Tag Archives: Celebrity/musician deaths

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

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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 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

 

RIP: Vinnie Paul 1964 – 2018…

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Announced this morning by the band Pantera on their official facebook page, the band broke the news that their founding drummer has died. The band didn’t give any more further details as to what happened to him which is understandable. I don’t want to speculate on what happened to him, but I’m sure we’ll know more in the future.

I am pretty bummed about this one ’cause Vinnie Paul was one of the best drummers in metal and he also seemed like a great guy too. While Vinnie was most famous as the drummer in Pantera, he played drums for a few other bands over the years; the other bands he played for were Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel and Hell Yeah.

The music industry just lost another legend which pretty much sucks. Now he’s up there jamming with his brother, Dimebag. Thanks for the kick ass drumming, Vinnie.

Kev

RIP: Margot Kidder 1948 – 2018…

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I think I’m pretty bummed about this one. Margot Kidder most famous for playing the role of Lois Lane for the original Superman movies also starring Christopher Reeve. Margot starred in all 4 Superman flicks. While she was the leading co-star in most of the movies, she wasn’t in Superman III all that much. Right after her role of “Superman: The Movie” which made her famous, she starred in the classic horror film “The Amityville Horror” which we all should know about. I also remember she had a role in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II”.

I grew up watching the Superman movies with Chris Reeve my whole life. Seen the 4 movies many times. Now I own the 4 Superman movies in a bluray boxed set which I’m proud to have. While I’m a huge fan of the original Superman films, the first two films will always be the best one in the series. I did like part III and part IV “The Quest For Peace” was just okay.

A sad loss in Hollywood ’cause she was great. I’m sure we all looked up to her ’cause the original Superman movies were important to us all.

Kev

RIP Verne Troyer 1969 – 2018

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Kind of bummed about this one ’cause Verne Troyer was awesome. Yes, like most I’ve first heard about him through the two Austin Powers movie that he starred in alongside with Mike Myers. Verne wasn’t in the first Austin Powers movie but he was in the 2nd and third. I watched all 3 Austin Powers movies and liked all 3 of them. I mostly watch Action and horror movies but sometimes I like a good comedy film.

Verne has starred in other movies besides Austin Powers. He was a stunt man for some films and had small roles in other movies like Harry Potter and Men In Black. Verne was also a big WWE fan as he was a RAW General Manager guest host once in which he did a good job at (see video below).

Even though the guy was an alcoholic for most of his life and had loads of personal problems in his private life, he seemed like a really good dude publicly, though. He seemed like a nice guy for sure even if I never met him.

No cause of death has been announced yet but I’m sure we’ll hear something soon. It was probably alcohol related or suicide. Lot of people speculating suicide but maybe it was something else? Maybe Verne had too much to drink one night and given by the size of his body, his body couldn’t take it. We’ll know what happened soon.

RIP Verne. He was a good one.

Kev

RIP Dolores O’Riordan 1971 – 2018

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Heartbreaking news to report today that the leader singer of the Irish alternative rock band called The Cranberries just passed away suddenly today. Her name was Dolores O’Riordan. The Cranberries were an Irish alternative rock band who were big hit makers… they made songs that we all know and love. If you grew up through the 90’s like I did then you probably heard songs like “Dreams”, “Linger”, “Ode To My Family”, “Zombie” and others. MTV were obsessed with their videos and the FM radio stations all over the country were obsessed with their hits during the 90’s.

I used to be a big fan of them when I was in high school. Used to own their first two albums but don’t own them anymore, though. I used to listen to them a lot when I was a teenager. I got into the band ’cause like everyone else it was Dolores’s phenomenal voice that drew me into them. She did have a unique singing voice and she could play the guitar.

Already it’s a sad start for the new year in 2018. This is why you should support your music artists and give them as much love as possible ’cause you never know how long they’ll stay with us.

RIP Delores and thanks for the great music.

Kev