Mon, 25/10/2010 - 23:38 by Prince damin
London -- Jamaican reggae singer Gregory Isaacs has died of cancer at his home in London, his family said. He was 59.
The 1970s icon dubbed "Cool Ruler" was known as much for his designer suits, cocaine addiction and brushes with the law as he was for his "lovers rock" songs "Night Nurse," "All I Have is Love," "My Only Lover" and "Slave Master," the Los Angeles Times said Monday.
Sat, 23/10/2010 - 09:37 by Prince damin
London -- Arianna Forster, a German-born punk rocker known as Ari-Up, has died following an undisclosed illness, her stepfather John Lydon's Web site said.
Lydon, former singer of the Sex Pistols, is married to Forster's mother, German publishing heiress Nora Forster.
Arianna Forster, 48, was a member of the British all-girl punk band The Slits.
"John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today (Wednesday, Oct. 20) after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed. Everyone at JohnLydon.com and PiLofficial.Com would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John, Nora and family. Rest in Peace," the message on the Web site said.
Wed, 20/10/2010 - 06:55 by Wolffgang Gruener
A very passionate Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO commented on Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) launch of Windows Phone 7 as well as the "smokescreen" that Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android open platform will prevail over Apple's closed platform: Jobs predicts a mess for users and developers. He also believes that the upcoming Android tablets will fail because of their price and software issues.
Sun, 10/10/2010 - 22:01 by Prince damin
Chicago -- The Grammy-award winning "Queen of Gospel" -- Albertina Walker -- has died in Chicago, an associate said.
Walker died Friday of respiratory complications at RML Specialty Hospital, where she had been hospitalized since her 81st birthday on Aug. 29, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Walker suffered from emphysema, said Pam Morris, who coordinated the Chicago Gospel Music Festival for 20 years.
Through her vocal ensemble the Caravans, Walker launched the careers of gospel music icons Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland, Bessie Griffin and Dorothy Norwood, the Tribune said.
Wed, 06/10/2010 - 22:50 by Prince damin
Los Angeles -- U.S. actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced via Twitter his older brother, Dan, has died, but he didn't disclose the cause of his death.
UsMagazine.com said the "Inception" and "3rd Rock from the Sun" star's brother was a 36-year-old fire-spinning artist and flow arts teacher at Flow Temple Arts School in Venice Beach, Calif. He went by the nickname Burning Dan.
"My super hero brother @burningdan 1974-2010," the 29-year-old actor said via Twitter Tuesday.
"BURNING dAN brightly embodied that bold beastly bliss sometimes referred to as 'the creative spirit.' He would absolutely positively insist that we not let this bad news deter us on our collective mission," Gordon-Levitt added later on his Web site.
Fri, 17/09/2010 - 05:58 by Prince damin
New York -- Police in New York said a vehicle was issued a parking ticket while a man was dead in the driver's seat.
Investigators said Nicholas Rappold, 21, was slumped in the front seat of his Jeep Cherokee Tuesday morning when a traffic officer placed a ticket on the vehicle for being illegally parked during street sweeping, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
Police said the vehicle's windows were heavily tinted and the parking enforcement officer was unable to see inside. Rappold's body was discovered by a friend about an hour after the ticket was issued.
Mon, 13/09/2010 - 00:10 by Prince damin
Grand Rapids, Mich. -- MaLinda Sapp, wife of gospel music star Marvin Sapp, has died from colon cancer; she will be buried Thursday, the Detroit News said.
She was co-pastor with her husband of the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, the newspaper said.
Sapp was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2009, and was told earlier this year it was in remission. But the disease returned, and the church recently asked members and the public to pray for her healing. She died Sept. 9; she was 43.
Sapp was a licensed counselor, psychologist, and a psychology professor at Grand Rapids Community College; she also managed her husband's gospel career, the newspaper said.
Sun, 12/09/2010 - 23:40 by Prince damin
Paris -- French filmmaker Claude Chabrol, a founding father of the Nouvelle Vague movement, has died in Paris, its deputy mayor says. He was 80.
Chabrol turned out more than 80 films for television and movie theaters, and he was a "colossal" director, Deputy Mayor Christophe Girard said Sunday in The Guardian newspaper.
Chabrol "was a colossal French director: free-minded, impertinent, political and loquacious. Thank you, Claude Chabrol, thank you for the cinema," Girard said.
Chabrol's proteges included Francois Truffaut and Jen-Luc Godard; he rose to acclaim in the late 1950s after the release of "Le Beau Serge." That film was widely considered to have launched a new wave in French filmmaking, the report said.
Sun, 12/09/2010 - 23:29 by Prince damin
Oakland, Calif. -- Irwin Silber, who helped spur the folk music movement of the 1950s and 1960s as editor of Sing Out!, has died at the age of 84, his son announced.
Frederic Silber said his father died in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday of complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Silber founded Sing Out! in 1949 in collaboration with folk singers Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. The publication soon became a focal point of the folk scene that launched the careers of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and others.
The New York Times said Silber led the criticism of Dylan's shift away from politically tinged songs. A 1964 column publicly accused the young phenom of selling his audience out in his quest for stardom.
Fri, 10/09/2010 - 00:43 by Prince damin
Los Angeles -- Former U.S. boy band member Rich Cronin died Wednesday after a long battle with leukemia, his family told TMZ. He was 35.
Cronin sang with the group Lyte Funkie Ones or LFO in the 1990s, and penned and sang their hit 1999 song "Summer Girls."
Cronin's brother, whose name was not reported, told TMZ the singer-songwriter suffered a stroke shortly before his death Wednesday afternoon.
Bandmate Brad Fischetti told CNN Cronin died in a Massachusetts hospital.
No other details were immediately reported.
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Thu, 09/09/2010 - 00:25 by Prince damin
Birmingham, Ala. -- Actor Glenn Shadix died at his home in his native Birmingham, Ala., his family said. He was 58.
Although the cause of death Tuesday wasn't immediately reported, E! News quoted a woman identified as his sister as saying he hit his head in a fall. The woman's name was not reported.
Shadix, who lately used a wheelchair, is perhaps best known for his big-screen collaborations with filmmaker Tim Burton on "Beetlejuice," "Planet of the Apes" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas." He also appeared on the TV shows "Carnivale," "Seinfeld," "ER" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch."
E! News said his funeral is set for Saturday in Birmingham.
Thu, 09/09/2010 - 00:14 by Prince damin
San Diego -- Sumar, one of the killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego, died Tuesday at the early age of 12, a day after trainers noticed it was lethargic and seemed ill.
The whale's death was one of a series of problems that have hit the company this year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The company owns 18 whales at its theme parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Fla.
A trainer, Dawn Brancheau, was killed in February by Sumar's father, Tilikum, and SeaWorld was notified last month of a $75,000 penalty. The whale's mother, Taima, died in June while giving birth at age 20.
The orcas at SeaWorld and other aquatic parks are bred in captivity.