Rolling Obituary Thread: 2020

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Dave Riley of Big Black, 59.

https://www.punknews.org/article/71539/inmemoriam-dave-riley-of-big-black-has-passed-away

nickn, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 22:25 (eight months ago) link

Damn. RIP.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 22:26 (eight months ago) link

noted cincinnati bengals coach sam wyche, 74

mookieproof, Thursday, 2 January 2020 21:02 (eight months ago) link

Very Toronto-centric: Marilyn Lastman, Toronto's version of Martha Mitchell, sort of.

https://globalnews.ca/news/6358472/marilyn-lastman-wife-mel-lastman-dies/

As coincidence would have it, I passed the Kitchener Bad Boy store on the way home tonight.

(Also, as posted on ILB, Don Larsen.)

clemenza, Friday, 3 January 2020 00:03 (eight months ago) link

A minute of "wait, why would a Mad Magazine artist / writer show up first on I Love Books rather than I Love Comics?"

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 3 January 2020 00:11 (eight months ago) link

sad news, but man, that URL is particularly unfortunate.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 3 January 2020 16:14 (eight months ago) link

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/article/21107896/rosetta-thompson-19392019

DC promoter for the last 40 years of old-school style Gospel quartet shows , died after a long illness in December 2019

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 January 2020 16:59 (eight months ago) link

TV "psychic", exploiter of the vulnerable, and smarmy fuck who didn't see this one coming, Derek Acorah

https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/04/tv-mystic-derek-acorah-dies-aged-69

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 4 January 2020 09:42 (eight months ago) link

coming soon ...most haunted dead tosser haunts himself.

calzino, Saturday, 4 January 2020 09:57 (eight months ago) link

be a little more sensitive calz, he might be reading this from beyond the grave

NickB, Saturday, 4 January 2020 11:15 (eight months ago) link

he's pretending to be possessed in heaven now

Kebabs Windsor (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 4 January 2020 11:22 (eight months ago) link

he's doonstairs

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 4 January 2020 11:42 (eight months ago) link

John Baldessari:

RIP: John Baldessari, a giant of Conceptual art for 50 years, has died. He was 88. A full obituary will follow. https://t.co/CWIiwkIQyu

— Christopher Knight (@KnightLAT) January 5, 2020

... (Eazy), Monday, 6 January 2020 00:46 (eight months ago) link

Nancy Lewis, American manager/publicist for Monty Python, the Who, Hendrix, and Genesis, among others, in the ‘60s-‘70s.

https://deadline.com/2020/01/nancy-carol-lewis-jones-dead-monty-python-manager-the-who-jimi-hendrix-publicist-1202822557/

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 11:54 (eight months ago) link

Elizabeth Wurtzel, sorry.

Alba, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 16:18 (eight months ago) link

she had just been writing for New York mag again, that's a surprise to me

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 16:22 (eight months ago) link

Wow

flappy bird, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 16:57 (eight months ago) link

very sad :(

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 17:54 (eight months ago) link

Christopher Beeny, jobbing British actor probably best known for playing Thora Hird's son in In Loving Memory although he was also in Upstairs Downstairs and the last 10 years of Last of the Summer Wine.

Doubling down on out of date information (aldo), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 20:42 (eight months ago) link

Now I can no longer say Oh! I Always Get Those Two Mixed Up! about him and Christopher Timothy, as mentioned recently on the thread of that name :(

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 22:26 (eight months ago) link

It's Christopher Blake I confuse him with.

Doubling down on out of date information (aldo), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 22:42 (eight months ago) link

Errrrrrrrr, what was he in again? Don't tell me....

