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Title: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on January 01, 2020, 01:31:46 AM
Starting the new one. 
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 01, 2020, 04:22:17 PM
David Stern (https://www.wsj.com/articles/david-stern-former-nba-commissioner-dies-11577912989), former NBA commissioner, age 77, from complications of a brain hemorrhage.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on January 01, 2020, 09:27:29 PM
This one hurts. The only man to twirl a perfect game in the postseason of baseball and Yankees legend as a result, Don Larsen, has passed away at age 90 (https://twitter.com/ALevyNYC/status/1212558933963001856) in Hayden, Idaho from esophageal cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on January 01, 2020, 09:43:23 PM
Nick Gordon (https://www.ajc.com/news/nick-gordon-once-the-late-bobbi-kristina-brown-boyfriend-has-died/4j1JvkqmAyWxl9Ti3fQvjI/), who was responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown (daughter of singers/actors Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston), has died at age 30.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on January 02, 2020, 03:46:41 AM
David Stern (https://www.wsj.com/articles/david-stern-former-nba-commissioner-dies-11577912989), former NBA commissioner, age 77, from complications of a brain hemorrhage.

RIP David Stern.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 02, 2020, 04:03:57 PM
Sam Wyche (https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28411101/former-bengals-buccaneers-coach-sam-wyche-dies-74), former NFL coach who guided Cincinnati to an appearance in Super Bowl XXIII, age 74, from cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on January 06, 2020, 06:08:54 PM
Natalie Trundy, an actress who is perhaps best known for appearing in four of the five original "Planet of the Apes" films, passed away back on December 5th, 2019 at age 79 (per  this article (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/natalie-trundy-dead-actress-four-planet-apes-movies-was-79-1266487) from The Hollywood Reporter).

Trundy portrayed the mutant Albina in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," human scientist Dr. Stephanie Branton in "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" and chimpanzee Lisa in both "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" and "Battle for the Planet of the Apes." Chalk this up to "nepotism" (in Trundy's own words), as Trundy was married to "Apes" producer Arthur P. Jacobs from 1968 to Jacobs' death in 1973.

(Note: I would have put this in the 2019 Obituaries Thread, but that thread is now locked.)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on January 08, 2020, 01:06:12 PM
Silvio Horta, creator of the 2006-2010 series "Ugly Betty", passed away on January 7, 2020 at age 45 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/silvio-horta-dead-dies-ugly-betty-1203459934/ (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/silvio-horta-dead-dies-ugly-betty-1203459934/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mellongraig on January 09, 2020, 01:38:59 AM
Buck Henry, The Graduate Writer, Get Smart Co-Creator & Early SNL, age 89 from a heart attack.

https://deadline.com/2020/01/buck-henry-dead-saturday-night-live-the-graduate-get-smart-1202825337
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on January 09, 2020, 10:25:58 AM
Longtime successful Michigan State coach George Perles passes on at 85; he also served as the school's athletic director for a stretch, was a key assistant coach for the Steelers' legendary Steel Curtain defense during their long run of sustained success, and helped create the Motor City Bowl: 

https://chippewa.com/news/national/obituaries/george-perles-longtime-michigan-state-coach-dies-at/article_a591fce2-2133-57f5-b202-a0dea863c93c.html
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: GRWHAMMY the 2nd on January 09, 2020, 06:08:59 PM
77 Sunset Strip's Edd Byrnes has passed (game show fans know him as "drunk pilot" host of Wheel of Fortune in 1974)
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/edd-byrnes-dead-kookie-77-938511
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on January 10, 2020, 03:24:00 AM
77 Sunset Strip's Edd Byrnes has passed (game show fans know him as "drunk pilot" host of Wheel of Fortune in 1974)
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/edd-byrnes-dead-kookie-77-938511

RIP Edd Byrnes.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mellongraig on January 10, 2020, 04:35:07 PM
Neil Peart, Rush drummer has passed on at age 67 Tuesday from brain cancer:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/neil-peart-obit-1.5422806
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mechamind on January 10, 2020, 05:36:34 PM
^ I have always enjoyed the style of Rush. He will certainly be missed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Chief-O on January 10, 2020, 06:38:33 PM
Neil Peart, Rush drummer has passed on at age 67 Tuesday from brain cancer:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/neil-peart-obit-1.5422806

......this is gonna be a tough one for me to handle. Rush is quite a favorite band in my family (I guess the mother passed it down to my brother and I!). Not only was Neil their drummer, but upon joining the group, he became their main lyricist. Needless to say, his presence in the group was a significant one. I'll likely be spending the better part of tonight (and tomorrow) barnstorming through the Rush playlist on my iPod.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on January 11, 2020, 03:43:54 AM
Neil Peart, Rush drummer has passed on at age 67 Tuesday from brain cancer:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/neil-peart-obit-1.5422806

RIP Neil Peart.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on January 12, 2020, 09:21:58 PM
Internationally, Oman's Sultan Qaboos passes on at 79 after almost 50 years on the throne following a long illness.  His cousin Haitham bin Said has been selected to assume the throne next: 

 https://www.reuters.com/article/oman-succession-sultan/rpt-obituary-sultan-qaboos-ushered-in-oman-renaissance-quiet-diplomacy-idUSL8N29G0GK
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on January 15, 2020, 05:55:23 PM
WWE Hall of Fame wrestler "Soul Man" Rocky Johnson, the father of actor/wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has passed away at age 75, per this article (https://heelbynature.com/wrestling-news/wwe-news/rocky-johnson-father-of-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-passes-away/) from HeelByNature.com.

Among his many accomplishments, Johnson (alongside fellow WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas) was one half of the first African-American tag team to win the then-WWF Tag Team Championship in 1983.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on January 16, 2020, 09:46:49 PM
J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher, who continued his father's legacy with the world of Middle Earth by publishing the long in development Silmarillion and more of his unfinished works, passes on from presumed national causes at 95: 


 https://www.tor.com/2020/01/16/christopher-tolkien-architect-of-j-r-r-tolkiens-middle-earth-obituary/?fbclid=IwAR0JgMZS8mdZs8fjb520KNIPGXjAcXboveYp0WP4qxYGZF9KVECSJWiWiKc
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: whowouldeverhurtawhammy on January 20, 2020, 02:27:51 PM
Brice Armstrong, the narrator of Funimation's english dub of Dragon Ball and voice of Captain Ginyu in DBZ, died 1/10/20 from natural causes. He was 84.

https://comicbook.com/anime/2020/01/20/dragon-ball-z-narrator-captain-ginyu-actor-death-brice-armstrong/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on January 22, 2020, 08:46:10 AM
Terry Jones, a member of the famous British comedy troupe Monty Python, passed away at age 77, according to CNN.

After the break-up of the Monty Python group, Jones wrote the screenplay for the 1986 Jim Henson film "Labyrinth."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/22/entertainment/terry-jones-dies-scli-gbr-intl/index.html
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 22, 2020, 10:07:15 AM
Terry mastered the role of the pepperpot on Monty Python.  Mr Creosote has left the building.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: styleguy on January 22, 2020, 07:10:25 PM
I love Monty Python.  Terry Jones will be greatly missed. 
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 23, 2020, 01:30:59 PM
From KNX in Los Angeles: Jim Lehrer of PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour has passed away at age 85.

Program title EDITED by Steve per Ccook's request.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on January 23, 2020, 10:23:14 PM
John Karlen, of "Dark Shadows" and "Cagney & Lacey" fame, has died at the age of 86.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-karlen-dead-dark-shadows-cagney-lacey-actor-was-86-1272336
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on January 24, 2020, 02:48:31 AM
From KNX in Los Angeles: Jim Lehrer of PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Report has passed away at age 85.

RIP Jim Lehrer.  :cry:

John Karlen, of "Dark Shadows" and "Cagney & Lacey" fame, has died at the age of 86.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-karlen-dead-dark-shadows-cagney-lacey-actor-was-86-1272336

RIP John Karlen.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 28, 2020, 07:33:37 AM
Bob Shane (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/bob-shane-the-last-original-member-of-kingston-trio-folk-group-dies-at-85/ar-BBZobcM?ocid=spartandhp), the last original member of folk group the Kingston Trio, age 85 from complications of pneumonia.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 29, 2020, 08:03:01 AM
Chris Doleman, LB for San Francisco, Atlanta and Minnesota, age 58 after a bout with cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on January 29, 2020, 12:48:07 PM
Writer (The Muppet Show), comic actor (The Andy Griffith Show) and comedian (Burns & Schreiber) Jack Burns (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jack-burns-dead-muppet-movie-muppet-show-writer-was-86-1274178), age 86 of respiratory failure.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: silverice878 on January 30, 2020, 03:26:49 PM
NASCAR and IndyCar racer John Andretti has died, age 56

Source (https://twitter.com/FollowAndretti/status/1222974702261559296/photo/1)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: plinko2000 on January 30, 2020, 07:52:48 PM
Fred Silverman has died.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fred-silverman-dead-legendary-television-programmer-was-82-982205?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: tpir04 on January 30, 2020, 08:09:48 PM
Damn...well, rest in peace, and thanks for everything.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on January 31, 2020, 02:44:08 AM
NASCAR and IndyCar racer John Andretti has died, age 56

Source (https://twitter.com/FollowAndretti/status/1222974702261559296/photo/1)

RIP John Andretti.  :cry:

Fred Silverman has died.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fred-silverman-dead-legendary-television-programmer-was-82-982205?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

RIP Fred Silverman.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on January 31, 2020, 11:55:22 PM
Mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark passes on from presumed natural causes at 92: 

https://www.nj.com/news/2020/02/mary-higgins-clark-bestselling-mystery-author-who-called-nj-home-dies-at-92.html?fbclid=IwAR0xN5EHpo-PDntx5dQ3Dc6gqsbkIl-Pxj3P1V8RHhNBVk9QrQ5fJqz2Ncc
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on February 05, 2020, 02:29:48 AM
Gene Reynolds, co-creator of the legendary 1972-1983 TV series "M*A*S*H," has passed away of heart failure at age 96.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/entertainment/gene-reynolds-dead/index.html
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on February 05, 2020, 03:00:11 AM
Gene Reynolds, co-creator of the legendary 1972-1983 TV series "M*A*S*H," has passed away of heart failure at age 96.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/entertainment/gene-reynolds-dead/index.html

RIP Gene Reynolds.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on February 05, 2020, 06:29:28 PM
Movie legend Kirk Douglas dead at age 103: https://people.com/movies/kirk-douglas-dead/ (https://people.com/movies/kirk-douglas-dead/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on February 06, 2020, 02:22:08 AM
Movie legend Kirk Douglas dead at age 103: https://people.com/movies/kirk-douglas-dead/ (https://people.com/movies/kirk-douglas-dead/)

RIP Kirk Douglas.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on February 08, 2020, 02:02:23 AM
No, no. It couldn't be like this.

Orson Bean has been killed after being struck by a car in Venice CA at the age of 91. (https://abc7.com/veteran-actor-orson-bean-91-struck-and-killed-by-vehicle-in-venice-friends-say/5912587/) This absolutely sucks.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: pricefan18 on February 08, 2020, 02:32:25 AM
No, no. It couldn't be like this.

Orson Bean has been killed after being struck by a car in Venice CA at the age of 91. (https://abc7.com/veteran-actor-orson-bean-91-struck-and-killed-by-vehicle-in-venice-friends-say/5912587/) This absolutely sucks.

Damn that's a terrible way to go out at his age. :( I remember watching him in the Equalizer 2 a few years ago. So sad that he had to go like this. May he RIP.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on February 08, 2020, 02:35:52 AM
Damn that's a terrible way to go out at his age. :( I remember watching him in the Equalizer 2 a few years ago. So sad that he had to go like this. May he RIP.
It's the premiere of Equalizer 2 that KABC used for his photo. Unfortunately, KABC caught his body being carted into the coroner van.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on February 08, 2020, 03:26:29 AM
No, no. It couldn't be like this.

