7/17/14: Elaine Stritch, who was most recently seen on the TV show "30 Rock", has died. The venerable actress starred in over 40 Broadway productions, including Sail Away, Show Boat, Follies, The Full Monty and A Little Night Music. She won two Emmy Awards (for "Law & Order" and "30 Rock") and her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty won the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. She was 89.
- Age: Died at 89 (1925-2014)
- Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
- Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer
- Credits: ParaNorman, Romance & Cigarettes, Monster-in-Law, Cadillac Man, Cocoon: The Return, + more
7/12/14: Tommy Ramone, the drummer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Ramones, has died of cancer of the bile duct. An emigre from Hungary, Ramone (who was born Erdelyi Tamas) was a recording engineer before taking up with The Ramones. Though he only played on the first three albums, he was considered seminal in the formation of the group's sound. He was 65.
- Age: Died at 62 (1952-2014)
- Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
- Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Drummer
- Credits: End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, Ramones: The True Story
6/29/14: Meshach Taylor, best know for his supporting role on the TV show "Designing Women," has died of cancer. He was 67.
- Age: Died at 67 (1947-2014)
- Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts
- Profession: Actor
- Credits: Designing Women, House of Games, Mannequin, Class Act, Explorers, + more
6/24/14: Eli Wallach, a character actor who received his first honorary Academy Award in 2010 at the age of 95, has died. The chameleon actor had roles in The Godfather III, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and The Misfits as well as more recent films like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Holiday. He and his wife, Anne Jackson, were also frequently cast together in theater productions, and Wallach's fine acting on the stage won him a Tony Award for his performance opposite Maureen Stapleton in The Rose Tattoo. Wallach was 98.
- Age: Died at 99 (1915-2014)
- Birthplace: New York City, Red Hook, USA, New York
- Profession: Film Producer, Actor
- Credits: Good, Mystic River, The Godfather Part III, The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, + more
6/16/14: Tony Gwynn, a 15 time All-Star with the San Diego Padres, has died after a lengthy battle with oral cancer. Known as "Mr. Padre," Gwynn spent his entire career in San Diego amassing a .338 career average with 3,141 hits and only 434 strikeouts over nearly 10,000 at bats. The lefty slugger was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 (his first year of eligibility) and is widely regarded as one of the best hitters of his generation. He was 54.
- Age: Died at 54 (1960-2014)
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
- Profession: Baseball player
6/15/2014: Casey Kasem, the sentimental king of the music radio countdown and the television voice of Shaggy on "Scooby-Doo," died early Sunday in Gig Harbor, Washington. He was 82. He had reportedly suffered from Lewy Body Disease, a form of progressive dementia, for several years.
- Age: Died at 82 (1932-2014)
- Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
- Profession: Music Historian, Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor, Disc jockey, + more
- Credits: Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, The Transformers, Super Friends, + more
6/11/14: Ruby Dee, an Academy Award nominated actress (American Gangster) who was also active in the civil rights movement in the US, has died of natural causes. The formidable actress, who appeared in movies like A Raisin In the Sun and Do the Right Thing, had a career that spanned seven decades and brought her, in addition to the Oscar nomination, Emmy and Grammy Award wins. She was 91.
- Age: Died at 92 (1922-2014)
- Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
- Profession: Activist, Poet, Journalist, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
- Credits: Do the Right Thing, American Gangster, The Stand, Jungle Fever, A Raisin in the Sun, + more
6/9/14: Rik Mayall, a comedian and actor perhaps best known for playing the title role in the movie Drop Dead Fred, has died following a cardiac event. The Emmy Award winner (The Wind in the Willows) was also known for parts in television series like "The Young Ones" and "The New Statesman". He was 56.
- Age: Died at 56 (1958-2014)
- Birthplace: England, Epping
- Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
- Credits: An American Werewolf in London, Drop Dead Fred, The Black Adder, The Young Ones, Bottom, + more
6/1/14: Ann B. Davis, an Emmy winner ("The Bob Cummings Show") perhaps best known for her role as spunky maid Alice on "The Brady Bunch", has died from injuries sustained during a fall. She was 88.
- Age: Died at 88 (1926-2014)
- Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States of America
- Profession: Actor
- Credits: The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Movie, Lover Come Back, The Bob Cummings Show, The Brady Bunch Hour, + more
5/28/14: Maya Angelou, an author and poet considered one of the most important writers on her generation, has died. Perhaps best known for the novel "I Know Why the caged Bird Sings", Dr. Angelou also appeared in the TV series "Roots" and won three Grammy awards for her spoken word albums. The recipient of an honorary National Book Award was 86.
- Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)
- Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
- Profession: Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
- Credits: Roots, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Poetic Justice, The Runaway, How to Make an American Quilt, + more
5/29/14: Bob Hoskins, an actor best known for his roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Hook, and Super Mario Brothers, has died of pneumonia. The Golden Globe and BAFTA winner was 71.
- Age: Died at 72 (1942-2014)
- Birthplace: England, Bury St Edmunds
- Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
- Credits: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Brazil, Hook, Pink Floyd – The Wall, Snow White and the Huntsman, + more
4/17/14: Gabriel García Márquez, author of such works as Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude, has died following hospitalization for pneumonia. The Colombian born writer drew parallels to the likes of Dickens and Twain and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He was 87.
- Age: Died at 87 (1927-2014)
- Birthplace: Aracataca, Colombia
- Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more
- Credits: Love in the Time of Cholera, Oedipus Mayor, Presage, The Golden Cockerel, No One Writes to the Colonel, + more
4/8/14: The Ultimate Warrior, a recent inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, has died. An iconic presence in the glory days of Wrestlemania, the Ultimate Warrior (born James Hellwig) was known for his intensity, long blonde hair, and his face paint. He was 54.
- Age: Died at 55 (1959-2014)
- Birthplace: Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States of America
- Profession: Wrestler
- Credits: WCW Monday Nitro, SummerSlam (1988), WWE: Survivor Series 1990, Saturday Night's Main Event, WWE: Survivor Series 1988, + more
4/7/14: Peaches Geldof, a socialite and TV presenter, has died. The mother of two was found in her apartment in Kent and was declared dead by an ambulance service shortly thereafter. She was 25.
According to the results of the subsequent inquest, released May 1, Geldof "likely" died of a heroin overdose, as a toxicology test found the narcotic her bloodstream.
- Age: Died at 25 (1989-2014)
- Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom
- Profession: Socialite, Journalist, Model, Broadcaster, Presenter
- Credits: Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, A Beginner's Guide to Islam
4/6/14: Mickey Rooney, who crawled onto the Hollywood scene before he was 2 years old, has died. The star of National Velvet and Breakfast at Tiffany's had a career that spanned nine decades. He was 93.
- Age: Died at 94 (1920-2014)
- Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
- Profession: Soldier, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Radio personality, + more
- Credits: Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Fox and the Hound, Night at the Museum, It's a Mad, Mad, + more
3/31/14: Frankie Knuckles, a record producer and DJ known as the Godfather of House music, has died at 59.
- Age: Died at 59 (1955-2014)
- Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
- Profession: Record producer, Disc jockey, Remixer
- Credits: Trax Records: The House that Trax Built
3/23/2014: Dave Brockie, better known to the world as Oderus Urungus the lead singer of metal band Gwar, died at his home in Richmond, Va early Sunday evening. He was found at his home by his bandmate. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
- Age: Died at 51 (1963-2014)
- Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
- Profession: Bassist, Musician, Actor, Singer
- Credits: Zoolander, Rendezvous with Ragnarok, Skulhedface, Dawn of the Day of the Night of the Penguins, Hack Job, + more
3/21/2014: James Rebhorn, best known to many for playing the father to Carrie Mathison on Showtime's Homeland, died at the age of 65 at his home. He was also known for his appearances on Law & Order, Seinfeld, White Collar, The Good Wife, 30 Rock and Enlightened on the small screen. His big screen features include Independence Day, My Cousin Vinny, Scent of A Woman, Meet the Parents and The Talented Mr. Ripley to name a few.
- Age: Died at 66 (1948-2014)
- Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Profession: Actor
- Credits: Independence Day, My Cousin Vinny, Scent of a Woman, Meet the Parents, The Game, + more
3/19/2014: Fred Phelps, founding pastor of the Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church died at the age of 84 of natural causes at 11:15 pm. Phelps founded the church in Topeka, Kansas in 1955. It gained national infamy for its anti-gay protests at public events, including military funerals. Phelps was a controversial figure, often called "the most hated man in America."
- Age: Died at 85 (1929-2014)
- Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America
- Profession: Politician, Pastor, Lawyer
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