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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

Dad, who gamed

John Walker, games writer for Rock Paper Shotgun, eulogizes his father Hugh and reflects on a life spent playing and talking about games together.
posted by cortex on Jan 13, 2016 - 10 comments

The Fall of Ziggy Stardust

Farewell to all-around legend David Bowie. [more inside]
posted by Beti on Jan 10, 2016 - 1410 comments

Pat Harrington Jr., ‘Schneider’ of TV’s ‘One Day at a Time,’ dies at 86

Pat Harrington Jr., ‘Schneider’ of TV’s ‘One Day at a Time,’ dies at 86 : "As the character was conceived, Schneider was a married man and an unrepentant adulterer who used fake maintenance problems to enter women’s apartments. Mr. Harrington, however, doubted that such an unpleasant type would fit in a show filled with far more likeable people. [more inside]
posted by NedKoppel on Jan 7, 2016 - 34 comments

He's no good to me dead.

Jason Wingreen died at the age of 95 on Christmas Day, 2015. A character actor best known for his role of Harry the bartender on All in the Family until his iconic roll as the one true voice of Boba Fett made him famous to Star Wars fans everywhere in 1980. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jan 2, 2016 - 16 comments

Unforgettable

Singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of music great Nat King Cole who became a recording star in her own right with hits that spanned three decades, has died, her publicist, Maureen O’Connor, said. She was 65 years old. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, O'Connor said.
posted by hippybear on Jan 1, 2016 - 37 comments

"How should I know? I dropped out of school to become a doctor."

"Wayne Rogers, best known for playing Captain 'Trapper' John McIntyre on TV comedy series 'M.A.S.H.,' died Thursday in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia. He was 82." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 1, 2016 - 47 comments

Killed by Death

RIP Lemmy Kilmister Jimi Hendrix Experience roadie, Hawkwind bass player and Motörhead frontman Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister passed away today at age 70.
posted by Cookiebastard on Dec 28, 2015 - 211 comments

"The best curmudgeon in the world."

Alden Amos, famously opinionated spinning wheel maker, teacher, and author, is dead at 77. He earned an obituary in the New York Times. "Thank you, Alden Amos." A 2009 interview. Alden and his wife, Stephenie Gaustad, sing Ode to Woad.
posted by liet on Dec 21, 2015 - 12 comments

RIP Jimmy Hill

BBC: "Former Match of the Day presenter Jimmy Hill, one of English football's most influential figures, died on Saturday at the age of 87. As chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, he led the campaign for the scrapping of maximum wages for professional footballers. He played 297 games for Fulham and was later manager and chairman at Coventry. Hill - diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008 - made more than 600 appearances as presenter of Match of the Day." Guardian Report - Guardian Obituary.
posted by marienbad on Dec 19, 2015 - 7 comments

RIP Benedict Anderson (1935-2015)

Benedict Anderson, author of the unbelievably influential Imagined Communities, is dead at 79. Born in republican China, died in postcolonial Indonesia, and in between, completely transformed our understanding of nationalism. RIP.
posted by idlethink on Dec 14, 2015 - 21 comments

To retain the final human dignity of control over one's death.

Dr. Peter Rasmussen: retired oncologist, hospice physician and advocate for Oregon's Death with Dignity law, was given a terminal brain cancer diagnosis in Spring 2014. The Oregon Statesman Journal followed Dr. Rasmussen's end-of-life journey in articles, photos and videos, as he grappled with the same issues he once fought for on behalf of his own patients. Harper's Magazine: When I Die. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 comments

Art if isolated and specialized can't create culture. It needs a Cult.

The long life of the incredibly prolific Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs has come to an end.
He was baptised a catholic to save him from the camps and went on to became the most prominent member of the "Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.
A graphic artist, painter, sculptor, designer, stage designer, architect, composer and poet.
He was influenced from an early age by Klimt and later hints of Dali which resuled in a rare interview.
He was rarely mentioned in the British media.
posted by adamvasco on Dec 9, 2015 - 11 comments

Promises of what I seemed to be

Scott Weiland, Ex-Singer of Stone Temple Pilots, Dies at 48. The troubled singer died in his sleep on a tour stop in Minnesota. Weiland, who had been fired from STP, was in his third act, comparing himself to Keith Richards, and had lost a bandmate earlier in the year. Weiland rose to stardom 23 years ago with STP's debut Core. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Dec 4, 2015 - 117 comments

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 - 20 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

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