Notable Deaths 2013

Notable Deaths 2013
James Avery
(CBS SF/AP) - James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died Tuesday. She did not immediately know the cause of death or where he died. He was 65.

Avery played Will Smith's uncle on the popular TV series. His movie credits included "Fletch," "The Prince of Egypt" and "8 Million Ways to Die."

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Notable Deaths 2013
Joseph Ruskin
LOS ANGELES (CBS SF/AP) - Film, television and stage actor Joseph Ruskin has died of natural causes at the age of 89. Ruskin garnered 124 television credits, including "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek," and appeared in 25 films, namely "The Magnificent Seven," "Prizzi's Honor" and "Smokin' Aces."

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists said Tuesday that Ruskin died at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital on Saturday, December 28th.

His last performance was on the stage this year in the Anteus Theatre Company's production of "The Crucible."

Ruskin was born in Haverhill, Mass. He studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University and began his professional acting career at Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Rochester Arena Stage before finding success in television.

He served as SAG's first national vice president for eight years and was the first western regional vice president of Actors Equity Association.

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Notable Deaths 2013
Bernard L. Shaw
(CBS SF/AP) – Bernard L. Shaw, a San Francisco police officer who served as Patty Hearst’s body guard and later married her, has died at the age of 68.

Shaw, Hearst Corp.’s vice president for corporate security, died on Tuesday in Garrison, N.Y. His death was confirmed on Wednesday in a statement by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz.

[ READ MORE: Husband of Patty Hearst Dies At 68 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Ray Price
DALLAS (CBS NEWS/AP) - Ray Price, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday. He was 87.

Price died Monday afternoon, December 16th at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas, said Billy Mack Jr., who was acting as a family spokesman. Billie Perryman, the wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed his death.

Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and it had recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, according East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He stopped aggressive treatments and left the hospital last Thursday to receive hospice care at home.

[ READ MORE: Influential country music singer Ray Price dies at 87 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Harold Camping
OAKLAND (AP) — The California preacher who used his evangelical radio network and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world has died at age 92.

Family Radio Network marketing manager Nina Romero said Harold Camping died at his home on Sunday, December 15th. She said he had been hospitalized after falling.

Camping was a retired civil engineer who first predicted the Rapture would happen in September 1994. When Judgment Day didn’t come to pass, he blamed it on a mathematical error.

[ READ MORE: Judgment Day Arrives For Oakland End-Of-The-World Preacher ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Joan Fontaine
CARMEL (CBS SF/AP) – Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine has died at the age of 96. Longtime friend Noel Beutel says she died in her sleep in her Carmel home Sunday morning, December 15th.

Fontaine, the sister of fellow actress Olivia de Havilland, won an Academy Award as a naive wife in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “Suspicion” and also starred in Hitchcock’s “Rebecca,” which won the Oscar for best picture. Her other films included “The Women,” `’Jane Eyre” and “Born to be Bad.”

[ READ MORE: Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winner For 'Suspicion,' Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Peter O'Toole
LONDON - Peter O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died, his agent said Sunday. He was 81.

O'Toole died Saturday, December 14th after a long illness, Steve Kenis said in a brief statement.

The family was overwhelmed "by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. ... In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished," O'Toole's daughter Kate said in the statement.

O'Toole got his first Oscar nomination for 1962's "Lawrence of Arabia," his last for "Venus" in 2006. With that he set the record for most nominations without ever winning, though he had accepted an honorary Oscar in 2003.

[ READ MORE: Peter O'Toole, Star of 'Lawrence of Arabia' Dead At 81 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Tom Laughlin
NEW YORK (CBS NEWS/AP) - Actor-writer-director Tom Laughlin, whose production and marketing of "Billy Jack" set a standard for breaking the rules on and off screen, died.

Laughlin's daughter told The Associated Press that he died Thursday, December 12th at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Laughlin was 82 and Teresa Laughlin, who acted in the Billy Jack movies, said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia.

"Billy Jack" was released in 1971 after a long struggle by Laughlin to gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for guerrilla filmmaking.

[ READ MORE: "Billy Jack" star Tom Laughlin dies at 82 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Nelson Mandela
(CBS NEWS) - Nelson Mandela, who battled apartheid in South Africa before becoming its first democratic leader, died at his home in South Africa after several months of ongoing health problems. He was 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement in an address to the nation on Thursday night. Mandela was, to many, the conscience of the world -- a man who emerged from the tiny South African village where he was born to become a defining figure of our time.

[ READ MORE: Nelson Mandela, former South African president and global icon, dies at age 95 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Paul Walker
SANTA CLARITA ( — Actor Paul Walker, best known for starring in the “Fast and Furious” film franchise, was one of two people reportedly killed Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in Santa Clarita. Walker was 40.

Walker was a passenger in the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a tree and then a light pole before bursting into flames. His movie career took off in 2001 when he was cast in the first “Fast and Furious” movie. He played Brian O’Conner. That same year, PEOPLE Magazine took note, naming the blond, blue-eyed 6’2” actor one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in the world.

The “Fast and Furious” franchise spawned six sequels with “Fast & Furious 7″ currently filming. (That movie is due out July 2014 (according to the and it is unclear if Walker had completed his work on the film.

[ READ MORE: ‘Fast And Furious’ Star Paul Walker Killed In Fiery Car Crash ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jane Kean
(CBS NEWS) - Jane Kean, a diverse performer who got her start in musical theater but was best known as Trixie alongside Jackie Gleason on a TV revival of "The Honeymooners," has died. She was 90.

Kean, of Toluca Lake, died Tuesday, November 26th at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank where she was taken after a fall that led to a hemorrhagic stroke, her niece, Deirdre Wolpert, said Thursday.

Kean first started working with Jackie Gleason in the 1940s, when they were both on the vaudeville circuit.

Her big break, however, came in 1966 when Gleason and CBS revived the hit show "The Honeymooners" in Miami Beach, expanding it to an hour and adding musical numbers.

Kean, a talented singer with a belting voice, starred on the show for five years as Ed Norton's beleaguered wife Trixie.

She often spoke about those years and her chance to appear on such a well-known program with Gleason, Wolpert said.

"One day she picked up the phone and he said, 'Are you doing anything right now?' and she said 'No' and he said 'Come on down and be Trixie,'" Wolpert said of Gleason. "Two weeks later she was on the plane to Florida."

[ READ MORE: Jane Kean, Star of "The Honeymooners" TV Revival, Dies At 90 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Sylvia Browne
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Well known psychic, Sylvia Browne died Wednesday morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. She was 77.

Browne was surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her husband Micahel Ulery, her two sons and three grandchildren. Browne’s son, Chris confirms her passing.

[ READ MORE: Famous Psychic, Sylvia Browne Dead At 77 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Diane Disney-Miller
NAPA (CBS SF) – The eldest daughter to Walt Disney and organizer of the Walt Disney Museum at the Presidio, Diane Disney-Miller passed away Tuesday, November 19th at her home in Napa. She was 79. According to Variety, Disney-Miller suffered a fall that she did not fully recover from.

