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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2009, 02:31:26 pm »

NZ's first Maori mayor dies
Tue, 05 May 2009 11:25a.m.

Residents of the south Waikato town of Murupara are mourning the death of New Zealand's first Maori mayor.

Percy Marunui Murphy, who was also Ngati Manawa's last remaining 28th Maori Battalion warrior, died in Rotorua on Sunday night.

Mr Murphy enlisted in the famed Maori Battalion as a 16-year-old old.

He saw action in Italy, where he was seriously wounded and had to have his right leg amputated.

He was one of four Murphy brothers to fight for their country in World War 2 in which two - Michael and Edward - were killed in action while a third - Jim - was captured and made a prisoner of war.

Following the war, Percy Murphy became a successful businessman and then a community leader, serving the new Murupara Borough Council with distinction as New Zealand's first Maori mayor for three consecutive terms from 1960 to 1969.

"He was instrumental in helping develop Ngati Manawa lands from a huge liability to a successful enterprise today," Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau principal Pem Bird said.

Mr Murphy also served many years as secretary of Rangitahi Marae. He retired to Rotorua in 1975 but maintained an active interest in Ngati Manawa affairs, particularly his marae Rangitahi.

Mr Murphy will lie in state at Rangitahi until tomorrow, when he will be buried at the cemetery of Ngati Hui, his hapu.

Mr Murphy is survived by his wife Martha, six children, five children grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

http://www.3news.co.nz/NZs-first-Maori-mayor-dies/tabid/423/articleID/102654/cat/64/Default.aspx
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« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2009, 09:42:27 am »

Dom DeLuise dies at 75

Dom DeLuise, who spiced up such movies as "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie" and "The Cannonball Run" with his manic delivery and roly-poly persona, has died, his son's publicist told CNN.

 Publicist Jay Schwartz did not disclose the cause of death, but DeLuise, 75, had been battling cancer for more than a year.

DeLuise was surrounded by family when he died in a Santa Monica, California, hospital Monday night, son Michael DeLuise told CNN affiliate KTLA-TV.

DeLuise was most famous for his supporting roles in a number of Mel Brooks films, including 1974's "Saddles" -- in which he played a flamboyant musical director who led dancers in a number called "The French Mistake" -- and 1976's "Silent Movie," in which he played the assistant to Brooks' director Mel Funn. He was also in the Brooks-directed "The Twelve Chairs" (1970), "Spaceballs" (1987) and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993).
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« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2009, 04:25:18 pm »

NZs Oldest woman dies

Ruby Billings, believed to be New Zealand's oldest woman, died peacefully in a Hamilton rest home on Saturday.

Mrs Billings had featured in the Waikato Times several times over the years, the most recently last month when she turned 109.

Maeroa Lodge facility manager Paula McFarlane said Mrs Billings kept good health, but deteriorated quickly in the last couple of days.

"She was quite remarkable really. She will be very much missed by everyone here."

She had lived in care since the late 1980s in Maeroa Lodge in Hamilton's Forest Lake and Wilson Carlile in Hamilton East before that.

Staff at Maeroa Lodge had a soft spot for Mrs Billings, ringing the newspaper each time she had a birthday when she would satisfy her sweet tooth with a sponge cake.

She outlived two husbands and two sons and had nine grandchildren, 24 great and 10 great-great grandchildren. Her funeral will be held in Hamilton tomorrow.

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« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2009, 04:32:46 pm »

Good innings Ruby. RIP
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« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2009, 04:19:12 pm »

NZ opera singer dies
New 1:33PM Thursday May 14, 2009

New Zealand opera singer Dame Heather Begg has died in Sydney, less than a month after adding the title Dame to her name.

Dame Heather, 76, died on Tuesday after a long illness, her death notice said.

Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand announced on April 17 that her title had been redesignated from Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order Of Merit (DCNZM) to Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM).

Government House had announced her redesignation early because of her ill-health.

Dame Heather was appointed a DCNZM in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2000 for her services to opera.

She also had an OBE.

The Government decided in March to restore the titles of knights and dames to the honours system.

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« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2009, 05:20:52 pm »

US 'Viagra scientist' dies at 92

Updated at 3:13pm on 24 May 2009

An American scientist whose work helped lead to the development of the anti-impotency drug Viagra has died.

Robert F. Furchgott, who was 92, shared the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his work showing that the gas nitric oxide played an important role in the cardiovascular system.

The discovery that the gas could help enlarge blood vessels was a factor in the development of Viagra by the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

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« Reply #31 on: May 27, 2009, 08:49:27 am »

Respected literary scholar dies

Auckland University staff and students are mourning the loss of emeritus professor of English Terry Sturm who died yesterday.

