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Jaki Liebezeit (1938-2017)

Jaki Liebezeit, drummer and founding member of the influential German band Can, has died from pneumonia at the age of 78. Some examples of his playing: Yoo Doo Right; Oh Yeah; Halleluwah; a drum solo. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Jan 23, 2017 - 55 comments

Maggie Roche (1951-2017)

Maggie Roche, co-founder of the idiosyncratic and influential sister trio The Roches, passed away on Saturday, January 21. Her sister and bandmate Suzzy Roche announced the death on Facebook and said the cause was breast cancer. NYT Obituary. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 22, 2017 - 57 comments

Mark Fisher, Theorist, 1968-2017

Mark Fisher, blogger, editor, and cultural theorist, Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmith's, University of London, and author of Capitalist Realism (2009) died suddenly on 13 January 2017. He was 48 and leaves a wife and young son. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Jan 20, 2017 - 23 comments

Character Actor Miguel Ferrer Has Died

"Ferrer was the son of top 1950s singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer, and first cousin to George Clooney."
posted by guiseroom on Jan 19, 2017 - 99 comments

Dick Gautier, 1931-2017

The actor -- famed for his role in the original production of Bye, Bye Birdie, for portraying Hymie the Robot in Get Smart, and for a short run as Robin Hood in When Things Were Rotten -- died Friday. The article includes a link to a three-part interview with Kliph Nesteroff, in which Gautier discusses, especially, his early career.
posted by bryon on Jan 16, 2017 - 21 comments

The Last Man on the Moon

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, has passed away
posted by tgrundke on Jan 16, 2017 - 87 comments

Gatherer and Fiddler: Alan Jabbour (1942–2017)

Alan Jabbour, who died today, was best known (to those who know of him at all) as a fiddler and a gatherer of fiddle tunes. His name and influence permeate American traditional music. If you like Old Crow Medicine Show, the Avett Brothers, Chris Thile, Carolina Chocolate Drops, SteelDrivers, etc., you are enjoying the results of Jabbour's life work. [more inside]
posted by underthehat on Jan 14, 2017 - 9 comments

"So long, Old Bill."

William Peter Blatty, dead at 89. Author and moviemaker, best known for writing The Exorcist (1971).

Tweeted by William Friedkin and Stephen King.

The Exorcist, read by Blatty. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo on Jan 14, 2017 - 29 comments

Managing to do what Spike Milligan didn't

For nearly 35 years, Mell Lazarus knew exactly how the end would go for Momma. In 1982, when the cartoonist began dating Sally Mitchell, who would become his second wife, he confided to her that he had already decided what the final installment of his comic strip would be, and he told her the idea.
Cartoonist Mell Lazarus died on 24th May of last year and had the perfect ending for his comic strip planned thirtyfour years earlier already.
posted by MartinWisse on Jan 10, 2017 - 30 comments

“I must admit that I enjoy being in a war."

Clare Hollingworth, Reporter Who Broke News of World War II, Dies at 105 "In this period of heightened tension, the border between Poland and Germany was sealed to all but diplomatic vehicles. After borrowing a car from the British consul in Katowice and proudly displaying the union jack, she drove through the exclusion zone and into Germany. While driving back to Poland, having bought wine, torches and as much film as possible, she passed through a valley in which huge hessian screens had been erected. As the wind blew one of the screens back, it revealed thousands of troops, together with tanks and artillery, all facing the Polish border. Her report featured on the front page of the Daily Telegraph on 29 August, 1939. Less than a week after becoming a full-time journalist, she had scooped one of the biggest stories of the 20th Century." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 10, 2017 - 45 comments

Mário Soares: Socialist, Republican, Layman (1924-2017)

Mário Soares,the spirited Socialist leader who deftly steered Portugal from authoritarian rule to democracy, fended off a Communist push for power, led his country into the EU and helped its people recover a sense of confidence lost under almost half a century of miserly dictatorship, has died in Lisbon aged 92. Mr. Soares started an underground Socialist movement after becoming disillusioned with the leadership of the Communist Party, then the only organized opposition in the country. He began a tour of Europe in 1967 to drum up support from other Socialists, but he was jailed on his return and, in March 1968, banished without trial to the remote equatorial island of São Tomé. Mário Soares Dies at 92; Guided Portugal’s Shift to Democracy (NYT) [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Jan 7, 2017 - 23 comments

"Forgiveness gave me that liberation"

