Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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

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

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

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

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

fred bass, owner of new york bookstore the strand

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

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

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

there are 5 left btw

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

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

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

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

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

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

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

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

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

The kid who said “I like turtles”!?

devops mom (silby), Friday, 3 August 2018 19:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I thought Mustafar had died in the late '90s or early 2000s. I guess I was confusing him with Bob Flanagan (who died in 1996).

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 3 August 2018 19:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sometimes it feels like a run of deaths has a theme.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Friday, 3 August 2018 21:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the end of an era...

calzino, Sunday, 5 August 2018 07:58 (one week ago) Permalink

The funeral will be hilarious

the Joao looked at Jonny (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 5 August 2018 08:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Yes, I’m not sure whether it would be inappropriate for the pallbearers to do ‘to me, to you’ or inappropriate for them not to.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Sunday, 5 August 2018 08:17 (one week ago) Permalink

So the character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was based on this guy?

Suspicious Hiveminds (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 5 August 2018 08:18 (one week ago) Permalink

RIP Barry

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Sunday, 5 August 2018 10:43 (one week ago) Permalink


Father Ted in Forkhandles (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 August 2018 11:23 (one week ago) Permalink

at least if one of Cannon or Ball dies, then they can hook up with t'other Chuckle Brother now!

calzino, Sunday, 5 August 2018 11:40 (one week ago) Permalink

It would have to be Tommy, I can't see a Bobby & Barry pairing working tbh.

Father Ted in Forkhandles (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 August 2018 11:44 (one week ago) Permalink

New catchprase: "Rock on, to me"

StanM, Sunday, 5 August 2018 13:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Aw, that makes me kind of sad. Although watching the chuckle brothers as an adult was terrible: but I liked it in the day.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Sunday, 5 August 2018 13:54 (one week ago) Permalink

Charlotte Rae at 92.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Monday, 6 August 2018 05:50 (one week ago) Permalink

the day news broke about a facts of life reboot

Everything to do with chocolate (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 6 August 2018 08:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Okay this hit me a little hard.


— Todd Bridges (@ToddBridges) August 6, 2018

Ned Raggett, Monday, 6 August 2018 13:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Joel Robuchon, world's most Michelin starred chef.

calzino, Monday, 6 August 2018 13:51 (one week ago) Permalink

oh wow

maura, Monday, 6 August 2018 14:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh man, a friend and I were wondering just last week whether Mrs. Garrett was still alive. I just assumed she couldn't possibly be.

My Name is Pants and I Fit Snugly (Old Lunch), Monday, 6 August 2018 15:34 (one week ago) Permalink

She had a small role in Jonathan Demme's last film (the Streep rocker).

She also had a dancing moment in the film of Hair, played Woody Allen's mother in Bananas, Al Lewis's wife on "Car 54, Where Are You?", and was in this Broadway cast of The Threepenny Opera in 1954 (Lotte Lenya, Bea Arthur, John Astin, Paul Dooley):

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 6 August 2018 15:46 (one week ago) Permalink

her sexy oil heat commercial

a shomin-geki poster with some horror elements (WilliamC), Monday, 6 August 2018 16:19 (one week ago) Permalink

She was on Gilbert Gottfried's podcast in 2016.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Monday, 6 August 2018 16:43 (one week ago) Permalink

peter richens

Everything to do with chocolate (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 6 August 2018 20:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Irish luthier Chris Larkin.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 10:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Rockabilly guitarist/singer Lorrie Collins.

Ρεμπετολογια, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:02 (one week ago) Permalink

hall of fame hockey player stan mikita

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:01 (one week ago) Permalink

And additionally immortalized in Wayne's World.

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 22:26 (one week ago) Permalink


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 01:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Legit "People who you thought were dead already"

WP and NYT obits don't mention Howard Hughes at all - what garbage.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 21:26 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah for real i thought he popped his clogs 20 years ago

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 August 2018 02:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Funniest possible things to say during moment of climax.

mookieproof, Thursday, 9 August 2018 02:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Beckett's publisher John Calder, barely two months after I posted about him in the "people you were surprised to discover were still alive" thread.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:39 (three days ago) Permalink

RIP. Despite the numerous howling errors in so much of the Beckett stuff he published.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:55 (three days ago) Permalink

RIP. He is now with Grove Press's Barney Rossett, who passed away six years ago, and Les Editions de Minuit's Jérôme Lindon, who died in 2001.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:03 (three days ago) Permalink

I've read most of the Beckett prose works on Calder and I don't recall seeing a single typo.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:03 (three days ago) Permalink

They're famously full of textual and editing errors if not actual typos.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:08 (three days ago) Permalink

the errors in his editions have been criticized in reviews etc. e.g. the collection "as the story was told" and the collection of poems from 1930-1989

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:12 (three days ago) Permalink

To be fair, even as (or because) he was obsessed with le mot juste, Beckett reworked his plays repeatedly, to such an extent that what he would later deem 'an error' is not always as obvious as it appears. Other instances are rather egregious, though, and both Calder and Rossett are variously responsible for them.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:15 (three days ago) Permalink

Morgana King, jazz singer and Mama Corleone

only 87! about 9 years younger than Pacino

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:47 (yesterday) Permalink

ummm i meant older

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:49 (yesterday) Permalink

awww, morgana king sang my favorite take on "tomorrow never knows".

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:14 (yesterday) Permalink

Strangely, she died in March, but it was only just announced.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:33 (yesterday) Permalink

RIP Doodzieke

Rabbit Control (Latham Green), Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:36 (yesterday) Permalink

RIP Rampage from DOA

Ross, Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:45 (yesterday) Permalink

Huntress singer Jill Janus, suicide.

I saw them perform two or three times, and met her once. She seemed nice, and mildly nuts, but in a theater-girl sort of way, not a manic/suicidal sort of way. And I liked their music; they weren't great, but they improved on each of their three albums.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 16 August 2018 20:20 (yesterday) Permalink

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