TV-Music Icon Dick Clark Dead at 82

I watched American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark when I was (cough, cough) a teen many years ago.  He was a pioneer bringing rock and roll music into our homes.  When I do my math Dick Clark was only 12 years older than me which would mean he was in his late 20’s or early 30’s when he introduced AB.  He made New Year’s Eve a party for not only those in N.Y. but to everyone.   He will truly be missed!!!…flagranny2

 

Clark suffered a massive heart attack after entering  St. John’s Hospital  in Santa Monica Tuesday night for an outpatient procedure, according to his  family.

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Whitney Houston, Superstar of Records, Films, Dies

[We have lost a legend, prayers go out to her familyflagranny2]

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

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Michael Jackson – King of Pop and a Legand – Dead at 52

Thursday, June 25, 2009
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 Heart attack claims the life of Michael Jackson at age 50

He WAS the world

 Music icon Michael Jackson, whose fame spanned from his childhood with the legendary Jackson 5 to a superstar solo career that earned him the nickname ‘King of Pop,’ died Thursday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital.

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 No words can convey one’s  feelings……flagranny2

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Farrah Fawcett Breaks Her Silence, Slams Tabloids and California Hospital

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Source – FoxNews, LA Times and CNN

farrahfawcett_lFarrah Fawcett is finally breaking her silence, slamming tabloids and a California medical center for releasing information, some of it false, regarding her condition.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times from August, but held at Fawcett’s request until now, the actress said that the gravity of her struggle with anal cancer was exacerbated by having to endure it under public scrutiny.

“It’s much easier to go through something and deal with it without being under a microscope,”Fawcett, 62 said. “It was stressful. I was terrified getting the chemo. It’s not pleasant. And the radiation is not pleasant.”

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Moreover, the actress was stunned to learn just how far supermarket tabloids would go with false and misleading headlines, such as a December 2006 story that read “Farrah Begs: ‘Let Me Die.’”

“God, I would never say something like that,” she told the Times. “To think that people who did look up to me and felt positive because I was going through it too and yet I was strong … it just negated all that.”

But the manner and speed in which details about her condition leaked to the tabloids caused the “Charlie’s Angels” star to grow suspicious that someone at the UCLA medical center was sending her confidential medical information to the press.

Indeed, even when the tabloid reports were false, Fawcett told the Times that they were based on some truth“God, I would never say something like that,” she told the Times. “To think that people who did look up to me and felt positive because I was going through it too and yet I was strong … it just negated all that.”

Fawcett said, UCLA repeatedly asked her to donate money to the hospital for a foundation to be set up in her name.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times from August, but held at Fawcett’s request until now, the actress said that the gravity of her struggle with anal cancer was exacerbated by having to endure it under public scrutiny.

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So Fawcett decided to attempt to catch UCLA in the leak in May of 2007, deliberately not revealing to any of her friends or family that her cancer had returned.

Within days of her diagnosis, the Enquirer was reporting the news.Last week, Fawcett’s long-time partner Ryan O’Neal revealed that Fawcett’s condition was deteriorating, that she had lost all of her hair and that her treatment had “pretty much ended.”[full story]

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Actress Natasha Richardson’s death result of ski trip

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Could her death have been prevented if treatment was immediate instead of waiting an hour? ….flagranny2

natasha__                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tony-award winning actress Natasha Richardson died Wednesday at the age of 45 in a New York City hospital.

Alan Nierob, publicist for Richardson’s husband Liam Neeson, confirmed her death Wednesday night in a written statement.

“Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time,” the statement said.

The statement did not give details on the cause of death for Richardson.

The actress had been transported back to New York City from Canada, where she suffered a head injury after falling on a beginners ski slope.

Sources close to Richardson told FOXNews.com on Tuesday that the actress was brain dead. Members of her family, including her mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, her sister, actress Joely Richardson, and her two young sons were seen at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where she was taken.   Continued

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‘Golden Girls’ Actress Estelle Getty Dies at 84

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Source-Associated Press to Foxnews.com

[ In her early 60s, she flunked her “Golden Girls” test twice because it was believed she didn’t look old enough to play 80.]

I can’t even think of anyone better than Estelle Getty playing the role of Sophia.  You can put Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur together and you would have a good sitcom but add Estelle Getty and you have a “GREAT” sitcom.  She shined in her role and truly made “The Golden Girls” just what it was -“GOLDEN”……She will truly be missed not just by her family and friends but by her fans too…….flagranny2

LOS ANGELES —  Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV’s “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 84.

Getty, who suffered from advanced dementia, died at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home, said her son, Carl Gettleman of Santa Monica.

“Estelle always wanted to be an actress, and she achieved that goal beyond her dreams,” former “Golden Girls” co-star Rue McClanahan told The Associated Press. “Don’t feel sad about her passing. She will always be with us in her crowning achievement, Sophia.”

Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her,” Arthur said in a statement.

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Breaking News >> Actor Charlton Heston Has Died, Family Members Say

Sunday, April 06, 2008
Associated Press

Charlton Heston Dead at 84

 

Charlton HestonLOS ANGELES  —  Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing “Ben-Hur” and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the ’50s and ’60s, has died. He was 84.

