2017 Obituaries – October thru December

Oct. 1: Stephen Paddock, 64: The gunman who executed the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. He took his own life with his own gun. He killed at least 58 innocent people and wounded 500 others. He had no known connection to terrorism.

Oct 2: Tom Petty, 66: a true rock legend, Petty reportedly died from cardiac arrest. He was a Grammy winner, Hall of Fame musician (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys) and voice actor (King of the Hill).This is one of the best obits for Tom Petty. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/news/tom-petty-found-unconscious-full-cardiac-arrest-not-breathing/

Oct. 3: Michel Jouvet, 91: French oneirologist and neurobiologist, developer of Modafinil and discoverer of REM sleep.

Oct. 3: Lance Russell, 91: American professional wrestling announcer and commentator (CWA, USWA, WCW), complications from a broken hip.

Oct. 4: Rufus Hannah, 63: American advocate for homeless rights, traffic collision.

Oct. 6: Holly Block, 58: American museologist, gallery director in Art in General (1988-2004) and Director of Bronx Museum of the Arts (since 2006) breast cancer.

Oct. 6: Hervé L. Leroux, 60: French fashion designer, founder of Hervé Leger, ruptured aneurysm.

Oct. 6. Ralphie May, 45: American comedian and Last Comic Standing second-place winner, died after suffering cardiac arrest in Las Vegas. He had been battling pneumonia and had cancelled a handful of dates over the last month prior to his death, in an effort to recover.

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Bunny Sigler

Oct. 6: Bunny Sigler, 76: Philly music creator, that helped Gamble and Huff create the Philly Sound died at home of a heart attack. He worked with Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, the Spinners and countless others and his music was sampled by Jay Z, Nelly and Outkast. Lee Remick, his longtime attorney and friend stated, “He wrote, produced, recorded and sang.” Sigler had been sick for the last 10 months and suffered from diabetes. He is survived by his wife Martha and a daughter Eva in California and a son Jabare in Philadelphia.

Oct. 10: Nick Corvino, 30: an American political staffer during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign died after he was shot 13 times as he slept in his Florida home. He apparently was killed by his roommate earlier in the week in their apartment near Kissimmee. Deputies found Corvino dead in his bed. He’d been shot in the head, back and legs.

Oct. 11: Jeremy, 2: The British left-coiled snail died days after mate has young.

Oct. 12: Robert Lynn Pruett, 38: American murderer. Executed by Texas for a prison guard’s murder.

Oct. 14: Daniel Webb, 28: Former Chicago White Sox pitcher died in an ATV accident.

Oct. 15: Melvin “Burrhead” Nelson Jones, 80: American professional wrestler (WWWF, CCW, CWA). He had been dealing with a number of health issues including blindness due to glaucoma and arthritis which left him bed-ridden at a medical facility.

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Roy Dotrice

Oct. 16: Roy Dotrice, 94: The famed actor died peacefully in his London home, surrounded by his family, including his three daughters and grandchildren. He discovered his passion for acting while he was held as a German prisoner during the Second World War. In 2008, he was award an OBE for services to drama by the Queen.

Oct. 17: Mychael Knight, 39: American fashion designer and Project Runway alum died outside of Atlanta, Georgia surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Oct. 17: Michele Marsh, 63: American television journalist and longtime New York TV anchor, breast cancer.

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Brent Briscoe

Oct. 18: Brent Briscoe, 56: American actor and screenwriter (Twin Peaks, A Simple Plan, Swing Blade) who worked often with Billy Bob Thornton and was a busy character actor and was most recently seen in the revived Twin Peaks died from complications from a fall.

Oct. 18: Helen DeVos, 90: American philanthropist (Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital) stroke complications.

Oct. 20: Stan Kowalski, 91: American professional wrestler (AWA, NWA Tri-State, Stampede Wrestling). Wrestler, veteran, patriot, fundraiser and a friend to many.

Oct. 24: Fats Domino, 89: He was one of the first honorees inducted into the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame and is best known for his hits “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame.” He is survived by his eight children. He died of natural causes.

Oct. 24: Robert Guillaume, 89: best known for his title role on the 1990 series Benson, Guillaume’s wife confirmed her husband’s passing to CNN. He won Emmys in 1979 and 1985. He died of prostate cancer.

Oct. 25: Ross Powell, 49: American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates) and his father, 72-year old Lyle Powell, were discovered in a lawn care van, dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Ross Powell had just opened his lawn care franchise a month prior. The fumes were so strong, it sent five first responders to the hospital.

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Dennis Banks

Oct. 29: Dennis Banks (Nowa Cumin), 80: One of the country’s most influential American Indian activists and one who was a key figure in the 1970s standoff with federal agents at Wounded Knee died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester from complications following open-heart surgery.

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Brad Bufanda

Nov. 1: Brad Bufanda, 34: Best known for his role as Felix in Veronica Mars, died of an apparent suicide in Los Angeles. According to police, Bufanda jumped from a building, committing suicide. His manager said that he was in the process of reviving his career, recently completing two movies.

Nov. 5: Robert Knight, 72: American R&B singer who recorded the first version of “Everlasting Love,” one of the biggest songs to come out of Nashville, died after a short illness. He was a member of the Fairlanes and sang lead for the Paramounts before becoming a solo artist.

Nov. 7: Debra Chasnoff, 60: A 1992 Oscar-winning artist and activist, who saw films as tools for social changes, and made 12 documentaries, died at her home of metastatic breast cancer. She was only 60. She won her Oscar in 1992 for Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment, an expose of the energy giant’s production of nuclear weapons, and made Academy Award history when she came out as a lesbian by thanking her female partner at the time.

Nov. 7: Roy Halladay, 40: Former MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies), Cy Young Award winner (2003, 2010) was killed in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. The plane was a two-person aircraft that was owned by Hallady, but he was the only one on board. He was the father of two with his wife Brandy.

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John Hillerman

Nov. 9: John Hillerman, 84: American actor, who was best known for playing Higgins on the television show Magnum, P.I. and won an Emmy in 1987, also appeared in Chinatown and Blazing Saddles. He died at his home in Houston, stated a family spokeswoman. She also stated the cause of death had not been determined.

Nov. 12: Liz Smith, 94: American gossip columnist, who wrote for Newsday, New York Daily News and was known as the Longtime Queen of Tabloid Gossip Columns for more than three decades died at her home in Manhattan, her friend and literary agent confirmed. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Nov. 16: Fergie Pacheco, 89: American physician and boxing cornerman, known as the “Fight Doctor” and Muhammad Ali’s physician, died at his home in Miami, in his sleep.

