Notable Deaths 2014

Notable Deaths 2014
Elizabeth Peña
LOS ANGELES ( — Actress Elizabeth Pena, known for playing funny and often spunky women, died at the age of 55, according to her nephew.

Pena's nephew, writer Mario-Francisco Robles, announced his aunt's death on the Latino-Review website. Pena died Tuesday, October 14th at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of undisclosed causes.

The actress first rose to prominence in the 1986 movie "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," playing the sexy and political maid. She followed that up with another prominent role in the Richie Valens bio-pic "La Bamba" playing Valens' stepsister-in-law. Most recently, Pena played Pilar, Sofia Vergara's mother on the sitcom "Modern Family."

[ READ MORE: Prolific Movie, TV Actress Elizabeth Pena Dead At 55 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Oscar de la Renta
NEW YORK (CBS SF/AP) – Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.

De la Renta died at home Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family and friends and “more than a few dogs,” according to a handwritten statement signed by his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen.

“While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company,” the statement said. “All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.”

[ READ MORE: Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies at 82 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Oscar Taveras
ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in a car crash, Sunday, October 26th in Taveras’ native Dominican Republic. The Cardinals have confirmed the tragedy to St. Louis’ KMOX.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak issued this preliminary statement, “Obviously, we have deep condolences to his family. We are still waiting for more details before issuing a full statement.”

National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete confirmed Taveras’ death on his Twitter account. Taveras’ agent and the Cardinals’ representative in the Caribbean country also said Sunday that the outfielder had died.

[ READ MORE: Oscar Taveras Dies in Car Crash ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Marcia Strassman
LOS ANGELES ( — Actress Marcia Strassman, best known for playing put-upon wife Julie on the sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died. Strassman was 66.

The actress lost her seven-year battle with cancer Saturday, according to her sister. While many media reports say Strassman died of breast cancer, her daughter told KCAL9 that her mother died from bone cancer. Strassman was also known for starring in the film "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and the sequel "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid."

On "Kotter," Strassman played straight foil to comedian Gabriel Kaplan who played a Brooklyn school teacher to a bunch of ne’er do well students called the Sweathogs. The show ran on ABC from September 1975 to June 1979 and helped launch future movie star John Travolta.

[ READ MORE: ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ Actress Marcia Strassman Dead At 66 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Brad Halsey
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (CBS/AP) — Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey died Thursday, November 4, 2014 in a recreational climbing accident. He was 33.

Police in Comal County said an investigation was still ongoing into Friday's accident in the Texas Hill Country area. The Lux Funeral Home said services were pending.

Halsey went 14-19 in 88 games with the New York Yankees, Arizona and Oakland from 2004-06. The left-hander most recently pitched in the minors for the Yankees in 2011.

[ READ MORE: Former Athletics Pitcher Brad Halsey, 33, Dies After 100-Foot Fall ]

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Alvin Dark
EASLEY, S.C. (CBS SF) — Alvin Dark, manager of the San Francisco Giants in the 1960s and the Oakland Athletics in the 1970s following a stellar career as a player – has died at the age of 92.

Dark passed away Thursday at his home in South Carolina according to a local funeral home.

Dark guided the Oakland A’s to the team’s third straight World Series win in 1974. It was his second stint as manager of the A’s, the first in the mid-60s when the team was based in Kansas City. He also managed the Giants during the team’s first World Series appearance after moving from New York in 1962.

[ READ MORE: Former Giants, Athletics Manager Alvin Dark Dies; Won World Series As Both Player & Manager ]

Notable Deaths 2014
Diem Brown
(CBS NEWS) - Diem Brown has lost a long battle with cancer. The reality star and advocate for cancer survivors died Friday, November 14th in a New York hospital, according to E! Network correspondent Alicia Quarles. She was 32.

Brown first won fame nearly a decade ago as a competitor on MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge." She was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 23, and announced her real-life challenge on the show.

[ READ MORE: Diem Brown, MTV "Challenge" Star, Dies At 32 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Mike Nichols
(CBS SF/AP) - Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," "Angels in America" and "Monty Python’s Spamalot," died Wednesday evening, November 19th. He was 83.

During a career spanning more than 50 years, Nichol, who was married to ABC’s Diane Sawyer, managed to be both an insider and outsider, an occasional White House guest and friend to countless celebrities who was as likely to satirize the elite as he was to mingle with them. A former stand-up performer who began his career in a groundbreaking comedy duo with Elaine May and whose work brought him an Academy Award, a Grammy and multiple Tony and Emmy honors, Nichols had a remarkable gift for mixing edgy humor and dusky drama.

[ READ MORE: Director Mike Nichols Dead At 83 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Marion Barry
WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) – Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.

Instead, Barry will be remembered for a single night in a downtown Washington hotel room and the grainy video that showed him lighting a crack pipe in the company of a much-younger woman. When FBI agents burst in, he referred to her with an expletive. She “set me up,” Barry said.

Barry died Sunday, November 23rd at 78. His family said in statement that Barry died shortly after midnight at the United Medical Center, after having been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday. No cause of death was given, but his spokeswoman LaToya Foster said he collapsed outside his home.

[ READ MORE: Director Mike Nichols Dead At 83 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Roberto Gomez Bolanos
MEXICO CITY (CBS NEWS/AP) - Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character "El Chavo del Ocho" that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday, November 29th, the Televisa television network said. He was 85.

Known as "Chespirito" (ches-pee-REE-to), he changed comedy in Latin America, taking his inspiration from Laurel and Hardy as well as Mexico's other transcendent comedian who eventually made it to Hollywood, Cantinflas. The cause of death was not immediately announced.

