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This necrology reflects the poster’s interests which primarily skewer towards Anglo-American showbiz (minus most jazz/blues/hip-hop and classical music/opera performers). Occasionally there will be entries reflecting politics, history, and literature – at the poster’s discretion.

Entries marked with an asterisk (*) in the A-Z cross-reference section indicate names which might be eliminated from future 2017 iterations of this list.

CHRONOLOGICALLY (LATE JANUARY 2017 / NOT PUBLICIZED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2017)
01/28: MICHAEL RAINEY, 76 (emphysema), British proprietor, 1960s London boutique “Hung on You” (clientele included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones)
01/29: STANLEY KALLIS, 88 (undisclosed), TV producer (“Police Story”; “Mission: Impossible”; “Columbo”; “In the Heat of the Night”; “Washington: Behind Closed Doors”)
01/29: Doctor ROBERT SCHATTNER, 91 (kidney disease), dentist/inventor, Chloraseptic (sore throat spray), Sporicidin (medical disinfectant)

FEBRUARY 2017
02/01: FRANK TIPPER, 95 (undisclosed), WWII/D-Day veteran (“Easy Company”) depicted in book/series "Band of Brothers”
02/02: Representative ALVIN BALDUS (Democrat, Wisconsin, 3rd District), 90 (undisclosed), US Congressman (1975-1981)
02/04: JOHN GAY, 92 (undisclosed), screenwriter (“Separate Tables”; “Run Silent, Run Deep”; “The Courtship of Eddie's Father” – movie version; “Fatal Vision” miniseries)
02/04: STEVE LANG, 67 (undisclosed), guitarist, Canadian rock band April Wine
02/04: IVOR NOËL HUME, 89 (undisclosed), British -born historian/archaeologist specializing in Colonial-era Williamsburg, Virginia
02/04: DAVID PHILLIPS, 60 (natural causes), cinematographer (“The Basketball Diaries”; music videos for Cyndi Lauper, “New Kids on the Block”)
02/04: MARC SPITZ, 47 (undisclosed), rock music journalist (usually for “Spin” magazine: biographies/profiles: Axl Rose; Green Day; David Bowie; Los Angeles punk music scene); NYC-based playwright
02/05: DAVID AXELROD, 83 (undisclosed), music producer (Van Dyke Parks; “The Electric Prunes”)
02/05: SONNY GERACI, 69 (complications: 2012 brain aneurysm), lead singer, “The Outsiders” (“Time Won’t Let Me”); lead singer, “Climax” (“Precious and Few”)
02/05 (week beginning; exact date undisclosed): MARY LEE SOUTH, 80 (declining health), mother of actor Tom Cruise
02/06: PROFESSOR IRWIN COREY, 92 (undisclosed), comedian/comic performer known as “"The World's Foremost Authority"; left-leaning political activist; proxy for National Book Award winning author Thomas Pynchon
02/06: ALEC McGOWAN, 81 (undisclosed), British stage/film actor (Alfred Hitchcock’s “Frenzy”; “Travels with My Aunt”)
02/07: RICHARD HATCH, 71 (stage 4 pancreatic cancer), TV actor (“The Streets of San Francisco”: “Battlestar Galactica”)
02/08 (disappearance): FRANK ANCONA, 61 (homicide; gun violence), Missouri KKK leader
02/08: Doctor PETER MANSFIELD, 83 (undisclosed), British physicist, Nobel Prize co-Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2003) for the invention of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner
02/08: ALAN SIMPSON, 87 (lung disease), British TV comedy writer (with Ray Galton) (“Steptoe & Son”; “Hancock’s Half Hour”; Frankie Howerd, Peter Sellers; Leonard Rossiter)
02/09: BARBARA GELB, 91 (undisclosed), “New York Times” arts journalist/critic; biographer (with husband Arthur Gelb) of playwright Eugene O’Neill, stepdaughter of humorist S. N. Behrman; niece of violinist Jascha Heifetz
02/10: ALBERT BOSCOV, 87 (pancreatic cancer), chairman, Boscov’s department store chain
02/10: EDWARD BRYANT, 71 (lengthy illness), science fiction/horror author
02/10: TONY DAVIS, 86 (undisclosed), British pop singer (pre-Beatles era Liverpool folk group “The Spinners”)
02/10: MIKE ILITCH, 87 (undisclosed), ¬founder, “Little Caesar's” pizza chain; sports franchise owner, (Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings)
02/10: Lieutenant General HAROLD “HAL” MOORE, 94 (sleep), Vietnam commander (Battle of Ia Drang); career soldier portrayed by Mel Gibson in Gibson’s film “We Were Soldiers”
02/10: IRWIN STAMBLER, 92 (complications: sepsis), music historian/encyclopedist (seminal "The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul”)
02/11: BARBARA CARROLL, 92 (undisclosed), jazz pianist/singer; 1950s Broadway actress (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Me & Juliet”)
02/11: LUCILLE CONLIN HORN, 96 (Alzheimer’s disease), 1920s "incubator baby" sideshow attraction
02/11: SUSANNE KABLITZ, 47 (suicide), German political author/publisher/party leader
