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stars that died, celebrity deaths, stars that died, Mark Haines, American television anchor (CNBC

Mark Haines was a host on the CNBC television network. From the New York Times article, “He also developed a reputation as a sometimes sharp-tongued interviewer, bluntly battling with guest chief executives over their companies.
His CNBC colleague David Faber said that Mr. Haines’s beginnings as a reporter covering corruption in Providence, R.I. helped inform that rough-and-tumble approach.
‘There were those unexpected moments in interviews when he would be relentless and ferocious and not take no for an answer,’ Mr. Faber said in a telephone interview. He added that such skepticism helped establish a foundation of integrity in CNBC’s news coverage.”

(April 19, 1946 – May 24, 2011)

Early life and education

Haines grew up in Oyster Bay, New York, and resided in Monmouth County, New Jersey.[1] His almamater was Denison University, and in 1989, the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was a member of the New Jersey bar association.

Career

Haines was a news anchor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; WABC-TV in New York City; and WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. It is reported that Cary Grant considered Haines his favorite television reporter.[2]
In 1989, Haines joined the newly created CNBC network. Haines was the host of the CNBC TV shows Squawk Box and Squawk on the Street. Squawk on the Street was expanded from one hour to two on July 19, 2007, when co-anchor Liz Claman of Morning Call left to co-anchor Fox Business on the Fox Business Network. Haines also presented a financial segment prior to the market open each day on MSNBC‘s Morning Joe.
Haines’ longtime co-anchor on Squawk on the StreetErin Burnett moved on to CNN, with May 6, 2011 being her last show with Haines just weeks before his death.

Death

On May 25, 2011, Haines’ wife Cindy reported that he had died at home in Marlboro, New Jersey, on the evening of May 24. He is survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter.[3] He died of congestive heart failure due to cardiomegaly.[4]
Just after the market opened on May 25, CNBC broadcast that Haines had died the previous evening. There was silence on the trading floor and CNBC presented a retrospective on his life and career. A special television program about his life and career aired on CNBC that evening.

Host shows

 

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Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson, British courtier died he was , 81

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Blair Aubyn Stewart-Wilson, KCVO was Equerry to Her Majesty The Queen and Deputy Master of the Household in the Royal Household from 1976 to 1994 died he was , 81.

(17 July 1929 – 24 May 2011)

Biography

Born Blair Aubyn Wilson in Chelsea to Aubyn Harold Raymond Wilson (a member of a cadet branch of the Royal House of Stuart), and his wife, Muriel Athelstan Hood Stewart-Stevens, 10th of Balnakeilly, Stewart-Wilson was educated at Eton College.

Family

In 1962, he married Helen Mary Fox; the couple had three daughters, including actress Belinda Stewart-Wilson.

Career

He joined the Scots Guards on 14 July 1949, three days before his 20th birthday, and was commissioned a lieutenant in the Atholl Highlanders (the Duke of Atholl’s private regiment) in 1952. He served in the United Kingdom, the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), and the Far East. From 1955 to 1957, he was adjutant of the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards, and Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General of New Zealand 1957-1959, Viscount Cobham. In 1960-1962 he was Equerry to His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. He was regimental adjutant 1966 to 1968. He was staff qualified, but did not attend the Staff College, Camberley.
Stewart-Wilson was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and was a General Staff Officer Grade 1 (GSO1) in the foreign liaison section (Army) 1970 to 1973, and Defence Military and Air Attaché in Vienna, 1975-1976. In 1976 he joined The Queen’s Household. He retired from active military service on 17 July 1984. In his later years he was a supernumerary list officer.
From 1994 until his death he served as Extra Equerry to Her Majesty The Queen.
He was HM’s Representative Trustee on the Board of the Royal Armouries, from 1995 to 2004, and has served as the Somerset County Patron for the charity Cancer Research UK from 1997 to date.

Honours

He was made a LVO in 1983, a CVO in 1989 and a KCVO in 1994. He received the General Service Medal, the Campaign Service Medal, Borneo and Malaya bars, and the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953).

 

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Sam Faust, Australian rugby league player, died from leukemia he was , 26.

Sam Faust was an Australian professional rugby league player who played for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League competition  died from leukemia he was , 26..

(24 September 1984 – 23 May 2011)

Playing career

Faust spent time at the St. George Illawarra Dragons under coach Steve Price.[1] He won the Jersey Flegg best and fairest award in 2003 and the coach’s award in 2004 before spending 2005 with the top 25 man squad.[2] However Faust could not break into first grade and he returned to Queensland, joining the North Queensland Cowboys.
He made his first grade debut for the Cowboys in Round 10 of the 2007 season against Parramatta. He went on to play in 13 matches that season and another ten in 2008.
By 2009 Faust was playing part time for the Central Tigers in the Townsville Rugby League competition and completing a carpentry apprenticeship.[3]

Later years

Faust was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia in 2009 and died on 23 May 2011.[4]
Faust was a father of three.[5]

 

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Michele Fawdon, Australian actor (Cathy’s Child), died from cancer she was , 63.

Michele Fawdon  was a British-born Australian actress. In 1979 she won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Cathy’s Child died from cancer she was , 63..

(15 December 1947 – 23 May 2011)

Fawdon also appeared in many television series, including Cop Shop, Young Ramsay, The Sullivans and A Country Practice. An accomplished singer, she played the role of Mary Magdalene in the Australian cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.[1]

 

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Peter Frelinghuysen, Jr, American politician, U.S. Representative from New Jersey (1953–1975) died he was ., 95.

Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen II represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1953 to 1975 died he was ., 95.



