Archive for the ‘death’ Category

Teena Marie Dies at 54

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The self-proclaimed “Ivory Queen of Soul” was found dead, by her daughter, this past Sunday. Her manager, Mike Gardner, told CNN that she was found dead at her Pasadena home on Sunday afternoon, and apparently died in her sleep. The singer suffered a grand mal seizure a month ago. Family friends disclosed to TMZ that Tina has suffered other seizures, but the grand mal shook her up badly. We’re told she had broken two ribs after falling during that seizure. Also that Teena was so scared of having another grand mal seizure she would have someone sleep next to her at night. Teena had returned to bed early afternoon, after getting up at 11:30am. When her daughter checked on her at 1 pm, she was fine, but at 3 pm her daughter found her unresponsive. The Coroner has said signs point to death from natural causes. But “natural causes” could be death from a seizure.

Born Mary Christine Brockert, Teena Marie grew up in a predominately black area of Los Angeles. Teena began singing at the age of eight and was signed by Motown just after graduating from high school in 1976. Her music was unreleased until she met up with her mentor and musical collaborator, Rick James. Motown then released “Lovergirl”, “Fire and Desire” and “Lover”. Rick James went on to produce her 1979 debut album, Wild and Peaceful. Her first hit was a duet with Rick James called “I’m a Sucker for Your Love”.

Motown apparently thought black audiences might not accept that the R&B singer was white, so the album cover was publish without a photo of Teena Maria. After much success from her first album, Teena was won a huge following in the black community and was dubbed the “Ivory Queen of Soul”.

Someone is Pretending to be Heath’s Father

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

An impostor pretending to be Heath Ledger’s father fooled Tom Cruise into consoling him over the phone — and nearly got John Travolta to buy him a plane ticket to the United States, sources told the New York Post.

The con artist also tricked the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan, where Ledger’s body was held before being flown to Los Angeles, into booking him and his “family” rooms at the Carlyle hotel nearby on Madison Avenue, sources told the Post.

The man falsely claiming to be Kim Ledger also spoke on the phone with the doctor who performed the autopsy on the “Brokeback Mountain” star, a spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed for the Post.

Cops want to arrest the scammer on fraud and larceny charges, and sent detectives to Ledger’s wake at the funeral home Friday in hopes of catching him, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the Post.

But police do not know the identity of the impostor, who “had a couple of conversations with” Tom Cruise asking for emotional support, a source told the Post. Cruise abruptly cut him off when he learned “he was an impostor,” the source said.

Ledger, 28, was found dead last Tuesday. A cause of death has not yet been determined.I get the desire to screw with Tom Cruise… but this is not the way to do it, shame on this man!
[Source: FOXNews]

Hawthorne Heights Guitarist’s Death Ruled Accidental Overdose

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Casey Calvert‘s death has been ruled an accidental overdose by the Washington, D.C., medical examiner’s office .

Members of the pop-punk band Hawthorne Heights swore that he had no drugs in his system when he died in his sleep while on their tour bus.

Casey was just 25 and recently married when he was found dead on November 24 before the bands concert. The overdose was caused by the combined effects of opiates, an antidepressant and an anti-anxiety medication.

Those antidepressants are bad news!!

[AP via]

Dan Fogelberg Dies at 56

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Dan Fogelberg, one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the ’70s and ’80s, died Sunday at home in Maine at age 56.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 and lost his battle on Sunday.

Fogelberg was a key component of the golden age of the confessional singer/songwriter, joining the likes of James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne and more in turning pop music’s focus inward after the ’60s’ explosion of social commentary. He had started as a rocker in bands around his hometown of Peoria, Ill., but began performing solo while attending the University of Illinois.

One of his best songs is “Leader of the Band”, which was written for his father Lawrence Fogelberg who was a musician, educator, and band leader. Dan was so gratified that he was able to give him that song before he passed on. In his final years he was interviewed many times by the national press because of it.

[source: USA Today]

Kevin DuBrow Dead At 52

Monday, November 26th, 2007


The lead singer of 80’s glam-metal band, Quiet Riot, Kevin DuBrow was found dead in his Las Vegas home yesterday confirms the band’s drummer, Frankie Banali. Kevin had just celebrated his 52nd birthday last month in New Orleans.


Frank wrote on his website:


“I can’t even find words to say. Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow.”

A cause of death has yet to be determined. Quiet Riot bassist Kelly Garni has asked fans to be patient for details on the singer’s death.

“I ask that no one here offer any speculation or opinions, theories or other things that could be construed as negative or, and I’m sorry for this, even sympathetic, right at this immediate time. I am already, within hours of this, having to deal with untrue rumors and speculation and that only adds fuel to that. There is a tendency for the subject of Kevin to incite flames on every board, and now is not the time for that. I will explain to everyone here the facts and the truth in the next 24 to 48 hours as I realize this will affect us all. So please, until then, be patient. All details and other pertinent info will be passed on to you here when it becomes available to me.”


Randy Rhoads, who died in 1982, was a founding member of the band and guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne at the time of his death. Credited with helping to launch the 1980s glam-metal scene, Quiet Riot are perhaps best known for their cover of Slade’s “Cum on Feel the Noize,” which appeared on 1983’s Metal Health and eventually peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was the first by a metal band to reach the chart’s #1 position.
Founding Members of Quiet Riot
Rest in Peace.

[source: MTV, Reuters]