Orson Bean has been killed after being struck by a car in Venice CA at the age of 91. (https://abc7.com/veteran-actor-orson-bean-91-struck-and-killed-by-vehicle-in-venice-friends-say/5912587/) This absolutely sucks.

Oh no! What a tragic way to end his life! RIP Orson Bean.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on February 08, 2020, 04:59:25 AM
Besides all else, Orson had a record album from 1969, "I Ate the Baloney," on Columbia. Here's the title track. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dW8qEUL4p8)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: tpir04 on February 08, 2020, 08:47:24 AM
Yikes, that sucks. And especially to be hit twice...how awful. RIP Orson Bean.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on February 08, 2020, 08:56:37 AM
I remember Orson Bean from his many appearances on the 70s version of Match Game.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hag on February 08, 2020, 09:19:53 AM
Very sad. I admit I only knew Orson from Match Game, but I have no doubt of his talent in other ventures. RIP.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on February 08, 2020, 01:19:26 PM
I believe he also lent his voice to one or two Garfield specials back in the 80s as well. 
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wink87 on February 08, 2020, 06:28:00 PM
Robert Conrad, noted for such shows as "The Wild West" and an appearance on "Columbo", dies at age 84.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robert-conrad-dead-wild-wild-west-action-star-was-84-1119262?fbclid=IwAR3-JY7uGH0WtlLKRxXtY4M8UvmJl5gZYgQ3fqph6Yh2ZmySVrKDYEtH4Fs
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on February 13, 2020, 05:55:44 PM
One of the most popular and best rodeo clowns in Pro Rodeo passed last night. Lecile Harris passed in his sleep last night. He had just finished working the Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson, MS. Happy trails, cowboy; until we meet again.

http://www.prorodeo.com/news-display/2020/02/13/rodeo-legend-lecile-harris-passes-away (http://www.prorodeo.com/news-display/2020/02/13/rodeo-legend-lecile-harris-passes-away)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on February 16, 2020, 08:58:23 PM
Tony Fernandez who played in MLB for 19 seasons, winning a World Series with the Blue Jays in 1993 has passed away at the age of 57.

https://www.mlb.com/news/tony-fernandez-dies-at-age-57
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on February 17, 2020, 07:55:08 AM
Jason Davis (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/jason-davis-voice-actor-on-disney-channels-recess-dies-at-35/ar-BB1049lD?ocid=spartandhp), the voice of Mikey Blumberg on Disney's cartoon series Recess, age 35. No cause given.

Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on February 18, 2020, 07:36:44 AM
Kellye Nakahara, (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/mash-actress-kellye-nakahara-dies-after-battle-with-cancer/ar-BB1060Uh?ocid=spartandhp) best known as Nurse Kellye on M*A*S*H for its entire run, age 72 after a battle with cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on February 18, 2020, 05:27:33 PM
Ja’net DuBois (https://tvline.com/2020/02/18/janet-dubois-dies-good-times-willona-woods-dead/), best known for her role as Good Times‘ Willona Woods who also co-wrote and sang the iconic The Jeffersons theme song “Movin’ On Up.”, died on Tuesday at the age of 74, no cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on February 19, 2020, 02:41:57 AM
Kellye Nakahara, (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/mash-actress-kellye-nakahara-dies-after-battle-with-cancer/ar-BB1060Uh?ocid=spartandhp) best known as Nurse Kellye on M*A*S*H for its entire run, age 72 after a battle with cancer.

RIP Kellye Nakahara.  :cry:

Ja’net DuBois (https://tvline.com/2020/02/18/janet-dubois-dies-good-times-willona-woods-dead/), best known for her role as Good Times‘ Willona Woods who also co-wrote and sang the iconic The Jeffersons theme song “Movin’ On Up.”, died on Tuesday at the age of 74, no cause given.

RIP Ja'Net Dubois.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: TPIRfan#9821 on February 20, 2020, 10:13:47 AM

Larry Tesler (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51567695), the computer scientist who is credited with creating the copy, cut, and paste commands, passed away at the age of 74 on Monday.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: htmlcc92 on February 24, 2020, 12:09:11 PM
Katherine Johnson, one of the Hidden Figures of NASA depicted in the 2016 movie of the same name, died at 101 years old this morning (February 24th).

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/katherine-johnson-nasa-mathematician-depicted-hidden-figures-dead-101-n1141566?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR3AK51CgQDhYRVdgVqOiQLbyPvdxEn03BpNLcb2s97xZf-KtILh6mbFDWo
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on February 24, 2020, 01:36:55 PM
Bob Cobert, composer for many TV shows and movies (including the original TPIR with Bill Cullen), passed away February 19, at the age of 95.

https://variety.com/2020/music/news/bob-cobert-dead-dies-dark-shadows-winds-of-war-1203512992/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on February 24, 2020, 02:43:56 PM
There should be an album of Bob Cobert themes (are you listening, Varese Sarabande?), including the full version of his PIR. The Best of TV Quiz & Game Show Themes is missing the first quarter.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: GRWHAMMY the 2nd on February 25, 2020, 08:34:28 PM
Randy West is reporting that game show producer Art Alisi has passed away (among his credits were prize coordinator for shows like Wheel of fortune)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on February 25, 2020, 09:03:29 PM
Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has passed away at age 91:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/02/25/mubarak-egypts-autocrat-ousted-by-protests-dies-at-91/23933947/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on February 26, 2020, 01:45:23 PM
Kazuhisa Hashimoto, a video game programmer who created the famous " Konami Code (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konami_Code)," has passed away at the age of 62.

https://www.gamerevolution.com/news/635424-konami-code-creator-kazuhisa-hashimoto-has-died
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on February 26, 2020, 06:41:30 PM
Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator (with her late husband, William) of the CBS soap operas "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," has passed away at age 91.

https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/tv-pioneer-lee-phillip-bell-passes-away/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on February 27, 2020, 02:21:39 AM
Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator (with her late husband, William) of the CBS soap operas "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," has passed away at age 91.

https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/tv-pioneer-lee-phillip-bell-passes-away/

RIP Lee Phillip Bell.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on February 27, 2020, 10:15:45 AM
Author Clive Cussler, well known for his James Bond-esque undersea thrillers, passes on at 88 

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-02-26/clive-cussler-adventure-novelist-dies-at-88-in-arizona
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on February 29, 2020, 03:18:51 AM
Joe Coulombe (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trader-joe-s-founder-joe-coulombe-dies-89-n1145786), founder of Trader Joe stores, age 89. No cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on March 02, 2020, 01:42:21 PM
James Lipton, former host of the TV show Inside the Actors Studio passed away today from bladder cancer at age 93:

https://people.com/movies/james-lipton-dies-inside-the-actors-studio/ (https://people.com/movies/james-lipton-dies-inside-the-actors-studio/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on March 03, 2020, 03:06:56 AM
James Lipton, former host of the TV show Inside the Actors Studio passed away today from bladder cancer at age 93:

https://people.com/movies/james-lipton-dies-inside-the-actors-studio/ (https://people.com/movies/james-lipton-dies-inside-the-actors-studio/)

RIP James Lipton.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on March 03, 2020, 03:46:32 PM
CNN anchor Bobbie Battista (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/03/media/bobbie-battista-obituary/index.html), age 67 of cervical cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on March 04, 2020, 03:26:07 AM
CNN anchor Bobbie Battista (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/03/media/bobbie-battista-obituary/index.html), age 67 of cervical cancer.

RIP Bobbie Battista.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on March 06, 2020, 06:13:55 PM
Montreal Canadiens legend Henri "the Pocket Rocket" Richard passes on at 84; he won an all time record 11 Stanley Cups as a player, many along side his brother Maurice "Rocket" Richard: 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nhl/canadiens-legend-henri-richard-dies-at-84/ar-BB10Qn8d?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=mailsignout
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on March 07, 2020, 03:26:07 AM
Montreal Canadiens legend Henri "the Pocket Rocket" Richard passes on at 84; he won an all time record 11 Stanley Cups as a player, many along side his brother Maurice "Rocket" Richard: 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nhl/canadiens-legend-henri-richard-dies-at-84/ar-BB10Qn8d?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=mailsignout

RIP Henri "The Pocket Rocket" Richard.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on March 09, 2020, 11:24:11 AM
Max von Sydow, the Swedish-born actor know for films like "The Seventh Seal" and "The Exorcist," has passed away at age 90, according to this article (https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-51803195) from the BBC.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on March 15, 2020, 06:30:34 PM
Lorenzo Brino, who played Sam Camden on the TV series "7th Heaven" as a toddler, passed away March 9, 2020 from an auto accident at age 21: https://ew.com/tv/lorenzo-brino-7th-heaven-actor-dies-at-21/ (https://ew.com/tv/lorenzo-brino-7th-heaven-actor-dies-at-21/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on March 17, 2020, 03:52:10 PM
Lyle Waggoner (https://deadline.com/2020/03/lyle-waggoner-dead-carol-burnett-show-wonder-woman-actor-was-84-1202885749/), a key cast member on The Carol Burnett Show who also co-starred with Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman, passed away today at the age of 84 after battling an illness.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on March 17, 2020, 04:06:03 PM
On the game show front, Waggoner was the third host of the syndicated series It's Your Bet in 1973.

Oscar nominee Stuart Whitman (https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/stuart-whitman-oscar-nominated-actor-and-star-of-the-comancheros-dies-at-92/ar-BB11jNll?ocid=msedgdhp), age 92. No cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SamJ93 on March 17, 2020, 04:35:17 PM
Surprisingly, Waggoner also made a brief cameo on the Season 5 finale of TPiR (skip to the 2nd Showcase):

http://youtu.be/AdnXLymON_I
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on March 18, 2020, 04:04:34 AM
Lyle Waggoner (https://deadline.com/2020/03/lyle-waggoner-dead-carol-burnett-show-wonder-woman-actor-was-84-1202885749/), a key cast member on The Carol Burnett Show who also co-starred with Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman, passed away today at the age of 84 after battling an illness.

RIP Lyle Waggoner.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: yuki-louve on March 18, 2020, 05:21:36 AM
Boxing champion and trainer Roger Mayweather (http://"https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2020/03/world-boxing-champion-trainer-roger-mayweather-dies-at-58.html"), Floyd Mayweather Jr's uncle, has passed away at 58. No cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: yuki-louve on March 18, 2020, 06:02:15 AM
Boxing champion and trainer Roger Mayweather (http://"https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2020/03/world-boxing-champion-trainer-roger-mayweather-dies-at-58.html"), Floyd Mayweather Jr's uncle, has passed away at 58. No cause given.

Since I can't fix the link: https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2020/03/world-boxing-champion-trainer-roger-mayweather-dies-at-58.html (https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2020/03/world-boxing-champion-trainer-roger-mayweather-dies-at-58.html)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mellongraig on March 21, 2020, 02:52:48 AM
Kenny Rogers, famous known for the 1978 hit song The Gambler plus many other country and pop crossover hits, passes on at age 81 from natural causes:

https://variety.com/2020/music/news/kenny-rogers-dead-dies-1203541233/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on March 21, 2020, 04:27:38 AM
Kenny Rogers, famous known for the 1978 hit song The Gambler plus many other country and pop crossover hits, passes on at age 81 from natural causes:

https://variety.com/2020/music/news/kenny-rogers-dead-dies-1203541233/

RIP Kenny Rogers.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: whowouldeverhurtawhammy on March 23, 2020, 10:42:16 PM
This is not a celebrity who passed, but a family member that I would like to mention.

My uncle, who was a doctor in Panama City, FL., passed away earlier today after suffering from complications related to lymphoma. He was around 67. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: geniusinmath on March 23, 2020, 10:47:28 PM
This is not a celebrity who passed, but a family member that I would like to mention.

