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About Chad Sweely

Chad Sweely is a contract writer for WebProNews, and previously was the Support Analyst for iEntry. Chad is also interested in classic Doctor Who, social dancing, and web design.
Nina Bawden Dies at 87, British Children’s Author

If you have ever read the 1993 Phoenix Award-winning book Carrie’s War or The Peppermint Pig, you have read the works of the wonderfully talented Nina Bawden, a Children’s author from the UK who unfortunately died today (August 22nd, 2012) …

Elton John Bassist Bob Birch Dies at 56
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The music industry mourns today as we learn about the passing of bass guitarist Bob Birch, who was well-known for being one of the main forces who helped drive Elton John’s music into stardom. Apart from mainly supplying his unique …

Nellie Gray Dies at 88, “March For Life” Founder

The premise of abortion has always been a controversial topic, and according to our society, one that must not be heavily advertised or brought into the limelight. Nellie Gray did not see abortion this way, and was one of the …

Mel Stuart Dies at 83, “Willy Wonka” Director

If you are a fan of the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, and Peter Ostrum), you are a fan of director Mel Stuart’s work. Mel Stuart was a wonderfully well-known film director and …

Dan Roundfield Dies at 59, NBA All-Star
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The basketball and sports community mourn today at the loss of a great and talented player, Dan Roundfield, who died on Monday, August 6th, 2012. Dan Roundfield, a Detroit, Michigan native, was selected twice for Central Michigan University during his …

Marvin Hamlisch Dies at 68, “A Chorus Line” Composer
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The Broadway arts community mourns the loss of a great and talented composer today. Marvin Hamlisch, a well-known composer from from New York, NY, is now dead. During his youth, Hamlisch was accepted into Juilliard School of Music’s Pro-College Division, …

Kirk Urso Dies at 22, American Soccer Player

If you keep up with the soccer world (at least the American leagues), I am sure you know of Kirk Urso, a talented soccer player from Downers Grove, Illinois. During his college years, Urso played soccer for the University of …

John Finnegan Dies at 85, American Character Actor

If you were a fan of the 1970s-1980s crime investigation drama Columbo, I am sure you were familiar with Barney, and the other various characters that John Finnegan brought to the show. Unfortunately, on July 29th of 2012, this wonderful …

Tony Sly Dies at 41, No Use For a Name Singer
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If you are an fan of punk rock music, and familiar with bands like The Foo Fighters, Yellowcard, and Blink 182, you are probably familiar with the band called No Use For a Name, led by Tony Sly, who unfortunately …

Gore Vidal Dies at 86 – American Political Activist
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The political and academic worlds mourn today at the news of Gore Vidal’s passing, a well-known liberal political activist who had published various novels, plays, and essays pertaining to the political niche. Gore Vidal (born as Eugene Luther Gore Vidal) …

Chris Marker, La Jetée Director, Dies at 91

The science fiction community mourns today, due to the death of classic author and film director Chris Marker. Marker was well known for his works of La jetée (1962) and Sans Soleil (1983). La jetée (Chris Marker’s most notable work) …

Norman Alden, Character Actor, Dies at 87

Do you remember “Lou the Mechanic” from the old AL Delco commercials? That was the work of Norman Alden, a great character actor from Fort Worth, Texas, who died this past Friday. Norman Alden was known for various television and …

Lupe Ontiveros, Desperate Housewives Actress, Dies at 69
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The entertainment community mourns this week at the loss of Lupe Ontiveros, an Emmy Award-winning actress, well-known for her role as Juanita “Mama” Solis in the comedy/drama/mystery television series of Desperate Housewives. Lupe Ontiveros (born as Guadalupe Moreno) was born …

Mary Tamm, Doctor Who’s “Romana”, Dies at 62

If you are familiar with the old/classic Doctor Who series with Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor), I am pretty sure you will remember Mary Tamm, the actress who portrayed Romana (first generation). This was the role that Mary Tamm was mostly …

Susanne Lothar, German Actress, Dies at 51
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The German entertainment world mourns the loss of a great actress, Susanne Lothar. Lothar was a well-known German actress, known for roles in the famous German movies The Piano Teacher and The White Ribbon. During Lothar’s youth, she was Drama …

Sherman Hemsley, Jeffersons’ Actor, Dies at 74
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If you are a fan of 1970s and 1980s sitcom TV series, I am sure you are aware of who Sherman Hemsley was. Hemsley had a unique and bubbly personality that showcased his talents on the well-known TV shows of …

Sally Ride, America’s First Woman in Space, Dies at 61

Human space flight has always captivated the minds of the public, especially ever since man ventured into space; however, when a woman first traveled up into space (alongside man), the way we observed space travel was changed forever. The woman …

Sage Stallone, Rocky V Actor, Dead at 36
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This past Friday (July 13th, 2012), Sage Stallone, son of the well-known Rocky-series actor Sylvester Stallone, has died at the age of 36. Like his father, Sage was also involved in various aspects of the entertainment industry, such as: acting, …

Maria Cole, Jazz Singer, Dies at 89

Maria Cole, well known for her powerful singing voice, died this past Tuesday. Cole (also known as Maria Ellington) was widow of the late Nat King Cole, and mother to: Timolin, Casey, and well-known singer Natalie Cole. Early in Maria …

Dara Singh, Indian Wrestler and Actor, Dies at 83
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Today (June 12th, 2012), the Bollywood community loses a talented friend to its entertainment community, Dara Singh, well-known for his wrestling during his youth, and his acting in various roles since the 1950s. Born in 1928 in Punjab, India, Dara …

Anthony Sedlak, Canadian Chef, Dies at 29
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Anthony Sedlak, a Canadian chef and well-known host of The Main on Canada’s Food Network channel. If you are unfamiliar with The Main, I have provided a description below from the Food Network Canada website that best elaborates the show’s …

Ernest Borgnine, McHale’s Navy Star, Dies at 95
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Ernest Borgnine (born as Ermes Effron Borgnino), a comedical actor who was well-known for his roles as “Lt. Commander Quinton McHale” in McHale’s Navy and “Marty Piletti” in Marty died this past Sunday (July 8th, 2012) at the age of …

Jimmy Bivins, Heavyweight Boxer, Dies at 92
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It is always sad to see such well-known talent go, especially the boxing talent that Jimmy Bivins had. Jimmy Bivins was a Heavyweight Boxer from Dry Branch, Georgia; however, Bivins was involved with fighting and defending from the town of …

So You Think You Can Dance S9 Top 20 Revealed, Twitter Reacts

This past Wednesday (June 27, 2012), the top 20 dancers (10 male / 10 female) were announced for season 9 of FOX television’s dance-reality show So You Think You Can Dance. With this season’s top 20 announcement show, the episode …