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Oscar-winning actor and comic Red Buttons died Thursday at 
87, following a long battle with vascular disease, his 
publicist said. Buttons died at his Los Angeles home, said 
publicist Warren Cowan. Buttons, whose real name was Aaron 
Chwatt, touched millions during his nearly 70-year career, 
The Los Angeles Times reported. The star of the short-lived 
"The Red Buttons Show" and the creator of the popular "Ho 
Ho Song," Buttons entertained fans on the Burlesque stage, 
TV, Broadway and the silver screen. He won an Oscar and a 
Golden Globe in 1957 for his performance in "Sayonara" as 
a U.S. enlisted man in stationed in Japan during the Korean 
War, who marries his Japanese sweetheart in defiance of a 
military policy forbidding interracial marriage. The Academy 
of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences honored his as 
Comedian of the Year in 1954. 


Syd Barrett, the original lead singer of Pink Floyd, has 
died at his home in Cambridge, England, at the age of 60. A 
Pink Floyd spokeswoman said Tuedsay that Barrett died "a few 
days ago" of complications from diabetes. A private funeral 
was planned. Even though Barrett only recorded one album 
with Pink Floyd and had a few solo releases, his influence 
on pop music is was enormous, the Scotsman.com reported. 
Band members issued a statement saying: "The band are 
naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett's death. 
Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and 
leaves a legacy which continues to inspire." Barrett hadn't 
released any material since 1972 when he moved to Cambridge 
and lived a fairly quiet and reclusive life. He has become 
renowned for his music. The BBC reported that drug abuse 
led to Barrett's "mental deterioration."

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June Allyson, singer, dancer and actress, has died at her 
home in Ojai, Calif. She was 88. E! Online said she suffered 
from a long illness, but the cause of death of was 
respiratory failure and acute bronchitis. Her current 
husband, retired dentist David Ashrow, was at her side, E! 
said. They had been together for nearly three decades. 
Allyson made her debut in the chorus line of the 1938 musical 
"Sing Out the News," and her film career didn't slow down 
until 1963 after the death of her first husband, actor Dick 
Powell. She didn't retire, however, and continued acting on 
television in such shows as "The Love Boat" and "Murder She 
Wrote." Allyson hosted her own variety program, "The DuPont 
Show with June Allyson," from 1959 -1961. After Powell's 
death, she was briefly married to Powell's barber, E! said.
She is survived by her husband and two children in the Los 
Angeles area, her brother Dr. Arthur Peters and a grandson. 

Founding Commodores member, keyboardist and songwriter Milan 
Williams has died in Houston at age 58, it was reported 
Monday. Williams died Sunday of cancer at MD Anderson 
Hospital, Billboard.com reported. Williams wrote the R&B 
group's first hit, "Machine Gun," in 1974. The group started 
with seven students from the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, 
Ala., and eventually included Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary, 
Walter "Clyde" Orange, William King and Ronald LaPread. The 
Commodores toured as a the opening band for the Jackson Five 
and signed a recording contract with Motown's MoWest in 1972 
and later recorded on the Polydor label after Richie left 
to pursue a solo career in the 1980s. The group had seven 
No 1 hits including "Easy," "Nightshift," "Three Times a 
Lady" and "Still." Williams' survivors include his wife 
Melanie Bruno-Williams, two sons, two brothers and a sister. 


Beloved US stage and screen star Barnard Hughes has died 
after a brief illness. He was 90. The Tony and Emmy Award-
winner, who has featured in a string of movies including 
The Lost Boys, Hamlet, Tron, Midnight Cowboy and Cradle Will 
Rock, died in a New York City hospital on Monday, just six 
days before his 91st birthday. Hughes fell in love with show 
business after auditioning for a play on a dare and went on 
to star in more than 400 Broadway, New York City, shows, 
according to theater website broadwayworld.com. He made his 
Broadway debut in 1935 in Herself Mrs. Patrick Crowley and 
returned to the stage after serving in the US Army in World 
War Two. After a string of movie roles in the 1960s and 
1970s, Hughes made a big splash on Broadway in Da - a role 
which won him Tony and Drama Desk awards in 1978. He later 
recreated the role in the 1988 movie adaptation. His TV 
roles included a 1977 Emmy Award-winning performance on 
Lou Grant. 

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Actress Kasey Rogers, who later became a competitive motor-
cyclist, has died in Los Angeles at 80. Rogers appeared on 
the TV series "Peyton Place" and "Bewitched" and starred as 
Farley Granger's wife in Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 thriller 
"Strangers on a Train." She died July 6 from a stroke, 
brought on by complications of treatment for throat cancer, 
her companion, Mark Wood, told The Los Angeles Times. Her 
film credits included "Special Agent," "Denver and Rio 
Grande," "Silver City" and "Two Lost Worlds." On TV, she 
appeared in "Wanted: Dead or Alive," "Bat Masterson," 
"Cheyenne," "Maverick," "Perry Mason" and "77 Sunset Strip."
Rogers began riding motorcycles and racing competitively in 
the 1970s. She also wrote columns on women's racing for 
Modern Cycle magazine and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
Married and divorced twice, Rogers is survived by her 
brother, four children, six grandchildren and two great-


Jack Smith, a singer who had his own radio show and became 
the host of ABC's "You Asked for It," has died in Westlake 
Village, Calif., at 92. Smith hosted "You Asked for It" in 
1958, then bought the rights and revived it in 1971 for 
several years, the Los Angeles Times reported. The show had 
viewers send in requests for things they'd like to see on 
the air. Smith's professional career led him to tour with 
Phil Harris' band and he sang in films and on the radio on 
"The Philip Morris Show," "Your Hit Parade" and "The Kate 
Smith Hour." He became a soloist on CBS' "The Prudential 
Hour," becoming known as "Smiling" Jack Smith for the 
"smile" in his voice. In 1945, Smith had his own 15-minute 
show every week night on CBS called "The Jack Smith Show," 
that continued into the 1950s. Smith's wife of 67 years, 
Victoria, died in 2003. He had no immediate survivors.

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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1974, Earl Warren, who presided over the Supreme Court 
for 16 years -- from 1953 to 1969 -- died at the age of 83.

In 1979, Arthur Fiedler, conductor of the Boston Pops 
Orchestra for 50 years and one of the world's best-known 
musical figures, died at the age of 84.

In 1989, voice actor Mel Blanc, the voice of such famous 
characters as Bugs Bunny, died at the age of 81.

In 2004, Isabel Sanford, the actress best known for her role 
as Weezie on the popular television sitcom "The Jeffersons," 
died at the age of 86.
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