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Thread: Recent Deaths Of People You May Have Heard Of...

  1. #181
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    Aug 2013
    South of England
    Probably because you never had it in the first place.

    You can't see it but she discovered it...

    Astronomers believe more than 90 percent of the matter in the universe is stuff we can’t see — dark matter. The woman we have to thank for this discovery died yesterday at the age of 88. Her name was Vera Rubin.

  2. #182
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    May 2005
    Henlow, England
    I perceived this thread to be noticeable announcements of those recently departed and not a forum for the rights or wrongs of their lives and not something I'm interested in or in a position to judge.

    I hate to agree with Mr Green but he does make an interesting point with the modern outpouring of grief. I see so many people have a need for to connect with the death and make the death "personal" in some way to them. A change definitely from many years ago.

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    Jan 2015
    Quote Originally Posted by Agent K View Post
    I perceived this thread to be noticeable announcements of those recently departed and not a forum for the rights or wrongs of their lives and not something I'm interested in or in a position to judge.

    I hate to agree with Mr Green but he does make an interesting point with the modern outpouring of grief. I see so many people have a need for to connect with the death and make the death "personal" in some way to them. A change definitely from many years ago.
    Hm has it not occurred to anyone here that it's the means to outpour this grief that might also have contributed. Perhaps the British 'stuff upper lip' may have not been so stiff during the last had the populace had Twitter and Facebook. Let's not mythologise and create this legend of the past particularly when half of you weren't even there and are relying on historical cliche. Stiff upper lip indeed. As if a stiff upper lip is always something to celebrate.

    Also John talks about dodging a point. John - you have made a great success across these forums doing just that. Striking with a comment, provoking a response and then responding to that response by ignoring it and provoking some more. Very effective tactics but let's not pretend that you engage in rational debate. Hence why you have ignored my reply about 'inconvenient truths' and what they were?

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    Apr 2008
    Debbie Reynolds

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    Oct 2007
    Tragedy begets tragedy: movie star Debbie Reynolds has indeed passed away, suffering a suspected stroke while planning the funeral of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who died yesterday. Details:

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    Very sad. A truly lovely person
    Engine Failure:.... A condition which occurs when all fuel tanks mysteriously become filled with air.

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    Aug 2013
    South of England
    A hard man of Scottish acting...

    GLASWEGIAN actor Freddie Boardley, who was famous for his roles in Brookside, Coronation Street and Taggart, has died at the age of 66.

    The TV star is reported to have passed away just before Christmas at his home in Glasgow after a battle with cancer.

    Well-known for playing a ‘hard-man’, the Scot often featured on hit TV shows like BBC Comedy Bad Boys and Rab C Nesbitt.

    He also toured with the prestigious National Theatre in London and took on the leading role in John Byre’s renowned play Slab Boys.
    The highest ranking US D-Day survivor...

    The highest-ranking survivor of the D-Day invasion during World War II has died.

    Retired Gen. Seth McKee was 100. He died Dec. 26 in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to The Arizona Republic, citing McKee’s wife, Sally.

    Just two months ago, McKee was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honor in the rank of Chevalier 5, according to the Air Force. That’s the highest honor France bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals.

    McKee, who began his military career in 1935, logged more than 190 hours in 69 combat missions in the P-38 Lightning​, and is credited with downing two enemy aircraft. He flew cover for the D-Day invasion and was involved in bombing missions at Saint-Lo, the Falaise Gap and the Battle of the Bulge.

    After World War II, McKee held positions of increasing responsibility both at home and overseas.

    He retired in 1973 as commander of the North American Air Defense Command.
    An old but virile fella...

    The world’s oldest male panda died earlier this week, survived by over 130 descendants living in zoos around the world.

    Pan Pan, dubbed a “hero father” of pandas, died Wednesday in China’s Sichuan province, according to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Great Panda, where he lived for most of his life. At 31 years of age, Pan Pan lived to be the panda equivalent of over 100 human years old.
    Let's see who got missed out...

    The year 2016 has been called that of the big celebrity death. But alongside notable names such as Bowie, Muhammad Ali and Victoria Wood, were others - many of whom had not lived in quite such an intense public glare.


