Crawford Hawkins Dead At 85
Canadian director, producer and editor Crawford Hawkins has passed away at 85-years-old. He headed the Directors Guild of Canada in Vancouver before his death on June 25. "What Crawford gave our community is stunning in its breadth as in its depth and matched by the memories of the countless individuals and lives he touched along the way," said Tim Southam, national president of the Directors Guild of Canada. "He will be remembered and he will be missed."
Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker
Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has died at 55-years-old.
The boxing champ was hit by a pickup truck in Virginia Beach on Sunday night and he died at the scene.
According to the Virginia-Pilot, police said the driver remained there with the officers. No one has been charged and it does not appear alcohol, drugs or speed were a factor in the crash.
Whitaker won an Olympic gold medal in 1984.
Stephanie Niznik has passed away at the young age of 52. The actress is best known for her role as Nina on the drama series "Everwood" and her part on "Star Trek: Insurrection". Niznik died unexpectedly in Encino, California on June 23.
Producer, editor and director Richard Shaw passed away at age 65 from complications from an unexpected heart condition. Among his numerous projects was 2010's "The Wordz Project", featuring Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and other rappers discussing how their religious and spiritual beliefs are expressed through their music. Other credits included writing and directing an episode of sci-fi series "Watchers" and producing several other episodes. Shaw also directed and hosted the 2015 documentary "Torah Codes to End Darkness".
Actress Denise Nickerson has died at 62 years old.
Audiences will likely best remember her as Violet Beauregarde, the girl who got turned into a blueberry, in the "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" film. She also starred as an orphan in the '60s supernatural series "Dark Shadows".
The actress passed away at a hospital in Colorado on Wednesday, July 10, after her family removed her from life support. Nickerson's health had been deteriorating since she suffered a stroke last year.
Following a career that spanned over 60 years, Rip Torn, “passed away peacefully” at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut.
The actor, who is known most recently for his work in "MIB" and "30 Rock" is survived by his wife and two children, as well as two other daughters from previous marriages.
Character actor Eddie Jones passed away at the age of 84 on July 6. Jones is perhaps best known for his role as Pa Kent on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman". He also had notable roles in "A League of Their Own" and "Seabiscuit".
Jones is survived by his wife, Anita, two sisters and several nephews and nieces.
Brazilian singer, guitarist and composerJoao Gilberto, considered one of the fathers of the Bossa Nova genre, has died at 88. Gilberto's 1966 hit "Bim-Bom" helped launch Bossa Nova into the mainstream, following the success of his seminal albums “Chega de Saudade,” ″Love, A Smile and A Flower,” and “Joao Gilberto”. His 1964 album "Getz/Gilberto", a collaboration with U.S. saxophonist Stan Getz, sold more than 2 million copies.
Cameron Boyce, best known for his roles in Disney Channel hits "Jessie" and "Descendants", passed away in his sleep at age 20. According to a spokesperson for the actor's family, the cause of death was "due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated."
Actor Billy Drago, known for playing villainous roles in films ranging from "The Untouchables" to Clint Eastwood's "Pale Riders", has passed away at 73. Starting his career as a stuntman in his home state of Kansas, Drago went on to appear in more than 100 films and numerous TV series throughout a career spanning five decades.
Best known for playing Willie Tanner on beloved sitcom "ALF", Max Wright has passed away at age 75 after a battle with cancer. An in-demand character actor during the 1980s and 1990s, Wright appeared in numerous TV series and several movies, including Oscar winners "Reds" and "All That Jazz". He also worked extensively onstage, earning a 1998 Tony nomination for his role in Anton Chekov's "Ivanov".
British Wrestler Adrian McCallum, a.k.a. Lionheart has died at the age of 36.
ICW released a statement on June 19, announcing the heavyweight champion’s tragic passing: “It's with a very heavy heart that we have to pass on the news that ICW World Heavyweight Champion and overall fantastic British Wrestler Adrian McCallum, known as ‘Lionheart’ has passed away today. We'll have more news on this as soon as possible.”
