504 Cat Janice was a singer and songwriter who released a chart-topping hit while in hospice care for cancer. She left behind a seven-year-old son. Cat Janice’s legacy Janice’s lymph nodes were swollen after having just fought off long-haul COVID-19 in November 2021, but when the swelling was still present the following March, her self-described… Continue reading singer who released dance chart hit from hospice dies at 31 – .
50 Héctor Ortiz was a former Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher and a coach with the Texas Rangers. Héctor Ortiz’s legacy Born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Ortiz was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988 after playing college ball at Paris Junior College and Ranger College, both in Texas. His MLB career was… Continue reading coach with the Texas Rangers dies at 54 – .
529 Virgil was a WWE star who also wrestled as Soul Train Jones and Victor. Virgil’s legacy Born Michael Jones, Virgil began his career under the ring name Soul Train Jones, wrestling in southern promotions. He joined the WWE in the mid-1980s as Lucius Jones, but he would achieve his greatest fame wrestling as Virgil.… Continue reading WWE star dies at 61 – .
206 Lynda Gravátt was an actress known for her Broadway career as well as for roles in such TV shows as “Law & Order” and “The Hoop Life.” Lynda Gravátt’s legacy Gravátt’s extensive stage career included an award-winning turn as Quilly McGrath in “The Old Settler;” she was honored with a Theatre World Award for… Continue reading Broadway star who appeared in Law & Order dies at 76 – .
559 Richard Lewis was a comedian and actor known for his acerbic style and for TV roles in “Anything but Love” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Richard Lewis’ legacy Lewis began doing stand-up comedy professionally in the 1970s, and his profile quickly rose as he appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and in comedy… Continue reading Curb Your Enthusiasm comedian dies at 76 – .
13 Brian Stableford was a prolific, award-winning science fiction author and translator whose work, such as “The Empire of Fear” and “Cradle of the Sun,” also ventured into horror and fantasy. Brian Stableford’s legacy Born in Yorkshire, England, Stableford earned degrees in sociology and biology from the University of York, then taught at the University… Continue reading prolific science fiction author dies at 75 – .
205 Claude Montana was a French fashion designer whose big-shouldered designs were formative to 1980s fashion. Claude Montana’s legacy Montana is credited with reinventing the French fashion world alongside his friend and contemporary, Thierry Mugler (1948–2022), in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. They organized big, fun fashion shows designed to appeal to the public… Continue reading era-defining fashion designer dies at 76 – .
381 Golden Richards was a former NFL wide receiver who caught a touchdown pass for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1978 Super Bowl. Golden Richards’ legacy The Utah-born Richards was a three-sport star athlete at Granite High School and continued that success at Brigham Young University (BYU). He routinely led the BYU Cougars in receiving,… Continue reading Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboy dies at 73 – .
284 Charles Dierkop was an actor best known for his performances in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Sting,” and “Police Woman.” Charles Dierkop’s legacy Dierkop was often known for playing heavies, a trend that began with one of his earliest films. In “The Hustler,” he was credited simply as “Pool Room Hood.” He… Continue reading actor in The Sting, Police Woman dies at 87 – .
55 Jacob Rothschild was a financier and philanthropist from the Rothschild banking dynasty who walked away from his family’s empire to forge his own path. Jacob Rothschild’s legacy Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild, better known simply as Jacob Rothschild, was the oldest son of Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild of the powerful Rothschild banking family. After… Continue reading financier and philanthropist from banking dynasty dies at 87 – .