Rest In Peace: The R.I.P. Thread

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This is true: I had a Lady Penelope doll which came with a hole between 2 of her fingers and a cigarette in a long holder to slot into it. :rolleyes:

I love the idea of the doll. Could you see them doing that now? :D

And playing Fay? If I got to wear that dress I'd not mind :)
 

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Blair Witch Death

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/3575590.stm
Neal Fredericks, the cinematographer of the hit horror movie The Blair Witch Project, has died in a plane crash while shooting an independent film.
The 35-year-old was filming aerial shots when the accident happened in the Florida Keys on Saturday.

Director Daniel Zirilli survived the crash along with a co-producer, a first camera assistant and the pilot.

He said Fredericks was unable to free himself from a safety harness before the plane was submerged in water.

Although Fredericks was best known for The Blair Witch Project, he had worked on up to 30 independent films, including Ryan Schifrin's Abominable.

He was born in California and went on to study film-making at the University of Baltimore, where he met the people with whom he worked on The Blair Witch Project.
The Poltergeist-curse like theories start here.
 

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So farewell then Russ Meyer

Russ Meyer, skin-flick auteur, dies aged 82

http://film.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,12589,1310250,00.html?gusrc=ticker-103704

Xan Brooks
Wednesday September 22, 2004


Russ Meyer in 1969: 'Please don't put me in some museum'.

Russ Meyer, the self-styled "king of the nudies", has died at his home in the
Hollywood hills. He was 82 and had been suffering from dementia and
complications following pneumonia.
A one-man film industry, Meyer wrote, directed, produced and edited some 23
features, starting with his censor-baiting debut The Immoral Mr Teas in 1959 and continuing through to Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens in 1979. Fans fondly remember such cult 1960s offerings as Mudhoney, Vixen and Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

No one could ever mistake a Meyer film as the work of anyone else. His B-movies featured cartoonish plots containing rambunctious dollops of sex and violence, and came packed to the rafters with imposing, full-breasted women. Defending his work against accusations of sexism, Meyer described these heroines as "take-charge women, the type of women I like".

In 1970 Meyer made a rare foray into the Hollywood mainstream when he directed Beyond the Valley of the Dolls for 20th-Century Fox. In later years he would remember this as his career high point. "That's the best film I ever made," he said. "Don't talk to me about art and all that crap. That movie made me a ton of money."

Dismissed for years as a disreputable peddler of soft porn, Meyer was belatedly embraced by the artistic establishment and hailed as an American auteur. His films were purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, and he was the subject of
retrospectives at the American Cinematheque and the National Film Theatre in London. But, awkward to the last, Meyer appeared uncomfortable with his role as a revered older statesman. "Don't ever call me a cult film-maker, and don't put me in some museum" he pleaded. "My films are ever-living. They'll go on and on. They aren't ever going to die."

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Blimey! I didn't know that. I really must keep abreast of the news.:)
 

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Christopher Reeve

Just heard on the Beeb that he passed away last night, having lapsed into a coma.

Very sad. He seemed a genuinely decent bloke.

Course, the "Curse of Superman" stuff will start doing the rounds again imminently :rolleyes:..

[edit]Link from the BBC
Actor Christopher Reeve has died after going into a coma at his New York home, his publicist Wesley Combs has said. The 52-year-old had been suffering from an infection as a result of a pressure wound and died on Sunday, Mr Combs told the Associated Press news agency.

Reeve, who became famous for starring in the Superman films in the 1970s and 80s, was paralysed in a riding accident nine years ago.

He had become an advocate for spinal cord injury research.
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Sorry to hear about Christopher Reeve, but I was a little off put by his arrogance regarding his disability. The way he talked about it sometimes made it sound like no-one had taken it seriously until his accident.

Still, I'd like to think that his type of injury will be curable in the near future.

Anyway, it was a shame what happened to him, and I am sorry to hear about his death.

I'm probably reading too much into some of his statements, anyway.
 
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Such a big big shame about Christopher Reeve. He was such a handsome guy and perfect for the Superman parts. How fragile our lives are.... Very sad.... :(
 
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Sorry to hear about Christopher Reeve, but I was a little off put by his arrogance regarding his disability. The way he talked about it sometimes made it sound like no-one had taken it seriously until his accident.

Still, I'd like to think that his type of injury will be curable in the near future.

Anyway, it was a shame what happened to him, and I am sorry to hear about his death.

I'm probably reading too much into some of his statements, anyway.

TBH, he did have a point. Until there was a 'Name' with the problem spinal injuries were almost a side line in research for both staff and funding. Also, in many US hospitals, prior to massive publicity on the back of his accident, spinal injuries were regarded as 'no hopers' and frequently left as 'low priorities'. The Reeve Foundation improved the lot of many if not most spinal injury sufferers, both past and present. Their research has meant many people who would once have been write-offs now have a life (at least with bladder and bowel control, if not full mobility). Without the publicity of the man, and the foundation he set up pulling the research together, and eliminating some of the prima-donnas along the way, we'd probably still be waiting!

