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January 21st, 2022 at 4:01:57 PM permalink
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I keep hearing Meatloaf was in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But don't remember that at all.
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Apparently, he wasn't...but Louie Anderson was; IMDB credits him as a "flower delivery man."
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Okay thanks., probably my mix up. At least I didn't hear Bob Saget played his dad or something.
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Mdawg and kewlj warned to not hijack. This is the celebrity deaths thread.
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January 21st, 2022 at 4:19:53 PM permalink
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I keep hearing Meatloaf was in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But don't remember that at all.
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Meatloaf was in Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I'm pretty certain it was Meatloaf they were making fun of in Phantom of the Paradise when they introduce the singer Beef.
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January 21st, 2022 at 4:29:53 PM permalink
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Meatloaf (Michael Aday) and have both passed in the last 24 hours. Anderson here in Las Vegas in the hospital battling cancer and meatloaf reported from covid after falling sick a week or so ago.

I saw Meatloaf at Hard Rock here in Vegas about 5 years ago so he would have been about 69 at the time. I wasn't really that familiar with him, as I attended with my late partner who was a fan. . The concert was ok. I certainly recognized a few of his hits. To his credit, unlike some of the other 70 year old Rockers still performing, Meatloaf wasn't dressing like he was in his 20's. He dressed and looked like a 69 year old man...like he could have been someone's grandfather, which I am sure he was. And that was a little weird, listening to this grandfatherly type figure singing about "paradise by the dashboard lights". But overall, I enjoyed the concert.

As for Louie Anderson, never really cared for his comedy. I played blackjack with him in Atlantic City about 15 years ago, when I was just starting out. It was one of the casinos in the back by the bay or inlet, not Borgata, so either Harrah's or the property that is now Golden Nugget (was a Trump property back then). It was a $5 table. LOL. Louie knew basic strategy for the most part and played ok, but he whined every time the dealer drew to a 20 or 21, saying "can you believe that" or "would you look at that". It seemed like I was watching an extension of his act
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Djatc is for sure heartbroken at Louie Anderson's passing(fond memories)
From my personal experience, Louie Anderson was actually a down to earth friendly guy.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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January 21st, 2022 at 4:47:35 PM permalink
Around 1982 or so I attended a Rocky Horror Unconvention on Long Island. All of the stars were there except Susan Saradon. They were all on stage for a QandA but Mr. Loaf did not participate. At one viewing of the movie, the stars re-enacted their songs but not Mr. Loaf. Towards the end, the whole cast came out but not Mr. Loaf. When they rolled the credits, he got booed.
As we were leaving the show, Mr. Loaf and a handler were in the lobby and it was explained he had a frozen vocal chord and couldn't speak louder than a whisper. He must have posed for a couple of hundred photos and signed autographs for any and all. I don't know why they didn't tell us at the show.
P.S.- the night before this show, Richard Obrien and the woman who played Magenta attended the midnite show at the Mini-Cinema. When the mini closed a few years later, someone bid several thousand dollars for those two back row chairs.
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January 21st, 2022 at 4:55:38 PM permalink
I was going to write it up when I got home from work but see that kewlj is already on top of it. I would, however, like to add...



Actress Yvette Mimieux died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles. She had just turned 80. Cause of death is described as natural causes and she passed away in her sleep.

Mimieux was best known for starring alongside Rod Taylor in the 1960 film adaption of H.G. Wells’ novel “The Time Machine,” but had notable roles in the movies “Where the Boys Are,” “Platinum High School,” “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” and “Light in the Piazza.” She also had many television appearances. Although she never became an A-list celebrity, she does have one famous Hollywood distinction. In a 1964 episode of “Dr. Kildare” she became the first woman on American TV to show her belly button. Scandalous.

Navel gazing: The first female belly buttons ever seen on TV (at MeTV)

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January 21st, 2022 at 6:48:36 PM permalink
And Jackson County Jail 1976 with Tommie Lee Jones.
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It's been announced that Peter Robbins died last week in San Diego. He was 65. Cause of death was suicide although the exact method was not released.

As a child actor, Robbins guest starred on such TV series as Rawhide, The Munsters, The Donna Reed Show, F Troop, Get Smart! and My Three Sons. He's best know, however, for being the original voice of Charlie Brown in such Peanuts classics as "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) and "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966). Robbins quit acting in 1972. For a while, he worked as a DJ in Palm Springs.

Robbins battled lifelong mental illness, struggled with addiction and had several run-ins with the law as an adult. He suffered from bipolar disorder, manic depression and made headlines in 2015 when he was sentenced to five years for making threats to several people, including his former wife and various public figures in the San Diego area. He was released in 2019. In interviews he urged people with bipolar to get help immediately before it ruined their lives.

