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Welp, if I hadn't lost it before, this may just do it. 😢

 

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Just saw the news about him on TV Line earlier. So sad. He was great as Roy. My mom and I were watching an episode of "Wings" recently where Roy taught Antonio how to dance for some event and they got so into it and whatnot, and we were just cracking up the whole time :D. 

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It truly is depressing how many Covid-19 deaths, celebrity or not, are coming in. Stay safe everyone.

My dad was a huge Joe Diffie fan so he's really broken up.

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51 minutes ago, Annber03 said:

Just saw the news about him on TV Line earlier. So sad. He was great as Roy. My mom and I were watching an episode of "Wings" recently where Roy taught Antonio how to dance for some event and they got so into it and whatnot, and we were just cracking up the whole time :D. 

The irony is that Roy was pushed SO hard to be the villain strawman but virtually from Day One was FAR more likable than the either the dull-as-dishwater Joe or the snotty and self-important Brian! Even if the scripts tried to push the viewers otherwise ( supposedly because they were young and good looking while he was middle aged and fat), he managed to make Roy someone far more sympathetic than either of the leads.RIP,Mr.Schramm, you and the woman who played the hostess Fran were the only things that made that show worth enduring for  as long as I was able to,IMO. 

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Songwriter Alan Merrill has died of coronavirus complications, age 69.  Mr. Merrill wrote and first recorded  I Love Rock and Roll but it's Joan Jett & the Blackheart's version that's more widely known.  

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alan-merrill-died-i-love-rock-and-roll-co-writer-dead-age-69-cause

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/9345880/alan-merrill-dead-coronavirus-of-death-coronavirus-complications/

 

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A touching tribute to CBS news journalist Maria Mercader, 54, who died yesterday from covid-19.

 

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Children's author/illustrator Tomie dePaola has died (from injuries sustained in a fall). Even if you don't know his name, if you have children, you are probably familiar with some of his books. I have several of them in my Scholastic Book Club paperback collection (My favorite is 'The popcorn book', since that's my favorite snack. 🙂 )

So sad.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomie_dePaola

 

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Ohhhh, how sad. I do remember his books-I used to read some of them when I was little, and I'm pretty sure we had a few in our home as well. 

 

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3 hours ago, BooksRule said:

Children's author/illustrator Tomie dePaola has died (from injuries sustained in a fall). Even if you don't know his name, if you have children, you are probably familiar with some of his books. I have several of them in my Scholastic Book Club paperback collection (My favorite is 'The popcorn book', since that's my favorite snack. 🙂 )

Nooooooo!  I loved Tommie dePaola's books!  May he rest in peace.  

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I'm too old to have grown up with his books, but boy howdy did I become familiar with them as a librarian.   Evergreen favorites of kids.

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The saddest thing about Tomie dePaola death and everyone's death who dies during these times is found in this quote :
 

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Whiteman said dePaola died alone at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

"Due to the coronavirus and a quarantine at the hospital where he was being treated, Mr. dePaola was in isolation when he died," Whiteman added.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/31/us/author-tomie-depaola-dies-trnd/index.html

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16 hours ago, Bunty said:

The saddest thing about Tomie dePaola death and everyone's death who dies during these times is found in this quote :
 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/31/us/author-tomie-depaola-dies-trnd/index.html

Too true, and utterly heartbreaking. My friend just lost his mother and stepfather to covid-19 on the same day. He couldn't be with either of them, nor could they be together.

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3 hours ago, praeceptrix said:

Too true, and utterly heartbreaking. My friend just lost his mother and stepfather to covid-19 on the same day. He couldn't be with either of them, nor could they be together.

I'm so sorry to hear that 😞. Condolences to your friend. 

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Anyone remember Fountains of Wayne, they wrote the Oscar nominated movie song "That Thing You Do" and had that hit "Stacy's Mom.".

Adam Schlesinger has just died at the age of 52 from Covid-19 😢

Just reading his career work he was nominated for multiple Emmys for his work on Sesame Street and Crazy Ex Girlfriend plus Tony nominations for Cry Baby.  He wrote some great songs for theater and TV.

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Adam Schlesinger hits me hard. I was jut listening to FoW and some of my favorite Crazy Ex-Girlfriend songs today. He was immensely talented.

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Ellis Marsalis, Jr., father of Wynton and Branford, and an incredible musician and teacher, has died.  

 

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Can this stupid virus just go away already? Damn. 

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https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/apr/02/comedian-eddie-large-little-and-large-dies-after-contracting-coronavirus-son-says

British comedian Edward McGinnis has died at age 78 due to complications from coronavirus.  He was best known as the "Large" half of the comedy duo Little and Large.  I didn't particularly like their humour, but sad nonetheless, especially because his family couldn't be with him.

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3 hours ago, magicdog said:

Corona is blamed but considering her advanced age, it seems secondary.

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That parsing seems odd. It effects elderly and people with underlying conditions harder doesn’t mean it isn’t the cause of their death. There are many, many 88 year olds who make it to 89.

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I’m getting notifications on my iPhone saying singer Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lean on Me”) has died. Apparently it was cardiac-related. I think the notifications gave his age as 81. I’ll post an obit as soon as I can find it, if nobody beats me to it.