(January 17, 1916 – May 23, 2011)

Biography

Peter Frelinghuysen comes from a long line of New Jersey politicians dating back to the early years of the United States, including four United States senators and two House members. He was the great-grandson of Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, the great-great-nephew of Theodore Frelinghuysen, the great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Frelinghuysen, and the father of Rodney Frelinghuysen.[1]
Born on January 17, 1916 in New York City to Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen I and the former Adaline Havemeyer, Frelinghuysen’s father was a banker who descended from 18th century Dutch settlers to Somerset County.[2] Peter was the brother of philanthropist and civic leader Henry Osborne Havemeyer Frelinghuysen and Frederica Frelinghuysen Emert.[3] He attended St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts and graduated from Princeton University in 1938. After practicing law in New York City, he served in the Office of Naval Intelligence from September 1942 to December 1945 obtaining the rank of lieutenant. He then studied at Columbia University, 1946–1947. He served as staff of the Foreign Affairs Task Force of the Hoover Commission in 1948 before returning to the private sector. He served as director of Howard Savings Bank in Livingston, New Jersey.[1]
In 1952, he was elected to the House of Representatives representing New Jersey’s 5th congressional district and served there until his retirement from politics in 1975.[4] His children include, Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen III (born 1966) and Rodney P. Frelinghuysen.[5]
He died on May 23, 2011 at his home in Harding Township, New Jersey.[2]

 

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Nasser Hejazi, Iranian football player and manager, died from cancer he was , 61.

Nasser Hejazi nicknamed “Ostureh” (The Legend); was an Iranian football player and coach who most notably played for Esteghlal Tehran died from cancer he was , 61. 
Considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Iranian football, he was capped 62 times for the Iran national football team. In 2000, the Asian Football Confederation ranked him the second best Asian goalkeeper of the 20th century.
He was goalkeeper of Iran national team in 1960s and 1970s and won the AFC Asian Cup on two occasions in 1972 and 1976, and Asian Games title once, and competed in the 1972 Munich Olympics and 1976 Montreal Olympics and 1978 FIFA World Cup.
As a Manager, he won a Azadegan League and a Hazfi Cup, as well as a runner-up place in AFC Champions League.

(19 December 1949 – 23 May 2011)

Early life

Hejazi in 1964

Hejazi was born on 19 December 1949 in Tehran, Iran. He was admitted to Allameh Tabatabai University in 1977.[6] He was later enrolled in Nader F.C. in 1964 and played for club until 1965. After that, he signed a contract with Taj Tehran and started his career in a professional club.

Club career

Hejazi was the goalkeeper of the Taj F.C. and Iran during the 1970s. Hejazi first broke into the Taj side when he was only 18 years old and won the Asian Club Championship in 1970; he also won the Iranian league in 1971 as well as 1975 and was positioned second in 1974. Further on, he won the Hazfi Cup in 1977.
In summer 1977 he changed the club joining Shahbaz Tehran, trying to win the Takht Jamshid Cup 1977–78 with his famous National team mates Gholam Hossein Mazloumi, Nasrollah Abdollahi, Ebrahim Ghasempour and Hamid Majd Teymouri. So it was a tremendous surprise, that Shahbaz could only reach the 11th place. In the following year Shahbaz was leading the ranking in the season 1978/79, when in autumn 1978 – due to the political uprisings, which ended with the Iranian Revolution in February 1979 – the season was canceled.

Taj Tehran after winning the Asian Champion Club Tournament in 1970

After the 1978 FIFA World Cup, Hejazi received an offer from Manchester United. He trained and played with the club for a month, even appearing in a reserve match against Stoke City. Manchester United manager Dave Sexton wanted Hejazi to stay for another two or three months before officially signing a contract with him, but there was no-one at the IRFF at the time of the Islamic Revolution to arrange the extension, which led to Manchester United signing Gary Bailey instead.
Hejazi remained as Esteghlal’s main goalkeeper until 1986. There he won the Tehran provincial league in 1983 and 1985 and the runners-up position in 1982.
His last station was the Bangladeshi club Mohammedan SC in Dhaka, where he stayed for one year and could win his last league title.

International career

Iran’s squad in ’78 WC qualification match against South Korea, Teheran, 11-Nov-1977

Hejazi joined up with the Iran National Team, just in time to feature in the squad that won the Asian Cup in 1968 and picked up two more in 1972 as the first choice and 1976 as the second choice goalkeeper.
He also represented Iran at the 1972 Munich Olympics and reached the quarterfinals of the Olympic Tournament in Montreal in 1976. In 1974, he had a key role in Iran’s victory in the final match (Bahram Mavadat and Mansour Rashidi had played the prior matches) of the football tournament of the Asian Games in Tehran.
Hejazi’s most valued tournament was the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, where he participated as Iran’s starting goalkeeper.
He was the captain of the national team during the 1980 Asian Cup and played his last match for Iran in the semi-final match versus Kuwait. After the tournament, a member of Iran’s Physical Education Department implemented a policy in which athletes older than 27 years of age would no longer be allowed to compete internationally. Hejazi was effectively forced to retire from international football back then, in spite of being only 29 years old at the time of implementation.

Managerial career

Hejazi coached Bangladeshi football club Dhaka Mohammedan SC from 1987 to 1991. During his time Bangladeshi football was enlightened with the modern day technique of football and embraced top football coaching. The Bangladeshi football Federation rewarded him by making him national team coach in 1989.
During the 1990s, Hejazi was the manager of a number of football clubs including the Mohammedan SC, the Esteghlal (former Taj) and Esteghlal Ahvaz. During his tenure with the Esteghlal, Hejazi could win the Iranian League in 1998, then took the club to the final match of the Asian Champions League in 1999. They were beaten by the Jubilo Iwata in Tehran. During his years as a coach, Hejazi was the first to discover many talented Iranian football players, including Rahman Rezaei. In early August 2006 Hejazi announced he signed a one year contract as head coach of Azadegan League outfit Nassaji Mazandaran. He resigned from the post in 19 January 2007. On 5 August 2007, He was appointed as head coach of Esteghlal for a second time but he was sacked by club in 8 November 2007 because of bad results after 14 matches.

