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Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve

Today's blog is dedicated to those that we have lost this year.  May what you left behind, inspire us to be a better person. (alot of this info is taken from either Wikipedia or other online sources)

Pat Brophy: a really good family friend, I grew up with her great granddaughters, and am close with one of her daughters.  (I was in the middle of them all, lol).

Eva Zeisel, 105, Hungarian-born American ceramic artist and designer. 
Leopold Hawelka, 100, Austrian coffee house owner (Café Hawelka).
Danny "Rio" DeGennaro, 56, American rock guitarist with Kingfish and other bands, shot.
Joe Bodolai, 63, American comedy writer (Saturday Night Live) and producer, suicide by poisoning.
Barbara Lea, 82, American jazz singer and actress.
Sam Rivers, 88, American jazz musician and composer, pneumonia.
James Rizzi, 61, American pop artist.
Ben Breedlove, 18, American Internet personality, cardiac arrest.
Adrienne Cooper, 65, American klezmer and Yiddish vocalist.
Jim Sherwood, 69, American musician (The Mothers of Invention).
Simms Taback, 79, American author, graphic artist and illustrator.
Jody Rainwater, 92, American bluegrass musician and radio personality, heart disease.
Lynn Samuels, 69, American radio personality (Sirius XM).
Bettye Danoff, 88, American golfer, founding member of the LPGA.
Clem DeRosa, 86, American jazz drummer, arranger, bandleader and music educator, director of the International Association for Jazz Education.
Warren Hellman, 77, American investor, founder of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festivals, complications from leukemia treatment.
Ralph MacDonald, 67, American percussionist and songwriter.
John Bishop, 65, American soul and jazz guitarist, heart attack.
Bob Brookmeyer, 81, American jazz valve trombonist, cardiopulmonary arrest.
Robert Easton, 81, American actor and dialect coach.
Dan Frazer, 90, American actor (Kojak, As The World Turns), cardiac arrest.
Slim Dunkin, 24, American rapper (1017 Brick Squad), shot.
Ed Roman, 61, American guitar maker.
Joe Simon, 98, American comic book writer (Captain America, Fighting American, Prez).
David Spancer, 43, American script coordinator (Just Shoot Me, That '70s Show, The Larry Sanders Show), colon cancer.
Billie Jo Spears, 74, American country music singer ("Blanket on the Ground"), cancer.
George Whitman, 98, American bookstore proprietor (Shakespeare and Company), complications of a stroke.
Harry Morgan, 96, American actor (M*A*S*H, Dragnet), pneumonia.
Dobie Gray, 71, American singer ("The 'In' Crowd", "Drift Away").
Barbara Orbison, 61, German-born American record producer and music publisher, widow of Roy Orbison, pancreatic cancer.
Patrice O'Neal, 41, American actor and comedian (Web Junk 20, The Opie and Anthony Show), complications from stroke.
Judy Lewis, 76, American actress (General Hospital, The Secret Storm), daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young, cancer.
 Heavy D, 44, Jamaican-born American rapper ("Now That We Found Love") and actor (The Cider House Rules, Life), pulmonary embolism.
 Bil Keane, 89, American cartoonist (The Family Circus), heart failure.
Wyatt Knight, 56, American actor (Porky's), suicide by gunshot.
Florence Parry Heide, 92, American children's author.
Chuck Ruff, 60, American drummer (Edgar Winter, Sammy Hagar), after long illness.Barbara Kent, 103, Canadian-born American silent film actress.
Paul Kent, 80, American actor (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Three's Company), multiple myeloma.
Charles Napier, 75, American actor (The Silence of the Lambs, The Blues Brothers).
Marv Tarplin, 70, American guitarist and songwriter (The Miracles).David Croft, 89, British television comedy writer and producer (Are You Being Served?, Dad's Army).
