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and they shall beat their swords into plowshares

Father Daniel Berrigan, SJ - teacher, poet, and Jesuit priest; lionhearted activist for peace and FBI Ten Most Wanted alum; who set Vietnam War draft files on fire with homemade napalm, co-founded the Plowshares Movement to end nuclear war and weaponry, ministered to men and women with AIDS at St. Vincent's starting in 1984, and Occupied Wall Street in his late 80s - has died at age 94, on the 41st anniversary of the Vietnam War's end. He loved a good arrest photo.
posted by sallybrown on Apr 30, 2016 - 43 comments

As seen on TV

Phillip Kives, the founder of K-Tel International, has passed away at age 87. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Apr 28, 2016 - 19 comments

Farewell to a Congolese music legend

One of Africa's most well known and influential musicians, and an international style icon, Congolese singer Papa Wemba died suddenly during a performance in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on April 24, at age 66. Aside from the video clips contained within this NPR obituary, I'd recommend the entertaining feature film from 1987 starring Papa Wemba, La Vie est Belle.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 28, 2016 - 14 comments

‘I wonder if I am not talking yet again about myself.'

Jenny Diski, author, essayist, diarist, former MeFite, has died. The future flashed before my eyes in all its pre-ordained banality. Embarrassment, at first, to the exclusion of all other feelings. But embarrassment curled at the edges with a weariness, the sort that comes over you when you are set on a track by something outside your control, and which, although it is not your experience, is so known in all its cultural forms that you could unscrew the cap of the pen in your hand and jot down in the notebook on your lap every single thing that will happen and everything that will be felt for the foreseeable future. Including the surprises. [more inside]
posted by Joeruckus on Apr 28, 2016 - 66 comments

Why Do Taxonomists Write the Meanest Obituaries?

Rafinesque’s “absurd” botanical legacy, Gray wrote, amounted to little more than a “curious mass of nonsense.” Gray’s note wouldn’t be the last unkind obituary in the annals of taxonomy, nor would it be the worst. That’s because the rules dictating how taxonomists name and classify living things bind these scientists in a web of influence stretching far back into the 18th century. When an agent of chaos like Rafinesque enters the scene, that web can get sticky fast. In a field haunted by ghosts, someone has to reckon with the dead.
posted by sciatrix on Apr 27, 2016 - 4 comments

The Wham of that Memphis Man is Silenced.

Lonnie Mack, one of rock & roll's earliest guitar heroes, role model to Stevie Ray and a fine singer to boot, passed yesterday at 74.
posted by jonmc on Apr 22, 2016 - 28 comments

Doris Roberts RIP

Doris Roberts, an ubiquitous stage and screen actor from the United States, passed away April 17th at the age of 90. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Apr 22, 2016 - 36 comments

Cancer is Stupid

Richard Lyons, Negativland Founder, Dead at 57 A founding member of audio collage band Negativland, passed away from nodular melanoma today, on his 57th birthday. According to the band's Facebook posting, he died "peacefully and pain free." [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 21, 2016 - 67 comments

The Ninth Wonder of the World falls - Chyna, 1969-2016

Pro wrestler Joanie "Chyna" Laurer has died. Known as the Ninth Wonder of the World (André the Giant had long been billed as the Eighth) for her physique and dominance in the ring, Laurer was 46. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Apr 21, 2016 - 57 comments

Nothing Compares

His full name was Prince Rogers Nelson. He was 57 years old when he passed away today at his home, Paisley Park, outside of Minneapolis MN [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 21, 2016 - 922 comments

Gareth Thomas (1945-2016)

Welsh actor Gareth Thomas, best known for starring as Roj Blake in the BBC's 1970s science fiction drama Blake's Seven, has died aged 71. [more inside]
posted by Major Clanger on Apr 14, 2016 - 38 comments

There is no ending to that thought.

"But theirs is a loss that never can be recovered." John DeShazier on the death of former New Orleans Saints Defensive End Will Smith. Smith was 34.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 10, 2016 - 8 comments

Merle Haggard 1937-2016

Merle Haggard 1937-2016 [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Apr 6, 2016 - 144 comments

It's a... well, you know.

2016 is turning out to be a tragic year for the voices of iconic Star Wars characters. Only three months after Jason Wingreen (who voiced Boba Fett) passed away, we now have the passing of radio dramatist Erik Bauersfeld, who once upon a time stepped into a recording booth and spent an hour or so voicing Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Apr 4, 2016 - 11 comments

The last Plains War Chief has passed at the age of 102.

"Warfare was our highest art, but Plains Indian warfare was not about killing. It was about intelligence, leadership, and honor." - Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow (October 27, 1913 – April 3, 2016). Historian, Anthropologist, Author, Lecturer, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tribal Leader, Veteran, Elder, War Chief. [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Apr 3, 2016 - 50 comments

“Would they call me a diva if I were a guy?”

Groundbreaking visionary of contemporary spatial design, Dame Zaha Hadid has passed away. The British designer had a heart attack while in hospital in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis. One of the most sought-after architects in the world, Iraqi-born London-based Hadid was first woman to be awarded the prestigious RIBA gold medal in her own right, and the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize.
posted by infini on Mar 31, 2016 - 59 comments

RIP Patty Duke

Patty Duke, star of both stage and screen of The Miracle Worker, well known for her dual roles in The Patty Duke Show, and spokesperson for people with bipolar disorder (discussed in her excellent autobiography Call Me Anna), has died at age 69.
posted by Melismata on Mar 29, 2016 - 72 comments

They banged themselves out

The Independent Newspaper goes out of print on a scoop.
As its final print run goes to press, the paper’s longest-serving editor recalls the highs and lows of its 30-year life – including his ‘proudest moment’ when it was attacked by Tony Blair – and ponders the future of a beleaguered industry.
From the inside
posted by adamvasco on Mar 26, 2016 - 19 comments

The Comedian's Comedian's Comedian

Garry Shandling, the comedian most famous as creator and star of The Larry Sanders Show, has died at age 66. [more inside]
posted by edeezy on Mar 24, 2016 - 174 comments

Johan Cruyff, inventor of the Cruyff Turn, dies at 68.

One of the only football (soccer) players to have invented a move that is known by his name: The stunning Cruyff Turn. "The move became instantly world famous, seared indelibly on the brain, stored forever and available for replay on your mind’s eye-player." In slow motion.
posted by colie on Mar 24, 2016 - 42 comments

RIP, Joe Garagiola

Baseball may indeed be a funny game, but it just got a little less so. The major league catcher turned longtime NBC broadcaster passed away yesterday at the age of 90.
posted by non canadian guy on Mar 24, 2016 - 27 comments

Obituary.

"Depression stole decades of our lives together. Depression lies. I have to tell the truth." Eleni Pinnow writes in the Washington Post about the obituary she wrote for her sister, Aletha.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 23, 2016 - 18 comments

Andrew S. Grove, Intel Chief Who Spurred Semiconductor Revolution, Dies

Andy Grove, former CEO and chairman of Intel, died yesterday at age 79.
Also at Ars Technica
posted by thewumpusisdead on Mar 22, 2016 - 37 comments

“It's fierce, an' it's wild..."

RIP Barry Hines, author of A Kestrel for a Knave that was adapted into the British film classic Kes. He also wrote the screenplay for Threads. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 21, 2016 - 16 comments

Now that's magic

Paul Daniels, internationally renowned magician and television performer, has died aged 77 after a diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumour in late February 2016. [more inside]
posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics on Mar 17, 2016 - 32 comments

The woman for whom a (micro)nation was founded

Princess Joan of Sealand (née Joan Bates) has died after a long illness, spending her last days in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. The Principality of Sealand (previously) was declared an independent nation by Roy Bates on September 2, 1967, making the former carnival queen Joan a princess on her 38th birthday. Her Royal Highness is survived by her daughter Penny and her son Michael, who serves as the Prince Regent of the abandoned nautical military fort.
posted by queensissy on Mar 16, 2016 - 5 comments

Hilary Putnam (1926-2016)

Hilary Putnam, one of the most important analytic philosophers of the last hundred years, died today from mesothelioma. [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Livengood on Mar 13, 2016 - 54 comments

RIP Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer Keyboardist, Dead at 71 [Rolling Stone obit] "Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come," Carl Palmer says of ELP bandmate [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Mar 11, 2016 - 116 comments

Ken Adam, Designer of Bond Villain Lairs, Is Dead

Sir Ken Adam, who designed those iconic sets for Bond films, as well as the car for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, not to mention Dr. Strangelove's War Room, has passed away. He also won Academy Awards for Art Direction for Barry Lyndon and The Madness of King George.
posted by ogooglebar on Mar 11, 2016 - 23 comments

Turbocharging the snail

Ray Tomlinson, email inventor and selector of @ symbol, dies aged 74 Thank you. RIP.
posted by infini on Mar 7, 2016 - 59 comments

RIP Pat Conroy

Best-selling author Pat Conroy has died at the age of 70. [more inside]
posted by The Gooch on Mar 5, 2016 - 28 comments

