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    Thirty three years a congressman for the State of Georgia. R.I.P. Mr. Lewis.

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    A fractured skull from a policeman. A brave man indeed.

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    Lincoln Project put together a video about what John Lewis represented.


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    Saw him on stage with Carlos Santana who brought him out as a guest back in the '80's. He got a warm reception, his battles had led him to sell most of his possessions, including his guitars. It was quite emotional. And of course fucking awesome. Hugely talented and it's a real shame what happened to him.

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    Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green dies aged 73


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    Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green has died aged 73, a statement from solicitors acting on behalf of his family said.


    The statement from Swan Turton solicitors said: “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep. A further statement will be provided in the coming days”.

    Green, the influential blues rock guitarist, formed Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in London in 1967. However, he left the group
    following a final performance in 1970 amid mental health issues.


    He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in hospital undergoing electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) during the mid-1970’s. ECT is now not recommended for the general management of the condition, but only to achieve rapid and short-term improvement of severe symptoms.


    Green was among the eight members of the band - along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer - who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.


    Earlier this year, artists including Fleetwood, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and guitarists Jonny Lang and Andy Fairweather Low performed at the London Palladium during a gig celebrating the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder, Green.


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    Regis Philbin, television personality and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host, dies at 88

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    Regis Philbin, a familiar face to TV viewers as an energetic and funny talk and game show host who logged more hours in front of the camera than anyone else in the history of U.S. television, has died aged 88, People magazine said on Saturday, citing a statement by his family.

    The magazine said Philbin died of natural causes on Friday, one month shy of his 89th birthday, quoting the statement.
    "His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about," the statement said. "We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss."
    He was known for his rough edges, funny anecdotes, self-deprecating humor and a Bronx accent that was once described as sounding "like a racetrack announcer with a head cold." American comedian and late-night host David Letterman, a long-time friend, called Philbin the funniest man on television.Philbin – known to fans as "Reeg" – was a fixture on various local and national shows for a half century with co-hosts including Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa, winning millions of fans as well as honors as the top U.S. talk and game show host.

    He hosted the successful "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" program when it debuted in the United States in 1999 as well as other game shows. Philbin signed a deal in 2000 making his salary for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" 20 million dollars a year, the most ever for a game show host.
    In 2011, as Philbin was ending his run as co-host of the popular "Live! With Regis and Kelly" at age 80, the New York Times wrote: "In a daytime landscape filled with bland, polished hosts and smarmy good cheer, Mr. Philbin was crumpled, nasal and histrionic. He was a snaggletooth amid cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers."
    "Spontaneity is everything to me, working without a net," Philbin told the Times in 2011.
    Guinness World Records listed him as having put in more time on camera than anyone else in the history of U.S. television – about 17,000 hours.
    Philbin first made a name for himself in the 1960s with his own show on local TV in San Diego and then as a sidekick to comedian Joey Bishop on another program.
    Philbin's biggest success came in the various incarnations of his nationally syndicated morning talk show that began in 1983 when he created "The Morning Show" for WABC in his native New York City.
    After two co-hosts came and went, singer Gifford joined him in a highly successful collaboration in 1985, and in 1988 the program gained national syndication. Gifford remained his co-host for 15 years before Philbin was partnered with perky former soap opera actress Ripa for 11 years. Ripa remained as host of the show after Philbin departed.
    "I think he is the world's greatest storyteller," Ripa said in 2011. "That's his gift."


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    They're not really dead until Harriet's dealt with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    They're not really dead until Harriet's dealt with them.

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    'Gone With the Wind' star Olivia de Havilland dies at 104

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    Olivia de Havilland, classic star of Hollywood and two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Paris, France on Saturday. She was 104.

    De Havilland built her legacy — one of strong, beguiling characters in difficult circumstances — with her own hands. She rose to prominence in the 1930s as Errol Flynn’s imperiled lass in a series of swashbuckling adventure films like Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Typically, she’d be bound up and carried away, only to be saved by the hero and ensnared once more in the ties of matrimony. But in her own life, de Havilland refused to wait for the calvary. Confident in her abilities and wary of being typecast as the damsel in distress, she waged a legal battle against Warner Bros. when the studio tried to extend her seven-year contract as a penalty for refusing roles. She eventually won, swooping in and saving herself in a landmark ruling that is still known today as the “de Havilland law.”

    She had already earned plaudits and an Oscar nomination for her role as Melanie in Gone With the Wind, but it wasn’t until after the lawsuit that she began playing the lead in a string of powerful performance-based dramas. De Havilland earned her first Academy Award for 1946’s To Each His Own, about a mother seeking to reclaim a son she gave up for adoption. The second came three years later, for a devastating performance in The Heiress as a woman who is controlled by her wealthy father and betrayed by her greedy lover but ends up with the last, mocking laugh.

