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Title: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PayingTheRent on January 01, 2017, 01:53:22 PM
As far as I'm concerned, no celebrity deaths have occurred to this point in 2017. Let's hope it's a better year for the famous among us than 2016 was.

While it is not a hard and fast rule, please try to keep the OBITs mentioned to people at least somewhat related to the forum at large and the topics discussed therein. Thanks!

This.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on January 01, 2017, 03:30:19 PM
Let's hope it's a better year for the famous among us than 2016 was.

This is just me but I don't think it's fair to give one entire year a bad rap just because some famous people died. There's way too much unneeded negativity for 2016 because of it.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: thepriceis_J on January 01, 2017, 04:35:00 PM
This is just me but I don't think it's fair to give one entire year a bad rap just because some famous people died. There's way too much unneeded negativity for 2016 because of it.
It's not fair, but it isn't unjustified either, and I don't think anyone should crap all over 2016 because of the deaths. But I've looked back on recent years and when it comes to celebrity deaths this was certainly one of the worst. Every year has big notable deaths, but 2016 was marked by more than a few legends losing their life and rather unexpectedly. It was also marked by a steady consistency, especially in the 2nd half of the year. Even comparing Decembers, it's not even close. So yeah, in recent memory, 2016 was one of the deadliest years (not "the" deadliest) for celebrities. Does that mean the year was bad? No. It just means that it'll stick in memory for those we lost.

Also, unrelated to Patrick's comment, people will continue to die. Death isn't beholden to a year. I know this and plenty know this. We don't need to be told like children that people will keep dying. No one is truly blaming the deaths on the year. The number of deaths during 2016 was nothing more than coincidence and most understand this. That's doesn't mean, however, that people can't take note of the coincidence.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PayingTheRent on January 01, 2017, 08:29:22 PM
This is just me but I don't think it's fair to give one entire year a bad rap just because some famous people died. There's way too much unneeded negativity for 2016 because of it.

I...wasn't giving 2016 a bad rap. I just simply noted, if vaguely, that there was a seemingly large number of celebrity deaths than usual and that it's a trend I hope doesn't continue into this year.

At least for me personally, 2016 was a phenomenal year.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 01, 2017, 09:10:42 PM
Was for me as well. My niece gave birth to a boy in February and I had surgery to correct mitral valve prolapse that my heart specialist said virtually saved me from congestive heart failure.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Torgo on January 03, 2017, 09:20:46 PM
I see we've turned the obituaries thread into an off-topic mess.

Don't do it again.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on January 09, 2017, 09:02:22 AM
I have the first obit of someone whose name you might not be familiar with, but whose work millions of people do, and continue to do through reruns on CMT and the RFD Network, among others.

Sam Louvillo, the creator of the country music-centric comedy series "Hee Haw," which brought country music into our homes from 1969-1992 in first-run episodes and since then in reruns, passed away Jan. 5, at the age of 88.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/hee-haw-co-creator-and-producer-sam-lovullo-passes-away/articleshow/56369125.cms?from=mdr

According to the Associated Press, Louvillo had worked on "The Jonathan Winters Show" with two other writers, and noted how much better the show's ratings did when country music artists were guests. They came up with an idea, it debuted on CBS in 1969, landed in syndication two years later ... and the rest, as they say, is history.

Brian
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on January 10, 2017, 07:52:25 AM
Sad day in the world of rodeo. A 25 year old bull rider from Canada, Ty Pozzobon, passed away suddenly. He was one of the PBR's top bull riders for several years. I have had the privilege of meeting him on several occasions. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

http://cfjctoday.com/article/554945/merritt-bullrider-ty-pozzobon-dies-age-25 (http://cfjctoday.com/article/554945/merritt-bullrider-ty-pozzobon-dies-age-25)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on January 13, 2017, 01:34:57 PM
William Peter Blatty, the author of The Exorcist (one of the greatest stories of horror fiction ever written) has passed away at the age of 89.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38613928
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: plinko2000 on January 14, 2017, 04:10:01 PM
Dick Gautier has died

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dick-gautier-dead-get-smart-actor-was-85-964369
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on January 14, 2017, 10:47:18 PM
Dick Gautier has died

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dick-gautier-dead-get-smart-actor-was-85-964369

RIP Dick Gautier.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on January 15, 2017, 09:14:24 PM
Legendary WWE wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has died at age 73. He was one of the first of the legendary high-flyers, known for his daring leaps off the top rope ... and more often than not off the top of a 15-foot high steel cage. His most famous moments came within a six-month timeframe: The second of those two 15-foot leaps off a steel cage onto a prone wrestler (this one being the Magnificent Muraco, shortly after Snuka lost the match (he dragged Muraco back into the cage to beat him up some more before his famous leap); and the famous "Piper's Pit" segment where "Rowdy" Roddy Piper insulted Snuka before smashing a coconut in his face.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2017/01/15/wwe-hall-of-famer-jimmy-superfly-snuka-dead-cancer/96617202/

Brian
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on January 15, 2017, 09:28:20 PM
And so the Superfly leaves with the cloud over his then girlfriend's death likely never to dissipate.  Although to live like that, partially stuck out of reality, could well be considered punishment in itself (and let it be said he paid the price in the ring too, given he was essentially buried as cannon fodder during his second WWF run in the late 80s-early 90s, most notably as the Undertaker's very first WrestleMania victim).  Still, there's no denying that at his peak in the early 80s, Snuka was a thrill to watch, notably as mention above the mega-splash of Muraco off the top of the cage, which was a direct inspiration for Mick Foley to enter the sport. 
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on January 16, 2017, 12:32:12 AM
He had great entrance music as well. RIP.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on January 16, 2017, 03:56:59 PM
Gene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, and thus the last man to date to set foot on the moon, passed on at age 82: 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/eugene-cernan-last-man-to-walk-on-the-moon-dead-at-82/ar-AAlVhOv?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jmorgan on January 19, 2017, 05:25:53 PM
Miguel Ferrer, an actor from "NCIS", "Crossing Jordan" and also appeared in "Hot Shots! Part Deux" has died of cancer at the age of 61.

https://www.yahoo.com/tv/miguel-ferrer-dies-ncis-los-211527976.html
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 21, 2017, 08:51:49 PM
Maggie Roche, of the sibling trio the Roches, has passed on from cancer. She was 65.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on January 22, 2017, 12:49:21 PM
Baseball players Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte were killed in separate auto accidents this weekend.

http://www.si.com/mlb/2017/01/22/yordano-ventura-death-teammates-players-react
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 22, 2017, 07:04:29 PM
Yordano Ventura, RHP for Kansas City (helping the Royals to their 2015 World Series), was killed in a car crash. He was 25.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Torgo on January 24, 2017, 07:29:31 PM
A Cuisinart coffeemaker package passed away today on The Price Is Right in a devastating train accident. The televised carnage leaves the extended family hopeful that they can ascertain grounds for removal, provided they keep out of hot water. One could chalk this up as part of the steep price to pay for appearing on television, but others have argued it amounts to little more than a hill of beans.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on January 25, 2017, 02:50:07 PM
Beloved TV legend Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80:
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-mary-tyler-moore-20170125-story.html
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: sayingsorry on January 25, 2017, 02:51:23 PM
Beloved TV legend Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80:
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-mary-tyler-moore-20170125-story.html

Absolutely heart breaking
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jwatson2973 on January 25, 2017, 03:05:21 PM
Beloved TV legend Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80:
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-mary-tyler-moore-20170125-story.html

Devastating news. 😢😭
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on January 25, 2017, 03:06:44 PM
Very sad. I didn't watch her on the Dick Van Dyke Show much, but I watched her own show all the time and still do. RIP and thanks for the good memories.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 25, 2017, 08:10:34 PM
Mary encapsulated beauty, charm and talent like few could. Iconic but she sure had the image that she didn't think she was.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on January 26, 2017, 01:31:41 AM
Beloved TV legend Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80:
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-mary-tyler-moore-20170125-story.html

I still can't believe she's no longer with us! For many of us who are fans of this incredible lady her death is no doubt very heartbreaking! I would never imagine that I would say these words: RIP Mary Tyler Moore.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 26, 2017, 05:09:27 AM
Jack Mendelsohn, Emmy-nominated writer (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, numerous cartoon shows) and screenplay writer for Yellow Submarine, has passed away from lung cancer. He was 90.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jwatson2973 on January 27, 2017, 01:09:15 AM
Mannix star Mike Conners has passed away at the age of 91.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/01/27/mannix-star-mike-connors-dies-at-91.amp.html?client=safari
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 27, 2017, 07:07:46 PM
Barbara Hale, who played Della Street on Perry Mason (CBS, 1957-66), age 94.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 27, 2017, 08:52:37 PM
John Hurt, actor, age 77. His big role was of John Myrick in "The Elephant Man" and was the War Doctor on Doctor Who in 2013.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 27, 2017, 09:06:36 PM
Correction: the character was John Merrick.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on January 27, 2017, 10:35:03 PM
John Hurt also played the wandmaker Mr. Olivander  in the Harry Potter films.

