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Sunday, 15 January 2017

WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka dead at 73

quote [ Snuka, who thrilled fans for decades with his splash from the top rope, died from stomach cancer. ]
[SFW] [obituaries]
[by XregnaR@11:04pmGMT] [2 comments]

Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

quote [ After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on ?The Greatest Show on Earth.? The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. ]
[SFW] [obituaries] [+10 Good]
[by ScoobySnacks@4:49amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 13 January 2017

Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty dies aged 89

quote [ US author and filmmaker William Peter Blatty has died at the age of 89. ]
[SFW] [obituaries] [+5 Informative]
[by XregnaR@6:15pmGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Reporter Who Broke The Story Of Start Of WWII Dies At 105

quote [ As an activist, Clare Hollingworth saved thousands of refugees from Hitler's forces. Then, a few days into her career as a reporter, she uncovered the scoop of a lifetime: Germany was invading Poland. ]

Remarkably, this is the second obit of an amazing woman of this era dying at 105 I've posted in the last six weeks.
[SFW] [obituaries] [+4 Informative]
[by sanepride@2:27amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 6 January 2017

How Many Famous People Will Die IN 2017?

quote [ Many people think that 2016 was particularly bad, but data tells us that it is not an exception. In fact, we should expect more famous people to die in 2017 than in 2016. Why? The answer is simple: because the number of famous people has increased over time. ]

This is a relatively short analysis of the increasing rate of famous people deaths, written by a team at the MIT Media Lab Center for Research in Social Complexity. Apparently the MIT page is causing some folks issues, so the full text in extended. It doesn't carry quite the same punch without the charts and graphs, though.

[SFW] [obituaries]
[by midden@5:01amGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Tyrus Wong, legendary 'Bambi' artist, dies at 106

quote [ When ?Bambi? art director Tom Codrick saw Wong?s sketches he said, ?Maybe we put you in the wrong department.? The rest of the team agreed, including Walt Disney. ]

[SFW] [obituaries] [+4]
[by sanepride@10:14pmGMT] [6 comments]

After 8 Decades And Countless Pastrami Sandwiches, New York's Carnegie Deli Folds

quote [ The iconic deli in midtown Manhattan is closing its doors after nearly 80 years in business. Its oversized sandwiches defined a certain kind of New York restaurant. ]
[SFW] [obituaries] [+3 Sad]
[by XregnaR@4:58pmGMT] [15 comments]

Sunday, 1 January 2017

William Christopher, Father Mulcahy on 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 84

quote [ The actor passed away from lung cancer early morning on New Year's Eve. ]
[SFW] [obituaries] [+3 Sad]
[by ScoobySnacks@2:34amGMT] [7 comments]

Friday, 30 December 2016

Handgun discharges, killing Press Herald columnist M.D. Harmon at his home

quote [ The champion of conservative viewpoints was showing the weapon to a teenage visitor when it went off as the boy handled it, police say.
Harmon, a steadfast defender of gun rights and a champion of conservative viewpoints, was a longtime editor and columnist for the Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He worked for the newspaper for 41 years, and continued to write a weekly column after he retired in 2011.
...Harmon wrote that he had belonged to the National Rifle Association from the day of his first paycheck. ]

The picture of a responsible gun owner.

"handgun discharges", "it went off as the boy handled it"
This passive voice "shit-happens" description of somebody shooting another person to death.

Not dystopian violence - mundane violence.

[SFW] [obituaries] [+10 Funny]
[by HoZay@9:16amGMT] [27 comments]

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Debbie Reynolds, Spirited Star of Singin' in the Rain Dies at 84

quote [ Debbie Reynolds, the vivacious actress, dancer and pop star who wowed ?em in the musicals Singin? in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, died Wednesday, just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 84. ]

No words
[SFW] [obituaries] [+10 Informative]
[by Bob Denver@2:03amGMT] [14 comments]

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