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January 27th, 2022 at 9:32:05 PM permalink
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Robbins battled lifelong mental illness, struggled with addiction and had several run-ins with the law as an adult. He suffered from bipolar disorder, manic depression and made headlines in 2015 when he was sentenced to five years for making threats to several people, including his former wife and various public figures in the San Diego area. He was released in 2019. In interviews he urged people with bipolar to get help immediately before it ruined their lives.
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Thanks. This was not mentioned on the news today, so I don't think I would have otherwise known about it. I too would urge people with bipolar or any abnormal psychological condition to seek help. In my layman's opinion, most conditions can be controlled with medication.

Oh, and I call your video and raise you this one.


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January 30th, 2022 at 11:20:20 PM permalink


Actor Howard Hesseman has died in Los Angeles. He was 81. Cause of death was complications from a colon surgery he had last summer.

Hesseman had appeared in many films and TV shows but will always be remembered as Dr. Johnny Fever on the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati" a role for which received two Emmy nominations. (He had actually done a stint as a real radio DJ in the ’60s for San Francisco rock-and-roll station KMPX.) Other notable roles include a starring turn as a history teacher on the ABC sitcom “Head of Class”, hosting “Saturday Night Live” several times, and playing the manager of rocker Duke Fame in "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984).


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Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst has died in New York. She was 30. Cause of death was suicide by jumping from the 29th floor terrace at her midtown apartment building on 42nd Street.

Kryst is best known for winning the USA crown (as Miss North Carolina) in 2019. Unlike most pageant queens, Kryst had already established a career as a lawyer. After winning the title she also got work as a model and became a correspondent for the TV show "Extra". Like Peter Robbins (see above) she suffered from mental illness and depression. Unlike Robbins, however, she seemed to have a handle on it, seeing a counselor and discussing in interviews what she did to relax and keep mentally fit.

In a note left behind she left all her possessions to her mother who also competed for the Miss USA crown (as Miss North Carolina) in 2002.
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February 14th, 2022 at 6:44:45 PM permalink


Movie producer and director Ivan Reitman died on Sunday at his home in Montecito, California. He was 75. He died in his sleep of presumably natural causes.

Reitman was born in Czechoslovakia in 1946 but his family was forced to flee to Canada as the Communists took over. As a young man he gravitated toward comedy, making short films in college. He became involved with the National Lampoon crew after producing a weekly TV revue, “Greed,” with Dan Aykroyd. He would hit the bigtime after producing "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978).

As a director he would make such films as "Meatballs" (1979), "Stripes" (1981), "Ghostbusters" (1984), "Twins" (1988), "Kindergarten Cop" (1990), "Dave" (1993), and "Draft Day" 2014, his last directorial job. In addition to also producing some of the above flix, he also produced such diverse films as the animated cult classic "Heavy Metal" (1981), the "Beethoven" (1992) comedy films, and the two "Space Jam" movies.

He only made a few cameo acting roles in his films. The most notable is probably as the voice of Slimer in the "Ghostbusters" films.

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February 14th, 2022 at 7:22:22 PM permalink
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Movie producer and director Ivan Reitman died on Sunday at his home in Montecito, California. He was 75. He died in his sleep of presumably natural causes.
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I generally liked his movies. It's easy to say Animal House is my favorite. Stripes, Heavy Metal, and Dave were also up there. Here is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time.


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Actress Sally Kellerman died on Thursday in Woodland Hills. She was 84. Cause of death was heart failure during her sleep. She also suffered from dementia.

Kellerman was born in Long Beach, California, to an oil executive dad and piano teacher mom. She worked as a waitress in Hollywood during the late 50's and once quipped, “I waited on more stars than I worked with in my entire career." Eventually she would get work in show business, doing small TV roles before landing her breakthrough role as US Army Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the film “M*A*S*H" (1970). Other notable roles include appearing in the second "Star Trek" (1966) pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and the Rodney Dangerfield comedy "Back to School" (1986).

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March 21st, 2022 at 7:24:08 PM permalink
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Japanese actor, Akira Takarada, died Monday at age 87. The cause of death was not released but he had been suffering debilitating lower back pain, had been in and out of the hospital in the past few years and had appeared in a wheelchair at recent fan greetings.

Takarada is most famous for playing sailor Hideto Ogata in the original 1954 film “Godzilla.” This led to a slew of creature feature work including “Mothra vs Godzilla” (1964), “Invasion of the Astro-Monster” (1965), “Ebirah, Horror of the Deep” (1966) and “King Kong Escapes” (1967). He would go on make cameo appearances in more recent Godzilla films. He also did voice work, doing the Japanese dub for Rex Harrison in the “Doctor Doolittle” (1967), also playing Ratigan and Jafar in the Disney films “The Great Mouse Detective” (1986) and “Aladdin” (1992).



