exordia

"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"

Ricky Hui

Comic actor -- via channelnewsasia.com.

Nosson Tzui Finkel

Rabbi -- via Haaretz.

Hal Bruno

Journalist -- via the New York Times.

Benny McCoy

Second baseman who played for the Tigers and the Athletics -- via clickondetroit.com.

Renee Franke

Singer -- via www.br.de.

From the Onion: Bil Keane death infographic

Yes, I know. I'm gonna burn for this one. I can't help it. It's funny.

Laura Kennedy

Bassist for the Bush Tetras -- via Spinner.

Mark "Moogy" Klingman

Keyboardist, songwriter and founding member of Utopia -- via Spinner.

Lee Pockriss

Composer and songwriter -- via the New York Times. In addition to writing many Broadway musicals, he wrote the hits songs "Johnny Angel," "Catch a Falling Star" and "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini."


Dulcie Gray

Actress and writer -- via the Guardian.

Karl Slover aka Karl Kosiczky

Performer; one of the last of the Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz" -- via the L.A. Times.

Adrian Yospe

Actor -- via teleshow.infobae.com.

Petar Krajl

Actor -- via www1.serbiancafe.com.

Ivan Martin Jirous aka Magor

Revolutionary -- poet, artistic director for groundbreaking Czech rock band The Plastic People of the Universe, and organizer of the political underground -- via azcentral.com.

Manuel Carbonell

Sculptor -- via the Miami Herald.

Shelley Hilliard

Transgendered teen -- via Queerty. Frighteningly, she seems to be only one victim in a recent rash of LGBT abuse cases.

Ilya Zhitomirskiy

Software developer; co-founder of social networking site Diaspora -- via the Washington Post.

Jamie Pierre

Extreme skier -- via the Salt Lake Tribune.

David Boyd

Artist -- via artlyst.com.

Nick "Jumbo" Strincevich

Former MLB pitcher -- via legacy.com.

Jack Arthur McCray

Jazz advocate and writer -- via the Charleston Post and Courier.

Barbara Grier

Writer and publisher -- via the L.A. Times. Strongly advanced the cause and variety of lesbian literature in America.

Jimmy Norman

Songwriter and R & B musician -- via jimmynorman.org. His big hit was "I Don't Love You No More"; he wrote the full lyrics for Jerry Ragovoy's "Time Is on My Side."

F. Springer aka Carel Jan Schneider

Writer -- via destentor.nl.

Mito Loeffler

Guitarist -- via bebopspokenhere.blogspot.com.

Sickan Anna-Greta Carlsson

Actress and singer -- via Stockholm News. A recording star, film idol and popular figure on radio as well.