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 22:45 (eight months ago) link

... OK, two sitcoms I have absolutely no memory of, though I remember him, only 55 when he died :(

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 22:47 (eight months ago) link

I fucking hated that crap when I was a kid!

calzino, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 22:50 (eight months ago) link

take it to up the arse corner

Death to (NickB), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 22:52 (eight months ago) link

lol!

calzino, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 22:53 (eight months ago) link

in the pic to the bottom left it looks like Thora Hird got first dibs on the strap on and is giving it him hard.

calzino, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 22:57 (eight months ago) link

rip

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 22:59 (eight months ago) link

i guess this is the thread for tears after all

Death to (NickB), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 23:09 (eight months ago) link

still not as painful as the other ilm tbf

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 23:11 (eight months ago) link

The obituary thread is where to come for lolz, folks.

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 23:13 (eight months ago) link

if you can't laugh at the idea of corpse thora hird fucking another corpse with a dildo then this just isn't the thread for you!

calzino, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 23:23 (eight months ago) link

stairlift to heaven

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 23:42 (eight months ago) link

new year, similar UK unknowns dominating the rolls

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:26 (eight months ago) link

don't want to sic you but "uk unknowns" are in no way "dominating" the list in this thread thus far

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:29 (eight months ago) link

idk morbs if a fella so much as looked at a can of film in 1947 he gets his due from yerself in the rip threads, no harm in the bar being low

i never even posted larry gogan today, like

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:32 (eight months ago) link

howbout the last 3 hours xp

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:32 (eight months ago) link

there really is a vast world of dead britishes sitcom actors fucking each other with dildos that i know nothing of

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:35 (eight months ago) link

so... Jack Sheldon of "Schoolhouse Rock" fame

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/01/entertainment/jack-sheldon-dead/index.html

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:37 (eight months ago) link

theatre and film director/producer Jack Garfein (The Strange One, Something Wild (1961, with his wife Carroll Baker))

http://www.playbill.com/article/jack-garfein-acclaimed-director-and-producer-dies-at-89

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:43 (eight months ago) link

Holy shit Carroll Baker is still alive

Josefa, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 02:20 (eight months ago) link

I saw her do a Q&A in the last couple years, after Something Wild

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 02:25 (eight months ago) link

Never saw that, know her from The Carpetbaggers and Harlow and Sylvia and the '50s things she was in

Josefa, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 02:34 (eight months ago) link

Thought she just passed. Oh wait that was Sue Lyons. Guess I should post them on Oh! I Always Get Those Two Mixed Up!

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 02:42 (eight months ago) link

sorry Sue Lyon, no final ‘s’

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 02:44 (eight months ago) link

Bosley Crowther thought the same

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 02:47 (eight months ago) link

Cause when I think of Stanley Crouch, I think of a love revolution.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 17 September 2020 22:01 (one week ago) link

https://media4.giphy.com/media/WONP1AEDRp7wHc2IUM/giphy.gif

flappy bird, Thursday, 17 September 2020 22:55 (one week ago) link

I suppose Williamson is also kind of into poundcake speech politics except she's less "pull up your pants" and more woo woo - "your only limit is your own mind" type junk

rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 17 September 2020 22:58 (one week ago) link

To be honest I kind of love how she just keeps throwing curveballs at me, most of them more bizarre than upsetting.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 18 September 2020 01:45 (one week ago) link

my commie roommate read A Return to Love twice because it was, to paraphrase, "such compelling bullshit"

Simon H., Friday, 18 September 2020 02:02 (one week ago) link

https://artsfuse.org/211996/arts-remembrance-soul-iconoclast-roy-c/?fbclid=IwAR28vNcDWiA7dUnddDXlLXd9u-gfzz4-nE-V4aMbeMmbt-ng9fKKEDMf7S4

RIP Roy C (Hammond), southern soul singer

https://www.wjbf.com/csra-news/soul-singer-roy-charles-hammond-aka-roy-c-has-died/?fbclid=IwAR0ppYaA8crmJH-8aYrUnC4D4UqyFAoO7ivYzcw-YuYYRbW2YKl2UgsO_MU

1965 hit, “Shotgun Wedding”. Another song, “Impeach the President”, which he recorded and produced with a high school group, the Honey Drippers, has had one of the most sampled drum tracks in hip hop. Later continued to tour on the southern soul circuit

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 September 2020 03:44 (one week ago) link

RIP. The bells are ringing in Georgia.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 September 2020 03:50 (one week ago) link

RIP. Impeach The President is a JAM.

