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^^What a tragedy. I'm not sure I quite understand the message of this cartoon though. Seems to be trying to draw a comparison to the BLM movement...which I certainly don't see.^^

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Todd Nance, founding member of Widespread Panic, has died

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Todd Nance, a founding member of the Georgia jam band Widespread Panic has died, his family said in a statement.

Nance died early Wednesday in Athens, Georgia, from "sudden and unexpectedly severe complications of a chronic illness," his family said.

"Todd was the engine of the Widspread Panic," the band said in a statement. "He wrote great songs, and was a giving and forgiving collaborator."

Nance was the band's drummer for three decades, during which time they sold more than three million albums, performed at sold-out shows across the country and headlined major music festivals.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist Jack Sherman dies at 64
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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has died at 64, however no cause of death has been determined.

The band announced Sherman's passing on Friday in an Instagram post, calling him 'unique.'

The guitarist played on the band's debut self-titled album and contributed to their albums Freaky Styley, Mother’s Milk and The Abbey Road EP.

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RIP: Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has died at 64, no cause of death has been determined (Sherman pictured in 1998)

'We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed,' the band wrote to Instagram.

Adding: 'Jack played on our debut album as well as our first tour of the USA. He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform.'

Sherman replaced Hillel Slovak on the 1983 debut album and the subsequent Freaky Styley, but was replaced by Slovak before the latter album was released.

Though, his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers is often considered essential by fans, he was not included when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

At the time, he told Billboard: 'I’m being dishonored, and it sucks.'

Apart from the rock band, Sherman also worked on Tonio K.’s Notes from the Lost Civilization, Bob Dylan’s Knocked Out Loaded, as well as George Clinton and Feargal Sharkey albums.

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Missing: Sherman replaced Hillel Slovak to be on the 1983 debut album and the second Freaky Styley, but was replaced by Slovak before the later album was released. He was not included when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (singer Anthony Kiedis (left), bassist Flea, and guitarist John Frusciante pictured in 1999)

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^^^^^ damn, Justin Townes Earle popped up talking about Johnny Cash in a doco I saw three or four weeks ago.....only 38! ^^^^^

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Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, dies at age 43 from colon cancer.

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Joe Ruby, the co-creator of iconic cartoon series Scooby-Doo, has died aged 87.


Ruby died of natural causes at his home in California on Thursday.

"He never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged," said his grandson Benjamin Ruby.

Ruby co-created the long-running cartoon series with his creative partner Ken Spears.

In a statement to the BBC Warner Bros' animation president Sam Register said Ruby "made Saturday mornings special for so many children, including myself".

"He was one of the most prolific creators in our industry who gifted us some of animation's most treasured characters and it was a thrill to host him at our studio," he continued.

Reactions to Ruby's death have taken over Twitter with fans posting their own obituaries to the artist.

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A 194-year-old apple tree, the matriarch of the Northwest apple industry, has died
By Francesca Giuliani-Hoffman, CNN

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(CNN)An apple tree thought to be the oldest in the Pacific Northwest has died this summer at 194 years of age.
The Old Apple Tree in Vancouver, Washington, was planted in 1826 when fur traders of the Hudson's Bay Company settled in the area. It was considered the matriarch of the region's bustling apple industry and produced a green apple that was bitter to the taste but great for baking.

"While we knew this day would come, we hoped it was still years away," Charles Ray, urban forester for the City of Vancouver, told CNN.
Around 2015, the team of experts caring for the tree noticed that the cambium layer -- the growing part of the trunk -- was starting to die back, Ray explained. That contributed to the creation of a spiral crack in the trunk, which hollowed out over the years. The tree finally died in June.

"The tree itself has taken on its own persona. It's a living organism, just like us, and it's been faced with a lifetime of challenges," Ray said. "It stood there for generations and witnessed the world change around it."

