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    The father of Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, and Grub...

    Gordon Murray, creator and puppeteer of the popular BBC children's series Trumpton, has died at the age of 95.
    His son-in-law, William Mollett, confirmed the news in a statement to the BBC.
    The Trumptonshire Trilogy - Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley - were shown weekly by the corporation from 1966 for 20 years.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36670186

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    Caroline Aherne; I found her only occasionally funny but yet another 'personality' succumbs in 2016.
    And hers was a long ordeal.

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    ^Takes a lot to knock Brexit off the front pages.

    Back to the recently departed - a Nobel winner and survivor, the director who inspired the Simon Pegg comedy Hot Fuzz, and the director of a famous Russian roulette scene...

    Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize who wrote about his experiences as a prisoner in three concentration camps, has died at the age of 87.

    The American Romanian-born Jewish writer, academic and political activist, died on Saturday in Connecticut. The laureate wrote a total of 57 books, most famously Night, based on his experience as a prisoner in Auschwitz, Buna and Buchenwald concentration camps.

    In 1986, Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize for what the Norwegian Nobel Committee called his “practical work in the cause of peace...atonement and human dignity” to humanity.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/pe...-a7116091.html
    Film director Robin Hardy has died at the age of 86, a family friend has confirmed.
    He was best known for cult British film The Wicker Man, starring Sir Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward.
    The 1973 film told the story of police sergeant Howie, played by Woodward, who was sent to search for a missing girl on the fictional island of Summerisle.
    Hardy, who went on to make follow-up The Wicker Tree in 2011, died on Friday, the friend said.
    Last year, Hardy said he wanted to make a third Wicker Man film as a tribute to Sir Christopher.
    The Wicker Man was Hardy's feature debut, and he went on to direct only two more feature-length films. The second, The Fantasist, came 13 years after his debut.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36693545
    Michael Cimino, the director of the Vietnam war classic The Deer Hunter and the infamous epic western Heaven’s Gate, has died. He was 77.

    Thierry Fremaux, the director of the Cannes film festival, tweeted the news on Saturday, saying: “Michael Cimino has died, in peace, surrounded by friends and the two women who loved him. We loved him too.”

    Cimino directed eight films, starting in 1974 with the highly rated Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges-starring crime movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, for which he also wrote the screenplay. The Deer Hunter, a harrowing story of friends from working class Pennsylvania played by Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, in which a young Meryl Streep also appears and her then fiancé John Cazale takes his final role, followed in 1978.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/201...vens-gate-dies

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    For J Boyle, on his own, by himself: a former Tuskegee Airman. (And I've spelt it correctly - unlike the news provider!)

    THE BRONX –National war hero and New York City educator Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. has died. He was 94.

    Brown had been hospitalized for about a week until he died of natural causes over the weekend, his family confirmed to PIX11.

    He served as a Tuskgee Airman during World War II and was one of the first U.S. pilots to shoot down a then state-of-the-art German military jet. Brown received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    Brown went on to have a distinguished academic career, earning his PhD and eventually becoming president of Bronx Community College – a position he held for 17 years.

    http://pix11.com/2016/07/04/roscoe-b...as-died-at-94/

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    A Pulitzer prize winner who inspired a film...

    US journalist Sydney Schanberg, whose reporting inspired the Oscar-winning Hollywood film, The Killing Fields, has died at the age of 82, the New York Times reports.
    Schanberg worked for the Times and won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting the fall of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge in 1975.
    His colleague, Dith Pran, was unable to leave and his four-year ordeal inspired Schanberg's work.
    Schanberg died in Poughkeepsie after a heart attack earlier in the week.
    His death was confirmed by Charles Kaiser, a friend and former Times reporter, the paper said.
    In 1980, Schanberg described his Cambodian colleague's ordeal of torture and starvation at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in a magazine article, and later a book called The Death and Life of Dith Pran.
    Dith Pran eventually managed to escape to Thailand and died in 2008. It was he who coined the term "killing fields".

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36754206

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    An 80s musician...

    Steve Young, co-writer of M/A/R/R/S' iconic 1987 dance smash "Pump up the Volume" and co-founder of 4AD band Colourbox has died. 4AD announced the news in a tweet, calling Young a "true pioneer."

    http://www.billboard.com/articles/ne...young-has-died

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    An old punk and a racing driver from South Africa...

    Suicide's Alan Vega has died, aged 78.

    The singer of the New York protopunk band passed away last night (July 16), going peacefully in his sleep according to a statement from his family.

    Henry Rollins broke the news on his website, Pitchfork reports.

    "With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force, Alan Vega has passed away," reads a statement from Vega's family.

    "Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16. He was 78 years of age.

    http://www.nme.com/news/suicide/95064
    Cape Town - South African rally champion Gugu Zulu has died while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said on Monday.

