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EBN (Ned Lieben from EBN-OZN)
Tragically, pop keyboardist, Ned
Lieben, died of a massive heart attack in his home while having
breakfast with his wife
and four year old son. He is best known for his
work with New Wave band EBN-OZN
and their hit AEIOU And Sometimes Y. and
70s band, Riff Raff.
He was also a studio musician who worked with band
such as Scritti Politti. DOB:??/??/52
Benjamin Orr (The
In the late 70s & early 80s, this American New Wave Rock group topped the
charts with over twelve Top 40 hits.
Ben, bassist and sometimes lead vocalist for The Cars
passed away on October 5, 2000
of inoperable pancreatic cancer. He was 53 years old.
Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Carleton Barrett, Junior Braithwaite and Joe
Bob Marley passed away of cancer at age 36 on May 11, 1980, which would be
the first in a string of Wailers related deaths.
Carleton Barrett was murdered on April 17, 1987 and that same year,
Peter Tosh was also murdered on September 9.
Twelve years later, Junior Braithwaite was murdered on June 2, 1999
and later that year, Joe Higgs died on December 18 of cancer.
Legendary R&B soulman passed away this year at the age of 57.
He was born June 3, 1942 in Chicago, IL.
One of the
founding fathers of funk, this Superfly passed away on December 26,
1999. He will forever be sorely missed.
In the 60s, Dusty was one of the hippest ladies around. In the 80s, she
paired up with Synthpop geniuses The Pet Shop Boys,
to record the song, "What
Have I Done To Deserve This?" She passed away on March 2, 1999 of breast
cancer. She was born on April 16, 1939.
In 1957, he was born Hans Holzl in Austria. In the late 70s he would take
his stage name Falco
from the name of a German Olympic skier.
He was killed
in a auto accident. DOB: 2/19/57 DOD:
(Edem Ephraim and Dennis Fuller)
Edem Ephraim and Dennis Fuller of The
London Boys, were both killed in a car
crash in The Alps on 21st Jan 1996,also killed Edem's wife, Bettina.
Glenn Hughes (Village People)
The mustached biker of legendary disco group, The Village People, Hughes
passed away of lung cancer on March 4, 2001.
He was born on July 18, 1950.
Jerome Smith (KC & The Sunshine Band)
Former rhythm guitarist for KC & The Sunshine band, he was crushed to
death by a bulldozer he was
operating after accidentally falling off of it. Performed on the hit songs
"That's The Way (I Like It)" and "Get Down Tonight."
He passed away
on August 2, 2000.
Jimmy McShane (Baltimora)
No one remembers the name of the song, or the band
name and certainly not Jimmy, however,
his song Tarzan Boy is to this
day one of the most beloved 80s pop songs.
He died from AIDS in the mid 80s
and in the mid 90s his song "Tarzan Boy" had a resurgence
used the chorus for one of their commercials.
Singer and songwriter, Kirsty penned the song, "They Don't Know," which
became a hit for Tracey Ullman in the mid-80s.
killed when a boat struck her while swimming off the coast of Mexico.
Born Oct 10, 1959. Died Dec 18, 2000.
Marvin Gaye, not necessarily an 80s artist per se, he had just returned to
the pop charts with Sexual Healing.
When an argument over an insurance
claim found him on the wrong side of of a gun.
His father, the Reverend
Marvin Gay, Sr. shot and killed him one day before his 45th birthday.
DOB: 4/02/39 DOD: 4/01/1984
Michael Hutchence (INXS)
Suicide? Auto-erotic strangulation?
INXS lead-singer Michael Hutchence committed suicide
hanging himself inside his hotel room in at the Ritz Carlton in Sydney
Australia on the morning of November 22nd, 1997.
In preparation for their
20th anniversary tour, the rest of the members of the band waited for his
arrival at the rehearsal studio.
Paula Yates - (The Tube)
Ex wife of Band Aid coordinator Bob Geldof
and girlfriend of the deceased
Michael Hutchence (INXS),
away on September 17, 2000. Although the coroners reports have declared
her death inconclusive,
initially believed her death was caused
accidental overdose of alcohol and heroin. She was 41.
Paul Young - (Mike + The Mechanics)
Born June 17, 1947 in Manchester, England,
Paul Young was the lead singer for Mike + the Mechanics,
which also featured Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame.
He died on July 15, 2000 in Cheshire, England from a heart attack.
He was the freakiest of the Super Freaks, mixing Punk with Funk and Rock
He passed away on August 6, 2004 of natural causes at the age of 56.
Rob Buck (10,000 Maniacs)
Lead guitarist for the band Still Life, which would later become 10,000
Robert Buck succumbed to Liver failure on December 19, 2000.
Rob Fisher (Naked Eyes)
Rob Fisher (Born November 5, 1959) and his bandmate Pete Byrne would hit
in both the US and UK with songs "Always Something There to Remind Me" and
"Promises Promises" in the early 80s.
Rob passed away on August 25, 1999 resulting from complications after
Rob Pilatus (Milli
From Top of the chart euphoria to utter disgrace when forced to give back
his Best New Artist
in 1990, Rob Pilatus was the apparent victim of the overdose of alcohol
and drugs on April 2, 1998.
DOB: 6/8/64 DOD:
As a solo artist or with his band Power Station, Robert Palmer
lit up the 80's with a string of hits including "Simply Irresistable," "I
Didn't Mean To Turn You On" and "Addicted to Love."
He passed away on September 26, 2003 after suffering from a heart attack.
He was born January 19, 1949.
Roger and Larry Troutman (Zapp)
Brothers of the 80s Funk group Zapp penned hit songs, "I Want To Be Your
Man" and "More Bounce to the Ounce" in the 80s.
They both died on April 25, 1999 when Larry shot his brother and then
turned the gun on himself.
Roger Troutman II (Zapp, Mint Condition, Jam & Lewis)
The son of the Late Roger Troutman, he appeared with Zapp,
and worked with the legendary Jam & Lewis,
Roger T. Lynch (aka Roger Troutman II) passed away on 1-22-2003 in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
from a head injury suffered several months back. He was born 1-31-1970.
His songs include "Can U Deal With This" and "Give It To You.")