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October 13, 2015


Kevin Sorbo Had 3 Strokes While Working on 'Hercules'

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 3rd 2011 11:45AM
The man who played Hercules was just a human, after all. According to People, Kevin Sorbo writes in his new book 'True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life' that he suffered three strokes while filming the mythological '90s fantasy series.

In 1997, when 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' was at the height of its run, Sorbo felt a strange sensation in his arm while working out. He ignored the signs, attributing the feeling to a weightlifting injury. But when his vision became blurry and speech slurred, he went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a severe disruption of blood-flow to his arm stemming from an aneurysm in his shoulder.

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Phil Harris, the Captain from 'Deadliest Catch,' Passes Away

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 10th 2010 11:02AM
phil_harris_deadliest_catchThere's nothing more shocking than real reality. Death is real. Steve Irwin dying on the job, for instance, was a huge shock. Here's another dose of harsh reality. The star of Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch,' Phil Harris, has died from a stroke. He had been at work on January 29, loading a catch like usual, when he suffered the stroke. After being flown to Anchorage for treatment, he succumbed despite having shown some improvement.

In a statement on the Discovery Channel web site, his grown children, Jake and Josh, explained, "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad -- Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down."

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Yet another television icon has fallen: the Taco Bell chihuahua

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 22nd 2009 7:08PM
Gidget the chihuahuaThere have been a lot of entertainment deaths recently, but none have struck me as much as this one. Gidget, the chihuahua best known as the lead canine in those Taco Bell commercials (Yo quiero Taco Bell!) has passed away at the dog age of 15 (which is around 105 in human years).

Gidget apparently suffered from a "stroke" (according to her trainer Sue Chipperton), but there are a few who know the entire truth. The dog raves and dog orgies that Gidget ran, the dog brothel she ran right outside of Las Vegas, the heavy duty dog drug use followed by the usual 4 A.M. Taco Bell run to satisfy the munchies... This was one sick puppy.

Okay, the last paragraph was a bit of a fib. Still, of all the celebrities to pass away recently, Gidget, I shall miss you the most. I shall think of you every time I drop the chalupa.

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James Garner suffers stroke

by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2008 3:41PM

James GarnerSometimes it's really easy to forget that some of your favorite stars are getting up there in age. For example, Rockford Files/8 Simple Rules star James Garner.

The veteran actor, now 80, suffered a minor stroke the other day. Entertainment Tonight is reporting that he had surgery and will be home later this week. No other details are available at this time (even that ET page above is rather brief), but he seems to be doing well. I'm sure the TV show will have more information later today.

Older fans will remember Garner from such shows as Nichols. Really old fans will remember him from the '50s western Maverick (a role he reprised in the early '80s series Bret Maverick). Checking his credits, I completely forgot that he played God in the short-lived animated series God, The Devil, and Bob in 2000. Of course, I forget that show in general.

[via TV Tattle]

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Isaac Hayes complains about his South Park days

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 25th 2007 10:09AM
Isaac Hayes Chef South ParkBiting the hand that feeds you is a popular sport in Hollywoodland. We all know that Scientologist Isaac Hayes, the voice of South Park's Chef, parted ways with the show after its Emmy-nominated, Scientology-mocking "Trapped in the Closet" episode aired last year. Hayes was reported as saying that the show had crossed from "satire" to "intolerance," which is apparently what happens when your own belief system is mocked instead of someone else's. Following the controversy, Chef was served an unholy and definitive end in which he was burned, beaten, impaled, shot and quartered by a grizzly bear and a mountain lion. Oh, and he defecated as he expired.

Given this series of cartoon events, why the New York Post would bother to ask Hayes whether or not he planned on returning to the show is beyond me, but Hayes' answer was clear.

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ER: The Heart of the Matter

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 3rd 2006 12:44AM
ER, Pratt and Gates(S13E06) So, in the case of Ames vs. Kovac, the jury found in favor of the defendant. Shocker. What, Luka gets to keep his job? What will ER do now? Hi, I'm Jen, and I am reviewing ER this week for Rich Keller, who has a really cool gig tonight. In the interest of full disclosure, despite my opening snarkiness, I am a fervent, weekly fan of ER, and have been for years.