Rest in peace, John.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on January 27, 2017, 11:08:34 PM
And of course as the ill-fated chest-bursting Alien's initial victim in the series' first film, as well as in Spaceballs' terrific parody of the scene ("Oh no!!  Not again!!!")
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on January 27, 2017, 11:51:14 PM
John Hurt also appeared in one of my favorite music videos - "Take It Away" by Paul McCartney.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on January 30, 2017, 10:22:31 AM
This one is for the gamers out there.

Japanese video game and media company Bandai Namco Holdings announced that the Namco division's founder, Masaya Nakamura, passed away on January 22nd at the age of 91. No further details were released out of respect to Nakamura's family.

For non-gamers, Namco brought the world Pac-Man, among many other hit games.


http://variety.com/2017/film/asia/pac-man-pioneer-masaya-nakamura-founder-of-namco-dead-at-96-1201973117/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on January 31, 2017, 04:39:16 PM
John Wetton, aged 67; bassist and lead vocalist for the 80's band Asia. (Previously a member of numerous other bands, including Uriah Heep, Roxy Music, and King Crimson.)

http://teamrock.com/news/2017-01-31/john-wetton-dies-aged-67
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jlgarfield on February 07, 2017, 02:28:06 PM
The famous comedian/professor Corey Irwin (who made quite a few appearances in the 1980s on John Davidson's Hollywood Squares) has died at the age of 102.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/07/513879165/the-worlds-foremost-authority-has-died-prof-irwin-corey-was-102
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on February 07, 2017, 07:22:56 PM
Richard Hatch (http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/richard-hatch-%E2%80%98battlestar-galactica%E2%80%99-star-dead-at-71/ar-AAmIwuj?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp), best known as Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica, age 71.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on February 08, 2017, 03:27:51 AM
Richard Hatch (http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/richard-hatch-%E2%80%98battlestar-galactica%E2%80%99-star-dead-at-71/ar-AAmIwuj?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp), best known as Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica, age 71.

Also replaced Michael Douglas on the final season of The Streets of San Francisco.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: TPIRfan#9821 on February 08, 2017, 09:32:35 PM
From IMDb:

Retired Warner Bros. Cartoons executive Hal Geer died on Jan. 26. He was 100.

(I didn't see that on this thread, so sorry if I repeat)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on February 08, 2017, 10:15:33 PM
Impressive longevity if so.  I recall seeing his name in the closing credits for the Warners' cartoon shows on network throughout a good portion of the 80s, so much credit to him from Generation X and Y for making sure the best of the Termite Terrace reached us each Saturday morning (even if the heavy editing seems to have started under his tenure). 
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on February 12, 2017, 02:07:21 PM
The day of the Grammys starts off on a sad note, with the death of R&B/jazz/pop singer Al Jarreau, who was 76:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/grammy-winning-musician-al-jarreau-dies-at-76/ar-AAmR1AJ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: TPIRfan#9821 on February 14, 2017, 06:34:34 PM
We only have 1 February death? Let me add four more! (And links to confirm)

Piet Keizer-June 14, 1943 - February 10, 2017-International soccer star played for Ajax Amsterdam-http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Piet-Keizer-104457477
Peter Mansfield-October 9, 1933 - February 8, 2017-Co-invented the MRI-https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/science/peter-mansfield-dead-nobel-prize-magnetic-resonance-imaging.html?_r=0
Fab Melo-June 20, 1990 - February 11, 2017- Former Syracuse University Center
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/18668751/former-syracuse-boston-celtics-center-fab-melo-dies-brazil
Edward Tipper-August 3, 1921 - February 1, 2017-Band of Brothers' paratrooper-http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-edward-tipper-20170213-story.html
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Torgo on February 15, 2017, 10:30:24 AM
We only have 1 February death? Let me add four more! (And links to confirm)

No quota exists for celebrity deaths, and I think you're definitely stretching it.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Jordanar18 on February 15, 2017, 03:53:38 PM
Isn't this thread's purpose to post random obituaries?  I mean, yeah, some of them are obscure but at least it keeps the thread going.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mechamind on February 15, 2017, 07:22:40 PM
Canadian radio personality Stuart McLean has passed away at 68. I'm going to miss the Vinyl Cafe...

http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/books/stuart-mclean-bestselling-author-and-host-of-cbc-radios-vinyl-cafe-has-died
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: thepriceis_J on February 15, 2017, 07:32:55 PM
Isn't this thread's purpose to post random obituaries?  I mean, yeah, some of them are obscure but at least it keeps the thread going.
Notable people will die this year, even if they aren't major like Mary Tyler Moore. Posts don't need to be manufactured because of a lack of deaths.

"Not enough death here? Here ya go!"  :fork:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Alfonzo on February 15, 2017, 10:25:21 PM
Thank you J for finding the words I couldn't. While I have no problem with someone being honored it becomes a little...ghoulish to search for deaths to keep the thread active.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on February 16, 2017, 02:45:13 AM
Canadian radio personality Stuart McLean has passed away at 68. I'm going to miss the Vinyl Cafe...

http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/books/stuart-mclean-bestselling-author-and-host-of-cbc-radios-vinyl-cafe-has-died

The Vinyl Cafe is closing its doors for good. RIP Stuart McLean.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wrikent3500 on February 16, 2017, 06:49:58 PM
The Vinyl Cafe aired on NPR as well
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: UltraPrice on February 17, 2017, 02:24:21 PM
WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele has passed away.  He was 79.
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/02/17/wwe-star-george-animal-steele-dead-at-79.html (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/02/17/wwe-star-george-animal-steele-dead-at-79.html)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on February 17, 2017, 04:23:20 PM
And another WWE obit to report, Nicole Bass. She was 52.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/former-pro-wrestler-nicole-bass-dead-at-52/ar-AAn3pdd?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=UE12DHP
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on February 17, 2017, 10:57:01 PM
WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele has passed away.  He was 79.
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/02/17/wwe-star-george-animal-steele-dead-at-79.html (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/02/17/wwe-star-george-animal-steele-dead-at-79.html)
 

The Animal was certainly one of the most entertaining personalities to step into the ring.  Both as hero and villain, he never failed to deliver; certainly his ill-fated but still commendable pursuit of Elizabeth was one of the great plotlines of the early Golden Age.  Lest we forget, he also had the honor of appearing in the very first Saturday Night's Main Event match of them all (ingloriously pinned after the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff abandoned him). 
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Alfonzo on February 18, 2017, 10:06:26 AM
Former WWWF Champion Ivan Koloff has passed away. A very sad week in wrestling, indeed.  http://www.pwinsider.com/article/107810/former-wwwf-champion-ivan-koloff-passes-away.html?p=1
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on February 18, 2017, 10:18:35 AM
God rest you Ivan. And I agree with the article, it is a travesty that he's not already in the WWE Hall of Fame already. Maybe someday Vince will get his act together and induct him, but at the same time, too little, too late.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on February 19, 2017, 04:35:29 PM
Tom Regan; Philosopher and author of The Case For Animal Rights has passed away at the age of 78. 

http://patch.com/us/across-america/tom-regan-moral-philosopher-animal-rights-pioneer-dies-78

Side musing: I wonder if Bob Barker was influenced by any of Regan's works. 
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on February 19, 2017, 10:32:03 PM
Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' in the Roe v Wade case died at the age of 69: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/18/obituaries/norma-mccorvey-dead-roe-v-wade.html?_r=0 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/18/obituaries/norma-mccorvey-dead-roe-v-wade.html?_r=0)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on February 20, 2017, 09:53:07 PM
Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell has died at the age of 73:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/legendary-jazz-guitarist-larry-coryell-godfather-of-fusion-dies-at-73/ar-AAn9izc?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jwatson2973 on February 21, 2017, 05:38:24 PM
Fox News host Brenda Buttner has died of cancer at age 55.

http://people.com/tv/brenda-buttner-dead/?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemag
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on February 23, 2017, 02:18:01 PM
Fox News Radio host and commentator Alan Colmes has passed at the age of 66.

I'm going to miss him, as he was interesting to listen to, and his show was very good. :(
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on February 23, 2017, 06:14:59 PM
2015 PBR Bull of the Year SweetPro's Long John passed away this week. Got to see him in person last year- a phenomenal athlete.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on February 23, 2017, 08:03:49 PM
Nintendo of America co-founder Alan Stone has died at the age of 71.

http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/21/alan-stone-co-founder-nintendo-america-passes-away/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: AMGray1986 on February 26, 2017, 03:03:43 PM
Original The People Court judge Joseph Wapner died at the age of 97.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/02/26/joseph-wapner-dead-peoples-court/ (http://www.tmz.com/2017/02/26/joseph-wapner-dead-peoples-court/)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on February 26, 2017, 03:19:02 PM
SNL cast member and voice of Luigi, Tony Rosato, has died at the age of 62.

