(February 1, 1970 – June 2, 2021)
At the age of 51, Eric Mobley, one of just eight Pitt basketball players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, passed away. The cause of death for Eric Mobley is still unknown. The University of Pittsburgh basketball team confirmed his death on Twitter.
Mobley was born in the Bronx, New York City, and played under Frank Conroy at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York. During his senior year at Salesian, the 6'11", 235-pound center averaged 20.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game while leading the team to a 24-3 record to a New York state championship.
From 1991-92 to 1993-94, Eric Mobley was a three-year starter at Pitt, starting a total of 50 games in his last two seasons. As a result, the Basketball Times ranked him as the No. 3 centers in the country, and he received scholarship offers from schools all around the country. But in the end, he went with Pitt.
The sought recruit graduated from Salesian in 1989, but owing to Proposition 48, he was forced to sit out his freshman year at Pitt. In the meanwhile, Mobley moved to Cumberland, Maryland, to attend Allegany Community College (a two-year public community college), where he would play for Bob Kirk, one of the best college basketball coaches of all time. Mobley was a key member of a nationally rated squad in the Old Line State. “Potentially the finest squad we've ever had,” Bob Kirk told Karl Hente of the Washington Post, and Mobley was a key player, posting an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double at one point. But, more crucially, he was able to resolve his academic problems, allowing him to go to Pitt. Mobley was a three-year member of the Pitt Panthers under head coach Paul Evans from 1991 to 1994. As a junior in 1992, the 6'11", 235-pound center became a regular starter and had a breakout season, averaging 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Mobley confirmed his credentials as a draft pick by averaging 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game as a senior. Evans would be named All-Big East for his efforts, but Pitt would finish below.500 for the second time in Evans' tenure, and Evans would be fired by Pitt, ending his collegiate coaching career.
Mobley is second in school history in career blocks(184), trailing only Charles Smith. He also ranks sixth in career field goal percentage (.557). Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Panthers, he spent one season at Allegany College of Maryland, which was originally known as Allegany Community College (or ACC).
Mobley joined the professional ranks after three years in Pittsburgh. In the 1994 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the 18th overall choice, making him one of only eight Pitt products to get a first-round selection. He'd join No. 1 overall pick Glenn Robinson on a Milwaukee squad that finished 34-48.
Mobley made 26 starts and appeared in 46 games for the Bucks, but his 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game earned him a trade to the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995. Only eight Pitt basketball players were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, and Mr. Mobley was one of them. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the American Basketball Association.
The Milwaukee Bucks picked Mobley with the 18th overall choice in the 1994 NBA draft. He is the third-highest selection among Pitt players in the last 30 years and one of just eight first-round draft choices in school history.
In trade for Benoit Benjamin, Mobley was traded to Canada along with Eric Murdock, and he was a member of the first Grizzlies club. However, he was dismissed by the organization in 1997, therefore ending his NBA career. Throughout three seasons in the league, he averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Mobley returned to Pittsburgh in 2006, signing with the American Basketball Association's Pittsburgh Xplosion. The center only stayed with the squad for a short time. He did, however, assist the Xplosion to an 18-11 record, the greatest in the team's history.
In 2007, Mobley was one of many Pitt alums to sign with the club, including John DeGroat, Antonio Graves, and Carl Krauser. After his time in the ABA, Mobley retired to a peaceful life. He is known as one of Pitt's top shot-blockers of all time, with 184 career blocks to his credit.
"One of the great players in our program's history," said Pitt head coach Jeff Capel. On June 2, 2021, Mobley died away. Many people have expressed their condolences to his family and friends on social media, mostly through Facebook.
Isaiah and Evan Mobley, his two children, are both young basketball players. When two brothers played for the Trojans, Eric was an assistant coach at USC.
Cause of death: unknown.
(June 10, 1933 – June 3, 2021)
F. Lee Bailey, who represented football star O.J. Simpson, heiress Patty Hearst, and the "Boston Strangler" suspect before being disbarred, died at the age of 87 in a Georgia hospice, according to the attorney and former associate Peter Horstmann and Jennifer Sisson, a manager at Bailey's consulting firm.
Bailey was a member of the so-called "dream team" of local and national lawyers that defended Simpson in his 1995 murder trial, including civil rights attorney Johnnie Cochran, defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, and DNA specialist Barry Scheck. Simpson was found not guilty of the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife, and waiter Ronald Goldman.
Simpson, who was acquitted of murder charges in the "Trial of the Century" in Los Angeles in 1995, paid homage to Bailey on social media with a filmed tribute, calling him "one of the great attorneys of our time."
Francis Lee Bailey Jr. was born on June 10, 1933, in Waltham, Massachusetts. After two years at Harvard, he dropped out and pursued his two lifelong passions: law and aircraft. Bailey began his military career in the Navy before joining the Marine Corps and becoming a fighter pilot. Following his military duty, he attended Boston University Law School while also establishing an investigation firm.
He returned to Harvard for a brief while before being accepted into the Boston University School of Law in 1957 where his military experience was recognized in lieu of the requirement that students complete at least three years of college academic courses. He had the greatest grade point average in the history of Boston University when he was a student there.
In 1960, he received his LL.B. and was the top in his class.
Bailey's first major hit was with Sheppard's appeal in Ohio in 1966. He appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which reversed the conviction because Sheppard's jury was improperly sequestered. At the retrial, Bailey was successful in getting the doctor acquitted. The case was used as a basis for a successful television show, and film "The Fugitive."
Bailey won a retrial after successfully arguing before the United States Supreme Court that Sheppard had been deprived of due process. Following that, a not guilty verdict was issued. Bailey's reputation as a talented defense attorney was cemented in this case, which was the first of many high-profile trials.