    Colonel Abrams*- US musician and singer, best remembered in the UK for his 1980s signature hit Trapped
    Ernestine Anderson*- US jazz and blues singer
    Pierre Boulez*- French composer and conductor, he also spearheaded the music venue The Paris Philharmonic
    Pete Burns*- Dead Or Alive lead singer who had a UK number one hit in 1985 with You Spin Me Round. He later became a reality TV star
    John Chilton*- jazz trumpeter who lead the Feetwarmers, the band that accompanied George Melly
    Leonard Cohen*- Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist - his work includes the song Hallelujah
    Padraig Duggan*- one of the founding members of Irish folk group Clannad
    Keith Emerson*- musician and composer - founding member of progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer
    Emile Ford*- musician who had a UK number one with What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?
    Glenn Frey*- US singer and musician, and founding member of the US rock band the Eagles
    Valerie Gell*- guitarist and singer with the 1960s all-female group The Liverbirds
    David Gest*- US music producer and reality star on UK television
    Craig Gill*- drummer with the Inspiral Carpets at the heart of the "Madchester" scene of the late 1980s and early 90s
    Dale Griffin*- drummer and founding member of the 1970s glam rock band Mott the Hoople
    Nikolaus Harnoncourt*- celebrated Austrian conductor considered to be the "pope" of the baroque music revival
    Merle Haggard*- American country music legend credited with helping to define the "Bakersfield sound" that influenced future country performers
    Joan Marie Johnson*- American co-founder of the 1960s pop trio The Dixie Cups, who recorded such classics as Chapel of Love and Iko Iko
    Sharon Jones*- American singer who spearheaded a soul revival movement with her band the Dap-Kings
    Paul Kantner*- American singer-guitarist, and founding member of the rock band Jefferson Airplane
    Greg Lake*- fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Also known for his solo hit I Believe in Father Christmas
    John D Loudermilk*- American singer and songwriter best known for writing the 1960s hit Tobacco Road
    Sir Neville Marriner*- conductor and violinist who established the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the world's leading chamber orchestras
    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies*- celebrated for his prolific and often unpredictable compositions, later to become Master of the Queen's Music
    Scotty Moore*- pioneering rock guitarist who was a member of Elvis Presley's original band and helped Presley shape his musical sound
    Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman*- founder member of Thunderclap Newman, best known for their 1969 hit Something in the Air
    Rick Parfitt*- one of rock's most recognisable guitarists, he remained, with Francis Rossi, at the core of Status Quo - from their early psychedelic-inspired incarnation in the late 1960s, to their later brand of foot-tapping boogie-rock
    Billy Paul*- American soul singer best known for his 1972 US chart-topper Me and Mrs Jones
    Harry Rabinowitz*- composer and conductor, who conducted the scores for more than 60 films including Chariots of Fire
    Leon Russell*- American rock'n'roll hall of famer. Writer of hit songs including Delta Lady
    Frank Sinatra Jr*- American singer who carried on his father's legacy with his own career in music
    Dave Swarbrick*- folk musician, singer and songwriter best known for his work with group Fairport Convention
    Rod Temperton*- British songwriter best known for Michael Jackson's Thriller and Rock With You
    Maurice White*- founder of US soul group Earth, Wind & Fire, whose hits include September and Boogie Wonderland
    Guy Woolfenden*- long-serving musical director at the Royal Shakespeare Company
    Colin Vearncombe*- singer-songwriter who performed under the name Black. His 1987 single Wonderful Life was a top 10 hit around the world
    Bobby Vee*- US singer best known for hits including Rubber Ball, Take Good Care of My Baby and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
    Alan Vega*- co-founder and frontman of the 1970s American electronic band Suicide, which used early drum machines and synthesisers and was known for chaotic and violent shows


