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The brief time when the Grateful Dead covered The Who

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By the 1990s, the Grateful Dead had become a mammoth travelling ode to the 1960s. Bringing the values of the flower power generation to stadiums across America, the Dead began to fully embrace a jukebox approach to their live shows. Although covers had always been a central part of the band’s live sets, the Dead’s later years were less about making older songs fit within their established identity and more about just playing songs they liked for fun.

Whether that was the party-starting push of Sam Cooke’s ‘Good Times’ or the ad-hoc power of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’, the Dead weren’t just a band from the 1960s: they were now every band from the 1960s. Toward the end of their career, that included one specific nod to another group of survivors who shared the stage with the Dead at Woodstock: The Who.

Starting in 1992, the Dead began playing The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ as an encore. Every performance of the song was a medley, with the song immediately going into The Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. The two-song voyage was spearheaded by Vince Welnick, the band’s final keyboard player.

Welnick was struggling to find his own voice within the band: during his initial years, he often played second fiddle to Bruce Hornsby, the band’s original choice to replace deceased keyboardist Brent Mydland in 1990. Hornsby baulked at joining the band full-time but toured with them for roughly two years, during which time Welnick provided second keyboards and high harmonies. Welnick wasn’t even allowed to choose the settings on his keyboards during his first few years with the band, a reflection of his relatively modest standing within the group.

Once Hornsby left the band for good, Welnick began to find his footing. He managed to get two original songs, ‘Samba in the Rain’ and ‘Way To Go Home’, included in the band’s setlists, although those tracks weren’t always greeted with enthusiasm. Most importantly, Welnick was able to have autonomy over his instrument. He also briefly helmed a cover of The Beatles’ ‘It’s All Too Much’ during the Dead’s final year of touring in 1995, but ‘Baba O’Riley’ was briefly Welnick’s signature track.

Welnick was game to belt out the classic rock-friendly sounds of ‘Baba O’Riley’ to ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, and his key change of a lyric from “They’re all wasted” to “We’re all wasted” almost always prompted a giant cheer from the crown. In total, the ‘Baba O’Riley’ to ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ medley saw only 12 total performances between 1992 and 1994, with Welnick favouring ‘Samba in the Rain’ or ‘Way To Go Home’ as his solo spotlight in the band’s final touring years.

Check out the Grateful Dead’s version of ‘Baba O’Riley’ from Dick’s Picks Vol. 27 down below.

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How The Beatles changed Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead

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If there was one band that represented the psychedelic world of San Francisco in the late 1960s, it was the Grateful Dead. Although they were an active band for 30 years, the Dead were always heavily associated with their first five years as a band. After forming as Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan decided to drop traditional folk music and go electric.

The catalyst for the change wasn’t related to drugs, at least not initially. According to Weir, the change from jug band folk to souped-up rock and roll all happened thanks to the British Invasion. “Well, number one, The Beatles, followed shortly by The Rolling Stones,” Weir later told Jas Obrecht. “Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions started on New Year’s Eve [of 1963]. And I guess it was January or February of ’64 that the Beatles hit.”

“I won’t say this was the death knell for the folk craze, but it certainly co-opted the folk craze,” Weir recalled. “It was not too long before everybody pretty much had converted to electric guitar. Let’s see. The Beatles hit in February, and our jug band, Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, was beginning to electrify by November or December of ’64.”

Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions were officially transformed into The Warlocks sometime in early 1965. To help flesh out the lineup, drummer Bill Kreutzmann and bassist Dana Morgan Jr were added, the latter of whom provided the band a place to practice thanks to his dad owning a music shop. After a few shows, Phil Lesh stepped into the bass slot, solidifying the core of the band’s lineup. By the end of 1965, a lucky find in a dictionary led to a rechristening as the Grateful Dead.

“You know, at that time, I was listening to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Paul Butterfield,” Weir explained about the shift to electric rock music. “Playing that kind of music? My feeling is – and if you ask around, I’ll bet you’ll find it’s true – that most of the groups were a little insular in their appreciation of what everyone else was up to in the psychedelic scene. First off, I’m not sure that we were, at the point, real aware of the fact that there was a psychedelic scene happening. It’s just we were all doing the same thing at the same time because that’s sort of what the times presented to us.”