My uncle, who was a doctor in Panama City, FL., passed away earlier today after suffering from complications related to lymphoma. He was around 67. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Let me be the first to offer my condolences to you and your family.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: whowouldeverhurtawhammy on March 23, 2020, 11:56:30 PM
Let me be the first to offer my condolences to you and your family.

Thanks.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on March 24, 2020, 04:20:53 AM
This is not a celebrity who passed, but a family member that I would like to mention.

My uncle, who was a doctor in Panama City, FL., passed away earlier today after suffering from complications related to lymphoma. He was around 67. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

My condolences to you and your family there.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: pricefan18 on March 24, 2020, 05:44:07 AM
This is not a celebrity who passed, but a family member that I would like to mention.

My uncle, who was a doctor in Panama City, FL., passed away earlier today after suffering from complications related to lymphoma. He was around 67. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Very sorry for your loss. May he RIP, thoughts to you and your family.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: ooboh on March 24, 2020, 09:51:44 AM
This is not a celebrity who passed, but a family member that I would like to mention.

My uncle, who was a doctor in Panama City, FL., passed away earlier today after suffering from complications related to lymphoma. He was around 67. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

May his soul Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SamJ93 on March 24, 2020, 02:01:04 PM
Richard S. Kline (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/news/richard-s-kline-dead-producer-director-news-game-shows-was-79-1286119), longtime game show producer and director (first with Barry & Enright, later with his own outfit), age 79.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on March 24, 2020, 04:31:56 PM
Albert Uderzo (https://lkbk-cdn.myfirstly.com/lookbook/LRfaNRfb/albert-uderzo-a-creator-of-french-hero-asterix-dies-at-92), creator of the French comic book hero Asterix, age 92. No cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on March 25, 2020, 01:02:14 PM
Floyd Cardoz, winner of "Top Chef Masters" season 3 in 2011, passed away from coronavirus at age 59: https://people.com/food/famed-chef-floyd-cardoz-reportedly-dies-of-coronavirus-at-59/ (https://people.com/food/famed-chef-floyd-cardoz-reportedly-dies-of-coronavirus-at-59/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on March 26, 2020, 03:56:41 PM
Bill Bartholomay (https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/former-braves-owner-bill-bartholomay-who-moved-team-to-atlanta-dies-at-91/) the Braves baseball owner who moved the team from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, age 91 of natural causes.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on March 26, 2020, 04:07:32 PM
Mark Blum, best known for his roles in Desperately Seeking Susan and Crocodile Dundee, died today of coronavirus complications at age 69.  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mark-blum-dead-stage-veteran-actor-crocodile-dundee-dies-coronavirus-complciations-at-69-1286823 (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mark-blum-dead-stage-veteran-actor-crocodile-dundee-dies-coronavirus-complciations-at-69-1286823)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on March 26, 2020, 05:36:36 PM
Fred "Curly" Neal, Harlem Globetrotters legend, passed away today at his home outside of Houston at age 77, several years after suffering a stroke: https://www.chron.com/sports/article/Harlem-Globetrotters-Fred-Curly-Neal-dead-Houston-15159428.php (https://www.chron.com/sports/article/Harlem-Globetrotters-Fred-Curly-Neal-dead-Houston-15159428.php)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on March 28, 2020, 05:41:52 AM
Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/us/joseph-lowery-dead/index.html), age 98 of natural causes.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on March 28, 2020, 09:57:45 AM
One of the most legendary stock contractors in the world of rodeo, Roy Honeycutt, passed away at the age of 82. Roy was the owner of Honeycutt Rodeo Co. and his bucking bulls and bucking horses have been featured at the National Finals Rodeo for several years. Always sad to see one of the stock contractors pass.

http://www.prorodeo.com/news-display/2020/03/26/longtime-stock-contractor-roy-honeycutt-passes-away
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on March 28, 2020, 05:59:14 PM
John Callahan, best known for his roles as "Edmund Grey" on "All My Children" and "Dr. Richard Baker" on "Days of Our Lives", passed away on March 27, 2020 at the age of 66.  The cause of his death is not known.  https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/john-callahan-all-my-children-dead-dies-1203548135/ (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/john-callahan-all-my-children-dead-dies-1203548135/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on March 29, 2020, 07:11:47 PM
Two deaths to report.

Country musician Joe Diffie (https://variety.com/2020/music/news/joe-diffie-coronavirus-country-star-died-dead-1203548295/) known for the number one country hits “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles”, age 61 of coronavirus complications.

And actor David Schramm (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/david-schramm-wings-dead-dies-1203548344/), who portrayed the airline owner Roy Biggins for eight seasons on the 1990s NBC comedy Wings, age 73, cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on March 29, 2020, 09:16:21 PM
Country musician Joe Diffie (https://variety.com/2020/music/news/joe-diffie-coronavirus-country-star-died-dead-1203548295/) known for the number one country hits “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles”, age 61 of coronavirus complications.

RIP Joe Diffie. I love his songs "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox if I Die" and "John Deere Green."

The first time I heard John Deere Green was at a rodeo, as it's a pretty common song they play before the rodeo starts. I loved it from the second I heard it. I bought the minute I got home on iTunes and put in on my iPod (that's how long ago that was!).
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on March 29, 2020, 11:09:14 PM
Musician Alan Merrill, who wrote "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" for his band The Arrows(the song later became a big hit for Joan Jett), passed away from coronavirus at age 69.  https://deadline.com/2020/03/alan-merrill-dead-coronavirus-i-love-rock-n-roll-songwriter-joan-jett-and-the-blackhearts-obituary-1202895407/ (https://deadline.com/2020/03/alan-merrill-dead-coronavirus-i-love-rock-n-roll-songwriter-joan-jett-and-the-blackhearts-obituary-1202895407/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on March 30, 2020, 03:17:49 AM
Ken Shimura, a Japanese comedian whose 1986-92 variety show "Kato-chan Ken-chan Gokigen TV" (Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan) helped inspire the long-running American series "America's Funniest Home Videos," has passed away at age 70 due to complications of the coronavirus.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2020/03/30/entertainment-news/comedian-ken-shimura-dies-hospitalized-coronavirus/#.XoGbjNVlDxM
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on March 30, 2020, 07:04:07 AM
Maria Mercater (https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-03-29/cbs-news-executive-who-contracted-the-coronavirus-dies), a CBS News executive, age 54 from complications of COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: GR_Man_9009 on March 30, 2020, 07:55:45 PM
Tomie dePaola has died at the age of 85. He was a children's book author
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/strega-nona-author-tomie-depaola-dead-age-85-69885235 (https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/strega-nona-author-tomie-depaola-dead-age-85-69885235)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on March 31, 2020, 03:25:57 AM
Tomie dePaola has died at the age of 85. He was a children's book author
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/strega-nona-author-tomie-depaola-dead-age-85-69885235 (https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/strega-nona-author-tomie-depaola-dead-age-85-69885235)

RIP Tomie dePaola.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on March 31, 2020, 02:42:30 PM
Andrew Jack, who played Resistance Major Caluan Ematt in 2 Star Wars films and was dialect coach for the Lord of The Rings film series died today from coronavirus at age 76.  https://people.com/movies/andrew-jack-dialect-coach-dies-coronavirus/ (https://people.com/movies/andrew-jack-dialect-coach-dies-coronavirus/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on April 01, 2020, 07:42:19 PM
Adam Schlesinger (https://variety.com/2020/music/news/adam-schlesinger-coronavirus-dead-dies-1203552130/), a musician and songwriter and member of Fountains of Wayne and an Emmy-winning songwriter for the television series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, has passed away from COVID-19 at age 52.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on April 03, 2020, 10:30:37 AM
R&B/soul singer Bill Withers (https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/04/03/bill-withers-dies-81-lean-on-me-lovely-day-singer/2939403001/), whose best-known hits include Lean on Me and Lovely Day, has died at age 81.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 03, 2020, 02:52:01 PM
Actress and cartoon voice Julie Bennett (https://variety.com/2020/tv/people-news/julie-bennett-dead-dies-cindy-bear-coronavirus-1234569564/) (Cindy Bear on Yogi Bear and Laff-A-Lympics), age 88 from complications of COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on April 03, 2020, 06:52:25 PM
Logan Williams, who played a young Barry Allen on 8 episodes of "The Flash" on The CW, passed away on April 2, 2020 at the age of 16.  No cause revealed as of yet: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/logan-williams-dead-flash-actor-was-16-1288519 (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/logan-williams-dead-flash-actor-was-16-1288519)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on April 03, 2020, 06:55:30 PM
R&B/soul singer Bill Withers (https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/04/03/bill-withers-dies-81-lean-on-me-lovely-day-singer/2939403001/), whose best-known hits include Lean on Me and Lovely Day, has died at age 81.

He had quite amazing vocal abilities. His first hit single, "Ain't No Sunshine", must have some sort of record for repetition—in the second stanza he sings "I know" 26 times straight. Also, 1978's "Lovely Day" has the all-time record for longest-held note in a Top 40 hit (18.1 seconds).
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on April 05, 2020, 07:56:22 AM
Tom Dempsey, New Orleans Saints placekicker whose 63-yard kick in 1970 set the NFL field goal record, has passed away at age 73 of the coronavirus.

(For the record, Dempsey's record was supplanted by the Denver Broncos' Matt Prater with a 64-yard shot in 2013.)

https://www.nola.com/sports/saints/article_f4822bdf-7ef3-522e-8634-54ad5805dc21.html
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on April 05, 2020, 03:24:19 PM
It's amazing how long Dempsey's record of 63 yards lasted (3 kickers tied the record -- Jason Elam in 1998, Sebastian Janikowski in 2011, and David Akers in 2012 and two others made 63 yard field goals more recently) before Prater finally broke it with 64 yards in 2013. Dempsey was also born without toes on his right foot and had to have a modified shoe made so he could kick.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on April 06, 2020, 11:17:54 AM
Lee Fierro, best known for her role as Mrs. Kintner in the 1975 movie "Jaws", passed away on April 5, 2020 from COVID-19 complications at the age of 91: https://people.com/movies/jaws-actress-lee-fierro-dies-of-coronavirus-at-91/ (https://people.com/movies/jaws-actress-lee-fierro-dies-of-coronavirus-at-91/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on April 06, 2020, 12:54:52 PM
Honor Blackman (http://shorturl.at/corMN), best known for playing her role as a Bond girl in 1964’s Goldfinger, has died of natural causes unrelated to coronavirus at her home in Sussex, England at the age of 94.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on April 06, 2020, 06:39:58 PM
Tiger great Al Kaline has passed away at age 85.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29001986/hall-fame-outfielder-detroit-tigers-legend-al-kaline-dies-85
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 07, 2020, 04:58:53 AM
James Drury (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/arts/television/james-drury-dies.html), of the long-running NBC western The Virginian, age 85, no cause specified.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 08, 2020, 03:34:34 AM
Singer-songwriter John Prine (https://lkbk-cdn.myfirstly.com/lookbook/DkfEbztW/singer-songwriter-john-prine-dies-of-covid-19), age 75 from complications of COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 08, 2020, 07:48:39 PM
Thomas Miller (https://www.thewrap.com/thomas-l-miller-longtime-tv-producer-of-classics-like-full-house-dies-at-79/), producer of shows from Happy Days to Full House, age 79 from heart disease.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on April 10, 2020, 03:18:03 PM
German actor Dieter Laser (https://variety.com/2020/film/news/dieter-laser-dead-dies-human-centipede-1234577262/), who played evil scientist Dr. Josef Heiter in "The Human Centipede", died on February 29 in Germany. He was 78. Cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: GRWHAMMY the 2nd on April 13, 2020, 06:16:07 PM
Voice Actor Rick May (Team Fortress 2's Soilder and Star Fox 64's Peppy Hare, among others) passed due to COVID19
https://www.shacknews.com/article/117513/rick-may-voice-of-team-fortress-2s-soldier-passes-away-from-covid-19 (original soruce is fellow Team Fortress Voice Actor John Patrick Lowrie, aka the Sniper)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on April 13, 2020, 06:47:54 PM
Danny Goldman (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/danny-goldman-dead-dies-brainy-smurf-young-frankenstein-1234578899/), the actor who voiced Brainy Smurf on The Smurfs and played the persistent medical student who drove Gene Wilder’s irate doctor to stab his leg with a scalpel with his prying questions in the opening scene of Young Frankenstein, passed away April 12, at his home in Los Angeles from complications of two recent strokes at the age of 80.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 14, 2020, 04:33:22 AM
Tim Brooke-Taylor (https://variety.com/2020/tv/global/tim-brooke-taylor-goodies-star-dies-of-coronavirus-at-79-1234578162/), British comedian who starred in The Goodies with Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, age 79 from complications of COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on April 14, 2020, 02:03:23 PM
Hank Steinbrenner, co-owner of the New York Yankees, passed away today in Clearwater, FL from a long-standing illness at age 63: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/sports/baseball/Hank-Steinbrenner-dead.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/sports/baseball/Hank-Steinbrenner-dead.html)  New England Sports Network(which is the home station of the Yankees' main rival, Boston Red Sox) says the illness is not related to coronavirus.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on April 16, 2020, 11:10:46 AM
WWE Hall of Famer, and (IMHO) greatest ring announcer ever, Howard Finkel, has passed away at the age of 69.

