Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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Dan Worsley, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Twitter reporting that Peggy Cummins of film noir classic Gun Crazy has died age 92.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:35 (two months ago) Permalink

was thinking last night about how freaked out everyone was over the abundance of celebrity deaths in 2016, that definitely didn't carry over into 2017, and i was trying to think of other years that were like that... remembered that ingmar bergman and antonioni died on the same day in 2007, which is arguably crazier than the cavalcade in 2016 imo

flappy bird, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Honestly, I think Bowie and Prince were just so shocking that it sort of readied us for virtually anybody kicking the bucket. When Tom Petty died, sad and untimely though it was, it just didn't feel as epochal as the passing of Bowie and Prince. There's going to be a steadily accelerating wave of notable deaths, given that youth culture and celebrity as we know it sort of kicked into gear in the 1950s and really only hit its stride in the '60s.

Anyway, RIP Rick Hall.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:03 (two months ago) Permalink

I mean, the '50s died last yeat but Chuck, Fats and Jerry Lewis were ancient.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:13 (two months ago) Permalink

^^And all had been known to be in declining health for years, which many of the big 2016'ERS had been able to keep under wraps to varying degrees.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:17 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost Hah, I thought you meant Jerry Lee Lewis, who is, of course, still alive, though probably barely. And Little Richard is still around, too.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:33 (two months ago) Permalink

I thought he meant Jerry Lee too, almost Googled to make sure.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:34 (two months ago) Permalink

It’s been mentioned elsewhere, but 1977 took some pretty big names: Presley, Bolan, Nin, Nabokov, Callas, 2 x Marx brothers etc etc

Madchen, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 08:33 (two months ago) Permalink

So, will Mark E Smith make it through the year?

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 08:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

calzino, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 09:18 (two months ago) Permalink

fred bass, owner of new york bookstore the strand

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Fuck Jerry Lee Lewis. I hope he dies this year.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 22:19 (two months ago) Permalink

I liked John Young; he was the Apollo astronaut notorious for cursing while on mike during his flight/moonwalk.

Poor Dick Van Dyke, losing his brother and two of his old castmates in the last year.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Unbelievable that John Young flew the first Gemini and the first Shuttle mission. Oh and landed on the moon.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:36 (two months ago) Permalink

John Young hurts, considering my favorite present this year was the LEGO scale model of the Saturn V.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:43 (two months ago) Permalink

any moonwalkers left besides Aldrin?

My dad took me to NYC to see the Apollo 16 astronauts get the Keys to the City from Mayor Lindsay.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:14 (two months ago) Permalink

had an "is he/isn't he dead" moment with Buzz the other day

flappy bird, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:15 (two months ago) Permalink

there are 5 left btw

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Recommend the book Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth, by Andrew Smith, to those who have not read.

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Cinamon Hadley, the model for Death in Gaiman's The Sandman:

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 January 2018 04:53 (two months ago) Permalink

France Gall, ye-ye star and singer of Gainsbourg's Poupee de Cire Poupee de Son.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Sunday, 7 January 2018 11:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

Alba, Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Geez, Jerry Van Dyke:

Not sure if "stay safe" really applies to either Dick Van Dyke (92) or Carl Reiner (95).

clemenza, Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Producer Chris Tsangarides. A huge loss to rock and metal in particular, but the dude worked on an unbelievable number of records.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:57 (two months ago) Permalink

People I know who recorded with him said he was a really good guy, sad news.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Tony Calder, promoter and co-founder of Immediate records with Andrew Loog-Oldham.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:18 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost -- yeah Tsangarides's death is a real loss, what a credit list. Remember being happy to see him turn up in Anvil! The Story of Anvil and he had some of the best moments! Would have been great to get a book from him at some point, probably would have been the hard rock/metal equivalent to something like Are We Still Rolling?.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:29 (two months ago) Permalink

2018 is warming up now, the deaths are beginning to roll in.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:56 (two months ago) Permalink

aw man, that's sad.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 05:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Mikio Fujioka, aka Ko-Gami of Babymetal's backing band, age 36.

“Kami Band member Mikio Fujioka has passed away at the age of 36. Mikio Fujioka fell from a high astronomical observation deck on December 30, and died on January 5, with his 2 daughters next to him.”

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:27 (two months ago) Permalink

The “Little” Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL ‘s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.

