Category Archives: Celebrity/musician deaths

RIP: Ric Ocasek 1944 – 2019…

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The rock world lost another great one and this one kind of hurts ’cause I really love the Cars. I didn’t buy much of their records over the years but I’ve heard their first self-titled album many times, though. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard their second album “Candy-O” before too. Of course, it was MTV that got me interested in the Cars ’cause MTV used to play their videos constantly back when they did play “music videos” so I heard plenty of their hits before.

Ric Ocasek was definitely a very talented musician. He also had a great look and great stage presence too. He had one of the coolest singing voices in rock.

Any fan of rock n’ roll would know who the Cars are and familiar with their songs ’cause they’ve been a huge inspiration for all of us.

Now Ric is up there with his bandmate and songwriting partner Benjamin Orr who died in Oct. of 2000.

This makes me want to get the Cars first two albums from Itunes soon. I was meaning to start buying some Cars albums anyways ’cause I’ve always loved the band ever since I was young.

Kev

 

 

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RIP Franco Columbu: 1941 – 2019

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Franco, You’ve heard me say that I don’t like when people call me a self-made man. You’ve even heard me say that you’re part of the reason I could never accept that label. But I wanted you to know why. From the minute we met in Munich, you were my partner in crime. We pushed each other, we competed with each other, and we laughed at every moment along the way. When I finally got to America, I was alone. I’d left my family, my country, my whole life behind. So when I asked Joe Weider to bring you to train with me, it was because I knew I wasn’t the same without my best friend. I could thrive without money, without my parents, but I couldn’t thrive without you. I am devastated today. But I am also so, so grateful for the 54 years of friendship and joy we shared. The pumps, the chess games, the construction work, the meals, the pranks, the life lessons – we did it all together. We grew and we learned and we loved. My life was more fun, more colorful, and more complete because of you. I will always miss you. But I’ll also know that a part of you lives on in me, in Debbie, in Maria, and in the millions of people you inspired every day you lived. And I will be there for Maria and Debbie, so you can rest now with no worries. I love you Franco. I will always remember the joy you brought to my life, the advices you gave me, and the twinkle in your eye that never disappeared. You were my best friend. Love always, Arnold

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Two time Mr. Olympia champ and movie actor, Franco Columbu just passed away yesterday. He suddenly passed while swimming in Italy and suddenly drowned after suffering a heart attack while swimming. Franco won Mr. Olympia in 1976 and again in 1981. He wasn’t just a bodybuilder and actor, he was also a licensed chiropractor in which he practiced in Los Angeles for many years.

Franco was lifelong best friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before Franco’s passing, he and Arnold continued to train at the gym together. Sly knew Franco for a little bit as Franco trained Sly during the Rambo years. Sly trained with both Franco and Arnold during the 80’s.

When it comes to bodybuilding, this is how I would want to look someday. You’ll never see me on a Mr. Olympia stage ever but I do want that look. That’s why I got into bodybuilding to begin with. I’m hoping to get that big and muscular look like the pro bodybuilders. I’ve been bodybuilding for 10 years or a little over and already people are saying to me that I’m already getting that look kinda. A lot of people give me good feedback on my physique saying that I’m getting bigger and bigger. Franco is an inspiration in the bodybuilding world and I hope to look like that one day.

Kev

RIP: Keith Flint 1969 – 2019…

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Some sad news in the music industry today. Keith Flint who is known as the vocalist for the eletronica/rock band named Prodigy, most famous for their hit songs “Breathe” and “Firestarter” just passed away today.

I wasn’t much of a fan but I used to listen to the album “The Fat of the Land” when I was younger. I remember first seeing the “Breathe” video on MTV and fell in love with it. Then I saw this freaky looking dude on the video with weird hair, eyeliner, pierces all over his face and tattoos all over him. That freaky looking dude was Keith Flint, the founding singer of Prodigy.

Well he just passed away suddenly due to suicide it looks like. Yep, we lost another rock star due to suicide. First Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington and now Keith Flint. If you think being a rock star is easy then think again. It’s not an easy lifestyle ’cause to me it looks like to be an overwhelming and stressful job. All the fame and money and all that could lead you to depression and all that. It’s sad but it is what it is. Rock stars aren’t cartoon characters. They are real people and real human beings like all of us so they are going to have all kinds of problems like all of us.

It’s sad we lost Keith Flint but like him or not, Prodigy was a successful band in the industry. Everyone knew who they were even though they had a few hits. Keith Flint was a recognizable figure for sure ’cause of his unique look. That’s what I liked about him. I wish I still have the “Fat of the Land” album but don’t have the CD anymore.  I can always get it back from Itunes. It’s a great album.

We lost another good one.

Kev

 

RIP: “Mean” Gene Okerlund… 1942 – 2019

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There have been many wrestler interviewers in the WWF/WWE over the years. At the top of my head, I can think of other wrestler interviewers such as Kevin Kelly, Jonathan Coachman, Michael Cole, Jim Ross, Vince McMahon Jr. (Vinnie Mac started out as an interviewer/color commentator before becoming a full time performer) and many others but none of them could top what “Mean” Gene Okerlund did.

