Rolling Obituary Thread: 2017

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Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 1 January 2017 05:42 (one year ago) Permalink

R.I.P., Brace :(

StanM, Sunday, 1 January 2017 09:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Fuck 'em, they knew the risks

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 1 January 2017 09:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Brace Forsyth
(oh man if he dies in the next couple of weeks I'm going to feel like shit, but he did tweet last week that he was fine and that he wanted people to stop asking if he was well)

2017, how bad could it be? (snoball), Sunday, 1 January 2017 11:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Woke up yesterday convinced Forsyth was dead but it was just a dream.

michaellambert, Sunday, 1 January 2017 11:27 (one year ago) Permalink

It's interesting how Forsyth's go-to stock joke has shifted from "alright alright I'm old!" to "alright alright I'm not dead!".

2017, how bad could it be? (snoball), Sunday, 1 January 2017 11:43 (one year ago) Permalink

he's escaped the embrace of both death and operation yewtree so far, it surely can't be long until at least one catches up with him

MY MUTANT BRAIN WILL DETECT TREACHERY! (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 1 January 2017 11:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Keeping my fingers crossed for Trump and some of his team, Putin, Shinzo Abe, George Galloway, Piers Morgan, Alex Jones, some of the worst Tories, Vox Day and a bunch more racist assholes. Maybe Yiannopolos will die in a hair dyeing accident.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 1 January 2017 15:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Berlusconi too would be nice.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 1 January 2017 15:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Roll up, roll up, who's going (to be) first?

Mark G, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Roll up, roll up

look out carl palmer

great Canadian prog-psych debut from 1969 (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:37 (one year ago) Permalink

there is a 'Band members that die in the right order', is there not?

Mark G, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Good, so far, ay?

Mark G, Sunday, 1 January 2017 23:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I guess keep bumping this thread at random just to be sure

wins, Sunday, 1 January 2017 23:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, half an hour left of today, and we're already ahead of last year.

(Won't bump anymore today)

Mark G, Sunday, 1 January 2017 23:30 (one year ago) Permalink

can you imagine how weird it would be if noone died in 2017?

schrute dwyte (unregistered), Sunday, 1 January 2017 23:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Peter Noone?

2017, how bad could it be? (snoball), Sunday, 1 January 2017 23:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Shane McGowans mum, car crash

loudmouth darraghmac ween (darraghmac), Monday, 2 January 2017 00:21 (one year ago) Permalink

john berger, and derek parfit

lazy rascals, spending their substance, and more, in riotous living (Merdeyeux), Monday, 2 January 2017 18:17 (one year ago) Permalink

" death will break the more direct relations between my present experiences and future experiences, but it will not break various other relations. This is all there is to the fact that there will be no one living who will be me."

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 3 January 2017 00:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Pretty good profile of Parfit from 2011:

Reading that piece probably helped bend me around to the idea of self as divisible. Nowadays I think a gestalt self is just as ridiculous as God, and argue with my cat about it.

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 3 January 2017 00:25 (one year ago) Permalink

I also mean to read Reasons and Persons one day, I really do

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 3 January 2017 00:27 (one year ago) Permalink

I was going to say William Christopher, but he passed away on Dec 31 - just as Wayne Rogers did in 2015 (one of the first entries on the 2016 thread). So hopefully Alan Alda and Loretta Swit take care of themselves next NYE :(

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 11:10 (one year ago) Permalink

"Take care of" is an ambiguous phrase

koogs, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 15:26 (one year ago) Permalink

I realised that when I wrote it :(

Jamie Farr, Gary Burghoff and David Ogden Stiers are thankfully still with us too.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 15:29 (one year ago) Permalink

There was a bunch of press stuff about John Berger after his 90th birthday about two months ago, commenting on how sharp he still was. Similarly, I'm amazed how good he looked for 90 (I would have easily believed 70), not that I'm concerned about his looks but, I guess he made me think of the type of 90 year I aspire to be if I make it there. RIP

ed.b, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 16:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Om Puri

wins, Friday, 6 January 2017 07:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Tilikum is gone. And I only saw Blackfish the other day.

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Friday, 6 January 2017 21:19 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP Big Cynthia, southern soul singer at 47.

The Houston native was the daughter of legendary Motown artist Junior Walker and she went on to become one of the brightest stars of the Southern soul scene.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 7 January 2017 19:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Francine York, who had mid-sized roles in a great many 60s US TV shows.