"Seeking Sister Wife" star Bernie McGee has died at the age of 41 from heat stroke and a heart attack.
His wife, Paige McGee, blames her brother, Patrick Marble, for the stress caused on the couple when he accused them of harassing him.
In a Facebook post, Paige said "the stress of going to court this coming Wednesday with fear of 1 year in jail wore on Bernie" and that Patrick's "constant lies and attacks" killed her husband.
Gloria Vanderbilt, former model, fashion designer, and mother of Anderson Cooper, has passed away at the age of 95.
The CNN anchor shared the devastating news on air during Monday's broadcast. Cooper revealed that he took his mother to the hospital several weeks before she passed, only to find out that she had severe stomach cancer.
"I never knew we had the exact same giggle," he said of one of his visits with his mother before she passed. "I recorded it and it makes me giggle every time I watch it."
Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96 in Rome. A director and producer of operas, films and television, Zeffirelli was also a former senator (1994-2001) for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia party. Moviegoers will remember his film adaptations of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet" (starring Mel Gibson) and "The Taming of the Shrew", the latter starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. As a director, he also won acclaim from such films as "Endless Love", "Tea With Mussolini", "La traviata" and "The Champ".
Mexican telenovela star Edith Gonzalez has passed away at 54.
The actress was beloved by telenovela fans for her decades of work on TV, most recently appearing in 2016's "Eva La Trailera".
Gonzalez was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2016.
Geto Boys rapper Bushwick Bill has died at the age of 52. The former hip-hop group member passed away at a hospital in Colorado, surrounded by his family. Bill's business manager Pete Marrero broke the news that the "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" rapper was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in February.
Former WWE Diva and "Survivor" castaway Ashley Massaro has passed away at age 39. Massaro came to the WWE after winning its "2005 Raw Diva Search," which included a one-year
$250,000 contract, and she later became the valet for tag-team champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Massaro also competed in "Survivor: China" in 2007, but was voted off in that season's second episode. The cause of death has not yet been revealed, but reports say that it's "non-criminal" in nature.
Tim Conway has died at age 85.
The comedian passed away in a Los Angeles care facility after a long battle with illness.
Conway’s wife, Charlene Fusco, and daughter, Jackie, were at his side.
Conway’s daughter Kelly said in a statement: “The love he gave us, and the laughter he gave the world will never be replaced, but will be remembered forever. He is at peace now but I will miss him every second of every day until we meet again in heaven.”
Legendary actress and singer Doris Day has sadly passed away at the age of 97.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed in a statement that the "Pillow Talk" actress had died early Monday morning in her California home while surrounded by a number of her closest friends.
“Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” the foundation said in their statement.
"Real Housewives Of Miami" star Elsa Patton has died at the age of 84.
A statement from the family read, "In lieu of tears the family asks you to raise a glass of good champagne in honor of Elsa’s memory. Our beloved Elsa Patton (AKA Mama Elsa) passed away over Mother’s Day weekend after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family and close friends. Elsa was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Donald Patton who passed away last February of 2018. She is survived by her two children, Marysol Patton and Thomas Anthony Jones, her daughter in law Svetlana, and her grandson Hunter."
Former WCW wrestler Ramses aka Silver King, died in London on May 11.
The Mexican wrestler, 51, suffered a medical issue in the ring during a show and passed away.
The cause of his death is still unknown.
Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron also starred opposite Jack Black in his 2006 film "Nacho Libre".
Best known for his role as the Red Ranger on "Power Rangers Ninja Storm", New Zealand-born actor Pua Magasiva has died at age 38. Magasiva was found unresponsive when police were called to his home in Wellington, New Zealand, with a police spokesman saying there were “no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.”
"Wild Kingdom" host Jim Fowler passed away at age 89. The television personality, who was also a regular on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", died in his Connecticut home on Wednesday, May 8. He is survived by his wife, Betsey Fowler, and his two children, Mark and Carrie.
Troy Shafer, the star of DIY Network's "Nashville Flipped", died on April 28 at the age of 38.