Jill Saward, campaigner against sexual assault, has died aged 51. Saward was the first woman to waive her right to automatic anonymity and campaigned for the rights of rape victims. [CN: rape, sexual violence] [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo on Jan 6, 2017 - 6 comments

Artist, pioneer, kitemaker: Tyrus Wong, 1910-2016

Artist, animator, and kitemaker Tyrus Wong, called film’s “most significant stylist” and best known for inspiring the unique and heralded visual style of Walt Disney's Bambi, died on December 29 at age 106. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Jan 2, 2017 - 16 comments

Seeing comes before words: John Berger 1926-2017

The march of the distinguished nonagenarians continues: Art critic John Berger, perhaps best known for Ways of Seeing (TV series; book; previously), has died at the age of 90. You can get a glimpse of the man in this recent interview and the documentary The Seasons in Quincy.
posted by maudlin on Jan 2, 2017 - 31 comments

What makes me the same person throughout my life?

Philosopher Derek Parfit has died. The author of the landmark Reasons and Persons was 74. If you've never heard of Parfit, you may have heard of the Repugnant Conclusion (which highlights paradoxes in how we understand obligations to future generations). Or if you've ever mused on what would happen to you if you used a Star Trek-style transporter, you may enjoy Parfit's treatment of the philosophical implications in the teletransportation paradox. For more about Parfit, read this profile by Larissa MacFarquhar in the New Yorker.
posted by Cash4Lead on Jan 2, 2017 - 42 comments

This final day in 2016

Father Mulcahy ---William Christopher, the actor best known for playing Fr. Francis Mulcahy on the smash sitcom “MASH,” has died, CBS Los Angeles reports. He was 84. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on Dec 31, 2016 - 87 comments

Raise a Red Solo Cup to Robert L. Hulseman (1932-2016)

Robert L. Hulseman, a corporate executive who developed the sturdy red Solo cup that became indispensable at picnics, tailgate parties and barbecues and inspired a song by the country singer Toby Keith, died on Dec. 21 at his home in Northfield, Ill. He was 84. Obits in NYTimes and Chicago Tribune. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Dec 31, 2016 - 16 comments

Bernard Fox: 1927-2016

A star whose passing we missed earlier this month, Fox was famous for his roles in Bewitched and Hogan's Heroes.
posted by bryon on Dec 30, 2016 - 24 comments

"Neo-Sithism and Neo-Imperialism are the same ideology."

Leia Organa: A Critical Obituary
Leia Organa, the politician and revolutionary who led the defeat of the Galactic Empire, died after a short illness. She was 60 years old. Hers was a life laced with controversy concerning everything from her tactics to her very ancestry, but her intelligence, commitment to the Republican cause, and place at the heart of the Rebellion, and later the Resistance against Neo-Imperialism, remains the indisputable core of her legacy.
posted by Faint of Butt on Dec 28, 2016 - 32 comments


Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84.
posted by DRoll on Dec 28, 2016 - 171 comments

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

Carrie Fisher passed away this morning after suffering a cardiac event on Dec. 23rd [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Dec 27, 2016 - 550 comments

“My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.”

Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, has died aged 96. Read this article on "the power of not-quite-appropriate children's books".
posted by transient on Dec 27, 2016 - 126 comments

Britain's favourite grandmother, Liz Smith (1921-2016)

Actress Liz Smith, who played "Nana" in the Royle Family (and Mrs Cropley in the Vicar of Dibley) has died aged 95. Smith appeared in the sitcom as Norma ‘Nana’ Jean. She also had roles in 2point4 Children, Lark Rise to Candleford, Bottom, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Lovejoy, films such as A Private Function and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and was the voice of Mrs Mulch in Wallace and Gromit's The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. She was awarded an MBE in 2009; Ralf Little and Richard E Grant pay tribute. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 26, 2016 - 22 comments

More mysterious and more complex than we had imagined.

Astronomer Vera Rubin (1928-2016), discovered the presence of dark matter in galaxies by observing their rotation. Her groundbreaking observations demonstrated that the rotation of galaxies is faster, especially in their outskirts, than what is expected from the gravitational pull of all of their normal, luminous mass (stars, gas, etc). This pioneering observation revealed that a large part of the mass of galaxies is in the form of dark matter. [more inside]
posted by kms on Dec 26, 2016 - 31 comments

George S. Irving

George S. Irving has died. Irving first appeared on Broadway in 1943 in Oklahoma!, only to be drafted into service two days later. He spent more than 60 years on stage, recently reprising a role he created in "So Long, 174th Street", which has been retitled, "Enter Laughing."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 26, 2016 - 15 comments

You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day

George Michael, dead at age 53
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Dec 25, 2016 - 278 comments

Vesna Vulović, the stewardess who fell to earth (1950-2016).

