Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85

The singer, songwriter, comedian and businessman had genuine warmth and down-home humor that drew countless fans.

A post on daughter and country singer-songwriter Pam Tillis’ Facebook page said she was deeply saddened by her father’s sudden and unexpected death, and asked fans to post their memories on Mel Tillis’ official Facebook page.

Source: Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85

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Dick Gregory Dead: Stand-Up Comedy Legend, Civil Rights Activist Was 84 | Hollywood Reporter

He broke ground at the Playboy Club in Chicago and on Jack Paar’s ‘Tonight Show,’ then became a potent activist for civil rights.

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Source: Dick Gregory Dead: Stand-Up Comedy Legend, Civil Rights Activist Was 84 | Hollywood Reporter

Original Predator Actor Sonny Landham Has Died At 76

Actor Sonny Landham has died from congestive heart failure in Lexington, Kentucky. He was 76. Landham is an actor who was most prominent during the 80’s and 90’s, typically portraying big muscular men in action movies. He is most famous for his roles in the original Predator film and movies such as 48 Hrs.Action Jackson, and Lock Up.

Source: Original Predator Actor Sonny Landham Has Died At 76

June Foray: Voiced Natasha, Rocky the Squirrel in Bullwinkle Cartoons | Variety

June Foray, the voice of “The Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha, has died.June Foray, the voice of “The Rocky and  Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99.

Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

Foray was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among hundreds of others.

Source: June Foray: Voiced Natasha, Rocky the Squirrel in Bullwinkle Cartoons | Variety

Barbara Sinatra, widow of singing star Frank Sinatra, dies at 90

Barbara Sinatra, a onetime model and Las Vegas showgirl who was the fourth and final wife of singer Frank Sinatra and who founded a center for abused children, died July 25 at her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 90.

The death was confirmed by John E. Thoresen, director of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage. The cause was not disclosed.

Source: Barbara Sinatra, widow of singing star Frank Sinatra, dies at 90

Martin Landau Dead: ‘Ed Wood,’ ‘Mission: Impossible’ Actor Was 89 | Hollywood Reporter

His résumé includes ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ and ‘North by Northwest.’ It does not, however, include ‘Star Trek.’

A former newspaper cartoonist, Landau turned down the role of Mr. Spock on the NBC series Star Trek, which went to Leonard Nimoy (who later effectively replaced Landau on Mission: Impossible after Trek was canceled).

Source: Martin Landau Dead: ‘Ed Wood,’ ‘Mission: Impossible’ Actor Was 89 | Hollywood Reporter

Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death.

The report released Monday states Fisher may have taken cocaine three days before the Dec. 23 flight on which she became ill. She died four days later.

It also found traces of heroin, other opiates and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, but that they could not determine when Fisher had taken those drugs. The findings were based on toxicology screenings done on samples taken when the “Star Wars” actress arrived at a Los Angeles hospital.

Source: Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

Otto Warmbier came home just in time to die

Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old student who was returned in an unconscious state last week from North Korea, died Monday, his family said.

“Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.,” his parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said in a statement.

Otto Warmbier’s doctors at University of Cincinnati Medical Center said last week that he had extensive brain damage dating back longer than a year. They said he was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness and wasn’t aware of his surroundings.

Source: Otto Warmbier came home just in time to die

Los Angeles to Light Bat-Signal in Adam West Tribute

At Los Angeles City Hall on Thursday at 9 p.m., Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will light the Bat-Signal

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

Batman may be Gotham’s hero, but on Thursday night, the Bat-Signal will be shining bright in Los Angeles to honor the late Adam West.

DC Comics has announced plans for a special tribute to the actor, who died Friday at the age of 88. Before Michael Keaton or Ben Affleck donned the Batsuit, West starred as the Caped Crusader in the classic 1960s Batman TV series.

At Los Angeles City Hall on Thursday at 9 p.m., Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will light the Bat-Signal, which in the Batman franchise serves as the call for the hero’s help. The release announcing the news teases the additional appearance of “surprise Bat-guests.”

Source: Los Angeles to Light Bat-Signal in Adam West Tribute

Glenne Headly, ‘Dick Tracy’ Actress, Dead at 63 – Rolling Stone

Glenne Headly, star of films like ‘Dick Tracy,’ ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ and ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus,’ died Thursday night at the age of 63.

At the time of her death, Headly was co-starring alongside Josh Hutcherson and Ed Begley Jr. in the Seth Rogen-produced Hulu comedy series Future Man. The show was reportedly still in production at the time of Headly’s death.

Source: Glenne Headly, ‘Dick Tracy’ Actress, Dead at 63 – Rolling Stone

Roger Smith Dead: ’77 Sunset Strip’ Star, Ann-Margret’s Husband Was 84 | Hollywood Reporter

After a debilitating illness ended his days as an actor, he managed his wife’s career. “Roger had tremendous confidence in me, much more than I did,” she once said.

Smith, who went on to manage the career of Ann-Margret, his wife of 50 years, died Sunday at Sherman Oaks Hospital, a representative for the actress told The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was announced.

On 136 episodes of 77 Sunset Strip, Smith portrayed Jeff Spencer, one-half of a breezy detective pair who solved crimes and chased women while working out of their ultra-hip offices on the Sunset Strip. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. played his partner, Stu Bailey.

Source: Roger Smith Dead: ’77 Sunset Strip’ Star, Ann-Margret’s Husband Was 84 | Hollywood Reporter

Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dead at 56 | E! News

TMZ reports the actress recenty passed away

The Harrison County Sheriffs Department in Harrison County, Ind. tells E! News in a statement, “On April 22, 2017 at approximately 4:07 p.m., the Harrison County Sheriffs Department received a 911 call that referenced an unresponsive female. Upon the arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann was deceased and an autopsy is pending.”
The celebrity’s later years were plagued by hardship, as in 2012 it was reported that Erin was homeless and living in hotels after being kicked out of her mother-in-law’s Indiana mobile home due to hard-partying.

Source: Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dead at 56 | E! News

Guitarist J. Geils Dead at 71 – Rolling Stone

John Warren Geils Jr., better known as J. Geils, the guitarist for the J. Geils Band, was found dead in his Massachusetts home.

The J. Geils Band released a slew of albums during the Seventies and early Eighties. With vocalist Peter Wolf at the helm, the band became best known for singles like “Centerfold,” “Love Stinks,” “Come Back” and “Freeze-Frame,” which have since become rock radio mainstays.

Source: Guitarist J. Geils Dead at 71 – Rolling Stone

4 inmates found dead in SC prison | 11alive.com

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WLTX, AP) – Four inmates found dead at a Columbia prison have been identified.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections says the four are 52-year-old John King,  35-year-old Jason Kelley, 56-year-old Jimmy Ham, and 44-year-old William Scruggs. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said he’s investigating how they died, but said their deaths do not appear to be natural.

Autopsies on the inmates will be conducted Saturday.

Source: 4 inmates found dead in SC prison | 11alive.com

(WPXI) – Scott Weiland dead at 48