Prof Sturm was a member of the faculty of arts for 25 years and was a leading critic and scholar of Australasian writing, especially New Zealand popular fiction.

He played a leading role in placing New Zealand literature at the centre of the academic curriculum. In 1990, he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to literature.

Prof Sturm was born in Auckland in 1941 and began his distinguished career at Auckland University.

He undertook postgraduate work at Cambridge University and at the University of Leeds. He then lectured in English Literature at the University of Sydney from 1967-1980, when he left to take a professorial chair at Auckland University.

He edited various standard literary reference works including The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English (1990, 1998), the drama section of the Oxford History of Australian Literature and the New Zealand section of the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Post-colonial Literatures in English (1994).

Prof Sturm's literary biography An Unsettled Spirit: The Life and Frontier Fiction of Edith Lyttleton ( 2003) was the product of 15 years of research in New Zealand, Australia and England.

Assisted by a Marsden Fund grant, he spent the past recent years researching and writing a definitive literary biography, The Writings of Allen Curnow: a Study of Cultural Identity in New Zealand in the Twentieth Century.

In 2005, he edited a selection of Curnow's verse written under his pseudonym Whim Wham, Whim Wham's New Zealand: The Best of Whim Wham 1937-1988 (2005).

Prof Sturm was involved in literary arts administration for many years. He was on the NZ Literary Fund and the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (1982-92) and in 1997 became first convenor of the humanities panel of the Marsden Fund.

Prof Sturm made a major contribution to the study of New Zealand and Australian literature and his scholarship was recognised nationally and internationally.

As an academic, he was top of his field; he was also deeply valued as a colleague and friend, the university said today.

He leaves behind his wife Linda and three sons, Jonathan, Mark and Tim and their families.

The funeral will be held in the university's Maclaurin Chapel on Friday.


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« Reply #32 on: June 02, 2009, 09:16:27 am »

Curtain call for Danny La Rue   
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« Reply #33 on: June 02, 2009, 07:08:09 pm »

Cork-born Danny La Rue dies at 81


TRIBUTES WERE last night paid to Cork-born entertainer and female impersonator Danny La Rue who passed away at his home in Kent on Sunday night at the age of 81 following a short illness.

La Rue, whose real name was Daniel Patrick Carroll, was born in Madden’s Buildings near Blackpool in Cork on July 26th, 1927, but his father died when he was just 18 months old and his mother moved the family to London when he was nine.

Years later, when firmly established as Britain’s leading cross- dressing artist, La Rue joked to an audience at a show in Cork: “See what they did to me in England – I left in short pants and I’ve come back in a frock.” He was a regular visitor to Cork in the 1960s and 1970s, where he performed to a packed Cork Opera House.

La Rue’s last performance in his native Cork was in 2005 when he played for a week at the Everyman Palace Theatre.

Declan Hassett – a playwright, former theatre critic of the Irish Examiner and author of a book on Cork comedians, Make ’Em Laugh – recalled seeing La Rue’s performance in the Everyman Palace Theatre during that run.

“It turned out to be his final visit home and his audience loved the performance in the Everyman Palace – Danny was very nostalgic and deeply moved by the great reception he got,” said Mr Hassett.

Everyman Palace director Pat Talbot said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of La Rue’s passing and similarly recalled how emotional he became at playing in his native city after an absence of over 20 years.

“We brought Danny over as part of Cork’s tenure as Capital of Culture in 2005 and he was very grateful and very humbled by our invitation – he played for a week and went down superbly well and was really moved by the reaction.

“He hadn’t played here since the early 1980s and he actually thought Cork might have forgotten him. He used to go to Mass every morning in St Augustine’s . . . Older people in the congregation had recognised him and came up to him afterwards and younger people started coming up to him – he was very emotional about the reception he got both in the streets and every night here at the Everyman Palace.”

Mr Talbot said La Rue was a devout Catholic and open about his homosexuality and saw no contradiction in that. “He was a very compassionate man and very generous – he had been very wealthy but lost his money due to bad business decisions, but he regularly helped out friends in hard times.”

La Rue’s career as a female impersonator began when he donned a wig and eyelashes during a stint in the Royal Navy at a concert party at the end of the second World War. He spent years in repertory and variety before becoming a West End star in the late 1950s He opened his own nightclub in London in 1964, where celebrities such as Judy Garland, Warren Beatty, Shirley MacLean, Shirley Bassey, Noel Coward, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Elizabeth Taylor were all patrons.

