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July 30, 2014

TV Obits: Cele, Dawes, Martinez

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2007 3:02PM

Shaka ZuluA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Henry Cele: He was probably best known for his role in the classic TV miniseries Shaka Zulu in 1986. He also starred in several movies, including The Ghost and the Darkness, Point of Impact, and two other Shaka Zulu movies. Before becoming an actor he was a pro soccer player. He died of a chest infection at age 58.
  • Thomas Dawes: Dawes was a member of the 60s rock band The Cyrkle, who opened for the Beatles on their last tour and had hits including "Turn Down Day" and "Red Rubber Ball." But he was also famous for writing the music for other songs that you might remember, commercial jingles, including "Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz," "Our L'Eggs Fit Your L'Eggs," and "We're American Airlines, Doing What We Do Best. He died at age 64 after suffering a stroke after surgery.

  • Marilyn Martinez: She was a standup comic and actress who performed as part of The Hot Tamales, The Hot and Spicy Mamitas, and The Original Latin Divas Of Comedy. She guest starred on My Wife and Kids and was seen in the movie Pauly Shore Is Dead. She died of cancer at age 52.

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