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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:17 am UTC

It may be more of a niche British loss (not sure if BBC Worldwide has been promoting her stuff that widely) but Liz Smith joins the ranks (which included Caroline Aherne) of this year's toll.


Reopened to add that Vera Rubin has gone to the dark place. She probably means far more to the average xkcd appreciator..

Re-reopened (honestly, I wasn't chasing these news items) to mention British-born astronaut Piers Sellers.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby CorruptUser » Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:48 am UTC

That's it. We need to find that bitch year 2016 and hunt it down like the dog it is.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Liri » Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:56 pm UTC

Of course, Ian McKellen, Queen Liz II, and Tom Waits will fall to their personal Balrogs on January 1st.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Angua » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:13 pm UTC

Carrie Fisher didn't pull through.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby commodorejohn » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:27 pm UTC

Shiiiiit. This fucking year.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby svenman » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:37 pm UTC

And we've also lost Richard Adams, author of Watership Down (xkcd-related hint: source of "Efrafa"). He did reach a ripe old age though.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Mutex » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:55 pm UTC

Lots of people saying they can't wait for 2016 to be over, like 2017 will for some reason have fewer celebrities dying. I think it'll have as many, if not more. And, President Trump and Brexit actually happen next year (well, Brexit doesn't happen until 2019 but the actual formal process starts). So, not seeing any reason to believe 2017 will be better in any way.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Jumble » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:19 pm UTC

Agreed. Apparently 2016 has been particularly shit for pre-written obits. However 2017 is the year the sodding bird-flu comes home to roost. Fuck 2016. Fuck 2017 more.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Weeks » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:34 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:Lots of people saying they can't wait for 2016 to be over, like 2017 will for some reason have fewer celebrities dying.
It's stupid and unfunny and everyone's doing it
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Plasma_Wolf » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:18 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:Lots of people saying they can't wait for 2016 to be over, like 2017 will for some reason have fewer celebrities dying. I think it'll have as many, if not more. And, President Trump and Brexit actually happen next year (well, Brexit doesn't happen until 2019 but the actual formal process starts). So, not seeing any reason to believe 2017 will be better in any way.


That's true but for most people it's just a way of saying that they're completely done with this year and hope for a better year next year. They just want to forget what happened. It's sort of a clean slate thing. They think of 2017 as the time to deal with everything that's gone wrong in 2016 (maybe someone in politics can mount a proper thorough attack on Trump? Maybe we can finally get Nigel Farage to just shut up).

It's idle hope mostly, but still...

2016 sucked.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Jumble » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:25 pm UTC

Ok, fuck it, I’ve had it with 2016. How is it, that whilst a walking cock-stain like the US president-elect appears to remain healthy, despite looking like a heart-attack in a shit wig, we loose genuinely good, human, charitable individuals like George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Jo Cox, Alan Rickman, the list goes on. If I’d not lost my faith when I watched a 4 year old die, I’d be struggling now.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby moody7277 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:15 pm UTC

Weeks wrote:
Mutex wrote:Lots of people saying they can't wait for 2016 to be over, like 2017 will for some reason have fewer celebrities dying.
It's stupid and unfunny and everyone's doing it


No one has died in 2017 yet.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Mambrino » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:37 am UTC

Someone on another forum already blamed Disney for Carrie Fisher's death: extreme dieting isn't too good for your heart, especially elderly people.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby CorruptUser » Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:26 am UTC

And now Debbie Reynolds.

God fucking dammit, 2016.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby morriswalters » Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:53 am UTC

Sad that she had to witness the death of her child.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Clix » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:39 pm UTC

As the Doctor said, "I've never met anyone who wasn't important", but sometimes I find more significance in the unknowns who had a wide impact.

Robert L. Hulseman, Inventor of the Solo Cup, Dies at 84

He was also the co-inventor of the Traveler coffee cup lid, which has replaced the Solo cup in importance to my life nowadays.

Quote from the obit on the design of the Traveler Lid:
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Writing in The New York Times in 2010, Steven Heller, co-chairman of the design department at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, praised the Traveler Lid as a “substitute for a mother’s breast” and likened its spout, for sipping, to a nipple.

“Ergo,” Mr. Heller wrote, “the lid is a nurturing apparatus.”
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby ObsessoMom » Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:38 pm UTC

William Christopher--who played the gentle Father Mulcahy in M*A*S*H, and was a longtime advocate for his autistic son and others with autism--died yesterday, aged 84. I liked the statement of co-star Loretta Swit (Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan) here:

Our Dear Bill and his goodness are a great argument for there being a heaven. I never heard him complain or lose his temper. Everyone adored him. A great sense of humor and a great humanitarian. He became TV's quintessential padre as Father Mulcahy on M.A.S.H. It was the most perfect casting ever known. He was probably responsible for more people coming back to the church. If God is nigh, then surely he or she will welcome Bill with open arms.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby poxic » Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:21 pm UTC

From Bowie to Father Mulcahey, 2016 took a lot of good people from us. Here's to the ones that are still around: may we appreciate them better than we maybe have.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Opus_723 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:31 am UTC

I'm sure this doesn't carry much meaning outside of Washington State, but:

http://komonews.com/news/local/granny-oldest-southern-resident-orca-to-date-in-puget-sound-dies

I know she's not a person, but dammit that whale has been a pod matriarch here since before my parents were born.

