Former Empire state governor Mario Cuomo dead at 82 …
Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York from 1983 through 1994 has passed away at the age of 82 from heart failure. Cuomo passed away at 5:15 pm of heart failure, surrounded by family in his Manhattan apartment as his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was in Buffalo delivering his second inaugural address of the day. Mario Cuomo was most known for his July 1984 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention where he offered a rebuttal of President Ronald Reagan’s vision of America as a “shining city on a hill.” They have been spewing division for quite some time.
Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, the liberal son of Italian immigrants and a gifted orator whose talents brought him national stature, died Thursday. He was 82.
Cuomo died in New York of natural causes due to heart failure shortly after his eldest son, Andrew, was sworn in for a second term as New York governor, the office his father had previously held for eleven years. The elder Cuomo had been hospitalized in November for a heart condition, the day after his son won re-election.
“He is in the heart and mind of every person who is here,” Andrew Cuomo said in his inaugural address Thursday. “He is here and he is here, and his inspiration and his legacy and his experience is what has brought this state to this point. So let’s give him a round of applause.”
In a statement, President Barack Obama called Cuomo “a determined champion of progressive values, and an unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity, and opportunity.
Mario Matthew Cuomo was born June 15, 1932, in Queens, the third and final child of immigrants from a small village near Naples, Italy. His parents, Andrea and Immaculata Cuomo, owned a grocery store in South Jamaica during the Depression.
Cuomo became a product of the borough’s Catholic schools and a strong athlete: He excelled in baseball and basketball.
A center fielder, Cuomo signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization when he was 19. He was hitting .244 with one homer in 81 games in the Georgia-Florida League when he was beaned by a fastball. He was blinded for a week and never played professionally again.
He went home and attended St. John’s University and then its law school, where he tied for first in his graduating class. In 1952 he married St. John’s student Matilda Raffa, a union that lasted 62 years until his death.
Hmm, you mean they don’t consider him a “Mafioso” anymore?
“It was Mario Cuomo’s great gift and our good fortune that he was both a sterling orator and a passionate public servant,” they said. “His life was a blessing.”
Police Officers Gather to Remember Slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos … Watch Funeral VIDEO Live Streaming
GOD BLESS OFFICER RAFAEL RAMOS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE …
This morning thousands of police officers have gathered at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, NY to pay their respects and honor one of their own who was gunned down in the line of duty. It is believed that 20 to 25,000 police officers from New York and around the United States will attend the funeral.
“What happened to my father was a tragedy,” Ramos’ son, Justin, said in a tearful eulogy viewed by hundreds of officers in the street who watched on giant television screens outside the crowded Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens. “But his death will not be in vain.”
Ramos, a 40-year-old married father of two, was studying to become a pastor and kept Bible study books in his locker, his commanding officer said.
Ramos leaves a wife, Maritza, and sons Justin and Jaden, the latter of whom recounted how he had to say goodbye to his father in an emotional Facebook post.
“(H)e was the best father I could ask for,” Jaden wrote after the shooting. “It’s horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad.”
Justin, the older brother, spoke at his father’s wake at the church Friday, according to CNN affiliate NY 1.
“My father was a man of character. He was a selfless man,” the college sophomore said. “He always went above and beyond for his family, constantly putting everyone before himself. Dad, I’m forever grateful for the sacrifices you made to provide for me and Jaden.”
THE FUNERAL OF RAFAEL RAMOS – SAYING FAREWELL TO A NYPD HERO
Watch the funeral LIVE of office Ramos
UPDATE I: Police from New England show up in force to honor and celebrate the life of officer Rafael Ramos.
UPDATE II: Yesterday’s Wake for Officer Ramos:
A sea of blue flooded the streets around a Queens church Saturday morning — thousands of police waiting to pay respects for one of two New York officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last weekend.
More than 25,000 police officers are expected at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Glendale neighborhood for the funeral of Rafael Ramos, the New York City police officer murdered one week ago.
A funeral service and procession for Ramos, 40, will start at 10 a.m. at the church, where he was a 14-year member. A police honor guard took his casket into the church.
Sadly, one of my favorite singers of all times has passed away … A Classic Rocker.
