Alaina Reed-Amini, Dead at 63
Published by Toronto Mike on December 22, 2009 @ 11:33 in Celebrity Deaths
Alaina Reed-Amini was 63. She was the actress best known for her long-running roles on "Sesame Street" and "227."
I knew her best as Gordon's sister Olivia on the show that helped raise me.
Brittany Murphy, Dead at 32
Published by Toronto Mike on December 20, 2009 @ 14:44 in Celebrity Deaths
Brittany Murphy was 32. She was the actress known for her roles in such films as "Clueless," "8 Mile" and "Girl Interrupted".
My kids knew her best as the voice of Gloria in Happy Feet.
Chris Henry, Dead at 26
Published by Toronto Mike on December 17, 2009 @ 12:00 in Celebrity Deaths
Chris Henry was 26. He was a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals.
His best season with the Bengals was in 2006, when the wide receiver tallied 36 catches for 605 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games.
Oral Roberts, Dead at 91
Published by Toronto Mike on December 15, 2009 @ 17:39 in Celebrity Deaths
Oral Roberts was 91. He was a pioneer in televangelism who founded a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university that bears his name.
Here's a cut from 1989 that I dug. It's MC 900 Ft. Jesus with "Truth is Out of Style".
Haydain Neale of Jacksoul, Dead at 39
Published by Toronto Mike on November 23, 2009 @ 20:42 in Celebrity Deaths
Haydain Neale was 39. He was the Juno Award-winning lead singer of Jacksoul.
Soupy Sales, Dead at 83
Published by Toronto Mike on October 23, 2009 @ 10:11 in Celebrity Deaths
Soupy Sales was 83. He was a pioneer of slapstick television comedy who once estimated he had taken 20,000 pies in the face.
Captain Lou Albano, Dead at 76
Published by Toronto Mike on October 14, 2009 @ 17:05 in Celebrity Deaths
Captain Lou Albano was 76. He was a professional wrestler, actor and all-around legend.
If you don't know Captain Lou Albano as a manager in the WWF, and I personally loved his persona, you probably know him from his many cameos in Cyndi Lauper videos. Here he is in her "Goonies R Good Enough" video.
Al Martino, Dead at 82
Published by Toronto Mike on October 14, 2009 @ 11:13 in Celebrity Deaths
Al Martino was 82. He played the Frank Sinatra-type role of Johnny Fontane in "The Godfather" and recorded hits including "Spanish Eyes" and the Italian ballad "Volare" in a 50-year musical career.
Boyzone Singer Stephen Gately, Dead at 33
Published by Toronto Mike on October 11, 2009 @ 12:24 in Celebrity Deaths
Stephen Gately was 33. He was a singer with the Irish boy band Boyzone.
I must admit, I can't name a single Boyzone song. I'm told they're a great deal more popular across the ocean than they are here in Canada. If you'd like a taste of what we're missing, here's their single "So Good".
Clearly they're the Irish Backstreet Boys.
Mary Travers, Dead at 72
Published by Toronto Mike on September 17, 2009 @ 17:40 in Celebrity Deaths
Mary Travers was 72. She was the female component of the 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary, known for their hits "Puff (The Magic Dragon)", the civil rights anthem "If I Had a Hammer" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind".