The RIP Thread

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  1. Tribble

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    Alan Simpson of writing duo Galton and Simpson has died at the age of 87, his manager has said.

    The pair created sitcoms including Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

    Simpson had undergone a "long battle with lung disease", manager Tessa Le Bars said.


    www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38906672
     
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    Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has been found dead.

    The former Sunday Times columnist and reality TV star, 45, had received treatment in 2016 for a non-malignant brain tumour.

    Officers were called to her flat in Bramham Gardens, South Kensington, at 13:40 GMT. A woman in her 40s was found dead at the scene, the Met Police said.

    The death is being treated as unexplained. Her next of kin and the coroner have been informed.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38911818
     
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    There was something quite endearing about Tara Palmer-Tonkinson.
     
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    Geez, 2016 was just warming up. Richard Hatch seemed to have spent his whole career trying to live BG down, then live up to it. It was great he had a key role in the remake, because it proved he was actually a really good actor, which you might not have noticed in the original.

    It was nice to know Galton and Simpson were still with us so long after their classics arrived, so the comedy world got a little sadder today. Just a brilliant meeting of minds. RIP.

    Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, 45 is no age to go, she was pretty dotty but didn't appear to bear any malice. I agree with Graylien, she was an entertaining personality and it's a shame she ended up like that. RIP.
     
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    Obituary: Alan Simpson

    Alan Simpson formed, with Ray Galton, one of the great television scriptwriting partnerships.
    Their early work with Tony Hancock pioneered what became known as situation comedy.
    They went on to create Steptoe and Son, which became the most watched comedy on TV over its 12-year run.
    But, although they continued to write, they failed to replicate the success of their early work.

    Alan Simpson was born in Brixton, London on 27 November 1929.
    After leaving school, he obtained a job as a shipping clerk before contracting tuberculosis. He became so ill that he was not expected to live and was given the last rites.
    However, he survived, and while a patient in a sanatorium in Surrey he found himself alongside another teenage TB sufferer named Ray Galton.
    Galton never forgot his first sight of his future partner, 6ft 4in tall with a build to match. "He was the biggest bloke I'd ever seen."

    They discovered a shared love of American humorists such as Damon Runyon and had both listened to the BBC radio comedy programmes Take It From Here and The Goon Shows.
    Their first work together was for hospital radio. Have You Ever Wondered was based on their experiences in the sanatorium, which was played out in 1949.

    When Simpson left hospital he was asked by a local church concert party to write a show and he roped in Ray Galton to help. They also began sending one-liners to the BBC, which secured them a job writing for a struggling radio show called Happy-Go-Lucky.
    The pair also linked up with several other promising new comedy writers and performers of the time, notably Eric Sykes, Peter Sellers, Frankie Howerd and Tony Hancock.

    They were quickly tiring of the format of radio comedy shows of the time which included music, sketches and one-liners, and hankered after something with more depth.
    They came up with the idea of comedy where all the humour came from the situations in which characters find themselves. Tony Hancock liked the idea and Hancock's Half Hour was born.

    It is often credited as the first true radio sitcom, although two other shows of the time, A Life of Bliss and Life with the Lyons, were already using the format in 1954 when Hancock first aired.
    Over the following five years the writers developed the format, often taking cues from a new generation of playwrights such as John Osborne and Harold Pinter.

    The pace of each show became slow and more measured, in direct contrast to the speedy wise-cracking delivery of contemporary radio comedians such as Ted Ray.
    Simpson himself appeared in early episodes as the unknown man who had to suffer Hancock's interminable monologues.

    In 1956 the series transferred to TV and ran until 1961. The final series was just entitled Hancock and it was that run which featured the best-known shows including The Blood Donor ("It was either that or join the Young Conservatives") and The Radio Ham, in which Hancock proves completely incapable of responding to a distress signal from a sinking yachtsman.

