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Joni Sledge - One of the founding members of the R & B group Sister Sledge whose hit song "We Are Family" went to #2 in the music charts in 1979, was found dead in her Phoenix, Arizona home today.

Joni was 60.

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What a morbid thread...

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Hi, Cov...

Morbid perhaps... however, I find myself grateful for the awareness about some of the people that had meaning to me in my life...as well as the fact that I have learned about some of the others too.

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Hiya Blake, yes true, no disrespect intended!

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I don't find this thread morbid (and I have lost a couple of friends recently) but I can thoroughly recommend the obituaries in The Economistfor well-written, often fascinating, views of the lives of those who have passed.


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Also passing away this month, former Williams driver Patrick Neve. He was 67.

http://en.f1i.com/news/261830-former-wi ... ad-67.html

Latin Jazz flute player and Grammy winner Dave Valentin passed away from complications related to stroke he had suffered through the years and Parkinsons disease. He was also a tour member with music idol the late Tito Puentes. And director of Puentes' Golden Latin-Jazz All-Stars.

Valentin was 64.

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Bernie Wrightston who co-created DC Comic character "The Swamp Thing" along with Len Wein. Wrightston succumbs to brain cancer.

He was 68.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v ... -68-987226

James Earle "Jimmy" Breslin: Newspaper columnist and a best-selling author. He was 88.

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Recurring character actor Lawrence Montaigne who was only known for his roles as a Romulan and a Vulcan in the original Star Trek series. Montaigne was 86.

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The music world mourns following the passing of the legendary Chuck Berry. The Rock 'n Roll pioneer passed away this past Saturday due to natural causes.

Chuck was 90.

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The Chicago Bulls organization are in mourning following the loss for legendary General Manager Jerry Krause who became the architect of the '90s dynasty that brought 6 NBA titles and the 1st 70-win (Right before the Golden State accomplished the impossible).

Krause was 77.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Breaking-Former-Bulls-GM-Jerry-Krause-Dies-at-77-416745933.html

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More passings this month.

Former Gong Show host Chuck Barris from natural causes. He was 87.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/c ... how-929310

Veteran director Robert Day who directed a Peter Sellers film "Two-Way Stretch" and 5 Tarzan movies. He was 94.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/r ... -94-987720

Peter Gunn TV actress Lola Albright who was known as the night club singer who is often stood-up by Peter Gunn. Lola was 92.

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Former reality star Vince Jones who starred in the reality series "Big Rig Bounty Hunters" has passed away from a heart attack this past March 22. His heart attack was related due to a condition called sleep apnea. A disorder where breathing stops an starts. Sources say that Jones was not on his oxygen mask when it occurred. Jones wife and 14-year old son heard Vince struggling for air. CPR was unsuccessful.

Jones was 46.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar ... ad-46.html


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An accident has claimed the life of Jan Ross. The wife of legendary wrestling commentator Jim Ross. Sources say that Jan was not wearing a helmet while riding her Vespa motorcycle as she got hit from behind this past Monday night. She was in the hospital in critical condition before Jim learned that she passed away late last night due to multiple skull fractures.

Jan was 55.

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Pete Hamilton, winner of the 1970 Daytona 500 and the 2 Talladega races, has passed away at 74. Hamilton had a short span on his career. Pete was a miracle driver when he won with Richard Petty Enterprises at Daytona following a crash in 1969. He would retire due to his injury, but came for a few races before retiring completely from the sport.

Hamilton was 74.

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/article140209908.html


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Influential former Manager and GM Dallas Green has passed away. Green, who despite having clashes with players in the 1980 MLB season, brought a World Series title. He then became General Manager for the Chicago Cubs from 1982 through 1987. A span that gave the Cubs the NL East pennant in 1984. He then went back to the dugout in 1989 to manage the Yankees. Only to return 4 years later to manage the Mets from '93 through '96.

In 2011, Green became a spokesperson and advocate for gun control following the shooting of 6 people in Tucson, Arizona that wounded US representative Gabrielle Cliffords. Of the 6 that were shot, Green's grand-daughter Christina Taylor-Green was a casualty.

No matter how hard-nose they are, they always have a softer side. And no grand-parent should outlive a grand-child.

Green was 82.

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NHL great Gary Doak who won his Stanley Cup in 1970 with the Boston Bruins. He was 71 after losing his battle with cancer.

