Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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

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

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

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

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

fred bass, owner of new york bookstore the strand

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/obituaries/fred-bass-strand-bookstore-dies-at-89.html?_r=0

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

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

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

there are 5 left btw

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

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

https://www.comicmix.com/2018/01/06/cinamon-hadley-the-girl-who-was-death-has-died/

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

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

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/france-gall-dead-french-singer-eurovision-michel-berger-a8146276.html

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

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

http://teamrock.com/news/2018-01-05/ray-thomas-r-i-p

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

Geez, Jerry Van Dyke:

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/06/entertainment/jerry-van-dyke/index.html

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

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

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

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/07/tony-calder-obituary

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:18 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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
Together
We're the only one
You are the one
Forever#RIP #THEONE pic.twitter.com/NMUg3mhmes

— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) January 9, 2018

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

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Cotton

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 (five 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.

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/news-soul/denise-lasalle-r-i-p-r3749/

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL3Wwo6RGyw

maura, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:30 (five 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'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5NShyAiE1I

this is an in-depth obituary

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/04/betty-jane-willis-more-than-another-homeless-death-she-was-a-soul-singer/

maura, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:33 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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:

https://www.ribaj.com/culture/humanity-as-a-design-tool-riba-royal-medal-neave-brown

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

BREAKING: Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 1964 'Mississippi Burning' slayings of 3 civil rights workers, dies in prison. https://t.co/dKu8bikhBC

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

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

Ape has never killed Koko, she died of natural causes.

womp womp that sucker (Tom D.), Friday, 22 June 2018 22:29 (three days ago) Permalink

YOU ARE THE APE

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 22 June 2018 22:47 (three days ago) Permalink

This Koko tangent is incredible

flappy bird, Saturday, 23 June 2018 01:03 (two days ago) Permalink

Keep going

flappy bird, Saturday, 23 June 2018 01:03 (two days ago) Permalink

Koko the gorilla once ripped a sink out of the wall and, when her keepers confronted her about it, she blamed her kitten, signing "cat did it."

keeper: <signs furiously> "koko, what would you like engraved on your tombstone?"

koko: <signs furiously> "cat did it"

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 23 June 2018 01:25 (two days ago) Permalink

*crosses fingers* that “Oh Koko!” places high in The Beatles Solo Tracks poll

Uncle Redd in the Zingtime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 June 2018 01:52 (two days ago) Permalink

Vinnie Paul died.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 23 June 2018 04:05 (two days ago) Permalink

Aw man. RIP Vinnie \m/
By all accounts a genuine kindhearted dude it seemed like. And can I just say god bless him for never talking to or making peace with Phil Anselmo.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 23 June 2018 04:54 (two days ago) Permalink

I both have mad respect for Camaraderie's profession (considered going that route myself) and am aware of at least some of the controversies surrounding Koko's communicative abilities. But a valid point can also be an ill-timed point, is the thing.

What would be an appropriate length of time to wait to make that point? This will be forgotten about by next week

Number None, Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:51 (two days ago) Permalink

Temperature of the corpse seems to be a sticking point so maybe like 2 days

U. K. Le Garage (wins), Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:56 (two days ago) Permalink

Think of Koko's friends and family, I beseech you.

womp womp that sucker (Tom D.), Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:49 (two days ago) Permalink

I can't in good conscience RIP a dangerous animal, that in desperate times would chomp on a baby's head like it was a satsuma, and then try and blame someone else in sign language.

calzino, Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:00 (two days ago) Permalink

That baby was Robin Williams.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:45 (two days ago) Permalink

I saw Pantera on their first national tour in the US, opening for Exodus and headliners Suicidal Tendencies in 1990. Saw them again in 1997 with Neurosis and Clutch as their openers. Anselmo's a dickhead, but they were a good band at times. Reinventing The Steel is their best album.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:47 (two days ago) Permalink

Sorry, guys, I guess my grief caused me to forget that Koko's inability to communicate in sign was a thing that regularly came up in conversation during her lifetime. People were always like, 'hey, while this gorilla is still alive and in the public eye, we really should discuss the media's skewed perception of her ASL skills.' I honestly don't think more than a week would go by without someone making that very germane point in attempt to maximize awareness of the controversy. And so, yes, of course this point would once again arise naturally upon the occasion of Koko's passing. I was unfair in treating this as an isolated and unfortunately-timed incident. And as the days go by, I find it increasingly difficult to remember who Koko was and what those constant conversations were about. I fear that by the time a week has passed, I will have no recollection of the situation whatsoever and, if prompted, will reply with a sad and simple, 'who's Koko?' I blame the Walkmen and the Gameboys for so tragically shortening our attention spans that we could ever fail to remember this magnificent...I want to say horse. Was it a horse? Anyway, once again: RIP Cocoa.