https://www.wwe.com/article/howard-finkel-passes-away
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on April 16, 2020, 01:41:35 PM
Brian Dennehy (https://variety.com/2020/film/news/brian-dennehy-dead-dies-tommy-boy-first-blood-1234582309/), the winner of two Tonys in a career that also spanned films including “Tommy Boy,” “First Blood” and “Cocoon,” and television, died on April 15 in New Haven, Connecticut from natural causes and was 81.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on April 16, 2020, 04:42:04 PM
Allen Daviau, the five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer, has passed away at age 77 of complications of COVID-19. Among the films he is known for shooting are "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "The Color Purple" and "Empire of the Sun."

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/allen-daviau-dead-spielberg-cinematographer-five-time-oscar-nominee-was-77-1290572
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on April 17, 2020, 03:55:39 AM
WWE Hall of Famer, and (IMHO) greatest ring announcer ever, Howard Finkel, has passed away at the age of 69.

https://www.wwe.com/article/howard-finkel-passes-away

RIP Howard Finkel.  :cry:

Brian Dennehy (https://variety.com/2020/film/news/brian-dennehy-dead-dies-tommy-boy-first-blood-1234582309/), the winner of two Tonys in a career that also spanned films including “Tommy Boy,” “First Blood” and “Cocoon,” and television, died on April 15 in New Haven, Connecticut from natural causes and was 81.

RIP Brian Dennehy.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 19, 2020, 10:53:46 AM
Gene Deitch (https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/us-animator-filmmaker-gene-deitch-dies-in-prague-at-95/ar-BB12PWk3?ocid=msedgdhp), animator who created Tom Terrific for the Captain Kangaroo show as well as winning an Oscar for the short Munro, age 95. No cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on April 19, 2020, 07:01:12 PM
Gene Deitch (https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/us-animator-filmmaker-gene-deitch-dies-in-prague-at-95/ar-BB12PWk3?ocid=msedgdhp), animator who created Tom Terrific for the Captain Kangaroo show as well as winning an Oscar for the short Munro, age 95. No cause given.
Also produced the "fourth generation" Tom & Jerry episodes (13 in all)—including "Dicky Moe", "Tall in the Trap" and "Sorry Safari".
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on April 19, 2020, 09:25:58 PM
Deitch was also attached for a time to direct the animated Charlotte's Web--and appears to have been E.B. White's preferred choice for the job--but was eventually dropped in favor of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera after the producers rejected his preliminary artwork for the picture, a decision Deitch appears to have remained upset about to the end. 
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 19, 2020, 09:39:46 PM
Deitch also made a batch of Popeye and Krazy Kat cartoons for Al Brodax at King Features in 1963.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on April 20, 2020, 05:45:46 PM
Actor Tom Lester (https://deadline.com/2020/04/tom-lester-dead-obituary-green-acres-eb-1202912818/), who played the guileless, brighter-than-he-seemed farmhand Eb Dawson on CBS’ 1960s sitcom Green Acres, died April 20 in Nashville from complications from Parkinson’s disease at age 81.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on April 21, 2020, 03:30:22 AM
Actor Tom Lester (https://deadline.com/2020/04/tom-lester-dead-obituary-green-acres-eb-1202912818/), who played the guileless, brighter-than-he-seemed farmhand Eb Dawson on CBS’ 1960s sitcom Green Acres, died April 20 in Nashville from complications from Parkinson’s disease at age 81.

RIP Tom Lester.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on April 24, 2020, 09:22:36 PM
Also produced the "fourth generation" Tom & Jerry episodes (13 in all)—including "Dicky Moe", "Tall in the Trap" and "Sorry Safari".

To be polite, where did you come up with "fourth generation" T&J?

I was always told that the Deitch-era shorts were second-gen T&J, after the Hanna-Barbera shorts and before the Chuck Jones shorts.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RJSchex on April 24, 2020, 10:20:42 PM
To be polite, where did you come up with "fourth generation" T&J?

I was always told that the Deitch-era shorts were second-gen T&J, after the Hanna-Barbera shorts and before the Chuck Jones shorts.

"First"—the earliest. Tom was gray, much furrier, and displayed much more cat-like mannerisms (i.e., walking on all fours)

"Second"—the ones we're most familiar with. By this time, the MGM logo and opening title card changed mostly from red to blue. (Some re-issues of either series used the opposite logo and title.)

"Third"—started circa 1955, following the retirement of Fred Quimby. Now filmed in CinemaScope; used three-panel opening title graphic; Mammy Two-Shoes was permanently retired; Tom's owners were now a young white couple, whose faces were fully depicted
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on April 24, 2020, 10:46:18 PM
Harold Reid, one of the founding members of The Statler Brothers, on of the most decorated acts in country music, has passed away at the age of 80 after battling kidney disease. He was always the comic relief on the Statler Brothers Show, and was my favorite growing up as a kid watching them. I had the honor of seeing them in person during their farewell tour.

https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2020/04/24/harold-reid-founding-member-statler-brothers-dies-80/3013597001/?fbclid=IwAR11c-4M3izMINYR1ycSw7C2WvKpzT9297CiqsdpmqC7VH-RZC-28PSXNI0 (https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2020/04/24/harold-reid-founding-member-statler-brothers-dies-80/3013597001/?fbclid=IwAR11c-4M3izMINYR1ycSw7C2WvKpzT9297CiqsdpmqC7VH-RZC-28PSXNI0)

RIP, Harold
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on April 24, 2020, 10:49:38 PM
"First"—the earliest. Tom was gray, much furrier, and displayed much more cat-like mannerisms (i.e., walking on all fours)

"Second"—the ones we're most familiar with. By this time, the MGM logo and opening title card changed mostly from red to blue. (Some re-issues of either series used the opposite logo and title.)

"Third"—started circa 1955, following the retirement of Fred Quimby. Now filmed in CinemaScope; used three-panel opening title graphic; Mammy Two-Shoes was permanently retired; Tom's owners were now a young white couple, whose faces were fully depicted

Thank you for clarifying, RJSchhex. I, personally, refer to the entire Hanna-Barbera era as one generation and failed to take into consideration that one can further break down the Hanna-Barbera shorts into three generations.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mellongraig on April 25, 2020, 03:32:52 AM
Jerry Bishop, radio DJ, voice over, but most importantly announcing the syndicated Judge Judy, passes on at age 84 on April 21 of heart disease.

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/jerry-bishop-judge-judy-announcer-dead-84-los-angeles-radio-1234589597/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on April 25, 2020, 10:30:28 AM
It can be truly said Bishop helped make the Disney Channel special in its 80s and 90s prime, as his intershow promos were smooth and entertaining and got you ready for what was going to air. 
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on April 29, 2020, 11:21:41 AM
Irrfan Khan (https://fotoscapes.com/lookbook/dofB1vIv/slumdog-millionaire-jurassic-world-actor-irrfan-khan-dead-at-53), star of the movie Slumdog Millionaire, age 53 from a colon infection after being treated for cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 01, 2020, 05:43:27 PM
Matty Simmons  (https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/matty-simmons-dies-national-lampoon-co-founder-animal-house-vacation-producer-was-93/ar-BB13tIYf?ocid=mmx&PC=EMMX20), co-founder of National Lampoon, age 93 from an illness unrelated to COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on May 02, 2020, 10:32:18 AM
While others made have had the initial idea of the Lampoon, Simmons' guiding hand was heavily behind the magazine at its peak, as well as all of the good Lampoon films, and his efforts in giving many comic writers their start--including a young John Hughes--should be much appreciated. 
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on May 02, 2020, 09:46:09 PM
Sam Lloyd, most known for his role on "Scrubs," https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/sam-lloyd-dead-dies-scrubs-ted-1234596010/ (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/sam-lloyd-dead-dies-scrubs-ted-1234596010/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 04, 2020, 10:42:38 AM
Don Shula (https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/don-shula-winningest-head-coach-in-nfl-history-who-led-dolphins-to-perfect-season-dies-at-age-90/
via http://cbssportsapp.com), winningest coach in NFL history, noted for the Miami Dolphins perfect season in 1972, age 90. No cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on May 04, 2020, 10:46:13 AM
Don Shula (https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/don-shula-winningest-head-coach-in-nfl-history-who-led-dolphins-to-perfect-season-dies-at-age-90/
via http://cbssportsapp.com), winningest coach in NFL history, noted for the Miami Dolphins perfect season in 1972, age 90. No cause given.

RIP Coach Shula
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on May 04, 2020, 12:33:44 PM
Don Shula (https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/don-shula-winningest-head-coach-in-nfl-history-who-led-dolphins-to-perfect-season-dies-at-age-90/
via http://cbssportsapp.com), winningest coach in NFL history, noted for the Miami Dolphins perfect season in 1972, age 90. No cause given.
Very sad to hear of the passing of the man who is easily the most identifiable figure in Miami Dolphins history. Coach Shula is on my Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches along with Vince Lombardi, Bill Belichck, and Paul Brown. RIP Coach Shula.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on May 05, 2020, 03:10:27 AM
Don Shula (https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/don-shula-winningest-head-coach-in-nfl-history-who-led-dolphins-to-perfect-season-dies-at-age-90/
via http://cbssportsapp.com), winningest coach in NFL history, noted for the Miami Dolphins perfect season in 1972, age 90. No cause given.

