Why There May Never Be Another Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker File Photo

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.


Joe Paterno Passes Away At The Age Of 85

Joe Paterno File Photo

Joe Paterno File Photo

Joe Paterno File Photo

Legendary Penn State college football coach Joe Paterno passed away this morning at the age of 85 years old.

Paterno was coach of Penn State for 46 years until being fired this past November for a sex scandal that rocked the sports world.  An assistant of his, Jerry Sandusky had sexual abuse allegations leveled against him, and Paterno reported it to the athletic director, but not the police.

Shortly after he was let go, it was announced that Paterno had a treatable form of lung cancer.  He passed away due to complications from lung cancer.

His family has released this statement to the media;

"He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

It really is something that so shortly after he no longer coaches the team, he passes away.  He was 85 years old and still coaching.  He broke his hip on previous occasions and would still coach the team.  It is unfortunate this scandal tainted his last days at Penn State.  I do believe he will be remembered for his accomplishments as a coach and for what he meant to Penn State University.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Paterno family and Penn State University.-DocFB


Bryant Gumbel Battles Lung Cancer

Bryant Gumbel | Getty Images
Bryant Gumbel | Getty Images

Bryant Gumbel | Getty Images

Bryant Gumbel, the "Real Sports" host and former "Today" show anchor guest hosted "Live! With Regis & Kelly" this morning. While he was on, he announced that he was recently treated for lung cancer.

While stating that he would not be able to dance with a guest on an upcoming show, Gumbel explained why: "Two months ago, I had cancer surgery," he explained. "They opened up my chest. They took a malignant tumor and they took a part of my lung and some other goodies."

The prognosis for 61-year old Gumbel is good as he told the audience, "The pathology on most of the stuff came up benign but enough of the aggressive cells had escaped the tumor that it warranted some treatment," he continued. "I went through that and it's done now."

Glad things are on the mend for you, Bryant. - Dr.FB