(February 1, 1970 – June 2, 2021)
At the age of 51, Eric Mobley, one of just eight Pitt basketball players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, passed away. The cause of death for Eric Mobley is still unknown. The University of Pittsburgh basketball team confirmed his death on Twitter.
Mobley was born in the Bronx, New York City, and played under Frank Conroy at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York. During his senior year at Salesian, the 6'11", 235-pound center averaged 20.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game while leading the team to a 24-3 record to a New York state championship.
From 1991-92 to 1993-94, Eric Mobley was a three-year starter at Pitt, starting a total of 50 games in his last two seasons. As a result, the Basketball Times ranked him as the No. 3 centers in the country, and he received scholarship offers from schools all around the country. But in the end, he went with Pitt.
The sought recruit graduated from Salesian in 1989, but owing to Proposition 48, he was forced to sit out his freshman year at Pitt. In the meanwhile, Mobley moved to Cumberland, Maryland, to attend Allegany Community College (a two-year public community college), where he would play for Bob Kirk, one of the best college basketball coaches of all time. Mobley was a key member of a nationally rated squad in the Old Line State. “Potentially the finest squad we've ever had,” Bob Kirk told Karl Hente of the Washington Post, and Mobley was a key player, posting an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double at one point. But, more crucially, he was able to resolve his academic problems, allowing him to go to Pitt. Mobley was a three-year member of the Pitt Panthers under head coach Paul Evans from 1991 to 1994. As a junior in 1992, the 6'11", 235-pound center became a regular starter and had a breakout season, averaging 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Mobley confirmed his credentials as a draft pick by averaging 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game as a senior. Evans would be named All-Big East for his efforts, but Pitt would finish below.500 for the second time in Evans' tenure, and Evans would be fired by Pitt, ending his collegiate coaching career.
Mobley is second in school history in career blocks(184), trailing only Charles Smith. He also ranks sixth in career field goal percentage (.557). Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Panthers, he spent one season at Allegany College of Maryland, which was originally known as Allegany Community College (or ACC).
Mobley joined the professional ranks after three years in Pittsburgh. In the 1994 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the 18th overall choice, making him one of only eight Pitt products to get a first-round selection. He'd join No. 1 overall pick Glenn Robinson on a Milwaukee squad that finished 34-48.
Mobley made 26 starts and appeared in 46 games for the Bucks, but his 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game earned him a trade to the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995. Only eight Pitt basketball players were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, and Mr. Mobley was one of them. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the American Basketball Association.
The Milwaukee Bucks picked Mobley with the 18th overall choice in the 1994 NBA draft. He is the third-highest selection among Pitt players in the last 30 years and one of just eight first-round draft choices in school history.
In trade for Benoit Benjamin, Mobley was traded to Canada along with Eric Murdock, and he was a member of the first Grizzlies club. However, he was dismissed by the organization in 1997, therefore ending his NBA career. Throughout three seasons in the league, he averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Mobley returned to Pittsburgh in 2006, signing with the American Basketball Association's Pittsburgh Xplosion. The center only stayed with the squad for a short time. He did, however, assist the Xplosion to an 18-11 record, the greatest in the team's history.
In 2007, Mobley was one of many Pitt alums to sign with the club, including John DeGroat, Antonio Graves, and Carl Krauser. After his time in the ABA, Mobley retired to a peaceful life. He is known as one of Pitt's top shot-blockers of all time, with 184 career blocks to his credit.
"One of the great players in our program's history," said Pitt head coach Jeff Capel. On June 2, 2021, Mobley died away. Many people have expressed their condolences to his family and friends on social media, mostly through Facebook.
Isaiah and Evan Mobley, his two children, are both young basketball players. When two brothers played for the Trojans, Eric was an assistant coach at USC.
Cause of death: unknown.
(June 10, 1933 – June 3, 2021)
F. Lee Bailey, who represented football star O.J. Simpson, heiress Patty Hearst, and the "Boston Strangler" suspect before being disbarred, died at the age of 87 in a Georgia hospice, according to the attorney and former associate Peter Horstmann and Jennifer Sisson, a manager at Bailey's consulting firm.
Bailey was a member of the so-called "dream team" of local and national lawyers that defended Simpson in his 1995 murder trial, including civil rights attorney Johnnie Cochran, defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, and DNA specialist Barry Scheck. Simpson was found not guilty of the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife, and waiter Ronald Goldman.
Simpson, who was acquitted of murder charges in the "Trial of the Century" in Los Angeles in 1995, paid homage to Bailey on social media with a filmed tribute, calling him "one of the great attorneys of our time."
Francis Lee Bailey Jr. was born on June 10, 1933, in Waltham, Massachusetts. After two years at Harvard, he dropped out and pursued his two lifelong passions: law and aircraft. Bailey began his military career in the Navy before joining the Marine Corps and becoming a fighter pilot. Following his military duty, he attended Boston University Law School while also establishing an investigation firm.
He returned to Harvard for a brief while before being accepted into the Boston University School of Law in 1957 where his military experience was recognized in lieu of the requirement that students complete at least three years of college academic courses. He had the greatest grade point average in the history of Boston University when he was a student there.
In 1960, he received his LL.B. and was the top in his class.
Bailey's first major hit was with Sheppard's appeal in Ohio in 1966. He appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which reversed the conviction because Sheppard's jury was improperly sequestered. At the retrial, Bailey was successful in getting the doctor acquitted. The case was used as a basis for a successful television show, and film "The Fugitive."
Bailey won a retrial after successfully arguing before the United States Supreme Court that Sheppard had been deprived of due process. Following that, a not guilty verdict was issued. Bailey's reputation as a talented defense attorney was cemented in this case, which was the first of many high-profile trials.
With legal successes like an acquittal for a role in the Vietnam War's My Lai massacre and a successful appeal for Sam Sheppard, a Cleveland doctor accused of killing his wife, Bailey became one of the country's most recognized attorneys.
However, in his later years, he was living above a hair shop in Yarmouth, Maine, having been barred from practicing law and having lost his money.
Bailey, a former Marine Corps pilot, earned a reputation as a bright, quick-thinking cross-examiner with a strong recall, a penchant for theatrics, a thorough understanding of polygraph testing, and a hate-to-lose attitude.
When he took on the cause of aggrieved relatives of passengers on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, which was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1983, Bailey's reputation was shattered. Despite his public declarations attesting to his dedication to the case, his legal company worked on it for a considerably shorter period than the two other legal companies involved.
He irritated other clients by flying to Libya to discuss defending two individuals accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, despite having taken on the cause of the victims' family in that atrocity.
The mission to Tripoli was a blatant conflict of interest for the latter; Bailey maintained that he wanted to support the Libyans, despite a letter he wrote to the US government implying otherwise.
Bailey's dictatorial temperament, ruthless approach, and penchant for notoriety won him adversaries among judges and other attorneys. Just before they started what proved to be a successful defense in Simpson's dramatic double-murder trial in 1994, he had a significant public spat with longtime friend and co-counsel Robert Shapiro.
Bailey was convicted of contempt of court in 1996 and sentenced to 44 days in prison for neglecting to turn up stock and $700,000 handed to him by a Florida marijuana dealer. The stock and money, according to prosecutors, should have been forfeited. They were his payment from the narcotics supplier, according to Bailey.
Although the matter was settled, Florida prohibited Bailey from practicing law in 2001, citing "several charges of serious misconduct, including providing false testimony." He was also barred in Massachusetts.
Bailey also lost a significant battle in the protection of Hearst, the daughter of media tycoon Randolph Hearst, who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army extremist organization during her college years in 1974.
Bailey began Hearst's defense by stating it was "not a tough case" and attempting to persuade jurors that she had been indoctrinated by her kidnappers and compelled into carrying a pistol during a bank heist two months later in San Francisco.
In 1976, Hearst was found guilty of bank robbery and sentenced to two years in jail, accusing Bailey of bungling the trial. Bailey had put up a terrible defense, was exhausted and shivering during the trial, and had a conflict of interest since he planned to write a book about her case, she said in her appeal.
In a stormy trial, Bailey was part of the legal "Dream Team" that exonerated Simpson in the deadly stabbings of his ex wife and her friend. Shapiro accused Bailey of undermining him by spreading bad reports in the press and stated that he would only engage with Bailey about the trial.
In the Simpson trial, Bailey's most dramatic moment occurred when he interrogated Los Angeles police officer Mark Fuhrman, implying that he was a bigot who had placed a bloody glove to accuse Simpson. Neither claim was proven in court, but they both helped to undermine Fuhrman's reputation.
Bailey was later implicated in the Boston Strangler case, which involved the murders of 13 single women, the most of whom had been sexually abused, between 1962 and 1964. Albert DiSalvo, who was being detained on a different rape accusation, was privy to information about the slayings that had not been made public.
Bailey planned to utilize his confession as part of his insanity defense in the rape case against DiSalvo.
The court, however, refused to admit the confession, and DiSalvo was found guilty of rape. Bailey was later implicated in the Boston Strangler case, which involved the murders of 13 single women, the most of whom had been sexually abused, between 1962 and 1964. He was stabbed to death in jail before he could be convicted for the slayings of the Boston Strangler, although he was a strong suspect.
Bailey was successful in defending physician Carl Coppolino in the 1963 murder of his mistress's husband in New Jersey, but he was unsuccessful a few years later when Coppolino murdered his wife in Florida.
He also secured acquittals for Army Captain Ernest Medina, who was accused of directing the slaughter of civilians in My Lai, Vietnam, and two suspects in the $1.5 million Great Plymouth Mail Robbery in Massachusetts in 1962.
Bailey's domineering personality, ruthless approach, and penchant for publicity won him adversaries among judges and other attorneys. Just before they started what proved to be a successful defense in Simpson's dramatic double-murder trial in 1994, he had a significant public spat with longtime friend and co-counsel Robert Shapiro.
Bailey was convicted of contempt of court in 1996 and sentenced to 44 days in prison for neglecting to turn up stock and $700,000 handed to him by a Florida marijuana dealer. The stock and money, according to prosecutors, should have been forfeited. They were his payment from the narcotics supplier, according to Bailey.
Although the matter was settled, Florida prohibited Bailey from practicing law in 2001, citing "several charges of serious misconduct, including providing false testimony." He was also barred in Massachusetts. Bailey lost another battle in the protection of Hearst, the daughter of media tycoon Randolph Hearst, who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army during her college years in 1974.
After The Florida Bar filed a complaint stating that he mismanaged $6 million in stock owned by a former client, convicted drug dealer Claude Duboc, Bailey was disbarred by the state of Florida in 2001.
