Showing posts with label Artist. Death. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Artist. Death. Show all posts

February 7, 2020

Kirk Douglas, My Mom's Boyfriend

 Kirk Douglas, the dimple-chinned screen icon who was known for bringing an explosive, clenched-jawed intensity to a memorable array of heroes and heels in films such as “Spartacus” and “Champion” and for playing an off-screen role as a maverick independent producer who helped end the Hollywood blacklist, has died. He was 103.
Douglas, who continued to act occasionally after overcoming a stroke in 1996 that impaired his speech, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, his son Michael said in a statement.
“To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in setting a standard for all of us to aspire to,” Michael Douglas said on Instagram. (LA Times)
I have to write something here just like I have on many deaths that have touched a lot of people including me. Kirk was my mom's favorite actor no matter whether he was translated into Spanish when she was in Puerto Rico or English in NYC or Florida. Her favs were John Wayne, I think she saw her gay son on him and then a girl who dressed in skimpy shorts and would beat the hell out of mean. You know her name.
Kirk was different, he just saw him as such a good actor and so handsome. The reason I mention this is not because mom was paid as a TV critic. But mom did not like TV.  I never could figure out why. Most of the time unless it was something super interesting to her she would fall asleep within the first 10 minutes.
As a time capsule for the future s her birthday approaches I had to say something. I dream of her quite often and are good dreams now and I don't want to change the mixture of this soup.
My love for Kirk's family and my mom his forever fan and maybe me because I love kirk Doublas too. I used to particularly loved the supporting actors with black hair that Hollywood gave him. When I was a kid I did not like kids with blond hair. I knew I was not a kid anymore when at around 26 birthday My first long term lover was blue eyes and blond hair. I wish I would have stayed with black or red hair
My love to my readers, to Frederick and his husband, too πŸ’œ Will visit my mom soon for her birthday. and I will tell her about Kirk (I know she is not there).

October 14, 2019

K-Pop Star Sulli Found Dead at 25

Sulli pictured in February 2019 
The K-pop star Sulli has died aged 25.

Police told the BBC the singer's manager found her dead at her home near Seoul, South Korea. 
They say they are investigating the cause of her death and are working on the ‎assumption that she may have taken her own life.‎
The star, who had more than five million followers on Instagram, was a former member of the band f(x) until she left in 2015 to focus on her acting career. 
Sulli on the red carpet ‎Sulli appeared on a number of TV programmes to describe the online abuse she faced as a celebrity.‎
Some believe the artist, whose real name is Choi Jin-ri, suspended her K-pop work after struggling with the abuse she got online.
She was a "free spirit" according to music journalist Taylor Glasby. 
"She was one of the idols who decided to live her life in the way she wanted to and that didn't always sit well with the general public," she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
In South Korea, pop stars are called idols.
"For idols, everything is about appearance, everything is quite monitored and she just didn't [monitor her content]. She was herself".
"She clapped back and she wouldn't take people's narrow-mindedness". 
Taylor says Sulli's former band f(x) changed K-pop.
"They were one of the girl groups that didn't fit in, they did their own thing. Their music was more hard-hitting. It was innovative and complex, and it helped cement an entire sub-genre within K-pop - girl crush.
"When she left, her legacy became being outspoken. It became taking control of her own image. I admired her spirit to do so despite the constant negativity that was directed at her by some less open-minded citizens."‎
Sulli's former f(x) bandmate, Amber Liu, has posted her shock at what's happened.
Sulli was known for being controversial. She unashamedly told her fans that they had a choice about ‎how to display their bodies. ‎
She was involved in the so-called "no bra" scandal where she showed her nipples on a number of ‎occasions. 
The first pictures appeared on her Instagram account in May 2016 and she faced a huge ‎amount of abuse on social media. 
Last month her breasts were shown by accident during a live ‎Instagram stream - which again caused controversy in conservative South Korea. 
Sulli was good friends with K-pop star Jonghyun, who took his own life aged 27. 
The artist paid tribute at his funeral in 2017.

February 10, 2018

Rob Delaney's 2 Yr Old Son Dies

US actor and comedian Rob Delaney has revealed that his two-year-old son Henry has died after spending half his life battling a cancerous brain tumour.
Mr Delaney, who lives in London and is best known for starring in the British sitcom Catastrophe, announced the "very sad news" in a Facebook post on Friday.
"I will endeavour to not go mad with grief," he wrote, adding: "We had so many wonderful adventures together." 
Henry's brain tumour was diagnosed in 2016, shortly after his first birthday.
Mr Delaney, 41, said that at the time Henry was suffering from "persistent vomiting and weight loss". 
After he was admitted to an NHS hospital, doctors discovered the tumour and Henry underwent surgery to remove it.
He had further treatment last year but the cancer returned and Henry died in January, Mr Delaney wrote. 