Nov. 17: Aijalon Gomes, 38: American teacher, imprisoned by the Government of North Korean in 2010 was found burned to death over the weekend in a dirt lot in Mission Bay Park in San Diego. The police believe that Gomes likely dies as a result of an accident or suicide.

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Earle Hyman

Nov. 17: Earle Hyman, 91: best known for playing Grandpa Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Hyman was a veteran of stages around the world. In addition to The Cosby Show, he was a voice on Thundercats. Hyman died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

Nov. 18: Flawless Sabrina (Jack Doroshow), 78: American drag queen and trans rights activist, was a drag legend. She was a central figure of the New York queer community and was a guide and mentor to countless queer youths for decades.

Nov. 18: Malcolm Young, 64: The AC/DC guitarist and cofounder, died after a three-year battle with dementia.

Nov. 19: Peter Baldwin, 86: American actor and director, who turned prolific Emmy-winning TV director with credits including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sanford and Son, Murphy Brown and The Wonder Years. He died at his home in Pebble Beach, his son announced. He is also survived by his wife, two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Nov. 19: Charles Manson, 83: American criminal and cult leader, died in prison from cardiac arrest from colon cancer. I won’t write a single word about his life, but I will list the lives that he and his “family” members ended, way too soon: Sharon Tate, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, Steven Parent, Leno LaBianca and Rosemary LaBianca. These are just the lives that he was “convicted of” taking.

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Della Reese

Nov. 19: Della Reese, 86: Della Reese segued from pop to jazz to acting. She had a long career as a popular TV actress on Touched by an Angel. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, friend and pastor. One of her four marriages included a brief, annulled union with Mercer Ellington, son of jazz great Duke Ellington. She is survived by her husband Franklin Lett, a film producer and concert promoter. She died at her home in California.

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David Cassidy

Nov. 21: David Cassidy, 67: Pop culture idol of the 1970s, died in a Florida hospital where he had been after suffering from organ failure. He had announced his diagnosis with dementia in early 2017. When he performed at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York in March, he talked about his dementia and said his arthritis made playing guitar an ordeal. He died surrounded by those he loved, free from the pain that had gripped him.

Nov. 25: Bertha Calloway, 92: American historian and museologist, founder of the Great Plains Black History Museum.

Nov. 27: Robert Powell, 66: American bass guitarist who played with The Young Rascals, The Crusaders.

Nov. 27: Bob Seidemann, 75: American rock album cover designer (Blind Faith, Go to Heaven, On the Beach) and a photographer who shot the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, died from Parkinson’s disease.

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Gomer Pyle

Nov. 30: Jim Nabors, 87: American actor (Gomer Pyle, USMC, The Andy Griffith Show, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) whose name was synonymous with the term “bumpkin,” and brought the words “golly” and “shazam” into the vernacular of the American television audience. His series, Gomer Pyle, USMC was a spinoff of The Andy Griffith show and ran for four seasons. Nabors’ 20% cut of the syndication revenue made him financially secure thereafter and allowed him to pursue broader interests as a singer and a comic. He married his partner of 38 years in Washington in 2013, a month after gay marriage became legal in that state. In addition to his partner, Stan Cadwallader, he is survived by two sisters, Freddie and Ruth.

Nov. 30: Ben Sylliboy, 76: Canadian Waycobah grand council chief, spiritual leader of Mi’kmaq.

Dec. 2: Lowell Hawthorne, 57: Jamaican-born American entrepreneur who was the founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill shot himself inside the Park Ave. building inside his Bronx factory. He once appeared on Undercover Boss. Apparently the business was plagued by tax debt and a worker’s law suit.

Dec. 4: Christine Keeler, 75: English model and showgirl, at the heart of the Profumo affair, and whose affairs with Russian diplomat and British MP John Profumo caused one of UK’s biggest scandal of the 20th century died from COPD. She had been ill for several months. A major BBC series revisiting the scandal is due to start filming next year.

Dec. 5: August Ames, 23: Canadian pornographic actress, August Ames was one of the most popular porn stars on the Internet. Just days after receiving criticism on social media for refusing to work with certain performers, she was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging.

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Jose Padron

Dec. 5: José Padrón, 91: Cuban-American tobacconist, founder of Piloto Cigars, Inc., some of the world’s best Cuban cigars, died at a hospital in Coconut Grove, Florida.

Dec. 8: Steve Revvis, 55: American actor (Fargo, Geronimo: An American Legend, The Longest Yard).

Dec. 9: Kevin Robinson, 45: veteran BMX professional and Guiness Book of World Records holder and X Games veteran, died of a stroke. By the time he retired in 2013, he had spent nearly 25 years using BMX progression. He is survived by a wife and three children.

Dec. 9: Tom Zenk, 59: American bodybuilder and professional wrestler (WCW, AJPW, WWF).

Dec. 10: Angry Grandpa (better known as Charlie Green Jr.), 67: American Internet personality (YouTube) died after a short battle with skin cancer.

Dec. 10: Jack Boyle, 83: legendary rock concert promoter and venue owner (The Cellar Door) turned Georgetown’s Cellar Door nightclub into the flagship venue of a national concert promotion empire. Known as the Door, it was one of the country’s premier music venues until it closed in 1982. Jack Boyle (the son) stated his father died from complications from dementia. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Dec. 11: Charles Robert Jenkins, 77: American soldier, deserted to North Korea and husband of former Japanese abductee Hitomi Soga.

Dec. 11: Paul T. Fader 58: former Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey (1998-2003).

Dec. 12: Zarley Zalapski, 49: Canadian ice hockey player, played in the NHL between 1987-1998 and a 12-game stint during the 1990-00 season. Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins fourth overall in 1986, Zalapski made stops playing for the Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers. During his 637 games of NHL experience, Zalapski scored 99 goals, 285 assists while racking up 684 penalty minutes. He died due to complications of a viral infection.

Dec. 12: Ed Lee, 65: Mayor of San Francisco (since 2011). The city’s first Asian American mayor and the man who presided over the transformation during the recent tech boom died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 65. He collapsed while shopping at a grocery store near his home and was quickly taken by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital. He died at 1:11am, surrounded by friends and family.

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Warrel Dane

Dec. 13: Warrel Dane, 56: American heavy metal singer, who achieved fame with the bands Sanctuary and Nevermore died from a heart attack while in São Paulo, Brazil. It apparently happened during the night and he could not be revived.

Dec. 14: Tamio Oki, 89: Japanese voice actor (Ghost in the Shell, Astro Boy, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure). He had been undergoing medical treatment for an unspecified illness.

Dec. 14: Bob Givens, 99: American animator (Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Garfield and Friends). He died just three months shy of his 100th birthday.