Mean Gene was the best backstage and in ring interviewer of all time. Without him then WWE/WWF and WCW wouldn’t have gotten so huge in the industry. He was the one who helped get people interested in professional wrestling. That’s what a backstage/in ring interviewer’s job is supposed to do, get people interested and draw in viewers. Gene was the best at that. I’ve always loved to hear his fast-talking voice and the way he spoke. He was enjoyable to listen to when he interviewed wrestlers.

In WWF/WWE, he interviewed everyone on TV from Hulk Hogan to Ultimate Warrior to Macho Man to Roddy Piper to Ric Flair to Bret the Hitman Hart and the list goes on. In WCW, Gene interviewed pretty much all the stars there on TV too: Sting, Lex Luger, DDP, Eric Bischoff and the list goes on.

Even if all wrestlers didn’t get to be interviewed by Gene on TV, they were inspired by him in some way. Mean Gene was an important figure in professional wrestling. All of us looked up to him like a father even the fans. We all watch wrestling and support wrestling ’cause of Mean Gene. “Wrestlemania” wouldn’t have continued on if it wasn’t for this guy.

Mean Gene was the voice of wrestling. Each time you heard him on TV, you can’t help but listen to him. He was that enjoyable. That man was such a professional interviewer. All he would do is just ask the wrestlers the questions and he would let them talk and just listen. Mean Gene was one of the few who helped popularized professional wrestling, there’s no denying that at all. There’s no other interviewer/announcer like him.

Mean Gene certainly loved the business and he loved his wrestlers, you can tell when he does his interviews over the years.

Kev

RIP Stan Lee: 1922 – 2018…

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I wasn’t a huge Marvel fan but I respected Stan Lee the genius that he really was. He was the man who brought us Spiderman, X-Men, The Punisher, Deadpool, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, etc. The list goes on and on. He also had cameo roles in almost every Marvel film there is.

I didn’t read a lot of Marvel comics but I’ve seen plenty of Marvel films over the years.

A sad loss in the world of comics and Hollywood. Thank you Stan for the entertainment.

Kev

RIP: John McCain 1936 – 2018…

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My support for John McCain has been on and off over the years. I supported him for the 2008 elections and voted for the McCain/Palin campaign so I can avoid voting Obama. I supported him greatly back then

Yes, McCain did some pretty questionable things in government over the years. Yes, he was a bit of a RINO but he was still a human being. Yes, there are going to be so-called conservatives and Trump supporters trashing McCain and calling him all kinds of names like war monger, traitor, treasonous politician and all that crap but I don’t care about any of that. Yeah, McCain did some pretty bad things in government but he was still an amazing man and yes he was a war hero (Trump never said he wasn’t one, btw.)

Sure, Trump and McCain had their differences since the 2016 elections. They’ve had a heated feud and all that stuff but that doesn’t mean we have to disrespect and hate McCain. There are many people in social networking trashing this man, it’s just unreal. It’s really appalling what people are saying about this man. Sure, McCain was against Trump on a lot of things but Trump never hated John McCain. Trump always respected him. When Trump allegedly said, “McCain wasn’t a war hero”… I believe it was taken out of context and all that stuff.

Conservatives and Trump supporters think liberals are the most hateful people on the planet? Well they need to look in the mirror ’cause hatred runs on both sides of the spectrum. That’s the problem, ya know. When someone famous dies, there will be some mean douchebags and some are not gonna have any compassion whatsoever. It’s disgusting.

While I didn’t agree with everything McCain said or did, he still was an amazing man and no doubt he really was a fighter. Even though he may have seem to do things against Trump and America, he really was a Patriot and loved this country.

Losing McCain was a sad loss. Those that disrespect him and hate him after he died was pretty cold and evil. Wow. All those in the Trump supporting community who shows disrespect for the man should be ashamed of themselves.

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to McCain’s family and friends.

Kev

RIP Aretha Franklin:1942 – 2018

Like most, I respected her talent over the years myself. I never really bought Aretha’s studio albums but the only music album I own of hers is just the greatest hits album you see pictured above which I listened to a lot. I’m familiar with her famous hits and all the covers she has done over the years.

Aretha’s music was pretty amazing stuff, though especially her music back in the 60’s. Her stuff back then was powerful. She had the pipes back when she was younger. Even though she was a liberal and a Democrat and she sang for the Obamas a few times, my respect for Aretha is immense ’cause she’s a music legend and icon. They don’t call her the “Queen of Soul” for no reason. I never really listened to her new stuff much but her old stuff was pretty sick.

Sad loss in the music world. I loved Aretha too. I listened to that Greatest Hits album above a lot in the past and it was good to listen to it again today. I’m going to have to listen to more Aretha now.

Kev