No. 10: Those We Lost

Those we lost in 2008:

Johnny Podres, 75. Pitched Brooklyn Dodgers to their only World Series title in 1955.

Bobby Fischer, 64. Chess man

Suzanne Pleshette, 70 Actress

Heath Ledger, 28 Actor (More on Heath later in countdown.)

Margaret Truman Daniel, 83 Writer/Singer

Roy Scheider, 75. Actor

Robin Moore, 82. writer

Myron Cope, 79. Broadcast announcer

William F. Buckley Jr. , 82 Author/Editor

Mike Smith, 64. Singer

Giuseppe di Stefano, 86. Tenor

Ivan Dixon, 76. Actor

Anthony Minghella, 54. Oscar winning director

Paul Scofield, 86. Oscar winning actor

Charlton Heston, 84. Oscar winning actor

Mildred Loving, 68. Activist

Eddy Arnold, 89. Country singer

Robert Mondavi, 94. The master of Napa Valley

Dick Martin, 86. Television host

Sydney Pollack, 73. Oscar winning director

Harvey Korman, 81. Emmy winning actor

Yves Saint Laurent, 71. Ground-breaking designer

Bo Diddley, 79. One of the real founding father's of Rock n Roll.

Jim McKay, 86. broadcaster

Tim Russert, 58. Political host and expert

Stan Winston, 62. Oscar winner

Cyd Charisse, 86 Dancer/Actress

George Carlin, 71. Ground-breaking comedian

Larry Harmon, 83. Bozo The Clown

Tony Snow, 53. White House Press Secretary/Broadcaster

Jo Stafford, 90. Singer

Estelle Getty, 84 Actress/Forever A Golden Girl

Bernie Mac, 50. Actor/Comedian (In all honesty, so so so much more.)

Isaac Hayes, 65. Oscar/Grammy winner

Gene Upshaw, 63 Football Player

Del Martin, 87. Activist

Walter “Killer” Kowalski, 81. Pro Wrestler

Ike Pappas, 75. Broadcast announcer

Jerry Reed, 71. Country Singer

Don Haskins, 78. Basketball coach

Norman Whitfield, 67 Songwriter/Producer

Paul Newman, 83. Oscar winner/Humanitarian

Edie Adams, 81. Singer/Actress

Levi Stubbs, 72. Singer

Gerard Damiano, 80. Dorector of mainstream porn hit "Deep Throat"

Studs Terkel, 96 Broadcaster

Michael Crichton, 66. Author

Preacher Roe, 92. Baseball player

Miriam Makeba, 76. Singer

William Gibson, 94. Playwright

Odetta, 77. Civil Rights Folk Singer

Bettie Page, 85. The original pin-up girl

Sammy Baugh, 94. Quarterback

Robert Mulligan, 83 Director

Eartha Kitt, 81 Singer/Dancer/Actress

You will be missed. Rest In Peace.-Dr.FB


Miriam Makeba Passes Away At Age 76

Miriam Makeba passed away shortly after performing in Italy. 

Miriam Makeba is best known as Mama Africa.  It is being reported by the associated press that she had a heart attack after the concert. 

She lived in exile for 31 years in the United States, France, Guinea in West Africa and Belgium before having an emotional homecoming in Johannesburg in 1990.

You will be missed Mama Africa.-Dr.FB