Questions tagged [in-memoriam]

This tag should be used on posts relating to figures that are important to the Science Fiction and Fantasy:SE community who've recently passed away.

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RIP Stan Lee, Marvel Comics legend

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee died at age 95 from causes unknown as of now. Stan Lee Dead at 95 The creator of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and many more superheroes died today, leaving behind a ...
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RIP Terry Pratchett

I'm incredibly sad to find out Terry Pratchett, possibly my favorite fantasy author, finally passed away. Went into the endless desert. Left early to avoid the rush. Kicked the bucket. I find this ...
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RIP Ursula le Guin

Ursula K. le Guin, one of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers of all time, sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Her writing career spans six decades, from 1959 right up until ...
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RIP Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca Actor

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy of films, has died at the age of 74. RIP
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RIP Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien, son and literary executor of JRR Tolkien, has died at the age of 95. Christopher was involved in the creation of The Lord of the Rings, notably drawing the maps in the back and ...
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Carrie Fisher has passed away

I'm very saddened to hear about the passing of Carrie Fisher, [she] drowned in moonlight, strangled by [her] own bra. This is how she wanted it to be reported... In all seriousness she was an ...
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RIP Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee, best known for his portrayal of dark and terrible characters such as Count Dracula in six Hammer House of Horror films, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, and ...
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RIP: Adam West, star of Batman

Adam West, star of the 1960 Batman TV series has passed away at the age of 88. A well-recognised actor who struggled to find regular employment after Batman, West never allowed his shortcomings as an ...
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RIP Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle, the first author to write a novel on a computer, passed away September 8th, at the age of 84. He has a long list of science fiction novels, and he has his own tag here on SFF: jerry-...
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Game over, man … Game over

On February 25, 2017 Bill Paxton, one of only two actors to have the distinction of being killed by a Xenomorph, a Predator and a Terminator, passed away due to complications from surgery. Sci-fi ...
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Alberto Uderzo RIP: fantasy (Getafix and his magic potion) and laughter were his gifts

I read in the news today that at the age of 92, Alberto Uderzo passed away from a heart attack. He and René Goscinny brought us Astérix and Obélix, those zany and funny Gauls, and a variety of Roman ...
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In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy

It is my sad duty to inform the community that Leonard Nimoy has beamed up for the last time. He will truly "Live long and prosper" in all our memories. RIP
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RIP Rene Auberjonois - Star Trek DS9 Actor and Director

Rene Auberjonois has died at the age of 79. He is best known for his role as Constable Odo in Deep Space Nine as well as directing a number of Star Trek episodes including the critically acclaimed DS9:...
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RIP Terry Jones

Terry Jones - actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, and director - has died just short of his 78th birthday. He was of course most famous for his work as part of Monty Python, starring in roles such ...
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John Hurt has passed away

John Hurt has died, at age 77. He played many great SFF roles – Kane in Alien (and Spaceballs), Winston Smith in 1984 and the Big Brother-like Sutler in V for Vendetta, Hadden in Contact, Professor ...
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Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on ST:DS9, died today at age 50

Aron Eisenberg, known to SFF fans for his recurring role as the Ferengi Nog in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died today at the age of 50. The cause of death has not been revealed. I personally loved ...
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RIP Rutger Hauer, actor for Roy Batty

Variety reports that Rutger Hauer, actor in Sin City, Batman Begins, True Blood, and other sci-fi and horror films, has died at 75. He will perhaps be best remembered for his role in Blade Runner as ...
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Stephen Hawking, RIP

No introduction is necessary. One of the great minds of our time is gone. Best known for his work, "A Brief History of Time". Awards that he achieve include the Albert Einstein Award, the Wolf Prize, ...
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RIP Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan was an Indian actor who left us today. With no backing, he climbed the success stairs based on raw talent. From a memorable supporting role in the Indian fantasy series Chandrakanta to a ...
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Goodbye, Affable Geek

I have just learned that one of our fellow users, Affable Geek, died this past Valentines Day. His real name was Michael Hollinger, and he was only 43 years old. He was on SF&F the day before he ...
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RIP Gene Wolfe, 1931–2019

The prolific science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe is dead at 87. He is probably best known for the "dying Earth" tetralogy The Book of the New Sun and the rest of the Solar Cycle, but his ...
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RIP Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange

Comics artist Steve Ditko has sadly passed away. He began work as a comic inker in 1953 alongside Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and worked for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics before retiring from ...
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RIP Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison, author of many SFF works, passed away June 27, 2018, at the age of 84. He had written a multitude of short stories and novels, as well as TV episodes such as "The City on the Edge of ...
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RIP Verne Troyer, star of Austin Powers

Verne Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, has died at the age of 49. In addition to his iconic role, he also portrayed the original Griphook in Harry Potter and the ...
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RIP Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL 9000

Douglas Rain, who is best known for providing the eerie voice of the amoral HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, died today.
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In Memoriam: Mr. Oreo

Mr. Oreo, who was the model for Rocket Raccoon has passed away at the age of 10.
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RIP Syd Mead - concept artist in Blade Runner & Tron

