Johnnie Cochran a.k.a. Johnnie L Cochran, Jr. - Died:
29-Mar-2005 - Cause of death Brain Cancer
Prince Rainier of Monaco Dies at Age 81
Chicken Entrepreneur Frank Perdue Dies
MONACO - Prince Rainier III, whose
fairy-tale marriage to Hollywood star
Grace Kelly brought elegance and
glamour to one of Europe's oldest
dynasties, died Wednesday, 4/o6/05
nearly a month after he was hospitalized
with a lung infection. He was 81.
Frank Perdue, who built one of the
world's biggest chicken companies
by appearing in TV commercials
that seemed to play off his
remarkable resemblance to the
product he sold, has died at 84.
"If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit."
coined by prolific trailblazing attorney
Johnny Cochran is dead at age 67.

Born October 2, 1937: Birthplace:
Shreveport, LA: Johnnie Cochran died
March 29, 2005,  in  Los Angeles, CA;
Cause of death: Cancer - Brain
Frank Perdue
Perdue, who died Thursday, March 31, 2005 at his
home in Salisbury, was one of the first CEOs to pitch
his own product on television in 1971, turning on the
down-home charm as he delivered his famous line, "It
takes a tough man to make a tender chicken."

Until the late 1990s, Perdue was regularly ranked in
Forbes' list of 400 richest Americans. In 1997, the
magazine ranked him 214th and estimated his net
worth at $825 million.

At the time of his death, Perdue was chairman of the
executive committee of the board of directors of
Salisbury-based Perdue Farms. He had handed over
control of the company to his son in 1991.

In building his poultry business, Perdue was the
consummate entrepreneur and workaholic, who would
put in 18 hours a day and get by on three or four hours'
sleep. He had a cot in his office and often spent the
night there, even though his home was 50 yards away.

Perdue is survived by his third wife, Mitzi Ayala Perdue,
four children, two stepchildren and 12 grandchildren.
Please Join Jimmy Heath and Family for a Memorial
Tribute to his Brother Percy Friday, June 10, 2005  
From  7pm -  9pm   At Abyssinian Baptist Church -
The Heath brothers bassist
Percy saxophonist Jimmy and
drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath
have made an indelible mark
on the history of jazz.

Percy the oldest sibling was a
key member of the Modern
Jazz Quartet beginning in the
1951 and has played on
literally hundreds of albums
as a stalwart rhythm section
Johnnie Cochran
High School: Los Angeles High School, Los Angeles, CA -     
University: BS, University of California at Los Angeles (1959);
Law School: JD, Loyola Marymount University (1962); Kappa
Alpha Psi Fraternity;     American Civil Liberties Union
Oscar Brown Jr, Entertainer and Social
Activist, Dead at 78
Percy Heath
Oscar Brown Jr., a singer, songwriter,
playwright and actor known for his
distinctive blend of show-business savvy
and social consciousness, died on Sunday
May 30, 2005 in a Chicago hospital.

He was 78 and lived in Chicago. The cause
was complications of a blood infection his
family said.
Percy Heath has distinguished himself for more than
four decades as bassist for the Modern Jazz Quartet,
died in Southampton, N.Y. on 28 April at the age of 81.

The services will be presided over by Rev Calvin O.
Butts III.  - Abyssinian Baptist Church - 132 West 138th
St (btwn Adam Clayton Powell, Jr & Malcolm X )

The speakers and performers will include: .
Heath, Tootie Heath, Tony Purrone, Christian McBride,
Clark Terry, Barry Harris, Mtume, Stanley Crouch, Ira
Gitler, Gary Giddins, Barry Harris,
Dr. Bill Cosby,
Dr. Billy Taylor, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Randy
Weston and the list still grows...
Oscar Brown Jr,
Industry attorney Jon Waxman reports to us that Brown was in
intensive care at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.  

The veteran entertainer was admitted to the medical facility in
severe pain and reportedly had suffered paralysis to both of
his legs.  

