IN MEMORIAM

WWE hall of famer howard finkel dies, aged 69

Howard Finkel, legendary ring announcer and WWE Hall Of Famer, has died at 69, as confirmed by a statement from WWE.

Being hired in 1975 by what eventually became WWE, Finkel began working as a ring announcer two years later. Over the years, he also featured in many on-air storylines.

Finkel was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2009, in a class that also included Stone Cold Steve Austin, Koko B. Ware, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and The Von Erich Family.

‘Tremendous knowledge’ Dave rainford, eggheads’ tv Quizzer dies at 51

Mancunian TV personality David Rainford, nicknamed ‘Tremendous Knowledge’, has died at the age of 51.

He was best known for his regular appearances on BBC’s Eggheads, on which he served as a resident quizzer since 2012. He had previously competed to win a role on the show in 2008 and 2009 on Are You An Egghead?

Following the announcement of Rainford’s death, his colleagues and friends have paid tribute to him on social media.

Eggheads presenter Jeremy Vine shared that he had never seen Dave “angry or ungenerous”, adding that the late quizzer was “the best fun after a recording; always fun and social.”

Fellow Egghead Lisa Thiel reflected that she had “never met anyone else with Dave’s absolute likeability and it’s [my] privilege to have known and worked with him.”

Former Egghead CJ de Mooi offered his sincere condolences to Rainford’s family while series producer Robert Dean tweeted that Dave was a “lovely man, a devoted father, staunch Man Utd fan and amazing quizzer.”

Paul Sinha and Jenny Ryan, stars of ITV’s The Chase also shared memories of their friend, with the former hailing Rainford as a “great bloke, great friend” and the latter referring to him as “one of the most genuine, supportive and kind people in the quiz world.”

Rest in Peace, Tremendous Knowledge Dave.

caroline flack & jason davis

News of two sudden, shock celebrity deaths have become known in the past week. UK television presenter Caroline Flack passed away on February 15 while actor and oil heir Jason Davis died the following day.

Flack, who was 40 years old, took her own life. She had been working on UK television for nearly two decades, known for hosting such shows as Love Island, The X Factor, The Xtra Factor and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now.

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With former Xtra Factor co-presenter Olly Murs
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In December 2019, Flack had been charged with assault on her boyfriend Lewis Burton leading to her voluntary exit from Love Island after four years.

Immediately following her death, tributes were paid to Flack by friends, colleagues and fans alike, including Olly Murs, Iain Stirling, Davina McCall, Piers Morgan, Ant and Dec and Laura Whitmore.

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Davis was both a voice actor and an onscreen child actor. His best known role was as Mikey Blumberg (above) on Disney’s Recess on which he starred from 1997 to 2001 for six seasons.

A theatrically released film based on Recess was also released in 2001.

He was the son of Nancy Davis, who was herself the daughter of late billionaire industrialist Marvin Davis. His father was wine grower Nebil Zerif.

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Jason Davis (right) with his brother Brandon (left).
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In more recent years, Davis was known for his struggles with addiction – with appearances on Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew as well as a 2011 arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

Besides Recess, Davis also appeared in episodes of acclaimed series such as Roseanne and 7th Heaven.

His cause of death is unknown as of writing.

Courageous Nerd: IN MEMORIAM (2019-EARLY 2020)

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Courageous Nerd pays its respects to those who have passed away throughout 2019 and early 2020.

Peter Fonda – actor, WRITER (EASY RIDER, ULEE’S GOLD) – August 16, 2019

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john singleton – director (boyz in the hood) – April 28, 2019

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russi taylor – voice actress (minnie mouse, the simpsons) – july 26, 2019

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rip torn – actor (cross creek, dodgeball) – july 9, 2019

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kirk douglas – actor (spartacus) – february 5, 2020

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george morfogen – actor (oz) – March 8, 2019

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valerie harper – actress (the mary tyler moore show, rhoda) – august 30, 2019

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gene okerlund – wwe announcer – january 2, 2019

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silvio horta – writer (ugly betty) – january 7, 2020

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cameron boyce – actor (jessie, grown ups) – july 6, 2019

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denise nickerson – actress (willy wonka and the chocolate factory) – july 10, 2019

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sid haig – actor (house of 1000 corpses, the devil’s rejects) – september 21, 2019

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terry jones – actor and comedian (monty python) – january 21, 2020

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rutger hauer – actor (blade runner) – july 19, 2019