We are the one
We're the only one
You are the one


めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Jeff "Antennae Jimmy Semens" Cotton of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, 68.

Cotton died from complications of cancer on January 6, 2018.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:54 (two months ago) Permalink

The Boogie Report email newsletter and folks on Facebook are reporting that Denise LaSalle, Mississippi born r’n’b/soul singer has died as a result of surgery complications. Her biggest hit was “Trapped by a Thing called Love.” This century she recorded some great Southern soul for labels like Malaco and Ecko.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:07 (two months ago) Permalink

RIP. In the UK she's definitely best known for her cover of 'My Toot Toot', which was a top ten hit in 1985.

Akdov Telmig (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:10 (two months ago) Permalink

that was a big morning-zoo hit in the '80s too

maura, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:30 (two months ago) Permalink

betty jane willis, who released a couple of singles in the '60s, including this leon russell-produced cover of buck owens' 'act naturally'

this is an in-depth obituary

maura, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Any source for the Jeff Cotton death other than wikipedia (which is no source at all)? He's been notoriously hard to find for decades.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Only Gary Lucas's Facebook page, which is probably no source at all either. Hmm. Let's see if a proper statement comes out, apologies for jumping the gun if it turns out to be a false alarm.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Sleuthing reveals his wife died early last year, but I can't find anything on his dying other than that Lucas post.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Maura - thank you for that Betty Willis obit, very sad, but nice they spoke with her daughter, former coworker and Bill Medley to tell a little of her story.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Starting to look like Jeff Cotton isn't true, but nothing more than FOAF reports either way. I do know his wife died of cancer last year -- that might be the source of the rumors.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Neave Brown, architect of low-rise social housing in Camden, recently awarded RIBA medal for same. Lived until his death in north London’s Dunboyne Road flats, which he designed. Here’s an interview from October conducted by one of my best friends:

kim jong deal (suzy), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:54 (two months ago) Permalink

BREAKING: Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 1964 'Mississippi Burning' slayings of 3 civil rights workers, dies in prison.

— The Associated Press (@AP) January 12, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 12 January 2018 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Jim Bowen one of those people who seems to have always looked old. If he was 80 now he'd've been in his 40s in those 80s Bullseye episodes, which seems impossible.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:22 (one week ago) Permalink

liam o'flynn, planxty founder member

the clodding of the american mind (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:25 (one week ago) Permalink

John Humphreys asking Brian Cox if Hawking was ever 'cut any slack' because of his disability...

— Chris Coombs (@ChrisCoombs88) March 14, 2018

this senile cunt needs putting out to pasture.

calzino, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:30 (one week ago) Permalink

I really just heard some knobhead on BBC WS saying without flinching that "despite having his tremendous physical disabilities, Hawking always remained psychologically very normal"

calzino, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Liam O'Flynn? He was my favorite piper :(

neutral yogurt (doo dah), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:01 (one week ago) Permalink

thats because he was the greatest

the clodding of the american mind (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:02 (one week ago) Permalink

RIPed him on the Planxty thread, lads.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks for that tweet, Stevie.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:18 (one week ago) Permalink

It would have been pretty o_O if he had mocked and chided unemployed contestants though.

Alba, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:28 (one week ago) Permalink

couple of years later it would've been compulsory

also Sunday tea - crabstick sandwiches - Bullseye was my entire early teens

as the crows around me grows (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:29 (one week ago) Permalink

These days unemployed Bullseye contestants would be getting U/C sanctioned for not declaring the speedboat.

calzino, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:35 (one week ago) Permalink

That picture - it's the life that Morrissey would have had!

Mark G, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Did Brian Cox say to John Humphries "No, if he even thought of getting out of that chair, he'd have been on a "Fit to work" cert and down to the sewing machine factory as soon as!"

Then his only chance would have been winning a speedboat on "Bullseye"

Where am i?

Mark G, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks for that tweet, Stevie.

― Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 3:18 PM (forty-three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i must admit i filched it from dorian, formerly of this parish

hawking had an amazing career and all but he never gave anyone who lived in the landlocked midlands a speedboat iirc

apparently contestants often took the cash equivalent instead of the speedboat

papa don't take no meth (stevie), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 16:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Charlie Quintana, drummer for just about everybody. He started out in the Plugz, who were secretly one of the best L.A. punk bands, then played with Bob Dylan, John Doe, Cracker, Mike Ness and Social Distortion, Izzy Stradlin, and a million other bands.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Quintana stuck around w/ Zim after this, wish the other Plugz had too

motorpsycho nightmare winningham (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Wow, Quintana. He looked like a guy that could and would kick an ass.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 March 2018 16:23 (one week ago) Permalink

(pvmic obv)

in conclusion, it is good to peel the sheeps (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:28 (four days ago) Permalink

pffft not even the original keyboard cat

papa don't take no meth (stevie), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:19 (four days ago) Permalink

don't understand how Deliveroo can exploit their employees so much and still be more expensive than getting a taxi to the takeaway and back

as the crows around me grows (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:50 (four days ago) Permalink

lol wrong thread soz

as the crows around me grows (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:51 (four days ago) Permalink

A proper candidate for the "people who you thought were dead but weren't" thread until now, where she belongs in this thread. RIP Katie Boyle.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:32 (four days ago) Permalink

Weird, she was the answer to a picture question on a Bullseye repeat last week and we had no idea who she was. Who else will fall to the Bullseye curse?

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 19:10 (four days ago) Permalink

pffft not even the original keyboard cat

i miss shakey too and i appreciate the effort but it's just not the same when someone else does it ;_;

in conclusion, it is good to peel the sheeps (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 20:20 (four days ago) Permalink

This is getting a bit spooky now. Katie Boyle was just mentioned in this One Foot In The Grave repeat we're watching now. I'd never heard of her until last week now she's everywhere.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:53 (four days ago) Permalink

Somewhat bizarrely, my dad used to fancy her, but she was like the daughter of an Italian count so she was a bit out of his league. He was very taken with Annie Lennox too.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 22:04 (four days ago) Permalink

Benny Hill used to drag up to spoof K Boyle's ads in the '70s, I seem to recall. Clingfilm? Also flexed her linguistic skills presenting Eurovision.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 10:57 (three days ago) Permalink

I read her TV Times agony aunt column avidly as a boy. Scarcity of media and all that.

Alba, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:16 (three days ago) Permalink

She used to win the TV Times awards' "Female Personality of the year" with an ubiquity like "Ant and Dec" had. It seemed very strange that the BBC news 'tribute' consisted of a couple of snips from Blankety Blank w/ Wogan, a few pics from Eurovision, and a matter of fact 'un yeah, she died OK?" (not an actual quote)

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:31 (three days ago) Permalink

Les Payne, pioneering journalist of Long Island (NY) Newsday

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 17:19 (three days ago) Permalink

aw man

maura, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:30 (three days ago) Permalink

If Ozymandias had lived: Toys "R" Us founder Charles Lazarus dies at 94

Alba, Thursday, 22 March 2018 21:56 (two days ago) Permalink

Oh he'll be back

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:02 (two days ago) Permalink

another interesting fun fact I didn't know is that Frida from Abba was an OG Norwegian "Lebensborn-child" - Norwegian mother + Nazi officer father. I can't remember one that mentioned in the 1982 Look-In annual ABBA interview!

calzino, Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:06 (two days ago) Permalink

rong thread!

calzino, Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:06 (two days ago) Permalink

Oh he'll be back

a really cold part of me is dreading arnold schwarzenegger dying because every subeditor and ~twitterati~ on the planet will spew “he’ll be back” like it was their own special genius idea

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:09 (two days ago) Permalink

Unless he's killed like Bennett in Commando, then they'll all be saying "let off some steam, Arnie"

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:13 (two days ago) Permalink

frequently a jerk

There were times when he wasn't, in your mind?

Never mind; I don't want to know. I'll just assume he said something shitty about Hillary.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 23 March 2018 22:11 (yesterday) Permalink

wow, Zell Miller is a blast from the past

flappy bird, Friday, 23 March 2018 23:14 (yesterday) Permalink

Bassist Buell Niedlinger has died. Played with Cecil Taylor, with Anthony Braxton, did sessions with Dolly Parton, the Eagles, the Village People.

eddhurt, Friday, 23 March 2018 23:19 (yesterday) Permalink

Philip Kerr, author of the Bernie Gunther detective series dead from cancer

jbn, Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:10 (two hours ago) Permalink

Oh man that's terrible

omar little, Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:19 (one hour ago) Permalink

the Bernie Gunther detective series is great. The next and perhaps final one is out April 3 in the U.S.

omar little, Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:32 (one hour ago) Permalink

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