The Rest In Peace & Remembrance Thread

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  1. Dynamo1

    Dynamo1 Head of the Swing Shift

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    Michael Landon's eldest son dead at 60
    May 12, 1:34 AM (ET)

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Mark Landon, an actor and eldest son of "Little House on the Prairie" star Michael Landon, was found dead Monday at his home. He was 60.

    The cause of death was not immediately clear but there was no evidence of foul play, said Sgt. David Infante of the Los Angeles County sheriff's office.

    Mark Landon, among Michael Landon's nine children, appeared in three movies, including "Us" - a CBS television movie written and directed by his father in 1991 just before he died of cancer at age 54. The film was a pilot intended to be another series for Michael Landon. It aired a few months after his death.

    Michael Landon also starred in such shows as "Bonanza" and "Highway to Heaven." He adopted Mark Landon after marrying his mother, Dodie Levy-Fraser, in 1956.
     
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    Dynamo1 Head of the Swing Shift

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    Lynyrd Skynyrd Bassist Ean Evans Dies

    Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans passed away this week after losing "a valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer," according to a statement issued Wednesday by the band. A southern rocker by birthright (raised in Georgia before moving to Mississippi), Evans joined Skynyrd in 2001, following the death of original bassist Leon Wilkeson.

    Evans was a member of the Outlaws before being called up to Skynyrd as the replacement for one of his heroes and greatest influences. In addition to his full-time status in Skynyrd, he had also more recently formed a side-project with Bobby Capps of .38 Special called EVANSCAPPS.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd are survivors, having remained a band following a 1977 plane crash that killed three members, with additional deaths in the years that followed. In January, keyboardist Billy Powell passed away. At the time, the band continued to soldier onward as they've always done following the death of a band member; Lynyrd Skynyrd is currently scheduled to tour with Kid Rock throughout the summer, and the band has European dates beginning May 20 in Finland.
     
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    Allwine, voice of Mickey Mouse for 32 years, dies

    LOS ANGELES – Wayne Allwine, the actor who voiced Mickey Mouse for more than 30 years, has died.

    The Walt Disney Co. says Allwine died Monday of complications from diabetes, with Russi Taylor, his wife of 20 years and the voice of Minnie Mouse, by his side. He was 62.

    "Wayne dedicated his entire professional life to Disney," chief executive Robert Iger said in a statement Wednesday. "Over the last 32 years, (he) gave so much joy, happiness and comfort to so many around the world by giving voice to our most beloved, iconic character, Mickey Mouse."

    A Southern California native, Allwine joined Disney in 1966 when he took a job in the mail room. He went on to work in the sound effects department and began voicing the company's main mouse in 1977.

    His falsetto can be heard in 1983's "Mickey's Christmas Carol," 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and at Disney theme parks around the world. He won an Emmy Award in 1986 for his sound editing on the NBC series "Amazing Stories."

    Allwine was the third man behind Mickey's voice. The first was Disney himself, then Jimmy MacDonald, who became Allwine's mentor and passed him the reins after voicing the mouse for 30 years.

    "He said, 'Just remember kid, you're only filling in for the boss,'" Allwine once recalled. "And that's the way he treated doing Mickey for years and years."

    "Mickey's the real star," Allwine continued. "You know you just have to love the little guy while you have him, because he won't be yours forever."

    Roy E. Disney, director emeritus for The Walt Disney Co., said Allwine did more than give Mickey a voice. He "gave him a heart and soul as well."

    "He did an incredible job of bringing emotion, humor and appeal to the character, and superbly carried on the tradition originated by my Uncle Walt, and later by sound-effects wizard Jimmy Macdonald."
     
  4. Dizzney

    Dizzney Moderately Insane Moderator

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    :( The voice of Mickey Mouse died, so sad.
     
  5. Dynamo1

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    Jay Bennett, ex-member of band Wilco, dies at 45
    May 25, 10:30 PM (ET)

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Jay Bennett, a former member of the band Wilco, has died at age 45, according to his record label.

    Bennett died at his Urbana home early Sunday, friend and fellow musician Edward Burch told the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.
     
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    Mike Tyson’s daughter dies after hanging accident

    The 4-year-old daughter of boxer Mike Tyson died at a hospital Tuesday, a day after her neck apparently got caught in a treadmill cord at her Phoenix home, police said.
    Exodus Tyson was pronounced dead just before noon, police Sgt. Andy Hill said. She had been on life support and police have said their investigation showed her injury on Monday was a “tragic accident.”