Singer Joe Cocker, known for his raspy voice and incredible music ballads that included “You Are So Beautiful,” “Up Where We Belong,” and his Beatles cover “With a Little Help From My Friends” has passed away at the age of 70 from lung cancer. Cocker’s singing career lasted more than 40 years as he was propelled to super-stardom when he released his version of With A Little Help From My Friends that went to number one in 1968. Many of you younger folks remember it as the theme song to the TV show, the Wonder Years. However, it was much, much more than that as Cocker would perform the anthem song at Woodstock in 1969, see video below. On a personal note, I was too young to attend Woodstock, but that does not mean my older sister didn’t. Which might explain why my early introduction to music as a youngster, growing up listening to the Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplanes, Lynrd Skynrd, The Who, the Stones, Don McLean, Simon & Garfunkel, The Mama’s and the Papa’s, CCR, Bob Dylan and of course Joe Cocker.
Joe Cocker is survived by his wife, Pam, of Crawford; his brother Victor Cocker of Norfolk, England; his step daughter, Zoey Schroeder of Stevenson Ranch, CA and two grandchildren, Eva & Simon Schroeder. What a voice, take a listen HERE, we are going to miss you Joe, God bless and Rest in Peace.
The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.
His agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker, who died after battling lung cancer, was “simply unique”.
Known for his gritty voice, Cocker – a former gas fitter – began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s before hitting the big time.
He was propelled to pop stardom when his version of With A Little Help From My Friends reached number one in 1968.
He performed the song at the famous Woodstock Festival in New York state a year later.
‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ – 1969 Woodstock
“Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I’ve ever met. His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories and our thoughts go out to Joe’s wife Pam and his family at this difficult time. Joe will live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.” Edgar Berger, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, International, who had signed Joe Cocker to Sony Music Entertainment.
Joe Cocker was born May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, England where he lived until his early 20’s. An outstanding interpreter of songs, his successes include a Number One single in the UK in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles’ ‘A Little Help from My Friends’. Joe’s career took off considerably after he performed this song at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969.
Joe enjoyed long walks in the mountains with his dogs, fly fishing in the Black Canyon, playing snooker with friends and growing tomatoes in his greenhouse year-round.
Joe Cocker is survived by his wife, Pam, of Crawford; his brother Victor Cocker of Norfolk, England; his step daughter, Zoey Schroeder of Stevenson Ranch, CA and two grandchildren, Eva & Simon Schroeder.
A private memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Cocker
Kids’ Foundation, P.O. Box 404, Crawford, CO. 81415. Read More
‘You Are So Beautiful’
Cocker, a song interpreter more than a songwriter, first became known through his hit cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and a characteristically manic performance at the first Woodstock festival in 1969. His raucous “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” tour of 1970 produced a film and a recording that went gold.
He had a top 10 hit in 1975 on the aching ballad “You Are So Beautiful,” with his voice cracking on the final emotional note and won his first Grammy Award in 1983 for his “Up Where We Belong” duet with Jennifer Warnes, which was the theme of the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
Cocker, who received an Order of the British Empire in 2011 for his contribution to music, released 40 albums and continued to tour after the hits dried up.
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes: ‘Up Where We Belong’
Ken Weatherwax, who played Pugsley on the 1960′s TV series ‘The Addams Family’ has passed away at the age of 59. His niece, Shanyn Vieira, confirmed on her Facebook page that Weatherwax died from a heart attack. Weatherwax was found at his home in California on Sunday.
Weatherwax died of a heart attack at his Box Canyon, California, home over the weekend, said Joey D. Vieira, his half brother. Weatherwax’s body was found on Sunday.
Pugsley, the son of Gomez and Morticia, was a member of the family of macabre oddballs in the television series, which aired on ABC from 1964 to 1966 with its familiar, finger-snapping theme song.
Besides acting on the Addams Family, which was based on the merrily macabre New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams and ran on ABC for two seasons beginning in 1964 – Carolyn Jones and John Astin starred as Pugsley’s parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams – Weatherwax served in the Army and worked for Universal Studios as a grip, said his niece, Shanyn Vieira.
Marion Barry dead at age 78.
Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, DC has passed away at the age of 78. Hospital spokeswoman Natalie Williams said Barry arrived at the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m. He had been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday following a brief stay. There was no cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years, including diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments. Barry was married four times and is survived by one son, Marion Christopher Barry.
Barry was first elected mayor in 1978, then re-elected in 1982 and 1986. However, Barry was probably most famous when he gained international notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped in an FBI sting smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted on one count of drug possession and sentenced to six months in prison. Unbelievably, after getting out of prison, Barry was elected to a fourth, and final, term as mayor in 1994. It probably spoke more to the disarray of DC than anything else.
Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died Sunday morning. He was 78.
Barry D.C. council spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he died shortly after midnight Sunday at a hospital in Washington. He had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009.
But he gained international notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped in an FBI sting smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted of a single count of drug possession — jurors had deadlocked on most counts — and sentenced to six months in prison.
Despite the embarrassment, Barry’s political career was far from over. In 1992, he made it back to city government, winning a council seat representing the poorest of the city’s eight wards. That victory helped propel him to a fourth, and final, term as mayor in 1994.
UPDATE I: Barack Obama paid tribute to the late mayor:
President Obama on Sunday paid tribute to the late Marion Barry, saying the former Washington, D.C., mayor and councilman made a mark fighting against poverty and spearheading other initiatives that earned him the respect of his city.
36 Year Old Rob Bironas, Ex-Tennessee Titans Kicker, Killed in Car Crash in Nashville, TN … Rest in Peace (Update: Reported Missing Prior to Fatal Accident)
SAD NEWS FROM THE NFL …
36 year old Rob Bironas, former kicker for the Tennessee Titans, was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville, TN. According to accounts, Bironas was involved in a single vehicle crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of his SUV, went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert. The accident occurred less than a mile from his home. Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said there was no evidence of alcohol on the scene. Rob Bironas was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Rob Bironas was a long time fan favorite for the Titans. Bironas kicked for the Titans from 2005 until 2013, when he was released on March 19, 2014 prior to the 2014 season.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rob Bironas. May the peace of the Lord be with you during these difficult times. He was one of the good guys.
January 29, 1978 – September 20, 2014, RIP
Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville, Tenn.
He was 36.
According to Metro police, Bironas was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday.
Bironas lost control of the SUV he was driving while traveling at a high rate of speed, and the vehicle went off the road and hit several trees before ending up in a drainage culvert, upside down.
Bironas was transported Vanderbilt University Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.
It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing of our friend, Rob Bironas. We appreciate your respect for the family’s privacy and your prayers at this time.
ESPN: Former Titan Rob Bironas dies.
Metro Nashville Police said Bironas, 36, lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from home. Police said in a statement on the department website that his SUV was speeding when it went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert.
Bironas was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police said there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene.
The Titans released Bironas in March after nine seasons. The Tennessean reported Bironas had worked out earlier this week for the Detroit Lions and for Tampa Bay during the offseason.
Bironas married Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, in June. Police spokesman Don Aaron said a police chaplain was with her after the crash
”We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas. Rob made a significant impact as a player in his nine years with the team and more importantly touched many lives in the Nashville community off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Rachel, and his family during this very difficult time.”
UPDATE I: The Tennessean – Wife of Rob Bironas reported him missing Saturday night.
Rob Bironas’ wife, Rachel Bradshaw, did not realize her husband had left their Nashville home Saturday night, according to police records.
Former Titans kicker Bironas was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville. He was 36. According to Metro police, Bironas was involved in a crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday.
Bradshaw called police Saturday night to report her husband was missing. She told a police officer that she and her husband had been watching a movie earlier that night at their home with a female friend.
How sad, one of the very most funny comedians ever has passed away … “CAN WE TALK HERE?”
Comedic icon Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC from complications of surgery on her vocal cords. Joan Rivers was groundbreaking, edgy, unabashed, but most of all she was just funny as hell. On a person note she is and will always be one of my all-time favorites. Rivers said things that no one else would, but the way she delivered it was not mean. Her mocking of others was only outdone by her incredible self-deprecating humor. She was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn, NY to Russian immigrants. Joan Rivers got her big break in 1965 when she appeared on the Tonight Show. Then In 1983, after frequent appearances on Carson’s “Tonight Show,” she was designated the first permanent guest host. She certainly did break down barriers for women in comedy.
