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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.

This week we remember baseball left fielder, "Shoeless" Joe 
Jackson, who died December 5, 1951, at the age of 63. He was 
one of the greatest hitters of his era. The nickname "Shoeless" 
came from before he played in the major leagues. Suffering from 
a blister due to a new, stiff pair of cleat shoes, he took his 
shoes off before he went to hit, and when he got to base a fan 
started yelling "shoeless son-of-a-bitch." The name stuck with 
him all the way to the major leagues. 


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      PUBLICIST AND MANAGER, RONNIE LIPPIN, DEAD AT 59

Ronnie Lippin, a veteran publicist and manager who worked with 
rock icons such as Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson and Prince, died 
Monday. Lippin died of a rare form of breast cancer at Cedar 
Sinai Medical Center here. She was 59 years old. Though she 
got her start working as a publicist for film and stage 
productions, Lippin, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, migrated to 
music publicity when she moved to Los Angeles with her husband, 
Dick Lippin. She started out as a chief publicist for MCA 
Records and later worked with Elton John's Rocket Records and 
became the top publicist for RSO Records, home of the Bee Gees 
and the best-selling "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever" 
Soundtracks. In 1989 she joined The Lippin Group, the marketing 
and public relations firm founded by her husband. There, she 
represented acts ranging from Mark Knofler, Clapton to Prince. 
She also served as a co-manager to Wilson. "Ronnie Lippin was 
one of the most loving, thoughtful, sensitive and caring people 
I've ever met," Wilson said in a statement. At the time of her 
death, she was president of The Lippin Group.

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ROSE MATTUS, CO-CREATOR OF Häagen-Daz ICECREAM, DEAD AT 90 
               
Rose Mattus, who with her husband, Reuben, turned a family-
owned ice cream business in the Bronx into a national brand 
with the invented name Häagen-Dazs, died Tuesday in Westwood, 
N.J. She was 90. Around 1960, while sitting on their couch in 
the Bronx, Mr. and Mrs. Mattus fabricated the foreign-sounding 
name. In the company’s early years, Mrs. Mattus, the company’s 
controller, built the business by going to bodegas and grocery 
stores to offer free samples. By 1983, when Häagen-Dazs was 
acquired by Pillsbury for $70 million, the company had a strong 
presence in supermarkets, a coast-to-coast string of franchise 
ice cream shops and sales of about $115 million a year. It is 
now owned by Nestlé. "Reuben was a true dairy expert, a bug 
about quality. Rose basically ran the business, holding the 
company together and making it possible for a dreamer like 
Reuben to be successful." At the time, most supermarket ice 
cream was made with artificial flavoring and nonfat dry milk, 
while Häagen-Dazs used egg yolks and real cream, as well as 
ingredients like Belgian chocolate, vanilla beans from 
Madagascar and coffee from Colombia. 

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       LEONARD FREED, PHOTOJOURNALIST, DEAD AT 77

Leonard Freed, a prominent photojournalist and member of the 
Magnum Photography Collective who was known primarily for his 
in-depth coverage of African-Americans in the era of the civil 
rights movement, died on Wednesday at his home in Garrison, 
N.Y. He was 77. He joined Magnum in 1972 and distinguished him-
self with classic photo essays on assignments for Life, Look, 
Paris-Match, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Stern, The Sunday Times 
Magazine of London, Libération and Fortune. In 1968, he 
published "Black in White America," a book about African-
Americans from Harlem through the South. His 1980 book "Police 
Work" used words and images to document the New York police. 
Photography became Mr. Freed’s means to explore society’s 
violence and racial discrimination. Over the years, he produced 
picture essays ranging from Poland, Asian immigrants, North Sea 
oil development and Spain since Franco. He shot four films for 
Japanese, Dutch and Belgian television. His work is in museum 
collections around the world, including the Israel Museum, the 
Stedelijk in Amsterdam and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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        SEXIEST MAN ALIVE'S PIG, MAX, DEAD AT 19

LOS ANGELES, California -- George Clooney's beloved potbelly 
pig Max died Monday December 5. He was 19.  The Oscar-winning 
actor, 45, who owned the hog for 18 years and he once said 
that his longest relationship ever was with Max, his personal 
porker. Max, who lived at Clooney's Hollywood Hills home, died 
"peacefully" of natural causes on Friday. "Max, like any pet, 
became a member of the family," Rosenfield, his publicist 
said. "He was a big pig, as pigs go." Clooney commented "I was 
really surprised, because he's been a big part of my life." 
Clooney was out of town promoting his upcoming film "The Good 
German" when Max died.

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Notable deaths this week in history...
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In 1951, Joseph "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, the professional 
baseball player known for being banned from the sport during 
a scandal in 1919, died at the age of 63.

In 1967, American stage and film actor Bert Lahr, best known 
for his comedic roles, the most famous being the Cowardly 
Lion in the MGM classic "The Wizard of Oz," died at the age 
of 72.

Also in 1967, one of the most popular and critically 
acclaimed soul vocalist, songwriter and musicians of Southern 
soul, Otis Redding, Jr., died at the age of 26. 

In 1980, John Lennon, the lead singer, guitarist and song-
writer of the innovative rock group The Beatles, was 
assassinated by a deranged fan in front of his apartment 
building in New York City. He was 40.

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