Just a few slices of apple, Servant. Thank you. How delicious. (stevie), Friday, 18 September 2020 07:16 (one week ago) link

indeed. RIP.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 18 September 2020 11:31 (one week ago) link

Winston Groom, 77.

I didn't know there was a Forrest Gump sequel, Gump and Co.:

Forrest also meets an attractive blonde woman named Gretchen, who works in a beer hall. Originally from East Germany, Gretchen was spirited to the West, but her family still remains in the Soviet zone. Forrest and Gretchen start dating, but when Forrest suggests buying Little Forrest an oompah horn, Gretchen thinks he cannot afford such a gift on a private's salary and suggests better rapport could be built through writing letters explaining his situation in Germany. Despite Gretchen's concerns, Forrest shells out $800 for the horn (but considers it a better deal as he did not get ripped off for shipping as he did in Alaska).

Sam Weller, Friday, 18 September 2020 14:39 (one week ago) link

That plot summary is a treat:

When Forrest's background in pro football is discovered, he gets recruited for the Sour Krauts, the unit's football team, to play against an intelligence unit, the Wiesbaden Wizards.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 September 2020 14:49 (one week ago) link

Alternate world where Forrest Gump on film was just another Ace Ventura-like role for Carrey.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 September 2020 14:52 (one week ago) link

Scanning the wiki page, that is....a *lot* of plot for 242 pages. I'm almost impressed.

Simon H., Friday, 18 September 2020 15:38 (one week ago) link

RBG, 87

flappy bird, Saturday, 19 September 2020 01:46 (one week ago) link

The great Michael Lonsdale, almost certainly the only person to appear in a James Bond film and a Jacques Rivette film:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54234139

Ward Fowler, Monday, 21 September 2020 16:33 (one week ago) link

Another big movie one, Ron Cobb, key designer on a major slew of 70s/80s films:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ron-cobb-dead-designer-alien-ship-back-future-delorean-was-83-1149219

Not to mention a to-the-point political cartoonist 50 years back with work that hasn't aged at all -- sadly.

Sorry to learn from @AnnoDracula about the death of the great Ron Cobb, whose editorial cartoons from the '60s are unfortunately more relevant now than ever. I wish they weren't, but they are. pic.twitter.com/CDgpVtxEk5

— Scott Edelman (@scottedelman) September 21, 2020

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 September 2020 16:51 (one week ago) link

The great Michael Lonsdale, almost certainly the only person to appear in a James Bond film and a Jacques Rivette film:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54234139🕸

Loved this guy. RIP.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 September 2020 16:53 (one week ago) link

Oh no! I’ve spent the last three years reading old issues of Los Angeles Free Press, Chicago Seed and other counterculture papers from 1966-1970 and Cobb’s work was always there, had one or two on stuck to my wall. I actually had no idea about his work outside of the papers, since that was the only context I knew his name from!

blatherskite, Monday, 21 September 2020 17:26 (one week ago) link

What an absolutely gorgeous sleeve

Just a few slices of apple, Servant. Thank you. How delicious. (stevie), Monday, 21 September 2020 21:33 (one week ago) link

So RBG died 50 years to the day after Jimi Hendrix?

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 21 September 2020 21:38 (one week ago) link

and she served on the Supreme Court for 27 years. spooky.

(peech) or (buht ih-moh-jee) (unregistered), Monday, 21 September 2020 21:50 (one week ago) link

And Ruth Negga played Hendrix's girlfriend in that biopic...

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 21 September 2020 21:55 (one week ago) link

Spookier still:
Hendrix used Marshall amplifiers, while Ginsburg was called the "Thurgood Marshall of gender equality law"....