02/11: HOWARD LEEDS, 97 (long illness), Canadian-born comedy writer/producer (Red Skelton; George Gobel; Tennessee Ernie Ford: “The Brady Bunch”; “My Three Sons”: “Diff’rent Strokes”; “The Facts of Life”; “Meet Millie”; “Bachelor Father”; “Make Room for Daddy”; “Bewitched”; “Barney Miller”)
02/11: H. C. [HENRY CALVIN] “CAL” THORNTON, 91 (coronary disease), newswire executive (United Press International; Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Service)
02/12: ROBERT ASHTON JR., 52 (depression; suicide by jump from George Washington Bridge), thoracic/cardiac surgeon; newly divorced former husband of ABC News medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton
02/12: JAY BONTATIBUS, 52 (cancer), TV soap opera actor (“The Young and the Restless”; “Days of Our Lives”; “General Hospital”; “Port Charles”)
02/12: DAMIAN (aka Damian Davey), 52 (cancer), 1980s British pop singer (cover version, “The Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”); LGBT activist
02/12: AL JARREAU, 76 (undisclosed), jazz/pop singer [“We’re in This Love Together”; “Moonlighting (Theme)”]
02/12: MIKE WALDEN, 89 (complications: stroke), Los Angeles college sportscaster (USC, UCLA); straight-man to comedian Bob Einstein’s stuntman character “Super Dave Osborne”
02/13: SARA COWARD, 69 (breast cancer), British radio actress (“The Archers”, 40-plus years as "Caroline Sterling”)
02/13: HAROLD DENTON, 80 (complications: Alzheimer’s disease; complications: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), US government nuclear authority during 1979 Three Mile Island crisis
02/13: GERALD HIRSCHFELD, 95 (natural causes), cinematographer (“Fail Safe”; “Young Frankenstein”; “My Favorite Year”; “Diary of a Mad Housewife”)
02/13: MARTY LACKER, 80 (kidney failure), record producer/executive; friend/confidante to singer Elvis Presley; one of Presley’s best men at his 1967 wedding
02/13: BRUCE LANSBURY, 87 (Alzheimer’s disease), British-born TV writer/producer (“The Brady Bunch”; “The Wild, Wild West”; “Wonder Woman”: “Murder, She Wrote”), brother of actress Angela Lansbury; twin brother of Broadway producer Edgar Lansbury
02/13: SEIJUN SUZUKI, 93 (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Japanese cult movie director specializing in “yakuza”/gangster B-movies (influences for Quentin Tarantino; Jim Jarmusch)
02/14: STANLEY BARD, 82 (stroke), long-time manager/one-time owner, NYC’s Chelsea Hotel (residence for literary/bohemian personages Dylan Thomas; Thomas Wolfe; Virgil Thomson; Arthur C. Clarke; Lance Loud; Sid Vicious; Dee Dee Ramone)
02/14: CHRISTIAN EVANS, 45 (death connected to lifelong bipolar disorder), jewelry designer; former husband of actress/talk show host Ricki Lake, 02/14
02/14: KIM JONG-NAM, 45 (political assassination by poisoning), libertine; estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un
02/14: JONNI HARTMAN ROGERS, age unavailable (ovarian cancer), Houston-based Hollywood publicist; mother of actress Lisa Hartman Black; mother-in-law of country singer Clint Black
02/15: STUART McLEAN, 68 (melanoma), Canadian radio host (CBC/NPR's "The Vinyl Café”)
02/16: WALTER “JUNIE” MORRISON, 62 (undisclosed), 1970s R&B/funk musician ("Parliament-Funkadelic”); founder/vocalist/keyboardist, “Ohio Players”)
02/16: GEORGE “THE ANIMAL” STEELE, 79 (renal failure), professional wrestler-turned-actor (Tim Burton’s "Ed Wood" as wrestler-turned actor “Tor Johnson")
02/16: JEROME TUCCILLE, 80 (multiple myeloma), Libertarian-leaning biographer/historian (Gallo Wines; Ernest Hemingway; Buffalo Soldiers; “It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand”: first biography of President Donald Trump – 1985’s “Trump: The Saga of America’s Most Powerful Real Estate Empire”)
02/17: ALAN ALDRIDGE, 73 (debilitating illness), British graphic designer of LP covers (The Who’s “A Quick One”; Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”; Cream’s “Goodbye, Cream”; Roger Glover’s “Butterfly Ball”)
02/17: CHARLES BARTLETT, 95 (heart ailment), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who popularized the phrase “hawks and doves”; Kennedy family friend who introduced Congressman John F. Kennedy to socialite Jacqueline Bouvier (1951)
02/17: NICOLE BASS, 52 (brief illness), wrestler/bodybuilder; radio personality (member, “The Wack Pack” on “The Howard Stern Show”)
02/17: WARREN FROST, 91 (lengthy illness), TV actor (“Twin Peaks” as “Doc Heyward”; five episodes, “Seinfeld”; “As the World Turns”; “Matlock”); father of “Twin Peaks” producer/co-creator Mark Frost
02/17: Representative ROBERT “BOB” MICHEL (Republican, Illinois, 18th District, including Peoria), 93 (pneumonia), US Congressman (1957-1995); longest serving House Minority Leader (1981-1995)