In its judgement, the court stated that "Bailey is guilty of the most serious and basic trust account crimes." Bailey was also sentenced to six months in federal prison for contempt of court related to Duboc's stock. Bailey attempted to continue his legal practice in Maine in 2013, but the state's Supreme Court denied him, so he set up a legal consulting firm there instead.
Bailey hosted the short-lived television show 'Good Company' in 1967, in which he interviewed celebrities in their homes in a style similar to Edward R. Murrow's Person to Person. He returned to tv hosting in late 1983, when he was selected the host of the tv series broadcast 'Lie Detector'. Bailey interrogated guests before submitting them to a polygraph test.
In June 2016, F. Lee Bailey declared bankruptcy due to a $5 million federal tax debt.
In the 2016 tv series ''The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story', American actor and writer Nathan Lane played him.
Bailey is prominently featured in Ezra Edelman's 2016 documentary 'O.J.: Made in America,' including interviews and archive material from the Simpson murder trial, notably his cross-examination of Mark Fuhrman. In his interview, he maintains that Fuhrman placed the incriminating glove on Simpson's property on purpose in an attempt to frame him, even though other interviewees have shown forensic evidence that proves Bailey's assertions are false.
Bailey was married four times in her life (to Florence Gott, Froma Portley, Lynda Hart, and Patricia Shiers). From his first marriage, he had two boys, and from his second marriage, he had another son.
Cause of death: unknown.
(October 16, 1975 – June 5, 2021)
Galen Young (born Leslie Galen Young), a former American basketball player and coach who was a standout for the Charlotte 49ers basketball team in the late 1990s, died at the age of 45 after an accident at his mother's home on Horn Lake Road in Memphis.
Young was murdered after a car crashed into her mother's home on Horn Lake Road in Memphis, according to the report. Galen was inside the residence at the time of the occurrence. His mother was not injured. Galen was working on a computer in a front room, according to Marlon Thomas, a friend and former colleague of Young's. The automobile then crashed into the home and murdered him as he sat there.
Young and Thomas had been friends since they were 11 years old, growing up in Memphis together. An inquiry into the incident is ongoing. According to Memphis police, the driver of the car was issued a citation.
Young, a Memphis native, was a member of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers for two years and was named First Team All-Conference USA in 1999. The Bucks drafted him 48th overall, but he did not make the squad. Young had a journeyman pro basketball career that took him to Japan, Venezuela, Spain, Australia, the Philippines, and New Zealand, while not making it to the NBA.
Before joining the PBA, Young earned the Conference USA MVP award in 1999, one of the NCAA Division I leagues. He also won the C-USA championship with the Charlotte 49ers. He was also named first-team all-Conference USA that season, averaging 14.7 points and 7.2 rebounds for a Charlotte team that won 23 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament's second stage.
Young was a second-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1999. (No. 48 overall). Young played internationally for several years despite never making an NBA squad. He was noted for his agility and excellent defense in both college and the pros.
Young followed point guard Ed Cota as the 49ers faced UNC. Young (with some aid from Thomas) flummoxed future NBA great Lamar Odom, which helped the 49ers win Rhode Island in the NCAA tournament in 1999.
Young led the Aces to a second-place finish in the elimination phase of the 2004 Fiesta Conference before their season ended in the quarterfinals. Young spent the 2004–05 season playing professional basketball with the 'Viola Reggio Calabria' in Italy. He divided the 2005–06 season between Unelco Tenerife in Spain and JuveCaserta Basket (also known as Dec Caserta) in Italy. Young was named CBA Player of the Year after helping the Yakima Sun Kings Washington win the Continental Basketball Association title in 2006–07.
Young played for the San Miguel Beermen, a professional basketball club in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), after the Continental Basketball Association season. He led the team from a 1–6 start in the elimination phase to sixth place in the finish. After losing in the semifinals against eventual winner Alaska, San Miguel finished fourth.
Young went to Australia for the 2007–08 season to play for the Townsville Crocodiles, an Australian professional men's basketball club based in Townsville, North Queensland. Young had 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
In 2008–09, he played with the East Kentucky Miners of Pikeville, Kentucky, in the Continental Basketball Association for the seventh time. He later returned to the Philippines for a brief spell with the Alaska Aces.
Galen returned to Australia in late 2009, signing an injury replacement contract with the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League (NBL). In 16 games, Galen averaged 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, helping the Wildcats capture the National Basketball League championship (NBL).
He played 11 games with the BC Titans of the International Basketball League in Langley, British Columbia in 2010.
Galen Young was the player-coach of the Black, Silver, and White 'East Kentucky Energy' in the American Basketball Association for the 2010–11 season (ABA).
Galen was appointed one of the American Basketball Association's East All-Star Team Coaches for the 2011 ABA All-Star game after leading them to the Final Four.
Galen came to New Zealand in early 2011 to play in the NBL with the Hawke's Bay Hawks (a New Zealand basketball team headquartered in Napier). Galen helped the Hawks to the 2011 season final when they were defeated by the Wellington Saints (the Cigna Saints).
Young returned to the PBA with the Beermen, leading the team from a 1-6 start to a sixth-place finish at the end of the elimination round. After losing in the semifinals against eventual winner Alaska, San Miguel finished fourth.
Young had started a college basketball coaching career a few years ago, thanks to a referral from Lutz. He was named as a new assistant coach at Rockhurst University, a Division II institution in Kansas City, in September 2020. According to a Rockhurst press release from September, he had previously worked as an assistant coach for Lane College in Tennessee for several seasons.
Young was set to begin a new coaching position as a high school coach at Jackson Prep in Jackson, Mississippi.
According to the Rockhurst news statement announcing his appointment, Young played in eight different nations before retiring from competitive play in 2012 after the birth of his twin kids, Ellis and Grayson. After that, he returned to Charlotte to get his criminal justice degree.
Cause of death: vehicular accident.
(26 August 1944 – 5 June 2021)
Philippe Courtot, a French-American serial entrepreneur and business leader, died at the age of 76. He was the chairman and CEO of Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a cloud security company situated in Foster City, California. The cause of Courtot's death has yet to be revealed. Philippe Courtot, a serial entrepreneur, has resigned as CEO of Qualys for health concerns after managing the cloud security firm for two decades. Courtot was named one of the Most Powerful People in Technology at Every Age by Business Insider in 2014.
With almost 20,000 active customers in more than one hundred and thirty countries, including a majority of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100, Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) is a pioneer and leading supplier of revolutionary cloud-based security and compliance solutions.
For more agility, better business outcomes, and significant cost savings, 'Qualys' enables enterprises to simplify and consolidate their security and compliance solutions into a single platform and integrate security into digital transformation programs.
Philippe has guided Qualys on a remarkable journey to become a prominent provider of cloud-based data security and compliance solutions.
Philippe became CEO of Qualys in March 2001 after investing in the firm when it was created in 1999. Philippe came to the organization with an original vision: to build a cloud delivery platform that would allow for the study of any network at the World level.
He then sets out to make it. He oversaw efforts to go public in 2012 as a subscription cloud service that enabled enterprises to detect security issues and protect themselves from cyber threats as the firm continued to develop and client usage rose. Under his direction, the firm has evolved into a well-run, lucrative organization with tens of thousands of employees around the world.
Philippe came to the firm with a concept that was distinctive from the start: to establish a cloud delivery platform that would allow for worldwide network scanning. Then he went about making it. He oversaw the push to take the firm public in 2012 as a subscription-based cloud service that enabled enterprises to find potential customers as the firm continued to develop and client usage rose.
Under his leadership, the company grew into a well-run, profitable enterprise valued by the investors and providing careers for thousands of people around the globe.
Philippe Courtot was born in 1944 in France, toward the end of the German occupation of France during WWII. His mother, a Spanish instructor, was an immigrant from Spain, and his father was a lawyer. He grew up in a Catholic family and attended Jesuit schools. He started his career selling minicomputers. Before moving to the United States in late 1981, Courtot received a master's degree in Physics from the University of Paris.
He moved to the United States in 1981 and became the CEO of Thomson GCR Medical in 1986, where he was honored with the Benjamin Franklin Award for Creating a National Advertising Campaign Promoting Mammography Awareness and Vital Benefits.
Philippe developed 'cc: Mail' in 1988 and turned it into the leading email platform provider, with a 40% market share before selling it to Lotus in 1991. Philippe joined corporate knowledge extraction provider Verity as president and CEO in 1993, guiding the business through an initial public offering in 1995 before stepping down two years later and joining 'Signio'.
He oversaw Signio's purchase by VeriSign. Microsoft made a $12 million offer to purchase 'cc:Mail'. Courtot declined the offer and sold the firm to Lotus Software, a Massachusetts-based American software business, for $55 million in 1991.
Philippe also pushed to broaden and strengthen the security industry's role, helping to form the Cloud Security Alliance in 2008, as well as the Trustworthy Internet Movement and the CSO Interchange. He was also a member of the Internet Society's board of directors.
In October 2012, he took Qualys public, generating $90.9 million in a Nasdaq IPO that valued the business at $360.6 million. Qualys is now valued at $4.18 billion, with annual revenues of more than $360 million and a workforce of more than 1,500 people.
In 2019, the Cloud Security Alliance presented him with the Decade of Vision Leadership Award, and in 2020, the International Systems and Security Association (ISSA) Education Foundation presented him with the Benefactor Award for his contributions to cybersecurity and cybersecurity education.
He also served on the board of directors of 'The Internet Society.' In 2019, the Cloud Security Alliance presented him with the Decade of Vision Leadership Award, and in 2020, the International Systems and Security Association (ISSA) Education Foundation presented him with the Benefactor Award for his contributions to cybersecurity and cybersecurity education.
Philippe's death has saddened the board of directors and the corporation. Philippe was a visionary leader with a strong interest in business and cybersecurity who genuinely cared about Qualys and its employees. "We look forward to continuing to expand the firm on the foundation of his vision as a way of paying honor to him."
Cause of death: unknown.
(1 March 1993 – 6 June 2021)
Italian singer-songwriter and the former competitor of Italian X-Factor and Amici, Michele Merlo has died of a cerebral hemorrhage in the intensive care ward of the Maggiore Hospital in Bologna, his family announced. In June 2021 Merlo suffered a cerebral hemorrhage caused by fulminant leukemia.
He was kept in a medically induced coma, but his chances of waking up were poor to none. His position was considered to be hopeless following the difficult procedure.
The musician was released home from the hospital in Vergato, on the Bolognese Apennines, where the symptoms he had been experiencing for a few days were characterized "as a small viral form," according to his family.
