Breaking: RIP Prince

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Shock. Prince was 57.  Police are investigating the death at his estate in Carver County, Minnesota. Earlier this month, he said he wasn’t feeling well, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and canceled at least one concert in the city. Some days later, he took the stage in Atlanta to perform. After that concert, the singer’s plane made an emergency landing, the … Read More

RIP Patty Duke

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Another 69 year old dies. As a teen, she won an Oscar for The Miracle Worker.  Duke became best known in later life as an advocate for mental health issues, after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982 Her last two tweets: Hi tweethearts and FB friends. I have been absent, but not far, believe me. I love and miss you all. … Read More

RIP Garry Shandling

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This one hurts.  And it is very sudden.  TMZ: Comedian Garry Shandling died at an L.A. area hospital on Thursday … TMZ has learned. The 66-year-old star was not suffering from any illness … as far as we know … so, it appears this was sudden. A source connected to Shandling says he was healthy and speaking to people on … Read More

RIP George Martin

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Dead at the age of 90.  And don’t kid yourself — he’s the only one who can rightfully claim to be the so-called “fifth Beatle”. Times obit: George Martin, the urbane English record producer who signed the Beatles to a recording contract on the small Parlophone label after every other British record company had turned them down, and who guided … Read More

RIP Nancy Reagan

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I was not a fan.  I thought her “Just Say No” campaign was dumb at best, counter-productive at worst.  Still, she brought Ronnie to the left and that was a pretty unusual love story, so there’s that.  She died yesterday at the age of 94 of congestive heart failure. P.S.  I almost put her in my dead pool this year.  I’m doing … Read More

RIP Harper Lee

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“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – Harper Lee She has been ailing for some time and may have been taken advantage of with “Go Set A Watchman” (I suspect she didn’t want it published), but thankfully, she left the American conscience with one of the best books ever written. She was 89.

Breaking: Scalia Dead at 79

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Just coming over the news. Found dead at a West Texas “luxury ranch”, whatever that is. UPDATE: Very quick initial thoughts (I will “eulogies” him later.) The political implications of this are huge. For one thing, this Supreme Court term had many important 5-4 issues in front of the Court, or… what would have been 5-4. Immigration, climate change, even … Read More

R.I.P. Abe Vigoda

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The actor who never dies, has died: Legendary actor Abe Vigoda — who starred in “The Godfather” — died under hospice care at the age of 94 … TMZ has learned. Abe’s death had been falsely reported countless times, dating all the way back to 1982. Abe played Tessio in “The Godfather” and also “The Godfather Part II.” In fact, he … Read More

RIP Alan Rickman

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Unbelievable.  Like David Bowie only a few days ago, Rickman was 69 and died from cancer.  Another great talent with a great legacy. This is among my favorite Rickman things.

2016 Dead Pool

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Link to 2015 Dead Pool Link to 2014 Dead Pool Link to 2013 Dead Pool Link to 2012 Dead Pool Link to 2011 Dead Pool It is unfortunate to be doing this on the day that David Bowie’s death was announced, but this has to b done. First, the usual blah-blahs. There are two “dead pool” lists.  One is just … Read More

RIP David Bowie

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Stunning news this morning.  The world is reacting to the news which came out only a few hours ago: David Bowie died yesterday at the age of 69 after an 18 month bout with cancer.  They’ll be a lot of talk and ink spilled about his flamboyant and “chameleon” looks, and how he was a pioneer of “glam rock”, but … Read More

RIP Elizabeth Swados

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Songstress and Broadway composer Elizabeth Swados died yesterday at the age of 64.  She was a bit of a hippie after the end of the hippies, or a new age artist before the advent of new age artists — depending on how you looked at it. Swados first made a splash with  “Nightclub Cantata,” a revue produced at the Village … Read More

RIP Meadowlark Lemon

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The ringleader of the Harlem Globetrotters, Meadowlark was the perfect combination of athlete and clown.  He chased referees with a bucket and surprised them with a shower of confetti instead of water. He dribbled above his head and walked with exaggerated steps. He mimicked a hitter in the batter’s box and, with teammates, pantomimed a baseball game. And both to … Read More

RIP Gonorrhea

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Age 90.  Immortalized in Band of Brothers: William Guarnere was part of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division He fought in some of the fiercest battles in World War II, from 1941 right until the war’s end in 1945 He lost a leg trying to help a wounded soldier during the Battle of the Bulge Guarnere’s exploits featured prominently … Read More