Joe Cocker died of lung cancer at the age of 70 and his loss is tremendous as there may never be another singer like Joe Cocker. Ever again.
In an age of singing contest shows ala "The Voice" and "American Idol" someone who has a voice like Joe may never make it out of first auditions. Sure in the past there was 1 or 2 but the judges had no idea what to do with a voice like that. Joe had one thing you just cannot teach tho, and that is soul.
In an age where video killed the radio star, Cocker survived and persevered. Dying Monday in his home in Colorado due to lung cancer was his own way on being on the mountain high. His style was truly unique and one of a kind.
His voice and delivery style made sure that "Leave Your Hat On" was anyting but 80's campy but absolutely quite sexy. As Sandra Bullock was once told, shoes and a hat should be the last things taken off at night. Cocker can be thanked a lot for that frame of mind.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Joe Cocker. Truly one of a kind.
Comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home this morning. Suicide is being ruled as the explanation of his death. Williams was 63.
Williams had been battling depression recently and was in rehab in the past couple of years for cocaine addiction which he struggled with early in his career and has been struggling with again. Robin was also being treated for depression and was in a rehab center in Minnesota in June of this year.
The photo above was taken in the Lindstrom, Minnesota Dairy Queen where Robin, looking lanky and thin, was reportedly only visiting the Hazelden Treatment Center in Center City, Minnesota.
His wife Susan Schneider released a statement to the Hollywood Reporter:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin‘s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions,”
Chris Rock posted "So Sad, so funny." after hearing of his passing.
Questlove and others took to Twitter to express their sadness of his loss.
Come in Mork....please?
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 11, 2014
RIP to my dear brother and friend Robin Williams. The world will miss the decades of laughter that you gave all of us.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) August 11, 2014
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) August 11, 2014
The actor played many favorite roles like Mork From Ork, "Popeye" and charitable work for Comedy Relief and other organizations.-DocFB
Diagnosis: "Mork Calling Orson, Come In Orson! Mork Calling Orson, Come In Orson!"
R&B Legend Bobby Womack has passed away at the age of 70. His family confirmed to us that he passed away this morning. His record label XL Recordings, confirmed his passing in the past hour.
Womack just performed in the past few weeks. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009.
The cause of death right now is unknown.
People wanted this to be a hoax like Ronnie James Dio, Vesta, George Duke and others. Sadly, it is not.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Our heartfelt condolences to the Womack family. Thank you Bobby for the music you have left us. Much Love...Always...
Harold Ramis, best known as one of the "Ghostbusters" in the hit 80's film, has passed away. He was also the writer and director of "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day".
Ramis died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.
he had been suffering from the disease since 2010 and had to learn to walk again only to suffer a relapse in 2011.
There will be a private service this week and a public memorial in Chicago sometime in May.-DocFB
James Avery, who played 90's TV dad "Uncle Phil" on "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" has passed away. He was 68.
Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son Carlton on the show, made the announcement of Avery's passing on his Facebook page this morning.
Avery had undergone surgery recently for an undisclosed illness and he passed away in an L.A. hospital last night.
His wife was by his bedside, but went to get something to eat, and when she returned, Avery had died.
For a lot of people, what Bill Cosby was to family comedies in the 80's, Uncle Phil was just as much important to 90's kids when it came to a father figure on television. He will be sadly missed.-DocFB
Diagnosis: There went holding out hope for a Fresh Prince reunion. I hope you are no longer in pain James. Much Love...Always...
Paul Walker was killed earlier today in a car crash. The "Fast & The Furious" star was 40.
Paul was at an event earlier today for his own charity for a toy collection drive. Recently, his charity helped with donations in the Philippines and the stricken tornado areas of the United States.
This photo is of Bill Townsend and Paul Walker taken earlier today before his passing and posted by Bill on his Facebook page. We thank MB for the tip on the photo.-DocFB
Diagnosis: When do we really know when our times is hours away from being over? When do we know?
What some people thought was a hoax, it is true. Paul Walker died earlier in a car crash. The "Fast & The Furious" star was 40 years old.
His reps confirmed his passing stating he was a passenger in the car. The driver died as well. The accident happened in Santa Clarita, California at 3:30 P.M. Saturday.
The Santa Clarita police confirmed Walker's passing in a press conference that US Weekly picked up.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Gone Too Soon.....