The award-winning country singer attended high school with fellow musicians like Anita Bryant, David Gates, and Elvin Bishop. When it's my time to go, it's my time to go. "I've lost two good friends in a matter of two to three days," Abourezk told the AP on Monday. In 2010, Russell collaborated with Elton John on the latter’s duet album The Union, and was subsequently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Pearl Means says doctors affiliated with the Christus St. … Known as “the master of space and time” in his heyday, Russell was well-known among his peers for his superior songwriting technique and distinguished appearance. Privacy | The “A Song for You” hitmaker’s loss was mourned by numerous celebrities who were close to him, such as singer Elton John, comedian Steve Martin, actress Whoopi Goldberg, and actor LeVar Burton. He underwent surgery to stop brain fluid leakage in 2010, and more recently, suffered a heart attack in July, 2016. He was a mentor, inspiration & so kind to me. "Lakota belief is that death is a change of worlds. Leon Russell died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 74. My husband passed in his sleep in our Nashville home. His trademark look included a top hat, long snow-white hair that flowed well past his shoulders, and a matching beard. Means revealed in August 2011 that he had inoperable throat cancer, and according to the AP, was bypassing mainstream medical treatments in favor of American Indian remedies and other alternative cancer treatments. Means led the American Indian Movement's uprising at Wounded Knee in 1973 in which the group took up arms to occupy the South Dakota town. To date, the pianist and guitarist has 31 studio albums to his credit, and has recorded over 400 songs, including chart-topping hits such as “Delta Lady,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Tight Rope,” “Lady Blue,” “Back to the Island,” and “Rainbow in Your Eyes.” During his career (which spanned over five decades), Russell produced and recorded sessions with celebrated musicians of his time such as Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones. The Hollywood Reporter, LLC is a subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media, LLC. AIM began in the late 1960s to challenge the government's treatment of Native Americans, inspired by the African-American civil rights movement, and, as an activist for the cause, Means invited national attention and controversy. 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His TV credits include appearances in Nash Bridges, Into the West and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2004. Means ran for president in 1988 on the Libertarian ticket. PHOTO COURTESY/STEW MAGNUSON The widow of the late activist and actor Russell Means has filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit in New Mexico. He also launched an acting career beginning in 1992 with a leading role in The Last of the Mohicans opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, followed by parts in Natural Born Killers (1994) and in Disney's animated Pocahontas (1995), voicing Chief Powhatan. He was 72. According to his website, Russell died in his sleep at his Nashville home on Sunday, November 13. Native American news, information and entertainment. Meet Her Siblings, Husband, and Daughter, By: Shweta Dabholkar - Published: November 14, 2016 at 6:46 am. Some causes listed include deaths also included in more specific subordinate causes (as indicated by the "Group" column), and some causes are omitted, so the percentages may only sum approximately to 100%. He was 72. And I believe like my dad believed. The causes listed are relatively immediate medical causes, but the ultimate cause of death might be described differently. ", PHOTOS: 20 Biggest Political Players in Hollywood. To show support for AIM, Brando, in consultation with Means, had Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather accept his 1972 best actor Oscar for his role in The Godfather. Russell Means, a former American Indian Movement activist and actor in such films as The Last of the Mohicans, died Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D. Are Ava DuVernay and Devin Duvernay Related. 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