"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"

Richard Adler

Composer, lyricist and producer -- via the Hollywood Reporter. With Jerry Ross, he created two of the top musicals of the 1950s -- "Damn Yankees" and "Pajama Game."

Caroline John

Actress best known for playing companion Liz Shaw on the Jon Pertwee "Doctor Who"s -- via the BBC.

Eugene Selznick

Volleyball champion and First King of Beach Volleyball -- via the New York Times.

Steve ben Israel

Performance artist; actor, comedian, director, drummer, anarchist-pacifist-activist -- via the New York Times.

Erica Kennedy

Writer -- via the New York Times.

Marjorie "Marjie" Hyams

Vibraphonist, pianist and arranger -- via the L.A. Times.

Lillian Gallo

Pioneering producer -- via the L.A. Times.

Susan Tyrrell

Oscar-nominated actress -- via the L.A. Times.

Li Wangyang

Dissident and labor activist -- via the Guardian. His murder by the powers that be is suspected.

Ken Garcia

Actor -- via the Sacramento Bee.

Yvette Wilson

Comedian and actress -- via the New York Times.

Paul Jenkins

Artist -- via the New York Times.

Andrew Sarris

Film critic; importer of the auteur theory to America -- via the New York Times. He helped clue us in to the European New Wave; he championed Hollywood-era greats such as Hitchcock, Hawks, and Ford; and he was in the right place at the right time for the explosion of innovative American films that stretched from 1967 to 1977.

Richard Lynch

Actor -- via Fox News. One of the great film and television villains of our time!

An extremely sensitive and persuasive performer, Lynch was best known for his bad-guy work, beginning with "Scarecrow" in 1973. In the tradition of the greats in the horror, sci-fi and action film genres, Lynch was utterly dependable but never phoned it in, always coming up with a new and compelling angle and transcending the limits of the scenario.

Scott Johnson

Drum technician -- via the Toronto Star.

Brian Hibbard

Actor and singer -- via the BBC.

Graeme Bell

Jazz pianist -- via the Brisbane Times.

Richard Crowe

Organized first ghost bus tour, in Chicago -- via CBS.

Chi Ping Chan

An indomitable runner -- via Edmonton Journal.

Victor Spinetti

Actor -- via the BBC. He will be best remembered for his comic roles in Beatles films.

J. Michael Riva

Oscar-nominated film production designer -- via nola.com.

Charles "Hoot" Ingebretsen Jr.

Ran iconic Scandinavian gift shop and market -- via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Ronnie Bedford

Journalist -- via the Guardian.

Dee Caruso

TV comedy writer -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Roy Wilson

Reggae singer -- via the Jamaica Observer. Part of the pioneering duo Higgs and Wilson.