    “There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Exodus,” the family said in a statement. “We ask you now to please respect our need at this very difficult time for privacy to grieve and try to help each other heal.”

    Police said Exodus either slipped or put her head in the loop of a cord hanging under the console. Her 7-year-old brother found her and told their mother. She took Exodus off the cord, called 911 and tried to revive her.

    Responding officers and firefighters performed CPR as they took the girl to the hospital.

    Former heavyweight champion Tyson was in Las Vegas at the time of the accident and flew Monday to Phoenix, where he was seen entering the hospital.

    :( Such a tragic story.
     
  7. Destiny

    Destiny Still Sanity Challenged! Premium Member

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    RIP, and that poor boy he has to live with seeing that, I might not care for Mike but never in a million years would I wish even a boo-boo to those around him, to have this I don't know it is tragic.
     
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    Oh that is horrible. RIP Exodus. :(
     
  9. Dynamo1

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    Former Olympic champion Ruby dies in climbing fall

    Fri May 29, 1:19 pm ET

    CHAMONIX, France – Karine Ruby, a former Olympic snowboarding champion who had been training to become a mountain guide, died Friday in a climbing accident on Mont Blanc. She was 31.

    Ruby was roped to other climbers when she and some members of the group fell into a deep crack in the glacier on the way down the mountain, Chamonix police official Laurent Sayssac said.

    A 38-year-old man from the Paris region died in the fall, and a 27-year-old man was evacuated by helicopter with serious injuries and hospitalized, Sayssac added.

    French Prime Minister Francois Fillon called Ruby an "exceptional sportswoman."

    "Karine incarnated the emergence of snowboarding in France," Fillon said in a statement. "The people of France will hold on to the memory of her talent and her joie de vivre."

    Ruby won a gold medal in the giant slalom at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and a silver in the parallel giant slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. She was a six-time world champion with 65 snowboard World Cup victories.

    She retired after the 2006 Turin Olympics, where she was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the snowboardcross event. Ruby had since been working toward becoming a mountain guide and was expected to finish her training in the coming weeks.

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    From the "Where are they now?" weekly email from gophercentral.com :

    WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...

    5/28
    -Luis María de Larrea y Legarreta, 91, Spanish Bishop of
    Bilbao.

    5/27
    -Ammo Baba, 74, Iraqi football player and trainer, diabetes.
    -E. D. Doyle, 90, Irish military figure and analyst.
    -Paul Sharratt, 75, British-born American television
    producer, cancer.

    5/26
    -Mamadou Ba, 79, Guinean politician, cancer.
    -Arcangelo Ianelli, 86, Brazilian painter, multiple organ
    dysfunction syndrome.
    -Kaoru Kurimoto, 56, Japanese author, pancreatic cancer.
    -Mihalis Papayiannakis, 68, Greek politician, Member of
    Parliament, cancer.
    -Ronald Takaki, 70, American professor of ethnic studies.
    -Peter Zezel, 44, Canadian ice hockey player, haemolytic
    anaemia.

    5/25
    -Billy Baxter, 70, British footballer, cancer.
    -Raleigh Brown, 87, American politican, state representative
    (Texas), heart attack.
    -Amos Elon, 82, Austrian-born Israeli author and journalist.
    -Haakon Lie, 103, Norwegian politician (Labour Party).
    -Costas Sfikas, 82, Greek cinematographer.
    -Franz Soronics, 88, Austrian politician.
     
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    Haney, 'voice of NASA' reporter, dies of cancer

    ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – Paul Haney, who was known as the "voice of NASA's Mission Control" for his live televised reports during the early years of the space program, has died of cancer. He was 80.

    Haney died Thursday at a nursing home. Kent House, owner of the Alamogordo Funeral Home, confirmed that Haney died of complications from melanoma cancer, which spread to his brain and was untreatable.

    Haney became NASA's information officer in 1958, three months after the space agency was formed and went on to manage information from the Gemini and Apollo flight programs. He pioneered a real-time system of reporting events as they happened in the first manned flight program, Project Mercury.

    Haney became the public affairs officer for the Office of Manned Space Flight in 1962 and moved to Houston to work in what became the Johnson Space Center. During his time there, he worked in the Mission Control Center, where he broadcast live to television viewers nationwide and media covering the launches, and became known as the "voice of NASA's Mission Control."

    Haney retired from NASA in 1969 after the Apollo 9 mission, and worked in London for Independent Television News and The Economist.

    The New Mexico Museum of Space History's Web site said Haney "set the standard for all subsequent NASA information efforts."

