notable deaths in SEPTEMBER 2021

This is a list of recent notable deaths in September 2021.

The following deaths of notable and famous people occurred in September 2021.

Death list of celebrities, athletes, politicians and other famous peoples who died in September 2021. Huge list of all important deaths organized by day. Names are reported under the date of death. New deaths articles are added to their respective date in September 2021.

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   September 19, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Jimmy Greaves, 81

 Jimmy Greaves, one of 

 the greatest English 

 soccer strikers in history, 

 world champion (1966), and 

 absolute Tottenham Hotspur 

 legend, has passed away 

 today at the age of 82, 

 announced English Premier 

 League side Tottenham. 

 

 

(20 Feb. 1940 – 19 Sept. 2021)

   

 

In May 2015, the striker had a stroke that rendered him wheelchair-bound and speech-impaired. Greaves had been taken to a hospital in Chelmsford, near his home in Essex, early this year. Jimmy Greaves will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most prolific attacking players of his generation. For 46 years, the striker held the record for top-flight goals in the five major European leagues, and he remains Tottenham's all-time leading goalscorer. His 366 goals in the top tier of England and Italy were a record for the top five European leagues until Cristiano Ronaldo broke it during Real Madrid's 2016-17 season.

 

He began his senior career with Chelsea, where he scored 132 goals in 160 appearances before joining Milan. His time in Italy was brief, with only 14 appearances during which he managed to score nine goals while also winning the Scudetto in 1961/62. Then he went back to London, or to the Spurs, where Greaves flourished and made a name for himself. The legendary striker spent nine seasons with Tottenham, appearing in 381 games and scoring a total of 266 goals, that no one has yet managed to transfer.

 

He won two FA Cups, two Charity Shields, and a Cup Winners' Cup with the Roosters, and he went on to play two more Premier League seasons with West Ham after a long career with the Roosters. Greaves became the all-time leading scorer in English first-league football (357 goals), was the championship's first top scorer six times, and won the legendary World Cup with the English national team in 1966. She is the fourth top goal scorer in national team history with 44 goals, and he also has a record of six hat-tricks with the national team. He also played for AC Milan and West Ham and is largely regarded as one of the country's finest players.

 

Greaves became a columnist for 'The Sun,' a British tabloid newspaper, in early 1979, when his playing career ended. He continued to write his column until 2009 when he went to work as a writer for the British tabloid Sunday daily 'The Sunday People.' Greaves began his career as a commentator on 'Star Soccer,' a weekly soccer highlights show in the United Kingdom, in 1980, and then co-hosted 'The Saturday Show' before being chosen as a pundit for ITV's coverage of the 12th FIFA World Cup, held in Spain in 1982. At the end of 2020, Greaves received an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

 

Cause of death: unknown.

John Challis, 79

 John Challis (79), an English 

 actor and comedian best 

 known for his role as Boycie, 

 a used car salesman in the 

 legendary British TV sitcom 

 'Only Fools and Horses,' died 

 peacefully in his sleep after 

 a long battle with cancer, 

 according to his family. 

 

 

(16 Aug. 1942 – 19 Sept. ​2021)

   

 

John Challis, who was born in Bristol in 1942, had a long and successful career in television but was best known for his role as "Boycie" Boyce in the long-running BBC sitcom 'Only Fools and Horses'. He canceled a 30-city speaking tour earlier this month after only one performance due to illness.

 

Challis was recently made an honorary citizen of Serbia, where "Only Fools and Horses" is still a great hit. He also directed the documentary Boycie In Belgrade, which looked into why the show was so popular in Serbia. Terrance Aubrey "Boycie" Boyce, his dishonest second-hand auto trader persona, was a comedy fan favorite. 

 

Challis co-starred in the program with Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst from 1981 to 2003, and his character was so popular with fans that he was cast in four series of the spin-off show 'The Green Green Grass' (2005–2009) alongside on-screen wife Marlene (starring actress Sue Holderness). Challis was in his late thirties when he got the role of Boycie, which he played for only one scene before becoming a more significant character in the series.

 

But, Challis demonstrated his versatility as a Shakespearean actor when he appeared in open-air productions of Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream in Regents Park in London in 1995, exactly at the height of Only Fools and Horses' success. In 1969, he played Scorby in the BBC TV show 'Doctor Who' (television tale 'The Seeds of Doom) and the controversial Robin Chapman's mob drama thriller serial 'Big Breadwinner Hog.' Between 1971 and 1975, he played Sergeant Culshaw in the British television police procedural series 'Z-Cars.'

 

Challis enjoyed playing Boycie on TV for decades, even adopting the character in appearances on other entertainment shows, fan gatherings, and even a video message this year encouraging the use of face-coverings in public places to help battle Covid.

 

John Challis was a skilled character actor, personality, and raconteur whose diverse career included everything from classical parts on stage to television heavyweights, cops, sitcom stars, pantomime performances, and even a one-man play.

 

Cause of death: cancer.

   September 18, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Chris Anker Sorensen, 37

 Chris Anker Sorensen, 

 a former professional 

 cyclist and TV Host from 

 Denmark died after being 

 hit by a car while cycling 

 for pleasure in Zeebrugge, 

 Belgium, during a break from 

 his work as a television host. 

 

 

(5 Sept. 1984 – 18 Sep. 2021)

   

 

Since his retirement three years ago, the former pro cyclist had worked for TV2 Sport. Sorensen has featured as an anchor host for the channel's coverage of key events, and he was in Belgium for the World Championships. Apart from the fact that a driver in a car was involved, no specifics regarding how the accident happened were available.

 

After a long career in the sport, Sorensen retired from professional cycling in 2018. He finished 12th in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana after winning an individual stage in the 2010 Giro d'Italia and stage 7 of the 2008 Critérium du Dauphiné into La Toussuire. His other significant accomplishments include a 14th-place finish in the 2012 Tour de France.

 

In 2015, Sorensen won the Danish road racing championship, and in 2009, he won the Japan Cup. At the 2012 Tour de France, he was also given the Combativity Award. This award is given by a jury to the rider who has been the most aggressive and attacking, taking into consideration variables such as the length of time spent in a breakaway group. Even though he had crashed and had a hand injury that required surgery during the 2012 Tour, he continued to race.

 

Since the UCI no longer allows the Danish federation to give Danish licenses to riders living abroad, Sorensen, who lives in Luxembourg, has been riding under a Luxembourgian license since the 2010 season. He won a stage in the Giro d'Italia during the season. In 2015, he rode with Tinkoff-Saxo in his final World Tour season. He has been a member of the squad since 2007 when it was known as CSC Pro Team.

 

After leaving the Danish team, he joined ProConti's Fortuneo-Vital Concept, which is now Arkéa Samsic. He ended his career with two seasons with the Danish Continental club Riwal CeramicSpeed in 2017 and 2018.

 

After his active career as a cyclist, Sorensen transitioned to a position in the commentary box at TV 2 SPORT, where he was a well-liked and respected colleague.

 

Cause of death: traffic collision.

   September 17, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Roger Brown, 84

 Roger Brown, a Surry 

 County native, Virginia 

 Sports Hall of Famer, and 

 Portsmouth restaurant 

 owner, has died aged 84, 

 his family and Brown's 

 namesake restaurant, 

 Roger Brown's Restaurant 

 and Sports Bar, announced 

 on social media. 

