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      The Official 2017 Eulogy Thread.



      In the hopes of not having 100 threads for each and every passing, and in the hopes of not taxing mods with having to move 100 different threads to be lost in other forums, I thought maybe we could discuss those lost (loved or not) in 2017 in one place. I'm hoping this thread will be very short.

      RIP, you will all be missed by someone.


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      January 2 - Richard Machowicz

      I watched a bunch of those Future Weapon shows. Dude was only 51.



      http://www.legacy.com/news/celebrity...wicz-1965-2017

      Richard "Mack" Machowicz, a former Navy SEAL who hosted the Discovery Channel and Military Channel show "Future Weapons," died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, of brain cancer. He was 51.

      Machowicz, who also hosted the show "Deadly Warrior" in 2011, received the cancer diagnosis in 2015.

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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaths_in_2017#January

      Man... lots of great people already.

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      Quote Originally Posted by coderedcomputing View Post
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaths_in_2017#January

      Man... lots of great people already.
      Man, I missed Jean Vuarnet

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38491589



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      This is going to be the most depressing thread ever.
      Easy like Sunday Morning.

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      Quote Originally Posted by GruuvenNorth View Post
      This is going to be the most depressing thread ever.
      Not necessarily....
      http://www.ibtimes.com/charles-manso...ns-bad-2472195

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      ...and hell if we're putting dead whales on the list, then



      Just dropped on Sunday.

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      Quote Originally Posted by coderedcomputing View Post
      RIP Jimmy. 73 was really old for a professional wrestler.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.2947005

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      Larry Steinbachek from Bronski Beat lost the battle with cancer and passed away.
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      Interesting obituary: Clare Hollingworth, 105, the reporter who broke the news of WWII.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/b...tionfront&_r=0


      Driving alone on the road from Gleiwitz, then in Germany, to Katowice, in Poland — a distance of less than 20 miles — she watched as the wind lifted a piece of the tarpaulin that had been erected on the German side to screen the valley below from view.

      Through the opening, Ms. Hollingworth saw, she later wrote, “large numbers of troops, literally hundreds of tanks, armored cars and field guns” concealed in the valley.

      She knew then that Germany was poised for a major military incursion. Hastening back across the border to the Polish side, she telephoned her editor with the news, a world exclusive.

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      Quote Originally Posted by coderedcomputing View Post
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      Man... lots of great people already.
      Wait... Om Puri is dead?

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      Zhou Youguang, 111, Chinese linguist and supercentenarian


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      Astronaut Eugene Cernan, Last Man to Walk on the Moon, died Jan 16 at 82.





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      Miguel Ferrer, cousin of George Clooney and star of Robocop and NCIS, dies of throat cancer at 61.


      http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/t...s-61/96798040/

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      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      Miguel Ferrer, cousin of George Clooney and star of Robocop and NCIS, dies of throat cancer at 61.


      http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/t...s-61/96798040/
      Because of Robocop he was one of those character actors I always hated automatically.
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      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      Because of Robocop he was one of those character actors I always hated automatically.
      Same guy?

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      We need a eulogy for America/Democracy/what have you...now that Dear Leader Orange has taken over

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      Quote Originally Posted by caliatenza View Post
      We need a eulogy for America/Democracy/what have you...now that Dear Leader Orange has taken over
      I LOATH that guy. But take it to the politics thread.
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      Mary Tyler no Moore 1936-2017

      She was 80

      http://www.startribune.com/minnesota...-80/411785236/

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      The wig scene in the DVD show is classic.

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      Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers Band Drummer and Co-Founder, Dead at 69

      Butch Trucks, one of the Allman Brothers Band's founding drummers, died Tuesday evening in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 69. Page Stallings, Trucks' booking agent, confirmed the veteran musician's death to Rolling Stone, but said a cause of death is currently unknown.


      "The Trucks and Allman Brothers Band families request all of Butch's friends and fans to please respect our privacy at this time of sadness for our loss," Trucks' rep said in a statement. "Butch will play on in our hearts forever."