Dec. 14: Yurizan Beltran, 31: American pornographic actress. The owner of the house where she was living found Beltran dead of an apparent drug overdose. Friends confirmed her death. She was a native of Long Beach, Calif. who worked at Hooters before she went into porn.

Dec. 15: Robert Follis, 48: American mixed martial arts coach (Xtreme Couture). Las Vegas authorities confirmed to ESPN that Follis’ death was a suicide from a gunshot to the head. Follis was a head coach at Xtreme Couture for four years and was a key piece of former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate’s camp. But last month, Follis parted way with Xtreme Couture, ending a run that began in 2014.

Dec. 18: Kim Jong-hyun, 27: lead singer of the K-pop group SHINee, was found unconscious at his rented apartment in southern Seoul. Kim’s sister made the initial call to emergency services reporting that she believed her brother was committing suicide. Investigators believe he committed suicide by inhaling toxic fumes, as they discovered coal briquettes burnt on a frying pan upon arriving at the apartment.

Dec. 22: Gerald B. Greenberg, 81: American film editor and 1972 Oscar winner (The French Connection, Apocalypse Now, Scarface). His film editing produced one of the most famous car chases in cinema history. He died after a long illness.

Dec. 22: Victor Llamas, 41: American comic book artist (Batman). Llamas was a veteran inker. He died from medical complications after a long hospital stay.

Dec. 22: Frank “Bobo” Marrapese, 74: American mobster (Patriarca crime family) and murderer, who was known as one of the most vicious enforcers, died at a Rhode Island hospital. He was serving time at the Adult Correctional Institutions for murder.

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Jordan Feldstein

Dec. 23: Jordan Feldstein, 40: American music manager for Maroon 5, and brother of Jonah Hill, died of a heart attack, according to the Feldstein family. He and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine were friends from childhood and Feldstein managed the group from their inception, guiding the band as they became one of music’s most successful international touring acts with three Grammy Awards and 20 million albums sold worldwide.

Dec. 24: Heather Menzies-Urich, 68: Canadian-born, American actress, who played the third oldest daughter, Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, died of brain cancer. She was the widow of actor Robert Urich, who died in 2002. She was surrounded by her children and family members.

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Sue Grafton

Dec. 28: Sue Grafton, 77: A Louisville, Kent. native, who was a popular mystery writer with a best-selling series of alphabetically titled mystery novels died in California, according to Steve Bass, a family friend. Her heroine was Kinsey Millhone and it started in 1982 with “A is for Alibi.” Grafton published “Y is for Yesterday” earlier this year. Her daughter, Jamie posted to Facebook on Friday that her mother died surrounded by family after a two-year battle with cancer. There won’t be a Millhone book that starts with “Z.” AB: Grafton was one of my mother’s favorite authors.

Dec. 28: Rose Marie, 94: American actress, who was a regular on The Dick Van Dyke Show died at her home in Van Nuys, Calif. She started her career at age 3 in some of the earliest talking films and co-headlined on the opening night of Bugsy Siegel’s Flaminto Hotel in Las Vegas in 1946. She was always identified by the bow in her hair and her raspy voice. Throughout her life, is was active in many causes, most notably animal welfare.

Dec. 30: Erica Garner, 27: American civil rights activist and daughter of police chokehold victim, Eric Garner, passed away at the age of just 27, after suffering a massive heart attack one week earlier.

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2017 Obits – July thru Sept

July 1: Stevie Ryan, 33: Los Angeles County coroner has determined that Stevie Ryan, the YouTube star and TV host was a suicide by hanging. Ryan, who made her name on a YouTube series called “Little Loca” before appearing in the VH1 series Stevie TV and hosting an E! channel was found at home, dead. She recently hosted a podcast about depression and about the recent death of her grandfather.

July 6: Robert Grodt, 28: American volunteer medic at the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011, where he met Kaylee Dedrick, who had just been pepper-sprayed in the face, died on the outskirts of Raqqa, Syria. He pulled her out of the crowd to treat her, then he married her. They had a daughter together. Robert then volunteered to fight in the Syrian war and joined the Kurdish militia. It was while in was in Syria that he was killed.

July 6: Melvyn “Deacon” Jones, 73: American blues musician, switched from trumpet to organ and from there embarked on a career playing the blues on a Hammond B3. A Richmond native, died in Hollywood, Calif. He was a composer and arranger and a mentor, a genius and a legend. He was the brother of jazz drummer Harold Jones, who backs singer Tony Bennett and was among the musicians forming the rock ’n roll band Baby Huey and the Babysitters. He also toured and recorded with Curtis Mayfield, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others.

July 6: William Morva, 35: American convicted murdered was executed by lethal injection for the murder of Derrick McFarland and Montgomery County sheriff’s Deputy Eric Sutphin during an escape from custody in 2006.

July 13: John Bernecker, 33: American stunt performer (Logan, The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead), fell more than 20 feet from a balcony onto a concrete floor, suffering a serious head injury that required him to be transported to a nearby hospital by helicopter. AMC announced that they had temporarily shut down production of The Walking Dead’s eighth season in the wake of the tragedy. Later that evening, AMC announced that his family had decided to remove him from life support following organ donation.

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Nelsan Ellis

July 8: Nelsan Ellis, 39: American actor (True Blood, Get on Up, Elementary). He played a short-order cook at Merlotte’s on True Blood. In the books, he was killed off, but because Ellis made him such as enjoyable character, he survived on the series. His manager told The Hollywood Reporter that he died from complications with heart failure.

July 13: Olive Yang, 91: Burmese opium warlady, also known as Yang Jinxiu, the de facto ruler of Kokang in the 1950s, died at the age for 91 in Shan State’s Muse Township. She once had her own army of nearly 1,000 men and was an influential figure in the opium trade of the Golden Triangle region.

July 15: Justine Damond, 40: Australian woman shot by Mohamed Noor, Minneapolis police officer, after she placed a 911 call to report the assault of a woman in an alley behind her home. Officer Noor had been with MPD for 21 months and in that time had acquired three formal complaints against him. Two, as of Sept. 2017, were pending resolution.

July 15: Martin Landau, 89: an American actor who starred in both television (Mission: Impossible) and movies (Ed Wood, Crimes and Misdemeanors) and won an Oscar in 1995 (Ed Wood) died from an abdominal hemorrhage. He had been married to is co-star from Mission: Impossible, Barbara Bain from 1957 until their divorce in 1993. Survivors include his daughters Susie (a writer-producer) and Juliet (an actress-dancer) from his marriage to Bain; plus sons-in-law Roy and Deverill; sister Elinor; granddaughter Aria; and godson Dylan.