 

 

(May 1, 1937 – Sept. 17, 2021)

   

 

Brown was drafted by the Lions in the fourth round of the 1960 NFL draft, No. 42 overall, out of Maryland State College (now Maryland Eastern Shore). Brown, who stood 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 300 pounds, was voted First-Team All-Pro in 1962 and 1963 and appeared in the Pro Bowl from 1962 to 1967.

 

He was one of the first NFL players to weigh more than 300 pounds on the field, yet his size and speed made him one of the most explosive players of his day. He was a member of the original deadly foursome, which included four-time Pro Bowler Alexander George Karras, defensive player Sam Williams, and former first-team All-American college lineman Darris Paul McCord.

 

Brown was playing Los Angeles Rams (1967-69) for three seasons and retired at the age of 32. 78 career sacks, 15 fumbled and two interceptions have been recovered in 10 seasons. In 1962, Brown supported Lions' defense on Thanksgiving Day in recording a team record 11 sacks versus Green Bay Packers. Brown recorded the Packers Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr for seven of those sacks that day.

 

In 1964, in Detroit, he recorded four two-digit seasons with a career-best of 141⁄2. In 2009 he was admitted to the Football College Hall of Fame. The Hawks held opponents off the NAIA all-American in 1958-59 at 7.3 points per game throughout his four-year career. During his tenure, the Hawks went 24-5-1, outscoring opponents 693-213. Brown was elected into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth (since 2017 inTown Center in nearby Virginia Beach) in 1997, the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) in 2015, and the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta, Georgia in 2009.

 

Brown, a native of Surry County, Virginia, went into the restaurant industry when his playing days were over. As COVID-19 swept the country last year, Brown talked to the Press. He fought to keep his three restaurants in Virginia viable, chatting up guests and adding ambiance to Roger Brown's in Portsmouth, where he had spent the most of his time since it opened 20 years earlier. Cove Tavern in Newport News and MoMac Brewing Company in Portsmouth are his other two businesses.

 

Cause of death: unknown.

   September 16, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Jane Powell, 92

 Jane Powell, the operatic

 -voiced star of Hollywood's 

 golden age musicals 

 including "Royal Wedding", 

 alongside Fred Astaire and 

 "Seven Brides for Seven 

 Brothers," alongside Howard 

 Keel, died at the age of 92. 

 

 

(April 1, 1929 – Sept.16, 2021)

   

 

Jane Powell, whose real name is Suzanne Lorraine Burce, rose to fame after appearing in musicals during her teens and twenties. Powell was sexually molested as a child by tenants in the apartment building, but she didn't tell her parents because she didn't want to upset her mother, who was an alcoholic with an explosive temper.

 

She played a character named Jane Powell in her first film, 1944's Song of the Open Road, and later adopted the pseudonym for herself. She began her long successful career as a big singing prodigy on the radio in Portland when she was approximately five years old. Powell made her debut film at the age of 16 and progressed from teen roles to costarring in opulent musical musicals that were a trademark of Hollywood in the twentieth century.

 

Her role in the 1951 film "Royal Wedding" came about by coincidence. June Allyson was originally cast as Fred Astaire's co-star, but she backed out due to her pregnancy. Judy Garland, actress from 'The Wizard of Oz' was cast but had to drop out due to personal problems. The next person in line was Jane. She had only turned 21 when she was cast in the role, while famous Fred Astaire was 52. She was frightened because she had never danced before, but he was "extremely kind and understanding," she said. We got along swimmingly right away.”

 

In addition to her film career, Powell featured in numerous stage musicals, including "The Sound of Music," "Oklahoma!" "My Fair Lady," "Carousel," and "South Pacific." She made her Broadway debut in a revival of "Irene" in 1973, and in 2004, she starred in a part written specifically for her by composer Stephen Sondheim in "Bounce." Powell toured in three plays in the early 1980s: 'Same Time, Next Year,' a 1975 romantic comedy; 'The Marriage-Go-Round,' a play written by Leslie Stevens; and 'Chapter Two,' a semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon.

 

Powell returned to the stage in early 2003 as Mama Mizner in the Stephen Joshua Sondheim hit musical 'Road Show' (previously titled Bounce). She sang "Love Is Where You Find It" in a concert hosted by Michael Feinstein in March 2009, in which he praised movie musicals in general and MGM musicals in particular.

 

Powell's first four marriages were all unsuccessful. When she was interviewed for a book on child performers, she met her fifth husband, Dick Moore. He was a well-known child actor in the 1930s and 1940s as Dickie Moore, and he gave Shirley Temple her first movie kiss in "Miss Annie Rooney." In 2015, he passed away.

 

Cause of death: natural causes.

   September 15, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

   September 14, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Norm Macdonald, 61

 “Saturday Night Live” star, 

 Norm Macdonald, the dry 

 humor stand-up comedian, 

 actor and screenwriter, has 

 sadly died at the age of 61. 

 He died after an almost 

 ten-year secret struggle 

 with cancer. 

 

 

(Oct.17, 1959 – Sept.14, 2021)

   

 

Macdonald is most remembered for his three seasons as the anchor of "Saturday Night Live's" iconic "Weekend Update" segment, which he hosted from 1993 to 1998. His gravelly voice and caustic, sardonic humor appeared in a number of comedies and animation series. Macdonald began his career as a stand-up comedian in Quebec City, Canada, on October 17, 1959. From 1992 to 1993, he worked as a writer on ABC's comedy "Roseanne," developed by Matt Williams and Roseanne Barr, before getting a role on "Saturday Night Live." Macdonald was recognized for his impersonation of Larry King, Burt Reynolds,and Bob Dole, among others, during his tenure on the sketch comedy series.


He played the mustachioed Reynolds in the classic "Celebrity Jeopardy!" skits, which also starred Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, and he revisited the character in the "SNL" 40th-anniversary celebration in 2015. Macdonald was famously booted out of the cabinet in early1998, then-NBC network's west coast chief, television producer Don Ohlmeyer, canceled "Weekend Update'' a fictional news program on "Saturday Night Live,".

The comedian publicly stated that he believed it was because his former boss didn't like his frequent jokes about "The Juice" O.J. Simpson, who was a friend of Ohlmeyer's. Later, Macdonald departed "Saturday Night Live." "in its entirety


Following his time on the sketch comedy show, Macdonald created and starred in the comedy film "Dirty Work" (1998) with Artie Lange, Jack Warden, and Traylor Howard, and voiced Lucky the Dog in Betty Thomas' fantasy comedy film "Doctor Dolittle" (1998). From March 24, 1999, until April 6, 2001, his comedy "The Norm Show" aired on ABC, co-starring American actress Laurie Metcalf. In the last 20 years, Norm Macdonald has been on several late-night shows such as "Late Show with David Letterman" hosted by David Letterman on CBS and "Conan" hosted by writer, comedian, and performer Conan O'Brien, and had recurring roles on TV series including ABC's "The Middle" a sitcom about a lower-middle-class family and 20th Century Studios' "The Orville."

