Its time to talk about dying. Death and dying used to be taboo subjects. Superstitious folks knock on wood whenever something associated with bad luck is mentioned. The elderly and aging have no choice but to voice their opinions to make it known how they would like their bodies to be managed after death. Two generations ago, the world’s population was lesser and land congestion was not an issue. Today, some countries have a scarcity of land and burial is expensive. In Hong Kong and other tiny countries, the price of a burial plot costs more than a small modest apartment. More seniors are turning to cremation and storage of ashes in columbariums. People who are less icky may opt to keep ashes at home, at a privately erected shrine, where it is very convenient to pay homage to a beloved one.
The beginning of 2014 signals the deaths of another generation of celebrities who are now dead. We mourn the the famous, infamous, as well as the ordinary people, who had steadfastly battled adversities, until they died.
January 2014 deaths:
January 1 2014 – Juanita Moore, actress, died.Phil Everly, a musician, and half of the Everly Brothers, has died.
Jan. 3 2014 -
Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of Israel, has died. Sharon was a great politician, of his time. He suffered a stroke in 2006, just before he could run for a second election. Mr Sharon remained very ill, in a comatose state after his stroke, until his death, in January 2014.
Jan. 5 2014 – Jerry Coleman, former baseball player, has died. He became a radio broadcaster, after his sports career ended.
Jan 5 2014 – Soccer player Eusebio da Silva Ferreira is dead.
January 6 2014 dead – Monica Spear, 29, a former beauty queen in Venezuela, is dead. Monica Spear was killed in a robbery, along with her ex-husband, Thomas Henry Berry, 39. Their daughter, Maya Berry Spear, 5, was wounded in her right leg. Her parents died from gunshot wounds, in a roadside robbery, after they got stranded when their vehicle broke down. As their car was being towed by a tow truck operator, robbers attacked them. The family locked themselves inside their car, as the assailants fired bullets at them.Ms Spear and Mr Berry were vacationing in her homeland, to spend time together, as a family.
Jan 7 2014 death – Run Run Shaw, 107, is dead. He was one of the original Shaw brothers, who were involved in the film industry. Mr Shaw died on Tue., Dec 31, 2013.
January 7 2014 – Thomas V. Jones, a executive from Northrop, was a pioneer in aeronautics industry.
Jan. 9 2014 – Amiri Baraka, a poet and writer, is dead. He was an African-American critic of culture and questioned the values of his time.
Jan. 9 2014 – Franklin McCain, a civil rights activist, id dead. He dared to question the status quo and was among the first blacks to openly disobey the social norm of racial segregation. McCain started the revolution which slowly integrated blacks and whites.
Jan. 10, 2014 – Larry Speakes, a former press secretary under President Ronald Reagan, has died.
Jan. 10 2014 – Eric Lawson is dead. He was an actor, who was a spokesman for the cigarette company, Malboro. Lawson died of a smoker’s lung disease.
Jan 10 2014 – Sam Berns, the inspiration behind the film “Life according to Sam”, is dead. Berns was a patient of progeria, which is an aging disease. Berns died at 17 years old.
Sat. 11, Jan. 11, 2014:
Scott Lewis, a celebrity hypnotist, died, in a fall. Lewis was in Sydney, to perform, and was staying in an apartment. He fell from the 11th floor, and was found dead, on the 4th floor. Lewis, a US stage celebrity, often visited Australia, to perform his stage hypnosis. His death could be investigated as it was un-natural.
January 14 2014 – Johnnie Mae Young, a female wrestler, has died. She was one of the first female wrestlers who performed in public.
January 14 2014 – The death of Juan Gelman, marked the end of the poet’s influence in Argentina. The activist was a pioneer in raising human rights awareness in Argentina.
Jan. 16 2014 – Russell Johnson, an actor, has died. Johnson played the professor in the 1960s TV comedy, Gilligan’s Island.
Jan. 16 2014 – Dave Madden’s death has revived interest in the TV show, The Partridge Family.
Jan. 16 2014 – Ruth Duccini, an actress, has died. Duccini was 4 feet tall, and proud of her natural born height, which allowed her to work as a sercice person for airplanes, during WWII. Duccini acted as a Munchkin, opposite Judy Garland, in 1939.
Jan. 16 2014 – Hiroo Onoda, an ex-soldier in the Japanese army, is dead. Onoda lived alone for 30 years in the jungles, in Philippines, even after the war ended, because he believed he had to continue his fight.
