June 3, 2009
David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV
series “Kung Fu” whose career roared
back to life when he played the assassin-
turned-victim in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill
Bill,” was found dead Thursday in Thailand.
Police said he appeared to have hanged
The officer responsible for investigating
the death, Teerapop Luanseng, said the
72-year-old actor was staying at a suite at
the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.
“I can confirm that we found his body,
naked, hanging in the closet,” Teerapop
said. He said police suspected suicide.
Although he appeared in over 100 feature
films he was best known for his role as
Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin priest
traveling the 1800s American frontier West
in the TV series “Kung Fu,” which aired in
June 4, 2009
Born in Boston, he served in the British
Royal Air Force and the U.S. Army Air
Corps during WWII, where he was
awarded five medals.
Edward "Ward" Costello, who had
recurring roles on TV series including
"The Streets of San Francisco" and
"General Hospital," died June 4 in
Redlands, Calif. due to complications from
a stroke. He was 89. Costello worked on
the stage, on film and in numerous TV
shows from the 1940s through the late
His first major role was starring in August
Strindberg's long-running "The Father"
Off Broadway. In the 1950s, Costello
began working in live television while
continuing to work on the stage in New
He starred in soap operas including
"Secret Storm" and "The Edge of Night."
Other TV appearances included He also
"Barnaby Jones," "Little House on the
Prairie," "Star "Trek: The Next
Generation," "Roe vs. Wade" and
June 23, 2009
Television host Ed McMahon, best
known as Johnny Carson's sidekick on
the 'Tonight Show,' has died at age
86, his publicist said Tuesday.
Though he later hosted a variety of
shows - including "Star Search" and
"TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" -
McMahon's biggest fame came
alongside Carson on "The Tonight
Show," which Carson hosted from
1962 to 1992. The two met not long
after Carson began hosting the game
show "Who Do You Trust?" in 1957.
McMahon's "Heeeeeeerre's Johnny!"
became a part of the vernacular.
McMahon died just past midnight at
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
June 25, 2009
Farrah Fawcett, the “Charlie’s
Angels” star whose feathered blond
hair and dazzling smile made her one
of the biggest sex symbols of the
1970s, died Thursday after battling
cancer. She was 62.
The pop icon, who in the 1980s set
aside the fantasy girl image to tackle
serious roles, died shortly before
9:30 AM in a Santa Monica hospital,
spokesman Paul Bloch said.
Ryan O’Neal, the longtime
companion who had reunited with
Fawcett as she fought anal cancer,
was at her side, along with close
friend Alana Stewart.
June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson, the sensationally
gifted child star who rose to become
the “King of Pop” and the biggest
celebrity in the world only to fall from
his throne in a freakish series of
scandals, died Thursday. He was 50.
Jackson’s death brought a tragic end
to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical
decline from his peak in the 1980s,
when he was popular music’s premier
all-around performer, a uniter of
black and white music who shattered
the race barrier on MTV, dominated
the charts and dazzled even more on
The circumstances of Jackson’s death
were not immediately clear. Jackson
was not breathing when Los Angeles
Fire Department paramedics
responded to a call at his Los
Angeles home about 12:30 p.m.,
Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los
Angeles Times. The paramedics
performed CPR and took him to the
June 28, 2009
Billy Mays, the burly, bearded
television pitchman known for his
boisterous hawking of products such
as Orange Glo and OxiClean, has
died. He was 50.
Tampa police said Mays was found
unresponsive by his wife Sunday
morning. A fire rescue crew
pronounced him dead at 7:45 a.m.
His ubiquitousness and thumbs-up,
in-your-face pitches won Mays plenty
of fans. People line up at his personal
appearances for autographed color
glossies, and strangers stop him in
airports to chat about the products.
June 30, 2009
Harve Presnell, whose booming
baritone graced such Broadway
musicals as “The Unsinkable Molly
Brown” and “Annie,” has died at
the age of 75.
Presnell’s agent Gregg Klein says the
actor died Tuesday of pancreatic
cancer at St. John’s Health Center in
Santa Monica, Calif.
Presnell's movie career spanned six
decades with some of his more recent
films including "The Legend of Bagger
Vance", "The Family Man", "Mr Deeds",
"Legally Blonde", "Old School" and