17 December 2012
Heartbroken at the breaking news that cancer campaigner, podcaster (You, Me and the Big C), journalist and teacher, Dame Deborah James, after fighting bowel cancer since 2016, lost the battle today, aged 40.
Her family released a statement on Instagram just over an hour ago:
We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.
Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives.
Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring.
We thank you for giving us time in private as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy long into the future through the @bowelbabefund
Thank you for playing your part in her journey, you are all incredible.
She was one helluva incredible lady; funny, brave, and always very open about her struggle with the disease.
On Monday 9 May she announced she was no longer receiving treatment, “My body just can’t continue anymore,” and that she was receiving hospice care at her parents home. By the end of that week she had raised nearly another £6.7 million, which is sure to go up again on the sad news.
On the Thursday of that week, outside of the normal honours awards of the Queen’s Birthday and New Year’s honours list, it was announced she was to be made a Dame, unusual in itself, to ensure she actually received the award before her death, Prince William visited her parents home the next day to confer the award.
She will be sadly missed.
…and Lady, a 21 John salute is more than deserved…
RIP Dame Deborah Anne James DBE (1 October 1981 – 28 June 2022)
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11 November 2010
RIP Nichelle Nichols. This is definitely one of those “we knew it was coming for a while” things, but very sad nonetheless. She was a legend.
Actress and singer Nichelle Nichols, best known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek: The Original Series,” has died at age 89, according to a statement from her son, Kyle Johnson.
“Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration,” Johnson said in a statement shared to Nichols’ official site on Sunday. “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”
Nichols died from natural causes, he said.
Nichols portrayed communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura in the “Star Trek” TV series and many of its film offshoots.
When “Star Trek” began in 1966, Nichols was a television rarity: a Black woman in a notable role on a prime-time television series. There had been African-American women on TV before, but they often played domestic workers and had small roles; Nichols’ Uhura was an integral part of the multicultural “Star Trek” crew.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called it “the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a Black woman in television history.”
Nichols is widely known for participating in one of the first interracial kisses on US television when her character kissed James T. Kirk, portrayed by White Canadian actor William Shatner. In an interview with CNN in 2014, Nichols said the kiss scene “changed television forever, and it also changed the way people looked at one another.”
After “Trek’s” three-season run, Nichols dedicated herself to the space program. She helped NASA in making the agency more diverse, helping to recruit astronauts Sally Ride, Judith Resnik and Guion Bluford, among others.
George Takei, who portrayed the USS Enterprise’s helmsman Hikaru Sulu, posted a touching tribute to his co-star.
“I shall have more to say about the trailblazing, incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lt. Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who passed today at age 89,” wrote Takei on Twitter. “For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shining like the stars you now rest among, my dearest friend.”
“We lived long and prospered together,” he added with a photo of the pair making the iconic Vulcan salute.
The National Air and Space Museum called Nichols “an inspiration to many, not just for her groundbreaking work on Star Trek but also through her work with NASA to recruit women and people of color to apply to become astronauts” on Twitter.
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11 June 2015
6 May 2018
Judith Durham, the Australian singer, songwriter and musician, who was the lead singer of the Seekers, died in Melbourne on 5 August 2022, aged 79.
Her singing voice had been described as “ethereal”, and ABC News (Australia) remarked: “The Seekers were unlike anything of their time and lead singer Judith Durham was a ‘shining star’ with the ‘voice of an angel’.”
The Seekers were the first Australian pop music group to achieve major success in the UK and US, selling over 50 million records worldwide.
Their major hits included:
* I’ll Never Find Another You – 1964 – Australian and UK number 1, which reached number 3 in Canada and 4 in the US.
* The Carnival Is Over – 1965 – Australian and UK number 1.
* Georgy Girl – 1966 – Australian and Canadian number 1, US number 2, UK number 3.
RIP Judith Durham AO (3 July 1943 – 5 August 2022)
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And in the end
The love you take is equal to the love you make
11 June 2015
Oh, I loved Judith. I was listening to the Seekers on headphones just last night. Her vibrato was so pure and moving. I believe the beginning of this video from 1964 was the first time I ever heard of Abbey Road Studios.
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You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead
17 December 2012
Sad to hear the breaking news that singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has passed away in California this morning at the age of 73.
Probably most famous for her role as Sandy in the classic musical Grease, she was also known for bravely being open about her battle with breast cancer thirty years ago — at a time when cancer, let alone breast cancer, was rarely mentioned — and she continued to campaign, advocate and fundraise on cancer issues for the rest of her life.
Her first major hit was a cover of If Not for You in 1971, likely influenced by George’s version as she also recorded versions of What Is Life and Behind That Locked Door , so it seems she was a fan of George’s All Things Must Pass album.
Here are the three songs compiled as a fantasy All Things Must Pass EP…
RIP Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE (26 September 1948 – 8 August 2022)
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1 December 2009
ONJ was a part of my life from my earliest schooldays (household copy of “22 Explosive Hits”, one of which was her Dylan cover RN mentioned. There’s also no need for mentioning her later huge 70s country pop smashes, nor “Physical”, nor that leather outfit and breathy “tell me about it…stud” that took my ten-year old breath away, nor the amazing run of amazing hit singles she had well into the 80s, nor her well cultivated California grass skills. An amazing talent.
Fuck cancer as always, now more than ever.
Rest in Xanadu, Dame Olivia
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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty.
17 June 2021
The Pogues bass player, Darryl Hunt passed away on Monday. He was their roadie before replacing the original bass player, Cait O’ Riordan in September 1986. Darryl was also a singer-songwriter and wrote great songs, especially ‘Love You ‘Till The End ‘ which was featured on The Pogues’ 1996 album ‘Pogue Mahone’.
(4th May 1950 – 8th August 2022)
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