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Oscar-winning actor William Hurt died Sunday a week shy of his 72nd birthday. Cause of death was prostate cancer that spread to the bone in 2018.

Hurt was an A-list celebrity of the 80's starring in such films as "Altered States" (1980), "Body Heat" (1981), "The Big Chill" (1983), "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985), "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) and "Broadcast News" (1987). His career was somewhat derailed after revelations of him abusing the women in his life surfaced. Still, he came back appearing in several Marvel movies and TV shows such as "Goliath" on Amazon.



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Actor Emilio Delgado has died in New York City. He was 81. He had been battling blood cancer for the past few years.

Delgado became a household name playing Luis — the singing owner of the neighborhood “Fix-It Shop” — on "Sesame Street," a role for which he proudly laid claim to the record for the longest-running role for a Mexican-American in a TV series. Away from children's shows, he appeared in “Quincy M.E.,” “Falcon Crest,” “Lou Grant,” “Law & Order,” “Person of Interest” and “House of Cards.”



The residents of Sesame Street have decided to install new street address numbers on their shops and brownstones. Hooper's store has stocked new numbers with fifty seven each of the digits 0 through 9 with more digits coming in another shipment. It's been decided to replace the old, weathered numbers in order, starting with #1 Sesame Street, then #2, #3 and so on.

Using this method, what will be the last address to get new numbers before having to wait for the new shipment?


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Actor/musician Conrad James has also died in New York. He was 94. No cause of death was released but, presumably, it was natural causes.

James was one of those character actors you've seen in a million shows such as “The Untouchables,” “Stoney Burke,” “Get Smart” and “My Favorite Martian.” His success continued into the 1970s with roles on “Baretta,” “Happy Days,” “Police Story,” “The Jeffersons,” “Laverne & Shirley” and numerous other classic series. He also appeared in the films “Airport ’75″ (1974), “The Buddy Holly Story” (1978), “Oh, God! Book II” (1980), “Brewster’s Millions” (1985), “Sonny Boy” (1989), “Mr. Saturday Night” (1992) and “The Cable Guy” (1996). He's best known, however, for playing Fred McConnell, the doting but overprotective father of Mindy (Pam Dawber) on the Robin Williams comedy “Mork & Mindy.”

James was also a virtuoso on the trombone with multiple performances on both “The Tonight Show” and at Carnegie Hall.


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Actor Laurel Goodwin has died at the age of 79. No cause of death was released.

Goodwin is probably best known for playing Yeoman J.M. Colt in the original pilot for "Star Trek" opposite Jeffrey Hunter’s Captain Pike and Leonard Nimoy’s Mr Spock. She thought Trek was going to be huge and was excited to be part of it. Unfortunately, the first pilot was rejected and only Spock survived to the next pilot where new characters such as Kirk, Scotty and Sulu were added.

Goodwin was also in the Elvis film “Girls! Girls! Girls!” (in)famously appearing in the musical number "Walls Have Ears" where the King accidentally has some arousal showing. He thought the scene would be reshot, but it was a complicated routine with many moving props and there was no time or money to redo a good take with a barely noticeable wardrobe malfunction. So it is what it is.

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March 21st, 2022 at 7:30:01 PM permalink
I was a big fan of Mork & Mindy, and was offended when Conrad James and the characters from the music shop were dropped in favor of the New York Deli characters.

I had a grudge against actor Jay Thomas for years when he went on to bigger things until l realized that I was just being stupid.
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Great post! Please keep in closer contact with the Reaper going forward, to keep us up to speed.

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Actor Laurel Goodwin has died at the age of 79. No cause of death was released.



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1) I was a singer. Then I had a TV show. Then I was mayor of Palm Springs. Then I was a US congressman. Then I skied into a tree at Lake Tahoe. The End. Who am I?

2) I was a movie star who got drunk at home, slipped on a rug, fell down lacerating my forehead, and then bled out while unconscious. My wife was out filming her TV show "Hart to Hart". Two weeks later her TV costar's wife mysteriously drowned at Santa Catalina. Funny, since I was already famous for drowning. Who am I?

3) I was a famous actor from an acting family. My outside interests included bondage and experimental sex. I'm not half Asian as some think, but my body was found unclothed and hanging from a rope in the closet of my Bangkok hotel room. How embarrassing. Who am I?

4) I was a pretty girl who wanted to be a movie star. I moved to California and dated a bunch of men and then was murdered. Police found my corpse mutilated, drained of blood and severed at the waist, with the two halves a foot apart. Now I'm a Hollywood legend! Who am I?

