Rolling Obituary Thread: 2019

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Another lap around the sun but the reaper's job is never done.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 05:04 (eight months ago) link

he took the day off

flappy bird, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 05:53 (eight months ago) link

Just learned that Ugandan Real World act Geoffrey Oryema died in June 2018. Exile and Beat the Border are two of my favorites.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 11:35 (eight months ago) link

Dean Ford of The Marmalade

Yep, it's beginning...

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 15:48 (eight months ago) link

WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76.

— WWE (@WWE) January 2, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 15:48 (eight months ago) link

Former Heart of Midlothian defender Freddie Glidden who captained the team to wins in the League Cup, Scottish Cup, and the League title in 1955, 1956 and 1958 respectively.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:23 (eight months ago) link

When Milton Berle and other comics told jokes at his father’s 1958 funeral, the teenage Einstein decided he would never go into comedy.

Instead, he went to college and played basketball at Chapman University and then pursued a career in advertising. But when he did a TV performance on a local cable show for a friend, pretending to be the man who installed the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it caught the eye of Tom Smothers. After Smothers invited the 26-year old to the set, Einstein recalled how it transformed his life. “I go over and now I’m sitting and watching rehearsals and my mind is burning and all of sudden out of nowhere I want this, a bee has stung me in the back, and I want this.”

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:05 (eight months ago) link

Who was his father, Albert?

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:18 (eight months ago) link

no, that's his brother

Number None, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:19 (eight months ago) link

(Countdown to at least one post in the 'shockingly old' thread once people who didn't know realize who his brother is.)

The Mandal Brah Set (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:33 (eight months ago) link

ugh that's a tough one, always loved his deadpan

bros before HOOS (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:30 (eight months ago) link

he was a very funny comedic actor

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:37 (eight months ago) link

I grew up watching Einstein as Super Dave Osborne on John Byner's show "Bizarre." Great stuff.

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:47 (eight months ago) link

Hammer Films Producer Roy Skeggs:

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:02 (eight months ago) link

(Countdown to at least one post in the 'shockingly old' thread once people who didn't know realize who his brother is.)

That'll be me then.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:04 (eight months ago) link

RIP Funkhouser.

calzino, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:16 (eight months ago) link

Albert and Bob, together

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:23 (eight months ago) link

Nine minutes of madness

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:33 (eight months ago) link

Whoa, this day.

Just In: The "Captain" Daryl Dragon of 70s pop music husband-and-wife duo Captain & Tennille has died at age 76.

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) January 2, 2019

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:58 (eight months ago) link

RIP, he was on some good Beach Boys/Dennis Wilson stuff

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:02 (eight months ago) link

how the heck was he known professionally as "the Captain" and not fuckin DARYL DRAGON

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:07 (eight months ago) link

lol my thoughts exactly

Number None, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:07 (eight months ago) link

a 70s porn star was already using that name, probably

StanM, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:09 (eight months ago) link


Οὖτις, Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:33 (eight months ago) link

Daryl Dragon was quite an odd man, going by Toni Tennille's memoir. Seems to have suffered from serious OCD his whole life, and probably schizophrenia in his later years.

Thanks for all the great tunes, Captain.

Josefa, Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:34 (eight months ago) link

gutted about Pegi

RIP, amazing lady

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 3 January 2019 03:25 (eight months ago) link

didn't the Captain live in a trailer behind Sunset Sound in the nineties?

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:21 (eight months ago) link

or the Village Recorder or something

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:23 (eight months ago) link

aw pegi :(

an erotic picnic with Ming (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 3 January 2019 05:51 (eight months ago) link

That'll be me then.

Brooks took his stage surname for obvious reasons. Their dad was a "lol ethnics" character comedian as Parkyakarkus, successful in radio and film, who died onstage at a Friar's Roast benefit for hospitals. The hilarity continued backstage as doctors left their dinner to cut his chest open with a penknife and attempt to defibrillate him by stripping a lamp cord.

sans lep (sic), Thursday, 3 January 2019 08:45 (eight months ago) link

Joe Casely-Hayfiord, fashion designer. He was 62.

suzy, Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:37 (eight months ago) link

Yeah I saw that on Susie Bubble’s Instagram, but I was also struck that she was happy to be seen visiting Bicester Village outlets. I thought that was super uncool for tourists ? Is this a thing now?