Vesna Vulović, an air stewardess who survived the highest ever fall without a parachute after her plane broke up at 33,000ft (10,000m), has died aged 66. She was not scheduled to be on that flight, being mixed up with another flight attendant named Vesna. Trapped in the plane’s tail cone, she plummeted to earth in sub-freezing temperatures and landed on a steep, heavily wooded slope. She had a fractured skull, two crushed vertebrae and a broken pelvis, ribs and legs. She went on to put her celebrity at the service of political causes, protesting against Slobodan Milošević’s rule in the 1990s and later campaigning for liberal forces in elections. The MythBusters investigation, later questions about the circumstances and height of fall, and more. (previously)
posted by Wordshore on Dec 24, 2016 - 28 comments

Dick Latessa

Dick Latessa, Broadway star of Follies, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Hairspray and The Lyons, among many other productions, passed away at the age of 87. Latessa won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 20, 2016 - 4 comments

Zsa Zsa Gabor, dead at age 99

The epitome of old Hollywood glamour While Gabor had multiple acting credits, her greatest performance was playing herself: She was famous for her accented English (calling everyone “darling,” which came out “dah-link”), eccentric name, offscreen antics (including a 1989 incident in which she slapped a Beverly Hills cop) and one-liners about her jewels, nine marriages and ex-husbands. Despite her glamorous image, her life, especially in later years, was marred by battles between her much-younger husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt and her daughter.
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Dec 18, 2016 - 83 comments

Dr. Henry Heimlich, 1920-2016

Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Maneuver that bears his name, has died. [more inside]
posted by mhoye on Dec 18, 2016 - 28 comments

Alan Thicke Dead at 69

The Canadian actor died of a heart attack on Tuesday in Burbank while playing hockey with his son.
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Dec 13, 2016 - 82 comments

RIP Patricia Kutteles, Gold Star mother and political activist

In 1999, U.S. Army Private First Class Barry Winchell was murdered by a fellow soldier because Winchell was dating a trans woman. His mother, Patricia Kutteles, refused to accept the Army's official line of a drunken brawl gone wrong and got her son's killer sent to prison for life, and his roommate (who goaded the killer on) sent to prison for six years. She then sued the Army for wrongful death because her son's chain of command had not interceded in the harassment, and became one of the driving forces in the overturning of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Patricia Kutteles died last month, five years after DADT was repealed.
posted by Etrigan on Dec 13, 2016 - 25 comments

Greg Lake dead at 69

General write ups abound. The Financial Times does a nice write up of I Believe in Father Christmas (audio version here.) Original version here With Ian Anderson here . [more inside]
posted by BWA on Dec 10, 2016 - 47 comments

John Glenn, dead at 95

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.
posted by Man with Lantern on Dec 8, 2016 - 157 comments

Luis Carlos Montalvan

Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, an Army veteran and advocate for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI), died Friday night. After serving in Iraq and suffering a TBI, Montalvan was paired with a service dog, Tuesday. He and Tuesday crossed the country over the past few years, advocating for the use of service dogs for injured vets. Capt. Montalván was 43. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 5, 2016 - 25 comments


Actor Andrew Sachs, best known for his beloved portrayal of a hapless Spanish waiter named Manuel on the British sitcom Fawlty Towers, has died at 86...
posted by jim in austin on Dec 2, 2016 - 64 comments

"For you are now the last of the Kai—you are now the Lone Wolf"

Joe Dever, best known as the author of the Lone Wolf fantasy gamebooks, has died. For those looking to remember his legacy, Project Aon has a wealth of Lone Wolf material including the Grey Star series and the once-rare Magnamund Companion. It also contains some of Dever's other gamebooks. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus on Nov 30, 2016 - 33 comments

Cue The Kitten Logo (Grant Tinker 1926-2016)

Grant Tinker was one of the best known and most successful producers of network television shows of the 1970s and 1980s, and also the man who rescued NBC after the disastrous years of Fred Silverman's chairmanship. He founded MTM Enterprises in 1970 to create a television property for his then-wife, Mary Tyler Moore. [more inside]
posted by briank on Nov 30, 2016 - 28 comments