So, yes, he was 'arrogant'. But when you HAVE made a wide ranging change to a bad system, is it 'Arrogance'? To me 'arrogance' is pride in something you haven't achieved. With a less charismatic man, less would have been done.

As I posted about a lady I met once, briefly, making a global change is something not to be sniffed at. After all, what have I achieved in 40 years I've had to date? Or any of us, in a span that is not curtailed?
 

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:sob: RIP Christopher Reeve, I had such a crush on him when I was a kid, he never did loose that killer smile ...
 
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BBC Cult: Ivor Wood dies
22 October 2004

The Magic Roundabout animator has died aged 72.

Ivor Wood, who was half-French, joined forces with Serge Danot in 1963 to make Le Manege Enchant, which was renamed The Magic Roundabout when it was redubbed for the BBC.

The series was a huge hit and went on to be sold to 68 countries.

Further success followed in 1973 when he adapted The Wombles, based on the books by Elisabeth Beresford, for television.

These and other programmes such as Paddington and Postman Pat continue to delight viewers to this day.
 

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thats not fair :(
 

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So it was his fault?

And was his name really "Ivor Wood"?
Can you say Nominative Determinism?

If he did Postman Pat, I take it he also did Fireman Sam since they're basically the same. Except in Welsh.

The Original Wombles and Paddington Bear (and The Magic Roundabout) were a significant aspect of my childhood. They should show the originals of both in tribute. (Rather than that new Wombles thing that's utter crap.)
 

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A few belated farewells here.

Firstly I'd like to take this chance to honour the memory of Quorthon from legendary metal band Bathory who passed away a few months ago due to a heart failure at the age of 39. He, along with the band Venom, practically invented Black Metal and Viking Metal and influenced countless numbers of other bands around the globe. He was an enigmatic fellow who never played a live show and liked to keep to himself, but those who met him attested to him being a top bloke. It's a shame that his life was cut so tragically short, after his band had been going strong for 21 years. So rest in peace, Quorthon, time to now party in Valhalla.

Also RIP Valfar from the band Windir, who ended up freezing to death in a Norwegian snowstorm and RIP Teemu Raimoranta from Finnish bands Finntroll and Impaled Nazarene, who fell off a bridge whilst drunk. At least he had a true rock n roll death ;)
 
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John Balance from COIL R.I.P.

I'm in total shock...

from http://www.thresholdhouse.com

We are greatly saddened to have to you that at about 5.30 pm Saturday Nov 13th, Jhonn Balance, was killed in an accident at home.


Under the influence of alcohol he fell from the first floor landing, hitting his head on the floor some 15ft below.


Peter/Sleazy who was in the front room heard the noise, came out investigate and found him unconscious, though still breathing.


Balance was rushed to hospital, where his condition deteriorated, and he died soon after, without ever regaining consciousness.


There is no suggestion that this event was in any way deliberate, in fact, anything other than a tragic accident.


Unusually, Balance had been cheerfull during the day, and was looking forward to seeing Ian at the weekend, and working on new recordings this week.


* * *


Our awareness that physical death is not an end, but mearly a transition to a whole different part of existence, a new adventure, should by now be clear to everyone.


Jhonn has simply crossed over the Threshold...


As Thomas Olson wrote this morning: "Listening to some Coil songs now, and they are all sounding to me now as if they were written for this moment...."


Nevertheless the parting will be hard for us all. Fortunately there is much to be done that will keep us busy in the next few difficult weeks.


When we have more details we will post them."
 

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The All-New RIP Thread

Bob Haney, Silver Age comics writer extraordinary, passed away.

http://newsarama.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=22847

BOB HANEY DIES
It has been learned that comics legend Bob Haney died on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th. He was 78 years old.

Haney died at a nursing/hospice facility in El Cajon, CA where he was hospitalized following a stroke that had robbed him of his ability to speak or recognize people. Complications from the stroke were the cause of his death.

Haney was one of the great Silver Age comics writers, landing at DC in the mid-50s, where he soon came to write virtually every comic DC published at one time or another. Haney was the co-creator of the original Teen Titans, Metamorpho, Eclipso, Doom Patrol, and an array of other characters, including Sgt. Rock. Together with other writers of the era, Haney tried unsuccessfully to unionize talent at DC in the late '60s.

Haney worked at DC through the mid-80s, and in animation as well, eventually retiring to San Felipe in Baja, Mexico. Most recently, Haney wrote Teen Titans Swingin' Elseworlds, which was illustrated by Jay Stephens, and inked and colored by Mike and Laura Allred. The book was canceled by DC in August of 2003, and has not yet seen print from, or been rescheduled by DC Comics.
 

