Franco Zeffirelli, master of grandeur in theater, film and opera, dies at 96
The Italian director was a self-proclaimed “flag-bearer of the crusade against boredom, bad taste and stupidity in the theater.”
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Bushwick Bill , a member of the Houston rap trio Geto Boys , has died at the age of 52 . The rapper born Richard Shaw recently revealed that he had been The Jamaica-born Shaw, who was born with dwarfism and first performed under the moniker Little Billy , joined the Geto Boys in 1986 following a
Bushwick Bill Geto Boys Rapper Dead at 52 . Bushwick Bill , Scarface and Willie D became the Geto Boys in Houston back in 1988 and signed with J. Prince's Rap-A-Lot Records.
Bushwick Bill, a member of the veteran Houston rap trio Geto Boys, has died at the age of 52, his rep confirmed.
The rapper, who was born Richard Shaw, revealed last month that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February.
Reports that the rapper had died began circulating early Sunday after fellow Geto Boy Scarface wrote in a pair of Instagram posts “RIP Bushwick Bill “You will be missed big fella.” However, Bill’s rep insisted to TMZ that he had not died, as did his sister in an Instagram post. However, that same rep confirmed that he died at 9:35 p.m. CST.
When revealing his illness earlier this year, Bill told TMZ, “I figure keeping it myself is not really helping nobody, and I’m not really afraid of dying because if anyone knows anything about me from [his 1992 song] ‘Ever So Clear,’ I died and came back already in June 1991, so I know what it’s like on the other side,” the rapper added, referring to an incident where he accidentally shot himself in the eye while tussling with his girlfriend over a gun.
Cassius' Philippe Zdar, Grammy-winning music producer, dies in accidental fall at 52
Zdar also owned the influential Motorbass music studio in Paris, which hosted artists including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Phoenix.
Bushwick Bill , a member of the Houston rap trio Geto Boys , has died at the age of 52 . The rapper born Richard Shaw recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “ Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his
Bushwick Bill Of legendary rap group Geto Boys has passed last night around 9:45 from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Geto Boys Rapper Bushwick Bill Dead at 52 | RS News 6/10/19 - Продолжительность: 2:01 Rolling Stone 11 169 просмотров.
The Jamaica-born rapper born with dwarfism and first performed under the moniker Little Billy. He joined the Geto Boys in 1986, after performing as the group’s dancer. The group released a pair of independent albums but their self-titled major label debut, released on Rick Rubin’s Def American Records, caused an uproar due to their ultra-violent lyrics that led the label to change its distribution from Geffen Records to Warner Bros. The group moved on to Priority Records and released its biggest album in 1991, “We Can’t Be Stopped” — the cover of which featured a photo of the group’s Willie D and Scarface alongside Bill, on a hospital gurney, after the shooting incident. The album featured the group’s best-known song, “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.”
Dave Bartholomew Dies: Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Worked With Fats Domino, Was 100
Dave Bartholomew, credited by many with creating early rock ‘n roll in his work with Fats Domino, has died at age 100 at East Jefferson General Hospital in New Orleans, his son said. He was 100 years old. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Bartholomew was a trumpeter, producer, arranger, songwriter, and bandleader. He was the longtime collaborator of Fats Domino, helping him write, arrange and perform some of the nation’s biggest hits back in the 1950’s and 60’s.
The rapper Bushwick Bill , born Richard Stephen Shaw, was known for his harrowing and comedic tales in the trio the Geto Boys .Credit Gary Miller/FilmMagic, via Getty Images.
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While their success dropped off in the ensuing years, the group continued to release albums throughout the 1990s, dropping a final collection, “The Foundation,” in 2005. They remain a widely acknowledged influence on both Southern rap and particularly the horrorcore genre.
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Grammy-winning musician Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., known as Dr. John, an American singer and songwriter died June 6. He was 77. The music legend combined the genres of blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll.
Roky Erickson, lead vocalist and principal songwriter for the psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators and one of the leading lights of Texas rock, died May 31. He was 71.
Singer-songwriter Leon Redbone, who specialized in old-school vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley-style music, died May 30. He was 69.