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Austrian-born actress Christine Kaufmann who became a Golden Globe winner at the age of 16 for the film "Town Without Pity", succumbs to leukemia in her home in Munich, Germany. She was married to Tony Curtis during the '60s. While not acting Kaufmann was also a writer for health and beauty and an entrepreneur business woman selling her line of cosmetics.

Christine was 72.

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More passings this past March.

Actress Darlene Cates well known for her role as a housebound mom in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape". Was found in her sleep. She was 69.

https://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2017 ... ss-was-69/

Civil rights activist and journalist Roger Wilkins who also served in President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration as the head of Community Relations Service and was an editor for the New York Times and Washington post. He also earned a Pulitzer in 1972. Wilkins was 85.

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Ahmed Kathrada. Former anti-apartheid activist and pupil to Nelson Mandela who was at the same time his cellmate, has passed away due to complications of brain surgery.

Kathrada was 87.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/28/africa/ahmed-kathrada-anti-apartheid-activist-dies/index.html


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Lee Baker Jr. who later became Lonnie Brooks a great symbol of Chicago Blues music has passed on at the age of 83 this past Saturday night.

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Don Rickles - 1 of the iconic comedians who was well known for his abrasive insults, has passed away due to kidney failure. It is a legacy that would not be equaled. Right after the Navy, Rickes began his quest to be an actor. But instead, he performed on stages. And most of his lines were related to his life trying to get into the show business. And then his big break came from Frank Sinatra. His adventure began in Las Vegas. Then made guest appearances in such show such as Gilligan's Island, Get Smart, I Dream Of Jeannie,and "The Munsters" right before his big screen debut "Run Silent, Run Deep". Then during the '60s he also starred in the beach films that featured Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. He began his 1st '70 film "Hogan's Heroes" that featured an all-star cast. during the '70s he went into the TV screen before doing stand up from the late '70 thru the early '90s and was a frequent guest in the late night shows. He then return to the big screen in the 1st computer-animated film "Toy Story" as the voice of Mr. Potato Head.

Rickles was 90.

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Derrick Jensen - a cornerback who played with the Oakland-LA Raiders and was part of the 1980 and 1983 Super Bowl teams and was a long time Seahawk scout, has died due to complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Jensen was 60.

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Another gridiron coaching great has left us. Former Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes has passed away from a heart attack this morning. The school's all-time winningest coach was 79.

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John Warren Geils Jr. who formed his own rock group The J. Geils Band was found dead at his residence this past April 12. He was 71.

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Also passing away is Dorothy Mengering. The mother of David Letterman who became the late night parent. She was 95.

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From March 26:

MTV alum and former reality star Clay Adler commits suicide after shooting himself during an outing with friends. Adler was 27.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/20 ... icide.html

Linda Hopkins: Blues and Gospel singer and stage actress and part-time big screen actress has passed this past Monday. The 1972 Tony-Award winner was 92.

http://www.playbill.com/article/tony-aw ... dead-at-92

German Cinematographer Michael Bellhaus who was credited while working with Martin Scorsece has passed from a short illness.

He was 81.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/mi ... spartandhp

Founding member of Jamiroquai and keyboard player Toby Smith (Right) has passed due to an unknown illness. He was 46.

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The NFL and Steeler nation are mourning the loss of owner and chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney who has passed away just today.

He was 84.

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Robert "Bob" Wootton. A long time guitarist for Johnny Cash for 30 years and was part of Metallica and Smashing Pumpkins, has passed at the age of 75. Wootton's beginnings started when he started to mimic the skills of the late Cash's guitarist Luther Perkins. Wootton got his break as a walk-on when some of Cash's band members were held due to travel delays.

He then went on to be a travel mate for 30 years. He also became a brother-in-law when he married Anita Carter, June Carter Cash's sister. They were later divorced.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/bob ... tp#image=1

Emma Morano - the world's oldest person has passed on at the age of 117. She was born on November 28, 1899 and believe the last person to be born in the 19th century.

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Clifton James - Veteran actor well known as Sheriff JW Pepper in the 2 James Bond films "Live and Let Die" and "The Man With The Golden Gun" has passed surrounded with his family after his bout with diabetes.

The actor was also a decorated WW II veteran who fought in the South Pacific that earned him a Silver Star, Bronze Star and 2 Purple Hearts.