His two most famous characters were "El Chavo del Ocho," who lived in the homes of Latin America and beyond with his barrel, freckles, striped shirt and frayed cap, and the naive superhero "El Chapulin Colorado," or "The Crimson Grasshopper." His morning show was a staple for preschoolers, much like "Captain Kangaroo" in the United States.

[ READ MORE: Roberto Gomez Bolanos, Latin American Tv's "Chespirito," Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Ryan Knight
(CBS NEWS) - Ryan Knight, who appeared on MTV's "The Real World: New Orleans" in 2010 and "The Challenge" in 2013 died, Thursday, November 27th 2014 at the age of 28. The network announced on Thursday, "The Real World family has lost another member." It was the second death of a "Challenge" cast member in November.

[ READ MORE: Ryan Knight of MTV's "Real World" Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Little Jimmy Dickens
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS NEWS) - Little Jimmy Dickens, the longest-running member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94.

Dickens died at a Nashville-area hospital of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day, the Opry said in a statement.

Dickens joined the Opry in 1948, and last performed there on Dec. 20, 2014, his birthday. As part of the celebration, he sang "Out Behind The Barn" and delivered his trademark comedy.

Dickens had expressed his love of performing at the Opry.

[ READ MORE: Grand Ole Opry Star Little Jimmy Dickens Dies At 94 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Edward Herrmann
(CBS NEWS) – Emmy Award-winning actor Edward Herrmann has died. He was 71.

His manager, Robbie Kass, confirmed his death to CBS News, noting, "Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed."

He died Wednesday morning, December 31st at a New York hospital. Herrmann was probably best known for playing Richard Gilmore on the "Gilmore Girls," which ran on the CW from 2006-2007.

[ READ MORE: 'Gilmore Girls' Actor Edward Herrmann Dies At 71 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Juanita Moore
(CBS NEWS) - Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner's black friend in the classic weeper "Imitation of Life," died.

Actor Kirk Kelleykahn, her grandson, said that Moore collapsed and died Wednesday, January 1st at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99, according to Kelleykahn. Accounts of her age have differed over the years.

[ READ MORE: Juanita Moore, Oscar nominated actress, dead at 99 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Phil Everly
BURBANK ( — Phil Everly, half of the popular duo the Everly Brothers, died Friday in Burbank, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 74-year-old passed away due to complications from chronic pulmonary disease, Everly’s wife, Patti, told the Times.

“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she told the newspaper, adding that her husband was a longtime smoker.

The Everly Brothers gained notoriety in the 1950s and 1960s with hits that include “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.”

[ READ MORE: Phil Everly, Half Of The Everly Brothers, Dies At 74 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Saul Zaentz
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Legendary movie producer Saul Zaentz, died Friday at his San Francisco home due to complications of Alzheimer’s, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 92.

Nephew Paul Zaentz, a producer in his own right, confirmed his uncle’s passing. “He was an extraordinary man,” Paul Zaentz said. “He had a lot of guts, a lot of integrity.”

Most notably, Zaentz has won three Best Picture Academy Awards for 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” 1984’s Amadeus” and 1996’s “The English Patient.” Zaentz also produced other films such as the 1978 animated version of “The Lord Of The Rings,” “The Mosquito Coast” starring Harrison Ford, “The Unbearable Lightness Of Being,” in 1988 and 2006’ “Goya’s Ghost” directed by Milos Forman.

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Notable Deaths 2014
Larry D. Mann
LOS ANGELES (CBS SF/AP) - Larry D. Mann, who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas favorite "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," has died. He was 91. His son, Richard Mann, says the actor died of age-related causes on Monday in Los Angeles.

Beginning in the 1950s, the Canadian-born Mann had small roles in movies, including "The Sting" and "In the Heat of the Night." On TV, his appearances included "Gunsmoke," "Bewitched" and "Hill Street Blues." He also did voice work for animated shows, including 1964's "Rudolph." His son says Mann's last role before retirement was playing a talent agent in the 1991 TV show "Homefront."

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Notable Deaths 2014
Run Run Shaw
HONG KONG (CBS NEWS/AP) - Pioneering Hong Kong movie producer Run Run Shaw, whose studio popularized the kung fu genre that influenced Quentin Tarantino and other Hollywood directors, died Tuesday. He was 107.

No cause of death was given in a statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), which Shaw helped found in 1967.

His Shaw Brothers Studios, once among the world's largest, helped launch the careers of powerhouses including director John Woo and churned out nearly 1,000 movies. His television empire helped actors including Chow Yun-fat rise to fame. He also produced a handful of U.S. films, including the 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner."

[ READ MORE: Pioneering movie producer Run Run Shaw dies at age 107 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Ariel Sharon
(CBS NEWS) - Ariel Sharon's life was one of dramatic highs and lows. As a soldier, he was both a war hero and a national disgrace. As a politician, he was a brazen leader who fought for Israel’s security, but became despised for withdrawing unilaterally from the Gaza Strip and offering Palestinians a state of their own.

His son, Gilad Sharon, announced his death Saturday, January 11th saying "he went when he decided to go."

[ READ MORE: Ariel Sharon, former prime minister of Israel, dies at 85 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Russell Johnson
(CBS NEWS) - The actor who played "The Professor" on "Gilligan's Island," Russell Johnson, has died. His agent, Mike Eisenstadt, told CBS News that Johnson died Thursday morning, January 16th at his home in Washington State of natural causes. He was 89.

Johnson was a busy but little-known character actor, who had made guest appearances on shows like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Twilight Zone," when he was cast in the slapstick 1960s comedy about seven people marooned on an uncharted Pacific island.

His character, high school science teacher Roy Hinkley, built generators and other gadgets out of scraps of junk found on the island. Johnson later joked that the one thing The Professor never figured out how to do was to fix the leaky boat so the group could get back to civilization.