    The Foundation confirmed that Zulu had died while attempting to climb Kilimanjaro on Mandela Day in Tanzania.

    "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one of the climbers on the Trek4Mandela, Gugu Zulu lost his life while summiting Kilimanjaro early this morning before summiting," a statement read.

    "On behalf of the Board and staff of the Nelson Mandela Foundation we extend our sincere condolences to his wife Letshego Zulu, their daughter Lelethu and the Zulu family on this tragic loss."

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...climb-20160718

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    A neighbour, and Postman Pat...

    British actor Vivean Gray, best known as the Ramsay Street villain Mrs Nell Mangel in Neighbours, has died aged 92.

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-r...vean-gray-dies
    Ken Barrie, the voice of children's TV favourite Postman Pat, has died at the age of 73.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36924472

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    A singer/songwriter that you might have heard of but whose work you probably will have heard. Repeatedly.

    We have been notified of the death of Fred Tomlinson, a very active session singer and a strong member of Equity’s Concert & Session Singers Committee, working with John Noble, Les Fyson, Meryl Dickenson, Edgar Fleet, Terry Edwards and others. As leader of the Fred Tomlinson Singers, he provided vocals for the Two Ronnies and other TV shows.
    http://slippedisc.com/2016/07/warloc...list-has-died/
    Those 'other TV shows' included Monty Python. He was one of those who wrote, amongst others, the Lumberjack Song, the Spam Song, Dennis Moore, before Eric Idle and (occasionally) Neil Innes took on the song writing.

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    A Chinese rabbit...

    China's troubled but beloved Jade Rabbit lunar rover has whirred its last, state media said Wednesday, after it bid humanity farewell on social media.

    The rover, designed for a lifespan of a mere three months, surveyed the moon's surface for 31 months, the official Xinhua new service said, overcoming numerous technical problems and design flaws to become a national icon.

    http://www.seeker.com/chinas-yutu-mo...l?slide=VvwVDF

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    The man who was not The Dude...

    David Huddleston, best known for his roles in The Big Lebowski and Santa Claus: the Movie, has died aged 85.
    The American film and TV actor passed away on Tuesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico after suffering from heart and kidney disease.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/201...ston-has-died/

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    The man with a handkerchief during Bloody Sunday...

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    The Catholic cleric who waved a white handkerchief to protect civilians during the Bloody Sunday shootings in Derry in 1972 has died.
    Dr Edward Daly, who later served as bishop of Derry from 1974 to 1993 was battling cancer in recent weeks. He was 82.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...y-dies-aged-82

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    Oh dear what a shame never mind. I presume they mean Londonderry?
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    See first post.




    In other news...an Irish musician.

    Padraig Duggan, musician and founding member of Clannad has died at 67.
    The musician, songwriter and founding member of Irish Celtic music pioneers, Clannad, died early today in Blanchardstown Hospital, following a recurring illness.
    Padraig, who played guitar and mandolin, was one of the founding members of Clannad, having formed the group in the early 1970s with his twin brother Noel.

    Their breakthrough, and the beginning of worldwide acclaim, came in 1982 when their theme song for the TV mini-series, Harry’s Game became a UK hit.

    http://www.independent.ie/entertainm...-34951186.html

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    Duke of Westminster 64

    Ever such a nice chap and always had a kind word to say when ever I saw him.

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    An 'anonymous' actor, famous for being a robot...

    The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 83 after a long illness.

    Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character.

    He went on to play the character in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the three Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005.

    Baker also appeared in a number of other much-loved films in the 1980s, including The Elephant Man, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/201...dies-star-wars

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    Brian Rix aged 92yo

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    Engine Failure:.... A condition which occurs when all fuel tanks mysteriously become filled with air.

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    A writer of a political comedy or two...

    Sir Antony Jay, the co-writer of the political satires Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86. He was surrounded by his wife and family when he died peacefully on Sunday evening after a long illness.

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-r...ors_picks=true

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    So long, Toots..... Toots Thielemans,harmonica player, longtime collaborator with the jazz greats. You've no doubt heard him play many times without realising who it was. Most famous for the fabulous harmonica playing on the theme music for the film ' Midnight Cowboy'. Older forumites may remember the jazzy little number 'Bluesette', back in the 60's.

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...emans-obituary.
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    Not a good week for the jazz world - Bobby Hutcherson, the man who brought jazz vibraphone playing into the modern era. Made a string of brilliant albums for Blue Note in the latter part of the 60's, appeared as sideman on many more. If you want an idea of his impact, try catching him on the seminal Eric Dolphy 'Out to Lunch' sessions, also on Blue Note.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituarie...ist--obituary/
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    Jerome Silberman has died...