 
One of his last projects was the Netflix talk show "Norm Macdonald Has a Show," a pared-down talk show that debuted On March 9, 2018, in which the comedian interviewed celebrity guests including Chevy Chase, Jane Fonda, Michael Keaton, Drew Barrymore, David Spade and Letterman for wide-ranging, half-hour conversations. Macdonald said his previous addiction to play was triggered by a six-figure victory at an Atlantic City craps table. In 2011, Macdonald claimed that he lost all his money gaming three times at a WTF show with Marc Maron's podcast and that the biggest sum he lost at a time was $400,000. In 2007, he was ranked 20th of 827 entries in the World Series of Poker.

 


Cause of death: cancer.

   September 13, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Don Collier, 92

 Don Collier, who starred 

 in "The High Chaparral," 

 "Tombstone," "Outlaws," 

 "Gunsmoke," and "Bonanza," 

 as well as three classic 

 Westerns with John Wayne, 

 died of lung cancer 

 at the age of 92. 

 

 

(Oct.17, 1928 – Sept. 13, 2021) 

   

 

Collier was born in the city of Santa Monica in the state of California. He worked as a geologist, a logging worker, a ranch hand, and a surveyor, and he was a Navy and Merchant Marine veteran. Collier worked as an extra in a few films after his navy duty before enrolling on an athletic scholarship at Hardin–Simmons College in Abilene, Texas.

 

He dropped out after his freshman year and went on to Brigham Young University, a private research university in Provo, Utah, to study geology. He worked with a drama group led by Estelle Harman, an American acting coach in Los Angeles, for about three years to improve his acting skills. Because of his ranch hand background, Collier was able to do his own fighting and riding, which made him popular with directors and producers. During his career.

 

Collier appeared in over 200 films and television shows. From 1967 to 1971, he starred in NBC's Western action-adventure television series "The  High Chaparral," as the "High Roller," in George P. Cosmatos' beloved 1993 Western film "Tombstone," and as Deputy Marshal Will Foreman in the TV series "Outlaws," alongside Barton MacLane, Slim Pickens, and Judy Lewis.

 

In the films "El Dorado" (1966), produced and directed by Howard Hawks, "The War Wagon" (1967), directed by Burt Kennedy, and "The Undefeated" (1969), directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, he co-starred with John Wayne, a renowned Western movie hero.

 

Collier began acting in TV advertisements in the late 1970s, notably one for Hubba Bubba bubble gum, which was introduced in the United States in 1979 and featured him as the Gum Fighter for over a decade. He also created highly successful TV advertisements in Australia, in addition to his work in the United States.

 

Later in his career, Don Collier narrated 'The Desert Speaks,' a series of films for the University of Arizona, participated at Western festivals and performed 'Confessions of an Acting Cowboy,' a one-man stage play in which he discusses his experiences in front of and behind the camera.

 

Cause of death: lung cancer.

Mike Boyle, 77

 Michael "Mike" Boyle, 

 a former Democratic mayor 

 of Omaha, Nebraska, and a 

 member of the Douglas 

 County board of 

 commissioners died of 

 pneumonia at the age of 77. 

 

 

(Jan. 19, 1944 – Sept. 13, 2021)

   

 

 

Mike Boyle (77), who had been suffering from diabetic problems, became sick on Sunday. He was admitted to the hospital for the night and died the next morning. We found out about his lung cancer diagnosis at the beginning of the year. His family stated at the time that he was in excellent health and had shown no symptoms before therapy.

 

Michael David Boyle attended Catholic schools in Omaha and earned a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Creighton University's Business Administration School in 1973. In 1977, he received his law degree from Creighton University School of Law.

 

Mike and Anne Howell married in 1965 and have five children and 18 grandkids. His wife Anne was the first woman elected to the Nebraska Public Service Commission in its 130-year existence. She was a previous head of the Nebraska Democratic Party and was re-elected in 2008. She was the campaign manager for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in Nebraska, as well as his re-election campaign. After having a stroke, Anne Boyle died in 2019.

 

Boyle was recalled in a special election in 1987 after being elected mayor of Omaha twice. After the dramatic departure of Omaha Chief of Police in October 1986, a recall effort was launched against Boyle.

 

In October 1985, police lieutenant Tony Infantino prepared a document titled "Mission Impossible" outlining a strategy to target and observe the mayor's brother-in-law, John Howell, to arrest him for drunken driving. Boyle was hoping to use this as a chance to meddle in the criminal justice system.

 

Recall campaign supporters collected almost 34,000 signatures on recall petitions, much above the 19,000 signatures required to initiate a recall election. The recall election was place in January 1987, and over a hundred thousand voters, or 56.4 percent of those registered, cast ballots.

 

The election resulted in Mike Boyle's removal from office, with 56 percent voting for his recall and 44 percent voting to keep him in office. Mike Boyle returned to politics 10 years later when he was elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

 

Cause of death: pneumonia.

   September 12, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

John Shelby Spong, 90

 Don Maddox, the final  

 member of  "Maddox 

 Brothers & Rose" - America's 

 Most Colorful Hillbilly Band" 

 and the country music's 

 oldest living legend, died 

 at the age of 98. 

 

 

(Dec. 7, 1922 – Sept.13, 2021)

     death announced on this date.

 

 

 

He was 10 years old in 1933 when his mother, adamant that her children would have a better life, abandoned their sharecropper living and guided the family west, to California, from Boaz, Alabama, during the 1930s and early phases of the Depression. In the history of country music, that move from Boaz, Alabama, to Modesto, California, has become legendary.

 

They decided to become comedians after becoming tired of working as nomadic farmers, and The Maddox Brothers were born in 1937. Don was too young for the band at first, but as he grew older, he joined his brothers and sister as the violin player and comedian known as “Don Juan.”

 

Despite the fact that no one under the age of 18 was allowed in, he played at pubs. She heard Woody and Jack Guthrie sing "Reno Blues" at that time, which she eventually adapted into the group's biggest hit, "The Philadelphia Lawyer." The band reunited after Don and his brothers returned from military service in 1946.

 

The Maddox Brothers and Rose were known for their high-energy performances, which included hollers, spoken asides, and brother Cal's crazy laughter, and were dressed in gaudy, brightly colored costumes made by North Hollywood tailor Nathan Turk. They called themselves "America's Most Colorful Hillbilly Band" and were known for their gaudy, brightly colored costumes made by North Hollywood tailor Nathan Turk.

 

Don acquired a confident "Don Juan" character and became the group's comedian. Through the mid-1950s, the Maddox Brothers and Rose would perform and record. 'I'll Write Your Name In the Sand'(1961), 'Go Honky Tonkin!'(1965), 'A Collection of Standard Sacred Songs'(1959), 'Maddox Bros. and Rose'(1960), and 'The Most Colorful Hillbilly Band in America' (Bear Family,1998) 4-CD set.

 

Their music was a hard-driving country boogie that served as an early model for rockabilly, featuring featuring Fred's pounding bass, souped-up hillbilly renditions of Rhythm and blues songs, and searing electric guitar skills.

 

In 1956, the Maddox Brothers and Rose split up. Don settled down to a life of ranching south of Ashland, Oregon, after two years of traveling with his brothers. He has had a recent comeback in his musical career, singing at festivals, appearing on the Marty Stuart Show, and getting a standing ovation at the Grand Ole Opry.

