The rolling RIP/obituary thread

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A thread for obituaries that may not need a separate thread of their own.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 9 July 2009 05:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Case in point...

RIP Rosalie Kunert a.k.a. "Rosie The Riveter"

ROSALIE KUNERT "ROSIE THE RIVETER" Age 86 of Burbank, Rosie passed on June 28th. She was born Rosalie Helen Merritt on October 2, 1922 in Hackensack, Minnesota. In late 1942 she relocated to Southern California where she began working at the Lockheed Airplane Factory in Burbank. Like many women during WWII, she took on previously male dominated trades such as riveting teams working on the cockpit shells of airplane bombers. It was here that she was approached for an interview to help promote and encourage women to take over vacated jobs for the duration of the war. She was initially singled out for her tall, statuesque appearance and bright auburn hair tied back in her polka-dot head scarf. They asked her to consider appearing in a promotional film about the war effort at home but she modestly declined not wanting to be singled out from the others. Regardless, the name was still officially coined. Another woman in Michigan was chosen and eventually "Rosie the Riveter" went on to become perhaps the most widely recognized icon of that era

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 9 July 2009 05:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

RIP, you weren't riveting enough to have your own thread.

estela, Thursday, 9 July 2009 05:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

wait, so the fuckin' oxyclean guy gets his own thread but rosie the riveter doesn't?

Visually-striking Cerebral Movies from the 1960s (get bent), Thursday, 9 July 2009 06:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think he started the thread to avoid future "RIP Billy Mays" type threads.

Fetchboy, Thursday, 9 July 2009 10:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Well, RIP to a guy I vaguely knew. They are saying it was a cardiac arrest. But it seemed odd if you're in your 30s. I googled - urgh, I know - and it seems it was what I suspected: an overdose. I've known his mother for more than a decade. Played with the poor guy when we were toddlers. So there you go: RIP Federic. :-(

Sookeh, I vant to suck your titties (stevienixed), Thursday, 9 July 2009 13:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

(Yes, yes, I know it should be celebs...)

Sookeh, I vant to suck your titties (stevienixed), Thursday, 9 July 2009 13:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dave out of Chas and Dave, 's wife.

Mark G, Thursday, 9 July 2009 13:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

whoa, he def outlived his... uh, i dont know what im aiming at here. not ubiquity or celebrity. cultural prominence?

iro with the brown bag (Hunt3r), Saturday, 18 July 2009 00:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

File this one under people I didn't know where still alive.

Jeff, Saturday, 18 July 2009 00:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was hoping he would make it to the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 18 July 2009 00:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^Whoa, extra bummer aspect.

the haircare bunch (suzy), Saturday, 18 July 2009 01:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

File this one under people I didn't know where still alive.


Johnny Fever, Saturday, 18 July 2009 01:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

wow srsly, he was still alive?

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 18 July 2009 01:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

No, he died twice.

Unregistered Googler (stevienixed), Saturday, 18 July 2009 19:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

The last British survivor of the World War I trenches, Harry Patch, has died at the age of 111.

Mr Patch was conscripted into the Army aged 18 and fought in the Battle of Passchendaele at Ypres in 1917 in which more than 70,000 British soldiers died.

James Mitchell, Saturday, 25 July 2009 11:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

Somerset's finest. RIP.

N1ck (Upt0eleven), Saturday, 25 July 2009 11:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

John Ryan. creator of Mary, Mungo and Midge and Captain Pugwash

koogs, Monday, 27 July 2009 10:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Merce Cunningham apparently died.

Unregistered Googler (stevienixed), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh shit, that sucks.

Merce Cunningham, a giant figure in the world of modern dance, died Sunday night at his home. He was 90. The Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation and his company made the announcement early Monday morning. A full obituary by Alastair Macaulay, the chief dance critic of The New York Times, is coming soon.

sleeve, Monday, 27 July 2009 15:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Harold Norse

Joerg Hi Dere (NickB), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 13:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Strange that they describe him as the last of the Beat poets though. Snyder and Ferlinghetti are still going, aren't they?

