Merle Haggard RIP

Looks like another country and western Legend has left us.

This ought to be the Republican Party official song:

Via NYT:

Merle Haggard, one of the most successful singers in the history of country music, a contrarian populist whose songs about his scuffling early life and his time in prison made him the closest thing that the genre had to a real-life outlaw hero, died at his home in Redding, Calif., on Wednesday, his 79th birthday.

His death was confirmed by his agent, Lance Roberts. 

May he rest in peace. 🙁

The Tuesday afternoon music express, special memorial edition presents: Patty Duke

Via TMZ:

Hollywood legend Patty Duke — who won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” — has died.

She was 69.

Duke passed away at 1:20 AM Tuesday morning. She died from sepsis due to a ruptured intestine.

Duke’s son, Sean Astin, said the family is “relieved” because Duke was in a lot of pain and the process took a long time to play out.

Duke’s family issued a statement, saying, “This morning, our beloved wife, mother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health, Anna Patty Duke Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place.”

“We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life.”

Duke was a child star — winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at 16 years old in 1963.

She was married 4 times … most recently to Michael Pearce.

Duke is survived by her 3 kids … including “Lord of the Rings” star Sean Astin.

Story developing …

RIP Patty. 🙁 😥

Nancy Reagan has went to be with Jesus

Nancy Reagan has passed away and now is with Jesus, the angels and reunited with Ronnie.

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Nancy Reagan kissing the coffin of her beloved husband

Fox News has the story:

Nancy Reagan, the widow of President Ronald Reagan and passionately devoted keeper of his flame, died Sunday morning of congestive heart failure at 94, according to her spokesperson.

Reagan died at her home in Los Angeles. She’s set to be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband. Prior to the funeral, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library, the spokesperson said. Details had not yet been announced Sunday afternoon.

She was the First Lady that every woman should inspire to be. Rest in peace, dear sweet Lady.

I think this more than fits here:

Update #3: Nancy Reagan’s Life story:

The incredible life of Nancy Reagan changed America and the world. http://fxn.ws/1TBuRRw

Posted by Fox News on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Update: Blogger roundup at Memeorandum

Update #2: This is a beautiful tribute by the Young American’s Foundation:

The Friday morning music express – Special Memorial Edition – Presents: B.B. King

They say it comes in threes, first a family friend and now, this man.

My other favorite of his:

B.B. King, the larger-than-life guitarist and singer who helped popularize electric blues and brought it to audiences for more than six decades, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89. King, who was diagnosed with diabetes nearly 30 years ago, was hospitalized last month due to dehydration. Last October, he was forced to cancel eight tour dates for dehydration and exhaustion. His attorney, Brent Bryson, confirmed his death to the Associated Press. – Source: Rolling Stone

One thing to remember; if there had never been a B.B. King; there would have never been a Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or none of the rest of them white people who were inspired by this man.

I think this tribute from NBC news is very well done:

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There are many bloggers remembering Mr. King; left and right. Here they all are: Washington Post, The Stranger …, Common Dreams,Gothamist, Chicago Tribune, Poynter., Reuters, Outside the Beltway, The Week,Scared Monkeys, Hinterland Gazette, The Daily Caller and alicublogCommon Dreams, CBS New York, Taylor Marsh, ABC News,abc11.comEd Driscoll

Rockford Files Star James Garner dead at 86

I used to love watching that show’s reruns on TV.

LOS ANGELES –  Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86.

He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday

via Movie, television legend James Garner dies at 86 | Fox News.

Theme music from the Rockford Files:

Rest in Peace James, thanks for the childhood memories. 🙂

 

Condolences to Greg Gutfeld

I admit it, I sometimes like to watch Red Eye on Fox News. It’s a light-hearted break from the seriousness of rest of the news day. So, hearing that Greg lost his Mother is rather heartbreaking to hear. It is something that I will have to deal with myself one day. 🙁

My Thoughts and Prayers are with Greg and the rest of the Gutfeld Family.

(H/T to Reason’s Hit Run)