Archive for the ‘r.i.p.’ Category

“Mother Afrika” Dies At 76

Monday, November 10th, 2008


Last week the world lost one of the greatest singers that ever lived, Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac.  She was 86 years old when she passed away on November 1, 2008. Yma was famous for her boundless vocal range.

This week, the world lost another singing legend, South African Miriam Makeba, who had been banned from her own country for more than 30 years until Nelson Mandela’s personal urging to return back to Africa. Makeba, known as, “Mama Afrika”, died on stage Sunday night, during her concert in Italy at age 76.

Get the full story here on BBC.

R.I.P. Mr. Blackwell

Monday, October 20th, 2008

The fashion critic with a lashing tongue, Mr. Blackwell passed away Sunday at the age of 86. His publiscist Harlan Boll said, his death was due to complications from an intestinal infection.


R.I.P. Levi Stubbs Of The Four Tops

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops’ died today at his home in Detroit, MI at 72.

The Four Tops sang such songs as, “Baby I Need Your Lovin'” and “I Can’t Help Myself”.

He had been in poor health since he was diagnosed with cancer in 1995, thus stopped touring in 2000.


Paul Newman Dies at 83

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Paul Newman, the legendary Hollywood actor, movie star, idol and philanthropist died yesterday at his farmhouse near Westport, Connecticut, after his long battle with lung cancer.

Newman was a pop icon in the 50’s and 60’s, who starred in over 59 movies. He was nominated for an Academy Award nine times for his portrayal in most movies as the all-American hero.

As a philanthropist he devoted his life to the common good by donating over $250 million to thousands of charities worldwide, since 1982, with his own food brand, Newman’s Own. He was also given a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for the Hole in the Wall camp for children with terminal illness, in Connecticut, which has expanded to 12 camps in various parts of the world.

He was surrounded by family and close friends, including his lovely wife Joanne Woodward, at the time of his death.

Rest in Peace, gentle man.

[image: AP]

R.I.P. George Carlin

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Comedian George Carlin died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday around 6 p.m. at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Carlin had been admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters. He was 71.

Carlin was best known for his, “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” routine. He also suffered a history drug dependency.

Forever R.I.P. funnyman.

[source: MSNBC]

Heath Ledger’s Tribute Video to Nick Drake

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Heath Ledger is in a music video for “Black Eyed Dog”, for which he directed and starred. The video was a tribute to Nick Drake, British folk singer that died in 1974 by an overdose of anti-depressant, amitriptyline. Heath made the video as a tribute for the artist for whom Ledger was obsessed.

The video displays “disorienting” and “eerie” images that include Ledger drowning himself in the final scene. These images were shown also on many tv stations at the time of Heath’s death, but the video is just now available by The Nine Network, who gained exclusive rights to the video.