02/17: PETER SKELLERN, 69 (brain cancer), 1970s British pop singer/songwriter/pianist ("You're a Lady"); recently (2016) ordained Anglican priest/deacon
02/18: Sheikh OMAR ABDEL-RAHMAN, 78 (complications: diabetes; complications: coronary heart disease; in custody), Egyptian-born blind Muslim cleric; convicted terrorist who masterminded 1993 attack on World Trade Center and 1990 assassination of activist Rabbi Meir Kahane
02/18: HERBERT FINK, 93 (undisclosed), Beverly Hills entrepreneur/couturier; Rodeo Drive innovator
02/18: NORMA McCORVEY, 69 (heart failure), litigant “Jane Roe” in 1973 landmark US Supreme Court ruling “Roe versus Wade”; born-again Christian anti-abortion activist
02/18: RICHARD SCHICKEL, 84 (complications: series of strokes), film critic/author/historian/biographer; film-themed documentarian
02/18: CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD, 73 (kidney failure), drummer for singer James Brown (particularly during Brown’s 1960s/1970s “funk” phase)
02/19: LARRY CORYELL, 73 (natural causes), jazz guitarist considered the “Godfather of Fusion”
02/19: RICHARD McMILLAN, 66 (thyroid cancer), Canadian stage/screen actor (for Darren Aronofsky; David Cronenberg)
02/19: MARTHA JAGGER SELLECK, 96 (undisclosed), mother of actor Tom Selleck
02/19: CHRIS WIGGINS, 87 (Alzheimer’s disease), British-born Canadian actor/cartoon voice actor (1960s “Spider-Man”; “Rocket Robin Hood”)
02/20: ILENE HOLUB BERNS, 73 (undisclosed), record label executive, Bang! Records; widow of songwriter/ record label executive Bert Berns
02/20: BRENDA BUTTNER, 55 (cancer), Fox News Channel financial/business reporter/host (“Bulls & Bears”)
02/20: VITALY CHURKIN, 64 (heart attack), Russian child movie actor-turned-diplomat; sitting Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, 2006-2017)
02/21: LEAH POSNER SPIELBERG ADLER, 97 (undisclosed), mother of film director/producer Steven Spielberg
02/22: FRITZ KOENIG, 92 (undisclosed), German sculptor (spherical work “Grosse Kugelkaryatide N.Y.,” which survived World Trade Center terrorist attack, 09/11/2001)
02/23: WARD CHAMBERLIN JR., 95 (complications: dementia), TV executive; early innovator/champion of public broadcasting; mentor to documentarian Ken Burns
02/23: ALAN COLMES, 66 (lymphoma), NYC radio personality (WPIX-FM; WHN-AM; WMCA-AM; WNBC-AM; WABC-AM; WEVD-AM); political commentator (Fox News Channel); brother-in law of political commentator Monica Crowley
02/23: LEON WARE, 77 (undisclosed), R&B/soul producer/songwriter (Michael Jackson; Marvin Gaye; Minnie Riperton)
02/24: DARYL EASTON, 61 (accidental erotic asphyxiation/hanging – in a closet at Los Angeles’ Magic Castle), magician/illusionist
02/24: Captain WILLIAM “BUD” LIEBENOW USN, 97 (pneumonia), WWII/D-Day veteran who helped rescue Captain John F. Kennedy and PT-109
02/24: DON MARKHAM, 85 (undisclosed), Bakersfield Sound country music trumpeter/saxophonist (for Merle Haggard’s band “The Strangers”; Johnny Paycheck)
02/25: NEIL FINGLETON, 36 (heart failure), British actor (“Game of Thrones”); tallest person (7 feet-7 inches) in the United Kingdom
02/25: TOSHIO NAKANISHI, 61 (esophageal cancer), 1970s Japanese new wave musician ("The Plastics")
02/25: BILL PAXTON, 61 (complications: heart surgery) film actor (“Apollo 13”; “Twister”; “Titanic”; “Aliens”)
02/25: JUDGE JOSEPH WAPNER, 97 (breathing problems), Los Angeles Superior Court jurist (1961-1979); TV jurist, “The People’s Court” (1981-1993)
02/27: JAY CRONLEY, 73 (undisclosed), Tulsa-based sports journalist; screenplay-adapted novelist (“Let It Ride”; “Funny Farm”)
02/27: JOHN HARLAN, 91 (undisclosed), radio/TV announcer (“You Asked For It”; “Queen for a Day”; “Name That Tune,” “Password” “General Hospital”)
02/27: SAM SUMMERLIN, 89 (complications: Parkinson’s disease), Associated Press foreign correspondent/bureau chief who was the first to report the end of the Korean War
02/28: PAUL KANGAS, 79 (complications: Parkinson's disease; complications: prostate cancer), financial TV news anchor (PBS’s “Nightly Business Report”)
02/28: NICHOLAS MOSELEY, LORD RAVENSDALE, 93 (undisclosed), British novelist; son/biographer of his fascist father Sir Oswald Moseley
02/28: ELISABETH RITSCHEL WALDHEIM, 94 (undisclosed), First Lady of Austria (1986-1992); widow of controversial Austrian president Kurt Waldheim

ALPHABETICAL CROSS-REFERENCE (FEBRUARY 2017)
Sheikh OMAR ABDEL-RAHMAN, 78 (complications: diabetes; complications: coronary heart disease; in custody), Egyptian-born blind Muslim cleric; convicted terrorist who masterminded 1993 attack on World Trade Center and 1990 assassination of activist Rabbi Meir Kahane, 02/18
(*) LEAH POSNER SPIELBERG ADLER, 97 (undisclosed), mother of film director/producer Steven Spielberg, 02/21
