Actor Corey Haim found dead in L.A. home

Songspeak is sad to learn that actor Corey Haim, famous for his roles in popular 80s movies, The Lost Boys and License To Drive, has died of an apparent drug overdose. More recently, Haim and his frequent co-star and friend, Corey Feldman starred in an A&E reality series called The Two Coreys. Anyone who has…

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We’ve got a stiff Boner on our hands

Some sad news just received here at Songspeak Corporate Headquarters. Andrew Koenig, better known as Richard Stabone, and even better known as Boner, on the hit 80’s sitcom Growing Pains, was found dead of an apparent suicide in a Vancouver park after going missing on February 14th.  If Andrew taught us anything in life, it’s…

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More celebrity deaths, Les Paul

We’re a little slow on the uptake sometimes here at Songspeak. But it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention that yesterday, Les Paul died at the age of 94. He invented the electric guitar, for chrissakes. It doesn’t get much more rock n’ roll than that. He died as a result of complications from…

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Gidget, the Taco Bell chihuahua, has died

Taco Bell’s chihuahua Gidget, the one made famous by the Yo Quiero Taco Bell commercials, has died at the age of 15. Farewell, Gidget. You introduced the chalupa and the gordita to me, and promoted that 90’s Godzilla movie that I wound up seeing. I will never forget you. I’ll be pouring a little baja…

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Billy Mays not here anymore

Forget Michael Jackson. A true icon passed away yesterday. And that icon is Billy Mays. He was also 50 years old. Not a good week for pop culture. With his unmistakable voice and jet black beard, Billy Mays tried to sell us all kinds of ridiculously wonderful products. And, to the best of my knowledge,…

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Holy shit, Michael Jackson died

Michael Jackson, perhaps the biggest pop icon of our time, died suddenly yesterday in Los Angeles. The King Of Pop’s career and personal life took odd and controversial twists and turns in later years, but albums like Thriller absolutely defined our generation. He was a truly electrifying performer.

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Oops…someone turned off the Farrah Fawcett

It saddens us here at Songspeak to hear news of the second celebrity death of the week, Farrah Fawcett, who died today. Former Charlie’s Angel, poster girl, and incoherent rambler, Fawcett passed away after a long struggle with cancer. You were hot before my time, and I still don’t quite understand feathered hair, but R.I.P….

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R.I.P. Ed McMahon, you glorious rapper

Ed McMahon passed away today at the age of 86. He had health issues for a number of years. Known as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the Tonight Show, he also was the spokesperson for Publisher’s Clearing House, delivering giant checks to winners everywhere. But his most recent accomplishment are the rap commercials he did for…

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Multi-instrumentalist for Wilco, Jay Bennett, dies

Multi-instrumentalist, Jay Bennett, best remembered as the noise loving keyboard, piano, moog, melotron, guitar, banjo etc. loving contributor to Wilco‘s (arguably best) albums died in his sleep this past Saturday, May 23rd, 2009. Famously chronicled in the documentary, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart in which Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy actually fires him, Jay…

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Ricardo Montalban Dies at 88

Ricardo Montalban, best know for his roles as Mister Roarke on Fantasy Island and the title character of the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, died yesterday at age 88. No word on whether William Shatner was involved. It’s a shame to lose such a suave latino, but now he can join…

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Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean dies at 92

House Peters Jr., a television actor who was the original Mr. Clean for Procter and Gamble, died Wednesday at the age of 92. In the 1950s and 1960s, Peters Jr. played the bald-headed, hoop-earring wearing, grime-fighting Mr. Clean to advertise the household cleaner with the trademark jingle, “Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean. Mr. Clean gets rid…

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A permanent lapse of Richard Wright from Pink Floyd

Keyboard player and founding member of Pink Floyd, Richard Wright, died today in Britain after struggling with cancer. He met fellow band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason white attending Regent Street Polytechnic (now The University of Westminster) in 1965 and played on every album except The Final Cut. Though dominated by Roger Waters and…

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