RIP Don Shula.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 06, 2020, 03:46:52 PM
Florian Schneider (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/kraftwerk-co-founder-florian-schneider-dies-at-age-73/ar-BB13Hd7G?ocid=msedgdhp), co-founder of the band Kraftwerk ("Autobahn"), age 73 of cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on May 08, 2020, 10:13:09 PM
Roy Horn, one-half of the Las Vegas duo Siegfried and Roy, passed away today of COVID-19 complications at the age of 75: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roy-horn-dead-legendary-siegfried-roy-performer-was-75-1294043 (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roy-horn-dead-legendary-siegfried-roy-performer-was-75-1294043)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on May 09, 2020, 03:21:53 AM
Roy Horn, one-half of the Las Vegas duo Siegfried and Roy, passed away today of COVID-19 complications at the age of 75: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roy-horn-dead-legendary-siegfried-roy-performer-was-75-1294043 (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roy-horn-dead-legendary-siegfried-roy-performer-was-75-1294043)

RIP Roy Horn.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on May 09, 2020, 10:56:07 AM
Little Richard, one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, passed away today at age 87.  Cause of his death is not known.  https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/little-richard-dead-48505/ (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/little-richard-dead-48505/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on May 09, 2020, 11:58:54 AM
Little Richard, one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, passed away today at age 87.  Cause of his death is not known.  https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/little-richard-dead-48505/ (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/little-richard-dead-48505/)

Bone cancer, according to CNN.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/09/entertainment/little-richard-dead-obituary-trnd/index.html
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on May 09, 2020, 08:49:55 PM
Bone cancer, according to CNN.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/09/entertainment/little-richard-dead-obituary-trnd/index.html

RIP Little Richard.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on May 11, 2020, 08:08:10 AM
Jerry Stiller, best known as George's father on "Seinfeld" and as Kevin James' father-in-law on "The King of Queens" as well as half of a famous comedy duo with his late wife Anne Meara, passed away today of natural causes at the age of 92.  He was the father of movie star Ben Stiller.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jerry-stiller-dies-92-seinfeld-king-of-queens-ben-stiller/ (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jerry-stiller-dies-92-seinfeld-king-of-queens-ben-stiller/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on May 11, 2020, 04:46:46 PM
Paul L. Vasquez (https://people.com/human-interest/double-rainbow-youtube-star-paul-l-vasquez-dies-at-57/), known for the double rainbow video in front of his home in 2010 at age 57, cause of his death remains unclear.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on May 12, 2020, 01:42:46 AM
Jerry Stiller, best known as George's father on "Seinfeld" and as Kevin James' father-in-law on "The King of Queens" as well as half of a famous comedy duo with his late wife Anne Meara, passed away today of natural causes at the age of 92.  He was the father of movie star Ben Stiller.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jerry-stiller-dies-92-seinfeld-king-of-queens-ben-stiller/ (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jerry-stiller-dies-92-seinfeld-king-of-queens-ben-stiller/)

RIP Jerry Stiller.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SamJ93 on May 16, 2020, 03:15:24 PM
Ouch, this one hurts. Fred Willard, (https://people.com/tv/fred-willard-dead-at-86/) star of Best In Show and Waiting For Guffman, guest star on countless TV shows and generally one of the funniest people ever has died at age 86.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on May 16, 2020, 06:59:45 PM
Ouch, this one hurts. Fred Willard, (https://people.com/tv/fred-willard-dead-at-86/) star of Best In Show and Waiting For Guffman, guest star on countless TV shows and generally one of the funniest people ever has died at age 86.

RIP Fred Willard.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Alfonzo on May 16, 2020, 09:45:25 PM
Phyllis George, former Miss America and pioneer NFL sportscaster, has passed away at the age of 70.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/media/phyllis-george-death/index.html
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ivoryman86 on May 17, 2020, 03:52:09 AM
Phyllis George, former Miss America and pioneer NFL sportscaster, has passed away at the age of 70.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/media/phyllis-george-death/index.html
Wow, 2 deaths in 1 day and ESPN just us the message about the mourning of Phyllis George.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Torgo on May 17, 2020, 05:54:38 PM
Wow, 2 deaths in 1 day
I wish I had your naivete.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on May 17, 2020, 06:41:36 PM
I hadn't really thought about this before, but the reality of death means that every day there are less people in the world than the day before.  In reality there are many more people in the world than this but for illustration: If one day there are 1000 people in the world and the next day 55 people die, now there are 945 people in the world. if 30 more die the next day now there are 915 people in the world. So we'll eventually become extinct as will all creatures as the same reality applies to dogs, cats, horses etc.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: blozier2006 on May 17, 2020, 06:44:25 PM
I hadn't really thought about this before, but the reality of death means that every day there are less people in the world than the day before.  In reality there are many more people in the world than this but for illustration: If one day there are 1000 people in the world and the next day 55 people die, now there are 945 people in the world. if 30 more die the next day now there are 915 people in the world. So we'll eventually become extinct as will all creatures as the same reality applies to dogs, cats, horses etc.
There's one key element you're leaving out of this excursion, and that piece is rendering your entire argument null and void...
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on May 17, 2020, 07:30:23 PM
Phyllis George, former Miss America and pioneer NFL sportscaster, has passed away at the age of 70.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/media/phyllis-george-death/index.html

RIP Phyllis George.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on May 18, 2020, 02:59:57 PM
Ken Osmond (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/ken-osmond-dead-leave-it-to-beaver-eddie-haskell-dies-actor-1234609639/), best known as Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver, has passed away this morning at age 76, cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Torgo on May 18, 2020, 03:02:55 PM
I hadn't really thought about this before, but the reality of death means that every day there are less people in the world than the day before.  In reality there are many more people in the world than this but for illustration: If one day there are 1000 people in the world and the next day 55 people die, now there are 945 people in the world. if 30 more die the next day now there are 915 people in the world. So we'll eventually become extinct as will all creatures as the same reality applies to dogs, cats, horses etc.

Can someone explain to this poor soul the concept of birth?

Jesus, keep your poorly educated philosophies out of the obituary column.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on May 19, 2020, 06:11:49 PM
Famous speaker and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has passed after battling cancer. I've read many of his works- a great man with a great heart. Prayers for his family.

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2020/may/world-renowned-christian-apologist-ravi-zacharias-dies?fbclid=IwAR1fLYcLMPuwk8ErwoH5YVfwIoJ1JlDcIVzlpXSjw_19DFEC82VPzfUMhPE (https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2020/may/world-renowned-christian-apologist-ravi-zacharias-dies?fbclid=IwAR1fLYcLMPuwk8ErwoH5YVfwIoJ1JlDcIVzlpXSjw_19DFEC82VPzfUMhPE)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on May 20, 2020, 11:30:57 AM
Former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard, aged 39, by drowning. He had gone swimming with his son when he went missing:

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/former-wwe-shad-gaspard-dead-39-swimming-accident

Brian
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on May 22, 2020, 11:59:04 PM
Original Chicago Bull and longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has died at age 78. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/hall-of-fame-nba-coach-jerry-sloan-dies-at-78-he-led-utah-jazz-for-23-seasons/ar-BB14sWMI?ocid=msedgdhp
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on May 23, 2020, 02:29:19 AM
Original Chicago Bull and longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has died at age 78. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/hall-of-fame-nba-coach-jerry-sloan-dies-at-78-he-led-utah-jazz-for-23-seasons/ar-BB14sWMI?ocid=msedgdhp

RIP Jerry Sloan.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on May 24, 2020, 09:44:44 AM
Continuing with basketball, hall of fame college coach Eddie Sutton, having made Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma State into top notch programs, passes on at 84: 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaabk/hall-of-fame-coach-eddie-sutton-dies-at-84/ar-BB14vMxv?ocid=mailsignout
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on May 30, 2020, 08:33:54 PM
Bob Kulick (https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/9393831/bob-kulick-dead-kiss-guitarist), who played guitar for the rock band Kiss and also played with Lou Reed on his 1975 album, Coney Island Baby. In addition, Kullick was part of Meat Loaf's touring band, the Neverland Express, and contributed to albums in the 1980s by W.A.S.P., and worked on a song called "Sweet Victory" for an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Died yesterday at age 70, cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Thatgameshowguy on May 31, 2020, 02:10:46 PM

Herb Stempel, the whistleblower on the 1950s quiz show scandals has died.





https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/herbert-stempel-dead.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/herbert-stempel-dead.html)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 31, 2020, 05:41:57 PM
On his stint on Twenty-One, everyone knows Stempel was asked what the 1954 Oscar winner was, to which he said "Marty" when it was "On The Waterfront." That's not when his fate was sealed as the game had ended in a tie. In the ensuing game (where the money in the pot was $2500 per point difference), two questions had been asked and at that point, neither contestant knew what the other's score was. Whoever decided (if at all) to end the game at that point could and whoever was ahead was the winner. Van Doren, who was leading, chose to end the game, making him the champ.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on May 31, 2020, 06:50:27 PM
My error: the 1954 Oscar winner was "Marty." Stempel's dive answer was "On the Waterfront. "
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on May 31, 2020, 07:41:08 PM
Just a clarification, he died on April 7. There was nothing confirmed till now. He died 364 days (because leap year) after Charles Van Doren. I'd say he got the last laugh.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 01, 2020, 03:03:12 PM
Pat Dye (https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/legendary-auburn-coach-pat-dye-dies-at-80-after-lengthy-battle-with-kidney-issues/
via http://cbssportsapp.com), legendary Auburn Tigers football coach, age 80 from kidney issues although he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on June 02, 2020, 12:27:39 PM
In a continuing tough year for basketball, Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, the 1969 MVP and 1978 Finals MVP, has died at 74 https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29255201/hall-famer-former-washington-bullets-star-wes-unseld-dies-age-74
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on June 08, 2020, 05:02:15 PM
Bonnie Pointer (https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/9398424/bonnie-pointer-pointer-sisters-dies), of Grammy-winning group The Pointer Sisters died on this morning at age 69, cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 09, 2020, 05:05:09 AM
The cause was cardiac arrest,  as per CBS radio.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 13, 2020, 07:16:59 PM
William S. Sessions (https://fotoscapes.com/lookbook/e1fgnpF7/former-fbi-director-william-s-sessions-dead-at-90), FBI director from 1987 to 1993, age 90 of congestive heart failure.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: bigblue999 on June 13, 2020, 09:40:29 PM
William S. Sessions (https://fotoscapes.com/lookbook/e1fgnpF7/former-fbi-director-william-s-sessions-dead-at-90), FBI director from 1987 to 1993, age 90 of congestive heart failure.

For those who've played arcade games in the 1980s and 1990s, he was famous for this:

(https://www.voicy.network/Content/Clips/Images/42a9e18b-7c77-4e74-8369-39dd01336706.jpg)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 18, 2020, 11:36:00 AM
Jean Kennedy Smith (https://fotoscapes.com/lookbook/97fNAxCZ/jean-kennedy-smith-last-surviving-kennedy-sibling-dies-at-92), last surviving sibling of John F. Kennedy, age 92, cause not given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 18, 2020, 02:22:19 PM
Vera Lynn (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/vera-lynn-we-ll-meet-again-singer-dies-at-103/ar-BB15EwFa?ocid=msedgdhp), WW2 singer whose "We'll Meet Again" would pop up at the end of the 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove, age 103, unknown causes.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on June 19, 2020, 08:18:39 AM
Sir Ian Holm (https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-13960349), who won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Sam Mussabini in the film Chariots of Fire, and starred in Lord of the Rings and Alien, age 88, Parkinson's disease.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on June 19, 2020, 12:54:13 PM
Vera Lynn (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/vera-lynn-we-ll-meet-again-singer-dies-at-103/ar-BB15EwFa?ocid=msedgdhp), WW2 singer whose "We'll Meet Again" would pop up at the end of the 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove, age 103, unknown causes.

If I'm correct, she was the second-to-last last surviving singer to have a No. 1 Billboard pop chart hit dating back to the early 1950s. Her song "Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart" went No. 1 in 1952. With her passing, Tony Bennett – he went No. 1 three times between 1951 and 1953 – survives as the last remaining living artist to have a No. 1 hit before the rock era began in 1955.

Another bit of trivia: "Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart" was the first song by an British artist to reach No. 1 on the American Billboard chart. Stayed at No. 1 for nine weeks, and would be one of just four pre-Beatles No. 1 hits by UK artists. The others were "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" by Laurie London (1958); and "Stranger On the Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk and "Telstar" by the Tornadoes (both 1962). At nine weeks at No. 1, "Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart" was the most successful single by a British performer for 16 years ... until the Beatles released "Hey Jude" in 1968, which matched Lynn's longevity record at No. 1. "Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart" remains in the top 5 of most successful British singles of all time by longevity at No. 1.