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    Last survivor of 'unsinkable' Titanic dies at 97

    LONDON – Millvina Dean, who as a baby was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat in the frigid North Atlantic, died Sunday, having been the last survivor of 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.

    She was 97 years old, and she died where she had lived — in Southampton, England, the city her family had tried to leave behind when it took the ship's ill-fated maiden voyage, bound for America.

    She died in her sleep early Sunday, her friend Gunter Babler told the Associated Press. It was the 98th anniversary of the launch of the ship that was billed as "practically unsinkable."

    A staff nurse at the nursing home said late Sunday that no one would comment until administrators came on duty Monday morning.

    Dean just over 2 months old when the Titanic hit an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912. The ship sank in less than three hours. Dean was one of 706 people — mostly women and children — who survived. Her father was among the 1,517 who died.

    Wrapped in a sack against the Atlantic chill, Dean was lowered into a lifeboat. Her 2-year-old brother Bertram and her mother Georgette also survived.

    "She said goodbye to my father and he said he'd be along later," Dean said in 2002. "I was put into lifeboat 13. It was a bitterly cold night and eventually we were picked up by the Carpathia."

    The family was taken to New York, then returned to England with other survivors aboard the rescue ship Adriatic. Dean did not know she had been aboard the Titanic until she was 8 years old, when her mother, about to remarry, told her about her father's death. Her mother, always reticent about the tragedy, died in 1975 at age 95.

    Dean had no memories of the sinking and said she preferred it that way. "I wouldn't want to remember, really," she told The Associated Press in 1997. She opposed attempts to raise the wreck 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) from the sea bed. "I don't want them to raise it, I think the other survivors would say exactly the same," she said in 1997. "That would be horrible."

    The last survivor with memories of the sinking — and the last American survivor — was Lillian Asplund, who was 5 at the time. She died in May 2006 at the age of 99. The second-last survivor, Barbara Joyce West Dainton of Truro, England, died in October 2007 aged 96.
     
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    Blues queen Koko Taylor dies at 80
    Jun 3, 7:08 PM (ET)
    By CARYN ROUSSEAU

    CHICAGO (AP) - Koko Taylor, a sharecropper's daughter whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the sobriquet "Queen of the Blues," has died after complications from surgery. She was 80.

    Taylor died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital about two weeks after having surgery for a gastrointestinal bleed, said Marc Lipkin, director of publicity for her record label, Alligator Records, which made the announcement.

    "The passion that she brought and the fire and the growl in her voice when she sang was the truth," blues singer and musician Ronnie Baker Brooks said Wednesday. "The music will live on, but it's much better because of Koko. It's a huge loss."

    Taylor's career stretched more than five decades. While she did not have widespread mainstream success, she was revered and beloved by blues aficionados, and earned worldwide acclaim for her work, which including the best-selling song "Wang Dang Doodle" and tunes such as "What Kind of Man is This" and "I Got What It Takes."

    Taylor appeared on national television numerous times, and was the subject of a PBS documentary and had a small part in director David Lynch's "Wild at Heart."

    In the course of her career, Taylor was nominated seven times for Grammy awards and won in 1984.

    Taylor last performed on May 7 in Memphis, Tenn., at the Blues Music Awards.

    Full story at Iwon/AP News.
     
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    Actor David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

    BANGKOK – Actor David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV series "Kung Fu" who also had a wide-ranging career in the movies, has been found dead in the Thai capital, Bangkok. A news report said he was found hanged in his hotel room and was believed to have committed suicide.

    A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, confirmed the death of the 72-year-old actor. He said the embassy was informed by Thai authorities that Carradine died either late Wednesday or early Thursday, but he could not provide further details out of consideration for his family.

    The Web site of the Thai newspaper The Nation cited unidentified police sources as saying Carradine was found Thursday hanged in his luxury hotel room.

    It said Carradine was in Bangkok to shoot a movie and had been staying at the hotel since Tuesday

    It said a preliminary police investigation found that he had hanged himself with a cord used with the room's curtains. It cited police as saying he had been dead at least 12 hours and there was no sign that he had been assaulted.

    A police officer at Bangkok's Lumpini precinct station would not confirm the identity of the dead man to The Associated Press, but said the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park hotel had reported that a male guest killed himself there.
     
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    Oh wow. I hadn't heard the part about him actually hanging himself... Jeeze. That's so sad. Kung Fu is one of my all time faves. What a shame if that's how he died. (A shame anyway, of course).
     
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    R.I.P. Grasshopper. His body isn't Kung Fu fighting.
     
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    Damn, that's a shame. I can't believe he was 72 though. I didn't think he was that old.
     
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