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August 2001


by The Grim ~V~eeper

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Oh, its you guys again....just a sec....koff koff gag.....ok... Greetings, everyone...and welcome to the Celebrity Cemetery, the Grim ~V~eeper's Obituary Page.

Yes, it was an incredibly <yawn> exciting month of has-beens, never-weres, and rich old farts. Obviously, there were no Death Poll points. There were some false alarms, with George Harrison and Kate Hepburn keeping our players on the edge of there seats, so stay tuned, demented ones....

Here they are, in chronological order:

July 5:
Ernie K-Doe (Ernest Kador Jr)
, the R&B singer who became a fixture on the nightclub circuit of his native New Orleans and earned fleeting national attention with the No. 1 hit "Mother-in-Law" in 1961. He was suffering from "various internal illnesses" and lapsed into a coma three days before his death. He was 65.

July 5:
Ely Callaway
, a feisty, daring former textiles executive and vintner who revolutionized golf for pros and duffers alike with oversized metal clubs and in the process built an $840-million company while in his 70s. He was 82.

July 18: Mimi Farina, a folk singer who struggled in the shadow of her celebrated sister, Joan Baez, and then reinvented herself as a musical benefactor of the infirmed and imprisoned. She died of complications related to lung cancer. She was 56.

July 18:
Katharine Graham
, the tough-minded media giant who led the Washington Post through the publishing minefields of the Watergate scandal and the Pentagon Papers and ultimately became the most powerful woman in American newspapers. She died in Boise,ID. She was 84.

July 19:
Gunther Gebel-Williams
, a legendary animal trainer and performer whose feats with elephants, tigers, pumas, and other beasts made him Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's star attraction for more than two decades. He died of cancer at his home in Venice, FL. He was 66.

July 23:
Eudora Welty
, one of modern America's most celebrated writers, and a lyrical homebody who found great moments in the commonplace. She died in Jackson, MS. Her work earned her many prizes, including a Pulitzer in 1973 and a Medal of Freedom from President Jimmy Carter. She was 92.

July 27: Leon Wilkeson, bass guitarist of the vital Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He had cheated death once before - in 1977, he survived a crash of the band's chartered plane. But, lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and singer Cassie Gaines were all killed in the crash. Wilkeson died in his sleep at a hotel near Jacksonville, FL (where he was taking a break from the band's summer tour), but the cause of death was not immediately known. He was only 49.

Farewell <yawn> 'til next time,


Celebrity Death Poll 2001 player's picks