I saw the Facebook page post too. I haven't talked to Jeff in three years. I talked to a woman who said she had talked to him a couple weeks ago and he sounded good then. I haven't heard yet the cause of death. _________________ In all I think and say and do, I long, O God, to honor You; But may my highest motive be to love the Christ who died for me. ~ D De Haan
[Love] bears all things, believes all things hopes all things, endures all things. ~1 Corinthians 13:7
Here's another site announcing the news of Jeff Connors' passing.
http://www.ourchuckconnors.com/ _________________ Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from the mistakes and failures of our past. Because the errors of our past, are the wisdom and success of our future.
Jeff Connors, son of Chuck and Elizabeth Connors, passed away on February 19, 2014 at his Southern California home. His family at Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions are deeply saddened by his passing. Our friendship with Jeff dates back to the earliest days of production of THE RIFLEMAN, when he accompanied his dad to the set. The crew and producers remember him as an energetic and outgoing boy, so at age 7, he was given a role in the first of three episodes, debuting in "Tension" (episode 45) in Season 2. In the third season, he appeared in "The Schoolteacher" (episode 86), followed by "First Wages" (episode 112) in Season 4.
Jeff had fond recollections of being a child actor on the series and being excited when CBS production crews came out to the family home to film a documentary about his father Chuck. Jeff was proud to bear the family name Connors and to be the son of the television star who had created the iconic character of Lucas McCain. He wrote, "It was cool being The Rifleman’s real son."
Like his make-believe television counterpart, Johnny Crawford, who portrayed Chuck Connor's on-screen son Mark, Jeff grew up to pursue an interest in music. He was a self-taught musician, but counted Waylon Jennings, Vern Gosdin, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr. and David Allan Coe as his musical mentors. A singer/songwriting guitarist with his own band, he opened for some of the biggest headliners in Pop and Country & Western music, including The Everly Brothers, Johnny Paycheck, Shenandoah and Mark Collie.
Throughout his life, Jeff felt a keen responsibility toward his father's fans and to the fans of The Rifleman series. He was always warm and friendly toward fans who wanted to tell him about his dad and what his character and the show had meant to them. After Chuck passed away in 1992, Jeff continued to do all he could to honor his real-life father's memory and the legacy of his most famous character, Lucas McCain, and so he did interviews, made personal appearances and stayed in close contact with his television family at Four Star Productions (later, Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions), which created and produced the original series.
Jeff is survived by his older brother Michael, younger brother Steven and three children, sons Thomas Jeffrey and Cole Michael, and daughter Nicole Marie. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and legions of fans for the untimely passing of a loving son, brother, father and friend.
Guess I need to figure out why I can't get this to work. Did you just click over the picture of Jeff and Arthur or over the place where Jeff's name is shown ?
I can get around the rest of the site just fine. It's just the scrolling pages where I had the problem before, and apparently still do. None of my clicks bring up anything ! _________________ Western Gal
To get a link copy and paste the URL address at the top, usually it's just a few right clicks. First right click should highlight it, the second choose "copy" then the third to paste where you want it. _________________ Ruskin (Judy)
JCCC, this whole thing is just so heartbreaking, number one because Jeff was so young and number two because it was supposed to be from complications from a ROUTINE surgical procedure. I too wished to meet him, he was supposed to be at a comic book show in a couple of weeks in CA. I would have gone except I am on the east coast. He loved his Dad so and tried to keep his memory alive for all the fans....I wonder if anyone else will carry on.
Thank you Western Gal for the Mid Atlantic article!!
Here is a very nice picture of Jeff from the Tulsa Arms show. Judging from the URL, I think it was taken in October 2006.
_________________ "He can track an ant through a corn field!" ~ Mark, "Flowers By The Door"
You are welcome, jccc ! Think there was a typo in there about the last year Jeff attended. Know Jeff was at the Sept, 2013 convention, but don't think the 2014 convention will be held until September of this year.
I had seen a much smaller version of this photo somewhere and couldn't enlarge it at all. This is a much better version and makes a nice print. Thank you ! _________________ Western Gal
I saw the Facebook page post too. I haven't talked to Jeff in three years. I talked to a woman who said she had talked to him a couple weeks ago and he sounded good then. I haven't heard yet the cause of death.
The day before he died, Jeff texted me to tell me about an appearance he had scheduled for this summer. I was so sad to hear of his sudden death. I hope he rests in peace.
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