    US actor Gene Wilder, remembered by many for his lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died at the age of 83, his family has confirmed.
    The comic actor also starred in classic films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
    Wilder frequently collaborated with writer and director Mel Brooks as well as stand-up comedian Richard Pryor.
    The actor died on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease, his family said.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37215553
    What was your favourite film - mine was Blazing Saddles; watched it only a week ago.

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    A late stormtrooper. Probably.

    While Princess Leia snarked that Luke was too short to be a Stormtrooper, this guy had the opposite problem.

    Michael Leader, the British actor believed to have played the Stormtrooper who famously clonks his helmet on a low-clearance entrance in the original 1977 "Star Wars: A New Hope," died on Monday, the BBC reported. His age was not given.

    Fans of British soap "EastEnders" knew him as Michael the milkman, and he'd been on the show since its first episode back in 1985.

    But every tribute also mentioned that he's believed to be the source of one of filmdom's classic bloopers. As a group of Imperial Stormtroopers rush through a doorway on the Death Star, one of them clonks his helmeted head on the entrance's low clearance.

    http://www.cnet.com/news/stormtroope...ovie-has-died/
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    An iconic photographer...

    In Washington D.C., the capital of America, in the summer 1967, Jan Rose Kasmir, a Vietnam War protester, stood infront of a row of National Guard servicemen outside the Pentagon. The soldiers would not have looked out of place on the frontlines of a world war – hardhats on, their rifles lowered, bayonets fixed.

    Kasmir, in a flowing tye dye dress which is such a part of the 60s hippy movement, was smiling, holding a flower out towards them. It became one of the most seen photographs of the twentieth century.

    The creator of the image, a French photographer called Marc Riboud, died on August 30, 2016, just over 49 years, to the day, since that picture of Jan Rose Kasmir was taken.

    Riboud passed away after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, at the age of 93.

    http://www.bjp-online.com/2016/09/re...ied-at-age-93/
    I can remember being part of a team compiling what was essentially a top ten within various genres in the run up to the new millennium, and having to fight to have this image included as part of either the protest section or the 1960s; there were other excellent images with which it was in competition, but it was a powerful shot which helped to explain the time and the situation well. Riboud said of the photo, “She was just talking, trying to catch the eye of the soldiers, maybe trying to have a dialogue with them. I had the feeling the soldiers were more afraid of her than she was of the bayonets.” Smithsonian Magazine later called it "a gauzy juxtaposition of armed force and flower child innocence."

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    Also... A boy whose girlfriend was a little too passionate.

    A 17 year old boy from Itzdapalapa, Mexico, has died in a shock incident after his 24 year old girlfriend gave him an overly passionate love bite.

    Julio Macias Gonzalez started to fit at the dinner table when he was eating with his family. An ambulance was called but unfortunately the boy died at the scene.

    Doctors noticed a small bruise on his neck and discovered that he'd been with his girlfriend earlier in the day. They believe that his girlfriend's passionate neck sucking had put trauma on one of his arteries causing a blood clot which then travelled up to his brain and caused a stroke.

    It's thought that the girlfriend has gone into hiding after the incident and reportedly the boy's parents never approved of the relationship because of the age gap. They are now blaming her for the incident.

    This isn't the first time someone has suffered a serious injury as a result of a love bite. In 2011 a 44-year-old woman from Auckland, New Zealand, lost the use of an arm after a similar incident.

    Dr Teddy Wu, who treated her, said: “To my knowledge, it's the first time someone has been hospitalised by a hickey.”

    http://lifestyle.one/closer/news-rea...ied-love-bite/

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    The dictator of a former Soviet state...

    The Uzbek government has confirmed the death of President Islam Karimov, six days after he was taken to hospital with a suspected brain haemorrhage.
    One of Asia's most authoritarian leaders, Mr Karimov, 78, died after 27 years in power.
    Mr Karimov has no clear successor. There is no legal political opposition and the media are tightly controlled.
    He will be buried on Saturday in his home city of Samarkand, Uzbek state TV announced.
    A UN report has described the use of torture under Mr Karimov as "systematic".

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37260375

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    You might not know her face but she has died, just the same...

    A woman who made history by receiving the world’s first partial face transplant has died at the age of 49.

    The pioneering treatment given to Isabelle Dinoire 11 years ago, after she was mauled by her pet dog, has enabled dozens of other people to receive the life-changing transplant.

    http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/06/the-wo...-died-6113231/

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    An influence in the late 70s early 80s for certain Mod bands...

    Jamaican music legend Prince Buster has died at the age of 78.

    He passed away this morning (September 8) at a hospital in South Florida, the Jamaica Observer reports, having been ill for some time following a series of strokes. His death was confirmed by his son, Kareem Ali.

