Celebrity Death Certificates
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  • Price, Vincent: (May 27, 1911 - October 25, 1993) Vincent Price was a talented American actor who starred in many great films including House of Wax, House on Haunted Hill, The Fly, and Tales of Terror. In addition, Price played  Professor Ratigan in Walt Disney Pictures' The Great Mouse Detective, and performed a sinister "rap" on the title track of Michael Jackson's Thriller album . He also hosted the Mystery! series on PBS.  On October 25, 1993,  after battling emphysema and Parkinson's disease, Price died of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California.  He was cremated and his ashes scattered off Point Dume in Malibu, California.
  • Stompanato, Johnny: (October 25, 1910 - April 4, 1958) Johnny Stompanato was the bodyguard and enforce for gangster, Mickey Cohen. Stompanato was in a relationship with actress Lana Turner, when in 1958, he was stabbed and killed by Turner's teenage daughter from her second marriage, Cheryl Crane.  Crane claimed that Stompanato was abusing and attacking her mother at the time of the stabbing and as such, the incident was ruled "justifiable homicide."  Johnny Stompanato's official cause of death is listed as "stab wound of the abdomen penetrating liver, portal vein, and aorta with massive hemorrhage."
  • Tsarnaev, Tamerlan(October 21, 1986 - April 19, 2013)  Tsarnaev was one of the Chechen brothers suspected perpetrating the April 15th, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.  Tsarnaev was born in the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic now known as Kalmykia,  a North Caucasus unit of the  Russia Federation. In the early hours of April 19, 2013, in Watertown, a suburb of Boston, Tamerlan was apprehended by police after being shot multiple times. The exact sequence of events remains clouded in confusion, as do key details. According to police, Tamerlan's younger brother Dzhokhar ran him over with an SUV and dragged him with the vehicle for 20 feet. He was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where, despite efforts to revive him, he was pronounced dead from several critical injuries, massive blood loss, and cardiac and respiratory arrest. Also, read the criminal complaint filed against his brother, Dzhokhar.
  •  Westover, Charles: (December 30, 1934 - February 8, 1990) Charles Westover, also known as Del Shannon, was an American rock and roll singer and songwriter, who was known for top hits in the 1960's such as Runaway, Little Town Flirt, Do You Want to Dance, and Handy Man. On February 8, 1990, Shannon suffering from long bouts of depression, took a .22 caliber rifle and committed suicide. The official cause of death is listed as a "gunshot wound to the head." On March 15, 1999, Shannon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Williams, Hank: (September 17, 1923 - January 1, 1953) Hank Williams was an outstanding, young singer and songwriter who was regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. He had top hits that included "I Saw the Light," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey Good Lookin'," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." On December 31, 1952, Williams was scheduled to perform in Charleston, West Virginia; however, due to inclement weather Williams could not make it to the scheduled performance and had a college student, Charles Carr, drive him from Montgomery, Alabama to Canton, Ohio for his next concert on New Year's Day. Williams and Carr arrived at a hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee to stop and eat and rest. They checked in to the hotel at 7:08 p.m and ordered dinner. Carr also requested a doctor for Williams, as he was feeling the combination of the chloral hydrate and alcohol he had drunk on the way from Montgomery to Knoxville.  Dr. P.H. Cardwell injected Williams with two shots of vitamin B12 in addition to a quarter-grain of morphine. Carr and Williams checked out of the hotel at around 10:45 pm. While traveling through West Virginia, Carr stopped for gas in Oak Hill, West Virginia and found Williams unresponsive. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack due to "acute right ventricular dilation" of the heart.
  • Zappa, Frank: (December 21, 1940 - December 4, 1993) Zappa was an American composer, singer, songwriter and activist. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.  On December 4, 1993, at the age of 52, Zappa died from complications from prostate cancer.

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