Brown underwent successful 14-hour emergency surgery on
Monday, May 16th to stop the spread of an infection in his
lower spine.  
Vandross' sound was so unusual ----
"I'm proud of that.  It's one of the things that I'm
most proud of," he told us in an interview. "I was
never compared to anyone in terms of sound."  
July 1, 2005 / NY -
Grammy award
Vandross, whose
deep, lush voice
on such hits as
"Here and Now"
and "Any Love" and
sold more than 25
million albums
while providing the
romantic backdrop
for millions of
worldwide, died
Friday. He was 54
Anne Bancroft Dead at 73
New York Jun 7, 5:55 PM EST
Anne Bancroft, who won the 1962
best actress Oscar as the teacher of a
young Helen Keller in "The Miracle
Worker" but achieved greater fame as
Mrs. Robinson, the seducer of her
daughter's boyfriend in the 1967
movie "The Graduate," has died, a
spokesman for her husband,
producer Mel Brooks, said Tuesday.
She was 73.  She died of cancer on
Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital,
spokesman John Barlow said.
LUTHER Leaving Riverside Church in Manhattan -
Friday July 8,2005
Vandross died at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in
Edison, New Jersey, said hospital spokesman Rob

Since suffering a stroke in his Manhattan home on April
16, 2003, the R&B crooner stopped making public
appearances but amazingly managed to continue his
recording career.

In 2004, he captured four Grammys as a sentimental
favorite, including best song for the bittersweet "Dance
With My Father."

Vandross, who was still in a wheelchair at the time,
delivered a videotaped thank you.

"Remember, when I say goodbye it's never for long," said
a weak-looking Vandross. "Because" — he broke into his
familiar hit.  "I believe in the power of love."

He was arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeer of
his generation. He made women swoon with his silky yet
forceful tenor, which he often revved up like a motor
engine before reaching his beautiful crescendos.   "I'm
more into poetry and metaphor.  I would much rather
imply something than to blatantly state it," said  Luther.
Anne Bancroft
Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Cissy Houston at
Luther Funeral July 8, Friday.
Media Giant John H. Johnson Succumbs at Age 87 -
EBONY/JET/Fashion Fair Cosmetics  Founder
August 8, 2005 - John H. Johnson,
founder, publisher and chairman of
Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.,
died today in Chicago at
Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  
He was 87.  

Johnson was the founder of a major
international media and cosmetics
empire that includes EBONY and
JET magazines, Fashion Fair
Cosmetics and EBONY Fashion
As Vandross' gold coffin sat at the foot of the altar,
LaBelle read a poem written by the R&B icon's
mother, Mary Ida, who was seated in the front row.
Vandross' other family members, nine nieces and
their 11 children, filled in the seats around the
family matriarch to remember the man known to
them as "Uncle Ronnie."
Born Luther Ronzoni
Vandross on April 20, 1951,
in New York, Vandross
began his career in the
1970s writing and singing
jingles for television
commercials. David Bowie
discovered him in the mid-
seventies and featured the
budding talent on his
“Young Americans” album.
Vandross co-wrote Bowie’s
hit single, "Fame," and
served as the opening act
for the rock star’s tour.  
Vandross' two sisters and a
brother died before him.
John H. Johnson
Fair.  It is the # 1 African-American publishing company in the
world founded in 1942.

The founder and publisher succumbed after an extended
illness on the 60th anniversary of EBONY magazine, which,
under his leadership, has been the biggest Black-owned
magazine in the world for 60 straight years.   In 2002, Johnson
named Linda Johnson Rice, the chief operating officer, CEO of
the company, but retained the title of chairman and publisher
until his death.