As of May 23, 2011
Nat
Team
From
To
Record
G
W
D
L
GF
GA
+/-
October 1992
October 1993
17
10
6
1
29
9
+20
February 1996
December 1999
67
45
20
3
75
53
+22
December 1999
July 2001
39
28
3
8
43
22
+21
August 2007
November 2007
14
5
5
4
19
25
-6
Total
137
88
34
16
166
109
+57

Honours

Hejazi (right) in match against Australia in Melbourne, 1977

Club

Winner 1970 (Taj F.C.)
Winner 1975 (Taj F.C.)
runner-up 1974 (Taj F.C.)
half season leader 1978/79 (Shahbaz F.C.) (the season was cancelled due to Iranian Revolution in 1979)
Winner 1977 (Taj F.C.)
Winner 1971 (Taj F.C.), 1983 & 1985 (Esteghlal F.C.)
runner-up 1982 (Esteghlal F.C.)
Winner 1986/87 (Mohammedan SC)

National Team

Participant 1978
Participant 1972
Quarterfinals 1976
Winner 1972 & 1976
Winner 1974
participant 1970

Manager

Winner 1987/88 (Mohammedan SC)
Winner 1988/89 (Mohammedan SC)

Political career

Hejazi in 2009

Presidential candidacy

On 3 November 2004, Hejazi announced his nomination for 2005 presidential election. He was rejected by the Guardian Council of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Iran because he doesn’t have any political career before that few weeks prior to the election. Later, he became a supporter of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in the same election.
In 2009 presidential election, he supported Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

[edit] Opposition to Ahmadinejad

He was an opponent to the Economic reform plan of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s Government. In April 2011, he made a statement regarding the plan: “I’m very sorry for our people, they have oil, petroleum and … but some of them are poor”..[7]
It is known that after this comment, he was unofficially banned from Iranian Television Network. This was later revoked due to his popularity and the perceived side effects that could have come from this decision.

Personal life

Hejazi with his Bride in 1973

Hejazi married Behnaz Shafie in 1973.[8] He became father of two, one daughter, Atoosa and one son, Attila, who both grew up to play soccer just like their father. Attila has been playing in Esteghlal F.C. Team B from 1997 to 2004 and Atoosa was the captain of Iran national women futsal team. Atoosa is married to an Iranian soccer player Saeed Ramezani who plays for Foolad F.C. in the Iran Pro League. They have a son named Amir Arsalan.

Cancer struggle and death

Hejazi was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in late 2009. While trying to resume normal daily activities as a coach, his illness forced him to be hospitalised. Hejazi went into a coma on 20 May 2011 as he was watching the match between Esteghlal and PAS Hamedan soccer teams in the final week of the Iran Pro League. In 23 May 2011, after being unable to recover from a stroke, he died at 10:55 a.m. in Kasra Hospital in Tehran.[9][10] His funeral was held on 25 May 2011 in Azadi Stadium in western Tehran and his body was buried in the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in southern Tehran on the same day as his final resting place. More than 20,000 people attended his funeral. [11]
Hejazi’s popularity went beyond Iran’s borders as the iconic Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, expressed the club’s sincere sympathy for Hejazi’s illness in April 2010. In a message, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid homage to Hejazi and characterized him as a renowned and good-tempered Iranian football figure who offered valuable services to national sport.
Mohammed Bin Hammam [12], President of AFC and Sepp Blatter[13], President of FIFA condolences death of Hejazi to his family, people of Iran and Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad[14], Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohammad Khatami, Ali Larijani[15], Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, Carlos Queiroz, Ali Parvin, Parviz Mazloomi, Ali Fathollahzadeh, Mansour Pourheidari, Samad Marfavi, Mansour Ebrahimzadeh, Karim Bagheri, Ali Karimi, Farhad Majidi, Amir Ghalenoi, Ali Kafashian, Afshin Ghotbi, Ali Reza Mansourian, Ali Daei, Hassan Khomeini, Mehran Modiri, Jamshid Mashayekhi and others also condolences to Hejazi’s family.

Legacy

Hejazi is considered by many to be the best Iranian and Asian goalkeeper of all time. Hejazi was a member of the all-conquering Iran National Team of the 1960s and 1970s that won the Asian Cup a record three times in a row and represented Iran at two Summer Olympics as well as 1978 FIFA World Cup. After his death, It was proposed that a new stadium will be build in Tehran and will be named to Nasser Hejazi.

 

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Pilu Momtaz, Bangladeshi pop singer died he was , 52.

 Pilu Montaz was a Bangladeshi singer, who helped popularize pop music in Bangladesh in the years following the country’s independence died he was , 52. The Bengali-language pop music is now referred to as “Bangla Pop.”



(? – May 23, 2011)

Montaz was born in Dhaka. She was the third of seven children born to the late Bangladeshi singer Ustad Momtaz Ali.[1]
She launched her pop music career in the years immediately following Bangladesh’s independence in 1971.[1] Momtaz is widely credited with popularizing the local Bangla Pop together with other contemporary singers, including Fakir Alamgir, Azam Khan, Najma Zaman and Ferdous Wahid.[1] Her major hits included “Ekdin Tho Choley Jabo,” “Chara Gaachh-e Phool Phuitachhey,” and “Majhi Nao Chhaira Dey,” a song written by Bangladeshi songwriter and poet, Jasimuddin.[1] The Daily Star, one of the country’s major newspapers, cited Montaz as an influence on prominent female Bangladeshi pop singers of the 2000s.[1] She also covered some Bangladeshi and Bengali folk music, including “Nani Go Nani,” and “Orey Sampanwala.”[1]
Her final public performance took place at the 2010 Citycell-Channel i Music Awards.[1] Momtaz took the stage at the awards show with Fakir Alamgir and Ferdous Wahid to perform the song, “Ek Second-er Nai Bhorosha,” as a tribute to the late singer, Firoz Shai.[1]
Pilu Momtaz died from a heart attack at Apollo Hospital in Dhaka on May 22, 2011, at the age of 52.[1] She was survived by her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Anwaruzzaman, and their daughter, Homayra Zaman Mou.[1] Her funeral was held DOHS Baridhara Jaam-e Mosque with burial at the Banani cemetery adjacent to her father’s grave.[1]

 

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Abdias do Nascimento, Brazilian activist and politician died he was , 97.

