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News, plain and simpleMon, 19 Feb 2018 18:01:08 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.10'House of Cards' Star Reg E. Cathey Dead From Cancer at 59
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‘House of Cards’ Star Reg E. Cathey Dead at 59
2/9/2018 4:06 PM PST
Reginald E. Cathey, who had huge roles in “House of Cards” and “The Wire,” has died … TMZ has learned.
The beloved actor passed away at his home in New York, surrounded by friends and family. We’re told he’d been battling lung cancer.
Reg played Freddy, owner of Francis Underwood’s fave BBQ joint on “House of Cards.” The role earned him the Emmy for Outstanding Guest in 2015.
He also famously played the mayor’s aide, Norman Wilson, on several seasons of “The Wire.”
He was a hard working character actor in Hollywood for more than 30 years with dozens of roles on TV and in movies … including “Oz,” ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ ‘Fantastic Four,’ “The Mask” and “S.W.A.T.”
Reg was extremely close to ‘Wire’ creator David Simon — he’s the only actor Simon hired to work on all of his TV shows. He posted memories of his friend.
Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. Not only a fine, masterful actor — but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set. On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing. pic.twitter.com/OHEUbAhTg0
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‘Frasier’ Star John Mahoney Dead at 77
2/5/2018 2:44 PM PST
John Mahoney, the beloved dad on “Frasier,” has died in Chicago … TMZ has learned.
According to John’s publicist … he passed away Sunday in hospice care.
John most recently had a recurring role in “Hot in Cleveland.” Besides his TV success, John was in tons of movies — like ‘American President,’ “Say Anything…” and “Eight Men Out” — during more than 30 years in show biz.
He won a SAG Award in 2000 for “Frasier” — and was nominated for 2 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes. John was also active in theater, and won a Tony in 1986.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/frasier-star-john-mahoney-dead-at-77/feed/0Kim Cattrall's Missing Brother Found Dead (UPDATE)
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Kim CattrallMissing Brother Found Dead
2/4/2018 7:55 AM PST
1:12 PM PT — Kim just announced that her missing brother, Christopher Cattrall, has died. She called his death “unexpected” but didn’t elaborate beyond that.
It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall. At this time we ask for privacy. We want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time. pic.twitter.com/n4dQAMrTvS
Kim Cattrall is begging for help in locating her brother, who went missing Tuesday.
Kim posted a desperate plea on social media for anyone having information about Christopher Cattrall, who disappeared from his home in Alberta, Canada.
The circumstances sound suspicious. 55-year-old Christopher had 7 beloved dogs at home, and she says he would never leave them in an unlocked house. His keys, cellphone and wallet were also left in his home.
She ends with this … “Help us bring him home safe. Please spread the word.”
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/kim-cattralls-missing-brother-found-dead-update/feed/0Dead N.Y. woman's cell phone used to make chilling call
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/dead-n-y-womans-cell-phone-used-to-make-chilling-call/#respondThu, 01 Feb 2018 06:00:04 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/dead-n-y-womans-cell-phone-used-to-make-chilling-call/ Peggy Brunner was preparing dinner when her phone began ringing Sunday night. She grabbed her cell and stopped cold the moment she saw the name that flashed on the screen.
Located 4 miles from the popular tourist destination of Montego Bay, St. James Parish alone (population: 180,000) saw more than 330 people killed — some 40 more than New York City (population: 8.5 million).
Violent gangs have turned the island into a battlefield, leading the U.S. and other countries to issue travel warnings.
Cali-Gibbon said she suspects that her daughter was murdered because she learned of information that someone didn’t want her to know.
“It was calculated,” Cali-Gibbon said. “She wasn’t robbed. She wasn’t taken for ransom…I think she learned something, I don’t know what, and I think they shut her up.”
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/dead-n-y-womans-cell-phone-used-to-make-chilling-call/feed/0Filmmaker Warren Miller Dead at 93
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Warren MillerLegendary Ski FilmmakerDead at 93
1/25/2018 8:41 AM PST
Warren Miller — the iconic director behind dozens of legendary skiing and surfing films — died Wednesday night in Washington state.
Miller’s family announced he died of natural causes on Orcas Island. For more than 60 years, Miller’s legion of fans were treated to his films in cities across the U.S. and around the world to kick off ski season.