July 16: Jerry Bird, 83: American basketball player (Kentucky Wildcats, New York Knicks). Died from natural causes.

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George Romero

July 16: George A. Romero, 77: American-Canadian film director, screenwriter, creator of Night of the Living Dead, and father of the modern movie zombie. His “Living Dead” franchise went on to create the horror genre we all know and many of us love today, seen in movies like The Purge and TV shows like The Walking Dead. He died in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a family statement to the Los Angeles Times. His wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero and daughter, Tina Romero, were at his side.

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Chester Bennington

July 20: Chester Bennington, 41: American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, Stone Temple Pilots) frontman for Linkin Park, Bennington committed suicide by hanging at his Palos Verdes residence which was later confirmed by the LA County coroner. He struggled with drug and alcohol addiction throughout his life and spoke openly about this, as well as being molested by an older man when he was a child. He was married and is survived by six children.

July 20: Kenneth Jay Lane, 85: American costume jewelry designer, whose exquisite gems were worn by formers first ladies and royalty past away in his sleep at age 85. A documentary about Lane’s illustrious 50-year career has been in the works which will feature some of his closest friends including Barbara Bush, Joan Collins, Diane Von Furstenberg and Anne and Kirk Douglas. In the film, Joan Collins recalls a time when she was stopped at customs with her Lane jewels and even the customs officials couldn’t stop complimenting her about them. Even at age 85, Lane had no plans for slowing down. In addition to the documentary, he had been focusing on his e-comm site.

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Pudsey

July 20: Pudsey, 11: Britain’s Got Talent champion dog, Pudsey, was put down after a short bout with leukemia.

July 21: John Heard, 71: American actor, best known for his role in the Home Alone films, Heard was found dead in his hotel room in Palo Alto, Calif. He had been staying at the hotel after minor back surgery for a week. It was later determined that he died from cardiac arrest.

July 23: Robert Gardiner, 70: English writer and RMS Titanic conspiracy theorist who wrote several books including Titanic: The Ship That Never Sank?

July 25: Barbara Sinatra, 90: American fashion model, showgirl and philanthropist, who rose to social prominence as “Lady Blue Eyes” and went on to develop a legacy of her own, died at her Rancho Mirage home at age 90. She was married to Frank Sinatra for almost 22 years, longer than any of his previous three marriages. She used his fund-raising clout to build the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center to help abused children at Eisenhower Medical Center. “She died comfortably surrounded by family and friends at her home,” said Children’s Center Director John Thoresen.

July 26: June Foray, 99: American voice actress (The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, Looney Tunes, Cinderella) cardiac arrest.

July 26: Ronald Phillips, 43: whose execution was postponed six times, was finally carried out in Ohio via lethal injection. Ohio had been taking a three-year break, but resumed execution just in time to execute Phillips, who was convicted of raping and beating to death his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. There were no reports of complications during his execution.

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Cena

July 27: Cena N641: American labrador retriever, therapy and bomb detection dog served in the Marines until his retirement in 2014, received a hero’s send-off that was organized by his first wartime partner, Jeff DeYoung. Hundreds turned out to salute and say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken Cena, who served three tours in Afghanistan with the US Marines. After his retirement, he became a service dog for Lance Cpl Jeff DeYoung. Cena had been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. DeYoung had organized the celebration for Cena, he said he wanted to take his dog on one last ride in a topless Jeep before Cena was put down.

July 27 : Cheri Maples, 64: American police office and peace activist, died after suffering life-threatening injuries in a bicycle crash.

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Sam Shepard

July 27: Sam Shepard, 73: American playwright and actor, Pulitzer Prize winner (1979) and one of the most important and influential writers of our generation, died at his home in Kentucky from complication of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He wrote more than 55 plays, acted in more than 50 films and had more than a dozen roles on television. He was an author of prose works and a memoir. He had a long relationship with actress Jessica Lange, which cast an unwanted spotlight on his private life, which he described as “terrible and impossible.” AB: two of my personal Sam Shepard favorites – The Pelican Brief and Thunderheart.

July 27: Marty Sklar, 83: legendary Disney Imagineer passed away in his Hollywood Hills home at the age of 83. During his illustrious career spanning 54 years, Marty worked closely with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating, enhancing and expanding Disney’s creative vision. Named a “Disney Legend” in 2001, he is best remembered by fans around the world for his work bringing Disney’s theme parks to life.

July 28: Charlie Gard, 11 months: British infant, subject of life support and parental rights case, MDDS.

Aug. 3: Robert Hardy, 91: The Harry Potter actor, was known for playing the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge in four of the films. He also starred in the TV series, All Creatures Great and Small. He died at Denville Hall, a retirement home for actor in the outskirts of London.

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Chantek

Aug. 7: Chantek, 39: American hybrid orangutan, who was one of the first apes to learn to sign language, died in Atlanta. He was being treated for progressive heart disease.

Aug. 8: Eugene Burger, 78: A Chicago magician, who knew magic is life, and who once entertained at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, died in his hometown of Chicago at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Glen Campbell

Aug. 8: Glen Campbell, 81: died in Nashville after a year-long struggle with Alzheimer’s. He sang (Rhinestone Cowboy and By the Time I Get to Phoenix) and acted (True Grit). In 1967 he made history by winning 4 Grammys in the country and pop categories and then took home the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award in 1968. He is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell and had 8 children.

Aug. 14: Joi Harris, 40: American motorcycle racer and stuntwoman, was killed on the set of Deadpool 2. She had lost control of her motorcycle while performing a stunt for the superhero movie, crashing through a window near Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza. She billed herself as the first licensed African-American woman in US history to actively compete in sanctioned motorcycle road racing events. Working on Deadpool 2 was her first time filming a stunt for a movie, though she had reportedly completed the stunt successfully four times prior to the crash.

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Kasatka

Aug. 15: Kasatka, 41: American orca, who was born in the wild, was euthanized at SeaWorld after a long battle with a lung infection. It was the same disease that killed Tilikum, the orca featured in the 2013 documentary Blackfish, who died last year. Orcas can live 50-80 year in the wild, according to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Kasatka had numerous descendants born at SeaWorld. She was the mother of four, a grandmother of six, and a great-grandmother of two, according to a statement from the park.

Aug. 16: Wayne Lotter, 51: South African elephant conservationist and anti-poaching activist, murdered in Tanzania. Police there have launched an investigation into the murder of Wayne Lotter. He had received numerous death threats in connection with his work. As a member of PAMS, the foundation has protected 32,000 elephants and confiscated more than 1,150 firearms. It also funds and supports Tanzania’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU), the body behind the arrest of “Queen of Ivory” Yang Feng Glan, and several other high profile ivory poachers and traders.

