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"

Tonmi Lillman

Drummer -- via blabbermouth.net.

Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan

Master of the sitar -- via the Times of India.

William Gay

Writer -- via the New York Times.

Peter Halliday

Actor -- via the Guardian.

Howard Kissel

Theatre critic -- via the New York Times.

James W. "Red" Holloway

Saxophonist -- via the L.A. Times.



Lina Romay aka Rosa María Almirall Martínez

Actress -- via Fangoria. Muse and companion to cult filmmaker Jess Franco, she starred in a number of the transgressive European horror/erotic features of the time.

Olivier Mathot aka Claude Plaut aka Oliver Mathews aka Oliver Matthau aka Claude Plaud

Film actor and director -- via westernsallitaliana.blogspot.com.

Al De Lory

Producer and arranger -- via the Tennessean.

Lydia Lamaison

Actress -- via the Buenos Aires Herald.