Susan Bernard Dies: ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’ Actress, Publisher Of Iconic Hollywood Photo Archive Was 71
Susan Bernard, the 1960s cult movie actress who would go on to oversee her father’s iconic archive of Marilyn Monroe photographs and see the son she had with actor Jason Miller, Joshua John Miller, become a successful TV producer in his own right, died unexpectedly at her home in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood Friday. She was 71. According to family spokesperson Siri Garber, Bernard died suddenly of an apparent heart attack.
Bushwick Bill Dies : Geto Boys Rapper Was 52 . Bushwick Bill appeared on seven of the Geto Boys ’ eight albums, from their 1988 debut Making Trouble to their 2005 reunion LP The Foundation, and contributed verses to the trio’s hits like “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” “Damn It Feels Good to Be
Bushwick Bill , a member of the veteran Houston rap trio Geto Boys , has died at the age of 52 , his rep confirmed. The rapper , who was born Richard The Jamaica-born rapper born with dwarfism and first performed under the moniker Little Billy . He joined the Geto Boys in 1986, after performing
Author Judith Kerr, best known for the children's book "The Tiger Who Came to Tea," died May 22. She was 95.
Jake Black, co-writer of the song that opened "The Sopranos" and co-founder of the English electronic band Alabama 3, died May 21.
Herman Wouk (wohk), author of "The Caine Mutiny", "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance," died May 18. He was 103.
Geneviève Waïte, an actress, singer and songwriter who was married to the Mamas & the Papas musician John Phillips, died May 18. She was 71.
Sammy Shore, was an American actor, stand-up comedian and co-founder of the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, died May 18. He was 92.
R&B singer Melvin Edmonds, a member of the group “After 7” died May 18. He was 65. ‘After 7’ rose to fame with hits like "Can't Stop," "Ready or Not" and "Heat of the Moment."
Max Wright, veteran TV actor and Willie Tanner on ALF, dies at 75
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Ashley Massaro, an American wrestler and model, who competed in WWE between 2005 and 2008, died May 16th. She was 39.
Tim Conway, Emmy-winning star of "The Carol Burnett Show," died May 14. He was 85.
Doris Day, the legendary singer and actress who starred in "Pillow Talk" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much," died May 13. She was 97.
Elsa Patton, who appeared on “The Real Housewives of Miami” with her daughter Marysol Patton, died May 12. She was 84.
Former WCW wrestler Silver King, whose real name is César Barrón, died May 11. He was 51.
Peggy Lipton, who rose to stardom in the late 1960s on "The Mod Squad" and later starred on "Twin Peaks," died May 11. She was 72.
Clement Von Franckenstein
Actor Clement Von Franckenstein, who appeared in "The American President" and "Death Becomes Her," died May 11. He was 74.
Jim Fowler, the naturalist and longtime co-host and host of the TV show "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," died May 8. He was 89.
Sid Ramin, Oscar-Winning Composer-Arranger, Dies at 100
Composer-arranger Sid Ramin, a longtime associate of Leonard Bernstein who won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Grammy for his work in film, TV and theater, died of natural causes Monday (July 1) at his home in New York City.
Actor Kip Niven, known for roles in films such as "Magnum Force" and TV shows including "Alice" and "The Waltons," died May 6. He was 73.
Peter Mayhew, who brought Chewbacca to life in the "Star Wars" trilogy and beyond, passed away on April 30 surrounded by his family at his Texas home. He was 74.
John Singleton, writer-director of “Boyz n the Hood” and industry pioneer, who was the first African American to earn an Oscar nomination for best director, died April 29. He was 51.
Troy Dean Shafer, a reality star who showcased his contracting skills on the DIY Network's "Nashville Flipped," died April 28. He was 38.
Mark Medoff was an American playwright, who wrote Tony Award-winning play “Children of a Lesser God,” died April 23. He was 79.
Charity Tillemann-Dick, a celebrated opera singer who performed worldwide after two separate lung transplants, died April 23. She was 35.
David Picker, who served as the head of United Artists, Paramount and Columbia over more than a half-century in the film business, died April 20. He was 87.
Lorraine Warren, the famed investigator of paranormal activity who researched the "Amityville Horror" hauntings and was the subject of James Wan's film "The Conjuring," died April 18. She was 92.