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/tony-rosato-dead-dies-snl-sctv-1201959645/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on February 26, 2017, 09:26:55 PM
His short tenures on both SNL and SCTV, both essentially replacing better known cast members as well (the last remaining original Not Ready for Prime Time Plays left right before he came on, he landed in Mellonville during the season John Candy and Catherine O'Hara sat out) probably kept him from being better known.  Still his contributions to both shows should be applauded. 
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on February 27, 2017, 01:13:16 AM
SNL cast member and voice of Luigi, Tony Rosato, has died at the age of 62.

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/tony-rosato-dead-dies-snl-sctv-1201959645/

That was back on January 10.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on February 27, 2017, 01:22:52 AM
That was back on January 10.

Saw that when I first posted the article. No one posted it sooner.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on February 28, 2017, 06:45:03 PM
Famous game show announcer John Harlan has passed away. He was 91.

https://www.facebook.com/winkmartindalegames/photos/a.1485144971712624.1073741827.1485120435048411/2036843046542811/?type=3&theater
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on March 05, 2017, 09:11:46 AM
Pop singer and Billboard publisher Tommy Page (http://www.msn.com/en-ca/entertainment/topnews/tommy-page-singer-and-former-billboard-publisher-dies-at-46/ar-AAnO04V), age 46. Apparent suicide.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on March 05, 2017, 11:45:52 AM
Hispanic actress Miriam Colon passed away at the age of 80- http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/people/2017/03/03/miriam-colon-actress-dies-obituary-scarface/98728032/ (http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/people/2017/03/03/miriam-colon-actress-dies-obituary-scarface/98728032/)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on March 06, 2017, 12:44:03 AM
Pop singer and Billboard publisher Tommy Page (http://www.msn.com/en-ca/entertainment/topnews/tommy-page-singer-and-former-billboard-publisher-dies-at-46/ar-AAnO04V), age 46. Apparent suicide.

So heartbreaking that someone like Tommy would want to take his own life! RIP.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on March 06, 2017, 02:46:20 PM
Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne has passed on at age 84. More here from Variety. (http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/robert-osborne-dead-dies-tcm-host-1202002748/)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on March 08, 2017, 11:32:45 PM
Boxing legend Lou Duva, best known for training Evander Holyfield and 18 other champions, has died at 94:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/boxing-hall-of-famer-lou-duva-dies-at-94-handled-19-champs/ar-AAo2pOd?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
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Post by: JayC on March 11, 2017, 10:28:40 PM
Joni Sledge, founding member of Sister Sledge, died at age 60. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/11/us/joni-sledge-of-sister-sledge-dies/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/11/us/joni-sledge-of-sister-sledge-dies/index.html)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: TPIRFan2000 on March 20, 2017, 05:03:26 PM
David Rockefeller, philanthropist and former CEO of Chase, dead at the ripe old age of 101.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/business/david-rockefeller-dead-chase-manhattan-banker.html?_r=0
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on March 20, 2017, 05:08:11 PM
Emile Autuori, the "bonded security agent" from the Geoff Edwards runs of Treasure Hunt, passed away on January 14, at the age of 89.

https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/15302/id/4079073
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 06, 2017, 05:21:56 AM
Joe Harris, animator who created the Trix Rabbit and Saturday morning superhero Underdog, passed on Tuesday at age 89.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on April 06, 2017, 07:11:26 AM
RIP Joe Harris. I'm a big Underdog fan.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on April 11, 2017, 08:13:49 PM
John Geils, namesake guitarrist of 70's/80's supergroup the J. Geils Band; age 71.

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/04/11/523489861/john-geils-guitarist-of-the-j-geils-band-dies-at-71
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on April 11, 2017, 09:38:28 PM
Also today, Peter Hansen of General Hospital fame has died at age 95:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/%E2%80%98general-hospital%E2%80%99-actor-peter-hansen-dies-at-95/ar-BBzJfBT?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SamJ93 on April 12, 2017, 01:01:26 PM
Charlie Murphy, comedian (best known for the Rick James sketch on Chapelle's Show and older brother of Eddie Murphy, died today at age 57: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/charlie-murphy-dead-comedian-was-57-993220
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: kens5368035 on April 12, 2017, 01:56:50 PM
wow!!!
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on April 12, 2017, 10:22:54 PM
wow!!!
You can say that again! Charlie Murphy was one of the very few stars who could hold his own against a more famous sibling. In fact, he was not just Eddie's brother; he was a star in his own right. R.I.P. Charlie
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 14, 2017, 03:50:04 AM
Dan Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers and son of team founder Art Rooney, died yesterday at age 84. More about him here. (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/steelers-owner-rooney-dies-aged-84-213406154--nfl.html;_ylt=AwrBT9CljPBY3IoA85RXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzMXBobHNmBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDVUkwMkM0XzEEc2VjA3Nj)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on April 15, 2017, 05:03:10 PM
Few if any of you might know who Emma Morano was.

But if I told you that the world no longer has something, you might. That is, a person who was verified to have been born before Jan. 1, 1900.

Ms. Morano, of Verbania, Italy, passed away at the ripe old age of 117. Sources are indicating she was the oldest known Italian in history, and was within the top five of longest verified lifetimes. (Based on reliable birth records.)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/04/15/worlds-oldest-person-last-known-born-1800s-dies/100501238/

Jamacian Violet Brown, born March 10, 1900, is now the oldest living person.

Brian
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Schfifty on April 15, 2017, 07:00:57 PM
Jamacian Violet Brown, born March 10, 1900, is now the oldest living person.

And interestingly, her first child (who is alive as well and almost a centenarian) just turned 97 years old today.

It is truly amazing how long these people have lasted on our planet, especially Ms. Morano. Rest in peace...
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on April 16, 2017, 12:52:36 AM
It's the end of an era, with the passing of Emma Morano. I knew it would only be a matter of time before everyone born in the 19th century had died out.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on April 16, 2017, 05:25:50 PM
And interestingly, her first child (who is alive as well and almost a centenarian) just turned 97 years old today.

It is truly amazing how long these people have lasted on our planet, especially Ms. Morano. Rest in peace...

It is believed that Mrs. Brown's child, at age 97, is the oldest verified living child of a parent who is/was still living. Mrs. Brown was 20 when she gave birth to Harold Fairweather

JFTR: Anybody remember the second Jeopardy! Final Jeopardy! ever (during the Alex Trebek run)? No? Well ... it was the first date of the 20th century. All three of them got it wrong ... and all three bet everything, leaving the second episode without a champion. The answer: "What is Jan. 1, 1901?"

Meaning that Mrs. Brown, having been born in 1900, was born in the 19th century (prior to Jan. 1, 1901, the actual first day of the 20th century). Nabi Tajima of Japan, born Aug. 4, 1900, is the only other known/verified still living person to have been born prior to Jan. 1, 1901. (One other supergenerian, Misao Okawa, died in 2015 at age 117.)

Brian
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: TheBigAK on April 16, 2017, 08:06:30 PM
Been a few days, but no one posted.  "Dave's Mom" Dorothy Mengering  passed a few days ago.

Always provided some great moments when Dave had her on the show.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/david-letterman-remembers-mom-dorothy-mengering-moving-eulogy-article-1.3061710
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on April 17, 2017, 01:52:31 AM
It's the end of an era, with the passing of Emma Morano. I knew it would only be a matter of time before everyone born in the 19th century had died out.

Anyone who knows how calendars and basic biology work should understand that the 19th century will die out.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 18, 2017, 08:17:51 AM
Bruce Langhorne, (https://www.yahoo.com/music/mr-tambourine-man-inspiration-bruce-161757143.html) session guitarist who was the inspiration for Bob Dylan's song Mr. Tambourine Man, of kidney failure. Age 78.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on April 18, 2017, 04:21:37 PM
Former WWE superstar Matt Anoa'i, AKA Rosey (of "3 Minute Warning"), passed away yesterday at the age of 47.

Source: https://www.wrestlingnewssource.com/news/46142/WWE-Releases-Statement-On-The-Death-of-Matt-Rosey/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on April 19, 2017, 06:50:22 AM
Former Patriot Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide. He was 27.

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19191248/former-new-england-patriots-te-aaron-hernandez-found-dead-prison-cell
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 20, 2017, 06:55:45 PM
Under investigation is the discovery of the body of singer Cuba Gooding Sr., father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr., in Los Angeles.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Borusa on April 22, 2017, 09:01:43 PM
Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham of Happy Days, has died at the age of 56 according to Yahoo.com.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on April 23, 2017, 04:58:21 PM
Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham of Happy Days, has died at the age of 56 according to Yahoo.com.

