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'Weird Al' Yankovics parents found dead>>>>>

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Pfffffffffft, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. Pfffffffffft

    Pfffffffffft Moderator Crew

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    Parents of 'Weird Al' Found Dead
    Apr 12, 7:32 AM EST
    http://entertainment.msn.com/news/article....spx?news=155375

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The elderly parents of Grammy-winning recording artist "Weird Al" Yankovic were found dead in their home, apparently victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said.

    Nick and Mary Yankovic were found dead Friday in their suburban San Diego home by relatives who were worried because they had not seen the couple in a while, said sheriff's Sgt. Conrad Grayson.

    Paramedics found Nick Yankovic, 86, in a chair in the front living room.

    His 81-year-old wife was on the bathroom floor.

    A wood fire had been set recently in the fireplace, Grayson said.

    "The house was full of smoke when they opened the door," Grayson said, adding that the family members found the flue closed.

    "Weird Al" Yankovic, 44, had no comment during a performance in Mankato, Minn., on Saturday night.

    Before the show, a graphic projected on the screens at the back of the stage dedicated the evening to his parents, KTOE-AM reported. Yankovic also canceled a meet-and-greet with selected fans.

    A neighbor described Yankovic's parents as nice people who were proud of their son.

    "Everybody who came to the neighborhood knew Nick," said John Buehman, who lives across the street. "They're going to be missed, big time."

    Yankovic was scheduled to appear Monday in Grand Forks, N.D., as part of a tour for his new album, "Poodle Hat."

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  2. JohnnyLode

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  3. GamblersGrin

    GamblersGrin Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 24, 2003 Messages: 3,243 Likes Received: 16
    heres the message from weird al's site


    On April 9, my mom and dad, Nick and Mary Yankovic, passed away in their home in Fallbrook, California. It was the result of a terrible accident – that morning they had started a fire in the fireplace with the flue closed, and were asphyxiated by carbon monoxide poisoning.
    Suzanne called me that afternoon on the bus to give me the news, so that I would hear about it before the wire services picked it up.

    Needless to say, I feel pretty much the way you would expect me to feel – shocked and devastated beyond words. I loved my parents so much, and this all still seems like a horrible nightmare that I can’t wake up from.

    I want to thank my family, friends and fans for the incredible outpouring of love and support that they’ve shown me. It’s wonderful to know that there are so many people around the world who truly loved my parents, and also nice to know that I am not alone in my grief.

    I take some small measure of comfort in knowing that they died peacefully, and that they never had to suffer through the pain and loneliness of living without each other. I'm also grateful that they both lived long enough to see me happily married to Suzanne, and particularly happy that they got to meet our beautiful baby daughter Nina. She filled their lives with so much joy this last year. Nina may be too young to remember playing with her grandparents when she gets older, but don’t worry, we’ll have some great videotape to show her.

    Many people have wondered what’s going to happen with the tour. I briefly considered canceling some shows, but I ultimately decided that it would be better for me personally to continue working. Plus, I’ve heard from so many people over the years that my music has cheered them up in times of tragedy… well, I thought maybe my music would help me too.

    So far, it has. Going up on stage in front of thousands of supportive fans is a cathartic and somewhat therapeutic experience for me right now. I don’t know if I can say that the concerts really take my mind off of the tragedy, but at least they give me a break from sobbing all the time.

    Anyway, I have decided not to cancel any shows – the tour will continue as planned. However, I have decided to put a moratorium on all interviews and meet-and-greets for the time being – I just feel like I need some time alone right now.

    The funeral will be a very small, intimate service with only the immediate family attending, so please, I ask that you respect our privacy. Just knowing that your thoughts are with us at this time is more than enough, but if you care to contribute anything, in lieu of flowers, Suzanne and I suggest a donation to the Natural Resources Defense Council in my parents’ name.

    One thing I would like to ask everybody to do, though… please, go out and get carbon monoxide detectors for yourself and your loved ones. If my parents had had one in their home, there’s a very good chance that they would still be with us today.

    In fairness to the memory of my mother, I should point out some errors that appeared in the press. Although she was starting to have a problem with short-term memory loss (she was taking medication for it), my mother was never diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

    As long as I’m pointing out errors that the press has made, it was my Aunt Dot who found my parents when she was bringing them lunch that day, as she routinely did (and not a group of relatives concerned that they “hadn’t heard from them in a while” – the family was close and caring and saw each other several times a day). Also, my aunts and uncles all live in separate houses (not together, as some articles implied), and for what it’s worth, I am not represented by the William Morris Agency either.

    I don’t know how much else I can say about my parents that I haven’t already said in interviews over the years. Although I always found it a little uncomfortable, my dad talked a lot about death. He mentioned a few times that he was planning to go on a diet so that his “casket would be easier to carry.” I guess that’s where I got my sick sense of humor from. And he was always talking about how much he was looking forward to seeing his old army buddies again (in the next life). I sure hope they’re having a great reunion right now.

    As unthinkable as this tragedy is to me, I just know that my mom and dad were very much at peace with the world and with their lives. And I guess I can take a small amount of comfort in that too.

    Thank you all again for your overwhelming kindness and support. It means more to me than you can ever know.

    Love,
    Al
     
  4. johnny

    johnny Dirty Dozen Crew

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    my father was almost killed this way. i found him just in time...
     
  5. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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    worst Easter conversation EVER...

    yeah, so yeasterday we're all around the table, chowing down, much unity... so, I say... Weird Al is coming around in concert...

    an interesting reacti0n but, not what I expected...
     
  6. DETO

    DETO 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 25, 2002 Messages: 11,316 Likes Received: 138
    damn, R.I.P...
     
  7. duh-rye-won

    duh-rye-won Member

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    he should write a funny song about it.
     
  8. Easy E

    Easy E Member

    Joined: Jan 26, 2004 Messages: 426 Likes Received: 0
    your shitting me? thats his real last name?
     
  9. BitchAssSlut

    BitchAssSlut Member

    Joined: May 31, 2002 Messages: 376 Likes Received: 2
    i'll be honest... i laughed out loud when i read this topic :lol: :lol:
     
  10. Yellow Feets

    Yellow Feets Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2004 Messages: 1,958 Likes Received: 0
    I seriously thought this thread was one of them prank threads. I was wrong. Gosh... RIP. I hope he contiues to make music and do his "thang". But I do understand how he feels and the fact that he is canceling shit...
     
  11. Intangible

    Intangible 12oz Legend

    Joined: Jul 9, 2001 Messages: 17,479 Likes Received: 6
    sad news...i dont really like him at all...but his songs have some sense of funnyness to them and anyones parents dieing is a tragic event.
     
  12. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

    Joined: May 21, 2002 Messages: 7,345 Likes Received: 122
    I'm glad.
    The amount of people he takes the piss out of, and hes not even funny.
     
  13. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

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    so bad, but so fucking funny...
     
  14. I R NET GANG

    I R NET GANG Banned

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