Heston spokesman Bill Powers says the actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia was at his side.

Heston revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease, saying, “I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure.”

With his large, muscular build, well-boned face and sonorous voice, Heston proved the ideal star during the period when Hollywood was filling movie screens with panoramas depicting the religious and historical past. “I have a face that belongs in another century,” he often remarked.

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“I considered Heston one of my favorite actors especially in Ben Hur and Birdman of Alcatraz.   He was an actor who will be truly missed.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family…..flagranny2”

Harry Truman’s daughter, Margaret Truman Daniel, dies in Chicago

By Trevor Jensen | Tribune reporter
12:35 PM CST, January 29, 2008

Margaret Truman Daniel, 83, President Harry Truman’s only child, a mystery novelist whose early efforts as a singer famously led her father to threaten an unkind critic with a punch to the nose, died on Tuesday in Chicago after a brief illness, according to a spokesman for the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

After living for 41 years on Park Avenue in New York, Mrs. Daniel had made plans last May to move to Chicago. Her son, Clifton Truman Daniel, is director of public relations for Truman College in Chicago. But ill health and a hospitalization in New York delayed those plans. Mrs. Daniel was staying in a care facility in Chicago at the time of her death, the Truman library spokesman said.Mrs. Daniel was born on Feb. 17, 1924, in Independence, Mo. She graduated from George Washington University and pursued a singing career while her father was in office. She performed at Carnegie Hall in 1949.In 1950, a Washington critic panned one of her performances, prompting the president to write a letter on White House stationery that read in part: “Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below.”

Mrs. Daniel married Clifton Daniel, the former managing editor of The New York Times, in 1956. He died in 2000.

The author of 23 novels, Mrs. Daniel also wrote nine books of non-fiction that include a biography of her mother, Bess W. Truman. After her father’s death in 1972, she worked as an advocate for presidential libraries.

In addition to her son, she is survived by two other sons, Harrison Gates and Thomas Washington; and five grandchildren.

Another son, William Wallace Daniel, was killed in September 2000 when he was hit by a cab in New York City.

A public memorial is being planned at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence.

UPDATE: Death of Heath Ledger

Friday, January 25, 2008

The headline reads: Private Viewing of Heath Ledger’s Body Set for Friday; Mary-Kate Olsen Report Deniedhowever the article corrects  a couple of initial statements thought to be true. 

Untruths:
1 – A NYPD spokesman told Foxnews.com the report regarding frantic phone calls Olsen received from  the masseuse, Diana Wolozin, is as he stated “The report is unfounded and untrue.”  The police did say the masseuse spent 9 minutes making 3 calls to MKO before dialing 911 and again after the paramedics arrived.

2 – The police also stated earlier on Fox News that there were prescription drugs found but they were not strewn around as originally reported.

“As far as I’m concerned the masseuse left her brain, if she even had one, some place else as why in the world would anyone in their right mind not call 911 immediately.  First she knocked on his door then tried to call his cell phone and still after no answer she sets up her massage table and tried to wake Ledger and that’s when she realized something was wrong.  That’s when she called MKO asking her what to do, HELLO!!, with Olsen in California what did she think she could do so it wasn’t until 9 minutes later that Wolozin dialed 911….flagranny2” 

According to what the police can find Wolozin was no registered as a licensed therapist in New York as they are all required to be CPR qualified and the 911 operator had to instruct Wolozin CPR procedure.

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“Gone much too soon.  My thoughts are with his family and friends and especially his little Matilda”…..flagranny2

Breaking News-Actor Heath Ledger,age 28, Found Dead in New York City

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Best know for the movie ‘Brokeback Mountain’

NEW YORK —  Actor Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan residence in what authorities say is a possible drug-related death, the NYPD said. He was 28.

NYPD spokeswoman Stephanie Jaramillo told FOXNews.com that Ledger was discovered by his housekeeper at his apartment on Broome Street in the Soho section of New York City and was pronounced dead at 3:35 p.m. EST.

Jaramillo declined to comment on the cause of death, saying only that “the investigation is still ongoing.”

But The New York Post reported that Ledger died of a possible drug overdose and his apartment was strewn with pills.  They do say he drugs are prescription drugs.

Ledger had an appointment for a massage at his Manhattan apartment, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told The Associated Press. The housekeeper went to let Ledger know the masseuse had arrived and found him dead, according to Browne.

The Australian-born actor was nominated for an Oscar for “Brokeback Mountain,” where he met his wife, actress Michelle Williams, in 2005. Ledger and Williams had lived in Brooklyn and had a daughter, Matilda, until they split up last year.

Ledger’s roles include the suicidal son of Billy Bob Thornton in “Monster’s Ball” and had starring roles in “A Knight’s Tale” and “The Patriot.” He was to appear as the Joker this year in “The Dark Night,” a sequel to 2005’s “Batman Begins.”

5:36pm – According to Fox News TV they just stateed that they are still waiting for the medical examiner to arrive.  At this point they don’t expect foul play but are saying that it was possibly an accidental  drug overdose Police are currently surrounding the apartment to keep the crowd away…..flagranny2