During its three-season run on CBS, critics lambasted the show. But after its 1967 cancellation, it found generations of new fans in reruns and reunion movies, including 1978's "Rescue from Gilligan's Island" and 1981's "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island."

[ READ MORE: Russell Johnson, "Gilligan" professor, has died ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Dave Madden
(CBS NEWS) - Dave Madden, the actor best known for his role as band manager Reuben Kincaid on the hit 1970s series “The Partidge Family,” died in Florida on Thursday, January 16th. He was 82.

Born in Canada but raised in Terre Haute, Ind., Madden served in the U.S. Air Force as a youth. While stationed in North Africa, he is said to have once performed a magic act for King Idris of Libya. He graduated from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, with a B.A. in Radio and Television in 1959.

Madden got his entry into show business in 1962 as a guest comedian on “The Merv Griffin Show,” before going on to several guest spots on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1963.

[ READ MORE: "Partridge Family" star Dave Madden dead at 82 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Pete Seeger
NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) - Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage, died Monday at the age of 94.

Seeger's grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. Family members were with him.

"He was chopping wood 10 days ago," Cahill-Jackson recalled.

Seeger - with his a lanky frame, banjo and full white beard - was an iconic figure in folk music. He performed with the great minstrel Woody Guthrie in his younger days and marched with Occupy Wall Street protesters in his 90s, leaning on two canes. He wrote or co-wrote "If I Had a Hammer," ''Turn, Turn, Turn," ''Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine." He lent his voice against Hitler and nuclear power. A cheerful warrior, he typically delivered his broadsides with an affable air and his banjo strapped on.

[ READ MORE: Folk Music Legend Pete Seeger Dead At 94 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Maximilian Schell
VIENNA (CBS NEWS) - Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg," died at the age of 83.

Schell's agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said Saturday, February 1st he died overnight at a hospital in the Austrian city of Innsbruck following a "sudden illness."

It was only his second Hollywood role, as defense attorney Hans Rolfe in Stanley Kramer's classic "Judgment at Nuremberg," that earned him wide international acclaim. Schell's impassioned but unsuccessful defense of four Nazi judges on trial for sentencing innocent victims to death won him the 1961 Academy Award for best actor. Schell had first played Rolfe in a 1959 episode of the television program "Playhouse 90."

Despite being type-cast for numerous Nazi-era films, Schell's acting performances in the mid-1970s also won him renewed popular acclaim, earning him a best actor Oscar nomination for "The Man in the Glass Booth" and a supporting actor nomination for his performance alongside Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Robards in "Julia."

Austrian Cabinet minister Josef Ostermayer described Schell as one of "the greatest actors in the German-speaking world," the Austria Press Agency reported.

[ READ MORE: Oscar-winning Actor Maximilian Schell Dies At 83 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Anna Gordy Gaye
(CBS SF/AP) - Anna Gordy Gaye, who was married to musical great Marvin Gaye and whose brother founded Motown Records, has died, her family said. She was 92.

A statement released by the family said Gordy Gaye died early Friday morning, January 31st at her Los Angeles home while surrounded by family, including her son, Marvin Gaye III.

Her brother, Berry Gordy, founded Motown Records in Detroit with a family loan in 1959. He named one label subsidiary after his sister - and it was on that subsidiary, named Anna, that Marvin Gaye recorded his early work.

He and Gordy Gaye were married about a decade and co-wrote some songs together before they divorced in 1976. She received $600,000 in royalties from him, while Marvin Gaye used it as inspiration for "Here My Dear," a 71-minute musical recount of the breakup.

He and his second wife married in 1977 but divorced four years later. He died in 1984, during a violent argument with his father.

Gordy Gaye's sister, Esther Gordy Edwards, proceeded her in death. She died in 2011, at age 91.

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Notable Deaths 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(CBS-NY) - Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead inside his Greenwich Village home, sources confirm to CBS 2. Multiple media outlets reported that the actor died of an apparent drug overdose. Police have not disclosed the cause of death.

Hoffman, 46, reportedly had battled drug addiction, but was clean for 23 years before falling off the wagon in 2012. He checked into a rehab center last year, reports said. “This is a wonderful, versatile, talented actor with an unlimited future in front of him, but obviously somebody who had his demons,” film critic Leonard Maltin told CBS News.

[ READ MORE: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead In NYC Apartment ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Shirley Temple Black
WOODSIDE (CBS/AP) — Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85.

Publicist Cheryl Kagan says Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died surrounded by family at her home near San Francisco.

A talented singer, dancer and actress, Shirley Temple was America’s top box-office draw from 1935 — the year she turned 7 — until 1938. She was credited with helping save 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy with films such as “Curly Top” and “The Littlest Rebel.”

[ READ MORE: Shirley Temple Dies At 85 In Woodside Home ]

Notable Deaths 2014
Sid Caesar
LOS ANGELES ( — American comic actor and writer Sid Caesar, who was best known as the leading man on the 1950's TV series “Your Show Of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour”, died on February 12th at his home at the age of 91.

Caesar, who was better known to younger generations as Coach Calhoun in “Grease” and “Grease 2", was also a talented saxophonist and musician who sang with Carl Reiner and Howard Morris in the satirical trio “The Hair Cuts”, according to the Internet Movie Database.

[ READ MORE: Comic Actor, ‘Your Show Of Shows’ Host Sid Caesar Dead At 91 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Ralph Waite
LOS ANGELES ( — Actor Ralph Waite, best known for playing family patriarch Papa Walton on the 70s era smash “The Waltons,” has died. The 85-year-old reportedly died in his Palm Desert home.