    Her unflinching performance as an inmate of a mental institution in the 1948 issue film The Snake Pit was another example of a de Havilland character who, while victimized, refuses to become a victim.

    In real life, the actress was proudly liberal though she fought against extremism on both sides of the political spectrum. She battled against the encroachment of Communist sympathy in Hollywood, only to later to be branded a “swimming-pool pink” by Time Magazine and called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Even 1964’s Lady in a Cage—a late-career foray into the Golden-Era Gothic mini-genre started by What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?—harkened back thematically to her early-career struggles. She played a rich widow imprisoned in her mansion’s elevator by a gang of violent hooligans. For all its cheesy luridness, the film was essentially about a woman breaking out of a box that others had put her in.

    De Havilland continued to work in supporting roles throughout the 1970s, making a switch to television in the 1980s and even earning a Golden Globe for her role in the TV movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. Aside from occasional onscreen roles, she lived quietly in Paris and generally shunned the public. Even at the height of her fame, she was known for her inscrutability, although no amount of radio silence could disguise the deterioration of her already fractious relationship with sister and fellow actress Joan Fontaine, with whom she reportedly stopped speaking in the mid-1970s. (Fontaine died on Dec. 15, 2013, at age 96.)


    Of course, it’s likely that de Havilland’s willfulness and independent spirit were contributing factors to the estrangement, but they were also defining elements of her life and work. She famously turned down the role of Blanche DuBois in the 1951 film version of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire because, as she would say in an interview more than five decades later, she “couldn’t relate to it.” (Vivien Leigh got the role.) Perhaps she had trouble with the idea, foreign to her, of having to rely on the kindness of strangers.

    Gone With the Wind star Olivia de Havilland dies at 104 | EW.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Perhaps she had trouble with the idea, foreign to her, of having to rely on the kindness of strangers.
    I'd rather not include that in my memory of her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cisco999 View Post
    I'd rather not include that in my memory of her.
    It's hardly an insult. She stood up for herself in a time when women were expected to shut up.

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    John Lewis, congressman and civil rights icon, dies at 80

    Rep. John Robert Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and civil rights icon, died Friday. He was 80 years old.

    Lewis passed seven months after a routine medical visit revealed that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus confirmed the news of his death.

    Known as the "conscience of the U.S. Congress," Lewis continually represented Georgia's 5th Congressional District, which includes most of Atlanta, since taking office in 1987. His cancer diagnosis in December 2019 did not interrupt that streak.

    "So I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross," he said in a statement at the time.

    John Lewis, congressman and civil rights icon, dies at 80 - ABC News
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Late for the funeral, Norts.

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    'Midnight Express' and 'The Commitments' director Alan Parker dies aged 76

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    British director Alan Parker, whose long list of hits over the decades has included "Midnight Express" and "The Commitments", died Friday at the age of 76, his family said.
    The multiple awards winner, whose other films include "Bugsy Malone", "Evita" and "Mississippi Burning", died "following a lengthy illness," his family said in a statement.
    Parker blossomed in the 1970s, creating a rapid succession of celebrated and succesful films, starting with the striking 1976 gangster musical comedy "Bugsy Malone", which featured a cast of children.
    His 1978 dark drama "Midnight Express", about a US student who ended up in a Turkish prison, was followed in 1980 by the genre-setting American teen musical drama "Fame".
    "Alan was my oldest and closest friend, I was always in awe of his talent," said fellow British film director David Puttnam. "My life and those of many others who loved and respected him will never be the same again."
    He also directed Pink Floyd's cult musical "The Wall" in 1982, the US racial injustices drama "Mississippi Burning" in 1988, and the cheerful 1991 musical comedy drama "The Commitments", based on the eponymous novel by the Irish writer Roddy Doyle.
    Parker's last major success came with the 1996 musical drama "Evita", in which Madonna played the leading role of Argentina's late first lady Eva Peron.
    He collaborated with Oliver Stone on many of his works.
    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) said it was "deeply saddened" by the news, and the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science called Puttnam "an extraordinary talent".
    "His work entertained us, connected us, and gave us such a strong sense of time and place," it said in a tweet, calling him "a chameleon" for his ability to bend genre and change with the times.

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    Wilford Brimley dies aged 85


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    Movie star Wilford Brimley - who starred in films such as 'The China Syndrome', 'The Thing', and 'The Natural' - has died age 85.