Jan. 25 2014 – Morrie Turner, a comic artist, or cartoonist, is dead. Turner created Wee Pals, a popular comic strip.
Jan. 26, 2014 – Tom Gola, a former basketball player has died. Gola enjoyed a successful second career as a coach.
January 27 2014 – Pete Seeger, a folk music composer and musician. Seeger was once involved in Communist activities in 1955, but he was largely forgiven and he managed to have a good career in music, until the 1990s.
Jan. 28 2014 – Tom Sherak, a producer and actor, has died.
Jan. 29, 2014 – Aiche Nana, a former belly dancer and stripper, has died. She was born Kiash Nanah and attracted the attention of Tazio Secchiaroli, who later made a film based on an inspiration of Aiche Nana. Kiash Nanah died at 78 years old.
Famous deaths in February 2014.
Feb. 1 2014 – Maximilian Schell, an actor, has died on Sta., Feb. 1, 2014. Schell was originally from Austria, who braved World War II, as a refugee from Hitler’s regime. His family left Austria, to settle in Switzerland, where Schell grew up in. He went to Hollywood, where he won fame.
Khushwant Singh, a journalist and author of books, has died. Mr Singh was famous in India.
L’wren Scot, 49, has died on March 17, 2014. She was a fashion model before she changed careers to become a fashion designer. Ms Scot was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend. She was discovered dead, by an apparent suicide. Although she was known to have business debts, Scot didn’t ask Jagger for a loan. Instead, she ended her life.
Fred Phelps had died. The pastor of Westboro Baptist Church passed away on March 19, 2014.
Helena Belmonte, a Filipina-American model, died from a fall from her high rise apartment in Philippines. Belmonte died on March 21 2014.
Actor James Rebhorn, from the show Homeland, went home to the Lord. He suffered a 10 year battle with skin cancer, and was resigned to his fate. He even wrote his own obituary.
March 30, 2014 – Kate O’Mara, 74, actress, has died. She was a British actress, who crossed over the pond, to act in the US TV series, Dynasty.
Sunday, April 6, 2014 – Actor and comedian Mickey Rooney has died.
April 6 2014 – John Pinette 50, an actor most famous for his role in Seinfeld, is dead.
April 7 1013 – Peaches Geldof, 25, has died.
Eric Hill, 32, died in an accident while paragliding. Hill was a contestant in The Bachelerette, starring Andi Dorfman. This season of the show is expected to air later in 2014. Hill scored the first individual date with Dorfman, but he was not the winner of the contest.
April 23 2014 –
Mark Shand, 62, has died. He was Prince Charles’ brother-in-law, being the younger brother of Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall. Shand suffered a fatal injury after a fall and never recovered.
April 10, 2014
Sue Townsend, a famous author, has died.
Celebrity country music singer, Kevin Sharp, 43, is dead
Tito Vilanova, 45, a former coach in Barcelona, has died. Vilanova suffered from throat cancer and had surgery, but lost the fight.
Sat., April 26, 2014 – Rashad Harden, 35, also known as DJ Rashad, is dead. He was found unresponsive and later declared dead, from suspected drug overdose.
Same day death on April 27 2014 – DJ EZ Rock has died at 46 years old. Rodney Bryce was a rapper from Harlem.
Isabelle Fiske Calhoun, 94, has died. She and her husband, Irving Fiske, founded one of the earliest Vermont hippie communes.
Bob Hoskins, 71, actor, is dead.
April 30, 2014 death – Howards Smith, 77, writer on a NY paper called Village Voice, died at 77.
Efrem Zimbalist, 95, is dead. He was a popular actor in the 1960s and 70s, as his TV shows The FBI and 77 Sunset Strip were widely seen.
Elena Baltacha, 30, has died of liver cancer. The former tennis player from Scotland had a liver medical condition since she was 19.
H R Giger, 74, sculptor and set designer, is dead. He was best known for his alien creations.
Malik Bendjelloul, 36, has died. He was a Swedish actor and director, best known for his film, Searching for Sugar Man. Bendjelloul was found dead in Stockholm, on May 13, 2014. His cause of death was suicide. His brother told the press that Malik suffered from depression before he ended his life.