With legal successes like an acquittal for a role in the Vietnam War's My Lai massacre and a successful appeal for Sam Sheppard, a Cleveland doctor accused of killing his wife, Bailey became one of the country's most recognized attorneys.
However, in his later years, he was living above a hair shop in Yarmouth, Maine, having been barred from practicing law and having lost his money.
Bailey, a former Marine Corps pilot, earned a reputation as a bright, quick-thinking cross-examiner with a strong recall, a penchant for theatrics, a thorough understanding of polygraph testing, and a hate-to-lose attitude.
When he took on the cause of aggrieved relatives of passengers on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, which was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1983, Bailey's reputation was shattered. Despite his public declarations attesting to his dedication to the case, his legal company worked on it for a considerably shorter period than the two other legal companies involved.
He irritated other clients by flying to Libya to discuss defending two individuals accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, despite having taken on the cause of the victims' family in that atrocity.
The mission to Tripoli was a blatant conflict of interest for the latter; Bailey maintained that he wanted to support the Libyans, despite a letter he wrote to the US government implying otherwise.
Bailey's dictatorial temperament, ruthless approach, and penchant for notoriety won him adversaries among judges and other attorneys. Just before they started what proved to be a successful defense in Simpson's dramatic double-murder trial in 1994, he had a significant public spat with longtime friend and co-counsel Robert Shapiro.
Bailey was convicted of contempt of court in 1996 and sentenced to 44 days in prison for neglecting to turn up stock and $700,000 handed to him by a Florida marijuana dealer. The stock and money, according to prosecutors, should have been forfeited. They were his payment from the narcotics supplier, according to Bailey.
Although the matter was settled, Florida prohibited Bailey from practicing law in 2001, citing "several charges of serious misconduct, including providing false testimony." He was also barred in Massachusetts.
Bailey also lost a significant battle in the protection of Hearst, the daughter of media tycoon Randolph Hearst, who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army extremist organization during her college years in 1974.
Bailey began Hearst's defense by stating it was "not a tough case" and attempting to persuade jurors that she had been indoctrinated by her kidnappers and compelled into carrying a pistol during a bank heist two months later in San Francisco.
In 1976, Hearst was found guilty of bank robbery and sentenced to two years in jail, accusing Bailey of bungling the trial. Bailey had put up a terrible defense, was exhausted and shivering during the trial, and had a conflict of interest since he planned to write a book about her case, she said in her appeal.
In a stormy trial, Bailey was part of the legal "Dream Team" that exonerated Simpson in the deadly stabbings of his ex wife and her friend. Shapiro accused Bailey of undermining him by spreading bad reports in the press and stated that he would only engage with Bailey about the trial.
In the Simpson trial, Bailey's most dramatic moment occurred when he interrogated Los Angeles police officer Mark Fuhrman, implying that he was a bigot who had placed a bloody glove to accuse Simpson. Neither claim was proven in court, but they both helped to undermine Fuhrman's reputation.
Bailey was later implicated in the Boston Strangler case, which involved the murders of 13 single women, the most of whom had been sexually abused, between 1962 and 1964. Albert DiSalvo, who was being detained on a different rape accusation, was privy to information about the slayings that had not been made public.
Bailey planned to utilize his confession as part of his insanity defense in the rape case against DiSalvo.
The court, however, refused to admit the confession, and DiSalvo was found guilty of rape. Bailey was later implicated in the Boston Strangler case, which involved the murders of 13 single women, the most of whom had been sexually abused, between 1962 and 1964. He was stabbed to death in jail before he could be convicted for the slayings of the Boston Strangler, although he was a strong suspect.
Bailey was successful in defending physician Carl Coppolino in the 1963 murder of his mistress's husband in New Jersey, but he was unsuccessful a few years later when Coppolino murdered his wife in Florida.
He also secured acquittals for Army Captain Ernest Medina, who was accused of directing the slaughter of civilians in My Lai, Vietnam, and two suspects in the $1.5 million Great Plymouth Mail Robbery in Massachusetts in 1962.
Bailey's domineering personality, ruthless approach, and penchant for publicity won him adversaries among judges and other attorneys. Just before they started what proved to be a successful defense in Simpson's dramatic double-murder trial in 1994, he had a significant public spat with longtime friend and co-counsel Robert Shapiro.
Bailey was convicted of contempt of court in 1996 and sentenced to 44 days in prison for neglecting to turn up stock and $700,000 handed to him by a Florida marijuana dealer. The stock and money, according to prosecutors, should have been forfeited. They were his payment from the narcotics supplier, according to Bailey.
Although the matter was settled, Florida prohibited Bailey from practicing law in 2001, citing "several charges of serious misconduct, including providing false testimony." He was also barred in Massachusetts. Bailey lost another battle in the protection of Hearst, the daughter of media tycoon Randolph Hearst, who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army during her college years in 1974.
After The Florida Bar filed a complaint stating that he mismanaged $6 million in stock owned by a former client, convicted drug dealer Claude Duboc, Bailey was disbarred by the state of Florida in 2001.
In its judgement, the court stated that "Bailey is guilty of the most serious and basic trust account crimes." Bailey was also sentenced to six months in federal prison for contempt of court related to Duboc's stock. Bailey attempted to continue his legal practice in Maine in 2013, but the state's Supreme Court denied him, so he set up a legal consulting firm there instead.
Bailey hosted the short-lived television show 'Good Company' in 1967, in which he interviewed celebrities in their homes in a style similar to Edward R. Murrow's Person to Person. He returned to tv hosting in late 1983, when he was selected the host of the tv series broadcast 'Lie Detector'. Bailey interrogated guests before submitting them to a polygraph test.
In June 2016, F. Lee Bailey declared bankruptcy due to a $5 million federal tax debt.
In the 2016 tv series ''The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story', American actor and writer Nathan Lane played him.