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Sports Night: Ordnance Tactics

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 31st 2006 9:16PM

Sports Night(S01E20) While Isaac continues to recover from his stroke in the hospital, Dana is in charge, and the network execs are putting a lot of pressure on her. Meanwhile, Rebecca might want to go back to hubby Steve, which doesn't please Dan too much, and Jeremy wants to break up with Natalie, because there are way too many things happening right now, including his parents breaking up.

Oh, and there's a bomb threat called in to the building.

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Sports Night: Eli's Coming

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 31st 2006 6:37PM

Robert Guilliaume(S01E19) It must be hard as hell to do an episode of a show where something bad happens to one of the characters that actually happened to the actor in real life. In this episode, we find out that Isaac had a stroke after returning from a vacation. Actor Robert Guillaume had a stroke in real-life too. It's a tricky thing for a show to write in a real-life incident into a show, but because of the way this show is structured - a seamless blend of comedy and drama - it actually works.

Before they find out about Isaac, the staff is getting ready for special March Madness coverage. They're working on a Saturday, Bobbi Berstein is coming in to co-anchor (which thrills Dan, since she still thinks they slept together in Spain), and Dan is wondering why Rebecca's ex-husband Steve is in her office. On a Saturday. He thinks it's like "Eli's Coming," the classic Three Dog Night song, that something bad is about to happen. But as Casey reminds him, the song isn't about that, it's about a womanizer. No matter, Dan still thinks it's going to be a bad day.

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George Kashdan dead at 78

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 10th 2006 3:57PM

aquamanGeorge Kashdan, a writer and editor most known for his work with several DC comics, including Superman, Batman, and Aquaman, passed away last Saturday, June 3, at the age of 78 due to complications from a stroke. Besides working for DC from 1946 to 1968 and then later for Gold Key Comics, he also worked as a writer for a handful of super hero-themed television series in the 1960s, including Aquaman; The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure; The New Adventures of Aquaman; and The Mighty Hercules. Kashdan spent the latter part of his life in a Los Angeles retirement home. Comic book and television writer Mark Evanier has an in-depth obituary about the man and his work in the field of comic books over on his blog.

[via Toon Zone]

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Dick Clark comes back to TV: What did you think?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 1st 2006 3:30PM
Dick Clark comes back to TVWell, we've speculated. We've discussed. We've conjectured. But last night, we actually got to see Dick Clark on our TVs for the first time since he had a stroke in December 2004. This AP story (via Yahoo) details the appearance.

Well, let me say right off that I was happy to see Dick back out there, and I was happy to see that, at least outwardly, he looked like the same Dick Clark we remember; considering strokes often leave one side of a person's face and body paralyzed, it was good to see that, outwardly, his face and body were in good shape. Now, we didn't see him walk, but I'm pretty sure if Dick had a problem with that, he could work around it; heck, Bill Cullen hosted a zillion game shows and viewers never saw what was a fairly severe limp, so I'm sure Dick could hide any issues easily.

But his voice... oh, my.

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Are you as curious about Dick Clark as I am?

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 26th 2005 7:37PM
New Year's Rockin' Eve pub photoOK, I've got my New Year's Eve plans pretty much set: a dinner with a friend (I think), the crucial Giants-Raiders game at 8 (if the Giants win that, they win the division), and a peek into New Year's Rockin' Eve. I don't usually turn into the ABC spectacular until right before midnight, but this year my curiosity has been piqued. America has not seen Dick Clark since he suffered a stroke in 2004, and he has not even shown up for publicity photos for this year's edition, which will be co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Hillary Duff. As you can see by the photo, Clark's head has been fairly obviously Photoshopped onto someone else's tuxedoed body. But he will be there, live, according to ABC.

So, what will Dick look and sound like this New Year's Eve? Is anyone else going to tune in because of this? Or am I the only morbidly curious a-hole here? Let me know in the comments.

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