5) I was a drummer, then a DJ, then I starred in a famous TV show. I liked women. I liked sleeping with them, taking nude pictures of them and filming them while making love. Many were married but I didn't care. The cops found my corpse in bed. I had been brutally bludgeoned to death and was hard to identify. They still don't know who killed me. It's a long suspect list. Who am I?

6) I was a famous Hollywood producer who died of lung cancer. People seem to think my body was cryogenically frozen and placed beneath a castle I had built, but actually I was cremated and my ashes scattered at a cemetery in Glendale. Who am I?

7) I only made three films, and yet somehow became a superstar. Maybe it was because people thought I was so cool, or maybe it was because I made a TV service announcement about auto safety and then died in an auto crash. Go figure. Who am I?

8) I was a zookeeper and television personality. One day they were filming me swimming with a stingray when it spooked and stabbed me with its barbs several times in the chest. Krikee! Talk about a heart attack. Who am I?

9) I was a singer, actor and conservationist. I often wrote songs including what would become state songs for both West Virginia and Colorado. I also loved to fly. One day I flew an experimental airplane out over the Pacific Ocean. Oh God, now I'm a trivia question in this quiz. Who am I?

10) I was a singer and an actor. I lived a brutal life. I shot people and had been shot several times. But I survived. Then I went to a boxing match in Las Vegas. On the trip to a nightclub afterwards, I got shot again. That time I crapped out. Who am I?
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March 22nd, 2022 at 7:24:32 PM permalink

1. Sonny Bono
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?
5. ?
6. Walt Disney
7. James Dean
8. Steve Irwin
9. John Denver
10. Tupac Shakur
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March 22nd, 2022 at 7:42:38 PM permalink

1. Sonny Bono

3. David Carradine

5. Bob Crane

9. John Denver

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March 22nd, 2022 at 7:43:04 PM permalink
Got them all but #5. Im clueless on that one just now. The rest were easy
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March 22nd, 2022 at 9:34:40 PM permalink

1. Sonny Bono
2. ?
3. Carradine (David or John, not sure which)
4. Elizabeth Short the Black Dahlia
5. Bob Crane, (Hogan in Hogan's Heroes)
6. ?
7. Sounds like James Dean
8. Don't remember his name, he was The Crocodile Hunter
9. John Denver
10. ?
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March 22nd, 2022 at 9:57:34 PM permalink
Figured out #5, just don't know how to do the spoiler box
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To hide "spoiler" text, enclose it within [banana] and [/banana] tags, except substitute the word spoiler for banana.
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March 22nd, 2022 at 10:21:42 PM permalink
Bill Holden. Except that I don't think that Holden was ever actually married to Stefanie Powers. The drowning must be a reference to Bridge On the River Kwai.
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March 23rd, 2022 at 5:58:55 AM permalink
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You must not be a Hogan's Heroes fan.
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March 23rd, 2022 at 6:29:23 AM permalink

1. Sonny Bono
You could have added: "My wife won the special election for my seat in Congress, beating out another well-known TV actor."
Bonus trivia: this one still surprises me - on the same day of the special election to fill Sonny Bono's seat, with Ralph "Grampa Walton" Waite running against Mary Bono, there was another special election to fill retiring Ron Dellums's seat, with Barbara Lee running against somebody whose name escapes me. What surprised me was, Bono got a larger percentage of the vote than Lee did.

4. Sharon Tate (best known to me as one of Mr. Drysdale's secretaries on The Beverly Hillbillies)
5. Bob Crane
6. Walt Disney
7. James Dean
8. Steve Irwin
9. John Denver

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March 23rd, 2022 at 6:53:43 AM permalink
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Got them all but #5. Im clueless on that one just now. The rest were easy
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You must not be a Hogan's Heroes fan.
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True. I've never seen much humor in the gazpacho and their nazi brethren.
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March 23rd, 2022 at 6:55:28 AM permalink
I followed #5's murder simply because of the twists and turns over the years in trying to find the murderer.

But #5's silly series doesn't hold a candle to #2's movie on the same subject. Doesn't try to outdo it, it's just different, more of a slapstick spoof I suppose.
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March 23rd, 2022 at 7:04:49 AM permalink
I just read up on #5s death. If I'd ever known about it, I've long forgotten it.
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March 23rd, 2022 at 8:03:36 PM permalink
Time to reap your rewards.



Here's the answers to the trivia quiz...



Sonny Bono 1935 - 1998

In addition to the trivia ThatDonGuy mentions, Bono's death was eerie similar to Michael Kennedy's (son of Robert F. Kennedy) demise, which occurred less than a week prior. (Kennedy had skied into a tree in Aspen.) Here's a picture of the Bono death scene...