(*) ALAN ALDRIDGE, 73 (debilitating illness), British graphic designer of LP covers (The Who’s “A Quick One”; Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”; Cream’s “Goodbye, Cream”; Roger Glover’s “Butterfly Ball”), 02/17
ROBERT ASHTON JR., 52 (depression; suicide by jump from George Washington Bridge), thoracic/cardiac surgeon; newly divorced former husband of ABC News medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton, 02/12
(*) DAVID AXELROD, 83 (undisclosed), music producer (Van Dyke Parks; “The Electric Prunes”), 02/05 (*) FRANK ANCONA, 61 (homicide; gun violence), Missouri KKK leader, 02/08 (disappearance)
(*) Representative ALVIN BALDUS (Democrat, Wisconsin, 3rd District), 90 (undisclosed), US Congressman (1975-1981), 02/02
STANLEY BARD, 82 (stroke), long-time manager/one-time owner, NYC’s Chelsea Hotel (residence for literary/bohemian personages Dylan Thomas; Thomas Wolfe; Virgil Thomson; Arthur C. Clarke; Lance Loud; Sid Vicious; Dee Dee Ramone)
(*) CHARLES BARTLETT, 95 (heart ailment), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who popularized the phrase “hawks and doves”; Kennedy family friend who introduced Congressman John F. Kennedy to socialite Jacqueline Bouvier (1951), 02/17
(*) NICOLE BASS, 52 (brief illness), wrestler/bodybuilder; radio personality (member, “The Wack Pack” on “The Howard Stern Show”), 02/17
ILENE HOLUB BERNS, 73 (undisclosed), record label executive, Bang! Records; widow of songwriter/ record label executive Bert Berns, 02/20
(*) JAY BONTATIBUS, 52 (cancer), TV soap opera actor (“The Young and the Restless”; “Days of Our Lives”; “General Hospital”; “Port Charles”), 02/12
(*) ALBERT BOSCOV, 87 (pancreatic cancer), chairman, Boscov’s department store chain, 02/10
(*) EDWARD BRYANT, 71 (lengthy illness), science fiction/horror author, 02/10
BRENDA BUTTNER, 55 (cancer), Fox News Channel financial/business reporter/host (“Bulls & Bears”), 02/20
BARBARA CARROLL, 92 (undisclosed), jazz pianist/singer; 1950s Broadway actress (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Me & Juliet”), 02/11
(*) WARD CHAMBERLIN JR., 95 (complications: dementia), TV executive; early innovator/champion of public broadcasting; mentor to documentarian Ken Burns, 02/23
(*) VITALY CHURKIN, 64 (heart attack), Russian child movie actor-turned-diplomat; sitting Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, 2006-201702/20
ALAN COLMES, 66 (lymphoma), NYC radio personality (WPIX-FM; WHN-AM; WMCA-AM; WNBC-AM; WABC-AM; WEVD-AM); political commentator (Fox News Channel); brother-in law of political commentator Monica Crowley, 02/23
PROFESSOR IRWIN COREY, 92 (undisclosed), comedian/comic performer known as “"The World's Foremost Authority"; left-leaning political activist; proxy for National Book Award winning author Thomas Pynchon, 02/06
(*) LARRY CORYELL, 73 (natural causes), jazz guitarist considered the “Godfather of Fusion,” 02/19
(*) SARA COWARD, 69 (breast cancer), British radio actress (“The Archers”, 40-plus years as "Caroline Sterling”), 02/13
(*) JAY CRONLEY, 73 (undisclosed), Tulsa-based sports journalist; screenplay-adapted novelist (“Let It Ride”; “Funny Farm”), 02/27
DAMIAN (aka Damian Davey), 52 (cancer), 1980s British pop singer (cover version, “The Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”); LGBT activist, 02/12
(*) TONY DAVIS, 86 (undisclosed), British pop singer (pre-Beatles era Liverpool folk group “The Spinners”), 02/10
(*) HAROLD DENTON, 80 (complications: Alzheimer’s disease; complications; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), US government nuclear authority during 1979 Three Mile Island crisis, 02/13
DARYL EASTON, 61 (accidental erotic asphyxiation/hanging – in a closet at Los Angeles’ Magic Castle), magician/illusionist, 02/24
(*) CHRISTIAN EVANS, 45 (death connected to lifelong bipolar disorder), jewelry designer; former husband of actress/talk show host Ricki Lake, 02/14
NEIL FINGLETON, 36 (heart failure), British actor (“Game of Thrones”); tallest person (7 feet-7 inches) in the United Kingdom, 02/25
(*) HERBERT FINK, 93 (undisclosed), Beverly Hills entrepreneur/couturier; Rodeo Drive innovator, 02/18
WARREN FROST, 91 (lengthy illness), TV actor (“Twin Peaks” as “Doc Heyward”; five episodes, “Seinfeld”; “As the World Turns”; “Matlock”); father of “Twin Peaks” producer/co-creator Mark Frost, 02/17
JOHN GAY, 92 (undisclosed), screenwriter (“Separate Tables”; “Run Silent, Run Deep”; “The Courtship of Eddie's Father” – movie version; “Fatal Vision” miniseries), 02/04
BARBARA GELB, 91 (undisclosed), “New York Times” arts journalist/critic; biographer (with husband Arthur Gelb) of playwright Eugene O’Neill, stepdaughter of humorist S. N. Behrman; niece of violinist Jascha Heifetz, 02/09
