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    I thought Redbone to be older than 69. Sad he is gone.

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    Redbone had a unique style that was fun to imitate when I was a kid. In fact, it still is.

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    R.I.P. musician "Dr. John".
    Dr. John, Hall of Fame Singer Who Brought New Orleans to the World, Dead at 77
    By Andy Greene
    Dr. John, the New Orleans pianist who fused funk with R&B and boogie woogie, died Thursday at the age of 77. The cause of death was a heart attack, his family revealed in a statement.
    “Towards the break of day on June 6, 2019, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., professionally known as Dr. John, passed away of a heart attack,” his family said in a statement. “As a Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee, six-time Grammy winner, songwriter, composer, producer and performer, he created a unique blend of music which carried his hometown, New Orleans, at its heart, as it was always in his heart. The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be arranged in due course.”
    Although best known for his 1970s solo work and radio hits like “Right Place, Wrong Time,” Rebennack was a key part of the “Wrecking Crew” stable of ace Los Angeles session musicians in the 1960s and played on recordings by Cher, Aretha Franklin, Canned Heat, Frank Zappa and countless others. He began putting out his own records in 1968 with the release of Gris-Gris. It was the beginning of his larger-than-life, Dr. John Creaux the Night Tripper character. He incorporated elements of voodoo into his outrageous stage show and quickly grew a large following, introducing much of America to New Orleans music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    R.I.P. musician "Dr. John".
    May the gris-gris man walk on gilded splinters forever.

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    A music legend no doubt.
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    R.I.P. former Mouseketeer Dennis Day.
    Body found at Oregon house identified as missing Disney Mouseketeer Dennis Day
    Maria Puente, USA TODAY - Published 9:06 p.m. ET June 6, 2019 | Updated 8:20 a.m. ET June 7, 2019
    A body found in April at the Oregon home of Dennis Day, an original Disney Mouseketeer who disappeared 11 months ago, has been identified as the missing man, state police said Thursday.
    The human remains found at Day's Phoenix, Oregon, home were identified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office, although they were unable to use dental records or DNA because of the condition of the remains, according to a press release from the Oregon State Police.
    There was no word on the cause of death, nor whether it was the result of foul play or accident. The state police investigation remains ongoing, the press release said.
    You can read more here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/...ed/3428263002/

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    Looks like Bushwick Bill may have passed over the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    Looks like Bushwick Bill may have passed over the weekend.
    I had never heard of the gentleman before (at least as far as I can remember).
    Geto Boys Rapper Bushwick Bill Dead at 52
    Houston hip-hop icon succumbs to pancreatic cancer

    - By Daniel Kreps - June 9, 2019 11:54AM ET

    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 immediate family,” the rapper’s publicist Dawn P. tells Rolling Stone. “There were incorrect previous reports that he had passed away this morning. We are looking into doing a public memorial at a later date. His family appreciates all of the prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time.”
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    R.I.P. director Franco Zeffirelli.
    “Romeo and Juliet” director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96
    By COLLEEN BARRY - June 16, 2019
    ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic “Romeo and Juliet” and the miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” died Saturday at 96.
    While Zeffirelli was most popularly known for his films, his name was also inextricably linked to the theater and opera. He produced classics for the world’s most famous opera houses, from Milan’s venerable La Scala to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and plays for London and Italian stages.
    Zeffirelli’s son Luciano said his father died at home in Rome.
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    R.I.P. Gloria Vanderbilt.
    (Among other things, Anderson Cooper's mother.)


    Gloria Vanderbilt dead at age 95: 'What an extraordinary woman,' son Anderson Cooper says
    Maria Puente, USA TODAY - Published 10:19 a.m. ET June 17, 2019 | Updated 10:56 a.m. ET June 17, 2019

    Gloria Vanderbilt, a woman famed from birth as the last of a Gilded Age clan of millionaires, as the subject of a toxic 1934 child custody trial, as an early inventor of designer jeans, and lately as the mother of CNN's Anderson Cooper, has died.
    She was 95, Cooper confirmed in an on-air obituary Monday.
    "Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper said in a statement. "She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they'd tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern."
    Over nine decades, most of them in the public eye and sometimes not in a good way, Vanderbilt's storied name could have been followed by any number of epithets ranging from sad little Gloria to shy young beauty. She was, by turns and sometimes at the same time, an artist, author, actress, fashion model, designer, creative force, philanthropist, lover and socialite.
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    I don't know if she was still earning from her brand name jeans but I still have a pair. I recall watching a mini series of the book about her early life, Little Gloria: Happy at Last.


