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RIP Prince
April 21st, 2016 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

When Doves Cry – Prince
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Little Red Corvette – Prince

Prince’s musical genius was silenced today because he passed away at the age of 57. According to TMZ he has been suffering from he flu for the last few weeks.
The best way for me to remember him today is to share the lyrics to song Let’s Go Crazy because I am at a lost for words. It seems like the perfect way to remember him today. That and listening to all of his songs or watching Purple Rain.

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The after world
A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night
So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one, Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby
‘Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the after world
In this life
You’re on your own
And if the elevator tries to bring you down
Go crazy, punch a higher floor
If you don’t like the world you’re living in
Take a look around you
At least you got friends
You see I called my old lady
For a friendly word
She picked up the phone
Dropped it on the floor
(Ah, ah) is all I heard
Are we gonna let the elevator
Bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!
Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Let’s look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!
We’re all excited
But we don’t know why
Maybe it’s ’cause
We’re all gonna die
And when we do (When we do)
What’s it all for (What’s it all for)
You better live now
Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door
Tell me, are we gonna let the elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!
Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!
C’mon baby
Let’s get nuts
Let’s go crazy
Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!
Go crazy
I said let’s go crazy (Go crazy)
Let’s go, let’s go
Let’s go
Dr. Everything’ll be alright
Will make everything go wrong
Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill
Hang tough children
He’s coming
He’s coming
Take me away!


RIP Chyna
April 21st, 2016 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Joanie Lauer aka Chyna passed away at the age of 45 from an apparent overdose according to TMZ. She is best known as one of the greatest female Wrestlers ever. But many other people know her from the VH1 reality shows she did. She appeared on The Surreal Life, The Surreal Life: Fame Games and Celebrity Rehab. She was big in stature, and her personality was even bigger.
Today let’s remember her for that and keep her larger that life spirit alive.


RIP Doris Roberts
April 18th, 2016 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Doris Roberts passed away at the age of 90 yesterday according to TMZ. Even though she has been gracing our televisions since the ’50s, she is best known for a role she started playing 45 years later. That role is Marie, the tough but loving mother, on Everybody Loves Raymond. Her comedic timing on that show made it the classic it became while it was still on the air. But that was just one of her many roles, she also had some very memorable guest star roles on shows like All in the Family, Soap, Barney Miller, Alice, Full House, Lizzie McGuire, Hot In Cleveland, Desperate Housewives and Major Crimes to name a very few. She loved acting so much, she never stopped. She was still acting even though she just entered her 9th decade on this Earth.
So today honor her legacy and watch one of her many wonderful roles to keep her spirit alive. And make sure to watch at least one episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, so she can hear our laughter wherever she is now.


RIP Patty Duke
March 29th, 2016 under Obits. [ Comments: 1 ]

Patty Duke passed away today at the age of 69 due to sepsis from a ruptured intestine according to her agent Mitchell K. Stubbs.
Patty Duke had an horrendous childhood because of parents and her abusive talent managers, even though she had huge sucess on Broadway and on the big screen playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at such a young age. In 1963, she landed the role of Patty Lane and her lookalike cousin Cathy in the sitcom The Patty Duke Show that still airs today in syndication on Me TV and other channels. In 1967, she starred as Neely O’Hara in the groundbreaking Valley of the Dolls. Throughout the years, she continued acting nonstop. She even starred in The Miracle Worker again, but this time as Keller’s teacher Anne Sullivan.
But her life was not easy, a very short lived marriage, alcohol abuse and eventually the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That diagnosis saved her life and she brought awareness to it by talking about it on several talk shows. She wrote an autobiography called Call Me Anna, that is a must read, and starred in a movie of the week based on it. All of this brought bipolar disorder to the forefront and made people aware of it.
As the years went on she continued to talk about it and act constantly. Thirty years ago on March 15th, she married the love of her life Michael Pearce, moved to Idaho and had a son with him. She has two other sons that she raised with John Astin, Sean and Mackenzie Astin, both of whom are actors.
When I think of Patty Duke, I think of a woman who I revere first, and then the actress who I admire. She was so inspirational and someone Hollywood and the world will be talking about for decades to come because of the huge impact she left on it and left on us.
So today please honor this wonderful woman by watching one of her many great works to let her know that we will always love her. I know that is how I am going to spend the today.
Personally, I am sorry I have never met, but I am honored that was able to chat with her on the phone on more than one occasion. She was as warm as you would expect to her be.


RIP James Noble
March 29th, 2016 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

James Noble passed away yesterday at the age of 94 according to The New York Times. He is best known for playing the lovable Connecticut Governor Gene Gatling on the long running sitcom Benson.
Even though he was born in Dallas, Tx, he died in the state that he governed on TV. Something that brought a smile to my face when I read the sad news. Every morning I wake up and watch Benson on Family Net and this show never gets old. In fact, it only gets better with time. A big part of this show’s sucess was not only the chemistry between the cast, but also the fact that you wanted Governor Gatling to be your Governor. He was fair and he cared, and Noble brought a warmth to him that made you love him even more.
So today let’s honor him by letting him hear our laughter as we watch him do what he does best.


Conan O’Brien and Seth Meyers beautifully remember Garry Shandling
March 25th, 2016 under Conan O'Brien, Obits, Seth Meyers. [ Comments: none ]

Garry Shandling suddenly passed away yesterday and the late night television hosts remember him because he changed that format with his fake TV show The Larry Sanders Show.
Conan O’Brien has been doing it the longest now and he remembered his friend on his TBS show last night. Instead of doing a monologue, he shared a story about how Shandling was there for him during a time of need. When Conan’s Tonight Show was cancelled, his wife convinced him to go to Hawaii to get away from it all. As soon as they got there, he got a call and it was from Shandling. The comedian told him there was no way to avoid to him and he spent the rest of the trip with his friend forever. It is a beautiful story that tells you more about than man than just his rich television history.
One that influenced Seth Meyers so much, he had to talk about it at the start of Late Night yesterday. The NBC late night show host said that Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, made him want to do a late night show, but Larry Sanders made him not want to do one. Of course he was joking, but you can see how influential he was.
These are just two of the touching tributes that were paid to the legendary man. There are many more on Twitter and you can see how much his presence touched the lives of Judd Apatow, Peter Tolan, Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart and many many more.
In the upcoming weeks, HBO will once again air The Larry Sanders Show and when they do I highly recommend watching it. See why so many greats respect the man for more than just his comedy.


RIP Garry Shandling
March 24th, 2016 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Garry Shandling passed away suddenly today at the age of 66 according to TMZ.
The comedian started out behind the scenes writing on shows like Sanford & Son and Welcome Back Kotter. In between that, he did many stints on late night television before getting the It’s Garry Shandling;s Show on Fox in 1986. Two years after that sitcom ended, he landed his career defining role in The Larry Sanders Show. When it was on the air, everyone wanted to be on it but it was David Duchovny who left the biggest impression as a guest.
Then in the new millennium, he jumped over to the big screen starring in What Planet Are You From?, Town & Country, Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Most recently he appeared on Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld in January.
Today, don’t remember him with tears, remember him with laughter. You can watch many of his classic standup routines on YouTube. I know it eased my pain over his shocking loss.


RIP Abe Vigoda
January 26th, 2016 under Obits. [ Comments: 1 ]

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, 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.


RIP David Bowie
January 11th, 2016 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

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!


RIP Scott Weiland
December 3rd, 2015 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

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.


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