“I know the Grateful Dead were concentrating pretty heavily on what we were up to, and not particularly influenced by other people’s version of that same thing,” he added. “I think if you asked anyone in any of the groups at that time, they would have felt that they had a leg up on what they were up to, and that to sort of check in with what other people and what other groups were up to would be at least a half a step back for them.”

It wouldn’t take long for the Dead to catch up. Initially led by Pigpen, the band shifted from electric blues to psychedelia once the influence of LSD came into play. The Dead’s foundation as the house band to Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests meant that they became central to the burgeoning San Francisco hippie scene, eventually living communally in the Haight-Ashbury district of the city. And it never would have happened had The Beatles not stormed American shores in February of 1964.

Check out the Grateful Dead covering The Beatles’ ‘Rain’ in 1995, just five months before Jerry Garcia’s death, down below.

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Calgary Marathon founder, celebrated Canadian runner dead

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The family of Doug Kyle is mourning the loss of the 91-year-old pillar of Calgary’s running community who founded the Calgary Marathon and held numerous Canadian records.

Kyle died following a Sunday night crash near the intersection off 114th Avenue and 84th Street Southeast, a short distance from Ralph Klein Park.

According to police, the senior was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Spark eastbound when the car left the road at a T-intersection.

Investigators believe no other vehicles were involved in the crash. A preliminary investigation ruled out alcohol and drugs as potential factors.

The victim was transported to hospital in non-life-threatening condition but he died a short time later.

In a statement to Global News, family members identified the crash victim as Kyle, the founder of the Calgary Marathon.

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“On behalf of the family of Doug Kyle we would like to thank everyone for their best wishes at this extremely difficult time. We are grateful to Doug for his many contributions to Western Canadian Track & Field. As well, Doug was a long time member of the Rotary Club and the Calgary Stampede Pre-arade Committee and was a former president of the Calgary 55+ organization. Doug founded the Calgary Marathon, and was a founding member of the Calgary Track and Field organization (CALTAF).

“Doug will be deeply missed by all of us.”

According to Run Calgary, Kyle’s storied career included 14 Canadian Open Championships victories and he held Canadian Open records in 11 different distances.


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‘The Idol’ Is Officially Dead After a Single Bank-Breaking

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Consider Jocelyn’s days of world-class sinning to be no longer. A second season of HBO’s The Idol starring The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp as power tripping pop figures, is officially dead at HBO, the network confirmed to Vanity Fair on Monday.

The Idol was one of HBO’s most provocative original programs, and we’re pleased by the strong audience response,” the network said in a statement. “After much thought and consideration, HBO, as well as the creators and producers have decided not to move forward with a second season. We’re grateful to the creators, cast, and crew for their incredible work.”

The Sam Levinson-created series, which courted controversy for its sex cult subject matter and alleged behind-the-scenes drama, yielded just five episodes. It came with a reported $54 million–$75 million price tag, undoubtedly making it one of TV’s more expensive experiments. Although ratings didn’t exactly soar and critics largely shrugged, search interest for The Idol spiked by 1,134% after its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, according to a report of Google Search data by JeffBet. Research conducted by Parrot Analytics and reported by the Los Angeles Times found that audience demand for the show was more than 20 times higher than the demand for the average series. “Traditional ratings have been dismal, which suggests that people are more interested in posting about how bad The Idol is than they are in actually watching it,” wrote the LA Times.

And yet, the show could never outpace the negative buzz surrounding it. As Jane Adams, who played label executive Nikki Katz on the series, told VF, “What is amazing to me is no one’s listening—I’ve not seen that before in all my days, such a dogged ‘We refuse to change the narrative,’” she said. “I especially want to say to all the feminists, ‘Go fuck yourself.’ All these women that I’m working with are talking about their experience and you’re not listening. You’re not listening!”

