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Golden Globe Winner Charles Jarrott and Singer Johnny Preston Die

March 7, 2011 (8:04 am) GMT
Jarrott passed away on Friday at 83, while Preston died at the age of 71 with a funeral planned on Tuesday, March 8.
Golden Globe Winner Charles Jarrott and Singer Johnny Preston Die

Golden Globe-winning moviemaker Charles Jarrott has died in Los Angeles, aged 83. The British director was best known for his period dramas "Mary", "Queen of Scots" and "Anne of a Thousand Days", for which he won a Globe.

Reports suggest Jarrott died on Friday, March 4 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He also directed acclaimed films like "The Doves" and "The Other Side of Midnigh"t. His final movie was 2002's "Turn of Faith".

Another sad news, singer Johnny Preston has died a year after undergoing heart bypass surgery. He was 71.

Born in Texas, he was discovered by rock 'n' roll icon The Big Bopper and found chart success in the 1950s. He topped the U.S. pop charts in 1959 with "Running Bear", which was written by his mentor.

The song is one of the few songs to hit the top of the charts in every English-speaking nation. His other hits included "Cradle of Love" and "Feel So Fine". Preston's funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 8 in his hometown, Port Arthur, Texas.

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