Bailey is prominently featured in Ezra Edelman's 2016 documentary 'O.J.: Made in America,' including interviews and archive material from the Simpson murder trial, notably his cross-examination of Mark Fuhrman. In his interview, he maintains that Fuhrman placed the incriminating glove on Simpson's property on purpose in an attempt to frame him, even though other interviewees have shown forensic evidence that proves Bailey's assertions are false.
Bailey was married four times in her life (to Florence Gott, Froma Portley, Lynda Hart, and Patricia Shiers). From his first marriage, he had two boys, and from his second marriage, he had another son.
Cause of death: unknown.
(October 16, 1975 – June 5, 2021)
Galen Young (born Leslie Galen Young), a former American basketball player and coach who was a standout for the Charlotte 49ers basketball team in the late 1990s, died at the age of 45 after an accident at his mother's home on Horn Lake Road in Memphis.
Young was murdered after a car crashed into her mother's home on Horn Lake Road in Memphis, according to the report. Galen was inside the residence at the time of the occurrence. His mother was not injured. Galen was working on a computer in a front room, according to Marlon Thomas, a friend and former colleague of Young's. The automobile then crashed into the home and murdered him as he sat there.
Young and Thomas had been friends since they were 11 years old, growing up in Memphis together. An inquiry into the incident is ongoing. According to Memphis police, the driver of the car was issued a citation.
Young, a Memphis native, was a member of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers for two years and was named First Team All-Conference USA in 1999. The Bucks drafted him 48th overall, but he did not make the squad. Young had a journeyman pro basketball career that took him to Japan, Venezuela, Spain, Australia, the Philippines, and New Zealand, while not making it to the NBA.
Before joining the PBA, Young earned the Conference USA MVP award in 1999, one of the NCAA Division I leagues. He also won the C-USA championship with the Charlotte 49ers. He was also named first-team all-Conference USA that season, averaging 14.7 points and 7.2 rebounds for a Charlotte team that won 23 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament's second stage.
Young was a second-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1999. (No. 48 overall). Young played internationally for several years despite never making an NBA squad. He was noted for his agility and excellent defense in both college and the pros.
Young followed point guard Ed Cota as the 49ers faced UNC. Young (with some aid from Thomas) flummoxed future NBA great Lamar Odom, which helped the 49ers win Rhode Island in the NCAA tournament in 1999.
Young led the Aces to a second-place finish in the elimination phase of the 2004 Fiesta Conference before their season ended in the quarterfinals. Young spent the 2004–05 season playing professional basketball with the 'Viola Reggio Calabria' in Italy. He divided the 2005–06 season between Unelco Tenerife in Spain and JuveCaserta Basket (also known as Dec Caserta) in Italy. Young was named CBA Player of the Year after helping the Yakima Sun Kings Washington win the Continental Basketball Association title in 2006–07.
Young played for the San Miguel Beermen, a professional basketball club in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), after the Continental Basketball Association season. He led the team from a 1–6 start in the elimination phase to sixth place in the finish. After losing in the semifinals against eventual winner Alaska, San Miguel finished fourth.
Young went to Australia for the 2007–08 season to play for the Townsville Crocodiles, an Australian professional men's basketball club based in Townsville, North Queensland. Young had 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
In 2008–09, he played with the East Kentucky Miners of Pikeville, Kentucky, in the Continental Basketball Association for the seventh time. He later returned to the Philippines for a brief spell with the Alaska Aces.
Galen returned to Australia in late 2009, signing an injury replacement contract with the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League (NBL). In 16 games, Galen averaged 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, helping the Wildcats capture the National Basketball League championship (NBL).
He played 11 games with the BC Titans of the International Basketball League in Langley, British Columbia in 2010.
Galen Young was the player-coach of the Black, Silver, and White 'East Kentucky Energy' in the American Basketball Association for the 2010–11 season (ABA).
Galen was appointed one of the American Basketball Association's East All-Star Team Coaches for the 2011 ABA All-Star game after leading them to the Final Four.
Galen came to New Zealand in early 2011 to play in the NBL with the Hawke's Bay Hawks (a New Zealand basketball team headquartered in Napier). Galen helped the Hawks to the 2011 season final when they were defeated by the Wellington Saints (the Cigna Saints).
Young returned to the PBA with the Beermen, leading the team from a 1-6 start to a sixth-place finish at the end of the elimination round. After losing in the semifinals against eventual winner Alaska, San Miguel finished fourth.
Young had started a college basketball coaching career a few years ago, thanks to a referral from Lutz. He was named as a new assistant coach at Rockhurst University, a Division II institution in Kansas City, in September 2020. According to a Rockhurst press release from September, he had previously worked as an assistant coach for Lane College in Tennessee for several seasons.
Young was set to begin a new coaching position as a high school coach at Jackson Prep in Jackson, Mississippi.
According to the Rockhurst news statement announcing his appointment, Young played in eight different nations before retiring from competitive play in 2012 after the birth of his twin kids, Ellis and Grayson. After that, he returned to Charlotte to get his criminal justice degree.
Cause of death: vehicular accident.
(26 August 1944 – 5 June 2021)
Philippe Courtot, a French-American serial entrepreneur and business leader, died at the age of 76. He was the chairman and CEO of Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a cloud security company situated in Foster City, California. The cause of Courtot's death has yet to be revealed. Philippe Courtot, a serial entrepreneur, has resigned as CEO of Qualys for health concerns after managing the cloud security firm for two decades. Courtot was named one of the Most Powerful People in Technology at Every Age by Business Insider in 2014.
With almost 20,000 active customers in more than one hundred and thirty countries, including a majority of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100, Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) is a pioneer and leading supplier of revolutionary cloud-based security and compliance solutions.
For more agility, better business outcomes, and significant cost savings, 'Qualys' enables enterprises to simplify and consolidate their security and compliance solutions into a single platform and integrate security into digital transformation programs.
