For the 23rd year running, we present our fondest farewells to the recently departed.

If they were on any lists — or if they mattered at all in the world — you'll find them here.

If you're looking for everybody, then you need to head on over to the Directory.

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George Hill

101

George Hill · 81

December 20th, 1921 - December 27th, 2002


The stink.

Joe Strummer

100

Joe Strummer · 50

August 21st, 1952 - December 22nd, 2002


Apparently, the question has finally been answered, and it's been decided that, rather than staying, he should go now.

Zal Yanovsky

99

Zal Yanovsky · 57

December 19th, 1944 - December 13th, 2002


The back of his neck is getting dirty and gritty.

Roone Arledge

98

Roone Arledge · 71

July 8th, 1931 - December 5th, 2002


The human drama of athletic competition gives way to the crude aroma of a man

Glenn Quinn

97

Glenn Quinn · 32

May 28th, 1970 - December 3rd, 2002


Adored by millions for his mesmerizing performance as the conniving Jeff in 1998's blockbuster "Some Girl."

96

Dave McNally

December 1st, 2002


He's off the map.

James Coburn

95

James Coburn · 74

August 31st, 1928 - November 18th, 2002


Out like Flint.

94

Abba Eban

November 17th, 2002


Funny, he didn't look Swedish ....

Eddie Bracken

93

Eddie Bracken · 87

February 7th, 1915 - November 14th, 2002


Hail this, you little freak.

Johnny Griffith

92

Johnny Griffith · 66

July 10th, 1936 - November 10th, 2002


Here's another musician (keyboards) who claims to have played on every single Motown record from the '60s and '70s, and that for all of those sessions, he was paid a total of $80. Aren't there, like, a bunch of these guys now?

Peg Phillips

91

Peg Phillips · 84

September 20th, 1918 - November 7th, 2002


Over-exposure.

Billy Mitchell

90

Billy Mitchell · 71

November 1st, 1931 - November 5th, 2002


The former lead singer for the Clovers has expired, and despite his claims to the contrary, we suspect that considerably more than one mint julep was the cause of it all.

Jonathan Harris

89

Jonathan Harris · 87

November 6th, 1914 - November 3rd, 2002


Remember that idiot Dr. Smith from Lost In Space?
No?

Lonnie Donegan

88

Lonnie Donegan · 71

April 29th, 1931 - November 3rd, 2002


Rapidly losing his flavor.

Raf Vallone

87

Raf Vallone · 86

February 17th, 1916 - October 31st, 2002


First film: We the living. Last film: Vino Santo (Holy Wine). There's a joke there somewhere. Figure it out.

86

Jason Mizell

October 30th, 2002


It's like that.

Richard Harris

85

Richard Harris · 72

October 1st, 1930 - October 25th, 2002


A man called toast.

Paul Wellstone

84

Paul Wellstone · 58

July 21st, 1944 - October 25th, 2002


Sorry for the delay. Couldn't find anything funny here. Except maybe Walter Mondale.

Kam Fong

83

Kam Fong · 84

May 27th, 1918 - October 18th, 2002


Mahalo, Chin. Mahalo.

Bashful Brother Oswald

82

Bashful Brother Oswald · 90

December 26th, 1911 - October 17th, 2002


The other brother, Lee Harvey, was not so bashful.

81

Stephen Ambrose

October 13th, 2002


History.

80

Ray Conniff

October 12th, 2002


'Smeaningless.

Teresa Graves

79

Teresa Graves · 54

January 10th, 1948 - October 10th, 2002


They got Christie Love.

Bruce Paltrow

78

Bruce Paltrow · 58

November 26th, 1943 - October 3rd, 2002


Y'know, he fired the Commissioner once. Arrivederci, dickhead.

Walter Annenberg

77

Walter Annenberg · 94

March 13th, 1908 - October 1st, 2002


His final donation to the public good.

76

Whitney Blake

September 28th, 2002


Hello?


Yeah, what?


