Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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

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

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

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

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

fred bass, owner of new york bookstore the strand

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

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

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

there are 5 left btw

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

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

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

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

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

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

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

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

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

who remains of the song-and-dance-men

mookieproof, Sunday, 2 December 2018 06:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Seeing on Facebook--Memphis Jazz and r'n'b guitarist Calvin Newborn passed away today.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 December 2018 06:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

As is becoming my routine on this thread, here's Gilbert Gottfried's recent-ish (2015) interview with Berry:

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Sunday, 2 December 2018 06:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP. Do his appearances on The Carol Burnett Show get a mention in the obits?

My Ital Rival (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 December 2018 11:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And RIP Calvin Newborn as well

My Ital Rival (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 December 2018 11:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sorry, don’t think I watched too many of the 130 episodes of Mama’s Family, maybe none to completion. Impressed with the long list of guest star appearances on myriad non-Carol Burnett related shows.

My Ital Rival (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 December 2018 12:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Could just about barely take Mama & Co. at non-lethal sketch length.

My Ital Rival (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 December 2018 12:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

So it’s mentioned that Mayberry R.F.D. was cancelled by CBS as part of the “rural purge.” I wonder how often Ken Berry and Roy Clark crossed paths.

My Ital Rival (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 December 2018 12:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This article is full of interesting detail:

My Ital Rival (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 December 2018 12:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is an interesting contrast to the moonves-led regular bro and hot corpse uprising of the 90s

maura, Sunday, 2 December 2018 13:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kevin Grisham's The Rural Perjuror.

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 December 2018 14:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Rural juror?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 December 2018 15:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh wait I see

Funny, I never really thought about any sort of rural purge, but yeah, I remember all those hillbilly shows. Dukes of Hazzard, too, I suppose.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 December 2018 15:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Right made that Rural Juror joke myself.

Think Dukes of Hazzard was later, when those shows started coming back, The New Wave of Rural Ruckus

My Ital Rival (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 December 2018 15:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, Dukes was post-Smokey, pure Carter Country.

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 December 2018 15:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Dukes might have been part of the Prime Time Stunt Man Pension Plan, along with A-Team and The Fall Guy.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 December 2018 15:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Larry Storch lives

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 December 2018 16:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink


My Ital Rival (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 December 2018 16:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

DJ Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson.

suzy, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Cycling commentator and former pro rider Paul Sherwen, aged 62

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Sunday, 2 December 2018 22:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

no way. link?

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 December 2018 00:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah 33 years of commentary is nothing to sneeze at. He drove me bananas but I will miss him :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 December 2018 03:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

NZ film director Geoff Murphy (Goodbye Pork Pie, The Quiet Earth)

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Hearing unconfirmed reports via a usually reliable friend that Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks has passed away.

ailsa, Thursday, 6 December 2018 20:51 (one week ago) Permalink


Alba, Thursday, 6 December 2018 20:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Damn, RIP.

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 6 December 2018 21:08 (one week ago) Permalink

RIP Pete. What a brilliant, brilliant artist.

Bênoit Balls (stevie), Thursday, 6 December 2018 21:20 (one week ago) Permalink

And a really friendly guy, the couple of times I spoke to him.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Thursday, 6 December 2018 21:24 (one week ago) Permalink

RIP, one of the greats

Οὖτις, Thursday, 6 December 2018 21:38 (one week ago) Permalink

fuck, rip pete :(

We're in 2009—it's time to take risks, (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 6 December 2018 21:39 (one week ago) Permalink

David Mossman, ex taxi driver and Vortex Club founder passed away on Friday night.

calzino, Sunday, 9 December 2018 09:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Chicago blues guitarist Jody Williams RIP at 83 . He played on famed sides like Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" and "I’m Bad," Howlin’ Wolf’s "Evil" and "Forty Four" and Sonny Boy Williamson’s "Don’t Start Me Talking."...
He began performing at clubs at the age of 17, and within a few years became the house guitarist at Chess Records, a role he served in until he was called into the army in 1958.

Though he had backed a varied list of artists including Jimmy Witherspoon, Floyd Dixon, Dale Hawkins and Bobby Charles during his time at Chess, Williams left the music industry after returning to Chicago in 1960. He would only return in 2000

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 December 2018 20:20 (one week ago) Permalink

33-year-old singer Jackson Aluta Kazimoto, known as Dogo Jackie or Jackie Simela, of great Tanzanian band Jagwa Music died in a car accident

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 December 2018 20:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Potential heir to Howard Hughes Melvin Dummar

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:21 (six days ago) Permalink

^^In November, but just publicized now.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:41 (four days ago) Permalink

someone needs to show The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

RIP Sondra

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:44 (four days ago) Permalink

you'd think they could at least put 'clint's ex-girlfriend' *after* 'oscar nominee'

mookieproof, Friday, 14 December 2018 00:11 (three days ago) Permalink

Melvin Dummar--would not have guessed in a million years he had still been alive.

clemenza, Friday, 14 December 2018 12:51 (three days ago) Permalink

Of local/regional interest only, Cleveland TV legend, weatherman Don Webster:

I actually had occasion to interact with Don on several occasions. I was on my high school's "Academic Challenge" team when he was host of the long-running TV show; and when I was a button-pusher at WKNR 1220 AM, he provided the station's local weather forecasts, so I had to take phone calls from him a few times a day and record the weather onto a cart. Super nice guy.

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Friday, 14 December 2018 16:43 (three days ago) Permalink

damn, RIP Nancy

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 14 December 2018 21:05 (three days ago) Permalink

shit i just heard about ricky jay.

i got to see him at brown university in 1995 or so. it was billed as a "lecture" but it was basically his stage show at the time, framed around a history of sleight of hand. he did the watermelon thing.

the documentary about him is great. "deceptive practice" i think it's called? there's a story about a block of ice that literally makes me cry. there's another story from his karate instructor that probably ranks up there with the very best wtf how-did-he-do-that ricky jay stories.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:01 (two days ago) Permalink

Wrecking Crew bassist Joe Osborn.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 December 2018 22:18 (yesterday) Permalink


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 16 December 2018 22:38 (yesterday) Permalink

Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, dead at 34 of drug overdose.

nickn, Sunday, 16 December 2018 23:33 (yesterday) Permalink

TCM's annual obit compilation

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Monday, 17 December 2018 19:18 (twelve minutes ago) Permalink

Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, dead at 34 of drug overdose.

― nickn, Sunday, December 16, 2018 3:33 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I've considered starting a rolling prominent person fentanyl overdose death because there seems to be at least one a month

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Monday, 17 December 2018 19:21 (nine minutes ago) Permalink

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