Waite played John Walton Sr., the tough but lovable head of a large family trying to live out a meager existence in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia in the Depression-era 1930s.

[ READ MORE: Actor Ralph Waite, TV’s Beloved Papa Walton, Dies At 85 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Jim Fregosi
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, died Friday after an apparent stroke. He was 71.

The Atlanta Braves said they were notified by a family member that Fregosi died early Friday, February 14th in Miami, where he was hospitalized after the apparent stroke while on a cruise with baseball alumni.Fregosi ended more than 50 years in baseball as a special assistant to Braves general manager Frank Wren.

[ READ MORE: Baseball All-Star, Manager, SF Native Jim Fregosi Dies Of Apparent Stroke ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Bob Casale
(CBS SF/AP) - Bob Casale, the guitarist for Devo, best known for the 1980 hit "Whip It," died of heart failure, his brother and band member Gerald Casale said Tuesday. He was 61.

Devo founding member Casale said in a statement that his younger brother's death on Monday was "sudden" and "a total shock." No further details on Bob Casale's death were provided.

The Ohio-based Devo released its Brian Eno-produced debut, "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!," in 1978. The new wave band reached platinum status with 1980's "Freedom of Choice," which featured "Whip It."

Casale called his brother "a solid performer and talented audio engineer" in his statement. Last year, Devo lost its drummer, Alan Myers, after a battle with brain cancer.

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Notable Deaths 2014
Maria Franziska von Trapp
(CBS NEWS) - Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of the original singing von Trapp family whose story inspired "The Sound of Music," has died in Vermont. She was 99 years old. A spokeswoman at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., confirmed she died Tuesday, February 18th. "Maria had a wonderful life and we will miss her. The memories of her will live on," her half-brother Johannes von Trapp said in a statement.

[ READ MORE: Maria Franziska von Trapp, Last Of "The Sound Of Music" Siblings, Dies ]


Notable Deaths 2014
Harold Ramis
(CBS NEWS) - Harold Ramis, the filmmaker behind "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day" and a star in "Ghostbusters," died. He was 69.

Ramis died early Monday morning, February 24th at his Chicago-area home surrounded by family and friends, United Talent Agency confirmed to CBS News. He died from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition he battled for the past four years.

A writer, director and actor, Ramis portrayed Dr. Egon Spengler in the 1984 classic, "Ghostbusters," a film he helped co-write. He also spent much of his career behind the camera -- directing such films as "National Lampoon's Animal House," "Analyze This," "Analyze That" and, more recently, a few episodes of "The Office." In 2009, he directed "Year One," starring Jack Black and Michael Cera -- his most recent directorial work.

His other acting credits include "Knocked Up," "The Last Kiss" and "As Good as it Gets."

[ READ MORE: Harold Ramis, "Ghostbusters" Star, Dead At 69 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Paco de Lucia
MADRID, SPAIN (CBS NEWS) - Paco de Lucia, one of the world's leading guitarists who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, has died in Mexico, Spanish officials said Wednesday. He was 66. A spokeswoman for the town hall of de Lucia's native Spanish town of Algeciras said de Lucia family members had told them the artist died of a heart attack. She said he began to feel unwell while on a beach in Cancun with his child and died while being taken to a local hospital.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as town hall regulations do not allow her to be identified publicly. Describing the death as unexpected and premature, Education and Culture Minister Jose Ignacio Wert said he was "a unique and unrepeatable figure."

[ READ MORE: Paco de Lucia, Flamenco guitar master, dies at 66 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Jim Lange
MILL VALLEY (CBS SF/AP) - Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show “The Dating Game,” died at his home in Mill Valley. He was 81.

He died Tuesday morning, February 25th after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press.

Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s “The Dating Game,” which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin.

[ READ MORE: ‘The Dating Game’ Host Jim Lange Dead At 81 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Geoff Edwards
(CBS SF/AP) - Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and `80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, March 5th his agent said. He was 83.

Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said. Edwards also worked as a radio DJ and actor, appearing on TV shows including "Petticoat Junction," "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Diff'rent Strokes."

"Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I've worked with," said fellow game show host Wink Martindale. The two were DJs at pop radio station KMPC in Los Angeles.

Edwards, a native of Westfield, N.J., hosted "The New Treasure Hunt," a revival of a 1950s quiz show, from 1973 to 1977 and hosted "Treasure Hunt" in 1981-82. He also emceed the 1980s game show "Jackpot!" and appeared on other shows including "Starcade."

Westbrook said his longtime client made a splash on TV by shedding the conservative look worn by his peers. His hair was longer, he never wore a tie, and he favored jeans over suits, Westbrook said. "He was part of the new breed."

Edwards had been in good health, his agent said. In recent years, he wrote about travel on his website and did radio and TV programs on the subject.

He is survived by his wife, Michael, and stepsons Justin and Jason Feffer, Westbrook said. His survivors also include his ex-wife, Suzanne, and their children Todd, Shawn and Chess, as well as nine grandchildren. Funeral plans were pending, Westbrook said.

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Notable Deaths 2014
David Brenner
(CBS SF/AP) - David Brenner, the gangly, toothy-grinned "Tonight Show" favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other standup comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, died Saturday. He was 78.

Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City with his family at his side, according to Jeff Abraham, his friend and publicist.

"David Brenner was a huge star when I met him and he took me under his wing. To me, historically, he was the godfather of hip, observational comedy," comedian Richard Lewis said in a statement. "He mentored me from day one. ... His passing leaves a hole in my life that can never be replaced."

Brenner's standup routines became a favorite of "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson starting in the 1970s.

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Notable Deaths 2014
Scott Asheton
(CBS NEWS/AP) - Scott Asheton, drummer for the influential punk rock band the Stooges, has died. He was 64. Publicist Michele Adler confirmed Monday that Asheton died Saturday, March 15th. No other details were provided.

