Tommy Lasorda, American Hall of Fame baseball manager, dies 93

Thomas Charles Lasorda (September 22, 1927 – January 7, 2021) was an American professional baseball pitcher and manager. He managed the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1976 through 1996. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997.

Lasorda played in MLB for the Dodgers in 1954 and 1955 and for the Kansas City Athletics in 1956. He coached for the Dodgers from 1973 through 1976 before taking over as manager. Lasorda won two World Series championships as manager of the Dodgers and was named the Manager of the Year of the National League (NL) twice. His uniform number 2 was retired by the Dodgers.

Tommy Lasorda Cause of Death

On June 3, 2012, at age 84, Lasorda was hospitalized in New York City after suffering a heart attack. The heart attack was not considered to be overly serious. On November 8, 2020, Lasorda was hospitalized for heart problems and was reported to be “in serious condition” in intensive care. The Dodgers didn’t make the announcement public about his hospitalization until a week later. On December 1, 2020, Lasorda was taken out of the intensive care unit as his condition continued to improve. After being released from the hospital on January 5, 2021, he entered sudden cardiac arrest at his home two days later and was rushed back to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead that night. He was 93. Numerous buildings in Los Angeles were illuminated in blue in tribute to Lasorda, including City Hall, Staples Center, and the Banc of California Stadium; at Dodger Stadium, flags were flown at half-staff.

Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones, Dancer, dies 65

Adolfo Gutierrez Quiñones or Adolfo Gordon Quiñones (May 11, 1955 – December 30, 2020), known professionally as Shabba Doo, was an American actor, dancer, and choreographer of African American and Puerto Rican descent. Quiñones is perhaps best known for his role as Orlando “Ozone” in the 1984 breakdancing film Breakin’ and its sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.

He was also a founding member of the Original Lockers street dancing group and one of the Soul Train Gang dancers on the landmark R&B music series.

He had a younger sister, Fawn Quiñones, who was also a dancer, and frequently featured on the musical variety television program Soul Train.

He died at age 65 on December 30, 2020 at his home.

SHABBA-DOO MONTAGE

Breakin’ Movie CLIP – Shabba Doo as Ozone (Chinese writings on his back)
Ice-T on the mic (on stage).

Dawn Wells, Mary Ann On ‘Gilligan’s Island’, Dies Of Covid, 82

Dawn Elberta Wells (October 18, 1938 – December 30, 2020) was an American actress who became known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the CBS sitcom Gilligan’s Island.

Wells married Larry Rosen, a talent agent, in 1962. The couple had no children and were divorced in 1967.

In 2018, a GoFundMe page was set up to help Wells cope with financial trouble.

Wells passed away on December 30, 2020 in Los Angeles over COVID-19 complications.

Top 10 Mary Ann Looks!

Pierre Cardin, Fashion Designer, Dies 98

Pierre Cardin (born Pietro Costante Cardin (2 July 1922 – 29 December 2020), was an Italian-born naturalised-French fashion designer. He is known for what were his avant-garde style and Space Age designs. He preferred geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He founded his fashion house in 1950 and introduced the “bubble dress” in 1954.

He was designated a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1991, and a United Nations FAO Goodwill Ambassador in 2009.

Cardin died on 29 December 2020, at the American Hospital of Paris, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, at the age of 98. No cause of death was given.

Phyllis McGuire, Last of McGuire Sisters, Dies 89

The McGuire Sisters were a singing trio in American popular music. The group was composed of three sisters:

  • Ruby Christine McGuire (July 30, 1926 – December 28, 2018)
  • Dorothy “Dottie” McGuire (February 13, 1928 – September 7, 2012)
  • Phyllis Jean McGuire (February 14, 1931 – December 29, 2020)

Among their most popular songs are “Sincerely” and “Sugartime”, both number-one hits.

On September 7, 2012, Dorothy McGuire died at her son’s home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease and age-related dementia; she was 84. Dorothy’s husband of 54 years, Lowell Williamson, died six months later on February 25, 2013, after sustaining a fractured back from a fall; he was 89.

Christine McGuire died in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 28, 2018, at the age of 92. No cause of death was given.

Phyllis McGuire, the last surviving member of the trio, died peacefully at her estate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 29, 2020, of natural causes; she was 89.