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Sonny Landham

Aug. 17: Sonny Landham, 76: an American actor who starred in Predator and 48 Hrs. died from congestive heart failure in Lexington, Ky. He was part Seminole and part Cherokee and was best known for portraying the tracker Billy Sole in the movie Predator in 1987 (AB: my favorite Sonny Landham role). In the early 70s, he appeared in several X-rated films, but after appearing in The Warriors, he got roles in tough guy films including Action Jackson and Lock Up. In 2003 he left Hollywood and went, unsuccessfully, into politics. He is survived by a son and daughter.

Aug. 19: Dick Gregory, 84: American comedian and civil rights activist. He broke ground at the Playboy Club in Chicago and on Jack Paar’s Tonight Show, then became a potent activist for civil rights. His son Christian announced his father’s death via a statement in Washington, DC that his father died of heart failure. He was hospitalized several days earlier.

Aug. 20: Jerry Lewis, 91: died at his Las Vegas home after suffering from ill health for many years. He was an actor, singer and director and was well known for his philanthropic work, raising more than $2.6 billion for muscular dystrophy research with his annual Labor Day telethon. He died from cardiomyopathy. He was married to Patti Palmer from 1944-1982. They had five sons and adopted another child. His youngest, Joseph, became a drug addict and committed suicide in 2009 at age 45. He married his second wife, SanDee Pitnick in 1983. They adopted a daughter, Danielle.

Aug. 24: Jay Thomas, 69: American actor (Cheers (Eddie LeBed), Murphy Brown (Jerry Gold)) and radio talk show host. He also worked on Ray Donovan. But according to his agent, his wife and his sons were the true passion of his life. He lost his battle with cancer.

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Tobe Hooper

Aug. 26: Tobe Hooper, 74: American film director, best known for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) which became one of the most influential horror films because of its realistic approach and deranged vision. He also directed the 1982 Poltergeist film written and produced by Steven Spielberg, a film which also became a classic of the genre. These are but two of Hooper’s films. His 1979 CBS miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel Salem’s Lot is considered by many to be one of the best in televisual horror. It combined the intrigue of a nighttime soap opera with the gothic atmosphere of a classic horror film. He is survived by a son.

Aug. 28: Melissa Bell, 53: English singer (Soul II Soul) and mother of Alexandra Burke (X Factor winner).

Aug. 31: Richard Anderson, 91: known for his role on The Six Million Dollar Man and the spinoff, The Bionic Woman, Anderson died at his home in Beverly Hills.

Sept. 3: Walter Becker, 67: American Half of Fame musician (Steely Dan), songwriter and producer. Grammy winner (2001).

Sept. 4: Earl Lindo, 65: Jamaican reggae musician (Bob Marley and the Wailers).

Sept. 6: Kate Millett, 82: American feminist writer (Sexual Politics), cardiac arrest.

Sept. 8: Troy Gentry: The Montgomery Gentry singer tragically died while taking a helicopter tour of Medford, New Jersey, where he and Montgomery were set to perform that evening. The helicopter pilot died immediately. In 2004, Gentry purchased a black bear named “Cubby” from a facility called the Minnesota Wildlife Connection and then shot the bear from inside an electrified enclosure, a practice commonly known as “canned hunting.” On Nov. 7, 2006, he pleaded guilty to a charge of falsely tagging a bear that was killed in a fenced enclosure. He agreed to pay a $15,000 fine, give up hunting, fishing and trapping in Minnesota for five years and forfeit Cubby’s taxidermied remains and the bow he used to shoot Cubby. He also posted a statement on the duo’s website on Nov. 9, 2010, apologizing for his actions as well as the unethical manner in which he killed Cubby. Kharma’s a bitch.

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Blake Heron

Sept. 8: Blake Heron, 35: who gained fame as a teen actor during the 1990s, died at his home in La Crescenta, Calif. He was discovered by a friend who told authorities that he had been sick with the flu for the last few days. Heron had made his film debut in the 1995 Disney movie Tom and Huck and in the TV series Reality Check. In 1996 he starred in the Warner Bros. family drama Shiloh, portraying an adolescent who rescues an abused hunting dog in a small town.

Sept. 10: Xavier Atencio, 98: American animator, lyricist and Imagineer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion).

Sept. 10: Len Wein, 69: American comic book writer and editor (Swamp Thing, Watchmen), co-creator of Wolverine.

Sept. 11: Michelle Rounds, 46: Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife was found in her home, dead of an apparent suicide.

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Basi

Sept. 13: Basi, 37: Chinese panda, world’s oldest living, cirrhosis and renal failure.

Sept. 13: Gary Otte, 45: American murderer and robber. Executed in Ohio. Convicted of killing two in back-to-back robberies.

Sept. 13: Frank Vincent, 80: Was Hollywood’s go-to guys for mobster dramas. He starred in three of Martin Scorsese’s classics: Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino. He also gave Tony Soprano fits as crime boss Phil Leotardo in the final two seasons of The Sopranos. He was an incredible jazz drummer and had impeccable comic timing, honed from being on the road with Joe Pesci. His family issued an official statement confirming his death at the age of 80.

Sept. 14: George England, 91: American film producer and director (The Ugly American, Zachariah), fall.

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Harry Dean Stanton

Sept. 15: Harry Dean Stanton, 91: died of natural causes. His career spanned more than six decades. He was most recently seen in the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks. He also had memorial roles in films including Alien, Repo Man and Pretty in Pink. He was the character actor who had an exceptional career. He was an elegant musical performer with an angelic tenor voice and played rhythm guitar and harmonica in a Tex-Mex band that did weekly gigs at the Mint in LA. He said he never wanted to be a leading man, “too much work.” Except for a brief marriage, Stanton was a bachelor, who in the Partly Fiction documentary spoke about the lost love of his life, actress Rebecca De Mornay.

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Penny Chenery

Sept. 16: Penny Chenery, 95: Owner of the Triple Crown Winner Secretariat. She died in Boulder, Colo.

Sept. 16: Ted Christopher, 69: American race car driver (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) died when his Mooney M20C aircraft crashed in Guilford, Conn. enroute to the Miller Lite 200 at Riverbed Raceway in Riverhead, New York.

Sept. 16: Steve Baker, 79: American illusionist, known as Mr. Escape, died at his home in Illinois. His wife, Julia, who served as his faithful assistant throughout his career, was by his side.

Sept. 17: Bonnie Angelo, 93: American political journalist (Time), who wrote about mothers of U.S. presidents, complications from dementia.