Born to Walt and Lillian Disney in 1933, Diane Disney was their only biological daughter. The Disney’s adopted Sharon Mae Disney, after she was born in 1936.

As a philantropist, Disney-Miller help push forward the construction of downtown Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall. The hall eventually opened in 2004.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Family Museum, LLC opened at the Presidio of San Francisco inside three retrofitted and expanded historic buildings on the Main Post.

[ READ MORE: Walt Disney’s Daughter Diane Passes Away At 79 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Thomas Howard
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Former Oakland Raider Thomas Howard was one of two people killed in a high-speed crash on Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland early Monday morning, November 18th, law enforcement officials confirmed to KPIX 5 Monday.

Witnesses said the driver of a gray BMW 750Li sedan – identified by law enforcement as Howard – was driving north on the highway at more than 100 mph when he lost control and collided with the rear of a semi-truck in the left lane, according to the CHP.

The BMW launched into the air and crossed the center median onto southbound Highway 880, Hill said.

The BMW then struck a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and crashed into a gray Honda CR-V, he said. Officers found the BMW overturned in the southbound right lane and the Honda CR-V blocking the two southbound left lanes, he said.

[ READ MORE: Ex-Raider Among 2 Dead In Oakland I-880 Crash ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Todd Christensen
ALPINE, Utah (CBS/AP) – Former Raiders tight end and five-time Pro Bowler Todd Christensen died from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57.

Christensen’s son, Toby Christensen, said his father passed away Wednesday morning at Intermountain Medical Center near his home in Alpine, Utah.

[ READ MORE: Former Raider Star Todd Christensen Dies At 57 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Charlie Trotter
CHICAGO (CBS) — Iconic Chicago chef Charlie Trotter has died, sources tell CBS 2 and WBBM Newsradio. Trotter, 54, was found unresponsive at his Chicago home in Lincoln Park on Tuesday morning. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital around 10:45am on November 5th, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death was not immediately known. Chicago police are conducting a death investigation.

[ READ MORE: Restaurant Icon Charlie Trotter Dead ]

Notable Deaths 2013
Lou Reed
NEW YORK (CBSNewYorkAP) — Lou Reed, the punk-poet of rock n’ roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the 1960s cult band Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday, October 27th.

Reed’s literary agent Andrew Wylie said the legendary musician died Sunday morning in Southampton at age 71 of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant.

[ READ MORE: Lou Reed Dead At 71 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Marcia Wallace
LOS ANGELES ( — Marcia Wallace, best known as the voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” has died, according to

The celebrity website and several other media outlets, including Variety and Entertainment Weekly, are reporting that Wallace past away Friday evening at her home in Los Angeles. She was 70.

The well-known actress and comedienne won an Emmy for her work on the long-running animated series in 1992. Wallace was also known for her role as receptionist Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show” and appeared on “The Brady Bunch” and “Full House.”

[ READ MORE: ‘Bob Newhart Show’ Star Marcia Wallace Dead At 70 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Hal Needham
LOS ANGELES ( — Variety is reports the death of director Hal Needham on October 25th. The “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Cannonball Run” director was 82.

Variety reported Needham died in Los Angeles after a short battle with cancer.

Needham first came to Hollywood prominence as a fearless stuntman known for willing to break bones for a scene. Needham is credited with developing the air bag, something that has saved countless stuntmen from suffering similar broken bones.

[ READ MORE: ‘Smokey And The Bandit’ Director Hal Needham Dies At 82 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Kumar Pallana
OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Kumar Pallana, an Indian character actor with bit parts in movies such as “The Terminal” and “The Royal Tennenbaums,” died. He was 94.

His son, Dipak Pallana, told the Los Angeles Times that Kumar Pallana collapsed October 10th at the Oakland home they shared while getting ready to play bridge with friends.

[ READ MORE: Indian Character Actor Kumar Pallana Dies In Oakland Home ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Ed Lauter
Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday, October 16th. He was 74.

Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.(credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Notable Deaths 2013
Jan Kuehnemund
In the 1980's, Jan Kuehnemund along with Janet Gardner lead the all-girl metal band, "Vixen" which produced two hit singles "Cryin'" and "Edge of a Broken Heart." has died. Kuehnemund died Thursday, October 10th after her bout with cancer. She was 51.

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Notable Deaths 2013
Tom Clancy
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Best-selling author Tom Clancy died Tuesday, October 1st at Johns Hopkins. His publisher has confirmed his death to several media outlets.

Clancy was the author of more than a dozen spy and military-related novels, including “The Hunt for Red October” and “Patriot Games.”

He was a Maryland resident and part owner of the Baltimore Orioles. Clancy was 66.

[ READ MORE: Best-Selling Author Tom Clancy Dies In Baltimore ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Ken Norton
LAS VEGAS (CBS LAS VEGAS/AP) — Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday at a local care facility, his son said. He was 70.

Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend of the fighter said.

“He’s been fighting the battle for two years,” said Gene Kilroy, Ali’s former business manager. “I’m sure he’s in heaven now with all the great fighters. I’d like to hear that conversation.”

Norton broke Ali’s jaw in their first bout, beating him by split decision in 1973 in a non-title fight in San Diego. They fought six months later, and Ali narrowly won a split decision.

[ READ MORE: Former Heavyweight Boxing Champ Ken Norton Dies At 70 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Ray Dolby
(CBS SF/AP) - Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80.

The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer.

Dolby founded his namesake company in 1965 and grew it into an industry leader in audio technology. His work in noise reduction and surround sound led to the creation of a number of technologies that are still used in music, movies and entertainment today.

“Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary,” Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO of Dolby Laboratories, said in a statement.

Yeaman said that Dolby invented an entire industry around being able to deliver a sound experience. His work spanned helping to reduce the hiss in cassette recordings to bringing “Star Wars” to life on the big screen in Dolby Stereo.

Dolby held 50 U.S. patents and won a number of notable awards for his life’s work, including several Emmys, two Oscars and a Grammy.

[ READ MORE: Ray Dolby, Founder Of Dolby Laboratories, Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Cal Worthington
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Cal Worthington, who was best known for his prolific car sales commercials featuring his dog, Spot, has died at the age of 92.

The car sales tycoon died at his ranch in Orland, Calif., on Sunday. Foul play was not suspected.

At its peak, the Worthington Dealership Group owned 29 dealerships in California, Alaska, Nevada, Texas and Washington. The company later sold most of the businesses, but still has three locations, including its famed dealership in Long Beach.

[ READ MORE: Car Dealer Cal Worthington Dead At 92 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Sir David Frost
LONDON, ENGLAND (CBS NEWS) – Veteran British journalist and broadcaster David Frost, who won fame around the world for his TV interviews with former President Richard Nixon, has died, his family told the BBC. He was 74.

Frost died of a suspected heart attack on Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech, the family said. The cruise company Cunard said its vessel left the English port of Southampton on Saturday for a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean.