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Saturday, 7 January 2017 20:06 (one year ago) Permalink

xp aw man RIP she was great.

new noise, Saturday, 7 January 2017 20:10 (one year ago) Permalink

he did tweet last week that he was fine and that he wanted people to stop asking if he was well

He hasn't tweeted since October though? Unless he's deleted the one you're referring to.

heaven parker (anagram), Saturday, 7 January 2017 23:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Or maybe it was on Facebook or some other social media site and I remembered wrongly?

2017, how bad could it be? (snoball), Saturday, 7 January 2017 23:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Nat Hentoff, at 91. His son reported it on Twitter.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 8 January 2017 02:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Awww, I used to read his civil rights/civil liberties and first amendment column in the Village Voice. Sometimes read his jazz critic writing too.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 January 2017 03:23 (one year ago) Permalink

There's a list (possibly incomplete) of albums he wrote liner notes for here; I've got at least 80 of those. He was easily one of the biggest influences on my personal tastes and listening habits. I spoke to him on the phone once; I don't remember what about, but it was jazz-related.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 8 January 2017 03:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Very good documentary a couple of years ago. Checked the Voice thinking they might have something up, but can't see anything.

clemenza, Sunday, 8 January 2017 04:04 (one year ago) Permalink

'Father of Portuguese democracy' and socialist Mario Soares, 92

Eallach mhór an duine leisg (dowd), Sunday, 8 January 2017 05:37 (one year ago) Permalink


Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Sunday, 8 January 2017 16:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Aw, peter sarstedt died.

Eallach mhór an duine leisg (dowd), Sunday, 8 January 2017 16:53 (one year ago) Permalink

There was a rumor circulating on Twitter that Soares died New Year's Day, but Portuguese law would have required the immediate declaration of a national day of mourning, so they kept it quiet so that pre-planned fireworks displays etc. could go on as scheduled.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 8 January 2017 16:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Can I just say that I've never knowingly heard any of sarstedt's songs, but his bit is amazingly well written. I do still love it when I hear it.

Eallach mhór an duine leisg (dowd), Sunday, 8 January 2017 17:12 (one year ago) Permalink

See: MENA thread?

Eallach mhór an duine leisg (dowd), Sunday, 8 January 2017 18:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Zygmunt Bauman :(

Frederik B, Monday, 9 January 2017 17:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Clare Hollingworth, the Daily Telegraph correspondent who broke the news of World War Two, has died in Kong Kong aged 105.

The British journalist was hailed for her "scoop of the century" after she spotted German tanks on the Polish border in August 1939 . . . She had been a reporter at the newspaper for less than a week.

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Roman Herzog, President of Germany from '94 to '99.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 17:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Tigger Stack

Madchen, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh shit, I knew he was ailing but didn't realize it was that dire. RIP.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

This sucks, kinda fell off listening after Dallas Penn left the podcast but was one of the highlights of my week for a few years.

devvvine, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

Clifford Irving, star of F for Fake:

Peter Duffell, director of The House That Dripped Blood:

Akdov Telmig (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

adam alexander, mathematician and creator of alexander's star

maura, Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

trombonist - composer Roswell Rudd, best known for his work with the New York Art Quartet and the Jazz Composers Orchestra.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 22 December 2017 15:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

He did so much tremendous work. I love the Archie Shepp albums he plays on, even the reunion album they did in the early 2000s (for which Rudd has always said there was insufficient rehearsal).

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 22 December 2017 16:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

Aw I really liked Dick Enberg as a sports commentator. Very smooth with a slightly refined air that is uncommon today.

Josefa, Friday, 22 December 2017 17:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

Just heard that the writer of the song I posted upthread "Woman's Gotta Have It" - Darryl Carter - has died. Carter wrote extensively with Bobby Womack, and worked with Hi, Stax and American Studios artists like Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson and even Sandy Posey.

Ρεμπετολογια, Friday, 22 December 2017 18:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

Bruce McCandless II, the first human to float untethered in space (1984)

Josefa, Friday, 22 December 2017 20:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

Everything I had ever heard about Dick Enberg was he was as nice and easy going off camera as he was on.

earlnash, Friday, 22 December 2017 21:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

June Rowlands, Toronto's first female mayor.

Silly to think of it now--not that it was any less silly then--but she landed in the middle of a controversy involving the Barenaked Ladies not too long after she took office.

clemenza, Saturday, 23 December 2017 00:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

Leon from Gogglebox

Chunky Backgammon (onimo), Saturday, 23 December 2017 18:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

Oh no :(

Madchen, Saturday, 23 December 2017 18:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

American Sound bassist Mike Leech: According to Reggie Young, who posted on his FB page on Dec. 12, Mike Leech died on that date this year. It's also all over the FB page for American Studio. Got the news of Leech's passing from Andreas Werner, who works with the American guys. I still can't find an obit for Leech, though. James Redd, where did you get your info that Leech died in 2015?

eddhurt, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 12:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

Here's Mike Leech's obituary. He died on Dec. 12, 2017 in Nashville. Memorial service planned for Jan. 20.

eddhurt, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 12:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

That was a different guy with the same name, Edd.