Miller took his cameras to exotic locations to film extreme skiing and snowboarding … and set the standard for adrenaline-fueled sports footage.
Miller produced more than 500 films and wrote 11 books. His films featured an elite roster of skiing legends … including Otto Lang, Billy Kidd, Jimmie Heuga, Hannes Schneider and Stein Eriksen.
Warren Miller just passed away peacefully at 93. His influence on my life cannot be understated. I’m forever grateful that my family and I got to know him. May his mantra for seizing the day become yours:
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/filmmaker-warren-miller-dead-at-93/feed/0One dead, multiple wounded in Kentucky high school shooting
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/one-dead-multiple-wounded-in-kentucky-high-school-shooting/#respondTue, 23 Jan 2018 18:00:03 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/one-dead-multiple-wounded-in-kentucky-high-school-shooting/ At least one person is dead and multiple people were wounded Tuesday morning after a gunman opened fire at a western Kentucky high school, authorities said.
A sheriff’s deputy arrested the suspected gunman at Marshall County High School in Benton after the shooting, Kentucky State Police said.
Authorities announced the school was secured just after 10 a.m.
The Louisville Courier Journal reported at least nine people were wounded in the shooting.Kentucky’s Department of Education confirmed the fatality.
“Please join me in keeping Marshall County High School and the community in our thoughts and prayers in the work of this morning’s tragic school shooting,” Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt said in a tweeted statement.
Gov. Matt Bevin called the shooting “a tremendous tragedy and speaks to the heartbreak present in our communities.”
“As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love on each other at this time,” he said in a statement. “Do not speculate, but come alongside each other in support and allow the facts to come out.”
A heavy police presence was at the school following the shooting, as ambulances and law enforcement vehicles flooded the Benton school, located about 120 miles north of Nashville, TN.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/one-dead-multiple-wounded-in-kentucky-high-school-shooting/feed/0'The Harlem Shake' co-creator shot dead in Brooklyn home
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/the-harlem-shake-co-creator-shot-dead-in-brooklyn-home/#respondSat, 20 Jan 2018 06:00:08 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/the-harlem-shake-co-creator-shot-dead-in-brooklyn-home/ A member of the dance troupe that created “The Harlem Shake” craze was murdered inside his Brooklyn home last month, the Daily News has learned.
Jesse (Smiley) Rutland was shot at his house on Glenwood Road near Brooklyn Ave. in East Flatbush on Dec. 10, authorities said. He died at Kings County Hospital.
Rutland was a part of the Crazy Boyz Dance Crew which developed the upper-body-gyrating motion that took the world by storm in hip-hop videos and dance routines in the early 2000s.
On the dance group’s Facebook page “Original Harlem Shakers” another founding member Maurice Strayhorn wrote a heartfelt post about Rutland life and the details of what happened after his death.
“Jesse (Smiley) Rutland has been senselessly murdered on in his home with his children nearby. He was shot at 7:35 a.m. His 6 year old son attempted to revive him and ran out in the snow seeking help from a neighbor,” Strayhorn posted on Dec. 16.
Kumar Reid, 29, was arrested for Rutland’s murder on the same day.
Reid is charged second-degree murder and weapons possession.
His attorney Jay Schwitzman entered a not guilty plea on his behalf at his Supreme Court arraignment on Friday.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/the-harlem-shake-co-creator-shot-dead-in-brooklyn-home/feed/0Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dead at 46
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]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/cranberries-singer-dolores-oriordan-dead-at-46/feed/0Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, dead at 46
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/dolores-oriordan-lead-singer-of-the-cranberries-dead-at-46/#respondMon, 15 Jan 2018 18:00:04 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/dolores-oriordan-lead-singer-of-the-cranberries-dead-at-46/ Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of popular Irish rock band The Cranberries, died Monday in London, her publicist said. She was 46.
“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session,” her rep said in a statement to multiple media outlets, adding that no further details were available.
O’Riordan rose to fame as the gentle voice behind some of The Cranberries’ biggest hits, including “Zombie” and “Linger,” the latter of which, a lilting love song, served as the band’s breakthrough hit in 1993. The tune, with its distinctive string section, peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It also featured prominently in the 2006 Adam Sandler movie “Click,” prompting a brief cameo by O’Riordan to sing the song in a wedding scene.
