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Bleeding Cool just posted on their website that actor Richard Hatch has died at the age of 71. Cause of death was pancreatic cancer. He, of course, starred in the original Battlestar Galactica in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and appeared in the remake in 2003.

The Bleeding Cool article can be found here:

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/07/richard-hatch-battlestar-galactica-dies-71/
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Emmy-winning VFX designer and co-founder of Foundation Imaging passed away last week at the age of 59, after a short battle with liver disease.

Thornton began his entertainment career at the BBC, creating props and miniatures for Doctor Who and Blake's 7. He emigrated to the US in 1984, working on such genre films as Real Genius, Spaceballs, and Robot Jox. He was working on a project with Todd Rundgren when he was approached by the producers of Babylon 5, then still in development; the one-minute video of proposed effects he created was instrumental in selling the series to Warner Brothers Television.

Thornton received his Emmy for B5's pilot episode, The Gathering, and went on to receive additional nominations for his work on Star Trek: Voyager and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

A GoFundMe campaign was started two months ago for his medical bills, and will remain open to assist his wife with his final expenses.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ron-thornton-dead-babylon-5-visual-effects-designer-was-59-949981
 
 
 
 
 
 
As reported in Locus today. Scalzi has some thoughts on her legacy:

Aside from her considerable talents as an author, Tepper stands as a reminder that it’s never too late to write. Tepper didn’t publish her first novel until 1983, when she was in her 54th year of life; she wrote something like 40 total, the most recent published in 2014. It’s never too late to write; it’s never too late to write a classic novel; it’s never too late to be a great writer, whether or not the genre has entirely caught up with you yet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actor Gene Wilder died yesterday at the age of 83. Cause of death was given as complications from Alzheimer's disease.

His genre credits were starring roles in the movies Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein.
 
 
 
 
 
 


JMS was right - G_d needs to pick on someone else's series.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This one came as a complete surprise. Actor Anton Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot films, died today at the age of 27. Friends found him at his home yesterday, pinned between his car and a brick wall. He was pronounced dead today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just learned that Sylvia Anderson, co-producer of various Supermarionation series, including Thunderbirds, died yesterday at the age of 88. So far, the only mention of COD was that she died "following a short illness."
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actor Bruce Hyde died this past Tuesday. Perhaps his best remembered role was as Lt. Kevin Riley in the original Star Trek.

Hyde was also a professor emeritus of communication studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Cause of death was throat cancer. He was 74.
 
 
 
 
 
 
British fan Don West died Friday of recently-diagnosed, inoperable lung cancer.

He was a brilliant cartoonist and talented writer. Lucy Huntzinger's post says it far better than I can.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I read earlier today that Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen in the 1950s series The Adventures Of Superman, died yesterday at the age of 87. I haven't seen anything listing a specific cause of death.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yesterday, I read that director Wes Craven died yesterday at the age of 76. Cause of death was brain cancer. His best-known contribution to the genre was probably the movie A Nightmare On Elm Street.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reports are that fanzine fan Ned Brooks fell from his roof this morning and died. Over the years, I received both "It Came in the Mail," and "It Goes on the Shelf" from him. And some really neat mimeo gear, too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actress Yvonne Craig died on Monday. Best known for her role as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon in the 1960s Batman TV series, she also appeared in the original Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy," and in the movie Mars Needs Women.

Craig was 78. Cause of death was complications from breast cancer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actor Patrick Macnee died today at his home in California. According to his website, he "died a natural death." He was 93.

He was, of course, best known for his role as British spy John Steed in The Avengers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read on Yahoo! News that Sir Christopher Lee died Sunday at the age of 93, but his death wasn't announced until today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that author Tanith Lee died on May 24 at the age of 67. I haven't been able to find much in the way of details; her Wikipedia entry simply states that she died in her sleep after a long illness. (Does anyone know of any other details?)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Both Bleeding Cool and SciFiNow magazines have reported that longtime Marvel artist Herb Trimpe died April 13 at the age of 75. Perhaps best known as the seminal 1970s artist of The Incredible Hulk, he has be described as a co-creator or the first artist to draw the character Wolverine (in The Incredible Hulk #180, October 1974).
 