SONNY GERACI, 69 (complications: 2012 brain aneurysm), lead singer, “The Outsiders” (“Time Won’t Let Me”); lead singer, “Climax” (“Precious and Few”), 02/05
JOHN HARLAN, 91 (undisclosed), radio/TV announcer (“You Asked For It”; “Queen for a Day”; “Name That Tune”; “Password”; “General Hospital”), 02/27
RICHARD HATCH, 71 (stage 4 pancreatic cancer), TV actor (“The Streets of San Francisco”: “Battlestar Galactica”), 02/07
(*) GERALD HIRSCHFELD, 95 (natural causes), cinematographer (“Fail Safe”; “Young Frankenstein”; “My Favorite Year”; “Diary of a Mad Housewife”), 02/13
(*) LUCILLE CONLIN HORN, 96 (Alzheimer’s disease), 1920s "incubator baby" sideshow attraction, 02/11
(*) MIKE ILITCH, 87 (undisclosed), founder, “Little Caesar's” pizza chain; sports franchise owner (Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings), 02/10
AL JARREAU, 76 (undisclosed), jazz/pop singer [“We’re in This Love Together”; “Moonlighting (Theme)”], 02/12
(*) SUSANNE KABLITZ, 47 (suicide), German political author/publisher/party leader, 02/11
(*) STANLEY KALLIS, 88 (undisclosed), TV producer (“Police Story”; “Mission: Impossible”; “Columbo”; “In the Heat of the Night”; “Washington: Behind Closed Doors”), 01/29 (not publicized until February 2017)
KIM JONG-NAM, 45 (political assassination by poisoning), libertine; estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, 02/14
PAUL KANGAS, 79 (complications: Parkinson's disease; complications: prostate cancer), financial TV news anchor (PBS’s “Nightly Business Report”), 02/28
(*) FRITZ KOENIG, 92 (undisclosed), German sculptor (spherical work “Grosse Kugelkaryatide N.Y.,” which survived World Trade Center terrorist attack, 09/11/2001), 02/22
MARTY LACKER, 80 (kidney failure), record producer/executive; friend/confidante to singer Elvis Presley; one of Presley’s best men at his 1967 wedding, 02/13
STEVE LANG, 67 (undisclosed), guitarist, Canadian rock band April Wine, 02/04
BRUCE LANSBURY, 87 (Alzheimer’s disease), British-born TV writer/producer (“The Brady Bunch”; “The Wild, Wild West”; “Wonder Woman”: “Murder, She Wrote”), brother of actress Angela Lansbury; twin brother of Broadway producer Edgar Lansbury, 02/13
HOWARD LEEDS, 97 (long illness), Canadian-born comedy writer/producer (Red Skelton; George Gobel; Tennessee Ernie Ford: “The Brady Bunch”; “My Three Sons”: “Diff’rent Strokes”; “The Facts of Life”; “Meet Millie”; “Bachelor Father”; “Make Room for Daddy”; “Bewitched”; “Barney Miller”), 02/11
(*) Captain WILLIAM “BUD” LIEBENOW USN, 97 (pneumonia), WWII/D-Day veteran who helped rescue Captain John F. Kennedy and PT-109, 02/24
DON MARKHAM, 85 (undisclosed), Bakersfield Sound country music trumpeter/saxophonist (for Merle Haggard’s band “The Strangers”; Johnny Paycheck), 02/24
NORMA McCORVEY, 69 (heart failure), litigant “Jane Roe” in 1973 landmark US Supreme Court ruling “Roe versus Wade”; born-again Christian anti-abortion activist, 02/18
ALEC McGOWAN, 81 (undisclosed), British stage/film actor (Alfred Hitchcock’s “Frenzy”; “Travels with My Aunt”), 02/06
STUART McLEAN, 68 (melanoma), Canadian radio host (CBC/NPR's "The Vinyl Café”), 02/15
(*) RICHARD McMILLAN, 66 (thyroid cancer), Canadian stage/screen actor (for Darren Aronofsky; David Cronenberg), 02/19
(*) Lieutenant General HAROLD “HAL” MOORE, 94 (sleep), Vietnam commander (Battle of Ia Drang); career soldier portrayed by Mel Gibson in Gibson’s film “We Were Soldiers," 02/10
Representative ROBERT “BOB” MICHEL (Republican, Illinois, 18th District, including Peoria), 93 (pneumonia), US Congressman (1957-1995); longest serving House Minority Leader (1981-19 95), 02/17
WALTER “JUNIE” MORRISON, 62 (undisclosed), 1970s R&B/funk musician ("Parliament-Funkadelic”); founder/vocalist/keyboardist, “Ohio Players”), 02/16
NICHOLAS MOSELEY, LORD RAVENSDALE, 93 (undisclosed), British novelist; son/biographer of his fascist father Sir Oswald Moseley, 02/28
TOSHIO NAKANISHI, 61 (esophageal cancer), 1970s Japanese new wave musician ("The Plastics"), 02/25
(*) IVOR NOËL HUME, 89 (undisclosed), British -born historian/archaeologist specializing in Colonial-era Williamsburg, Virginia, 02/04
BILL PAXTON, 61 (complications: heart surgery) film actor (“Apollo 13”; “Twister”; “Titanic”; “Aliens”), 02/25
(*) DAVID PHILLIPS, 60 (natural causes), cinematographer (“The Basketball Diaries”; music videos for Cyndi Lauper, “New Kids on the Block”), 02/04
(*) MICHAEL RAINEY, 76 (emphysema), British proprietor, 1960s London boutique “Hung on You” (clientele included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones), 01/28 (not publicized until February 2017)
