Posts tagged celebrity death announcements
Posts tagged celebrity death announcements
Dann Cahn, a pioneer of the three-camera method of filming and editing TV sitcoms, has died. Cahn also was the last surviving member of the original creative team behind the landmark series I Love Lucy. He was 89 and died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in west Los Angeles. Cahn worked on Lucy‘s entire six-season run from 1951 to 1957. Unlike series that preceded it, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s show used three motion picture cameras instead of one. The multicamera technique allowed for a show to be filmed continuously and in sequence, like a stage play. The amount of footage overwhelmed editors at the time, according to the LA Times, and they located a cutting-edge device that had been created for the quiz show Truth Or Consequences.
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Sherman Hemsley, Star of The Jeffersons, Dies at 74.
Sherman Hemsley, whose cantankerous George Jefferson cracked up millions of faithful TV viewers each week, first going toe-to-toe with Archie Bunker on All in the Family and then sparring with his beloved Weezie on The Jeffersons, has died.
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor was 74.
‘Blade Runner’ actor Morgan Paull has died at 67. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer shortly before his death. (via Hollywood Reporter; photo via icweb.com)
Obit of the Day: “Key” to Deep Purple’s Success
Featuring a Hammond keyboard as a lead instrument was an unusual for most rock bands, but Deep Purple was not your usual band. The group, once dubbed “the globe’s loudest band” by the Guinness Book of World Records, was formed in 1968 by keyboardist Jon Lord, bassist Nick Simper, guitarist Richie Blackmore, drummer Ian Paice, and lead vocalist Rod Evans. They released their first album in July of that year, Shades of Deep Purple. The album featured a cover of the Joe South’s hit, “Hush,” which is dominated by Lord’s signature keyboard sound. The song hit #4 on the Billboard charts in the U.S.
Deep Purple would continue to expand their sound laying the foundation for what many now considered “hard rock” and “heavy metal.” Ironically, though, their best-known hit “Smoke on the Water” was a traditional rock song, co-written by Jon Lord, and released in 1972. It also reached #4 in the U.S.
After the group broke up in 1976, Lord would have a successful solo career and also perform in several other groups including Asthon, Lord, and Paice and Whitesnake*. Deep Purple would reunite in 1984 and record six more albums, selling over 150 million copies. Lord would finally leave the group for good in 2002 continuing to record solo albums and collaborating with other artists including George Harrison and Anna-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA.
Lord passed away at the age of 71.
(“Hush” is copyright 2005, Rhino/Warner Bros. Entertainment)
* This is the same group that would become a huge 1980s “hair band” releasing several hard rock hits.
Stephen R. Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” as well as three other books that have all sold more than a million copies, has died. He was 79.
Winner of six Academy Awards and recognition by President Reagan, reflects the impact Celeste Holm made in the world of film. Celeste Holmes (95) died Sunday after being hospitalized for dehydration in New York’s Roosevelt Hospital. CNN reports that Holms died in her home,
“She passed peacefully in her home in her own bed with her husband and friends and family nearby,” she said.
Rodney King, victim in a 1991 police brutality case in Los Angeles that triggered the 1992 LA Riots, was found dead in a swimming pool Sunday.
Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old.
“The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” reads the statement. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Two years ago, Gibb battled colon and liver cancer, but despite making what he called a “spectacular recovery,” a secondary tumor recently developed, complicated by a case of pneumonia in April. The singer was hospitalized last month and fell into a coma at one point, although he was later said to have regained consciousness and communicated with family members.
Gibb was born in the Isle of Man in 1949, along with twin brother Maurice. (Maurice died in 2003 of complications from a twisted intestine; eerily, Robin had surgery for the same medical issue in 2010.) Along with their older brother Barry, the brothers began harmonizing as a trio in Australia, where the family moved in 1958. Although the Bee Gees had some success in Australia – they hosted a weekly variety show there – they didn’t truly arrive until they returned to England and signed with manager Robert Stigwood. Robin’s quivering, vulnerable voice was featured prominently on several of the group’s earliest and most Beatles-eque hits, including “New York Mining Disaster 1941,” “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” and “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.”
Donna Summer Disco legend Donna Summer died Thursday at age 63, reportedly after a battle with breast cancer.
R.I.P. Donna Summer, “Queen of Disco”
“On The Radio” 1983 (Live)