Bud Spencer dead at 86

The Italian actor Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli) is dead. He died Monday at the age of 86 years. This was confirmed by his son Giuseppe Pedersoli on request of the German press agency in Rome.

“He has not suffered, he had us all with him and his last word was” thank you “,” Pedersoli told the Italian news agency ansa According.

Bud Spencer was the first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute, Spencer competed as a swimmer on the Italian National Team at the Olympic Summer games in both Helsinki, Finland, in 1952 and Melbourne, Australia, in 1956.

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Spencer’s first film role was in Quel fantasma di mio marito, an Italian comedy shot in 1949 and released in 1950. Then he played a member of the Praetorian Guard in Quo Vadis, a film shot in Italy, in 1951. During the 1950s and part of the 1960s, Spencer appeared in some Italian films but “his career was strictly minor league until the late 1960s.”

He changed his screen name in 1967, choosing to pay homage to Spencer Tracy as well as his favorite beer, Budweiser.

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After the name change, Spencer achieved his greatest success in spaghetti Westerns lensed for a global audience. Spencer met his future film partner, Terence Hill, on the set of Hannibal in 1959. The two made such international hits as  Vier für ein Ave Maria in 1968 and Die rechte und die linke Hand des Teufels in 1970 and They Call Me Trinity. Their dual outings made both stars famous, particularly in Europe. They went on to work together on over 20 films.

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In 2005, he entered politics, unsuccessfully standing as regional counselor in Lazio for the Forza Italia party. Spencer stated: “In my life, I’ve done everything. There are only three things I haven’t been – a ballet dancer, a jockey and a politician. Given that the first two jobs are out of the question, I’ll throw myself into politics.”

On a personal note Bud Spencer was one of my childhood Heros and he still is now and he will be forever. I watched his movies so many times and still love to watch them today. Rest in Peace you Legend.

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Our best wishes go out to Bud Spencer’s family and friends.

Christina Grimmie shot dead outside Florida concert

Singer Christina Grimmie has died at the age of 22 years. The young singer had gained popularity with her participation at the show “The Voice”.

Members of the band Before You Exit were signing autographs after a concert at Orlando’s Plaza Live when a male suspect shot Grimmie.

After investigations, it turned out that Kevin James Loibl had walked toward Christina and fatally shot her. Christina’s brother immediately tackled the suspect, stopping him from causing any more harm to her fans and the people in the surroundings. During the struggle, the suspect shot himself. He was later pronounced dead.

Our best wishes go out to Christina Grimmie’s family and friends.

Joe Fleishaker Star of Troma Movies, Dies at 62

While the name may not jump out at you at first, if you were at all a fan of Troma and their wondrous brand of horror, then you are more than well acquainted with Joe Fleishaker. It’s with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to this incredibly warm soul.

He passed away Monday at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

Fleishaker made his name starring in the cult “Toxic Avenger” franchise, along with films including “Poultrygeist,” “Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.,” “Terror Firmer” and “Tromeo and Juliet.”

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but the Brooklyn native suffered from morbid obesity and congestive heart failure, and his family suspects it was a heart attack.

On the convention circuit Fleishaker could always be found helping to man the Troma booth and greet fans with open arms and a huge smile. He will be sincerely missed.

Our best wishes go out to Joe Fleishaker’s family and friends.

Alan Rickman Passes Away at 69

Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69.

Rickman’s family reports that the actor had been suffering from cancer.

He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

He also won a Bafta Award for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

A family statement said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

Our best wishes go out to Alan Rickman’s family and friends.

David Bowie dies at 69

The singer’s death was confirmed in a Facebook post on his official page: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Bowie’s 25 albums produced a string of hits including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Fame,” “Heroes,” “Let’s Dance” and “Where Are We Now?” among many others.

His latest album, Blackstar, was released a week ago with at his 69th birthday, and had received widespread critical acclaim.

His last Music Video Lazarus and his little bit haunting.

Our best wishes go out to David Bowie’s family and friends.

Lemmy, Motörhead frontman, dies at 70

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer.

The band announced on their Facebook page that Lemmy learned of the disease on 26 December, and was at home when he died.

Lemmy, born Ian Fraser Kilmister, formed Motörhead in 1975 and was its only constant member, as singer and bassist. The band released 23 studio albums and are best known for their 1980 single Ace of Spades.

The band requested fans “play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

Our best wishes go out to Lemmy’s family and friends.

Luc Haas Passes Away at 66

We’ve learned some deeply unfortunate news: That Luc Haas passed this Monday.

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He appeared on stage one last time in December 2014, on the occasion of a gala evening organized by the Luxembourg Red Cross and the Foundation Thierry van Werveke.

With Luc Haas Luxembourg is losing one Rock- and Comic Book Legend at the same time.

Our best wishes go out to Luc Haas family and friends.

Voice Actress Miyu Matsuki Dead at 38

The talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that seiyuu Miyu Matsuki died on October 27 due to an illness. A private funeral was held according to the family’s wishes. Matsuki turned 38 on September 14.

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While Matsuki appeared in more TV anime shows than video games, her most recent appearances include TV anime Shimoneta’s Anna Nishikinomiya, as well as Lailah from Bandai Namco’s Tales of Zestiria.

In her last blog entry, she remarked on the big birthday cake she received on September 14th, her 38th birthday. It was the kind of cake you’d see at a wedding. She even cut it with a big knife, too (usually a katana-style blade).

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away at 55

We’ve learned some deeply unfortunate news: Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, has passed away at the age of 55.

Nintendo confirmed the news in a press release:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

For those who haven’t been following the Nintendo boss and his personal health, he was forced to skip last year’s E3 because of his health. He went into surgery shortly thereafter to remove the bile duct growth. Things seemed ok at the time, and he returned to work shortly afterwards.

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“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.” –Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Iwata was first hired at Nintendo during the 1980s, in which he worked on various games like EarthBound and even Kirby’s Adventure. He eventually became director in the year 2000, and finally became the fourth president of Nintendo, in 2002.

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Satoru Iwata, when he first joined HAL Laboratory full-time, in the 1980’s.

Our best wishes go out to Iwata’s family and friends.