Syd Mead, legendary futurist and concept artist in Blade Runner and Tron, among other works, has died at the age of 86. He was considered by many as one of the fathers of the cyberpunk genre. RIP ...
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RIP Unshô Ishizuka, Japanese voice actor for Professor Oak, Jet Black, and Joseph Joestar

Unshô Ishizuka passed away on August 13, 2018. He was a prolific Japanese voice actor who voiced many popular characters in anime such as Professor Oak (Pokémon), Jet Black (Cowboy Beebop), and Joseph ...
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RIP Stephen Furst, actor for Vir Cotto

On June 17, 2017, Stephen Furst passed away at the age of 63 after complications with diabetes. While most obituaries highlighted his role as Flounder in the movie Animal House, science fiction fans ...
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RIP William Morgan Sheppard: Star Trek, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Max Headroom, many more

Genre actor W. Morgan Sheppard, veteran of several franchises, died yesterday. Just some of his better known genre roles: Ira Graves (Data's grandpa), TNG: "The Schizoid Man" The Klingon ...
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In Memoriam: Len Wein (1948-2017)

September 10th was marked by the passing of Len Wein, the comic book writer known for his work on Swamp Thing and Wolverine (the two he co-created with various artists), and other things. Although I ...
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D.C Fontana, famed Star Trek writer, passed away on December 2nd

Star Trek wouldn't be Star Trek without her. She wrote many of the best episodes, helped develop the universe and gave us that series that we have loved for decades now. More information on Startrek....
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RIP Margot Kidder, Superman Actress

Margot Kidder, whose most famous role was Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve series of Superman movies, has died at the age of 69. In addition to her on-screen work she was also famous for her ...
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RIP Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas has died, at the age of 103. Although he was probably best known for conventional dramas such as Spartacus, Lust For Life, and Paths of Glory, he also appeared in his share of science ...
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RIP Harry Dean Stanton

Noted character actor Harry Dean Stanton has died at the age of 91. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he starred in a number of hit science-fiction and fantasy films including Alien, The ...
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RIP George A. Romero

George A Romero, best known for his seminal Night of the Living Dead film series has died after a brief battle with lung cancer. His work has had an incalculable influence on modern movie-making and ...
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David Ogden Stiers, RIP

Though perhaps best remembered as the stuffy, upper-crust Major Winchester in M⁎A⁎S⁎H, Stiers turned in several roles in the science fiction and fantasy genre. He was quite good as Reverend Purdy on ...
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RIP Jon Paul Steuer (original/first actor to play Worf's son “Alexander” on ST:TNG)

Steuer appeared as Alexander in only one TNG episode ("Reunion"), before the role was taken on by several other actors, most notably Brian Bonsall. It was, however, quite a performance and a great ...
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RIP Richard Hatch

I am sad to report that Richard Hatch, most famous for playing Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica, Tom Zarek in the rebooted series (as well as co-authoring a highly successful series ...
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RIP Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars

Star Wars Producer Gary Kurtz has died at the age of 78. In addition to helping to convince the studio to fund Star Wars in the first place, he was also producer and second-unit director for Star Wars:...
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Martin Landau: RIP

Sadly, I wish to mark the passing of Martin Landau with extremely fond memories of Commander Koenig. Whilst he has provided many enjoyable performances over his 89 years, his contribution to sci-fi ...
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RIP Gahan Wilson

I just learned of the passing last Thursday of cartoonist and author Gahan Wilson. Although most of us know of him from his macabre cartoons (the New Yorker posted a retrospective of them in his ...
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RIP Al Matthews, star of Aliens

Al Matthews, best known for his depiction of Gunnery Sergeant Apone in the film Aliens, has passed away at the age of 75. In addition to his iconic role he also appeared in a range of other science ...
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RIP Robert Hardy, Actor for Cornelius Fudge

Robert Hardy, best known for his role as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies has died at the age of 92. Older viewers will also know him as Chancellor ...
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Paul Darrow (Blake 7's Kerr Avon), RIP

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/06/04/paul-darrow-actor-cherished-science-fiction-fans-role-sardonic/ Kerr Avon was one of the best antihero characters in science fiction. Darrow was ...
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Albert Finney, RIP

Albert Finney (1936–2019) Although not especially known for his science fiction or fantasy work, Finney did play a cryogenically frozen head (of his character from the earlier fantastical serial ...
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RIP Alfie Curtis, actor for Dr Evazan

Character actor Alfie Curtis has passed away. His most notable role was as the irascible Dr. Evazan (AKA "scruffy human") from the film Star Wars: A New Hope. Mark ...
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In Memoriam: Tom Petty

Singer/Songwriter Tom Petty, perhaps best known for performing the closing song in Stargate: Atlantis episode "Vegas", has passed away.
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Bruce J Mitchell (aka MST3K's “Zap Rowsdower”) RIP

Bruce J. Mitchell, known to MST3K fans everywhere as the hockey-haired drifter Zap Rowsdower from the sci-fi cult film The Final Sacrifice passed away on April 28th, 2018. Here's an interview with ...
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RIP Peter Allan Fields, Star Trek screenwriter and producer

Peter Allan Fields, the screenwriter responsible for some of the most poignant and powerful episodes of Star Trek TNG and Star Trek DS9, died this week. Credits included the multi-award winning TNG: ...