Bandleader Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page that he's "never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton."

Asheton was part of the Stooges when they formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Mich. His older brother, Ron Asheton, who was the group's guitarist, died in 2009. The Stooges released their self-titled debut in 1969.

[ READ MORE: Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dies at 64 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
L'Wren Scott
(CBS NEWS) - L'Wren Scott, a fashion designer and longtime girlfriend of singer Mick Jagger, was found dead in New York City Monday morning, the AP and other news organizations reported. She was 49.

New York City police confirm that a 49-year-old woman was found dead at her apartment in West Chelsea, but would not confirm the name pending contact with family.

Although the medical examiner has not confirmed the cause of death, police said the death appeared to be a suicide.

A law enforcement official told the AP that Scott's assistant found her hanging from a doorknob. No note was found and there was no sign of foul play.

[ READ MORE: Fashion Designer L'Wren Scott Found Dead ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
James Rebhorn
James Rebhorn, the prolific character actor whose credits included "Homeland," ''Scent of a Woman" and "My Cousin Vinny," has died. He was 65. Rebhorn's agent, Dianne Busch, said that the actor died Friday, March 21st at his home in South Orange, N.J.

"He died from melanoma, which had been diagnosed in 1992," Busch told The Hollywood Reporter. "He fought it all the time." She said Rebhorn had been receiving hospice care at his home for about a week and a half.

[ READ MORE: "Homeland" Actor James Rebhorn Dies At 65 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Dave Brockie
(CBS SF/AP) Dave Brockie, frontman for the heavy metal band GWAR, has been found dead in his Richmond, Va., home at age 50. Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh says officers were called to home shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23rd, for a report of a dead person. When officers arrived, Brockie -- who went by the stage name Oderus Urungus -- was found dead inside the home.

Detectives don't suspect foul play at this time and Waugh says the medical examiner's office will determine cause of death. The Grammy-nominated band founded in 1984 is known for its comically grotesque costumes, stage antics and vulgar lyrics.

GWAR released its debut album, "Hell-O," in 1998. Its latest album, "Battle Maximus," came out in 2013. The group recently toured Australia and Japan.

[ READ MORE: GWAR Frontman Dave Brockie Found Dead ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Kate O'Mara
LONDON, ENGLAND (CBS NEWS) - British actress Kate O'Mara, best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty," died Sunday at the age of 74, her agent said.

Phil Belfield said O'Mara died in a nursing home in southern England after a short illness.

The actress, who began her television career in the 1960s, became a household name for playing Cassandra "Caress" Morrell, sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby, in "Dynasty."

[ READ MORE: "Dynasty" Star Kate O’Mara Dies At 74 ]

Notable Deaths 2014
John Pinette
PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The body of a standup comedian was found inside his hotel room in Station Square. John Pinette was found around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5th at the Sheraton Hotel. He was 50-years-old.

Pinette appeared in movies including “The Punisher” and had a trio of stand-up shows released on DVD but was perhaps best known as the portly carjacking victim whose plight lands the “Seinfeld” stars before a judge for failing to help under a “good Samaritan” law. Agent Nick Nuciforo says Pinette had been working on another stand-up project when he died.

[ READ MORE: Comdeian John Pinette Found Dead In Station Square Hotel Room ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Mickey Rooney
STUDIO CITY ( — Acting veteran Mickey Rooney has died. He was 93. He passed away Sunday, April 6th surrounded by family at his Studio City home, Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said.

Rooney enjoyed an acting career longer than the average lifespan, but is most remembered for having been one of the biggest child stars in entertainment history.

[ READ MORE: Acting Legend Mickey Rooney Dies At 93 ]

Notable Deaths 2014
Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof, the wild-child second daughter of concert organizer Bob Geldof who worked as a model, a television presenter and a fashion writer and filled the pages of British tabloids with her late-night antics, has died at age 25.

There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England.

Her father said in a statement Monday: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain."

[ READ MORE: Peaches Geldof Dies At 25 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
James Brian Hellwig a.k.a. "The Ultimate Warrior"
LOS ANGELES ( — Wrestling great James Brian Hellwig, known as The Ultimate Warrior, has died, days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The Ultimate Warrior, 54, was one of the most iconic wrestlers of all time, rising to popularity during the golden age of wrestling in the late 1980s.

Warrior went toe-to-toe in the ring with fellow legends such as Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. He had been inducted into the WWEE Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 5, the night before Wrestlemania XXX launched, according to TMZ.

[ READ MORE: Wrestling Great ‘The Ultimate Warrior’ Passes Away At 54 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Rodney Bryce aka "DJ E-Z Rock"
(RADIO.COM) - DJ E-Z Rock, one-half (pictured left) of the late ’80s hip-hop duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, died Sunday, April 27th, according to several reports, including from rapper Biz Markie on Twitter. The cause of death has yet to be reported. E-Z Rock, whose real name was Rodney Bryce, was 46.

Yesterday, Rob Base posted a brief message on his Instagram account, “R.I.P Skip (DJ E-Z Rock) my friend. My brother.”

[ READ MORE: DJ E-Z Rock of ‘It Takes Two’ Fame Dead at 46 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Bob Hoskins
(CBS-LA) - British actor Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71, his agent said. Hoskins died of pneumonia Tuesday at a hospital in England.

He was best known for his starring role in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” and most recently in “Snow White and the Huntsman”.

[ READ MORE: Actor Bob Hoskins Dead At 71 ]

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
( — Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., star of the smash 60s and 70s TV drama “The FBI,” has died. Zimbalist was 95.

