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Jim Dickinson

August 15: Jim Dickinson, 67, US musician who played with some of the rock'n'roll greats.
Links: Newsday

Willy DeVille

August 6, 2009: Willy DeVille, 58, US punk rocker and founder of 70s band Mink Deville, of pancreatic cancer. His work in more recent times was influenced by New Oreleans soul and R&B artists, and by French artists including Edith Piaf.
Links: EW

Merce Cunningham

July 27, 2009: Merce Cunningham, 90, US choreographer whose work revolutionised modern dance in a career spanning more than 60 years.
Links: CNN

Ross Coleman

July 27, 2009: Ross Coleman, 60, Australian dancer and choreographer who starred as Paul in the original Australian production of A Chorus Line and went on to choreograph shows including Grease, The Rocky Horror Show and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Links: Aussie Theatre

Alexis Cohen

July 25, 2009: Alexis Cohen, 25, American Idol contender whose colourful antics made her popular with audiences, in a car accident.
Links: EW

Walter Cronkite

July 17, 2009: Walter Cronkite, 92, US broadcaster and journalist who read the news for the CBS network for decades, interviewed the powerful and famous, and in the 1970s was voted "the most trusted man in America".
Links: CBS

Edward Downes

July 13, 2009: Sir Edward Downes, 85, British conductor, of assisted suicide in Switzerland along with his choreographer wife Joan, 74. As director of the Australian Opera in 1973, Downes was the first to conduct at the Sydney Opera House. He was also renowned as an expert on the composer Verdi, wroked extensively with the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Opera and was knighted in 1991.
Links: Guardian

Frank Devine

July 3, 2009: Frank Devine, 77, New Zealand-born Australian journalist who became editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Post and The Australian, and in recent years was an acclaimed conservative columnist.
Links: The Australian

David Carradine

June 3, 2009: David Carradine, 72, US actor best known as star of the 1970s television series Kung Fu. More recently, he played an assassin in the Quentin Tarrantino film Kill Bill. Thai police said the actor was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room with a rope around his neck.
Links: BBC

Millvina Dean

May 31, 2009: Millvina Dean, 97, the last survivor of the Titanic, which sank on April 15, 1912. She was nine weeks old at the time of the disaster, in which her father was one of the 1517 vicitms.
LInks: BBC

Dom DeLuise

May 4, 2009: Dom DeLuise, comedic US actor best known for his roles in the films Cannonball Run, Silent Movie, Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles. He also wrote cookbooks and children's books.
Links: CNN

Marilyn Chambers

April 12, 2009: Marilyn Chambers, 56, US porn actress, of suspected suicide.
Links: CNN

Blossom Dearie

February 7, 2009: Blossom Dearie, 82, American singer-songwirter born Marguerite Blossom Dearie. She sang jazz and formed her own group in Paris in the 1950s, and performed with the likes of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Her repertoire extended to warm parody songs, and she launched her own record label, Daffodil, in the 1970s.
Links: Telegraph

Jack Douglas

December 18, 2008: Jack Douglas, 81, British comedian best known for his roles in eight of the Carry On comedy films. He was also a star of the children's show Crackerjack.
Links: The Sun

Michael Crichton

November 4, 2008: Michael Crichton, 66, American author who wrote Jurassic Park and created the TV series E.R., of cancer.
Links: Times

Gerard Damiano

October 25, 2008: Gerard Damiano, 80, US director of Deep Throat, the first pornographic film to have mainstream cinema success. It also lent its name to the whistleblower in the real-life Watergate crisis.
Links: CNN

Guillaume Depardieu

October 13, 2008: Guillaume Depardieu, 37, French actor, and son of cinema great Gerard Depardieu, of acute pneumonia.
Links: Guardian

Ken Campbell

August 31, 2008: Ken Campbell, 66, British writer, actor producer and improvisational theatre. His Ken Campbell Roadshow in the 1970s launched the careers of Bob Hoskins and Sylvester McCoy, and he was well known for his epic shows with the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool. He also hosted TV programs including Brainspotting and Reality on the Rocks.
Links: Guardian

Les Crane

July 13, 2008: Les Crane, 84, US broadcaster who made the transition from radio to television in the 1960s, with a late-night talk show on the ABC network. He was the first American TV host to interview the Rolling Stones, and he won a Grammy for his 1971 spoken-word recording of the poem Desiderata.
Links: CNN

Gorge Carlin

June 22, 2008: George Carlin, 71, US comedian who caused controversy in the 1970s with his monologue Seven Words You Can't Say on Television.
Links: CNN

Cyd Charisse

June 17, 2008:Cyd Chariss, 86, dancer who moved from the Ballets Russe to starring roles in Hollywood. Her films included The Band Wagon, Singin' in the Rain and The Two of Us.
Links: Entertainment Weekly

Bo Diddley

June 2, 2008: Bo Diddley, 79, pioneering US rock'n'roller born Otha Ellas Bates. His hits included Who Do You Love, Roadrunner and Pretty Thing, and his guitar style influenced artists ranging from Buddy Holly and The Beatles to The Clash and U2.
Links: Guardian

Beryl Cook

May 28, 2008: Beryl Cook, 81, popular British artist best known for her cartoon-like paintings of ordinary people in everyday situations.
Links: Guardian

John Cargher

April 30, 2008: John Cargher, 89, Australian broadcaster who hosted the long-running Singers of Renown program on ABC Radio National. He died within a week of recording his last program and making the decision to retire.
Links: ABC

Tristram Cary

April 24, 2008: Tristram Cary, 82, British electronic music pioneer who designed instruments used by rock bands, wrote for Hollywood films, taught and composed the theme to science-fiction show Dr Who.
Links: Herald Sun

Hazel Court

April 15, 2008: Hazel Court, 82, English "scream queen" who starred in British and US horror films including The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, The Curse of Frankenstein and Devil Girl From Mars.
Links: LA Times

Jules Dassin

March 31, 2008: Jules Dassin, 96, US film director and activist who fled America during the McCarthyist witch-hunts and settled in Greece. His films included Naked City, Brute Force, Never on Sunday and Night in the City. He married Greek actress Melina Mercouri, who died in 1994, and took up her fight for the Elgin Marbles to be returned to Athens.
Links: Telegraph

Arthur C. Clarke

March 19, 2008: Arthur C. Clarke, 90, British science-ficton author who foresaw communication satellites and whose best-known work was the 1951 short story The Sentinel, which became the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. He lived in Sri Lanka since the 1950s.
Links: CNN

Ivan Dixon

March 16, 2008: Ivan Dixon, 76, American director and actor who starred as Kinchloe in the TV comedy Hogan's Heroes. He began his career on the stage and was Sidney Poitier's stunt double in the 1958 film The Defiant Ones.
Links: CNN

Smoky Dawson

February 13, 2008: Smoky Dawson, 94, Australian country music icon, born Herbert Henry Dawson. He rose to fame in the 1950s through his radio show, The Adventures of Smoky Dawson.
Links: The Australian

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