Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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

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

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

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

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

fred bass, owner of new york bookstore the strand

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

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

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

there are 5 left btw

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

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

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

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

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

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

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

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

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

Actress Celeste Yarnall.

nickn, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 20:48 (one week ago) Permalink

Japanese composer Takehisa Kosugi (of Taj Mahal Travellers and the solo album Catch-Wave, a minimalist drone classic)

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 12 October 2018 16:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Greg Stafford, creator of the fantasy world Golorantha and the setting for seminal RPG Runequest.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Betty Grissom, widow of astronaut Gus Grissom, who sued North American Rockwell over the Apollo 1 fire in which he died

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:41 (one week ago) Permalink

aw Betty <3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:46 (one week ago) Permalink

talk about a flamekeeper.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:47 (one week ago) Permalink

i agree but uh that might not have been the first word i would have chosen :/

himalayan mountain hole (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:59 (one week ago) Permalink

ugh fuck yr right

let’s just say the definition of steadfast

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 October 2018 18:31 (one week ago) Permalink


himalayan mountain hole (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 12 October 2018 20:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Paul Spudis, regarded as one of the most important lunar scientists ever.

Chelvis, Saturday, 13 October 2018 13:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Peter Brackley, the voice of 90s Italian football.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:27 (one week ago) Permalink

William Coors, right-wing beer mogul, at 102

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 October 2018 21:40 (six days ago) Permalink

Coors brewery workers struck in 1977 over many issues, including the use of lie-detector tests to ferret out employees who were gay or whose politics were considered radical.

lovely guy, hope he took some time to drink some of that fine stuff!

calzino, Monday, 15 October 2018 21:49 (six days ago) Permalink

Paul Allen

flappy bird, Monday, 15 October 2018 22:16 (six days ago) Permalink

I'm seeing Kat Arthur, singer of Legal Weapon. No link.

nickn, Monday, 15 October 2018 22:53 (six days ago) Permalink

Wow Paul allen dying is kind of nuts considering his real estate company has been a big part of the construction boom out here. Wonder what’s gonna turn out to be in his will.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 15 October 2018 23:01 (six days ago) Permalink

Maybe $1 billion to me

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 15 October 2018 23:02 (six days ago) Permalink

I hope it all goes to the Allen Brain Institute, that group has been doing some fine work and making their data freely accessible.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 01:01 (five days ago) Permalink

Allen is kind of a mythical figure to me - I worked at WSU, where he dropped out of after two years in the 70s and there were always rumors that he was on one of the private jets that would show up on home football game days.

And I don't know if it was amazing trolling or just weird timing, but Bill Gates gave the school $25 million for a animal health research building, and a year later Allen gave $26 and they ended up naming it after him.

joygoat, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 02:32 (five days ago) Permalink

One of the bad things Paul Allen did (long-ish, but mentioned at the end):

nickn, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 02:54 (five days ago) Permalink

based on the rotation of costumes exhibited at Cinerama, he also owns…most Hollywood memorabilia. Like possibly most of it that exists.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 03:13 (five days ago) Permalink

Wouldn't anything in the property rooms of any Hollywood studio have been in one or more movies? So, it might just be memorabilia of some forgettable short feature from 1936, but it would still be "Hollywood memorabilia".

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 03:28 (five days ago) Permalink


Mark G, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 08:25 (five days ago) Permalink

rip paul allen, who will play shreddin' blues licks on your obscenely giant yacht now

himalayan mountain hole (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 08:54 (five days ago) Permalink

iirc he was a respectable guitarist!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:28 (five days ago) Permalink

Favorite comment on video of Allen shredding: "Warren Buffett is better than Steve Vai any day."

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:29 (five days ago) Permalink

Arto Paasilinna. Finnish writer, best known for The Year of the Hare. RIP.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 13:06 (five days ago) Permalink

Dennis Hof, owner of the Nevada brothel the Bunny Ranch. I met him once, for work.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:17 (five days ago) Permalink

“Less than 24 hours ago, Hof celebrated his birthday along with pornographic actor Ron Jeremy, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist.”

how can hell top that. i ask you

maura, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:05 (five days ago) Permalink

lol, I just made the same joke on the US politics thread. I suppose hell for this guy would be more like being trapped in a library

rob, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:10 (five days ago) Permalink

I would be happy to be that librarian.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:38 (five days ago) Permalink

his first question: do you have any books w boobs in them

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:38 (five days ago) Permalink

I would take my time in responding.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:40 (five days ago) Permalink

*hands over the complete Mencken*

rob, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:48 (five days ago) Permalink

In Spanish.

nickn, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:50 (five days ago) Permalink

Milena Dravić, of WR: Mysteries of The Organism fame.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:59 (five days ago) Permalink

xposts: He grossed me out in the Cathouse tv show. Yuk

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 22:06 (five days ago) Permalink

xp aw RIP

flappy bird, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 22:16 (five days ago) Permalink

Walter Huddleston, Kentucky Democrat who lost his Senate seat in '84 to Mitch McVader

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 October 2018 16:05 (three days ago) Permalink

Rashod Ollison, a truly great music writer and presenter of his own work. His appearances at the Pop Conference were wonderful.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 October 2018 16:55 (three days ago) Permalink

translator anthea bell

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:06 (three days ago) Permalink

I wish ppl posting in the rolling obituary thread would link to obituaries for these interesting sounding people

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:30 (three days ago) Permalink

i wish ppl reading the rolling obituary thread knew how to use a search engine

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:41 (three days ago) Permalink


I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:49 (three days ago) Permalink

The term translator seems insufficient in this case. A great

Number None, Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:10 (three days ago) Permalink

thanks that's a good one, what a career. I want to read that Tomcat book

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:26 (three days ago) Permalink

Arkansas raised, Virginia -based music critic and author Rashod Ollison, mentioned above, died from cancer at 41. His writing about Aretha, Chaka Khan, and more was special.

curmudgeon, Friday, 19 October 2018 04:04 (two days ago) Permalink

today's been busy

flappy bird, Friday, 19 October 2018 04:41 (two days ago) Permalink

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