No cause of death has been reported yet, but TMZ reports that his brother has said Shafer died in his sleep.
Designer Max Azria Dead At 70
Max Azria, the famed founder of BCBGMAXAZRIA, has died at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.
The brand confirmed the news on Tuesday tweeting a statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Max Azria. Max was a true visionary, who defined the Contemporary Fashion category. BCBG stands for Bon Chic, Bon Genre or 'good style, good attitude,' which reflects the legacy of the man himself, one we are committed to preserving in his honour. Our deepest condolences to the Azria family.”
Actor Peter Mayhew died on April 30 at his home in North Texas.
The actor was best known for playing Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films.
"The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home," his family wrote on Twitter announcing his death.
Phil McCormack Of Molly Hatchet, Dead At 58
Phil McCormack, frontman of the Southern rock group Molly Hatchet has died at the age of 58.
McCormack’s bandmates confirmed the news on social media, writing, "It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of our friend and band member, Phil McCormack. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. Phil's contributions to Molly Hatchet were heard around the world. He will be missed but never forgotten."
Details surrounding his death have yet to be confirmed.
Larry "Flash" Jenkins died on April 25 at 63-years-old.
The "Fletch" actor suffered a heart attack his agency confirmed.
He also appeared in "Low Town", "Home Improvement", and a cameo in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" as one of the guys to take Cameron's dad's car for a joyride.
Jenkins is survived by his son, Jeffery.
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" actress Georgia Engel has passed away at 70-years-old. Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey. The cause of death is undetermined.
Earl Thomas Conley
Known for such 1980s hits as “Holding Her and Loving You,” and “Once In A Blue Moon”, country singer Earl Thomas Conley has passed away at 77. Blake Shelton, who co-wrote a song with Conley in 2002, paid tribute in a heartfelt social media post. “My heart is absolutely destroyed today," he wrote. “Earl was my all time favourite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest…”
Oscar nominated actor Seymour Cassel has died at the age of 84 on April 7.
He was a staple in Wes Anderson films including "Rushmore", "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" and
Serbian actress Nadja Regin, best known for roles in the James Bond films “From Russia With Love” and “Goldfinger”, has died at age 87. The official James Bond Twitter account announced news of her passing on April 8.
Regin left acting to pursue publishing in the 1980s and wrote a historical romance novel in 2016.
Bill Isles, one of the founding members of R&B group The O'Jays, has passed away at 78. Before leaving the group in 1965, Isles (pictured at far right) was featured on such early O'Jays hits as "Lipstick Traces" and "Lonely Drifters". According to Isles' son, his father served as The O’Jays’ tour manager between 1971 and 1974, a period when the group released its biggest hits, “Love Train” and “Back Stabbers".
"Goldfinger" actress Tania Mallet has died at the age of 77.
She was best known for her role as Bond Girl Tilly Masterson opposite Sean Connery in the 1964 film. She is cousins with Dame Helen Mirren.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead outside his store in Los Angeles on March 31. He was only 33.
He leaves behind his girlfriend and their two children.
Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading Of Her's
Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading of British indie band Her's passed away in a tragic traffic accident when their tour van was struck head-on by a pickup truck. Band manager Trevor Engelbrektson was also killed in the crash. “Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label. As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious,” said a statement from the band's label. "Musically, Her’s were astonishing. An aptitude for melody, fun, and entertainment combined with a complexity that was as sophisticated as it was stylish.”
Belgian-born director Agnes Varda, a pioneer of the French New Wave, has died at age 90.
The influential filmmaker died at home among friends and family after a short battle with cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In 2017, Varda became the first female director to receive an Academy Honorary Award for her contributions to cinema. She was also the oldest person to receive an Oscar nomination, for her documentary 'Faces Places'.
Musician Roger Charlery, a.k.a. Ranking Roger, has died at the age of 56.
The frontman of the Beat and General Public was diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer after suffering a stroke in 2018.
Roger’s official Instagram page shared the heartbreaking news with fans, writing, "He fought and fought and fought. Roger was a fighter."
It continued: "Sadly Roger past away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family.”