(*) JONNI HARTMAN ROGERS, A/AU, age unavailable (ovarian cancer), Houston-based Hollywood publicist; mother of actress Lisa Hartman Black; mother-in-law of country singer Clint Black, 02/14
(*) Doctor ROBERT SCHATTNER, 91 (kidney disease), dentist/inventor, Chloraseptic (sore throat spray), Sporicidin (medical disinfectant), 01/29 (not publicized until February 2017)
RICHARD SCHICKEL, 84 (complications: series of strokes), film critic/author/historian/biographer; film-themed documentarian, 02/18
(*) MARTHA JAGGER SELLECK, 96 (undisclosed), mother of actor Tom Selleck, 02/19
ALAN SIMPSON, 87 (lung disease), British TV comedy writer (with Ray Galton) (“Steptoe & Son”; “Hancock’s Half Hour”; Frankie Howerd, Peter Sellers; Leonard Rossiter), 02/08
PETER SKELLERN, 69 (brain cancer), 1970s British pop singer/songwriter/pianist ("You're a Lady"); recently (2016) ordained Anglican priest/deacon, 02/17
(*) MARY LEE SOUTH, 80 (declining health), mother of actor Tom Cruise, 02/05 (week beginning; exact date undisclosed)
MARC SPITZ, 47 (undisclosed), rock music journalist (usually for “Spin” magazine: biographies/profiles: Axl Rose; Green Day; David Bowie; Los Angeles punk music scene); NYC-based playwright, 02/04
IRWIN STAMBLER, 92 (complications: sepsis), music historian/encyclopedist (seminal "The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul”), 02/10
GEORGE “THE ANIMAL” STEELE, 79 (renal failure), professional wrestler-turned-actor (Tim Burton’s "Ed Wood" as wrestler-turned actor “Tor Johnson"), 02/16
CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD, 73 (kidney failure), drummer for singer James Brown (particularly during Brown’s 1960s/1970s “funk” phase), 02/18
(*) SAM SUMMERLIN, 89 (complications: Parkinson’s disease), Associated Press foreign correspondent/bureau chief who was the first to report the end of the Korean War, 02/27
(*) SEIJUN SUZUKI, 93 (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Japanese cult movie director specializing in “yakuza”/gangster B-movies (influences for Quentin Tarantino; Jim Jarmusch), 02/13
(*) H. C. [HENRY CALVIN] “CAL” THORNTON, 91 (coronary disease), newswire executive (United Press International; Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Service), 02/11
(*) FRANK TIPPER, 95 (undisclosed), WWII/D-Day veteran (“Easy Company”) depicted in book/series "Band of Brothers,” 02/01
JEROME TUCCILLE, 80 (multiple myeloma), Libertarian-leaning biographer/historian (Gallo Wines Ernest Hemingway; Buffalo Soldiers; “It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand”: first biography of President Donald Trump – 1985’s “Trump: The Saga of America’s Most Powerful Real Estate Empire”), 02/16
MIKE WALDEN, 89 (complications: stroke), Los Angeles college sportscaster (USC, UCLA); straight-man to comedian Bob Einstein’s stuntman character “Super Dave Osborne,” 02/12
(*) ELISABETH RITSCHEL WALDHEIM, 94 (undisclosed), First Lady of Austria (1986-1992); widow of controversial Austrian president Kurt Waldheim, 02/28
JUDGE JOSEPH WAPNER, 97 (breathing problems), Los Angeles Superior Court jurist (1961-1979); TV jurist,“The People’s Court” (1981-1993), 02/25
LEON WARE, 77 (undisclosed), R&B/soul producer/songwriter (Michael Jackson; Marvin Gaye; Minnie Riperton), 02/23
CHRIS WIGGINS, 87 (Alzheimer’s disease), British-born Canadian actor/cartoon voice actor (1960s “Spider-Man”; “Rocket Robin Hood”), 02/19
Louis Epstein
2017-03-06 08:07:49 UTC
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This necrology reflects the poster???s interests which primarily skewer towards Anglo-American showbiz (minus most jazz/blues/hip-hop and classical music/opera performers). Occasionally there will be entries reflecting politics, history, and literature ??? at the poster???s discretion.
Entries marked with an asterisk (*) in the A-Z cross-reference section indicate names which might be eliminated from future 2017 iterations of this list.
CHRONOLOGICALLY (LATE JANUARY 2017 / NOT PUBLICIZED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2017)
01/28: MICHAEL RAINEY, 76 (emphysema), British proprietor, 1960s London boutique ???Hung on You??? (clientele included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones)
01/29: STANLEY KALLIS, 88 (undisclosed), TV producer (???Police Story???; ???Mission: Impossible???; ???Columbo???; ???In the Heat of the Night???; ???Washington: Behind Closed Doors???)
01/29: Doctor ROBERT SCHATTNER, 91 (kidney disease), dentist/inventor, Chloraseptic (sore throat spray), Sporicidin (medical disinfectant)
FEBRUARY 2017
02/01: FRANK TIPPER, 95 (undisclosed), WWII/D-Day veteran (???Easy Company???) depicted in book/series "Band of Brothers???
