Jun 29 - A List of All The Famous People Who Died in 2007
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Jun 29 - A List of All The Famous People Who Died in 2007
Fashion designer Liz Claiborne, whose styles became a cornerstone of career women's wardrobes in the 1970s and 1980s, died on June 26 after suffering from cancer for a number of years. She was 78. Claiborne founded Liz Claiborne Inc. in 1976 along with her husband, Art Ortenberg, and Leonard Boxer. In 1985 Liz Claiborne Inc. was the first company founded by a woman to be listed in the Fortune 500, according to the company's Web site.
Claiborne retired from the day-to-day operations in 1989.
Pro wrestler Chris Benoit was found dead on June 25 after apparently k!lling his wife and son during the preceeding weekend, police said. Benoit strangled his wife, Nancy, 43, and smothered his 7-year-old son, Daniel, before hanging himself in his weight room, a law enforcement official close to the investigation told The a.ssociated Press.
Rapper, Stack Bundles
Diplomats affiliate Stack Bundles was k!lled early in the morning on June 11th in his Far Rockaway neighborhood in Queens, New York. He was gunned down down. The supposed gunmen was found k!lled execution style not even a week later.
Relief pitcher Rod Beck
Rod Beck, a relief pitcher who wore a bushy mustache while earning 286 career saves, was found dead on June 23. He was 38. Foul play is not suspected, though the cause of death was unknown at publication date. The outgoing right-hander was a three-time All-Star who twice led the NL in saves. Beck was popular with his teammates, reporters and fans, but battled personal demons late in his life. He abruptly left the San Diego Padres for a two-month stint in drug rehabilitation during his final season in 2004.
Indiana U. football coach Terry Hoeppner
Indiana University football coach Terry Hoeppner died of complications from a brain tumor on June 19. He was 59. Hoeppner, who had two brain surgeries in the past 18 months, spent the last four months on medical leave. Hoeppner, who went 9-14 in two seasons as Indiana's coach.
AFL All-Star safety Jim Norton
Jim Norton, a four-time AFL All-Star safety and an original member of the Houston Oilers, died on June 12. He was 68. Norton played football for four seasons at Idaho before he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1960. He never played for the Lions, instead joining the Houston Oilers that same year, when they won the first AFL championship. Norton retired in 1969 after playing nine seasons with the Oilers, and he remains the franchise leader with 45 interceptions.
Don Herbert, who as television's "Mr. Wizard" introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died on June 12. He was 89. Herbert, who had bone cancer, died at his suburban Los Angeles home. In "Watch Mr. Wizard," which was produced from 1951 to 1964 and received a Peabody Award in 1954, Herbert turned TV into an entertaining classroom. On a simple, workshop-like set, he demonstrated experiments using household items.
Former Tennessee basketball coach Ray Mears
Ray Mears, the Tennessee basketball coach who presided over the "Ernie and Bernie show" during his 15 seasons guiding the Volunteers, died on June 11. He was 80. In the mid-1970s, Mears coached future NBA players Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard King. Mears' teams went 278-112 at Tennessee between 1962 and 1978
Former NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr.
Bill France Jr., who transformed NASCAR from a small Southern sport into a billion-dollar conglomerate during his 31 years as chairman, died at his Daytona Beach, Fla., home on June 4. He was 74.
New England Patriot Marquise Hill
New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill, who spent much of his free time and his NFL paycheck helping loved ones in New Orleans rebuild in the hurricane-damaged city where he grew up, died on May 27. He was 24. The former LSU star died in a a jet ski accident on Lake Pontchartrain. The death was ruled an accidental drowning.
Actor Carl Wright
Who began his career as a tap dancer and comedian and later appeared in movies including "Barbershop" and "Big Momma's House," died, on May 19. He was 75. Wright's film credits also include "Soul Food," "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" and "The Cookout." The black guy basically who told Cedric the Entertainers character in Barbershop, "Now you have gone to far godammit."
Yolanda Denise King
Yolanda Denise King, Yolanda King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest child who pursued her father's dream of racial harmony through drama and motivational speaking, died in Santa Monica, Calif., on May 15. She was 51.
