"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"

Edvard Mirzoyan

Composer -- via panarmenian.com.

Abdul Haq Ansari

Islamic scholar -- via thenewstribe.com.

Otaki Hideji

Actor -- via tokyohive.com.

Autran Dourado

Novelist -- via Folha de S. Paulo.

Gaarriye aka Mohamed Hashi Dama

Poet -- via jubbalandnews.com.

Nan Huai-Chin

Buddhist scholar -- via the China Post.

Robert Manning

Journalist, editor, and government official -- via the New York Times. A proud member of Nixon's enemies list.

Crispin Aubrey

Journalist and environmental activist -- via the Guardian.

Ahmed Ramzy

Actor -- via english.alarabiya.net.

M.S. Shinde

Film editor, notably of the 1975 classic "Sholay" -- via the Times of India. Sadly, he died for lack of attention and assistance.

Neset Ertas aka the Plectrum of the Steppe

Folk bard -- via todayszaman.com. Master of the baglama!

Eric Ives

Historian -- via historyextra.com.

Jakub Polak

Anarchist, and rights advocate -- via the Czech Press Agency.

Thilakan aka Surendranatha Thilakan

Actor -- via The Hindu.

Mulraj Rajda

Writer, actor, and director -- via the Times of India.

Sylvia Kristel

Actress, model, and singer -- via the BBC. An incredibly beautiful performer whose appearance in the
"Emmanuelle" film series did much to legitimize erotic cinema and bring it into the mainstream.

Koji Wakamatsu

Director and producer of exploitation and softcore porn films -- via screendaily.com.

Sam Sniderman aka Sam the Record Man

Music retailer; champion of Canadian musicians -- via the Toronto Star.

Grigory Frid

Composer -- via mvdaily.com.

Yehuda Elkana

Historian and philosopher of science - via jta.org.

Sven Hassel aka Sven Pedersen

Writer -- via the New York Times.

Tom Umphlett

Former MLB center fielder -- via legacy.com.

Eddie Yost aka The Walking Man

Former third baseman, primarily for the Senators -- via MLB.com. He earned his nickname by virtue of being a very astute batter, often drawing bases on balls. Had the most games played at his position at the time upon the end of his playing days.

Theodore Barrett "Ted" Hungary

Man of the streets -- via the Denver Post.

Paul Pojman

Teacher -- via the Towerlight.

Dinesh Thakur

Actor and director in film, television and on stage -- via the Hindu Business Online.

Tereska Szwarc Torres

Writer -- via the Telegraph.

Mat Domber

Jazz record label head -- via Jazz Times. His Arbors Records was a haven for under-recorded practitioners of classic jazz!

Leo Goeke

Tenor -- via Opera News.

Luis Goes

Singer -- via expresso.sapo.pt.

John Ingle

Actor -- via the L.A. Times. Best known for his portrayal of "scheming patriarch" Edward Quartermaine on the TV soap opera "General Hospital."

Loose Mohan aka Arumugam Mohanasundaram

Comedic actor -- via The Hindu. (The clip below uses the world's oldest cinema gag -- "L'Arroseur Arrose.")

Suthivelu aka Kurumaddali Lakshmi Narasimha Rao

Actor and comedian -- via The Hindu.

Winston Rekert

Actor -- via The Province.

Arkady Dragonmoshchenko

Poet, writer, and translator -- via littlestarjournal.com.

Jon "Finno" Finlayson

Character actor and writer -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Steven Springer

Guitarist and songwriter -- via annarbor.com.

Claude Pinoteau

Director and screenwriter -- via Le Point.

Kwan Shan

Actor -- via straitstimes.com.

Ted Boy Marino aka Mario Marino

Wrestler and actor -- via oglobo.globo.com.

Edgar Kulow

Actor, comedian, writer, and director -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Ira Miller

Comedic actor, writer, director, and teacher -- via the L.A. Times.

Avraham Adan

Warrior -- via Haaretz.

Gary Collins

Actor and TV host - via the L.A. Times.

Graham Jackson

Conductor -- via the Telegraph.

Pip Granger

Novelist -- via the Telegraph.

Lavender Rosamund Marguerite "Pinkie" Barnes

Table tennis champion and ace copywriter -- via the Telegraph.

Helen Nicoll

Children's writer ("Meg and Mog" series); children's TV producer, and audiobook producer -- via the Telegraph.

Arlen Specter

Former U.S. Senator -- via ABC News. He frequently did what he thought was right -- rare in a politician.