DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (aged 70)
Jalacy “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins (July 18, 1929 – February 12, 2000) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as “I Put a Spell on You”, he sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him an early pioneer of shock rock.
DEATH: Hawkins died after emergency surgery for an aneurysm on February 12, 2000, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, near Paris, approximately five months before he would have reached the age of 71.