The Old Apple Tree weathered countless storms and the construction of railways and highways in its vicinity, becoming a beloved community landmark.
"Local schools would take trips to the tree, it has touched generations of people throughout the Northwest, and probably around the nation," Ray said.
The tree is a well-known celebrity among heritage apple experts, who are interested in preserving and studying ancient kinds of apples originally planted by early settlers.

"When anybody speaks of the oldest apple tree in the Northwest, everybody knows it was that apple tree," David Benscoter, a retired FBI agent who now runs

"The Lost Apple Project" told CNN. "I'm sure people never thought it could reach that age," Benscoter said.
RELATED: 10 kinds of apples that were thought to be extinct have been rediscovered

In 1984, a public park was built around the tree, and since, every October the city has held a festival to celebrate it. This year's edition was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, members of the Vancouver community held a memorial for the tree on Facebook, sharing stories and memories.

Rooted in history

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The Old Apple Tree in a picture from 1940.

Legend has it that The Old Apple Tree came to Vancouver as a seed, transported by a British naval officer.
Royal Navy Lieutenant Aemilius Simpson received the seeds at a dinner in London before departing for the Hudson's Bay Company's fur trading outpost in the Pacific Northwest.

"A young woman that was there with him, as she was bidding him farewell, slipped a few apple seeds from her dessert into his jacket pocket, and suggested that he plant those when he reached the Northwest," said Brad Richardson, executive director at the Clark County Historical Museum.

After arriving at Fort Vancouver, Simpson handed the seeds to Chief Factor John McLoughlin, who oversaw the establishment of local orchards and gardens for sustenance.

Notably though, the tree is not located within the perimeter of the historic Fort Vancouver's orchard, but about half a mile away from it, in what would have been the living quarters for workers on the Fort. Specifically, it's possible that the tree initially grew in the yard of a house where John Johnson, a British cooper, lived with his wife, according to a history of the Old Apple Tree written by National Parks Service archaeologist Robert Cromwell.

Later on, the Fort became a US Army base, and among those who served there was Ulysses S. Grant.
That's not the only time in its long life that the Old Apple Tree had a brush with presidential history.

Richardson said that in 1934, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, visiting the area, was presented with a pie baked with apples from the tree. The pie was baked by Ms. Fay Peabody, the "official apple pie baker" of Oregon and Washington, according to news reports of the time.

A descendant of the Old Apple Tree was planted near the Clark County Historical Museum in the 1950s, according to Richardson.

"It'll dump a whole bunch of these green apples all over our walk every year," Richardson said. "It produces very prolifically."

A 'one of a kind' tree

Apples produced by the Old Apple Tree were dubbed "English Greenings," a generic classification used to describe old-world apples, according to Charles Ray.

A DNA analysis performed by experts at Washington State University's Apple Genome Project revealed that the Old Apple Tree is genetically unique.
"The Old Apple Tree is not identical to any other named variety in a worldwide collaborative data set of several thousand apple variety DNA profiles," Cameron Peace, a professor of tree fruit genetics at WSU told CNN.

"The Old Apple Tree is therefore unique, one-of-a-kind. It will carry genetic factors not present in other heirloom or modern cultivars," Peace added.
Scientists were able to establish that the Old Apple Tree is almost certainly a grandchild of the French Reinette, a 500-year-old variety dubbed "the grandmother of all apple cultivars," Peace explained. The French Reinette is a close direct ancestor of most modern varieties and also a parent or grandparent to many heirloom varieties.

A new beginning

As the Old Apple Tree's trunk was dying over time, several "root suckers" -- or new shoots -- started coming out of its root system.

"We made the determination to start nurturing these root suckers so that in the future we would have a new tree," Charles Ray told CNN.

"It's still the same root system, the same tree growing within that location," Ray added.

One of the saplings will remain in the same location to become the "new" Old Apple Tree over the years. Part of the original trunk will be removed to allow more light for the new tree, but part will remain on site to decay and illustrate the life cycle of trees.