    Joe Alaskey*- US voice artist who, after the death of Mel Blanc in 1989, provided vocals for Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
    Jean Alexander*- famous for playing Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden, one of the best-loved soap characters in British TV history
    Sylvia Anderson*- voice of Lady Penelope in the 1960s puppet series Thunderbirds - which she produced with her husband Gerry
    Kenny Baker*- starred as the "droid" R2-D2 - alongside C-3PO - in six Star Wars films from 1977
    Ken Barrie*- voice of the children's TV favourite Postman Pat
    Charmian Carr*- played the eldest von Trapp daughter Liesl in the 1965 film The Sound of Music
    Alan Devereux*- played the role of Sid Perks in BBC Radio 4's The Archers for nearly 50 years
    Hazel Douglas*- best known from her seven-decade career for the film role of Bathilda Bagshot in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Larry Drake*- best known for playing office assistant Benny Stulwicz on the US show LA Law in the 1980s and 90s
    Patty Duke*- won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker in 1963
    Ronnie Claire Edwards*- best known for playing Corabeth Walton Godsey in the 1970s US show The Waltons
    Ann Emery*- veteran actress who played Ethel Meaker in children's show Rentaghost, and Grandma in the original stage cast of Billy Elliot
    Frank Finlay*- stage and screen actor, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Iago opposite Laurence Olivier in Othello in 1965
    Zsa Zsa Gabor*- Hungarian-born Hollywood actress, she appeared in more than 70 films but was more famous for her celebrity lifestyle and nine marriages
    Bernard Gallagher*- enjoyed a six-decade career, known for playing consultant Ewart Plimmer in the first three years of BBC series Casualty
    George Gaynes*- played Commandant Lassard in all seven Police Academy films
    Vivean Gray*- played the interfering busybody Mrs Mangel in the Australian soap Neighbours
    Dan Haggerty*- rose to fame starring as frontier woodsman Grizzly Adams in a film and TV series in the 1970s
    Florence Henderson*- from 1969 played matriarch Carol Brady in the US TV series The Brady Bunch
    Robert Horton*- played frontier scout Flint McCullough on the US TV western Wagon Train which ran from 1957 to 1965
    Barry Howard*- best known for his deadpan role as ballroom dancer Barry Stuart-Hargreaves in the holiday camp comedy Hi-de-Hi!
    David Huddleston*- played the title roles in The Big Lebowski and Santa Claus: The Movie
    Frank Kelly*- stage and screen actor best known for playing the ranting Father Jack in the Channel 4 comedy Father Ted
    George Kennedy*- won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Cool Hand Luke" in 1968, and also starred in The Dirty Dozen and The Naked Gun films
    Burt Kwouk*- most of his roles were straight ones, but best known as Inspector Clouseau's karate-kicking manservant Cato, in the Pink Panther films
    Madeleine Lebeau*- French actress who was the last surviving cast member of the 1942 classic film Casablanca, in which she played the part of Yvonne
    William Lucas*- played Dr Gordon 1970s equine children's drama The Adventures of Black Beauty
    Valerie Lush*- veteran actor who played Auntie Flo in the 1970s sitcoms And Mother Makes Three and And Mother Makes Five
    Noel Neill*- the first actress to play reporter Lois Lane in Superman on screen
    Bill Nunn*- best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing
    Hugh O'Brian*- starred as Wyatt Earp in the first US television Western aimed at adults, which began in 1955
    Louise Plowright*- played hairdresser Julie Cooper in EastEnders, and co-starred in Mamma Mia! the musical on the West End stage for five years
    Debbie Reynolds*- leading lady in a succession of Hollywood musicals and comedies after rising to fame, at the age of 19, in the 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain opposite Gene Kelly. She died a day after the death of her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher
    Doris Roberts*- played meddling mother Marie Barone in US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond
    Andrew Sachs*- his long and varied career was defined by his role as Spanish waiter Manuel in the classic BBC TV comedy Fawlty Towers
    Sheila Sim*- film and theatre actress, the wife of the actor and director Richard Attenborough
    Morag Siller*- actor known for her TV roles in Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Casualty, she also also appeared on stage in Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables
    David Swift*- perhaps best known for playing news anchor Henry Davenport in the Channel 4 newsroom comedy Drop the Dead Donkey
    Gareth Thomas*- best known for the title role of Roj Blake, in the BBC science fiction series Blake's 7
    Van Williams*- played the masked crime-fighter The Green Hornet in the 1960s American TV series
    Peter Vaughan*- an ever-present figure on stage, screen and television, he gained huge audiences with sitcoms such as Porridge and more recently the Game of Thrones series
    Robert Vaughn*- an elegant presence in film and television for more than 50 years, best-known for playing Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
    Abe Vigoda*- played Sal Tessio, an old friend of Marlon Brando's Don Corleone, in the classic mafia film The Godfather
    Anton Yelchin*- played Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films released in 2009 and 2013
    Alan Young*- actor and comedian who starred alongside a talking horse in the popular sitcom Mr Ed in the 1960s

