"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"

Mark Deitch

Dissident and journalist -- via JTA.

Ronny aka Wolfgang Roloff

Singer, composer and producer -- via westernboothill.blogspotcom.

Eddy Paape

Comics artist -- via the Comics Reporter.

Mario Trejo

Poet, playwright, screenwriter and journalist -- via infonews.com.

Ernst Hinterberger

Novelist, playwright and poet -- via Die Salzburger Nachrichten.

Derek Hammond-Stroud

Baritone -- via The Classical Source.

George Wyllie

Sculptor -- via the Guardian.

Erick Martinez

Journalist and LGBT activist -- via towleroad.com.

Alfredo Villatoro

Journalist -- via the Global Post.

Betty Miller Unterberger

Historian and professor -- via the tamuTimes.

Frederick E. Smith

Author -- via the Bournemouth Daily Echo. The film adaptation of his most popular work, "633 Squadron," featured a final sequence that inspired George Lucas to steal it for the climatic sequence in "Star Wars."

Sanae Nakahara

Actress -- via Yomiuri Online. Best known for her role as a villainess in the film "Lady Snowblood."

Patricia Aakhus aka Patricia McDowell

Novelist -- via legacy.com.

France Clidat

Pianist -- la-croix.com.

Marco Antonio Avila Garcia

Journalist -- via the Guardian. Tortured, murdered, left in a garbage bag. Fifth journalist killed in a month. WTF.

Robin Gibb

Singer and songwriter -- via the New York Times.

Howard Ronald "Ron" Shock

Comedian -- via the Las Vegas Sun.

C. Lindsay Workman

Actor and voiceover artist -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Paul O'Sullivan

Comedian and actor -- via the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Peter Jones

Drummer -- via Rolling Stone.

Ed Ray

Bus driver and hero -- via the New York Times.

Mandy Reed

Cheesemaker -- via the Daily Mail.

Warda aka Warda Al-Jazairia

Singer -- via the Guardian.

Arno Lustiger

Historian and author -- via the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Roy Shaw

Arts administrator -- via the Telegraph.