The actor played unflappable Inspector Erskine in the series that ran on ABC from 1965-1974. The show dramatized real FBI cases.

[ READ MORE: ‘The FBI’ Star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies At 95 ]

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H.R. Giger
Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall, his museum said Tuesday.

Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland, told The Associated Press that Giger died in a hospital on Monday.

Giger's works, often showing macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for "biomechanical" tattoos.

"My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy," Giger said in a 1979 interview with Starlog magazine. "If they like my work they are creative ... or they are crazy."

[ READ MORE: H.R. Giger, "Alien" Artist, Dies at 74 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Malik Bendjelloul
STOCKHOLM (WWJ/AP) – Malik Bendjelloul, the acclaimed Swedish film director behind the Oscar-winning music documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” has died. He was 36.

Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik told the Associated Press Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late Tuesday, but wouldn’t specify the cause of death.

She said no crime is suspected in relation to the film maker’s death.

“Searching for Sugar Man,” which detailed the life and career of American singer Sixto Rodriguez, won the Oscar for best documentary in 2013.

[ READ MORE ON CBS DETROIT: ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Director Dies At 36 ]

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Jerry Vale
LOS ANGELES (CBS NEWS) - Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, died Sunday, May 18. He was 83.

Vale, who had been in declining health, died Sunday at his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, family attorney Harold J. Levy said in a statement.

Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, Vale started performing in New York supper clubs as a teenager and went on to record more than 50 albums. His rendition of "Volare," ''Innamorata" and "Al Di La" became classic Italian-American songs. His biggest hit was "You Don't Know Me."

Vale is survived by Rita, his wife of 55 years; a son, Robert; and a daughter, Pamela.

[ READ MORE: Popular 1950s Singer Jerry Vale Dies Age 83 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Dr. Maya Angelou
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, died. She was 86.

Wake Forest University announced Angelou’s death in a news release Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.

[ READ MORE: Maya Angelou, Poet & Author, Dies At 86 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Ann B. Davis
LOS ANGELES ( — Ann B. Davis, best known for being the wiseacre maid on TV’s “The Brady Bunch,” died, Sunday, June 1st. Davis was 88.

[ READ MORE: Ann B. Davis, Beloved ‘Brady Bunch’ Maid, Dies At 88 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Don Zimmer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS SF/AP) — Don Zimmer wasn't a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way.

He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series. Zimmer had several coaching/managing stints with teams like the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Yankees, and in 1987, the San Francisco Giants.

Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser when he died Wednesday, June 4th at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin. He had been in a rehabilitation center since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April.

[ READ MORE: Former SF Giants Coach, Don Zimmer Dies at 83 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Rik Mayall
(CBS SF/AP) - Rik Mayall, one of a generation of performers that injected post-punk energy into British comedy, has died at the age of 56. Mayall's management firm Brunskill Management said the comedian died early Monday, June 9th. BBC News reports that he died at his home in London. The Metropolitan Police said the death was not believed to be suspicious.

Mayall was part of the Comic Strip, a group of alternative young '80s comics that included Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Mayall's comedy partner, Adrian Edmondson. He was best known for co-writing and performing as the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in "The Young Ones," a sitcom about slovenly students that was much loved by those it satirized.

He memorably played Conservative politician Alan B'stard in the sitcom "The New Statesman." Mayall and Edmondson also created and starred in slapstick comedy series "Bottom" and starred in the 1991 film "Drop Dead Fred."

The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. In 1998 Mayall was in a coma for several days after a quad bike accident.

[ READ MORE: British comedian Rik Mayall Dies at 56 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Ruby Dee
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Pioneering African-American actress Ruby Dee has died, her agent said Thursday. The legendary stage and screen actress was 91.

Dee shared a home in New Rochelle with her husband, actor Ossie Davis, until his death in 2005.

Dee was raised in Harlem. She told 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins in 2012 her mother and her girlfriends’ mothers were responsible for letting NYC know that segregated schools stunk.

[ READ MORE: Pioneering Actress, Activist Ruby Dee Dead At 91 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Casey Kasem
LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.

Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning, June 15.

[ READ MORE: Top 40 Countdown Host Casey Kasem, Former SF ‘Screaming’ Deejay, Dead At 82 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Tony Gwynn Sr.
SAN DIEGO (CBS8/AP) — Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego's most beloved athletes, died of cancer Monday. He was 54.

Gwynn, nicknamed "Mr. Padre," had been on a medical leave since late March from his job as baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma mater. He died at a hospital in suburban Poway, agent John Boggs said.

"For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the national pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched," Commissioner Bud Selig said.

[ READ MORE: Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn Dies Of Cancer At 54 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Eli Wallach
LOS ANGELES ( — Legendary Hollywood actor Eli Wallach has died at the age of 98, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Wallach was known for playing Mexican bandits in “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

His career spanned 60 years and included Oscar and Tony Awards.

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Notable Deaths 2014
Bobby Womack
(CBS-LA) - Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, died Friday, June 27th. He was 70. Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and overcame addiction and multiple health issues, including prostate cancer, to pull off a second act in his career. Womack performed recently at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and seemed in good health and spirits. He had been scheduled to perform at multiple events across Europe in July and August.

[ READ MORE: Bobby Womack, R&B Singer With Brave Second Act, Dies At 70 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Meshach Taylor
ALTADENA ( — Longtime actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his role in the show “Designing Women,” died of cancer at age 67, his agent.

Taylor died Saturday, June 28th at his home in Altadena, according to agent Dede Binder.

Rumorfix spoke with Taylor’s son, Tariq, before the star passed. He said Taylor was surrounded by loved ones, including his 100-year-old mother.