Paul Benjamin Dies: ‘Do The Right Thing’ Actor Was 81
Paul Benjamin, who appeared in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, has died. Lee announced on Instagram that the veteran actor died June 28. The cause of death was not immediately known. Benjamin was 81. Benjamin, who played one of the three wise Brooklyn “cornermen” in Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing, began his career in 1969 as a bartender in Midnight Cowboy. He went to play small roles in Sidney Lumet’s The Anderson Tapes and Born to Win, then segued into more extensive TV work later in the 1970s.
Mya-Lecia Naylor, a British child star who got her start on "Absolutely Fabulous," died April 17. She was 16.
Warren Adler, the novelist, playwright and poet whose novel “The War of the Roses” was adapted into the dark comedy starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, died April 15. He was 91.
Joe Terry, the former Philadelphia street-corner singer and longtime frontman of Danny & the Juniors, died April 15. He was 78.
Georgia Engel, known for playing Georgette Baxter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died April 15. She was 70.
Alan Wasser, a veteran Broadway general manager who received an honorary Tony Award, died April 14. He was 70.
Bibi Andersson, known for her roles in films like "The Seventh Seal" and "Persona," died April 14. She was 83.
Earl Thomas Conley
Country singer Earl Thomas Conley died April 10. He was 77. Conley was known for his country hits including “Holding Her and Loving You,” “What’d You Say” and “Right From the Start”.
Charles Van Doren
Charles Van Doren, a star contestant on the NBC '50s quiz and game show "Twenty-One," died April 9. He was 93.
Seymour Cassel, a character actor best known for his roles in films including "Faces," "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tennenbaums," died April 7. He was 84.
Serbian actress Nadja Regin, best known for starring in Bond films "From Russia With Love" and "Goldfinger," died April 6. She was 87.
Ermias Davidson Asghedom known professionally as Nipsey Hussle, died March 31st. He was 33. Hussle was known for his numerous mixtapes, including his “Bullets Ain't Got No Name series,” “The Marathon,” “The Marathon Continues” and “Crenshaw”.
Eddie Jones, Pa Kent on 'Lois & Clark,' Dies at 84
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Billy Adams, a Rockabilly Hall of Famer who wrote and recorded the rockabilly staple "Rock, Pretty Mama," died March 30. He was 79.
Shane Rimmer, a Canadian actor who appeared in multiple James Bond films including "You Only Live Twice," "Diamonds Are Forever" and "The Spy Who Loved Me," died March 29. He was 89.
Agnès Varda was a French film director known for films including “Vagabond,” “Faces Places” and “Cleo from 5 to 7,” died March 29. She was 90.
Tania Mallet was a British model and actress, best known for her appearance as Tilly Masterson in the James Bond film “Goldfinger,” died March 30. She was 77.
Billy Clayton, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter known for releasing two EPs, “Luminary” and “Bloom” died March 26. He was 35.
Jenny Pagliaro, singer, songwriter and vocalist for the L.A.-based rock band “Roses & Cigarettes,” died March 26. She was 35.
Roger Charlery, aka Ranking Roger, the vocalist of two-tone band “The Beat” and “General Public,” died March 26. He was 56.
Joseph Pilato, the acclaimed “Pulp Fiction” actor, who is best known for playing “Captain Rhodes” in “Day of the Dead,” died March 24. He was 70.
June Harding, an American actress who starred with Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills in the 1966 feature comedy “The Trouble With Angels,” died March 22. She was 81.
Denise DuBarry Hay, the actress best known for her roles on television shows including“CHiPs” and “Black Sheep Squadron,” died March 23. She was 63.
Larry Cohen, the man behind horror film classics like "It's Alive," "It Lives Again," "Special Effects," "The Stuff" and "A Return to Salem's Lot," died March 23. He was 77.
Experimental singer-songwriter Scott Walker, one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history, died March 25. He was 76.
Eunetta Boone, creator of the UPN comedy “One on One” and showrunner of Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home,” died March 22. She was 63.
John Carl Buechler
John Carl Buechler, whose Hollywood horror film makeup and special effects made movies like "Hatchet," "Deep Freeze" and the Michael Moriarty-starrer "Troll" into classic frightfests, died March 18. He was 66.
Country singer Justin Carter who had released an independent single, “Love Affair,” to digital services, died March 17. He was 35.
Andre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote "Shake A Tail Feather" and performed across musical genres, died March 17. He was 82.