I'm really trying to be done with 2016, but it's still mocking me with goddamn late news.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby addams » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:39 pm UTC

Angua wrote:Carrie Fisher didn't pull through.

She and her Mum were...well,
..especially her Mum.

(That woman was a Woot.)

They were Light Hearted Public Constants in a Self-Involved/Bummer of a Public World.

Here: Artist tributes to Carrie Fisher.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zGPFWw7mGE
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby addams » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:56 pm UTC

(please, excuse the double-post)
Alan Thicke died from the rupture of his Aorta.
http://komonews.com/news/entertainment/ ... jor-artery

I wanted to add a little medical trivia:
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His aorta artery tore then ruptured.
The aorta is a Huge Vessel.
And; It is a highly unusual vessel, because if pricked or cut, just a little, it will 'unzip' like an old pair of painty hose.
The Aorta is buried deep in the body. Protected by the spine in the back and protected by organs, fat and flesh in the front.

As well protected as it is, if it is ever damaged;
That spells Bad News for its owner.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:52 pm UTC

Not sure if this belongs here or in Other News...

Redwood tunnel tree dies

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Liri » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:43 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Not sure if this belongs here or in Other News...

Redwood tunnel tree dies

It was already dead inside.






But it does make me sad. I'm glad I was able to see it several years ago.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now

Postby VgKing » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:29 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:In a very different vein, Francis from Cooking With Dog passed away yesterday. For those who don't know, Cooking With Dog is a fantastic, funny, and welcoming YouTube show about Japanese cooking. I hope they continue the channel.

You mean cooking with a dog as your assistant? I would love to do that with my Smokey.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby addams » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:20 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Not sure if this belongs here or in Other News...

Redwood tunnel tree dies

Wait; Wait.
That's a Redwood.
They live Forever.

Yes.
We have lost an Icon.
But...

If any branches or root are left alone, long enough;
A clone; Basically The Same Tree will grow, again.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequoia_sempervirens

well?
Cedar Trees can almost do that, too.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby addams » Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:48 am UTC

Glen Cernan, The Last Man to Walk on The Moon;
Died in a hospital in Houston on January 16, 2017.
He lived to be 82 years old.

While on the Moon in December 1972 during Apollo 17, Glen Cernan and his crewmate Schmitt performed three EVAs for a total of about 22 hours of exploration of Taurus–Littrow valley. Their first EVA alone was more than three times the length Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent outside the LM on Apollo 11. During this time they covered more than 35 km (22 mi) using the Lunar Rover and spent a great deal of time collecting geologic samples that would shed light on the Moon's early history. Cernan piloted the rover on its final sortie, recording a maximum speed of 11.2 mph (18.0 km/h), giving him the unofficial lunar land speed record.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Cernan
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby charliepanayi » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:57 pm UTC

RIP Miguel Ferrer (probably best known for Robocop and Twin Peaks)

http://deadline.com/2017/01/miguel-ferr ... 201890002/
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Postby flicky1991 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:25 pm UTC

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Postby Zamfir » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:37 pm UTC


Just when we need principled resistance against the Nazis again.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Thesh » Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:55 pm UTC

Honesty replaced by greed, they gave us the reason to fight and bleed
They try to torch our faith and hope, spit at our presence and detest our goals

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Liri » Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:46 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:John Hurt...

I thought about posting it last night but I was too bummed. Need to watch Alien again.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:08 pm UTC

Liri wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:John Hurt...

I thought about posting it last night but I was too bummed. Need to watch Alien again.

Then follow that up with his scene in Spaceballs...

(What a lot of different roles, though. From Quentin Crisp to Calligula, John Merrick to The Horned King, Hazel and (seperately) Woundwort, Winston Smith to Adam Sutler... Of course The War Doctor and a narrator for many things too. Krapp.)

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Postby Liri » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:48 pm UTC

Don't forget his most infamous role as Ollivander.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Diadem » Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:38 am UTC

Let's not forget his roles as the protagonist in 1984 and the antagonist in the 2005 remake.

He was an awesome actor. He shall be missed.
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Postby Zohar » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:46 pm UTC

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby VgKing » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:23 pm UTC

Such a sorry thing to die on Christmas.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Diadem » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:55 am UTC

VgKing wrote:Such a sorry thing to die on Christmas.

Lots of people die on Christmas. About 2 in 365 people. Probably more, even, both because Christmas falls in the winter, and becuse many people are traveling.

I don't see why it would be a worse time to die. If anything it's better. Your family will typically already be together and thus able to give each other emotional support.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby poxic » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:59 am UTC

Christmas day for the family becomes equal to "the day $family_member died". It rather screws up the holiday for them. (You're right that it might not be that bad for the dying one.)
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Liri » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:08 am UTC

My grandfather died three days before this past christmas (he didn't like christmas so it's okay).
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