 
 
 
 
 
I saw somewhere online that past Worldcon chair Peggy Rae Sapienza has died, but I didn't catch any details. Does anyone have any more information?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author Sir Terry Pratchett died today at the age of 66. Cause of death has been mentioned as final complications from Alzheimer's Disease. The note at Bleeding Cool's website says that he died at home, surrounded by his family:

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/03/12/discworld-author-sir-terry-pratchett-passes-away-at-66/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

I would like to note the motto on his arms, as shown on his Wikipedia article: "Noli Timere Messorem" -- Don't fear the Reaper.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm guessing that most of this community has already heard the news, but I'm posting this for the record. Actor/director Leonard Nimoy died today at the age of 83. Cause of death (according to Wikipedia) was complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

And do I really have to list his contributions to the genre?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Terri Luanna Mountainborne Robinson da Silva, daughter of Spider and the late Jeanne Robinson, is now in The Undiscovered Country, occurring Friday, December 5th, 2014, at the age of 40 years, due to Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (which she described as "the most common form of breast cancer"). Waiting for their time to greet her again are her father Spider Robinson, her husband Heron da Silva, her daughter Marissa ("Miss M"), and a huge extended family of relatives and intimate friends, as well as many, many more distant friends around the world.

The announcement came from Laurie O'Neal ("Auntie L") on Terri's WordPress weblog about her life with cancer, "gracefulwomanwarrior" [ http :// gracefulwomanwarrior . com ], and on her Facebook page [ https :// www. facebook . com / pages / Gracefulwomanwarrior / 247095598695612 ] (remove spaces to access the links, of course).

With the name Luanna Mountainborne, she was depicted as dancing on Luna in 1/6 gravity in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein.

A crowdfunding request for her medical expenses is at [ https :// www . youcaring . com / medical - fundraiser / terri - s - stage - 4 - cancer - fight / 269274 ]

A crowdfunding request for her memorial is at [ http :// www . gofundme . com / icqknk ]

(Again, remove spaces to access the links.)

This information comes from openly accessible web pages and public announcements, no confidences are being violated.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actor Ken Weatherwax, who played Pugsley Addams in the 1960s TV series The Addams Family, died Sunday. He was 59, and cause of death was a heart attack.

According to the obituary I read on Yahoo!, there will be two funerals -- one for the family, and one for the fans.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Producer Glen Larson died on November 14 from esophageal cancer. He was 77.

His genre credits include the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, Automan, and Manimal. He was also involved in the development of The Six Million Dollar Man for television.
 
 
 
 
 
 
As reported in File 770, Montreal fan, convention runner, and Aurora Award winner Ann Methe died of cancer on October 5.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Judie Cilcain died Sunday after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year. She was OE of StippleAPA for years and an active contributor as long as she could be. Judie was also a member of Minneapa back in the day, and active in Minn-StF when I first became involved with the club in the early 1980s.

More info & grieved ramblings on my LJ.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This was a punch to the gut that I wasn't expecting. Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead today at his home in Tiburon, California. His death is being investigated, but initial evidence points to "suicide due to asphyxia." He was 63.

His most notable genre role, of course, was as Mork from Ork. Initially a one-shot guest role on Happy Days, the character proved to be so popular that he was spun off into Mork & Mindy in 1978. He was also the voice of the Genie in the Disney animated movie Aladdin.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author Lawrence Santoro died on July 25 following a bout with cancer. Santoro was the producers of the podcast Tales to Terrify and the author of numerous short stories, many of which were collected into Drink for the Thirst to Come in 2011. Santoro was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award twice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeff Canfield, deputy vice chair of ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon, and chairman of the Sacramento in 1991 Westercon bid, died April 9, 2014.

While Jeff largely gafiated after ConFrancisco, his influence on the convention was large. I count him as one of my influences in getting involved with fandom due to my extensive involvement with the 1991 Westercon bid and with Sacramento's local convention at that time, Eclecticon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actor Bob Hoskins died yesterday at the age of 71. Cause of death was pneumonia. His genre roles include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, the 2009 production of A Christmas Carol, Neverland, and Snow White And The Huntsman.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I got this from Bill Higgins's beamjockey LJ. Bill Patterson, the writer of the authorized biography of Robert Heinlein, has died. He gave a link to an obituary at the Tor website:

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/04/william-h-patterson-jr-in-memoriam
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cheryl Morgan mentioned this on her blog several days ago. Hugo and Campbell Award-winng author Lucius Shepard died on March 20, at the age of 70.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actress Kate O'Mara died earlier today at the age of 74. Her best known genre role was probably as The Rani in Doctor Who (appearing opposite Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy), although she also made appearances in The Champions, The Avengers, and The Horror Of Frankenstein.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that Harold Ramis died today from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He was 69.

