Kevin Barnett Dead At 32
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.