Yeah, she was the mom on Hazel, uh-huh, so what?


What do you mean, "that's golden" ...?

That's not golden, that's dog shit.


No, we don't remember her, and we don't care, and neither does anybody else, so just forget about it.

Yeah, same to you.

Hazel . . . . What the fuck are we supposed to do with that??

Angelo Buono

75

Angelo Buono · 67

October 5th, 1934 - September 21st, 2002


Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Bob Hayes

74

Bob Hayes · 59

December 20th, 1942 - September 18th, 2002


The bullet bites it.

73

James Gregory

September 16th, 2002


I tell you, Barn, it's gonna be good to see ol' Brownie and Kleiner and Foster again - hey, do me a favor, wouldja? Tell Wojo and Fish and the rest of the boys back at the ol' One-Two that a certain Inspector Franklin D. Luger'll be puttin' in a good word for 'em with the big guy upstairs . . . y'know, just in case. Ten-Four, Barn. Over and out.

LaWanda Page

72

LaWanda Page · 81

October 19th, 1920 - September 14th, 2002


What an ugly way to go.

Kim Hunter

71

Kim Hunter · 79

November 12th, 1922 - September 11th, 2002


STELLA!

Johnny Unitas

70

Johnny Unitas · 69

May 7th, 1933 - September 11th, 2002


Got heartattackitis.

Lionel Hampton

69

Lionel Hampton · 94

April 20th, 1908 - August 31st, 2002


Flying home.

Hoyt Wilhelm

68

Hoyt Wilhelm · 79

July 26th, 1923 - August 23rd, 2002


Apparently, the cosmic closer also throws a knuckleball.

Abu Nidal

67

Abu Nidal · 65

May 1st, 1937 - August 16th, 2002


They say he was a terrorist mastermind and leader of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, but we'll always remember him as the lovable convenience store clerk from The Simpsons.

John Roseboro

66

John Roseboro · 69

May 13th, 1933 - August 16th, 2002


The big strikeout.

Kyle Rote

65

Kyle Rote · 73

October 27th, 1928 - August 15th, 2002


That's all Kyle wrote.

Enos Slaughter

64

Enos Slaughter · 86

April 27th, 1916 - August 12th, 2002


Time relentlessly changes all, including our heroes and the way we perceive them, and so, perhaps it's no surprise that these days, you almost never hear fans chant the familiar, sing-song cry "There's no penis hotter than ol' Enos Slaughter."

Michael Houser

63

Michael Houser · 40

January 6th, 1962 - August 10th, 2002


Widespread cancer.

62

Chick Hearn

August 5th, 2002


The door's closed, the lights are out, his eggs are cooling, his extremities are gettin' hard

61

Darrell Porter

August 5th, 2002


Baseball's cosmic closer has once again struck out the wrong Darrell.

60

Chaim Potok

July 23rd, 2002


Chosen, schmosen, now you're dead!

59

Leo McKern

July 23rd, 2002


The fifth Be-attle.

Alan Lomax

58

Alan Lomax

July 19th, 2002


He was a trailblazer and a true pioneer in the early development of the art of exploiting musicians.

57

Yousuf Karsh

July 13th, 2002


Still life.

56

Rod Steiger

July 9th, 2002


Looks like Charley's got a one-way ticket to Palookaville.

John Frankenheimer

55

John Frankenheimer · 72

February 19th, 1930 - July 6th, 2002


His full name was John Jacob Frankenheimer-Schmidt (da-da da da da-da da).

54

Ted Williams

July 5th, 2002


Man, he sure had a sweet stroke. In fact, he had a couple of strokes, if we're not mistaken.

53

Winnifred Quick

July 4th, 2002


Down with the ship. Almost.

52

Ray Brown

July 2nd, 2002


Meanwhile, over in Legendary Bass Player Land, the thinning of the herd continues.

Pete Gray

51

Pete Gray · 87

March 6th, 1915 - June 30th, 2002


He already had one arm in the grave.