Abdias do Nascimento was a prominent Afro-Brazilian scholar, artist, and politician.

(March 14, 1914 — May 23, 2011[1])


Born in Franca, São Paulo state, Nascimento attended public school as a child and joined the military in 1930, but was discharged for disorderly conduct a few years later. He received a B.A. in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1938, and graduate degrees from the Higher Institute of Brazilian Studies (1957) and the Oceanography Institute (1961). Nascimento travelled South America with a group of poets calling themselves the “Santa Irmandad Orquidea”, or the “Holy Brotherhood of the Orchid”, and developed an interest for the dramatic arts. Returning to Rio de Janeiro, he founded the Black Experimental Theater in 1944. He performed in Orfeu da Conceição, a play by Vinicius de Moraes that was later adapted into the motion picture Black Orpheus. He became a leader in Brazil’s black movement, and was forced into exile by the military regime in 1968.

Life in exile

From 1968 to 1981 Nascimento was very active in the international Pan-African Movement and was elected Vice-President and Coordinator of the Third Congress of Black Culture in the Americas. For the next decade Nascimento was a visiting professor at several universities in the United States, including the Yale School of Drama (1969–1971), and University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where he founded the chair in African Cultures in the New World, Puerto Rican Studies Program in 1971. He held the position of Professor Emeritus at SUNY-Buffalo.

Return to Brazil

Nascimento returned to Brazil in 1983 and was elected to the federal Chamber of Deputies. There, his focus was supporting legislation to address racial problems. In 1994 he was elected to the Senate and served until 1999. In 2004 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Nascimento suffered from diabetes and died on 23 May 2011, in Rio de Janeiro, due to cardiac arrest. [2] [3]

Selected publications

  • “Africans in Brazil: a Pan-African perspective” (1997)
  • “Orixás: os deuses vivos da Africa” (Orishas: the living gods of Africa in Brazil) (1995)
  • “Race and ethnicity in Latin America – African culture in Brazilian art” (1994)
  • “Brazil, mixture or massacre? Essays in the genocide of a Black people” (1989)
  • “Sortilege” (black mystery) (1978)
  • “Racial Democracy in Brazil, Myth or Reality?: A Dossier of Brazilian Racism” (1977)

Filmography

  • Cinema de Preto (2005)
  • Cinco vezes Favela (1962)
  • Terra da Perdição (1962)
  • Homem do Sputnik, O (1959)

 

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Harry Redmond, Jr., American special effects artist and producer (King Kong), died from natural causes he was , 101

Harry Redmond, Jr. was an American special effects artist and film producer whose career spanned decades in the entertainment industry.[1][2] Redmond was the husband of the late production designer and illustrator, Dorothea Holt Redmond, who helped design Main Street in Disneyland and the Seattle Space Needle.




(October 15, 1909 – May 23, 2011)

Biography

Early life

Born in Brooklyn and raised in New York City,[2] Redmond was the son of Harry Redmond, Sr., an early special effects artist and film producer. Redmond Sr. operated the former Metropolitan Studios, located on Long Island, New York.[1] Redmond Jr. relocated to Southern California in 1926, where Redmond began a career in film as well.[1]

Career

Redmond began his career at First National Pictures prop department.[1][2] He moved to RKO Studios, where he joined the special effects studio for four years.[1] Redmond created special effects for some of RKO’s highest profile films throughout the 1930s, including King Kong in 1933 and The Last Days of Pompeii, She and the comedic film, Top Hat, which were all released in 1935, as well as RKO films starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.[1][2]
Redmond left RKO after four years in order to create special effects for films on a freelance, independent basis. His film credits during this era included Lost Horizon for director Frank Capra in 1937, Only Angels Have Wings for Howard Hawks in 1939, the western film The Outlaw for Howard Hughes in 1943, The Woman in the Window for Fritz Lang in 1944 and The Stranger for Orson Welles in 1946.[1]
Redmond moved briefly from Hollywood to Fort Monmouth, a United States Army base in Monmouth County, New Jersey, upon the outbreak of World War II.[1][2] He oversaw the construction and design of a new film studio for the Army Film Training Lab at Fort Monmouth.[1][2]
He returned to Hollywood, and his special effects career, during the post-war years. Some of his credits immediately following World War II included A Night in Casablanca in 1946, Angel on My Shoulder, which was also released in 1946, The Bishop’s Wife in 1947, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in 1947 and A Song Is Born in 1948.[1]
In 1952, Redmond teamed up with screenwriter and film producer Ivan Tors for the film, Storm Over Tibet.[1][2] The film led to a series of long-term collaborations between Redmond and Tors,[2] which included partnering on the science fiction films, The Magnetic Monster in 1953 and Gog in 1954, as well as the 1950s and 1960s television series Science Fiction Theatre, Daktari and Sea Hunt.[1][2] Redmond also worked as associate film producer for Flipper in 1963, Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion in 1965 and Zebra in the Kitchen, also in 1965.[1]
Redmond retired from films during the late 1960s after reportedly becoming disolutioned with the industry’s budget woes.[1][2] His finale credits included The Outer Limits, a science fiction television series, and The Unknown, a television movie.[1] He never received any industry awards or nominations for his work, despite a career which spanned decades.[1]

Personal life

Harry Redmond met his future wife, illustrator and production designer Dorothea Holt while working at at Selznick International Pictures studio during the late 1930s.[1] Redmond was working for David O. Selznick on the set of The Prisoner of Zenda, while Holt was designing the pre-production interior sets for Gone With The Wind and Rebecca at the time of their meeting.[1] The couple married in 1940.[1] Holt Redmond would later help design Main Street USA in Disneyland, the Seattle Space Needle and the restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport.[1] Together, Redmond and Holt also designed their home in the Hollywood Hills.[1] Dorothea Holt Redmond died on February 27, 2009, at the age of 98.[3]
Harry Redmond, Jr. died at his home in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on May 23, 2011, at the age of 101.[1][2] He was survived by his son and daughter, Lee Redmond and Lynne Jackson, three granddaughters and three great-grandsons.[2] His memorial service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale on June 21, 2011.[1]

 

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Joseph Brooks, American Grammy-winning songwriter (“You Light Up My Life”), died from suicide by asphyxiation he was , 73.