Brian
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on June 22, 2020, 03:21:14 PM
Joel Schumacher, director of films like "St. Elmo's Fire" and "The Lost Boys" (and reviled comic book films "Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin") passed away at age 80 after a year-long battle with cancer.

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/joel-schumacher-dead-dies-batman-director-1234644961
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: holein1isawesome on June 22, 2020, 09:57:21 PM
I'm probably one of the only people in the world who liked Batman and Robin.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on June 28, 2020, 05:51:19 PM
Former Cardinals and Raiders coach Joe Bugel, who also previously was Washington's offensive line coach during the glory days of the "Hogs," passes on at 80: 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/legendary-nfl-coach-joe-bugel-who-created-the-hogs-passed-away-at-the-age-of-80/ar-BB164MZw?ocid=mailsignout
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 30, 2020, 09:41:17 AM
Comedy legend Carl Reiner (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/carl-reiner-comedy-legend-dick-132721154.html) (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Oh, God!, The Jerk), age 98 of natural causes.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on June 30, 2020, 12:44:42 PM
Johnny Mandel (https://variety.com/2020/music/news/johnny-mandel-dead-dies-composer-mash-1234694020/), composer whose most famous work is the theme from M*A*S*H, age 94. No cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Mark on June 30, 2020, 01:49:03 PM
Benny Mardones, famous for the song "Into The Night", 75 years old from a 20 year battle with Parkinson's. https://variety.com/2020/music/news/benny-mardones-into-the-night-dead-dies-1234693089/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Alfonzo on July 02, 2020, 02:45:34 PM
Hugh Downs, original host of Concentration and longtime host of 20/20 and The Today Show has passed away at the age of 99.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hugh-downs-dead-20-20-875939
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on July 02, 2020, 05:07:34 PM
Bummer. Hugh on Concentration was must-see-TV for me from age 2 to 12. (Bob Clayton was no slouch at the show himself.)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on July 03, 2020, 02:14:54 AM
Hugh Downs, original host of Concentration and longtime host of 20/20 and The Today Show has passed away at the age of 99.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hugh-downs-dead-20-20-875939

RIP Hugh Downs.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on July 05, 2020, 09:21:45 PM
Broadway actor Nick Cordero (https://variety.com/2020/legit/news/nick-cordero-dead-dies-coronavirus-broadway-1234698597/), known for his roles in “Rock of Ages”, “Waitress”, “Bullets Over Broadway”, and “A Bronx Tale: The Musical,” passed away today, from complications from COVID-19 for several months at the age of 41.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on July 06, 2020, 06:18:43 AM
Composer Ennio Morricone (https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/oscar-winner-ennio-morricone-prolific-composer-of-iconic-spaghetti-westerns-dies-at-91/ar-BB16nu6e?ocid=msedgdhp), known for the scores of spaghetti westerns like The Good, The Bad and the Ugly as well as The Untouchables and Once Upon a Time in America, age 91 of complications following an injury.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on July 06, 2020, 12:58:18 PM
Charlie Daniels (https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/07/06/charlie-daniels-country-music-dies/5384087002/) (The Devil Went Down to Georgia), age 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on July 07, 2020, 01:52:07 AM
Broadway actor Nick Cordero (https://variety.com/2020/legit/news/nick-cordero-dead-dies-coronavirus-broadway-1234698597/), known for his roles in “Rock of Ages”, “Waitress”, “Bullets Over Broadway”, and “A Bronx Tale: The Musical,” passed away today, from complications from COVID-19 for several months at the age of 41.

RIP Nick Cordero.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on July 13, 2020, 06:43:45 AM
Kelly Preston (https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/entertainment-celebrity/kelly-preston-actress-and-wife-of-john-travolta-has-died-following-a-two-year-battle-with-breast-cancer/ar-BB16FnPH?ocid=msedgdhp), actress and wife of John Travolta, age 57 from breast cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on July 13, 2020, 07:12:50 AM
RIP Kelly Preston.  There are no words for John Travolta.  Off the top of my head it's been so long ago but feels not too long ago that John and Kelly lost their son.  I imagine Travolta will do his best to live life and move on, but it will not be easy. 
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on July 13, 2020, 05:17:26 PM
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed at a press conference that the body of 33 year old Glee actress Naya Rivera (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/naya-rivera-dead-dies-drowns-glee-1234705189/) has been recovered at Lake Piru. After she was reported missing after never resurfacing on a July 8 boating outing with her 4-year old son who was found alone in their rented boat.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: urbanpreppie0004 on July 13, 2020, 11:48:26 PM
What. A. Day.

Grant Imahara, 49

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grant-imahara-dead-mythbusters-host-was-49-1303101?fbclid=IwAR0Ob-FYpqa140zw4Lj-CLGb0Aszu4T8yReOPMODju-434Vd6TVciK6z40c (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grant-imahara-dead-mythbusters-host-was-49-1303101?fbclid=IwAR0Ob-FYpqa140zw4Lj-CLGb0Aszu4T8yReOPMODju-434Vd6TVciK6z40c)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on July 14, 2020, 02:12:52 AM
Kelly Preston (https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/entertainment-celebrity/kelly-preston-actress-and-wife-of-john-travolta-has-died-following-a-two-year-battle-with-breast-cancer/ar-BB16FnPH?ocid=msedgdhp), actress and wife of John Travolta, age 57 from breast cancer.

RIP Kelly Preston.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mechamind on July 14, 2020, 11:27:02 AM
What. A. Day.

Grant Imahara, 49

With all the fun I had watching Mythbusters, this one hurts.  :(

Don't you dare take away any of the others!
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: whowouldeverhurtawhammy on July 14, 2020, 07:43:37 PM
This is for those living in Houston...

Law Professor Gerald Treece, who provided legal advice to the viewers of Houston, TX.'s CBS affiliate (KHOU) for over 30 years, died suddenly on 7/13/20. The immediate cause of his death is currently not known.

https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/khou-legal-analyst-gerald-treece-dies/285-f4248f1f-51bb-482d-b7f0-49377b17fb37
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: htmlcc92 on July 15, 2020, 11:41:18 PM
Joanna Cole, author of The Magic School Bus, passed away this week at 75:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/891586790/the-magic-school-bus-series-author-joanna-cole-has-died
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mechamind on July 16, 2020, 12:15:45 AM
^ Ah, those were fun times. Her series certainly left an impact on my childhood.

Mythbusters, Magic School Bus...what next? This is getting personal now... :-x
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on July 18, 2020, 12:33:36 AM
Congressman John Lewis has passed.  Rep. Lewis served for over half a century.  The man died at 80 but not before a successful life as a leader and role model.  RIP Sir.


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-lewis-died-civil-rights-icon-dead-age-80-pancreatic-cancer-2020-07-17/ (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-lewis-died-civil-rights-icon-dead-age-80-pancreatic-cancer-2020-07-17/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on July 22, 2020, 12:48:36 PM
Good Morning America producer Daisha Riley (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/daisha-riley-dies-good-morning-america-producer-was-35/ar-BB173xUc?ocid=msedgdhp), age 35. Cause not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on July 25, 2020, 02:28:26 PM
Peter Green (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/peter-green-fleetwood-mac-co-founder-dies-at-73/), the guitarist who co-founded Fleetwood Mac who wrote wrote the group's first big hit, "Black Magic Woman" before quitting the band in 1970, has died at aged 73 with cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: RatRace10 on July 25, 2020, 03:16:08 PM
Regis Philbin passed away today.  :cry: RIP
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: tpir04 on July 25, 2020, 08:22:42 PM
Another death to report: John Saxon (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-saxon-dead-enter-dragon-nightmare-elm-street-actor-was-83-1095778) of Nightmare on Elm Street, among many, many other movie and television appearances, died at 83 today, of pneumonia. RIP.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Alfonzo on July 26, 2020, 12:03:22 PM
Two-time Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving actor from the movie Gone with the Wind has died at the age of 104. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/olivia-de-havilland-dead-gone-wind-adventures-robin-hood-star-was-104-720040
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on July 26, 2020, 09:41:05 PM
Two-time Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving actor from the movie Gone with the Wind has died at the age of 104. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/olivia-de-havilland-dead-gone-wind-adventures-robin-hood-star-was-104-720040

Some trivia: Olivia de Havilland lived 53 years after the death of the third (of four) main actors in Gone With the Wind. Vivien Leigh, who was Scarlett O’Hara, died in July 1967.

Leslie Howard, who was Ashley Wilkes, died in 1943 (the first to leave us), while Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) passed in 1960.

I do wonder if MeTV will show the 1981 episode that guest-starred de Havilland?

RIP Olivia de Havilland.

Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: GR_Man_9009 on July 26, 2020, 09:42:47 PM
Some trivia: Olivia de Havilland lived 53 years after the death of the third (of four) main actors in Gone With the Wind. Vivien Leigh, who was Scarlett O’Hara, died in July 1967.

Leslie Howard, who was Ashley Wilkes, died in 1943 (the first to leave us), while Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) passed in 1960.

I do wonder if MeTV will show the 1981 episode that guest-starred de Havilland?

RIP Olivia de Havilland.
The 1981 episode of what?
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on July 26, 2020, 10:07:33 PM
The 1981 episode of what?
The Love Boat, where she played Aunt Hilly.

R.I.P. Olivia de Havilland
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Briguy on July 27, 2020, 08:04:34 AM
The 1981 episode of what?

Yep ... “The Love Boat.”

Sorry I forget to put that in. (Grrrr ... .)

Brian
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on July 29, 2020, 04:05:15 PM
Longtime college basketball coach Lou Henson, best known for his time at Illinois where he led the Illini to a Final Four appearances in 1989 has died at the age of 88. It's too bad Henson never won a National Championship, but he still had a very successful career with the 779 total wins and being the all time winningest coach at Illinois and New Mexico State.

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/29558913/lou-henson-all-winningest-men-basketball-coach-illinois-new-mexico-state-dies

Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on July 30, 2020, 11:15:14 AM
Herman Cain (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/07/30/herman-cain-dies-after-battle-covid-19/5544484002/), one-time presidential hopeful, age 74 from COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on July 30, 2020, 01:10:28 PM
Longtime college basketball coach Lou Henson, best known for his time at Illinois where he led the Illini to a Final Four appearances in 1989 has died at the age of 88. It's too bad Henson never won a National Championship, but he still had a very successful career with the 779 total wins and being the all time winningest coach at Illinois and New Mexico State.

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/29558913/lou-henson-all-winningest-men-basketball-coach-illinois-new-mexico-state-dies
 

This is probably why Henson (I always wondered if there was a relation of any kind to Jim, and haven't seen any to date) isn't as remembered as other legendary college coaches, that he never did reach the top of the mountain (although his 1988-89 Illinois squad came really close).  But his career is very impressive when one looks closer, and he really should be remembered. 
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on August 02, 2020, 12:06:34 AM
 Wilford Brimley (https://deadline.com/2020/08/wilford-brimley-dead-cocoon-the-natural-actor-85-1203001716/), known for his work in Cocoon, The Natural, The Thing, and the diabetes commercials for Liberty Medical, has died at aged 85. Cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on August 02, 2020, 01:36:03 AM
Wilford Brimley was a part of my childhood and teenage years watching his commercials during TPIR. He was also a rodeo roughstock rider way back in the day and was even a guest at many rodeos later in life.

