The R.I.P. Thread

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Some interesting tidbits:

"Cricket civilises people and creates good gentlemen," Mr Mugabe said several years after Zimbabwe became independent. " I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe."


As a boy, Robert Mugabe was said to be a "keen and good" tennis player. But when he lost he would throw his racket onto the ground.

You cannot be serious!

The late Zimbabwean politician Edgar Tekere told the BBC that Mr Mugabe wasn't keen on having Bob Marley perform at the independence celebrations in 1980. The prime-minister-in-waiting is said to have stated that British pop star Cliff Richard was much more to his taste.

Definitely an odd chap, Can you imagine Cliff Richards singing Congratulations at the Independence celebrations?
 

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"Can you imagine Cliff Richards singing Congratulations at the Independence celebrations"

Nah. It would have to be "Power to All Our Friends "(and a bullet in the head to our enemies).
 

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Carol Lynley has died at 77:
Obit (brief)

She specialised in fragile roles and forever seemed to be victimised, but IRL was a lot better balanced! Best known for the pathetic Nonny in The Poseidon Adventure, but a familiar face for decades. Bunny Lake is Missing is a cult thriller she starred in that's pretty darn good if you don't know the ending (surprised me as a teen!). RIP.
 

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Carol Lynley has died at 77:
Obit (brief)

She specialised in fragile roles and forever seemed to be victimised, but IRL was a lot better balanced! Best known for the pathetic Nonny in The Poseidon Adventure, but a familiar face for decades. Bunny Lake is Missing is a cult thriller she starred in that's pretty darn good if you don't know the ending (surprised me as a teen!). RIP.
Sad. She seemed like a very nice, together person. (And I kinda found her attractive when I hit puberty.)
 

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Sad. She seemed like a very nice, together person. (And I kinda found her attractive when I hit puberty.)
Yes, I was watching the extras on The Poseidon Adventure Blu-ray a few weeks ago, and you've described her perfectly. There's an audio commentary with Carol, Stella Stevens (who now has Alzheimer's, sadly) and Pamela Sue Martin (happily still alive) that I really should listen to.
 

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^ From his mrs
On Monday, Danny was taken tragically from us.
The Frawley family are devastated, but full of love and pride for a remarkable man who touched the lives of many.
To some he was known as an AFL footballer, coach and media figure; but to his wife Anita and their three daughters; Chelsea, Danielle and Keeley, Danny was a loving husband and a devoted dad. Danny adored his family.
One of six children, Danny was loved by his mother Shirley and late father Brian. He will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters Christine, Michael, Tony, Anne and Marita, who will have cherished memories of growing up with Danny on the farm in Bungaree.
The Frawley families are totally shocked and devastated by his passing, but Danny provided us with strength, good humour and unwavering support during his extraordinary life, memories which will be cherished and help us cope with his tragic death.
Danny made friends from all walks of life. He had a smile that would light up a room, an infectious laugh and an easy charm that made people feel good about themselves. He genuinely liked and cared about people and they loved him back.
Danny was to all who knew him a caring, loyal, selfless, loving person who would always put others first before himself. Aside from his work in football and media, he worked hard to use his profile to remove the stigma associated with depression and encouraged acceptance and support for those who suffered with mental health issues.
We would like to sincerely thank everyone for the outpouring of love and kindness at this time. We are overwhelmed by the messages of support following his death. We are humbled, proud and incredibly touched.
His legacy and love of his family will never be dimmed. Forever in our hearts.​
 

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I don't want to be overly mawkish, but we could do worse that wish that the 2,977 victims of the September 11 attacks, eighteen years ago today, rest in peace.

Similarly, the growing number who have passed away since from the physical and psychological effects of that day and the many grim days that followed deserve out faults.

And those who continue to suffer: I wish them peace and all the best they can get from their remaining days.

Remember.
 

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Singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston dies at 58:
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Some called him a great eccentric, he was certainly Fortean, but only because he was desperately ill with schizophrenia for much of his life. The obit above repeats the notorious account of him believing he was Casper the Friendly Ghost and crashing the plane he was in, almost killing himself and his father. I have very mixed feelings about the adulation he received, on one hand he had a channel for his madness and that would soothe him, on the other it might have encouraged it as well. A sad life. RIP.
 