Sept. 17: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, 72: American professional wrestler, legendary manager and commentator (WWF, AWA, WCW) died from organ failure. He is survived by his wife Cynthia Jean and their daughter Jessica and grandson Austin.

Sept. 18: Chuck Low, 89: died at a nursing home in New Jersey. He served four years as an army major and was part of the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 30 years as well as the U.S. National Guard from 1957 to 1965. He starred along side his close friend Robert De Niro in Goodfellas, The King of Comedy and The Mission.

Sept. 19: Johnny Sandlin, 72: American record producer (The Allman Brothers Band), cancer.

Sept. 24: Barbara Blaine, 61: American Founder of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), heart disease.

Sept. 24: Orville Lynn Majors, 56: American serial killer, who was serving 360 years at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City died from cardiac issues due to natural causes. Majors was a nurse suspected of killing dozens of patients at the former Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton by injecting them with potassium chloride. He was convicted in six deaths in 1999.

Sept. 25: Joe Bailon, 94: American car customizer, creator of the candy apple red car color.

Sept. 25: Tim Quill, 54: American actor (Hamburger Hill, Argo, JAG).

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Hugh Hefner

Sept. 27: Hugh Hefner, 91: His son Cooper Hefner said in a statement, “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.” According to his death certificate, he died from cardia arrest, though he was also suffering from other illnesses, including blood and E. coli infections. He was buried in a crypt next to iconic actor Marilyn Monroe, who appeared on the cover of the first issue of Playboy in December, 1953. He bought the burial site for $75,000 in 1992. 

Those we have lost in 2017 – April thru June

hate manApril 2: Hate Man (Mark Hawthorne), 80: One of the most colorful homeless people to ever hit the Bay Area died of heart failure at a hospital in Berkeley, according to friends who were helping take care of him. He once was a reporter at the New York Times, but abandoned his job and took up residence on the streets of Berkeley. He came up with his name “Hate Man” after deciding that “honest communications can only be attained after acknowledging that hate exists between everyone.”

April 2: Rhubarb Jones, 65: American country disc jockey and professional wrestling ring announcer (WCW) heart attack.

Aril 5: Alma Soller McLay, 97: The American stenographer at the Nuremberg trials and the last surviving member of the U.S. team that prosecuted Nazi war criminals, died in Torrance, Calif. She is survived by her children and grandchildren.

April 5: Paul O’Neill, 61: rock producer who founded the progressive American rock band, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra died of a chronic illness. His death was posted to the bands Facebook page.

Don RicklesApril 6: Don Rickles, 90: abrasive comic, celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades and honorary Rat Pack member, Rickles died at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure. He forged his career by turning the tables on his hecklers and went on to make fun of everyone he encountered. When Frank Sinatra walked into Rickle’s club in 1957, he was greeted from the stage …”Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody,” heckled Rickles. Sinatra roared – with laughter. Rickles, with Sinatra’s endorsement, began his comedic assault on people, famous and not so famous. The rest is history.

April 7: Tim Pigott-Smith, 70: English actor (The Jewel in the Crown, Clash of the Titans, V for Vendetta).

April 8: Stephen Caracappa, 75: American NYPD police detective and one of the infamous “Mafia Cops” convicted in 2006 of carrying out murders for the mob while still working for the NYPD, died in prison while serving a life sentence, according to a federal source. It’s a rumor he died of cancer. He was in a federal prison medical facility in Butner, North Carolina.

April 12: Charlie Murphy, 57: American comedian, actor and screen writer, a performer on The Chappelle Show and Eddie Murphy’s older brother, died after a battle with leukemia.

Dara QuigleyApril 12: Dara Quigley, 36: Irish journalist, who was described by her family as a bright, intelligent person with an enduring commitment to creating a fairer society, is suffering her loss after she took her own life. She had been detained by Gardaí under the Mental Health Act for walking naked in a Dublin street. A Garda CCTV video of her detention was posted on Facebook shortly before her death. Garda believes the footage had been filmed on a mobile phone and then shared on the WhatsApp online messaging service. Compounding the posting of the video was the publication of her name on several websites. The video was subsequently posted on Facebook. Upon request, Facebook removed it, but over one hundred thousand people had already seen the video and it remains visible on other internet sites, hosted outside Ireland.

April 15: Sylvia Moy, 78: American songwriter (“Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”, “I Was Made to Love Her”, “My Cherie Amour”) and record producer.

April 16: Robert Godwin, 74: American retiree, victim of the Facebook Killer, shot while walking on a sidewalk in Glenville, a neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

April 17: Rosey, 47: Samoan-American professional wrestler (WWE, AJPW, FMW) heart failure.

April 17: Trish Vradenburg, 70: American screenwriter (Designing Women, Kate & Allie, Family Ties) heart attack.

April 18: Dorrance Hull Hamilton, 88: American leading philanthropist, heiress of Campbell Soup Company and a “woman of vision.”

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J.C. Spink

April 18: J.C. Spink, 45: American producer (A History of Violence, The Hangover, The Butterfly Effect) accidental drug overdose. He died at his home in West Hollywood, Calif. He is survived by his brothers, his parents and others.

April 18: Steve W. Stephens: The Facebook Killer, who posted cellphone videos of his killings on Facebook. He committed suicide by gunshot when cornered by police in Erie County, Penn.

April 19: Delbert Daisey, 89: American waterfowl decoy maker. He was born on Chincoteague Island, Virg. He was an award-winning and nationally recognized waterfowl wood carver whose work has appeared in the Smithsonian, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Chincoteague Refuge Waterfowl Museum and National Geographic. He is survived by countless relatives, siblings, nieces and nephews. He will be missed.

April 19: Aaron Hernandez, 27: who was once an American football player for the New England Patriots and became a convicted murderer (Odin Lloyd). While on trial for Lloyd’s murder, he was also indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, but was acquitted in 2017. Days after being acquitted, he hung himself in prison and it was ruled a suicide. His conviction for Lloyd’s murder was vacated because he died during the appeal process.

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Cuba Gooding, Sr.

April 20: Cuba Gooding, Sr, 72: Gooding, Sr. was known for his 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool” and as the lead singer of the band The Main Ingredient. He was found dead in his car in Los Angeles. He was the father of his namesake, Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. He also has three other children.

April 20: Ledell Lee, 51: American convicted murderer, Arkansas’s first inmate put to death by lethal injection since 2005. He is the first of four inmates scheduled to die before the end of the month, when a crucial lethal injection drug is set to expire. Lee murdered 26-year-old Debra Reese in October of 1995.