    Hancock, who was becoming increasingly self-critical and drinking heavily, sacked his writers in 1961. Unwilling to lose them, the BBC commissioned them to write scripts for Comedy Playhouse, a series of one-off sitcoms.
    One play, entitled, The Offer, spawned Steptoe and Son, the tale of two rag-and-bone merchants, a father and son, living in Oil Drum Lane, Shepherd's Bush.

    etc...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36249956
     
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    Richard Lyon, 93; became first Navy SEAL admiral
    By Julie Watson
    ASSOCIATED PRESS FEBRUARY 09, 2017
    SAN DIEGO — Richard Lyon, the first Navy SEAL to rise to the rank of admiral, died Friday in Oceanside, Calif. He was 93.

    Admiral Lyon enlisted in the Navy in 1942 while studying at Yale University. He was among the first to endure the SEAL training known as ‘‘Hell Week’’ in which trainees spend seven days with almost no sleep, running, swimming, and doing other drills.

    ‘‘He reminded me of James Bond,’’ said Kelly Sarber, who met Admiral Lyon as a child because her father was also a SEAL.

    Sarber recalled photos of Admiral Lyon and the other SEALs during the elite military team’s beginnings, showing them swimming with knives.

    Admiral Lyon served four decades in the Navy, including during World War II and the Korean War, and was among the first US troops to enter Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped. He later worked as an intelligence officer in northern China.

    An award-winning swimmer, he continued to body surf in competitions into his 70s, Sarber said. ...

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/o...dmiral-dies/riH2WJIVQXrPecgevDARmM/story.html

    Admiral Lyon stayed active in the SEAL community until his death and mentored young SEAL candidates until recently.
     
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    Was listening to HHH on the train earlier.
     
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    Dammit. Great photo though, appropriately.
     
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    Nice little tribute to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-38918043
     
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    Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda, whose superb vocal control made him a star on the international opera scene for half a century, has died at 91.

    He died on January 8th after a heart attack at his home in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, his daughter told the French magazine Forum Opera on Thursday night.

    She had kept his death secret for a month, the magazine added.

    The Royal Swedish Operat and the mayor of Tolochenaz, just outside Lausanne, confirmed his death to AFP.

    With a diverse repertoire and an exceptionally long career, Gedda was one of the opera greats of the 20th century, alongside stars such as Maria Callas, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.


    http://www.thelocal.se/20170210/swedish-tenor-nicolai-gedda-dies-aged-91
     
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    blame the all day drinking spree for that
     
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    Stanley Bard, 82, who ran Chelsea Hotel as a bohemian sanctuar
    By Sam Roberts
    NEW YORK TIMES FEBRUARY 17, 2017

    NEW YORK — Stanley Bard, a Robin Hood of innkeepers who nurtured talented writers and artists and tolerated assorted deadbeats as the manager and part-owner of the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan for more than 40 years, died Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 82.

    The cause was a stroke, his son, David, said.

    The Chelsea, a venerable 12-story Victorian Gothic structure on West 23rd Street, was already a New York cultural landmark with a reputation as a bohemian sanctuary when Mr. Bard’s father, David, bought an ownership stake in it in 1947. (Mark Twain and Thomas Wolfe, among others, had stayed there.) Stanley Bard began working there in 1957 as a plumber’s assistant with a college degree.

    When his father died in 1964, Mr. Bard took over as manager and began running the hotel with a studied obliviousness until he was forced out in a power struggle in 2007. ...

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/ob..._campaign=email_BG_TodaysHeadline&s_campaign=
     
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    Best-selling Miffy the rabbit author Dick Bruna dies.


    The Dutch creator of Miffy the cartoon rabbit has died aged 89, his publishers have announced.

    Writer and illustrator Dick Bruna died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday night in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39007462
     
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-39006899
     
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    I liked Peter Skellern.
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    Peter Skellern - a name from decades ago, but I had no idea he lived and died in Cornwall.
     
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    That was a surprise for me too.
     
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    Wrestler George "The Animal" Steele died today at 79. I don't follow wrestling, but I mention him because he was terrific as Tor Johnson in the film Ed Wood. Time for go to bed, George! RIP.
     
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    Just found out the prolific artist Alan Aldridge died, one of the most 1960s-looking artists ever, designed countless book covers. His Illustrated Beatles Lyrics book is much beloved of those of a certain age. RIP.
     
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    That's very sad new.....The Man with kaleidoscope eyes is no more.
     
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