Bring Out Your Dead! The celebrity death thread....

This thread title is potentially going to get even tackier very soon.


M. Goscinny was waiting for him - Albert Uderzo, who kept Astérix and friends going for so long, has died. 
We lifelong fans are bereft. LOL  Au revoir, et merci

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52016721


Manu Dibango succumbed to covid-19 in Paris.

Saxophonist extraordinaire and the cat who came up with this banger:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4I9iBZNUu4


And now Terrence McNally, the playwright, also covid-19 related. LOLLOL


flimbro said:

Manu Dibango succumbed to covid-19 in Paris.

Saxophonist extraordinaire and the cat who came up with this banger:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4I9iBZNUu4

 This guy is sooo good.  Been listening all morning to him.   Here's another of his albums.


Fred "Curly" Neal from the Harlem Globetrotters.


yahooyahoo said:

Mark Blum, actor, dead from Coronavirus.  He was 69 years old.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/mark-blum-star-desperately-seeking-155058856.html

Sorry to hear about this - he was from our area.  I remember his parents were members of the Maplewood Country Club when I worked there back in the 80s. 


joanne said:

M. Goscinny was waiting for him - Albert Uderzo, who kept Astérix and friends going for so long, has died. 
We lifelong fans are bereft.
LOL
 Au revoir, et merci

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52016721

 These MOL'ers are crazy...


joanne said:

M. Goscinny was waiting for him - Albert Uderzo, who kept Astérix and friends going for so long, has died. 
We lifelong fans are bereft.
LOL
 Au revoir, et merci

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52016721

 I don't usually follow this thread but saw Asterix and Obelix in the graphic on the main page. Very sad news. I read a bunch of them in French. So funny and a great way to learn a language.


kthnry said:

 I don't usually follow this thread but saw Asterix and Obelix in the graphic on the main page. Very sad news. I read a bunch of them in French. So funny and a great way to learn a language.

 At one time I made a point of buying these wherever I travelled, in the local language. I have (or had, not sure how much stuff is still in boxes from the last move) Dutch, Spanish, Portugese, and Greek as well as the French ones which I actually used to be able to read. I never found the Latin ones. 

I actually preferred the Lucky Luke books to the Asterix ones (especially in French), and and then there was Om-Pa-Pa (Native American)and Iznogoud (Persian). My first encounter with the Asterix tales was in an ancient Brit comic where he was known as "The Ancient Brit with Bags of Grit", and Obelix was called "Son of Boadicea". 

I've always been a fan of the way that the English translators (Bell and Hockridge) managed to preserve the puns in Asterix despite the shift of language.

I once used a Lucky Luke comic to illustrate a point about translating Beowulf to modern English in my History degree. 


Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery

Civil Rights pioneer and Human Rights Activist.

Rest in power.


Author/illustrator Tomie dePaola passed away today at age 85 of complications following surgery for injuries suffered in a bad fall last week. He wrote many books, most famously the “Strega Nonna” books.


Loved reading his Strega Nona books to my children when they were little.


cody said:

Author/illustrator Tomie dePaola passed away today at age 85 of complications following surgery for injuries suffered in a bad fall last week. He wrote many books, most famously the “Strega Nonna” books.

 Oh, that is sad.  I have a big collection of his books in my classroom.  I was supposed to go hear him do an author's talk several years ago and had to cancel at the last minute.  Now I really wish I had gone. 


Ellis Marsalis, Jr  

Pianist, teacher, cultural activist, father to the Marsalis boys and mentor to many. 




I think I’ll retire from these postings for the immediate future. Too many folks, too frequently. Lots of mixed emotions. 


Adam Schlesinger from the band Fountains of Wayne.

Age 52, died from complications of coronavirus.


A giant. I came to this Bill Withers song sideways, through a cover by John Legend and the Roots. It’s devastating.



Bucky Pizzarelli

and what flimbro said


It's like AIDS all over again.


Ellis, Bill, and Bucky. Lost actual music legends this week, two to the coronavirus.


Medical giants, in the last few weeks, partly through age and partly through illness. Allergy and immunology, women’s health specialists, people who furthered our understanding of pharmacology, and of resilience and recovery after trauma...  centenarians, people in their 80s and 90s, and some only middle-aged.  Too many to list among the more local losses.

Like the everyday heroes I’m reading about now, how fortunate that the world could benefit from their talent and insights, their compassion and learning. May their memories bring blessings. 


Al Kaline.

I had no idea how much this guy was loved. My twitter feed is full of personal testimonials mourning his passing.


Bucky played at the restaurant at Whole Foods years ago.

Speaking of people who are incredibly long-lived, there was this somewhat hip, partly whimsical on line Passover celebration from NYC City Winery yesterday.  One of the guests was Dr. Ruth.  I'm thinking, "wasn't she already elderly back in her hey day decades ago?"   She has to be pushing 100.


Earl Graves, founder of Black Enterprise magazine. Not coronavirus 



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