BREAKING NEWS: Pop Star, Music Visionary and Legend Prince Dead at age 57

This is so sad, this guy was the music soundtrack of the 1980’s and he’s dead. How crazy.

His music and my favorite of his:

Here is the story via TMZ.COM:

The Carver County Sheriff Office tells TMZ they are now investigating the circumstances of Prince’s death. At this time, there are no signs of foul play.update_grey_gray_barThe artist known as Prince has died … TMZ has learned. He was 57.

Prince’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.

Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed. We’ve obtained the emergency dispatch call for a “male down, not breathing.”

Here’s the police audio:

More on Prince’s death:

Prince’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.

Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed. We’ve obtained the emergency dispatch call for a “male down, not breathing.”

The singer — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.

At the show, Prince prophetically told the crowd, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”

I do know that Prince was a Jehovah’s Witness and he knew the Lord. (Some might dispute that…. but, this ain’t the time for that at all.) Flu can trigger a heart attack, if there’s lots of fluid the lungs. I’ve heard of that happening before.

Either way, this is a huge loss for the music world. RIP Mr. Rogers. You will be missed. 🙁

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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. 🙁

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 Monday Morning Music Express – Special Memorial Edition Presents David Bowie

What a terrible loss for music. 🙁

Some of his best:

 

His last two:

Via NYT:

David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.

Mr. Bowie’s death was confirmed by his publicist, Steve Martin, on Monday morning.

He died after having cancer for 18 months, according to a statement on Mr. Bowie’s social-media accounts.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family,” a post on his Facebook page read.

His last album, “Blackstar,” a collaboration with a jazz quartet that was typically enigmatic and exploratory, was released on Friday — his birthday. He was to be honored with a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 31 featuring the Roots, Cyndi Lauper and the Mountain Goats.

He had also collaborated on an Off Broadway musical, “Lazarus,” that was a surreal sequel to his definitive 1976 film role, “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

Mr. Bowie wrote songs, above all, about being an outsider: an alien, a misfit, a sexual adventurer, a faraway astronaut. His music was always a mutable blend: rock, cabaret, jazz and what he called “plastic soul,” but it was suffused with genuine soul. He also captured the drama and longing of everyday life, enough to give him No. 1 pop hits like “Let’s Dance.”

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Beau Biden, VP Joe Biden’s Son dead at 46 of Brain Cancer

You know there is a time for politics and then, there is a time for real life. Joe Biden and his family are real people, with real families and this here, is really big loss.

The story:

Vice President Joe Biden and his Son Beau

WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden III, the former attorney general of Delaware and the eldest son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., has died of brain cancer, his father announced on Saturday. The younger Mr. Biden was 46.Mr. Biden had spent more than a week receiving treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington.
Source: Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s Son, Dies at 46 – NYTimes.com

My heart goes out to Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, as well as his Children.

The Biden family has suffered some losses that I could never fathom ever happening to me. So, I feel for them all. Again, there is a time for Political criticism, and I have done that a bit here. But, this is not one of those times. My prayers for the family this Sunday morning.

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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. 🙂