On a tight budget and with an armful of surfboards, Bruce Brown helped introduce America to surfing with a story of two friends trotting around the world, in chase of the perfect wave. A lifelong surfer and motorcycle rider, Brown died Sunday at his ranch north of Santa Barbara, his company website, Bruce Brown Films, announced. He was 80.
Wednesday, Dec 13th 2017 (12:02am)
Jim Nabors, who created one of TV’s beloved comedic characters, Gomer Pyle, died Thursday in Hawaii at the age of 87, his personal assistant Charisse Gines confirmed.
The entertainer, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home after his health had declined for the past year, his husband, Stan Cadwallader, told the Associated Press.
Thursday, Nov 30th 2017 (11:32am)
David Cassidy, the actor, singer and teen heartthrob best known for his role as the band member with the green eyes and the feathered haircut on the 1970s television sitcom “The Partridge Family,” died on Tuesday. He was 67.
His death was confirmed by his publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, who said the cause was liver failure.
Mr. Cassidy rose to fame on “The Partridge Family” playing Keith Partridge, the eldest of five children in a family that forms a band and goes on tour in a multicolored bus. His character, a high school student, was periodically swooned over by young women as he learned to navigate his newfound fame.
Wednesday, Nov 22nd 2017 (3:32am)
Charles Manson, the wild-eyed 1960s cult leader whose followers committed heinous murders that terrorized Los Angeles and shocked the nation, died Sunday of natural causes, according to the California Department of Corrections. He was 83.
Monday, Nov 20th 2017 (4:51am)
Fats Domino, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer whose two-fisted boogie-woogie piano and nonchalant vocals, heard on dozens of hits, made him one of the biggest stars of the early rock ’n’ roll era, died on Tuesday at his home in Harvey, La., across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. He was 89.
His death was confirmed by the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office.
Thursday, Oct 26th 2017 (1:43am)
Actor Robert Guillaume, who became the first black actor to win comedy Emmys for playing sharp-tongued butler turned lieutenant governor Benson DuBois on Soap and its spinoff, Benson, died Tuesday at age 89.
Guillaume was born Robert Peter Williams and was raised in a St. Louis slum. He adopted his last name for its sophisticated French sound. He later regretted it over the constant misspellings.
Wednesday, Oct 25th 2017 (5:24pm)
Jeremy, the rare snail with the left-curling shell whose search for a mate kicked off an international quest, has slithered off this mortal coil. But there's one last twist to the story. Reader, before he died, Jeremy procreated. That's right. The little lefty did it.
Monday, Oct 16th 2017 (12:00am)
Y. A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Giants to three consecutive National Football League championship games in the early 1960s after the San Francisco 49ers had discarded him as too old and too slow, died on Sunday night in Stanford, Calif. He was 90.
Louisiana State University, where he played his college ball, announced his death.
Tittle threw for dozens of touchdowns and thousands of yards, won a Most Valuable Player Award and was selected to seven Pro Bowls. But he endeared himself to New York not as a golden boy but as a muddied, grass-stained scrapper.
He was a balding field general with a fringe of gray who, at 34, in his old-fashioned high-topped shoes, had undeniably lost a step or two, but kept picking himself up off the ground to find a way to beat you, and New York cheered.
Tuesday, Oct 10th 2017 (6:01am)
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If you've been following the news today you've seen plenty of horror and carnage, but lost in that was the news that musician Tom Petty was found last night in full cardiac arrest, and had no brain activity when he got to the hospital. The decision was made to remove life support earlier today, and he is now gone. RIP, Tom.
Monday, Oct 2nd 2017 (1:15pm)
Monty Hall, best known as the cheerful and friendly host of the game show 'Let's Make a Deal,' died Saturday morning in Los Angeles, his daughter Sharon Hall said.
He was 96 and had been ill since suffering a heart attack shortly after his wife of almost 70 years died in June.