"My son was turned away from the emergency department the day before the procedure," Michele's father is enraged and desperate. He complained of symptoms that a wise doctor would have recognized. He'd had a horrible migraine for days, as well as neck discomfort and plaques in his throat, all of which were symptoms of leukemia. If they had gone to see him, they would have noticed that he was bruised.
We don't have a medical report, but I do have a barcode wristband at home. They informed me I was filling the emergency room with two plaques in my throat, according to audio my son recorded to his girlfriend in which he claims I'm upset. Instead, he was exhausted. Michele possessed two such limbs.
He participated in sports, did not drink, and never took drugs; he enjoyed the finer things in life, such as good food and pleasant company; and he traveled extensively throughout Italy." A case that the ASL is attempting to resolve through an internal investigation. Merlo was born in the province of Vicenza, in the town of Rosà (near Bassano del Grappa). Mike Bird, a singer who performs by the stage name Mike Bird, was a semifinalist in the 2017 edition of the talent show 'A Star Is Born.' 'Amici di Maria De Filippi'
The song 'Everything for me,' which has received over four million streams on Spotify, is one of his most well-known successes. The artist, who had over 250 thousand followers on social media, was also a writer, having penned the novel "Stupid Hearts," which was published by Sperling & Kupfer and distributed in bookshops in the fall of last year.
In 2017, he published his first album, "Cinemaboy," on an indie label, followed by the songs "Tutto per me," "Mare," "Non mi misschi più," "Kites," and "Tivù." In 2020, he published his second album, Cuori stupidi, in Italian. Among the songs on the album is "I'd like to protect you from the world," which Michele Merlo had unsuccessfully presented during the selection for the Sanremo 2020 Festival in the Youth category.
Cause of death: complications from cerebral hemorrhage.
(August 31, 1949 – June 7, 2021)
Former American football player and a longtime NFL offensive coach Jim Fassel (born James Edward Fassel) has died from a heart attack at the age of 71, the Giants and Fassel's son John, current coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys Special Teams announced.
Fassel, who lived just outside of Las Vegas, was transported to the hospital with chest symptoms on Monday and died of a heart attack while sedated. During his stint with the Giants, Fassel guided the club to three postseason appearances, including a Super Bowl participation in 2001, when New York was defeated by the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.
For nearly 30 years, Jim Fassel has coached at the collegiate and professional levels. He worked as an assistant coach for several NFL teams for a long period, but he is most known for his six years as head coach of the New York Giants, from 1997 to 2003, during which time he earned the award in his first year. In 2001, he was named Coach of the Year and led his team to the Super Bowl, but they were defeated 34-7 by the Baltimore Ravens after finishing the regular season 12-4 and winning the NFC East.
Aside from having a brief career as a quarterback in the NFL, CFL, and WFL in the early 1970s, he also coached at the collegiate level in Utah from 1985 to 1989 and was General Manager and President of the United Football League's Las Vegas Locomotives, a league that lasted only a few years and no longer exists today.
Fassel was a quarterback for Fullerton College, USC, and Long Beach State after graduating from Anaheim High School. In the 1972 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected him in the seventh round. He briefly played for the WFL's Hawaiians, a professional football team located in Honolulu, before becoming an assistant coach in early 1974.
After the 1974 season, he departed the WFL but returned temporarily when the Hawaiians needed a quarterback late in the 1975 season. He was a member of the Hawaiians in the WFL's final game, throwing the league's final pass three days before the league disbanded on October 22, 1975.
From 2009 until 2012, Fassel served as the head coach of the United Football League's Las Vegas Locomotives.
Fassell concluded his NFL coaching career with a 60-56-1 (.517) record. Fassel is one of just three Giants coaches who have led the team to the Super Bowl.
Fassel won NFL Coach of the Year in 1997 after leading the team to a 10-5-1 record and an NFC East Championship in his first season as head coach in New York.
Following his firing as the Ravens' offensive coordinator, Fassel went into broadcasting, joining Westwood One radio (The NFL on Westwood One Sports) as an expert analyst for Sunday NFL games. Fassel continued with the network for two seasons, working as a sportscaster and voice-over narration for NFL Films' Harold Norbert Kalas in 2007 and Sunday Night Football with play-by-play commentator Dave Sims.
He also worked the 2007 and 2008 NFC Championship Games with sportscaster and talk show host Bill Rosinski (2007) and Marv Albert - "the voice of basketball" - and was a member of Westwood One's postseason coverage during those two years, calling various games.
Fassel has been friends with Michael George Holmgren, a former American football coach, and executive since they were both quarterbacks at USC. Jim Fassel is survived by his wife and five children, whom he divorced in 2006 only to reunite and remarry.
Cause of death: heart attack.
(February 14, 1965 – June 11, 2021)
After a four-year battle with cancer, Lucinda Riley, a top-selling Irish author of popular historical fiction best known for the Seven Sisters series and a former actress (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet), died surrounded by his family.
Lucinda's 'The Seven Sisters' series, which is based on the mythology of the renowned star cluster and narrates the narrative of adopted sisters, has become a worldwide success. The series is now under development with a big TV production firm and is a worldwide No. 1 bestseller with cumulative sales of over fifteen million copies.
Her colleagues in the global publishing industry have paid tribute to her life and work throughout the last decade of her career. Riley has been a published novelist for about 30 years, and she has continued to write despite being afflicted with cancer. Lucinda and her family live at a farmhouse in West Cork, Ireland, where she writes her stories.
Lucinda Riley was born in the little Irish hamlet of Drumbeg. Riley lived in the area for the first few years of her life before moving to England. She came to London at the age of 14 to attend a specialized theater and dance school.
She began her career as an actress, landing her first major television role in the BBC adaptation of 'The Story of the Treasure Seekers,' followed by a memorable guest appearance in 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet,' before falling ill with a virus and writing her first book at the age of 23, which was later picked up by a literary agent. Her most recent novel, The Missing Sister (Macmillan), debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the Original Fiction chart in the first week of June 2021.
It was the fastest-selling fiction title in South Africa in the last five years. It was the greatest book launch in New Zealand since Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol was released in September 2009. It quickly rose to the top of the entire market in Australia. In all, 150,000 copies have been printed in all markets.
Riley has 85 number-one singles on the globe. Her works have received several nominations, including the Italian Bancarella award, the German Lovely Books award, and the Romantic Novel of the Year award. She won the Dutch Platinum medal in early 2020 for selling over three hundred thousand copies of a single novel in a single year.
The happiest moment of her life came in 2019, when 'The Butterfly Room,' her first novel after more than a quarter-century as a published author, topped the Sunday Times bestseller list for the first time. Her other projects include the Guardian Angels children's book series, which she co-wrote with her eldest son Harry Whittaker.
Grace and the Christmas Angel, the first episode, will be released by Macmillan Children's Books in October 2021 worldwide and the UK. Riley's other books have been translated into four additional independent novels to date. His books have been translated into almost forty languages and have sold millions of copies throughout the world.
Riley has sold 1.5 million copies in the UK for £9.1 million through Nielsen BookScan - The NPD Group. Her best-selling novel, The Olive Tree (2017), has sold slightly under 160,000 copies for a total of about £750,000.
Cause of death: cancer.
(August 13, 1935 – June 12, 2021)
The club reported that James Timothy "Mudcat" Grant, the first Black 20-game winner in American League history and a crucial player of the 1965 Twins World Series-winning team, died at the age of 85 in Los Angeles, California. Grant pitched for seven different clubs throughout his 16-year career, but Twins fans will remember him as "Mudcat."
Grant was a member of two All-Star teams throughout his career, and in 1965, he led Minnesota to a record-setting 21-win season. He was selected the American League Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News in 1965. In the same year, he presented The Jim Grant Show, a local Minneapolis variety television show where he sang and danced.
'Mudcat' joined the Minnesota Twins in a 1964 trade after spending parts of seven successful seasons with the Cleveland Indians (1958–1964) at the start of his career. The following season, he went 21-7 with a 3.30 ERA, 142 strikeouts, and 61 walks in 270 1/3 innings spanning forty-one games, including fourteen complete games and an AL-leading six shutouts.
Grant's final season as a full-time starter was in 1966. He pitched for five different big-league teams during the following five seasons, mostly as a reliever but also as a starter on occasion. In late 1967, the Twins sold him and Zoilo Versalles to the Dodgers in exchange for John Junior Roseboro, left-handed bullpen pitcher Ron Perranoski (Ronald Peter Perranoski), and Robert Lane "Bob" Miller.
Originally from Lacoochee, Florida, He moved on to Florida A&M University, where he was a two-sport athlete in baseball and football, but he was unable to graduate due to financial constraints. Grant was signed by the Cleveland Indians not long after he was forced to drop out of college, and he joined the club at the age of 18 in 1954, making his Major League debut in 1958, and leaving a legacy as vast as his great personality.
Mudcat remained a valued member of the Indians Alumni Ambassador Program to this day. Bob DiBiasio, Indians SVP/Public Affairs, expressed his sympathies to Grant's whole family, as well as his numerous colleagues and other organizations affected by his 60-plus years in the game.
Grant started three games in the 1965 World Series and won two of them (both full games) with a 2.74 ERA, despite the Twins losing in seven games to the Dodgers. In Game 6, with the Twins facing elimination, the right-hander pitched a full game and blasted a three-run homer in a 5-1 victory.
Grant's final Major League season was in 1971 when he concluded his 14-year career with a 145-119 record, 3.63 ERA, and 1,267 strikeouts. Grant also played for the A's, Cardinals, Dodgers, Expos, and Pirates in addition to Cleveland and Minnesota. Grant was also a talented blues guitarist who appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and collaborated with Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
Grant went on to devote the rest of his life to community action and was an outspoken supporter of Black baseball players. Grant also served as a broadcaster for the A's and as a TV commentator for Cleveland. He released "The Black Aces" in 2006, a book on each of the 13 African-American pitchers who had won 20 games in an MLB season up to that date.
While Grant had 145 big league victories throughout his playing career, he also influenced the field. Grant became a broadcaster and executive for the Cleveland Indians, as well as a broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics, after working as the North American Softball League's Publicity Director.
Grant also dedicated time to researching and publicizing the history of African-American baseball players. His performance paved the way for players like left-handed pitcher Vida Blue, Dwight Gooden (nicknamed "Dr. K" and "Doc"), David Price (drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft), and others.
On the 50th anniversary of his big league debut, Jim 'Mudcat' Grant threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Progressive Field in 2008. To mark the event, Grant was also given the key to the city.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(1976 – June 12, 2021)
According to his employer, Christopher Sign, a passionate Alabama TV journalist and former University of Alabama football player who broke the notorious Bill Clinton tarmac encounter with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, died Saturday. Christopher was discovered dead in his Scout Terrace house by Hoover police on Saturday morning.
