"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"

Joan Scott aka Joan LaCour aka Joann Court

Writer and "front" for her blacklisted husband -- via the L.A. Times.

Jacques Taddei

Pianist and organist -- via Art Media Agency.

Bayard Osborn

Sculptor -- via the Olive Press.

Zhang Ruifang

Actress -- via Global News.

Evelyn Lear

Soprano -- via the New York Times.

Eric Sykes

Comic actor and writer -- via the Guardian. A strong presence in radio, TV and film, Sykes was one of the most highly regarded comic writers of his generation, creating much of the best of "The Goon Show" with Spike Milligan, and writing copiously for Frankie Howerd.

Michael J. Caroccia

Perhaps Pittsburgh's greatest bowler -- via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

John Harrison

Bassist -- via spinner.com.

George Leech

Stuntman and actor -- via the Independent. He was an integral part of the classic Bond films, doing much work there and coordinating "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," one of the best in terms of stunt work. 

Jaroslava Adamova

Actress -- via Czech Radio.

Alicia Steimberg

Writer -- via Fox News.

From Lauren Collins: "The World's Most Interesting Obituary"

A fun piece from the New Yorker -- via the New Yorker.

Rune Gustafsson

Jazz guitarist -- via Radio Sweden.

Alan Saunders

Broadcaster -- via The Age.

Stefan Stuligrosz

Choirmaster -- via puericantores.org.

Victor Manuel Baez Chino

Journalist -- via the Guardian.

Al Brancato

Played shortstop and third base for the Philadelphia A's -- via philly.com.

Andy Griffith

Actor and comedian -- via the New York Times. He will be immortalized via television as Sheriff Andy Taylor in "The Andy Griffith Show," and remembered for his resurgence as a mystery solver in "Matlock." He made his name in 1953 doing an old comic bit called, "What It Was, Was Football."

Then he was became a huge star after playing Will Stockdale in the TV, Broadway and film versions of "No Time for Sergeants" in 1955.

Then Griffith turned around and played one of film's great villains -- Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes in Eliz Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" in 1957.

From the day after my birth -- October 3, 1960, through April of 1968, "The Andy Griffith Show"'s homespun humor and ridiculous characters were an integral part of our lives.

For almost 20 years after that, he did a lot of different work, primarily outright villainous or comic roles in films and on TV. He was great in "Hearts of the West" and "Rustler's Rhapsody."

He tried to launch numerous new TV series -- I have a sneaking fondness in my heart for 1979's "Salvage 1," a silly adventure-comedy.

Then Matlock from 1986 to 1995.

All in all, a great career, full of a strong spectrum of roles that were informed not only by Griffith's folksiness and ease. He was able to touch on complex and disturbing aspects of himself to play roles opposite to his Andy Taylor persona. Not a lot of actors can get away with that. Thanks, Andy. Say hey to Goober for me.

Hassan Kassai

Master of Persian classical music -- via presstv.ir.

Kaka Radhakrishnan

Actor -- via The Hindu.

Adrian Otero

Vocalist -- via Yahoo News.

Hector Bianciotti

Writer -- via ahramonline.

Wayne Roberts aka Stay High 149

Early graffiti master -- via the New York Times

Masahisa Fukase

Photographer -- via harveybenge.blogspot.com.

Georges Sarri aka Georgia Sarivaxevani

Author and actress -- via indiebookspot.com.

Robert Dale "Hawk" Taylor

Former MLB catcher -- via the Southern.

Akae Baku

Writer -- via indiebookspot.com.

K S R Das

Film director and editor -- via the Times of India