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Last Update: Mar 7, 2007 16:42:08

Mar 7, 2007

Captain America dead at 89

from the Something's gonna get you eventually dept.

Captain America, the comic book superhero with a penchant for figure-hugging body suits in red, white and blue, has died at the age of 89, shot dead in New York. The Marvel comic book hero is written out of the script in copies hitting the newsstands Wednesday after more than 65 years fighting villains, felled by a sniper's bullet on the steps of a Manhattan court house. Co-creator Joe Simon, himself a little older than Captain America at 93, told the New York Daily News he was saddened by his character's demise. "It's a hell of a time for him to go. We really need him now," he said.

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Sep 4, 2006

Steve irwin, Crocodile Hunter, Dies

CAIRNS, Australia - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

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Jul 11, 2006

Pink Floyd Legend Syd Barrett Dies

from the Shine On You Crazy Diamond dept.

Pink Floyd founding member and reclusive artist Syd Barrett, 60, has passed away in his Cambridgeshire home of natural causes. Barrett is best known as the guiding light of Pink Floyd during their early, psychedelic years, gaining praise for his eccentric songcraft and incendiary guitar playing. He left the band, amidst rumors of a drug-induced breakdown, and retreated to the Cambridge countryside to live with his family. He emerged from his self-imposed exile to deliver a number of compelling and bizarre solo albums, among them "Barrett" and the "Madcap Laughs," before he simply disappeared altogether. From this silence, a massive cult of fans grew and waited, for a word, a song, anything, trying to puzzle meaning from a few disparate sightings and blurry photographs. But Syd Barrett no longer owed anyone anything, and lived out the rest of his days in relative peace. He will be missed.

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Jun 29, 2006

Eddie the Dog, 16, Dies

from the Doggy Heaven dept.

LOS ANGELES - The scrappy dog known as Eddie on TV's "Frasier" has died. The 16-year-old Jack Russell terrier, whose real name was Moose, passed away of old age Thursday at the Los Angeles home of trainer Mathilde Halberg, Halberg told People magazine. The canine character Eddie drove Kelsey Grammer's lead character crazy for 10 years on the show. It wasn't all acting on Moose's part, though. He was naturally "extremely mischievous," Halberg said. His contribution to the show's and Grammer's success was publicly noted by the actor when he accepted a 1994 Emmy for best actor in a comedy. "Most important, Moose, this is for you," Grammer added good naturedly. Moose, who also played the older dog Skip in the 2000 film "My Dog Skip," was retired in recent years.

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Jun 9, 2006

Billy Preston, 59, Dies

PHOENIX - Billy Preston, the exuberant keyboardist who landed dream gigs with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and enjoyed his own hit singles including "Outta Space" and "Nothing From Nothing," died Tuesday at 59. His longtime manager, Joyce Moore, said a heart infection in November left him in a coma, and he never regained consciousness; he was taken to a Scottsdale hospital Saturday after his condition deteriorated.

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May 27, 2006

Desmond Dekker, 64, Dies

from the King of Ska dept.

Rude boy/Skinhead reggae hero Desmond Dekker dies of an apparent heart attack. He was 64.

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Apr 27, 2006

Elton's Bloodsucker Musical Sucks

from the Bad ideas dept.

Sir Elton John's vampire musical Lestat has had its Broadway premiere - but has been savaged by critics. Industry newspaper Variety said the show was "beyond rescue", while the New York Times' influential Ben Brantley called it "a musical sleeping pill".

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Apr 25, 2006

RIP Phil Walden

from the Music dept.

Phil Walden, the colorful and oft-controversial founder of the pathfinding Southern rock label Capricorn Records and manager of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band, died Sunday of lung cancer at his home in Atlanta. He was 66.

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Apr 6, 2006

RIP Gene Pitney

Gene Pitney went from being a successful songwriter for other acts to becoming a major international pop star in his own right. He was found dead today by his tour manager while in the middle of a UK Tour in Cardiff South Wales.

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Mar 27, 2006

Nikki Sudden 1956-2006

from the Not Swell dept.

Simultaneously legendary and obsucre, Nikki Sudden, frontman for the Swell Maps, passed away Sunday, March 26. He'd played a show at New York's Knitting Factory the night before, and was nearing completion on his autobiography.

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Mar 8, 2006

Ivor Cutler Dead At 83

from the Glasgow Dreamer dept.

Ivor Cutler, the eccentric poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller, who has died aged 83, appealed to successive generations with his offbeat sense of humour and wonder at the world.