After the ABC 33/40 newsman was found at his house at 8 a.m. on Saturday, local police chief Keith Czeskleba said the death was being examined as a suicide. A person was found unconscious at a home on Scout Trace, according to the Hoover 911 center. When police and firefighters arrived in Hoover, they discovered Sign, 45, had died.
His coworkers have expressed their sorrow on social media, as well as their surprise at the reason for his suicide. In June 2016, he published a book concerning a covert tarmac encounter between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton. In 2019, 'Secret on the Tarmac' was released.
After working for a TV station in Phoenix, the Dallas native returned to Alabama in 2017 to anchor the ABC station's nightly news broadcast.
While there, he broke the key 2016 presidential campaign story that former President Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in June 2016 at Sky Harbor Airport while Lynch was investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Sign, who was an offensive lineman for Alabama in the 1990s, authored a book called "Secret on the Tarmac" about the meeting. He was a full scholarship player. With the support of Stallings and Dubose, he graduated from the University of Alabama. In Montgomery, he worked as a reporter for the first time and had his first experience of politics.
He was a former football player at the University of Alabama. In addition to playing collegiate football at the University of Alabama under Coach Gene Stallings in the 1990s, he has earned several accolades for his journalism work throughout the years. For his coverage of the shootings of two Phoenix police officers, he won an Emmy Award for breaking news in 2014.
For his coverage of the search for the "Baseline Killer" and "Serial Shooter" in Phoenix, he won an Edward Murrow Award for spot news in early 2016. In late summer of 2016, Sign was the first to report about a tarmac encounter between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Hillary Clinton, Clinton's wife, was running for president at the time, and Lynch was in charge of the Justice Department investigation into Clinton's unlawful use of a private email server to perform official business. Sign shielded the source from whom he got the meeting tip and went on to write a book on the experience of obtaining the tip and reporting the story.
In a July 2016 interview, Lynch stated that she would not recuse herself from the Clinton email probe, but that she would follow the advice of the career agents and prosecutors who handled it. After receiving an ethical opinion from the Departmental Ethics Office stating that she was not obligated to recuse herself, she did so.
Both Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch insist the email inquiry was not brought up during their conversation, but Sign, who was a morning anchor at ABC15 in Phoenix at the time, said there was more to the tale and authored a book about it called Secret on the Tarmac. As part of an examination of the FBI's email investigation, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz looked into the tarmac meeting.
Clinton was in Phoenix for "several campaign activities, including a roundtable discussion with Latino leaders and a campaign fundraiser, and his jet was ready to depart," according to Horowitz when he crossed paths with Lynch, whose plane had just arrived, according to Horowitz.
Horowitz also reprimanded Lynch for making claims about her participation in the email investigation that "caused substantial public uncertainty," although investigators found no indication the email probe was discussed. Since breaking the story about the meeting in the run-up to the 2016 election, he and his family have received several death threats, he said in early 2020.
He was one of the most well-known and well-established news anchors, with a large reputation and acclaim for his outstanding work as a journalist. He was a quiet, kind man. Everyone is startled and grieved after learning of his death and is curious as to why he committed suicide. He was just 45 years old at the time, but he had already accomplished a great deal in his professional life.
Sign returned to Alabama from Phoenix, according to ABC 33/40, after turning down a position with a major network to be closer to his family. What most people don't realize is that Chris turned down a job offer from one of the major networks to work for ABC 33/40, and he did it because of his family.
Christopher and his wife, Laura, met at the University of Alabama and married, having three boys together.
Cause of death: apparent suicide.
(July 6, 1937 – June 13, 2021)
Actor Ned Beatty died of natural causes at the age of 83, surrounded by his family, according to his daughter Blossom Beatty. The Hollywood actor, who appeared in over 160 films, died in his Los Angeles home.
Ned Beatty has appeared in over 160 films and television shows over his nearly 50-year career. He was even nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in "Network."
Beatty grew up fishing and working on farms in Kentucky. Ned started singing in gospel and barbershop quartets and at his local church in St. Matthews, Kentucky, in 1947. He was awarded a scholarship at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, to sing in the a cappella choir, but he did not complete his studies.
At the age of 19, he made his theatrical debut in Wilderness Road, an outdoor historical pageant in Berea, Kentucky, in early 1956. He worked at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, and the State Theatre of Virginia during his first 10 years in the theater. He returned to Kentucky in the mid-1960s and worked at the Clarksville Little Theater (Indiana) and the newly created Actors Theater of Louisville.
Beatty's cinematic career began in 1972 with "Deliverance," in which he played one of four Georgia men who embark on a perilous canoe expedition opposite Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds. With his debut film performance, as the amiable vacationing hunter Bobby who is the victim of a vicious sexual assault, Beatty was fortunate enough to catch the attention of both the public and the critics.
Beatty had a tiny but noteworthy part as the chairman of the company that controls the network in "Network," for which he received an Oscar nomination, as well as the mystery series "Homicide," in which he appeared from 1993 to 1995.
According to Shelter Entertainment, after extended theatrical stints in Abingdon, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Broadway, film director John Boorman chose Beatty to portray Bobby Trippe, who has been sexually raped in the uncompromising thriller "Deliverance."
With Christopher Reeve in the principal role, Ned Beatty played Otis in "Superman" (1978) and "Superman II - Alone Against All" (1980). For his roles in "Friendly Fire" (1979) and "Last Train Home," Beatty was nominated for an Emmy (1990). Between 1989 through 1994, he played the father of John Goodman's character Dan Conner on the successful television series "Roseanne."
Another '80s highlight was Beatty's performance in "Hear My Song," in which he portrayed an Irish tenor on the run from the taxman for the majority of the film.
Ned Beatty also did a lot of good work on television, earning an Emmy nomination in 1979 for the timely tv "Friendly Fire," in which he and Carol Burnett played a couple who discover the terrible reality of the Vietnam War while grieving the murder of their son.
One of his most recent major roles was as US politician Clarence "Doc" Long in the 2007 film "Charlie Wilson's War," in which he co-starred with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. In a 2006 episode of "Law and Order," Beatty portrayed a senile judge who had become the puppet of his law clerk, and in a 2007 episode of "CSI," he portrayed a remarkably placid but scary dentist who is revealed as a serial murderer.
He continued to appear in a few projects in the following years, but he gradually faded from the public eye. Ned Beatty has eight children from three separate marriages after being married four times.Walta Chandler was Beatty's first wife, with whom he had four children: Douglas Beatty, twins Charles and Lennis Beatty, and Walter Beatty. They were married from 1959 to 1968 and had four children: Douglas, Charles, Lennis, and Walter. Beatty's second wife, actress Belinda Rowley, with whom he had 2 children, John and Blossom. Dorothy Adams "Tinker" Lindsay was Beatty's third wife; they were married from 1979 until 1998 and had two children: Thomas and Dorothy. Sandra Johnson was Beatty's fourth wife; they married in October 1999 and lived in California.
Although he did not sing for himself in the film "Hear My Song," he published a Christian music CD in 2006 called "In the Beginning Was the Word."
In the 1970s, Beatty starred in four films that were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture: "Deliverance" (1972), "Nashville" (1975), "All the President's Men" (1976), and "Network" (1976). In addition, he voiced a character named Lotso in the 2010 film "Toy Story 3," which was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Beatty was not related to Warren Beatty, another Hollywood celebrity who was born in 1937. Ned has been known to joke that Warren was his "illegitimate uncle" when questioned if they were related.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(May 25, 1931 – June 13, 2021)
John Gabriel, an American actor, singer-lyricist, and producer best known for playing the domineering Dr. Seneca Beaulac on the ABC serial opera Ryan's Hope for the first ten years, has died. He was 90 years old. Gabriel's death was reported by his daughter, actress Andrea Gabriel, on social media.
Gabriel was born in Niagara Falls, New York, on May 25, 1931, to immigrant parents. His father was born to Polish Jewish parents in then-Mandatory Palestine, now Israel. His mother was of Polish-Russian Jewish ancestry.
The veteran actor's stage and television career lasted 60 years, but from 1975 to 1985, and again in 1988 and 1989, he was best known as Dr. Beaulac. In 1980, he was nominated for an Emmy for the role. Gabriel, on the other hand, was already a footnote in pop culture history long before his soap career made him a household figure among daytime fans: In the unaired pilot of "Gilligan's Island," he portrayed "Professor."
In addition to roles on “The Untouchables,” “Days of Our Lives,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “General Hospital,” “Kate & Allie,” and many other legendary TV series, John Gabriel played WJM-TV sportscaster Andy Rivers on the renowned “Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1973 to 1975.
Gabriel's cinematic credits include the 1966 John Wayne movie "El Dorado," for which he also penned the theme song, conducted by Nelson Riddle. His Broadway credits include “The Happy Time,” a 1968 musical by Kander and Ebb, and “Applause,” which he co-starred in with Lauren Bacall in 1972.
In 2010, he had his last acknowledged job as a narrator in the blockbuster video game "Red Dead Redemption." Gabriel also made a name for himself as a talented vocalist, appearing on shows including television variety show "The Ed Sullivan Show," NBC "The Merv Griffin Show," daytime television talk show "The Mike Douglas Show," and "Regis and Kathie Lee." (or simply Live).
Gabriel went behind the scenes for CNBC in 1995, producing the late actor-turned-political analyst Charles Grodin's namesake talk program. Gabriel and his actress wife Sandy Gabriel, widely known for her role as Edna Thornton on All My Children, developed and produced a nightclub performance that he performed around the United States in 2004.
The entertainment, named Words And Music, was a celebration of great American music mixed with anecdotes from Gabriel's extensive show industry career. The production was recorded in Los Angeles in 2010.
John Gabriel is survived by his wife, actress Sandy Gabriel ('Your New Day,' Ryan's Hope,' All My Children,' ), his daughters Andrea and Melissa, and two grandchildren.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(July 9, 1955 – June 14, 2021)
According to her long-time manager, actress Lisa Banes died Monday after being injured in an apparent hit-and-run accident in New York City's Upper West Side more than a week ago. Banes had a severe brain injury and was unable to recover. She was 65 years old.
After a motorized bicycle or scooter jumped a red light and injured her near Lincoln Center on June 4, Lisa was in serious condition at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital.
Lisa Banes, a Los Angeles resident visiting the Big Apple for the first time since the pandemic began, was on her way to meet her wife, Kathryn Kranhold, for a dinner party when Lisa was mowed down by a red and black scooter on June 4, 2021 at West 64th and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, her family and local police police have said.
