Adam Yauch

May 4, 2012: Adam Yauch, 47, singer and songwriter with US punk/hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, of cancer. Sometimes working as Nathanial Hörnblowér, he was a Buddhist who supported the Tibetan independence movement.
Links: Wikipedia; LA Times

Digby Wolfe

May 3, 2012: Digby Wolfe, 82, British-born Australian comedy writer and actor who co-created and wrote for Rowan and Martin's Laugh In and hosted the Australian version of This Is Your Life.
Link: Canberra Times

Edith Bliss

May 3, 2012: Edith Bliss, 53, Australian pop star and television host best known for her appearances on Wonder World and her 1970s hits If It's Love You Want and Heart Of Stone.
Link: Telegraph

Jack Gerson

April 29, 2012: Jack Gerson, 83, Scottish author and television screenwriter who wrote for the popular police procedural series Z Cars, as well as The Omega Factor, This Man Craig and Sutherland’s Law.
Link: Scotsman

George Murdock

April 30: George Murdock, 81, US character actor who played in television series including Barney Miller, Bonanza, Ironside, Battlestar Galactica, Night Court, The X-Files and Law & Order, and played God in the film Star Trek: The Final Frontier.
Link: LA Times

Patricia Medina

April 28, 2012: Patricia Medina, 92, British-born Hollywood leading lady of the 1950s. Her films included Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Plunder of the Sun, Botany Bay, Phantom of the Rue Morgue and Fortunes of Captain Blood.She married actor Joseph Cotten in 1960.
Link: LA Times

Fumihiko Nakatsu

April 24, 2012: Fumihiko Nakatsu, 70, Japanese novelist.
Link: Indie Bookspot

Charles Higham

April 21, 2012: Charles Higham, 81, British-born, US-based writer and celebrity biographer among whose many works were controversial books claiming Errol Flynn was a Nazi spy and that Cary Grant as a wife-beating closeted homosexual.
Link: LA Times

Levon Helm

April 19, 2012; Levon Helm, 71, US musician and actor who was the drummer with The Band.
Link: Wikipedia

Greg Ham

April 19, 2012: Greg Ham, 58, flautist with Australian pop band Men at Work. He also appeared on the short-lived 1980s TV comedy While You're Down There.
Link: Age.

Dick Clark

April 18, 2012: Dick Clark, 82, US television star, entertainment entrepreneur and pop-culture icon. He hosted Bandstand in the 1950s and hosted the annual New Year's Eve celebrations from New York for decades.
Link: USA Today

Thomas Kinkade

April 6, 2012: Thomas Kinkade, 54, US painter whose works were popular with everyday Americans but not with the critics and art establishment who questioned the way he commercialised his talent.
Link: Wikipedia

Barney McKenna

April 5, 2012: Barney McKenna, 72, Irish musician, the last surviving member of The Dubliners. Their hits included Seven Drunken Nights, Black Velvet Band and The Wild Rover.
Link: Telegraph

Jim Marshall

April 5, 2012: Jim Marshall, 88, British drummer who created the Marshall amplifier, which has become a staple piece of equipment for rock bands. He was known as the "Father of Loud" and his early customers included Ritchie Blackmore and Pete Townshend.
Links: Guardian

Jimmy Little

April 2, 2012: Jimmy Little, 75, indigenous Australian musician. His biggest hit was 1963's Royal Telephone. He suffered kidney failure and set up the Jimmy Little Foundation to support health programs for Aborigines.
Link: Noise11

Earl Scruggs

March 28, 2012: Earl Scruggs, 88, US bluegrass banjo player best remembered for the theme to 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, which he performed with Lester Flatt. His picking style influenced many other musicians, and he performed alongside artists including Sting, Dwight Yoakam and Elton John
Link: LA Times

Garry Walberg

March 27, 2012: Garry Walberg, 90, US character actor best known for playing the homicide detective in the TV series Quincy ME. He also appeared in the first episode of cult classic The Twilight Zone.
Link: Wikipedia

Michael Hossack

March 12, 2012: Michael Hossack, 65, drummer with US band the Doobie Brothers, of cancer.
Link: Wikipedia

Ian Turpie

March 11, 2012: Ian Turpie, 68, Australian entertainer. Known affectionately as "Turps", he hosted music and game shows in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and continued to perform on stage and screen until his death, often in self-parodying roles.
Link: Official website; Wikipedia

Robert B. Sherman

March 5, 2012: Robert B. Sherman, 86, US songwriter who, with his brother Richard, wrote songs for Disney films including Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and The Aristocats, and for the UA musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Link: LA Times

Philip Madoc

March 5, 2012: Philip Madoc, 77, Welsh actor who appeared in TV shows including Doctor Who, The Life And Times of David Lloyd George, Dad's Army and The Last Of The Mohicans.
Link: Telegraph

Davy Jones

February 29, 2012: Davy Jones, 66, British singer and actor, of a heart attack. After appearing in Coronation Street and Z Cars, and training briefly as a jockey, he gained global fame as lead singer of the "pre-fab four" The Monkees, a US pop group created for a television show. Their hits included Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer and Daydream Believer.
Link: BBC

Jan Berenstain

February 24, 2012: Jan Berenstain, 88, US author and illustrator who, with her husband Stan, created children's characters including the Berenstain Bears.
Link:" Brisbane Times

Frank Carson

February 22, 2012: Frank Carson, 85, Belfast-born comedian who was a popular figure on the stage and small screen in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Link: BBC

Steve Kordek

February 19, 2012: Steve Kordek, 100, US engineer whose designs revolutionised pinball machines. His ideas included the use of two flippers at the bottom of the table, drop targets and multiball play.
Link: LA Times

Elyse Knox

February 16, 2012: Elyse Knox, 94, US B-grade film actress whose best-known film was 1949's The Mummy's Tomb with Lon Chaney Jr.
Link: LA Times

Clive Shakespeare

February 15, 2012: Clive Shakespeare, 62, British-born musician and songwriter with the 1970s chart-topping Australian band Sherbet, of cancer.
Link: Herald Sun

David Kelly

February 12, 2012: David Kelly, 82, Irish actor best known for his roles in the films Waking Ned, Stardust and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and, on television, as O'Reilly the builder in Fawlty Towers and Albert the one-armed dishwasher in Robin's Nest.
Links: BBC; imdb

Whitney Houston

February 11, 2012: Whitney Houston, 48, US singer who had sold more than 170 million albums and won multiple Grammy awards. She also starred in the hit film The Bodyguard.
Link: Wikipdedia

Ben Gazzara

February 3, 2012: Ben Gazzara, 81, US stage and screen actor most famous for his collaborations with film director John Cassavetes. His work included the TV series Run for Your Life, and the films Husbands, If It's Tuesday It Must Be Belgium, and Anatomy of a Murder.
Link: NY Times

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