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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017

NAT HENTOFF - January 7

Political philosopher, columnist and music critic
(The Village Voice, Down Beat, Playboy).
(Age: 91.)
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BUDDY GRECO - January 10

Singer, actor (The Girl Who Knew Too Much) and pianist.
(Age: 90.)
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WILLIAM PETER BLATTY - January 12

Novelist and screenwriter (The Exorcist, Legion, A Shot In The Dark).
Oscar winner (1974).
(Age: 89. C.O.D.: Multiple myeloma.)
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DICK GAUTIER - January 13


(Same day as Magic Alex, and the next day after William Peter Blatty.)
Actor (Get Smart, Transformers, Bye Bye Birdie).
(Age: 85.)
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MAGIC ALEX - January 13

(Same day as Dick Gautier, and the next day after William Peter Blatty.)
Greek electronics engineer (The Beatles, Apple Electronics).
(Age: 74. C.O.D.: Pneumonia complications.)
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ROBERTA PETERS - January 18

American coloratura soprano.
(Age: 86. C.O.D.: Parkinson's disease.)
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MIGUEL FERRER - January 19


(Day after Roberta Peters.)
Actor (Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Robo Cop,
Blank Check, Mulan, NCIS: Los Angeles).
(Age: 61. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
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JOHN HURT - January 25


Dead? We all thought he was only hurt!
(Same day as Mary Tyler Moore.)
Actor (Alien, The Elephant Man, Hellboy).
(Age: 77. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
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MARY TYLER MOORE - January 25


(Same day as John Hurt.)
Actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show,
The Mary Tyler Moore Show,
Thoroughly Modern Millie).
(Age: 80. C.O.D.: Pneumonia complications.)
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MIKE CONNORS - January 26


Mannix will have no more drunken panics.
(Day after John Hurt and Mary Tyler Moore, same day as Barbara Hale.)
Actor (Mannix, The Ten Commandments, War And Remembrance).
(Age: 91. C.O.D.: Leukemia.)
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BARBARA HALE - January 26


(Day after John Hurt and Mary Tyler Moore, same day as Mike Connors.)
Hale, Hale - the Babs ain't here.
Oh, Hale no!

TV (Perry Mason) and film (Airport) star.
(Age: 94. C.O.D.: COPD complications.)
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BOB HOLIDAY - January 27


Now he's on a permanent holiday.
(Day after Mike Connors and Barbara Hale.)
Stage actor whose work included the 1966 Broadway
musical It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman.
(Age: 84.)
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"PROFESSOR" IRWIN COREY - February 6


Comedian (The Steve Allen Show) and actor (Car Wash, Doc, Thieves). Known has the World's Foremost Authority on just about everything. (Yes, we mean even more knowledgeable than the great Cliff Claven.)
Professor Corey was so brilliant that he foresaw his own passing, and thus invented Wikipedia, which contains online "facts" that any complete dummy can change by editing at any given time of day or night. So once again, we say thank you, Professor!
(Age: 102. C.O.D.: The sun finally grew too jealous of his sheer brilliance.)
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RICHARD HATCH - February 7


(Day after Irwin Corey.)
Best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, he also performed on The Streets Of San Francisco, and All My Children.
And so, Richard - down the Hatch!
(Age: 71. C.O.D.: Stomach cancer.)
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AL JARREAU - February 12


American jazz and R&B singer (notably "Moonlighting," "Since I Fell For You,"and "We Are The World").
Not surprisingly, he became a seven-time Grammy winner.
He's easily in the Top 5 of the greatest soul singers of all time.
(Age: 76. C.O.D.: Respiratory complications.)
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RICHARD SCHICKEL - February 18


film critic (Time), complications from a series of strokes. Sure, most folks dislike critics, but this one proved himself to be one of the best, and not just in print. His many audio commentaries on DVD and Blu-rays also boosted him to the top ranks of the most knowledgeable contributors to educating the public about the art of film.
(Age: 84.)
His many biographical books include:
Harold Lloyd: The Shape Of Laughter
Douglas Fairbanks: The First Celebrity
Cary Grant: A Celebration
D.W. Griffith: An American Life
James Cagney: A Celebration
Brando: A Life In Our Times
Clint Eastwood: A Biography
Woody Allen: A Life In Film
Elia Kazan: A Biography
Bogie: A Celebration
The Essential Chaplin
Conversations With Scorsese
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BILL PAXTON - February 25


