Rossiter Drake, a movie and sports lover who wrote about film for The San Francisco Examiner and other Bay Area publications, has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 34.
Drake — whose email addresses were “sanfranmovies” and “savefenway” — was found at his Alameda apartment Sunday morning. Read More
Oregon State defensive tackle Fred Thompson died Wednesday night after he collapsed while playing basketball at a campus recreation center.Thompson, just four days shy of his 20th birthday, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, where he was pronounced dead.Thompson, 6-foot-4 and 317 pounds, was a true freshman from Richmond, Calif., who played at Oakland Tech High School. Read More
Gossip website TMZ is reporting today that influential ’90s rapper Heavy D has died. He was 44 years old. According to reports, Heavy D was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital around noon and was pronounced dead about an hour later. A call to 911 was placed from Heavy D’s house around 11:25 a.m. reporting an unconscious male on the walkway. Read More
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Graham Leggat, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, presenter of the prestigious San Francisco International Film Festival, died Thursday at his San Francisco home after an 18-month battle with cancer. Leggat, 51, who was at the helm of the society since 2005, was known for his strategic planning that dramatically increased the group’s membership, services and reputation. Read More