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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"

Milly Del Rubio

The last of the performing Del Rubio triplets -- via alleewillis.com.

Rick Kaminski

Vendor -- via the Seattle Times. The beloved "Peanut Man"!

Hideki Irabu

Former MLB pitcher -- via TMZ.

Polly Platt

Excellent screenwriter ("Pretty Baby"), production designer ("The Last Picture Show," "Paper Moon," "Terms of Endearment"), and producer ("Broadcast News", "Say Anything...", "Bottle Rocket") -- via the L.A. Times.

Tim Smooth

Rapper -- via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Christopher "Chip" Mayer

Actor -- via tv.msn.com.

Akhyuk Rinpoche, Jamyang Lungtok Gyaltsen aka Drubwang Lungtok Gyatso

Meditation master -- via the Huffington Post.

James C. Klingensmith

Klingensmith's iconic photo of Bill Mazeroski.
Photographer -- via the Westport News. Best known for his famous photo of Bill Mazeroski's celebratory run around the bases after his walk-off, game-winning homer in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.

David Pawlyn

Organ builder and preservationist -- via the Telegraph.

Simon Bond

Cartoonist and illustrator -- via the Independent.

Mike Palm

Relief pitcher -- via legacy.com.

Gilbert "Magu" Lujan

Artist -- via KPCC.

Ravichandran

Actor -- via the Times of India.

Frank Foster

Jazz master -- via the New York Times. Played sax with Basie; great composer, magnificent arranger.

Monica Bosei and Trond Berntsen

Two who gave their lives trying to stop the Utoya, Norway killer -- via Al Jazeera. Let their names stand for all those who did the right thing. If you look at the video posted below, it will show you just a few of those who were murdered. Nothing can ever justify the taking of these young lives.

Joe Arroyo

Composer and singer, salsa great -- via USA Today.

Margaret Olley

Artist and arts patron -- via the BBC.

Bob Trendler

Bandleader -- via the Chicago Tribune. He led the WGN Orchestra and Bozo's Big Top Band.

Helen Beverley

Actress -- via Playbill.

Dan Peek

Songwriter and musician -- via Billboard.Co-founder of the band America.

Gloria Sawai

Writer -- via the CBC.

Fran Landesman

Lyricist, songwriter, poet and performer -- via the Telegraph. She wrote the lyrics for "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most."

G.D. Spradlin aka Gervase Duan Spradlin

Top-notch character actor -- via the L.A. Times. His best performances? The corrupt Senator in "Godfather II," and the officer who sends Martin Sheen on his mission in "Apocalypse Now."

Paul Bagge

Good Samaritan -- via MassLive.com. He died defending a woman from harassment.

Greg Poe

Stunt pilot -- via the AOPA.

Ifti Nasim

Poet, radio host and gay rights activist -- via the Chicago Sun-Times.

George Ramos

Journalist and mentor -- via the L.A. Times.

Michael Cakoyannis aka Mihalis Kakogiannis

Director/writer in film and theater -- via ekathimerini.com. He is best known for directing "Zorba the Greek"; lest he be remembered as a one-hit wonder, he directed other fine film adaptations of plays such as "Iphigenia," "The Trojan Women" and "The Cherry Orchard."


Linda Christian aka Blanca Rosa Welter

Actress -- via Yahoo News.

Tom Aldredge

Actor -- via the TheaterMania.

Hyman Bookbinder

Activist, lobbyist and writer for Jewish and social action causes -- via the Washington Post.

Brian Vallee

Journalist, author and activist against domestic violence -- via the Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald.

Herb Tanney

Herb Tanney (left) and Blake Edwards on the set of "Blind Date."
Doctor and actor -- via legacy.com. A friend and doctor to film director Blake Edwards, he appeared in many of his films.

Jean Hartley

Publisher -- via the Guardian.

Dale Pontius

Political science professor and social activist -- via the Chicago Sun-Times. He heckled Joseph McCarthy.

Elliot Handler

Toymaker -- via the Washington Post. He invented Hot Wheels, and named the Barbie doll.

Jennifer Linn

Fundraiser -- via bloomberg.com.