By: Dee Miyamura
Media Critic and Reviewer

January 2012

This list is considerably short in comparison. However; it is not because those who had passed-away in February were unimportant! The truth is, these four individuals were the ones that peaked my interest.

DAVY JONES, aged 66.
Actor/Singer “The Monkees”.
On Leap Day of Leap Year, Feb. 29, 2012; Davy Jones passed away in his sleep following a massive heart attack. Last year, he was part of The Monkees very successful tour! “The Monkees” series ran from 1966 to 1968, portraying Jones and his band mates Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork as an unsuccessful garage band trying to make it big.

DAVID KELLY, aged 82.
Did you see Tim Burton’s version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”? If you did, Mr. Kelly’s face would be recognizable to you. He portrayed Grandpa. He passed after a long illness on Feb. 12, 2012.

Feb. 11, 2012, shortly before a Grammy party in Hollywood, California; we learned about the tragic death of Miss. Houston who was to perform that evening. I remember my first exposure to this talented lady, was learning of her showbiz connection to Dion “Do You Know The Way To San Jose” Warrick. In “The Bodyguard” she starred with Kevin Costner, and, it is believed to have been his idea for her to sing Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Miss. Houston’s personal life and struggles with substance abuse plagued her, and it had been in the news that this compromised her voice. The toxicology reports have not been completed or released at this time.

Creator and Host of “Soul Train.” (1971-1993 seasons).
Mr. Cornelius committed suicide, a self-inflicted gunshot wound, on Feb. 1, 2012. The newsman on TV quickly stated and I was dumbstruck. According to the Internet, Don’s health had been in decline and had been suffering from dementia.


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