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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"

George Landow aka Owen Land

Avant-garde filmmaker, and extremely interesting and mysterious person -- via the Guardian.




Marc Hannibal aka Frank Charles Hannibal Jr.

Actor, singer and Harlem Globetrotter -- via Variety.

Sally Goodgold

Civic activist -- via the New York Times.

Price Berkley aka Price Berkowitz

Founder and editor of the trade publication the Theatrical Index -- via the New York Times.

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

Novelist -- via the New York Times.

Junpei Takiguchi

Voice actor and narrator -- via animenewsnetwork.com.

Martin Hines

Go-kart manufacturer and champion -- via the Hoddeson News & Broxbourne Mercury.

Lykourgos Kallergis

Jeanette Ingberman

Founder of cultural center Exit Art and curator -- via the New York Times.

Jeanette Ingberman: "Fuck The Magic" from Trickster Theater on Vimeo.

Willie "Curley" Williams

Negro Leagues and minor league baseball player -- via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Rosel Zech

Actress -- via the Hollywood Reporter. Best remembered in the lead role of Fassbinder's "Veronika Voss."

B. Jeff Stone

Member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame -- via satellite.tmcnet.com.

Dan Sicko

Journalist and author -- via Rolling Stone. An expert on techno.

Jack J. Hayes

Composer and orchestrator for film and TV -- via MSN. Amazingly, he racked up more than 200 credits!

Tom Hennesy

Stuntman and actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com. Most memorably, he played the Gill Man (aka the Creature from the Black Lagoon) in "Revenge of the Creature" (on land only -- Ricou Browning did the underwater sequences, as he did in all three "Creature" films.)

Leonard Harris

Actor, novelist and arts and entertainment critic -- via the New York Times. His most memorable role was Senator Palantine in "Taxi Driver."

Lorenzo Morales aka Moralito

Singer, composer and musician -- via Columbia Reports.

Gale Cook

Journalist and editor -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.

VouLee Giokaris aka Stavroula Giokaris

Costumer -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Graham Leggat

Executive director of the San Francisco Film Society -- via IndieWire.

Iya Savvina

Actress -- via russianfilm.blogspot.com.

Wendell "Wendy" Ray

Broadcaster -- via the Register-Guard. Pretty sure he's dead this time -- his demise was incorrectly reported in 2004.

William "Stetson" Kennedy

Human rights activist, dissident, folklore scholar and author -- via the New York Times. He infiltrated and helped to dismantle the Klan.



David "Honeyboy" Edwards

The last of the great Mississippi Delta bluesmen -- via the New York Times. In addition, he played with the legendary Robert Johnson, and was with him the night he died.

Sybil Jason

Child film star -- via the Washington Post.

Abe Najamy



The "voice of Danbury" -- via the Danbury News Times.

Collins "Coach" Lewis

A central figure in the culture of New Orleans -- via Louisiana Weekly. A historian, cultural preservationist, community leader, civil rights activist, proud member of the Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi Mandigo Warriors Mardi Gras Indian gang and Tambourine and Fan, a drummer, singer and costumer.

June Wayne

Artist and printmaker -- via the L.A. Times.

Johnson

Film composer -- via expressbuzz.com.

B.J. Hopper

Actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Juan Enrique "Chango" Farias Gomez

Folk musician -- via the Buenos Aires Herald.

Janey Cutler

Singer -- via the Sun.

Humberto Millan Salazar

Journalist -- via the BBC.