April 21: Sandy Gallin, 76: American talent agent, who during his time represented Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Cher and others and also worked as a producer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Father of the Bride) died at the UCLA Medical Center after suffering a relapse of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

April 21: Enrico Medioli, 92: Italian screenwriter (Once Upon a Time in America).

Happy Days - 1974-1984April 22: Erin Moran, 56: the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the 1970s sitcom Happy Days and the spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi was found unresponsive by authorities in Indiana. She had fallen on hard times in recent years and had been kicked out of her trailer park home in Indiana because of her lifestyle. The official cause of death was tonsil cancer.

April 24: Michael Mantenuto, 35: actor, hockey player, star in Disney’s 2004 film Miracle, died of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound. Authorities found him in his car in Des Moines, Wash.

April 25: Calep Emphrey, Jr., 67: American drummer (B.B. King).

April 26: Jonathan Demme, 73: American film director, Oscar winner, whose thriller The Silence of the Lambs swept the Oscars and introduced one of the most indelible villains in movie history. He died in New York from complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease. Some of Demme’s films included Stop Making Sense, Married to the Mob, and Philadelphia, the 1993 drama starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer battling AIDS.

April 29: Jordan Edwards, 15: American victim of police shooting, shot and killed by a Balch Springs police man when he was leaving a house party. Thirty-seven year-old Roy Oliver was fired and indicted on a murder charge by a Dallas County Grand Jury. He was also indicted on four counts of aggravated assault for firing his rifle into a car full of teenagers leaving a party April 29. Jordan Edwards, who sat in the front passenger seat, was struck in the head.

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Jean Stein

April 30: Jean Stein, 83: Author of Edie: An American Girl and West of Eden, an expert in the art of oral history, jumped to her death from the 15th floor of a New York City apartment building.

May 7: Robert Wilson, 75: TV producer and father of actors Owen and Luke Wilson. Luke confirmed the news to the Dallas Morning News and told the Texas paper that his dad had spent the last few years battling Alzheimer’s, suggesting a cause of death.

May 6: Steven Holcomb, 37: American bobsledder, Olympic champion (2010), plumonary edema.

May 8: Clarence Williams, 70: American football player (Green Bay Packers). He is survived by his wife Icy, of 48 years and his three children.

May 9: Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, 45: entertainer and musician (Rob & Big), died of heart failure, according to TMZ. He was hospitalized in Plano, Tex. for several days while doctors monitored him. Boykin previously had a defibrillator implanted in his chest.

May 12: Michael Jackson, 48: American football player (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens) and mayor of Tangipahoa, Louisiana (2009-2012) died in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Tangipahoa. His motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed around 1am when it crashed into a car that was backing out of a parking space and into both lanes of the highway. Jackson struck the driver’s side door. Jackson and the driver were killed.

May 13: Jimmy Copley, 63: English drummer (Jeff Beck, Graham Parker, Tears for Fears) Leukemia.

powers-boothe-sin-cityMay 14: Powers Boothe, 68: a prolific character actor on the small and big screen, Boothe died in his sleep of natural causes. He was in Sin City and the sequel. He also played Curly Bill Brocious in Tombstone and saloon owner Cy Tolliver in HBO’s Deadwood. He was recently seen in Nashville and in the Hatfields & McCoys and played VP Daniels on 24. He took home an Emmy for the lead actor in a limited series or special for playing the infamous cult leader Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.

May 14: Brad Grey, 59: American producer (The Departed, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Sopranos), chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures (2005-2017) cancer.

May 16: Doug Somers, 65: American professional wrestler (AWA), known as “Pretty Boy” was not only known as a genuinely nice guy, but one of the best workers in the ring. He worked in the Verne Gagne’s AWA as part of a tag team with “Playboy” Buddy Rose, managed by WWE Hall of Fame Sherri Martel.

May 18: Roger Ailes, 77: powerful executive, who along with mogul Rupert Murdoch started Fox News in 1996 as an alternative to mainstream media and under its “fair and balanced” motto shot to the top of the ratings in cable, passed away, according to a statement from his wife. Ailes lost his power after a Fox anchor, Gretchen Carlson sued for sexual harassment. Bill O’Reilly was also ousted from the network because of sexual harassment complaints.

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Chris Cornell

May 18: Chris Cornell, 52: famed frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave apparently committed suicide by hanging after an appearance in Detroit. Cornell’s rep called the death “sudden and unexpected” but gave no further details.

May 18: Frankie Paul, 51: Jamaican singer, kidney failure.

May 19: Rich Buckler, 68: American comic book artist (Deathlok, All-Star Squadron, Fantastic Four) cancer.

May 20: Lisa Spoonauer, 44: American actress (Clerks, Bartender). She left acting after failing to get a part in a Nic Cage movie. She is survived by her husband Tom and daughter. She died from an accidental overdose.

May 21: Kenny Cordray, 62: guitarist was part of a murder/suicide inside a home in Nassau Bay, Texas. Kenny’s wife told authorities she witnessed the crime. Family members said that Kelly, Kenny’s 33-year-old son, shot and killed Kenny, and then killed himself. Kenny was a member of the Grammy Awards and had collaborated with some of music’s biggest names, including co-writing The ZZ Top hit, “Francine.”

May 21: Jimmy LaFave, 61: American folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, cancer.

Dina MerrillMay 22: Dina Merrill, 93: American actress (Operation Petticoat, BUtterfield 8) heiress to two fortunes, philanthropist and socialite, died at home in East Hampton, NY. She was the daughter of EF Hutton and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. She grew up in luxury, spending six months on the family yacht and during winter, home was the 115-room Mar-a-Lago estate (which is now owned by Donald Trump). Her father wanted her to become a lawyer and then run for Congress. Instead, Ms. Merrill made her Broadway debut speaking three lines in “The Mermaids Singing” in 1945. She is survived by her second husband and daughter from her first marriage, a stepson, six grandchildren, four step grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Her second husband died in 2011.

Roger MooreMay 23: Sir Roger Moore, 89: English actor, best known for playing James Bond in seven films including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill died after a short but brave battle with cancer. A statement from his children read: “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people.” He was also known for the TV series The Persuaders and The Saint and for his humanitarian work. Audrey Hepburn introduced him to Unicef and he was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991. Moore was known for taking Bond in a more humorous direction that his predecessor, Sean Connery and he felt that Daniel Craig was the best actor to have played James Bond.

May 26: Robert Curtis, 27: a talented basketball player who was once the number one pick in the National Basketball League of Canada, was shot and killed outside a Home Depot in Victorville, Calif. The suspects fled the scene and are still at large. His short life was marred with violence. His father was shot and killed when he was five when Victorville was ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in California. At 6’10”, Curtis was a power forward who had won a state title with Saddlebrook Junior College in 2010. He transferred to Wayland Baptist University (Division II) and lead the team in scoring during his only year there.