Joseph Brooks was an American screenwriter, director, producer, and composer died from suicide by asphyxiation he was , 73.. He composed the song “You Light Up My Life” for the film of the same name that he also wrote, directed, and produced. In his later years he became the subject of an investigation after being accused of a series of casting-couch rapes. He was indicted in 2009, but committed suicide on May 22, 2011, before he could be brought to trial.

(March 11, 1938 – May 22, 2011)

Career

In the 1960s, Brooks composed advertising jingles for clients including Pepsi (“You’ve Got a Lot to Live”) and Maxwell House (“Good to the Last Drop Feeling”).[2] He received numerous Clio Awards for his work, as well as a People’s Choice Award.[2]
In October 1977 “You Light Up My Life” reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts and held the top position for 10 consecutive weeks, then the longest #1 run in the chart’s history. With sales of over four million copies in the U.S. alone, the song ultimately became the biggest hit of the 1970s. It also hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and was even a top 10 country single. The passionate ballad also earned Brooks a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe Award and an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award. The song was Debby Boone‘s first solo hit record and only top 40 pop hit.
Brooks also composed music for the film The Lords of Flatbush and co-produced Eddie and the Cruisers. He also directed other films and Broadway shows, including In My Life. Then, after “Life”, he was hit with a stroke, which stopped him from composing and writing music and his world changed.

Personal life

Brooks’ brother is Gilbert Kaplan, an amateur Mahler scholar who founded Institutional Investor magazine. Brooks and ex-wife Susan Paul had two children: Amanda was born in 1981 and Nicholas was born five years later. At the time of Brooks’ death, Nicholas, a former student at the University of Colorado, was awaiting trial in New York City, charged with the murder of his girlfriend, swimwear designer Sylvie Cachay, in a New York hotel room on December 9, 2010.[2]

Sexual assault indictment

In June 2009, Joseph Brooks was arrested on charges of raping or sexually assaulting 11 women lured to his East Side apartment from 2005 to 2008. His female assistant was charged with helping him.[3] At least four different women accused him of sexual assault. He allegedly lured the women to his apartment to audition for movie roles.[4] Often, the women responded to a notice that Brooks had posted on Craigslist and flew to New York from across the United States at Brooks’ expense, the dis­trict attorney’s account said.[5] He was indicted on June 23, 2009. He was to be tried in the state Supreme Court for Manhattan (a trial-level court) on 91 counts of rape, sexual abuse, criminal sexual act, assault, and other charges.[6]
The grand jury heard more evidence on December 17, 2009, because two new witnesses came forward. However, Brooks died before he could be tried.
His assistant, Shawni Lucier, has pleaded guilty to a total 10 counts of felony and misdemeanor criminal facilitation, admitting she helped Brooks commit felony sex assaults — including rape — against 10 would-be starlets. Lucier’s job was to arrange the young women’s travel, and to weed out those who wanted to bring boyfriends and mothers — and to ignore their phone calls afterward. She knew full well, she admitted, that he just wanted to give the “girls” wine, have them read from a lascivious script, and then pounce. She stated, “One girl came out drunk and stumbling… She would send people to meet Joe Brooks at 10 or 11 at night. Joe Brooks thought that was the magic hour and she guesses it was easier for him to seduce them.”[7]

Death

Police reported on May 22, 2011, that Brooks was found dead in his Upper East Side apartment by a friend.[8] A plastic dry cleaning bag was around Brooks’ head, and a towel was around his neck; a helium tank with an attached hose and a suicide note were found nearby.[9] Police officials would not dis­cuss the con­tents of the note. On May 23, 2011, the medical examiner ruled that Brooks had committed suicide, citing asphyxia by helium.[10]

Theater credits

Films

 

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Matej Ferjan, Slovenian motorcycle speedway rider died he was , 34

Matej Ferjan), was a Slovenian motorcycle speedway rider who also rode for the Hungary national speedway team died he was , 34.

(January 5, 1977 – May 22, 2011

Ferjan was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia.[2] He was a five-time Slovenian champion (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) and a six-time Hungarian champion (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). In 1998 he won a third place in Individual U-21 World Championship. In 2004, he was second in the Individual European Championship. He was also a permanent rider in the 2001 and 2002 Speedway Grand Prix. He was also the first foreigner to win the Polish Criterium of Aces, winning in 2007.
On 22 May 2011 Ferjan was found dead in his van at the apartment block where he lived in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland. His cause of death has not been confirmed.[3][4]
Ferjan had a son, Mark, born April 19, 2004, and a daughter, Victoria.

 

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Bob Gould, Australian activist and bookseller died he was , 74.

Robert Stephen “Bob” Gould was an Australian activist and bookseller. He was a leader of the anti-conscription movement, and of protests against Australian involvement in the Vietnam War, in the 1960s. He went on to become a successful second-hand bookseller.

(1937 – 22 May 2011)

Politics and activism

Gould first came to public attention in 1966 as Convenor of the Vietnam Action Campaign, a group opposed to conscription and participation in the Vietnam War. Gould was already being described as a “habitual protestor”.[1] By 1969 Gould was seen as having influence over Labor Clubs at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University.[2]
Gould went on to fight for many other issues, including Irish civil rights,[3] Indonesian atrocities in East Timor,[4] and the war on Iraq.[5] He was a prolific writer on the many causes in which he believed.[6] ASIO held a file on Gould that ran to 8000 pages.[7]
In 1966 Gould helped to chase and capture the attempted assassin of Labor leader Arthur Calwell.[8]

Bookseller

A typical aisle at Gould’s Book Arcade, Newtown

Gould opened twelve bookshops and closed eleven since opening his first shop, the Third World Bookshop, in 1967.[9]
Gould’s shops pushed the boundaries of Australia’s strict censorship laws at the time, and he was often raided by police.[8]
An article on Gould’s business appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald just two months before his death.[10]