Dick Dale, who was known as the King of the Surf Guitar and recorded the hit song “Misirlou,” which was revived on the “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack, died March 16. He was 81.
Mike Thalassitis, a former contestant on “Love Island” and “Celebs Go Dating,” died March 15. He was 26.
Drummer Hal Blaine, who propelled dozens of major hit records during the ‘60s and ‘70s as a member of the “Wrecking Crew,” Hollywood’s elite, ubiquitous cadre of first-call studio musicians, died March 11. He was 90.
Dr. Jim Raman
Former "Amazing Race" contestant Dr. James "Jim" Raman died March 11. He was 42.
Jed Allan, who acted in numerous daytime soaps, including “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “Santa Barbara,” died March 9. He was 84.
Sidney Sheinberg, who served for more than 20 years as president and COO of MCA, Inc and Universal Studios and helped build the former agency into a potent entertainment corporation, died March 7. He was 84.
Susan Harrison, known for her role in “Sweet Smell of Success”, died March 5. She was 80.
Luke Perry, who shot to fame on "Beverly Hills, 90210" and most recently starred on the CW's "Riverdale," died March 4 after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52.
Christopher Alan Pallies
Wrestling legend King Kong Bundy, real name Christopher Alan Pallies, died March 4. He was 61. He is best known for his appearances in the “World Wrestling Federation”.
Keith Flint, the iconic frontman of the 1990s electronic band “The Prodigy,” died March 4. He was 49. Flint was known for The Prodigy’s best-known singles, “Firestarter” and “Breathe”.
Lisa Sheridan an American actress, who appeared in TV series like “Invasion” and “Halt and Catch Fire” died Feb. 28. She was 44.
Nathaniel Taylor, the actor who played Rollo Lawson on the 1970s sitcom “Sanford and Son,” died Feb. 27 after suffering a heart attack. He was 80.
Jeraldine Saunders, creator of ABC series “The Love Boat,” died Feb. 26. She was 96. Saunders was best known for writing the 1974 book “The Love Boats,” which the ABC comedy drama was based on.
Mark David Hollis
Mark Hollis, the frontman of the band “Talk Talk,” died Feb. 25. He was 64. The band released several hit singles in 1980s such as “It’s My Life,” “Such a shame,” “Talk Talk” and “Life’s What You Make It”.
Morgan Woodward was an American actor, best known for his character oil-man Marvin “Punk” Anderson on TV show “Dallas,” died Feb. 22. He was 93. Woodward also appeared on the original "Star Trek" series and "Gunsmoke" TV series.
Katherine Helmond, the seven-time Emmy-nominated actress who played the feisty, man-crazy mother Mona Robinson on the long-running ABC sitcom “Who’s the Boss?”, died Feb. 23. She was 89.
Steven James Brody
Steven James Brody, known professionally as Brody Stevens, who appeared in the movie “The Hangover,” died Feb. 22. He was 48. Brody was also known for appearances on “Chelsea Lately,” “Due Date” and Chris Hardwick's “@midnight”.
Stanley Donen, was an American film director, best known for the 1952 musical “Singin' in the Rain,” which he co-directed. Donen died Feb. 21. He was 94. His other films included “On the Town,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Funny Face”.
Peter Tork, the bassist for The Monkees and a jokester on the band's popular 1960s television series died Feb. 21. He was 77.
Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor best known for dramatizing Adolf Hitler’s final days in 2004’s “Downfall,” died Feb. 15. He was 77.
WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales, a native of Puerto Rico and the first “Triple Crown” winner in WWE died Feb. 12. He was 76.
Carmen Argenziano, an actor best known for his roles in “Stargate SG-1” and “The Godfather Part II,” died Feb. 10. He was 75.
Albert Finney, the Oscar-nominated British actor best known for his roles in "Annie," "Erin Brockovich" and "Tom Jones," died Feb. 7. He was 82.
Nita Bieber, a onetime dancer and actress who appeared with the Three Stooges in "Rhythm and Weep," with Judy Garland in "Summer Stock" and with Tony Curtis in "The Prince Who Was a Thief," died Feb. 4. She was 92.
Kristoff St. John
Actor Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters on the CBS daytime soap opera "The Young & the Restless," died Feb. 3. He was 52.