    TV, film, and theatre production

    Sir Ken Adam*- famous for his work on Dr Strangelove and seven James Bond films, he also designed the car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Hector Babenco*- Argentine-born Brazilian director best known for Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1985
    Robert Banks Stewart*- created the Jersey-based detective Jim Bergerac and radio-DJ-cum-private-detective Eddie Shoestring for the BBC
    Michael Cimino*- director of the 1978 Vietnam War film The Deer Hunter
    Jim Clark*- British film editor who won an Oscar for his work on the 1984 movie The Killing Fields
    Vlasta Dalibor*- Czech-born British creator, with her husband Jan, of the squeaky-voiced puppets Pinky and Perky in 1956
    Howard Davies*- Olivier award-winner, known for his work at venues that included the Old Vic and National Theatre
    Tony Dyson*- British designer who built the R2-D2 droid model used in the original Star Wars films
    Reg Grundy*- television producer behind the Australian soap operas Neighbours, The Young Doctors and Prisoner: Cell Block H
    Robin Hardy*- best known for cult British film The Wicker Man, starring Sir Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward
    Guy Hamilton*- directed four James Bond films: Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever
    Earl Hamner Jr*- created the 1970s television show The Waltons, which was inspired by his own childhood
    Arthur Hiller*- Canadian director of Love Story who went on to be president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
    Sir Antony Jay*- co-writer of the BBC TV political comedies Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister
    Garry Marshall*- writer, director and actor behind Hollywood blockbusters Pretty Woman and Beaches, and sitcoms including Happy Days and Mork and Mindy
    Gordon Murray*- creator and puppeteer of the BBC children's series Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley
    Jimmy Perry*- one of the greatest British TV comedy writers best known for BBC series Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Hi-de-Hi!
    Douglas Slocombe*- British cinematographer who shot 80 films, from classic Ealing to the Indiana Jones adventures
    William Smethurst - editor credited with revitalising BBC Radio 4's The Archers from 1978 to 1986
    Robert Stigwood - Australian impresario who managed Cream and the Bee Gees before producing the rock musicals Saturday Night Fever and Grease
    Tony Warren*- created the UK's longest-running television soap opera Coronation Street, inspired by the strong female figures around him when he was growing up in Salford
    Michael White*- British producer behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show film and Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Vilmos Zsigmond*- Hungarian-born cinematographer known for his work on The Deer Hunter, for which he won a Bafta, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, for which he won an Oscar

    Comedy and entertainment

    Paul Daniels*- brought a new dimension to the art of the stage magician, mixing complex tricks with jokes and non-stop patter on primetime Saturday night television
    Garry Shandling*- American stand-up comedian who played the title role in the Emmy award winning Larry Sanders Show from 1992 to 1998
    Liz Smith*- won a Bafta in 1984 for her part in the film A Private Function, she is most fondly remembered for her parts in the BBC sitcoms Vicar of Dibley and the Royle Family
    Peggy Spencer*- dancing legend known to millions of viewers for her role on BBC TV's Come Dancing

    Broadcasting and journalism

    Sally Brampton*- founding editor of Elle magazine in the UK and newspaper columnist, who had spoken of her struggle with depression
    Dave Cash*- veteran broadcaster who started with pirate Radio London, saw the launch of Radio 1 and Capital Radio, and since 1999 worked at BBC Radio Kent
    David Duffield*- passionate cycling commentator who worked for Eurosport across two decades
    Dave Lanning*- darts and speedway commentator who called the first televised nine-dart finish, by John Lowe in 1984, and covered 50 successive speedway world finals
    Ian McCaskill - popular BBC weather forecaster for 20 years, who even had his own Spitting Image puppet
    Cliff Michelmore*- anchor of the BBC's current affairs show Tonight in the 1950s and 60s, who went on to host the Holiday programme
    Michael Nicholson*- veteran war correspondent who joined ITN in 1964, and reported on the fall of Saigon in 1975, the Falklands War, the Balkans conflict, the Gulf War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq
    Sylvia Peters*- BBC television announcer for the Queen's 1953 coronation, and also helped Her Majesty prepare for her first Christmas broadcast
    Denise Robertson*- resident agony aunt on the ITV show This Morning
    Ed "Stewpot" Stewart*- radio and television presenter best known for his radio request show Junior Choice and the children's TV series Crackerjack
    Gerald Williams*- one of the voices of Wimbledon, who commentated on tennis for BBC television and radio