RIP Erin Moran.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 23, 2017, 06:54:31 PM
Autopsy is pending. This is a true bummer as Erin was a TV crush for me back during the Happy Days heyday.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 24, 2017, 03:28:48 AM
Mark Evanier reports that TV writer and producer Chris Bearde (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Gong Show and many others) passed on yesterday at age 80.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: TPIRFan2000 on April 26, 2017, 04:04:07 PM
Film director Jonathan Demme (best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs) has died at 73 from complications caused by esophageal cancer.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-jonathandemme-idUSKBN17S27R
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 02, 2017, 06:56:24 AM
Col. Bruce Hampton, dubbed "the granddaddy of the jam scene," collapsed on stage at the Fox Theater in Atlanta during a concert celebrating his 70th birthday. He was rushed to Crawford Long Hospital where he died. More about it here. (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bruce-hampton-dies-jam-band-favourite-collapsed-stage-70th-birthday-bash-1619567)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 10, 2017, 12:39:53 PM
Katherine Berman, wife of ESPN's Chris Berman, was killed in a two-car accident. She was 67.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on May 10, 2017, 02:45:18 PM
Actor Michael Parks died at the age of 77: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2017/05/10/actor-michael-parks-who-starred-kill-bill-and-argo-dies-77/101513472/ (https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2017/05/10/actor-michael-parks-who-starred-kill-bill-and-argo-dies-77/101513472/)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on May 14, 2017, 05:19:45 PM
Former MLB umpire Steve Palermo has died at the age of 67.

http://www.closecallsports.com/2017/05/umpiring-legend-mlb-sup-steve-palermo.html#disqus_thread
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jwatson2973 on May 14, 2017, 09:41:23 PM
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. & Sin City actor Powers Boothe passed away at age 68.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/powers-boothe-dead-agents-shield-sin-city-actor-was-68-1003667?utm_source=facebook&utm_source=m.facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=m.facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=Direct&utm_source=m.facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=m.facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=Direct
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 18, 2017, 05:22:52 AM
Chris Cornell, lead singer of grunge groups Audioslave and Soundgarden, died suddenly Wednesday night in Detroit while performing with Soundgarden. He was 52. More about it here. (http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/18/entertainment/chris-cornell-dead/index.html)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 18, 2017, 08:03:21 AM
Roger Ailes, founder and former CEO of Fox News, passed away this morning at age 77. Cause unknown. More about it here. (http://wspa.com/2017/05/18/report-fox-news-founder-former-ceo-roger-ailes-dies/)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on May 18, 2017, 09:09:16 AM
Chris Cornell, lead singer of grunge groups Audioslave and Soundgarden, died suddenly Wednesday night in Detroit while performing with Soundgarden. He was 52. More about it here. (http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/18/entertainment/chris-cornell-dead/index.html)

:(

This one hurts.  He was an amazing vocalist who was a pioneer in developing grunge with Soundgarden.  His time in Audioslave was excellent too, and his performance of You Know My Name for the Casino Royale James Bond movie was splendid. 

Good bye, Chris.  Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 18, 2017, 06:14:30 PM
The official word is that Cornell committed suicide.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on May 19, 2017, 01:26:37 AM
RIP Chris Cornell.  :cry:

The official word is that Cornell committed suicide.

Suicide by hanging to be exact.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on May 23, 2017, 09:07:02 AM
Sir Roger Moore has passed away from cancer at the age of 89.  He played James Bond for seven films and was also known for his role in the English TV show, The Saint.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/23/james-bond-actor-roger-moore-dies-aged-89/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on May 23, 2017, 08:58:20 PM
Actress Dina Merrill has died at the age of 93.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/movies/dina-merrill-dead-actress-and-heiress.html
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jwatson2973 on May 23, 2017, 09:21:39 PM
Actress Lisa Spoonauer passes away at the age of 44.

http://comicbook.com/movies/2017/05/23/clerks-actress-lisa-spoonauer-dies-at-44/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on May 23, 2017, 11:03:43 PM
NFL hall of famer Cortez Kennedy has died at the age of 48.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/seahawks/2017/05/23/cortez-kennedy-dies-seattle-seahawks-pro-football-hall-fame/102057530/

He played 11 years for the Seattle Seahawks and was one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the game.  He also won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 1992 when the team went 2-14, he was selected to the NFL Hall of Fame and his number 96 was retired in 2012.

Rest In Peace, Tez.  :(

Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on May 27, 2017, 03:12:32 PM
Founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman, has died at the age of 69.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7759662/gregg-allman-dead
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 30, 2017, 03:50:05 AM
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has died at age 83. Cause was a brain hemorrhage stemming from surgery.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on May 31, 2017, 08:11:36 PM
Elena Verdugo, 92; actress—likely best known as the nurse/office assistant on Marcus Welby, MD (ABC, 1969-1976)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/elena-verdugo-dead-marcus-welby-md-actress-was-92-974642
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jwatson2973 on June 05, 2017, 07:18:58 PM
Roger Smith "77 Sunset Strip" star & husband of Ann-Margaret dies.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roger-smith-dead-77-sunset-888323?facebook_20170605
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 06, 2017, 07:36:43 PM
Buzzr reports that Monty Hall's wife of 70 years, Marilyn, has passed away.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on June 06, 2017, 08:11:25 PM
Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace from the Wallace & Gromit animation series has passed away peacefully at the age of 96.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/06/531690297/peter-sallis-of-wallace-and-gromit-fame-dies-at-96

I sure adored Wallace & Gromit when I was younger, and Sallis' voice was a wonderful fit for Wallace's character.

Rest in peace.  :(
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on June 08, 2017, 10:21:04 PM
NFL wide receiver James Hardy was found dead yesterday. He was 31.

http://www.wpta21.com/story/35621291/coroner-identifies-man-found-in-maumee-river-as-former-nfl-player?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_ABC21_WPTA
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 10, 2017, 11:31:16 AM
Adam West, TV's Batman in 1966, has succumbed to leukemia. He was 88.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: htmlcc92 on June 10, 2017, 12:08:02 PM
That's sad. He had such a distinctive voice, and grew up in Walla Walla, WA, only about 45 minutes from my hometown.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on June 10, 2017, 01:25:44 PM
Very sad to hear of Adam West's passing. I loved watching him as Batman. A television icon who will be missed.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on June 10, 2017, 01:49:39 PM
The best Batman ever. RIP and thanks for the good memories.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on June 10, 2017, 03:18:38 PM
RIP, Adam. Will always remember you as mayor of Quahog.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on June 10, 2017, 07:03:50 PM
RIP Adam West.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on June 16, 2017, 11:21:19 AM
Helmut Kohl, the former Chancellor of Germany has died at the age of 87.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/40307918

Kohl oversaw the reunification of Germany after the Cold War and was a key figure in the European Union as he was greatly in favor of European integration.

Rest In Peace, Chancellor Kohl. 
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on June 16, 2017, 11:43:17 PM
John G. Avildsen, director of Rocky and The Karate Kid films has passed away at the age of 81.

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/john-g-avildsen-dead-dies-rocky-karate-kid-1202469349/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: plinko2000 on June 17, 2017, 07:47:40 PM
He also directed Lean On Me.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jwatson2973 on June 18, 2017, 01:11:56 AM
Stephen Furst, actor who starred in Animal House, dies.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/06/17/entertainment/stephen-furst-obit/index.html
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 19, 2017, 06:03:50 PM
Gone at 92: Bill Dana, (http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/comedian-bill-dana-who-played-the-character-jose-jimenez-dies-at-92/ar-BBCTtNG?OCID=ansmsnnews11) the comedian who immortalized his Josè Jiminez character in comedy routines. He was a regular the the Hungry i comedy club in San Francisco.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: someguy23475 on June 19, 2017, 07:49:21 PM
Bill Dana hosted the only show on the very short lived United Network.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 23, 2017, 01:36:23 PM
Hank Deutschendorf, who played Oscar, Sigourney Weaver's baby in Ghostbusters 2 in 1988, has died at age 28. Apparently he committed suicide.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on June 24, 2017, 08:00:16 AM
Frank Kush, 88, head football coach of the Arizona State University Sun Devils from 1958 to 1979; later coached the Indianapolis Colts.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Alfonzo on June 27, 2017, 06:40:12 PM
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist from the movie John Wick has died at age 56 from lung cancer.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on June 27, 2017, 09:00:22 PM
Anthony Young, best known for an MLB-record 27-game losing streak has died at the age of 51.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/19752843/anthony-young-holds-mlb-record-skid-dies-51
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on June 27, 2017, 11:01:26 PM
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist from the movie John Wick has died at age 56 from lung cancer.

