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We saw some big name entertainers cross our obituary page last week and sadly, it seems to be a growing trend.

Boisterous TV pitchman and infomercial king, Billy Mays, who became a pop cultural figure in appearances for cleaning products like Orange Glo and OxiClean, died yesterday at his home in Tampa. He was 50. A true spokesperson, he had told the Associated Press that he gave OxiClean to all 300 guests at his wedding and broke into his signature TV pitch on the dance floor.

Comedian and impersonator Fred Travalena died yesterday after a seven-year battle with cancer. The 66 year-old entertainer made regular appearances on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and was well known for his impersonations of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

One of televisions earliest stars, Gale Storm, whose perky personality and wholesome charm added to her popularity in the 1950s, passed away Saturday at 87. She starred in "My Little Margie" and "The Gale Storm Show" and in movies opposite Roy Rogers, Jackie Cooper and Eddie Albert.

With the final moments of pop star Michael Jackson's life still a mystery, the media obsession with Michael Jackson is in full throttle. In today's news, newspapers and Internet sites are recapping last night's star-studded tribute to the entertainer during Sunday's BET awards in Los Angeles. Jackson's sister, Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx, clad in a red leather jacket, Beyoncé, Marlon Wayans and others all paid respect to the star.

In other obituary and local news, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and Washington Times' commentary editor, Mary Lou Forbes, died at 83 on Saturday. Forbes reported on Virginia's civil rights struggles in the late 1950s, winning the Pulitzer in 1959. She is credited with helping to pave the way for women journalists.

That's all for this morning but more to come later in the week. It is only Monday.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 29, 2009; 8:18 AM ET
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I believe you mean *Fred* Travalena.

Although given the excitement of the past week (and the upcoming few days, if the rumor mill proves right) it's not easy keeping all the names straight.

Posted by: Blurgle | June 29, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for comment. We have corrected the error and as always appreciate all reader feedback.

While we monitor our own rumor mill and perhaps we have heard the same information, we would love to know what you have heard.

Posted by: Lauren Wiseman | June 29, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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