    The singer, songwriter and producer - born Cecil Bustamente Campbell - was revered as a pioneer of Jamaican ska and rocksteady music all through the '60s. After originally being released in 1964, his single 'Al Capone' became a hit in the UK three years later.

    Prince Buster later became a major influence on the UK's late-'70s ska revival. Madness's 1979 single 'The Prince' was written in tribute to him and during the same year, the Camden band took a cover of Prince Buster's song 'One Step Beyond' into the UK Top Ten. The Specials also covered and sampled several of Prince Buster's songs.

    http://www.nme.com/news/prince-buster/96290

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    She was grabbed by a sailor, kissed and became a symbol of victory, although she apparently knew nothing about it until the 60s...

    Greta Friedman, the woman in white kissed by a sailor in New York’s Times Square in a photograph symbolising the end of the second world war, has died aged 92.

    Her son, Joshua Friedman, said she died on Thursday in Virginia after suffering a series of ailments, including pneumonia, NBC News reported.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...o-dies-aged-92
    The last Crow Indian (and possibly of all Indian) war chief, historian and war veteran has gone (whoops, several months ago, but I include this because of his fantastic story!) to meet his sky gods...

    Joseph Medicine Crow, the acclaimed Native American historian, second world war veteran and last surviving war chief of Montana’s Crow tribe, has died aged 102.

    Medicine Crow, who was raised by his grandparents in a log house in a rural area of the Crow Reservation near Lodge Grass, Montana, wore his war paint beneath his second world war uniform.

    As a child, Medicine Crow listened to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn – the conflict that pitted federal troops led by Lt Col George Armstrong Custer against native Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. He translated for his great uncle, White Man Runs Him, when white reporters came to interview him about the battle...

    ...As Crow tradition had it, in order to become a chief a man had to command a war party, enter an enemy camp at night and steal a horse, wrestle a weapon away from his enemy and touch the first enemy fallen, without killing him.

    Thousands of miles from where the code was conceived, on the battlefields of Europe, Medicine Crow became the last person to meet the conditions. Wearing a yellow eagle feather tucked inside his helmet, he fought hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier, whose life was spared, and set off a stampede of 50 horses from a Nazi stable, while singing a traditional Crow song as he rode away.

    “I never got a scratch,” he recalled about 60 years later.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...-dies-aged-102
    Fame, downfall, and a peaceful retirement for an advertising star...

    A tiger which starred in Esso's much-loved fuel adverts has died of old age at a Lincolnshire wildlife park.

    Tango, one of several big cats to appear in the famous "Tiger in Your Tank" ads in the 1990s, passed away at the weekend, two years after being rescued from a European circus.

    Woodside Wildlife Park has received almost 1,000 messages of sympathy on its Facebook page since announcing the death of the 22-year-old animal - thought to be Britain's oldest tiger.

    Park director Neil Mumby said: "A normal age for a tiger to reach would be approximately 15 - so at 22 he was over 100 years old in human terms.

    "He had an extremely good innings but he had a mixed life in his circus time on the continent.

    "We were happy to give him a good, peaceful retirement for two-and-a-half years - we have seen him chasing butterflies, swimming and behaving like a tiger deserves to."

    Mr Mumby, who orchestrated a £250,000 project to rehome Tango in 2014, added: "From my point of view, we are extremely proud to have given him his retirement."

    Esso first used an image of a tiger in its ads following the end of rationing after the Second World War, and the long-running "Put a Tiger in Your Tank" campaign is regarded as one of the most successful in advertising history.

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/1...ed_of_old_age/
    And an actor from a famous acting family, who changed his sex. I include this as much for their description of her death as her as a memorial to her life, which seems as good a way to go as any...

    Actress and activist Alexis Arquette has died at the age of 47.
    The transgender star - sibling of actors David, Rosanna and Patricia Arquette - died on Sunday morning.
    Her other brother Richmond confirmed the news on Facebook with a press release written by Patricia. He said Arquette died while listening to David Bowie's music.
    Alexis Arquette appeared in films including Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer...

    ...The statement said that in the days leading to her death, Alexis said "where she was going, there was only one gender".
    It added: "She passed away surrounded by love. We held her and sang her David Bowie's Starman as she punched through the veil to the other side."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37336973

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    Charmian Carr; Leisl from 'The Sound of Music'.
    Gosh, she was pretty!

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    A man who successfully knocked a little white ball around in a well kept landscape...

    Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest players in the history of golf, has died at the age of 87, a source close to the family confirmed to magazine Golfweek.

    It was reported he died on Sunday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Palmer’s health has been in decline for some time.

    His great rival Jack Nicklaus said on Twitter Palmer was a “legend” and “icon”, but also “one of my best friends”.

    “He was the king of our sport and always will be,” Nicklaus wrote.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...f-dies-aged-87

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