Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Dead At Age 74

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(PCM) It is with great sadness that we have learned Earth, Wind & Fire founder and leader Maurice White has passed away at the age of 74.  White is best known for co-writing some of the groups biggest hits such as “Shining Star”, “September” and “Sing A Song”. The news of his passing was confirmed in a Facebook posting from his brother Verdine White.

Verdine wrote: “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

Maurice White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969 and the band’s soulful and upbeat tunes ruled the airwaves throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Their music was passed down from generation to generation, as it was easily relatable and spoke to an individuals soul.  The music of Earth, Wind & Fire is a mosaic of genre with elements of funk, rock, jazz and blues.  The musical landscape has no doubt suffered yet another irreplaceable loss.

In countless interviews White claimed that the band’s main objective was to create uplifting music and spread the message of positivity and they without a doubt succeeded. Our sincere condolences go out to Maurice White’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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Veteran Actor Abe Vigoda Dead At Age 94

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of veteran actor Abe Vigoda at the age of 94. Abe Vigoda who played over the hill Detective Phil Fish on the sitcom “ Barney Miller” and Mafia lieutenant Sal Tessio in The Godfather movie, died Tuesday morning at his daughter Carol’s residence in New Jersey.

The success of the “Godfather” movies in the 70’s eventually led Vigoda to the sitcom “Barney Miller”. The series ran from 1972-84. Vigoda was on the show until 1977. He was nominated for three Emmy’s for his performance as Detective Fisk on the show who was always complaining about his aches and pains.

Vigoda was born in 1921. He grew up on New York’s Lower East Side. He was the son of a tailor who studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and played characters parts for much of his early career. Vigoda established himself as a successful theater actor in the 1960’s. Francis Ford Coppola, the director of “The Godfather” took a liking to Vigoda on the stage and cast him in his movie. The rest in cinema history.

Vigoda was sort of an internet sensation when it was reported by People Magazine in 2008 that he had passed away. But he lived on for many more years and made fun of the magazines mistake.
Vigoda would go onto act in many more movies after his success with “The Godfather” including:  “Cannonball Run”, (1984) with Burt Reynolds. “Look Who’s Talking” (1989) with John Travolta and Kristie Alley, “Joe Versus the Volcano” (1990) with Tom Hanks. And 1997 film “Good Burger”.

Vigoda was married to his wife Beatrice for 24 years until her death in 1992. They had one daughter, Carol. Our sincere condolence go out to Abe Vigoda’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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The Eagles Found Member Glenn Frey Dead At Age 67

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(PCM) It is with great sadness we report that The Eagles founding member Glenn Frey has passed away at the age of 67. According to a statement posted on the band’s official website, “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide”.  Frey had been suffering from various intestinal issues for quite some time, which is also what forced the band to cancel their appearance in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.

Frey, along with Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon, came together in the early 1970’s to originally form Linda Ronstandt’s backing band and from there they eventually went on to become The Eagles, a group responsible for some of the world’s biggest rock hits including “Hotel California”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “Best Of My Love” and “Take It Easy”.

Don Henley released a statement saying, “We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.” Numerous other musicians have shared heartfelt condolences after learning of Frey’s passing including Carole King, Huey Lewis, Travis Tritt, and Sheryl Crow.

Frey and Henley together co-wrote many of the band’s biggest hits, including “Best of My Love,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California.” Frey took on guitar and lead vocal duties on “Take It Easy” and “Tequila Sunrise”.  The Eagles parted ways in 1980 amid much internal turmoil with the band, however they famously reunited in 1994 which led to an MTV special and a live album.  The band would continue to tour together over the years since that time.

Our sincere condolences go out to Frey’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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RIP Alan Rickman 1946-2016

Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen(PCM) 2016 is off to a rough start. First, the world loses visionary and musician David Bowie, and now, just four days later, we’re dealing with the loss of actor-director Alan Rickman.

Rickman’s family announced the actor’s passing this morning, January 14th, saying the 69-year-old had lost his battle with cancer.

Though he is best known for his role as the dark and brooding Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, Rickman had a long and accomplished career in film, tv, and on stage in Britain and in the U.S.

Starting his classical training in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1972, Alan Rickman began his acting career on stage with British repertory and experimental theatre groups before working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rickman soon entered the world of TV, starring as Tybalt in a 1978 TV movie adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, before starring in the BBC’s TV mini-series, The Barchester Chronicles, as Obadiah Sope.