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 21 September 2020 22:06 (one week ago) link

This is probably apocryphal but I remember reading that when RBG wrote her Ledbetter vs Goodyear dissent she had like a whole sheet of acid tucked into her headband

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 21 September 2020 22:44 (one week ago) link

Jan Reid, author of The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, amongst others

https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/remembering-jan-reid-a-defining-magazine-journalist-and-voice-in-texas-literature/

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 02:13 (one week ago) link

RIP ROY HEAD! "Treat Her Right" was used perfectly in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Best fuckin opening to a movie in a while

flappy bird, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 05:02 (one week ago) link

Jackie Stallone

Just a few slices of apple, Servant. Thank you. How delicious. (stevie), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 07:47 (one week ago) link

Cinematographer Michael Chapman:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-chapman-cinematographer-on-taxi-driver-and-raging-bull-dies-at-84

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 08:02 (one week ago) link

UK musician Dave Kusworth died a few days ago. He’s best known for recording with Nikki Sudden sometimes billed as the Jacobites. They had a tuneful Rolling Stones Glimmer Twins aspect to their sound mixed with punk , but often handled by just the 2 of them

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 14:07 (six days ago) link

Brian's Song was Film Art when I saw it at 10.

clemenza, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 15:42 (six days ago) link

Juliette Greco.

santa clause four (suzy), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:08 (six days ago) link

Juliette Greco.

santa clause four (suzy), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:08 (six days ago) link

Bonjour tristesse!

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:35 (six days ago) link

loved her in the Miles Davis documentary last year

好 now 烧烤 (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:58 (six days ago) link

RIP, existentialists muse with that voice

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 19:28 (six days ago) link

Harold Evans, 92.

santa clause four (suzy), Thursday, 24 September 2020 05:59 (five days ago) link

Read 'My Paper Chase' when studying journalism. Quite a nostalgic (obv) and overly romantic book iirc, but that's what drew me to it at the time. He was one of the good guys and fought back against Murdoch (and Thatcher). RIP

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 24 September 2020 09:57 (five days ago) link

My mistake, it was 'Good Times Bad Times' I read during uni, not 'My Paper Chase'. I'm not that young. The latter v much recommended though.

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 24 September 2020 09:59 (five days ago) link

photorealist painter Robert Bechtle, 88yo

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 25 September 2020 04:58 (four days ago) link

one of Cobb's colleagues posted this overview/taste of his freewheeling thang, started w example of cool cover art for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction:
http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2020/09/22/ron-cobb-1937-2020/

also some here, among a nova express of heads:
http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2018/04/27/the-artists-of-future-life/

dow, Friday, 25 September 2020 15:45 (four days ago) link

Also this guy, who was amazing, for many many years, so glad he came back to the community, still contributing, though just being there, as a living reminder of past achievement and survival, would have been enough:
Robert Graetz, white minister who supported Montgomery bus boycott and became KKK target, dies at 92
https://www.al.com/news/montgomery/2020/09/robert-graetz-white-minister-who-supported-montgomery-bus-boycott-and-became-kkk-target-dies-at-92.html
See also NYTimes etc. coverage

dow, Friday, 25 September 2020 15:53 (four days ago) link

original Small Faces keyboardist Jimmy Winston

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:55 (three days ago) link

Mark Stone, Van Halen's original bass player
https://ultimateclassicrock.com/mark-stone-van-halen-dies/

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 28 September 2020 20:45 (yesterday) link

No-one mentioned Lee Kerslake, Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne drummer, 73.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 28 September 2020 23:33 (yesterday) link

...and one of the guys whose work was stripped from the 2001 Rhoads-era Ozzy remasters. (since restored on later versions)

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 September 2020 23:37 (yesterday) link

Philadephia DJ/musician/overall scene guy Sean O’Neal — far too young, and a personal favorite of mine thanks to his work in the wonderful Flowchart.

https://newsflash.bigshotmag.com/news/63621/

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 04:53 (six hours ago) link


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