Page Six reported on June 15 that The Weeknd, who described the series as a “five-hour film,” was not expected to move forward with a second season due in part to his alleged “egomaniacal” behavior on set. HBO denied the report the same day, tweeting, “It is being misreported that a decision on a second season of The Idol has been determined. It has not, and we look forward to sharing the next episode with you Sunday night.” However, the episode count shrunk from six to five as a result of a creative retooling, with a source telling TVLine: “The season ended up being five episodes when it was all said and done after Sam took over and made significant changes. The story only ended up requiring five.”



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For the Kids: Siletz Bay Music Festival offers free concert…

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The Siletz Bay Music Festival will present a free children’s concert at 2:30 p.m. Sept.2, at Regatta Park in Lincoln City.

Organizers said the effort will fulfilling its mission to make music accessible to everyone in Lincoln County.



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Arleen Sorkin, The Original Harley Quinn, Dead At 67

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Arleen Sorkin, the veteran actor who starred on “Days of Our Lives” and originated the beloved DC character Harley Quinn, has died. She was 67.

Sorkin died due to complications with multiple sclerosis, a representative for Sorkin’s husband, television producer and screenwriter Christopher Lloyd, told Entertainment Weekly.

“We will always remember our dear Arleen for her immense generosity of spirit,” Sorkin’s family said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

The statement added: “It’s a sad day for us, but a joyous one, too, knowing how many people today are summoning her memory and smiling.”

The family requested that any donations be sent to the National MS Society.

DC Studios CEO James Gunn shared the news of Sorkin’s death on Instagram Sunday.

“Rest in Peace, Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped to create the character so many of us love. Love to her family and friends,” he wrote.

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Sorkin in 1989. At the time, she was part of the cast of “Days of Our Lives” as Calliope Jones.

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Sorkin began her career in the ’70s by working in a comedy troupe and as a cabaret performer, Variety reported. She scored the comic relief role as the ditzy, leggy, New York-accented Calliope Jones in “Days of Our Lives” in 1984, which she played until 1990, occasionally returning for guest appearances in 1992, 2006 and 2010.

Her role on the popular soap opera garnered Sorkin two Emmy nominations, and she later went on to co-write 1997’s “Picture Perfect” starring Jennifer Aniston. But Sorkin may be best known for originating one of DC Universe’s most popular and delightfully complex characters: Dr. Harleen Quinzel, aka Harley Quinn, on “Batman: The Animated Series.”

Sorkin introduced the character in a 1992 episode entitled “Joker’s Favor,” and was only supposed to appear in one episode as the jester and girlfriend of the Joker. But the hyena-loving clown was such a hit that Sorkin reprised the role for eight more episodes on the series, according to EW. Sorkin later played Harley Quinn in video games, movies and several other animated series, including “Gotham Girls,” “Justice League,” “The New Batman Adventures,” “Static Shock” and “Superman: The Animated Series.”

Sorkin also inspired the character of Harley Quinn, according to Paul Dini, a college friend of Sorkin’s and a writer on “Batman: The Animated Series.” Dini told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016 that he was watching an episode of “Days” in which Calliope Jones played a harlequin in a fantasy sequence when the inspiration hit him for the Joker’s girlfriend.

“I thought about a character kind of like her persona at the time, which was the snappy, wisecracking blonde,” he told the outlet.

Since Sorkin was Dini’s muse, he invited her to voice the role. Sorkin told THR in 2016 that she’d prepared for the role of Harley Quinn by singing “Adelaide’s Lament” from “Guys and Dolls” on the way to the studio.

“And when I got there, I was ready,” Sorkin said. “Adelaide from ‘Guys and Dolls’ is someone I always wanted to play. So it was very easy for me to find Harley’s voice. But I made her even more extreme.”

Sorkin added that she also “auditioned multiple times” for the role of Audrey in the 1986 film adaptation of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a role that ultimately went to Ellen Greene.

Although Sorkin didn’t snag the role, she was a fan of Greene’s portrayal.