Joerg Hi Dere (NickB), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 13:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

RIP the drummer from crap Britpop band Space, according to the Liverpool Echo.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 5 August 2009 00:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

got their best of only a week or two ago.

Bobkate Goldtwat (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 August 2009 01:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

as a gift, mark you.

Bobkate Goldtwat (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 August 2009 01:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

I honestly didn't know until a few days ago that Alice Coltrane died! 2 1/2 years ago, in fact. Couldn't imagine why I didn't notice (and post on) the RIP thread - then realized that all the condolences were redirected to the S&D thread instead.

RIP, harp lady

Stop wishing death on people just for the cool thread titles (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, 5 August 2009 04:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

RIP Theodore D. Nierenberg, founder of Dansk.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 August 2009 05:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies at 88

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 10:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Mink DeVille.

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 11:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Eunice Shriver, RIP. She is a person who could have coasted for her whole life, instead she founded a charity that has done a fantastic amount of good. I was a volunteer for the Special Olympics for 10 years and I truly loved every minute of it.

Big time RIP to someone who made a real difference.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

I guess not many people would contribute to a thread, but I'm a bit cut up about Gerry Cohen's death. We did a lot of work from his books in my undergrad Marx course, and I saw him lecture less than two years ago.

emil.y, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 19:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

RIP the drummer from crap Britpop band Space, according to the Liverpool Echo.

what the f. :-( not a fan of the band, but was aware of'em

and eunice! i knew she was sick... :-(

Nathalie (stevienixed), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 19:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

She was 88, and she seems to have made the most of that time-she leaves one hell of a legacy

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 19:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

From Variety (who mis-identify Jess Franco as an "Italian Giallo Auteur"):

By Pat Saperstein
Prolific B-movie producer and writer Harry Alan Towers, who made more than 100 films working with cult stalwarts such as Christopher Lee and director Jess Franco, died after a brief illness July 31. He was 88.
While Towers generally worked on low-budget fare, he favored literary adaptations by such writers as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Alan Poe, Agatha Christie and Edgar Wallace.

During the 1960s and 1970s, he wrote and produced dozens of films, sometimes credited as Peter Welbeck. Among the actors he worked with were Orson Welles, Michael York, Michael Caine, Richard Harris, James Earl Jones and Tony Curtis.

Towers often shot in locations such as South Africa, Ireland and Bulgaria on films such as "The Face of Fu Manchu," Iran-filmed "Ten Little Indians," South African classic adaptation "Cry the Beloved Country" and "Klondike Fever."

His association with Italian giallo auteur Franco produced films which have become underground classics including "Venus in Furs," "Eugenie," "Marquis de Sade: Justine" and "Night of the Blood Monster."

Capitalizing on the industry's need for video titles during the 1980s and early 1990s, Towers provided a steady pipeline of films such as Robert Englund starrers "Phantom of the Opera" and "Danse Macabre," "Warrior Queen" and "Delta Force 3."

Towers started as a child actor in Britain and during WWII, he became a radio writer while serving in the Royal Air Force. He and his mother started a company called Towers of London after the war to sell syndicated radio shows around the world, and he went on to produce numerous programs for British television including "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "Tales from Dickens."

His literary agent, Albert T. Longden, said he was working on an autobiography. Recently he had been working on an adaptation of "Moll Flanders," which was at one time set to be directed by Ken Russell.

He is survived by his wife, actress Maria Rohm.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 13 August 2009 21:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

LOS ANGELES – John Quade, who played the heavy in several Clint Eastwood movies and was the sheriff in the TV miniseries "Roots," has died. He was 71.

His wife Gwen says Quade died in his sleep of natural causes Sunday at his home in the Southern California desert town of Rosamond.

Quade had dozens of TV and movie roles in a career that spanned more than a quarter-century. His movies included "Papillon" and "High Plains Drifter."

However, he is perhaps best remembered as the motorcycle gang leader in the Eastwood movie "Every Which Way But Loose" and its sequel, "Any Which Way You Can."

He also played Sheriff Biggs in episodes of "Roots."

The Kansas-born Quade leaves six children and 10 grandchildren.