    Writing and publishing

    Richard Adams*- author who turned a story he told to his two daughters on a long car journey into the best-selling novel Watership Down. The book, about a group of rabbits trying to escape from their threatened warren, was turned into an animated children's film in 1978
    Martin Aitchison*- produced technical drawings for the bouncing bomb ahead of the Dam Busters raid in World War Two, then an illustrator for the Eagle comic and Ladybird's Peter and Jane books in the 1950s and 60s
    Edward Albee*- Pulitzer prize-winning US playwright who wrote Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    ER Braithwaite*- Guyanese-born British-American writer who wrote, based on his experiences as a black teacher in a London school, the 1959 novel To Sir, With Love, which was turned into a successful film
    Anita Brookner*- art historian turned author who wrote 24 novels and won the Booker prize in 1984 for Hotel du Lac
    Pat Conroy*- author whose best-selling novels include Prince of Tides and Water is Wide
    Umberto Eco*- Italian writer and philosopher best known for his novel The Name of the Rose
    Dario Fo*- Italian playwright and actor known for his cutting political satires and for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997
    Margaret Forster*- award-wining writer best known for her novels Georgy Girl and Diary of an Ordinary Woman
    Barry Hines*- author and screenwriter whose best known book, A Kestrel for a Knave, was turned into Ken Loach's 1969 film Kes
    Jim Harrison*- American writer best known for his 1979 novella Legends of the Fall, which was made into a film starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins
    Robert Nye*- author and poet whose 1976 novel Falstaff won the Guardian fiction prize and the Hawthornden
    Sir Peter Shaffer*- playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, who won an Oscar for Amadeus and wrote Equus

    Politics and activism, world leaders and faith

    King Bhumibol Adulyadej*- seen as a stabilising figure in Thailand, the world's longest-reigning monarch, he died after 70 years as head of state
    Lord Avebury*- Eric Lubbock, later Lord Avebury, was the Liberal MP for Orpington for eight years, but went on to become a staunch human rights campaigner in the Lords
    Lord Taylor of Blackburn*- a dominant figure in Lancashire politics, Thomas Taylor led the Taylor report into school governing bodies in 1977, and entered the Lords as a life peer a year later
    Rabbi Lionel Blue*- a regular on BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day and the first openly gay British rabbi, he was known for his liberal teachings and supporting other gay members of the Jewish faith
    Boutros Boutros-Ghali*- Egyptian-born UN Secretary-General between 1992 and 1996 who sharply divided world opinion
    Sir Robin Chichester-Clark*- former Ulster Unionist MP for Londonderry, a moderate who served in Edward Heath's government but, as sectarian violence worsened in Northern Ireland, he left politics in 1974
    The Most Rev Edward Daly*- retired Catholic Bishop of Derry, remembered as the priest who helped those under fire on Bloody Sunday in 1972
    Harry Harpham*- Labour MP, a former Nottinghamshire miner who was elected member for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough in 2015
    Luc Hoffmann*- Swiss conservationist who was a co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund
    The Right Rev David Jenkins - former Bishop of Durham dubbed the "unbelieving bishop" after saying he did not believe God would have arranged a virgin birth and the resurrection
    Islam Karimov*- long-serving and authoritarian president of former Soviet Central Asian state of Uzbekistan, accused of repressing his opponents
    Lord Mayhew - former Conservative cabinet minister Patrick Mayhew served as Northern Ireland secretary and attorney general
    Willie McKelvey*- Scottish Labour MP from 1979 to 1997, and a mentor to politician George Galloway
    Lord Parkinson*- Conservative politician given much credit for the Tory landslide election victory in 1983, Cecil Parkinson quit the cabinet soon after, when it emerged his ex-secretary Sara Keays was carrying his child
    Lord Prior*- former Conservative cabinet minister Jim Prior served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles in the early 1980s
    Ken Purchase*- former Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, who represented his Black Country constituency for 18 years after being elected at the second attempt in 1992
    David Rendel*- Liberal Democrat politician who won the Newbury seat from the Conservatives in a by-election in 1993, and held the town until 2005
    Antonin Scalia*- influential and conservative justice of the American supreme court who defended the original text of the US Constitution
    Elie Wiesel*- Romanian-born US Nobel peace laureate, political campaigner and author who wrote about his experiences as a teenager in Nazi concentration camps, where he lost his mother, father and younger sister


    Lady Elizabeth Longman*- friend and bridesmaid to the Queen
    Margaret Rhodes*- Queen's first cousin and one of her most trusted confidantes
    The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne*- Queen's cousin, Michael Fergus Bowes Lyon, who enhanced Glamis Castle
    Raine, Countess Spencer*- daughter of the romantic novelist Barbara Cartland and stepmother of Diana, Princess of Wales
    The Duke of Westminster*- billionaire landowner and philanthropist Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor was said to be the third richest person in the UK

