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Celebrity Death Thread

Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:57 pm
by Liu Yuante
Since the old thread appears to be gone, I'm going to have to create a new one. Two names I want to mention:

Earlier this year Raymond 'Boz' Burrell, best known as bassist and vocalist for King Crimson from 1971 to 1972, and as a founding member of Bad Company, died at the age of 60 from an undisclosed illness, at his home in Spain. Boz shunned his time in Crimson in later life, and the lineup he played in was frequently derided by fans. In recent years, thanks to archival releases by KC guitarist Robert Fripp's DGM label, the '71-'72 lineup has been thoroughly rehabilitated as an excellent live outfit. Whether Burrell derived any pleasure therefrom is unknown, but either way 60 is far too young to die.

The other name I want to mention is certainly a bit more earth-shaking, and that is the passing of James Brown at the age of 73 on Monday after being admitted to a hospital after suffering from pneumonia. It says something about longevity in Western nations now that I find even 73 a bit young to die, as Brown otherwise seemed to be going strong. Perhaps it is the news of Chuck Berry's recent 80-th brithday celebration extravganza that leaves me shocked here, but in any case, Brown is one of the most important music makers in the history of music and was one of the few men capable of being ground-breaking and original while also being a commercial powerhouse.

'Boz' and James, RIP.


Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:21 pm
by Adam
Suppose I'll throw in one that I was sad to hear died.

I wasn't really a fan of <B>Peter Boyle</B> on Everybody Loves Raymond (I hated the show so...). I remember him mainly for the movie Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks). And of course the complete opposite type of movie which he was great in; Joe.
He had a stroke in 1990 and he had a heart attack in 1999, yet he stuck with us 'til 2006.

Uhh, yeah I suck at these things, but I liked Peter Boyle so I figured I'd add him.

Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:26 pm
by DAv
Wilson Pickett died this year. And did Peter Boyle play the father?

Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:36 pm
by Tigger of Kai
They say these things come in threes, and James Brown-GERALD Ford-Saddam is certainly a triptych for the ages.

EDIT: Fear not everyone, Harold Ford is still very much alive! :oops: :oops:

Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:17 am
by GenFusha
Helluva lot of important deaths this year. Steve Irwin's made me the saddest, and Saddam's was the most surprising.

Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:20 am
by Liu Yuante
DAv wrote:Wilson Pickett died this year. And did Peter Boyle play the father?

Oh no, Wilson Pickett died? That sucks. "Mustang Sally" and "Land of 1000 Dances" are all-time classics.


Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:15 am
by Adam
Joseph Barbera, half of the animation team Hanna and Barbera that made shows like Yogi Bear, The Flintstones and the Jetsons to name a few.
and Jack Palance...nothing real important to say about him though.

Edit: Oh and Peter Boyle is the dad on Raymond.

Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:26 pm
by Sam
Arthur Lee, the late frontman of Love, passed away earlier this year. One of my favourite songwriters, his death hit me pretty hard when I heard of it. And even worse, I wrote an obituary on him earlier in the year as part of my degree, which naturally led me to believe I was a direct influence on his fate.

Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:28 am
by Kong Wen
DynastyWarriors6 wrote:It's been on the news that last 4 hours so I made a thread for her. The sad thing is the baby she had still needs to be DNA tested.

Here's CNN take: ... bit.smith/

Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:26 am
by Tigger of Kai
Confession: I used to watch Anna Nicole's TV show. I dunno, I'll watch anything, if it has a good theme song.