    R.I.P Gloria.

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    I saw Gloria V on TV 1 or 2 years ago and she looked and acted much younger than 90's. That is why I am so surprised to hear of her passing. I feel for her son Anderson. I know how close he was to her.

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    The Deadman DJ is dead.

    Philippe "Zdar" Cerboneschi of the French electro duo Cassius died after accidentally falling from a high window. He was only 50 years old.

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    Retired US Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Friend, one of the last surviving members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II - R.I.P.

    Robert Friend, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, dies at 99
    By Amanda Jackson, CNN
    Updated 5:20 PM ET, Sun June 23, 2019

    Retired US Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Friend, one of the last surviving members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, has died, his daughter said. He was 99.
    Friend's daughter told CNN affiliate KCBS her father was surrounded by friends and family when he died Friday in California. The cause of death was sepsis, Karen Crumlich, Friend's daughter, said.
    "...We called the chaplain and we did a prayer," Crumlich said. "And during the prayer, right when we said amen, he took his last breath."
    Friend flew 142 combat missions during World War II, including missions in North Africa and Europe, according to CAF Red Tail Squadron, a group dedicated to preserving the legacy of America's first African-American military pilots.
    Born in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1920, Friend attempted to enlist in the Army to fly but was turned away, according to an account published by the Red Tail Squadron. Undaunted, he took aviation courses at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
    Before the war, African-Americans were barred from flying for the US military. But in 1941, under pressure from civil right groups, the US Army Air Corps created an all-black squadron at the Tuskegee Army Airfield in Macon County, Alabama, according to Tuskegee Airmen Inc. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
    Friend also served during the Korea and Vietnam wars, retiring from the US Air Force after a 28 year career, according to Red Tail Squadron. After he retired, "his expertise was utilized to oversee the design and production of space products for the Space Shuttle program, lead a company that creates components for the International Space Station" and worked on weapon and missile development for the Air Force, the group said.
    Friend will be buried with full military honors most likely the weekend of July 4, she said. He is preceded in death by his wife, Anna, whose likeness was the inspiration for the painting of "Bunny" on the restored P-51 Mustang he once flew.
    "He is with my mom. That is the one thing he wanted nine years ago," Crumlich said. "He wanted to be with her, now he is with her."
    Crumlich also told KCBS that her father wanted to parachute out of a plane with the Golden Knight's Army team for his 100th birthday, in his honor she is planning on taking his spot in February.

    (https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/23/us/ro...rnd/index.html)

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    R.I.P. author Judith Krantz.

    Steamy romance novelist Judith Krantz, author of 'Scruples,' dies at 91
    Stefanie Dazio and Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press
    Published 7:02 p.m. ET June 23, 2019 | Updated 7:04 p.m. ET June 23, 2019

    LOS ANGELES – Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as "Scruples" and "Princess Daisy" engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91.
    Krantz's son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, confirmed her death by natural causes on Sunday afternoon. He said he'd hoped to re-create the "Scruples" miniseries before her she died but it is still in the works.
    "She had this rare combination of commercial and creative," he said.
    Krantz wrote for Cosmopolitan and Ladies Home Journal magazines before discovering, at age 50, the talent for fiction that made her rich and famous like the characters she created.
    Her first novel — "Scruples" in 1978 — became a best-seller, as did the nine that followed. Krantz's books have been translated into 52 languages and sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. They inspired a series of hit miniseries with the help of her husband, film and television producer Steve Krantz.
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    I never read any of Krantz's stuff, but I was definitely familiar with her name from when I use to work at a Waldenbooks back in the early 1980s. (Hers and Jackie Collins' books seemed to be quite popular back in the day.)

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