“I thought her performance was brilliant, so I wouldn’t be surprised if when I did Harley that some of her inflection came out,” Sorkin admitted to THR.

Although Sorkin never got to play Audrey or Adelaide, her contributions to the character of Harley Quinn have had quite a cultural impact. The character would later be popularized by Margot Robbie in 2016’s “Suicide Squad” and 2020’s “Birds of Prey.” The character of Harley Quinn has also evolved from the Joker’s henchwoman into a complex, bisexual antihero through Kaley Cuoco’s portrayal on the animated series “Harley Quinn,” which is currently airing on Max.

Beyond the character’s current popularity, those who worked with Sorkin — like Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker in “Batman: The Animated Series” — never forgot the person behind the now iconic character.

“Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person,” Hamill tweeted Saturday. “I’m grateful not only to have worked with her, but to have been her friend.”



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‘Idols SA’ contestant Terra Cox found dead at his home

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Idols South Africa season 12 top-four contestant Terra Cox was found dead at his home on Sunday.

The singer, born Tersius Eathon Kocks, was aged 35 at the time of his death. His passing was announced by Alton Zakay Music in a statement circulating on social media.

“We want to express our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” reads the statement.

“We hope that they find peace and comfort during this difficult time of bereavement.”

Details of a commemoration service to celebrate Cox’s life will be shared in the next few days.

His family also issued a statement confirming the sad news.

“It is with painful sadness that we bid farewell to our beloved Terra Cox,” wrote the family in a statement.

“So many of his friends, family and fans have sent condolences for which we as a family are very grateful. We thank each and every one of you.

“Please remember Terra as you knew him, no questions asked. Please keep his dignity intact.”

Mzansi Magic and Idols SA also sent condolences, saying they are deeply saddened by the passing of the musician.

After he left Idols SA, Gallo Records signed him and Cox pursued music full-time recording songs and performing live. One of the songs he released under Gallo was Raise the Dead.

After that, Cox disappeared from the public eye. This was attributed to his struggles with mental health, as the singer was suffering from depression.

 

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‘Joe the Plumber’ dead at 49: Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher

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A CONSERVATIVE activist who became nationally known in 2008 for confronting then-presidential candidate Barack Obama during his campaign trail has died at age 49.

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, died on Monday morning months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July.

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“Our hearts are broken,” Wurzelbacher’s wife, Katie, revealed in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“We lost a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend. He made an impact on so many lives.

“When I met Joe he was already known by someone else as ‘Joe the Plumber’ but he wrote something to me that stood out and showed me who he truly was: ‘just Joe.’

“He was an average, honorable man trying to do great things for the country he loved so deeply after being thrust into the public eye for asking a question,” Katie said.

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“My heart goes out to everyone whose lives are impacted by cancer,” the grieving wife added.

“There are so many ups and downs but we tried to find joy in every day.

“He fought long and hard, but is now free from pain. I don’t think of him as losing his battle. Because he knew Jesus, his battle was won.

“Joe’s last wish was to get us back by my family. The first night here, he gave me a big smile and said ‘we made it.’

“To everyone who has and continues to support us, and there are so many, Thank You! You helped bring Joe peace and for that I will always be grateful.”

Wurzelbacher – the owner of a plumbing business – rose to national prominence in 2008 when he confronted Obama during his campaign trail in Toledo, Ohio, before a sea of reporters.

He accused the presidential candidate’s proposed tax plan of clashing with the American Dream.

The small business owner asked Obama how his new tax plan would affect filers above the $250,000 threshold.

“I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes about $250,000 to $270,000 dollars a year. Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” a poised Wurzelbacher asked Obama.

The Democratic nominee responded to Wurzelbacher by suggesting his plan would allow small businesses, like his plumbing company, to grow more rapidly.

“It’s not that I want to punish your success,” Obama told Wurzelbacher.

“I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too.”

Then-Republican nominee John McCain referenced Wurzelbacher’s name over a dozen times during his presidential campaign after the viral interaction.