 

Cause of death: natural causes.

John Shelby Spong, 90

 John Shelby "Jack" Spong, 

 the former Episcopal Church 

 bishop of Newark (across the 

 river from Manhattan), died 

 peacefully at the age of 90. 

 He was a respected religion 

 commentator and cleric 

 known for his progressive 

 theology and support of 

 LGBTQ clergy in the 

 Episcopal Church. 

 

 

(June 16, 1931 – Sept. 12, 2021)

 

 

John Shelby "Jack" Spong was a significant figure on the left of The Episcopal Church (a form of Anglicanism centered in the United States) as it headed toward a liberal/progressive stance.  In 1989, As the bishop of the Diocese of Newark, where he had served for more than two decades, he ordained the Episcopal Church's first openly gay male priest. By the time he resigned, he had ordained around three dozen LBGTQ clergy in the diocese.

 

Spong was born in 1931 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up attending conservative churches. Spong found a mentor in an Episcopal priest called Robert Crandall when his father died when he was 12 years old, and under his influence he entered Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 1955. He also went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor organization and earned a bachelor's degree in 1952.

 

Until 1979, when he was chosen bishop of the Newark diocese, he led Episcopal parishes in North Carolina and Virginia. Spong spoke and had visiting positions at major American theological colleges, most notably at Harvard Divinity School. 

 

In the year 2000, he announced his retirement. He was a member of the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops as a retired bishop. His subsequent challenges to the Church's position on human sexuality, the virgin birth, and the bodily fact of Christ's resurrection enraged and terrified fundamentalists.

 

Simultaneously, it has given hope to countless more who wish to believe in God but reject premodern literalizations posing as faith. Spong, John Shelby "Jack," is the author of several best-selling works, including Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Re-claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, Living in Sin, Born of a Woman: A Bishop Rethinks the Birth of Jesus, Resurrection: Myth or Reality and Here I Stand: My Struggle for a Christianity of Integrity, Beyond Moralism: A Contemporary View of the Ten Commandments, Love and Equality and is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.


Awards and Honors; Fellow, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, (1992), Humanist of the Year, 1999, D.H.L., Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Quatercentenary Scholar, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, 1992.

 

Bishop John Shelby "Jack" Spong was a firm believer in Christian dogma reform, questioning the Church on what he saw to be obsolete or dishonest practices and beliefs. In 1989, he also published his 12 Points of Reform, in which he disputed the biblical tale of creation in a post-Darwinian world, among other things.

 

Cause of death: natural causes.

   September 11, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Michael Chapman, 80

 The Vikings announced 

 that Hall of Fame center 

 Mick Tingelhoff, a symbol 

 of toughness and the ultimate 

 ironman, died at 81. 

 Tingelhoff started over 240 

 consecutive games at a 

 bruising position for the 

 Vikings legendary team 

 and appeared in four 

 Super Bowls. 

 

 

(May 22, 1940 – Sept. 11, 2021) 

 

 

Tingelhoff had to wait more than 3 decades for inclusion into the Hall of Fame, which he eventually received in 2015 after a vote by a senior committee. Tingelhoff earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his football career, he earned three letters, but it wasn't until his senior year in 1961 that he became a starter. Mick was a co-captain for the 1961 squad, which had its best offensive season in almost five years.

 

Tingelhoff played in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, as well as the All-American Bowl following the regular season.

Tingelhoff, a Nebraska native and former University of Nebraska offensive tackle, went undrafted in 1962 and signed with the Vikings, where he stayed for the rest of his 17-year career.

 

Tingelhoff claimed in 2015 that his father believed football was a waste of time. "Both my mother and father were born in Germany. Germans are ruthless. They weren't overjoyed when I received a scholarship at Nebraska. "They wanted me to stay on the farm,".

 

Tingelhoff gained the starting role as a rookie and immediately began a streak in which he did not miss a game, appearing in 240 of them while starting all of them. Tingelhoff's 240 consecutive starts were the second-most in franchise history, trailing only teammate Jim Marshall's 270. It was also the most by a center in NFL history.

 

Tingelhoff was undrafted out of Nebraska in 1962 and spent 17 years with the Vikings. During his debut year's preseason, he converted from linebacker to center, anchoring an intimidating offensive line that helped them win 10 division titles in 11 seasons. He was named to the All-Pro team five times. He was named to six straight Pro Bowls from 1964 to 1969 and appeared in all four Vikings Super Bowl appearances in the 1970s before retiring after the 1978 season.

 

Both the PFWA and Pro Football Weekly selected him First-Team All-Pro in 1970. He was also selected to the Newspaper Enterprise Association's Second-Team All-Pro.

 

The Associated Press selected him First Team All-NFC for that season. Tingelhoff's No. 53 is one of the Vikings' six retired jersey numbers, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015 after being nominated by the senior committee. Tingelhoff was a quiet leader who preferred to let his actions speak for themselves. 

 

Cause of death: unknown.

Michael Chapman, 80

 Jacksonville political giant 

 Tommy Hazouri, a former 

 mayor of Jacksonville and 

 member of the Florida House 

 of Representatives, died at 

 age 76 after a long illness, 

 following complications from 

 a lung transplant last year, 

 the city announced. 

 

 

(Oct. 11, 1944 – Sept. 11, 2021)

 

 

Last month, Hazouri was admitted to Mayo Clinic for problems related to a lung transplant he had last year. He was just discharged from hospice care and returned to his Mandarin home. Hazouri was the city's first Arab-American mayor, the offspring of a significant diaspora of Lebanese and Syrian families that arrived in Jacksonville more than a century ago and helped shape the city's identity.

 

For more than four decades, the 76-year-old local hero has served the Jacksonville community. He earned a bachelor's degree in history and government from Jacksonville University.

 

When Reubin Askew was governor of Florida in 1974, he won his first election and became a member of the Florida House of Representatives, where he served for 12 years until becoming the mayor of Jacksonville from 1987 to 1991. In 1974, the year President Richard Nixon resigned from office, sent to the Florida House of Representatives, and by the age of 46 campaigning successfully for mayor. Hazouri's unusual longevity in public life witnessed many failures and comebacks, and eventually lasted until his last days.

 

In a contentious Democratic primary race, he overcame fellow former State Representative John Lewis, and then handily defeated Republican Henry Cook in the general election to become Jacksonville's third mayor. He was in his second term on the Jacksonville City Council, having recently completed a year as its president, after serving one term as mayor of Jacksonville and eight years on the Duval County School Board.

 

During his tenure as mayor, he spearheaded a campaign to remove tolls from the city's highways and bridges and enacted an anti-odor legislation to rid the city of its unpleasant odors, eradicating Jacksonville's image as "the stinky city."

 

Hazouri, whose career in Jacksonville's administration covered the pre- and post-merger eras, saw the gas tax as a key component in delivering on decades-old promises of improved infrastructure to the city's oldest communities.

 

Hazouri campaigned for Mayor of Jacksonville again in 1995 and 2003, but lost both times in the primary elections, with John Delaney and John Peyton winning the contests in the end.

