2020 Deaths of Notables


Mowich
#31



Christie Blatchford: I have had dogs my whole life, but Obie Blatchford was my 'one'

I’ve never subscribed to the wedding-industry credo of “the one,” the idea that there is only one right man for a woman.

With personkind, as the PM says, it just doesn’t ring true for me.

But with dogs, it does: I have had dogs my whole life, and loved every one of them, but Obie Blatchford was my one: I was made for him, and he for me, and that was that.

He died on Tuesday, if not quite in my arms then at my feet.

He had a seizure, but these had become frequent enough that both of us were pretty good at handling them.

He’d crumble to the ground; I’d get down with him and talk and sing to him; my friend and neighbour Karen, whose dog Charlie was Obie’s best friend, would come running with a cold cloth and cluck over us both.

And sooner or later, Obie would get to his feet and we’d carry on as if nothing had happened.

I knew why he could react like this; he didn’t remember the seizure. But I was in deep denial, even as I could see the end around the corner.

At first, I was scared to death, but then seizures were our new normal and I began thinking that part of this was that he would always bounce back. He was so brave and resilient he fooled me.

But for two weeks, when I went to Scotland, we were together pretty much 24/7 since May. My longtime dog walker had moved out of the city, so I took the summer off to be with the big white lug, “magnificent bastard” as one of my friends once called him.

I realize now, in the awful still of the apartment, how attuned to one another we were. If I got up, he got up; if he got up, I was instantly alert and watched with a slit eye (anything more and he’d know I was awake) to see if he settled down. I moved with uncharacteristic stealth around the place, listening to his breathing, for his sighs and twitches and dog noises.

We spent the summer in the living room, me on the couch, him on a growing pile of blankets and pillows on the floor, or if I was lucky, on the couch with me.




Obie passed away on Tuesday. Supplied

By the end, he was held together by drugs, duct tape and will.

He had cruciate disease, which meant basically the ligaments in his back legs were shot, and his rear quarters dropped low and his gait was wobbly. He had kidney disease. And he had the seizures, likely, his great vet Ryan thought, caused by a tumour in his head.

(They don’t do brain surgery on dogs, so there seemed little point to getting a CT scan. Besides, I liked imagining whatever it was would go away; a scan would have stomped hard on that dream.)

My days were measured by a 12-hour pill, an every-eight-hours pill, and the ones he got morning and night. As long as they were covered in his reeking special-kidney-diet canned food, which cost more than steak, he took them without complaint.

But I wasn’t just his nurse and he wasn’t just a patient. He was still a dog. He was happy. Or that’s what I think and hope.

We took a tennis ball out with us at least once a day. He’d stretch out on the grass, nudge the ball with his nose and bat it about with his front feet, a far cry from the days of his youth, but it was something. We walked with Charlie and Karen every day; Charlie was his best medicine, because to him he was still a regular dog. God love Chuck; he still attacked him if he got too close to his food bowl.

We didn’t look alike, as the myth that owners and dogs grow to resemble one another has it. He looked like the actor Richard Gere, all lovely schnozz and small, smart, dark eyes; I looked like me.

But we were the same being. We looked tough, sometimes, but mush on the inside. The qualities he had in spades — goodness, kindness, clownishness — are nowhere near as abundant in me. I could only aspire to be as fine as him.

I am consoled somewhat by the fact he had a pretty big life.

We went to St. Andrews, N.B., a couple of times. He loved road trips, and would periodically bolt over the top of the passenger headrest and end up in the lap of whichever friend I was with. He loved hotels, especially the Lord Elgin in Ottawa: He’d bound into the lobby, properly confident in his irresistibly.

As an indication of how human beings can so resolutely believe in happy endings, despite all the evidence, I even found a new dog walker for him, Antoinette, because I’m back at work now. (I am of course haunted by the fear he knew that.) She had lost her own bull terrier, Stolee, last December; he was white, just like Obie, and she burst into tears at the sight of him.

She got to take him for all of one walk, on Tuesday. She videoed it for me: He was an outrageous show-off. Clearly, he wanted to impress her.

He was sleeping when I got home.

Two hours before he died, he was in the kitchen, barking at me for more lunch, leaping as best he could on those gimpy legs.