Death

Gould died on Sunday, 22 May 2011 from injuries sustained in a fall while sorting books at his store. He was 74. Over 500 people attended his funeral on 26 May 2011 at Macquarie Park, the service being extended by thirty minutes to provide for all of the eulogies.[11]
Federal politicians Andrew Leigh and Daryl Melham paid tribute to Gould in the Australian parliament.[12] New South Wales Opposition Leader John Robertson and government minister Brad Hazzard eulogised Gould in the Parliament of New South Wales.[13]

 

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Suzanne Mizzi, British glamour model and interior designer, died from cancer she was , 43

 Suzanne Mizzi  was a glamour model, singer, interior designer, and artist died from cancer she was , 43. She made regular appearances as a Page Three girl in the British newspaper The Sun during the 1980s and 1990s, before going on to have a career as a catwalk model, as well as being involved in film and music. In her later years, she developed a career as an interior designer and abstract artist.

(1 December 1967  – 22 May 2011)


Career

Mizzi was born on the Mediterranean island of Malta[1] and grew up in London.
After leaving school at 15, Mizzi opened a clothes shop in Bethnal Green, London, where she was discovered by a photographer while working.[4] She made her Page Three debut in 1984 aged 17 and immediately endeared herself to the public, although it took her parents a while to become comfortable with her career choice. In the first six months of her modelling career, Mizzi shot 26 calendars and was in high demand for personal appearances.[4][5] Her success was helped by Page 3 photographer Beverley Goodway, whose pictures helped to establish her career.[6] She could command fees of over £1,000 for a personal appearance.[6]
In 1988, she quit glamour modeling and made the crossover into catwalk modelling, succeeding where many of her contemporaries of the time had not.[7] She signed with the Storm Model Agency and began doing fashion shoots, something which would eventually lead to her working with Vivienne Westwood.[5][4] At the age of 21, she signed a £400,000 contract to front her own lingerie range for high street chain Dorothy Perkins.[5] A lingerie company once insured her face and body for £11 million.[4]
Mizzi had an interest in music and was a founding member of the group Wildflowers, but her attempts to launch a musical career faltered, something she blamed on her record company.[5] She once said of this: “We had a record deal, but the label wanted me to sing a pop track. I wanted to be an ‘artist’, not a pop star.”[4] According to a BBC report, she was one of a number of celebrities who took out insurance on the assets for which they were famous.[8] She did this in 1989, when she insured her body with Lloyd’s of London for $16 million.[9]
In the 2000s she became an artist and interior designer and was known as Mizzy.[10] She exhibited her work at London’s Rainbird Fine Art Gallery and ran an interior and building design consultancy business, which she started after friends saw work she had done on her house and asked her to design rooms for them.[10] She began painting after having difficulty sourcing works of art for her clients.[4] Her abstract paintings sold for up to £10,000 each.[1] An exhibition of her work titled “Timeless” was held at the Artbank Gallery, also in London.[10]

Personal life

Mizzi was married[when?] to her childhood sweetheart Frank Camilleri, a property developer, with whom she had a son, Geo, and a daughter, Sienna.[1] Camilleri — who was her manager — is also a Maltese Briton.[2] The family divided their time between homes in London, Spain and Malta.[11]
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010; she died at St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, East London, on 22 May 2011, aged 43.[5]

 

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Walter Soboleff, American Tlingit scholar and spiritual leader, first Native Alaskan Prebysterian minister, died from bone and prostate cancer he was , 102.

Walter Alexander Soboleff was an American Tlingit scholar, elder and religious leader.Soboleff was the first Native Alaskan to become an ordained Presbyterian minister died from bone and prostate cancer he was , 102..



(November 14, 1908 – May 22, 2011)

Biography

Early life

Sonoleff was born in Killisnoo, Alaska, on November 14, 1908, to a Tlingit mother and a Russian father.[1][3] Soboleff was born into the Tlingit clan Kha’jaq’tii, meaning One Slain in Battle.[1] His mother, Anna Hunter, who had been orphaned in nearby Sitka, had canoed to Killisnoo with her brother to stay with their aunt.[1] His father, Alexander “Sasha” Soboleff, resided in Killisnoo with his parents and three brothers.[1] Walter Soboleff’s paternal grandfather, was a Russian Orthodox minister named Ivan Soboleff, who moved to Killisnoo from San Francisco during the 1890s.[3] His father, Alexander, died when Walter was twelve years old[1] and his mother remarried.[3]
He was raised in Tenakee, Alaska.[1] He first attended a U.S. Government School in Tenakee before enrolling at the Sheldon Jackson School boarding school in Sitka when he was five years old.[1] He began working as a Tlingit language interpreter for doctors at ten years old during the height of the 1918 flu pandemic in Southeast Alaska.[1]
Soboleff was hired for his first job at the Hood Bay fish cannery when he was a freshman at Sheldon Jackson High School in 1925.[1] He earned 25 cents an hour at the cannery.[1]
In 1925, Soboleff sailed from Sitka to Seattle aboard the Admiral Lines steamship.[1] He then hitchhiked from Seattle to enroll at college at Oregon Agricultural College, which is now known by its present-day name, Oregon State University.[1] However, he was only able to stay at Oregon Agricultural College for one semester due to the financial pressures of the Great Depression.[1] He hitchhiked back to Seattle, where he stayed at a YMCA in the city until he could return to his studies.[1]
Soboleff won a scholarship to the University of Dubuque in 1933. He completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Dubuque in 1937 in education.[1] Soboleff went on to earn a master’s degree in divinity, also from the University of Dubuque, in 1940.[1]
Soboleff returned to Sitka, Alaska, during the summer of 1940, where he initially worked in cold storage or seine fishing.[1] He was ordained a Presbyterian minister and married his wife, Genevieve Ross, a Haida woman and nurse who was involved in the revival of the Haida language in Alaska.[3] Walter and Genevieve had four children – Janet, Sasha, Walter Jr. and Ross.[3]