Saturday, Sep 30th 2017 (9:46pm)
Hugh Marston Hefner was an American magazine publisher, editor, businessman, and playboy. He was best known as the editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953.
Yeah, Hef kicked at the age of 91.
Thursday, Sep 28th 2017 (12:11am)
Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas," died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.
Friday, Sep 15th 2017 (4:22pm)
Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock duo Steely Dan, one of the most successful and adventurous groups of the 1970s and early ’80s, died on Sunday. He was 67.
His death was announced on his official website, which gave no other details. He lived in Maui, Hawaii.
Mr. Becker had missed performances in Los Angeles and New York earlier this year. Donald Fagen, the band’s other co-founder and lead singer, told Billboard last month that Mr. Becker had been “recovering from a procedure, and hopefully he’ll be fine very soon.” He gave no other details.
Steely Dan had little use for rock’s excesses, creating instead a sophisticated, jazz-inflected sound with tricky harmonies. Mr. Becker was the primary arranger.
Starting in 1972, after Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen had met at Bard College, the group produced hit singles like “Do It Again,” ‘Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “Deacon Blues,” as well as a raft of critically lauded albums, including “Pretzel Logic,” “The Royal Scam,” “Aja” and “Gaucho,” the latter two widely regarded as their most artistically accomplished.
Sunday, Sep 3rd 2017 (3:08pm)
Jerry Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.
His death was confirmed by John Katsilometes, a columnist for The Las Vegas Review Journal, who spoke to family members.
Mr. Lewis knew success in movies, on television, in nightclubs, on the Broadway stage and in the university lecture hall. His career had its ups and downs, but when it was at its zenith there were few stars any bigger. And he got there remarkably quickly.
Sunday, Aug 20th 2017 (11:50am)
Glen Travis Campbell brought country music to new audiences. He found success as a session musician before embarking on a solo career that included several smash hits. He announced he was suffering with Alzheimer's disease in 2011.
Glen Travis Campbell brought country music to new audiences. He found success as a session musician before embarking on a solo career that included smashes "Gentle On My Mind," "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy" and that landed him in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday, his family released the following statement: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease."
The title of this entry refers to this song. While not a top performer in the charts, it fits.
Tuesday, Aug 8th 2017 (3:50pm)
Before CGI came along and allowed for Godzilla to be brought to the screen in recent films like Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and Toho's Shin Godzilla, actors in costumes were tasked with bringing the massive monster to life. And nobody is more synonymous with the iconic character than Haruo Nakajima, an icon in his own right. Today we're very sad to report that Nakajima has passed away at 88. The Japanese actor played Godzilla for 12 consecutive films, beginning with the original Godzilla in 1954.
Tuesday, Aug 8th 2017 (8:06am)
Donald Edward Baylor was an American professional baseball player and manager. During his 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, Baylor was a power hitter known for crowding the plate, and was a first baseman, left fielder, and designated hitter.
Baylor held several records for being HBP.
Baylor died August 7, 2071.
Monday, Aug 7th 2017 (4:18pm)
June Foray, the voice of "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show's" Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99.
Thursday, Jul 27th 2017 (5:56am)
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park, was found dead Thursday according to a spokesman for the LA County Coroner.
He was 41.
The coroner's office was called out to a home in Palos Verdes Estates shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday. Authorities said they were treating the case as a possible suicide.
Bennington's band found success in 2000 with their album "Hybrid Theory" with Bennington's heartfelt vocals leading the way.
That voice, it turned out, was fueled by anguish.
Friday, Jul 21st 2017 (1:59am)
Martin Landau, a star of the 1960s television series “Mission: Impossible” who made a late-career comeback with an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1994 film “Ed Wood,” died on Saturday at age 89, his publicist said on Sunday.
Landau died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles from unexpected complications during a short hospitalization for an undisclosed illness, publicist Dick Guttman said in a statement.
Monday, Jul 17th 2017 (3:30am)
Hawaiian Starlight (2009)
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