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"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"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"

Tura Satana aka Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi

Actress and force of nature -- via the Los Angeles Times. A WWII internment camp survivor, she was a nude model and exotic dancer, then an actress. Her signature role was Varla in Russ Meyer's "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Her iconic portrayal of a blatantly sexual, violent and tough "bad girl" resonated through film history, informing many subsequent strong female characters.

Gary Moore

Blues and rock guitarist and singer -- via the Mirror. He will be best remembered for his many stints with Thin Lizzy.

Woodie Fryman aka the Fleming Flame

Outstanding journeyman left-handed pitcher in the majors -- via the Ledger Independent.

Mary Cleere Haran

Singer -- via the New York Times.

Elsa Rady

Ceramic artist -- via the Los Angeles Times.

Eddie Fowlie

Film special effects man, prop master, location scout and troubleshooter -- via Westerns All'Italiana. More on his remarkable career from the Telegraph.

Ross Merrill

Art conservator and painter -- via the Washington Post.

Geraldine Court

Actress -- via Straus News.

Omir Amiralay

Film director -- via DayPress.

Alex Napier


Bassist -- via Austin 360.

Paul Olive

Journalist, Communist Party functionary and trombonist -- via the Guardian.

Dorothy Thompson

Historian -- via the Guardian.

Tony Levin

Drummer -- via Birmingham Jazz.