Yep...back again to speak on some more celebrity passing that I've missed since my little break. Just a little blurb on each though. But there are more than a handful so try and keep up...
Sean was on the show back when it was still relevant. I don't even know if it's still on the air, but if it is, it's not near as en vogue as it used to be. Even though he wasn't a regular, he was the boyfriend of AIDS activist Pedro Zamora who would eventually pass away as a result of the disease. Honestly, I thought maybe that's what Sean had died from as well. I thought maybe he just had that Magic Johnson type medicine that enabled him to live with it for decades. Guess not, but 44 is still way too young.
One of the last surviving Munchikins from the original production of "The Wizard of Oz," Margaret Pellegrini, passed away August 7th after suffering a stroke. She was 89-years-old.
I'm quite surprised she wasn't THE last as opposed to 'one of the last' ones still living. All I could think of when I read this story was I wondered how many more of them are still around. Do they have reunions? Do they still keep in touch with each other at all? What do they think of all the Oz remakes? And will they get any cameos (or have they) in any of them?
Jazz great George Duke passed away August 7th after suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 67-years-old.
Duke had been in the music industry for nearly 50 years collaborating with other icons such as Miles Davis, Anita Baker and even Michael Jackson. Yet I'm struggling to name a single Duke song. Can't think of a nann one. His work is probably better known in the form of samples used in hip-hop songs that I've heard before.
Former NBA Knicks' guard Ossie Schectman passed away August 6th (I'm assuming from natural causes?). He was 94-years-old.
The only reason this cat made the list was because of the significance of what he did. He holds the honor of having scored the very first points ever in the NBA on the evening of November 1, 1946. That officially made him the NBA's leading scorer...for a few seconds.
Brennan had an extensive body of work spanning all he way back to 1959. However, her biggest splash was me was the role of the of the deadpan hilarious drill captain in the 1980 classic flick "Private Benjamin". I would also rediscover her talents in "The Sting" when I would later get in to the old school flicks. But nothing she ever did would be as memorable for me as her part as Captain Lewis. I didn't even realize she was nominated for an Oscar for that performance. It would have been well-deserved had she won.
May all of you rest in peace.