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Setsuko Hara, 1920–2015

It was reported today that Masae Aida, better known by her screen name Setsuko Hara, died 05 September 2015, aged 95. Hara starred in Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951), Tokyo Story (1953), and 98 other movies including a fruitful 12 year collaboration with Yasujiro Ozu. Despite being one of the biggest stars in Japan, in 1963 she walked away from her acting career, living in seclusion for the rest of her life.
posted by ob1quixote on Nov 25, 2015 - 19 comments

"Remember rugby is a team game so all 14 of you pass the ball to Jonah"

Former New Zealand rugby winger Jonah Lomu has died of cardiac arrest aged 40. [more inside]
posted by Pink Frost on Nov 17, 2015 - 44 comments

Gene Amdahl 1922 - 2015

As a young computer scientist at International Business Machines Corporation in the early 1960s, he played a crucial role in the development of the System/360 series, the most successful line of mainframe computers in IBM’s history. Its architecture influenced computer design for years to come. Computer pioneer Gene Amdahl has died.
posted by bukvich on Nov 14, 2015 - 33 comments

Like a ball of lightning and a ball of heat

Allen Toussaint, the legendary songwriter and pianist, has died. [more inside]
posted by cardioid on Nov 10, 2015 - 58 comments

Ahmed Chalabi, 1944-2015

Ahmed Chalabi, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, has died. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Nov 3, 2015 - 60 comments

All Dogs Shred in Heaven

Tillman, the Skateboarding English Bulldog who became an Internet celebrity, has left the Boardwalk. He was 10 years old in centripetal years.
posted by Smart Dalek on Oct 31, 2015 - 14 comments

'Big Al' Molinaro dies at 96

meanwhile, Abe Vigoda is still kickin' it. Albert Francis "Al" Molinaro was an American actor in television and films, most notably as Al Delvecchio,[1] the owner of Arnold's on Happy Days and its spin-off show Joanie Loves Chachi. He was 96 years old. The cause of death was gallstones Molinaro had decided not to have surgically removed due to his age, Molinaro’s son told TMZ. Molinaro died in a Wisconsin hospital. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on Oct 30, 2015 - 29 comments

Feels like Heaven

RIP singer Diane Charlemagne, probably best know as the vocalist on Goldie's classic drum and bass track 'Inner City Life'. Among her many other contributions across a wide range of music she had top ten hits with the Urban Cookie Collective with 'The Key, The Secret' and 'Feels Like Heaven'
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 29, 2015 - 9 comments

Henry Hook (1955-2015)

The crossword community has lost another of the greats: Henry Hook. The New Yorker ran a profile of Hook in 2002, calling him "the Marquis de Sade of the puzzle world." [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Oct 27, 2015 - 21 comments

I think he'd be very happy to be remembered as a film critic.

Philip French iconic Film Reviewer for the Observer (Sunday Guardian) has died aged 82.
On his retirement after 50 years as a critic The Wrap asked him some questions and here is an interview and some of his work.
posted by adamvasco on Oct 27, 2015 - 7 comments

“Bette Davis was right—bitches are fun to play.”

Maureen O'Hara, Irish-born star of The Quiet Man and more, dies aged 95. [The Guardian] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Oct 24, 2015 - 39 comments

The first person to ever really *tune* a banjo …

Bill Keith, creator of melodic bluegrass and the mechanical wonders that are Keith Banjo D-Tuners (used here), has left us.
posted by scruss on Oct 24, 2015 - 8 comments

Harriet Klausner (1952-2015)

Amazon Reviewer #1, Harriet Klausner (previously) has passed away at age 63. At the time of her death she had over 31,000 reviews to her name, none of them negative.
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 24, 2015 - 38 comments

What happens when someone dies alone

The Lonely Death of George Bell (slnyt) Incredibly well-researched, in-depth article on all the people affected by the death of a random man late last year, from the city workers charged with disposing of him and his things, to the people who knew him. Surprisingly moving, it is full of small uplifting moments.
posted by maggiemaggie on Oct 17, 2015 - 51 comments

“The only way to survive is by taking care of one another”

Rest in Power, Grace Lee Boggs. [more inside]
posted by migrantology on Oct 5, 2015 - 47 comments

Yogi Berra (1925-2015)

Yogi Berra, master Yankee catcher with goofy wit, dies at 90. I guess it's over now.
posted by tallmiddleagedgeek on Sep 23, 2015 - 100 comments