Great guy who did tons of good work:
2015 Texas Rising (TV Mini-Series)
2012 Hatfields & McCoys (TV Mini-Series)
2011 Haywire
2004 Thunderbirds
1997 Titanic
1996 Twister
1995 Apollo 13
1994 True Lies
1993 Tombstone
1992 Trespass
1990 Predator 2
1990 Navy Seals
1989 Next of Kin

(Age: 61. C.O.D.: Stroke following heart surgery.)
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JUDGE JOSEPH WAPNER - February 26


(Day after Bill Paxton.)
Judge (Los Angeles County Superior Court) who later became
a popular television personality (The People's Court,
Judge Wapner's Animal Court).
(Age: 97. )
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JAY LYNCH - March 5


Pioneer underground comics artist,
writer and editor (Nard And Pat, Bijou Funnies).
(Age: 74. C.O.D.: Lung cancer.)
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ROBERT OSBORNE - March 6


(Day after Jay Lynch.)
Film historian and television host (Turner Classic Movies).
No relation to rocker Ozzie Osborne.
(Age: 84.)
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MURRAY BALL - March 12


Ball with some of his characters.
(Photo: Sunday StarTimes/John Cowpland.)
New Zealand cartoonist (Footrot Flats).
(Age: 78.)
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JAMES COTTON - March 16


Best blues harmonica player ("Hard Again") since Little Walter.
Also ran his own group The James Cotton Band.
(Age: 81. C.O.D.: Pneumonia.)
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SKIP WILLIAMSON - March 16


(Same day as James Cotton.)
Underground comics cartoonist (Snappy Sammy Smoot).
(Age: 72. C.O.D.: Complications of organ failure.)
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CHUCK BERRY - March 18


Hall of Fame rock and roll guitarist, singer and songwriter
("Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven").
(Age: 90. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
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JIMMY BRESLIN - March 19


(Day after Chuck Berry.)
Journalist, author (New York Daily News, Newsday) and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (1986).
(Age: 88. C.O.D.: Complications from pneumonia.)
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DAVID ROCKEFELLER - March 20


(Day after Jimmy Breslin.)
American banker (Chase Manhattan), globalist (Trilateral
Commission) and philanthropist (Rockefeller Brothers Fund).
(Age: 101. C.O.D.: Heart failure.)
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CHUCK BARRIS - March 21



(Day after David Rockefeller.
And no relation to Chuck Berry.)
Television producer, game show creator, host
(The Gong Show, The Dating Game), and
songwriter ("Palisades Park").
(Age: 87.)
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LOLA ALBRIGHT - March 23


Actress (Champion, Peter Gunn, Lord Love a Duck).
(Age: 92.)
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CHELSEA BROWN - March 27


Australian actress (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Number 96).
(Age: 74. C.O.D.: Pneumonia.)
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DAVID PEEL - April 6


Peeled out.
Hippie singer (friend of John Lennon), anti-war protester and political activist.
(Age: 73. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
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DON RICKLES - April 6


(Same day as David Peel.)
TV comedian (Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, CPO Sharkey),
film star (Kelly's Heroes, The Man With The X-ray Eyes),
voice actor (Toy Story), Las Vegas performer (Don Rickles
Live) and recording artist (Hello, Dummy!).
(Age: 90. C.O.D.: Kidney failure.)
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CHARLIE MURPHY - April 12


Comedian, actor and screenwriter (Chappelle's Show, Norbit).
(Age: 57. C.O.D.: Leukemia.)
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ERIN MORAN - April 22


TV actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi).
(Age: 56. C.O.D.: Complications due to substance abuse.)
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JONATHAN DEMME - April 26



Super cool film director whose work includes:
2004 The Manchurian Candidate
1993 Philadelphia
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
1988 Married to the Mob
1986 Something Wild
1984 Swing Shift
1980 Melvin and Howard
1975 Crazy Mama
1974 Caged Heat
(Age: 73. C.O.D.: Throat cancer.)
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DALIAH LAVI - May 3


Actress.
(Age: 74.)
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MICHAEL PARKS - May 9



Actor (Then Came Bronson).
No relation to Charles Bronson.
(Age: 77.)
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POWERS BOOTHE - May 14


No relation to John Wilkes Boothe.
(So relax, Tom Hanks, related to Abe Lincoln's mom.)
(Age: 68. C.O.D.: Tummy cancer.)
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DINA MERRILL - May 22