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Kelly Freas, famous sci-fi illustrator, passed away....

http://www.kellyfreas.com/frameset_default.htm

OFFICIAL FRANK KELLY FREAS WEBSITE

Welcome to the world of Frank Kelly Freas, eleven-time Hugo Award-winning illustrator of book and magazine cover and interior art for science fiction, fantasy, NASA space program, record albums, advertising, and MAD Magazine.
Latest news:

It is with the deepest regret that we report that Kelly departed this world peacefully in his sleep at 4:46 a.m. January 2, 2005.
For those in the Los Angeles area, who wish to pay respects: the following events will happen Monday, January 3, 2005:

Kelly's Service:
Gates, Kingsley & Gates Priswater Mortuary
6909 Canoga Avenue
Caoga Park CA phone 818-348-3354
time: 1:00 pm

Kelly's Burial:
time: 2 pm
Oakwood Memorial Park
22601 Lassen St
Chatsworth CA
818-341-0344

For those who wish to send food to Freas' house:
Call Brent's Deli and ask them to deliver to the Freas' house [they know
where it is]
19565 Parthenia
Northridge, CA
818-886-5679

The Kelly Freas Memorial will take place on Sunday, January 9, 2005 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with light reception to follow:

Church of Scientology Celebrity Center and Manor Hotel
5930 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, CA
Phone: (323) 960-3100
Enter on Branson St., first ramp south of Franklin Avenue,
Valet parking will be provided.
 

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Officer Who Nabbed Lee Harvey Oswald Dies

Nick McDonald, Officer Who Arrested Lee Harvey Oswald After JFK's Shooting, Dies at 76


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. Jan 27, 2005 — Nick McDonald, a former policeman who arrested Lee Harvey Oswald at a Dallas movie theater after President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, died Thursday. He was 76.

McDonald arrived at Dallas' Dealey Plaza moments after Kennedy was shot on Nov. 22, 1963. Later that day, he searched the Texas Theater and helped make the historic arrest, grappling with the man suspected of shooting Kennedy after Oswald pulled a gun.

By then, Oswald already had shot another Dallas officer dead in a confrontation.

"He made a fist and bam, hit me right between the eyes," McDonald recalled years afterward. "Knocked my hat off. I came back and hit him."

McDonald died at a local hospital of complications from diabetes, said his wife, Rose.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/4282865.stm
Hunter S Thompson commits suicide
Hunter S Thompson, the American counterculture writer, has been found dead at his home in Colorado.
Police said the 67-year-old shot himself. His body was found by his son.

He is best-known for his 1972 account of a drug-addled Nevada trip, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Other books are Hells Angels and Generation of Swine.

He pioneered "gonzo journalism", a factual style in which the writer was an essential part of the story, and was an acute observer of American life.

Decadence and depravity

In a statement to the Aspen Daily News, Thompson's son, Juan, said: "Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family."

The writer was known for his observations on the decadence and depravity of American life.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas became a psychedelic classic, telling the story of Thompson's drug-hazed road trip across the western US in search of the American Dream.


The story was eventually made into a movie starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro.

Thompson also wrote the satire Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72.

"Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairytale artist," he told Associated Press news agency in 2003.

"You have to get your knowledge of life from somewhere. You have to know the material you're writing about before you alter it."

The writer's first ever novel, The Rum Diary, written in 1959, was only published in 1998.

His most recent work was Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness, a collection of his columns.

Tricia Louthis, spokeswoman for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, said it appeared the writer had committed suicide.

"We do have confirmation that Hunter Thompson was found dead this evening of an apparent self-inflicted wound," she said. [/url]
 
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Hunter S Thompson .. dam must say i didnt "like" him or his journalisum, but its rare than a new way of looking comes along.. sad.
 

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I can highly recommend Where Buffalo Roam starring Bill Murray as Thompson - incredibly endearing film of the presidential race of Nixon as seen through the eyes of a less-than-serious journalist.
 

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Just saw this. There's someone who fit vaguely in my pantheon of "personal heroes" when I was (much, much) younger. From most all accounts a real **** in real-life, mostly, but for 5-8 years there one of the best chroniclers of the 60s/70s era. Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail remains one of the best first-hand insider/outsider accounts of a presidential campaign (NOT what I would classify strictly as a satire, despite the obit.) Am slightly surprised, given his lifestyle, he made it 67.
 
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somhow i expected him to go from drugs etc... not this way...maybe he had health issues?
 

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From his pesudo autobiography Kingdom of Fear he always seemed a man with plenty of friends and pretty much on top of the world. Very very sad. :cry:

I wonder with his propensity for firearms if this might have been an accident?
 

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sidecar_jon said:
somhow i expected him to go from drugs etc... not this way...maybe he had health issues?

Heckler said:
From his pesudo autobiography Kingdom of Fear he always seemed a man with plenty of friends and pretty much on top of the world. Very very sad. :cry:

I wonder with his propensity for firearms if this might have been an accident?

No evidence yet but for a man with fire in his blood the ravages of age can be harder than any battles or struggles.

Perhaps an ilness came along and he wanted to leave on his own terms. Who knows? Perhaps he wanted an authentic exit to a sculpted life a la Hemmingway. Whatever the case is i lament his passing. I've much of his writing here and it's vivid, sharp and refreshing.
 
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a journalist who threw away any pretext of objectivity and fully launched himself into the story... i sopose paveing the way for other (maybe better journaists)..
 
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