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Re: The "someone-noteworthy-has-died" thread
« Reply #300 on: March 12, 2018, 12:29:24 PM »

Someone the older Brits here will remember: Ken Dodd has died, aged 90

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Re: The "someone-noteworthy-has-died" thread
« Reply #301 on: March 12, 2018, 04:41:56 PM »

"I haven't spoken to my mother-in-law for eighteen months-I don't like to interrupt her."

RIP Sir Ken Dodd
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« Reply #302 on: March 14, 2018, 10:57:23 AM »



Iconic Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies At 76

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with a debilitating motor neuron disease when he was 21. He went on to become one of the world's most prominent scientists.

Stephen Hawking died Wednesday after complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. He was 76.

The world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist was best known for his work on black holes. Hawking theorized that, contrary to the prevailing scientific belief that black holes were inescapable for all forms of matter and energy, they actually emitted a form of radiation ― now known as Hawking radiation. He also played a key role in the mathematical effort to unify Einstein’s general theory of relativity with the emergent field of quantum physics.

Hawking used his position as one of the world’s most famous scientists as a platform to discuss a wide range of issues, from the existence of extraterrestrial life to the nature of philosophy. He skyrocketed to public prominence in 1988, when he published his first general-audience book, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. The cosmology treatise has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling science books of all time.

In 1963, when he was just 21 years old, Hawking was famously diagnosed with the debilitating motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Though 80 percent of those with ALS die within five years of diagnosis, and Hawking’s own doctors gave him roughly two years to live, he survived for decades, perhaps longer than any other patient with the disease in medical history. Hawking used a wheelchair to move around and a sophisticated computer system to speak for much of his time as a public figure.

The physicist’s inspiring ― and turbulent ― personal story was dramatized in the 2014 movie “The Theory of Everything,” which was based on a memoir by Hawking’s first wife, Jane Wilde. Actor Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Hawking in the film won him an Oscar for best actor.
Hawking was born on Jan. 8, 1942 ― the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death ― in Oxford, England, to Frank, a physician specializing in tropical disease, and Isobel, a medical secretary. He and his three younger siblings grew up mostly in the town of St. Albans, just north of London, in what has been described as a highly intellectually-engaged home.

At the St. Albans School, Hawking was an indifferent student, preferring to spend his time playing board games and tinkering with computers. But he nonetheless gained admittance to his father’s alma mater, University College at Oxford University, in 1959, at the age of 17.

Upon arriving at Oxford, Hawking toyed with the idea of studying either math or medicine before eventually settling on physics. His attitude toward academic work remained lackadaisical in college. He rarely attended lectures and has said that he spent only 1,000 hours on studies during his three years at Oxford, or just an hour a day.

Still, Hawking’s natural brilliance started to shine through as an undergraduate ― and he apparently felt that his tutors resented him for doing so well with so little work. When he submitted his final thesis, it was given a grade on the border between first-class honors and second-class honors, so Hawking had to face an oral exam that would determine his grade. Knowing his reputation, he reportedly told his examiners, “If you award me a First, I will go to Cambridge. If I receive a Second, I shall stay in Oxford, so I expect you will give me a First.”

He got a First. And, as promised, Hawking enrolled in graduate school at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1962, studying under the physicist Dennis Sciama and the famed astronomer Fred Hoyle. He became interested in the then-nascent study of black holes and singularities, the existence of which had been implied by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
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Re: The "someone-noteworthy-has-died" thread
« Reply #303 on: March 31, 2018, 11:00:24 AM »

Bill Maynard latterly of 'Carry On' and 'Heartbeat' fame has died at the age of 89. I remember him at the Pier theatre in Weymouth when I was a boy ! R.I.P.

''Bill Maynard, who has died at the age of 89, was best known as the loveable rogue Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, in the police drama Heartbeat. But he had a long and sometimes difficult career that took him from variety shows to cinema and network television. In real life Maynard shared many similarities with his best known character, a predilection for racehorses, greyhounds and booze.''

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-20716037
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« Reply #305 on: April 04, 2018, 10:26:28 PM »

Winnie Mandela died a couple of days ago. She was 81.