2016, the year that keeps taking: Doug Edwards, co-writer of Wildflower

A member of two seminal BC bands, Chilliwack and Skylark, dies of cancer. I remember first hearing Wildflower on local Vancouver AM station CKLG in the middle of an insomniac night. It was more of an FM tune in those early-70s years, so at first the radio station probably wouldn't chance playing it during the day, saddled between the likes of Grand Funk Railroad and Donny Osmond. For years I never knew the story behind the song, and was only vaguely aware of a connection with the rockier band Chilliwack. And, yes, that's the David Foster in Skylark.
posted by morspin on Nov 28, 2016 - 13 comments

"Shepherd, don't move." "Won't go far."

Ron Glass, who played Ron Harris on "Barney Miller" and Shepherd Book on "Firefly," has died at 71. [more inside]
posted by lharmon on Nov 27, 2016 - 115 comments

Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

Cuba's former revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, has died at the age of 90. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Nov 25, 2016 - 228 comments

'Here's the story of a lovely lady...'

Florence Henderson, famous as TV mom Carol Brady, died on Thanksgiving. She was 82.
posted by bryon on Nov 25, 2016 - 100 comments

Sharon Jones, May 4, 1956 to November 18, 2016

Sharon Jones, the Grammy-nominated soul and funk singer With Dap-Kings, died following her "heroic battle against pancreatic cancer" at the age of 60.
Jones recorded six albums with the Dap-Kings, but it was her exhilarating live shows, which functioned as equal parts Baptist church revival, Saturday night juke joint and raucous 1970s Las Vegas revue, that showcased the singer's unparalleled energy. In venues filled with people half her age, Jones was the most dynamic person in the room, bolting onstage and commanding the crowd like her idol James Brown. It was homage without mimicry; respecting the soul and funk elders that defined the genres while displaying seemingly boundless vitality.
Sharon Jones, previously. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 19, 2016 - 86 comments

Mose Allison (b 11-11-1927 d. 11-15-2016) dead at age 89

American jazz pianist, singer, and composer Mose Allison died today at his home in Hilton Head South Carolina. He combined a sophisticated soloing style on the piano over deceptively simple changes, with ascerbic, dryly humourous, often political lyrics sung in a voice that reflected his upbringing in the Missippi Delta.

In addition to a six decade long career as a jazz musician, Mose Allison's records inspired many future British rock musicians, particularly Pete Townsend of the Who.

New York Times
Rolling Stone
Mississippi Blues Trail
Fan Site
Biography (from his site) [more inside]
posted by Herodios on Nov 15, 2016 - 47 comments

You don't plan to capture history, but you do anyway.

Marti Friedlander, 1928 - 2016, photographed New Zealand's prime ministers, athletes, musicians, artists, regular people, landscapes, protests, ceremonies. She died on Sunday. [more inside]
posted by wonton endangerment on Nov 15, 2016 - 2 comments

Goddamnit 2016

Gwen Ifill dead at 61.
posted by leotrotsky on Nov 14, 2016 - 158 comments

We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries

Leonard Cohen dead at 82. You want it darker. Here's travelling light.
posted by kneecapped on Nov 10, 2016 - 382 comments

Janet Reno, 1938-2016

Janet Reno dies at 78. She was the first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General. Here are Time's six things that she will be remembered for (spoilers): the first woman, the Waco siege, prosecuting the 1993 WTC bombers, being open about her Parkinson's disease, intervening in the Elián González case, and being played by Will Ferrell on SNL.
posted by Melismata on Nov 7, 2016 - 114 comments

The Greatest Stick and Rudder Man

Bob Hoover, one of the finest pilots in generations, has died at age 94. [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Oct 25, 2016 - 32 comments

This Was Your Life!

The man that Daniel Raeburn suggested was "the most widely read theologian in human history," for better or worse, has died. A report from the official social media of Chick Publications states that Jack T. Chick has passed away at the age of 92. The wide, insane, paranoid, KJV-only, anti-Catholic, anti-Masonic, anti-Semitic, and, of course, loving world of Chick's work has appeared in the finest of public transit and mall restrooms for decades. An accessible and delightful in-depth critical review of his work can be found in The Imp, available here [nsfw] as a PDF [direct link].
posted by Countess Elena on Oct 24, 2016 - 153 comments

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