Louise Wilson, 52, is dead. She was the professor head of Central Saint Martins college. She directed the MA Fashion course curriculum. Ms Wilson was teaching at Saint Martins since 1992.
Gordon Willis, 82, a famous cinematographer, has died.
May 19 2014 – Santa Kimes, aka Sandra Louise Walker, 79, died in prison, on Mon., May 19, 2014.
Matthew Cowles, 69, an actor, has died. He was best known for playing Billy Clyde Tuggle in the TV soap, All My Children. Cowles leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Christine
May 23 2014 death – Elliot Rodger, son of Peter Rodger, is dead. Elliot, 22, whose father is the assistant director in The Hunger Games movies, died from allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound. He suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and showed obsessive behaviors which led to a series of tragic events. Elliot Rodger killed six people and engaged police in gunfire, before being wounded. Rodger turned his gun on himself in a suicide, inside his sleek BMW, on a street in Santa Barbara.
May 25 2014 – Bunny Yeager has died. She was a model who changed career, into a photographer. Yeager helped many aspiring models jump start their careers.
May 26 2014 – Manuel Uribe has died. He was the heaviest man alive in 2006 as he held the Guiness Book of World Records that year. Uribe died at 48, in Monterrey, in Nuevo Leon state.
Malcolm Glazer is dead. He was the owner of the British football team, Manchester United. Glazer died at the age of 86.
Wed., May 28 2014 – Maya Angelou, 86, has died. Ms Angelou was a poet and writer.
Tovar Rascon, 33, a singer, was fatally shot in a restaurant in Mexico City, on May 29, 2014. Rascon, a resident in Phoenix, was famous for his love songs. He was having a meal in the eatery, when two assassins entered and fired at him, at close range. Rascon died almost instantly and could not make it to hospital.
Lewis Kratiz, the new owner of the newspaper the Philadelphia Enquirer, died on Sat., May 31, 2014. His plane failed top take off from the runway in Hanscom Field, Massachusetts. Six others in the plane have also died.
Ann B Davis, actress, has died. Davis was popular back in the day as the housekeeper, in the TV show, The Brady Bunch. Davis passes away at 88 years old.
Huan Huan, a singer, actress and host, has died. Huan Huan was found dead on June 1 2014. Apparently, she committed suicide, as a cryptic note was discovered in her room. There were some burned coals. Huan could have been intoxicated with carbon monoxide fumes from the burning coals.
June 3 2014 death – Karl Harris, 34, is dead. He was a Superbike rider and Supersport champion. He was killed when he crashed during the second lap in a Superstock race.
Don Zimmer, 83, died. He was a famous baseball player. Zimmer was suffering from heart problems and had surgery to repair his leaky heart valve. He died on Wed. night, June 4, 2014.
June 10 2014 – Rik Mayall, 56, an actor in the British comedy Blackadders, has died. Mayall passed away after suffering a heart attack.
June 15 2014 – Radio DJ Casey Kasem, 82,is dead. Mr Kasem passed away on father’s Day 2014, after a long battle with dementia. His three children were estranged from his wife, Jean Kasem and his daughter went to court to fight for custody of Mr Kasem.
Gerry Goffin, 75, is dead. Mr Goffin was one half of the famous songwriting duo with Carole King. Goffin was once married to Carole King but they divorced after some years. Goffin is survived by his second wife, Michelle Goffin.
Stephanie Kwolek, 90, an inventor, is dead. She was a chemist who created tough fibers used in body armor for police, army and other law enforcement personnel. Her invention in 1965 has been used in bullet proof vests, casings for equipment and sports goods.
Eli Wallach, 98, has died. He was an actor. He is survived by his wife Anne Jackson, and their three children.
Bobby Womack, 70, is dead. He was a soul singer and composer. Womack died on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Meshach Taylor, 67, has died. He was an American actor in TV shows like Dave’s World and Designing Women. Mr. Taylor suffered from cancer and he died on Sat., June 28, 2014. He left behind his wife, Bianca Ferguson, his children, Tamar, Esme, Yasmine and Tariq. Taylor is also survived by four grandchildren.
Matt Bendik, 35, is dead. He was the boyfriend of Becca Tobin, an actress in Glee. Bendik was the owner of a nightclub and a promoter. He was found dead in his hotel room in Philadelphia. Bendik started running clubs when he was just 15 years old. After he made his first $100,000, he continued his success with bigger clubs.
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