Other credits include Cool Hand Luke, Superman II, The Untouchables movie, Eight Men Out, The Bonfire of the Vanities among other films.

James was 96.

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/clift ... 202031445/

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Bruce Langhorne - A most influential guitarist who shared the stage wingers such as Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, and Buffy Saint-Marie has passed away from kidney failure. Langhorne will be well known for collaborating with Bob Dylan on Dylan's hit album "Bring It All Back Home" in which included his self-inspiring song "Mr Tamborine Man".

Langhorne - a former Violinist - switched to guitar after losing 3 fingers on his right hand after lighting a homemade rocket.

He also collaborated with Peter, Paul and Mary, Tom Rush, Richard and Mimi Farina among others.

Langhorne was 71.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/16/arts ... .html?_r=0


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Also passing away:

Virtuoso and influential guitarist Allan Holdsworth unexpectedly. Holdsworth was very well known for his jazz-fusion and progressive rock. He was 70.

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries ... story.html

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A shooting in Panama claimed the life of Panamanian soccer player Amilcar Henriquez. Henriquez was leaving his home before he and 2 other people were shot. Henriquez would later die in the hospital. Another source said that a 2nd individual has also succumbed to the shooting. 7 people are in custody (3 as minors).

Almicar was 33.

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Another loss in the wrestling world. Matt Anoa'i aka Rosey has passed. He is also the older brother of current wrestler Roman Reigns. He was 47. Sources say that he passed due to congestive heart failure when he was diagnosed in 2014 along with atrial fibrillation.

https://www.wrestlingnewssource.com/new ... sses-Away/

The Motown world has lost another great. Songwriter, Producer and collaborator Sylvia Moy passed this past Friday after a bout with Pneumonia. Moy was credited for his collaborations with Stevie Wonder for hit songs "My Cherie Amour" and "I was Made To Love Her". Moy, Wonder and fellow songwriter Henry Cosby were also credited for hit songs "Uptight (Everything's Allright) which react to #1 in the R&B category ( #3 overall in the Billboard ). along with "I'm Wondering" and "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day."

Among other collaborations are with The Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" and Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston's "It Takes Two." She would be admitted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame along with Henry Cosby in 2006.

Moy was 78.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/ste ... spartanntp

Former NBC producer Albert Freeman who became 1 of the most controversial figures during the "Quiz Show" scandal has passed. He was 95.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/albert ... spartanntp

Former talent manager, agent and home designer Sandy Gallin lost his battle to multiple myeloma. He was 76.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/ ... spartanntp

Former Premier League soccer player Ugo Ehiogu just passed away after he was hit with cardiac arrest while training with his Totterham's U-23 team.

He was 44.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/soccer/ ... spartanntp

Former Hell's Kitchen contestant Paul Giganti who was found dead at his home in Philadelphia. He was 36.

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The Happy Days Family has suffered another loss. Erin Moran (Between the late Marion Ross and Henry Winkler) was found dead at her home after she was found unresponsive. Moran was well known for her role as Joanie Cunningham. Further details are pending.

Moran was 56.

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Tragedy has hit the Gooding household. Cuba Gooding Sr. the father of Cuba Gooding Jr. and lead singer of R & B group Main Ingredient was found dead this afternoon in Los Angeles. Police found Cuba Sr. slumped in his Jaguar. Medics attempted to resuscitate him. But he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cuba Sr. became their lead singer following the unexpected death of the original lead singer Donald McPherson in 1971. McPherson succumbed to leukemia. In 1972, the Main Ingredient hit the pop charts with the hit single "Everybody Plays a Fool" and "Happiness is Just Around the Bend". Cuba Sr. is the 3rd member of the Main Ingredient family that has passed. Tony "Panama" Sylvester - the 2nd original - passed in 2006 due to multiple mylenoma. Luther Simmons is the sole original who retired afterwards.

He leave his wife Shirley who re-married twice. Other than Cuba Jr. and Omar who are actors, he also leaves a daughter April, and musician son Tommy.

Cuba Sr. was 72.

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2011 Giro d' Italia winner Michele Scarponi who took the title after a failed Alberto Contador drug test was killed in a traffic accident. Just 4 days after finishing 4th in the Tour Of Alps. The Astana rider was in training when he was struck by a van. Efforts to resuscitate him failed.

Scarponi was 37.

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