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Celebrities seem to shine brighter than the average person, so when their star goes out, the impact creates a ripple effect and the loss is often felt deeply by fans.
2015 has seen a lot of notable celebrity deaths including Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy, horror director Wes Craven, and baseball legend Yogi Berra. The following are a few of the most recent celebrities we lost in the past week.
One Life to Live soap star, Nathaniel Marston, was severely injured in a car crash on October 30 in Reno, Nevada. Nathaniel was ejected from his vehicle upon impact and suffered neck and spinal cord injuries in addition to internal injuries including a collapsed lung.
Only a day ago, his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, updated the press on his condition. She was quoted as saying he would “most likely live out his life as a quadriplegic” after unsuccessful surgery on damaged vertebrae.
However, last night in a Facebook post, Elizabeth reported that her son had succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
Allen Toussaint, a R&B legend and writer of such hits as “Lady Marmalade” and “Working in a Coal Mine,” died on November 10.
A New Orleans native, Allen is credited for bringing R&B to the mostly jazz dominated French Quarter.
He was in the middle of a European tour when he passed away in Madrid, Spain after a concert.
The creator of the original 1960’s Batmobile, George Barris died of natural causes on November 5 at the age of 89.
Nicknamed the “King of the Kustomizers” George designed vehicles for celebrities, TV, and film. Aside from the Batmobile, George also created the Munster Coach from The Munsters and performed modifications and customizations to Elvis Presley’s Cadillac and a pair of Mustang convertibles for Sonny and Cher.
In recent years, both Toyota and Chevrolet commissioned him to create custom versions of the Prius and Camaro respectively.
On November 4, we lost screenwriter, Melissa Mathison, to neuroendocrine cancer. She started out as an assistant to Francis Ford Coppola on both The Godfather Part II and Apocalypse Now.
Melissa was most famous for penning the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial script, directed by Steven Spielberg. She created the famous phrases uttered by ET, including “ET phone home.”
She also went on to write additional children’s films such as The Indian in the Cupboard and The Escape Artist. Melissa was 65 years old.