MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died at age 99.
Spokesman Mark DeMoss tell The Associated Press that Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.
He had been treated in recent years for cancer, pneumonia and other ailments. His wife, Ruth, died in 2007. Graham reached more than 200 million through his appearances and millions more through his pioneering use of television and radio.
Unlike many traditional evangelists, he abandoned narrow fundamentalism to engage broader society. His message and service to U.S. presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush earned him the nickname “America’s Pastor.” In 1995 his Evangelistic Association designated his son William Franklin Graham III as the ministry’s leader.
Cliff Russell, host of "The Cliff Russell Show" on 910 AM radio, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 61.
Greg Russell, Cliff's brother, says he was "always a happy guy, no matter what was going on."
Russell, who dedicated his talk show to issues facing black Metro Detroiters, was planning to see the "Black Panther" movie with his brother on Monday.
"This caught everybody by surprise," Greg said. "He'd had several heart attacks before, but always pulled through."
On Feb. 1, at the start of Black History Month, Russell, in a Facebook post, encouraged people to "(take) to the road and actually (visit) some of the Black historic sites throughout Michigan and around the country."
A September 2016 post on Deadline Detroit detailed some of Russell's heart troubles. Russell had just turned 60 the month before and needed to have stents put into his heart at University Hospital in Ann Arbor to relieve blocked arteries. He used the occasion as a teachable moment.
"I decided to post this news on Facebook (along with this very unflattering photo)," Russell wrote at the time, "because I am hoping to persuade people, black men in particular, to take much better care of ourselves.
"This latest health challenge is the direct result of my less-than-healthy eating habits. Even though I have had heart attacks before, I still was eating way too much junk food. I should know better, and I have no excuse," he wrote. "If the good Lord allows me to come through this ordeal, I am committing myself to practicing and promoting a healthy lifestyle."
In past decades, Russell was a spokesman for Mayor Dennis Archer and head of the communications office of the Detroit Tigers.
“The Detroit Tigers are saddened to learn of the passing of Cliff Russell,” the team said in a statement Monday. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this time.”
More recently, he called University of Detroit Mercy basketball games on the radio station and hosted his self-titled show, Monday through Friday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Through spokesman Mort Meisner, 910 AM CEO Kevin Adell said he is "heartbroken" at Russell's unexpected death.
"We're speechless right now," Meisner said. "He was a big teddy bear and a well-respected man."
Nanette Fabray, Star of TV and Stage Comedies, Dies at 97
Nanette Fabray, whose enthusiastic charm, wide smile and diverse talents made her a Tony Award-winning performer in the 1940s and an Emmy Award-winning comic actress in the 1950s, died on Thursday at her home in Palos Verdes, Calif. She was 97.
Her son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, confirmed her death.
Ms. Fabray was 28 when she received the Tony for best actress in a musical for her performance in “Love Life,” a collection of sketches with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Kurt Weill. It was her seventh Broadway show and followed her success in Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn’s “High Button Shoes” the season before. Brooks Atkinson, writing about that musical in The New York Times, had called her “a neatly designed show-shop ingénue with considerable crackle.”
n 1956 she won two Emmy Awards, as best comedienne (as the category was then known) and best actress in a supporting role, for her work on “Caesar’s Hour,” the follow-up to “Your Show of Shows,” in which Sid Caesar had starred with Imogene Coca.
The next year, Ms. Fabray won another Emmy for the series, 10 months after she had been dismissed by the producers. Years later she said she had been fired because her agent made demands for her third-season contract that the producers considered unreasonable.
Continue reading the main story Ms. Fabray nearly gave her life for the show. In 1955, she was hospitalized for almost two weeks after being knocked unconscious by a falling pipe backstage during a broadcast.
The stage and the small screen turned out to be Ms. Fabray’s métiers, but she started out in film. Her first movie role was as a lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth I (Bette Davis) in “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” (1939). In that and the two other film dramas she made that year, she was billed as Nanette Fabares. She changed the spelling of her surname after too many public mispronunciations.
Ms. Fabray had one notable film success: the Comden and Green musical “The Band Wagon” (1953), directed by Vincente Minnelli. The film included the number “Triplets,” in which she, Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan played infants, with adult-size heads and torsos but short, stubby baby legs.
David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as Major Charles Winchester on the classic TV show M*A*S*H, has died at the age of 75, The Oregonian reports. According to his agent, Mitchell Stubbs, the actor died peacefully in his Newport, Ore., home after a battle with bladder cancer.
Stiers first joined M*A*S*H in its sixth season, filling the void left by Larry Linville’s Major Frank Burns, who departed the series at the end of Season 5. Stiers received back-to-back Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1981 and 1982. He earned his third nomination in 1984 for his supporting role as William Milligan Sloane, founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee, in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896.
After M*A*S*H, Stiers remained a regular presence on the small-screen. He guest-starred on episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, Wings, Frasier and Murder, She Wrote; he also recurred as Oberoth on Stargate Atlantis, and as Mr. Bauer on Two Guys and a Girl. In addition, he portrayed District Attorney Michael Reston in eight Perry Mason TV movies.
Stiers’ last series regular gig came in 2002, when he began playing Reverend Eugene Purdy in the USA Network sci-fi drama The Dead Zone. In 2015, he guest-starred in two episodes of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, portraying Maura Isles’ adoptive father, Arthur.
In addition to his live-action work, Stiers was a successful voice actor, most notably voicing Cogsworth in Disney’s 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast. Additional credits included Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lilo & Stitch.