      "I'm heartbroken," Gregg Allman said in a statement. "I've lost another brother and it hurts beyond words. Butch and I knew each other since we were teenagers and we were bandmates for over 45 years. He was a great man and a great drummer and I'm going to miss him forever. Rest In Peace Brother Butch."

      "Today we lost a Brother and the music world lost a great, innovative drummer and part of rock history," Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes said in a statement. "I am truly honored to have played music and shared life with Butch for over 25 years. It is a sad day indeed."

      Alongside drummer and percussionist Jai "Jaimoe" Johnny Johanson, Trucks helped lay the swinging foundation for southern-rock drumming. Jamoe once asked Duane Allman why he wanted two drummers in the group, according to the Allman Brothers biography One Way Out, and the guitarist referenced Otis Redding and James Brown's dual-drummer bands.

      "Jaimoe was a real good drummer, but more of a pocket guy … he wasn't really able to handle the power," Allman Brothers guitarist Dicky Betts said in the book. "We needed Butch, who had that drive and strength, freight train, meat-and-potatoes thing. It set Jaimoe up perfectly." Although Jaimoe left and returned to the group in the Eighties, Trucks provided a constant beat throughout the band's lifespan.

      Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks was born in Jacksonville, Florida on May 11th, 1947. He started playing drums in the eighth grade and joined Jacksonville's Englewood High School band, according to Skydog: The Duane Allman Story. His parents were strict Baptists and refused to buy him a drum kit of his own until 11th grade when he promised never to play in an establishment that served liquor. Before graduating high school, he played in two bands – the Vikings and the Echoes – as well as the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Jacksonville Symphonette, where he played tympani. He went on to attend Florida State University where, he once said, he "majored in staying out of Vietnam," and formed a group called the Bitter Ind.

      It was at a Bitter Ind. gig in Daytona Beach where Trucks first encountered Gregg and Duane Allman. The latter would later call Trucks and ask him to play drums at a gig. Almost three years later, they would form the Allman Brothers Band.

      The group issued its self-titled debut in 1969, but it stalled on the lower half of the Billboard 200 despite the presence of "Whipping Post," a song that would later become a classic-rock staple. The Allmans went on to issue albums at a quick pace and scored their first hit with 1971's At Fillmore East, a double-live LP recorded at the fabled New York City venue. It went platinum and heralded a streak of popularity for the band, which included the albums Eat a Peach (1972, released after Duane Allman's death the prior year), Brothers and Sisters (1973, a Number One album), Win, Lose or Draw (1975) and Enlightened Rogues (1979, their last Top 10 full-length). They would go on to issue several more studio, live and archival LPs through last year.

      Although the group had numerous hit songs in the middle of the Hot 100, only 1973's "Ramblin' Man," off Brothers and Sisters, made it into the upper echelons, peaking at Number Two. Instead of gearing toward writing hits, the Allmans established themselves as a live force.

      It was onstage, where the group's ability to meld into one unit – when they were "hitting the note," to use a phrase they said often in the Seventies – was best on display. "Hittin' the note is reaching that point where you can't do any wrong," Trucks once said, according to Skydog. "With us, when we're playing music, it's where the brain goes away and the body just does what it's supposed to do, and there's no thought and there's no question, and no matter what you do, it's right. It's getting to that spiritual level where the communication is total, but it's not mental."

      The Allmans broke up and re-formed three times in the ensuing decades, and when they reunited a final time – for a stretch that lasted 1999 to 2014 – they brought in Trucks' nephew Derek to play guitar.

      After the group's breakup, Butch played gigs under his own name and formed a new group, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band. The group had shows already booked for this spring, though Butch would play what would be his last show on January 6th.

