According to its editor, the Guardian’s obituaries page is no longer able to fit in all the public figures who would have historically figured on the page because of the rise in high-profile deaths. The nature of fame and celebrity has changed radically in the past decade, with the rise in internet use and mobile devices such as smartphones, along with the plethora of television channels available.
And that is why I’ve a separate obits post for musicians here.
13. Giorgio Gomelsky, 81, “one of the more important non-musicians in rock history”
14. Alan Rickman, 69, a fine film and stage actor with a very distinctive voice.
22. Cecil Parkinson, 84, immoral Conservative party politician partly responsible for the mess the world is in today.
30. Frank Finlay, 89, stage and screen actor
31. Terry Wogan, 77, Irish/UK radio and TV host, “the intriguingly subversive national treasure”
–5. Roy Tomlinson. 74, email inventor (@)
–6. Nancy Reagan, 94, wife of former US president Ronald Reagan, initiated ‘War on Drugs’.
–9. (Sir) George Martin, 90, “The world’s most famous record producer.”
16. Cliff Michelmore, 96, pioneering TV presenter
17. Paul Daniels, 77, TV and stage magician
18. Barry Hines, 76, author and playwright.
“Many adults claim Kestrel For A Knave (filmed as Kes) as one of the few books they have read.”
24. Johan Cruyff, 68, legendary Dutch ‘architect of total football’.
29. Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman, 73, pianist, electrician and once a neighbour. (His hit)
31. Ronnie Corbett, 85, diminutive actor and comedian who was “a national treasure”
–9. Tony Conrad, 76, experimental film maker and musician.
“You don’t know who I am, but somehow, indirectly, you’ve been affected by things I did.”
–9. Howard ‘Mr Nice’ Marks, 79, writer, performer and former drug smuggler
Not a ‘friend’, but I was at a remarkable LSD party he had at his ‘finca’ on Ibiza in 1970/1.
12. (Sir) Arnold Wesker, 80, playwright.
20. Victoria Wood, 62, comedienne, actor, playright
20. Guy Hamilton, 93, film director (British action films, inc. early James Bond),
21. The artist known as Prince, 57.
Prince ‘gave’ this song to Sinead O’Connor
22. David Beresford, 68, award-winning Guardian reporter
–7. John Krish, 92, documentary film director (The Last London Tram +++)
24. Burt Kwouk, 85, actor (Cato in the Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies +)
30. Carla Lane, 87, scriptwriter (Liver Birds, Butterflies ++)
–3. Muhammad Ali, 74, the charismatic boxing great (An interview in 1972)
–3. Sabam Siagian, 84, Jakarta Post’s founding editor-in-chief, and diplomat
–6. (Sir) Peter Shaffer, 90, playwright (Royal Hunt Of The Sun, Equus, Amadeus)
15. Bob Holman, 79, academic and community worker: if only we were all like him!
18. Sam King, 90, co-founder of Notting Hill Carnival
21. Karl Dallas, 85, writer (for Melody Maker +), singer, songwriter and campaigner
25. Alvin Toffler, 87, “a guru of the post-industrial age“, author: Future Shock +
30. Gordon Murray, 95, puppeteer (Trumpton, Camberwick Green), TV producer and writer
–2. Michael Cimino, 77, film director (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate +)
–2. Elie Wiesel, 87, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor
26. Sylvia Peters, 90, TV announcer, inc. Queen’s coronation in 1953.
28. Ken Barrie, 83, voice of Postman Pat.
21. Brian Rix, 92, actor in farces (Whitehall Theatre), campaigner for people with learning disabilities.
28. Gene Wilder, 83, ‘cult’ comic film star and writer (The Producers, Willy Wonka, Young Frankenstein ++)
–4. Richard Neville, 74, provocateur, adventurer and journalist + founder of Oz.
–4. (Right Rev) David Jenkins, 91, former Bishop of Durham disliked by Thatcher.
16. Edward Albee, 88, three-time Pulitzer-winning playwright (inc. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?)
21. Jay Allen Wiechert, 73, engineer who built America’s electric chairs
25. Arnold Palmer, 87, legendary golfer.
28. Shimon Peres, 93, former Prime Minister (twice) and President of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
–4. Trinh Thi Ngo, 87, Vietnam war propaganda radio presenter as ‘Hanoi Hannah’.
13. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88, longest reigning King of Thailand
13. Dario Fo, 90, Nobel-winning playwright (Death of an Anarchist)
19. Phil Chess, 95. co-founder of Chess Records, from blues to rock ‘n’ roll.
23. Jimmy Perry, 93, one of the greatest British TV comedy writers (Dad’s Army, Hi-de-Hi! and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum)
The last episode …
–7. Leonard Cohen, 82, Canadian poet-singer who deserved the Nobel Literature prize.
11. Robert Vaughn, 83, prolific TV and film actor (Man From Uncle, Magnificent 7 +++)
25. Fidel Castro, 90, revolutionary leader of Cuba.
The only force that could defeat him was the infirmity of old age.
28. Stanley Reynolds, 82, (Guardian) journalist, columnist and author who “supported three sons and several bartenders.”
First man to orbit the Earth, fifth in space and later the oldest.
10. George Junus Aditjondro, 70, Indonesian academic and political dissident
10. Ian McCaskill, 78, a weather forecaster with personality,
11. Marie Muhammad, 77, Indonesian politician, Finance Minister (1993–1998).”Mr. Clean”.
12. Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, 104, writer (To Sir With Love), teacher and diplomat
17. Dr Henry Heimlich, 96, inventor of the life-saving Heimlich manoeuver.
18. Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99, famous for being famous, occasionally appeared in films, such as “that camp classic and truly awful Queen of Outer Space“.
27. Richard Adams, 96, author (Watership Down +)
27. Carrie Fisher, 60, actor (Star Wars) and writer (Postcards From The Edge +)
28. Debbie Reynolds, 84, actor and singer (Singing In The Rain ++) … and mother of Carrie Fisher.