"Charlie's Angels" and "Love Boat" alum Denise DuBarry has passed away at 63-years-old. The actress died in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 23 after fighting an infection stemming from a rare fungus. She is survived by her husband, William Hay, and daughter, Samantha Lockwood.
Singer-songwriter Scott Walker, best known for tracks such as "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", has died at age 76.
Walker's record label 4AD said in a statement: "Scott Walker has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it."
Country singer Justin Carter has died at 35 after a prop gun accidentally went off in his apartment.
Carter had recently signed a deal with Triple Threat Management and was considered to be "the next Garth Brooks."
His music is still expected to be released.
Guitarist Dick Dale died on March 16 at the age on 81.
Dubbed as the pioneer of surf rock, Dale's instrumental rock was influenced by his Middle Eastern heritage. He is credited with the first success of surf rock that took over the early 60s.
Some of his top hits include "Misirlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'".
Veteran character actor Richard Erdman has passed away at 93. In addition to credits in such Hollywood classics as "Stalag 17", Erdman also appeared in numerous TV series over the years, ranging from "Perry Mason" to "The Bionic Woman". More recently, Erdman was best known for playing geriatric college student Leonard Rodriguez in NBC sitcom "Community".
Actor Jed Allan, known for his roles in "Days of Our Lives", "General Hospital" and "Santa Barbara", has passed away at age 84. Perhaps best known for playing Steve Sanders' father on "Beverly Hills, 90210", Allan's other TV roles include such series as "Lassie", "Columbo", "The Mod Squad", "Love, American Style" and "Adam-12", "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "CSI: Miami" to name just a few.
Miss Teen Universe Lotte Van Der Zee
Miss Teen Universe, Lotte Van Der Zee has tragically died at the age of 19.
The Dutch model suffered a heart attack during a ski trip in Austria on Wednesday.
Van Der Zee’s parents confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:47. It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore. Our hearts are truly broken.”
80s heartthrob Jan Michael Vincent -- best known for his role on TV’s “Airwolf” -- has died, suffering cardiac arrest on February 10. Vincent was 74 years old.
King Kong Bundy
WWE legend King Kong Bundy has died at age 61. The "walking condominium" was billed at 6-foot-4 and weighing 458-pounds. He famously wrestled Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship inside a steel cage at Wrestlemania 2.
“Beverly Hills, 90120” alum Luke Perry died on Monday, March 4 at age 52. The actor suffered a “massive” stroke on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and never recovered. He passed away in hospital with his two children, Jack and Sophie, his fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp and family members by his side.
At the time of his death, Perry was starring as Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews, on “Riverdale.
Keith Flint, the lead vocalist for the UK electronic band The Prodigy, was found dead in his home in Essex, England on March 4 after police arrived to make a welfare check on the singer. Flint’s bandmate and the band’s founder Liam Howlett says the singer died by suicide.
The band found fame and controversy in the 1990s with their hits “Firestarter”, “Breathe” and “Smack My B*tch Up”.
Nathaniel Taylor, best known as Rollo Lawson on "Sanford And Son" died on Feb. 27 in hospital after having a heart attack. Taylor was 80.
At the time of the show, Taylor was one of the few black men on television. He went onto open a performing arts studio for youth.
Taylor is survived by his wife, Loretta, and seven children.
Known for her TV roles on hit sitcoms "Who's the Boss?" and "Soap", actress Katherine Helmond has passed away from complications of Alzheimer's. She was 89. In addition to those memorable roles, the seven-time Emmy nominee was also nominated for a Tony in 1973 for her role in the Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's “The Great God Brown”.
Four-time Oscar-winner Andre Previn has died at the age of 89.
His manager confirmed the news to The New York Times Thursday, revealing the composer died in his New York City home.
Previn was the mind behind the Academy Award-winning scores of “Gigi” (1958), “Porgy & Bess” (1959), “Irma la Douce” (1963) and “My Fair Lady” (1964).
"Invasion" actress Lisa Sheridan died on Feb. 25 at her home in New Orleans.