Rice said her father was active in company affairs.  "He was in
his office and alert and active until the end. He was the
greatest salesman and CEO I have ever known, but he was
also a father, friend and mentor with a great sense of humor
who never stopped climbing mountains and dreaming

Mrs. Rice continues, "This is a tremendously sad time for me
personally, my mother, my daughter Alexa, and for our
company and its employees.  However, we are determined to
continue to move forward with the inspiring legacy he has left

Mr. Johnson was born in poverty in Arkansas City, Arkansas in
1918.  He credits the love and determination of his mother, the
late Gertrude Johnson Williams for starting him on the road to
success.  Funeral arrangements are pending
Luther's mom Mary leaving
Riverside church after the funeral
Alicia Keys and Patti LaBelle at Luther funeral,
Friday July 8, 2005 Riverside Chuch Manhattan, NY
Actor Brock Peters Dead at Age 78
Peter Jennings Loses Battle With Lung Cancer
Dead at Age 67
August 23, 2005 -  Brock Peters known for his
heartbreaking performance as the black man
falsely accused of rape in "To Kill a
Mockingbird," died Tuesday at his home after
battling pancreatic cancer. He was 78.

Peters was diagnosed with the disease in
January and had been receiving
Aug 8, 2005 - ABC News
Peter Jennings
died Sunday of lung
cancer at his home in
New York City, nearly
four months after he
announced that he was
diagnosed with the
Don Adams of 1960's TV "Get Smart" Dead of Lung
Infection at 82 -
Would You Believe?
Brock Peters
Sept. 26, 2005 - Don Adams died of a lung
infection late last night at Cedars-Sinai
Medical Center, his friend and former
agent Bruce Tufeld said adding that the
actor broke his hip a year ago and had
been in ill health since.
chemotherapy treatment, according to Marilyn Darby, his
longtime companion. His condition became worse in
recent weeks.

He died peacefully in bed, surrounded by family, she said.
Peter Jennings
The Canadian-born broadcaster delivered the
news to Americans for more than 5 decades. He
was 67.

He said he was determined to fight the disease,
citing National Cancer Institute statistics that
nearly 10 million Americans are living with
cancer. "I have a lot to learn from them, and
'living' is the key word," he said.

He acknowledged being a smoker until about
20 years ago, and said he "was weak, and I
smoked over 9/11."
Don Adams
Don Adams captured TV viewers as the inept Agent 86 in
the super-secret federal agency CONTROL on  "Get
Smart" which
 debuted on NBC in September 1965.  

When his explanations failed to convince the villains or
his boss, "Would you believe?" was his comical answer
all phrase.

Adams was married and divorced three times and had
seven children.  Survivors include six of his children; a
sister; several grandchildren and a great-grandchildren.
Bob Denver, TV's Gilligan, Dead at Age 70
Bob Denver the bumbling namesake of
"Gilligan's Island" who embarked on
what was supposed to be a three-hour
tour and endeared himself to
generations of TV fans, died Friday,
September 2, 2005, at age 70.
Bob Denver
Denver died at Wake Forest University Baptist
Hospital in North Carolina of complications from
treatment he was receiving for cancer, his agent,
Mike Eisenstadt said.

For the last several years Denver lived in Princeton,
W.Va.  He underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery
earlier this year. His wife, Dreama, and his children
Patrick, Megan, Emily and Colin were with him when
he died.  "He was my everything and I will love him
forever," Dreama Denver said.
The Tin Man From  Movie "THE WIZ" Actor
Nipsey Russell Dead From Cancer at Age  81  
Playwright August Wilson Dead at Age 60 From Liver
October 4, 2005 - Actor Nipsey Russell,
known as "the poet laureate of
television," passed away yesterday
afternoon at Lenox Hill Hospital. He
was 81.  Cause of death was cancer.  
He died Oct 3, 2005. and was born
October 13, 1923.  He was 81.
October 3, 2005 - Playwright August
Wilson, whose epic Broadway plays
included "Fences" and
"Ma Rainey's
Black Bottom," died yesterday of liver
cancer.  He was 60.
August Wilson
Nipsey Russell
Wilson died at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle,
surrounded by his family, said Dena Levitin, Wilson's
personal assistant.