A regular on TV on The Good Old Days , La Rue received an OBE in the 2002 queen’s birthday honours list, but he suffered a stroke in 2006. He appeared in a biographical show Hello Danny in 2007.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0602/1224247882263.html
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« Reply #34 on: June 03, 2009, 12:46:40 am »

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« Reply #35 on: June 04, 2009, 01:12:57 am »

Australia's last WW1 digger, oldest man dies


Australia's oldest man and last remaining World War I digger Jack Ross has died, aged 110.

Mr Ross died peacefully in his sleep at the Golden Oaks Nursing Home in the central Victorian city of Bendigo about 4am this morning.

As an 18-year-old Mr Ross enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in January, 1918 and trained at the wireless training school before he was posted to the 1st Battalion at Broadmeadows camp in Victoria.

But the war ended before he could be posted overseas and he was demobilised on Christmas Eve.

He served Australia again in World War II as a member of the volunteer defence corps.

Mr Ross was awarded the 80th Anniversary Armistice Remembrance medal in 1998 to commemorate the end of WWI.

He also received the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian society in the 100 years since federation.

In civilian life Mr Ross worked for the Victorian railways for more than 45 years before retiring in 1964.

He is survived by his daughter Peggy, son Robert, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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« Reply #36 on: June 04, 2009, 07:34:22 am »

Well done Mr Ross. 

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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« Reply #37 on: June 05, 2009, 10:09:28 am »

Oscar-nominated actor David Carradine, star of 70s TV series Kung Fu and the Kill Bill movies, has been found hanged and half-naked in the wardrobe a Bangkok hotel room, according to reports.

The 72-year-old star was "found hung in a closet" by a maid on Thursday morning according to a report on Thailand's The Nation news site.

Photos: Kill Bill actor David Carradine

The newspaper also quotes an unidentified police source as saying Carradine was believed to have committed suicide and hanged himself with a curtain cord, while staying at a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.

According to the newspaper report, Carradine had been staying at the hotel since Tuesday, while filming his latest film, Stretch, and failed to turn up for a meal with the rest of the crew on Wednesday.

However, they did not raise the alarm, believing the acting veteran was simply resting.

Reports say Carradine was found by a hotel maid with a rope around his neck and body at 10am the following morning.

"I can confirm that we found his body, naked, hanging in the closet," said investigating police, according to Foxnews.com.

The star's personal manager, Chuck Binder, told the website that the death is "shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work ... a great person."
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One of my favs --- didnt know he was 72!!  Shocked
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« Reply #38 on: June 24, 2009, 08:00:33 am »

Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon dies


Ed McMahon, the loyal "Tonight Show" sidekick who bolstered boss Johnny Carson with guffaws and a resounding "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!" for 30 years, has died at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 86.

Publicist Howard Bragman says McMahon died early Tuesday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Bragman didn't give a cause of death, saying only that McMahon had a "multitude of health problems the last few months."

McMahon had bone cancer, among other illnesses, according to a person close to the entertainer, and had been hospitalised for several weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release the information.

McMahon also was known for hosting a TV talent show, "Star Search."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/entertainment/2529892/Tonight-Show-sidekick-Ed-McMahon-dies
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« Reply #39 on: June 24, 2009, 08:33:05 am »

 Professor dedicated his life to people of the Pacific Islands

Emeritus Professor Ronald Crocombe, one of the Pacific's most esteemed and highly regarded academic fathers, has died in Auckland, aged 79.

Dr Crocombe, known affectionately as Papa Ron, suffered a heart attack and died last Friday while on his way to the airport in Auckland.

He was returning to his home in Rarotonga - after arriving in New Zealand from Tonga - where he was inducted as a fellow member of Tonga's Atenisi University, with five other international academics.

Dr Crocombe, who was born in Auckland and who grew up in the King Country, was well-known for his work and passion for the Pacific Islands and the advancement of Pacific people.

He was highly regarded in Pacific circles and among academics for his work in establishing Pacific Studies as a study subject in various universities around the Pacific, including those in New Zealand.

The founding director of the University of the South Pacific's Institute of Pacific Studies, Dr Crocombe was the author of several books, including Asia in the Pacific Islands: Replacing the West.

In the 1960s he served as director of Australia National University's New Guinea Research Unit and in 1989 was appointed emeritus professor.

Around 200 people - including various academics, politicians and members of the Pacific community - paid tribute to Papa Ron at a memorial service at the Pacific Islands Church in Newton, in Auckland, on Sunday.

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Georgina Te Heuheu said Dr Crocombe's wise and thoughtful contributions to the development of the Pacific over many years would be missed.

She paid tribute to Dr Crocombe, saying: "Not only will he be missed by his family, but by people and communities across the Pacific."

Dr Crocombe's final services were held in his native homeland in Rarotonga, where he was laid to rest yesterday.

