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Last Surviving Hiroshima Bomb Crew Member Dies

Last Surviving Hiroshima Bomb Crew Member Dies

Theodore Van Kirk, called “Dutch”, was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hirsoshima, The attack on Japan on 6 August 1945 killed an estimated 140,000 people. Van Kirk said he had “no regrets” about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to [...]

Man’s Obituary: ‘Please Don’t Email Me, I’m Dead’

A Pennsylvania man left behind some advice in his obituary: it doesn’t cost anything to be nice and never stick a knife in an electric outlet. The self-written obituary  has captured the Internet’s attention and launched the 53-year-old into posthumous fame. Kevin McGroarty’s obituary, published in the PA Times Leader, explains that he died Tuesday “after [...]

James Garner Dies At 86

James Garner Dies At 86

Garner was best known for “The Rockford Files.” He died of natural causes. Garner was one of the first actors to amass success in both television and film … and he starred in a long list of classic films — as well as a co-starring role in the ’94 big screen version of “Maverick” starring [...]

New Orleans’ Oldest Jazz Musician Dies At 103

A long-lived New Orleans musician whose career spanned a remarkable nine — yes, nine — decades, as old as jazz itself, has passed away: Trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, New Orleans’ oldest jazz musician, died on Saturday days after his 103rd birthday, local media reported. Ferbos stayed active long after reaching his century and last performed in public [...]

Blues Legend Johnny Winter Dies At 70

There is no word yet on the cause of death. Winter was a leading light among the white blues guitar players, including Eric Clapton and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, who followed in the footsteps of the earlier Chicago blues masters. Winter idolized Waters — and got a chance to produce some of the blues [...]

Ramones Drummer Tommy Ramone Dead At 62

Tommy Ramone, aka born Thomas Erdelyi, died of bile duct cancer at his home in New York City. He was the last surviving member of the Ramones. It had originally been intended that Erdelyi would be the manager of The Ramones when the band formed in 1974, but then he was drafted as a drummer [...]

Louis Brown, Jr., Father Of Nicole Brown Simpson, Dead At 90

LouisBrown, Jr. died at his Southern California home. He was is the courtroom when the O.J. Simpson verdict was announced. …Brown, who sat stone still as the verdict was announced, stood and smiled afterward. “I want to get outside and scream,” he told the AP at the time. The jury awarded $ 33.5 million in [...]

Richard Mellon Scaife Dead At 82

The conservative billionaire activist was involved in libertarian and conservative causes and worked to discredit President Bill Clinton. The LA Times: Scaife died early Friday at his home, his newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reported. Scaife’s death comes less than two months after he announced in a first-person, front-page story in his Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he [...]

R.I.P. Howard Baker

R.I.P. Howard Baker

Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker passed away today at the age of 88.  He is a reminder of a different time: “I’m a lifelong and proud Republican,” Baker once said. “Unlike some, however, I don’t believe loyalty to party precludes common sense decision and policymaking. Some of our nation’s greatest triumphs have come [...]

Gerry Goffin, Music Legend, Carole King’s Ex-Husband Dies At 75

Gerry Goffin and then-wife Carole King wrote many of the hits of the 1960′s. Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for the Monkees, “Crying in the Rain” by the Everly Brothers, “Some Kind of Wonderful” for the Drifters [...]

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