    The actor - who starred in films such as 'Cocoon', 'The China Syndrome', 'The Thing', and 'The Natural' - died at his home in Utah on Saturday morning (01.08.20).

    Lynda Bensky, Brimley's manager, told 'Entertainment Tonight': ''Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust. He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a gruff exterior and a tender heart.''


    The film star had recently been in an intensive care unit wing of a hospital on dialysis, and has been very sick in the days before his death.


    Lynda described Brimley as ''one of a kind''.


    She said: ''I'm sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend's wonderful stories. He was one of a kind.''


    During his career, the actor became a spokesperson for diabetes education after learning he had the disease in the late 70s.


    He subsequently became the face of TV adverts for the Quaker Oats brand, as he encouraged viewers to eat the cereal because ''it's the right thing to do''.



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    Hume, who shared Nobel Prize over N. Ireland work, dies at 83


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    LONDON — John Hume, the visionary politician who won a Nobel Peace Prize for fashioning the agreement that ended violence in his native Northern Ireland, has died at 83, his family said Monday.

    The Catholic leader of the moderate Social Democratic and Labour Party, Hume was seen as the principal architect of Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace agreement. He shared the prize later that year with the Protestant leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, David Trimble, for their efforts to end the sectarian violence that plagued the region for three decades and left more than 3,500 people dead.

    “I want to see Ireland as an example to men and women everywhere of what can be achieved by living for ideals, rather than fighting for them, and by viewing each and every person as worthy of respect and honor,” he said in 1998.

    “I want to see an Ireland of partnership, where we wage war on want and poverty, where we reach out to the marginalized and dispossessed, where we build together a future that can be as great as our dreams allow.”


    Hume died Monday morning after suffering from ill health for several years, his family said.

    Born on Jan. 18, 1937, in Northern Ireland’s second city — Londonderry to British Unionists, Derry to Irish nationalists — Hume trained for the priesthood before becoming a fixture on Northern Ireland’s political landscape.

    An advocate of nonviolence, he fought for equal rights in what was then a Protestant-ruled state, but he condemned
    the Irish Republican Army because of his certainty that no injustice was worth a human life.


    Although he advocated for a united Ireland, Hume believed change could not come to Northern Ireland without the consent of its Protestant majority. He also realized that better relations needed to be forged between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and between London and Dublin.


    He championed the notion of extending self-government to Northern Ireland with power divided among the groups forming it.


    “Ireland is not a romantic dream; it is not a flag; it is 4.5 million people divided into two powerful traditions,” he said.

    “The solution will be found not on the basis of victory for either, but on the basis of agreement and a partnership between both. The real division of Ireland is not a line drawn on the map, but in the minds and hearts of its people.”


    While both Hume and Trimble credited the people of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic for approving a referendum that led to power sharing, it was Hume’s diplomacy that offered the impetus to the peace process that led to the 1998 Good Friday accord.

    Hume won the breakthrough in Belfast’s political landscape in 1993 by courting Gerry Adams, the head of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, in hopes of securing an IRA cease-fire. That dialogue burnished Adams’ international credibility and led to two IRA cease-fires in 1994 and 1997.


    Like most Protestant politicians at the time, Trimble had opposed efforts to share power with Catholics as something that would jeopardize Northern Ireland’s union with Britain. He at first refused to speak directly with Adams, insisting that IRA commanders needed to prove they were willing to abandon violence.


    He ultimately relented and became pivotal in peacemaking efforts.


    Hume had envisioned a broad agenda for the discussions, arguing they must be driven by close cooperation between the British and Irish governments. The process was overseen by neutral figures like U.S. mediator George Mitchell, with the decisions overwhelmingly ratified by public referendums in both parts of Ireland.


    “Without John Hume, there would not have been a peace process,” Mitchell said at the time the prize was announced. “Without David Trimble, there would not have been a peace agreement.”


    Hume and Trimble were said to have had a frosty relationship. But Trimble on Monday described a thawing after the Nobel ceremony in Oslo, recalling that the hotel at which they were staying had suggested the two men chose to relax away from each other.


    “We didn’t do that. We relaxed and in some sense celebrated the occasion jointly, and that for me spelt out the principle for how we were going to proceed in the years after that,” he told the BBC.


    Tributes poured in after’s Hume’s death was announced, including praise from Adams, who called him a “giant in Irish politics.” Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was in office at the time the accord was signed, lauded Hume’s “epic” contribution to the peace process.


    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement describing their sadness.


    “Through his faith in principled compromise, and his ability to see his adversaries as human beings, John helped forge the peace that has held to this day,” they said.


    Hume, who shared Nobel Prize over N. Ireland work, dies at 83 – East Bay Times
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    Wayne Fontana dead: Game of Love singer dies aged 74 with partner by his side

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    Musician Wayne Fontana has died at the age of 74.

    The 60s music sensation, famed for his tune the Game of Love with group The Mindbenders, passed away at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

    His long term partner was by his side at the time of his death.


    A representative for his family has confirmed news of his passing on Thursday, August 6.


    "On behalf of the family of Wayne Fontana regret to announce he passed away this afternoon at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport," Diane Hinds of the entertainment agency Chimes Int'l wrote on social media.


    “His long term partner was by his side. Known for his 1965 hit Game of Love. Family asks for privacy at this time,” the representative concluded.


    The Levenshulme-born musician, real name Glyn Geoffrey Ellis, actually started his musical career with the group Wayne Fontana and the Jets before later forming the Mindbenders.

    The beat group, consisting of Wayne and band mates Bob Lang, Ric Rothwell, and Eric Stewart, shot to fame in the mid 60s.

    Their biggest hits came in 1965 with the tune The Game of Love.



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    That reminds me of being at the roller skating rink when I was a kid. Fun song.

    RIP Wayne.

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    Trini Lopez, 1960s Singer And ‘Dirty Dozen’ Actor Dies At 83


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    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Trini Lopez, a singer and guitarist who gained fame for his versions of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” in the 1960s and took his talents to Hollywood, died Tuesday. He was 83.
    Filmmaker P. David Ebersole, who just finished shooting a documentary on Lopez with Todd Hughes, confirmed that Lopez died from complications of COVID-19 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California.
    Mentored by Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra, Lopez became an international star while performing in English and Spanish. Unlike Mexican American singers such as Ritchie Valens, Lopez rejected advice to change his name and openly embraced his Mexican American heritage despite warnings it would hurt his career.
    “I insisted on keeping my name Lopez,” he told The Dallas Morning News in 2017. “I’m proud to be a Lopez. I’m proud to be a Mexicano.”
    Sinatra signed Lopez to his Reprise Records label after seeing him perform at a West Hollywood nightclub. They became friends and were spotted together regularly in social circles in Las Vegas and Palm Springs, California.

    Lopez also appeared in the film classic “The Dirty Dozen” and the comedy “The Phynx.”
    Born Trinidad Lopez III to immigrants from Guanajuato, Mexico, Lopez grew up in Dallas’ poor, Little Mexico neighborhood. The family’s dire economic situation forced Lopez to drop out of high school and work.His life changed after his father bought him a $12 black Gibson acoustic guitar from a pawn shop. His father taught him how to play the instrument, which led the young Lopez to perform at Dallas nightclubs that didn’t allow Mexican American patrons.
    Buddy Holly saw Lopez at a small nightclub in Wichita Falls, Texas, and introduced him to Norman Petty, his record producer in Clovis, New Mexico. Holly died in a plane crash six months later, and Lopez briefly replaced him as lead singer of The Crickets.
    Lopez moved to Southern California and got a regular gig at P.J.’s Night Club in West Hollywood. Sinatra saw him perform and offered him a contract with his new record label, Reprise, where Lopez got his first major hit with “If I Had A Hammer.” It went to No. 1 in nearly 40 countries.
    He later helped develop a string of original Gibson Trini Lopez signature guitars from 1964 to 1971.
    Ebersole and Hughes recently finished shooting a documentary on Lopez called “My Name is Lopez.”



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    Chariots of Fire Star Ben Cross Dies at 72


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    Actor Ben Cross (born Harry Bernard Cross in London, England), star of CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981) and the 2009 film STAR TREK, died August 18, 2020, of natural causes in Vienna, Austria. He was 72.

    In his early life, Cross worked as a window cleaner and a waiter, as well as a carpenter for the Welsh National Opera and was a property master at the Alexandria Theatre in Birmingham. In 1970, at age 22, he was accepted into London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After graduating from RADA he performed in several stage plays at numerous theatres including Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Pericles, Twelfth Night, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Equus.

    Cross’s long list of film and television credits include GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1974), A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977), with Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Ryan O’Neal, and Sir Laurence Olivier, THE PROFESSIONALS (1977), THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1985), DARK SHADOWS (1991), TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1989), THE ASCENT (1994), 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1997), SOLOMON (1997), BEN HUR (2010), TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2012), 12 MONKEYS (2015), and JARHEAD: LAW OF RETURN (2019).