The Collected Works of Fun Fun (donna rouge), Thursday, 13 August 2009 21:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

Rashied Ali died, too. 2009 is the worst.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Thursday, 13 August 2009 21:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

RIP Michael Turner, one of the translators of Herge's TINTIN:

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 17:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Too bad, the Falcons were looking for big things from Michael "the Burner" Turner this year.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 17:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

Rashied Ali died, too. 2009 is the worst.

― Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Thursday, August 13, 2009 4:09 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark

Either that or as ILX ages we're becoming like those death obsessed grandparents who call up their friends to ask if they've seen today's obituary yet.

Fetchboy, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 18:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

The drummer (I think) from Lit died of brain cancer; saw the obit yesterday.

nickn, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 18:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Y'know what, FUCK THIS YEAR already. Someone, anyone, fastforward, cause this year sucks.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Saturday, 29 August 2009 11:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dr. Drew:
There is just a profound lack of appreciation of the impact of prescription drugs on the disease of addiction.This time I lost a friend.

Can't tell you how often I have seen an Rx for anxiety or pain result in a full relapse on hard drugs.
about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

If the biology is activated even by appropriately prescribed medication, the disease awakens and progresses - really without exception
about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

Q. Tarantino Presents: Popeye (Eazy), Saturday, 29 August 2009 21:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

Simon Dee, apparently (according to Wikipedia).

James Mitchell, Sunday, 30 August 2009 11:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

And the BBC News: Opened up a thread for the dude.

Mark G, Sunday, 30 August 2009 12:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Y'know what, FUCK THIS YEAR already. Someone, anyone, fastforward, cause this year sucks.

― Nathalie (stevienixed), Saturday, 29 August 2009 12:31 (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

^^^ 2009 is the year when all your childhood heroes will either die or publicly disgrace themselves.

the visible spectrum is rainbows (snoball), Sunday, 30 August 2009 12:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

I know it's pretty sad (like in the loser sense) but I do get upset when someone famous dies. :-(

Nathalie (stevienixed), Sunday, 30 August 2009 18:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

John Cushnie, my favourite Gardeners' Question Time panellist.

Madchen, Friday, 1 January 2010 14:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Maybe there should be new thread for new year?

the embed's too big without you (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 1 January 2010 15:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

John Cushnie, my favourite Gardeners' Question Time panellist

Ditto, he was a very funny guy.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Friday, 1 January 2010 22:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought I was the only square round here :)

Madchen, Saturday, 2 January 2010 11:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Always listen to GQT on iPlayer if I'm feeling fretful about the hydrangeas.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Saturday, 2 January 2010 12:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Singer Sandro, the 'Argentine Elvis,' Dies at 64

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 10:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Maybe there should be new thread for new year?

Good idea... Here it is: The rolling RIP/obituary thread - 2010 edition

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 19:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

RIP Ernie Harwell, legendary Detroit Tigers radio announcer 1918-2010

Growing up in SE Michigan, WJR AM Detroit was on in my house & my dad's car ALL the time. My strongest memories of this are Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story" & this dude, who was the Tigers announcer for many, many years (55 seasons I read). My dad absolutely loved himm, to the extent that when he watched games at home, he would dial the volume down on the television & prop up an ancient single-speaker radio tuned to WJR. My dad even took me to an autograph signing at the downtown Jacobson's department store once. I was really young, but I remember EH seeming very genuinely gracious & friendly. He signed the foul ball I caught in Tiger Stadium '85!

Here is a quality feature from today's Detroit News - a list of misc. personal remembrances basically

in movie 2001 resurrect thread on planet jupiter (Pillbox), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 22:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

he worked for other teams too, but Detroit for 40+ years.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 May 2010 02:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

[aw crap, just saw new thread]

are you some kinda rap version of marc loi (stevie), Monday, 16 August 2010 15:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Pete Postlethwaite.

James Mitchell, Monday, 3 January 2011 10:12 (six years ago) Permalink

I kind of think he should have had his own thread. Seems to have been around for years, in lots of enjoyable films, all round good guy. So sad. RIP.

specifically, the word talking (Ned Trifle II), Monday, 3 January 2011 11:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Check out The Muscle Market on youtube if you've got an hour to spare.

specifically, the word talking (Ned Trifle II), Monday, 3 January 2011 11:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Postlethwaite was one of those actors who was always a real pleasure to watch, whatever he was in. 64 is no age at all. RIP.