Known for incisive interviews of leading public figures, Frost spent more than 50 years as a television star.

[ READ MORE: Sir David Frost, famed for Nixon interviews, dead at 74 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Lotfi Mansouri
(CBS SF/AP) – Lotfi Mansouri, a former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, has died. He was 84.

In a press release, the San Francisco Opera said Mansouri died Friday after a brief illness with pancreatic cancer and was surrounded by his family.

[ READ MORE: Former SF Opera Director Lotfi Mansouri Dies At 84 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Julie Harris
WEST CHATHAM, Mass. (CBS SF/AP) - Broadway star Julie Harris, who won an unprecedented five Tony Awards for best actress, has died. She was 87.

Actress and family friend Francesca James says Harris died Saturday at her home in West Chatham, Mass. She had previously suffered two strokes.

Harris' Tony-winning roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in "I Am a Camera" to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman show.

Television viewers knew her as the free-spirited Lilimae Clements in the 1980s series "Knots Landing."

Harris leaped to fame at age 24 playing a lonely 12-year-old tomboy in "The Member of the Wedding." She repeated the Broadway role in the 1952 film version. She was also James Dean's romantic co-star in "East of Eden."

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Notable Deaths 2013
Sid Bernstein
(CBS NEWS) - Sid Bernstein, the misty-eyed music promoter who booked such top acts as Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland and the Rolling Stones and hit the highest heights when he masterminded the Beatles' historic concerts at Shea Stadium and Carnegie Hall, died Wednesday, August 21st. He was 95.

His publicist confirmed Bernstein's death to CBS News. Bernstein's daughter, Casey Deutsch, said that he died in his sleep at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. She cited no specific illness, and said he died of natural causes.

[ READ MORE: Sid Bernstein, who brought Beatles to Shea Stadium, dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Elmore Leonard
DETROIT, MI (CBS NEWS) - Elmore Leonard, the beloved crime novelist whose acclaimed best-sellers and the movies made from them chronicled the violent deaths of many a thug and con man, has died. He was 87.

Leonard, winner of an honorary National Book Award in 2012, died Tuesday morning at his home in Bloomfield Township, a suburb of Detroit, from complications of a stroke, according to his researcher, Gregg Sutter. He was surrounded by family when he died, Sutter said.

His millions of fans, from bellhops to Saul Bellow, made all his books since "Glitz" (1985) best-sellers. When they flocked to watch John Travolta in the movie version of "Get Shorty" in 1995, its author became the darling of Hollywood's hippest directors. And book critics and literary lions, prone to dismiss crime novels as mere entertainments, competed for adjectives to praise him.

[ READ MORE: Elmore Leonard, "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight" novelist, dies at 87 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Lee Thompson Young
Los Angeles police say actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead Monday morning, August 19th. Young's manager, Jonathan Baruch, says Young took his life.

The actor started his career as a teenager in the TV series "The Famous Jett Jackson" and was co-starring in the series "Rizzoli & Isles."

[ READ MORE: Former Smallville Star, Lee Thompson Young Dead At 29 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jane Harvey
Jane Harvey, the jazz vocalist who performed with the likes of Desi Arnaz, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, died. She was 88.

A spokesman for Harvey says the singer died Thursday, August 15th at her home in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer.

Harvey began her career as a performer at Cafe Society in New York. She went on to record such songs as "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me," "Close as Pages in a Book" and "Only Another Boy and Girl" with the Goodman orchestra. She also recorded "A Rainy Night in Rio" with Arnaz and "A Hundred Dreams From Now" with Ellington.

Harvey is survived by her husband, William King, her son Bob Thiele Jr., daughter-in-law Amy Kanter Thiele and a grandson, Owen Thiele.

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Notable Deaths 2013
August Schellenberg
August Schellenberg, a Canadian actor who starred in the "Free Willy" films, has died at his Dallas home after a fight with lung cancer. He was 77.

The actor's agent, Jamie Levitt, says Schellenberg died Thursday, August 15th surrounded by his family.

Schellenberg appeared in numerous television roles and played the role of Randolph Johnson, a whale trainer in all three "Free Willy" movies movies -- "Free Willy" (1993), "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" (1995) and "Free Willy 3: The Rescue" (1997). In 2007, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Chief Sitting Bull in HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

Schellenberg's big-screen work also included appearing in the 2005 film, "The New World," alongside movie stars Christian Bale and Colin Farrell.

One of his last notable works was in 2012, when he played the lead role in an all Canadian cast of Shakespeare's "King Lear" at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, said his agent, Jamie Levitt.

[ READ MORE: "Free Willy" actor August Schellenberg dead at 77 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Lisa Robin Kelly
Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred in "That '70s Show," has died. She was 43.

Her agent told ETonline in a statement that Kelly died Wednesday night, adding, "Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years. I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night she lost the battle."

A cause of death has not been revealed yet.

Kelly has battled addiction over the years and was arrested in June in Southern California on suspicion of drunken driving. She and her husband, Robert Joseph Gilliam, were arrested in November 2012 in connection to a disturbance at their home in the Charlotte, N.C., suburb of Mooresville.

[ READ MORE: "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies at 43 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Gia Allemand
Gia Allemand, a model and reality TV star, died Wednesday, August 14th according to statement released by her family. She was 29.
According to that statement, Allemand was at her home in New Orleans on Monday when she was found by her boyfriend, New Orleans Pelicans player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt. Anderson called 911 and emergency medical crews arrived on the scene shortly afterward. She was taken to University Hospital and remained unconscious in critical condition and on life support.
The statement, released Wednesday, said, "Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today."
Allemand's mother, along with her boyfriend and friends, were at her bedside when she died.
Allemand started modeling at a young age, starring in Johnson & Johnson ads and appearing as a Gerber Baby. She later rose to fame as one of the contestants during the 2010-2011 seasons of "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad." More recently, she worked as a Pure Barre instructor in New Orleans and worked on raising awareness about rescuing homeless pets.
[ READ MORE: Reality TV Star Gia Allemand Dies At Age 29 ]
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Notable Deaths 2013
Jon Brookes
LONDON (CBS NEWS/AP) - Jon Brookes, drummer with British indie rock band The Charlatans, has died. He was 44 and had been treated for brain cancer.
The band said on its website that Brooks died in a hospital Tuesday, August 13th. Lead singer Tim Burgess tweeted that the band was "torn apart" by Brookes' death.

[ READ MORE: Charlatans Drummer Jon Brookes Dies At 44 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Eydie Gorme
LOS ANGELES (CBS NEWS) - Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, died. She was 84.

Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday, August 10th at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness, said her publicist, Howard Bragman.

Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen's local New York television show in 1953.

She sang solos and also did duets and comedy skits with Lawrence, a rising young singer who had joined the show a year earlier. When the program became NBC's "Tonight Show" in 1954, the young couple went with it.

They married in Las Vegas in 1957 and later performed for audiences there. Lawrence, the couple's son David and other loved ones were by her side when she died, Bragman said.