Sheridan who also was part of "Catch Fire" died at 44 with unknown causes at the current moment.
Today is a sad day for fans of the 1980s band Talk Talk, as their lead singer Mark Hollis has died after a short illness from which he was unable to recover.
Band member Keith Aspden confirmed the sad news, telling the BBC he’s “still trying to accept” the fact that his friend has died. “I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music,” he said. “I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”
The band were thrust into mainstream success with hits like “It’s My Life” and “Such A Shame” with Hollis releasing a solo album in 1998, before leaving music and removing himself from public view, citing that he wasn’t able to “go on tour and be a good dad at the same time.”
Best known for her role as Marilyn on iconic 1960s sitcom "The Munsters", Beverley Owen has passed away at 81. Owen only played the niece of Herman Munster for one season, leaving the show after 13 episodes. Another actress, Pat Priest, played the role for the rest of the series' run.
Veteran character actor Morgan Woodward has passed away at age 93. A Texas native who served in the Second World War and the Korean War, Woodward appeared in more than 250 films and TV series during a career spanning five decades. Among his many credits are "Cool Hand Luke", "Star Trek", "Logan's Run" and a record 19 guest-starring appearances on "Gunsmoke", more than any other actor. Woodward was best known for playing oil man Marvin “Punk” Anderson on "Dallas", appearing on 55 episodes of the long-running primetime soap.
Clark Gable III
Clark Cable’s grandson Clark Gable III died Friday morning, his mother has confirmed.
The “Cheaters” host died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas at 30-years-old.
“It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark,” his mother wrote on Instagram. “He passed this morning. I will always be next to you my beautiful son.”
The Monkees guitarist Peter Tork has died at the age of 77.
Tork’s sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed the news to The Washington Post but did not specify the guitarist’s cause of death. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer over a decade ago.
“It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,” read a statement on Tork’s official Facebook page.
Chanel’s iconic artistic director Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85.
The fashion designer was spotted looking increasing frail in his most recent outings, and was reportedly ill for the last few weeks. Reports claim that the icon passed away in Paris on February 19. Many stars are paying tribute to Lagerfeld, including Diane Kruger, Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung, and Lily Allen.
Bruno Ganz best-known for his role as Hitler in "Downfall" died at the age of 77 at his Swiss home on Feb. 15.
He was a staple in German cinemas, but also had many English roles like "The Reader" and "The Manchurian Candidate."
Ex-princess and younger sister of Jackie Kennedy, Lee Radziwill has died at the age of 85 on Feb. 15.
She was married three times, once to Polish Prince Stanislas Radziwill, whose name she kept.
Radziwill was a fashion icon and friend of Andy Warhol and Truman Capote.
"Stargate" actor Carmen Argenziano has dies at the age of 75. The circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.
Rising-star British rapper Cadet has passed away after a late-night car crash in central England while on his way to a gig. Cadet (real name: Blaine Cameron Johnson) was just 28.
Albert Finney, British actor from Manchester, England, has passed away at the age of 82. The Oscar-nominated actor is best known for his roles in “Murder on the Orient Express”, “The Dresser”, and “Tom Jones”. His passing comes after a short battle with an illness.
Comedian, actor, and writer Steve Levy has died at the age of 58. His passing comes after a lengthy battle with nose cancer, for which we released a personal essay titled “My Year Without a Nose”. With decades of experience under his belt, Levy appeared in many shows such as “Days of our Lives”, “Veronica Mars”, and “3rd Rock From The Sun”. Levy is survived by his wife, Caroline Carrigan, his son, and parents.
Kristoff St. John
According to an email from his lawyer , “Young And The Restless” star Kristoff St. John has died. The actor was 52. He starred on the Global soap opera as Neil Winters since 1991, spanning over 1600 episodes. Other notable TV series in which he appeared include “Diagnosis Murder" and "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper".
Julie Adams, best known for her role in “Creature From the Black Lagoon” has died. The 92 year-old actress died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles after six decades of acting.
Canada’s beloved Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce has died at the age of 88.