02/02: Representative ALVIN BALDUS (Democrat, Wisconsin, 3rd District), 90 (undisclosed), US Congressman (1975-1981)
02/04: JOHN GAY, 92 (undisclosed), screenwriter (???Separate Tables???; ???Run Silent, Run Deep???; ???The Courtship of Eddie's Father??? ??? movie version; ???Fatal Vision??? miniseries)
02/04: STEVE LANG, 67 (undisclosed), guitarist, Canadian rock band April Wine
02/04: IVOR NO??L HUME, 89 (undisclosed), British -born historian/archaeologist specializing in Colonial-era Williamsburg, Virginia
02/04: DAVID PHILLIPS, 60 (natural causes), cinematographer (???The Basketball Diaries???; music videos for Cyndi Lauper, ???New Kids on the Block???)
02/04: MARC SPITZ, 47 (undisclosed), rock music journalist (usually for ???Spin??? magazine: biographies/profiles: Axl Rose; Green Day; David Bowie; Los Angeles punk music scene); NYC-based playwright
02/05: DAVID AXELROD, 83 (undisclosed), music producer (Van Dyke Parks; ???The Electric Prunes???)
02/05: SONNY GERACI, 69 (complications: 2012 brain aneurysm), lead singer, ???The Outsiders??? (???Time Won???t Let Me???); lead singer, ???Climax??? (???Precious and Few???)
02/05 (week beginning; exact date undisclosed): MARY LEE SOUTH, 80 (declining health), mother of actor Tom Cruise
02/06: PROFESSOR IRWIN COREY, 92 (undisclosed), comedian/comic performer known as ???"The World's Foremost Authority"; left-leaning political activist; proxy for National Book Award winning author Thomas Pynchon
Wasn't he born in 1904 and died at 102?
02/06: ALEC McGOWAN, 81 (undisclosed), British stage/film actor (Alfred Hitchcock???s ???Frenzy???; ???Travels with My Aunt???)
Alec McCOWEN,I believe?
02/07: RICHARD HATCH, 71 (stage 4 pancreatic cancer), TV actor (???The Streets of San Francisco???: ???Battlestar Galactica???)
02/08 (disappearance): FRANK ANCONA, 61 (homicide; gun violence), Missouri KKK leader
02/08: Doctor PETER MANSFIELD, 83 (undisclosed), British physicist, Nobel Prize co-Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2003) for the invention of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner
02/08: ALAN SIMPSON, 87 (lung disease), British TV comedy writer (with Ray Galton) (???Steptoe & Son???; ???Hancock???s Half Hour???; Frankie Howerd, Peter Sellers; Leonard Rossiter)
02/09: BARBARA GELB, 91 (undisclosed), ???New York Times??? arts journalist/critic; biographer (with husband Arthur Gelb) of playwright Eugene O???Neill, stepdaughter of humorist S. N. Behrman; niece of violinist Jascha Heifetz
02/10: ALBERT BOSCOV, 87 (pancreatic cancer), chairman, Boscov???s department store chain
02/10: EDWARD BRYANT, 71 (lengthy illness), science fiction/horror author
02/10: TONY DAVIS, 86 (undisclosed), British pop singer (pre-Beatles era Liverpool folk group ???The Spinners???)
02/10: MIKE ILITCH, 87 (undisclosed), ??founder, ???Little Caesar's??? pizza chain; sports franchise owner, (Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings)
02/10: Lieutenant General HAROLD ???HAL??? MOORE, 94 (sleep), Vietnam commander (Battle of Ia Drang); career soldier portrayed by Mel Gibson in Gibson???s film ???We Were Soldiers???
02/10: IRWIN STAMBLER, 92 (complications: sepsis), music historian/encyclopedist (seminal "The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul???)
02/11: BARBARA CARROLL, 92 (undisclosed), jazz pianist/singer; 1950s Broadway actress (Rodgers and Hammerstein???s ???Me & Juliet???)
02/11: LUCILLE CONLIN HORN, 96 (Alzheimer???s disease), 1920s "incubator baby" sideshow attraction
02/11: SUSANNE KABLITZ, 47 (suicide), German political author/publisher/party leader
02/11: HOWARD LEEDS, 97 (long illness), Canadian-born comedy writer/producer (Red Skelton; George Gobel; Tennessee Ernie Ford: ???The Brady Bunch???; ???My Three Sons???: ???Diff???rent Strokes???; ???The Facts of Life???; ???Meet Millie???; ???Bachelor Father???; ???Make Room for Daddy???; ???Bewitched???; ???Barney Miller???)
02/11: H. C. [HENRY CALVIN] ???CAL??? THORNTON, 91 (coronary disease), newswire executive (United Press International; Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Service)
02/12: ROBERT ASHTON JR., 52 (depression; suicide by jump from George Washington Bridge), thoracic/cardiac surgeon; newly divorced former husband of ABC News medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton
02/12: JAY BONTATIBUS, 52 (cancer), TV soap opera actor (???The Young and the Restless???; ???Days of Our Lives???; ???General Hospital???; ???Port Charles???)