[ READ MORE: Singer Eydie Gorme Dies At 84 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Karen Black
(CBS NEWS) Karen Black, who appeared in more than 100 movies and was featured in such counterculture favorites as "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces" and "Nashville," died.

Black's husband, Stephen Eckelberry, says the actress died Thursday, August 8th from complications from cancer. She was 74.

[ READ MORE: Karen Black, "Five Easy Pieces" Star, Dead At 74 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Margaret Pellegrini
PHOENIX, AZ (CBS NEWS) - Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 classic movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 89.

Pellegrini suffered a stroke Monday at her Glendale home and died Wednesday, August 7th at a Phoenix-area hospital, said Ted Bulthaup, a Woodbridge, Ill., resident who owns a Chicago theater where Pellegrini and other Munchkins have made special appearances. Bulthaup said he learned of Pellegrini's death from her relatives.

With her death, only two of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie are still alive.

[ READ MORE: "Wizard of Oz" Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini Dies At 89 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Sean Franklin Sasser
AIDS activist Sean Sasser, who rose to fame on season 3 of MTV's "The Real World," died. He was 44.
Sasser's partner, Michael Kaplan, followed up Wednesday with a post on Facebook: "With broken heart over the loss of my life mate -- I share the news that Sean Franklin Sasser passed away early this evening, August 7, 2013. Having lived for 25 years with HIV, at the age of 44, Sean died after a short but difficult battle with Mesothelioma."

[ READ MORE: 'Real World San Francisco' Star, Sean Sasser Dies At 44 ]
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Notable Deaths 2013
George Duke
(CBS SF/AP) - A representative says the San Rafael-born, Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer George Duke, whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul, died. He was 67.
The representative said Duke died Monday night, August 5th in Los Angeles. He was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
During his 40-year-plus career, Duke appeared on a number of Frank Zappa's albums and played in the Don Ellis Orchestra and Cannonball Adderley's band. He played keyboard on Michael Jackson's multiplatinum 1979 album, "Off the Wall," and was a producer for Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Natalie Cole.

[ READ MORE: Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dies At 67 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Michael Ansara
CALABASAS, CA (CBS NEWS) - Michael Ansara, a television and movie actor whose roles included the Klingon Kang on "Star Trek," died.

A longtime friend and spokesman for Ansara told The Associated Press the actor died Wednesday, July 31st at his home in Calabasas, Calif., after a long illness. He was 91.

Besides the "Star Trek" role, Ansara appeared on dozens of TV shows, including "Broken Arrow," "Law of the Plainsman," "I Dream of Jeannie," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Murder, She Wrote."

But, as CBS' notes, "Star Trek" fans "embraced" Ansara's portrayal of Kang the Klingon commander (pictured). He reprised his role in two of the series' spinoff shows, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" in 1994 and "Star Trek: Voyager" in 1996, according to the site.

[ READ MORE: Michael Ansara, "Star Trek"'s Kang, dies at 91 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan, who played the captain in “Private Benjamin,” died at 80.

Kim Vasilakis, an assistant to Brennan’s managers, says Brennan died Sunday, July 28th in Burbank after a battle with bladder cancer.

Brennan got her first big role on the New York stage in the musical comedy “Little Mary Sunshine.” It won her the 1960 Obie award for best actress.

She went on to win fans for her sharp-tongued roles on television and in movies, including gruff Army Capt. Doreen Lewis in 1980′s “Private Benjamin,” aloof Mrs. Peacock in 1985′s “Clue,” and mean orphanage superintendent Miss Bannister in 1988′s “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.”

[ READ MORE: Actress Eileen Brennan Dead At 80 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
J.J. Cale
Cale, who wrote hit songs such as "After Midnight," "Cocaine" and "Call Me the Breeze," died on July 26th, at age 74.

If musicians were measured not by the number of records they sold but by the number of peers they influenced, JJ Cale would have been a towering figure in 1970s rock `n' roll.

His best songs like "After Midnight," "Cocaine" and "Call Me the Breeze" were towering hits — for other artists. Eric Clapton took "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" and turned them into the kind of hard-party anthems that defined rock for a long period of time. And Lynyrd Skynyrd took the easy-shuffling "Breeze" and supercharged it with a three-guitar attack that made it a hit.

[ READ MORE: Musician JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Dennis Farina
Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on "Law & Order," died.

Lori De Waal, his representative, says Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

[ READ MORE: Actor Dennis Farina Dead at 69 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Helen Thomas
WASHINGTON (CBS SF/AP) — Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday. She was 92.

Thomas, who died at her apartment in Washington, had been ill for a long time, and in and out of the hospital before coming home Thursday, according to a friend, Muriel Dobbin.

Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old, and as a pioneer for women in journalism.

She was persistent to the point of badgering. One White House press secretary described her questioning as "torture" — and he was one of her fans.

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Notable Deaths 2013
Cory Monteith
VANCOUVER ( — Police in Vancouver say actor and “Glee” star Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel room on Saturday, July 13th. Monteith was 31.

The Canadian-born Monteith was open about his battles with drugs and entered rehab a few months ago.

Raised by a single mother, Monteith first started battling drugs and alcohol when he was 16. He credited an intervention three years later with turning his life around.

It was “Glee” – where he played kind and understanding football player turned choral singer Finn Hudson, that made him a big TV star.

[ READ MORE: ‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Found Dead ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Joe Conley
THOUSAND OAKS (CBS LA/AP) — Joe Conley, an actor best known as the small town storekeeper on the TV series “The Waltons,” has died at age 85.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that according to wife Louise Conley, Joe Conley died at a care facility in Southern California on Sunday. She says he had suffered from dementia.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Conley had bit parts on 1960s series like “Green Acres” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” before he landed the role on CBS’s “The Waltons” in 1972 that would last nearly a decade.

[ READ MORE: TV’s ‘Waltons’ Storekeeper Joe Conley Dies At 85 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Bernie Nolan
Bernadette Nolan, a member of singing sister act The Nolans, has died of cancer. She was 52.

The singer's management agency, Urban Associates, said in a statement that Nolan died Thursday surrounded by her family.

"Bernie passed away peacefully this morning with all of her family around her. The entire family are devastated to have lost beloved Bernie, a wonderful wife, adoring mother and loving sister; she is irreplaceable," a spokeswoman for the family said, according to the Telegraph. "They kindly ask people to respect their privacy at this difficult time."

[ READ MORE: Sister-group Singer Bernie Nolan Dies At 52 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Doug Engelbart
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Doug Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and developer of early incarnations of email, word processing programs and the Internet, has died at the age of 88.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View confirmed the daughter of Doug Engelbart emailed them about his death Wednesday morning. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

Engelbart’s biggest breakthrough was the computer mouse, which he developed in the 1960s and patented in 1970. At the time, it was a wooden shell covering two metal wheels.

[ READ MORE: Remembering The Inventor Of The Computer Mouse ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jim Kelly
(CBS NEWS/AP) - Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in "Enter the Dragon" with Bruce Lee, died Saturday, June 29, 2013. He was 67.

Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic.

Marilyn Dishman, Kelly's ex-wife, said he died Saturday of cancer at his home in San Diego.

[ READ MORE: "Enter the Dragon" Actor Jim Kelly Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Justin Miller
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (CBS/AP) — Justin Miller, a pitcher for four teams during a major league career that spanned seven seasons was found dead in Florida. He was 35.

Miller’s death was confirmed by his agent, Matt Sosnick. Miller’s body was found Wednesday night, June 26th, but the cause of death hadn’t been released by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Miller pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers from 2002 to 2010. He had a career record of 24-14 in 216 games.

[ READ MORE: Former Giants Pitcher Justin Miller Found Dead At 35 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Richard Matheson
Richard Matheson, the prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer whose "I Am Legend" and "The Shrinking Man" were transformed into films, died at the age 87.

A spokesman for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films said Matheson died Sunday, June 23rd in Los Angeles. No other details were provided.

With a career spanning more than 60 years, Matheson crafted stories that deftly transitioned from the page to both the big and small screens. Several of his works were adapted into films, including 1953's "Hell House," 1956's "The Shrinking Man," 1958's "A Stir of Echoes" and 1978's "What Dreams May Come."

Matheson's 1954 sci-fi vampire novel "I Am Legend" inspired three different film adaptations: 1964's "The Last Man on Earth" starring Vincent Price, 1971's "Omega Man" starring Charlton Heston and 2007's "I Am Legend" starring Will Smith.

[ READ MORE: "I Am Legend" Author Richard Matheson Dies At 87 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Bobby "Blue" Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Further On Up the Road," died Sunday. He was 83.

Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives.

Bland was known as the "the Sinatra of the blues" and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the "Two Steps From the Blues" album cover, standing in front of a building with a coat thrown over his shoulder.

[ READ MORE: Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland Dies At 83 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
James Gandolfini
(CBS SF) — Emmy-award winning actor James Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal of Tony Soprano on the HBO television mobster drama “The Sopranos,” died of a heart attack Wednesday, June 19th while vacationing in Italy, HBO confirmed. He was 51.

Among Gandolfini’s lesser-known credits was an HBO documentary he did that was titled “Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq.” It featured U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jay Wilkerson as he underwent rehabilitation for his war injuries at the Palo Alto Veterans’ Administration Hospital.

“We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family,” HBO said in a statement issued about Gandolfini’s death.

[ READ MORE: ‘Sopranos’ Star James Gandolfini Dies At 51 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Slim Whitman
(CBS NEWS/AP) - Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy "Mars Attacks!," died Wednesday, June 19th of heart failure at a Florida hospital, according to his son-in-law. He was 90.

Whitman's tenor falsetto and ebony mustache and sideburns became global trademarks -- and an inspiration for countless jokes -- thanks to the TV commercials that pitched his records.

But he was a serious musical influence on early rock, and in the British Isles, he was known as a pioneer of country music for popularizing the style there. Whitman also encouraged a teenaged Elvis Presley when he was the headliner on the bill and the young singer was making his professional debut.

[ READ MORE: Slim Whitman: Country Singer Dies At Age 90 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Richard Ramirez
SAN QUENTIN (CBS/AP) — Richard Ramirez, the notorious serial killer known as the Night Stalker, died early Friday in a hospital, a state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation official said.

Ramirez, 53, “passed away this morning,” San Quentin State Prison spokesman Lt. Sam Robinson told The Associated Press. No other details were released.

Ramirez had been taken from death row to Marin General Hospital.

Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders that terrorized Southern California in 1984 and 1985, and was sentenced to death.

[ READ MORE: ‘Night Stalker’ Serial Killer Richard Ramirez Dies At Marin Hospital ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Joey Covington
PALM SPRINGS (CBS/AP) — Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington died in a Palm Springs car crash on Thursday, June 6th.

A Riverside County coroner’s report says the 67-year-old Palm Springs resident wasn’t wearing a seat belt when his car hit a retaining wall at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. He died at the scene.

The Palm Springs Desert Sun says police don’t believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

[ READ MORE: Former Jefferson Airplane Drummer Joey Covington Killed In Car Crash ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Esther Williams
BEVERLY HILLS ( — Former American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star Esther Williams died Thursday, June 6th at the age of 91.

Williams, who had been declining in health, died in her sleep in Beverly Hills, according to her publicist, Harlan Boll.

Williams became one of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers in the 1940s and ’50s, appearing in spectacular “Aqua Musicals” that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure, film critic and historian Leonard Maltin told KNX 1070.

[ READ MORE: Actress, Swimmer Esther Williams Dies At 91 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jean Stapleton
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Jean Stapleton, the stage-trained character actress who played Archie Bunker’s far better half, the sweetly naive Edith, in TV’s groundbreaking 1970s comedy “All in the Family,” died, Friday, May 31st. She was 90.

[ READ MORE: Bay Area Mourns The Death Of Jean Stapleton, TV’s Edith Bunker ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jack Vance
OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) - Jack Vance, an award-winning mystery, fantasy and science fiction author who wrote more than 60 books, died on Sunday, May 26th. He was 96.

[ READ MORE: Author Jack Vance Dies At Home In Oakland ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Gene Burns
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) – Long-time Bay Area talk-show host Gene Burns died, Saturday May 25th. Burns was best known in San Francisco for his political and social commentary talk show, “The Gene Burns Program.” In 2012, Burns wrote on his blog that he was recovering from a stroke that resulted in a language disorder. He was 72-years-old.

[ READ MORE: Legendary Bay Area Talk-Show Host Gene Burns Dies At 72 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Ray Manzarek
Ray Manzarek, the founding keyboardist of The Doors, died of bile duct cancer in Germany, according to a post on the group’s official Facebook page. Manzarek was 74.

Manzarek died Monday, May 20th at 12:31 p.m. at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany surrounded by his wife, Dorothy, and his brothers, Rick and James.

Manzarek was best known for his work with the Doors after a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison, according to the Facebook post. The controversial rock group sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

[ READ MORE: The Doors Founding Keyboardist Ray Manzarek Dies At 74 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Dr. Joyce Brothers
(CBSSF/AP) | Popular psychologist, columnist, and television and film personality Joyce Brothers, died. She was 85. Longtime publicist Sanford Brokaw says Brothers died Monday, May 13th in New York City. She was a pioneer of the television advice show.

Her celebrity took off after she entered a television quiz show called The $64,000 Question. She became the only woman to ever win the show's top prize.

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Jeanne Cooper
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Notable Deaths 2013
Ray Harryhausen
(CBSSF/AP) | Ray Harryhausen, a master of movie special effects whose work was beloved by fantasy film lovers and influenced industry heavyweights such as George Lucas and Peter Jackson, has died. He was 92.

Biographer and longtime friend Tony Dalton confirmed that Harryhausen died Tuesday at London’s Hammersmith Hospital.

Dalton said it was too soon to tell the exact cause of death, but described Harryhausen’s passing as “very gentle and very quiet.”