The Rev. Jerry Falwell
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died on May 15 shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University. He was 73. Falwell credited his Moral Majority with getting millions of conservative voters registered, electing Ronald Reagan and giving Republicans Senate control in 1980
Boxer Diego Corrales
Diego "Chico" Corrales, who won boxing titles in two weight classes and was involved in one of the most memorable f!ghts in recent times, died in a motorcycle accident on May 7. He was 29. The lanky Corrales was a big puncher best known for getting up after two 10th-round knockdowns to stop Jose Luis Castillo in one of the most thrilling f!ghts ever. The f!ght took place May 7, 2005, exactly two years from the night he died.
Comic-actor Tom Poston
Tom Poston, the tall, pasty-faced comic who found fame and fortune playing a clueless everyman on such hit television shows as "Newhart" and "Mork and Mindy," died on April 30. He was 85. Poston, who was married to Suzanne Pleshette of "The Bob Newhart Show," died at home after a brief illness. The nature of his illness was not disclosed.
Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock
The death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock in an auto accident early April 29 was felt throughout the baseball world, leaving the Cardinals organization reeling from a second player death in five years. Hancock, 29, died when his Ford Explorer rammed the rear of a flatbed tow truck as he drove along a St. Louis-area highway at 12:35 a.m. A quarter sack of weed was found in his truck. He was drunk and high.
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Former President Boris Yeltsin
Former President Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, died Monday. He was 76. Russian officials said the former president died of heart failure. Yeltsin was a contradictory figure, rocketing to popularity in the Communist era on pledges to f!ght corruption. Yeltsin amassed as much power as possible in his office -- then gave it all up in a dramatic New Year's address at the end of 1999.
Former NHL forward Gaeten Duchesne
Gaeten Duchesne, who played in the NHL for 14 seasons and helped the Minnesota North Stars reach the 1991 Stanley Cup final, died while training at a gym on April 16. He was 44. The cause of death was not immediately known. Duchesne played for five NHL teams -- Washington, Quebec, Minnesota, San Jose and Florida -- and retired after the 1994-95 season. The forward appeared in 1,028 NHL games, totaling 179 goals and 254 a.ssists. He was in 84 playoff games.
Singer Don Ho
Legendary crooner Don Ho, who entertained tourists for decades wearing raspberry-tinted sunglasses and singing the catchy signature tune "Tiny Bubbles," died of heart failure on Apri. 14. He was 76. Ho entertained Hollywood's biggest stars and thousands of tourists for four decades. For many, no trip to Hawaii was complete without seeing his Waikiki show -- a mix of songs, jokes, double entendres, Hawaii history and audience participation.
Author Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut, an American cultural hero celebrated for his wry, loonily imaginative commentary on war, apocalypse, technology, materialism and other afflictions in "Slaughterhouse-Five" and other novels, died on April 11. He was 84. Vonnegut suffered brain injuries in a fall several weeks before his death.
Actor Barry Nelson
Barry Nelson, an MGM contract player during the 1940s who later had a prolific theater career and was the first actor to play James Bond on screen, died on April 7. He was 89. Before Sean Connery was tapped to play the British agent in 1962's "Dr. No," Nelson played Bond in a one-hour TV adaptation of "Casino Royale" in 1954. Among his other film credits were "Airport" and "The Shining," and he also appeared on such TV shows as "murder, She Wrote,""Dallas" and "Magnum P.I."
Former wide receiver Darryl Stingley
Darryl Stingley, a quadriplegic who became a symbol of the violence of football, died April 5 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 55. Stingley, who was playing for the New England Patriots as a wide receiver, became a quadriplegic after he was hit by Oakland Raiders defensive back John Tatum during a preseason game on Aug. 12, 1978.
Actor Edward Mallory
Actor Edward Mallory, who portrayed angst-ridden Dr. Bill Horton on the NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" for 14 years, died on April 4 following a long illness. He was 76. Mallory appeared in films including "The Birdman of Alcatraz" and directed several daytime serials and wrote, directed and produced documentaries for The History Channel and A&E.