One of the best comments in describing Rivers was, “Comedians typically push the edge of the envelope, but Rivers proved time and again that she didn’t even see the envelope.” So very, very true. The world just became a little less funny.
Joan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of “Can We Talk?” gossip, has died, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said Thursday. She was 81.
Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28 when she stopped breathing and had to be transported to Mount Sinai Hospital. Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers’ 13-year-old grandson, Cooper, who live in Malibu, California, rushed to her bedside.
“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
Joan Rivers stand-up on The Tonight Show and hilarious monologue from 1984, must watch, she was just too, too funny.
Don Rickles — Our dear Joan is gone. Knowing her, working with he and enjoying the fun times of life with her was special. She will always be in our hearts. She was a good friend to Barbara and I. Melissa, be strong and take care of your son Cooper. Joan…we will miss you.
Gilbert Gottfried – First Robin. Now Joan. The world just became a less funny place. RIP Joan Rivers.
Rob Schneider ?– #JoanRivers was thee trailblazer for ALL WOMEN COMICS WHO FOLLOWED!She proved a woman could be just as outrageous and as funny as the guys!
Joan Rivers returns to The Tonight Show. She had been banned from the show forever after she took a gig with Fox and went up against the comedic king Johnny Carson. Rivers first appeared on the Tonight Show 49 years ago, then was banned. However, Jimmy Fallon welcomed Joan Rivers and she explained why she was a little late as only Joan could.
Actor and Comic Robin Williams Dead at the Age of 63 from an Apparent Suicide …NA NU NA NU, Rest in Peace
How profoundly sad …
63 year old Robin Williams was found dead in his northern California home of an apparent suicide. According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, authorities found Williams’ body inside his home. Williams was found unresponsive, unconscious and not breathing. The coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia. Robin Williams had been battling severe depression of late.So very tragic that a man who made so many of us laugh, would suffer from such profound depression that it would cause him to take his life.
VIDEO – click on pic to watch Fox News
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, who dazzled in such wide-ranging dramatic and comedic roles as alien, nanny, therapist and cartoon genie during a four-decades long career, was found dead in his northern California home in a suspected suicide Monday. He was 63.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said the investigation into Williams’ death is ongoing, but the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”
A representative for Williams said in a statement the actor had been battling “severe depression of late.”
“This is a tragic and sudden loss,” Mara Buxbaum said. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
The death of Robin Williams is truly like a death of so many childhood memories. So many great TV shows and movies. But the best of all was his brilliant comic ad-lib. I can remember Robin Williams from when he first came to our TV’s on Happy Days as Mork. This would in turn spin off into Mork & Mindy where he starred with Pam Dawber as an alien living in Bolder, CO. Williams starred in some of my favorite movies like The Bird Cage, Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, August Rush, Moscow on the Hudson, The World According to Garp and Dead Poets Society.
Mork Meets The Fonz
Mork & Mindy: 1978 – 1982 (Season 2 Episode 2 Stark Raving Mork)
Good Morning Vietnam
Dead Poets Society – the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation; don’t resign to that…
Not only a great movie scene, but words to live by. “We much constantly look at things in a different way. Just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in a different way.”
Robin Williams Crazy First Appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show
Legendary Radio Icon of ‘American Top 40′ & ‘Casey’s Top 40′ Fame Casey Kasem Dies at Age 82 … “Keep Your Feet on the Ground and Keep Reaching for the Stars”
AMERICAN RADIO ICON CASEY KASEM DEAD AT THE AGE OF 82 …
Casey Kasem, the man who entertained radio listeners for decades as the host of his weekly countdown shows such as “American Top 40″ and “Casey’s Top 40,” and let us not forget the voice of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, died early Sunday morning. Long before the days of internet music downloads and CD’s there was Casey Kasem counting down the hits, doing long distance dedications and telling us at the end of each broadcast to “”Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars”. The announcement of Kasem’s death came from his children. Kasem died Sunday surrounded by family and friends of Lewy body disease, a common form of progressive dementia.