As you can see, there was actually more than one tree. Oddly he only seems to have suffered head trauma. There were no cracked ribs, knee damage, hand or arm injuries from warding off the impact etc. This has led some to speculate he was murdered and his body posed as an accident.






William Holden 1918 - 1981

MDawg is correct, Holden and Powers were not married but were sort of life partners (which I suppose is marriage without the legalities of marriage). What's strange about the Holden case is that his body wasn't discovered until four days after he died. Had he received immediate medical help he probably would have been fine. Yes, he loved his privacy, but you'd think someone--Powers, a colleague, a maid--would have stopped by. Here is a picture of his Santa Monica penthouse today. (Note: it's not his furniture.)



He gashed his head on a bedside table. An empty bottle of vodka and several beer bottles were found in the room.






David Carradine 1936 - 2009

At first, most assumed that Carradine's passing would be labeled as a suicide. However, autopsy reports ruled that his demise was caused by autoerotic asphyxiation. I'll spare you the death scene photos.





Elizabeth Short (a.k.a. The Black Dahlia) 1924 -1947

The Black Dahlia murder is one of Hollywood's great mysteries. Many books and films have delved into the topic. Who killed her? It's speculated that the murderer had medical knowledge since the severing of the torso was so precise. It's also possible that the killer is still alive (although he'd be around 100). I won't post the crime scene photos since they're enough to put you off your lunch.



Sharon Tate was a good guess here, although her demise was perhaps more gruesome. The actress was 8 1/2 months pregnant when Manson family members stopped by her home.




Bob Crane 1928 - 1978

Rumours of Crane's sex and porn addiction first began leaking out when he made the film "Superdad" (1973). It was a Disney production yet Crane apparently brought a photo album of his conquests to the set and showed it to crew members. News leaked upwards to Disney executives and outwards to the tabloids. Although Crane's murder is still unsolved, it's now assumed his friend (and fellow "photographer") John Henry Carpenter was the killer. Carpenter was put on trial in 1992 but was acquitted for lack of evidence.



The film "Auto Focus" (2002), with Greg Kinnear as Crane and William Dafoe as Carpenter, examines this murder.




Walt Disney 1901-1966

Some celebrities are so beloved that the public refuses to let them go. So Bruce Lee didn't die; he faked his death and then walked the earth as a sort of zen master. In America, Elvis sightings became a national pastime for years after the singer's demise. In the case of Walt Disney, the legend goes that his frozen body was placed in a Snow White type of glass coffin and kept in a hidden chamber beneath Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland. Some day Uncle Walt's medical prince will come and wake him from his sleep with the kiss of true science.



Actually, his ashes were interred in this memory garden at Forest lawn.





James Dean 1931 - 1955

Talk about death as a good career move. To this day the image of 24 year old James Dean is used as a shorthand for COOL. Although it was thought he was doing 85+mph when he crashed, recent speculation (studying the photos and seeing where his body ended up) suggests that he was diving at a reasonable 55mph when the collision occurred.





Steve Irwin 1962 - 2006

Although the stingray is fairly docile, it is thought that Irwin's shadowy shape above made the animal think he was a shark and thus preemptively attacked him. The cameraman had long ago been instructed by Irwin not to cut if there was an injury. It made for good television. So it took the cameraman a while to realize he was swimming in an expanding cloud of Irwin's blood. The crew quickly got Irwin onto a raft before any sharks showed up. They took him to the main ship and CPR was performed while racing to the Aussie mainland. It's said that the medics waiting at the dock took about ten seconds to declare him dead.



Irwin's last few moments.




John Denver 1943 - 1997

Although there was speculation of suicide, an investigation concluded the cause of the crash was a faulty fuel switch used to switch between the plane's two fuel tanks. It was actually located behind and to the left of the pilot making it almost impossible to reach. Denver and a flight mechanic tried clamping a pair of Vice-Grips to the switch to make it more accessible. Well, when you're in an experimental airplane and the plan is to use locking pliers as a fuel switch it's hardly surprising if you end up in a sleepy blue ocean.



Denver wasn't even supposed to be flying. He had two auto DUIs on his record at the time although he was sober when he crashed.




Tupac Shakur 1971 - 1996

Shakur was murdered, near the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. Some say it was a Crip/Blood thing. Others say it was an East Coast rap vs West Coast rap thing. Some speculate that Notorious B.I.G. was involved. (Biggie denied it, and since he himself was killed six months later it probably doesn't matter.) Tupac seems to be another case of "death as a good career move". He released four albums before he died while six more have been released since.

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Pretty sure about seven of them!