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 3 January 2019 19:31 (eight months ago) link

Every so often Bicester Village hires a coach and fills it with fashion editors, who are also given gift cards for their day trip. In Susie’s case, she might just be buying toddler clothes (her partner is one of my editors at work).

suzy, Thursday, 3 January 2019 19:50 (eight months ago) link

For a brief time I was in touch with Joe C-H for work, and he was kind and quick to respond when to be honest he could legitimately have ignored me.

Madchen, Friday, 4 January 2019 08:44 (eight months ago) link

Nancy Roman, Nasa’s first Chief of Astronomy

Madchen, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:03 (eight months ago) link

koogs, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:41 (eight months ago) link

Herb Kelleher, innovative founder of Southwest Airlines (first to dress flight attendants in hot pants, to name one innovation)

Josefa, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:51 (eight months ago) link

Man, massive news we all missed! The legendary Al Reinert, director of THE moon landing documentary For All Mankind -- which also produced a legendary soundtrack, Eno's Apollo -- passed on, initial news announced yesterday:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 4 January 2019 23:15 (eight months ago) link

I showed that to my daughters just a month ago - what a gem.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 4 January 2019 23:46 (eight months ago) link

aw no :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 5 January 2019 05:27 (eight months ago) link

Howell Begle, who was a key figure via his pro bono support of Ruth Brown in getting royalties and more to any number of African American musicians from earlier years who'd been cheated out of them.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 January 2019 16:54 (eight months ago) link

Percussionist-composer Alvin Fielder, founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 6 January 2019 12:29 (eight months ago) link

Alan R. Pearlman, founder of ARP Instruments:

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 6 January 2019 21:34 (eight months ago) link

^ was just about to post that one :(

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:34 (eight months ago) link

Victor "The Mascara Snake" Hayden died in December.

visiting, Monday, 7 January 2019 22:27 (eight months ago) link


The Fearless Thread Killers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 6 September 2019 02:05 (one week ago) link

She was in Otto Preminger's The Cardinal, which is an incredible film I just saw recently but can't recall who she played in it

Josefa, Friday, 6 September 2019 03:11 (one week ago) link

robert mugabe

future generations will never know what a philtrum is

mookieproof, Friday, 6 September 2019 05:07 (one week ago) link

wow, I’m reading a dissection of his reign just this week

times 牛肉麵 (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 6 September 2019 07:46 (one week ago) link

(for the record, I dearly hope the sack of shit suffered like every one of his fucking victims)

times 牛肉麵 (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 6 September 2019 07:49 (one week ago) link

Chester Williams, member of South Africa's 1995 rugby World Cup winning squad, heart attack at 49. Now the *fifth* member of that squad, if you include the coach, to die.

Michael Jones, Friday, 6 September 2019 21:51 (one week ago) link

Abdul Qadir, Pakistani leg-spinner legend

calzino, Friday, 6 September 2019 21:55 (one week ago) link

Bummer, RIP AQ.

Boulez, vous couchez avec moi? (Tom D.), Friday, 6 September 2019 21:59 (one week ago) link

had to google what a leg spinner was. first thought involved double-jointedness.

wasdnuos (abanana), Friday, 6 September 2019 23:31 (one week ago) link

rip AQ

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 6 September 2019 23:36 (one week ago) link

Google googly next (xp)

Boulez, vous couchez avec moi? (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:16 (one week ago) link

Can it really be called a sport if there are a dozen seagulls on the pitch and nobody is bothered by that?

koogs, Saturday, 7 September 2019 03:18 (one week ago) link

They're incredibly excited - each seagull is worth 10 goals - but the rules strictly penalise showing it.

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 7 September 2019 12:57 (one week ago) link

You don't get seagulls on the pitch in snooker

Mark G, Sunday, 8 September 2019 08:37 (one week ago) link

I've seen Cliff Thorburn

Joe Proroguin' (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 8 September 2019 08:40 (one week ago) link

Rod Coneybeare, who played the giraffe and the rooster on Canadian kids' show The Friendly Giant.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 9 September 2019 17:39 (one week ago) link

RIP Jerome and Rusty, touchstones of my childhood.