Will definitely miss him.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on August 02, 2020, 01:59:15 AM
He also did the Quaker Oats commercials as well. RIP Wilford Brimley.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on August 02, 2020, 05:28:35 AM
Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas (https://www.foxnews.com/sports/gymnastics-kurt-thomas-dies-suffering-stroke), age 64 from complications of a stroke.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on August 02, 2020, 07:57:57 AM
Mahlon Reeves, one of the deckhands from "The Deadliest Catch" died on July 27, 2020 of a massive heart attack at age 38: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/mahlon-reyes-dead-dies-deadliest-catch-1234723075/ (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/mahlon-reyes-dead-dies-deadliest-catch-1234723075/)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: tpir04 on August 02, 2020, 08:38:06 AM
RIP Mr. Diabeetus.

On the bright side, only 5 months until this dark cloud we call 2020 gets outta here.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: dagdoggnh on August 07, 2020, 02:02:10 AM
Mahlon Reeves, one of the deckhands from "The Deadliest Catch" died on July 27, 2020 of a massive heart attack at age 38: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/mahlon-reyes-dead-dies-deadliest-catch-1234723075/ (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/mahlon-reyes-dead-dies-deadliest-catch-1234723075/)

That should be Mahlon Reyes, not Mahlon Reeves.  My mistake.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on August 08, 2020, 11:00:58 AM
Wayne Fontana (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/wayne-fontana-dies-60s-pop-star-with-the-mindbenders-was-74/ar-BB17I4bW?ocid=msedgdhp), frontman for the Mindbenders (1964's "Game Of Love"), age 74 of cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on August 10, 2020, 01:33:47 AM
James Harris, better known as wrestler "Kamala, the Ugandan Giant," has passed away at age 70. He had suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes for many years, though the exact cause of death was not known as of posting.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/10/us/wwe-kamala-james-harris-death/index.html
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on August 10, 2020, 12:11:09 PM
James Harris, better known as wrestler "Kamala, the Ugandan Giant," has passed away at age 70. He had suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes for many years, though the exact cause of death was not known as of posting.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/10/us/wwe-kamala-james-harris-death/index.html


And we now know the cause. It was the coronavirus.

https://www.pwmania.com/cause-of-death-for-kamala-revealed
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on August 11, 2020, 09:53:01 PM
Raymond Allen, best known for playing Uncle Woody on Sanford & Son and Ned the Wino on Good Times, has died at age 91:

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/raymond-allen-actor-sanford-son-good-times-dies-91-n1236410
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on August 12, 2020, 02:22:44 AM
Trini Lopez, actor-singer perhaps best known for his 1963 recording of "If I Had a Hammer" and his role as Pedro Jimenez in the 1967 WWII epic "The Dirty Dozen," has passed away at the age of 83 due to complications of the coronavirus.

Lopez's passing leaves Jim Brown ("Robert T. Jefferson") and Donald Sutherland ("Vernon L  Pinkley") as the last two living cast members from "The Dirty Dozen."

https://deadline.com/2020/08/trini-lopez-dead-covid-dirty-dozen-if-i-had-a-hammer-singer-lemon-tree-1203010544/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on August 12, 2020, 10:03:32 AM
Sumner Redstone, the chairman/CEO of National Amusements-the holding company that owns ViacomCBS-has passed away at age 97.

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/sumner-redstone-dead-97-viacom-cbs-paramount-1234732722/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Plinkoman on August 15, 2020, 11:36:32 PM
President Trump's brother, Robert Trump, has passed away. Thoughts and prayers to the Trump family.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/robert-trump-dead (https://www.foxnews.com/politics/robert-trump-dead)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on August 18, 2020, 06:33:28 PM
Ben Cross, British actor known for role in films like "Chariots of Fire," "First Knight" and the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot, passed away today (August 18th) of cancer at age 72.

https://deadline.com/2020/08/ben-cross-dies-chariots-fire-star-trek-first-knight-actor-1203016530/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on August 19, 2020, 02:17:45 PM
Jesse Goins (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/gold-rush-star-jesse-goins-dead-dies-1234740060/), one of the stars of Gold Rush, who was discovered unconscious by another crew member on Tuesday night while on set in Colorado and rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead at age 60, cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: rick420buzz on August 21, 2020, 07:48:20 PM
Frankie Banali, drummer for Quiet Riot, has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

https://www.tmz.com/2020/08/21/quiet-riot-drummer-frankie-banali-dead-dies-cancer/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: pannoni1 on August 22, 2020, 09:52:19 AM
Frankie Banali, drummer for Quiet Riot, has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

https://www.tmz.com/2020/08/21/quiet-riot-drummer-frankie-banali-dead-dies-cancer/

The two five-beat measures at the start of "Cum On Feel The Noize" will never sound quite the same ever again. RIP.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on August 27, 2020, 03:46:25 PM
Joseph Ruby, co-creator (with Ken Spears) of the cartoon character Scooby-Doo and co-founder (also with Ken Spears) of 1980s animation producer Ruby-Spears Enterprises, has passed away at the age of 87.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-ruby&pid=196706367
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on August 28, 2020, 10:27:24 PM
Chadwick Boseman (https://apnews.com/5f4352111fdead278da3651b44d311b8), best known his roles as real-life historical figures Jackie Robinson in "42", James Brown in "Get on Up", and Thurgood Marshall in "Marshall", and for his portrayal of the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films passed away today at the age of 43 after a 4 year battle with colon cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on August 28, 2020, 11:17:41 PM
Wow, very sad to hear about Chadwick's passing. Had no idea he had cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: gamesurf on August 28, 2020, 11:46:19 PM
Talk about shocking celebrity deaths. My first reaction on hearing the news was "Wait, there must be another Chadwick Boseman I don't know about."

It's nothing short of incredible that while quietly battling Stage 3 cancer, he was able to film so many star-defying roles and great performances, knowing his time was likely limited. Condolences to his family.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on August 29, 2020, 07:50:22 AM
Hall of Fame basketball coach Lute Olson, who guided Arizona to a national championship in 1997, has died at the age of 85:

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/29756397/hall-fame-basketball-coach-lute-olson-dies-85
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: pricefan18 on August 29, 2020, 01:40:30 PM
Hall of Fame basketball coach Lute Olson, who guided Arizona to a national championship in 1997, has died at the age of 85:

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/29756397/hall-fame-basketball-coach-lute-olson-dies-85

Also, Cliff Robinson (or Uncle Cliffy as he came to be known during his 2 year stint as a Piston here in Detroit when they were just starting their path to relevance again in the early 2000's), has passed it was announced today at 53. This one shocked me. He was a great role player when he played here. RIP big man. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29765226/former-portland-trail-blazers-great-cliff-robinson-dies-53
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on August 29, 2020, 04:18:56 PM
The article stated he suffered a stroke 2 1/2 years ago, not sure if that was public knowledge at all. He was Uncle Cliffy during his time with the Nets as well, losing him to a drug suspension further hurt the Nets in their playoff series against the Heat in 2006.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: pricefan18 on August 29, 2020, 04:57:31 PM
The article stated he suffered a stroke 2 1/2 years ago, not sure if that was public knowledge at all. He was Uncle Cliffy during his time with the Nets as well, losing him to a drug suspension further hurt the Nets in their playoff series against the Heat in 2006.

I don't remember hearing that, but I saw that too. And interesting he had the nickname after he left Detroit too, hadn't recalled that. I vaguely recall the drug suspension I think though, but a bit hazy.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on August 29, 2020, 10:08:24 PM
Chadwick's passing also caught me by surprise.  I pretty much forgot he had cancer.  That and the news of it came at a time where so much was going on.  Add that to the fact that Boseman did so much prior to his death was a shocker.


What a great role model.  He'll be missed for sure, but doing a lot of stuff in film and outside of it emulated what Stuart Scott said years back by living on the terms one makes, and not cancer's.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on August 31, 2020, 10:05:50 AM
Another college basketball coaching legend moves on from this world, this time longtime Georgetown coach John Thompson at 78: 


https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaabk/john-thompson-first-black-coach-to-win-ncaa-championship-dies-at-78/ar-BB18yaTo?ocid=msedgntp
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on September 02, 2020, 09:49:44 PM
Mets pitching legend Tom Seaver passes on at 75: 

https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/ny-tom-seaver-obituary-20200903-fyusabaogjepzf6uixn6476k5u-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1pSX385UiuPK60HQe1XkQRIhImNIQjR4h8T47ooislYRAnKD1n5BN2o14
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: pannoni1 on September 03, 2020, 06:51:18 AM
Mets pitching legend Tom Seaver passes on at 75: 

https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/ny-tom-seaver-obituary-20200903-fyusabaogjepzf6uixn6476k5u-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1pSX385UiuPK60HQe1XkQRIhImNIQjR4h8T47ooislYRAnKD1n5BN2o14

I would have rather have seen the Mets lose last night's game to my O's than one of their players (which incidentally, also beat my O's in '69 during Game 4 of the WS after losing the first game).

RIP
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on September 03, 2020, 02:10:04 PM
Tom vs. the Atlanta Braves in the 1969 NLCS was Man vs. Boys. Heck the whole Mets team against the Braves was Men vs. Boys.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on September 06, 2020, 10:10:12 PM
Another loss for baseball, Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, for years the all time stolen base king, plus a member of the 3,000 club (and perennial bane of Ernie Broglio's existence after their extremely lopsided trade for each other), passes on at 81: 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/obituaries/hall-fame-outfielder-lou-brock-dies-age-81-n1239449
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mostpopular87 on September 07, 2020, 03:17:25 PM
We lost one-time lead singer of The Temptations' Bruce Williamson from COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on September 07, 2020, 06:47:30 PM
Actor Kevin Dobson (https://variety.com/2020/tv/obituaries-people-news/kevin-dobson-dead-dies-kojak-knots-landing-1234761607/), known for his roles as detective Bobby Crocker on Kojak and as Marion Patrick “Mack” MacKenzie on Knots Landing, passed away Sunday at the age of 77, cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on September 09, 2020, 09:03:53 PM
Ronald Bell, aka Khalis Bayyan, who co-founded Kool and the Gang with brother Robert Bell and was at its forefront through its many successful phases, passes on at 68: 

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kool-the-gang-cofounder-ronald-khalis-bell-dead-at-68-231306019.html
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on September 10, 2020, 10:42:51 AM
Dame Diana Rigg (https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54106509), famous for roles such as James Bond's wife Tracy in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, and Emma Peel on ITV's The Avengers has passed away at the age of 82, cause of death not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on September 10, 2020, 10:52:28 AM
Plus for Generations X and Y, immortality as Lady Holliday in The Great Muppet Caper ("It's plot exposition; it has to go somewhere.")
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on September 11, 2020, 03:02:01 AM
Dame Diana Rigg (https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54106509), famous for roles such as James Bond's wife Tracy in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, and Emma Peel on ITV's The Avengers has passed away at the age of 82, cause of death not disclosed.

I heard it was from cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on September 18, 2020, 03:34:35 AM
Winston Groom, the author of the book "Forrest Gump" (the basis for the Oscar-winning 1994 film of the same name), has passed away at the age of 77. The cause was unknown at time of initial posting.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/us/forrest-gump-winston-groom-death-trnd/index.html
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Teddy on September 18, 2020, 08:21:55 PM
Former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at age 87:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/us/ruth-bader-ginsburg-dead.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: mellongraig on September 19, 2020, 12:22:55 AM
All I've got to say is no, no, no - now the Supreme Court is on the ballot more than ever before. She will be missed for sure.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SamJ93 on September 19, 2020, 08:51:33 AM
Former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at age 87:

Er...no. I guess she's a "former" Justice now, but she very much was a full member of the Court right up until her death.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on September 21, 2020, 02:21:45 PM
Ron Cobb, veteran designer for such films as "Conan the Barbarian" (1982), "Back to the Future" and "The Last Starfighter," passed away today (9/21/2020) on his 83rd birthday. The listed cause was Lewy body dementia.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ron-cobb-dead-designer-alien-ship-back-future-delorean-was-83-1149219
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on September 22, 2020, 03:18:28 AM
Jackie Stallone, celebrity astrologer and mother of actor/director Sylvester Stallone, has passed away at age 98. No cause of death was listed, although due to Stallone's age, I can only assume it is natural causes unrelated to the coronavirus.

https://variety.com/2020/film/obituaries-people-news/jackie-stallone-dead-sylvester-stallone-mom-1234778583/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on September 22, 2020, 05:08:51 PM
Tommy DiVito (https://nypost.com/2020/09/22/tommy-devito-original-four-seasons-member-dead-at-92-from-covid-19/), one of the original members of the Four Seasons, age 92 from complications of COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on September 23, 2020, 09:35:28 AM
A double whammy to start the day.