I had him for 13.5 years. Forever wouldn’t have been enough.

nationalpost.com/opinion/christie-blatchford-i-have-had-dogs-my-whole-life-but-obie-blatchford-was-my-one


I still get tears in my eyes when I read this column. All of us who love our pets know the heartbreak of seeing them cross to the Rainbow Bridge but few can express it as well as Christie did when she wrote about Obie's passing.
 
spaminator
#32
http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...ack-dead-at-40
 
spaminator
#33
http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...ood-hills-home
http://dramieharwick.com
 
spaminator
#34
http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...-k-media-rules
 
spaminator
#35
http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...fiancees-death
 
spaminator
#36
http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...ied-by-hanging
 
spaminator
#37
http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...2-million-bond
 
spaminator
#38
http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...ing-hit-by-car
 
Walter
#39
Hasni Mubarak has died.
 
Blackleaf
#40


Jens Nygaard Knudsen, who designed the iconic Lego minifigure with interchangeable legs and torsos, has died while in hospice care from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), his former colleague said Saturday.

The former designer, 78, died on Wednesday at a hospice centre where he had stayed for a week, according to Lego designer Niels Milan Pedersen, a former colleague of Nygaard Knudsen.

Milan Pedersen said: ‘His imagination was so fantastic. If we had a brainstorm it was more like a brain hurricane, because he had so many ideas.’

Nygaard Knudsen, who died at the Anker Fjord Hospice outside the small town of Hvide Sande on the Danish west coast, was a designer at the Danish toy brick maker from 1968 to 2000. He worked with developing the now legendary minifigure with movable arms and legs in the 1970s, before it was first released in 1978.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/metro.c...-12297033/amp/
 
Walter
+1
#41
Max von Sydow, Star of ‘Seventh Seal’ and ‘Exorcist,’ Dies at 90
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/09/m...ydow-dead.html

RIP
 
spaminator
#42
http://torontosun.com/news/national/...icted-son-dies
 
Walter
#43
Polish Composer Penderecki Dies At 86 After Long Illness
https://www.oann.com/polish-composer...-long-illness/

I have performed a number of his werks. RIP
 
spaminator
#44
http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...of-coronavirus
 
Blackleaf
#45
Eddie Large: Comedian dies aged 78 with coronavirus



Comedian Eddie Large, best known for being part of double act Little and Large, has died with coronavirus.

The star, 78, was a well known face on TV in the 1970s and 80s and was famous for his partnership with Syd Little.

His family confirmed the news "with great sadness" on Facebook, saying he had been suffering with heart failure and contracted the virus in hospital.

Little said he was "devastated" by the news. "He had been ill for a while but when it happens, it hits you," he said.

"We were together 60 years," he told BBC Radio Lancashire. "It wasn't like having a partner. We were friends."

The comedian's family said they had been unable to visit him in hospital due to restrictions around the coronavirus, "but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day".

"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he has achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them every week."

Reacting to the news, TV hosts Ant and Dec said the entertainer, who they recently worked with, "will be missed".

"He just loved making people laugh," they wrote.

Large, whose real name was Hugh McGinnis, was born in Glasgow but grew up in Manchester's Moss Side.

He formed double act Little and Large with Syd Little in 1960, after watching Little's set in a local pub, and joining him on stage to sing a Cliff Richard song.



They went on to win the talent show Opportunity Knocks and had a long-running comedy show on BBC One in the 1970s and 80s.

The sketch-based comedy show was as a fixture of Saturday evening TV, with Little mainly acting as the butt of Large's cheeky humour.

They largely stepped away from the limelight when the show ended in 1991, after doctors told Large his heart couldn't stand the rigours of touring their live show.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc...-arts-52136768
 
Walter
+1
#46
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Eddie Large: Comedian dies aged 78 with coronavirus

Comedian Eddie Large, best known for being part of double act Little and Large, has died with coronavirus.
The star, 78, was a well known face on TV in the 1970s and 80s and was famous for his partnership with Syd Little.
His family confirmed the news "with great sadness" on Facebook, saying he had been suffering with heart failure and contracted the virus in hospital.
Little said he was "devastated" by the news. "He had been ill for a while but when it happens, it hits you," he said.
"We were together 60 years," he told BBC Radio Lancashire. "It wasn't like having a partner. We were friends."
The comedian's family said they had been unable to visit him in hospital due to restrictions around the coronavirus, "but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day".
"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he has achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them every week."
Reacting to the news, TV hosts Ant and Dec said the entertainer, who they recently worked with, "will be missed".
"He just loved making people laugh," they wrote.
Large, whose real name was Hugh McGinnis, was born in Glasgow but grew up in Manchester's Moss Side.
He formed double act Little and Large with Syd Little in 1960, after watching Little's set in a local pub, and joining him on stage to sing a Cliff Richard song.