Rosemary Clooney

50

Rosemary Clooney · 74

May 23rd, 1928 - June 29th, 2002


Listen ... you can almost hear her sing ... 'Come on-a my hearse, a-my-y hearse, I'm gonna give-a you cancer ....'

John Entwistle

49

John Entwistle · 57

October 9th, 1944 - June 27th, 2002


He won't get fooled again.

Ann Landers

48

Ann Landers · 83

July 4th, 1918 - June 22nd, 2002


Dear Readers, I've had it. After 50 years of saying "Take your head out of your ass" in a million different ways, I'm throwing in the towel. Figure out your own stupid little problems from now on. -Lifeless on Lake Shore

47

Darryl Kile

June 22nd, 2002


They say he had one of the best curveballs in the game, but it looks like the cosmic closer just threw him a doozy.

Jack Buck

46

Jack Buck · 77

August 21st, 1924 - June 18th, 2002


Stopped here.

Bill Blass

45

Bill Blass · 79

June 22nd, 1922 - June 12th, 2002


Sophisticated, debonair, discerning, suave, distinctive, stylish and dead.

44

John Gotti

June 10th, 2002


Towards the end, they called him the Diaper Don.

43

Dee Dee Ramone

June 5th, 2002


Dee Dee ODed.

Lew Wasserman

42

Lew Wasserman · 89

March 22nd, 1913 - June 3rd, 2002


The former CEO of MCA was DOA.

Sam Snead

41

Sam Snead · 89

May 27th, 1912 - May 23rd, 2002


Too many strokes.

Jerry Dunphy

40

Jerry Dunphy · 80

June 9th, 1921 - May 20th, 2002


From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California, a good riddance.

Stephen Jay Gould

39

Stephen Jay Gould · 60

September 10th, 1941 - May 20th, 2002


Fuckin' smartypants.

Dave Berg

38

Dave Berg · 81

June 12th, 1920 - May 17th, 2002


Have a look at the darker side, Dave.

37

Joe Bonnano

May 11th, 2002


Yes, we have no Joey Bananas today.

Otis Blackwell

36

Otis Blackwell · 70

February 16th, 1932 - May 6th, 2002


After complaining of a variety of symptoms, including that his hands were shaky, his knees were weak, he was itching like a man on a fuzzy tree, he had fever in the morning, fever all through the night, and, finally, that he was breathless, he was returned to sender, address unknown. No such person. No such zone.

Lisa Lopes

35

Lisa Lopes · 30

May 27th, 1971 - April 25th, 2002


Scrub.

Linda Lovelace

34

Linda Lovelace · 53

January 10th, 1949 - April 22nd, 2002


This was a real blow.

Thor Heyerdahl

33

Thor Heyerdahl · 87

October 6th, 1914 - April 18th, 2002


After a lifetime of bold research and daring exploration, including crossing both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on rafts made out of twigs and fucking reeds, he died of boredom.

Robert Urich

32

Robert Urich · 55

December 19th, 1946 - April 16th, 2002


Adio$, Dan.

Byron White

31

Byron White · 84

June 8th, 1917 - April 15th, 2002


The former Supreme Court justice was nicknamed "Whizzer" due to his amusing penchant for urinating out of moving cars.

Layne Staley

30

Layne Staley · 34

August 22nd, 1967 - April 5th, 2002


Man in a box.

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

29

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon · 94

August 4th, 1907 - March 30th, 2002


When she finally died, she was 101 ... proof!

Milton Berle

28

Milton Berle · 93

July 12th, 1908 - March 27th, 2002


Rumor has it his coffin features a sidecar.

Billy Wilder

27

Billy Wilder · 95

June 22nd, 1906 - March 27th, 2002


Maybe it's just us, but there's something really creepy about a guy this old who still calls himself Billy.

Dudley Moore

26

Dudley Moore · 66

April 19th, 1935 - March 27th, 2002


Caught between the moon and New York City, whatever the fuck that means.