According to the New York City Police Department, police attended to an accident in that area and discovered a 65-year-old lady "with substantial head injuries" on the street. According to the authorities, accident victims are not identified. According to authorities, a scooter driving north on Amsterdam ran a red light and hit the woman on the street. No one has been named as a suspect. The motorist did not come to a halt but continued.
The actress's unexpected demise has shocked Hollywood. On social media, a slew of celebrities and fellow performers have expressed their regret and sorrow over the tragedy.
Banes, who was born in Ohio and reared in Colorado, studied acting at Juilliard before embarking on a long and illustrious career in New York and Hollywood, where she appeared in scores of television episodes and films.
Banes had regular roles on television as Doreen Morrison in the CBS drama television series 'The Trials of Rosie O'Neill,' starring Sharon Gless, Dorian Harewood, and Ron Rifkin, and as Mayor Anita Massengill in the Fox comedy sitcom 'Son of the Beach,' starring Jaime Bergman, Leila Arcieri, and Roland Kickinger,' from 2000 to 2001.
She also had recurring roles as Carrie's boss Georgia Boone on CBS sitcom 'The King of Queens,' alongside Kevin James, Leah Remini, and Lisa Rieffel, as Victoria on 'Six Feet Under,' alongside Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Frances Conroy, as Eve McBain on ABC soap opera 'One Life to Live,' and as the Ranch Director on 'Nashville,' Season 6 alongside Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and Clare Bowen.
She also appeared with Avery Brooks and René Auberjonois in the science fiction television series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" as a Trill doctor in the episode "Equilibrium." In the 1985 TV miniseries Kane & Abel, Banes played Anne Kane.
Her other television credits include the drama series 'China Beach,' the criminal drama series 'Murder, She Wrote,' David E. Kelley's 'The Practice,' the police procedural drama television series 'NYPD Blue,' and the comedy-drama and mystery television series 'Desperate Housewives, Dick Wolf's crime drama television series 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit', legal and political drama television series 'The Good Wife', NCIS ( the Naval Criminal Investigative Service) and ABC fantasy adventure drama television series 'Once Upon a Time'. From early 2010 to 2016, Lisa had a recurring role as Ellen Collins on the comedy-drama television series 'Royal Pains'.
In the Roger Donaldson's romantic comedy-drama film "Cocktail," Lisa played Tom Cruise's older love interest. In the film "Gone Girl," she plays the mother of the missing lady, Rosamund Pike.
Banes also played Mrs. Berry alongside Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob Lowe, and Nastassja Kinski in Tony Richardson's comedy-drama film 'Hotel New Hampshire' (1984), Flora in Kevin Costner's supernatural fantasy film 'Dragonfly' (2002), and Christina Ricci's mother in the romantic dark comedy film 'Pumpkin' (2002).
“Oh, I’m right for this,” the famous actress thought after reading the screenplay for David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” Lisa stated in an interview at the then Hollywood Film Awards ceremony.
She had regular theatre performances, notably on Broadway in the Neil Simon comedy "Rumors" in 1988, the musical "High Society" in 1998, and the Noel Coward drama "Present Laughter" in 2010.
Banes was married to Kathryn Kranhold, a contributing reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, and lived in Los Angeles.
Cause of death: traffic collision.
(August 10, 1921 – June 15, 2021)
Former federal judge Jack Bertrand Weinstein, who earned a reputation as a tireless legal maverick while overseeing a series of landmark class-action lawsuits and sensational mob cases in New York City, including the "Mafia Cops," has died at the age of 99 in Great Neck, New York, according to his family and federal courthouse official Eugene Corcoran.
Weinstein, a World War II veteran chosen by President Lyndon B. Johnson, served on the Brooklyn court for more than 50 years until retiring last year. In the quest for justice, the Brooklyn judge was notorious for stretching the limits of the law. Weinstein was also renowned for pushing class-action lawsuits as a way for the little person to get redress for alleged corporate wrongdoing.
In 1984, he made news when he approved a settlement that required pesticide manufacturers to pay $180 million to Vietnam veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange. He also presided over a landmark trial in 1999 that found firearm manufacturers responsible for shootings and irresponsible in their marketing tactics.
In 2006, he approved a class-action lawsuit filed by tens of millions of smokers demanding up to $200 billion in damages from tobacco firms for allegedly convincing them to purchase lite cigarettes.
Weinstein was one of the attorneys who had a bright career ahead of them. Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court was consulted while challenging racial segregation in public schools, which resulted in the famous Brown v. Board of Education decision of the United States Supreme Court.
Weinstein grew up in Harlem and Brooklyn but was born in Wichita, Kansas. Harry Louis Weinstein, his father, was a salesman, and his mother, the former Bessie Helen Brodach, was an amateur actress. Weinstein began accompanying his mother to auditions as a child, and by the age of eight, he was acting on stage himself.
Weinstein supplemented the family's income by bringing home $25 per week during the Great Depression. For years, he had an Actor's Equity card. He paid his way through Brooklyn College by working on the docks in New York Harbor after high school. In 1943, he earned a bachelor of arts degree, but only after his academic study had been disrupted by World War II.
He went on to serve in World War II before attending Columbia Law School, where he graduated in 1948. Weinstein served in the United States Navy as a lieutenant from 1943 until early 1946 during WWII. Weinstein's responsibilities included serving as a deck officer on the Balao-class submarine USS Jallao (SS-368), where he also oversaw the radar equipment.
He married Evelyn Horowitz in early 1946. The first of Weinstein's three boys had already been born when he started law school at Columbia University the following year. Weinstein's wife supported the family by working evenings as a social worker while he cared for the new baby and went to school.
He worked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a leading US civil rights organization and law firm based in New York City, after graduating from law school. He was a member of the litigation team for Brown v. Board of Education, a landmark Supreme Court decision, and worked on the 1960s "one man, one vote" litigation.
Future Columbia Law School classmates such as American constitutional law professor Charles Black and American attorney and legal scholar Jack Greenberg were among his collaborators. From early 1949 until late 1950, Weinstein worked as a legal clerk for Justice Stanley Howells Fuld of the New York State Court of Appeals.
He also worked for Republican State Senator Seymour Halpern, who had flown in from New York. From 1955 to 1957, while on the faculty of Columbia Law School, he was the county attorney of Nassau County, New York (population 1,200,000). Mineola is the county seat, while Hempstead is the biggest town.
He briefly practiced law before becoming Nassau County Attorney from 1963 to 1965. When President Johnson appointed him to the federal bench in early 1967, he had returned to Columbia Law School to teach.
Future Columbia Law School classmates such as Charles Black and Jack Greenberg were among his collaborators. From 1949 to 1950, he worked as a legal clerk for Justice Stanley Fuld of the New York State Court of Appeals.
The 6-foot-2 man Weinstein was a dignified presence in court, where he favored business clothes over robes and occasionally stepped off the bench in the middle of cases to obtain a juror's perspective on what was going on. He was fed up with long-winded attorneys, chastised sentencing standards he thought were excessively harsh on low-level crimes, and worried about judges succumbing to arrogance.
He also expressed confidence in the capacity of jurors to handle complicated and controversial civil matters.
Weinstein was promoted to senior status on March 1, 1993, although he has had a full docket of cases since then and continued to do so until he retired in early February 2020. Weinstein's promotion to inactive senior status meant that, though he was still a federal judge, he no longer heard cases or engaged in court activity.
In late 1997, he contributed his intellectual touch to a judgment that upheld a 12-year jail sentence for Mafia "Oddfather" Vincent "Chin" Gigante. For years, the leader of the Genovese organized crime family had avoided indictment by roaming the streets in a ragged bathrobe like a lunatic.
Weinstein also left his imprint on what was arguably the most spectacular police corruption case in city history: the trial of two policemen accused of moonlighting as hitmen for the mafia. After convicting defendants Louis Eppolito and Steven Caracappa in 2006, the judge said that they deserved life sentences for “the most horrific sequence of homicides ever prosecuted in this courtroom.”
A month later, he surprised prosecutors by overturning the convictions because the statute of limitations for the eight killings had expired. The ruling was reversed by an appeals court.
In 2018, he declined to dismiss a case filed against New York City police officers who reportedly beat a man after he refused them access to his residence due to the lack of a warrant. In his decision, he chastised the United States Supreme Court for broadening the notion of qualified immunity, making it more difficult for police to be held accountable.
Weinstein made headlines in 2019 when he sentenced an American woman who acknowledged aiding the Islamic State organization to four years in jail, despite the objections of prosecutors who wanted her imprisoned for decades.
Weinstein's decisions frequently enraged conservatives, who accused him of abandoning judicial restraint to advance leftist objectives. Many times, appeal courts ruled that his rulings had gone too far.
Weinstein told The New York Times that when he retired in February 2020, he wanted to be remembered for his criminal justice work in assisting people to avoid the life-killing environment of prisons and to save them for a life with relatives and friends, a job, and the opportunity to live a lawful life.
Weinstein has also published several law review articles and books, including; 'Reform of the Federal Rulemaking Process' (1977), 'Rules and Statute Supplement' (1987), 'Manual of New York Civil Procedure' (1967), 'Mass Torts: Cases and Materials (1992) and 'My Cousin Harvey' (2020).
Cause of death: natural causes.
(1993 – June 17, 2021)
The motor world was shocked on Friday by the death of Alex Harvill, a motorcycle racer who specialized in making great and spectacular leaps and who died in his final try at the age of 28, implying a terrible tragedy. The American rider was attempting to break the world's best motorcycle jumping record by overcoming the 107-meter distance.
Harville achieved a Guinness World Record for the longest dirt to dirt motorbike ramp jump in mid-2013, jumping an amazing 90.69 meters (297.5 ft) at the Horn Rapids Motorsports Complex in West Richland, Washington, USA.
The American runner prepares a very important challenge, to become the pilot capable of making the longest jump in history, surpassing the previous record that was established in 2008 with 107 meters. However, Alex's dream attempt was far from successful, suffering a fatal accident.
Harvill was a full specialist in these sorts of high-risk feats, as evidenced by one of his final tests to complete his long-awaited challenge. The American runner had been training at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, for the last few days.
Harvill's calculation was incorrect in his final try, which resulted in his collapsing extremely abruptly against the receiving mound. A path that ended up being lethal when dropping too low too quickly, with no way of overcoming this final hurdle in order to descend the ramp placed on the opposite side of the huge jump.
Alex was unable to keep control of his motorcycle and crashed forcefully in a horrific accident, killing him on the spot.
Nothing could be done for a life that remained on the mound and in the endeavor to break a world record that had stood for more than a decade.