He was excellent as Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movies.   RIP, Michael.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on June 28, 2017, 01:59:48 PM
Anthony Young, best known for an MLB-record 27-game losing streak has died at the age of 51.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/19752843/anthony-young-holds-mlb-record-skid-dies-51
In addition to losing 27 straight games for the Mets in two seasons (1992 and '93), he also had the misfortune of playing for the Cubs, though their current status as defending World Champions now makes that point moot.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkomatic on June 29, 2017, 12:20:51 PM
I know it's a bit early to add this, but if anyone isn't aware, Stefan Karl, Robbie Rotten himself, is in his final days. He's been battling cancer, and it's in the final stages right now. No one knows when he'll die, but it will definitely be soon... :(
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on June 29, 2017, 09:22:15 PM
Paddington Bear's creator Michael Bond has passed on at age 91.  This is particularly sad for me, as I great enjoyed the Paddington series and its various TV spinoffs as a child (even if the specifically British moments went over the head of American me as a child; case in point, the time Paddington played cricket, and I was just as confused as he was over how the game was supposed to be played and why it was supposed to be important that the silly mid off had a short leg): 

  https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/28/michael-bond-obituary
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on July 03, 2017, 06:36:23 PM
VH1 and viral video star Stevie Ryan has committed suicide. She was 31.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/07/03/stevie-ryan-youtube-and-vh1-star-dead-by-hanging-at-age-33.html
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkomatic on July 03, 2017, 07:44:15 PM
VH1 and viral video star Stevie Ryan has committed suicide. She was 31.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/07/03/stevie-ryan-youtube-and-vh1-star-dead-by-hanging-at-age-33.html

That's blowing up all over the internet...
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on July 04, 2017, 12:19:38 AM
She was 31.

Correction: Stevie was 33.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on July 07, 2017, 09:47:47 AM
Smith Hart, oldest of the 12 Hart siblings of wrestling's most famous family, has passed on at 68.  While not as successful as Bret or Owen, he put together a reasonably good career in the ring himself in Stampede and other promotions: 

http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/07/03/wrestling-world-mourns-loss-of-smith-hart
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkomatic on July 07, 2017, 01:19:08 PM
Joan Lee, Stan Lee's wife of 70 years, died yesterday at the age of 95
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dmaingame on July 11, 2017, 10:21:38 PM
Smith Hart, oldest of the 12 Hart siblings of wrestling's most famous family, has passed on at 68.  While not as successful as Bret or Owen, he put together a reasonably good career in the ring himself in Stampede and other promotions: 

http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/07/03/wrestling-world-mourns-loss-of-smith-hart
Unfortunate to hear about Smith Hart.  I remember reading in Bret's autobiography that there was in time very early in Bret's career where he and Smith went on the road together.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on July 16, 2017, 09:08:47 PM
Director George A Romero, creator of the Night of the Living Dead series and zombie horror film pioneer has died at the age of 77.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on July 16, 2017, 09:29:52 PM
Martin Landau has died at the age of 89- http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/martin-landau-dead-ed-wood-811318 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/martin-landau-dead-ed-wood-811318)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: TPIRFan2000 on July 20, 2017, 01:29:19 PM
Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park (and briefly of the Stone Temple Pilots), has reportedly committed suicide by hanging. He was 41.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/07/20/linkin-park-singer-chester-bennington-dead-commits-suicide/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PriceFanArmadillo on July 20, 2017, 03:01:18 PM
Well, here's an avatar I'm surprised I even had on this computer.  Haven't used this in years, but it seems fitting now.  I probably watched this video a hundred times in college.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on July 21, 2017, 01:53:58 AM
Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park (and briefly of the Stone Temple Pilots), has reportedly committed suicide by hanging. He was 41.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/07/20/linkin-park-singer-chester-bennington-dead-commits-suicide/

RIP Chester Bennington.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Borusa on July 21, 2017, 06:37:22 PM
Deborah Watling, Victoria Waterfield from Doctor Who, died of lung cancer today at the age of 69. This came from doctorwhonews.net.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on July 22, 2017, 10:04:17 AM
John Heard, likely best known as Kevin McCallister's father in the Home Alone movies, was found dead in his hotel room; he was 72 and had apparently had surgery a few days before, so this could be a result of complications thereof: 

http://pagesix.com/2017/07/22/john-heard-dead-at-72/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkomatic on July 22, 2017, 01:25:17 PM
John Heard, likely best known as Kevin McCallister's father in the Home Alone movies, was found dead in his hotel room; he was 72 and had apparently had surgery a few days before, so this could be a result of complications thereof: 

http://pagesix.com/2017/07/22/john-heard-dead-at-72/

It was for his back, wasn't it?
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on July 26, 2017, 11:26:02 PM
Per Stu Shostak, voice actress June Foray passed away yesterday at the age of 99.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/stusshow/permalink/1488550447871082/
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Post by: Hag on July 26, 2017, 11:31:12 PM
Sad news. She voiced a ton of animated characters, among them Natasha and Magica de Spell on Duck Tales.
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Post by: GameShowFan1987 on July 27, 2017, 12:00:21 AM
I've admired June for many years.  She had a recognizable voice yet was so flexible that she could give life to any character given to her.  She's right up there with the likes of Mel Blanc, Don Messick, and Daws Butler as one of the greatest voice actors of all time and was able to bless us with her talents even into her 90s.  We will miss you June.  Now Granny can be with Tweety and Sylvester again.   :cry:
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Post by: Plinkomatic on July 27, 2017, 01:19:55 AM
Per Stu Shostak, voice actress June Foray passed away yesterday at the age of 99.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/stusshow/permalink/1488550447871082/

She was so close to making it to 100... :(
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Post by: Superballer on July 27, 2017, 03:20:32 PM
It's telling that Mel Blanc considered himself the male Foray rather than the other way around.  Her impact on animation cannot be understated:  Granny, Rocky, Witch Hazel, Lucifer the cat, Natasha Fatale, Magica, Jokey Smurf, Grammi Gummi, Ma Beagle, Cindy Lou Who, and Karen's teacher (not to mention briefly Karen herself during at least Frosty's initial airing before they decided to redub the role for whatever reason) make for a very strong top tier of characters.  So long, fair lady, and you will assuredly not be forgotten. 
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Post by: Briguy on July 28, 2017, 08:15:05 AM
Per Stu Shostak, voice actress June Foray passed away yesterday at the age of 99.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/stusshow/permalink/1488550447871082/

 :-(

My guess is that Stephanie Courtney -- who had voiced the character of a young Granny in a recent Looney Tunes short (where Granny was reflecting on her life and when she was a young adult) -- will take over the role of Granny. (Courtney is best known as "Flo" on the Progressive Insurance commercials.)

Brian
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Post by: dmaingame on July 28, 2017, 10:38:34 AM
I had no idea they still made Looney Tunes cartoons.  They seemed to be in perpetual reruns even back in 1980..
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Post by: Ccook on July 28, 2017, 12:54:43 PM
They made shorts for the Looney Tunes Show (a newer series with the characters in a sitcom premise) several years ago.
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Post by: Plinkomatic on July 28, 2017, 02:09:18 PM
They made shorts for the Looney Tunes Show (a newer series with the characters in a sitcom premise) several years ago.

There's also a new series airing on Cartoon Network called "Wabbit" that follows the adventures of Bugs Bunny. Michigan J. Frog, one of the best classic WB characters, made a triumphant return at the end of one particular episode.
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Post by: JayC on July 28, 2017, 02:55:05 PM
Match Game and Laugh-In regular as well as voice-over actress Patti Deutsch passed away on Wednesday at the age of 73. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/patti-deutsch-dead-laugh-match-game-comedienne-was-73-1025096 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/patti-deutsch-dead-laugh-match-game-comedienne-was-73-1025096)
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Post by: Briguy on July 28, 2017, 04:20:38 PM
Match Game and Laugh-In regular as well as voice-over actress Patti Deutsch passed away on Wednesday at the age of 73. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/patti-deutsch-dead-laugh-match-game-comedienne-was-73-1025096 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/patti-deutsch-dead-laugh-match-game-comedienne-was-73-1025096)

 :roll:

That's not meant out of disrespect, but a tribute as -- when she was introduced on each "Match Game" episode -- she seemed to roll her eyes in bewilderment.

RIP.

Brian
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Post by: PatrickRox80 on July 28, 2017, 05:22:57 PM
She had a unique sense of humor and was an ideal foil to Match Gane's zaniness.

RIP, Patti.
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Post by: wpghi5 on July 28, 2017, 09:18:00 PM
Match Game and Laugh-In regular as well as voice-over actress Patti Deutsch passed away on Wednesday at the age of 73. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/patti-deutsch-dead-laugh-match-game-comedienne-was-73-1025096 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/patti-deutsch-dead-laugh-match-game-comedienne-was-73-1025096)

RIP Patti Deutsch.  :cry:
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Post by: david1964 on July 30, 2017, 12:03:18 AM
So sad to hear about Patti Deutsch.  My condolences to the Ross family.  But the one thing that I remember about her on Match Game is that for the most part she would give crazy, way out there answers that no contestants would ever think of saying.  It was like she was there to be witty, instead of actually matching the contestants.  But her printing was impeccable.  She was probably my least favorite semi regular. 
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Post by: Superballer on July 30, 2017, 09:55:39 AM
Longtime Walt Disney Imagineering head Marty Sklar has passed on from yet undisclosed causes; he was 83.  More than a few of the best Disney theme park rides were developed under Sklar's tutelage: 

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-me-marty-sklar-obituary-20170727-story.html
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Post by: Plinkomatic on August 01, 2017, 02:09:45 PM
About June Foray, she was one of, if not the best voice actresses ever to exist. She's done it all. Rocky and Granny were her two longest-running roles. Only someone just as good as her can fill her shoes and take on these roles.