Herman Talmadge

25

Herman Talmadge · 88

August 9th, 1913 - March 21st, 2002


Politician.

24

Rosetta Le Noire

March 17th, 2002


The dreaded Curse of Urkel strikes again.

Speedy Keen

23

Speedy Keen · 56

March 29th, 1945 - March 12th, 2002


There's something in the air, alright, and it's coming from the corpse of the drummer for Thunderclap Newman.

Irene Worth

22

Irene Worth · 85

June 23rd, 1916 - March 10th, 2002


A lot less than she used to be.

Spike Milligan

21

Spike Milligan · 83

April 16th, 1918 - February 27th, 2002


On his way to Lewisham.

Arthur Lyman

20

Arthur Lyman · 70

February 2nd, 1932 - February 24th, 2002


His yellow bird has flown.

Chuck Jones

19

Chuck Jones · 89

September 21st, 1912 - February 22nd, 2002


That's All Folks!

John Thaw

18

John Thaw · 60

January 3rd, 1942 - February 21st, 2002


He's on ice.

Willie Thrower

17

Willie Thrower · 71

March 22nd, 1930 - February 21st, 2002


He was the NFL's first African-American quarterback, which makes him almost as culturally significant as his well-known cousin, Spear Chucker.

Howard Smith

16

Howard Smith · 87

May 12th, 1914 - February 15th, 2002


Look for Events Immediately Following My Life: The Death Of A Twentieth-Century Reporter, out now in paperback.

Waylon Jennings

15

Waylon Jennings · 64

June 15th, 1937 - February 13th, 2002


Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be coke addicts.

Dave Van Ronk

14

Dave Van Ronk · 65

June 30th, 1936 - February 10th, 2002


He was a friend of ours.

Princess Margaret

13

Princess Margaret · 71

August 21st, 1930 - February 9th, 2002


Maggie rhymes with "baggie."

Dick 'Night Train' Lane

12

Dick 'Night Train' Lane · 74

April 16th, 1927 - January 29th, 2002


End of the line.

Astrid Lindgren

11

Astrid Lindgren · 94

November 14th, 1907 - January 28th, 2002


Pippi stops talking.

Stanley Marcus

10

Stanley Marcus · 81

April 20th, 1920 - January 22nd, 2002


And take that bastard Nieman with you!

Peggy Lee

9

Peggy Lee · 81

May 26th, 1920 - January 21st, 2002


That answer your question, lady?

Carrie Hamilton

8

Carrie Hamilton · 38

December 5th, 1963 - January 20th, 2002


Seems she just got started, and before you know it ....

Frank Shuster

7

Frank Shuster · 85

September 5th, 1916 - January 13th, 2002


Canadian.

Ted Demme

6

Ted Demme · 38

October 26th, 1963 - January 13th, 2002


Blew.

Cyrus Vance

5

Cyrus Vance · 84

March 27th, 1917 - January 12th, 2002


This savvy statesman held a variety of jobs in Washington before resigning as Jimmy Carter's Secretary of State when it was learned he'd been supplying cocaine and Quaaludes to little Amy.

Dave Thomas

4

Dave Thomas · 69

July 2nd, 1932 - January 8th, 2002


Now comes with flies.

Avery Schreiber

3

Avery Schreiber · 66

April 9th, 1935 - January 7th, 2002


Crunch.

Esquivel!

2

Esquivel! · 83

January 20th, 1918 - January 3rd, 2002


What the hell was the deal with this fruitcake?

Julia Phillips

1

Julia Phillips · 57

April 7th, 1944 - January 1st, 2002


She'll never have lunch on this planet again.

 

 

Guess the Stiff!

He stormed the beach at Normandy, then killed an attacking enemy soldier with a rock after being seriously wounded. After that, he went on to play Santa Claus in Elmo Saves Christmas, and then died on Christmas Eve. We're not sure how that all fits together, but it's pretty weird.

(d) December 24th, 2012