Harvill was set to do a three-day Moses Lake performance, delighting his admirers with his stunts and riding abilities. Among the highlights of the event was Alex's effort to break the renowned record that has stood since 2008 and that he was confident he could break.
In addition, he was also going to demonstrate his talent for motocross and supercross events, since he was a regular in this type of racing.
Robbie Maddison's business, founded 13 years ago, had been his major fixation for this motor and motorbike lover who had always identified himself as a two-wheeler who pushed himself to the utmost to complete all of his tasks. However, the pursuit of his newest achievement ended in a very tragic and disastrous manner with a horrible tragedy that has left all of his followers and all lovers of the motor world devastated.
Harvell leaves a family broken and destroyed by suffering because of his enthusiasm for extreme difficulties and the motor. Despite his youth, he was only 28 years old, Harvell leaves a family devastated and wrecked by sorrow because of his passion for extreme challenges and the motor.
Many colleagues have already expressed their sympathies via social media in response to the extremely sad news.
Cause of death: practice collision.
(4 July 1928 – 18 June 2021)
Mourning in the soccer world: Giampiero Boniperti, honorary president of Juventus, died in Turin during the night of heart failure, of which he was a symbol first as a player and later as a manager. From 1946 to 1961, he appeared in 469 matches with the Bianconeri, scoring 178 goals. He also made 38 appearances for the national team, scoring 8 goals.
He was also a Forza Italia MEP from 1994 until 1999. Boniperti, who had recently retired to private life, would have turned 93 on July 4th. He is survived by his wife and their three children, Giampaolo, Alessandro, and Federica.
"I just have one desire for Juve: to keep winning because, as you know, the only thing that matters..." Boniperti told Ansa, holding a letter written in his hand for his ninetieth birthday. That slogan, "winning is not important, it's the only thing that matters," is Juventus' hallmark, a mantra, and a warning for anybody who wears the Juventus shirt at the same time. Giampiero Boniperti wore that jersey for 444 games.
"This is the news we never wanted to share with you. Today, June 18, 2021, we remember Giampiero Boniperti, who died in Turin at the age of 92: he would have turned 93 in a few days, on July 4th, 2021 "a formalized paraphrase So Juventus said farewell to Giampiero Boniperti on their website.
"The emotion that all of us are experiencing right now does not prevent us from thinking fondly of him - we read - of everything that the Presidentissimo was and will always be in the life of Juventus."
Presidentissimo has been and will always be in the life of Juventus "." An indelible figure - said the club - who now surrenders himself to memory, because he has been in football history books for some time.
Because when you express a thought, and that thought becomes part of the DNA of the society to which you have dedicated your life, it means that your character has become its identity and way of being. Forever ".
" Up there, now - concluded Juve - there is another star in the Juventus firmament who shines to show us the route: that of Giampiero Boniperti, who spent a lifetime with Juventus, for Juventus, and who has always been able to show her the way.
Thanks for everything. Have a good trip, Presidentissimo. "And on the team's official Facebook profile, Boniperti's photograph was shared with the caption:" Goodbye, Presidentissimo ".
Cause of death: heart failure.
(1954 – June 20, 2021)
Mark Peel, the co-founder of the now-closed Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles, died of liver cancer at the age of 66. His death was said to be shocking, coming only nine days after he was diagnosed with cancer, according to his daughter Vanessa Silverton-Peel.
Peel appeared twice as a contestant on reality competition series 'Top Chef Masters', twice as a judge on Bravo's 'Top Chef' (2009 and 2010) and several iterations of Gordon Ramsay's 'Hell's Kitchen', reality/cooking competition television series 'Knife Fight', and Fox reality television series 'Kitchen Nightmares.
On occasion, Peel joined other television outlets to demonstrate the brilliant skill of food preparation.
In 1979, while the Los Angeles fine-dining sector was still in its infancy, Peel joined the launching team at another classic, Michael's, the namesake restaurant of Michael McCarty, which was until recently located a block north of Wilshire Boulevard on Third Street. McCarty was a driving force behind the development of the commercial strip into the promenade and farmers market it is today.
Peel went on to work for Alice Waters, the preeminent pioneer of modern American cuisine, at her now-legendary Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Peel moved to Southern California in 1981 and was chosen chef de cuisine at Wolfgang Puck's famed Spago, L.A.'s most prominent restaurant.
In 1989, Peel and his then-wife, Nancy Silverton, opened Campanile, which was hailed as one of the city's greatest restaurants by Pulitzer Prize-winning reviewer Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times.
Gold named Peel the "most precise grill chef in the country" and claimed Campanile's contributions to American cookery were difficult to overstate. The pair also founded La Brea Bakery, which has evolved to become one of the region's most prolific bread producers, supplying a variety of loaves to grocery shops around the county.
Peel most recently ran Prawn, a fish market and seafood restaurant in downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market, which had initially debuted as Bomba in 2015 before changing its name.
Peel was a participant on "Top Chef Masters" twice before becoming a regular on series like "Knife Fight" and "Hell's Kitchen."
Peel was also involved in the community, collecting funds for culinary scholarships, Los Angeles schools, and political campaigns. The Los Angeles Police Department honored him for his community work. Peel is survived by three children from his first marriage to actress Susan Silverton (whom he divorced in 2004) and two from his current marriage to comedian Daphne Brogdon.
Cause of death: liver cancer.
(September 14, 1962 – June 21, 2021)
Longtime NHL professional ice hockey player and executive Tom Kurvers, who worked as the Minnesota Wild's deputy general manager, died of cancer at the age of 58 at his home, according to his family and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Kurvers was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, a kind of small cell lung cancer that was thought incurable, seven months after joining the Wild, despite being in excellent condition and never smoking. He was authorized for a targeted oral chemotherapy regimen and exhibited many promising results up to approximately a year ago.
Kurvers had stepped back from his day-to-day duties with the Wild during the previous year.
Kurvers was a three-sport athlete in high school and was a member of the first Bloomington-Jefferson High School hockey team to go to the state tournament in 1980. He is also a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. Kurvers attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 1980 to 1984, where he set program records for most career goals (forty-three) and points (one hundred and ninety-two) by a defenseman.
During his senior year as team captain in 1984, the Bulldogs fell in four overtimes against Bowling Green in the national championship game.
Kurvers, on the other hand, would go on to become the first Bulldog to win the Hobey Baker Award and a member of the Bulldogs' Hall of Fame. Kurvers played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League between 1984 (when he was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the seventh round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft) and 1995, with 93 goals and 421 points.
Tom Kurvers won the Hobey Baker Award for the best collegiate ice hockey player in 1984 and was a part of the Stanley Cup-winning Habs in 1986. From 1980 through 1984, he was selected Rookie of the Year in 1981, WCHA Most Valuable Player, WCHA All-Academic, and first-team all-WCHA. Kurvers was inducted into the University of Minnesota Duluth Hall of Fame in 1991.
After his professional playing career ended in 1995, Kurvers became an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes, working alongside former Habs colleague Bobby Smith. After one season on the bench, he moved into scouting before being appointed to director of player personnel in 2005. Kurvers worked as an assistant general manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009–10 before joining the Wild in 2018.
Kurvers grew raised in Bloomington, Minnesota, but was born in Minneapolis. Kurvers is survived by his 4 children and wife.
Cause of death: lung cancer.
(December 31, 1948 – June 22, 2021)
Robert was 72 years old and a native of Trois-Rivières. The Quebecer had a heart attack and was hospitalized in Florida, where he lived, over the last week, according to reports. The Sabers organization shared the sad news on the social media platform Twitter. "With a sorrowful heart, we announce the loss of beloved former Sabers player René Robert," the Buffalo Sabers stated in a statement.
Robert played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 12 years, eight of them with the Buffalo Sabers in the 1970s. He formed an effective line with Gilbert Perreault, center, and Richard Martin, left, on the right flank. Robert scored 702 points in 744 regular-season NHL games, including 284 goals. He also donned the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Colorado Avalanche colors.
René Robert also played in 50 postseason games, scoring 22 goals and adding 19 assists in the process. He led the Sabers to finish first in the Adams Division with a 49-16-15 record in 1974-1975. Robert also topped Buffalo with a personal score of 100 points, ahead of Perreault (96) and Martin (95).
During the playoffs, the Sabers upset the Montreal Canadiens in the quarterfinals before falling in six games to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup final. Robert helped Buffalo to the Stanley Cup Final in 1975, the Sabers' fifth season, when they were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Robert had his finest season in the NHL, scoring 100 points (40 goals, 60 assists) and earning the Sabers' MVP award.
Robert's most memorable goal occurred in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 20, 1975, when he scored the game-winning overtime goal at home. The Sabers triumphed 5-4 in a bizarre game that featured many delays caused by severe fog on the ice, a bat in the arena, and a fan who wanted to fight Flyers tough Dave Schultz.
Robert was sold by the Sabres to the Rockies in 1979 in exchange for defenseman John Van Boxmeer, and he returned to Toronto to play the last 69 games of his career between 1980 and 1982. "Kim and I were heartbroken to learn of René Robert's passing," Sabers owner Terry Pegula stated in a statement. When we bought the Sabers, the members of the "French Connection" joined us.
René was one of the most active graduates, and we had the pleasure of getting to know him over the last ten years. He was a friend to both of us and the entire company. He will be greatly missed. With the Sabers, he scored 40 goals twice (1972-73 and 1974-75). Following his retirement, Robert remained active with the NHL Alumni Association, serving as president. The Sabers retired his number 14, which he wore for many years. on November 15, 1995.
Martin died in 2011 at the age of 59, leaving Perreault as the last living member of the three. The trio is memorialized with sculptures erected in the Place des Anciens inside KeyBank Center, the Sabers' home.
Cause of death: heart attack.
(18 September 1945 – 23 June 2021)
John McAfee, a well-known and controversial British-American programmer, businessman, and creator of the eponymous antivirus program, was discovered dead in a Barcelona prison on Wednesday night, just hours after Spain approved his extradition to the United States, where he faced 30 years in prison for tax evasion.
Everything pointed to McAfee committing suicide by hanging, according to both Spanish officials and McAfee's lawyer. The decision to extradite him to the United States, where the unusual 75-year-old was threatened with a likely life sentence in prison, appears to be an evident motive for suicide if substantiated by the investigation.
He faced 30 years in prison for tax evasion and fraud.
According to the indictment, McAfee did not pay taxes between 2014 and 2018, and his money was transferred to bank accounts and cryptocurrency in the names of other people to avoid paying taxes.
McAfee was born on a U.S. Army installation in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England, to an American father who was stationed there and a British mother. He grew up mostly in Salem, Virginia. McAfee stated that he felt equally British and American. McAfee's father, an abusive drinker, committed suicide with a gun when he was 15 years old.