Philippe has guided Qualys on a remarkable journey to become a prominent provider of cloud-based data security and compliance solutions.
Philippe became CEO of Qualys in March 2001 after investing in the firm when it was created in 1999. Philippe came to the organization with an original vision: to build a cloud delivery platform that would allow for the study of any network at the World level.
He then sets out to make it. He oversaw efforts to go public in 2012 as a subscription cloud service that enabled enterprises to detect security issues and protect themselves from cyber threats as the firm continued to develop and client usage rose. Under his direction, the firm has evolved into a well-run, lucrative organization with tens of thousands of employees around the world.
Philippe came to the firm with a concept that was distinctive from the start: to establish a cloud delivery platform that would allow for worldwide network scanning. Then he went about making it. He oversaw the push to take the firm public in 2012 as a subscription-based cloud service that enabled enterprises to find potential customers as the firm continued to develop and client usage rose.
Under his leadership, the company grew into a well-run, profitable enterprise valued by the investors and providing careers for thousands of people around the globe.
Philippe Courtot was born in 1944 in France, toward the end of the German occupation of France during WWII. His mother, a Spanish instructor, was an immigrant from Spain, and his father was a lawyer. He grew up in a Catholic family and attended Jesuit schools. He started his career selling minicomputers. Before moving to the United States in late 1981, Courtot received a master's degree in Physics from the University of Paris.
He moved to the United States in 1981 and became the CEO of Thomson GCR Medical in 1986, where he was honored with the Benjamin Franklin Award for Creating a National Advertising Campaign Promoting Mammography Awareness and Vital Benefits.
Philippe developed 'cc: Mail' in 1988 and turned it into the leading email platform provider, with a 40% market share before selling it to Lotus in 1991. Philippe joined corporate knowledge extraction provider Verity as president and CEO in 1993, guiding the business through an initial public offering in 1995 before stepping down two years later and joining 'Signio'.
He oversaw Signio's purchase by VeriSign. Microsoft made a $12 million offer to purchase 'cc:Mail'. Courtot declined the offer and sold the firm to Lotus Software, a Massachusetts-based American software business, for $55 million in 1991.
Philippe also pushed to broaden and strengthen the security industry's role, helping to form the Cloud Security Alliance in 2008, as well as the Trustworthy Internet Movement and the CSO Interchange. He was also a member of the Internet Society's board of directors.
In October 2012, he took Qualys public, generating $90.9 million in a Nasdaq IPO that valued the business at $360.6 million. Qualys is now valued at $4.18 billion, with annual revenues of more than $360 million and a workforce of more than 1,500 people.
In 2019, the Cloud Security Alliance presented him with the Decade of Vision Leadership Award, and in 2020, the International Systems and Security Association (ISSA) Education Foundation presented him with the Benefactor Award for his contributions to cybersecurity and cybersecurity education.
He also served on the board of directors of 'The Internet Society.' In 2019, the Cloud Security Alliance presented him with the Decade of Vision Leadership Award, and in 2020, the International Systems and Security Association (ISSA) Education Foundation presented him with the Benefactor Award for his contributions to cybersecurity and cybersecurity education.
Philippe's death has saddened the board of directors and the corporation. Philippe was a visionary leader with a strong interest in business and cybersecurity who genuinely cared about Qualys and its employees. "We look forward to continuing to expand the firm on the foundation of his vision as a way of paying honor to him."
Cause of death: unknown.
(1 March 1993 – 6 June 2021)
Italian singer-songwriter and the former competitor of Italian X-Factor and Amici, Michele Merlo has died of a cerebral hemorrhage in the intensive care ward of the Maggiore Hospital in Bologna, his family announced. In June 2021 Merlo suffered a cerebral hemorrhage caused by fulminant leukemia.
He was kept in a medically induced coma, but his chances of waking up were poor to none. His position was considered to be hopeless following the difficult procedure.
The musician was released home from the hospital in Vergato, on the Bolognese Apennines, where the symptoms he had been experiencing for a few days were characterized "as a small viral form," according to his family.
"My son was turned away from the emergency department the day before the procedure," Michele's father is enraged and desperate. He complained of symptoms that a wise doctor would have recognized. He'd had a horrible migraine for days, as well as neck discomfort and plaques in his throat, all of which were symptoms of leukemia. If they had gone to see him, they would have noticed that he was bruised.
We don't have a medical report, but I do have a barcode wristband at home. They informed me I was filling the emergency room with two plaques in my throat, according to audio my son recorded to his girlfriend in which he claims I'm upset. Instead, he was exhausted. Michele possessed two such limbs.
He participated in sports, did not drink, and never took drugs; he enjoyed the finer things in life, such as good food and pleasant company; and he traveled extensively throughout Italy." A case that the ASL is attempting to resolve through an internal investigation. Merlo was born in the province of Vicenza, in the town of Rosà (near Bassano del Grappa). Mike Bird, a singer who performs by the stage name Mike Bird, was a semifinalist in the 2017 edition of the talent show 'A Star Is Born.' 'Amici di Maria De Filippi'
The song 'Everything for me,' which has received over four million streams on Spotify, is one of his most well-known successes. The artist, who had over 250 thousand followers on social media, was also a writer, having penned the novel "Stupid Hearts," which was published by Sperling & Kupfer and distributed in bookshops in the fall of last year.
In 2017, he published his first album, "Cinemaboy," on an indie label, followed by the songs "Tutto per me," "Mare," "Non mi misschi più," "Kites," and "Tivù." In 2020, he published his second album, Cuori stupidi, in Italian. Among the songs on the album is "I'd like to protect you from the world," which Michele Merlo had unsuccessfully presented during the selection for the Sanremo 2020 Festival in the Youth category.
