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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KutuluMike (Michael Edenfield) has passed away

KutuluMike (known to some as Michael Edenfield) passed away. I don't have a lot of details. A few people noticed he had been MIA from things for over a month. We reached out and learned he had been ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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, Sir Ian Holm

A legend of an actor has passed on this morning. Most known in the SFF community as Ash in Alien and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy but his work spanned decades and genres. ...
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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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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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There can only be one, RIP Sir Sean Connery

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90. Best known for his role as James Bond, which is not considered Sci-Fi or Fantasy, however he did star in many SFF films such as Zardoz, Highlander, Indiana ...
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RIP, Grant Imahara

Unfortunately, this is not a myth to be busted, Grant Imahara has passed away today at 49 years old (reportedly from a brain aneurysm). Grant was best known for his role on the Discovery Channel's ...
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Chadwick Boseman never yielded (RIP Black Panther)

Chadwick Boseman, "Black Panther" star, has died at 43 Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T'Challa in 2018's Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther, died today of colon cancer. This ...
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RIP David Prowse, the original hulking Darth Vader

It's been 37 years since Darth Vader died on-screen, and it's with great sadness that actor David Prowse has also passed away at the age of 85. His impressive stature (6 ft 6 in) and bodybuilding ...
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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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RIP - Kit Berry

I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Kit Berry (Kirsten Espensen), author of the wonderful fantasy series of Stonewylde. Gollancz publishers noted her passing in a post dated 1 November 2021,...
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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 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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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 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 Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan, Croatian-American actress and singer, has just passed away at the age of 65. Her best-known screen role was as the Minbari ambassador in Babylon 5, a role that she played both ...
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RIP, Ennio Morricone

Italian composer Ennio Morricone, one of the most prolific writers of motion picture scores, has died at age 91. He was perhaps best know for his work on Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, but he ...
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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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Richard Herd (V mini-series, Star Trek, SeaQuest 2032, etc.)

Veteran character actor Richard Herd passed away in May at the age of 87. He played a wide range of roles both in and out of the sci-fi genre. Some of his more memorable science fiction ...
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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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RIP Norton Juster, author of "The Phantom Tollbooth"

Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth, tragically passed away from a stroke Monday, March 8th, 2021. The Phantom Tollbooth is a classic example of children's literature, and contributed to my ...
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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 Christopher Plummer

Actor Christopher Plummer died on February 5 2021 (BBC article). He is probably better known for non sci-fi roles, but General Chang was one of the most memorable Star Trek bad guys.
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RIP Cliff Simon (Stargate SG1 Ba'al)

Cliff Simon was best known in sci-fi circles as the Goa'uld System Lord Ba'al in Stargate SG1. He died in a kiteboarding accident "He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you ...
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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 Joe Ruby, creator of Scooby-Doo

Animation writer and executive Joe Ruby, who created cartoon series including “Scooby-Doo” along with his partner Ken Spears, died of natural causes Wednesday in Westlake Village, Calif. He was 87. ...
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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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Ben Bova, science fiction giant, dead at 88

Tor.com article Scientist, Hugo Award winner, and prolific science fiction author and editor Ben Bova passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the age of 88, Tor.com is able to confirm. The author ...
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RIP Dennis “Denny” O’Neil

Dennis O'Neil, an American comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics from the 1960s through the 1990s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of titles until his ...
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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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Diana Rigg who played Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones has passed away at the age of 82

Diana Rigg who played Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones has passed away at the age of 82 She was also known for her role as Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo in James Bond 007's On Her Majesty's Secret ...
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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 - Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell is dead at 85 from natural causes. Dean Stockwell, the award-winning actor who was best known for playing Admiral "Al" Calavicci on the popular sci-fi series Quantum Leap, ...