"We've lost a great writer, I think the greatest writer that
our generation has seen and I've lost a dear, dear friend
and collaborator," said Kenny Leon, who directed the
Broadway production of "Gem of the Ocean" as well as
Wilson's most recent play, "Radio Golf," which just
concluded a run in Los Angeles.

Wilson was married three times, is survived by his wife,
costume designer Constanza Romero; their daughter
Azula Carmen, and another daughter, Sakina Ansari,
from his first marriage.
Motown Records Hit Recording Artist and Producer
Although Nipsey Russell was widely known a
comic and poet, also as a semi-regular on The
Match Game,  he garnered a younger audience
when he appeared as The Tin Man in the movie
The Wiz with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson,
Richard Pryor, Ted Ross, and Theresa Merritt.

Russell left no immediate survivors; He never
married.  "He always said, 'I have trouble living with
myself, how could I live with anyone else,"' Russell
is quoted as being "a  wonderful guy, very quiet,
never bragged."  
Sept 19, 2005 - Willie Hutch died in  
Duncansville, Texas on Monday
19th September.of reasons yet to
be disclosed. He was 60.

He was born Willie McKinley
Hutchinson in 1946 in Los Angeles,
but was reared in Dallas.  
Willie Hutch
His career spawned over 40 years.  He wrote and
produced songs for the 5th Dimension, Al Wilson..the
song 'I'll Be There' for The Jackson 5, and songs for
Marvin Gaye, GC Cameron, Smokey Robinson and
the Sisters Love

Willie Hutch wrote the entire album for the 70's movies
"The Mack" and  "Foxy Brown".  

He also produced albums for Michael Jackson and
Smokey Robinson. He even wrote a song for the
soundtrack to the movie "Hustle and Flow".
Beverly Hills, CA - Gail
Fisher (actress) is dead
from Kidney failure and
emphysema, at age 65.  
She died Dec 2, 2000.
Born August 18, 1935.
Fisher won an Emmy for
playing Peggy Fair on
GAIL FISHER Star of Televison Series Mannix Dead 65
Mannix.  Her death was reported by The National
Enquirer over a month before any other major service
picked it up, died on the same day as her older brother.

A memorial service is planned for Gail Fisher, who
co-starred on the popular series "Mannix" for eight
years. Fisher recently died of cardiac arrest in a Los
Angeles hospital. She was 65.

Fisher's daughter, Samara Fixe, confirmed that her
mother died at the Brotman Medical Center in L.A. "She
had emphysema and was diabetic. The death
certificate said cardiopulmonary arrest," she said. "She
had been going downhill pretty much."

Fisher, born in Potter's Crossing, NJ, was one of the
first Black performers to land a national television
commercial when, in 1963, she be came a
spokesperson for All Detergent.

However, it was as Peggy Fair on the hit drama
"Mannix" with Mike Connors that brought her
international attention. On that show, which ran from
1967-75, Fisher won an Emmy and two Golden Globe