Actress.
(Age: 93.)
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ROGER MOORE - May 23


(Day after Dina Merril.)
Actor. On TV did The Saint. Also, in films, one of the fake Bonds.
(Age: 89 . C.O.D.: Lung and liver cancer.)
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ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI - May 26


U.S. National Security Advisor.
(Age: 89.)
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JIM BUNNING - May 26


(Same day as Zbigniew Brzezinski.)
Baseball player.
(Age: 85. C.O.D.: Stroke.)
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GREGG ALLMAN - May 27


(Day after Jim Bunning.)
Leader of the Allman Brothers band.
(Age: 69. C.O.D.: Liver cancer.)
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MANUEL NORIEGA - May 29


Panamanian dictator - turned drug lord.
(Age: 83. C.O.D.: Brain tumor.)
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ADAM WEST - June 9


Actor (Batman 1960s TV series).
(Age: 88. C.O.D.: Leukemia.)
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ANITA PALLENBERG - June 13


European actress. Hung with the Rolling Stones band.
(Age: 75. C.O.D.: Hepatitis C.)
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JOHN G. AVILDSEN - June 16


Movie director.
(Age: 81. C.O.D.: Tummy cancer.)
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ELSA MARTINELLI - July 8


Actor.
(Age: 82. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
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MARTIN LANDAU - July 15


Actor (TV - Mission: Impossible,
Space 1999. Film - Ed Wood).
(Age: 89. C.O.D.: Heart disease.)
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GEORGE A. ROMERO - July 16


(Day after Martin Landau.)
Film director (Night Of The Living Dead zombie series).
(Age: 77. C.O.D.: Lung cancer.)
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JOHN HEARD - July 21


Actor.
Was that John Hurt we just heard about?
No, Hurt was already recently hurt (dead). So...
it must be John Heard we just heard about? Got it.
(Age: 71. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
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JUNE FORAY - July 26


Her foray into animated cartoon
voice acting proved to be very successful.
(Age: 99.)
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SAM SHEPARD - July 27


(Day after June Foray.)
Actor. (Also wrote plays.)
(Age: 73. C.O.D.: Lateral sclerosis.)
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JEANNE MOREAU - July 31


Actress. No relation to Dr. Moreau or his island.
(Age: 89.)
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JIM MARRS - August 2


Great conspiracy theory writer and radio guest.
Wrote the classic JFK book Crossfire.
(Often confused him with Tex Marrs.)
(Age: 73. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
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TY HARDIN - August 3


(Day after Jim Marrs.)
Related to old west gunslinger John Wesley Hardin?
This actor's films included:
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
The Chapman Report (1962)
Palm Springs Weekend (1963)
Wall of Noise (1963)
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Custer of the West (1967)
Berserk! (1967)
(Age: 87.)
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GLEN CAMPBELL - August 8


Singer (Gentle On My Mind).
(Age: 81. C.O.D.: Alzheimer's.)
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DICK GREGORY - August 19


Pioneer black standup comic. Also a great social activist.
(Age: 84. C.O.D.: Heart failure.)
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JERRY LEWIS - August 20


(Day after Dick Gregory.)
Actor, comedian, singer, scriptwriter, songwriter,
dancer, talk show star, charity telethon host,
inventor of video playback for films... you name it, baby!
(Also for 10 years with singer Dean Martin was half
of the famed movie and TV duo Martin and Lewis.)
(Age: 91. C.O.D.: Heart failure.)
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JAY THOMAS - August 24


Actor who did radio, TV and movies.
(Age: 69. C.O.D.: Throat cancer.)
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TOBE HOOPER - August 26


Film director mostly known for scary stuff:
2005 Mortuary
2004 Toolbox Murders
1995 The Mangler
1993 Night Terrors
1990 Spontaneous Combustion
1986 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Sequel)
1986 Invaders from Mars (Remake)
1982 Poltergeist
1981 The Funhouse
1979 Salem's Lot (TV Movie)
1976 Eaten Alive
1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

(Age: 74. C.O.D.: Natural causes.)
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RICHARD ANDERSON - August 31


Actor who usually played it straight and tight-lipped.
He was that serious guy opposite Lee Majors on
the TV action series Six Million Dollar Man.
(Age: 91. C.O.D.: Natural causes.)
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WALTER BECKER - September 1


