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            DEAD END - Friday, January 27, 2006        
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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun." Bishop Hall

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Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

It's time to bid farewell to Chris Penn, the brother of Sean 
Penn, and an actor who appeared in several films and 
television guest stints. Penn was found dead at his home on 
Tuesday. The last surviving offspring of country music 
legends the Carter Family, Janette Carter, has also passed 
away this week at the age of 82. We also remember drag 
racing pioneer Gene Mooneyham and soap actor Don Stewart.
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Actor Chris Penn, brother of Sean Penn, was found dead at 
his Santa Monica, Calif., home Tuesday. Investigators were 
at the scene, but preliminary reports said foul play was not 
involved, TV's "The Insider" reported. The 43-year-old actor 
has appeared in several films including "Rush Hour," "True 
Romance," and "Footloose." The brothers appeared together in 
the 1986 thriller, "At Close Range." Penn most recently did 
guest stints on NBC's "Will & Grace" and HBO's "Entourage." 
His latest film, "The Darwin Awards," was scheduled to 
premiere Wednesday at the Sundance Film Festival. An autopsy 
will be conducted to determine the cause of death, author-
ities said. His survivors include Sean, his mother Eileen 
Ryan, and another brother, musician Michael Penn.

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The last surviving offspring of country music legends the 
Carter Family, Janette Carter, has died in Kingsport, Tenn., 
at 82. Carter died Sunday at Holston Valley Medical Center 
of Parkinson's disease and several other chronic illnesses. 
Her parents -- A.P. and Sara Carter along with Maybelle 
Carter -- were "The First Family of Country Music." Her 
first cousin was the late June Carter Cash. Their songs such 
as "Keep On The Sunny Side," "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" 
and "Wildwood Flower" are mainstays of country and bluegrass 
music. Carter worked throughout her life to sustain and 
promote acoustic music in the Appalachian region. Carter 
recorded with her parents in the 1950s and participated in 
"Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family" 
album, produced by John Carter Cash, son of first cousin 
June Carter Cash and country star Johnny Cash. 



Drag racing pioneer Gene Mooneyham died recently at a 
Placentia, Calif., hospital at age 75, The Los Angeles Times 
reported Tuesday. Mooneyham, who was a racer, designer, 
builder, chief mechanic and a businessman, played a major 
role in the careers of many big-name drag racers, including 
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits and John Force. He got his start 
racing hot rods on dry lakebeds when enthusiasts converged 
on dusty drag strips in the sport's formative years, the 
report said. His work with superchargers made him one of the 
sport's most influential people. Mooneyham received a Life-
time Achievement Award in 1996 from the National Hot Rod 
Association, which oversees most drag racing in America.
He retired from racing in the 1950s after a crash in San 
Diego, but his car continued to win with driver Larry Faust.


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Actor Don Stewart, who played Michael Bauer for 16 years on 
the CBS soap opera, "Guiding Light," has died in Santa 
Barbara, Calif., at age 70. Stewart died Jan. 9 of lung 
cancer, Daily Variety reported Monday. The New York native 
spent six years as an Air Force pilot before leaving the 
service to pursue a career in show business. He joined 
"Guiding Light" in 1968 and in 1984 left the New York-based 
soap for Los Angeles, where he did commercial work, TV guest 
appearances, some stage and nearly 20 films, Variety said. 
Among his film credits were "Lost," "American Ninja" and the 
animated film "Rover Dangerfield" as the voice of Clem.
Stewart also appeared in the 1987 TV movie, "The Betty Ford 
Story" and did daytime stints with "The Young and the Rest-
less" and "Santa Barbara."

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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1901, Queen Victoria, who reigned over Britain for six 
decades, died at the age of 82.

In 1947, ex-Chicago gangster and prohibition era crime leader 
Al Capone died of heart failure at the age of 48.

In 1990, actress Ava Gardner, who made over 30 films in her 
career and won a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Mogambo, 
died at the age of 67.

In 2005, Johnny Carson, a pioneering television entertainer, 
comedian and talk show host who became a legend, died at the 
age of 79.

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