Also, just out of curiosity, has anyone seen the documentary film "I Know That Voice," where people who work in animation and voiceover talk about what it's like? June has a few moments in the film, and even takes a few minutes to talk about Mel Blanc.
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Post by: Ccook on August 02, 2017, 12:46:17 PM
Legendary coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Ara Parseghian has crossed the Rainbow Bridge at age 94.
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Post by: Ccook on August 10, 2017, 11:07:26 AM
News two days old, maybe what with the site down...but singer Glen Campbell passed on at age 81.
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Post by: PatrickRox80 on August 10, 2017, 11:24:26 AM
Also, MLB slugger Don Baylor passed away at age 68.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2726071-mlb-legend-don-baylor-dies-at-68
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Post by: Briguy on August 10, 2017, 03:49:12 PM
News two days old, maybe what with the site down...but singer Glen Campbell passed on at age 81.

You knew this death was coming, but when it happens to singers and entertainers like this it is still with great sadness and shock.

He is free of all that ails him and in a much better place. The songs he leaves behind will always be enjoyed.

RIP.

Brian
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Post by: wpghi5 on August 10, 2017, 10:21:31 PM
News two days old, maybe what with the site down...but singer Glen Campbell passed on at age 81.

RIP Glen Campbell.  :cry:
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Post by: Teddy on August 11, 2017, 06:21:45 AM
Darren Daulton has died at the age of 55. You may remember him as the catcher for the 1993 Phillies team that went all the way to the World Series and lost in six games, but he redeemed himself in the end by winning one with the Marlins in '97.
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Post by: Blissey on August 11, 2017, 12:41:59 PM
It's been a few days since it happened, but I haven't seen it listed here, so...

Haruo Nakajima, the first man to play Godzilla (from the original 1954 film to 1972's "Godzilla vs. Gigan") has passed away at age 88 from pneumonia complications. In addition to Godzilla, Nakajima also played various other monsters in Toho Company's "Golden age" (1954-75) sci-fi films like Rodan and King Kong.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/world/asia/godzilla-actor-haruo-nakajima-japan.html
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Post by: Ccook on August 20, 2017, 05:26:43 AM
Comedian and activist Dick Gregory, age 84, from a bacterial infection. More here (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/dick-gregory-barrier-breaking-comedian-civil-rights-activist-dies-84-n794231) from NBC News.
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Post by: Plinkomatic on August 20, 2017, 08:10:00 AM
It's a thread of its own, but we can't forget Bruce Forsyth, who died at 89 two days ago...

Sir Bruce Forsyth
1928-2017
We will never forget you.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Alfonzo on August 20, 2017, 08:41:43 AM
It's a thread of its own, but we can't forget Bruce Forsyth, who died at 89 two days ago...

Sir Bruce Forsyth
1928-2017
We will never forget you.

Now this is what the other moderators mean by posting just to post. You know there's another thread about the topic which you posted on several days ago, so why are you adding on here? Large post counts don't mean jack unless there's quality with the posts.
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Post by: sideshowPA on August 20, 2017, 01:15:13 PM
Getting this topic back on course ....

Another comedy legend passes away today as Jerry Lewis dies at the age of 91.
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Post by: Plinkomatic on August 20, 2017, 02:14:13 PM
Now this is what the other moderators mean by posting just to post. You know there's another thread about the topic which you posted on several days ago, so why are you adding on here? Large post counts don't mean jack unless there's quality with the posts.

I get that there is a tribute thread for him, but how can you not list Bruce on this too?
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Post by: therealcu2010 on August 20, 2017, 02:20:03 PM
Because you don't need to post the same thing in multiple places. This is posting just to post. We've told you twice now not to do this...and you just did it again.

Consider this your final warning.
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Post by: Plinkomatic on August 20, 2017, 02:53:18 PM
Because you don't need to post the same thing in multiple places. This is posting just to post. We've told you twice now not to do this...and you just did it again.

Consider this your final warning.

K
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Post by: Alfonzo on August 20, 2017, 05:42:01 PM
Getting this topic back on course ....

Another comedy legend passes away today as Jerry Lewis dies at the age of 91.

Whoa, Rest in Peace Jerry. From you movies to your Labor Day Telethons you will be greatly missed.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkomatic on August 20, 2017, 06:57:52 PM
Whoa, Rest in Peace Jerry. From you movies to your Labor Day Telethons you will be greatly missed.

Don't forget the numerous TV appearances he's made over the years.
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Post by: wpghi5 on August 20, 2017, 11:28:46 PM
Another comedy legend passes away today as Jerry Lewis dies at the age of 91.

No doubt his comedic talent and his association with MDA through his telethon are definitely the ones we'll remember him by. RIP Jerry Lewis.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkomatic on August 21, 2017, 12:26:52 PM
I...wasn't giving 2016 a bad rap. I just simply noted, if vaguely, that there was a seemingly large number of celebrity deaths than usual and that it's a trend I hope doesn't continue into this year.

At least for me personally, 2016 was a phenomenal year.

I totally see where you're coming from, PayingTheRent. All the famous deaths we had last year were even crazier than Summer 2009. That unfortunate period has since been called the "Summer of Death." 2016 was the "Year of Death" in my opinion. We're halfway through 2017, and it's not as bad as last year.
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Post by: SBarsodo on August 24, 2017, 02:23:08 PM
Jay Thomas of Murphy Brown, Cheers, Mork and Mindy, Love & War, and various other shows. (1948-2017)
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Post by: wpghi5 on August 24, 2017, 11:50:58 PM
Jay Thomas of Murphy Brown, Cheers, Mork and Mindy, Love & War, and various other shows. (1948-2017)

RIP Jay Thomas.  :cry:
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Post by: Ccook on August 27, 2017, 09:47:36 AM
CBS radio reports that movie director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) has died at age 74.
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Post by: Superballer on September 01, 2017, 10:31:42 AM
Coach Rollie Massimino, best known for leading Villanova to its first basketball championship in 1985, lost a long battle with cancer; he was 82: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/sports/ncaabasketball/villanova-coach-rollie-massimino-dead.html?mcubz=0
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Post by: Ccook on September 02, 2017, 08:52:48 AM
Comedian Shelley Berman, age 92, after a bout with Alzheimer's.
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Post by: SamJ93 on September 03, 2017, 04:50:33 PM
Walter Becker, founding member of Steely Dan, has passed at age 67. :(

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/walter-becker-steely-dan-co-founder-dead-at-67-w500956
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Post by: jmorgan on September 09, 2017, 12:09:17 PM
Two stars of the country music world passed away yesterday.

Don Williams (age 78)
Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry (age 50)
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Post by: Superballer on September 14, 2017, 09:37:44 PM
Disney legend Xavier Atencio, with a long career as both an animator and Imagineer, best known for designing the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and its catchy song, passed on from presumed natural causes; he was 98: 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-xavier-atencio-obit-20170911-story.html
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Post by: Superballer on September 15, 2017, 08:21:14 PM
Also, Harry Dean Stanton, well known as among the Nostromo's doomed crewmen and as Andie's father in Pretty in Pink, passed on from natural causes as well; he was 91: 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/harry-dean-stanton-%E2%80%98big-love%E2%80%99-%E2%80%98twin-peaks%E2%80%99-star-dies-at-91/ar-AArZi7h?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp
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Post by: blozier2006 on September 17, 2017, 06:19:12 PM
Long time WWE manager and commentator, as well as WWE Hall of Famer, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, has passed away. He was 73 years old.

http://twitter.com/JRsBBQ/status/909544054941036544
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Post by: Hag on September 17, 2017, 06:24:49 PM
He was one of the great manager heels. RIP.
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Post by: Superballer on September 17, 2017, 09:57:29 PM
Indeed, the Brain was brilliant at making you both hate him for his arrogance and bold-faced cheating and love him for his rampant screwiness---sometimes both at the same time.  And the impressive breadth of the Heenan Family--Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Andre, King Kong Bundy, John Studd, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Haku, Hercules, Harley Race, and many more, including his stint as Flair's unofficial "financial advisor--testifies itself to his impact on the sport. 
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Post by: dmaingame on September 17, 2017, 11:36:30 PM
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's managerial and commentary skills always made me laugh hysterically.  His go to quotes on commentary such as announcing "Shawn Michaels has left the building!!" an hour or so into a PPV,  (referring to Shawn frequently working in the opening match of a PPV).  "Right now, (wrestler's name's) got an achy breaky back" whenever a face got backdropped or fell out of the ring.  Heenan's best performance hands down was during the 1992 Royal Rumble.  Going back and forth about whether Rowdy Roddy Piper's ring attire was a kilt or skirt in the matter of thirty seconds as Piper first helped then attacked Flair. Or the call of,  "Give him the title, that's good enough." after Flair surpassed Rick Martel's 53 minute record in the Royal Rumbles up to that point.  And of course the celebration when Ric Flair won and nearly went wire to wire.  Sympathies and prayers to the Heenan family.  We'll miss you.  RIP Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. 
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Post by: Briguy on September 18, 2017, 08:31:53 AM
Long time WWE manager and commentator, as well as WWE Hall of Famer, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, has passed away. He was 73 years old.

http://twitter.com/JRsBBQ/status/909544054941036544

"Weasel! Weasel! Weasel! Weasel!"