(Day after Richard Anderson.)
Guitarist who partnered with pianist Donald Fagan to form
the popular rock/jazz/pop group known as Steely Dan.
(Age: 67. C.O.D.: Throat cancer.)
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DON WILLIAMS - September 8


Country western musician and singer.
(Age: 78. C.O.D.: Emphysema.)
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LEN WEIN - September 9


(Day after Don Williams.)
Comic book writer. Also co-created Wolverine of X-Men fame.
(Age: 69. C.O.D.: Heart failure.)
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J.P. DONLEAVY - September 11


Did we say "bun heavy"? No, we said Donleavy.
Best known for writing The Ginger Man.
(Age: 91.)
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FRANK VINCENT - September 13


Actor (The Sopranos).
(Age: 80. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
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HARRY DEAN STANTON - September 15


Film character actor supreme.
(Age: 91.)
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JAKE LAMOTTA - September 19


A heavyweight champion boxer,
his story was featured in Raging Bull.
(Age: 95. C.O.D.: Pneumonia.)
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HUGH HEFNER - September 27


Publisher of Playboy magazine.
(Age: 91. C.O.D.: Heart failure.)
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ANNE JEFFREYS - September 27


(Same day as Hugh Hefner.)
Hottie actress.
Co-starred with her husband Robert Sterling in the very
well done crime-solving TV series Mr. And Mrs. North.
(Age: 94.)
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MONTY HALL - September 30


TV game show host (Let's Make A Deal).
(Age: 96. C.O.D.: Heart failure.)
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TOM PETTY - October 2


Musician (Break Down recorded live.)
(Age: 66. C.O.D.: Accidental prescription overdose.)
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RICHARD WILBUR - October 14


Poet.
(Age: 96.)
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ROY DOTRICE - October 16


Actor in Charles Dickens series on Masterpiece Theater (PBS).
(Age: 94.)
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FATS DOMINO - October 24


Piano-playing hitmaker extraordinaire.
(Age: 89.)
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ROBERT GUILLAUME - October 24


(Same day as Fats Domino.)
Actor (Soap, Benson).
(Age: 89. C.O.D.: Prostate cancer.)
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JOHN HILLERMAN - November 9


Actor (Magnum P.I.).
(Age: 84. C.O.D.: Heart disease.)
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MALCOLM YOUNG - November 18


Guitarist with his brother Angus
in the hit rock band AC/DC.
(Age: 64. C.O.D.: Lung cancer.)
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CHARLES MANSON - November 19


(Day after Malcolm Young, same day as Della Reese and Mel Tillis.)
Cult leader behind the Manson Family slayings of 1969.
(Age: 83. C.O.D.: Colon cancer.)
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DELLA REESE - November 19


Reese is in pieces.
(Same day as Charles Manson and Mel Tillis.)
Singer and actress (TV's Touched By An Angel.)
(Age: 86.)
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MEL TILLIS - November 19


(Also the same day as Charles Manson and Della Reese.
Wow, that's three in a row. We're talking trifecta!)
Country western singer.
(Age: 85.)
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DAVID CASSIDY - November 21


Actor/singer (The Partridge Family).
Son of actor Jack Cassidy (He And She)
and actress/singer Shirley Jones (Oklahoma).
(Age: 67. C.O.D.: Liver failure.)
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RANCE HOWARD - November 25


Actor and father of actor/director Ron Howard.
(Age: 89. C.O.D.: Heart failure.)
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JIM NABORS - November 30


Actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle).
(Age: 87.)
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KEELY SMITH - December 16


Hit singer who teamed in the 1950s with Luis Prima.
(Age: 89. C.O.D.: Heart failure.)
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HEATHER MENZIES - December 24


Actress in movies, mainly of the B-grade variety.
Happy Christmas Eve - you're dead!
(Age: 68. C.O.D.: Brain cancer.)
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SUE GRAFTON - December 28


Mystery author.
(Age: 77. C.O.D.: It's a mystery, of course.)
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ROSE MARIE - December 28


(Same day as Sue Grafton.)
Comedy actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show).
(Age: 94.)
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= WELL, THAT'S ALL FOR THIS YEAR, FOLKS!
BUT STAY TUNED - THE GRIM REAPER
AIN'T DONE WITH THOSE CELEBS YET!
MEANWHILE, AT THE UPPER RIGHT, CHECK OUT
THE LIST OF LATE LAMENTED LAYABOUTS
FROM PAST YEARS! ENJOY! =

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