 

Hazouri also established a special committee on racial justice and policing and backed Mayor Lenny Curry's proposal to double the local gas tax, which is an important part of a plan to expedite the completion of a long list of transit projects, connect historically underserved neighborhoods to city water and sewer lines, and free up funds for more spending on parks, libraries, and other public services.

 

Cause of death: lung disease.

   September 10, 2021 

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Michael Chapman, 80

 Michael Chapman, a folk 

 singer-songwriter and guitar 

 virtuoso from Leeds, England, 

 has died at the age of 80. 

 During his five-decade career, 

 he released over 40 albums. 

 Artists such as Elton John, 

 Ryley Walker and Thurston 

 Moore, often sang his praises. 

 

 

(24 Jan. 1941 – 10 Sept. 2021)

 

 

Michael Chapman, English folk singer-songwriter, has died at the age of 80, according to Brendan Greaves, co-founder of Chapman's company Paradise of Bachelors. Chapman originally announced the news on Instagram. Although no cause of death was given, it was stated that Chapman died at his house.

 

Chapman was born in Hunslet, West Yorkshire, in 1941. He went to art school in Leeds and played in local jazz bands. Although he began his career teaching painting and photography, his guitar playing swiftly progressed from a hobby to a career.

 

Chapman learned to play the guitar by listening to recordings by other musicians because he didn't have access to instructional resources. He began performing in a similar style on the Cornish folk circuit after studying the albums of jazz guitarists such as Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery.

 

He began to perform on folk and progressive music circuits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and released his first album, 'Rainmaker on Harvest' (1969), the first of four quickly released albums, 'Fully Qualified Survivor' (1970), 'Window' and 1971"s 'Wrecked Again,' which were first released.

 

After signing to Decca, a British record label established in 1929, now part of the Universal Music Group, and releasing his fifth studio album, 'Millstone Grit' in early 1973, he changed gears and played the electric guitar. While he might not have been a household name, artists such as English singer, music writer, Elton John, pianist and composer, Thurston Moore, American musician William Tyler, and American singer-songwriter and guitarist Ryley Walker often sang his praises.

 

For decades he continues to work and play music, celebrating in 2017 with his album, produced by Steve Gunn, 50, half a century as a professional musician. Gunn worked on his 2019 True North studio album, published by Paradise of Bachelors. The back of Chapman's Harvest catalog, a British American record label was re-issued in both heavyweight vinyl and CD formats, using the US-based label "Light in the Attic" (established by Matt Sullivan).

 

In 2015, Chapman recorded a range of instrumental albums, including "Fish," for 'Tompkins Square Records' (an independent label that produces gospel, blues, jazz, and country musical archives).

 

Cause of death: unknown.

   September 9, 2021 

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   September 8, 2021 

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Art Metrano, 84

 Art Metrano, American 

 actor and stand-up comedian 

 best known for his roles as 

 ruthless police officers 

 Lt./Captain./Cmdt Ernie 

 Mauser in the "Police 

 Academy" films (Police 

 Academy 2 & 3)died of  

 natural causes at the age 

 of 84 at his home in Aventura, 

 Florida, his son Harry 

 announced on social media. 

 

 

(Sept. 22, 1936 – Sept. 8, 2021) 

 

 

Metrano's most memorable role was as long-suffering ruthless and demeaning police officer Ernie Mauser in the 1985 American comedy film "Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment," directed by Jerry Paris. Metrano appeared in the third installment of the Police Academy franchise, "Police Academy 3: Back in Training," alongside Steve Guttenberg, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey, Bubba Smith, and other legendary comedians, a year later (1986).


Art Metrano's acting career spanned nearly three decades, beginning with Monica Davis, John McKay, Phillip St. George, and Edward Czerniak in Barry Mahon's 1961 thriller "Rocket Attack U.S.A." The 1969 Jane Fonda psychological drama film "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, and Susannah York, Elaine May's romantic comedy film "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972), and 1981 comedy film "History of the World: Part I," written, produced, and directed by legendary Mel Brooks, are also among Metrano's big-screen credits.

 

The Brooklyn-born actor was a familiar face on television. In 1970 that he got his big break as a stand-up comedian on NBC's late-night talk show "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," hosted by Johnny Carson. With guest appearances on shows like ABC sitcom and Happy Days spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi," (1982), CBS television network's "All in the Family," and fantasy sitcom television series "Bewitched," which aired for eight seasons on ABC.

 

His acting career was cut short in 1989 when he fractured his neck after falling from a ladder while working on his house's roof. While he was originally quadriplegic (also known as quadriplegia), he subsequently regained the use of his arms and legs and was able to walk short distances with crutches, although he needed a motorized wheelchair regularly.

 

He eventually adopted the life-changing event into a one-man stage performance, "Metrano's Accidental Comedy," which he performed in a wheelchair and on crutches. The L.A. Weekly reviewers selected him as the best actor in a one-man show for this performance.

 

Cause of death: natural causes.

   September 7, 2021 

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Sam Cunningham, 71

 Tragedy has befallen the 

 Patriots organization that is 

 already grieving the loss of 

 wide receiver David Patten. 

 Sam "Bam" Cunningham, 

 the Patriots' all-time leading 

 rusher, died at the age of 71. 

 Cunningham joined the team 

 as a first-round draft pick in 

 1973 after an All-American 

 career at USC. 

 

 

(August 15, 1950 – 7 Sept. 2021)

 

 

Sam Cunningham, who had a legendary college football career and played for the Patriots for a decade, has died at the age of 71 in Inglewood, his wife, Cine and the university announced. Unfortunately, tragedy has befallen the Cunningham family, and a Patriots organization that is already grieving the loss of wide receiver David Patten at the age of 47 now must cope with the death of a true icon who has his name plastered all over the franchise’s record book. 


Sam "Bam" Cunningham, a bruising 6-foot-3, 226-pound running back born in Santa Barbara in 1950, is best remembered for his spectacular performances in college at USC, where he was named Most Valuable Player of the 1973 Rose Bowl after scoring four touchdowns in USC's national championship-clinching victory over Ohio State. Sam Cunningham, the older brother of Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham, was able to turn a strong collegiate career at USC into a successful pro career. From 1973 through 1979 and 1981 to 1982, Sam Cunningham played nine seasons for the Patriots, participating in 107 games.

 

Because of Cunningham's achievements, No. 39 will remain one of the most cherished numbers in USC history, and the Patriots Hall of Fame member was without a doubt the finest skill position player in New England throughout the 1970s.

His biggest influence may have been in 1970 when he was a member of USC's first "all-Black" backfield, which included quarterback Jimmy Jones and running back Clarence Davis. Cunningham's 135-yard, two-touchdown effort in a road triumph over an all-white Alabama squad is often regarded with promoting collegiate football integration in the South.

 

Jerry Claiborne, an Alabama assistant coach, subsequently said that Sam Cunningham accomplished more to integrate Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King did in 20 years.

 

With 5,453 yards on the ground and 43 running touchdowns, he is the Patriots' all-time top rusher. In 1978, he played a key part in the Patriots setting the NFL record for most running yards in a season with 3,165 yards. Cunningham was drafted first overall by the Patriots in 1973 following an All-American career at USC.

 

In college, he was known as Sam "Bam" Cunningham for his ability to dive over heaps and into the end zone. He was named to the Patriots' 50th Anniversary Team as well as the 1970s All-Decade Team. In 2010, he was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Following his football career, he worked as a landscaping contractor in Southern California.