“For all the people that have given premature condolences: don’t feel bad. I am happy to feel the love. My Dad has not passed just yet, but he has begun to actively transition. Thanks again everyone for your kind words during this tough time,” Tariq wrote.

[ READ MORE: ‘Designing Women’ Star Meshach Taylor Dies At 67 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Eileen Ford
Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, has died.

She was 92 and died Wednesday, July 9th according to Arielle Baran, a spokeswoman for Derris & Co., which handles public relations for Ford.

Ford was known for her steely manner and great eye for talent. She demanded the highest level of professionalism from her models, putting them on strict diets and firing those with a taste for late-night revelry. Her discipline pushed Ford Model Agency to the top of its field, making multimillionaires of both Ford and her late husband, Jerry, who handled the company's business affairs.

[ READ MORE: Eileen Ford, Founder of Ford Model Agency, Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Tommy Ramone (Erdelyi Tamas)
(CBS SF/AP) - Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associated said Saturday.

Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, said Ramone's wife called to tell him he died on Friday. Frey didn't have additional details. Ramone was 62.

Tommy Ramone, a drummer, co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. All four band members had different last names, but took the common name Ramone.

The band influenced a generation of rockers, and their hit songs "I wanna be sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," among others, earned them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Clad in leather jackets and long black mops of hair, the group started out in legendary New York clubs like CBGB and Max's Kansas City, where they blasted their rapid-fire songs.

Since its debut album in 1976, the band struggled for commercial success, but they left a formidable imprint on the rock genre. Though they never had a Top 40 song, the Ramones influenced scores of followers, including bands such as Green Day and Nirvana.

Even Bruce Springsteen was moved. After seeing the Ramones in Asbury Park, N.J., Springsteen wrote "Hungry Heart" for the band. His manager, however, swayed him to keep the song for himself and it became a hit single.

Johnny Ramone, whose birth name was John Cummings, died in 2004 of prostate cancer. Joey Ramone, whose real name is Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name is Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002. Tommy Ramone was born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary.

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Notable Deaths 2014
Elaine Stritch
(CBS NEWS) - Elaine Stritch, star of the stage, film and television, has died. She was 89. She died on Thursday, July 17th in Birmingham, Mich., of natural causes, according to Brigade Marketing.

Stritch, known for her husky voice, won several awards throughout her six-decade career: a Tony and three Emmys, including one for most recent for her role as Colleen Donaghy, Alec Baldwin's firecracker of a mother on NBC's "30 Rock." She also took home an Emmy in 1993 for a guest appearance on "Law & Order" and another in 2004 for the television documentary of her one woman show.

[ READ MORE: Actress Elaine Stritch dies at 89 ]

James Garner
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 31: Actor James Garner portrait session at the Walt Disney Studios January 31, 2005 in Burbank, California. James Garner has been named the 41st Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award honoree. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Notable Deaths 2014
Michael Johns
LOS ANGELES (CBS NEWS) - "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the hit Fox singing competition and was voted off in an eighth-round stunner, has died. He was 35. The network and his family released statements Saturday confirming the Australian-born singer's death.

His family says it appreciated the support streaming in from around the world but said the loss of "a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend" was devastating.

[ READ MORE: "American Idol" Contestant Michael Johns Dead At 35 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
James Brady
WASHINGTON (CBS SF/AP) — James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday, August 4th. He was 73.

"We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim "Bear" Brady has passed away after a series of health issues," Brady’s family said in a statement. "His wife, Sarah, son, Scott, and daughter, Missy, are so thankful to have had the opportunity to say their farewells." The statement did not say where Brady was when he died.

Brady suffered a bullet wound to his head outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981. Although he returned to the White House only briefly, he was allowed to keep the title of presidential press secretary and his White House salary until Reagan left office in January 1989.

[ READ MORE: Assassination Survivor And Gun Control Advocate James Brady Dead At 73 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Lauren Bacall
LOS ANGELES ( — Legendary film star Lauren Bacall has passed away at the age of 89. The verified Twitter account of Humphrey Bogart’s estate posted a message confirming the news Tuesday. “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” the message read.

Bacall was married to the actor from 1945 until his death in 1957. The circumstances surrounding her death were not immediately clear.

Bacall, in addition to her roles in some of Hollywood’s most remembered film noirs, became known for her sultry gaze, earning her the nickname “The Look.”

She is last credited with voicing the character of Evelyn in an episode of Seth MacFarlane’s animated TV comedy Family Guy. Bacall is survived by three adult children.

[ READ MORE: Lauren Bacall Dead At 89 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Don Pardo
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Iconic radio and TV announcer Don Pardo has died at the age of 96. CBS Radio News confirmed late Monday that Pardo, who read the names of generations of cast members of "Saturday Night Live," had passed away.

Dominick George Pardo was the announcer for the NBC program for all but one of its seasons. He also served as the announcer for the original "The Price Is Right," "Jeopardy!" and the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow," among other productions.

[ READ MORE: Radio, TV Announcer Don Pardo Dies ]

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Sir Richard Attenborough
(CBS NEWS/AP) - The BBC reported that the director, best known for the film "Gandhi," and appearances in "The Great Escape," and "Jurassic Park" died Sunday, August 24th according to his son.

[ READ MORE: Actor, director Richard Attenborough Dies at 90, BBC Reports ]

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William Greaves
(CBS NEWS) - William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning producer and co-host of the groundbreaking television show "Black Journal" and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died.

Greaves died Monday, August 25th at his Manhattan home after a prolonged illness, according to his granddaughter, Liani Greaves. He was 87.

"Black Journal," later "Tony Brown's Journal," premiered on public television in 1968 and was among the first news programs designed for a black audience. Greaves, who left the show in 1970, also made hundreds of movies, including a documentary of the 1971 fight between Ali and Joe Frazier and works on Frederick Douglass and the civil rights movement.

