Today, the world of music has lost another one of it’s own. One time frontman for the 60′s, teenage group The Monkees has passed away. Davy Jones, 66, was confirmed by the medical examiner’s office in Martin County, Florida that he suffered a heart attack in his sleep. Davy was staying at the Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida. He is survived by his third wife, Jessica, and four daughters.
Davy got his start in the industry when he appeared on the British soap Coronation street and later, went on to perform on the West End stage in Oliver! However, most people know Davy best as the frontman for the 60′s pop group, The Monkees. Superseding shows like Making The Band and Popstars, the show of the same name followed the creation and performances of the Monkees on NBC until it was cancelled.
After leaving The Monkees, Davy continued to act and made famous appearances on shows like The Brady Bunch and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. His last solo music projects were released back in 2001 and 2004. Check out a few videos below.
It’s a sad day as we’ve just learned that Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. A representative for the Associated Press confirmed the news. She died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and TMZ is reporting that a police crime lab vehicle was just seen outside the hotel. This is a developing story and publicist Kristen Foster has said that the cause of death is not yet known.
The legendary singer has won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during career. In addition, her album “Whitney” was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 million albums world wide.
So sad. Legendary singer, Etta James has passed away at the age of 73 after a long struggle with leukemia. Her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon, confirmed the news to CNN: “This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world. She was a true original who could sing it all – her music defied category. I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always.”
She was known for her incredible voice, and of course one of her hits, “At Last”. Bonnie Raitt once told Rolling Stone, “There’s a lot going on in Etta James’s voice. A lot of pain, a lot of life but, most of all, a lot of strength. She can be so raucous and down one song, and then break your heart with her subtlety and finesse the next. As raw as Etta is, there’s a great intelligence and wisdom in her singing.” So true. In memory of James, watch her performing “At Last” below.
The hip-hop community just lost one of its pioneers. Rapper Heavy D died on November 8, 2011 after collapsing outside his Beverly Hills home. His death has shocked the community and numerous celebrities like Usher, Wyclef Jean, P. Diddy to name a few have expressed their sadness via Twitter. Born Dwight Errington Myers, he burst onto the scene in the late 80s with a string of hits. One them is especially close to me as I performed it during a high school airband competition. The 44-year-old fronted the group Heavy D & The Boyz. They were the first group signed to Uptown Records which also had Jodeci, Mary J. Blige and Guy on their roster.
Heavy D helped usher hip hop to the masses, making the genre a viable source of income for record labels. Selling platinum and gold albums weren’t the only highlights of his music career. The rapper gained even more popularity when he wrote the theme song for Fox’s sketch comedy, “In Living Color“, which coincidentally enough is making a return to the network next year. Heavy D also has the distinction of providing rap interludes for both Michael and Janet Jackson. He rapped on “Jam” and “Alright” respectively.
Like many of his compatriots, Heavy D transitioned to acting as he got older. Some of his more notable credits include roles on television shows “A Different World“, “Living Single”, “Boston Public” and “Bones“. He also appeared in feature films like “Step Up” with Channing Tatum and the recently-released film “Tower Heist” with Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller. Heavy D made a return to music just a month ago when he performed a medley of his hits on the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. It was his first live performance in 15 years. You would’ve never known it, since he still displayed that same swagger which made him famous over two decades ago.
Only one month after he gave his final ’60 Minutes‘ commentary, Andy Rooney has passed away at the age of 92. The TV and radio writer on personality had gone into the hospital for an undisclosed surgery, reports the AP, and had developed major complications, passing away Friday night (Nov. 4).
Some of his colleagues have spoken out about his passing. Executive producer of ’60 Minutes,’ Jeff Fager had this to said in a statement, “It’s a sad day for everybody here at CBS News … it’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.” CBS president and CEO, Leslie Moonves said, “Worlds cannot adequately express Andy’s contribution to the world of journalism and the impact he made, as a colleague and a friend, upon everybody at CBS.”
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died an IndyCar race on Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. So sad. He was in the middle of a 15-car pileup and his car flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence. It was announced that he had died a couple hours later. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard made the official announcement:
“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race.”
Wheldon is survived by his wife, Susie Behm and his 2 sons. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. The IndyCar race was obviously filmed and the footage of the accident is shown below if you want to see how insane it was and how many cars were involved.
This is both sad and creepy. Ex-Weezer basist, Mikey Welsh was found dead over the weekend (Saturday, October 8th). Police said he was found “unresponsive and not breathing” in his room at the Raffaello Hotel. That’s the sad part. The creepy part is that the 40-year old had predicted his death two weeks ago on Twitter. On September 26th, Welsh Tweeted: “dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today.” Shortly after, he tweeted again and said, “correction – the weekend after next.”
The question is, did he actually have this dream or was he actually planning to take his life? Either way, we’ll never know. It is suspected that he died of an overdose, as the Chicago Tribune reported that police found prescription drugs in the hotel room along with a bag containing what is believed to be heroin. When he was 30, he did seek medical attention after he left the band and was contemplating suicide. “Basically, a lifetime of doing drugs and being undiagnosed as having disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder finally caught up with me when I was 30 years old,” Welsh had told Rock Plum Salt.
As you may have heard by now, former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56. Earlier in August, he stepped down as the leader of the company so that he could focus on his health due to the symptoms of an undisclosed illness. Back in 2004, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was treated for the illness accordingly.
Apple released a brief statement about the loss of the company co-founder: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
This just goes to show you that health is everything and you must appreciate each day that you have. You could have all the money and success in the world, but without your health, what do you have? I certainly hope he was able to spend as much time with family and close friends in his remaining days. His family did say that he “died peacefully today surrounded by his family”.