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    Sir Ken Robinson dead: Author dies 'peacefully' aged 70 following short battle from cancer | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV | Express.co.uk

    Sir Ken Robinson passed away

    The news was confirmed on his official Twitter page as they wrote: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce Sir Ken Robinson died peacefully yesterday, 21st August 2020, surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer.
    "We will be following up with a further update as we begin to follow Sir Ken’s wishes and honour his legacy."
    The educationalist was born in Merseyside in 1950 and an Honorary Patron of Everton Free School and Sixth Form College.
    He is well known for his TED talk lecture called: "Do Schools Kill Creativity".
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    RIP Chadwick Boseman.

    The Black Panther actor has passed away from colon cancer.

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    Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Has Died of Colon Cancer

    The Marvel superstar had reportedly been battling cancer since 2016.

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    Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has died after a battle with colon cancer, the Associated Press has confirmed.

    “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” reads a statement on Boseman's official Twitter. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV."


    “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement from his family reads. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more- all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

    After appearing as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up, Boseman hit superstar status by appearing as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. Boseman continued to play the character in his own stand-alone film, Black Panther, which became the first superhero film to receive a Best Picture nomination. The film remains the No. 12 highest grossing movie of all time.

    “Studios will very often tell you that movies with a black lead are not going to work overseas,” Boseman
    told Esquire in a 2018 cover story. “So I think that was the thing for me—this means something everywhere in the world. I know at that point it could actually change how studios respond to our movies. You can no longer say definitively, ‘Black movies don’t work [outside of the U. S.].’”


    Boseman then appeared in the global box office titans Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.


    Most recently, Boseman appeared in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods. The actor had not made his diagnosis public.


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    Kojak and Knot's Landing Star Kevin Dobson Dies at 77 of 'Medical Complications'

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    Kevin Dobson has died. He was 77.

    The actor, known for his roles on the 1970s series Kojak and the 1980s series Knot's Landing, died on Sunday from "medical complications," the United Veteran's Council of San Joaquin County, of which Dobson was former chairman, said in a Facebook post.

    "The United Veterans Council regrets to inform you that our former Chairman and Army Veteran Kevin Dobson passed away this evening Sunday September 6th, 2020 due to medical complications," the statement said. "Our condolences to his family and May he Rest In Peace."

    On Monday, the council shared another tribute to Dobson, including several photos from throughout his career.

    "Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace..." the post said.

    The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday that that Dobson suffered from an autoimmune deficiency.

    While made famous by his roles in the 70s and 80s, Dobson was still acting — he was set to appear in the upcoming series 12 to Midnight, which is scheduled to debut in 2021.

    He played Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful from 2006 to 2007, followed by a year on Days of Our Lives as Mickey Horton, and made appearances in the last several years on shows including Hawaii Five-0, CSI and House of Lies.

    The army veteran has also appeared in several movies, including Midway, 1408, All Night Long and She's No Angel.

    Before pursuing acting, the native New Yorker worked as a waiter and conductor on the Long Island Railroad, according to THR.

    Dobson is survived by his wife Susan, children Mariah, Patrick and Sean, and several grandchildren.

    Actor Kevin Dobson Dies at 77 of '''Medical Complications''' | PEOPLE.com
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    Kool & The Gang co-founder Ronald Bell has died aged 68, a representative for the singer has said.

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    Bell died on Wednesday at his home in the US Virgin Islands with his wife by his side, his publicist said. No cause of death was released.
    Bell co-founded Kool & The Gang in New Jersey in 1964 and wrote some of the group’s best-known songs, including party staple Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie and Summer Madness.


    The band were one of the biggest of the 1970s and won the album of the year Grammy in 1978 for their work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
    They are also one of the most sampled artists of all time, with the horns from their 1973 funky jam Jungle Boogie featuring on hundreds of other songs.
    In 2015, Kool & the Gang were honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.


    Ah the old classic, "Suck my Helmet".



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    RIP EMMA PEEL Dame Diana Rigg dead aged 82 – Avengers star and Bond girl dies

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    AVENGERS and Bond Girl star Dame Diana Rigg has died aged 82 from cancer.


    The iconic Brit actress passed away "peacefully" at home this morning surrounded by her family after a secret six-month battle with the disease.

    Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said: "My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family.


    "She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession.


    "I will miss her beyond words".


    Her agent Simon Beresford added: "It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning.




    "She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time. Dame Diana was an icon of theatre, film, and television.


    "She was the recipient of Bafta, Emmy, Tony and Evening Standard Awards for her work on stage and screen.


    "Dame Diana was a much loved and admired member of her profession, a force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors. She will be greatly missed."

    MORE Dame Diana Rigg dead aged 82 - Avengers star and Bond girl dies
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