O&A Vacation Celebrity Death Watch v.12.2007

GoCamels

Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices...
#1
So the former PM in Pakistan gets blowed up and now the fat guy from Wildcats and Police Academy dies...

NCAA wrestling champ, "Police Academy" actor from N.C. dies
RALEIGH, N.C. — Tab Thacker, an NCAA championship wrestler who appeared in two "Police Academy" films and other Hollywood movies, has died after a long illness complicated by diabetes, according to North Carolina State University. He was 45.

"He was like a teddy bear, a giant teddy bear," friend Annette Etheridge said Friday, shortly after his death.

The 6-foot-4 Thacker, who once tipped the scale at almost 450 pounds, got his first movie role when Clint Eastwood saw his photograph in Time magazine and took note of Thacker's enormous frame, which helped the three-time All-American finish his senior season 31-0 at N.C. State.

Thacker was cast as a bouncer in the 1930s-era "City Heat" with Burt Reynolds and Eastwood, then played an underdog football player who made the climactic ending play in 1984's "Wildcats," starring Goldie Hawn. He was a cast member in two "Police Academy" films and later appeared in 1990's "Identity Crisis."

Before acting, Thacker won the NCAA heavyweight championship in 1984 and earned four Atlantic Coast Conference titles. He finished his college career 92-11-1, ranking second in N.C. State history with an .889 winning percentage and 54 pins, according to the university.

Thacker also once defeated the Russian heavyweight champion during his international debut.

"People said he won because he was bigger than everyone else," said Bob Guzzo, who coached Thacker at N.C. State. "People didn't realize how light on his feet he was. ... He was also incredibly strong."

Thacker also was a standout wrestler at his Winston-Salem high school as a 311-pound freshman. He jokingly attributed his weight to having eaten a bottle of vitamins as a boy.

After his Hollywood stint, Thacker returned to Raleigh and opened a remodeling business and Heavyweight Bail Bonds.

He is survived by his three children Tahj, Raven and T.J. Services were pending.

I don't think these count as "celebrity" deaths...or do they?
 

jackjack

Registered User
#2
So the former PM in Pakistan gets blowed up and now the fat guy from Wildcats and Police Academy dies...




I don't think these count as "celebrity" deaths...or do they?
They'll have to do if we don't get anything better before Wednesday..
 

BravoSierra

Why do people keep calling me?
#3
That was technically an "assassination."
 

LiddyRules

I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy
#6
Michael Winslow asked for comment he made silly sounds.

There, I said it so you don't have to.
 

fallenarch

Is this legal?
#8
Jim Leyritz in a DUI crash is newsworthy. They did interview him. The Daily News said something like "Leyritz once admitted on a radio show that he took pills to wake from a drunken binge the night before a game" or something like that.
 

GoCamels

Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices...
#9
Jim Leyritz in a DUI crash is newsworthy. They did interview him. The Daily News said something like "Leyritz once admitted on a radio show that he took pills to wake from a drunken binge the night before a game" or something like that.
Doesn't count, the celeb didn't die.
 

Party Rooster

Unleash The Beast
#11
Jim Leyritz in a DUI crash is newsworthy. They did interview him. The Daily News said something like "Leyritz once admitted on a radio show that he took pills to wake from a drunken binge the night before a game" or something like that.
It was amphetamines and it wasn't just SOME radio show:

-- Newsday.com
On the negative side, Leyritz admitted in a June 2006 interview on the Opie and Anthony Show on XM Satellite radio that he had used amphetamines as a player ...
 
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