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1) I was a singer. Then I had a TV show. Then I was mayor of Palm Springs. Then I was a US congressman. Then I skied into a tree at Lake Tahoe. The End. Who am I?
Sonny Bono

3) I was a famous actor from an acting family. My outside interests included bondage and experimental sex. I'm not half Asian as some think, but my body was found unclothed and hanging from a rope in the closet of my Bangkok hotel room. How embarrassing. Who am I?
David Carradine

6) I was a famous Hollywood producer who died of lung cancer. People seem to think my body was cryogenically frozen and placed beneath a castle I had built, but actually I was cremated and my ashes scattered at a cemetery in Glendale. Who am I?
Walt Disney

7) I only made three films, and yet somehow became a superstar. Maybe it was because people thought I was so cool, or maybe it was because I made a TV service announcement about auto safety and then died in an auto crash. Go figure. Who am I?
James Dean

8) I was a zookeeper and television personality. One day they were filming me swimming with a stingray when it spooked and stabbed me with its barbs several times in the chest. Krikee! Talk about a heart attack. Who am I?
Steve Irwin

9) I was a singer, actor and conservationist. I often wrote songs including what would become state songs for both West Virginia and Colorado. I also loved to fly. One day I flew an experimental airplane out over the Pacific Ocean. Oh God, now I'm a trivia question in this quiz. Who am I?
John Denver

10) I was a singer and an actor. I lived a brutal life. I shot people and had been shot several times. But I survived. Then I went to a boxing match in Las Vegas. On the trip to a nightclub afterwards, I got shot again. That time I crapped out. Who am I?
Tupac Shakur



Edit: Gah! Late to the game, I now see!!! Thanks for the quiz, though.

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Got them all but #5. Im clueless on that one just now. The rest were easy
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You must not be a Hogan's Heroes fan.
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True. I've never seen much humor in the gazpacho and their nazi brethren.
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What I was really shocked to learn about Hogan's Heroes was that Robert Clary, who played LeBeau, was actually imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during the war!
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Got them all but #5. Im clueless on that one just now. The rest were easy
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You must not be a Hogan's Heroes fan.
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True. I've never seen much humor in the gazpacho and their nazi brethren.
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What I was really shocked to learn about Hogan's Heroes was that Robert Clary, who played LeBeau, was actually imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during the war!
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There were a few strange things about that show. My family didn't watch it so I saw a few of the episodes first hand. I've seen it in reruns over the years, and I really enjoy the theme music but I've never been much of a fan. It must have been tough for the Jewish cast members to play nazis.
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There were a few strange things about that show. My family didn't watch it so I saw a few of the episodes first hand. I've seen it in reruns over the years, and I really enjoy the theme music but I've never been much of a fan. It must have been tough for the Jewish cast members to play nazis.
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I might be misremembering, but I recall reading that the Jewish actors relished portraying Nazis as buffoons.

As I kid, I just enjoyed the sneaking around aspect of the show, subconsciously knowing that they'd never actually get caught.
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Quote: billryan

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Got them all but #5. Im clueless on that one just now. The rest were easy
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You must not be a Hogan's Heroes fan.
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True. I've never seen much humor in the gazpacho and their nazi brethren.
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What I was really shocked to learn about Hogan's Heroes was that Robert Clary, who played LeBeau, was actually imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during the war!
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There were a few strange things about that show. My family didn't watch it so I saw a few of the episodes first hand. I've seen it in reruns over the years, and I really enjoy the theme music but I've never been much of a fan. It must have been tough for the Jewish cast members to play nazis.
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Quite a few of the actors on that show were Jewish and had poor family experiences with the Nazi's. I still watch that show on Monday's.
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I may be the only person to miss #6. Sometimes, you just don't know something that most everyone else knows.
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My celebrity death prediction (obvious as it is):

Elizabeth II and Putin will not live to see 2023.
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My celebrity death prediction (obvious as it is):

Elizabeth II and Putin will not live to see 2023.
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I would bet against that, especially with Putin.
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My celebrity death prediction (obvious as it is):

Elizabeth II and Putin will not live to see 2023.



I would bet against that, especially with Putin.
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Agreed. Elizabeth's mother made it to 100; I think she will as well, in 2026.

And speaking of death predictions of heads of state/government, one thing that surprised me a little was, with all of the people who had serious problems about Presidents Obama and Trump, neither one was the subject of any assassination attempts that were close enough to successful to make news headlines.
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My celebrity death prediction (obvious as it is):

Elizabeth II and Putin will not live to see 2023.



I would bet against that, especially with Putin.
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Agreed. Elizabeth's mother made it to 100; I think she will as well, in 2026.