Shanty! Shanti! Shanté! (Noodle Vague), Monday, 3 January 2011 12:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Someone mentioned him on Distant Voices, Still Lives and he was excellent on that.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 January 2011 12:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Thought he was older, he's been in so many things, real shame, liked him :(

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 January 2011 12:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Teena Marie RIP

a nan, a bal, an anal ― (abanana), Monday, 3 January 2011 17:55 (six years ago) Permalink

that just leaves me and Robby :(

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 January 2011 18:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Earl Holliman's still kicking.

kkvgz, Monday, 3 January 2011 18:56 (six years ago) Permalink

terrible cook

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 January 2011 19:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Aw, man. Anne Francis. One of my first childhood crushes, thanks to "Honey West."

Glorified Lolcat (Dan Peterson), Monday, 3 January 2011 21:08 (six years ago) Permalink

I was just watching Forbidden Planet on TCM a day or two ago.

not the sort of person who would wind up in a landfill (Nicole), Monday, 3 January 2011 21:09 (six years ago) Permalink

Altaira: [swiming in a pool] Come on in.
Commander John J. Adams: I didn’t bring my bathing suit.
Altaira: What’s a bathing suit?
Commander John J. Adams: [quickly turning his back] Oh, murder!

if there's a straw, I will clutch (DavidM), Monday, 3 January 2011 22:08 (six years ago) Permalink

(i nearly posted that exact quote when nielsen died and everyone else was quoting airplane)

koogs, Tuesday, 4 January 2011 14:49 (six years ago) Permalink

that was in the FP trailer!

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 15:36 (six years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

John Howard Davies

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:44 (six years ago) Permalink

For some reason I thought he'd died a few years ago. RIP JHD.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:54 (six years ago) Permalink

Thinking of Bob Spiers, maybe?

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 11:26 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^ broke my damn heart yesterday

sbgorf (stevie), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 07:24 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

DJ Mehdi's reported to have died after falling from a balcony.

A little bit like Peter Crouch but with more mobility (ShariVari), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:01 (six years ago) Permalink


Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Apparently it was the roof of his apartment, and everybody with him fell except Riton who managed not to or something? Just horrific

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Richard Hamilton

Euripides Trousers (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:27 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

aka Bobby Purify part of the duo that did "I'm Your Puppet"

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Jennifer Miro of the Nuns.

nickn, Thursday, 5 January 2012 06:21 (five years ago) Permalink

David Gold of the Canadian metal band Woods of Ypres.

Actually used to work with him years ago, back when he was first putting his band together. Hadn't seen him in a few years. Very funny, intelligent, talented and passionate guy. A terrible loss.

Who wants to see the great Pavarotti sit on a pie? (jer.fairall), Friday, 6 January 2012 01:40 (five years ago) Permalink

William Duell, character actor (Mr Sefelt in Cuckoo's Nest)

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 January 2012 06:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Didn't know which one Mr. Sefelt was, but when I saw that he was in The Hustler, I figured out who he was.

clemenza, Friday, 6 January 2012 06:09 (five years ago) Permalink

I see there is also a Rolling RIP/obit 2012 thread. Maybe someone should ask a mod to decide whether to close this thread or not.

Rolling RIP/Obituary Thread 2012

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 January 2012 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Hal David

rods & cones (doo dah), Saturday, 1 September 2012 20:58 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Never heard of him before, but I'm not sure he would have wanted to be remembered this way: 'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis dies

Vote in the ILM End of Year Poll! (seandalai), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 02:36 (four years ago) Permalink

"Cellular" is a great flick.

abanana, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 04:25 (four years ago) Permalink

He also wanted to call Shark Night Untitled 3D Shark Thriller which would have been better.

abanana, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 04:27 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

André Cassagnes, Etch A Sketch Inventor, Is Dead at 86

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 4 February 2013 17:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Rolling Obituary Thread 2013

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 15:02 (four years ago) Permalink

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