Cause of death: complications from cerebral hemorrhage.
(August 31, 1949 – June 7, 2021)
Former American football player and a longtime NFL offensive coach Jim Fassel (born James Edward Fassel) has died from a heart attack at the age of 71, the Giants and Fassel's son John, current coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys Special Teams announced.
Fassel, who lived just outside of Las Vegas, was transported to the hospital with chest symptoms on Monday and died of a heart attack while sedated. During his stint with the Giants, Fassel guided the club to three postseason appearances, including a Super Bowl participation in 2001, when New York was defeated by the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.
For nearly 30 years, Jim Fassel has coached at the collegiate and professional levels. He worked as an assistant coach for several NFL teams for a long period, but he is most known for his six years as head coach of the New York Giants, from 1997 to 2003, during which time he earned the award in his first year. In 2001, he was named Coach of the Year and led his team to the Super Bowl, but they were defeated 34-7 by the Baltimore Ravens after finishing the regular season 12-4 and winning the NFC East.
Aside from having a brief career as a quarterback in the NFL, CFL, and WFL in the early 1970s, he also coached at the collegiate level in Utah from 1985 to 1989 and was General Manager and President of the United Football League's Las Vegas Locomotives, a league that lasted only a few years and no longer exists today.
Fassel was a quarterback for Fullerton College, USC, and Long Beach State after graduating from Anaheim High School. In the 1972 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected him in the seventh round. He briefly played for the WFL's Hawaiians, a professional football team located in Honolulu, before becoming an assistant coach in early 1974.
After the 1974 season, he departed the WFL but returned temporarily when the Hawaiians needed a quarterback late in the 1975 season. He was a member of the Hawaiians in the WFL's final game, throwing the league's final pass three days before the league disbanded on October 22, 1975.
From 2009 until 2012, Fassel served as the head coach of the United Football League's Las Vegas Locomotives.
Fassell concluded his NFL coaching career with a 60-56-1 (.517) record. Fassel is one of just three Giants coaches who have led the team to the Super Bowl.
Fassel won NFL Coach of the Year in 1997 after leading the team to a 10-5-1 record and an NFC East Championship in his first season as head coach in New York.
Following his firing as the Ravens' offensive coordinator, Fassel went into broadcasting, joining Westwood One radio (The NFL on Westwood One Sports) as an expert analyst for Sunday NFL games. Fassel continued with the network for two seasons, working as a sportscaster and voice-over narration for NFL Films' Harold Norbert Kalas in 2007 and Sunday Night Football with play-by-play commentator Dave Sims.
He also worked the 2007 and 2008 NFC Championship Games with sportscaster and talk show host Bill Rosinski (2007) and Marv Albert - "the voice of basketball" - and was a member of Westwood One's postseason coverage during those two years, calling various games.
Fassel has been friends with Michael George Holmgren, a former American football coach, and executive since they were both quarterbacks at USC. Jim Fassel is survived by his wife and five children, whom he divorced in 2006 only to reunite and remarry.
Cause of death: heart attack.
(February 14, 1965 – June 11, 2021)
After a four-year battle with cancer, Lucinda Riley, a top-selling Irish author of popular historical fiction best known for the Seven Sisters series and a former actress (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet), died surrounded by his family.
Lucinda's 'The Seven Sisters' series, which is based on the mythology of the renowned star cluster and narrates the narrative of adopted sisters, has become a worldwide success. The series is now under development with a big TV production firm and is a worldwide No. 1 bestseller with cumulative sales of over fifteen million copies.
Her colleagues in the global publishing industry have paid tribute to her life and work throughout the last decade of her career. Riley has been a published novelist for about 30 years, and she has continued to write despite being afflicted with cancer. Lucinda and her family live at a farmhouse in West Cork, Ireland, where she writes her stories.
Lucinda Riley was born in the little Irish hamlet of Drumbeg. Riley lived in the area for the first few years of her life before moving to England. She came to London at the age of 14 to attend a specialized theater and dance school.
She began her career as an actress, landing her first major television role in the BBC adaptation of 'The Story of the Treasure Seekers,' followed by a memorable guest appearance in 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet,' before falling ill with a virus and writing her first book at the age of 23, which was later picked up by a literary agent. Her most recent novel, The Missing Sister (Macmillan), debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the Original Fiction chart in the first week of June 2021.
It was the fastest-selling fiction title in South Africa in the last five years. It was the greatest book launch in New Zealand since Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol was released in September 2009. It quickly rose to the top of the entire market in Australia. In all, 150,000 copies have been printed in all markets.
Riley has 85 number-one singles on the globe. Her works have received several nominations, including the Italian Bancarella award, the German Lovely Books award, and the Romantic Novel of the Year award. She won the Dutch Platinum medal in early 2020 for selling over three hundred thousand copies of a single novel in a single year.
The happiest moment of her life came in 2019, when 'The Butterfly Room,' her first novel after more than a quarter-century as a published author, topped the Sunday Times bestseller list for the first time. Her other projects include the Guardian Angels children's book series, which she co-wrote with her eldest son Harry Whittaker.
Grace and the Christmas Angel, the first episode, will be released by Macmillan Children's Books in October 2021 worldwide and the UK. Riley's other books have been translated into four additional independent novels to date. His books have been translated into almost forty languages and have sold millions of copies throughout the world.
Riley has sold 1.5 million copies in the UK for £9.1 million through Nielsen BookScan - The NPD Group. Her best-selling novel, The Olive Tree (2017), has sold slightly under 160,000 copies for a total of about £750,000.
Cause of death: cancer.
(August 13, 1935 – June 12, 2021)
The club reported that James Timothy "Mudcat" Grant, the first Black 20-game winner in American League history and a crucial player of the 1965 Twins World Series-winning team, died at the age of 85 in Los Angeles, California. Grant pitched for seven different clubs throughout his 16-year career, but Twins fans will remember him as "Mudcat."
