Celebrity Deaths

Mark Linkous, Dead at 47

In MemoriumMark Linkous was 47. He was the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist for the alternative rock band Sparklehorse.

Here's Sparklehorse's appropriately titled "Sick of Goodbyes".


Andrew Koenig, Dead at 41

In MemoriumAndrew Koenig was 41. He played the role of Richard "Boner" Stabone in Growing Pains.


Doug Fieger from The Knack, Dead at 57

In MemoriumDoug Fieger was 57. He was the lead singer of the rock band The Knack who had a hit in 1979 with "My Sharona".


Pauly Fuemana of OMC, Dead at 40

In MemoriumPauly Fuemana was 40. He was the frontman for OMC, the New Zealand duo who found fame with the hit song "How Bizarre".

I was newly married when "How Bizarre" broke and my wife was a big fan of the tune. The song guaranteed OMC a spot on a whole bunch of One-Hit-Wonder lists.


J.D. Salinger, Dead at 91

In MemoriumJ.D. Salinger was 91. He was the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned.


Zelda Rubinstein, Dead at 76

In MemoriumZelda Rubinstein was 76. She was the diminutive character actress with the childlike voice who was best known as the psychic called in to rid a suburban home of demonic forces in the 1982 horror movie "Poltergeist."


Pernell Roberts, Dead at 81

In MemoriumPernell Roberts was 81. He played the eldest Cartwright brother in TV's "Bonanza" and had the lead role in "Trapper John, M.D.".


Paul Quarrington, Dead at 56

In MemoriumPaul Quarrington was 56. He was an award-winning author, filmmaker, playwright and musician who gained national acclaim with his rock 'n' roll novel "Whale Music."


Kate McGarrigle, Dead at 63

In MemoriumKate McGarrigle was 63. She was the Canadian folk and roots music singer best known for her work with her sister, Anna, as the McGarrigle Sisters.

The Kate and Anna McGarrigle song I remember most fondly is The Log Driver's Waltz from a certain NFB animated short we all know and love.


Carl Smith, Dead at 82

In MemoriumCarl Smith was 82. He was the country music hitmaker of the 1950s and 1960s known for his dynamic voice and good looks. He had 41 chart singles during the 1950s, including the hits "Are You Teasing Me," "Back Up Buddy," and "Hey Joe!".



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