Winston Churchill Daughter Dies

June 2, 2014 by · Comments Off on Winston Churchill Daughter Dies 

Winston Churchill Daughter Dies, Lady Mary Soames, Winston Churchill’s last surviving child, has died at the age of 91, her family have announced.

She died on Saturday at her home after a short illness.

She was the youngest of the five children of the wartime prime minister and his wife Clementine.

Prime Minister David Cameron described her as “a wonderful, warm-hearted woman who could always put others at ease” and said he and his wife Samantha “felt privileged to know her”.

One of her sons, the Conservative MP and former minister Nicholas Soames, said: “She was a truly remarkable and extraordinary woman, who led a very distinguished life.”

Born Mary Spencer-Churchill, she served in the auxiliary territorial service during World War Two, manning anti-aircraft batteries in London, Belgium and Germany.

Mary Spencer-Churchill, later Lady Soames, was Winston Churchill’s youngest daughter
She was captured here christening a new plane by breaking a bottle of Coca-Cola over its nose
Posing here with Anthony Eden, the baroness lived a life steeped in Britain’s military and political history
She accompanied her father on several of his most important trips, including to the 1945 Potsdam Conference, where Churchill, Stalin and US President Harry Truman discussed the future of post-war Germany and Europe.

She enjoyed a lifetime of public service and through both birth and marriage, had life-long association with the Conservative Party.

Oldest Auschwitz Survivor Dies

October 23, 2012 by · Comments Off on Oldest Auschwitz Survivor Dies 

Oldest Auschwitz Survivor Dies, The oldest known survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp — a teacher who gave lessons in defiance of his native Poland’s Nazi occupiers — has died at the age of 108, an official said Monday.

After the war, he moved to Debno, where he worked as a Polish-language teacher and as principal at an elementary school and later at a high school for many years.

At least 1.1 million people were killed by the Germans at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Most of the victims were Jews, but many non-Jewish Poles, Roma and others also were killed there.

Larry Hoppen Orleans Died

July 28, 2012 by · Comments Off on Larry Hoppen Orleans Died 

Larry Hoppen Orleans Died, Larry Hoppen, who co-founded the 1970s pop-rock group Orleans and sang lead on the group’s hits including “Still the One” and “Dance With Me,” died Tuesday at age 61. The news was confirmed by the guitarist’s wife, Patricia Smith Hoppen.

The cause of death has not been disclosed. Hoppen died in Florida, where he had been living for some time.

“For his fans, I am deeply sorry for YOUR loss,” Patricia Hoppen wrote on Facebook. “I know he will be missed. I will that my family’s privacy be respected during this horrible time.”

Hoppen formed Orleans in 1972 in Woodstock, NY with singer-songwriter John Hall, who later spent two terms as a U.S. congressman in New York state. The band had three Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hits: “Dance With Me” (No. 6, 1975), “Still the One” (No. 5, 1976) and “Love Takes Time” (No. 11, 1979), their biggest song following the departure of Hall in 1977. Two of their albums cracked the top 40 on the Billboard 200.

“I can tell you after 40 years of working together we made music that is known around the world,” Hall told the Times Herald-Record. “His distinctive tenor voice will be recognizable on radio and recordings for a long time to come. I’m grateful to have worked with him.”

Karl Roy Dies

March 13, 2012 by · Comments Off on Karl Roy Dies 

Karl Roy Dies, The Philippine music industry has lost one of its most iconic stars with the death of Karl Roy, the rockstar many looked up to for his music, his memorable performances and his life.

Roy died of cardiac arrest Tuesday morning in his home in Manila surrounded by members of his family. He was 43. He is survived by wife Dena and daughter Arianna.

The outpouring of grief in both mainstream and social media is understandable – Roy was one of the singers who made a mark in the 1990s when he and a group of friends started a rock band called Advent Call. After it disbanded, he formed P.O.T. and later Kapatid with other heavyweight names in the Pinoy rock scene, with J-Hoon Balbuena on drums, Ira Cruz on guitars, Nathan Azarcon on bass, Chico Molina on guitars, and Paul Zialcita on percussions. It was with Kapatid that he recorded and performed perhaps his most memorable hit, “Luha”.

On stage, Roy was a livewire act – he was so prolific he could play more than three sets in one gig. Off of it, he lived the rockstar lifestyle, courting danger with his bouts of alcoholism and drug use. He suffered a stroke back in 2007, and although he recovered, he continued with his rockstar ways until it finally took a toll on his life.

Mosi Tatupu |

February 24, 2010 by · Comments Off on Mosi Tatupu | 

Mosi Tatupu | Patriots running back Mosi Tatupu has died at the age of 54, according to several news reports.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin said Tatupu, a native of America Samoa who played 13 seasons for the Patriots, died Tuesday, but a cause of death was not known.

Barry Markowitz, a family friend, told the Star-Bulletin, “He had some health issues.”

The Patriots drafted Tatupu in the eighth round of the 1978 draft out of the University of Southern California. He was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and was a schoolboy football star at Punahou High in Honolulu. He held the Hawaii state record for career yards for 17 years, according to the newspaper’s web site.

Tatupu was the head coach at King Philip High in Wrentham, where he coached his son, Lofa, who is now a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks. He also coached running backs at Curry College in Milton.

Mosi Tatupu had 612 carries and 2,415 yards in his 14-year NFL career. After 13 seasons with the Patriots from 1978 to 1990, Tatupu played five games for the Los Angeles Rams in 1991 before ending his playing career.

Tatupu was primarily a blocking back and short-yardage specialist on offense, but was highly regarded for his special teams skills. He made the 1986 Pro Bowl as a special teamer and was named the NFL Alumni’s Special Teams Player of the Year.

Tatupu played in 202 NFL games, including Super Bowl XX, when the Patriots lost to the Bears 46-10. He had 18 career touchdowns.

He had his own cheering section at Patriots home games, “Mosi’s Mooses.”

“They are great fans, but just to have your own section is an honor,” Tatupu said in a 2004 interview with the Globe. “It inspired me to play harder because they were cheering for me and backing me up.”

At Southern California from 1974 to 1977, Tatupu was a member of the Trojans’ 1974 national championship team. He ran for 1,277 yards on 223 carries in his Trojan career and was USC’s Offensive Player of the Year and Most Inspirational Player in 1977.