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    So the NME couldn't spell Jimi Hendrix's name correctly? **** poor for a music rag, but also not entirely surprising.

    I thought McCullough had actually passed some time ago. From most reports he was the grittier, harder-living counterpoint to the McCartneys' looser, hippy ideals. Whether Wings can be considered a fully fledged rock band or simply McCartney's glorified backing band and pet project is still open to debate.


      A man who had 99.9% of his body tattooed with dark spots over saffron yellow, has died.

      A former soldier who became famous for the leopard spot tattoos that covered most of his body has died aged 80.

      Tom Leppard born Tom Wooldridge was known as the Leopard Man Of Skye.

      He lived in a bothy on the island for more than two decades but had moved to a care home in Inverness, where he passed away.

      He was once recognised as the worlds most tattooed man by the Guinness Book of World Records.

      Mr Leppard, whose Skye bothy was located by Loch na Biste, was known to travel to the mainland by kayak for supplies.

      He lived a solitary life before moving back to the mainland, saying: My life hasnt changed much - I never bothered people when I lived in the bothy, and they didnt bother me, and Im not really that interested in what else is going on outside.


        One half of a duo from the early 90s and and actor from the late 90s onwards...

        Prince Be, one half of the hip-hop/R&B duo, P.M. Dawn, passed away yesterday. The entertainer, whose real name is Attrell Cordes, was 46 years old, and is said to have been dealing with complications brought on by diabetes. He died in his New Jersey home from kidney failure Friday morning, according to TMZ...

        P.M. Dawn scored a number of hits in the early 90s, and they are well known for their 1991 single, "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss," from the critically acclaimed debut, Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The UtopianExperience.
        Actor Ron Lester has died at a Dallas hospital, according to his agent.

        The 45-year-old, best known for his role as Billy Bob in "Varsity Blues," passed away peacefully shortly before 9 p.m. local time Friday, Dave Bradley posted on Facebook.

        Lester, who also had roles in "Not Yet Another Teen Movie," "Freaks and Geeks" and "Popular" was hospitalized in November because of problems with his liver and kidneys and had been hospitalized for the last four months, TMZ reported earlier in the day.


          Another joins the 27 club...

          Anton Yelchin, a charismatic rising star best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films, has died at the age of 27. He was killed in a traffic accident early on Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed.


            A man who was amongst the first to bomb Japan, and a dummy.

            Retired Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, one of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders - who bombed Japan in an attack that stunned that nation and boosted U.S. morale - has died in Missoula, Mont., his family said.

            MythBusters came to an end earlier this year, and legendary crash test dummy Buster did not survive his final experiment. The one bright side of the poor dummy's demise is that his contributions to science have not been forgotten. According to Adam Savage, Buster got the end he earned after his hard work over 14 seasons.

            There's an international church of Buster because he's been resurrected so many times... We put him on a rocket sled, accelerated him to the speed of sound and ran him into a brick wall. And you can see fire at the outline. There's so much friction between him and the concrete wall that things catch fire, which is astounding. We found about 20 pounds worth of Buster chunks. We never found his rib cage, his head, his pelvis. We never found the largest portions of him. We think he is pretty much vaporized. And that's right and proper. Buster deserved to go out that way.
            There is video of the last, if you want to see the demise of Buster in slow motion glory...


              Some might consider including a war hero, a survivor of the U.S. equivalent of the dams raid, in the same post about a crash test dummy, insulting.
              There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.


                The EU at 6.00am this morning after a month long painful illness.


                  If you think there is any disrespect intended in an obituary thread that celebrates those whose death might have passed you by then that probably says more about you than you would have hoped. Some might have thought he would have been celebrated on the historic forum, but he isn't so he is here along with people you might have heard of, plus things, animals and whatever else has suffered a demise and been posted.

                  Still, when the last survivor retires to the officers mess in many years time then you can mention it.


                    At the risk of offending someone else...

                    Michael Herr, whose reporting during the Vietnam War culminated in the nonfiction novel Dispatches and later became known for his writing in the films Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, died in upstate New York. He was 76.

                    I read and reread Dispatches when doing my joined up writing course, at the time harbouring thoughts of being a war reporter. I met him, and got my (now long lost) copy signed when he (reluctantly) attended a talk in London; a quiet man, not eager for the spotlight but happy to discuss face to face and share stories that were poignant yet still amusing.
                    RIP, Mr Herr.

                    Bill Cunningham, the New York Times fashion photographer who revolutionised the art of capturing portraits of everyday people on the streets, has died in New York City. He was 87.

                    Mr Cunningham had recently been hospitalised after suffering from a stroke. New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy announced his death Saturday.

                    Another who I've met. I saw this crazy old man running around a junction in New York, seeming to be taking 'creep' shots of women in the street with his old Nikon FM2 film camera and a short lens. Then some of his targets started posing for him, an eccentric, mature gentleman in a blue jacket wearing a beret. I chatted with him, a conversation interspersed with him rushing off to take pictures of interestingly dressed people - and that was the thing with him, he was there for the fashion, not the well known face. Famously he declared, when asked why he was not with the pack photographing a very famous actress at a red carpet event, that she wasn't wearing anything interesting! He used colour film until the end, although he had started using a Nikon digital camera in the last two or three years (but whether he used the autofocus is another question that seemingly few can answer).
                    Around five years ago he was the subject of a film, Bill Cunningham New York, a documentary of his day to day life, showing him at home in an apartment with no kitchen or bathroom, just loads of filing cabinets with his pictures filed away, and him cycling around Manhattan on his latest bicycle (he was famous for having them stolen; he joked with me about his then-current bike being his 113th and hoping that that was not a bad sign).
                    A really nice guy. RIP, Mr Cunningham.


                      A guitarist from the earliest days of rock'n'roll...

                      The guitarist who was literally present at the birth of rock n roll has died. Scotty Moore, who played with Elvis Presley in the first few years of his fame, passed away. He was 84.



                        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.



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


                            ^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.

                            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.

                            Michael Cimino, the director of the Vietnam war classic The Deer Hunter and the infamous epic western Heavens 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 fianc John Cazale takes his final role, followed in 1978.



                              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.



                                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".



                                  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."



                                    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.

                                    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."



                                      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.

                                      Ken Barrie, the voice of children's TV favourite Postman Pat, has died at the age of 73.



                                        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.
                                        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.