The tough, round heart of North American Jewish cuisine

Daniel Thompson, Whose Bagel Machine Altered the American Diet, Dies at 94. The obituary doubles as an abbreviated history of the bagel's fortunes, and the fortunes of bagel-makers:
As vaunted as it was in American cities, the traditional bagel for years remained so obscure — so ethnic — that as late as 1960 The New York Times Magazine felt obliged to define it for a national readership as “an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.” … “Every bagel that was made in New York City up until the 1960s was a union bagel — every one,” Mr. Goodman said. … “Bagel Famine Threatens in City,” an alarmed headline in The Times read in 1951, as a strike loomed. (It was followed the next day by the immensely reassuring “Lox Strike Expert Acts to End the Bagel Famine.”)
posted by kenko on Sep 22, 2015 - 21 comments

Master of the Univers

Adrian Frutiger, the Swiss type designer responsible for a number of classic typefaces including Univers, Avenir, OCR-B and the eponymous Frutiger, passed away on Saturday in Bern, aged 87. [more inside]
posted by acb on Sep 14, 2015 - 26 comments

Lowbrow artist The Pizz, 1958-2015

The influential "Lord of Lowbrow", The Pizz (born Stephen Pizzurro), passed away in Long Beach on Sunday shortly after posting a final photo to Instagram. He was 57. [more inside]
posted by neushoorn on Sep 6, 2015 - 11 comments

Trombone man

RIP Rico Rodriguez, most commonly know simply as 'Rico', the reggae and ska trombonist. He worked as a solo artist as well as with many other bands and musicians including Prince Buster and Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra but was probably best known as a member of The Specials. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 5, 2015 - 23 comments

"Please, Jane, not in front of the men."

Actress Melody Patterson, best known as Wrangler Jane Angelica Thrift in F-Troop, died August 21 at the age of 66.
posted by bryon on Sep 3, 2015 - 19 comments

Dean Jones dies at 84

Dean Jones dies at 84; starred in 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' and 'Beethoven'. He is also remembered for originating the role of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's Company.
posted by hippybear on Sep 3, 2015 - 32 comments

Apparently, I have passed away.

Slate reports on the rise of the changing world of death notices. (SL Slate)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 31, 2015 - 31 comments

Wes Craven Dies at 76

"Nine, ten, never sleep again." RIP to a horror master. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Aug 30, 2015 - 72 comments

Dr. Oliver Sacks, 1933-2015

The clinical neurologist, author, former weightlifter, and popularizer of science has died of the metastatic melanoma that he announced in February had spread to his liver. A perennial guest on WNYC's broadcast of WNYC's Radiolab, he unfailingly came across as clever, kind, and self-deprecating (including about his prosopagnosia, or face blindness). Dr. Sacks remained engaged with science and the public until the end. [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Aug 30, 2015 - 176 comments

He said he'd break my arm off if I ever referred to him as a mixologist

Sasha Petraske, founder of the legendary bar Milk & Honey, and considered by many to be the Godfather of modern cocktail & bartender culture, has died. He was 42. Sasha was one of the featured interviews for the documentary Hey Bartender. At 9:00pm Eastern Monday August 31st, bartenders and friends of Sasha the world over will be having daiquiris in his memory. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Aug 24, 2015 - 27 comments

Merl Reagle, RIP

Merl Reagle, the imaginative and irrepressibly amusing verbal virtuoso who created the crossword puzzles published each week in The Washington Post Magazine and in many newspapers, died Aug. 22 in a hospital in Tampa. He was 65. (Washington Post obituary) [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Aug 24, 2015 - 24 comments

10 Years Later....

The Oral History of Six Feet Under [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 21, 2015 - 30 comments

Aim High: Congressman Louis Stokes, 2/23/1925 - 8/19/2015

The state of Ohio mourns the loss of one of their greatest citizens. Congressman Louis Stokes died this morning at the age of 90. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Aug 19, 2015 - 12 comments

Julian Bond, 1940-2015

"He advocated not just for African-Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination because he recognized the common humanity in us all." Goodbye to Horace Julian Bond, freedom fighter and lifetime champion of civil rights. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Aug 16, 2015 - 92 comments

RIP Frances O. Kelsey, Ph.D., M.D.

Frances Oldham Kelsey, the doctor who kept thalidomide from becoming available in the United States, has died at age 101. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Aug 7, 2015 - 49 comments

A legendary rock and roll club named after a hamster

An Oral History of TT The Bear's The legendary Cambridge, MA rock club has closed after a months long blowout\wake. Opened in 1981 as a restaurant, when Central Square was still a no-man's land between Harvard and MIT, blighted by urban decay and suburban flight, the venue was soon rebooted as a rock club and soon joined the Rathskellar, the Channel and The Middle East as one of a small group of independent venues that functioned as an incubator for 90s icons such as The Magnetic Fields, Tanya Donnelly, Galaxie 500, Letters to Cleo and, of course, the Pixies. [more inside]
posted by bl1nk on Jul 26, 2015 - 18 comments

Don Joyce 1944-2015

Longtime Negativland member Don Joyce died yesterday at age 71. [more inside]
posted by item on Jul 23, 2015 - 50 comments

He awoke every day into a state of solemn joy.