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Singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston dies at 58:
Obit

Some called him a great eccentric, he was certainly Fortean, but only because he was desperately ill with schizophrenia for much of his life. The obit above repeats the notorious account of him believing he was Casper the Friendly Ghost and crashing the plane he was in, almost killing himself and his father. I have very mixed feelings about the adulation he received, on one hand he had a channel for his madness and that would soothe him, on the other it might have encouraged it as well. A sad life. RIP.
Not a major fan but Beck wouldn't have come up with his first 2 albums without Daniel.
 

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I really loved Daniel Johnston's songs, some great lyrics and such heartfelt performances. I'll admit the covers are easier to listen to though, check out 'The Late, Great Daniel Johnston' for some top tunes covered in a slightly less lo-fi way. The film The Devil and Daniel Johnston is an amazing documentary too.

I hope true love found him, RIP.
 
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RIP dave berman of silver jews, rare true genius, played some gigs and festivals alongside the joos, and did some hanging out in italian castles with them, berman a great character, who up close seemed to have been at deaths door for a decade, his poetry stands up too, RIP
An appreciation of Dave Berman.

The lead singer of the indie rock band Silver Jews, David Berman, died last month at fifty-two, a suicide in Brooklyn. While he might at first glance appear just another icon of Gen X, an embarrassing phrase back in the day that now seems accurate, Berman reflected that generation’s ironic, dark hunches about existence. As he put it in one song:

What if life is just some hard equation
On a chalkboard in a science class for ghosts?
You can live again,
But you’ll have to die twice in the end.
The Silver Jews’ most renowned albums, The Natural Bridge and American Water, were made during the 1990s, a decade when the shrug, albeit an ominous shrug, was a key artistic gesture. They also created other great works, Bright Flight and Starlite Walker among them. There was also Actual Air, Berman’s 1999 collection of poems that have the same passion for Americana, absurdism, and an everyday melancholy that marks his songs. When I reviewed that book twenty years ago, I wrote that it was full of “a gently self-deflationary nostalgia” and “simultaneously gothic and idyllic.” (“Back when we were interesting / we had sunsets with play sadness. / bird control units / and a new substitute for the upstairs.”)

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/09/12/david-berman-of-silver-jews-remembered/
 

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An appreciation of Dave Berman.

The lead singer of the indie rock band Silver Jews, David Berman, died last month at fifty-two, a suicide in Brooklyn. While he might at first glance appear just another icon of Gen X, an embarrassing phrase back in the day that now seems accurate, Berman reflected that generation’s ironic, dark hunches about existence. As he put it in one song:

What if life is just some hard equation
On a chalkboard in a science class for ghosts?
You can live again,
But you’ll have to die twice in the end.
The Silver Jews’ most renowned albums, The Natural Bridge and American Water, were made during the 1990s, a decade when the shrug, albeit an ominous shrug, was a key artistic gesture. They also created other great works, Bright Flight and Starlite Walker among them. There was also Actual Air, Berman’s 1999 collection of poems that have the same passion for Americana, absurdism, and an everyday melancholy that marks his songs. When I reviewed that book twenty years ago, I wrote that it was full of “a gently self-deflationary nostalgia” and “simultaneously gothic and idyllic.” (“Back when we were interesting / we had sunsets with play sadness. / bird control units / and a new substitute for the upstairs.”)

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/09/12/david-berman-of-silver-jews-remembered/
Yep I heard about this didn't post here as I didn't think anyone had heard of the guy.
 

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Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, found dead in New York

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York City, police said.

The New York Police Department received a call around 4 p.m. "for an unconscious male" at a townhouse on East 19th Street, the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information told CNN.
Ocasek, whose identity was confirmed by police, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Cars became hugely popular in the late 1970s and 80s with hits including "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Drive."
SOURCE: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/15/us/ric-ocasek-the-cars-lead-singer-death/index.html
 

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Not their own.

A good friend of mine is half-Rhodesian. He has said in the past that he was waiting for Mugabe to die before considering a trip 'home'.
A lot of my colleagues are white south Africans. They all went for a celebratory drink when Mugabe died. The man himself used to be seen shopping in Hong Kong because his daughter went to University here. There followed a whole saga because Grace Mugabe was apparently scammed on a property deal when building her daughter's student Mansion (certainly beats where I lived at uni)
 
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