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Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter and producer, dies at 78

Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter and producer, dies at 78

Sylvia Moy, a songwriter and the first female producer for the Motown recording studio, who collaborated on several hits, including Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” and Marvin Gaye’s “It Takes Two,” died April 15 at a hospital in Dearborn, Mich. She was 78. The cause was complications from pneumonia, her brother, Melvin Moy, told the…

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56.Police said an emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead. The cause is not yet known. Moran also starred in the show’s spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, which began in…

Eugene Lang, Investor Who Made College Dreams a Reality, Dies at 98

Eugene Lang, Investor Who Made College Dreams a Reality, Dies at 98

Eugene Michael “Gene” Lang (March 16, 1919 – April 8, 2017) was an American philanthropist who founded REFAC Technology Development Corporation in 1951. REFAC held patents relating to LCDs, ATMs, credit card verification systems, bar code scanners, VCRs, cassette players, camcorders, electronic keyboards, and spreadsheets, and filed thousands of lawsuits against other corporations to secure…

J. Geils dies at the age of 71 in Groton home

J. Geils Band leader dead at 71

Musician John Warren Geils Jr., guitarist and founder of the J. Geils Band known for such hits as Love Stinks, Freeze Frame and Centerfold, has died in his Massachusetts home at 71. Groton, Mass., police said officers responded to Geils’s home around 4 p.m. Tuesday for a well-being check and found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at…

Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90. Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8. Though he appeared in films…

Ahmed Kathrada: anti-apartheid titan jailed with Mandela dies at 87

Ahmed Kathrada

The South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule and a fellow Robben Island prisoner, has died aged 87. Kathrada, who was affectionately known by his nickname Kathy, was among those jailed alongside Mandela after the Rivonia trial in 1964. The case drew worldwide attention…

Chuck Berry – Beloved Husband Father, grandfather and great-grandfathe died at age 90

Chuck Berry – Beloved Husband Father, grandfather and great-grandfathe

We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry – beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather – passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that…

Neil Fingleton, Game of Thrones star and UK’s tallest man, dies aged 36

Neil Fingleton Game of Thrones star

The actor, who played Mag the Mighty and also appeared in X-Men, is reported to have suffered from heart failure Game of Thrones star Neil Fingleton has died at the age of 36, it has been reported. Once named as Britain’s tallest man, the 7ft 7in star played Mag the Mighty in the fantasy series…

Joseph Wapner, Judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ Dies at 97

Joseph Wapner, Judge

A real-life retired judge in Los Angeles Superior Court, he ruled over the syndicated TV show from 1981-93. Joseph Wapner, the real-life retired judge who presided over the syndicated court show The People’s Court for more than a decade, died Sunday. He was 97. Wapner’s son David told the Associated Press that his father was…

Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Due to Complications from Surgery“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said in a statement. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and…

Owner of the Detroit Tigers Mike Ilitch Dies At Age 87

Owner of the Detroit Tigers Mike Ilitch Dies At Age 87

DETROIT (WWJ) — Owner of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, Mike Ilitch, died on Friday afternoon at the age of 87. Olympia Entertainment confirmed Ilitch’s passing at around 6:30 p.m. Friday evening. Ilitch was born in Detroit in 1929 to Macedonian immigrants Sotir Ilitch and Sultana Tasseff Ilitch who came to the United…

Harold Rosen, Who Ushered in the Era of Communication Satellites, Dies at 90

Harold Rosen

Whether you are reading these words online or in print, there is a strong chance that Harold A. Rosen played a part in getting them to you. Mr. Rosen, who died on Monday at 90 at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., was a driving force in the invention of modern communication satellite technology. His…

British actor John Hurt passes away

British actor John Hurt passes away

Oscar-nominated British actor John Hurt, died at the age of 77 after his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was known for his roles in the movies “Elephant Man” and “Harry Potter”, his wife Anwen Rees Meyers said Saturday. This versatile actor, who played Mr Ollivander in the “Harry Potter movie and the Philosopher’s Stone” and…

TV Icon Mary Tyler Moore Dead At 80

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Mary Tyler Moore, the award-winning actor and star of two of America’s best-loved sitcoms, died on Wednesday at age 80. Moore, who won seven Emmy awards for her work on The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died in the company of friends and her husband, Dr S Robert Levine, representative…

Last man to stand on the moon Eugene Cernan dies aged 82

Astronaut Gene Cernan, last Apollo moonwalker, dies at 82

NASA announced the 82-year-old’s death today saying they were “saddened”Former astronaut Gene Cernan, a Navy pilot and veteran of NASA’s pioneering Gemini program who was the second American to walk in space and then flew to the moon twice as an Apollo astronaut, becoming the last human to leave his bootprints on its dusty surface,…

Iran’s ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani dies at 82

Iran's ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani dies at 82

Ex-Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies in hospital after suffering a heart attack, state media reports.Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack, according to state media. Rafsanjani was a key figure in the foundation of the Islamic republic in 1979, and served as…

Remembering Mona, My First Friend on Dominica

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It is with profound sadness that I write this post as a tribute to Mona George-Dill, my first friend on Dominica.  She departed this earthly life and ascended to heavenly paradise on Sunday October 30, 2016. It is she to whom I give credit for guiding me during my early days in Dominica and helping…

John R. Coleman, college president who walked in others’ shoes, dies at 95

John R. Coleman

In 1973, Jack Coleman was working as a ditch digger in Atlanta. One day, after finishing his shift, he got in his car to drive home. He stopped at a gas station, went to the men’s room and emerged wearing a business suit. As John R. Coleman, he continued on his way north to Pennsylvania,…

Star Wars legend Kenny Baker dies aged 83 after decades of R2 D2

Sympathize Star Wars legend Kenny Baker dies aged 83 – after decades of R2-D2. The 3ft 8in actor, who starred in six Star Wars films as well as Time Bandits and Flash Gordon, was 83. Baker shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character. The actor, real name Kenneth George, starred…