A Frankenstein + A Dracula + A Mummy That's Been Werewolfed (Old Lunch), Saturday, 23 June 2018 12:39 (two days ago) Permalink

When the bit isn’t working but you press send

U. K. Le Garage (wins), Saturday, 23 June 2018 12:54 (two days ago) Permalink

I hope I'm able to experience that just once before it's my time to be featured itt.

A Frankenstein + A Dracula + A Mummy That's Been Werewolfed (Old Lunch), Saturday, 23 June 2018 12:56 (two days ago) Permalink

Someone else died, Koko discussion over

flappy bird, Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:07 (two days ago) Permalink

yeah guys maybe make a koko thread

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 23 June 2018 16:20 (two days ago) Permalink

Koko thread post joke bad banana banana

Kostic negotiator (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 23 June 2018 16:26 (two days ago) Permalink

People discuss Koko's understanding of language (of lack of) a surprising amount. As a vegan people bring up her inability to use language quite often - even though none of my beliefs rest on the claim that she did.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 23 June 2018 16:59 (two days ago) Permalink

Wait were ppl seriously arguing to you that since gorillas can’t acquire language, therefore being vegan is unreasonable?

valorous wokelord (silby), Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:02 (two days ago) Permalink

Yeah - when you try to argue about sentience/consciousness/capacity to feel pain, people tend to blur the concepts together. So, people argue that because animals aren't 'intelligent', because they don't use 'language', they're not moral subjects.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:03 (two days ago) Permalink

(I am delighted and amazed this is still going on.)

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:44 (two days ago) Permalink

Remember when Farrah Fawcett died on the same day as Michael Jackson and no one talked about her? That happened to Charles Krauthammer with a gorilla.

— Joe McAdam (@joemcadam) June 21, 2018

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:45 (two days ago) Permalink

Wait Farrah Fawcet died?

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:46 (two days ago) Permalink

huh. Proves that post right, I guess.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:46 (two days ago) Permalink

Aldous Huxley died the same day JFK got shot. Gotta plan these things, try to die on a slow news day.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:53 (two days ago) Permalink

Lol that Tweet

Kostic negotiator (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:58 (two days ago) Permalink

There's a doc about Koko on BBC4 in a minute but fuck watching that big phoney

Kostic negotiator (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:59 (two days ago) Permalink

Can we start a dead people thread and leave this one to the dead animals.

Jeff, Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:07 (two days ago) Permalink

There was a dead crow outside my work this morning

U. K. Le Garage (wins), Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:09 (two days ago) Permalink

I saw a pigeon fly into a window and probably die yesterday morning

Kostic negotiator (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:12 (two days ago) Permalink

Crows, now they are intelligent animals, not sure what their language skills are like though tbf.

womp womp that sucker (Tom D.), Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:13 (two days ago) Permalink

I know next to nothing about Fawcett but could people have talked at good length about her?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:14 (two days ago) Permalink

Without repetition or hesitation?

Kostic negotiator (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:15 (two days ago) Permalink

People and apes.

womp womp that sucker (Tom D.), Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:16 (two days ago) Permalink

Fawcett was in Logan's Run, one of the finest sci-fi films of all time.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:25 (two days ago) Permalink

NV - hopefully without resorting to the word "iconic" repeatedly.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:26 (two days ago) Permalink

iconic nipple

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:38 (two days ago) Permalink

What would Koko say if she saw us arguing like this? (trick question, she could not say anything, she did not understand language)

Screamin' Jay Gould (The Yellow Kid), Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:55 (two days ago) Permalink

Aldous Huxley died the same day JFK got shot. Gotta plan these things, try to die on a slow news day.

― Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:53 (one hour ago)

CS Lewis died that day as well.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:56 (two days ago) Permalink

Lewis and Huxley canceled each other out I guess

valorous wokelord (silby), Saturday, 23 June 2018 19:45 (two days ago) Permalink

Yeah! I remember reading that! x-post. Don't know why I remember AH but not CSL who is arguably more famous.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 23 June 2018 19:59 (two days ago) Permalink

y'see you only use 10% of your brain, right?

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 23 June 2018 21:51 (two days ago) Permalink

well that explains dowd's comment on Logan's Run

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 24 June 2018 06:28 (yesterday) Permalink

Ouch.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Sunday, 24 June 2018 08:59 (yesterday) Permalink


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