Steely Rodin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 13:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

I figured he hadn’t passed that early as I am a big fan and thought I would have known.

Steely Rodin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 13:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

Heather Menzies-Urich, one of the daughters in "The Sound of Music," but equally well-known by B-movie fans for Joe Dante's "Piranha."

Monster fatberg (Phil D.), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 14:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

rip Louisa :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 18:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

Johnny Bower:

Hard to convey how you can be in your mid-50s, barely pay attention to hockey since you were 12, and still have that name resonate a lot.

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

Foggy Mountain Boys mandolinist Curly Seckler, one of the last living links to prewar country music:

Born John Ray Sechler in North Carolina, he used Curly Seckler as his stage name from the time he and his brothers performed as The Yodeling Rangers in the mid-1930s. A big break came in 1939 when Bill and Charlie Monroe split up as The Monroe Brothers, and Charlie hired Curly to sing the high part that Bill had previously done. Once people heard Seckler’s high, clear voice he found himself in wide demand, doing stints with a number of top groups like The Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, Mac Wiseman, and The Sauceman Brothers.

For most fans, though, it was his time with Flatt & Scruggs that cemented Curly’s place in the bluegrass pantheon. From 1949 to 1962 he toured and recorded with Lester and Earl, contributing to some of the most iconic tracks in the history of our music.

jesus and figs and science and the foo fighters (unregistered), Friday, 29 December 2017 00:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

Actress Rose Marie, 94.

nickn, Friday, 29 December 2017 01:17 (nine months ago) Permalink


neutral yogurt (doo dah), Friday, 29 December 2017 01:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

And she was just establishing her Twitter presence

Moodles, Friday, 29 December 2017 05:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

shit, g'night Ro

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 December 2017 06:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

Irv Weinstein, Buffalo news anchor:

So ubiquitous growing up in Toronto in the '60s and '70s, I think even SCTV parodied him.

clemenza, Friday, 29 December 2017 07:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

Weinstein was the role model for Eugene Levy's "Earl Camembert" character on SCTV and a Buffalo newscaster, played by Pat Sajak, in "Airplane II: The Sequel."

Actually, I didn't know that--I thought Camembert, like Floyd/Lloyd Robertson, was based on a CBC or CTV reporter.

clemenza, Friday, 29 December 2017 07:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

I do know there are fire trucks racing to either Tonawanda or Cheektowaga tonight as tribute.

clemenza, Friday, 29 December 2017 07:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

Holly Anderson, poet whose work became the lyrics to Mission of Burma's song "Mica" (as well as others), at 62.

nickn, Friday, 29 December 2017 21:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

mystery writer sue grafton of 'a is for alibi', 'b is for burglar' . . . 'y is for yesterday'

supposedly a z book was already in the can

mookieproof, Friday, 29 December 2017 21:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

No Z, reportedly

Alba, Friday, 29 December 2017 22:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

Dan Talbot, founder of New Yorker Films and key distributor/exhibitor of foreign films for decades

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 30 December 2017 05:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

Jim Baikie, best known for his art in British comics of the 70s and 80s.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer does not endorse (aldo), Saturday, 30 December 2017 11:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

My friend John, who died alone in his apartment in China, on Christmas morning, at the age of 41.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 30 December 2017 13:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm sorry to hear that. Are you/his family okay?

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 30 December 2017 16:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'll be OK, another friend was very close and is taking it pretty hard. His parents are in the US, never met them. Just wanted to mark it somewhere as he one of the smartest people I knew, managed to achieve fluency in three dialects of Chinese despite horrible health problems from the age of 30 or so, he had such a depth of understanding in so many areas.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 30 December 2017 16:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

Looks like reclusive Canadian author Réjean Ducharme passed away in August.

Dr. Winston ‘Merritone’ Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 1 January 2018 02:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

(it's 2018)

koogs, Monday, 1 January 2018 19:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

People are still having deaths

Alba, Monday, 1 January 2018 19:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

John Dent, mastering engineer who worked on a load of good stuff.

Chunky Backgammon (onimo), Saturday, 6 January 2018 12:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

RIP 2017.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 6 January 2018 14:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

People are still having deaths


The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 January 2018 14:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

new noise, Saturday, 6 January 2018 21:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

Somebody lock this one.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 6 January 2018 21:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

How do I shot obituary thread thru bass amp?

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 January 2018 21:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

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