Atlanta Rhythm Section drummer R.J. Vealey died of a heart attack Nov. 13 shortly after a performance by the southern rock group in central Florida. He was 37 and died on his daughter’s first birthday.
The Atlanta Rhythm Section has had six Top 20 hits in its 27-year career, including “So Into You” in 1977.
The band released its 14th album, “Eufala,” in February. It was named after the small town in Alabama where the group retreats for inspiration, and was the band’s first studio album in 10 years.
Dennis “Deck” McKenzie, former actor, model and stand-in for Jerry Seinfeld, died Nov. 3 of AIDS complications in Hollywood. He was 53.
After graduating from UCLA, McKenzie broke into the Los Angeles acting scene as a member of the Groundlings improvisational comedy troupe.
McKenzie’s television credits included bits on “Dallas,” “Knot’s Landing,” “Who’s the Boss,” “Seinfeld” and “Will and Grace.”
McKenzie is survived by his daughter, Signe, and his parents.