DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Don Knotts (aged 81)
American actor (The Andy Griffith Show)
Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor and comedian, best known as Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom for which he earned five Emmy Awards. He also starred in multiple comedic films, including playing Luther Heggs in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) and Henry Limpet in The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964). He also portrayed landlord Ralph Furley on the sitcom Three’s Company. In 1979 TV Guide ranked him #27 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list.
DEATH: Knotts died at age 81 on February 24, 2006, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from pulmonary and respiratory complications of pneumonia related to lung cancer. He had been undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the months before his death, but he returned home after he had reportedly been feeling better. His body was buried at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.