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Published on January 4th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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UPDATE: 2019 starts with a series of celebrity deaths

The New Year has begun with a series of celebrity deaths. This is the roughest start since 2016.

Mike Taylor: The “Beard Guy” from Walk Off the Earth died Saturday night/Sunday morning (Dec 29-30) in his sleep of natural causes.

Ray Sawyer: The eye patch dude from Dr. Hook died in Florida after a short illness on December 31. He was 81.

Shane Bisnett: The Nine Inch Nails bass player died of unknown causes on New Year’s Day. He was 31.

Mean Gene Okerlund: The famous wrestling announcer/host died January 2. He was 76.

Bob Einstein: Super Dave Osborne/Marty Funkhauser/Albert Brooks’ brother died January 2 at age 76.

Daryl Dragon: The captain of The Captain and Tenille died of renal failure January 2. He was 76.

Pegi Young: Musician and Neil Young’s ex-wife died January 2 of cancer.

Olivia Newton-John: NOT dead. She’s alive, although some Australian TV channels reported otherwise.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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2 Responses to UPDATE: 2019 starts with a series of celebrity deaths

  1. Mike says:

    Shane Bisnett is not in Nine Inch Nails. His band is Ice Nine Kills, according to the link.

  2. Lara Rios says:

    His band is Ice Nine Kills, according to the link.

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