Archive for the 'Tragedy' Category

Actor James Gandolfini dies at 51

Actor James Gandolfini is dead at 51. He suffered a massive heart attack while on a trip to Italy with his son, Michael. James Gandolfini (the New Jersey-bred actor whose Mafia-boss character survived six seasons of mob hits and panic attacks on “The Sopranos”) died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51. The man behind Tony […]

Singer Richie Havens dies at 72

Famed folk singer Richie Havens – the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival – died Monday of a sudden heart attack, his publicist said. He was 72. Havens, who retired three years ago, toured for more than 30 years and recorded 30 albums. Havens told Billboard that his breakthrough at Woodstock came after […]

Guitarist Alvin Lee of “Ten Years After” dies at 68

Alvin Lee, whose fire-fingered guitar playing drove the British blues-rock band Ten Years After to stardom in the 1960s and early 70′s, died on Wednesday in Spain. He was 68. He died “after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure” – according to a brief post by family members on his Web site. His manager, […]

Actress Bonnie Franklin dies of cancer at 69

Bonnie Franklin, whose portrayal of a pert but determined Ann Romano on the television show “One Day at a Time” in the 1970′s and 80′s spun laughter out of the tribulations of a divorced woman juggling parenting, career, love life and feminist convictions, died on Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 69. […]

Lakers owner Jerry Buss dead at 80

Jerry Buss, who bought the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979 and turned them into the N.B.A.’s glamour team, winners of 10 league championships and the cornerstone of his Southern California sports empire, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 80. His death was announced by the Lakers. He had been hospitalized with cancer for […]

“Storage Wars” star Mark Balelo suicide

Authorities say the death of a businessman featured on A&E’s “Storage Wars” has been declared a suicide. The Ventura County medical examiner’s office determined Mark Balelo died after inhaling carbon monoxide and car exhaust fumes. His body was found Monday morning in a business warehouse in Simi Valley, Calif. “Storage Wars” followed Balelo as one […]

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf dead at 78

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf (who presided over the swift and devastating 1991 military assault on Iraq that transformed the Middle East and reminded America what it was like to win a war) died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 78. The former four-star general, whose burly image towering in camouflage fatigues above his troops […]

MLB player Ryan Freel dies at 36

Ryan Freel (who played for five MLB teams between 2001 and 2009) has committed suicide at age 36, according to multiple reports. Sgt. Mike Paul of the Jacksonville (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The Florida Times-Union that Freel, a Jacksonville native, was found dead from a self-inflicted shotgun wound Saturday at his home around 4 […]

Writer Larry L. King dead at 83

Larry L. King, a journalist, essayist and playwright with a swaggering prose style and a rollicking personal one, who left Texas as a young man but never abandoned it in his work — turning out profiles of politicians, articles on the flaws and foibles of American culture, searching autobiographical essays and, most famously, the book […]

Hero teacher Victoria Soto dead saving students

Victoria Soto (a teacher who was among the 26 people gunned down during the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.) on Friday is being widely praised on Facebook as a hero after saving students in her class from being killed. News of the mass shooting believed to have been carried out […]