Grant was a member of two All-Star teams throughout his career, and in 1965, he led Minnesota to a record-setting 21-win season. He was selected the American League Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News in 1965. In the same year, he presented The Jim Grant Show, a local Minneapolis variety television show where he sang and danced.
'Mudcat' joined the Minnesota Twins in a 1964 trade after spending parts of seven successful seasons with the Cleveland Indians (1958–1964) at the start of his career. The following season, he went 21-7 with a 3.30 ERA, 142 strikeouts, and 61 walks in 270 1/3 innings spanning forty-one games, including fourteen complete games and an AL-leading six shutouts.
Grant's final season as a full-time starter was in 1966. He pitched for five different big-league teams during the following five seasons, mostly as a reliever but also as a starter on occasion. In late 1967, the Twins sold him and Zoilo Versalles to the Dodgers in exchange for John Junior Roseboro, left-handed bullpen pitcher Ron Perranoski (Ronald Peter Perranoski), and Robert Lane "Bob" Miller.
Originally from Lacoochee, Florida, He moved on to Florida A&M University, where he was a two-sport athlete in baseball and football, but he was unable to graduate due to financial constraints. Grant was signed by the Cleveland Indians not long after he was forced to drop out of college, and he joined the club at the age of 18 in 1954, making his Major League debut in 1958, and leaving a legacy as vast as his great personality.
Mudcat remained a valued member of the Indians Alumni Ambassador Program to this day. Bob DiBiasio, Indians SVP/Public Affairs, expressed his sympathies to Grant's whole family, as well as his numerous colleagues and other organizations affected by his 60-plus years in the game.
Grant started three games in the 1965 World Series and won two of them (both full games) with a 2.74 ERA, despite the Twins losing in seven games to the Dodgers. In Game 6, with the Twins facing elimination, the right-hander pitched a full game and blasted a three-run homer in a 5-1 victory.
Grant's final Major League season was in 1971 when he concluded his 14-year career with a 145-119 record, 3.63 ERA, and 1,267 strikeouts. Grant also played for the A's, Cardinals, Dodgers, Expos, and Pirates in addition to Cleveland and Minnesota. Grant was also a talented blues guitarist who appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and collaborated with Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
Grant went on to devote the rest of his life to community action and was an outspoken supporter of Black baseball players. Grant also served as a broadcaster for the A's and as a TV commentator for Cleveland. He released "The Black Aces" in 2006, a book on each of the 13 African-American pitchers who had won 20 games in an MLB season up to that date.
While Grant had 145 big league victories throughout his playing career, he also influenced the field. Grant became a broadcaster and executive for the Cleveland Indians, as well as a broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics, after working as the North American Softball League's Publicity Director.
Grant also dedicated time to researching and publicizing the history of African-American baseball players. His performance paved the way for players like left-handed pitcher Vida Blue, Dwight Gooden (nicknamed "Dr. K" and "Doc"), David Price (drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft), and others.
On the 50th anniversary of his big league debut, Jim 'Mudcat' Grant threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Progressive Field in 2008. To mark the event, Grant was also given the key to the city.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(1976 – June 12, 2021)
According to his employer, Christopher Sign, a passionate Alabama TV journalist and former University of Alabama football player who broke the notorious Bill Clinton tarmac encounter with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, died Saturday. Christopher was discovered dead in his Scout Terrace house by Hoover police on Saturday morning.
After the ABC 33/40 newsman was found at his house at 8 a.m. on Saturday, local police chief Keith Czeskleba said the death was being examined as a suicide. A person was found unconscious at a home on Scout Trace, according to the Hoover 911 center. When police and firefighters arrived in Hoover, they discovered Sign, 45, had died.
His coworkers have expressed their sorrow on social media, as well as their surprise at the reason for his suicide. In June 2016, he published a book concerning a covert tarmac encounter between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton. In 2019, 'Secret on the Tarmac' was released.
After working for a TV station in Phoenix, the Dallas native returned to Alabama in 2017 to anchor the ABC station's nightly news broadcast.
While there, he broke the key 2016 presidential campaign story that former President Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in June 2016 at Sky Harbor Airport while Lynch was investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Sign, who was an offensive lineman for Alabama in the 1990s, authored a book called "Secret on the Tarmac" about the meeting. He was a full scholarship player. With the support of Stallings and Dubose, he graduated from the University of Alabama. In Montgomery, he worked as a reporter for the first time and had his first experience of politics.
He was a former football player at the University of Alabama. In addition to playing collegiate football at the University of Alabama under Coach Gene Stallings in the 1990s, he has earned several accolades for his journalism work throughout the years. For his coverage of the shootings of two Phoenix police officers, he won an Emmy Award for breaking news in 2014.
For his coverage of the search for the "Baseline Killer" and "Serial Shooter" in Phoenix, he won an Edward Murrow Award for spot news in early 2016. In late summer of 2016, Sign was the first to report about a tarmac encounter between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Hillary Clinton, Clinton's wife, was running for president at the time, and Lynch was in charge of the Justice Department investigation into Clinton's unlawful use of a private email server to perform official business. Sign shielded the source from whom he got the meeting tip and went on to write a book on the experience of obtaining the tip and reporting the story.
In a July 2016 interview, Lynch stated that she would not recuse herself from the Clinton email probe, but that she would follow the advice of the career agents and prosecutors who handled it. After receiving an ethical opinion from the Departmental Ethics Office stating that she was not obligated to recuse herself, she did so.
Both Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch insist the email inquiry was not brought up during their conversation, but Sign, who was a morning anchor at ABC15 in Phoenix at the time, said there was more to the tale and authored a book about it called Secret on the Tarmac. As part of an examination of the FBI's email investigation, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz looked into the tarmac meeting.