And speaking of death predictions of heads of state/government, one thing that surprised me a little was, with all of the people who had serious problems about Presidents Obama and Trump, neither one was the subject of any assassination attempts that were close enough to successful to make news headlines.
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I bet Mike Pence wishes he could say that.
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Warning to all to remember the rule against political statements. The WoV jail has been neglected lately.
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My celebrity death prediction (obvious as it is):

Elizabeth II and Putin will not live to see 2023.
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Unfortunately, I would predict Jimmy Carter. Politics are irrelevant - he is a truly decent and admirable man.
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My celebrity death prediction (obvious as it is):

Elizabeth II and Putin will not live to see 2023.
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Yeah. I've had Her Majesty as one of my picks for several years and always lose. (I was a fool for not thinking about adding Prince Philip to the mix.) Oh well, if your dead pool is the type that scores points by subtracting the deceased's age from 100 she's not a good value. Twenty-something TikTok stars have, however, been dropping like flies lately. One was murdered, one was a suicide, another died performing a crazy stunt for a new video. There was also a porn star who died in Vegas a few days ago. I didn't post any of them since I both doubt anyone here has heard of them and also doubt such C-level celebs would be allowed in most pools.

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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead in a Colombian hotel Friday. He was 50. Cause of death has not been released.

Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in 1997. After frontman Dave Grohl, Hawkins was probably the most prominent member of the group, appearing alongside Grohl in interviews and playing prominent roles in the band’s videos and the recent horror/comedy film “Studio 666”. The rest of the band's South American concerts have been cancelled. News of Hawkins' death came a day after the band announced it would take the stage at the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on April 3.

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The family of Steve Wilhite announced that the inventor died last week on March 14th. He was 74. Cause of death was COVID-19 complications.

If you're unfamiliar with his name or face you certainly know about his greatest invention. In 1987, Wilhite figured out how to compress digital images so they wouldn't lose their sharpness, would load quickly and could appear on any computer. He called this the Graphics Interchange Format or GIF for short. Animated GIFs became popular beginning in 1995 -- and from there, GIFs took on a life of their own.

Perhaps Wilhite's second biggest contribution to pop culture was the endless geeky arguments over how to pronounce his creation's acronym. Is GIF pronounced with a soft G sound (like gin) or with a hard G sound (like gift)? The inventor tried to end the debate by announcing he pronounced it with a soft G: JIF. Polls, however, show a majority of people prefer the hard G. Dictionaries have taken a neutral position declaring both pronunciations correct.




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Former US secretary of state Madelaine Albright died on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. She was 84. Cause of death was cancer.

President Bill Clinton named Albright the US ambassador to United Nations shortly after he was inaugurated in 1993. Three years later she was upgraded to secretary of state. At the time she was the highest ranking woman in the history of the US government. After leaving public office, Albright went on to teach at Georgetown and write several bestselling books.
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Singer Bill Fries (pronounced freeze) died on Friday in Ouray, Colorado. He was 93. Cause of death was cancer.

Fries worked for an advertising firm. In 1973 he and his coworker, Chip Davis, created a commercial for a bread company starring a fictional outlaw trucker named C.W. McCall. It was huge hit and Fries and Davis soon formed a band around the concept with Fries assuming the trucker's persona. With Fries singing and writing the song lyrics and Davis writing the music, the band soon had such hits as “Old Home Filler-Up an’ Keep On-a-Truckin’ Cafe,” “Wolf Creek Pass" and their big hit "Convoy" which would be ground zero for the CB radio craze of the 70"s.

The band broke up in the early 80's. Davis would go on to form a new band called Mannheim Steamroller (famous for its Christmas music) that Fries would occasionally do vocal work for.

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Estelle Harris ( Estelle Costanza ) -- dead at 93.

I feel some Seinfeld trivia coming on.



When I mentioned this at a lunch today it turned into a big argument whether the Costanza family on Seinfeld was Jewish. I said it was never stated either way, but it was implied on the show they were not.
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EI feel some Seinfeld trivia coming on.
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I warned you. Here is your Seinfeld trivia, in honor of Estelle. Serenity Now.

