Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Grim Reaper's been busy

Busy as I've been with other matters of late, I've been remiss with some recent obits.

Pro wrestling has had to say goodbye to two former stars in recent weeks. First, Gertrude "Luna" Vachon, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, passed away a couple of weeks back at 48. Ms. Vachon, who was divorced from fellow grappler David Heath (Gangrel to WWE fans), had become a truck driver after leaving WWE in 2000. Over the weekend, Mike Shaw, 53, who played Norman the Lunatic in WCW and Friar Ferguson & Bastion Booger in the then-World Wrestling Federation in the 90's, succumbed to a heart attack. WWE has not acknowledged either one on the air, only on their website.

And Hollywood has said goodbye to character actor Kevin McCarthy, 96, who passed away on Saturday. McCarthy will always be remembered for the sci-fi classic, "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers", as the frantic physician who tried to warn everyone of an alien invasion.

Rest in peace, all.

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