After starring in another TV movie and appearing on a few TV series, Alan Rickman got his first big break starring as the villainous Hans Gruber alongside Bruce Willis in 1988’s Die Hard, earning him the 46th spot on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains before gaining more recognition in the U.S. for his role as the evil Sheriff George of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Not one to be typecast as the villain in every film, Rickman branched out and played a wide variety of roles throughout his career, starring as the sensitive and lovelorn Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, the voice of God and angel Metatron in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, the pedantic Alexander Dane in the hilarious Galaxy Quest, the unfaithful character of Harry in Love Actually, the miserable robot Marvin in The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the irresponsible innovator behind one of New York’s most iconic clubs, Hilly Crystal in CBGB.

Rickman earned over 15 awards and 29 nominations throughout his 38 years in the business, including a Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Rasputin in the 1996 TV movie. The accomplished actor also has two directing credits to his name: 1997’s The Winter Guest and 2014’s A Little Chaos.

Rickman’s last film appearance will be in Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar, opening May 27, 2016.

Fellow actors and celebrities have been mourning the loss of Alan Rickman on social media, sharing in the collective sadness touching so many right now.

Our condolences go out to the Rickman family. RIP Alan Rickman, 1946-2016.

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“Harry Potter” And “Die Hard” Actor Alan Rickman Dead At Age 69

It has been a terribly sad start to 2016 with the death of several high profile celebrities and musicians. We are deeply saddened to add actor Alan Rickman to the list, as he has shockingly passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.

The British actor is best known for his role as villain Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” film franchise and Hans Gruber in 1988’s “Die Hard” opposite Bruce Willis. Rickman has also had notable roles in films such as “Love Actually”, “Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves”, “Dogma” and “Sense & Sensibility”.

A statement was released by Rickman’s family today which read, “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.” Hollywood has already begun to mourn Rickman’s passing, as those that have had the pleasure to work with him have begun posting their sentiments and condolences via social media.

“Harry Potter” writer J.K. Rowling writes, “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan’s family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.”

Actress Emma Thompson, who starred opposite Rickman in “Love Actually” comments, “Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye.
“What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was – his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him. He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.”

“Dogma” director Kevin Smith wrote, “One of my favorite people who ever lived has died. The legendary ‪#‎AlanRickman‬ played Metatron, the Voice of God, in my 4th film ‪#‎Dogma‬. Alan was the first non-friend who signed up to the flick, but he became a great friend in record time. In this pic, he holds the Ken doll his Dogma character’s lack of genitalia was modeled after. I’ll never forget his incredible dulcet tones guffawing at the rubber crotch makeup he was wearing: one of the greatest actors who ever lived, tickled by a cinematic lack of a dick. I loved Hans Gruber the minute I saw ‪#‎DieHard‬ but I fell in love with the soft-spoken gentle soul who brought Gruber to life. Thank you for lending a hack like me your artistry and your credibility, Alan. You were never Snape to me as much as you were the adult Harry Potter himself: a bonafide wizard who could conjure absolute magic using merely words. He was a HUGE cauldron of win, this man. I’ll miss him forever. Rest in Peace, Voice of God. Back to Heaven, where you came from…”

Rickman was also an incredibly accomplished stage actor as well. He got his start working with the Royal Shakespeare Company and his performance as the seducer the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway in 1986 earned him his first Tony Award nomination. Rickman also earned a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or television film for the title role in “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.”

Our sincere condolences go out to Rickman’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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The Life Of David Bowie Will Be Celebrated In London’s Union Chapel On Sunday, January 17

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(PCM) Music lovers, musicians and Bowie fans of all ages will gather for a public tribute for David Bowie at London’s Union Chapel on Sunday afternoon. The event – “Starman: A celebration of David Bowie” – will provide an opportunity for people who have been inspired, influenced or touched by his work to pay tribute to the visionary musician who died on Sunday.

Musicians and bands will perform Bowie tracks whilst people who knew the man or loved his work will read lyrics, poems and talk about what he meant to them. There will be projections, song sheets for the congregation and hopefully a number of surprises.

The list of performers and participants is currently being prepared and organisers are appealing to anyone who would like to get involved or to help out to get in contact.

“The world would be a very different place without David Bowie and many people feel a distinct need to say goodbye to him. This event is intended for everyone whose lives have been touched by his music. We appeal to anyone to get in contact and help ensure that this event is a fitting tribute to a man who has meant so much to so many,” said Stefan Simanowitz, event coordinator.

“We are honoured to be hosting this celebration for one of the outstanding musicians of our time. The Union Chapel will provide an ideal setting to celebrate the greatness of his work and bid farewell to a very special man,” said Pete Stapleton, venue manager of the Union Chapel.

Starman: A celebration of Bowie will take place from 5pm – 8.30pm on Sunday 17 January at the Union Chapel, Islington.

Tickets will be available shortly:

For ticket information contact http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/

This is a non-profit event but there will be a £4 charge to cover costs. Any profits will go to Macmillan Cancer Care. http://www.macmillan.org.uk/

The event will be livestreamed on the Internet.

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