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Re: The "someone-noteworthy-has-died" thread
« Reply #306 on: April 05, 2018, 10:23:49 AM »

Ray Wilkins R.I.P.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/04/ray-wilkins-former-england-midfielder-dies-aged-61

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/43644529

I had the privilege of seeing Ray Wilkins as he started his career at Chelsea and would have seen all home games and many, many away games, where Chelsea's game plan was simply for Ray Lewington to win the ball and give it to Wilkins.

I can honestly say he is one of the greatest players I have seen. His skill, audacity and passing were a joy to behold and the flair I witnessed was only rarely evident after he joined Man U and become one of many top quality players rather than being the star turn. It's a pity more isn't available on film, as is the case now.

He was Chelsea through and through and we should have stood by him when he was having problems and it say's much for the man that even after his departure, his loyalty and enthusiasm for the club never waned.

RIP Butch and thanks for everything.
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Re: The "someone-noteworthy-has-died" thread
« Reply #307 on: April 06, 2018, 08:57:00 AM »


Eric Bristow dead: Legendary darts player and five-time world champion dies aged 60 after heart attack


Eric Bristow, the legendary darts player and five-time world champion, has died aged 60, the Professional Darts Corporation has announced.

Bristow was at the Liverpool Echo Arena watching the Premier League darts when he collapsed, and was later confirmed dead after suffering a heart attack.

When the news broke of his passing, fans at the Echo Arena began singing “There’s only one Eric Bristow” in tribute to the player nicknamed the Crafty Cockney.

On stage, players Peter Wright and Daryl Gurney were also visibly upset on what turned into an emotional night.

The 60-year-old was inducted into the PDC hall of fame in 2005 and remained a popular figure amongst supporters of the sport, also working as a TV pundit for Sky Sports and appearing on ITV show I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here in 2012.

Bristow was awarded an MBE for his services to the sport in 1989, having won five world championships in a blistering spell of dominance between 1980 and 1986, as well as five world Masters titles.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn paid tribute to the late Bristow: “Eric will always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport.

"He was a tremendous player and a huge character and even after his retirement fans would travel for miles to meet him and see him play.

“Eric was never afraid of controversy, but he spoke as he found and was honest and straightforward which is what people admired about him.

"The PDC, and the sport of darts, will miss him.”
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Re: The "someone-noteworthy-has-died" thread
« Reply #308 on: April 06, 2018, 09:35:56 AM »


Eric Bristow, another sporting legend, taken far too soon.
RIP Crafty Cockney.
At least he died at the age of treble 20, even he would see the irony in this!
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Re: The "someone-noteworthy-has-died" thread
« Reply #309 on: April 06, 2018, 11:25:59 AM »

Jivvy. Eric Bristow visited the 'Queens Arms' in Constantine, Cornwall one night on a promo visit - it was some years ago. I'm not interested in Darts but I was there. He played some challenge matches and it was a very amiable evening.

This DX article has some nice pics you might enjoy :-

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/othersport/942041/Eric-Bristow-dead-Darts-heart-attack-legend-dies-PDC-Premier-League

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Re: The "someone-noteworthy-has-died" thread
« Reply #310 on: May 13, 2018, 06:52:59 PM »

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« Reply #311 on: May 16, 2018, 09:20:52 PM »

R.I.P. Ray Wilson . . .

''England’s 1966 World Cup-winning left-back Ray Wilson has died at the age of 83, his former clubs Huddersfield and Everton have announced. Wilson was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2004 and died on Tuesday evening.

“Huddersfield Town is devastated to learn of the passing of World Cup winner Ramon ’Ray’ Wilson MBE at the age of 83,” read a club statement. “Ray is arguably the most successful and best-known player ever to pull on a Huddersfield Town shirt, having been a key member of England’s World Cup-winning team in 1966.”

Wilson was part of the Everton team that won the FA Cup, also in 1966. In total he played 154 matches for the Merseyside club prior to his departure to Oldham Athletic in 1969. “Ray led the onset of a new breed of full-backs,” said Joe Royle, a former Goodison Park team-mate of Wilson’s. “Prior to Ray, they had all been sentinels, big, tall lads. Maybe third centre-backs, rather than full-backs
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https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/16/ray-wilson-england-1966-world-cup-winning-left-back-dies-huddersfield-town-everton
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Re: The "someone-noteworthy-has-died" thread
« Reply #312 on: August 06, 2018, 05:12:33 AM »

Barry Chuckle (on the left) has died aged 73.
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