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Marvin Sweet Louie Smith
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Caribbean Princess - December 15, 2007

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Marvin Sweet Louie Smith, 68 - Natural Causes

Caribbean Princess Passenger, December 15, 2007

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Time of Cruise Ship Death Marvin Sweet Louie Smith

Marvin Sweet Louie Smith, 68, from Nevada, one half of the R&B duo, the Checkmates, has died aboard Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess on December 15, 2007.

Smith died aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship in the Caribbean, where he was scheduled to perform, said his agent, Mike Moloney.

Smith's partner in The Checkmates, Sonny Charles, a friend since childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana found Smith in his cabin before they were to rehearse for a show that evening.

The two had served in the Army together under the late-1950s "buddy system," touring in the entertainment division of the Army's Special Services. After coming home to the U. S. they began performing in Las Vegas.

The duo's best-known recordings include "Love is All I Have to Give" and a remake of "Proud Mary." hil Spector-produced "Black Pearl" was their most successful single, a Top 10 hit.

The Checkmates had played their most recent show in southern Nevada a few weeks ago.

The Checkmates were inducted into the Las Vegas Hall of Fame in 2000.

Smith is survived by his wife, Linda, and a daughter from previous marriage.

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