He is survived by his wife and long-time collaborator Marjorie Tuainekore, his children Tata, Ngaire, Kevin, Sam, and 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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Founding father of Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific.

Taught at the university for 20 years.

Served as director of Australia National University's New Guinea Research Unit.

Helped encourage and also contributed to the establishment of Pacific Studies as a subject in other Pacific universities, including The University of Auckland.

Inducted as one of six fellows of the Atenisi University in Tonga.


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« Reply #40 on: June 26, 2009, 09:57:52 am »

Farrah Fawcett, the blonde-maned actress whose best-selling poster and "Charlie's Angels" stardom made her one of the most famous faces in the world, died Thursday. She was 62.
Farrah Fawcett rose to fame in the 1970s, thanks to a best-selling poster and the hit show "Charlie Angels."

Fawcett's death was confirmed by Paul Bloch, one of her representatives at Rogers and Cowan, an entertainment public relations firm.

Fawcett, who checked into a hospital in early April, had been battling anal cancer on and off for three years.

Bloch told CNN that Ryan O'Neal, Fawcett's romantic partner since the mid-1980s, and her friend Alana Stewart were with Fawcett at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, when she died.


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« Reply #41 on: June 26, 2009, 10:08:16 am »

Its been a long hard battle for her.  RIP Farrah.
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« Reply #42 on: June 26, 2009, 10:46:40 am »

Poor lady.  I couldn't get over reading she was only on Charlie's Angels for 1 season.  How many repeats did we watch as kids?
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« Reply #43 on: June 26, 2009, 11:05:26 am »

bye bye Michael Jackson 
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« Reply #44 on: June 26, 2009, 11:09:14 am »

ooo Id wait for official confirmation - we may well just be being hopeful and listening to bullshit media  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #45 on: June 26, 2009, 11:44:04 am »

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Michael Jackson Dies
Posted Jun 25th 2009 5:20PM by TMZ Staff


We've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50.

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

A source tells us Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived. A cardiologist at UCLA tells TMZ Jackson died of cardiac arrest.

Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive.

We're told one of the staff members at Jackson's home called 911.

La Toya ran in the hospital sobbing after Jackson was pronounced dead.

Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.

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« Reply #46 on: July 02, 2009, 12:12:42 pm »

Veteran actor Karl Malden, who won an Academy Award for his role in "A Streetcar Named Desire," has died at age 97, his manager said Wednesday.

 
Karl Malden died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home, his manager says.



Malden appeared alongside Marlon Brando in two of director Elia Kazan's classic films of the 1950s -- "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront." He won the best supporting actor Oscar for "Streetcar," which was released in 1951, in 1952 and was nominated for his role as a priest crusading against crooked union bosses in "On the Waterfront."
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« Reply #47 on: July 02, 2009, 12:13:54 pm »

Looks like its kill of the celebrities time ..
Last time this happened it was Lady Di, Mother Theresa and John Denver  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #48 on: July 02, 2009, 12:16:15 pm »



And Mollie  Grin  what a laugh she was.

Death of actress Mollie Sugden
Updated at 9:39am on 2 July 2009

British actress Mollie Sugden has died at the age of 86.

Best known for playing Mrs Slocombe in the long-running BBC TV comedy Are You Being Served?, she died in hospital after a long illness.

Sugden found early TV success with comedy programmes and Coronation Street.

She made her an impact in the late 1960s in The Liver Birds, then in 1972 came Are You Being Served?, which was set in a department store.

One of the programme's writers says Sugden was a "marvellous character" who would never turn down a chance to make people laugh, no matter how undignified it was.

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« Reply #49 on: July 05, 2009, 05:06:55 pm »

Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Sunday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a spokesman said. He was 77.
During a career spanning more than 50 years, the New Jersey-born accountant enjoyed a reputation as a savvy gangster-like figure. His ruthless business practices were reviled by many, but he also earned grudging respect for bullying labels into giving rich deals to his clients.

"Don't talk to me about ethics," he told Playboy magazine in 1971. "Every man makes his own. It's like a war. You choose your side early and from then on, you're being shot at. The man you beat is likely to call you unethical. So what?"

It did not hurt his reputation when he was sentenced to two months in prison in 1979 for tax evasion.

He once said John Lennon hired him to protect his interest in the Beatles because he and wife Yoko Ono wanted "a real shark - someone to keep the other sharks away."

His company, ABKCO Music & Records, is one of the biggest independent labels in an industry controlled by multinational corporations. The spokesman said it would remain family-controlled.

Two of Klein's three adult children work at the company, including son Jody who runs ABKCO. (The acronym stands for Allen and Betty Klein Co., Betty being his wife.)

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