First, WrestlingNews.co is reporting (https://wrestlingnews.co/wwe-news/wwe-hall-of-famer-road-warrior-animal-has-passed-away/) that WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Road Warrior Animal (real name: Joe Laurinaitis) has passed away at the age of 60.

Along with partner Road Warrior Hawk (real name: Michael Hegstrand [1957-2003]), R.W. Animal formed the Road Warriors (a/k/a The Legion of Doom), considered to be one of the greatest tag teams of all time, having won titles in every wrestling promotion they ever competed in.

And the official NFL website is reporting (https://www.nfl.com/news/gale-sayers-dies-at-77-bears-legend-hall-of-fame-rb) that NFL Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers has passed away at age 77.

Sayers' autobiography, "I Am Third," about his friendship with Chicago Bears teammate Brian Piccolo (1943-1970) was the inspiration for the classic 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song," in which Sayers was played by Billy Dee Williams.

No cause of death information was available as of original posting time for either individual.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on September 28, 2020, 04:36:12 PM
Kevin Burns, creator of the History Channel documentary series "Ancient Aliens" and co-producer of the Netflix reboot of "Lost in Space," has passed away of cardiac arrest at the age of 65.

Other projects Burns oversaw include documentaries on Superman and the original Planet of the Apes series, the 2006 remake of "The Poseidon Adventure" (simply titled "Poseidon") and over 160 episodes of the A&E series "Biography."

https://deadline.com/2020/09/kevin-burns-dead-obituary-ancient-aliens-creator-lost-in-space-reboot-producer-1234586413/
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on September 29, 2020, 06:01:15 AM
Jay Johnstone (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29996720/jay-johnstone-two-world-series-champion-popular-prankster-mlb-dies-74), outfielder who won World Series championships with the Yankees and Dodgers, age 74 from complications of COVID-19.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on September 29, 2020, 10:15:23 PM
Singer Helen Reddy (https://variety.com/2020/music/news/helen-reddy-dead-i-am-woman-singer-1234787284/), known for her songs “I Am Woman", “Delta Dawn”, and “Angie Baby" passed away this afternoon at the age of 78. Cause of death not disclosed though it was reported in 2015 that she was suffering from dementia.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on September 30, 2020, 03:03:06 AM
Mac Davis (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/mac-davis-singer-actor-and-tv-variety-show-host-dies-at-78/ar-BB19yonT?ocid=msedgdhp), singer ("Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me") and actor (North Dallas Forty), age 78, cause not disclosed.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: wpghi5 on September 30, 2020, 03:29:58 AM
Singer Helen Reddy (https://variety.com/2020/music/news/helen-reddy-dead-i-am-woman-singer-1234787284/), known for her songs “I Am Woman", “Delta Dawn”, and “Angie Baby" passed away this afternoon at the age of 78. Cause of death not disclosed though it was reported in 2015 that she was suffering from dementia.

RIP Helen Reddy.  :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: pannoni1 on September 30, 2020, 07:57:11 AM
Ms. Reddy was also the original, and only regular host of the Midnight Special on NBC late night Fridays after Johnny.

That's two singers with a Billboard #1 hit in 1972 that have passed on in the same year, and Ms. Reddy also was a host of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. Too bad both are now considered undesirable by commercial radio, and they'll pretty much join the Patti Pages and Ray Conniff as long forgotten singers that will remain "thrift store junk" in terms of being low value.

Reddy and Davis join Don McLean, Al Green, Bill Withers, Harry Nilsson, Chuck Berry, Eugene Record (lead singer of the Chi-Lites), the Staple Singers (except for Mavis), and Sammy Davis, Jr. as performers with a #1 single from the same year the most popular version of TPIR debuted in Celebrity Heaven.

We've still got Neil Diamond, Neil Young, America (minus Dan Peek), Roberta Flack, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Mavis Staples (lead singer of the Staple Singers), Looking Glass, and Billy Paul left from the class of '72.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SamJ93 on September 30, 2020, 04:13:28 PM
Billy Paul passed away in 2016.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: 88JRFAN on October 02, 2020, 09:10:18 PM
Stephen Barnes, one half of the famous Cellino and Barnes firm in NY passed away today in a plane crash in Pembroke, NY. He was flying with his niece and was returning from Manchester, NH. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family :-o :-( :cry:
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on October 02, 2020, 10:50:47 PM
Kuwait's Emir Sabah IV passes on; he was 91 and had ruled for 14 years.  His half brother Nawaf I now ascends to the throne to succeed him: 

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/29/918248313/kuwaits-emir-sheikh-sabah-al-ahmad-al-sabah-dies-at-91
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: JayC on October 02, 2020, 11:32:24 PM
Sadly another baseball legend is gone-- St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson died at age 84 after a bout with cancer.
https://sports.yahoo.com/bob-gibson-cardinals-legend-and-hall-of-fame-pitcher-dies-at-84-030215119.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAALeTg1nOqjfNYXYTOnKDjWfTpxBQROFYetKtLxArpqdHauXnJGVUNXyb8TIOrjAvjrwySWvJeJWdF07I2twjXEFvOGBZrMomt4AaB1Kh_eMbZL2rcVNdnujzmUSrbTxjqq0vohxYB5Lw10A2TJpbJEpAhpa0Ayi1MNfzOuXAg-cl (https://sports.yahoo.com/bob-gibson-cardinals-legend-and-hall-of-fame-pitcher-dies-at-84-030215119.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAALeTg1nOqjfNYXYTOnKDjWfTpxBQROFYetKtLxArpqdHauXnJGVUNXyb8TIOrjAvjrwySWvJeJWdF07I2twjXEFvOGBZrMomt4AaB1Kh_eMbZL2rcVNdnujzmUSrbTxjqq0vohxYB5Lw10A2TJpbJEpAhpa0Ayi1MNfzOuXAg-cl)
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Superballer on October 03, 2020, 10:19:16 AM
I had his autobiography From Ghetto to Glory, written after he'd helped lead the Cardinals to the 1967 title, as a child; it was one of my first exposures to the injustices too many African-Americans have gone through, especially in the days before civil rights legislation.  On the field, Gibson might not have been among the best remembered names in the game, but there's no denying that at his peak, there was no one who pitched better. 
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Alfonzo on October 06, 2020, 04:07:40 PM
Eddie Van Halen has passed away at age 65 from cancer. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/eddie-van-halen-dead-200051/ F*** cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Off_trak on October 06, 2020, 04:11:23 PM
Eddie Van Halen has passed away at age 65 from cancer. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/eddie-van-halen-dead-200051/ F*** cancer.

Whoa.. that's shocking
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 06, 2020, 04:39:14 PM
Man that loss sucks.  I imagine Eddie is now feeling better and in a better place, but the history and legacy will live on forever.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on October 06, 2020, 09:08:20 PM
Eddie Van Halen has passed away at age 65 from cancer. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/eddie-van-halen-dead-200051/ F*** cancer.
Fork cancer indeed, as Van Halen's death was also as shock to me.

And the music industry has lost another legend today as Johnny Nash (https://variety.com/2020/music/news/johnny-nash-dead-singer-i-can-see-clearly-now-1234795224/), the pop and reggae singer whose song “I Can See Clearly Now” topped the charts in 1972, has passed away at the age of 80. Cause of death was reported by his son as natural causes.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: pannoni1 on October 07, 2020, 07:32:29 AM
Fork cancer indeed, as Van Halen's death was also as shock to me.

And the music industry has lost another legend today as Johnny Nash (https://variety.com/2020/music/news/johnny-nash-dead-singer-i-can-see-clearly-now-1234795224/), the pop and reggae singer whose song “I Can See Clearly Now” topped the charts in 1972, has passed away at the age of 80. Cause of death was reported by his son as natural causes.

I looked to have jinxed myself when I forgot to include Mr. Nash in my "Class of '72 survival club" post (which we've also lost all the classic members of the Temptations except for Otis Williams), but I guess my ESP was at work, and the "death in threes" rule prevailed again in that aspect. RIP to him and Eddie. :-(
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on October 09, 2020, 12:21:25 PM
Another baseball legend is gone. Whitey Ford, the Yankees all time wins leader has died at age 91

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30078282/hall-famer-whitey-ford-new-york-yankees-all-wins-leader-dies-age-91
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on October 12, 2020, 11:15:39 AM
Margaret Nolan, who appeared in the films Goldfinger (as the girl covered in gold paint) and A Hard Day's Night (as the casino girl), age 76, no cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on October 12, 2020, 12:32:25 PM
Cincinnati Reds legend Joe Morgan (https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/joe-morgan-hall-of-fame-second-baseman-dies-at-77/ar-BB19WEH1?ocid=mmx&PC=EMMX20), age 77, no cause given.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Archviler on October 12, 2020, 12:59:21 PM
That one stings, I have good memories of Joe Morgan's career as an announcer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: jude_este on October 13, 2020, 04:19:10 PM
Conchata Ferrell (https://deadline.com/2020/10/conchata-ferrell-dead-two-and-a-half-men-co-star-77-1234596750/), best known for playing insult-spouting housekeeper Berta on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, has died from complications from cardiac arrest at the age of 77.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on October 15, 2020, 12:29:58 PM
NFL Hall of Fame defensive end  Fred Dean, a 4 time Pro Bowler with the Chargers and 49ers who won 2 rings in Super Bowls 16 and 19, has died of COVID-19 at age 68. https://www.si.com/nfl/2020/10/15/fred-dean-death-san-francisco-49ers

Personal opinion: If the Chargers hadn't traded away Dean to the 49ers, they might have won Super Bowl 16.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on October 17, 2020, 04:40:13 AM
Rhonda Fleming (https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/rhonda-fleming-film-star-of-40s-and-50s-dies-at-97/ar-BB1a7k9e?ocid=msedgdhp), movie actress of the 40s and 50s (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court), age 97. Cause unknown.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on October 19, 2020, 06:22:52 PM
James Redford (https://people.com/movies/james-redford-filmmaker-and-son-of-robert-redford-dies-at-58/), filmmaker and son of Robert Redford,  age 58 after a battle with cancer.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Ccook on October 20, 2020, 02:39:53 PM
Spencer Davis (https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/breaking-spencer-davis-dead-keep-22875896?fbclid=IwAR3yrgrfTxb4-bTixyR-E7TV1nXk9_5lkYMQuWt4J9Fa8zM9Gjq2qefkK9Y), who had a hit in the 60s with "Gimme Some Lovin'," age 81 of a heart attack.
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Alfonzo on October 22, 2020, 10:01:23 AM
Magician and skeptic James Randi a.k.a. "The Amazing Randi" passed away at the age of 92. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/obituaries/james-randi-dazzling-magician-skeptic-dies-92-n1244237

Randi also appeared on Bob Barker's prime time show That's My Line to debunk fraud "psychic" James Hydrick.
https://youtu.be/9cS6DjeBz7g
Title: Re: 2020 Obituaries Thread
Post by: Blissey on October 22, 2020, 10:59:59 AM
Marge Champion, 1930s dancer who served as the live-action reference model for Snow White in 1937's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and the Blue Fairy in 1940's "Pinocchio," has passed away at the age of 101.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/marge-champion-dead-actress-dancer-model-snow-white-was-101