02/12: DAMIAN (aka Damian Davey), 52 (cancer), 1980s British pop singer (cover version, ???The Time Warp??? from ???The Rocky Horror Picture Show???); LGBT activist
02/12: AL JARREAU, 76 (undisclosed), jazz/pop singer [???We???re in This Love Together???; ???Moonlighting (Theme)???]
02/12: MIKE WALDEN, 89 (complications: stroke), Los Angeles college sportscaster (USC, UCLA); straight-man to comedian Bob Einstein???s stuntman character ???Super Dave Osborne???
02/13: SARA COWARD, 69 (breast cancer), British radio actress (???The Archers???, 40-plus years as "Caroline Sterling???)
02/13: HAROLD DENTON, 80 (complications: Alzheimer???s disease; complications: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), US government nuclear authority during 1979 Three Mile Island crisis
02/13: GERALD HIRSCHFELD, 95 (natural causes), cinematographer (???Fail Safe???; ???Young Frankenstein???; ???My Favorite Year???; ???Diary of a Mad Housewife???)
02/13: MARTY LACKER, 80 (kidney failure), record producer/executive; friend/confidante to singer Elvis Presley; one of Presley???s best men at his 1967 wedding
02/13: BRUCE LANSBURY, 87 (Alzheimer???s disease), British-born TV writer/producer (???The Brady Bunch???; ???The Wild, Wild West???; ???Wonder Woman???: ???Murder, She Wrote???), brother of actress Angela Lansbury; twin brother of Broadway producer Edgar Lansbury
02/13: SEIJUN SUZUKI, 93 (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Japanese cult movie director specializing in ???yakuza???/gangster B-movies (influences for Quentin Tarantino; Jim Jarmusch)
02/14: STANLEY BARD, 82 (stroke), long-time manager/one-time owner, NYC???s Chelsea Hotel (residence for literary/bohemian personages Dylan Thomas; Thomas Wolfe; Virgil Thomson; Arthur C. Clarke; Lance Loud; Sid Vicious; Dee Dee Ramone)
02/14: CHRISTIAN EVANS, 45 (death connected to lifelong bipolar disorder), jewelry designer; former husband of actress/talk show host Ricki Lake, 02/14
02/14: KIM JONG-NAM, 45 (political assassination by poisoning), libertine; estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un
02/14: JONNI HARTMAN ROGERS, age unavailable (ovarian cancer), Houston-based Hollywood publicist; mother of actress Lisa Hartman Black; mother-in-law of country singer Clint Black
02/15: STUART McLEAN, 68 (melanoma), Canadian radio host (CBC/NPR's "The Vinyl Caf?????)
02/16: WALTER ???JUNIE??? MORRISON, 62 (undisclosed), 1970s R&B/funk musician ("Parliament-Funkadelic???); founder/vocalist/keyboardist, ???Ohio Players???)
02/16: GEORGE ???THE ANIMAL??? STEELE, 79 (renal failure), professional wrestler-turned-actor (Tim Burton???s "Ed Wood" as wrestler-turned actor ???Tor Johnson")
02/16: JEROME TUCCILLE, 80 (multiple myeloma), Libertarian-leaning biographer/historian (Gallo Wines; Ernest Hemingway; Buffalo Soldiers; ???It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand???: first biography of President Donald Trump ??? 1985???s ???Trump: The Saga of America???s Most Powerful Real Estate Empire???)
02/17: ALAN ALDRIDGE, 73 (debilitating illness), British graphic designer of LP covers (The Who???s ???A Quick One???; Elton John???s ???Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy???; Cream???s ???Goodbye, Cream???; Roger Glover???s ???Butterfly Ball???)
02/17: CHARLES BARTLETT, 95 (heart ailment), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who popularized the phrase ???hawks and doves???; Kennedy family friend who introduced Congressman John F. Kennedy to socialite Jacqueline Bouvier (1951)
02/17: NICOLE BASS, 52 (brief illness), wrestler/bodybuilder; radio personality (member, ???The Wack Pack??? on ???The Howard Stern Show???)
02/17: WARREN FROST, 91 (lengthy illness), TV actor (???Twin Peaks??? as ???Doc Heyward???; five episodes, ???Seinfeld???; ???As the World Turns???; ???Matlock???); father of ???Twin Peaks??? producer/co-creator Mark Frost
02/17: Representative ROBERT ???BOB??? MICHEL (Republican, Illinois, 18th District, including Peoria), 93 (pneumonia), US Congressman (1957-1995); longest serving House Minority Leader (1981-1995)
02/17: PETER SKELLERN, 69 (brain cancer), 1970s British pop singer/songwriter/pianist ("You're a Lady"); recently (2016) ordained Anglican priest/deacon
02/18: Sheikh OMAR ABDEL-RAHMAN, 78 (complications: diabetes; complications: coronary heart disease; in custody), Egyptian-born blind Muslim cleric; convicted terrorist who masterminded 1993 attack on World Trade Center and 1990 assassination of activist Rabbi Meir Kahane
02/18: HERBERT FINK, 93 (undisclosed), Beverly Hills entrepreneur/couturier; Rodeo Drive innovator
02/18: NORMA McCORVEY, 69 (heart failure), litigant ???Jane Roe??? in 1973 landmark US Supreme Court ruling ???Roe versus Wade???; born-again Christian anti-abortion activist
Though initially suborned to the anti-abortionist side by "born-again"
types,she eventually disappointed them by becoming a Catholic,they
don't use that term.

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The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.

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