At first I thought this was a passing trend during the early months of the year, especially in June, but with the recent deaths of Patrick Swayze, DJ AM and Sen. Ted Kennedy, it’s been very evident this year that many important and famous people have been dropping dead. If there’s anything that ties together all these particular deaths, than someone let me know. I just find very weird how it just seems that I hear in the news everyday nowadays of someone famous is dieing. Like I said it may have been a little more apparent back in June (See Jackson, Michael et al.) and to be honest I thought the unfortunate trend had come to an end, but as I’ve already mentioned – we may just be going through another stream of deaths.
One thing I’ve also noticed lately has been the death of many sports team owners or executives…
I’m no conspiracy theorist, believe me… But you gotta admit hearing this kind of news more often…
I don’t like only putting well known people (aka actors, singes, sports stars etc.) and like to mix it up with the random dude who did something important, but to be honest, even I couldn’t find many names, especially near the start of the year, that made a great impact (and worth knowing about, or just storing as info/facts in your head) who died this year. So if you’re disappointed, go look up people yourself or just pin it on laziness or dwindling disinterest after constant research…
So to bring up dead news (no joke or pun intended – if you could even count that as a pun), here’s a list of those people who’ve died since 2009 came around. The list will go from most recent to earliest, including age who/what they were known for, and cause of death and maybe a word about them.
16 – Myles Brand, 67, NCAA President, pancreatic cancer
Mary Travers, 72, Peter, Paul and Mary singer, leukemia
Mel Simon, 82, Indiana Pacers co-owner, pancreatic cancer
14 – Patrick Swayze, 57, Actor (Dirty Dancing), cancer
11 – William Beck, 49, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team, plane crash
4 – Skip Miller, 62, president of Motown Records, heart attack
28 – Adam Goldstein (DJ AM), 36, American disc jockey, suspected drug overdose
25 – Ted Kennedy, 77, American politician, Senator, brain cancer
19 – Don Hewitt, 86, creator of 60 Minutes, pancreatic cancer
13 – Les Paul, 94, American guitarist and inventor, complications from pneumonia
11 – Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88, founder of the Special Olympics, sister of John F. and Ted(above) Kennedy, natural causes
6 – John Hughes, 59, American film director, screenwriter, and producer (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club), heart attack.
2 – Shafiq al-Hout, 77, Palestinian politician, co-founder of the Palestine Liberation Organization, cancer. ** I did not know about this one, but good riddance, I guess.
17– Walter Cronkite, 92, Most recognized broadcast journalist of all time, cerebral vascular disease
19 – Frank McCourt, 78, Author (Angela’s Ashes), cancer
21– Gidget, 15, the Taco Bell Dog, stroke
11– Arturo Gatti, 37, Canadian boxer, murder or suicide… still investigating
6– Robert McNamara, 93, US Secretary of Defence (’61-’68), natural causes.
Martin Streek, 45, Well-known Toronto radio DJ (102.1 The Edge), suicide. ** He took his own life not long after he was let go by the Edge after working there for 20 years.
4– Steve McNair, NFL Quarterback (Most notably for the Tennessee Titans, where he was league MVP in 2003), murder.
28– Billy Mays, 50, super awesome TV pitchman for infomercial products like OxiClean.
25 – Michael Jackson, 50, do I really need to say who he was?
Farrah Fawcett, 62, Actress (one of Charlie’s Angels)
24– Romeo Leblanc, 81, Governor General of Canada (’95-’99)
Ed McMahon, 86, Johnny Carson’s sidekick. HIYO!!
3– David Carradine, 72, Actor, suicide
4 – Dom DeLuise, 75, American actor and comedian, kidney failure
2 – Jack Kemp, 73, American politician and football player, cancer
25- Bea Arthur, 86, Actress (Golden Girls), cancer
18 – Natasha Richardson, 45, English actress, skiing accident
This is about the point where well known famous people began dieing (or the point where I lost interest). So if anyone wants to find conspiracy theories, they look around mid-March to see what could have triggered this beginning over weekly obits plastered in every news outlet possible.
Here’ s Part 2. Nuff’ said.