Ash rocker Tim Wheeler and veteran producer Butch Vig are among the stars who have paid tribute to music mogul Tim Carr after he was found dead in Thailand this week (beg08Apr13). The body of the former artists and repertoire (A&R) executive, who was credited with signing the Beastie Boys, was discovered at his apartment in Pattaya, Thailand on Wednesday (10Apr13).
Local police are investigating his death as suspicious and reports suggest he was killed by a single stab wound to the chest. Carr had lived in Thailand for the past eight years and was working on a film about a rock band at the time of the tragedy, according to Billboard.com.
Tributes from his friends in the music industry have poured in since news of his death hit headlines, and Garbage star Vig was among the first to mourn his loss. Vig says of Carr, "He was one of the kindest, funniest, and smartest people I ever met. We would talk for hours about politics, films, food, culture, and of course music. He will be missed!"
Northern Irish singer Wheeler, whose band Ash was signed by Carr, adds in a post on Twitter.com, "Am very sad today having heard the news that our friend Tim Carr has died. He signed us to Reprise records and then Dreamworks. A great man."
Carr also signed female rock group Babes in Toyland, and bassist Maureen Herman admits she was devastated to hear of Carr's death. In a post on Facebook.com, she writes, "Tim was our A&R guy at Warner/Reprise. But he was so much more than that to all of us personally and professionally... He was my friend... He gave a lot to the world, and it is a better place for him having been in it. I feel lucky to have my life touched so dramatically by his role in it. Love you, brother. I only wish you had written the book you always talked about."
Carr worked with numerous bands throughout his A&R career in the 1980s and 1990s, most famously signing rap trio the Beastie Boys to Capitol records. He also worked with Megadeth, Lush and David Byrne, as well as Ash and Babes in Toyland.
On the air for more than 40 years, the Mickey Mouse Club launched the careers of many young men and women who would go on to earn acclaim in the realms of film, television, and music. Long before the Ryan Goslings, Justin Timberlakes, and Britney Spears we know and love, the Disney institution introduced Annette Funicello, an original Mouseketeer who won the world over as an actress-turned-pop singer. Sadly, Extra reports via confirmation from her family that Funicello has passed away following complications related to multiple sclerosis. Funicello died on Monday at the age of 70.
Following her preteen turn with The Mickey Mouse Club from 1955 to '57, Utica, N.Y.-native Funicello embarked upon a career in film, starring in The Shaggy Dog ('59) and Babes in Toyland ('61), and in music; she released hits such as "Tall Paul," "First Name Initial," "O Dio Mio," "Train of Love," and "Pineapple Princess," collaborating with Bob and Dick Sherman on each number. But Funicello's most memorable contribution to pop culture was perhaps her everpresent role of Dee Dee, frequent cinematic beach-goer. Funicello appeared in each of Frankie Avalon's memorable oceanside romps, Beach Party ('60), Muscle Beach Party ('64), Bikini Beach ('64... it was a sunny year), Beach Blanket Bingo ('65), and the late addition Back to the Beach ('87).
A 45-year-old Funicello quit acting after the latter picture, going public in the 1990s about her MS. In '93, she launched the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation, and published her autobiography, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story, the following year. The disease continued to plague Funicello, causing her to lose the ability to walk in '04 and to speak in '09.
Funicello is survived by her three children, including daughter Gina, who told Extra, "She's on her toes dancing in heaven... no more MS. My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us."
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