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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
by Jumble
Agreed. Without giving too much away, a legendary Brian in a period when it was hard to carry the name. I hope it's good through the round window, Brian.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:38 pm UTC
by Soupspoon
Michael Bond... Pass me a marmalade sandwich (Paddington would approve, M. Pamplemousse maybe not).

Adding: Barry Norman. To the tune of "I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free", naturally... and why not?

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
The Economist wrote:Obituary: Liu Xiaobo, China’s leading human-rights campaigner

The man who called himself “Doomsday’s survivor” died on July 13th, aged 61

“I HAVE no enemies and no hatred,” Liu Xiaobo told a court in Beijing during his trial for subversion in 2009. Hatred, he said, “can rot away at a person’s intelligence and conscience”. He had every reason to despise the government; he was about to go to jail for simply petitioning for democracy in China and asking people to sign up. But the forgiveness he offered was never reciprocated by the Communist Party. Officials did not allow him to pick up the Nobel peace prize he won a year later, as the “foremost symbol”—in the Nobel committee’s words—of the struggle for human rights in China.


More at link

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:47 pm UTC
by Mutex
George A. Romero, godfather of modern zombies, director of Night of the Living Dead.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_A._Romero

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:53 pm UTC
by Soupspoon
Mutex wrote:George A. Romero, godfather of modern zombies, director of Night of the Living Dead.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_A._Romero

RIP!

(Or else I look forward to the documentary he's just about to start filming...)

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:09 am UTC
by Mutex
Don't worry, I'm sure he'll be back soon.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:51 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
by charliepanayi

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
by heuristically_alone
charliepanayi wrote:Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

http://pitchfork.com/news/linkin-parks-chester-bennington-dead-at-41-report/


:cry:

That makes me sad. I wonder if their album sales will increase. Such a sad thought that that is typically what happens in events such as this.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:35 pm UTC
by CorruptUser
Crap I just had "Heavy" by L.P. and Kiiara, on.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:38 pm UTC
by trpmb6
Hung himself, like Cornell did, on Cornell's birthday. They were close friends. I'm guessing the timing is not a coincidence.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:33 pm UTC
by CorruptUser
Yeah, linking the "heavy" video/song.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:50 am UTC
by Soupspoon
Why have I only just heard about Rollin Hand/John Koenig? Assuming that it was Martin Landau that got put in the coffin. And that he then stayed there, rather than deftly ripping off pulse-obscuring prosthetics and escaping out of a trick bottom.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:49 am UTC
by Soupspoon

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
by Plasma_Wolf
Bruce Forsyth. 89 years old. 60 years long career on British TV.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40978576

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:41 pm UTC
by Soupspoon
Plasma_Wolf wrote:Bruce Forsyth. 89 years old. 60 years long career on British TV.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40978576


Didn't he do well!?

(/cultural reference)

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:12 pm UTC
by ivnja

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:31 pm UTC
by CorruptUser


Insert joke about France declaring a national emergency...

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:56 pm UTC
by poxic
I'd read about Dick Gregory first. Still on my mind, so when I read "comedian dies" I was a bit nonplussed that the above article showed a white guy.

Dick Gregory <> Jerry Lewis. This is why I need [more|fewer] drugs.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
by ivnja
poxic wrote:I'd read about Dick Gregory first. Still on my mind, so when I read "comedian dies" I was a bit nonplussed that the above article showed a white guy.

Dick Gregory <> Jerry Lewis. This is why I need [more|fewer] drugs.

Add more. Then you can be plussed instead of nonplussed.

I don't think I've ever actually heard any of Jerry Lewis' stuff (or, shamefully, even heard *of* Dick Gregory). Lewis is significant to me only because of his son Gary Lewis and his band the Playboys, whose '60s hits I rather like.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
by orthogon
Soupspoon wrote:
Plasma_Wolf wrote:Bruce Forsyth. 89 years old. 60 years long career on British TV.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40978576


Didn't he do well!?

(/cultural reference)

I had the good fortune to go to a recording of Strictly Come Dancing. Brucie was much better live than he came across on TV. He did the warmup himself: he sang and danced and was generally charming. During the actual recording he was stiff and unfunny as he was on TV. It's as though the execs had decided he should come across as a doddery old fool. I guess that's consummate professionalism: playing your role without complaint.

The BBC is reportedly considering installing a statue of Brucie. Fingers crossed he doesn't turn out to have been involved in historic sex abuse. (Legal note: there is no suggestion whatsoever that he was).

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:22 pm UTC
by Soupspoon
Brian Aldiss.

I read a lot of his stuff. (And not just because he was alphabetically at the beginning of the library shelves.)

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:52 am UTC
by morriswalters
RIP Walter Becker

Morris Walters

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
by Sizik

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
by poxic
First I saw of that was a reddit meme. Bummer.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
by ivnja
There have been a couple big names over the past week or so, Monty Hall (96) for one, but seeing Tom Petty go really feels weird. Only 66.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:21 pm UTC
by orthogon
ivnja wrote:There have been a couple big names over the past week or so, Monty Hall (96) for one, but seeing Tom Petty go really feels weird. Only 66.

I only know about Monty Hall via his eponymous problem. I wonder whether St Peter is offering him a choice of doors as we speak...

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:57 am UTC
by ivnja
So, the news agencies have retracted their Tom Petty obits - or, to adapt the old Mark Twain (mis)quote, reports of his death have been at least a little bit exaggerated. I'm still braced for the worst, but I hope he pulls through.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:28 am UTC
by flicky1991
Looks like he's officially dead now.

"His death was prematurely reported by media outlets that afternoon, although the initial reports were retracted after the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it had inadvertently indicated his death to the media without confirming it. His death was confirmed later that evening by his family and manager."

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
by CelticNot
Been a few days, surprised no one has mentioned that Hugh Hefner (91) has passed.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:29 pm UTC
by Gwydion
RIP Robert Guillaume, best known to the rest of the world as a TV actor, and probably best known to folks here as Eli Vance.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
by moody7277
Gwydion wrote:RIP Robert Guillaume, best known to the rest of the world as a TV actor, and probably best known to folks here as Eli Vance.


Well, he's best know to me as Benson DuBois, but that's likely cause I'm 40.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
by svenman
She passed away three weeks ago already, on October 17, but I only just found out about Julian May, science fiction writer, known for her Saga of Pliocene Exile and Galactic Milieu series.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:13 am UTC
by ivnja
Roy Halladay, retired future hall of fame baseball pitcher and all-around good person, has died at age 40 in a single-plane crash off the coast of Florida. He was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft.

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
by Soupspoon