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Gregg Allman

May 27: Gregg Allman, 69: Hall of Fame singer-songwriter (“Whipping Post”, “Midnight Rider”) and musician (The Allman Brothers Band) from complications of liver cancer. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. He passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Ga. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7759662/gregg-allman-dead

May 29: Michael Nance, 31: Nance was a Bachelorette contestant in season eight and vied for Emily Maynard’s love. At 2:10am on May 29, Austin Police were dispatched to a home in reference to an unresponsive male. When they arrived, they found Michael Nance, deceased. His death remains unsuspicious.

June 2: Peter Sallis, 96: best known as the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit died peacefully with his family by his side.

Danny Dias

June 4: Danny Dias, 34: reality television personality (MTV Road Rules, The Challenge) was found unconscious and unresponsive at his apartment in Brooklyn. Paramedics pronounced him dead on scene. A source told PEOPLE, Dias was found with lacerations on his wrists, surrounded by hallucinogenic drugs. It was ruled he died from complications from chronic substance abuse.

June 4: Roger Smith, 84: American actor (77 Sunset Strip, Mister Roberts, Auntie Mame) complications from Parkinson’s disease.

June 5: James Vance, 64: American comic book writer (Kings in Disguise, Omaha the Cat Dancer, The Crow), cancer.

June 7: James Hardy, 31: American football player (Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens). Hardy had been reported missing by family members a week prior. On June 7, emergency personnel found Hardy’s body in a log jam in one of Fort Wayne’s rivers. The coroner determined the cause of death as suicide by drowning.

June 8: Glenne Headly, 62: American actress (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Dick Tracy), a versatile and scene stealing actress died due to complications of a pulmonary embolism, said her husband, Byron McCulloch.

June 8: Robert Melson, 46: American murderer, executed by lethal injection in Alabama for a triple murder during a robbery.

Batman - 1966-1968June 9: Adam West, 88: American actor (Batman, Family Guy, Robinson Crusoe on Mars). Adam West was defined and constrained by his role as the 1960’s TV Batman. “Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia. He became known to a new generation of TV fans through his recurring voice role on Fox’s Family Guy as Mayor Adam West, the horribly corrupt, inept and vain leader of Quahog, RI. He also did voice-over work on such shows as Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and Disney Channel’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates. But it was his role as the Caped Crusader ABC series that definitely defined his career. You were MY Batman Mr. West.

June 12: Charles P. Thacker, 74: American computer designer, co-inventor of Ethernet, complications from esophageal cancer.

June 13: Jeffrey Arenburg, 60: the man who fatally shot CJOH sportscaster Brian Smith in the station’s Merivale Road parking lot over 20 years ago, died from a heart attacked. Orenburg had undiagnosed and untreated paranoid schizophrenia and had been hearing voices when he waited in the parking lot and fatally shot Brian Smith, 54 on August 1, 1995. He shot Smith simply because he had recognized his face from television. Smith died at the hospital the following day. Orenburg surrendered to the the police and was eventually found not criminally responsible for the killing. He was granted an unconditional discharge from a psychiatric facility in 2006.

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Khadija Saye

June 14: Khadija Saye, 24: incredibly talented, fast-rising British photographer, just beginning to show her abilities to the world, killed tragically young from injuries sustained in the Grenfell Tower fire in West London.

June 14: Henry “Hank” Deutschendorf, 29: played Baby Oscar in Ghostbusters II was found dead in his California home. He was “found suspended by a ligature around his neck” in a closet, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office. His twin brother, William, cut him down and called 911.

June 15: Sheila Raye Charles, 53: the daughter of Ray Charles and Sandra Jean Betts died after a gallant battle with breast cancer. She rose above her own tragic life choices with a message of hope for the world’s children based on her own experience of what faith and belief in “God” can do. “I know some of you out there are thinking, ‘Oh, she’s Ray Charles’s daughter; what could she have possibly been through?’ It is only by the grace of God that I’m not sitting in that chair right now.” – Sheila Raye Charles

June 16: Stephen Furst, 63: American actor (Babylon 5, Animal House, St. Elsewhere) died due to complications from diabetes.

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Venus Ramey

June 17: Venus Ramey, 92: American beauty pageant contestant (Miss America 1994) and gun rights activist. In 2007, at age 82, Ramey shot out the truck tire of trespassers on her Waynesburg, Ky., farm, earning her a guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. During Venus’ reign, Miss America was seen as a political activist for the first time, as Venus worked with Senators from Kansas and Congressman from Missouri in publishing bills to gain suffrage for the District of Columbia, as well as other members of Congress to enact women’s rights legislation. The Miss American Organization sent out an email honoring the 1944 Miss America winner, saying … “Venus leaves behind a lasting legacy. Her memory will live on in the hearts of everyone in the Miss America family and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”

June 18: Tim Hague, 34: Canadian MMA fighter (UFC, WSOF, KOTC) brain hemorrhage.

June 18: Tony Liscio, 76: American football player for the Dallas Cowboys, who protected Roger Gtaubach’s blind side. Dead at 76 after battling ALS. He believed playing football contributed to his ALS. His brain will be tested for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

June 18: Simon Nelson, 85: the man convicted of killing his six children and a family dog in 1978 died at an outside hospital. He was an inmate at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro, Ill.

June 19: Otto Warmbier, 22: American college student, who was convicted of theft, detained and imprisoned by North Korea for seventeen months died shortly after he returned home to Ohio. Doctors from the Univ. of Cincinnati Medical Center said that Warmer was suffering from injuries relating to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness. Scans showed extensive loss in all regions of his brain, doctors said. Warmer was a University of Virginia students who was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnati, then transported to the Medical Center.

June 20: Prodigy (aka Mobb Deep), 42: American rapper, died from choking on an egg, coroner confirmed.

June 22: Keith Loneker, Sr., 46: American football player who played with the LA Rams and who turned to acting (Out of Sight, Superbad, Lakeview Terrace) and was working as a substitute teacher in the Lawrence School District, died from cancer.

June 22: Sheila Michaels, 78: American writer and activist and the women who brought ‘Ms.” to prominence, died from leukemia.

June 26: Rex Makin, 91: British solicitor, who created the term “Beatlemania” as the family solicitor to Brian Epstein, who in 1963 sought his advice on setting up a perpetually binding contract between himself and the Beatles.

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Michael Bond

June 27: Michael Bond, 91: British children’s author whose most famous creation was Paddington Bear, died after a short illness. Continue reading