The McGuire Sisters – Sugartime

The McGuire Sisters – Sincerely

Jon Huber, Pro-wrestler, Brodie Lee, Luke Harper, Dies 41

Jonathan Huber (December 16, 1979 – December 26, 2020) was an American professional wrestler and actor. He was best known for his time in WWE under the ring names Luke Harper and Harper. He was also known for his short time in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as Mr. Brodie Lee or simply Brodie Lee.

Huber died at the age of 41 on December 26, 2020. His wife said he had been treated for a non-COVID lung issue at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He had been hospitalized in the intensive care unit since late October 2020.

Brodie Lee (with beard) TNT Championship Match – 8/22/20 (4 months before death)

Leslie West, Singer, Guitarist, ‘Mississippi Queen,’ dies 75

Leslie West (born Leslie Weinstein; October 22, 1945 – December 23, 2020)[2] was an American rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He was best known as a founding member and co-lead vocalist of the hard rock band Mountain.

West went into cardiac arrest on Monday, December 21, 2020, and was rushed to a hospital in nearby Palm Coast where he never regained consciousness. Leslie West died on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. He was 75.

Leslie West – Mississippi Queen – Dennis Miller Show

Charley Pride, Country music legend, dies 86 of Coronavirus

Charley Frank Pride (March 18, 1934 – December 12, 2020) was an American singer, guitarist, and professional baseball player. His greatest musical success came in the early to mid-1970s, when he was the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. During the peak years of his recording career (1966–87), he had 52 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 30 of which made it to number one. He won the Entertainer of the Year award at the Country Music Association Awards in 1971.

Pride was one of three African-American members of the Grand Ole Opry (the others are DeFord Bailey and Darius Rucker). He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

Pride died in Dallas on December 12, 2020, of complications related to COVID-19. He was 86 years old.

Charley Pride, ‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning’

Charley Pride – Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone 1970

Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men’s Berta, Dies 77

Conchata Galen Ferrell (March 28, 1943 – October 12, 2020) was an American actress. Although she was a regular castmember of five TV sitcom series, she was best known for playing Berta the housekeeper for all twelve seasons of the sitcom Two and a Half Men. For her performance as Berta, she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (in 2005 and 2007). These came in addition to an earlier nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in L.A. Law (1992).

Ferrell was best known for portraying Berta the Housekeeper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, appearing in a total of 212 episodes from 2003 to 2015. She had received two nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2007.

Ferrell died on October 12, 2020, as a result of complications following cardiac arrest. She was 77 years old.

The Best of Berta (Compilation) | Two and a Half Men | TV Land

In 1992, she received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring role as Attorney Susan Bloom on the sixth season of L.A. Law.

Ferrell’s supporting roles in films include performances in Deadly Hero, Network, Edward Scissorhands, Erin Brockovich, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia, Mr. Deeds and K-PAX as well as a small part in True Romance. Her other television credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hot L Baltimore, Teen Angel, Matlock, B. J. and the Bear, Good Times, Hearts Afire, Townies, Night Court, The Love Boat and Push, Nevada. She played Mrs. Werner in the episode of Quincy, M.E. titled “Into the Murdering Mind” (1982). She has also made memorable appearances portraying blunt, authoritative judges (The “Jagged Sledge” episode of Sledge Hammer! in 1987, and on “The One With Joey’s Porsche” episode of Friends in 1999).

Johnny Nash, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ singer, dies 80

John Lester Nash Jr. (August 19, 1940 – October 6, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter, best known in the United States for his 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now”. Primarily a reggae and pop singer, he was one of the first non-Jamaican artists to record reggae music in Kingston.

I Can See Clearly Now

Nash’s 1972 reggae influenced single “I Can See Clearly Now” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in November 1972. “I Can See Clearly Now” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 4, 1972, and remained atop the chart for four weeks, and also spent the same four weeks atop the adult contemporary chart.

Acting career

Nash has four acting credits in film and television. In 1959, he had the lead role as Spencer Scott in Take a Giant Step, directed by Philip Leacock, one of the first black family films written by a black writer. In 1960 he appeared as “Apple” alongside Dennis Hopper in the crime drama Key Witness. In 1971, he played Robert in the Swedish romance Vill så gärna tro.

Johnny Nash Cause of Death

Johnny Nash died of natural causes at his home in Houston on October 6, 2020. Johnny Nash was 80 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his son Johnny Jr., daughter, Monica, and wife, Carli Nash.

Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now (1972) Clip – VHS

Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now