Harryhausen’s films included “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,” “Valley of the Gwangi” and “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” and the original “Clash of The Titans” in 1981.

[ READ MORE: Bay Area Filmmakers Pay Tribute To Visual Effects Legend Ray Harryhausen ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jeff Hanneman
(LIVE 105) | Slayer's legendary guitarist & founding member, Jeff Hanneman died, Thursday, May 2nd of liver failure. “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11:00am this morning near his Southern California home. He was 49. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry.

[ READ MORE: Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Passes Away At 49 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Chris Kelly (pictured left)
ATLANTA, GA (CBS NEWS) | Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with the frenetic "Jump," died, May 1st according to authorities. He was 34.

Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said the 34-year-old Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.

Kelly, known as "Mac Daddy," and Chris Smith, known as "Daddy Mac," were introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair in an Atlanta mall. The duo wore their clothes backwards as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.

Their first, and by far most successful song, was "Jump." The hit, off their multiplatinum 1992 debut album "Totally Krossed Out," featured the two trading versus and rapping the refrain, the song's title. The duo had surprising maturity in their rap delivery, though the song was written by Dupri. It would become a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally, and one of the most popular of that year.

[ READ MORE: Kriss Kross Member Chris Kelly Dies At 34 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jerry Graham
SANTA CRUZ (KPIX 5) — Longtime Bay Area television and radio personality Jerry Graham died on Monday, a day before his 79th birthday.

Graham was born with the name Gerald Granowsky in Indianapolis in 1934. He graduated from Indiana University, with a degree in radio and television production.

Graham hosted the show “Pacific Currents” on KPIX 5 back in the 1970s. He was perhaps best known for hosting “Bay Area Backroads” on KRON-TV, which featured the area’s hidden gems.

[ READ MORE: Former KPIX Personality, Broadcaster Jerry Graham Dies At 78 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
George Jones
NASHVILLE (CBS DALLAS-FW/AP) | George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” died. He was 81.

Jones died Friday, April 26th at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to his publicist Kirt Webster. He had been hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure, forcing him to postpone two shows.

[ READ MORE: George Jones, Country Superstar, Dies At 81 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Allan Arbus
(CBS NEWS/AP) - Alan Arbus (pictured, left), the actor and photographer who played psychiatrist Major Sidney Freedman on the classic TV series "M*A*S*H," has died at the age of 95.

He died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, The New York Times reports. His daughter, Amy Arbus, confirmed his death to the paper.

In addition to his role on "M*A*S*H," Arbus also appeared on shows like "Matlock," "Taxi," "The Odd Couple," "Starsky & Hutch," "Judging Amy," and "NYPD Blue." His final on-screen appearance came in 2000, on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

[ READ MORE: Allan Arbus, "M*A*S*H" Actor Who Played Psychiatrist, Dies At 95 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Richie Havens
Richie Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock, has died of a heart attack Monday, his family said in a statement. He was 72.

Havens, a folk singer and guitarist, was the first performer at the three-day 1969 Woodstock Festival. He returned to the site during the 40th anniversary in 2009.

"Everything in my life, and so many others, is attached to that train," he said in a 2009 interview with The Associated Press.

[ READ MORE: Woodstock Singer Richie Havens, 72, Dies of Heart Attack ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Chrissy Amphlett
Chrissy Amphlett, the raunchy lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls whose hit "I Touch Myself" brought her international fame in the early 1990s, died at her home in New York city on Sunday, April 21st. She was 53 years old.

"Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity," her musician husband Charley Drayton said in a statement.

"Chrissy's light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity. She always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women," he said.

Amphlett was an icon of Australian music renowned for her distinctive singing voice as well as edgy stage performances clad in school uniforms and fishnet stockings.

[ READ MORE: 'I Touch Myself' Singer Chrissy Amphlett Dead At 53 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Richard LeParmentier
AUSTIN, Texas (CBS NEWS) - Character actor Richard LeParmentier, who as a young Death Star commander learned the hard way that Darth Vader brooks no disrespect, died Tuesday, April 16th. He was 66.

LeParmentier died suddenly Tuesday morning in Austin while visiting his children, said his publicist, Derek Maki. Maki said he does not know the cause.

[ READ MORE: "Star Wars" Actor Richard LeParmentier, Victim of Vader, Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Pat Summerall
DALLAS, TX (KCBS/AP) - Pat Summerall, the deep-voiced NFL player-turned-broadcaster who spent half of his four decades calling sports famously paired with John Madden, died Tuesday. He was 82.

Susie Wiles, Summerall’s daughter, said her father died in Dallas.

“He was an extraordinary man and a wonderful father,” Wiles said. “I know he will be greatly missed.”

Summerall was part of network television broadcasts for 16 Super Bowls. His last championship game was for Fox on Feb. 3, 2002, also his last game with longtime partner Madden. The popular duo worked together for 21 years, moving to Fox in 1994 after years as the lead team for />
[ READ MORE: Pat Summerall, Madden’s Longtime NFL Broadcast Partner, Dead At 82 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Frank Bank
LOS ANGELES (CBS NEWS) - Frank Bank, who played oafish troublemaker Lumpy on the sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," has died. He was 71.

A spokesman for the Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles says Bank died Saturday, April 13th. No other details were provided.

Bank played Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the popular sitcom, which ran from 1957 to 1963.

Lumpy served as the series' loveable bully. He usually palled around with Wally Cleaver and often pushed around young "Beaver" Cleaver.

[ READ MORE: "Leave It to Beaver" Actor Frank Bank Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Chi Cheng
(RADIO.COM) – Despite recent signs of improvement in his condition, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passed away unexpectedly early Saturday morning, April 13th.

The 42-year old Sacramento-based musician had been in a coma-like semi conscious state since a 2008 car accident left him badly injured. Not wearing his sat belt, Cheng was ejected from the vehicle during a high-speed head-on collision.

According to a statement posted to, Cheng’s mother (Mom J) said his heart had stopped.

[ READ MORE: Sacramento Band ‘Deftones’ Bassist, Chi Cheng Dead At 42 ]

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Jonathan Winters
(CBS SF/AP) - Comedian Jonathan Winters, whose breakneck improvisations inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, has died at age 87.

Longtime family friend Joe Petro III says the Ohio native died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes.[ READ MORE: Groundbreaking Improv Comic Jonathan Winters Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Annette Funicello
BAKERSFIELD, CA (CBS SF/AP) - Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon on a string of '60s fun-in-the-sun movies with names like "Beach Party Bingo" and "Bikini Beach," died Monday, April 8th. She was 70.

She died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield of complications from multiple sclerosis, the Walt Disney Co. said.

Funicello stunned fans and friends in 1992 with the announcement about her ailment. Yet she was cheerful and upbeat, grappling with the disease with a courage that contrasted with her lightweight teen image of old.

"She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney's brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent," said Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO.