Who can recall chanting that every time Bobby Heenan entered the arena, or shouting that to the TV screen, in disdain for "the Brain" whenever he made a disparaging remark about Hulk Hogan or any other of the WWF's heroes? Nobody could rile up a crowd better than Heenan.

We loved seeing him get his just due whenever he went too far, but no one took a bump better than Heenan. Even after he suffered a real neck injury (took a bump the wrong way, I hear) he still was at the top of his game. And I suppose God wanted a good Weasel Suit match ... and now the fans in that great arena in the sky are getting them ... Dick the Bruiser, 'Da Crusher and the Ultimate Warrior all with him.

I've seen recent photos of Heenan, with the ravages of cancer and other illnesses he suffered deforming his face, almost actually taking on the appearance of a weasel's head. How sadly ironic, given that was the derisive nickname he was called (in reference to an underhanded person who talks tough but then tries to backpedal or cower in fear when threatened) by fans; this time, we hurt for Heenan and prayed that this was one opponent he could beat. The good thing was, even though I'm sure he knew that he wasn't going to win, he was determined to be with those "ham-and-eggers" and "humanoids" (his fans, natch), who have many memories of him and the joy and love of the industry he had and gave fans.

The best thing was, he was with his family when he passed. Probably not a better way to go, I suppose.

There was once the remark Heenan once made, during a match on "WWF Wrestling Challenge" where he, in mocking Gorilla Monsoon, said he dreamed he had died and went to Heaven ... until he saw Monsoon waiting for him at the Pearly Gates. This time, I can picture Monsoon waiting for "the Brain" at the Pearly Gates ... only I'm sure it was a joyous, wonderful reunion between two old friends, and all their other real-life friends (including Heenan Family members who had previously died, and the Brain's "enemies" all cheering and also sharing old memories as well).

RIP, Bobby "the Brain" Heenan. You'll be missed.

Brian
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Post by: Ccook on September 20, 2017, 12:54:34 PM
KNX radio reports that Jake LaMotta, "The Raging Bull" of boxing, has passed on at age 95. More here from the AP. (https://apnews.com/2dafdeb6fd6641c4b458a0aed8d4c411/Boxer-LaMotta,-immortalized-in-%27Raging-Bull,%27-dies-at-95)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on September 22, 2017, 09:11:42 AM
Long time WWE manager and commentator, as well as WWE Hall of Famer, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, has passed away. He was 73 years old.

http://twitter.com/JRsBBQ/status/909544054941036544

Quick callback to this for a second ... "the Brain" was on at least one game show in his lifetime. He, along with Gorilla Monsoon, were guest celebrities on "Super Sloppy Double Dare" in 1989, each one paired with a contestant. Bobby Heenan and his partner won the game (a fluke(?) :) ), although Bobby played up the part of uncoordinated blowhard to the hilt, as he was so good at doing. BTW: Gorilla interfered in Bobby's obstacle course attempt (the fourth one), and both contestants won by default. The show has been uploaded in the past to video sharing services, so do try to catch it.

He would have been great on Davdison's "Hollywood Squares," IMO. His skill at bluffing would have played perfectly on a show. I've pictured a week of celebrities whose skills at being grouches and sarcastic would have worked. Imagine him clashing with Don Rickles and Oscar the Grouch, for instance, and what zingers he would have given right back to Rodney Dangerfield.

Ah, what might have been.

Brian
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Post by: blozier2006 on September 27, 2017, 10:52:19 PM
Founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner, has died at the age of 91.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hugh-hefner-founder-playboy-dead-031914304.html
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on September 29, 2017, 12:56:11 AM
Founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner, has died at the age of 91.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hugh-hefner-founder-playboy-dead-031914304.html

RIP Hugh Hefner.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on September 29, 2017, 11:29:24 AM
Playboy will never be the same without Hugh Hefner, now that he's gone to that big mansion in the sky.
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Post by: UltraPrice on October 01, 2017, 07:04:47 PM
Longtime NHL broadcaster Dave Strader passed away earlier today, following a battle with cancer.  He was 62.
https://www.si.com/nhl/2017/10/01/dave-strader-passes-hockey-world-reacts (https://www.si.com/nhl/2017/10/01/dave-strader-passes-hockey-world-reacts)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: UltraPrice on October 04, 2017, 12:01:13 AM
Robert Yates, former NASCAR owner, passed away after a battle with cancer.  He was 74.
https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/02/robert-yates-dies-liver-cancer-nascar-hall-of-fame-2018/ (https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/02/robert-yates-dies-liver-cancer-nascar-hall-of-fame-2018/)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: FDRfan on October 04, 2017, 07:15:03 PM
Lance Russell, the legendary voice of Memphis wrestling, passed away on October 3, 2017 at age 91.

https://www.cagesideseats.com/2017/10/3/16409898/lance-russell-voice-of-memphis-russell-has-died-at-age-91 (https://www.cagesideseats.com/2017/10/3/16409898/lance-russell-voice-of-memphis-russell-has-died-at-age-91)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on October 06, 2017, 07:35:45 PM
Comedian Ralphie May died from cardiac arrest at the age of 45: http://deadline.com/2017/10/ralphie-may-dies-stand-up-comedian-last-comic-standing-1202183687/ (http://deadline.com/2017/10/ralphie-may-dies-stand-up-comedian-last-comic-standing-1202183687/)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on October 09, 2017, 12:03:13 AM
NBA Hall-of-Famer Connie Hawkins; age 75. Initially banned from the NBA due to a college betting scandal, Hawkins played in the ABA and for the Harlem Globetrotters during the 1960's, before joining the Phoenix Suns in 1969, where he played four years.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/hall-of-fame-forward-connie-hawkins-dies-at-75/ar-AAt1BLr#image=BBxTAaO|1
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on October 09, 2017, 03:53:38 PM
New York Giants Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle has passed on at age 90. More here from UPI. (https://www.upi.com/Sports_News/NFL/2017/10/09/YA-Tittle-NFL-Hall-of-Fame-quarterback-dies-at-90/7981507579236/)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on October 09, 2017, 04:04:37 PM
I remember the photograph of him kneeling on the field bleeding. He must have been a tough customer. RIP.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on October 09, 2017, 04:06:51 PM
New York Giants Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle has passed on at age 90. More here from UPI. (https://www.upi.com/Sports_News/NFL/2017/10/09/YA-Tittle-NFL-Hall-of-Fame-quarterback-dies-at-90/7981507579236/)

Tittle also happened to be in one of the most famous photographs ever taken.  Rest in peace to a legend.

(http://www.theweeklings.com/wp-content/uploads/Y.A.-Tittle.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: BonusShell on October 15, 2017, 09:32:16 PM
I just found out that Jimmy Beaumont passed away on October 7:

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/entertainment/jimmy-beaumont-co-writer-don-dies-article-1.3551144

Beaumont was the lead singer of a vocal group called the Skyliners. In 1959, they had a big hit with "Since I Don't Have You":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B9AmwnU278&list=PLQHdmy_iLS7dQFjdvsm25R8F6cCU0mhQ5&index=69
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on October 18, 2017, 08:47:41 AM
Lead singer of the Canadian band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, has died of cancer at age 53.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Josh444 on October 18, 2017, 10:31:41 AM
Not sure if anybody was a fan of Trailer Park Boys, but John Dunsworth (Mr. Lahey) died on October 16th at the age of 71.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on October 19, 2017, 01:16:27 AM
Lead singer of the Canadian band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, has died of cancer at age 53.

RIP Gord Downie.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jlgarfield on October 24, 2017, 03:21:47 PM
http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/robert-guillaume-dead-dies-benson-1202598171/ - Robert Guillaume, best known for as his role as Benson the Butler, has died at the age of 89.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on October 24, 2017, 04:25:15 PM
Darn it. I was a big fan of the Benson TV show and I also remember him as Rafiki in The Lion King. RIP.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on October 24, 2017, 07:52:11 PM
http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/robert-guillaume-dead-dies-benson-1202598171/ - Robert Guillaume, best known for as his role as Benson the Butler, has died at the age of 89.

