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"By writing or reading obituaries, we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others."
Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"


"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'"
John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Reggie McDaniel

A lively, and stylish, local radio personality and entertainment critic -- via the Denver Post

Jack Horkheimer

Planetarium director and TV host -- via the Miami Herald. His ubiquitous "Star Gazer" show, a short segment seen regularly on PBS stations. We remember him as the "Star Hustler" (they changed the title down the road)! With his gravelly voice, garrulous manner and bad toupee, he was easy to poke fun at. However, he did love astronomy, and inspired many people to "keep looking at the stars." Thanks, Jack!

Mario Obledo

Hispanic activist -- via the New York Times

Charlie Haddon

Lead singer of English synthpop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool -- via Incubate Blog

Michael Been

Singer/songwriter of The Call -via Variety

Bill Millin

The man who played the bagpipes on Sword Beach June 6, 1944 -- via the New York Times

Subair

Malayalam actor -- via Sify

Kenny Edwards

Singer/songwriter; original member of the Stone Poneys, and long-time collaborator with Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff -- via kennyedwards.com.

Richard "Scar" Lopez

Co-founder of Cannibal & the Headhunters found fame with "Land of 1,000 Dances" -- via the L.A. Times

Frank Kermode

Literary critic -- via the New York Times

Bernard Knox

An expert scholar of Greek classics who lived an adventurous life -- via the New York Times

Harrison Price

Research economist helped found DisneyLand, Disney World and CalArts -- via PR Newswire

Ludvik Kundera

Poet and translator -- via ABC News

Narayan Gangaran Surve

Poet -- via the Hindustan Times

Bobby Thomson

MLB player who hit the famous "Shot Heard 'Round the World" -- via the New York Times

Ahmad Alaadeen

Master of the sax -- via the Kansas City Star

Robert Wilson

Bassist for the Gap Band -- via Yahoo News

Herman Leonard

Photographer best known for his portraits of jazz legends -- via the L.A. Times

Bruno S. aka Bruno Schleinstein

An eccentric performer best known for his lead role in two Werner Herzog films: "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser" and "Stroszek." Via the New York Times. A tormented person with a tortured past, his performances were powerful and revelatory. I'm glad they were captured.

Paul Ryan Rudd

Excellent actor -- via the New York Times

Alex Johns

TV producer -- via the Washington Post