karras was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions in 1958. He quickly became one of the dominant defensive tackles in the NFL, playing for 12 seasons (1958-1962, 1964-1970) with the same team

He was known for his humorous endorsement of La-Z-Boy recliners.

Alex Karras cause of death
Alex Karras died in the morning hours of October 10 from complications caused by kidney failure.
Alex Karras was 77 years old at the time of his death.

In his later years, Karras suffered several serious health problems, including dementia, heart disease, and cancer.

Karras was among many former NFL players to have filed a lawsuit against the NFL in early 2012, over issues of head injuries during their career that had caused various ill effects later in their lives, including dementia.

On October 8, 2012, it was revealed by friend Tom McInerney that Karras had suffered from kidney failure; doctors gave him a few days to live. Karras was treated at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, before being released into hospice care. After returning to his Los Angeles home with family.

Blazing Saddles - Alex Karras as Mongo

Sammi Kane Kraft, 'Bad News Bears' Remake Actress, dies 20

Sammi Kane Kraft (April 2, 1992 – October 9, 2012) was an American recording artist, child actress and baseball player. Born in Livingston, New Jersey, she starred in the 2005 remake Bad News Bears as Amanda Whurlitzer, who was played by Tatum O'Neal in the original film. She was featured in an ESPN.com Page 2 story about her athletic skills, and competed in the Junior Olympics.

Sammi Kane Kraft cause of death
On October 9, 2012, Kraft was riding in the passenger seat of an Audi when the car rear-ended a semi trailer and was then struck by another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Sammi Kane Kraft was 20 years old at the time of her death

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