"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"

Whitney Houston

Singer -- via the New York Times.

Peter Breck

Actor -- via the New York Times. Best known for his work on the TV series "The Big Valley," he was the protagonist of Samuel Fuller's "Shock Corridor" as well.

Jill Kinmont Boothe

Skiier and teacher -- via the New York Times.

Jeff Zaslow

Columnist and writer -- via the New York Times.

Silvana Gallardo

Actress, director and acting teacher -- via kentucky.com.

Ted Dicks

Composer of comic songs -- via the Guardian.

Zelda Curtis

Activist and journalist -- via the Guardian.

Andrew McMillan

Writer -- via the Guardian.

Sarah Cullen

Journalist -- via the Telegraph.

Patrick Bashford

Guitarist -- via the Telegraph.

Una Mulzac

Bookseller -- via the New York Times.

Andrew Wight

Filmmaker, producer, writer, diver and explorer -- via smh.com.

Mike DeGruy

Documentary filmmaker and marine biologist -- via the New York Times.

Harry Coen

Journalist and editor -- via the Irish Times.

Roger Boisjoly

Mechanical engineer, fluid dynamicist and aerodynamicist -- via the New York Times. He predicted and tried to prevent the Challenger shuttle explosion. He was shunned and harassed for his integrity.

Herb Conn

Rock climber and spelunker -- via the Rapid City Journal.

Raj Kanwar

Filmmaker -- via the Times of India.

Zalman King aka Zalman Lefkovitz

Director, producer, writer and actor -- via Reuters. Your go-to guy for erotic film.

Dorothy Gilman

Writer -- via the New York Times.

George Esper

Journalist -- via the Washington Post.

Eugene Ott

Physician -- via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Dorothea Tanning

Painter and writer -- via the New York Times. "The last of the Surrealists."

David Peaston

Singer -- via the Washington Post.

Mike Kelley

Artist -- via the New York Times.

Angelo Dundee aka Angelo Mirena

Boxing trainer and cornerman -- via the New York Times.

Robert B. Cohen

Founder of the Hudson News chain -- via the New York Times. I like Hudson News!

Omar Brebesh

Diplomat -- via the BBC.

Wislawa Szymborska

Poet and Nobel Prize-winner -- via the New York Times.

Homai Vyarawalla

Photojournalist -- via the New York Times. The link below will take you to a documentary portrait of this extraordinary pioneer.

Rosette Lamont

Theater critic, writer, teacher and author -- via Broadway World.

John Rich

Television and film director and producer -- via the L.A. Times.

Henry Davis

Bassist -- via the Washington Informer.

Lyvita Gomes

American political prisoner -- via the Times of India.

Colin Tarrant

Actor -- via the Daily Mail.

Ian Abercrombie

Actor -- via the L.A. Times.

Nick Santino

Actor -- via the New York Post.