Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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

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

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

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

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

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

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 22:19 (two weeks 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

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

flappy bird, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:15 (one week ago) Permalink

there are 5 left btw

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

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

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

aw man, that's sad.

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

college football broadcaster keith 'whoa, nellie' jackson

mookieproof, Saturday, 13 January 2018 20:53 (four days ago) Permalink

‘opening something’

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 13 January 2018 20:57 (four days ago) Permalink

25 years old, my god ;_;

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/13/model-killed-in-latest-london-stabbing

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:36 (four days ago) Permalink

Doreen Tracey, Mousekateer who later worked with Frank Zappa.

http://beta.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-doreen-tracey-20180111-story.html

nickn, Saturday, 13 January 2018 23:56 (four days ago) Permalink

Bloody hell, Bella Emberg, that's someone for the people you didn't realise were still alive except now they aren't thread

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 13 January 2018 23:58 (four days ago) Permalink

https://www.rte.ie/amp/933526/?__twitter_impression=true

Dolores O’Riordan.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Monday, 15 January 2018 17:14 (two days ago) Permalink

Gobsmacked and then some.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 January 2018 17:17 (two days ago) Permalink

46

very stabbable gaius (wins), Monday, 15 January 2018 17:19 (two days ago) Permalink

I just found out that Chu Ishikawa died at the end of last year. He was 51 and apparently was battling a long illness. He did the soundtracks for most of Shinya Tsukamoto's films and must have been quite influential in industrial music but he could do quite a variety of styles. I did think he looked alarmingly thin at times but I knew nothing about his illness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh_L6tVsg2o

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 15 January 2018 17:50 (two days ago) Permalink

Dr Mathilde Krim

http://www.newnownext.com/mathilde-krim-dead/01/2018/

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:08 (yesterday) Permalink

Doug Harvey, the baseball umpire known as "God"

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/14/obituaries/doug-harvey-dead-baseball-umpire.html

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:05 (yesterday) Permalink


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