Death Reports - Over the years, many rumors have spread
about one celebrity or another kicking the bucket.
1970-80s, rumors spread that Mikey (John Gilchrist) the
freckled-faced boy from the Life Cereal commercials had died
from eating Pop Rocks and Coca-Cola (or choked to death after
biting off the head of a G.I. Joe Doll). Gilchrist is alive and
well and working as a account executive in New York City.
1960s, an erroneous press release from the AP and UPI wire
services stated that Jerry Mathers, the "Beaver" from LEAVE IT
TO BEAVER/CBS/ABC/1957-63 had died in Vietnam.
On a December 22,
1969 interview on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson, guest
Shelley Winters repeated the story to a nation of late night
viewers. Jerry Mathers however, did not die and went on to star
in the spin-off THE NEW LEAVE IT TO BEAVER/DIS/TBS/1985-89.
And finally, Bob Denver who played beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on
THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS/CBS/1959-63 and first mate
Gilligan on GILLIGAN'S ISLAND/CBS/1964-67 allegedly had died
from an electrical shock after a radio had fallen into his
bathtub in the early 1960s.
Bob Denver never experienced such a situation and the only
"charge" he was guilty of was being charged for possession of
marijuana in June of 1998.
A few years later, however, Denver died on September 2,
2005 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. from complications
following surgery for throat cancer.
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