Fisher, who attended the American Academy of
Dramatic Arts, appeared on stage in A Raisin in the
Sun and Purlie Victorious. On TV, she also performed
on "Fantasy Island," "General Hospital," and "Medical
Gail Fisher
Veteran Actress Helen Martin Dies Of Heart Attack At 90
Los Angelesl March 25, 2000 - She
played wise-cracking
Pearl on
the TV series "227".  Helen
Martin recently died of a heart
attack in Monterey, CA. She was
90.  Martin was an original
member of Harlem's American
Negro Theater.
Actress Shirley Hemphill appeared in
the 70's sitcom
"What's Happening", as
the waitress at Rob's Place, She died in
1999 from kidney failure. She was 52.  It
was nearly two weeks before her body
was discovered in her home.  Shirley
Ann Hemphill (July 1, 1947 - December
10, 1999) was born in Asheville, NC.
Singer Gwen Guthrie is best known
for her hit, "Ain't Nothing Going On
But The Rent," in 1986.   Guthrie
started her career by moonlighting
as a singer of commercial jingles,
sometimes with her friend Valerie
Simpson (of Ashford & Simpson
Redd Fox, stand-up comedian,
played Fred Sanford on the TV
"Sanford and Son"
DOB 12/09/1922 / DOD 10/11/1991
Cause of Death: Heart attack
born John Elroy Sanford  .A Harlem
nightclub comedian since the
Redd Foxx found television
success late in life - he had two hit
series and three failures during a
twenty-year period.
Ahmet Ertegun oo-founder of Atlantic
Records, was known for his role in bringing
Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and other
music greats to the attention of the world
DOB 07/31/1923 / DOD 12/14/2006
Cause of Death:  Fall
Singer Gwen Guthrie Dead At 48
fame).  A songwriting partnership with Patrick Grant
resulted in Ben E. King's comeback single,
"Supernatural Thing," and "This Time I'll Be Sweeter,"
covered by numerous artists.  She was also the
writer of Roberta Flack's "God Don't Like Ugly," and
she contributed to the Sister Sledge album, "Circle
Of Love."   Miss Guthrie died of uterine cancer on
February 3, 1999 at the age of 48.
Actress Shirley Hemphill Dead At 52
Gwen Guthrie
Shirley Hemphill
Sammy Davis, Jr.  Dead At 64
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Samuel George Davis, Jr. , better
known as
Sammy Davis, Jr.
(December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990)
was an American entertainer. He was a
dancer, singer, multi-instrumentalist
(playing vibraphone, trumpet, and
drums), impressionist, comedian, and
actor - known for the song "The Candy
Man", and he was also known as a member of the
Hollywood "Rat Pack".  Davis died in Beverly Hills, CA on
May 16, 1990  of complications from throat cancer at
age 64. Davis is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial
Park Cemetery in Glendale, California next to his father
and Will Mastin.
Massively & Multi-talented Redd Foxx Dead At 68
Foxx became relatively well-known in 1955 with his
hilarious party album 'Laff of the Party', wall to wall
raunchy stories recorded before a live audience.
"Laff' (and Redd's subsequent dirty joke LPs) sold
over 15 million copies, but the comic saw little of the
money: "I got robbed so bad", Foxx stated once, "I
just didn't want to make anymore".

Because he was unknown to TV audiences, Redd
Foxx's contract didn't take into account what a big star
he would become. Foxx had a bitter contract dispute
with producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, he felt
he was being taken advantage of.

Foxx walked off the set and sat out a half-season in
1975, entering into a public dispute over the fact that
NBC wouldn't give him a dressing room with a
window. NBC said the star was out of line, that the
issue was a smoke screen to get out of his contract
and sign a better deal elsewhere.

Foxx gave in to producers and returned to work a few
weeks later when they slapped an injunction on him,
preventing him from working anywhere else.
Ahmet Ertegun  Co-founder of Atlantic Records Dead At 83
H. LeBaron Taylor Dead At 65, Noted Black Corporate Leader Dies
In New York - Executive played important role in success of CBS
Records' Black Music Marketing Department

NEW YORK July 19, 2000 - LeBaron Taylor, who served in a dual capacity
as senior vice president of corporate affairs for Sony Music
Entertainment and vice president of corporate affairs for Sony
Software Corporation, recently died in New York City from cardiac
arrest. He was 65.

Under his leadership, CBS Records' Black Music Marketing
department became the model for the entire record industry.

Taylor joined the company in 1974 as vice president, special markets,
for CBS Records. Three years later he became the company's first
vice president of Black Music Marketing, with the added responsibility
of Jazz/Progressive Music Marketing. In this role he was instrumental
in bringing the label's Black Music presence to a leadership position
in the industry.

Born in Detroit, Taylor graduated from Wayne State University. He was
also a board member of the Grand Boule Foundation of Sigma Pi Phi
Fraternity and chaired its Social Action Committee.

Services were held at the Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, 225 Broadway, Suite 305, NYC, 10007.