      In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Trucks reflected on the Allman Brothers Band's unexpected status as headliners. "We were in another universe," he said. "We were out spreading the gospel of this music we had discovered. We never thought that we would be more than an opening act. Atlantic Records was riding our ass constantly to get Gregg out from behind the organ, stick a salami down his pants and jump around the stage like Robert Plant. We told them to go **** themselves. 'We're playing this for ourselves. We've tried it your way before. We didn't make any money and we had a miserable time.'

      "[By the time of the Fillmore East show], we decided, 'OK, we don't care if we don't make any money. We're having the time of our lives,'" he continued. "Little by little, people started understanding what we were doing. But it had to start with us. Once the crowd got in and we could feed on their energy, we'd feed it back to them."

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      John Hurt, 'Harry Potter' and 'The Elephant Man' actor, dies aged 77



      http://www.9news.com.au/entertainmen...t-dies-aged-77

      Hurt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, the same year he was awarded a knighthood for his services to drama.

      Hurt, whose career spanned six decades, worked extensively in both his native UK and in Hollywood.

      His credits included The Elephant Man, the sci-fi classic Alien, Australian film The Proposition, recent Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie, and a host of television and stage roles.

      He also played Mr Ollivander in the film adaptations of the Harry Potter novels.

      Hurt's portrayal of John Merrick, a disfigured but sensitive man in 19th century London, in The Elephant Man earned him an Academy Award nomination for best actor.

      Another of his most famous scenes was in Ridley Scott's Alien, in which a creature bursts from his character's chest.

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      ‘Mannix’ Star Mike Connors Dies at 91

      LOS ANGELES — Mike Connors, who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series "Mannix," has died. He was 91.

      The actor died surrounded by family Thursday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital from complications of leukemia that had been diagnosed a week earlier, said his son-in-law, Mike Condon.

      "Mannix" ran for eight years on CBS beginning in 1967. Viewers were intrigued by the tall, smartly dressed, well-spoken detective who could mix it up with the burliest of thugs and leap on the hood of a racing car to prevent an escape. Episodes normally climaxed with a brawl that left the culprits bruised and beaten.


      "Up until Mannix, most private investigators were hard-nosed, cynical guys who lived in a seedy area and had no emotions," Connors theorized in 1997. "Mannix got emotionally involved. He was not above being taken advantage of."

      In the first season, Joe Mannix was a self-employed Los Angeles private investigator hired by a firm that used computers and high-tech equipment to uncover crime. The ratings were lukewarm. Connors feared the series would be canceled but it was produced by Lucille Ball's Desilu studio, and CBS was reluctant to antagonize its biggest star.

      In the second season, Mannix opened his own office and combated low-lifes by himself. The ratings zoomed.

      When "Mannix" was revised the office acquired a secretary, played by African-American actress Gail Fisher.

      The network was concerned that affiliates in the South might object to her character but "there wasn't any kind of backlash," Connors recalled.

      Another highlight was the theme music by legendary screen composer Lalo Schifrin.

      Connors also starred in the TV series "Tightrope!" and "Today's FBI." Each lasted one season.

      His movie and TV career stretched from the 1950s to 2007, when he had a guest role on "Two and a Half Men."

      Connors made his film debut in 1952's "Sudden Fear," which starred Joan Crawford. Other films included "Island in the Sky," ''The Ten Commandments," and a remake of "Stagecoach."

      Connors, born Krekor Ohanian in 1925, was from an Armenian community in Fresno. He served in the Air Force during World War II and played basketball at the University of California, Los Angeles.

      After graduation he studied law for two years but his good looks and imposing presence attracted him to acting. In an era when film actors were given names like Tab and Rock, he appeared as Touch Connors — "Touch" being his basketball nickname. He later changed it to Michael and finally, Mike.

      Connors and his wife, Mary Lou, were married in 1949 and had two children: a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Dana. Their son, beset by hallucinations starting in his teens, was diagnosed with schizophrenia and before his death lived in a small residential care facility. Connors and his wife championed efforts to erase the stigma of mental illness.

      In addition to his wife, daughter and son-in-law, Connors is survived by a granddaughter, Cooper Wills.


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