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    Former Grange Hill actor gets out early...

    British actor Mark Farmer has died at the age of 53.

    Best known for his roles in Grange Hill and Minder, Farmer had reportedly been battling cancer in his final months.

    Grange Hill’s official Twitter account announced the news on Thursday, confirming that the star had passed away.



      Keep smiling - it's never as bad as you think!!


        Remember him well from Drop The Dead Donkey...

        Sad to notice that both Bob Hoskins and Keith Harris have died again, on the BBC News website anyway... Guessing someone is having a laugh resurrecting old obits.


          'You will have a heart attack and die, before meeting lots of people in smart, dark suits with tape measures; today's colour is black, and today's fragrance will be formaldehyde...'

          (Bet you thought I'd ask if he could see that in the stars, eh?;o)


            Ho, hum...

            Tupac Shakur's mother has died -

            Sacha Baron Cohen's father has died -

            Brookside and Hollyoaks actor Kristian Ealey has died -

            US Pop and Folk Artist Marisol Has Died -

            No offense to any of them but there will hardly be any wailing in the streets; I'm just filling you in so that you know, you know?


              An old keyboard player, a young photographer, America's oldest veteran, and a man described as the last surviving Pearl Harbor attack pilot...

              Tributes have been paid to Welsh rock musician Phil Ryan, the keyboard player with legendary South Wales rock band Man, who has died in his adopted home of Denmark aged 69.

              Tributes have been paid to celebrity photographer Matt Irwin, who has died at the age of 36.

              The oldest verified World War II veteran in the U.S. passed away Tuesday at the age of 110.

              Frank Levingston enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 6, 1942, according to the National Archives, less than one year after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the U.S. into World War II.

              Kaname Harada, a former fighter ace who was believed to be the last surviving combat pilot to fly for Japan at Pearl Harbor, and who became an apostle of pacifism a half-century later out of remorse over the deaths he caused, died on Tuesday in Nagano, northwest of Tokyo. He was 99.



                Music genius, media mogul, and former head of comedy at BBC into the obits file.

                Isao Tomita, electronic music trailblazer, dies at 84 in Tokyo

                Australian media mogul, and the creator of Neighbours, Reg Grundy has died

                Tributes paid to Only Fools And Horses producer Gareth Gwenlan who has died aged 79



                  A French actress, an old lady, an old cat, but not a panda, possibly.

                  Madeleine Lebeau, the French actress, who has died aged 92, was the last surviving cast member of Casablanca (1942); she is best known for her tearful but defiant singing of La Marseillaise and cry of “Vive La France!” in one of the film’s most memorable and moving scenes.

                  The world's oldest living person, 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones, died on Thursday in New York City, a research group said.

                  Jones' death makes Emma Morano-Martinuzzi, a 116-year-old woman in Italy, the oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

                  Scooter the Cat, who was named the world’s oldest living cat by the Guinness Book of World Records, has died at the age of 30.

                  TAIPEI (AFP) - Taipei Zoo was forced to deny reports that a giant panda gifted by China as a symbol of unity had died on Monday (May 16), in what initially appeared to be a frightening portent for cross-strait ties.

                  Tuan Tuan was one of two pandas given to the island in 2008 in a move seen to endorse the presidency of Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou. The animal's name means "reunion" and was interpreted as a reflection of China's ambition to reunite self-ruling Taiwan with the mainland.

                  But as Mr Ma prepares to step down and Taiwan ushers in new China-sceptic leader Tsai Ing-wen - intensely disliked by Beijing - reports circulated online that Tuan Tuan had died of distemper.

                  News of the death in Chinese media, including and People's Daily, triggered laments on the mainland that Beijing's propaganda machine had failed.

                  "Tuan Tuan is dead. Propaganda is hopeless," said one post on People's Daily Twitter feed.

                  Others welcomed the news, with one post on Taiwan's Liberty Times website saying: "It's good... we don't have to spend so much money raising a Chinese panda."

                  As the story spread, Taipei Zoo insisted Tuan Tuan and his fellow pandas were very much alive.

                  "All three pandas are in good health," said zoo spokesman Eric Tsao.

         later issued a correction and apology to the zoo and Internet users.