They went on to win the talent show Opportunity Knocks and had a long-running comedy show on BBC One in the 1970s and 80s.
The sketch-based comedy show was as a fixture of Saturday evening TV, with Little mainly acting as the butt of Large's cheeky humour.
They largely stepped away from the limelight when the show ended in 1991, after doctors told Large his heart couldn't stand the rigours of touring their live show.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc...-arts-52136768

It’ll be listed as a Xi flu death to bulk up the number so the gubmints can take more liberties away from the citizens.
 
Walter
+1
#47
Bill Withers, Soulful Singer Of ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ Dead At 81
https://www.oann.com/singer-bill-wit...stone-reports/

Wonderful singer. RIP
 
Blackleaf
+1
#48
Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

It’ll be listed as a Xi flu death to bulk up the number so the gubmints can take more liberties away from the citizens.

Correct. Notice how it says 'with' rather than 'of'.
 
Blackleaf
#49
Coronavirus: Lord Bath dies after contracting Covid-19

BBC News
5 April 2020



Lord Bath has died at the age of 87 after contracting coronavirus.

Longleat, the park and home he ran, announced on Twitter the 7th Marquess of Bath died on Saturday at the Royal Bath United Hospital.

He was admitted there on 28 March where it was confirmed he had the virus.

In the statement, his family appealed for privacy and thanked the medical team which "cared so professionally and compassionately" for him in his final days.


The aristocrat was known for his flamboyant style of dress

Longleat Safari Park confirmed the news on Facebook, expressing their "deepest sadness" at his death.

It added: "The family would like to express their great appreciation for the dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other staff who cared so professionally and compassionately for Alexander in these extremely difficult times for everyone."




https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-52173794
 
petros
#50
Lord Bath should have went through a no touch car wash.
 
spaminator
#51
http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...-tommy-douglas
 
Mockingbird
#52
Quote: Originally Posted by spaminator View Post

http://torontosun.com/entertainment/...-tommy-douglas

Sad news.
 
Avro52
#53
Quote: Originally Posted by Mockingbird View Post

Sad news.

Indeed. RIP.
 
Blackleaf
#54

'She will live forever as Pussy Galore': Tributes pour in for James Bond and Avengers actress Honor Blackman who has died from natural causes age 94




Tributes have poured in for legendary Bond girl and Avengers actress Honor Blackman who has died aged 94.

The star, best known for her iconic role as Pussy Galore opposite Sean Connery's Bond in Goldfinger, passed away from natural causes at her home in Lewes, Sussex surrounded by loved ones, her family announced today.

In a statement, they said: 'It's with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Honor Blackman aged 94.

'She died peacefully of natural causes at home in Lewes, Sussex surrounded by her family.

'She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her two adopted children Barnaby and Lottie, and her four grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive and Toby.'

David Walliams led the tributes after news of her death, tweeting: 'Farewell Honor Blackman. She will live forever as Pussy Galore in 'Goldfinger'.'

Piers Morgan wrote: 'RIP Honor Blackman, 94. A wonderful actress, and my favourite of all the Bond girls when she played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.

'She died of natural causes. Her family said she was 'an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess'. Yes she was. What a life.

Actor Joe McGann, who starred alongside Blackman in the ITV series The Upper Hand, tweeted: 'Just heard the very sad news that dear Honor has died.

'What a woman she was - fiercely bright, superbly funny and a wonderful actress on screen and onstage. I loved every day of working with her and I loved and respected her with all my heart. RIP.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...d-aged-94.html
 
spaminator
#55
http://torontosun.com/news/world/lin...dal-dies-at-70
 

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