From 1968 to 1970, McAfee worked as a programmer at NASA's Institute for Space Studies in New York City on the Apollo program. He then worked as a software designer for Univac before moving on to Xerox as an operating system architect. He began working as a software consultant for Computer Sciences Corporation in 1978.
From 1980 to 1982, McAfee worked for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. While working for Lockheed in the 1980s, McAfee obtained a copy of Brain, the first computer virus for the PC, and began building virus-fighting software.
In 1987, he established McAfee Associates, which sold his application, which was the first anti-virus software to hit the market. The company was founded in Delaware in 1992, and it went public the following year. McAfee sold his remaining interest in the company two years later, in 1994. He was no longer involved in its activities.
McAfee has been tied to ten tax evasion cases and an equal number of cases in which he promised cryptocurrency investors a fake profit of $ 13 million by investing in cryptocurrencies. The bumbling tycoon also concealed possessions, namely real estate, a yacht, and a car purchased in the name of someone else. Through Interpol, US authorities issued an arrest warrant and demanded his extradition.
However, as in the case of a rapist, pedophile, and millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, whose death in a New York jail cell in 2019 was officially declared a suicide by hanging, speculation has already begun to surface that McAfee was murdered rather than killed himself.
Let us remind you that the conspiracy theory surrounding Epstein's murder has resulted in a veritable torrent of "Epstein did not kill himself" memes on social media in the previous two years. The reason for this is obvious: McAfee himself warned that if he is discovered dead and his death appears to be a suicide, it will be a contrived suicide.
'Receiving subtle messages from US authorities that, in effect, say: "McAfee, we're coming for you! We're going to murder you ". Just in case, I got a tattoo today. I did not commit suicide. I was messed up. 'Look at my right arm.'
The latest post on McAfeeve's Instagram profile generated even more suspicions about his suicide on social media.
That mysterious post comprised of a single letter - "Q" - in the form of an image. However, the letter appears to be a reference to the weird QAnon conspiracy theory, about which we have already reported extensively, and which can be summed up as a psychotic conviction that the world is dominated by a secret network of powerful and affluent pedophiles, Satanists, and cannibals. Donald Trump, the former President of the United States.
Mysterious "Q" was posted on Instagram shortly after his death was announced. This conspiracy theory gained traction among Trump supporters near the conclusion of his presidency, with an extra push provided by Trump's election defeat by Joe Biden and Trump's utterly unverified claim that there was widespread election fraud and that his victory was stolen.
Proponents of QAnon were also among the extremists that attacked Congress on January 6, this year, in an attempt to prevent Biden's election as president from being confirmed, in which one police officer and several protestors were killed and dozens of police officers were gravely injured.
According to the British Independent, this Instagram post surfaced just minutes after news broke that McAfee had been discovered dead in prison.
"I'm content here. I have acquaintances. The meal is delicious. Everything is in order. "Know that if I hang myself, as Epstein did, it won't be my fault," McAfee stated in another tweet last year, alluding to the assumption that Epstein was aided by someone from the so-called "deep state." "killed or from his circle of friends and co-conspirators - and framed everything as suicide. This tweet was posted last year.
Furthermore, McAfee, whether intentionally or unintentionally, justified his resentment of the US and other foreign governments: his support for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. "Three years ago, I prophesied a conflict between governments and crypto," McAfee said last month.
The Fed now considers cryptocurrency to be a threat to economic stability, and China has banned it. The conflict is still going on, and I am the primary target. Not to worry. "Crypto is our last hope for financial freedom," he stated in a January tweet, attaching a video from earlier in 2018.
He threatened to expose 31 gigabytes of material on alleged misconduct two years ago. Tuttle supplied a photo of Mcafee's most recent Instagram post, as well as a screenshot of his 2019 tweet, in which he says: "I have collected information on government wrongdoing."
This is the first time I'm presenting names and information. I'll start with a shady CIA operative. as well as two Bahamian authorities He'll be there today. If I get caught or disappear, 31+ gigabytes of incriminating data will be made public."
That, however, did not occur, despite his arrest - at least not to the best of my knowledge. Many social media commenters are already assuming that the data in issue - if they exist at all - will be released now that McAfee has died.
Those who feel McAfee's death was a murder reference his widow's words on Twitter just days before his death as further proof.
"I'm aware that John is a highly divisive figure. Trust me, I understand it better than most! But, like any of you who follow him on Twitter, I know he's always been open about who he is. ALWAYS. Sometimes he was honest, and other times he revealed more about himself than any of us cared to know! "Janice McAfee said on Father's Day, Sunday, June 20, in a social media post.
And then she accused the American authorities of wanting her husband to "die in prison" to serve as an example to others who fight corruption.
Because of his open character and refusal to be blackmailed, bullied, or silenced, John's honesty frequently leads him into difficulty with corrupt regimes and dishonest government officials.
Now, US authorities want John to die in prison as a punishment for speaking out against corruption in his "government agency," the media continues to slander him, and there is little hope that he will ever have a fair trial in America because there is no justice in America anymore.
Either you follow the rules or you get fucked. "Those are truly the only possibilities today," his widow, a former prostitute, concluded, according to the Daily Mail.
On the other hand, it is worth repeating that learning about extradition to the United States and the real possibility of remaining in prison for the rest of his life - with the potential fear of being treated cruelly, as is often the case in American prisons - is a very plausible motive for suicide, even if he had previously stated that he would never do so.
He committed suicide because, like Epstein, he was frightened of going to prison. Taxes were $4.2 million, which he owed "One tweeter commented underneath McAfee's tweet in which he states he will not commit suicide. McAfee recently tweeted about grief in prison, disguised as prisoner antagonism, adding that he was old and grateful for food and a bed, but that prison for young people was a nightmare.
In this context, it is unavoidable to mention that McAfee has been dogged by scandal for years, as well as police inquiries and criminal charges beyond those for tax cheating. Thus, he was held in Belize, where he immigrated from the United States, in 2012 for illegal possession of narcotics and weapons, but the accusation was dismissed owing to a lack of evidence.
McAfee fled the state after his American neighbor Gregory Viant Faull was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head, stating he was afraid local authorities would kill him. That case never came to a conclusion. He was also arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, which he has struggled with since his adolescence.
"The United States believes I hid the crypto." I wish I could have, however it went apart in various hands of the McAfee team (you don't have to trust me), and all of my remaining assets were taken. My pals withdrew because they were afraid of interacting with me. I don't have anything. "I still don't regret anything," McAfee said in a tweet a week before his death on June 16. That was the last tweet he sent.
Cause of death: suicide by hanging.
(December 28, 1936 – June 25, 2021)
Jack Ingram, a hard-hosed, hot-tempered NASCAR racer who won 5 NASCAR titles and over three hundred races, has died, according to his family and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Avery’s Creek, North Carolina, native was 84 years old. The Hall of Fame or his family have not given any information. Ingram, a 2014 inductee, resided in the Asheville region and was hospitalized in May.
Ingram, nicknamed the "Iron Man" for his dogged chase on the racetrack, dominated NASCAR Sportsman racing in the 1970s. From 1972 to 1974, he won three straight titles and continued to participate when the series changed names and became the Xfinity Series.
Before Kyle Busch winning his 100th career Xfinity Series race last week, Ingram was widely regarded as the finest driver in NASCAR's second-tier series. When the series was known as the Busch Series, he won two titles, including the first victory in 1982.
After coming second to Ard for the championship in 1983 and 1984, Ingram won his fifth and final NASCAR championship in 1985, defeating Jimmy Hensley in the Xfinity Series. In addition to two second-place results in the points race, Ingram finished third in 1986 and fourth in 1987.
In 275 starts on the second-tier series, Ingram finished with 122 top-five and 164 top-10 results. Ingram won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Hickory (North Carolina) Speedway in 1982, taking the Mountain Dew 300.
The.363-mile track would become a favorite, accounting for eight of his 31 career victories. Ingram excelled on the series' smaller tracks, but he also shown his ability to win on the series' longer courses, taking victories at the perilous Darlington Raceway and the Milwaukee Mile. But, as Ingram frequently stated, his most memorable triumph occurred in 1975, during his Late Model Sportsman days, when he drove a little wrecked No. 11 entry to victory in the 11th annual Permatex 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Before his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2014, Ingram recounted his Daytona triumph, noting that NASCAR authorities were planning to black flag the driver for windshield damage. However, Ingram's crew chief, experienced Cup owner Junior Johnson, persuaded authorities that a little tape would fix the problem.
Unlike the drivers that came after him (Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon), Jack Ingram's nickname didn't refer to how many NASCAR races he pushed himself to complete throughout his illustrious career. It wasn't the physicality of the five-time winner that got him to so many championship banquets and hall of fame ceremonies.
Rather, it was his famed iron-willed fortitude and unwavering will to win that distinguished him and cemented his status as a legend. In 2007, Ingram was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is located near Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama.
Cause of death: unknown.
(April 13, 1938 – June 26, 2021)
Frederic Anthony Rzweski, an American composer and virtuoso pianist, died today at the age of 83, according to his family. Rzweski distinguished himself not only as a composer but also as a pianist virtuoso. He completed his education at Harvard and Princeton before expanding his horizons in Italy with Luigi Dallapiccola.
Frederic Anthony Rzweski belonged to the same generation as Glass, Reich, and Boulez, and he gradually specialized in the emerging tendencies of improvisation and electronic music, of which he would be a pioneer. In 1971, he returned to New York, and in 1977, he became a composition professor in Liège. There is a long line of works in his work that are defined by political and social dedication.
Rzewski began playing the piano at the age of four and was already attempting to write. Charles Mackey, his first music teacher, had a significant influence on him. ‘When he realized that I was composing little works that played with dissonances,' Rzewski explained, ‘he said, ‘If you want to make this sort of music, you need to listen to the people who are specialists at it,' and introduced me to Schoenberg. and Shostakovich.
Mackey discussed Hegel and Schopenhauer with me and expressed strong Marxist inclinations. He instilled in me the belief that music should be more than just notes, sounds, and numbers, and that it should have a connection to reality. Reality is both reasonable and irrational at the same time.
Frederic Rzewski was born in 1938 in Westfield, Massachusetts, and began taking piano lessons at the age of three. In his early infancy, he took his initial steps as a composer. In Springfield, he first learned piano with Charles Mackey.
This was followed by composition studies at Harvard University with Walter Piston (orchestration) and Randall Thompson, then at Princeton University with Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt, where he also attended philosophy and Greek classes. In 1960/61, he was able to study with Luigi Dallapiccola in Florence thanks to a Fulbright scholarship.