Clinton was in Phoenix for "several campaign activities, including a roundtable discussion with Latino leaders and a campaign fundraiser, and his jet was ready to depart," according to Horowitz when he crossed paths with Lynch, whose plane had just arrived, according to Horowitz.
Horowitz also reprimanded Lynch for making claims about her participation in the email investigation that "caused substantial public uncertainty," although investigators found no indication the email probe was discussed. Since breaking the story about the meeting in the run-up to the 2016 election, he and his family have received several death threats, he said in early 2020.
He was one of the most well-known and well-established news anchors, with a large reputation and acclaim for his outstanding work as a journalist. He was a quiet, kind man. Everyone is startled and grieved after learning of his death and is curious as to why he committed suicide. He was just 45 years old at the time, but he had already accomplished a great deal in his professional life.
Sign returned to Alabama from Phoenix, according to ABC 33/40, after turning down a position with a major network to be closer to his family. What most people don't realize is that Chris turned down a job offer from one of the major networks to work for ABC 33/40, and he did it because of his family.
Christopher and his wife, Laura, met at the University of Alabama and married, having three boys together.
Cause of death: apparent suicide.
(July 6, 1937 – June 13, 2021)
Actor Ned Beatty died of natural causes at the age of 83, surrounded by his family, according to his daughter Blossom Beatty. The Hollywood actor, who appeared in over 160 films, died in his Los Angeles home.
Ned Beatty has appeared in over 160 films and television shows over his nearly 50-year career. He was even nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in "Network."
Beatty grew up fishing and working on farms in Kentucky. Ned started singing in gospel and barbershop quartets and at his local church in St. Matthews, Kentucky, in 1947. He was awarded a scholarship at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, to sing in the a cappella choir, but he did not complete his studies.
At the age of 19, he made his theatrical debut in Wilderness Road, an outdoor historical pageant in Berea, Kentucky, in early 1956. He worked at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, and the State Theatre of Virginia during his first 10 years in the theater. He returned to Kentucky in the mid-1960s and worked at the Clarksville Little Theater (Indiana) and the newly created Actors Theater of Louisville.
Beatty's cinematic career began in 1972 with "Deliverance," in which he played one of four Georgia men who embark on a perilous canoe expedition opposite Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds. With his debut film performance, as the amiable vacationing hunter Bobby who is the victim of a vicious sexual assault, Beatty was fortunate enough to catch the attention of both the public and the critics.
Beatty had a tiny but noteworthy part as the chairman of the company that controls the network in "Network," for which he received an Oscar nomination, as well as the mystery series "Homicide," in which he appeared from 1993 to 1995.
According to Shelter Entertainment, after extended theatrical stints in Abingdon, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Broadway, film director John Boorman chose Beatty to portray Bobby Trippe, who has been sexually raped in the uncompromising thriller "Deliverance."
With Christopher Reeve in the principal role, Ned Beatty played Otis in "Superman" (1978) and "Superman II - Alone Against All" (1980). For his roles in "Friendly Fire" (1979) and "Last Train Home," Beatty was nominated for an Emmy (1990). Between 1989 through 1994, he played the father of John Goodman's character Dan Conner on the successful television series "Roseanne."
Another '80s highlight was Beatty's performance in "Hear My Song," in which he portrayed an Irish tenor on the run from the taxman for the majority of the film.
Ned Beatty also did a lot of good work on television, earning an Emmy nomination in 1979 for the timely tv "Friendly Fire," in which he and Carol Burnett played a couple who discover the terrible reality of the Vietnam War while grieving the murder of their son.
One of his most recent major roles was as US politician Clarence "Doc" Long in the 2007 film "Charlie Wilson's War," in which he co-starred with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. In a 2006 episode of "Law and Order," Beatty portrayed a senile judge who had become the puppet of his law clerk, and in a 2007 episode of "CSI," he portrayed a remarkably placid but scary dentist who is revealed as a serial murderer.
He continued to appear in a few projects in the following years, but he gradually faded from the public eye. Ned Beatty has eight children from three separate marriages after being married four times.Walta Chandler was Beatty's first wife, with whom he had four children: Douglas Beatty, twins Charles and Lennis Beatty, and Walter Beatty. They were married from 1959 to 1968 and had four children: Douglas, Charles, Lennis, and Walter. Beatty's second wife, actress Belinda Rowley, with whom he had 2 children, John and Blossom. Dorothy Adams "Tinker" Lindsay was Beatty's third wife; they were married from 1979 until 1998 and had two children: Thomas and Dorothy. Sandra Johnson was Beatty's fourth wife; they married in October 1999 and lived in California.
Although he did not sing for himself in the film "Hear My Song," he published a Christian music CD in 2006 called "In the Beginning Was the Word."
In the 1970s, Beatty starred in four films that were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture: "Deliverance" (1972), "Nashville" (1975), "All the President's Men" (1976), and "Network" (1976). In addition, he voiced a character named Lotso in the 2010 film "Toy Story 3," which was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Beatty was not related to Warren Beatty, another Hollywood celebrity who was born in 1937. Ned has been known to joke that Warren was his "illegitimate uncle" when questioned if they were related.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(May 25, 1931 – June 13, 2021)
John Gabriel, an American actor, singer-lyricist, and producer best known for playing the domineering Dr. Seneca Beaulac on the ABC serial opera Ryan's Hope for the first ten years, has died. He was 90 years old. Gabriel's death was reported by his daughter, actress Andrea Gabriel, on social media.
Gabriel was born in Niagara Falls, New York, on May 25, 1931, to immigrant parents. His father was born to Polish Jewish parents in then-Mandatory Palestine, now Israel. His mother was of Polish-Russian Jewish ancestry.
