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R.I.P. prolific actor Christopher Plummer: https://news.avclub.com/r-i-p-prolific-actor-christopher-plummer-1846207003

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Christopher Plummer, the actor best known for his work in The Sound Of Music and Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World, has died. Per Deadline, Plummer’s death was confirmed by his manager of 46 years, Lou Pitt: “Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self deprecating humor and the music of words. He was a National Treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.” Plummer died peacefully in his Connecticut home. He was 91.

Truly an American/Canadian icon.  He will be missed.

 

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Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach with 200 wins, dies at 77: https://apnews.com/article/nfl-charlotte-los-angeles-chargers-football-north-carolina-1970bcb9df70f8efa02f62dcc0f1ae2f

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Marty Schottenheimer, who won 200 regular-season games with four NFL teams thanks to his “Martyball” brand of smash-mouth football but regularly fell short in the playoffs, has died. He was 77.

Schottenheimer died Monday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, his family said through Bob Moore, former Kansas City Chiefs publicist. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. He was moved to a hospice on Jan. 30.

Schottenheimer was the eighth-winningest coach in NFL history. He went 200-126-1 in 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington and San Diego Chargers.

His success was rooted in “Martyball,” a conservative approach that featured a strong running game and tough defense. He hated the then-Oakland Raiders and loved the mantra, “One play at a time,” which he’d holler at his players in the pre-kickoff huddle.

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Truly an NFL coaching icon.  He will be missed.

 

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Larry Flynt has died: https://news.avclub.com/larry-flynt-has-died-1846244281

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Larry Flynt has died. Having involved himself in issues ranging from America’s most lurid sexual desires, to its most high-minded liberal ideals, Flynt was a dedicated pornographer, provocateur, and a self-styled advocate for free speech. His work as the founder of Hustler magazine brought him from the world of Midwest nightclubs, to the brink of death, and into the highest courts in the land, almost always with an eye on how to raise his profile (and more money) from the dedicated mining of outrage and lust. He died today at the age of 78. Heart failure has been reported as the cause of death.

Born in Kentucky in the 1940s, Flynt involved himself in the business of vice early and often, working as a bootlegger before ultimately opening a series of nudity-focused Hustler nightclubs throughout Ohio. Flynt moved from club ownership to publishing in the 1970s, attempting to undercut Playboy and its ilk by offering far more hardcore imagery in his new magazine, often focused on the degradation of women. Flynt put Hustler on the map in 1975 with the purchase and publication of nude photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, shot by paparazzi while she was on vacation—becoming a millionaire basically overnight due to the increased attention and sales the photos brought.

What followed was a long career of deliberate provocation, reaching its potential apex in 1978, when Flynt was shot by a man who later revealed he’d been outraged by an interracial photo shoot in Hustler. Partially paralyzed, Flynt continued to run his publishing empire, engaging in numerous legal battles with the likes of Jerry Falwell and other anti-pornography crusaders. Flynt also became increasingly engaged in politics, throwing support behind left-leaning figures like Bill Clinton, and offering cash rewards for stories of conservative leaders caught in sexually compromising positions.

Flynt, and the publishing empire he created, remain controversial to this day. He was sued by a secretary for sexual harassment in the mid-2000s, and was accused by one of his daughters, Tonya Flynt-Vega, of sexually abusing her as a child. (Flynt denied the charges.) He is survived by four children and his wife, Elizabeth Berrios, who he was married to from 1998 until his death early this morning.

 

 

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Conservative Radio Personality Rush Limbaugh Dead At 70

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/539213-rush-limbaugh-dead-at-70

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Rush Limbaugh, the radio host who revolutionized conservative talk radio and became the medium's biggest and most influential star, is dead at the age of 70.

His death was announced on his program by his wife, Kathryn Limbaugh. The Hill has reached out to "The Rush Limbaugh Show" for further comment.

His death comes a little more than a year after his announcement of a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer.
 
Limbaugh's reign on talk radio spanned more than three decades and at its peak reached an audience of more than 15 million listeners. He was first syndicated in 1988.
 
He was a provocateur who became a hero to conservatives but deeply angered and offended others with his remarks on race, gender and a host of political issues.
 
"One thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me," Limbaugh told his listeners last year.
 
The fiery conservative host was a top supporter of former President Trump and as recently as October hosted Trump for a two-hour interview. In April, the former president awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 
“Because of people like you and Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and so many others — your friends at 'Fox & Friends' in the morning — people are getting it," Trump told Limbaugh at the time.
 
That January, the president also celebrated Limbaugh's signing of a long-term contract with Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of IHeartMedia.

No matter what you thought of his politics, Mr. Limbaugh was a true American Icon. He will be missed.

 

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'There was no one better than Cliz' | Longtime radio voice of Purdue basketball dies at 74

https://www.jconline.com/story/sports/2021/02/27/larry-clisby-longtime-radio-voice-purdue-basketball-dies-74/6850941002/

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The tributes poured in. 

From former players. From current players. From fans. 

"There was no one better than Cliz," former Boilermaker standout Robbie Hummel tweeted. "A true legend as the voice of the Boilers and someone I consider myself lucky to call a friend. I’ll cherish the time we spent together at Purdue."

Larry Clisby, the radio voice of Purdue men’s basketball for more than 40 years, died Saturday morning at his home in Florida. Clisby was 74.

"Thank you CLIZ!" Forever in our hearts," current Purdue guard Eric Hunter, Jr., posted on Twitter. 

Clisby retired from play-by-play duties after calling 1,189 Boilermaker games after last season. He began calling Purdue games in 1984.

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Truly a Purdue and Lafayette area icon.  He will be missed.

 

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