    Science, industry and academia

    Lord Briggs*- Asa Briggs worked at the Bletchley Park code-breaking station during World War Two, and would become a leading historian and adult education pioneer, helping to set up the Open University and Sussex University
    Denton Cooley*- American surgeon who implanted the first totally artificial heart in a patient in 1969
    Donald Henderson*- US doctor and epidemiologist who led a successful World Heath Organization campaign to wipe out smallpox worldwide
    John Glenn*- the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962, who later became a Democratic senator
    Henry Heimlich*- US doctor credited with inventing, in 1974, a lifesaving anti-choking technique, which uses abdominal thrusts to clear a person's airway
    Valerie Hunter Gordon*- mother-of-six who invented the disposable nappy after having her third child, Nigel, in 1947
    W Dudley Johnson*- US heart surgeon who developed coronary bypass operations and performed thousands of operations
    Vijay Kakkar*- surgeon who moved to London in the mid-1960s and revolutionised treatment of blood clots in patients undergoing operations
    Edgar Mitchell*- US astronaut, sixth man to walk on the Moon, who went on to claim in 2008 that aliens had visited Earth and there had been government cover-up
    John Murrell*- theoretical chemist who pioneered a colour framework for chemical compounds, with his research into molecules and how they absorb light
    Simon Ramo*- US aerospace pioneer and architect of America's intercontinental ballistic missile system
    Vera Rubin*- US astronomer whose work on galaxy rotation rates led to the theory of dark matter
    Piers Sellers*- British-born Sellers joined the US space agency Nasa in 1982 as a scientist - but switched to the astronaut corps and made three Space Shuttle flights to the International Space Station
    Joe Sutter*- US aeronautical engineer considered the "Father of the Boeing 747"


    Carlos Alberto*- Brazilian footballing legend who captained the 1970 World Cup-winning side
    Chris Amon - Formula 1 Ferrari driver from 1963 to 1976. Although considered one of the best drivers of the era, he never won a Grand Prix
    Jack Bannister - BBC TV cricket commentator and Warwickshire seam bowler who took 1,198 first-class wickets during a 368-match county career from 1950 to 1968
    Alastair Biggar*- rugby player capped 12 times for Scotland between 1969 and 1972, and part of the victorious 1971 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand
    Jack Bodell*- former British and European heavyweight boxing champion who beat Joe Bugner in 1971
    John Buckingham*- jockey who became part of horse racing folklore in 1967 by steering the 100-1 shot Foinavon through a mass of fallers at the Grand National's 23rd fence, which was later named after the horse
    Beryl Crockford (previously Mitchell)*- World-champion and Olympic rower who later became an inspirational coach
    John Disley*- post-war Olympic steeplechaser and co-founder of the London marathon
    Mel Charles*- Swansea, Arsenal, Cardiff City and Port Vale footballer who played 31 times for Wales, including in the team that reached the quarter-final of the 1958 World Cup
    Tony Cozier*- West Indian cricket commentator remembered for a career in TV, radio and journalism spanning 58 years
    Martin Crowe*- former New Zealand cricket captain widely regarded as one of the team's best players, scoring 17 centuries and 5,444 runs in 77 Tests
    Roddy Evans*- former Cardiff, Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby lock, who won 13 caps for Wales and played 18 times for the Lions on the 1959 tour to Australia and New Zealand
    Anthony Foley*- Munster rugby coach, who also captained Ireland three times and made more than 200 appearances in the back row for Munster as a player
    Andy Ganteaume*- former West Indies batsman, the only Test cricketer with a better average (112 in one innings) than Sir Donald Bradman (99.94 in 80 innings)
    Trevor Goddard*- South African cricketer, an all-rounder of the 1950s and 60s
    Sylvia Gore*- pioneering women's footballer who scored the first official goal for the England women's team - in 1972 against Scotland
    David Green*- 1960s Lancashire and Gloucestershire batsman who also played rugby for Bristol, Sale and Cheshire, and wrote about both sports for the Daily Telegraph
    Ken Higgs*- Lancashire and Leicestershire bowler who made his England debut at The Oval against South Africa in 1965
    Enzo Maiorca*- Italian spear fisherman who became a record-breaking free diver
    Cesare Maldini*- former AC Milan defender who managed Italy's national side at the 1998 World Cup finals
    Hanif Mohammad*- Pakistani cricketer who in 1958 played the longest innings in Test history - 16 hours and 10 minutes. In a first class match a year later, he made 499 - a record that stood for 35 years, until Warwickshire's Brian Lara made 501 in 1994
    Gardnar Mulloy*- US No 1 tennis player who played in his country's Davis Cup team in the 1950s, and in 1957 at the age of 43, became the oldest player to win a Wimbledon title
    Christy O'Connor Jr*- Irish golfer who helped Europe retain the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in 1989 - nephew to Christy O'Connor Sr
    Christy O'Connor Sr*- Irish golfer who competed in every Ryder Cup between 1955 and 1973 - uncle of Christy O'Connor Jr
    Arnold Palmer*- American golfer, one of the sport's greatest players, who won 91 professional titles, including the Open twice, the US Open, and the Masters four times
    Tom Pugh*- Gloucestershire captain and towards the end of his cricket career was shortlisted to play James Bond - but the role went to Sean Connery
    Don Rutherford*- rugby full-back who won 14 caps for England and went on to be the RFU's first paid national coach
    Jackie Sewell*- England, Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Hull City forward - who, when he moved to Sheffield Wednesday in 1951, commanded a record transfer fee of £34,500
    Gary Sprake*- Leeds United and Birmingham City goalkeeper in the 1960s and 70s, who won 37 caps playing for Wales
    Walter Swinburn*- former jockey, three-time Derby winner and the rider of Shergar
    Maria Teresa de Filippis*- Italian racing driver who was the first woman to compete in a Formula 1 grand prix