RIP Robert Guillaume.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on October 25, 2017, 09:49:32 AM
Legendary musician Fats Domino has died at the age of 89: https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/legendary-new-orleans-musician-fats-domino-dead-at-89/ar-AAu2hxE?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/legendary-new-orleans-musician-fats-domino-dead-at-89/ar-AAu2hxE?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on October 26, 2017, 12:01:30 AM
Legendary musician Fats Domino has died at the age of 89: https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/legendary-new-orleans-musician-fats-domino-dead-at-89/ar-AAu2hxE?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/legendary-new-orleans-musician-fats-domino-dead-at-89/ar-AAu2hxE?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp)

RIP Fats Domino.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on November 10, 2017, 08:44:16 AM
John Hillerman (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/john-hillerman-higgins-on-magnum-pi-dies-at-84/ar-BBEMIpS?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp), Higgins on Magnum P.I., age 84, cause unknown.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on November 10, 2017, 09:22:37 PM
John Hillerman (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/john-hillerman-higgins-on-magnum-pi-dies-at-84/ar-BBEMIpS?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp), Higgins on Magnum P.I., age 84, cause unknown.

RIP John Hillerman.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on November 18, 2017, 02:13:46 PM
Malcolm Young of AC/DC has passed away at age 64.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/malcolm-young-acdc-guitarist-and-co-founder-dead-at-64-w512164
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on November 18, 2017, 04:46:24 PM
Malcolm Young of AC/DC has passed away at age 64.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/malcolm-young-acdc-guitarist-and-co-founder-dead-at-64-w512164

RIP Malcolm Young.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: GameShowFan1987 on November 18, 2017, 05:41:10 PM
In the immortal words of Bon Scott:

In the beginning, back in 1955, man didn't know about the rock 'n' roll show and all that jive.  The white man had the schmaltz.  The black man had the blues.  No one knew what they was gonna do but Tchaikovsky had the news.  He said let there be sound ... there was sound.  Let there be light ... there was light.  Let there be drums... there was drums.  Let there be guitar... there was guitar.  Let there be rock.

Rock in peace, Malcolm.  You gave the world the gift of many sick riffs.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: whowouldeverhurtawhammy on November 18, 2017, 05:51:06 PM
In the midst of these deaths in America, I have a death to report that is coming from Japan.

Hiromi Tsuru (鶴 ひろみ), the Japanese voice of Bulma in Dragon Ball for the past 30+ years (and numerous other anime characters), was found dead on a Tokyo highway on 11/16/17 after suffering from an aortic dissection. She was 57.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on November 18, 2017, 10:35:15 PM
Actress Ann Wedgeworth died at the age of 83: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/11/18/threes-company-actress-ann-wedgeworth-dies-83/877879001/ (https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/11/18/threes-company-actress-ann-wedgeworth-dies-83/877879001/)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on November 19, 2017, 04:26:57 PM
Country music legend Mel Tillis has passed away at age 85:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/8039477/mel-tillis-longtime-country-singer-and-songwriter-dies-at-85
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on November 20, 2017, 01:24:28 AM
Charles Manson, dead at 83 (good riddance).

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/20/charles-manson-mastermind-behind-1969-deaths-actress-sharon-tate-6-others-dead-at-83.html
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on November 20, 2017, 03:48:04 AM
Actress Ann Wedgeworth died at the age of 83: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/11/18/threes-company-actress-ann-wedgeworth-dies-83/877879001/ (https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/11/18/threes-company-actress-ann-wedgeworth-dies-83/877879001/)

RIP Ann Wedgeworth.  :cry:

Country music legend Mel Tillis has passed away at age 85:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/8039477/mel-tillis-longtime-country-singer-and-songwriter-dies-at-85

RIP Mel Tillis.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: TheBigAK on November 20, 2017, 08:40:51 AM
https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/earle-hyman-cosby-shows-grandpa-huxtable-dies-at-91/ar-BBFc9lE?li=BBnb7Kz

Earle Hyman has passed at 91

RIP - Russel Huxtable    Oh how I still love that first anniversary episode where Rudy lip syncs BABY!   BABY!
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on November 20, 2017, 01:32:03 PM
Della Reese is gone at 86:
https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2017/11/20/della-reese-touched-by-an-angel-star-dead-at-86/23283271/
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on November 20, 2017, 10:53:42 PM
Former NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn died at the age of 43: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21488691/terry-glenn-former-nfl-wide-receiver-dies-age-43-involvement-suspected-car-accident (http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21488691/terry-glenn-former-nfl-wide-receiver-dies-age-43-involvement-suspected-car-accident)

Also, Warren "Pete" Moore of The Miracles died at the age of 78: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8039647/warren-pete-moore-death-miracles-motown-legend (https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8039647/warren-pete-moore-death-miracles-motown-legend)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on November 21, 2017, 03:38:52 AM
Della Reese is gone at 86:
https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2017/11/20/della-reese-touched-by-an-angel-star-dead-at-86/23283271/

RIP Della Reese.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: FieldsFan336 on November 21, 2017, 09:27:24 PM
David Cassidy (The Partridge Family) passed away tonight at age 67
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on November 22, 2017, 11:14:29 PM
David Cassidy (The Partridge Family) passed away tonight at age 67

RIP David Cassidy.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on November 30, 2017, 10:40:14 AM
A recent death ... Rance Howard, Ron's father and himself an actor in his own right, passed Nov. 25 at the age of 89.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/25/entertainment/rance-howard-father-of-ron-obit/index.html

Brian
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jlgarfield on November 30, 2017, 12:50:16 PM
http://myfox8.com/2017/11/30/jim-nabors-known-for-his-role-as-gomer-pyle-has-died-at-87/ - Jim Nabors, best known as Gomer Pyle, has died at the age of 87.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on November 30, 2017, 01:44:11 PM
I remember when he used to sing "Back Home Again In Indiana" at each Indy 500 as well. RIP.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: CheckGameMeBob on November 30, 2017, 06:39:31 PM
http://myfox8.com/2017/11/30/jim-nabors-known-for-his-role-as-gomer-pyle-has-died-at-87/ - Jim Nabors, best known as Gomer Pyle, has died at the age of 87.

Aw man... RIP, Jim.  Thanks for your terrific renditions of Back Home Again in Indiana before kicking off the Indy 500 for so many years.

 :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mechamind on November 30, 2017, 06:43:09 PM
An inspiration for the Ice Bucket Challenge, 14-year ALS survivor Anthony Senerchia has passed away at the age of 46.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on December 01, 2017, 03:20:36 AM
http://myfox8.com/2017/11/30/jim-nabors-known-for-his-role-as-gomer-pyle-has-died-at-87/ - Jim Nabors, best known as Gomer Pyle, has died at the age of 87.

RIP Jim Nabors. :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on December 13, 2017, 05:07:05 PM
Atlanta Falcons legendary QB Tommy Nobis, they very first draft pick of the team back in 1966, has passed on at age 74. No reason given.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on December 15, 2017, 06:53:24 AM
Bob Givens, animation artist who did the first design of the rabbit we’d know as Bugs Bunny in 1940’s “A Wild Hare,”  has passed on at age 99.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on December 19, 2017, 07:22:51 PM
Heather North, voice of Daphne on Scooby-Doo from 1970 to 1985 and in 2003, passed away November 30 after a long illness. She was 71.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: FieldsFan336 on December 25, 2017, 05:49:26 PM
Heather Menzies-Ulrich, best known for playing Luisa in the film adaptation of The Sound of Music, passed away today at age 68
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on December 28, 2017, 07:51:19 PM
Rose Marie, known for her role on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and as a regular on the Peter Marshall version of "The Hollywood Squares", has passed away at the age of 94.

https://twitter.com/RoseMarie4Real/status/946538359651995648
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on December 29, 2017, 04:01:24 AM
Rose Marie, known for her role on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and as a regular on the Peter Marshall version of "The Hollywood Squares", has passed away at the age of 94.

https://twitter.com/RoseMarie4Real/status/946538359651995648

RIP Rose Marie.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on December 29, 2017, 03:48:20 PM
Best-selling mystery author Sue Grafton has died at the age of 77- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/obituaries/sue-grafton-dies-best-selling-mystery-author.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/obituaries/sue-grafton-dies-best-selling-mystery-author.html)
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Borusa on December 31, 2017, 09:05:59 AM
Last week, Dick Enberg died. He was host of Sports Challenge and Baffle.
Title: Re: 2017 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on December 31, 2017, 09:36:53 AM
Last week, Dick Enberg died. He was host of Sports Challenge and Baffle.

We had a separate OBIT thread