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    Posted: 26 Jun 2009 at 12:43am
Just off the top of my head:

Michael Jackson
Farrah Fawcett
Ed McMahon
John Calloway (Chicago TV icon)
Socks the (Clinton) White House cat
Bea Arthur
Natasha Richardson
Joan Alexander ('50s game show panelist)
Paula Smart (US Adult Figure Skating Program pioneer)

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Aw, Socks died?  I had a stuffed Socks cat as a kid... loved that thing!
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You forgot David Carradine.
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I'm just too overloaded on celebrity deaths right now to contribute any more names.  As a matter of fact, a little while ago, I was racking my brain trying to remember who it was that died earlier this week.  And then..."Oh, that's right---Ed McMahon".  I'd forgotten already.  I guess I'm just burnt out on all these deaths.  If Walter Cronkite dies tomorrow (as he just might), I might just think "F*ck it...I don't care."
 
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And Dom DeLuise.
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And Koko Taylor, Queen of the Blues.

I haven't seen so many famous people drop like flies since 2003.
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The famous baseball & NFL films announcer Harry Kalas.

He gave us "OUTTAHERE!" as a catch phrase for home runs.

He'll be missed forever.
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I think we can expect a lot more celebrity death news, as the stars of the 60s and 70s and 80s reach their own 60s, 70s, and 80s.
 
Maybe I'm wrong, but there seems to be a lot more "celebrity" and a lot more celebrities now than ever before.  Their demises are inevitable.
 
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Got a good point; might be about time to revive the 'Dropping Like Flies' thread...at least it can come back to life.

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On the bright side the rumor about Jeff Goldblum dying was fake.
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Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

Got a good point; might be about time to revive the 'Dropping Like Flies' thread...at least it can come back to life.



How about that, the Dropping Like Flies thread coming back to life!!!!   LOLLOLLOL

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Jack Klugman has been rumored to be dead.  He is still quite alive.
 
Same with Patrick Swayzee.
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"News of my demise has been GREATLY exaggerated!" - Mark Twain LOL
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Billy Mays - 07:45 this A.M. 
 
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Keith Richards must have something to do with these deaths... He must be using them to sustain his own life.

Anyway, I was just getting around to like Billy because of Pitchmen. That sucks.
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Billy left some big mouth shoes to fill. Whos going to hawk those As seen on TV gadgets?
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Tiz, I wouldn't be surprised.  He seems the likely choice, as he already has a proven track record.  I just hope his tongue is up to the job.
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Strangely, many of these deaths are from people who are not really that old. Jackson and mays were both only 50, Fawcett was 62.
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Add to the list today:
 
AP)  Gale Storm, whose wholesome appearance and perky personality made her
one of early television's biggest stars on "My Little Margie
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Storm Show," has died at age 87.

Storm, who had been in failing health in recent years, died Saturday at a
convalescent hospital in Danville, said her son, Peter Bonnell.

Before landing the starring role in "My Little Margie" in 1952, Storm
starred in numerous B movies opposite such stars as Roy Rogers, Eddie Albert
and Jackie Cooper. After her last TV series, "The Gale Storm Show," ended in
1960 she went on to a successful singing career while continuing to make
occasional TV appearances.

Storm was a Texas high schooler named Josephine Owaissa Cottle when she
entered a talent contest for a radio show called "Gateway to Hollywood" in
1940. She was brought to Los Angeles for the finals, where her wholesome
vivacity won over the radio audience and she was awarded a movie contract.

The contest's male winner was a lanky would-be actor named Lee Bonnell, who
would later become her husband.

Given the quirky name Gale Storm, she went from contracts with RKO to
Monogram to Universal, appearing in such low-budget films as "Where Are Your
Children?" with Cooper and "Tom Brown's School Days" with Freddie
Bartholomew.

She was often cast in westerns as the girl the cowboy left behind, and
appeared in such B-movie oaters as "The Dude Goes West" with Albert, "The
Kid from Texas" with Audie Murphy and "The Texas Rangers" with George
Montgomery.

"I was really scared of horses," she admitted in 2000. "I only rode them
because that's what you had to do."

She appeared in three Republic westerns with Rogers and recalled that his
horse Trigger did what he could to cause her trouble. As she would smile and
ride alongside Rogers while the king of the cowboys crooned a song, Trigger
(out of camera range) would lean over and bite her horse's neck.

With her movie roles diminishing in the early 1950s, Storm followed the path
of many fading movie stars of the day and moved on to television.

"My Little Margie" debuted on CBS as a summer replacement for "I Love Lucy"
in 1952. It quickly became an audience favorite and moved to its own slot on
NBC that fall.

The premise was standard sitcom fare: Charles Farrell was a business
executive and eligible widower, Storm was his busybody daughter who
protected him from predatory women.

The year after "My Little Margie" ended its 126-episode run in 1955, she
moved on to "The Gale Storm Show," which lasted until 1960. This time she
played Susanna Pomeroy, a trouble-making social director on a luxury liner.

Storm, who had taken vocal lessons, sang on her second series, and three of
her records became best sellers: "I Hear You Knocking," "Teenage Prayer" and
"Dark Moon."

She appeared only sporadically on TV after "The Gale Storm Show," guest
starring on such programs as "Burke's Law," "The Love Boat" and "Murder, She
Wrote."

She appeared in numerous musicals, however, including Gian Carlo Menotti's
"The Old Maid and the Thief" at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Other
stage credits included "Unsinkable Molly Brown" (as the title character),
"South Pacific" and "Finnegan's Rainbow."

Although Storm had not acted in recent years, Peter Bonnell said his mother
enjoyed keeping in touch with fans and had known many of them for years.

Her fans were surprised to read in her 1980 autobiography, "I Ain't Down
Yet," that she was an alcoholic.

"I had hidden it socially, never drank before a performance," she said.
After being treated in three hospitals, she found one that helped her break
the habit.

Born April 5, 1922, in Bloomington, Texas, Storm was only 13 months old when
her father died. Her mother supported five children by taking in sewing.

Storm's first husband died in 1987, and the following year she married
former TV executive Paul Masterson. He died in 1996.

Storm and Bonnell had three sons, Phillip, Peter and Paul, and a daughter,
Susanna. Storm is survived by her children, eight grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Jeez, Spicy---another one?  Storm may be obscure and old to most here, but I remember those shows! 
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Everybody please stop dying NOW!!!!  And I MEAN IT!!!! Wink
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Sorry, 70s80s...think of all the famous people that exist from the past 5 decades or so.  And then think of the fact that most need to die off within the next few.
 
I think we're seeing just the beginning of the trend.  I think we can start to expect several per week.
 
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I remember watching My Little Margie reruns in the late 60s and early 70s.
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I've been waiting for west coast car pitchman Cal Worthington and his dog Spot to die. He's looking pretty decrepit lately.
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