Rob Delaney
10 hours ago

I have very sad news. My two and a half year year old son Henry has passed away. Henry had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, following persistent vomiting and weight loss. He had surgery to remove the tumor and further treatment through the early part of 2017. Then the cancer returned last autumn and he died in January.
My wife and Henry's older brothers and I are devastated of course. Henry was a joy. He was smart, funny, and misch...
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"His tumour and surgery left him with significant physical disabilities, but he quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B, shuffling on his beautiful little bum," he added in his post. 
The comedian went on to praise the work of NHS nurses and doctors along with others who had helped care for his son, who he said had spent 15 months in hospital. 
In 2012 the US actor, who co-wrote the comedy series Catastrophe, became the first comedian to win the Funniest Person on Twitter Award.
He is married with two other sons.


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July 20, 2017

Chester Bennington of Linking Park, Dead at 41

Chester Bennington, the singer of Linkin Park, in June. CreditKiko Huesca/European Pressphoto Agency 

Chester Bennington, the ferocious lead singer for the platinum-selling hard rock band Linkin Park, has died. He was 41.
Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, confirmed the death and said it was being investigated as a possible suicide. Mr. Elias said that law enforcement authorities responded to a call shortly after 9 a.m. Pacific Time and were conducting a death investigation in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County.
Mr. Bennington, who was known for his piercing scream and free-flowing anguish, released seven albums with Linkin Park. The band’s most recent record, “One More Light” arrived in May and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. The band was currently on tour and scheduled to play a concert Thursday night in Mansfield, Mass.
Mike Shinoda, one of the band’s founders, spoke on behalf of the group in a tweet. “Shocked and heartbroken,” he wrote, adding that the band will be issuing a statement.
Mr. Bennington also performed in the side project Dead by Sunrise and joined Stone Temple Pilots as its lead singer after the band split with the singer Scott Weiland in 2013.
In May, he responded to the death by hanging of his friend, the singer Chris Cornell, in a note he shared on social media. “I can’t imagine a world without you in it,” he wrote. “I pray you find peace in the next life.”
The New York Times

April 23, 2016

Prince Was a Great Artist and Probably a Gay Homophobe


I know that when famous people die we are all supposed to say nice things. I believe that if so much emphasis is being put on the goodness of the person then all of the person should come out. I’ve been reading about Prince since he started his career. When I first saw him perform on TV I said it was so great to have an openly gay performer who is so talented. 

At that time there was a very popular and straight as he mentioned when he got a chance, British singer in the news who was arrested for trying to pick up a cop in a men’s room and then, there was AIDS. I remember the community as being under attack from all sides. The Moral majority with Reagan at one end and in the news we had a gay Mayor Koch who went after the gay community in very mean ways just to prove in my opinion and many back then and now that he was straight. I was looking forward to have someone talented and famous that would give a positive image to the gay community. 

 I was very wrong about Prince since he was denying he was gay and at the same time there were stories coming out about certain ways that he had in being weird with people. For instance when he changed his name to his name ( “The artist formerly known….”) and would get piss off when people would address him as simply “Prince.” Yes entertainers can be queer some people would say I was just glad he was denying he was gay, that is the few times someone would there to ask. I heard of Hotel people being told off by making eye contact with him since for a period no one was aloud to look at him and make eye contact.

After his death I tried to find out what was there that he did as accomplishments to help people besides his peers in the entertainment industry. There is none I can find. Not AIDS, poor people outside of his sphere, cancer, homelessness, etc. Some would say he was totally focused on his craft and I would say definitely but he was already supper rich and 57 years old, so what was he waiting for to be like other in the industry. To used his money and raising talents to help others like many in that industry do. Maybe this was the way he was raised. He had a very stern picky father. Who knows but I am just pointing out the way he was as a human being. 

There is an interview by Spencer Kornhaber in The Atlantic in which Prince was clearly asked about his sexual orientation and He gives a clear answer to which is the same as any homophobic out there would give when condemning gays. He stayed clear of the parts about helping your fellow man but the homosexuality part he paraphrases those scriptures (“no men with men”) that were written thousand of years ago by writers who wanted to control homosexuality which it was being practiced as almost a contraception method not to have kids in a period in which having kids insured the survivor of those for whom the scriptures were being written then. It is very clear from various interviews that Prince was both against homosexuality and gay marriage. 