His best known genre credit was his role as Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters movies. He was also the director of the movie Groundhog Day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actor Russell Johnson died today of natural causes (his entry on Wikipedia states kidney failure). He was 89.

While best known for his role as The Professor on Gilligan's Island, his credits include appearances on The Adventures Of Superman, This Island Earth, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Wonder Woman, and Beyond Westworld.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minneapolis fan Ericka Johnson died peacefully early Saturday evening. Sympathy to Peter Hentges, her partner of several decades, and her friends near and far.

I met Ericka back in the 1980s when we worked on conventions together. She was bright, capable, and a pleasure to be. Fandom is a bit less bright with her gone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actor Peter O'Toole died yesterday at the age of 81. He did have one genre credit; the 1984 film Supergirl.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that animation producer Lou Scheimer, founder of Filmation, died earlier this week, just two days before his 85th birthday. Cause of death was complications from Parkinson's Disease.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I read last night that astronaut Scott Carpenter died yesterday at the age of 88. Cause of death was complications following a stroke suffered last month.

Carpenter's death leaves John Glenn as the last surviving Mercury astronaut.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just learned that fan artist Delphyne Woods died earlier this month. I haven't been able to find any other details.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Per the Sasquan Facebook page, Bobbie DuFault, co-chair of Sasquan, passed away this morning from unknown causes. From the Facebook post:

Bobbie DuFault passed away earlier today. We don't know WHAT happened yet, just that she died peacefully in her sleep. The family asks for time and space to process this. Please do not call, or try to come up. There will be an announcement as to a gathering later.
-- from Gene Armstrong and Gibbit Rhys-Jones
 
 
 
 
 
 
Writer Ann Crispin, aka A.C. Crispin, died today after a protracted battle with cancer. Just three days ago, she posted a farewell message to her fans on Facebook.

Tor has posted an obituary and tribute on their website:

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/09/ac-crispin-obit
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some of you may have already heard, but I just read that writer and editor (among other things) Frederik Pohl died yesterday at the age of 93.
 
 
 
 
 
 
On July 18th Alexander Martin "Marty" Gear, beloved Masquerade director for Balticon for many years and master costumer and con-runner died in his sleep at home in Columbia, MD.

On August 8th, Ellen "Rhi" Denissen, wife of Rick and mother of Briana died of a stroke. She was a Baltimore resident until 2006 when her family moved to Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actress Karen Black died today at the age of 74, after a two-year battle with cancer. She appeared in a number of horror films, but her best-known genre roles were in Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock's last film) and the TV-movie Trilogy Of Terror.
 
 
 
 
 
 
After just posting the notification of Michael Ansara's death, I have to ask the annual question. Since Mr. Ansara just died three days ago, I will assume that he passing came too late to be included in the Memorial List for LoneStarCon3, and will instead be on the Memorial List for Loncon3.

The question is: What was the cutoff point for LoneStarCon3, and who was the last death, chronologically speaking, to be included on the Memorial List? Also, who was the first death for the Loncon3 Memorial List?
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read that actor Michael Ansara died on July 31, after what has been described as "a long illness." He was 91.

While his best known genre role was that of the Klingon Kang in three of the Star Trek series (and the obituaries I have seen have led with that), he had a number of other genre roles, including Killer Kane in Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, and voicing Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series. He also appeared in episodes of The Time Tunnel, The Outer Limits, Lost In Space, and I Dream Of Jeannie (which starred his then-wife Barbara Eden).
 
 
 
 
 
 
Writer Richard Matheson died on 6/23/2013. He wrote novels like I Am Legend and Twilight Zone episodes like "Nightmare at 20,000 ft."
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just read on John Scalzi's blog that Iain M. Banks died today from the inoperable cancer he had been diagnosed with in April. He was 59.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew Greeley, Catholic priest, sociologist, and novelist, passed away on 29 May 2013 in Chicago. A prolific author of nonfiction and best-selling fiction, Father Greeley's novels God Game and The Final Planet were science fiction.
 
 
 
 
 
 
According to Locus Online, Jack Vance passed away on Sunday, 26 May at the age of 96.

He was a prolific writer of science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries, known for The Dying Earth and its sequels, the Demon Princes series, Big Planet, The Languages of Pao, "The Last Castle," and many more. He won Hugo and Nebula awards and was named a Grand Master by SFFWA.

Vance's own site has details.