 

Cause of death: unknown.

   September 6, 2021 

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Michael K. Williams, 54

 Michael K. Williams (54), 

 an Emmy-nominated actor 

 and producer best known 

 for his breakout performance 

 as Baltimore stick-up man 

 Omar Little on HBO's criminal 

 drama TV series "The Wire" 

 and as Leonard on TV crime 

 series "Hap and Leonard," was 

 found dead of a suspected 

 heroin overdose in his NYC 

 apartment. 

 

 

(Nov. 22, 1966 – Sept. 6, 2021) 

 

 

Michael K. Williams (54), Star of ‘The Wire’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in his Brooklyn penthouse. He was discovered unconscious in the dining room of his luxury Williamsburg pad with what appeared to be heroin on the kitchen table.  Investigators found drug paraphernalia near actor's body, the police official said. The investigation is ongoing. 

 

Williams was a regular on many acclaimed HBO series, including the crime drama television series "The Wire," the period drama television series "Boardwalk Empire," the eight-part crime drama television miniseries "The Night Of," and Misha Green's horror drama television series "Lovecraft Country." He also played Leonard on the TV crime series "Hap and Leonard," which was based on the characters Hap and Leonard created by novelist Joe R. Lansdale.

 

Williams has also been in critically praised films such as Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 feature "Inherent Vice," the 2013 biographical period-drama film "12 Years a Slave," Ben Affleck's criminal thriller film "Gone Baby Gone," and "The Road." Three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance in “When They See Us,” produced by Ava DuVernay, criminal drama television miniseries “The Night Of,” and “Bessie,”an HBO TV film on American blues artist Bessie Smith.

 

For his role in Misha Green's horror drama television series “Lovecraft Country.”, he is presently nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Williams worked as a temp for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, but he dropped out of school and abandoned his job to pursue a career as a dancer, against the objections of his family. During a year in which he was periodically homeless, he looked for jobs at record companies and dancing studios.

 

He obtained a position as a background dancer on a music tour for Kym Sims' dance anthem 'Too Blind To See It' (most notably in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom), which led to additional work as a dancer in videos and on tours, including with legendary George Michael and Madonna, as well as some modeling work. Crystal Waters' 1994 single "100% Pure Love" from her second studio album, 'Storyteller,' was also choreographed by him.

 

After being found by Tupac Shakur, he was cast as 'High Top,' Shakur's drug kingpin Tank's brother and henchman, in the 1996 film Bullet, directed by Julien Temple and starring Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur.

 

Williams is also a celebrity ambassador for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU - a nonprofit organization created to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties) to the Campaign for Smart Justice.

 

 

Cause of death: unknown (suspected heroin overdose).

Jean-Paul Belmondo, 88

 Jean-Paul Belmondo, 

 one of the postwar world's 

 cinema's biggest stars and 

 unquestionably one of the 

 most iconic actors of the 

 twentieth century, has died 

 at the age of 88. His 

 charismatic smile and 

 crooked boxer's nose 

 illuminated the screen for 

 half a century. 

 

 

(9 April 1933 – 6 Sept. ​2021)

 

 

He was the Magnificent, the Professional, the Incorrigible, the Gigolo, the Ace of As, and the Professional. From the 1960s to the 1980s, he was the box office king, bringing nearly 130 million people to the movies. Jean-Paul Belmondo, affectionately known as "Bébel," was one of the most popular actors in French and international cinema, combining charm, banter, and muscle. His family announced that he died on September 6, 2021, at the age of 88, in Paris, France, after a period of ill health.

 

For his illustrious career, "Bébel" has received numerous honors, including the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, the Venice Film Festival in 2016, and the César the following year.

 

Jean-Paul Belmondo was born on April 9, 1933, to sculptor Paul Belmondo and painter Sarah Rainaud-Richard. Jean-Paul is a slacker in school, but he loves sports in all of their forms, including football, cycling, and, of course, boxing. Jean-Paul Belmondo has an epiphany after a tuberculosis crisis: he will be an actor or nothing. After several attempts, Bébel is finally admitted into the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in 1952.

 

Finally, Jean-Paul Belmondo's true identity is revealed in the comedy. The actor began his career in the theater after being accepted into the conservatory, before discovering cinema in 1958 under the direction of Marc Allégret. But it was while acting in Jean-Luc Godard's film "Breathless" that he realized his consecration. Following that, the films are linked together under the direction of the best directors.

 

We can point to Jean-Pierre Melville's "Léon Morin prêtre" from 1961, as well as Henri Verneuil's "A monkey in winter" from the same year. But Jean-Paul never wanted to be confined to one world, and he masterfully blends genres, ranging from action films like "The Man from Rio" to New Wave auteur films like Jean-Luc Godard's "Pierrot le fou" and François Truffaut's "La Sirène du Mississipi." He found considerable success in the 1980s under the direction of Gérard Oury or even Georges Lautner, after a long period in which he specialized somewhat in comedies and adventure films in which he performed stunts.

 

Belmondo suffered a stroke in 2001, just a month before the premiere of the TV movie L'Aîné des Ferchaux, and it took him eight years to regain his motor skills. He climbs the slope thanks to sport: "Sport saved me more in terms of the mental state it provides than in terms of the physical state in which I was," he said in April 2018.

 

He opened a museum dedicated to his father Paul Belmondo's work, far from the trays, and made use of his daughter Stella Eva Angelina, born in 2003 from her union with Natty Tardivel.

Belmondo found the courage to return to the camera in 2008.

 

He responds to the new generation of French cinema, including Jean Dujardin, in Francis Huster's Un Homme et Son Chien, a remake of Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D. Despite the film's failure, Belmondo never stopped showing up in theaters. He had accepted Fabien Onteniente's offer to play in the road movie Hats off after a ten-year absence. The shoot, however, had been canceled.

 

Jean-Paul Belmondo was awarded an honorary César in 2017. "Bébel," lauded by the French film industry, declared, "I have never lacked courage, which is why I am here."

 


Cause of death: unknown

   September 5, 2021 

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Sarah Harding, 39

 Sarah Harding, English 

 singer, model, and actress 

 (St Trinian's 2: The Legend 

 of Fritton's Gold), died of 

 breast cancer at the age 

 of 39. She was a member 

 of the  popular Anglo-Irish 

 pop group Girls Aloud. 

 

 

(17 Nov. 1981 – 5 Sept. 2021)

 

 

Sarah Harding (born Sarah Nicole Harding) English singer, model, and actress who rose to fame in 2002 when she successfully auditioned for the ITV (a British free-to-air television channel) reality series Popstars: The Rivals, the second UK series of the international Popstars franchise, died of breast cancer at the age of 39, her mother announced on Sarah' official Instagram profile. 


Harding was a member of 'Girls Aloud,' a renowned Anglo-Irish music group. The group had twenty straight top ten singles in the UK (four of which were number one), six studio albums certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), two of which reached number one in the UK, and five BRIT Award nominations. 'Girls Aloud' won "Best Single" in 2009 for their song "The Promise."