His musical cooperation with Dallapiccola marked the start of his career as a contemporary piano player. Finally, between 1963 and 1965, he completed his studies under Elliot Carter in Berlin. Friendships with Christian Wolff and David Behrman, as well as acquaintances with John Cage and David Tudor, all had an impact on his development as a composer and an artist.
In the 1960s, Rzewski taught piano lessons and performed in the world premieres of Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Piano Piece X" in 1962 and "Plus Minus" in 1964. He was Professor of Composition at the Royal Conservatoire in Liège, Belgium, from 1977 until 2003. He also taught at Yale University, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Berlin University of the Arts, among other institutions.
This was supposed to change the way people think about classical composition and performance today. Rzewski's pieces from the late 1960s and 1970s reflect his musical experiences with the ensemble. They incorporate aspects from both spontaneous and composed music into their compositions.
He returned to New York at the start of the 1970s.
During this period, he published more politically charged works, making it more difficult for him to secure a permanent teaching job in the United States. He has mostly resided in Rome and Brussels since 1976. In the 1970s, he kept experimenting with forms that treated style and language as structural components.
The most well-known piece of the 1970s is “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”, a 50-minute composition with 36 piano variations based on a song by famous Chilean composer S. Ortega.
Later works by Rzewski include the piano compositions 'Nanosonatas' (2006–2010) and 'Cadenza con o senza Beethoven '(2003), written for Ludwig van Beethoven's famous Fourth Piano Concerto. At the 2013 BBC Proms (formally named the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts), he also performed the solo part in the world premiere of his piano concerto.
Cause of death: unknown.
(August 7, 1965 – June 26, 2021)
Johnny Solinger, the former singer-songwriter of the American rock band 'Skid Row,' died of liver failure, according to his wife, Paula, who announced his death on social media. He was only 55 years old. Solinger reported approximately a month ago that he had been diagnosed with liver failure. The death of the American occurred unexpectedly. Last month, Solinger set up a GoFundMe account to assist pay for his therapies.
In an Instagram post, his ex-colleagues from Skid Row announced his demise. The band adds under a black and white portrait of their former comrade-in-arms: "We are deeply saddened by the news of our brother Johnny Solinger's death. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and fans!" The entry was signed by all current Skid Row members. ZP Theart, Solinger's replacement as a singer, has also signed.
When original singer Sebastian Bach left the successful end-of-the-80s rockers Skid Row, he was forced to take up the microphone. Skid Row's members became major rock stars in the United States and around the world in the late 1980s, selling millions of CDs with songs like "Youth Gone Wild" and "I Remember You."
Like Guns N' Roses, but with better vocals. Sebastian Bach was still singing at the time, but due to a disagreement that split the band, Johnny Solinger took over as vocalist for many years. The big success never came, but with Solinger, you could go on tour for many more years. However, he quit the glam metal band in 2015.
With Sebastian Bach, 'Skid Row' has issued three successful albums. Solinger joined the band in 1996, released two more (far less successful) albums, then left in 2015.
Solinger embarked on a solo country music career in early 2008. His debut country record, which combines country and rock, was only distributed regionally. The CD includes the song "You Lie," which he recorded with his Skid Row bandmates.
Cause of death: liver failure.
(December 2, 1972 – June 27, 2021)
Alison Greenspan, a film and television producer, died at the age of 48 after a lengthy fight with illness, accompanied by her family, according to her husband, Jason Michaels.
Greenspan was a partner in Doug Robinson Productions for many years. She had recently developed and acted as an executive producer for the first two seasons of ABC's courtroom drama series "For Life," and she continued to work on the show until her death.
Alison Sheryl Greenspan was born in Washington, D.C., and received her Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 with a degree in American History and Political Science.
Alison was a proud member of the acclaimed Penn "Bloomers," an all-female original sketch and musical comedy ensemble while at Penn – an experience that kindled her passion and drove her desire to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Alison relocated to Los Angeles after college and began her job at CAA as an assistant to Jack Rapke. When Rapke left CAA in 1998 to co-found ImageMovers with Robert Zemeckis, Greenspan joined him as an executive.
Greenspan executive produced the film adaptation of Brashares' best-selling 2001 novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, starring America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel as the four best friends. The Warner Bros. picture was well received by critics when it was released in 2005. Greenspan also executive produced the 2008 sequel, which reunited the cast.
She had a particularly productive 2014 when three of her films were released: The Best of Me, an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan; the drama You're Not You, starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, and Josh Duhamel and based on Wildgen's novel; and the teen drama If I Stay, starring Chlo Grace Moretz and based on Forman's novel.
Greenspan enjoyed traveling, tap dancing, tango, pilates, and her pet puppy, Rusty, in addition to movies and television.
Cause of death: cancer.
(December 2, 1972 – June 27, 2021)
Ascuaga, the son of Basque sheepherders who became a northern Nevada gambling legend after purchasing a small coffee shop with a few slot machines in Sparks in 1960 and transforming it into a major hotel-casino that he operated for more than half a century, died of natural causes at the age of 96, according to his family and Anthony Marnell III, CEO of Marnell Gaming.
Until it was sold in 2013, Ascuaga was known for wandering the casino floor and personally greeting visitors at the Nugget that bore his name along U.S. Interstate 80 just east of Reno.
He began his career as a bellman at a lodge in Idaho, where he met casino pioneer Dick Graves. Graves operated minor Nugget casinos in Reno, Carson City, and Yerington before constructing one in Sparks and appointing Ascuaga as a manager in 1955.
Ascuaga purchased it in 1960 and quickly began a series of extension projects that transformed it into the 1,600-room complex with two towers, a convention center, and various restaurants that it is today.
One of the first expansions was a 600-seat showroom called "The Circus Room," which hosted performances by Red Skelton, Liberace, Wayne Newton, Ella Fitzgerald, George Burns, and Ray Charles. Bertha, an elephant Ascuaga purchased from a circus museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, for $8,000 in 1962, was usually the opening act.
Truckee Gaming CEO Ferenc Szony, the former Sands Regency CEO who was also an executive for the former Reno Hilton, said building a successful casino business outside the more established downtown Reno was quite an accomplishment.
Truckee Gaming CEO Ferenc Szony, a former Sands Regency CEO who was previously an executive for the former Reno Hilton, said it was quite an accomplishment to construct a viable casino operation outside of the more established downtown Reno.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(February 5, 1937 – June 29, 2021)
Stuart Damon, who played the role of doctor Alan Quartermaine in the cult series "General Hospital", died at the age of 84, his family announced. Damon had been struggling with renal failure for several years.
Damon was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Marvin Leonard Zonis, who was a manufacturer. Damon's parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who made their home in America after fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution.
After a series of roles on Broadway, Damon's appearance as the Prince in the 1965 version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella starring Lesley Ann Warren helped pave the way to a long career in television and soap opera.
Stuart Damon played Alan Quartermain on General Hospital for 31 years. He also said that Stuart loved his role as Alan, which he played on General Hospital. "It was his favorite place. He loved playing Alan and was always so grateful for the role and this job. It was his passion."
Damon first appeared in 1977 as Alan Quartermaine on the ABC soap. He stayed in the role even after the Doctor's death in 2008 and made occasional appearances as the character's ghost. Damon received an Emmy in 1999 for his role in General Hospital. He had already been nominated several times before.
The actor also played the role of Alan Quartermaine in the spin-off series "Port Charles," which aired on ABC from 1997 to 2003. After his time at "General Hospital" was over, Damon appeared in several episodes of "Zeit der Sehnsucht" and "Young and Passionate - How Life Works".
He has also appeared in popular hit series such as "Diagnose Mord", "Fantasy Island", "Mike Hammer" and "Hotel". Damon had one of his first leading roles from his breakthrough in the British television series "The Champions".
Stuart Damon leaves behind his wife, Deirdre Ann Ottewill, with whom he has been married since 1961 and has two children. In 2000, the couple adopted another child.
Cause of death: kidney failure.
(July 9, 1932 – June 29, 2021)
Donald Henry Rumsfeld, a former US Secretary of Defense and a member of the US House of Representatives, died of multiple myeloma at the age of 88 in Taos, New Mexico, according to his family.
The incredible achievements Rumsfeld accomplished in his six decades in public office will be remembered in history books, but his family will remember his "unwavering love for his wife, Joyce, family and friends, and the integrity" he had spent his whole life in the service of his country.
Rumsfeld was born on July 9, 1932, in the American Midwest state of Illinois. His granddad was a Bremen native. After serving in the US Navy as a pilot and flight instructor, Rumsfeld moved to Washington in 1957 to work for a congressman.
The Republican was elected to the House of Representatives at the age of 30. He resigned from parliament in 1969 to serve as an adviser to President Richard Nixon on a variety of issues.
After a year as NATO's ambassador in Brussels, he returned to Washington and served as President Gerald Ford's youngest defense minister from 1975 to 1977. He served as Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, making him the oldest Secretary of Defense at the time.
The Republican served as the military operation's principal planner. From 1975 until 1977, Rumsfeld served as the youngest defense secretary in US history, and he was the oldest member of the Bush cabinet at the time. The US invasion of Afghanistan in reaction to the 9/11 attacks also fails during Rumsfeld's second term.
The “hawk” in the Pentagon, on the other hand, will be remembered for the Iraq war, which began in March 2003 with the invasion and fall of then-President Saddam Hussein. Rumsfeld, as the military operation's primary architect, was severely chastised and faced resigning on many occasions.
Rumsfeld later admitted that his worst blunder was not resigning as Pentagon chief in 2004. The first photographs of Iraqi detainees being mistreated by US guards in the Abu Ghraib jail near Baghdad had been released by CBS just a few days prior.
Rumsfeld had a lot of detractors.
Former US Senator John McCain predicted that his Republican colleague will "go down in history as one of the worst defense ministers ever" in 2007. Rumsfeld resigned in connection with the war after the Republicans suffered a crushing setback in congressional elections.
Rumsfeld was charged with joint responsibility for human rights crimes in US detention centers by the US Senate in 2008. Rumsfeld was particularly distressed by the incident surrounding the Abu Ghraib jail near Baghdad.
Rumsfeld is also accused of contributing to further ill-treatment by ordering "tough interrogation techniques" for suspected terrorists at the US prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002. Rumsfeld transitioned to the business sector after his political career.
Rumsfeld founded The Rumsfeld Foundation in early 2007, with the goal of inspiring public service in the United States and supporting the establishment of free political and economic systems around the world. The educational foundation awards fellowships to bright private-sector professionals who aspire to work in government for a period of time.
Cause of death: multiple myeloma.