Johnny "Country" Mathis, 77, American singer-songwriter.
Helen Reichert, 109, American talk show personality and New York University professor.
Vesta Williams, 53, American R&B singer.
Eleanor Mondale, 51, American television personality, daughter of Walter Mondale, brain cancer.
Kara Kennedy, 51, American television producer, daughter of Ted Kennedy, heart attack.
Tom Wilson, Sr., 80, American cartoonist (Ziggy).
 Frances Bay, 92, Canadian character actress (Happy Gilmore, Blue Velvet, The Middle).
Mo Rothman, 92, Canadian-born American movie executive, persuaded Charlie Chaplin to return to the United States, Parkinson's disease.
Jack Garner, 84, American actor (The Rockford Files, My Fellow Americans), brother of James Garner.
Cliff Robertson, 88, American actor (Charly, Spider-Man, PT 109), natural causes.
Esther Gordy Edwards, 91, American Motown executive, creator of Hitsville U.S.A..
Nickolas Ashford, 70, American R&B singer (Ashford & Simpson) and songwriter ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"), throat cancer.
John Howard Davies, 72, English television producer and director (Fawlty Towers, The Good Life), former child actor (Oliver Twist), cancer.
 Billy Grammer, 85, American country singer.
Fred Imus, 69, American songwriter and radio talk show host, brother of Don Imus.
Annette Charles, 63, American actress (Grease), complications of lung cancer.
Leslie Esdaile Banks, 51, American author (The Vampire Huntress Legend Series), adrenal cancer.
Edson Stroll, 82, American actor (McHale's Navy), cancer.
Ed Flesh, 79, American art director, inventor of the Wheel of Fortune wheel, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Lee Vines, 92, Canadian-born American television announcer (What's My Line?) and actor, complications from a fall and pneumonia.
Roberts Blossom, 87, American actor (Doc Hollywood, Escape from Alcatraz, Home Alone).
Peter Falk, 83, American actor (Columbo, Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Princess Bride).
Fred Steiner, 88, American television composer (Perry Mason, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone).
Don Diamond, 90, American actor (F Troop, The Adventures of Kit Carson, Zorro).
Steve Popovich, 68, American record executive, founder of Cleveland International Records.
Roy Skelton, 79, British actor (Rainbow, Doctor Who), stroke.
James Arness, 88, American actor (Gunsmoke), natural causes.
Bubba Smith, 66, American football player (Baltimore Colts) and actor (Police Academy).
Clarice Taylor, 93, American actress (Sesame Street, The Cosby Show).
Jeff Conaway, 60, American actor (Grease, Taxi, Babylon 5).
Harry Redmond, Jr., 101, American special effects artist and producer (King Kong), natural causes.
Joseph Brooks, 73, American Grammy-winning songwriter ("You Light Up My Life"), suicide by asphyxiation.
Steve Rutt, 66, American inventor of early video animation, pancreatic cancer
Jackie Cooper, 88, American actor (Skippy, Our Gang, Superman) and director (M*A*S*H).
Elisabeth Sladen, 65, British actress (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures), cancer.
 Trevor Bannister, 76, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine, The Dustbinmen), heart attack.
 Gil Robbins, 80, American folk singer (The Highwaymen) and actor, father of Tim Robbins, prostate cancer.
Mel McDaniel, 68, American country music singer ("Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On"), cancer.
 Dorothy Young, 103, American actress, assistant to Harry Houdini.
 Jean Smith, 82, American baseball player (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League).
Hugh Martin, 96, American songwriter ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") and film composer (Meet Me in St. Louis), natural causes.
Jean Bartel, 87, American actress, Miss America 1943.
Mike DeStefano, 44, American comedian (Last Comic Standing), heart attack.