While the cause of death was not immediately clear, Joyce died at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ont.
He had donated $7.5 million to the hospital’s namesake foundation.
Best known for his role on "Keeping Up Appearances", Clive Swift died at the age of 82 on Feb. 1. His other work included "Excalibur" and "Doctor Who".
Veteran actor Dick Miller has passed away. The "Gremlins" and "Terminator" actor has hundreds of acting credits to his name spanning more than 60 years. He is survived by his wife Lainie, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Autumn..
"Top Chef" contestant Fatima Ali has passed away following a battle with cancer. Ali was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks bone and soft tissue, shortly after production wrapped on 2017's "Top Chef". Ali's death was announced on Friday, Jan. 25. She was only 29-years-old.
Actress Louisa Moritz, who starred in films like "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Death Race 2000", as well as a number TV series in the '60s and '70s, has died at 72.
In 2014, Moritz was one of dozens of women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.
"Grey's Anatomy" star Debbie Allen shared the sad news Tuesday on Twitter that her close friend, singer-songwriter James Ingram has died at age 66.
Ingram began his career in the early '70s and made it to the Billboard Top 40 eight times in the '80s and '90s, including "Somewhere Out There" from the film "An American Tail" and "The Day I Fall in Love" from "Beethoven's 2nd".
"Saturday Night Fever" dance consultant JoJo Smith passes away at age 80. The "Choreographer to the Stars" worked with the likes of Barbara Walters and Barbra Streisand. He died from stroke complications.
Prolific acting teacher William Esper has passed away. Esper's notable students included John Malkovich, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Rockwell, William Hurt, and Tracee Ellis Ross. He died on Jan. 26 of complications from Lewy body disease.
A rising star on the comedy seen has died too soon. Kevin Barnett was gaining plenty of momentum as a comedian before his untimely death in Mexico at the age of 32. Barnett recently executive produced and co-created Fox TV series “Rel”. He was on vacation at the time of his death.
Legendary Broadway star Carol Channing has died at the age of 97. She played notable roles in Broadway’s “Hello, Dolly!” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. Her longtime publicist shared news of her death: “It is with extreme heartache that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon - Miss Carol Channing. I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped ... or fell rather ... into my life.”
Rising Puerto Rican Latin trap star Kevin Fret has died at the age of 24. The openly gay rapper and outspoken LGBTQ advocate was shot eight times in an early morning shooting on Jan. 10 amid a wave of escalating violence in the country’s capital of San Juan. In addition to his music, Fret was known for breaking down gender norms and the stigma around being gay and gender nonconformity.
Prolific Hollywood sound mixer Gregg Rudloff died in Los Angeles on January 6 at the age of 63. With more than 200 credits to his name, Rudloff was a frequent collaborator on Clint Eastwood’s directorial efforts, earning two of his seven Oscar nominations for the films “American Sniper” and “Flags Of Our Fathers”. Rudloff was a three-time Academy Award winner, taking home the top prize for his work on the films “Glory”, “The Matrix” and “Mad Max: Fury Road”. He most recently worked on Netflix’s experimental Orson Welles film “The Other Side Of The Wind”.
Singer Daryl Dragon of Captain and Tennille (pictured with Toni Tennille) has passed away. "On behalf of the family and my client, Ms. Toni Tenille — who was with him as he took his last breath — I have just notified the media that Daryl Dragon... has passed away," B Harlan Boll wrote on Facebook.
"He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly," Tennille said according to Boll. "I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him."
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Super Dave Osborne" creator Bob Einstein has died at the age of 76.
The actor, brother of Albert Brooks, had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Brooks remembered him on Twitter as, "A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever."
'Mean' Gene Okerlund
WWE Hall of Fame announcer Eugene Arthur Okerlund, best known as “Mean” Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76. “Mean” Gene made his name interviewing WWE icons like Andre the Giant and Ricky Steamboat. He was celebrated for his work in 2006, being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Hulk Hogan. It is unclear how he died but the legendary personality had health problems for years, which led to two kidney transplants.