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Wurzelbacher made several appearances on news outlets and was name-dropped multiple times during Obama and McCain’s presidential debate on October 15, 2008.

In 2012, Wurzelbacher launched an unsuccessful congressional bid against Democratic incumbent March Kaptur.



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Kansas City mother of infant girl found dead near I-70

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Mother of infant girl found dead in vacant Kansas City field near I-70 facing felony charge

A Kansas City woman has been charged with the death and abandonment of six-month-old Kha’liya Bridgewater

HIGHEST COMING UP. WE HAVE NEW INFORMATION TONIGHT IN THE DISCOVERY OF A BABY’S BODY IN A WOODED AREA OFF I-70. GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY. I’M KRIS KETZ AND I AM BRIA BERRY, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, POLICE SAY THE GIRL IS SIX MONTH OLD CALEB BRIDGEWATER. CAN NINE. BRIAN JOHNSON IS LIVE TONIGHT AFTER SPEAKING WITH THE GIRL’S GRANDFATHER. YEAH, BRIA. CHRIS WELL, THIS HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE FAMILY. THEY ARE GRATEFUL TO POLICE WHO CONTINUE THE INVESTIGATION TONIGHT. POLICE ARE WAITING ON THE MEDICAL EXAMINER TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. THIS IS CALEB BRIDGEWATER. SHE WAS ONLY A FEW WEEKS OLD WHEN HER GRANDFATHER, MARTY LAMMERS, HELD HER FOR THE FIRST TIME. SHE WAS VERY ENERGETIC LITTLE GIRL, VERY TALKATIVE AND DOING ALL THAT. THESE ARE THE MEMORIES HE CHERISHES, JUST HOLDING HER AND LOOKING INTO HER EYES. YOU KNOW, SHE WAS PRECIOUS. LAMMERS THOUGHT ALL WAS WELL UNTIL HIS DAUGHTER TOLD THE FAMILY CALEB HAD PASSED OUT. THEY STARTED ASKING QUESTIONS, BUT GOT NO ANSWERS. SO AS A FAMILY, WE’RE SHOCKED FOR HER. THE NEWS BROKE OF A BABY’S BODY FOUND NEAR 41ST AND PITTMAN ROAD. OUR INSTINCTS WHEN THIS CAME ACROSS THE NEWS THAT FIRST NIGHT, OUR FIRST REACTION WAS TO CALL CASEY TIBBS HOTLINE. HE NOW KNOWS IT WAS CARLA, BUT WANTS ANSWERS. HOW DID IT HAPPEN? WHO DID WHAT? FIGURE OUT, YOU KNOW, WHERE WE GO FROM HERE. LAMMERS IS RAISING MONEY ON GOFUNDME, SO CARLA GETS THE BEST FUNERAL POSSIBLE. SHE’S GOING TO HAVE EVERYTHING SHE DESERVED. I MEAN, SHE’S. I’VE GOT A WHOLE LIFE TO GIVE HER IN ONE SERVICE. POLICE HAVE YET TO ANNOUNCE ANY CHARGES IN CARLA’S DEATH. YEAH, I WANT THE JUSTICE DONE IN KANSAS CITY. BRIAN JOHNSON, KMBC NINE NEWS. AND IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP THE LAMMERS, WE’VE PUT A LINK TO THEIR GO-FUND-ME. IT CAN BECOME FAMILY AND LOVED ONES ARE ALSO PLANNING A VIGIL TO HONOR CARLA AS TOMORROW NIGHT AT

Mother of infant girl found dead in vacant Kansas City field near I-70 facing felony charge

A Kansas City woman has been charged with the death and abandonment of six-month-old Kha’liya Bridgewater