Jane Russell, 89, American actress (The Outlaw, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), respiratory illness.
Frank Buckles, 110, American supercentenarian soldier, last living U.S. World War I veteran, natural causes.
Arnošt Lustig, 84, Czech writer and Holocaust survivor, cancer.
 Nicholas Courtney, 81, British actor (Doctor Who).
 Dorian Gray, 75, Italian actress, suicide by gunshot.
 Joanne Siegel, 93, American widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, model for Lois Lane.
Peggy Rea, 89, American character actress (Grace Under Fire, The Dukes of Hazzard, Step by Step, The Waltons), heart failure.
 Doc Williams, 96, American country music performer.
Bernd Eichinger, 61, German film producer and director (The NeverEnding Story), heart attack.
Susannah York, 72, English actress (Tom Jones, Superman), bone marrow cancer
 John Dye, 47, American actor (Touched by an Angel), heart attack.
Anne Francis, 80, American actress (Honey West, Forbidden Planet, The Twilight Zone), pancreatic cancer.
 Ken Russell, died at the age of 84. He was most known for his films, "Women in Love", "The Who's Tommy" and "Altered States".
 Mikey Welsh, Former Weezer bassist  died from a suspected drug overdose in a Chicago hotel room. He was 40 years old. In an odd twist, Welsh had predicted his death - down to the correct weekend - on Twitter weeks before. He had written that he had a dream about dying in a Chicago hotel room from a heart attack on that weekend.
Amy WineHouse,  The very talented, but often troubled U.K. pop star was found dead Saturday in her London home. The cause of death has not been released, but she was only 27 years old.
 Ryan Dunn, one of the regular stuntmen/daredevils on the popular MTV show and following films "Jackass" died during a stunt involving a motor vehicle, leaving the vehicle decimated and seemingly melted.
Clarence Clemons,  AKA the Big Man, Clemeons was the saxophonist in the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen's back up band. He died of complications from a stroke.
Andy Whitfield,  Best known for his turn in the title role of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", Andy Whitfield died at the age of 39 in Sydney Australia due to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Mia Amber Davis,  Model and actress Mia Amber Davis (36) died due to complications from a routine knee surgery. She is known for her role in "Road Trip as Rhonda" and is considered to be one of the most successful plus size models in the industry
Elizabeth Taylor,  Movie legend Elizabeth Taylor passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for six weeks, of congestive heart failure. She was 79. Taylor had starred in a string of successful films in her career including "Lassie Come Home," "National Velvet," "Father of the Bride" and "Giant." She was one of the most famous actress (and richest) in the world by 1960 when she starred in 20th Century Fox's "Cleopatra." She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress during her lustrous career and was famously married eight times to seven husbands. In her later years, she devoted much of her time to AIDS research and created the National AIDS Research Foundation in Los Angeles.
Loleatta Holloway, Disco-era singer Loleatta Holloway died at the age of 64 due to a brief illness. She's mainly known for her 1980 hit single "Love Sensation" which has been resampled over the years by several high-profile bands
 Michael Gough, or--as most people know him--Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth in the Batman films died at the age of 94. He was sick for the past year and was at home surrounded by family members when he passed. Gough appeared in four Batman movies, different TV series in the 60s and several Tim Burton films.
Nate Dogg,  It is believed that hip-hop legend Nate Dogg, or Nathaniel Hale, died due to natural causes at the age of 41. He had suffered through two strokes in the past few years which left him partially paralyzed and mostly bedridden.
Mike Starr,  The original bassist in rock band Alice in Chains. He also starred on VH1's Celebrity Rehab in 2010 for heroin addiction as well as its spinoff Sober House. Starr was arrested on February 18, 2011 and booked on suspicion of drug possession and found dead less than a month later in a residence in Salt Lake City, Utah.
David Nelson,  Co-starred with his parents and little brother Rick on the popular television show 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' Died of complications of colon cancer. He was 74.
Nelson was born in New York City and moved to Los Angeles with his parents, where he attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California. 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet' aired on ABC from 1952 to 1966; Nelson's film credits included 'Peyton Place,' 'The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker,' 'The Big Circus' and 'The Big Show.'
Gerry Rafferty, The 'Stuck In The Middle With You' and 'Baker Street' singer/songwriter died after a long illness. His family said he passed away peacefully.
Pete Postlethwaite,  Academy Award nominated actor succumbed to cancer after months of treatment. Remembered for roles in James and the Giant Peach, Romeo and Juliet, Brassed Off, and nominated for an Oscar for In the Name of the Father. Once called by Steven Spielberg as "the greatest actor in the world."

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