If the lights in your neighborhood Jo-Ann Fabrics are dimmed today, it isn’t because they forgot to pay the electric bill (this month). It’s because the whole industry is recognizing the death of a legend, as the Textile Tsar of the Upper West Side (and husband of Real Housewives of New York legend Jill Zarin) Bobby Zarin passed away this weekend. Continue reading
Dolores O’Riordan, who was the lead singer of The Cranberries, died today in London, and the out-of-nowhere news came from her publicist. The statement only says that Dolores was in London and died “suddenly.” The me of today and the teenage me who put Linger, Zombie” and Dreams on every mixtape he made just screamed “FUCK NOT DOLORES O’RIORDAN” at the same time. She was only 46 years old. Here’s the full statement her publicist released.
“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time.
Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
It seems like every late-80s and 90s sitcom is getting revived, but if Hollywood had a soul (which they don’t), they wouldn’t even think about trying to bring back Coach again. Because how can you bring back Coach without Hayden Fox’s lovable dum-dum assistant coach Luther Van Dam? TMZ says that Jerry Van Dyke, who played Luther Van Dam for all 9 seasons of Coach, died yesterday. He was 86.
This is bound to be sad news for fans of sitcoms, vaudeville, hair bows, grandmas on Twitter. Deadline reports that Rose Marie, born Rose Marie Mazzetta, star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and multiple other things over a nine-decade career, has died at the age of 94 in Van Nuys, CA.
Jim Nabors’ name is trending on Twitter today, and whenever a man in Hollywood makes the news in these times, people probably automatically think that he’s been accused of doing illegal acts of wrong sexual shit. But you won’t see any “Groper Pyle” headlines from The New York Post today. Jim Nabors is trending on Twitter, because he has sadly gone on to the great beyond. He was 87. And may that gorgeous beaded jacket go to the afterworld with Jim, because it deserves a prime spot in heaven’s Museum of Glamour.
CBS News says that Jim died this morning at his home in Hawaii. Jim’s husband, Stan Cadwallader, says that after Thanksgiving, his health went downhill. Jim spent some time at the hospital, but they ultimately decided to bring him home. Stan says that Jim died of natural causes.
Your auntie, second cousin thrice removed, hairdresser, favorite In-N-Out employee (we all have one) and everyone else knows Jim best as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show. Jim was supposed to play the ditzy gas station attendant for just one episode, but he was so popular that he became a regular and gaw-leeeee’d on for 23 episodes. That led to his own spin-off show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which ran from 1964 to 1969. Jim played Gomer Pyle again in 1986’s Return to Mayberry and on an episode of the 90s sitcom Hi Honey, I’m Home!
Beyond Gomer Pyle, Jim was also in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Carol Burnett Show, Knight Rider, The Love Boat and The Sonny & Cher Show. His variety show, The Jim Nabors Hour, ran from 1969-1971. It came back for a minute in 1978.
Jim came out as gay in 2013 when Washington passed their marriage equality law. That’s when Jim married Stan, who was his partner of 38 years at the time. Contrary to that rumor your grandma probably helped spread, Stan was Jim’s first and only husband. There was an untrue rumor that Jim married Rock Hudson in the 1970s.
Rest in peace, Jim Nabors. You are now in heaven, brushing the earholes of the angels with your deep velvet voice:
This one is going to hurt pretty hard for a whole lot of former teen girls of the 70s who used to wish hard on their favorite mood rings at night that they might get asked to the prom by Keith Partridge. A few days after he was rushed to a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida hospital due to organ failure, David Cassidy has died at the age of 67.