In 2008, the New Yorker writer Claire Hoffman asked Prince what he thought of social issues like gay marriage and abortion. Reported Hoffman of his response: “Prince tapped his Bible and said, ‘God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’” 
Prince the Immortal

This exchange caused one of the last great controversies in Prince’s career. The “homophobe” label attached itself to him, accompanied by the bitter shock of many fans. “The irony, it burns,” wrote the blogger Joe Jervis. “The pop star who made his name on his effete, androgynous ‘Is he GAY or not?’ persona—now he hates us.” Representatives for Prince would tell Perez Hilton that the New Yorker misquoted him: “What His Purpleness actually did was gesture to the Bible and said he follows what it teaches, referring mainly to the parts about loving everyone and refraining from judgment,” Hilton wrote. But the years after that saw Prince actively avoid talking about gay rights, and some writers saw subtle homophobia in a few of his later lyrics and actions.

The question of how someone whose art once seemed to preach the very idea of “sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever”—with magazines, etc.—could become so conservative is both fundamentally unanswerable and very simple. People change, and who knows why? Prince became a devout Jehovah’s Witness in the early 2000s, after which his performances often featured toned-down versions of the lyrics to his raciest songs. As he told Arsenio Hall in 2014, “When you’re 20 years old, you’re looking for the ledge ... You want to see how far you can push everything ... and then you make changes. There’s a lot of things I don’t do now that I did 30 years ago. And then there’s some things I still do.”

But whatever his later beliefs were, they pretty clearly don’t undo the earlier impact he had in widening popular notions about sex and gender, nor the fact that he made lots of people who weren’t heterosexual feel better about themselves. The remembrances of him that are flooding in after the news of his death at age 57 take the queer dimensions of his influence as settled fact. Here’s Dodai Stewart at Fusion, opening her meditation on his life:

Dig, if you will, a picture: The year is 1980. Many states still have sodomy laws. The radio is playing feel-good ear candy like Captain and Tennille and KC and the Sunshine Band. TV hits include the sunny, toothy blond shows Three’s Company and Happy Days. There’s no real word for “gender non-conforming.” But here’s what you see: A man. Clearly a man. Hairy, mostly naked body, cock bulging beneath a satiny bikini bottom. But those eyes. Rimmed in black, like a fantasy belly dancer. The full, pouty lips of a pin-up girl. Long hair. A tiny, svelte thing. Ethnically ambiguous, radiating lust. What is this? A man. Clearly a man. No. Not just a man. A Prince.
Stewart goes on to write about how even though Prince’s lyrical viewpoint was almost always heterosexual—his songs were about men wanting women and women wanting men—he was unafraid of being called feminine, gay, or perverted. “If I Was Your Girlfriend” was a fantasy of gender swapping and lesbianism. “Controversy,” famously, sniffed at the simplistic questions directed at him: “Am I black or white, am I straight or gay?” So did “I Would Die 4 U”: “I’m not a woman / I’m not a man / I am something that you’ll never understand.” Even as recently as 2015, a Boy George joke about having had sex with Prince seemed so plausible as to be widely misunderstood as a serious confession.

The meaning of Prince’s provocations will be dissected for a long time, but there’s no debating that they had a concrete influence on queer people. One of the more poignant reactions to Prince’s death has come from the young R&B singer Frank Ocean, who has had perhaps the most famous coming-out of recent musical history. “[Prince] was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee-high heeled boots, epic,” Ocean wrote. “He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity.”

Of course, his earlier influence doesn’t necessarily excuse Prince if you find his latter day attitudes to be disheartening. But read back on the New Yorker piece from 2008, and you might get a more sympathetic picture of what Prince’s deeper intentions on the issue might have been:

“Here’s how it is: You’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this.” He pointed to a Bible. “But there’s the problem of interpretation, and you’ve got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn’t. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you’ve got blue, you’ve got the Democrats, and they’re, like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right.”

Neither of them is right. In politics, as in so many things, Prince was trying to transcend the binary. This led him to a stance on queer people that, at best, can be described as confusing. Perhaps he saw that the conversation on the issue had become too rote, too obvious, with much of the transgressive edge behind calls for liberation drained away by the simple march of progress. It was progress he helped cause, regardless of how he later felt about it.

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