1. What is the name of the coffee shop where Jerry and friends often meet?
2. What did Elaine usually order there?
3. What were the names of George’s parents?
4. What occupation did George’s mother think George should have been?
5. Who was George’s fiancé and what was her cause of death?
6. According to Jerry and Elaine, what is the least number of dates where etiquette states a face-to-face breakup is warranted?
7. Jerry named his t-shirts. Name the two referred to in the show.
8. What book earned Jerry years of overdue library fees?
9. When Jerry appeared on the Today Show, what did he wear?
10. What did occupation did George wish he were?
11. What occupation did Jerry falsely claim for George to improve his chances of arranging a blind date?
12. What name did George want to name his future son?
13. What holiday did George’s father make up and when is it celebrated?
14. When Jerry and Kramer view an open-heart surgery, what candy ends up in the body?
15. What is Elaine’s last name?
16. What is Kramer’s first name?
17. Who cheated on his/her IQ test and how?
18. What was on Kramer’s license plate?
19. Jerry made out with his girlfriend through what movie?
20. What movie does Elaine hate?
21. Whose Pakistani restaurant does Jerry to save?
22. What kind of pasta did Kramer use to make a statue of Jerry?
23. During a piano performance by George’s girlfriend, Jerry places a Pez dispenser of whom on Elaine’s purse?
24. Who was known to say, “No soup for you!” when angered?
25. Who is known to double-dip when eating chips?
26. What two adjectives does Jerry’s girlfriend Sidra use to describe her breasts?
27. What condition does George (and every man) suffer from when submerged in cold water?
28. What is Elaine’s preferred method of birth control?
29. What territory did Newman hold when playing Risk, that Kramer said was poorly defended?
30. According to a misprinted Trivia Pursuit card, who invaded Spain in the eighth century?

Please put answers in spoiler tags.

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When I mentioned this at a lunch today it turned into a big argument whether the Costanza family on Seinfeld was Jewish. I said it was never stated either way, but it was implied on the show they were not.
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I've never really thought about that... apparently their backgrounds were kept purposefully vague. But I've also read that both Jerry Stiller and Jason Alexander claimed to have played their characters with a "Jewish subtext."
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EI feel some Seinfeld trivia coming on.
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I warned you. Here is your Seinfeld trivia, in honor of Estelle. Serenity Now.

1. What is the name of the coffee shop where Jerry and friends often meet?
2. What did Elaine usually order there?
3. What were the names of George’s parents?
4. What occupation did George’s mother think George should have been?
5. Who was George’s fiancé and what was her cause of death?
6. According to Jerry and Elaine, what is the least number of dates where etiquette states a face-to-face breakup is warranted?
7. Jerry named his t-shirts. Name the two referred to in the show.
8. What book earned Jerry years of overdue library fees?
9. When Jerry appeared on the Today Show, what did he wear?
10. What did occupation did George wish he were?
11. What occupation did Jerry falsely claim for George to improve his chances of arranging a blind date?
12. What name did George want to name his future son?
13. What holiday did George’s father make up and when is it celebrated?
14. When Jerry and Kramer view an open-heart surgery, what candy ends up in the body?
15. What is Elaine’s last name?
16. What is Kramer’s first name?
17. Who cheated on his/her IQ test and how?
18. What was on Kramer’s license plate?
19. Jerry made out with his girlfriend through what movie?
20. What movie does Elaine hate?
21. Whose Pakistani restaurant does Jerry to save?
22. What kind of pasta did Kramer use to make a statue of Jerry?
23. During a piano performance by George’s girlfriend, Jerry places a Pez dispenser of whom on Elaine’s purse?
24. Who was known to say, “No soup for you!” when angered?
25. Who is known to double-dip when eating chips?
26. What two adjectives does Jerry’s girlfriend Sidra use to describe her breasts?
27. What condition does George (and every man) suffer from when submerged in cold water?
28. What is Elaine’s preferred method of birth control?
29. What territory did Newman hold when playing Risk, that Kramer said was poorly defended?
30. According to a misprinted Trivia Pursuit card, who invaded Spain in the eighth century?

Please put answers in spoiler tags.


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1. Monk's
3. Frank Costanza;
5. ; poisoning from licking wedding invitations
7. Blue Boy;
8. Tropic of Cancer
9. puffy shirt
10. architect
11. marine biologist
12. Seven
13. Festivus;
14. Junior Mint
15. Bennes
16. Cosmo
17. George cheated by having Elaine take the test
18. Assman
19. Schindler's List
20. The English Patient
22. fusilli
24. the Soup Nazi
25. George
26. real and spectacular
27. shrinkage
28. the sponge
30. the Moops
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1. Monk's
3. Frank Costanza;
5. ; poisoning from licking wedding invitations
7. Blue Boy;
8. Tropic of Cancer
9. puffy shirt
10. architect
11. marine biologist
12. Seven
13. Festivus;
14. Junior Mint
15. Bennes
16. Cosmo
17. George cheated by having Elaine take the test
18. Assman
19. Schindler's List
20. The English Patient
22. fusilli
24. the Soup Nazi
25. George
26. real and spectacular
27. shrinkage
28. the sponge
30. the Moops

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All those answers look correct. As you know, there are many unanswered or partially answered.
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My celebrity death prediction (obvious as it is):

Elizabeth II and Putin will not live to see 2023.
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Unfortunately, I would predict Jimmy Carter. Politics are irrelevant - he is a truly decent and admirable man.
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Suspend yourself! He was not decent nor admirable. If you give me a pardon for telling you why I’ll tell you why!
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