DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Roger Miller (aged 56)
Roger Dean Miller, Sr. (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, widely known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs and his chart-topping country and pop hits “King of the Road”, “Dang Me”, and “England Swings”, all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era.
DEATH: Miller was a lifelong cigarette smoker. During a television interview, Miller explained that he composed his songs from “bits and pieces” of ideas he wrote on scraps of paper. When asked what he did with the unused bits and pieces, he half-joked, “I smoke ’em!” He also wrote a song about his habit, titled “Dad Blame Anything A Man Can’t Quit”. Miller died of lung and throat cancer in 1992, at age 56, shortly after the discovery of a malignant tumor under his vocal cords. His remains were cremated.