                  People's Daily also posted a correction via Twitter saying it had been "misinformed".

                  Some in Taiwan slammed the false reports - others joked China would have gone to war with Taiwan if the panda had actually died.



                    A semantic nit-pick perhaps, but surely you cannot report on the death of 'The world's oldest living person'? Does it not have to always be 'The world's oldest living person, at the time of their passing'? Surely the claim of oldest living person is automatically passed on the second the original claimant dies, and which global organisation recognises this accolade anyway?

                    I didn't know the Welsh band 'Man' had a keyboard player. I know of them as being pretty much the closest thing the UK got to a West Coast psychedelic band in the pattern of Quicksilver Messenger Service et al.


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                        The number of people who've played in The Beastie Boys diminishes once again...

                        John Berry, a founding member of New York City hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died. The pioneering guitarist passed away Thursday morning at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts, after suffering from frontal lobe dementia. He was 52.



                          The ‘Queen of the Channel“, and the straight man to a talking horse...

                          Cindy Nicholas, one of the greats of marathon swimming who was once known as Queen of the Channel, has died from liver failure. She was 58.

                          The Toronto athlete, who became a lawyer and served as a Liberal member of the Ontario legislature from 1987 to 1990, was best known for her record-setting solo crossings of the English Channel in the 1970s and 1980s. Her daughter, Leahanne LeGrow, said Nicholas died Thursday.

                          In 1977, Nicholas became the first woman to complete a non-stop, two-way crossing of the 33-kilometre Channel. She finished in 19 hours 55 minutes, the quickest result at the time for any male or female swimmer.


                          Alan Young, star of 1960s sitcom ‘Mister Ed,’ dies at 96



                            Surprised Paul McDowell has not graced your thread Snaf! A serious omission if I may say so.

                            Died earlier in the month.
                            Last edited by charliehunt; 22nd May 2016, 15:17.

                            Keep smiling - it's never as bad as you think!!


                              Feel free to add people, or to comment on those who have died. Sometimes I see names that have a vaguely familiar ring to them and other times they pass me by completely - doing my routine now and he still doesn't come up, even a search on Google News using his name only brings up his comments on the passing of George Martin; in mitigation my app for The Guardian stopped working a few months ago and I haven't got around to sorting it out yet.

                              Anyway... A former heavy metal drummer, lately jazz musician.

                              NICK MENZA, DRUMMER for the influential metal band Megadeth, has died after collapsing on stage during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Southern California, a family spokesman said this afternoon.


                              Please feel free to add other obits to this thread. Ta.


                                Sad to hear of the death of Tomita, made some brilliant music; the Ravel Album is well worth seeking out.
                                The item about Nick Mensa reminds me of a saxophonist of the 1950's called (IIRC) Allen Eager, who also collapsed and died on stage. He was playing a tune entitled 'From out of nowhere'.��
                                plain old vanilla


                                  You won't have heard of her, but you might have heard of her obituary...

                                  NOLAND, Mary Anne Alfriend. Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 68...



                                    Found an add-on for the above obit:

                                    ...Mary Anne Noland isn’t the first to send a final political message in an obituary this year. Jeffrey Cohen, a Pittsburgh man who died in January at the age of 70, requested in his obituary that loved ones not vote for Trump. “Jeffrey would ask that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump,” it read.



                                      Originally posted by snafu View Post
                                      Former Grange Hill actor gets out early...
                                      I used to watch that, but strangely don't remember him.


                                        Goodby Cato...

                                        Burt Kwouk, who was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films, has died aged 85.
                                        He appeared in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers as Clouseau's servant who regularly attacked his employer to keep him alert...



                                          Racing driver, stunt man, and possible Stig...

                                          A world-renowned racing car driver who doubled for James Bond has died at the age of 52.

                                          Neil Cunningham, who lived in Mumbles and raced motorcars in Le Mans, Silverstone, and numerous British GT Championships, had been battling with motor neurone disease (MND) for the past six years.

                                          The dad-of-two also performed stunts in the BBC show Top Gear and was rumoured to be The Stig.