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Monday, May 7, 2012

Fallen Stars: Dick Clark, Adam Yauch, George Lindsey

Forgive me, as I have been extremely tardy in acknowledging legendary celebrities we have lost in the past month. We have lost major icons in TV and music, so it's definitely time I shone the spotlight on them.

On April 18th, we lost TV icon Dick Clark. He was 82 and passed away due to a heart attack. From American Bandstand to rockin our NYE, Dick Clark was a television legend. Not to mention he hosted a fave game show of mine, thanks to the Game Show Network, $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid. The career he had on television is bar none and no one will ever take his place. (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012)

Adam Yauch (aka MCA) stunned the music world when he lost his battle to cancer at the age of 47 on Friday, May 4th. Adam was a founding member of the Beastie Boys, the pioneering rap trio who came together in 1979 but really exploded onto the scene in 1986 with one definite classic, (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party). The Beastie Boys are music icons, selling over 40 million records. MCA, who was a practicing Buddhist, will never be forgotten. (August 4, 1964 - May 4, 2012)

Thanks to my mom, I was introduced to actor George Lindsay. He was best known for his role as Goober Pyle, a beanie wearing, always grinning, gas service attendant on The Andy Griffith Show. He died on Sunday, May 6th, after a brief illness at the age of 83. He was born in Alabama and moved to Hollywood in the early 1960's. He appeared on other shows such as Mash, CHIPs, Gunsmoke, Twilight Zone, and lent his voice to Disney movies such as The Aristocats, The Rescuers, and Robin Hood. (December 17, 1928 – May 6, 2012)

We have lost heavy hitters in the TV and music industry, but thanks to their careers and social impact, their work will always live on and  forever continue to be the foundations that have changed the way we enjoy entertainment today.

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