(April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014)
“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends,” Kasem’s children — Kerri, Mike and Julie — wrote in a statement released by Kasem’s representative, Danny Deraney.
“Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken … The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.”
Casey Kasem had been suffering from Lewy body disease, the most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s.
Casey Kasem was the voice of so many cartoon characters, the most famous being Shaggy Rogers of Scooby-Doo fame. Buts he was also the the voice of Mark from ‘Battle of the Planets’, Robin, the Boy Wonder from ‘The Super Friends‘, Jana of the Jungle, Hong Kong Phooey and Josie and the Pussy Cats in Outer Space.
The son of Lebanese immigrants, Kasem was active in speaking out for greater understanding of Arab-Americans – both on political issues involving the Mideast and on arts and media issues.
“Arab-Americans are coming out of the closet,” Kasem told The Associated Press in 1990. “They are more outspoken now than ever before. People are beginning to realize who they really are, that they are not the people who yell and scream on their nightly newscast.”
Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in 1932 in Detroit. He began his broadcasting career in the radio club at Detroit’s Northwestern High School and was soon a disc jockey on WJBK radio in Detroit, initially calling himself Kemal Kasem.
In a 1997 visit with high school students in Dearborn, Michigan., home to a large Arab-American community, he was asked why he changed his name to Casey.
“It didn’t sound like a deejay; it wasn’t hip. So we decided I’d be `Casey at the Mike’ – and I have been since,” Kasem said.
America’s Top 10 June 21, 1981 Casey Kasem Stars On 45 # 1
45 records … remember those America!
Sadly at the end of his life. Casey Kasem had been the subject of a bitter court battle involving three of his children by a previous marriage and his wife, Jean. Casey is obviously in a better place where he can truly “reach for the stars”.
On a person note, the death of Casey Kasem does feel like of personal loss of my childhood days. I can remember tuning in weekly for American Top 40 and listing to the countdown of the top songs of record sales and air play. If you couldn’t listen to it live, you would tape it on a cassette or dare I say 8-track tape. For the youth of today who only know of iPods, you might want to Google 8-tracks . For a generation of kids, in days gone past, we made sure we were near a radio for Casey Kasem and his countdown. You will be missed Casey and thank you so much for everything you did and the enjoyment you gave to so many. God Bless and Rest in Peace.
The most popular and beloved maid ever has passed away …
Ann B. Davis, who played Alice the maid on ‘The Brady Bunch’ has passed away at age 88. According to Bexar County, TX medical examiner’s investigator Sara Horne said Davis died Sunday morning at University Hospital. No cause of death was available and that an autopsy was planned Monday. As reported at FOX News, Bill Frey, a retired bishop and a longtime friend of Davis, said she suffered a fall Saturday at her San Antonio home and never recovered. TMZ reports, Davis fell in her bathroom early this morning and hit her head causing grave damage. She suffered a subdural hematoma and never regained consciousness.
Ann B. Davis, who played the lovable housekeeper Alice on “The Brady Bunch,” died Sunday morning. She was 88.
Her agent, Robert Malcolm, said that she fell in the bathroom and became comatose. She died at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at a hospital in San Antonio, where she had lived with a minister friend and his wife.
Davis hadn’t worked in several years, Malcolm said, and she had been using a walker. He last spoke with her on her birthday, May 3.
“She was a really nice, a really lovely woman,” Malcolm said.
Early baby boomers knew her as Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz, the man-hungry receptionist on TV’s 1955-59 The Bob Cummings Show. Late baby boomers knew her as Alice Nelson, the eternally optimistic housekeeper on a 1969-74 slice of fantasy Americana called The Brady Bunch.
But no matter the character she played, actress Ann B. Davis, who died Sunday at 88, was unquestionably one thing to all audiences: lovable.
“All of us wish we had an Alice,” Davis told PEOPLE in 1992. “I wish I had an Alice.”
At the time, the actress, who was born (with an identical twin sister, Harriet) on May 3, 1926, in Schenectady, New York, was sharing a home in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, with an Episcopal bishop and his wife. She was dedicated to prayer and Bible study and said she was far more content than she ever had been in Hollywood.
She explained her spiritual self to the magazine with a memory from childhood.