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Admiral Ackbar's blog: "death stuff"

created on 10/16/2008  |  http://fubar.com/death-stuff/b252657

"Two members of British heavy metal band After Death have drowned on tour in Brazil.

The body of 21-year-old guitarist Leon Villalba washed ashore shortly after he was seen struggling in heavy waves on a beach in Sergipe state.

Bass player Tim Kennelly, 18, who was with him in the water is missing and police say he too has drowned.

After Death had just begun a 23-date tour in Brazil.

Miguel Freitas, managing director of the band's label Death Toll records, confirmed the drowning."

The death of a young man is never a cause for amusement.  But I bet their manager wishes, for the moment, that both their band and their record label were called something different...

Source : MSN

"Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle has died of cancer at the age of 63.

The mother of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright, McGarrigle died at home in Montreal on Monday. She had been battling cancer since summer 2006. "

Source : BBC Online

Only just read this... sad.

"Sci-fi screenwriter Dan O'Bannon, whose film credits include Alien and Total Recall, has died aged 63.

The Writers Guild of America confirmed he passed away on Thursday in a Californian hospital.

He began his career in 1974 with the movie Dark Star, which he co-wrote with director John Carpenter.

O'Bannon continued writing sci-fi and horror pictures including Invaders from Mars, Bleeders and The Return Of The Living Dead, which he also directed. "

Source :BBC Online

"Folk musician and historian Mike Seeger has died at the age of 75.

Brother of the equally influential Peggy, Seeger founded the New Lost City Ramblers, the group credited with sparking the 60s folk boom.

Over a 50-year career, his love of traditional songs inspired many other musicians, including Bob Dylan, to trace the roots of American folk music."

Source : BBC Online

"The male half of singing duo Renée and Renato, who had a UK Christmas number one single in 1982 with Save Your Love, has died at the age of 69.

Former Italian waiter Renato Pagliari, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, died in hospital last week after surgery for a brain tumour.

The crooner also sang on the Just One Cornetto TV advert for Walls."

Source : BBC Online


"The US film director and writer, John Hughes, who created some of the most famous comedies of the 1980s and 1990s, has died at the age of 59.

The director died after a heart attack in New York, his spokeswoman said.

Hughes was the director of such successful films as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles."


Source : BBC Online

"Carry On actor Jack Douglas, who was also known for his theatrical work in plays and pantomimes, has died aged 81. He had been ill in recent years and died on the Isle of Wight, where he lived with his partner, Vivien Howell." Source : BBC Online News

"Neal Hefti, composer of the theme from the Batman TV series, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 85. The iconic music, which Hefti described as the "hardest piece I ever wrote", was a Top 40 hit and won a Grammy Award in 1966 for best instrumental theme." Source : BBC online

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