Ρεμπετολογια, Monday, 9 September 2019 20:38 (one week ago) link

Guitarist Jimmy Johnson of the Muscle Shoals Stompers at 76

Johnson recorded w/ Aretha; & on
cuts by Etta James (“Tell Mama”), Wilson Pickett (“Mustang Sally,” “Land of a 1000 Dances”), Paul Simon ""Kodachrome," “Loves Me Like a Rock”), Staple Singers (“I’ll Take You There," ”Respect Yourself"), Jimmy Cliff (“The Harder They Come”); Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 04:07 (one week ago) link

Robert Frank, 94:

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 13:28 (one week ago) link

Ahhh this one breaks my heart. Rest in peace, Robert Frank.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:48 (one week ago) link

lee salem, who discovered or edited most of the major newspaper strips of the last few decades, including calvin and hobbes, the far side, cul de sac, and for better or for worse:

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:30 (six days ago) link

Fred Herzog on the same day as Robert Frank

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 16:03 (six days ago) link

T Boone Pickens, rich guy

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 18:41 (six days ago) link

Celebs you didn't know...

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 18:48 (six days ago) link

daniel johnston?

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:54 (six days ago) link

Eccentric Austin singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston dead at 58.

— Austin Chronicle (@AustinChronicle) September 11, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:55 (six days ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:59 (six days ago) link

damn. RIP Daniel Johnston.

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:11 (six days ago) link

Wow. I had no idea he was only 58, seemed to have been around forever.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:15 (six days ago) link

Fred Herzog on the same day as Robert Frank

― Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:03 AM (four hours ago)

ok the thread has moved on but fred herzog photos of vancouver are probably my favourite vancouver artifacts. i walk down hastings street every day and it's interesting to compare the contemporary view with that neon-laden past of the strip depict in herzog's photos

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:24 (six days ago) link

I was not familiar with Herzog, but I looked up a gallery of his photos and they amazing.

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:33 (six days ago) link

Screenwriter Mardik Martin

Alba, Thursday, 12 September 2019 04:25 (five days ago) link

eddie money

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 14:24 (four days ago) link

Dude was unrepentant about living his life large right up until the very end.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 September 2019 14:26 (four days ago) link

Philippe Pascal, frontman of French post-punk bands Marquis de Sade and Marc Seberg. He was 63. RIP.

pomenitul, Saturday, 14 September 2019 10:35 (three days ago) link

Comics historian and fandom historian Bill Schelly, 67. We weren't close friends but we were close enough to say friends rather than acquaintances.

WmC, Saturday, 14 September 2019 13:17 (three days ago) link

Ric Ocasek of the Cars, who was fucking 75. I had no idea. Their first five albums range from solid to great, and he produced the Bad Brains' best album, Rock For Light.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 16 September 2019 00:28 (yesterday) link

Wow. RIP.

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 16 September 2019 00:30 (yesterday) link


flappy bird, Monday, 16 September 2019 00:34 (yesterday) link

noooooo ;_;

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 16 September 2019 01:12 (yesterday) link

i saw he was 70 (which was surprising enough). 75??

akm, Monday, 16 September 2019 01:31 (yesterday) link


Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 September 2019 01:38 (yesterday) link

RIP. Did not see that one coming.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Monday, 16 September 2019 01:42 (yesterday) link

NYC poet and avant-jazz scene fixture Steve Dalachinsky. I knew him for about 20 years, saw him at every Vision Festival I attended and a million gigs at the Knitting Factory, Tonic, and other places. He was even hanging out at the Whitney Museum when I interviewed Cecil Taylor there for The Wire. An awesome guy. I’ll miss him.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 16 September 2019 03:11 (yesterday) link

Wow, he was very much always on the scene; sorry to hear that.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 04:08 (yesterday) link

whoah. RIP Rick. was just playing "Just What I Needed" Saturday night.

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 September 2019 15:31 (yesterday) link

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