Ministry and activism

Soboleff moved to Juneau, Alaska, where he served as a minister at Memorial Presbyterian Church in 1940, a then-predominantly Tlingit church which grew to include members from other ethnic groups.[1] He also began broadcasting radio news in the Tlingit language.[1]
Soboleff travelled to remote Alaskan settlements, fishing villages, and even lighthouses as needed by the Presbyterian ministry.[1] He also became a Tlingit and Native Alaskan advocate for cultural education, human rights and rights of indigenous people in Alaska.[1]
Walter Soboleff died at his home in Juneau, Alaska, on May 22, 2011, at the age of 102, of complications from bone cancer and prostate cancer.[1] His first wife, Genevieve, died in January 1986.[1] He married his second wife, Tshimshian Stella Alice Atkinson, in 1999.[1] Atkinson died in April 2008.[1]
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell ordered that all state flags be lowered to half staff in Soboleff’s honor.[4] Hundreds of people, including Governor Parnell, attended Soboleff’s memorial service at Centennial Hall in Juneau.[5] The service was broadcast live on television throughout the state of Alaska.[6]
In May 2011, it was announced that the Sealaska Heritage Institute Cultural Center, which is scheduled to be constructed in downtown Juneau, will be named for Walter Soboleff.[7]

 

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25 people got busted on May 26, 2011

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Joe Steffy, American college football player (Army), 1947 Outland Trophy winner died he was , 85

 Joseph Benton “Joe” Steffy, Jr. was an American football player died he was , 85. He went to fight in the Korean War and received the Bronze Medal and the Purple Heart. Steffy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

(April 3, 1926 – May 22, 2011)

Early life

Steffy was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 3, 1926. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he played on the football team for one season in 1944. That year, the Volunteers went undefeated in the regular season, but lost to Southern California in the Rose Bowl. The following year, he enrolled at the United States Military Academy, where he played for the Army football team for three seasons as an offensive guard and as a center on defense. The Cadets went undefeated in 1945 and 1946. In 1947, Steffy was named team captain.[1]

Military service

He graduated from USMA in 1949. In April 1950, he married Ann née Brown. As a lieutenant, Steffy served in the Korean War, where he suffered frostbite and was wounded in the foot by a grenade. Due to his injuries, he was evacuated from Hungnam to Japan, and later awarded the Bronze Star Medal.[1]

Later life

After the war, Steffy served on the Army football staff as the freshman team coach. He later owned a car dealership in Newburgh, New York. With his wife, who died in 2004, he had one son. Steffy died of a heart ailment on May 22, 2011 in Newburgh, New York at age of 85.[1]

 

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Irene Gilbert, American actress and school director, co-founder of Stella Adler Academy of Los Angeles, died from Alzheimer’s disease she was , 76.

Irene Gilbert was an German-born American actress and school director, who co-founded the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles with actress Joanne Linville in 1985 died from Alzheimer’s disease she was , 76. She also served as the Academy’s director for approximately 20 years after the school’s establishment.



(August 25, 1934 – May 21, 2011)

Gilbert was born Irene Liebert in Germany on August 25, 1934.[1] She immigrated to New York City with her parents, Gaston and Lucie Liebert, just before the outbreak of World War II.[1] Her parents were killed by a drunk driver when she was just five years old.[1] She was raised by her aunt and her four older brothers.[1]
She changed to name to Irene Gilbert when she began her acting career, because she reportedly felt that Gilbert seemed “movie-star-esque.”[1] Her acting career extended into the late 1980s. Her television credits included roles in Cannon, Barnaby Jones and Emergency! in the 1970s.[1]
Gilbert became friends with New York City-based acting coach, Stella Adler, during the 1960s.[1] In 1985, Gilbert and actress Joanne Linville pursued Adler to open a branch of the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles.[1] Gilbert, Linville and Adler are considered the school’s co-founders.[1] Gilbert who also serve as the school’s director for twenty years.[1]
A fire at the school, which was originally located in a small theater at Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue, forced the school’s temporary closure in 1991.[1] The school’s building was further threatened with demolition to make way for a proposed subway line at the time of Stellar Adler’s death in 1992.[1]
Gilbert moved and reopened the school in 1994 at a building which was once the Embassy Club, a private club during the 1930s located at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.[1] She continued to teach acting at the school and produce stage productions. The Steallar Academy of Acting and Theater in Los Angeles has named one of its theaters, the Irene Gilbert Theatre, in honor of her contributions.[1]
Irene Gilbert died at her son’s home in Eureka, California, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on May 21, 2011, at the age of 76.[2] She was survived by her son, Randall Garrett Herzon.[1]

 

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Bill Hunter, Australian actor (Muriel’s Wedding), died from liver cancer he was , 71.

 William John “Bill” Hunter was an Australian actor of film, stage and television died from liver cancer he was , 71.. He appeared in more than 60 films and won two Australian Film Institute Awards.

(27 February 1940 – 21 May 2011)

Early life

Hunter was a son of William and Francie Hunter.[2] He had a brother, John, and a sister, Marie Ann.[2]
During his teens, Hunter was a champion swimmer, and briefly held a world record for the 100 yards freestyle until his record was broken by John Devitt in the very next heat ten minutes later.[4] Hunter had qualified for the Australian swimming team in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, but a bout of meningitis ended his Olympic hopes.[5]