"It will still be referred to as the Old Apple Tree to assure this legacy lives on," Ray said.

The other saplings will be transplanted to the nearby Fort Vancouver historic orchard managed by the National Parks Service, according to Ray.

Do you own a piece of the Old Apple Tree?

If you attended the yearly Old Apple Tree Festival in Vancouver over the years, chances are you might be in possession of a living piece of the Old Apple Tree.

Since 1984, festival visitors would receive cuttings from the tree in every edition to be planted in their backyards.

In Ray's estimation, around 200 cuttings would have been given away each year.

"Over the years, people would come back and tell us stories, their memories of the tree, and whether or not their cuttings took or were starting to grow -- from all along the Pacific, all along the West," Ray said.

Ray encourages all those who have a piece of the Old Apple Tree living in their yard, or any memories to share about the Old Apple Tree itself, to participate in the City of Vancouver's "Letters to Trees" program.

Ray believes that getting involved with community forests and planting trees is a great way for people across the nation to make history, "so that in 20 years, or 200 years, there will be heritage trees for others to enjoy and stories to be told."

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Legendary UArizona head basketball coach Lute Olson dies

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Lute Olson, legendary head coach for the men's basketball team at the University of Arizona, has died. He was 85 years old.

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Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr. dies at age 78

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Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr., known simply as "Big John" throughout college basketball, has died at age 78.

Thompson, who led Georgetown to the 1984 national championship, built the program into a juggernaut, taking the Hoyas to three Final Fours in the 1980s while also winning seven Big East titles and leading the 1988 United States national team to a bronze medal in the Olympics.

His coaching legacy includes the recruitment and development of four players in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson.


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Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, dies at age 43 from colon cancer.

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Lou Brock, Baseball Hall of Famer Known for Stealing Bases, Dies at 81

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Lou Brock in 1977, after he broke Ty Cobb’s record of 892 stolen bases. In 1964, he helped take St. Louis to the World Series championship. Associated Press

Lou Brock, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Fame outfielder who in a career spanning two decades became the greatest base-stealer the major leagues had ever known when he eclipsed the single-season and career records for steals, died on Sunday. He was 81.

Brock’s 118 stolen bases in 1974 eclipsed Maury Wills’s single-season record of 104, set in 1962, and his 938 career steals broke Ty Cobb’s mark of 892.

He led the National League in steals eight times.

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Diana Rigg, Star of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies at 82

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Diana Rigg, the Tony and Emmy winner who splashed into the world of television with her commanding turn as intelligence agent Emma Peel on “The Avengers” in the 1960s and played Lady Olenna Tyrell on “Game of Thrones” decades later, died Thursday at her home in England. She was 82.

Rigg was a venerable figure in Britain’s entertainment industry who worked incessantly on stage, TV and film. She famously thumbed her nose at convention in her private life and in later years seemed to enjoy her status as a grande dame. Having a key role in the biggest TV series of the past decade was a fitting career capper for Rigg.

On HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Rigg recurred as Olenna Tyrell, also known as the Queen of Thorns, beginning with the third season in 2013. She was Emmy nominated for guest actress in a drama for her work on the show in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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Jackass, American Horror Story star Stevie Lee dies, aged 54
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Wrestling star and actor Stevie Lee has died at the age of 54.

Wrestling star and actor Stevie Lee has died at the age of 54, his family has confirmed.

Lee, also known as Puppet The Psycho Dwarf, died “unexpectedly” in his home on Wednesday morning (local time).

The announcement was made on a GoFundMe page that has been set up to help his family with funeral costs.

“He was beloved by many and has many friends that were family, fans that adored him, but only his brother Jim left to take care of final arrangements.

Puppet has put smiles across the world with his hardcore attitude and lifestyle,” the page reads.

“He is a legend in the art of Midget Wrestling. He needs our help to give him one last curtain call. Please donate what you can, share his memories with everyone, and share this fundraiser to give the Psycho Dwarf the best resting place possible.