The veteran actor's stage and television career lasted 60 years, but from 1975 to 1985, and again in 1988 and 1989, he was best known as Dr. Beaulac. In 1980, he was nominated for an Emmy for the role. Gabriel, on the other hand, was already a footnote in pop culture history long before his soap career made him a household figure among daytime fans: In the unaired pilot of "Gilligan's Island," he portrayed "Professor."
In addition to roles on “The Untouchables,” “Days of Our Lives,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “General Hospital,” “Kate & Allie,” and many other legendary TV series, John Gabriel played WJM-TV sportscaster Andy Rivers on the renowned “Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1973 to 1975.
Gabriel's cinematic credits include the 1966 John Wayne movie "El Dorado," for which he also penned the theme song, conducted by Nelson Riddle. His Broadway credits include “The Happy Time,” a 1968 musical by Kander and Ebb, and “Applause,” which he co-starred in with Lauren Bacall in 1972.
In 2010, he had his last acknowledged job as a narrator in the blockbuster video game "Red Dead Redemption." Gabriel also made a name for himself as a talented vocalist, appearing on shows including television variety show "The Ed Sullivan Show," NBC "The Merv Griffin Show," daytime television talk show "The Mike Douglas Show," and "Regis and Kathie Lee." (or simply Live).
Gabriel went behind the scenes for CNBC in 1995, producing the late actor-turned-political analyst Charles Grodin's namesake talk program. Gabriel and his actress wife Sandy Gabriel, widely known for her role as Edna Thornton on All My Children, developed and produced a nightclub performance that he performed around the United States in 2004.
The entertainment, named Words And Music, was a celebration of great American music mixed with anecdotes from Gabriel's extensive show industry career. The production was recorded in Los Angeles in 2010.
John Gabriel is survived by his wife, actress Sandy Gabriel ('Your New Day,' Ryan's Hope,' All My Children,' ), his daughters Andrea and Melissa, and two grandchildren.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(July 9, 1955 – June 14, 2021)
According to her long-time manager, actress Lisa Banes died Monday after being injured in an apparent hit-and-run accident in New York City's Upper West Side more than a week ago. Banes had a severe brain injury and was unable to recover. She was 65 years old.
After a motorized bicycle or scooter jumped a red light and injured her near Lincoln Center on June 4, Lisa was in serious condition at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital.
Lisa Banes, a Los Angeles resident visiting the Big Apple for the first time since the pandemic began, was on her way to meet her wife, Kathryn Kranhold, for a dinner party when Lisa was mowed down by a red and black scooter on June 4, 2021 at West 64th and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, her family and local police police have said.
According to the New York City Police Department, police attended to an accident in that area and discovered a 65-year-old lady "with substantial head injuries" on the street. According to the authorities, accident victims are not identified. According to authorities, a scooter driving north on Amsterdam ran a red light and hit the woman on the street. No one has been named as a suspect. The motorist did not come to a halt but continued.
The actress's unexpected demise has shocked Hollywood. On social media, a slew of celebrities and fellow performers have expressed their regret and sorrow over the tragedy.
Banes, who was born in Ohio and reared in Colorado, studied acting at Juilliard before embarking on a long and illustrious career in New York and Hollywood, where she appeared in scores of television episodes and films.
Banes had regular roles on television as Doreen Morrison in the CBS drama television series 'The Trials of Rosie O'Neill,' starring Sharon Gless, Dorian Harewood, and Ron Rifkin, and as Mayor Anita Massengill in the Fox comedy sitcom 'Son of the Beach,' starring Jaime Bergman, Leila Arcieri, and Roland Kickinger,' from 2000 to 2001.
She also had recurring roles as Carrie's boss Georgia Boone on CBS sitcom 'The King of Queens,' alongside Kevin James, Leah Remini, and Lisa Rieffel, as Victoria on 'Six Feet Under,' alongside Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Frances Conroy, as Eve McBain on ABC soap opera 'One Life to Live,' and as the Ranch Director on 'Nashville,' Season 6 alongside Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and Clare Bowen.
She also appeared with Avery Brooks and René Auberjonois in the science fiction television series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" as a Trill doctor in the episode "Equilibrium." In the 1985 TV miniseries Kane & Abel, Banes played Anne Kane.
Her other television credits include the drama series 'China Beach,' the criminal drama series 'Murder, She Wrote,' David E. Kelley's 'The Practice,' the police procedural drama television series 'NYPD Blue,' and the comedy-drama and mystery television series 'Desperate Housewives, Dick Wolf's crime drama television series 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit', legal and political drama television series 'The Good Wife', NCIS ( the Naval Criminal Investigative Service) and ABC fantasy adventure drama television series 'Once Upon a Time'. From early 2010 to 2016, Lisa had a recurring role as Ellen Collins on the comedy-drama television series 'Royal Pains'.
In the Roger Donaldson's romantic comedy-drama film "Cocktail," Lisa played Tom Cruise's older love interest. In the film "Gone Girl," she plays the mother of the missing lady, Rosamund Pike.
Banes also played Mrs. Berry alongside Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob Lowe, and Nastassja Kinski in Tony Richardson's comedy-drama film 'Hotel New Hampshire' (1984), Flora in Kevin Costner's supernatural fantasy film 'Dragonfly' (2002), and Christina Ricci's mother in the romantic dark comedy film 'Pumpkin' (2002).
“Oh, I’m right for this,” the famous actress thought after reading the screenplay for David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” Lisa stated in an interview at the then Hollywood Film Awards ceremony.
She had regular theatre performances, notably on Broadway in the Neil Simon comedy "Rumors" in 1988, the musical "High Society" in 1998, and the Noel Coward drama "Present Laughter" in 2010.
Banes was married to Kathryn Kranhold, a contributing reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, and lived in Los Angeles.
Cause of death: traffic collision.