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 Bill Withers dead: Lean On Me, Lovely Day and Ain't No Sunshine singer passes away at 81 from heart complications

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8184937/Lean-On-Me-Lovely-Day-singer-Bill-Withers-dies-81.html?ito=social-facebook&fbclid=IwAR1aLxXwQdx9cA321VXz4aiqqKOzaoqQMahDCIyH6FFoD1etxl35SknbcdU

 

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Here‘s the obit for 3-time Grammy winner Bill Withers. He retired from the music industry in the 1980’s; his last hit was “Just the Two of Us”, which he recorded with saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. I believe the artist credit read “Grover Washington, Jr Featuring Bill Withers“—it was 1 of those songs where an instrumentalist & vocalist collaborate on a song that usually is (at least initially) recorded for the instrumentalist’s CD (another example would be “Valentine” by pianist Jim Brickman featuring Martina McBride on vocals); in this case, it was released on Withers’ label. It was also 1 of those songs you pretty much couldn’t get away from hearing on the radio during my last year in high school (early 1980’s).

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I love Bill Wither’s music.  😥

But am I terrible in that the first thing I thought of was, “it’s good to read of a death not from COVID19”?

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8 minutes ago, roamyn said:

I love Bill Wither’s music.  😥

But am I terrible in that the first thing I thought of was, “it’s good to read of a death not from COVID19”?

 I agree! It's almost like that tombstone in Tombstone, Arizona that read 'Died of Natural Causes' which was virtually unique in that time and place! 

 

In any case, RIP, Mr. Withers and may your talents help enhance the music of Heaven!

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I always liked this quote attributed to him, about his previous career(installing toilet seats in 747s):

”I won’t sing for a month, and you don’t go to the bathroom for a month, and we’ll see who’s worse off.”

RIP, Mr. Withers. 

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This news about Bill Withers makes me so sad.  "Lean on Me" is my favorite song.  In this terrible time of illness, death and isolation, i have watched almost daily a flash mob singing it at London Bridge Station.  Throughout my life, this song has helped me during difficult times, making me realize I am blessed to have family and friends to lean on, and how I should be that person for others to lean on when they need it.  "Lean on me; when you're not strong, and I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on; For it won't be long 'til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on" should be an anthem for our lives.  I wish I could tell him how much that song  means to me.  May he rest in peace.  

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I live in a state that has been in stay at home mode for two weeks. I've left my property only a handful of times since then. It's getting kind of grim.

After hearing about Bill Wither's death, I played a couple of his songs. In part, to remember him, but also one of his main themes is "Together we can make it, no matter how hard things get." 

I feel a lot better now.

 

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26 minutes ago, xaxat said:

I live in a state that has been in stay at home mode for two weeks. I've left my property only a handful of times since then. It's getting kind of grim.

After hearing about Bill Wither's death, I played a couple of his songs. In part, to remember him, but also one of his main themes is "Together we can make it, no matter how hard things get." 

I feel a lot better now.

 

I loved all of his songs, and I used to sing this one a lot.  One time I tried to sing that last note for as long as he did.   I almost passed out.

R.I.P., Mr. Withers

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I saw this on the news this morning but when I tried to look it up all I could find were articles saying it was a hoax. I guess not. 😢

I listen to Bill Withers pretty much everyday. RIP sir.

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5 hours ago, roamyn said:

I love Bill Wither’s music.  😥

But am I terrible in that the first thing I thought of was, “it’s good to read of a death not from COVID19”?

Nope. I was thinking the same thing.

Very sad news. Just keep on losing the greats, don't we? May he rest in peace. 

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On 3/29/2020 at 6:07 PM, UYI said:

Between Kenny Rogers the other week ago, Jan Howard last night, and now Joe Diffie, the country music community has had it ROUGH these last few weeks. So many losses! 

He wasn't in country music, but if we're talking music in general, add Bill Withers. So sad. 😥

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Damn. 16. That's way too young. 

Seriously, 2020, take a chill pill already. 

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Tom Dempsey, a longtime NFL kicker who set a league record for longest kick that wasn't eclipsed until 2013, has died after a battle with the coronavirus, his family told The New Orleans Times-Picayune/Advocate. He was 73. 

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The Times-Picayune/Advocate reported at least 15 residents of the Lambeth House center, including Tom Dempsey, have died after battles with COVID-19.

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Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot — which he kicked with — and was missing part of his right hand. But he carved out an 11-season career, starting with the Saints in 1969 and moving to the Eagles, Rams, Oilers and Bills. 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2020/04/04/tom-dempsey-dies-73-coronavirus-battle/2950040001/

I had never heard of him but he sounds like a prime example of the underdog finding success in America so I wanted to highlight him in this thread.

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49 minutes ago, Bunty said:

I had never heard of him but he sounds like a prime example of the underdog finding success in America so I wanted to highlight him in this thread.

Thanks for posting. I knew of him (very well), because I live in the Philly area, and he was kicking for the Eagles at the time I was starting to get into football. I vividly remember his special kicking shoe. Sad to hear of his passing.

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2 hours ago, rubaco said:

Thanks for posting. I knew of him (very well), because I live in the Philly area, and he was kicking for the Eagles at the time I was starting to get into football. I vividly remember his special kicking shoe. Sad to hear of his passing.

I remember him, too.  He was one hell of a kicker.

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This thread is not meant to be a collection of obituaries, but rather a place for us to pay respect (or not) to the recently departed celebrities*.  If you're leaving a link to an obituary, please also provide some sort of personal context about the deceased.  (* For this thread, a celebrity is an entertainment or widely recognized figure.)

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