    UK Public service

    Eric "Winkle" Brown*- the Royal Navy's most decorated pilot, he witnessed the liberation of Bergen Belsen concentration camp in World War Two, and also held the world record for flying the greatest number of different types of aircraft, 487
    Branse Burbridge*- RAF night fighter pilot who shot down 21 German aircraft in World War Two, and brought down three of Hitler's V1 flying bombs before they hit residential parts of London
    Jane Fawcett*- worked at Bletchley Park in World War Two and decoded a message which helped locate and sink the German battleship Bismarck
    John "Jock" Moffat*- credited with launching the torpedo that crippled the German battleship Bismarck off the north coast of France in 1941
    Molly Rose*- joined the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1942 and became one of World War Two's "spitfire women", delivering 486 aircraft, including 273 Spitfires, from factories to the RAF
    Denise St Aubyn Hubbard*- worked as a translator at Bletchley Park in World War Two, competed as a high diver in the 1948 London Olympics, and sailed solo across the Atlantic in her 60s

    Outstanding in their field

    Dick Bradsell*- career bartender who helped revive the London cocktail scene with his concoctions, including the espresso martini and the bramble (gin, lemon, sugar, creme de mure and a blackberry garnish)
    Jonathan Cainer*- his astrology column appeared in the Daily Mail for 20 years. He remained adamant that astrologers should not look to predict the time of a person's demise, as there was a danger of creating "a self-fulfilling prophecy"
    Peng Chang-kuei*- Taiwanese chef who travelled to New York and created the much-loved sweet-but-spicy Chinese dish General Tso's Chicken
    Michael "Jim" Delligatti*- inventor of the McDonald's Big Mac burger which was introduced in 1967 with two lots of everything - "all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun"
    Rose Evansky*- London hairdresser who invented the "blow wave" in the 1960s, using a hand-held dryer and brush on wet hair to create a soft natural look
    James Galanos*- US fashion designer who dressed America's social elite, most notably Nancy Reagan
    Viktor Korchnoi*- Russian-born chess grandmaster who defected to the West in 1976, and was seen as one of the best players never to be world champion
    Leonard of Mayfair*- real name Leonard Lewis, he was hairdresser to stars and celebrities in the 1960s and 70s and his styling helped launch Twiggy's modelling career
    Mark Taimanov*- Russian chess grandmaster, among the world's top players from the 1940s to the 70s, who was also an international concert pianist
    Henry Worsley*- former army officer turned explorer who fell ill while trying to complete the unfinished Antarctic journey of his hero, Sir Ernest Shackleton
    Note: the above annual review of the obituaries is not complete, since the BBC also has an interactive look at 34 other lives that ended in this year. Alas I do not know what this involved since it is apparently optimised for modern web browsers but does not work with my Windows 10/Google Chrome combination.

    Please feel free to add anyone who you know was missed out, although aviation obits are probably best kept to Historic (but I really don't mind - you do what you want to do).

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    And it continues, with a former manager...

    Allan Williams, best known as the first manager of the Beatles, has died aged 86, it has been announced. It was Williams who took the band to Hamburg, where its members learned much of their craft, before returning to the UK and stardom.

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    Fans of vintage television had many to mourn in 2016:

    After 2016.....

    The only surviving regular cast member of The Patty Duke Show is Paul O'Keefe, who played the kid brother Ross.