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kevin barnett – actor/writer (rel) – january 22, 2019

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tim conway – actor and comedian (the carol burnett show) – may 14, 2019

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kristoff st-john – actor (The Young and the restless) – february 3, 2019

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bob einstein – actor and comedian (curb your enthusiasm, arrested development) – january 2, 2019

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luke perry – actor (bh 90210, riverdale) – march 4, 2019

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robert forster – actor (medium cool, breaking bad) – october 11, 2019

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kobe bryant – nba star – january 26, 2020

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gianna bryant – january 26, 2020

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john, keri and alyssa altobelli/sarah and payton chester/christina mauser/ara zobayan – january 26, 2020

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albert finney – actor (scrooge, annie, skyfall) – february 7, 2019

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rene auberjonois – actor (star trek: deep space nine, mash) – december 8, 2019

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How Riverdale Paid A Poignant Tribute to the late Luke Perry

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It has been seven months since beloved actor Luke Perry’s sudden death at 52, due to a stroke. On Wednesday, his show Riverdale, on which Perry played Fred Andrews, aired a special tribute episode – ‘In Memoriam’ which paid homage to both the actor and the character, who also tragically died at the beginning of the hour.

Before Perry even stepped foot in Riverdale, however, he was adored by another generation of fans in the classic series Beverly Hills 90210 as the heartthrob bad boy Dylan McKay for ten years, on and off.

With this in mind, the Riverdale episode had a very special guest star in the form of Shannen Doherty, Perry’s co-star on Beverly Hills 90210, who starred as his love interest Brenda Walsh. I will not spoil what exact role Doherty played in the tribute, in case you are not caught up, but her scenes are very moving.

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Riverdale also reflected how deeply the character of Fred’s loss would be felt in his beloved town. Those in mourning range from Hiram and Hermione Lodge, to Pop Tate. As well as KJ Apa and Molly Ringwald, Perry’s on-screen family, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart and Skeet Ulrich also delivered particularly heartbreaking performances in reaction to Fred’s death.

And that’s just it – “performances”. The fact that most, if not all of the sadness, anger and confusion displayed here is in fact real makes the whole thing far sadder than a character dying, but the actor still being alive in real life. The emotion was palpable. I could feel it and was deeply affected and moved.

A picture tribute shared by Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

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ROBIN WILLIAMS – AN ODE TO THE LATE ACTOR

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Five years ago yesterday, on August 11, 2014, the world was in shock upon hearing that Robin Williams, legendary actor and comedian, had committed suicide. He was 63.

Williams was an actor that I loved watching while growing up. He appeared in many classic films that I remember from my childhood – Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, Jumanji, Jack, Night at the Museum. Then, later, seeing some of his dramatic work such as Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, which was equally wonderful.

It is unfortunate and tragic that someone who brought so much joy to countless people worldwide, was himself suffering internally. The entertainment industry is much poorer with his loss.

Rest well, Robin Williams.

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ACTRESS DENISE NICKERSON DIES AT 62

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On Thursday, July 11, it was announced that American actress Denise Nickerson had passed away at the age of 62, after suffering respiratory distress and pneumonia, subsequently being taken off of life support by her family.

Nickerson was best known for her role as bratty Violet Beauregarde in the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. She is the first of the five central children to pass away.

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ickerson on the set of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with (l to r): Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop), Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka), Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) and Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee).

RIP CAMERON BOYCE (1999-2019)

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On Sunday, July 7, 2019, the world learned the tragic news of Disney actor Cameron Boyce’s passing from a sudden seizure. He was 20 years old.

Being a peer of Cameron’s in age, I was part of the generation that grew up watching him, whether it was on Jessie (2011-2015) or the Grown Ups film series (2010-2013). He also played a character with my own name, Conor, on Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything (2015-2017).

“Luke Ross”, his character on Jessie was one of the more memorable — cool, charming and shamelessly flirtatious to Jessie, a much older woman. Many people’s favourite in fact.

By all accounts, Cameron was a kind-hearted, generous person who wanted to do good in the world. It is extremely sad and unfortunate that his life was cut short in such a tragic and instant way.

His former Jessie co-stars, Debby Ryan (Jessie) and Kevin Chamberlin (Bertram), each shared a video in which Cameron spoke about using social media positively. Other notable co-stars such as Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Peyton List and Skai Jackson have also paid tribute on social media.

Once again, RIP Cameron Boyce.

Thoughts go out to the family.

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