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Game Show Host Ken Ober Dies At 52

Posted in Entertainment, R.I.P., Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

If you grew up in the 80’s and had MTV, you’d remember the corny, yet popular, game show “Remote Control”. It was a mix between a game show and sketch comedy.

Former host Ken Ober was found unconscious at his home in Santa Monica. There are no reports as to what caused his death, although his agent stated Ober was recently complaining of “…headaches and flu-like symptoms.”

Here’s a clip below with contestants LL Cool J, Julie Brown, and Weird Al Yankovic


R.I.P. Patrick Swayze Passes Away At 57

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, News, R.I.P., Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

PatrickSwayzeBroadway dancer turned Hollywood star Patrick Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today. He was only 57.

Known for such classics as Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Point Break, and Donnie Darko he was currently starring on the small screen in A&E’s The Beast playing the lead of FBI veteren Charles Barker.

Swayze’s co-star John Leguizamo in (my favorite) To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar recently posted on his Twitter page: “we r gonna dance a big dirty dancing dance in our of my colleage patrick swayze.”

R.I.P. Ms. Vida Boheme

(Image courtesy of Flickr user purplepaperprincess)


Flashback Friday Double Dose! (R.I.P. Michael Jackson)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Movies, Music, News, R.I.P., Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon

In memory of the late-great legend that was Michael Jackson here are two clips only highlighting the surface that was his long, extensive, and inspirational career.

First is Michael, with the also legendary Diana Ross, lending his vocal as well as his acting talent in 1978’s The Wiz singing Ease On Down The Road. He played The Scarecrow with an innocence and sweet nature where, I think, the gave an audience a peek on the performer himself.
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The second video, below, shows Michael with his brothers The Jacksons in the special effects laden Can You Feel It from 1980. This was after the success of his Off the Wall album, but before 1982’s Thriller which would catapult him to superstardom.
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Having died unexpectedly and at a young age, it was a shock to me as well as many throughout the world who was touched by his music and spectacular performances. These videos are just two of the many songs that I’ve loved throughout the years whether I heard it on viynl, cassette tapes, the radio, cd’s, or my mp3 player. He will be deeply missed, but his music will live on as they no doubt will keep inspiring older fans as well as the millions of new ones yet to hear his albums.

Playing around with little sister Janet

Playing around with little sister Janet


Actor David Carradine Found Dead In Hotel Room

Posted in International, Movies, News, R.I.P., Television with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

davidcarradineDavid Carradine, the actor most famous for his role as biracial (Asian and White) Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the seventies series Kung Fu, was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok Thailand Wednesday.

He was in the midst of filming while in Bangkok, but when he didn’t arrive for dinner with fellow castmates, people became concerned. Some reports have claimed that a maid later found him Thursday morning hung in a closet in what appeared to be a suicide. His agent, on the other hand, stated that Mr. Carradine passed away due to natural causes.


R.I.P. Wendy Richard

Posted in Entertainment, R.I.P., Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of the BBC

image courtesy of the BBC

“Miss Brahms, Are You Free?” were words asked by Wendy Richard’s co-workers on the hit British television show “Are You Being Served?”. Richard  played the pretty, ditzy, Cockney accented Grace Brothers employee Miss Shirley Brahms in the comedy which ran from the early seventies until the mid eighties. I’d watch these reruns on PBS everyday when I was younger and it introduced me to the hilarity of British humour.

After a long struggle with cancer, the funny lady died at a hospital in Westminster London yesterday.

Below is a clip from “Are You Being Served?” and Wendy speaks in all her Cockneyed glory around 3:15.


12 Year Old Fatally Shoots 2 Year Old Cousin

Posted in News, R.I.P., WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

With the families pocessions gathered in piles throughout their home in East Palo Alto California, in preparation for being sent back to Tonga, a 12-year old boy and his 2-year old cousin were in a bedroom playing around 11pm Thursday night. The 12-year old, who is now in child protective custody, reportedly wanted to “show off” and retrieved a small caliber rifle, which the family didn’t know was secretly left by a friend. Unbeknownst to the child the gun was loaded.

“The older boy didn’t realize the gun was loaded and shot it. The bullet struck the toddler in the chest. Crews raced the toddler to the hospital, where he pronounced dead.

According to (Detective) Sanchez, the gun belongs to a family friend, whom he would not identify. But he said police are looking for this East Palo Alto man for questioning.”

So sad.
Link to full Mercury News story


Six-Year-Old Albino Girl Dismembered For Medicine

Posted in International, R.I.P., WTF?! with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

In many parts of Africa, albinos constantly fear for their lives. Even in their own homes they do not feel safe. Aside with having to deal with the scorching sun on their ultra-sensitive skins, albinos must also fear of being the victims of murder by people who believe that certain body parts of an albino can be used in ritualistic medicine to bring a person good fortune and wealth.

The latest victim was a 6-year old girl. She and her family had just returned to their home in Burundi when armed attackers broke into their home and tied up her parents before shooting the little girl in the head. The murderers escaped leaving behind only a torso.

Authorities believe this heinous crime has invaded their villages from neighboring Tanzania where killings like this are rampant. Link! (via The BBC)


The End Of The Caped Crusader?

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, R.I.P., Television, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

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Rumors are going around the internet about the possible death of Batman. It all started when lead writer for the DC Comic, Grant Morrison, made a statement to a trade magazine recently sparking panic among fans everywhere. “What I am doing is a fate worse than death, things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all.” He didn’t give any clues to how Batman will die or if he means his death as something of a metaphor, but supposedly it is certain the Batman character will live on in the form of another person.

Morrison will release his story “Batman R.I.P.” tomorrow which some are predicting could be bigger than when Superman was killed off back in the 90’s. Link! (via Daily Mail)


Body Of Missing Baby Found

Posted in Music, R.I.P., Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by TheDiversePurse
Baby John Uaisele

Baby John Uaisele

Around Halloween, I saw on the local news a horrible story of a car accident which sent a truck into a murky canal in Oakland, CA. The driver, 25-year old Sione Petelo Uaisele, was killed instantly. His wife, Mary, and their 1-year old daughter Margaret were in the truck as well, but managed to escape. But sadly the couples 9-month old baby, John, was ejected from the car into the trash infested canal in deep East Oakland.

Police searched the polluted waters all day, but decided to call off the search claiming the water, and time of day, was too dark and there wasn’t enough visibility. That did not deter friends, family, and other volunteers from going into the polluted canal, without the aid of equipment that police may have had access to, where they were able to recover the small body of the baby. “I’m just glad they found him. I want to bury him with my husband,” a recovering Mary Uaisele told reporters.

My condolences go out to this young and beautiful Tongan family. May they find strength and stay strong.
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Man Dies From Aquaholism

Posted in Food & Drink, R.I.P., WTF?! with tags , , , , on November 4, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

51-year old Andrew Else died at an adult living facility due to a rare case of “aquaholism”. Else was diagnosed with a stomach condition in his 20’s that made him feel extremely thirsty even if he’d drank vast amounts of liquid. His body was found drenched in water, that was coming from a hose, in the garden. It is believed Else had been quenching his never-ending thirst from the hose not realizing he could die.  Toxicology tests stated he drank almost several litres of water which resulted in his untimely passing. Link! (via Daily Mail)