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Scatman Crothers (aged76)
American entertainer and actor (The Shining)
Benjamin Sherman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986), known as Scatman Crothers, was an American actor, singer, dancer and musician known for his work as Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico and the Man and as Dick Hallorann in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980).
DEATH: A heavy smoker most of his life, Crothers was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 1985, but he kept his condition a secret in order to continue working. The cancer eventually spread to his esophagus by mid 1986, rendering him unable to speak which effectively ended his career. He died of pneumoniaon November 22, 1986, at his home in Van Nuys, California, at age 76.