The native of County Limerick, Ireland briefly embarked on a solo career after The Cranberries went on hiatus in 2003, but the band regrouped in 2009, and were slated for a European tour this past summer.
That tour, as well as its North American leg, were cancelled in July as O’Riordan recovered from an “ongoing back problem,” according to The Cranberries’ website.
“Unfortunately Dolores O’Riordan’s recovery from her ongoing back problem which forced the cancellation of most of the band’s European tour this Summer has not been going as well as expected to such extent that her Doctors have now instructed her to cancel her upcoming almost sold out tour of North America with the band,” a statement on the website read.
The band’s final album with O’Riordan at the mic, an acoustic compilation record called “Something Else,” was released in April.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/dolores-oriordan-lead-singer-of-the-cranberries-dead-at-46/feed/0Keith Jackson, legendary voice of college football, dead at 89
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/keith-jackson-legendary-voice-of-college-football-dead-at-89/#respondSat, 13 Jan 2018 18:00:03 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/keith-jackson-legendary-voice-of-college-football-dead-at-89/ Keith Jackson, the voice of college football for more than a half-century, has died. The ABC Sports broadcasting legend was 89.
Jackson, forever remembered for his signature “Whoa, Nellie” call and folksy delivery, died Friday night.
He was surrounded by his family, according to NBC Sports’ Todd Harris, who first reported Jackson’s death.
“The voice of college football and so much more has left us,” Harris wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. “Truly one of the greats in the broadcasting industry. I am grateful for my time with a true legend. Thank you for the lessons KJ.”
Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said Jackson “was college football” for generations of fans.
Jackson spent 56 years broadcasting college football, including 15 Rose Bowls. His final game before he retired was the 2006 thriller between USC and Texas at the famed game in Pasadena. It was Jackson who proclaimed the Rose Bowl “The Grandaddy of Them All.” The stadiums TV and radio booths were renamed “The Keith Jackson Broadcast Center” in 2005.
To hear him again is to be taken back to your childhood again, sitting in front of the television with a bologna sandwich and a Coke as the Saturday afternoon sun slowly sets on that lawn you just mowed, watching Bo and Woody and Bear come to life through a syrupy ballad that still sounds wonderfully like some kid breaking tackles and sprinting through a weed-choked field in rural nowhere.
Although Jackson will always be linked to his beloved college football, his career at ABC also included being the first “Monday Night Football” play-by-play announcer, a staple on “Wide World of Sports” and Olympic broadcasts. He also called NBA, MLB and college basketball games.
“Reggie Jackson has seen two pitches in the strike zone tonight,” Jackson said as Jackson stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 8th inning of Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. “Two. And he’s hit them both in the seats.”
Howard Cosell didn’t give Jackson the opportunity to finish his call after Reggie smashed a third blast to center field as Cosell interrupted after Jackson began describing what happened to Dodgers pitcher Charlie Hough’s pitch.
Jackson also called the 16-inning thriller between the Mets and Astros in the 1986 NLCS.
Kirk Herbstreit, the former Ohio State QB and current ESPN college football analyst, called Jackson the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) in a social media post Saturday.
“Just heard the news that everyone’s favorite CFB broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away last night. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls. Thank you Keith for all the memories and the grace in which you provided them. RIP Keith,” Herbstreit wrote.
Jackson also gave us the term “Big Uglies” for the offensive linemen who toil in the trenches and nicknamed Michigan Stadium “The Big House.”
“We, too, are saddened to hear of (Jackson’s passing),” the University of Michigan tweeted on its official athletics feed. “One of the greatest to ever do it.”
We are saddened to hear of Keith Jackson’s passing.
An absolute icon, he was the Voice of the Rose Bowl and so many #B1G moments.
Jackson, who was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1999, was also honored by both the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame (1994) and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame (1995).
A native of Georgia, Jackson served in the Marine Corps before attending Washington State University where the broadcast building was renamed in his honor in 2014.
“Incredibly saddened to hear the loss of a broadcasting legend, the voice of college football across the Country, and WSU Cougar great, Keith Jackson,” his alma mater tweeted. “His impact will live on forever.”
“I want to be remembered as a good ol’ boy who married a gorgeous lady and we had a great life together,” Jackson told Plaschke in 2015.
Jackson is survived by his wife of 63 years, Turi Ann.