The mother of a six-month-old girl found dead in a wooded area off Interstate 70 in Kansas City is now facing a felony charge.Raeleena S. Barlett has been charged with the felony charge of abandonment of a corpse after police discovered the body of her infant daughter , Kha’liya Bridgewater, earlier this year.Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the charge in a press release Monday. Bridgewater was only a few weeks old when her grandfather, Marty Lammers, held her for the first time. He spoke with KMBC 9 about her brief but precious life in June. Bridgewater was found in a 19-acre vacant lot near 41st and Pittman Road in May 2023. According to court records, on May 13, 2023, Kansas City police officers responded to woods near a home regarding the report of a dead body. Two days later, Barlett reported to a witness that Bridgewater had died. She offered no more information regarding the death.Barlett told police that her daughter died May 6, when she found the child cold and stiff. According to court records, she said she didn’t know how the child ended up abandoned in the field. This case remains under investigation. The Jackson County Medical Examiner has ruled Bridgewater’s cause of death to be undetermined. There were reportedly no physical signs of abuse found during the investigation.A candlelight vigil was held for Baby Kha’liya near the location where her body was discovered.

The mother of a six-month-old girl found dead in a wooded area off Interstate 70 in Kansas City is now facing a felony charge.

Raeleena S. Barlett has been charged with the felony charge of abandonment of a corpse after police discovered the body of her infant daughter , Kha’liya Bridgewater, earlier this year.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the charge in a press release Monday.

Bridgewater was only a few weeks old when her grandfather, Marty Lammers, held her for the first time. He spoke with KMBC 9 about her brief but precious life in June.

Bridgewater was found in a 19-acre vacant lot near 41st and Pittman Road in May 2023.

According to court records, on May 13, 2023, Kansas City police officers responded to woods near a home regarding the report of a dead body. Two days later, Barlett reported to a witness that Bridgewater had died. She offered no more information regarding the death.

Barlett told police that her daughter died May 6, when she found the child cold and stiff. According to court records, she said she didn’t know how the child ended up abandoned in the field.

This case remains under investigation.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner has ruled Bridgewater’s cause of death to be undetermined. There were reportedly no physical signs of abuse found during the investigation.

A candlelight vigil was held for Baby Kha’liya near the location where her body was discovered.

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‘Joe The Plumber,’ who rose to fame after confronting

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Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who became known as “Joe the Plumber” after garnering national media attention for confronting then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail, died Sunday, his wife Katie Wurzelbacher confirmed Monday in an email to Fox News Digital. He was 49. 

“Our hearts are broken. We lost a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend. He made an impact on so many lives,” Katie Wurzelbacher wrote in a statement. 

“When I met Joe he was already known by everyone else as ‘Joe the Plumber’ but he wrote something to me that stood out and showed me who he truly was: ‘just Joe,’” she said. “He was an average, honorable man trying to do great things for the country he loved so deeply after being thrust into the public eye for asking a question.” 

Joe Wurzelbacher had announced in July that he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer.


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“My heart goes out to everyone whose lives are impacted by cancer. There are so many ups and downs but we tried to find joy in every day. He fought long and hard, but is now free from pain,” Katie Wurzelbacher wrote Monday. “I don’t think of him as losing his battle. Because he knew Jesus, his battle was won.” 

“Joe’s last wish was to get us back by my family. The first night here, he gave me a big smile and said ‘we made it,’” his wife said. “To everyone who has and continues to support us, and there are so many, Thank You! You helped bring Joe peace and for that I will always be grateful.” 

A fundraiser set up months ago on the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo to support Wurzelbacher’s family amid his battle with cancer raised $139,147 as of Monday. 


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Wurzelbacher, the owner of a plumbing business at the time, rose to national acclaim when he confronted Obama at a 2008 campaign event in Toledo, Ohio, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate’s tax plan of conflicting with the American dream.

Obama countered that the plan would help small businesses grow more quickly. 


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John McCain, the late former U.S. senator from Arizona and Republican presidential nominee at the time, referenced “Joe The Plumber” during his own run for the White House and eventually had Wurzelbacher join him on the campaign trail. 

Wurzelbacher’s name was reportedly mentioned more than a dozen times during the Oct. 15, 2008, presidential debate between Obama and McCain.

Wurzelbacher went on to run an unsuccessful bid against incumbent Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur for Ohio’s 9th congressional seat in 2012.

He is survived by his wife and children.

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