May 262018
 

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1913

Peter Cushing

(Died: 11 Aug 1994)

Aged 81
Peter Wilton Cushing OBE was an English actor best known for his roles in the Hammer Productions horror films of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, as well as his performance as Grand Moff Tarkinin Star Wars (1977). Spanning over six decades, his acting career included appearances in more than 100 films, as well as many television, stage and radio roles. Born in Kenley, Surrey, Cushing made his stage debut in 1935 and spent three years at a repertory theatre before moving to Hollywood to pursue a film career.
1962

Colin Vearncombe

(Died: 26 Jan 2016)

Aged 53
Colin Vearncombe, known by his stage name Black, was an English singer-songwriter. He emerged from the punk rock music scene and achieved mainstream pop success in the late 1980s, most notably with the international hit single "Wonderful Life" in 1987.
1963

Musetta Vander

Age 55
Musetta Vander (born Musetta van der Merweis a South African actress and model who is best known for her roles in science fiction and fantasy films.
1979

Elizabeth Harnois

Age 39

Elisabeth Rose Harnois is an American actress. Her career started at the age of five, where she began appearing in a number of film and television roles. She starred as Morgan Brody in the CBS forensics drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from 2011 to 2015.


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1922 – Michael Bentine

Michael Bentine, CBE (born Michael James Bentin) was an English comedian, comic actor and founding member of the Goons. He was a Peruvian Briton. In 1971, Bentine received the Order of Merit of Peru following his fund-raising work for the 1970 Great Peruvian earthquake.

Died: 26 November 1996

Aged 74


1979 – Sara Rue

Sara Rue is an American television actress. She is known for her performances as Carmen Ferrara on Popular, and as Claude Casey on Less than Perfect. In 2011, she hosted The CW reality series Shedding for the Wedding. She had a recurring role in the comedy Rules of Engagement, where she played Brenda, the softball teammate and best friend of Jeff Bingham. She also had a regular role as Kim on the short-lived ABC sitcom Malibu Country, and appeared in the main cast of the TV Land comedy series Impastor.

Age 39


Deaths



2016 – Colin Vearncombe

Born: 26 May 1962

Colin Vearncombe, known by his stage name Black, was an English singer-songwriter. He emerged from the punk rock music scene and achieved mainstream pop success in the late 1980s, most notably with the international hit single “Wonderful Life” in 1987.

William Ruhlmann of AllMusic described Vearncombe as a “smoky-voiced singer/songwriter, whose sophisticated jazz-pop songs and dramatic vocal delivery place him somewhere between Bryan Ferry and Morrissey”. Michael Hann of The Guardian described his voice as a “slightly frayed baritone”.

Died Aged 53


On This Day

Jan 262016
 

Singer-songwriter Colin Vearncombe, who performed under the name Black, has died at the age of 53, two weeks after being injured in a car crash.

The Liverpool singer, whose 1987 single Wonderful Life was a top 10 hit around the world, suffered head injuries in the crash in Ireland on 10 January, and was placed in an induced coma.

He died on Tuesday surrounded by his family in hospital, his publicist said.

His wife Camilla said she was “deeply grateful” to staff who cared for him.
The father-of-three, who was in intensive care at Cork University Hospital, “died peacefully” with his family at his side “who were singing him on his way”, a statement said.
“Colin received the best possible care from the expert and highly professional staff there and we are deeply grateful for everything they did,” his wife and three sons said in a statement.

Fellow Liverpool musician Pete Wylie of 80s band The Mighty Wah! paid tribute to his friend on Twitter, saying the news was “just so very sad”.
“I want to send all the love I can muster to Colin’s parents, brother & partner + to all who loved him, and who he loved too,” he wrote.
“I could still sing the very first song Colin recorded with me in the WAH! studio. I remember it that clearly. And that voice!”

Born in Liverpool in 1962, Vearncombe had his first top 10 hit with the single Sweetest Smile in June 1987 when he was 25 years old.
His second hit song Wonderful Life, which he had previously released but only got to number 72 in the charts, made the top 10 in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy.

However, despite having found fame, Vearncombe later said “the pop star life” was not as he had imagined it.
“I was frustrated by how few of the people in the music world I respected. Maybe I just didn’t go to the right clubs. I’ve never been a great schmoozer or networker and the idea of setting out to meet a certain type of people is anathema to me,” he said.
“It was two years of disappointment – I didn’t have any wild sex, I’m not a druggie, so I was just digging a hole for myself.”

Wonderful Life has since been used in numerous advertisements and films, and has been covered by artists including Tina Cousins and Katie Melua.
The album of the same name sold more than 1.5 million copies and peaked at number three.

Although he is best known for Wonderful Life and another 1980s single Sweetest Smile, Vearncombe released 15 albums under his own name.
Last year, he returned to his original stage name for a crowd-funded album, Blind Faith, which received positive reviews.
He has also published poetry and staged exhibitions of his paintings in south-west Ireland, where he lived in later life.
Hundreds of fans wrote messages of support on the musician’s Facebook page following the crash.
His publicist said there would be a private funeral, as well as a memorial service for him in Liverpool “as we know there are many, many people who will want to celebrate Colin’s life and work”.