Career

Hunter made his film debut as an extra in 1957 film The Shiralee. An introduction to Ava Gardner saw him gain a job as an extra and swimming double in the Hollywood film On the Beach which was filming in Melbourne.[4] Hunter claimed that he was inspired to take up acting after watching one of the leads (variously claimed to be either Gregory Peck or Fred Astaire) do 27 takes of a scene, and thinking he could do better.[6][7] He took an intensive drama course in Melbourne, and then won a two-year scholarship to the prestigious Northampton Repertory Company in England. In 1966, he made his television debut in an uncredited role in two episodes of the Doctor Who serial The Ark.[8][9]
Returning to Australia in the 1960s, Hunter started out in Australian television, and became a prolific performer in television and feature films, in which he often played the strong, opinionated, archetypal gruff Australian whose exterior belies a softer heart.[10]
Some of his most notable movie roles include Newsfront[11] (1978), Gallipoli (1981), Scales of Justice[12] (1983), Strictly Ballroom[13] (1992), Muriel’s Wedding[14] (1994), The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) and Australia (2008). In 2007, he reprised the role of Bob in the Australian touring stage production of Priscilla.[15] He also provided the voice of the dentist in Finding Nemo (2003) and the voice of Bubo in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010). He portrayed United Nations Secretary General Spencer Chartwell in the American science fiction series Space: Above and Beyond. His last film role was in The Cup.
Of acting, Hunter said, “As long as the direc­tor told me where to stand and what to say, I was happy. Any­one who says there’s any more to it than that, is full of bullshit. “It’s a job. It is a craft, but there’s no art involved,” Hunter added. “What you need is com­mon sense and a rea­son­ably rough head. You put on the makeup and the wardrobe, and that is half the per­for­mance. That upsets the purists, but never mind, they don’t work as much as I do.”[16]

Personal life

Hunter’s first marriage was to Robbie Anderson with whom he had a son.[6] His next marriage was to actress Pat Bishop, in 1976.[4] According to writer Bob Ellis, the marriage was short-lived after Hunter ran off with their marriage celebrant.[17] His third marriage was to artist and television presenter Rhoda Roberts from 1993 until their divorce in 1999.[18]

Death

On 15 May 2011, Hunter was admitted to Caritas Christi hospice in Kew after refusing to go to hospital.[19] Surrounded by family and friends, he died of liver cancer[20] at 8.05 pm on 21 May 2011, aged 71.[21]
A memorial service for Hunter was held at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on 26 May.[22]

Selected filmography

Year
Title
Role
Notes
1966
Guardian
uncredited, episodes The Steel Sky and The Plague
1970
Officer
1974
Cornish
1974
Barman
1975
Dragon Flies
Peterson
1976
Youlden
1976
Sgt. Smith
1977
Jack
1978
In Search of Anna
Peter
1978
Len Maguire
1978
Weekend of Shadows
Bosun
1980
Dead Man’s Float
Eddie Bell
1980
Hard Knocks
Brady
1981
Major Barton
1981
…Maybe This Time
Stephen
1982
Robert Duncan
1982
Walker
1983
Harry
1983
Tupper / Coach
1984
Detective Fitzpatrick
1985
An Indecent Obsession
Colonel Chinstrap
1985
Rebel
Browning
1986
Detective Sgt. Adams
1986
Sky Pirates
O’Reilly
1988
Whitstead
1989
Cassidy
Charles Parnell Cassidy
television movie
1989
Sgt. Jack Welles
1989
Frank Mullens
1990
Call Me Mr. Brown
McNeill
1991
Deadly
Vernon Giles
1992
Beth’s Father
1992
Father O’Neill
1992
Barry Fife
1993
Wilson
1993
The Custodian
Managing Director
1993
Shotgun Wedding
Police Commissioner Andrews
1993
Ocker Tyron
1994
Bob
1994
Berriman
1994
Bill Heslop
1995
Angus McDonald
1996
Cody: Fall from Grace
Sam Wolfe
television movie
1996
Commissioner Hawkes
1996
River Street
Vincent Pierce
1997
Bob
1998
15 Amore
Brendan’s Voice
1998
A Difficult Woman
Paul Scanlon
1998
Cooper
television movie; uncredited role
2000
Prime Minister Seaton
television movie
2002
Stan Coombs
2003
Dentist (Phillip Sherman)
2003
Ted Pratt
2003
Horseplay
Barry Coxhead
2003
Blue
2004
Malcolm
2008
Gil Hubbard
2008
Skipper (Qantas Sloop)
2010
James
2010
The Wedding Party
Priest
2010
Bubo
2011
Red Dog
2011
Bart Cummings

Awards and honours

Hunter won the 1978 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Newsfront, and the 1981 Best Supporting Actor award for Gallipoli.[23]
In 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to acting.[1]
A painting of Hunter by artist Jason Benjamin won the Packing Room Prize in conjunction with the 2005 Archibald Prize.[24]

 

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Jim Pyburn, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), died after a long illness he was , 78.

James Edward Pyburn was an American professional baseball player died after a long illness he was , 78.. An outfielder and third baseman, Pyburn appeared in 158 Major League Baseball games over three seasons (1955–1957) for the Baltimore Orioles. Pyburn threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg).

(November 1, 1932 — May 21, 2011)

Pyburn was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended Ensley High School. He signed with the Orioles for a reported $30,000 bonus after starring in baseball and football at Auburn University. As a “bonus baby” Pyburn had to be kept on Baltimore’s 25-man Major League roster for the first two years of his professional career. Initially a third baseman, he was abruptly shifted to the outfield by Baltimore GM/field manager Paul Richards. In 1956, his sophomore season for the Orioles, Pyburn appeared in a career-high 84 games, 64 in center field, but he batted only .173 in 156 at bats. He was sent to minor league baseball during the middle of the 1957 season and retired from professional baseball after the 1958 season. All told, Pyburn collected 56 hits in 294 MLB at bats, including five doubles and five triples.[1]
Pyburn played offensive end for the Auburn Tigers football squad in 1953–1954, and set a school record for most receiving yards in a season.[2] He was drafted in the 18th round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. After his retirement from baseball, Pyburn returned to football and became a coach at the college level.[3] A longtime associate of Vince Dooley at Auburn and the University of Georgia, Pyburn served as a defensive line, linebackers and defensive backfield assistant.[4]
A member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, he died at age 78 after a period of struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.[4]

 

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Did you know that the Zafirro Iridium is a luxury razor that cost $100,000 dollars?

Did you know that it took three and a half years of R&D and hundreds of prototypes, before Zafirro launched the first razor on the planet with sapphire blades?


Did you know that the Zafirro Iridium is a luxury razor that features hypoallergenic sapphire blades and a handle made from extremely rare and dense iridium–all for $100,000 dollars?


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