Director Bob Clark
Bob Clark, whose film "A Christmas Story" became a seasonal fixture for its bittersweet cataloguing of holiday dreams and disappointments, was k!lled with his son, Ariel, in a car crash in Los Angeles on April 4. He was 67. Clark had a prolific movie and TV directing career. He specialized in horror movies and thrillers early on, directing such 1970s movies as "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things," "murder by Decree," "Breaking Point" and "Black Christmas," which was remade in 2006.
Former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson
Eddie Robinson, who sent more than 200 players to the NFL and won 408 games during a 57-year career, died on April 3. He was 88. The former Grambling State University coach's career spanned 11 presidents, several wars and the civil rights movement.
NHRA driver Eric Medlen
NHRA driver Eric Medlen died March 23, five days after sustaining a severe head injury in a crash during a test session at Gainesville Raceway. The 33-year-old Medlen, who drove for John Force Racing, never regained consciousness after crashing his Funny Car into a guardrail on March 19 at the Florida track.
R&B singer-songwriter Luther Ingram
Luther Ingram, the R&B singer and songwriter best known for the hit "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)," died. of heart failure on March 19. He was 69. Ingram performed with Ike Turner at clubs in East St. Louis, roomed with Jimi Hendrix in New York and was the opening act for Isaac Hayes. He recorded through the 1980s and performed in concert until the mid-1990s, when his health began declining.
Former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn
Bowie Kuhn, whose 15 tumultuous years as baseball commissioner coincided with free agency and multimillion-dollar salaries, died on March 15. He was 80. When Kuhn took over as commissioner from William Eckert on Feb. 4, 1969, baseball just had completed its final season as a tradition-bound 20-team sport with no playoffs, a reserve clause and an average salary of about $19,000. By the time Peter Ueberroth succeeded Kuhn on Oct. 1, 1984, the major leagues had 26 teams in four divisions, a designated hitter in the American League, the first night World Series games, color-splashed uniforms, free agency and an average salary of nearly $330,000.
Director Stuart Rosenberg
Stuart Rosenberg, a prolific director of series television and theatrical films who partnered with Paul Newman on the widely popular prison drama "Cool Hand Luke" and several other movies, died of a heart attack on March 15. He was 79.
Comedian Richard Jeni
Richard Jeni, a standup comedian who played to sold-out crowds, was a regular on the "Tonight Show" and appeared in movies, died of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide on March 10. Police found the 49-year-old comedian alive but gravely injured in a West Hollywood, Calif., home when they responded to a call from Jeni's girlfriend, Los Angeles. Jeni died at a nearby hospital.
The lead singer for Boston, a huge rock sensation in the 1970s, was found dead on March 9 in his home in Atkinson, N.H. He was 55. The cause of his death remained under investigation. Delp fronted the rock band, whichrose to fame in the late 1970s and had several hits, including "More than A Feeling."
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Philadelphia Phillies coach John Vukovich
John Vukovich, the longest-serving coach in Philadelphia Phillies history and a member of their only World Series championship team in 1980, died on March 8. He was 59. Vukovich, who had been suffering from complications caused by an inoperable brain tumor, died in a Philadelphia-area hospital. A first-round draft choice by Philadelphia in 1966, Vukovich, who served short stints as manager with Philadelphia and the Chicago Cubs, spent the last 19 years with the Phillies. He also won a World Series ring with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975.
Winemaker Ernest Gallo
Ernest Gallo, the marketing genius who parlayed $5,900 and a wine recipe from the Modesto Public Library into the world's largest winemaking empire, died on March 6 at his home in Modesto, Calif. He was 97. He proved that drinking wine all your life helps you live longer.
Former NBA star and coach Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championship teams and combined with Larry Bird in one of the great postseason plays, died in Feb. 22 after collapsing at the end of practice. He was 52. Johnson was coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Former N.Y. Yankee Hank Bauer
Former N.Y. Yankee Hank Bauer, an All-Star outfielder who set a World Series record with a 17-game hitting streak for the Yankees and went to manage the Baltimore Orioles to the 1966 title, died on Feb. 9. He was 84.
