According to Fox News, Lonesome George, the last remaining tortoise of his kind, was found dead on Sunday, thus rendering his own subspecies extinct.
Scientists estimated the Pinta Island tortoise's age to be around 100 at the time of his death, the cause of which is still not yet known.
Many attempts were made over the span of decades to find Lonesome George a suitable mate that would enable offspring to be produced and save the Pinta Island tortoise, but sadly, the efforts proved fruitless.
The more than 200-pound George, who is said to have been named after the late actor "Lonesome" George Gobel, lived and ultimately died at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands — and was, throughout his final years, widely considered the rarest creature in the world.
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Kanter passed away at California's Encino Hospital on Sunday (06Nov11) after suffering complications from pneumonia, his daughter Donna tells the Los Angeles Times.
Kanter shared an Emmy in 1955 for Best Written Comedy Material for his work on The George Gobel Show, but he is perhaps best known for creating the 1960s series Julia.
The show made history for featuring an African-American actress, Diahann Carroll, playing a professional employee rather than a domestic worker, and ran for three seasons.
Kanter also worked on Academy Awards broadcasts for more than 30 years, and his screenwriting credits include Bob Hope & Bing Crosby's Road to Bali, and Pocketful of Miracles, which starred Glenn Ford and Bette Davis. He also wrote and directed Loving You, starring Elvis Presley.
Actor Carl Reiner has paid tribute to his pal, saying, "What a dear man. He was considered one of the wits of the industry; there's no question about it. Any time he was called upon, he always could make the audience laugh. He was a funny elder statesman, and there's nothing better than having a witty elder statesman."
Gilmore a World War II veteran, died of natural causes on 25 September (10) in Irvine, California.
He started his lengthy career as a U.S. radio announcer for hit shows including Amos 'n' Andy, The Sears Radio Theater and Red Ryder, before turning his attentions to TV and film.
On the small screen, he lent his voice to programmes including The George Gobel Show, An Evening With Fred Astaire and Highway Patrol. He also appeared on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Waltons and Dragnet.
His film career took off in the 1950s and '60s, when his voice could be heard in trailers and documentaries including It's a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, Vertigo, War of the Worlds, Bye Bye Birdie and White Christmas.
Gilmore served as the national president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists from 1961 to 1963 and helped found the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.
He taught announcing at the University of Southern California and co-authored Television and Radio Announcing.
Gilmore is survived by his wife of 72 years, Grace, two daughters, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The legendary late show producer Fred De Cordova, who produced The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for 22 years, died Saturday of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 90.
He started his career as a director in the 1940s, directing B-movies including Here Come the Nelsons, with Ozzie, Harriet and sons, and Bedtime for Bonzo, with Ronald Reagan. But during the television boom in the '50s and '60s, he began directing and producing television programs, including My Three Sons and variety shows with Jack Benny, George Gobel, Burns and Allen, and the Smothers Brothers.
Mr. De Cordova began producing The Tonight Show in 1970, eight years after Carson became the show's star, and became executive producer in 1984. The always-present Mr. De Cordova proved to be the perfect orchestrator for Carson and his crew, able to make split decisions to keep the show moving.
In Mr. De Cordova's words, "I can't think of anything else that would be interesting and as much fun as this. It's the best job in television."
He was a stage fixture, stationed next to a video monitor just off stage, and was often seen on camera, answering Carson's questions or serving as a butt of a joke. Rip Torn's character Artie parodied Mr. De Cordova on the HBO hit show The Larry Sanders Show. When Carson retired in 1992, Mr. De Cordova remained as an executive consultant for Jay Leno.
Mr. De Cordova is survived by his wife, Jane.