[ READ MORE: William Greaves, Tv Host And Filmmaker, Dies ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Joan Rivers
NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, September 4th. She was 81.

Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died surrounded by family and close friends.

[ READ MORE: Comedian Joan Rivers Dead At Age 81 ]

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Simone Battle
WEST HOLLYWOOD ( — Simone Battle, a singer in the girl group G.R.L., has died, it was confirmed Saturday. Battle, who was 25, was found dead in her West Hollywood apartment on Friday morning, September 5th.

Lt. W. Nash of the sheriff’s West Hollywood station told City News Service that deputies were dispatched to the home in the 9000 block of Dorrington Avenue following a report of a “possible suicide.” A law enforcement official, however, told that an autopsy was expected to be conducted on Sunday to determine the cause of death.

While officials have not released details surrounding the death, celebrity website reported that she appeared to have died of an apparent suicide.

[ READ MORE: Singer Simone Battle Found Dead Inside WeHo Home ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Richard Kiel
FRESNO, CA (CBS SF/AP) – Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at St. Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. She declined to provide further details.

The 7-foot-2-inch performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore’s Bond in “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker.” His massive height was attributed to a hormonal condition called acromegaly.

[ READ MORE: Actor Who Played Famous James Bond Nemesis Dies At 74 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Joe Sample
(94.7 THE WAVE) - Pianist and composer Joe Sample has died at the age of 75. His family posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“At 9:50pm (Houston,TX time), September 12, 2014, Joe Sample passed. His wife Yolanda and his son Nicklas would like to thank all of you, his fans and friends, for your prayers and support during this trying time. Please know that Joe was aware and very appreciative of all of your prayers, comments, letters/cards and well wishes.“

His cause of death at this time of unknown, but it’s reported by that he’s suffered from numerous health issues, including two heart attacks over the years.

[ READ MORE: Pianist And Composer Joe Sample Dies At Age 75 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Polly Bergen
(CBSLA/AP) — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, September 20th according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends.

A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a thriving beauty products company that bore her name.

In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman's mother on "Desperate Housewives" and the past mistress of Tony Soprano's late father on "The Sopranos."

[ READ MORE: ‘Cape Fear’ Actress Polly Bergen Dies At 84 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Paul Revere of "Paul Revere & The Raiders"
LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76.

Roger Hart, manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders, said he died Saturday, October 4th at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, from cancer.

“He’d been quiet about it for some time,” Hart said. “Treated at the Mayo Clinic, Paul stayed on the road as long as he could, then retired recently back to Idaho, where he and his wife, Sydney, always kept a home.”

[ READ MORE: Paul Revere Of Raiders Rock Band Dies At 76 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Geoffrey Holder
(CBS NEWS) - Geoffrey Holder, the multifaceted award-winning performer, has died. He was 84.

Producer and family friend Anna Glass told The Associated Press Holder died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at New York's Mount Sinai St. Luke' s Hospital. The New York Times was among the first to report the news.

A dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter, Holder practically did it all throughout his career, which included two Tony Award wins in directing and costume design categories for the Broadway musical "The Wiz."

He also served as spokesperson for 7Up, which he called "the un-cola" in a series of ads in the '70s and '80s.

[ READ MORE: Geoffrey Holder, Award-Winning Dancer And Actor, Dies At 84 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Mary Ann Mobley
(CBS NEWS) - Mary Ann Mobley, a former Miss America who went on to stage, film, and television fame died Tuesday, December 9th in Beverly Hills, Calif., according to a statement from the University of Mississippi, her alma mater. She was 75. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported the cause of death was breast cancer.

Mobley, who was born in Biloxi, Miss., became the state's first Miss America in 1959. She went on to star in the Broadway musical "Nowhere To Go But Up," which led to the launch of her film career opposite Elvis Presley in "Girl Happy" and "Harum Scarum."

In 1967, she married actor and talk show host Gary Collins,, whom she met on the set of the 1966 comedy "Three on a Couch." Collins also later served as emcee for the Miss America pageant, which Mobley remained active with throughout her life. He died in 2012.

[ READ MORE: Mary Ann Mobley, former Miss America, dies at 75 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Johnny Winter
(RADIO.COM) - Blues rock icon Johnny Winter died yesterday (July 16) in a hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. He was 70.

His official Facebook page posted earlier today, “Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world’s finest guitarists. An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time.” Winter was an influential blues rock guitarist who came to prominence in the 1960s, notably after Rolling Stone wrote about him, calling him the hottest musician in Texas “outside of Janis Joplin,” and saying, “If you can imagine a hundred and thirty-pound cross-eyed albino with long fleecy hair playing some of the gutsiest fluid blues guitar you have ever heard, then enter Johnny Winter.”

[ READ MORE: Johnny Winter, Blues Rock Legend, Dead at 70 ]

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Notable Deaths 2014
Robin Williams
TIBURON (CBS SF) — Oscar winning actor Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tiburon home Monday, August 11th according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Department.

Marin County Sheriff’s Deputies found the 63-year old actor unconscious inside the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had a long career as a stand-up comedian and appeared in numerous film and television roles including the 1970s sitcom “Mork and Mindy,” his Academy Award-winning performance in “Good Will Hunting” and nominations for “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Dead Poets Society” and “The Fisher King.”

[ READ MORE: Robin Williams Found Dead In Tiburon Home Of Apparent Suicide ]

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Photos: Temple Of The Dog Packs Bill Graham CivicTouring to mark the 25th anniversary of it's sole 1991 album, grunge supergroup Temple of the Dog featuring members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam played the first of two San Francisco shows at the Bill Graham Civic Friday night.

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