[ READ MORE: Beloved Actress, Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dead At 70 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Margaret Thatcher
LONDON (CBS NEWS) - Margaret Thatcher, the first female British prime minister referred to by both ardent supporters and critics as "The Iron Lady," died Monday, April 8th. She was 87.

Her former spokesman Tim Bell said she suffered from a stroke.

Tough and proud of it, Thatcher was the steeliest British Prime Minister of modern times.

Born Margaret Roberts in 1925, she became a chemist, a proud housewife, and a Conservative member of Parliament, which, she thought, was as far as she would get.

"I don't think we will see a woman prime minister in my lifetime," Thatcher once said.[ READ MORE: Former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies At 87 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Les Blank
BERKELEY (CBS SF/AP) - Les Blank, an acclaimed documentary maker who focused his camera on cultural corners ranging from blues music, to garlic lovers, to shoe-eating artists, died Sunday, April 7th at age 77, his son said.

Blank died at his home in Berkeley nearly a year after being diagnosed with bladder cancer, Harrod Blank said.

Blank's 42 films earned him a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.

[ READ MORE: Acclaimed Documentary Maker Les Blank Dies At 77 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Roger Ebert
CHICAGO (CBS SF/AP) – Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who become the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation’s most influential thumb, died Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 70.

Ebert had been a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967. He had announced on his blog Wednesday that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer.

[ READ MORE: Famed Movie Critic Roger Ebert Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jane Henson
GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Puppeteer and philanthropist Jane Henson, the widow of the legendary Jim Henson, died Tuesday, April 2nd at her home in Connecticut.

Mrs. Henson, who was the co-creator of the iconic Muppets, passed away following a long battle with cancer, according to a news release from the Jim Henson Foundation. She was 78.

[ READ MORE: Jane Henson, Muppets Co-Creator And Widow Of Jim Henson, Dies At 78 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Phil Ramone
NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) - Phil Ramone, the masterful Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, died Saturday, March 30th of complications stemming from heart surgery, his family said. He was 79.

Ramone, who lived in Wilton, Conn., had elective surgery on Feb. 27 to prevent an aortic aneurysm, son Matt Ramone said. He later developed pneumonia and died Saturday morning at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the son said.

[ READ MORE: Phil Ramone, Grammy-winning Producer, Dead At 79 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Richard Griffiths
(CBS NEWS) | Richard Griffiths, the versatile British actor who played the boy wizard's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the "Harry Potter" movies, died Friday, March 29th. He was 65.

Agent Simon Beresford announced Friday that Griffiths died a day earlier of complications following heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England.

He paid tribute to Griffiths as "a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors."

Griffiths appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but will be most widely remembered as a pair of contrasting uncles - the hero's grudging Muggle guardian in the "Harry Potter" series, and flamboyant Uncle Monty in 1980s cult classic "Withnail and I."

"I was proud to say I knew him," said "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe.

[ READ MORE: Richard Griffiths, 'Harry Potter' Star, Dies At 65 ]

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Harry Reems
(CBS NEWS) - Harry Reems, star of the 1972 porn film crossover hit "Deep Throat," has died at age 65. Reems, who was born Herbert Streicher, died Tuesday afternoon, March 20th at the veterans' hospital in Salt Lake City. Reems' wife confirmed his death Wednesday.

The cause of death hasn't been determined, but Reems was suffering from multiple medical issues, including pancreatic cancer.

[ READ MORE: 'Deep Throat" Star Harry Reems Dies At 65 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jack Greene
(CBS NEWS) | Jack Greene, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star whose song "There Goes My Everything" won single of the year from the Country Music Association in 1967, died on March 15th. He was 83.

The song showed off his deep voice, made him a star and earned him the CMA's male vocalist of the year award in 1967. Greene performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry beginning that year.

[ READ MORE: Country Singer Jack Greene Dies In Nashville ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Clive Burr
LONDON (CBSSF/AP) - Clive Burr, former drummer with heavy metal icons Iron Maiden, died. He was 56 and had been suffering from multiple sclerosis.

The band says on its official website that Burr died peacefully in his sleep at his London home Tuesday, March 12th.

Band founder and bass player Steve Harris said Burr "was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out."

Born in London in 1957, Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979 and played on the band's first three albums - "Iron Maiden," "Killers" and "The Number of the Beast." He contributed to the band's distinctive hard-driving sound on classic songs like "Run for the Hills," but left in 1982, before Iron Maiden became 1980s mega-stars.

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Notable Deaths 2013
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
(CBS NEWS) - Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela for the last 14 years, died Tuesday, March 5th following his treatment for cancer. His death was announced by the country's vice president Nicolas Maduro, ending a months-long period of speculation surrounding his health -- a period often marked by secrecy and rumor. He was 58.

The popular but controversial leader had won his fourth presidential term in 2012 but was never sworn in due to his failing health.

The career military officer-turned-politician won friends and enemies as he launched poverty-fighting programs, nationalized key industries and forged alliances with other leftist leaders in Latin America -- particularly the Castro brothers in Cuba.

[ READ MORE: Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan Leader & U.S. Foil, Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Bobby Rogers
Bobby Rogers, a founding member of Motown group The Miracles and a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died Sunday, March 3rd at his suburban Detroit home. He was 73.

Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls said Rogers died about 6 a.m. in Southfield. Rogers had been ill for several years.

Rogers formed the group in 1956 with cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White and Robinson. Their hits included "Shop Around," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Going to a Go-Go," "I Second That Emotion" and "The Tears of a Clown."

[ READ MORE: Motown Legend Bobby Rogers Dies At 73 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Bonnie Franklin
LOS ANGELES ( — Actress and humanitarian Bonnie Franklin has died due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69.

Franklin, who died Friday, March 1st, surrounded by her family and friends, was best known for her role as Ann Romano on the longest-running hit CBS television series “One Day at a Time”.

[ READ MORE: Actress, Humanitarian Bonnie Franklin Dies At 69 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Van Cliburn
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Famed pianist Van Cliburn passed away Wednesday, February 27th at the age of 78. The musician had been suffering from bone cancer since August, and was being cared for at his home in Fort Worth.

According to his publicist, Mary Lou Falcone, the musician died peacefully in his home, surrounded by loved ones. “It always comes as a shock,” she told KRLD. “He’s been ill, diagnosed with bone cancer at the end of August, and valiantly fought and lost the battle.”

[ READ MORE: Famed Pianist Van Cliburn Dies At 78 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
C. Everett Koop
C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking, has died in New Hampshire at age 96.

An assistant at Koop's Dartmouth institute, Susan Wills, said he died Monday, February 25th in Hanover, where he had a home. She didn't disclose his cause of death.

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Notable Deaths 2013
Zheng Cao
After a long battle with cancer, renowned mezzo-soprano singer, Zheng Cao passed away in San Francisco at the age of 46. Cao died Thursday night, February 21st. She regularly appeared with the San Francisco Opera as well as other leading companies around the world.

Recently Cao performed in the title role of the world premiere of "The Bonesetter's Daughter," and made special appearances at Cal Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Cao leaves behind her husband, Dr. David Larson, her parents and a sister.