Former Playboy centerfold Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith, the former Playboy centerfold who married an octogenarian billionaire and waged a legal battle for his fortune all the way to the Supreme Court, died on Feb. 8 after collapsing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida. She was on a lot of drugs at the time. She was 39.
All-Star pitcher Steve Barber
Steve Barber, the first 20-game winner in modern Baltimore Orioles history and the losing pitcher in one of baseball's wildest no-hitters, died on Feb. 4 from complications of pneumonia. He was 67. A two-time All-Star and a member of the Orioles' Hall of Fame, Barber was 121-106 with a 3.36 ERA from 1960-74. The lefty spent the first half of his career with the Orioles and was traded to the New York Yankees in July 1967. He later pitched for the Seattle Pilots, the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves, the California Angels and the San Francisco Giants.
Actress Marcheline Bertrand
Mother of Angelina Jolie, died of cancer on Jan. 28. Bertrand, who had small roles in the movies "Lookin' to Get Out" in 1982 and "The Man Who Loved Women" in 1983, raised Jolie and her brother, James Haven, after divorcing their father, actor Jon Voight, when Jolie was a toddler.
Actor Tige Andrews
Tige Andrews, the Emmy-nominated character actor who portrayed Capt. Adam Greer in "The Mod Squad," died of cardiac arrest on Jan. 27. He was 86. The actor often played detectives during his lengthy television career, which spanned five decades and included appearances on more than 60 shows.
TV writer Bob Carroll Jr.
Bob Carroll Jr., a pioneering television writer who worked on all of Lucille Ball's TV shows, including "I Love Lucy," died on Jan. 27. He was 87.
Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt
He served as a Navy and CIA officer, and helped orchestrate a coup in Guatemala and the botched Bay of Pigs invasion, but E. Howard Hunt is best known as something he always said he wasn't: a Watergate burglar. Hunt, who often said he preferred the term "Watergate conspirator," died on Jan. 23 in Miami after a lengthy bout of pneumonia. He was 88.
Singer Denny Doherty
Denny Doherty, one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, known for their soaring harmony on hits like "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday," died after a short illness on Jan. 19. He was 66. The Mamas and the Papas broke new ground by having women and men in one group at a time when most singing groups were unis3x. John Phillips, the group's chief songwriter; his wife, Michelle; and another female vocalist, Cass Elliot, teamed with Doherty.
NASCAR driver Bobby Hamilton
Bobby Hamilton, the longtime NASCAR driver who won the 2001 Talladega 500 and was the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series champion, died of cancer on Jan. 7. He was 49. Hamilton was found to have cancer in the head and neck in February 2006. A malignant growth was found when swelling from dental surgery did not go down.
USC kicker Mario Danelo
University of Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was found dead on Jan. 6 about 120 feet down a rocky cliff. The body was reported by a passer-by at about 4:30 p.m. Danelo, the 21-year-old son of former NFL kicker Joe Danelo, made 15 of 16 field goals in the 2006 season and led the Trojans in scoring with 89 points. The junior made two field goals in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 to help USC beat Michigan, 32-18. Alcohol was found in his system.
Damien Darnell Nash, RB Denver Broncos
Nash collapsed suddenly following a celebrity basketball game at Riverview Gardens High School on February 23, 2007 for charity. Nash was found unresponsive at a residence in suburban St. Louis and was later pronounced dead. The charity event was a fundraiser to benefit the Darris Nash Find A Heart Foundation, a charity which raises funds for heart transplant research. Damien had created the charity in honor of his older brother, Darris, a recent heart transplant recipient.
Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams
Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and k!lled in a drive-by shooting in downtown Denver early Jan. 1. Williams, a second-round pick in the 2005 draft out of Oklahoma State, started nine games as a rookie due to injuries. This season, he took over as the starter for Lenny Walls alongside Champ Bailey, and was second on the team with four interceptions and tied for third with 86 tackles.
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