Bud Collins, 1929-2016

"Chris Evert once stepped off Centre Court at Wimbledon after a tough defeat, and her first comment to Collins in the postmatch interview on NBC was, 'Nice pants, Bud.' The clothes did not make the man, though. With Collins, it was all about the words — spoken, printed or the interpretation in between." Bud Collins died at his home today in Brookline, Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Mar 4, 2016 - 13 comments

Blue moon, now I'm no longer alone

RIP Lennie Baker, 69. He was the saxophonist for Sha Na Na for 30 years. Rolling Stone obit. Recent performance with Bowzer and Johnny Contardo. Early video of his signature lead vocal, Blue Moon.
posted by Melismata on Mar 1, 2016 - 17 comments

Now this first SLIIIDE... shows a very, very interesting thing ...

RIP character actor George Gaynes, known as Police's Academy's Cmndt. Eric Lassard in the Police Academy series, the father in Punky Brewster, and also General Hospital's original mob boss, Frank Smith who tortured Luke and Laura. He was 98. Variety obit
posted by Melismata on Feb 24, 2016 - 20 comments

"I have a nature that doesn't panic in these situations"

RIP Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown, Royal Navy officer, Battle of Britain survivor and test pilot who flew a record breaking 487 different types of aircraft. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Feb 23, 2016 - 13 comments

Stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus.

Umberto Eco, the Italian semiotician, author, and critic, has died at age 84.
posted by freelanceastro on Feb 19, 2016 - 186 comments

Alvin Buenaventura (1976-2016)

Alvin Buenaventura, comics publisher, editor, art dealer, and advocate, passed away Feb. 11, 2016 at the tragically young age of 39. [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip on Feb 19, 2016 - 4 comments

The possessed has been delivered

Andrzej Zulawski, the legendary Polish cult director, has died at the age of 75 after a long battle with cancer. A non-conformist visionary of world cinema, his approach to storytelling is idiosyncratic and characterised by explosions of violence, sexuality, and despair. The actors in his movies have played out the most intensely high-pitched emotions in cinema history which inspired the French to coin the term 'Żuławskien', meaning 'over the top'. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Feb 19, 2016 - 9 comments

We'll find out if we'll miss him

Dan Hicks, Bay Area music icon, dies at age 74. Last night Clare Wasserman announced that her husband, musician Dan Hicks, had succumbed to liver cancer. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Feb 7, 2016 - 31 comments

That's the Way of the World

Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire Singer and Co-Founder, Dead at 74
posted by ogooglebar on Feb 4, 2016 - 65 comments

Jacques Rivette (1928–2016)

Revered arthouse icon Jacques Rivette, whose films explored the fine line that separates reality from theater and paranoid fantasy, died at his home in Paris on Friday of complications related to Alzheimer’s. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Feb 1, 2016 - 10 comments

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci: 1941 - 2016

Controvertial former mayor of Providence and convicted felon Vincent "Buddy" Cianci is dead at 74
posted by Slap*Happy on Jan 28, 2016 - 54 comments

Not a hoax!

Abe Vigoda, Sunken-Eyed Character Actor, Dead at 94 [more inside]
posted by incomple on Jan 26, 2016 - 180 comments

You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way.

Marvin Minsky, co-founder of MIT's Artificial Intelligence Lab, has passed away at 88.
posted by radwolf76 on Jan 25, 2016 - 67 comments

The Longest-Ever White House Protester Died Today

Concepcion Picciotto, who held vigil outside the White House for more than three decades, died today. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Jan 25, 2016 - 24 comments

The Death of a Very Tired Man

He was no ordinary man. For 13 years, he was the custodian of the dead.
posted by bardophile on Jan 21, 2016 - 14 comments

Superstition...

Peter Huttlinger, who died on January 15th, was an American guitarist known for impressive fingerstyle arrangements, in particular this one [SLYT]
posted by 43rdAnd9th on Jan 19, 2016 - 25 comments

"But Glenn was the one who started it all"

Glenn Frey of the Eagles has passed away at 67. A founding member of the Eagles - with whom he won 6 Grammys, as well as a popular solo artist, Glenn Frey passed away today from a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Jan 18, 2016 - 207 comments

Bryn Kelly

Bryn Kelly, writer, performance artist, voice behind The Hussy, activist in the transgender and PLW HIV/AIDS communities, hairstylist and Lambda Literary fellow, died on Wednesday.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 16, 2016 - 41 comments

Alan Rickman 1946 - 2016

Actor Alan Rickman, active in theater and film for 30 years and known for roles such as Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter, has died at age 69 from cancer.
posted by divabat on Jan 14, 2016 - 436 comments

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