Pictured here, Zheng Cao performs the USA National Anthem during the Opening Ceremony for The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course on October 7, 2009 in San Francisco, California

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Notable Deaths 2013
Jerry Buss
LOS ANGELES ( — Dr. Jerry Buss, whose ownership of the Los Angeles Lakers transformed the team into one of the most prestigious franchises in professional sports, died on Monday. He was 80 years old.

Buss had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for “an undisclosed form of cancer,” CBS2 News had previously confirmed, but the Associated Press reported the immediate cause of death was kidney failure.

[ READ MORE: LA Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dead At 80 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Mindy McCready
(CBS-LA) | Troubled country singer Mindy McCready has reportedly committed suicide. McCready was 37. She reportedly shot herself.

Malinda Gayle “Mindy” McCready was known for her debut album (1996′s “Ten Thousand Angels”) and a stint on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

While McCready hadn’t charted in some time, she was a fixture in the tabloid TV and magazine world.

[ READ MORE: Troubled Country Crooner Mindy McCready Reportedly Commits Suicide ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Stuart Freeborn
LONDON, ENGLAND (CBS NEWS) – Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 98.

San Francisco-based, Lucasfilm confirmed that Freeborn had passed away, “leaving a legacy of unforgettable contributions.”

“Star Wars” director George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was “already a makeup legend” when he started working on “Star Wars.”

“He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy,” Lucas said.

[ READ MORE: Stuart Freeborn, ‘Star Wars’ Makeup Artist, Dies ]

(credit: Lucasfilm)

Notable Deaths 2013
Former Mayor Ed Koch
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has died. He was 88.

Spokesman George Arzt said Koch died at 2 a.m. at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital of congestive heart failure. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

Koch was moved to intensive care on Thursday after being admitted to the hospital on Monday with shortness of breath. He had just been released from the hospital last week after being treated for water in his lungs and legs.

[ READ MORE: Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Dead At 88 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Patty Andrews
LOS ANGELES (CBS LA) | Patty Andrews, the last survivor of the three singing Andrews sisters, died in Los Angeles at age 94.

Andrews died Wednesday, January 30th at her home in suburban Northridge of natural causes, said family spokesman Alan Eichler.

Andrews Sisters hits such as the rollicking “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” and the poignant “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” captured the home-front spirit of World War II.

[ READ MORE: Patty Andrews Of ‘The Andrews Sisters’ Dies At 94 ]

The Andrew Sister, pictured from the top: LaVerne, Patty and Maxene (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Notable Deaths 2013
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died. He was 69 years old. The Ohio Players, known for their brassy dance music and flamboyant outfits, topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Love Rollercoaster," "Fire," "Skin Tight" and "Funky Worm."

On Monday morning, a spokeswoman for Newcomer Funeral Home in the Dayton, Ohio, suburb of Kettering said that the family hadn't scheduled any public services. There was also a posting about his death on his current band's Facebook page.

[ READ MORE: Ohio Players frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Dead At 69 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Stan Musial
ST. LOUIS (CBS NEWS) - Stan Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals star with the corkscrew stance and too many batting records to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque, died Saturday January 19th. He was 92.

Stan the Man was so revered in St. Louis that he has two statues outside Busch Stadium — one just wouldn't do him justice. He was one of baseball's greatest hitters, shining in the mold of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio even without the bright lights of the big city.

[ READ MORE: Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies at age 92 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Earl Weaver
BALTIMORE (CBS NEWS) - Earl Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles seemingly was engaged in nearly as many arguments with umpires, died. He was 82.

Dick Gordon, Weaver's marketing agent, said Saturday that Weaver died while on a Caribbean cruise sponsored by the Orioles. Gordon said Weaver's wife told him that Weaver went back to his cabin after dinner and began choking between 10:30 and 11 Friday night, January 18th. Gordon said a cause of death has not been determined.

[ READ MORE: Fiery Orioles manager Earl Weaver dead at 82 ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Pauline Philips aka 'Abigail Van Buren' / 'Dear Abby'
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running “Dear Abby” advice column that was followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, died. She was 94.

Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick said Phillips died Wednesday, January 16th after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

[ READ MORE: SF Chronicle’s ‘Dear Abby’ Creator Dies At 94 ]

Notable Deaths 2013
Conrad Bain
LIVERMORE (CBS/AP) — Conrad Bain, who starred as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” died.

His daughter says Bain died Monday, January 15th of natural causes in his hometown of Livermore, Calif. He was 89.

[ READ MORE: ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Dad Conrad Bain Dies In Livermore Home ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Ned Wertimer
LOS ANGELES (CBS SF/AP) - Ned Wertimer, who played Ralph the Doorman on all 11 seasons of the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died.

Wertimer's manager Brad Lemack said Tuesday that the 89-year-old actor died at a Los Angeles-area nursing home on Jan. 2, following a November fall at his home in Burbank.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., and a Navy pilot during World War II, Wertimer had one-off roles on dozens of TV shows from the early 1960s through the late 1980s, including "Car 54 Where Are You?" and "Mary Tyler Moore."

But he was best known by far as Ralph Hart, the uniformed, mustachioed doorman at the luxury apartment building on "The Jeffersons," the "All In the Family" spinoff that ran from 1975 to 1985.

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Notable Deaths 2013
David R. Ellis
LOS ANGELES (CBS NEWS - David R. Ellis, the actor-turned-stuntman-turned-director of "Snakes on a Plane," has died. He was 60 years old.

Ellis' manager, David Gardner, confirmed the director's death Monday, January 7th and said Ellis' body was found in a hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ellis was in Johannesburg working on "Kite," a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime film that was to have starred "Snakes on a Plane" actor Samuel L. Jackson.

Gardner declined to provide additional details, and no cause of death has been released.

"So sad to hear of David R. Ellis passing!" Jackson tweeted on Monday. "So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He'll be missed. Gone too soon!"

[ READ MORE: "Snakes on a Plane" director David R. Ellis dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Huell Howser
LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Huell Howser, the homespun host of public television’s popular “California’s Gold,” has died at age 67.

A spokeswoman for KCET-Los Angeles says Howser died Sunday night, January 6th of natural causes.

[ READ MORE: ‘California’s Gold’ TV Host Huell Howser Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2013
Patti Page
NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Patti Page, whose "Tennessee Waltz" is one of the best-selling recordings ever, died Tuesday, January 1st. She was 85.

Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., her rep said in a statement sent to

Page, who was to be honored by the Recording Academy in a pre-Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony on Feb. 9, was one of the top-selling female singers in history with more than 100 million record sales. She created a distinctive sound for the music industry in 1947 by overdubbing her own voice when she didn't have enough money to hire backup singers for the single, "Confess."

Page is survived by her son, Daniel O'Curran; daughter, Kathleen Ginnp; and sister, Peggy Layton.

[ READ MORE: Singer Patti Page Is Dead At Age 85 ]

Patti Page (credit: Last.FM)


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