Julie Adams, the actress best-known for starring in the 1954 monster horror film "The Creature From the Black Lagoon," died Feb. 3. She was 92.
British comedian and actor Jeremy Hardy, who was a regular on television and radio panel shows from the early 1990s, died Feb. 1. He was 57.
Neal James, who appeared on Animal Planet’s "Call of the Wildman," died Feb. 1. He was 55.
Harold Bradley, who played on thousands of country, pop and rock ’n’ roll recordings, including landmark hits like Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry,” Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely,” died Jan. 31. He was 93.
Dick Miller, a prolific screen actor best known for his role as Murray Futterman in the 1984 classic horror film “Gremlins,” died Jan. 30. He was 90.
James Ingram, the soulful, smooth voice behind R&B hits like "Just Once" and "I Don't Have The Heart," died Jan. 29. He was 66.
Chef Fatima Ali, who appeared on cooking shows such as “Chopped” and season 15 of “Top Chef,” died Jan. 25. She was 29.
Merwin Goldsmith, who appeared in films like “Cadillac Man," and on the TV series "Law & Order" and "The Good Wife," died Jan 24. He was 81.
Jonas Mekas, director, critic, patron and poet widely regarded as the godfather of modern American avant-garde film and as an indispensable documenter of his adopted New York City, died Jan. 23. He was 96.
Comedian and writer Kevin Barnett, who co-created the Fox series "Rel," died Jan.22. He was 32.
Singer-comedienne Kaye Ballard, who starred alongside Eve Arden in the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was among the stars of the 1976 feature based on Terrence McNally’s farce “The Ritz,” died Jan. 21. She was 93.
Actor and comedian Steven Levy, aka Steve Bean, who appeared in "Ray Donovan," died Jan. 21. He was 58.
Bradley Bolke, who provided the voice of Chumley the walrus opposite Don Adams on the "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoons of the 1960s, died Jan. 15. He was 93.
Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, died Jan. 17. He was 82.
Lorna Doom, bassist for seminal Los Angeles punk band the Germs, died Jan. 16.
Shirley Boone, the wife of legendary 1950’s singer Pat Boone, died Jan. 11. She was 84.
William Morgan Sheppard
William Morgan Sheppard, "Star Trek" and "Doctor Who" Actor, died Jan.5. He was 86. Sheppard was known for his many appearances across the "Star Trek" franchise. His other credits include an episode of "Doctor Who", in which he starred as Old Canton Delaware alongside his son Mark.
Carol Channing, the legendary Broadway actress who portrayed Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly!” died Jan. 15, her publicist said in a statement. She was 97.
Kevin Fret, the singer and rapper, who dubbed himself the first openly gay Latin trap artist, was fatally shot and killed in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico on Jan. 10. He was 24 years old.
Clydie King, whose earthy, gospel-rooted voice was heard on dozens of rock classics, including the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” died Jan.7. She was 75.
Jo Andres worked as a director, editor, choreographer and artist throughout her years in the industry. She went on to direct the award-winning 1996 film "Black Kites", which starred Lucian Buscemi died Jan.6. She was 65.
One of Zimbabwe and Africa's most iconic musicians, Oliver Mtukudzi, died Jan. 23 in the capital, Harare. He was 66.
Louisa Moritz, who famously starred in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” alongside Jack Nicholson, died Jan. 4. She was 72.
Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing "Captain" of "The Captain and Tennille" who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy listening hits as "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Muskrat Love," died Jan. 2. He was 76.
Legendary WWE and WCW interviewer "Mean" Gene Okerlund died Jan. 2. He was 76.
Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy winner who has recurred on HBO’s "Curb Your Enthusiasm" since its launch and created the wacky Super Dave Osborne character, died Jan. 2. He was 76.
Pegi Young, who co-founded the Bridge School with her former husband of 36 years Neil Young, died Jan. 1. She was 66.
Mary Kay Stearns
Mary Kay Stearns, one of TV’s earliest, if now largely forgotten, sitcom stars who beat Lucille Ball to on-air pregnancy by at least four years, died Nov. 17, 2018 in Newport Beach, California. She was 93.
Eddie Jones, Pa Kent on 'Lois & Clark,' Dies at 84.
He also appeared in 'A League of Their Own,' 'Seabiscuit' and on Broadway in 'That Championship Season.'