    The entire regular cast of The Green Hornet is now deceased. Indeed, Van Williams was the sole survivor for 20 years after the premature passing of Wendee Wagner from cancer.

  10. #190
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    A singer whom the NME would have you believe died at an extremely great age, although he was actually 75...

    Peter Sarstedt, the singer-songwriter best known for ‘Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?)’, has died at the age of 1969.
    ‘Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?)’ spent four weeks at Number One in the UK in 1969 and won Sarstedt an Ivor Novello award, shared with*David Bowie*for ‘Space Oddity’.*
    A fictional Korean war padre who was also a smurf...

    William Christopher, who rose to fame playing Father John Mulcahy on*M*A*S*H, has died, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE.*He was 84.
    A heavyweight film star and multiple killer...

    Tilikum, the most famous killer whale in the United States, died Friday after a year-long illness and*quarter century of performances*streaked with*violence.
    The many-tonned*orca*— believed to be 36 years old and linked to the deaths of three people*in that time — likely succumbed to a lung infection early in the morning,*according to a statement released by SeaWorld.
    A world famous tree, that might have survived longer had they not carved a tunnel through its trunk 137 years previously...

    Storms in California have toppled one of America's most famous trees - the Pioneer Cabin Tree.
    The giant sequoia was known for having a hole cut through its trunk - big enough for a car to drive through.
    The tree, estimated to be more than one thousand years old, was felled by the strongest storm to have hit the area in more than a decade.

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    A lady who helped rescue thousands of people from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, oh and she also got the scoop on the invasion of Poland in 1939 and Kim Philby defecting in 1963...

    Clare Hollingworth, the veteran British war correspondent who broke the news of the Nazi invasion of Poland, has died in Hong Kong at the age of 105.
    Hollingworth, who was born in Leicester in 1911, was the first to report on the invasion that triggered the outbreak of World War Two.
    She went on to report from Vietnam, Algeria and the Middle East.

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    Eugene Cernan, the last Apollo astronaut to leave a footprint on the moon.

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    Some bloke who was married to some woman...

    LORD SNOWDON has died at the age of 86, the BBC has confirmed this afternoon. The English photographer, who was married to the Queen's younger sister, Princess Margaret, was one of the most popular image makers of his generation, capturing thousands of photographs in his lifetime.
    Some bloke who tinkled the ivories in a popular beat combo...

    Larry Steinbachek, keyboardist with pioneering synth-pop trio Bronski Beat, has died at the age of 56.
    Some bloke who didn't get killed in a 'plane many years ago...

    Rockabilly guitarist Tommy Allsup, who narrowly avoided boarding the plane that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, has died aged 85.
    The musician famously lost a coin toss for a seat on the plane. His place was taken by teen star Ritchie Valens, who also perished when the plane crashed.
    Some bloke who turned the world against pea soup...

    NEW YORK — Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie The Exorcist, has died. He was 89.

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    Sep 2014
    Michael Bond at age 91.
    No more Paddington!

  15. #195
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    Oct 2006
    So sad, he always came over as a lovely man.

  16. #196
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    Oct 2006
    Barry Norman the TV film critic... I used enjoy watching him

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    Jan 2013
    Hi All,
    Chaester Bennington-Lead singer with an outstanding voice from the rock band 'Linkin Park' RIP Chester....


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    In limbo between Northamptonshire and Yorkshire
    Jeanne Moreau aged 89. A marvellous multi-award winning French actress. Great cinematic magnetism and a fine theatre actress early in her career.

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    Sep 2014
    Sam Shepherd.......a playwright of note but to most on this forum I guess, Chuck Yeager's alter ego.

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    Oct 2004
    Where you wish you were.
    I finally got around to reading #187.

    Sad to see Sir Neville Marriner passed away. The local classical station plays his work all the time, seemingly their most played artist.
    Before I started listening to that station, I had never heard of him or The Academy of St. Martin's in the field. Now it's on my "must visit list" the next time I'm in the UK.

    And to add another name to the list.

    Glen Campbell has died at the age if 81 following a long battle with Alzheimer's. Best known as a country singer whose music "crossed over" into the pop/rock top 40 in the 60s and 70s, but was also a world class guitarist who was a well-regarded studio and tour musician before becoming famous.
    Last edited by J Boyle; 9th August 2017 at 05:56.
    There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

  21. #201
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    In limbo between Northamptonshire and Yorkshire
    Part of my youth. Dolly Parton said he had "one of the greatest voices of all time"!

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