Friday, October 7, 2011

2011 Celebrity Deaths

March 2011 Celebrity Deaths

March in memoriam

In March we said farewell to many beloved figures, including a famous composer, a grunge legend and a princess.
Scrod down to read about the notable lives of:
Knut the polar bear
Nate Dogg
Mike DeStefano

Geraldine Ferraro

Three-term congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro passed away at a Massachusetts hospital, where she was being treated for this disease.  In 1984 Ferraro became the first woman vice presidential candidate on a major U.S. party ticket.  Ferraro was 75.   

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was a Hollywood legend known for her many films, two Academy Award wins (for a 1966 classic and an emotional drama), her many marriages, AIDS activism and an unlikely friendship with a fallen pop star. She died of congestive heart failure at age 79.

Loleatta Holloway

She was a Chicago-born disco and soul singer, best known for her 1980 hit about love, who influenced a number of performers, including a singer-turned-actor who sampled the soul icon for his one-time hit. She died from heart failure at age 64.

Pinetop Perkins

He was a famed blues piano player who still played regularly at clubs before his death at age 97. Throughout his career, he collaborated wither several legendary musicians, which as this blues icon and this guitar god.

Ferlin Husky

He was a pioneering country singer in the 1950s and 1960s who had more than 50 hits. Husky was instrumental in introducing a new style of country music. He died at age 85.

Oliver Humperdink

Oliver Humperdink was a well-established pro wrestling manager from the 1970s through the early 1990s  whose health deteriorated after a nearly fatal accident. He died at age 62.

Knut the polar bear

Knut was a major attraction at the Berlin Zoo but shocked visitors watched him die in his pen. The pearly-white bear was only 4 years old.

Michael Gough

He was a longtime British actor best known for his fatherly figure in a superhero film franchise about a caped crusader. Gough appeared in more than 100 films. He died at the age of 94.

Nate Dogg

He was a West Coast hip-hop crooner who created and popularized a style of singing rap. He rose to fame collaborating with some of the biggest names in the business and was known as hip-hop's hook man. He died at age 41 of complications from multiple strokes.

Smiley Culture

Smiley Culture was a British reggae star who rose to fame in the 1980s. Watch some of his music videos. He died at the age of 48 from a reported self-inflicted stab wound. 

Princess Antoinette

Antoinette was the princess of a European microstate and the daughter of royalty. Her younger brother married a movie star. She died at the age of 90.

Marty Marion

Marty Marion was a renowned shortstop who later went on to manage the team he played for and another MLB team. He earned nicknames for his shape and style. He died at the age of 93.

Richard Wirthlin

Richard Wirthlin, a chief strategist and pollster, helped steer the political career of one of the most revered Republican presidents and was known as the prince of polling. He died at the age of 80.

Todd Cerney

This Nashville musician wrote the 1980s love ballad "I'll Still Be Loving You" and had a five-week No. 1 country hit in 2001. He died at the age of 57.

Mike Starr

Mike Starr was the former bassist for an iconic grunge-rock group who in his last several years battled serious drug and alcohol addiction. The troubled musician even sought help on a reality TV series. He died at the age of 44.

Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin composed one of the best-known Christmas tunes of all time and has song credits on a classic film. He died at the age of 96.

Hazel Rowley

Hazel Rowley was an acclaimed biographer who wrote about several famous figures, including the love life of a renowned philosopher. Get her books. She died at the age of 59.

Blair River

Blair River was the 575-pound spokesman for an Arizona hamburger joint that touted its high-calorie menu. He died from complications of pneumonia at the age of 29.

Mike Lounge

Mike Lounge was a veteran shuttle astronaut who flew into orbit on three different missions, including the first after a major space disaster. He went on to represent astronauts' interests for the space agency before retiring in 1991. Lounge died at the age of 64.

Leonard Lomell

Leonard Lomell, considered a World War II hero, found "by pure luck" and disabled guns hidden by the Germans on D-Day. Some believe his actions ensured the success of the liberation invasion to end the war. He died at the age of 91.

Ryan Hawks

Ryan Hawks was a professional big-mountain skier who was part of a group of hard-core freestyle skiers. He died from injuries sustained in a fall during a national competition. Hawks died at the age of 25.

Johnny Preston

Johnny Preston was a pop singer who had a No. 1 hit in 1960 with a teenage tragedy song followed by another adolescent hit. He died at the age of 71.

Mike DeStefano

Mike DeStefano was a stand-up comic who gained fame after appearing on a televised comedy show and a reality show. He battled drug addiction and carried a life-threatening virus. He was scheduled to star in a one-man show before his death at the age of 43.

Jean Bartel

Jean Bartel was the 1943 winner of a long-standing beauty competition despite refusing to participate in a tradition. She apparently wowed judges with a Cole Porter hit.
 She died at the age of 87.

Joe Morello

Joe Morello was a legendary jazz drummer best known for his time with a famous jazz quartet, with which he played on some of the best-selling jazz records of all time. He died at the age of 82.

Richard Martin

Former NHL star Richard Martin scored a rookie record in his second professional season. His career was cut short after a severe injury. Martin died at the age of 59.

Mitchell Page

Mitchell Page was an MLB outfielder who came up with an impressive record and later became a hitting coach for another professional team. He died at the age of 59.

Jack Hardy

Jack Hardy was a folk singer, playwright and promoter credited with influencing several famous 1970s and 1980s artists, such as this prominent folksinger. He toured for almost 40 years. Hardy died at the age of 63.

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