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African Star Ali Farka Toure Dies

from the Mali Blues dept.

One of Africa's best known musicians, Ali Farka Toure, has died after a long illness in his home country of Mali, the culture ministry has announced.

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Jan 25, 2006

Janette Carter of Carter Family Dies

from the Circles Unbroken dept.

Janette Carter, the last remaining child of A.P. and Sara Carter, passed away Sunday at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. She was 82.

Janette Carter, a leader in founding Carter Fold in Hiltons, VA, turned a one-time Country Grocery Store location in Poor Valley, Virginia into am 880 seat Appalachian amphitheater and a Carter Family Museum that now draws more than 50,000 attendees yearly. Carter Fold serves to preserve a style of mountain music that otherwise has few regular outlets.

Johnny Cash, who married Janette's first cousin June Carter Cash, regularly played there in unannounced performances. Cash played his last live public performance at Carter Fold.

Jannette Carter's daughter Rita Forrester will keep Carter Fold in operation.

(Reporting By David Whited)

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Jan 3, 2006

Vincent Schiavelli Dead At 57

from the Get Off My Train! dept.

Character actor extraordinaire Vincent Schiavelli died recently of lung cancer in his home town of Sicily. Schiavelli brought his distinctive look and presence to scores of films and television shows, including One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ghost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charlie's Angels, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Amadeus, Batman Returns, and The People vs. Larry Flynt. In 1997 Vanity Fair voted him one of America's best character actors. But did you also know that he was an accomplished chef? He wrote three cookbooks and many articles for food magazines. The world of film will be poorer without him.

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Dec 31, 2005

Improv Legend Derek Bailey Passes Away

from the Silence dept.

Improvisational/experimental guitar virtuoso passed away on Christmas Day, in his newly adopted home of Barcelona. At 75, Bailey was still tirelessly pushing the boundaries of music and sound, both by himself and in a dizzying array of collaborations with the likes of Cecil Taylor, Ruins and Pat Metheny. Said Bailey of his enduring appeal to open-minded types of all ages, "The kids don't mind whatever it is these days... they seem to be able to take anything. Which is great to somebody like me. I find it very comfortable. In an uncomfortable sort of way." He will be missed.

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Nov 22, 2005

Chris Whitley 1960-2005

from the Music News dept.

Chris Whitley dead at age 45 due to lung cancer.

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Nov 14, 2005

Eddie Guerrero Dead At 38

from the Much Too Young dept.

Latino wrestling superstar Eddie Guerrero was found dead of an apparent heart attack in his Minneapolis hotel room Sunday morning. He was 38 years old. This is a tremendous loss for the industry. Eddie was one of the star performers of the WWE roster, and respected by fans and peers alike. A consummate performer in every sense of the word, Guerrero wrestled in Mexico and in the US for the three major federations (ECW, WCW, WWE), where he won over fans with incredible promos and stellar athleticism. Guerrero could easily shift from high-flying lucha libre, to the "pure wrestling" style of ROH, to the hardcore antics of ECW. Guerrero created entertaining gimmicks out of thin air (LWO, Uncle Eddie, Latino Heat, Cheat To Win) and was a natural on the mic. At the time of his death, he was to begin a feud with Batista for the Smackdown title. Eddie Guerrero will be missed.

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Nov 7, 2005

DMBQ drummer killed in tour van accident

from the And the winter touring season hasn't even started yet... dept.

Mana "China" Nishiura, drummer for avant-garde Tokyo garage band DMBQ, was killed Nov. 4 when the group's tour van rolled in a traffic accident in Delaware, according to Seattle's Sunset Tavern and various web sources. Nishiura's bandmates Shinji Masuko, Toru Matsui and Ryuichi Watanabe were injured in the crash, but are expected to make a full recovery, sources say. Panache Magazine's Michelle Cable, travelling with the band, suffered a head injury and is still hospitalized. DMBQ was travelling to Brooklyn for a gig that night. A number of venues on the band's tour, including the Sunset, have announced benefit/tribute shows in lieu of the group's appearance. Nishiura was a member of Shonen Knife from 2001-2004. No further details are available.

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Aug 29, 2005

Voivod Guitarist Denis D'Amour Dead At 45.

from the Dimension Hatross dept.

It's a loss that the heavy metal community sadly won't fully realize for years. Voivod guitarist and songwriter Denis "Piggy" D'Amour has died of complications from colon cancer. The cult-favorite Canadian shredders bravely tested the limits of metal for nearly two decades of brash experimentation. We salute you, Piggy.

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