During the group's long break, Harding began acting, starring alongside Claire Goose and Donna Air in the British film 'Bad Day,' the BBC television film 'Freefall,' directed by Dominic Savage, Danny Dyer, Neil Morrissey, and Denise van Outen in the 2012 British comedy film 'Run for Your Wife,' and Oliver Parker in the adventure comedy film 'St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold.

 

Sarah Harding had a brief appearance in the British soap series 'Coronation Street' in 2015 and published her debut extended play album, 'Threads,' in the same year (by Underdog Management Limited). She was crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 20 in 2017, which was hosted by Emma Willis and narrated by Marcus Bentley.

 

Sarah said that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to "other parts" of her body in the middle of last summer. She said around a year ago that her illness was terminal and that she "wouldn't see another Christmas." She revealed alarming facts about her battle with breast cancer in her memoir "Hear Me Out," which was published in March.

 

Sarah had treatment and surgery after discovering a lump in her breast. She was also put into a two-week induced coma after physicians placed a catheter into her chest, allowing chemotherapy medicines to be administered straight into her circulation.

 

Despite the fact that the operation alleviated her severe symptoms, she developed life-threatening edema in her chest and neck as a result of it. My blood pressure fell dramatically at one point, and I was sent to critical care. My catheter was withdrawn right afterward, but because my lungs and kidneys were failing, the physicians opted to place me into an induced coma. They didn't think I'd get away with it, so they advised my mother to expect the worst, according to Harding's memoirs.

 

Sarah wrote the book with the aim of inspiring other women to seek medical help if they see growth in their breasts. Don't allow the covid epidemic to be an excuse for you to avoid going to the hospital, as I did, - the musician said.

 

Cause of death: breast cancer.

   September 4, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Willard Scott, 87

 Willard Scott, a Legendary 

 American weatherman 

 (Today), radio and TV 

 personality, actor, narrator, 

 clown, comedian, author, and 

 creator of Ronald McDonald, 

 died peacefully surrounded 

 by family, at the age of 87. 

 

 

(March 7, 1934 – Sept. 4, 2021)

 

 

American weather presenter, radio and TV personality, actor, narrator, clown, comedian, and author Willard Scott (born Willard Herman Scott Jr.) best known for his TV work on the news and talk morning television show 'Today' as a weather reporter and as the creator and original portrayer of Ronald McDonald (a clown character used as the primary mascot of the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain) died peacefully at the age of 87, his family announced. 

 

Willard Scott, who joined TODAY in 1980, was perhaps most known for wishing fans reaching 100 a happy birthday, a feature that grew in popularity over the years, with photos of the person who has reached the age of 100 years appearing on Vintage Smucker's jelly jars as Scott acknowledged them in front of tens of millions of viewers.

 

He started his six-decade career with NBC as a page at the Washington, D.C. affiliate station in 1950, and he would also perform his predictions on the road, dazzling locals with his unwavering charm. Willard began his broadcasting career in the early 1950s after graduating from American University in Washington, a leader among Washington DC universities in global education.


He began presenting the “Joy Boys” radio show on the NBC radio station WRC in early 1955 and remained on the show until 1974. Willard Scott also hosted Popular Classic children's TV shows in the early 1960s and featured on WRC as a variety of characters, including Bozo the Clown (sometimes billed as "Bozo, The World's Most Famous Clown"), a bygone children's TV show who aired on radio stations throughout the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Scott also has the distinction of being the first person to play Ronald McDonald, appearing in Washington, D.C., advertisements beginning in 1963. Throughout the 1970s, Scott stayed in Washington, working as a weatherman for NBC's local channel 4 affiliate.

 

As early as the beginning of March 1980, the network approached Scott, and he took over as TODAY's weatherman from longtime meteorologist Bob Ryan. (Ryan then took Scott's former position at WRC as a meteorologist.)

 

He appeared on the Today show dressed as Carmen Miranda, complete with a dress, huge earnings, platform shoes, and a fruit-topped hat; he was also dressed as Boy George and Cupid (for Valentine's Day). On The Tonight Show, he took off his toupee and revealed his bald head to Jay Leno. Scott semi-retired from TODAY in 1996 and was succeeded by Al Roker, however, he would fill in for Al for the following ten years.


It didn't matter that Scott wasn't exactly a weather specialist. His reports were produced by two experienced meteorologists, according to a People magazine story from 1980. Scott made sporadic cameo appearances on NBC'  sitcom television series 'The Hogan Family' as "Mr. Poole," (1985 - 1990),  a neighbor who was married to Mrs. Poole, played by Edie McClurg. Scott played Bozo the Clown in the popular children's television show from 1961 to 1963.

 

Willard Scott also presented the NBC broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, an annual event held in New York City by the American department store chain Macy's from 1987 to 1997, before being replaced the following year by television news anchor Matt Lauer. Scott also served as the narrator for NASA's weekly show "The Space Story," contributing to projects ranging from the Apollo Program through the Space Shuttle.

 

Scott announced his retirement from television in 2015, after a three-and-a-half-decade career with TODAY. Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, presented Scott with the Private Sector Award for Public Service in early 1985.. From 1959 until 2002, he was married to Mary Dwyer Scott, who died in 2002. They were the parents of two children. His wife Paris Keena, whom he married in 2014, survives him.

 

Cause of death: natural causes.

Tunch Ilkin, 63

 Legendary Tunch Ilkin (63), 

 a two-time Pro Bowl 

 offensive tackle and 

 member of the Pittsburgh 

 Steelers All-Time Team, 

 died of amyotrophic lateral 

 sclerosis (ALS) in Pittsburgh. 

 He spent 36 seasons with the 

 Steelers as an offensive 

 lineman and radio broadcaster. 

 

 

(Sept. 23, 1957 – Sept. 4, 2021)

 

 

Tunch Ilkin, a Turkish-born American football player who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for a decade and was also a longtime Steelers radio analyst, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 63, according to his family and the Steelers.

 

Ilkin, who announced in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's illness), was recently admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. In June, he revealed that he would be quitting his role as a Steelers broadcaster in order to focus on his therapy.

 

Ilkin, a native of Turkey who immigrated to the United States with his family when he was two, was the first NFL player of Turkish descent when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

After three seasons as a reserve, he started 10 games for the Steelers in 1983 and then became a pillar in the starting lineup through the 1992 season. Ilkin was a member of the team from 1980 until 1993. He spent the first 12 years of his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the Green Bay Packers for his last season.

 

In 1988 and 1989, he was a Pro Bowler, securing quarterback Bubby Brister's safety and clearing the way for fullback Merril Hoge and tailback Tim Worley.

 

With the exception of one season, Ilkin played for Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh. In 1992, his final season with the Steelers was Hall of Famer Bill Cowher's first. From 1989 through 1994, Ilkin served as vice president of the NFL Players Association. Ilkin resigned from the NFL in 1993, but he returned to the Steelers five years later to work in the broadcast booth with Hillgrove and Myron Cope. When Cope retired at the end of the 2004 season, Ilkin took over as the primary color analyst.

 

In retirement, Ilkin trained offensive linemen and was well-known for teaching his Tunch Punch blocking technique. He spent a lot of time caring for and attending to others, especially those who were most in need.