“All proceeds will be given to Jim Richardson to handle the services/burial costs. Thank you all so much and Puppet, we love you brother!”

IMPACT Wrestling – which changed its name from TNA in 2017 – has led the tributes on social media.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Stevie Lee, better known as ‘Puppet The Psycho Dwarf’ in the early days of TNA,” Impact said on social media.

“We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family.”

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Stevie Lee, better known as "Puppet The Psycho Dwarf" in the early days of TNA. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/tdVdCFkNCJ

— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 10, 2020

The actor featured in several films and television series including Jackass, American Horror Story and Oz the Great and Powerful.


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RIP Toots, say gidday to brother Bob.....

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US Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died aged 87
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The US Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the US court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.

Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said.

Ginsburg announced in July that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver, the latest of her several battles with cancer.

Ginsburg spent her final years on the bench as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing and became something of a rock star to her admirers. Young women especially seemed to embrace the court’s Jewish grandmother, affectionately calling her the Notorious RBG, for her defence of the rights of women and minorities, and the strength and resilience she displayed in the face of personal loss and health crises.

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In this 2017 file photo, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Stanford University in California. She was a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the US court’s second female justice.

Those health issues included five bouts with cancer beginning in 1999, falls that resulted in broken ribs, insertion of a stent to clear a blocked artery and assorted other hospitalisations after she turned 75.

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In this 1993, file photo, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses with Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, left, and Senator Joseph Biden, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The US Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

She resisted calls by liberals to retire during Barack Obama’s presidency at a time when Democrats held the Senate and a replacement with similar views could have been confirmed. Instead, US President Donald Trump will almost certainly try to push Ginsburg’s successor through the Republican-controlled Senate – and move the conservative court even more to the right.

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Lee Kerslake, Drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep, Dies at 73
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Lee Kerslake, best known as the longtime drummer of rock band Uriah Heep and for playing on two Ozzy Osbourne albums, has died of prostate cancer. He was 73.

Former Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley confirmed Kerslake’s death on his Facebook fan page, writing: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning. He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed.”

Kerslake began drumming for Uriah Heep in 1971, and went on to record a total of 17 studio albums with the band. He met Ozzy Osbourne in 1980 and was featured on Osbourne’s first two solo records, “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman,” in addition to 1980’s “Live EP” and segments of the 1987 “Tribute” live album.

Kerslake was born on April 16, 1947 in Dorset, England and began playing drums at the age of 11. After playing with bands such as The Gods, Toe Fat and National Head Band in the late ’60s, he joined Uriah Heep and first appeared on their 1972 album “Demons and Wizards.” Kerslake departed Uriah Heep in 1978 and formed the band Blizzard of Ozz with Osbourne, bassist Bob Daisley and guitarist Randy Rhoads, although management soon rebranded the band as Osbourne’s solo project.

However, Kerslake’s stint with Osbourne ended in 1981 when he left to take care of his sick mother. He then rejoined Uriah Heep in 1982 to record their comeback album “Abominog,” and remained with the group until 2007.

In 1998, Kerslake and Daisley filed a lawsuit against Osbourne and his wife Sharon, claiming that they were not given adequate royalties or songwriting credit for their work on “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman.” In response, Osbourne removed their performances from the 2002 reissues of the albums and had them re-recorded. The lawsuit was later dismissed in 2003.

Kerslake retired in 2007 due to health problems, although he continued to work on his own solo project. He revealed in 2018 that he had been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and told Osbourne that his final wish was to receive the platinum certifications for “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman,” which Osbourne granted. His final performance was on Dec. 14, 2018, when he joined Uriah Heep onstage in London to perform “Lady in Black.”

Kerslake is survived by his wife, Sue.

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Winston Groom, Author of ‘Forrest Gump,’ Dies at 77

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He died in his sleep, most likely from a heart attack, his stepson Frederick Helmsing said.

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