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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:01 PM
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Gene Anthony Ray, a Dancer in 'Fame,' Dies at 41
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:04 PM
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1. How sad - so young!
I'm not registered with the Times, do they mention a cause of death?
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:08 PM
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3. from the article
Gene Anthony Ray, who starred as Leroy, a street-smart urban teenager, in the 1980 movie "Fame" and the later television series, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 41.

The cause was complications of a stroke he had in June, and he was also H.I.V. positive, said Jean E. Ray, his mother.

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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:08 PM
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5. How horrible!
:-(
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:04 PM
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2. aww..
what a damn shame. I loved the movie Fame, and he was amazing in it. I had SUCH a crush on him after that flick.

WAY too young to die. Evidently had a stroke and had HIV.
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whirlygigspin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:08 PM
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4. How sad
what a beauty he was, and a great dancer too.

--what a weird day this turned out to be--
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:09 PM
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6. He wasn't trained professionally, either
Mr. Ray was a natural fit when he was cast as Leroy in the film, which won Academy Awards for best song and original score. Like his character in the film, Mr. Ray had never had professional dance training but had a raw talent that dazzled choreographers.
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FunBobbyMucha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:15 PM
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7. Shame,
especially after living with Aids as long as he did. Makes me wonder what happened to the others from the show/movie. I know the gay character is on ER now. Lori Singer, Irene Cara, the cute short Jewish girl?
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:26 PM
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8. um
You're only the third or fourth person to post this in the past 2 days. :P
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 02:29 PM
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9. sorry
i looked back in the lounge archives before I posted it, and did'nt see a previous post.
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