 

On Thanksgiving morning, he and Wolfley would always be at the shelter, cooking and serving food to the destitute. As a pastor of men's ministry at The Bible Chapel in McMurray, Ilkin was also very active in his church. Ilkin was also a long-time supporter and honorary board member of the Light of Life Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter and addiction rehabilitation ministry on Chicago's North Side.

 

Legendary Tunch is survived by his wife, Karen, and their 3 children, from his former marriage to Sharon, who died of breast cancer (she was just 55 years old) in 2012 after a lengthy fight.


Cause of death:

complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

   September 3, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Yolanda Lopez, 79

 Yolanda López (79),

 an acclaimed American 

 artist, painter, printmaker, 

 and film producer known 

 for her reimagined paintings 

 of the Virgen de Guadalupe, 

 died of cancer at her San 

 Jose Avenue home. 

 

 

(1 Nov. 1942 – 3 Sept. 2021)

 

Yolanda M. López, a famous American artist, painter, printmaker, and film producer known for her reinterpreted paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe and early work in political posters, died of cancer this morning at her home on San Jose Avenue, according to her son, the artist Rio Yáez. López was 79 years old.

 

Yolanda López was particularly recognized for works that focused on the lives of Mexican-American women (11.3 percent of the population of the United States), often defying ethnic stereotypes.

 

Yolanda López, a third-generation Chicana, was born in 1942 in San Diego, California, USA (a chosen identity for many Mexican Americans in the US). Her grandfather emigrated from Mexico to the United States via boat, dodging gunfire from the Texas Rangers (also known as "Los Diablos Tejanos"—"the Texan Devils"). López and her two younger brothers were reared in San Diego, California, by her mother and maternal grandparents.

 

López went to San Francisco after graduating from high school in Logan Heights, an urban area in downtown San Diego. He attended San Francisco State University (SFSU).

 

She got active in the Third World Liberation Front, a coalition of ethnic student groups on California college campuses that shut down SFSU in a 1968 strike known as the "Third World Liberation Front Strikes." She became involved in the arts as well.

 

For her renowned Virgen de Guadalupe series of drawings, prints, collage, assemblage, and paintings, López earned international fame. The series, which showed "regular" Mexican women (including López's grandmother, mother, and herself) with Guadalupean attributes (such as the mandorla), was praised for "sanctifying" ordinary Mexican women who were represented performing domestic and other work.


In the 1978 triptych oil pastel drawings, López portrays herself and her family as reinvented Virgen de Guadalupe figures, holding a serpent while trampling on an angel, a symbol of patriarchy. López, who is over 80 years old and lives in San Francisco's Mission District, was determined to keep creating art this summer despite being surrounded by a lifetime's worth of work.

 

She had just lately gotten some of the attention that others believed she had long deserved, having been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation's new Latinx Artist Fellowship, after finding out that her first solo retrospective show would be held in San Diego.

 

Cause of death: cancer.

   September 2, 2021 

   NOTABLE  deaths    

Keith McCants, 53

 Former Patriots wide 

 receiver David Patten (47), 

 a three-time Super Bowl 

 winner, was killed in a 

 motorbike accident outside 

 Columbia, South Carolina. 

 

 

(August 19, 1974 – Sept. 2, 2021)

 

According to Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford, former American football player David Patten (New York Giants, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins), a wide receiver who won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, was killed in a motorcycle crash outside Columbia, South Carolina. The highway patrol and coroner are still investigating the collision. Patten was 47 years old. 

 

David Patten, a three-time Super Bowl winner and a mainstay in the starting lineup during the New England Patriots' golden years, was killed in a motorbike accident about 9 p.m. Thursday near Columbia, South Carolina, at the crossroads of Clemson Road and Old Clemson Road. Patten was riding a Kawasaki motorbike west on Clemson Road when he "went left of center" and collided with an oncoming Chevrolet car, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

 

Patten made his NFL debut with the New York Giants in 1997, after playing for the Arena Football League's Albany Firebirds. Throughout his 12-year NFL career, he played for five different teams, but his four seasons with the Patriots (2001-04) are most remembered for two spectacular receptions that helped New England win its first Super Bowl. 

 

During the Patriots' 24-17 triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game, he caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe and then a leaping 8-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter of the Super Bowl.  In the 20-17 triumph over the Rams, it was New England's lone offensive score. Patten also spent time with the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins.

 

In 2008, he concluded his NFL career with 324 catches for 4,715 yards and 24 touchdowns. Patten became the sixth player since 1960 – and the first since Walter Payton in 1979 – to sprint for a touchdown, grab a touchdown pass, and pass for a touchdown all in the same game against Indianapolis in 2001. Patten returned to Western Carolina after football to earn his degree and work on the football staff. 

 

Patten eventually returned to Columbia, where he served as the pastor of Anointed Word of Life Ministries and as a motivational speaker. Patten leaves behind a wife, Galiena, and four children: David, Daquan, Quinton, and Mia. Quinton is a receiver at UNC Charlotte, while David is a receiver at his father's old mater, Western Carolina.

 

Cause of death: traffic collision.

Keith McCants, 53

 Keith McCants, a former 

 NFL linebacker for the 

 Alabama Crimson Tide, 

 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 

 and Houston Oilers, was 

 found dead in his home in 

 St. Petersburg, Florida, 

 after a suspected overdose. 

 

 

(April 19, 1968 – Sept. 2, 2021)

 

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office confirmed that former NFL player Keith McCants (born Alvin Keith McCants) was found dead at his residence in Florida following a suspected drug overdose. The former Buccaneers' first-round choice was 53 years old at the time of his death.

 

After receiving a call regarding an unresponsive individual, deputies arrived at the location about 5 a.m. local time. Upon their arrival, the former NFL player was pronounced dead.


As a college player at the University of Alabama, the Mobile, Alabama native received All-America accolades in 1989. Keith McCants was a part of the 1990 Sugar Bowl team, and in 1989, CBS awarded him the National Defensive Player of the Year. McCants finished second on the squad with 78 tackles as a sophomore in 1988, trailing only Derrick Thomas.

 

During the 1988 regular season, McCants also had four times the most tackles on the squad. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected McCants, a linebacker, fourth overall in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft.


McCants spent three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before moving on to the Houston Oilers and Arizona Cardinals before retiring in 1995. McCants was never able to live up to the lofty expectations that came with his high draft position. Over the years, McCants has been arrested multiple times for drug possession and drug paraphernalia.

 

McCants appeared in a total of 88 NFL games with 39 starts during his career. McCants picked up 13.5 sacks and 192 career tackles during his time on the field. McCants also had one touchdown in his career, which he scored for the Cardinals in 1995.

 

After retiring from football, McCants joined the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as the state's first Black marine police officer. McCants, on the other hand, had to resign from his position due to previous injuries.

 

Following his retirement from the NFL, McCants has been outspoken about his issues with depression, addiction, financial difficulties, and early-onset dementia, as well as his numerous run-ins with the authorities on drug-related offenses.

 

McCants also experienced financial problems, which were documented in 2012 in an ESPN documentary named "Broke," which focused on former professional athletes who had gone bankrupt or faced other financial challenges. He has been candid about his drug and painkiller abuse for the past decade.

 

Cause of death: suspected drug overdose.

   September 1, 2021 

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