Abe Vigoda passed away today at the age of 94 in his sleep according to what his daughter told the AP.
The actor became a star when he accepted a part in The Godfather. A few years later, he landed the role of a lifetime as Fish on Barney Miller, and he got his own spinoff from that lovable police sitcom that still airs in syndication today. He kept on acting and had bit, but memorable roles in Look Who’s Talking, Tales From the Darkside and Good Burger to name a few. Most of the younger generation will remember him best for starring in the hugely popular Snickers Super Bowl commercial with Betty White.
As well known as he was for his acting, in recent years he was also known for is he still alive or dead. Well sadly today, AbeVigoda.com changed their status to dead.
Even though he is no longer with us, let’s keep his spirit alive by watching one of his many roles and smiling as we remember him.
David Bowie passed away yesterday at the age of 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer according to his Facebook page. How do you pay tribute to a hero, who was a hero for more than one day. He was a hero his whole adult life whether he was David Bowie, David Jones or Ziggy Stardust. His music forever changed the face of Rock’n’Roll. If it wasn’t for him we would not have many of the musicians we grew up with. He was inspiration, but he also made it OK to be different. He was the face of Glam Rock that shaped Punk that shaped New Wave and so on. He was also an original and because of that musicians were able to dress however they wanted. He made being androgynous normal in a time when people weren’t ready for it. Then as the music world ushered in music videos, he was there to change that format too. Releasing a 20 minute mini-movie for his song Blue Jean back when MTV was just a baby.
These are just a few examples how he left his stamp on music, but it was voice and the words that came from his lips that truly changed music. No one did music like him, and I am grateful for all the amazing songs we got from him. Including his farewell album Blackstar that was released just 3 days ago on his 69th birthday.
He sang, “But I never wave bye-bye,” in my favorite song Modern Love. So today, don’t wave bye bye, Let’s Dance. Put on your red shows and dance the blues as we remember Major Tom!
Scott Weiland died in his sleep on his tour bus in Minnesota tonight according to his Instagram.
The 48 year old singer was best known for leading Stone Temple Pilots and singing their biggest hits like Plush and Vasoline. When they split up he became a member of the supergroup Velvet Revolver with some bandmates from Guns N’ Roses. Most recently he was singing with The Wildabouts and it was this tour that would wind up being his last.
As well known as he was for his music, he was also as well known for his drug addiction. But today, let’s not remember him for the latter, let’s remember him for his music and blast some of his tunes.
He leaves behind a wife, and a son and a daughter from his second wife.
Nathaniel Marston passed away today at the age of 40, days after his horrific car accident according to his mother, Elizabeth Jackson. She took the Facebook to break the sad news.
Dear family and friends, it is with a heavy heart that I share this devastating news. My beloved and cherished son, Nathaniel Marston, who was putting up the good fight until last night was not able to continue due to the traumatic and devastating nature of his injuries. Nathaniel passed away peacefully as I held him in my arms. Father William, myself and his second Mommy Lisa, and our dear friend Charlotte were by his bedside, he was not alone. His injuries, which Dr.’s did their best to heal were not responding to treatment and one after another his bodily functions failed to support his life.
Had Nathaniel lived he would have required a ventilator and would never have been able to utter one more word and would have been sentenced to life as a quadriplegic. A condition that Nate would have never have been able to tolerate. By Gods love and mercy Nathaniel was spared this living hell and has traveled on to be with God, his cherished Grandmother Mary Jackson, Grandfather John Jackson and my sister his Aunt Nora…. God is merciful and because of his mercy God ended Nathaniel’s pain and suffering at 3:15 today PST in Reno, NV. Nathaniel now lives with Father God, surrounded with peace, love and light.
Know that I am deeply grateful for all of you for taking this tragic two week journey with me Nathaniel and our family. Your unfailing support, prayers, love and positive thoughts that you have sent our way, in what has been the worst two weeks of my life, have held all of us up giving us the strength to get through each hellish day.
He was best known for starring as Michael McBain on One Life to Live, but in recent weeks he was known for the car accident that most likely would’ve left him a quadriplegic. People kept checking in on his mother’s Facebook page for updates that he would recover; but sadly he did not.
So now let’s pray for her, and keep his spirit alive by watching his work.
Al Molinaro passed away yesterday at the age of 96 due complications from a gallbladder infection according to Kenosha News. The actor got his big break later on in his life as Murray the Cop on The Odd Couple. When there was an opening on Happy Days, Garry Marshall hired him for the role of Al Delvecchio. He continued acting in other television shows and commercials until the early ’90s.
So today keep his spirit alive by watching Happy Days or The Odd Couple. Yep, yep, yep, yep, yep, yep, yep!
Jackie Collins passed away yesterday at the age of 77 after a long battle with breast cancer according to People. The tantalizing author kept her diagnosis a secret for 6 and half years from everyone but her three daughter. In fact, she was still doing a book tour up until this month and it was then that she told her sister about her cancer. After revealing her news to Joan Collins, she sat down with People and gave her final interview detailing it. I guess she learned how to keep a secret from all of the characters she created.
So today keep her spirit alive by reading one of her many novels like The Santangelos, Poor Little Bitch Girl, Hollywood Divorces, Hollywood Husbands, Hollywood Wives, Lucky and so many more.
Wes Craven passed away today at the age of 76 from brain cancer according to The Hollywood Reporter. For decades, he made us Scream and not only because he created the Scream franchise. He is also the man who haunted our nightmares with The Nightmare on Elm Street. Before there was Freddy, there was The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes and Swamp Thing, and afterwards there was The People Under the Stairs, Music of the Heart and My Soul to Take. He is the man who changed horror, and he made it even better. His legacy will last on as long as there are people screaming in the movie theaters and that will be forever. So tonight, dream a little dream with Wes Craven and watch one of his many magnificent films that changed the Ghostface, I mean, face of films forever.
NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford passed away today a week before his 85th birthday according to Today. In his younger life, he was known for being a wide receiver and a halfback for the NY Giants. After he retired from the game, he become a sports broadcaster. But most people today, know him as Kathie Lee Gifford‘s husband. Ever since they married in 1986, she always talked about her relationship to him on the air, so we feel like we’ve known him. Today, we mourn him with her. She simply Tweeted, “Deeply grateful to all 4 ur outpouring of grace. We r steadfast in our faith & finding comfort in knowing where Frank is. Phillippians 4:13.”
So let’s give him one more touchdown, and watch some his greatest moments on YouTube.
Alex Rocco passed away yesterday at the age of 79 according to his daughter Jennifer, who wrote a beautiful poem in his honor. Rocco started working in the mid-60’s and he never stopped. The actor was known for his gravely voice that made him sound tough, but he still came off as loveable. He is best known for playing Moe Green in The Godfather. Others of us know him for playing Jo’s dad on The Facts of Life and Matt LeBlanc’s father in Episodes. These are just a few of the many many many roles he played his long career that included drama, comedies and everything else in between.
So today pick a movie or television show or both to rewatch his brilliant work and keep that bigger than life spirit alive.
Amanda Peterson passed away this week at the age of 43, just says before her 44th birthday, and the cause of her death is unknown at this point according to TMZ.
The actress is best known for Can’t Buy Me A Love, a movie that made many girls, like me, wish they were her. While this is her most famous role, she starred in many other productions like Annie, Explorers, A Year in the Life, Fatal Charm and Windrunner to name a few.
Today let’s keep her beautiful spirit alive and watch one of many roles over again.