E. L. Doctorow, author of Ragtime, died Tuesday. He was 84. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jul 22, 2015 - 40 comments

"One of the Most Ridiculously Successful Marketing Schemes Ever"

Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock, died in March. [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Jul 18, 2015 - 33 comments

"I knew that the traditional role was not going to be enough for me.”

Marlene Sanders’ Feminist Legacy [Slate obit] - "She wrote of her accomplishments: 'As I look back on my career, the women's movement provided an exceptional point when time, place and position all came together to give me the power and focus to contribute to the country’s awareness of the status of women.'" [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 16, 2015 - 4 comments

Blaine Gibson, sculptor and Disney Legend, dead at 97

If you've ever visited a Disney theme park, you likely saw the work of Blaine Gibson. Gibson died earlier this month at the age of 97. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on Jul 7, 2015 - 10 comments

Burt Shavitz, namesake and co- founder of Burt's Bees has passed

Burt's Bees (SLYT) Ingram Berg Shavitz, known as Burt Shavitz, was an American beekeeper and businessman notable for founding the Burt's Bees personal care products company with businesswoman Roxanne Quimby. Burt's likeness is featured on the Burt's Bees products. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on Jul 6, 2015 - 32 comments


Yes co-founder and bassist Chris Squire has died. [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Jun 29, 2015 - 109 comments

He did something different and did it better

Patrick Macnee, known for his portrayal of the dapper John Steed in the British TV series The Avengers, has died at the age of 93. [more inside]
posted by Gelatin on Jun 25, 2015 - 90 comments

Ride on, Tama.

Tama, the feline station master and mascot of Kishi Station, has passed away at the age of 16. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jun 25, 2015 - 37 comments

James Horner 1953-2015

Academy Award-winning composer James Horner died in a plane crash Monday. He was known for the scores to Titanic (the soundtrack for which sold 27 million copies), Braveheart, Apollo 13, and A Beautiful Mind among many others. [more inside]
posted by zachlipton on Jun 23, 2015 - 84 comments

Jobst Brandt, 1935–2015

RIP, Jobst Brandt. Brandt established a reputation among cyclists first with his book The Bicycle Wheel, later with his promotion of slick-treaded clincher tires for road bikes, and finally with his presence on Usenet, where he and Sheldon Brown (RIP) were the Pillars of Hercules of technical knowledge about bikes, with Brown on the east coast and Brandt on the west, Brown with his jovial personality, and Brandt with what can euphemistically be described as an insistence on intellectual rigor.
posted by adamrice on Jun 22, 2015 - 25 comments

Beauty is a rare thing

Ornette Coleman has died at 85. Free Jazz. Lonely Woman, from "The Shape of Jazz to Come". What Reason Could I Give?. Skies of America, with the London Symphony Orchestra. Gunther Schuller interviews Coleman; Ethan Iverson on Coleman.
posted by kenko on Jun 11, 2015 - 104 comments

The Prince Of Darkness

RIP Sir Christopher Lee, actor most famous for playing Dracula in numerous horror films but also notable roles as Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man, Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jun 11, 2015 - 198 comments


Former NY Post editor and film critic Vincent Musetto has met his own deadline. Vincent, aged 74, was generally acknowledged as the author of the famous tag HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR. You can watch an interview with him here.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jun 9, 2015 - 15 comments

Elizabeth McIntosh: Reporter, Spy, Author (1915-2015)

Elizabeth McIntosh died this week. She witnessed Pearl Harbor as a reporter (her account was too graphic to be published), worked for OSS in Asia, tried to go back to journalism, wrote children's books, and became an advocate for and historian about women in the OSS and CIA. [more inside]
posted by julen on Jun 9, 2015 - 9 comments

Jean Ritchie, 1922-2015

Jean Ritchie, largely responsible for the revival/survival of traditional ballads and mountain dulcimer as living folk arts in the United States, tradition-bearer of Appalachian culture, national treasure, has passed away at the age of 92. [more inside]
posted by hades on Jun 2, 2015 - 32 comments

Charles Peter Kennedy (25 November 1959 – 1 June 2015)

Charles Kennedy, the former leader of the Liberal-Democrats, dies aged 55, one month after he lost his seat in the 2015 UK general elections. The police are treating his death as not suspicious. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Jun 2, 2015 - 38 comments

RIP Professional Wrestler Tommy Rogers (of the Fantastics)

Professional wrestler Tommy Rogers (real name Thomas Couch), best known as one half of the tag team The Fantastics, has passed away at the age of 54. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Rogers "...had been having legal troubles in recent years stemming from fighting. He was to be sentenced tomorrow over a fight with police officers and feared a long prison stay." [more inside]
posted by The Gooch on Jun 1, 2015 - 1 comment

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