"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"By writing or reading obituaries,
we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others." -- Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"

"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'" -- John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Jo Dunne

Lead guitarist for Fuzzbox -- via the Birmingham Mail.

Alan Kirschenbaum

Comedy writer and TV producer -- via the Hollywood Reporter

Hadley Castille

Cajun fiddler -- via theadvertiser.com.

Eddie Bertrand

Guitarist with the Belairs and Eddie & the Showmen, early surf guitar master -- via tdpri.com.

Louis D. Nunley

Bass -- via obits.dignitymemorial.com. A key member of both the Anita Kerr Quartet and the Jordanaires, he sang backup or was featured on thousands of Nashville recordings.

John McConnell

Peace activist; the creator and founder of Earth Day -- via the Denver Post.

Elizabeth Bell

Actress -- via the Guardian.

Bernie McClain

D.C. radio icon; talk show host and program director -- via the Washington Post.

Bidushi Dash Barde

Model and actress -- via daily.baskar.com.

Natina Reed

Singer and actress -- via Yahoo News.

Russell Means

Activist and actor -- via the Independent.

Hans Werner Henze

Composer -- via the Guardian. The innovative and prolific Henze was an oxymoron: a successful avant-garde figure. His absurd and horrifying youth (he was gay, and his father was a Nazi) was far more dramatic than any of his many creations in opera, symphonic and chamber music, ballets, and much more.

David S. Ware

Free-jazz saxophonist -- via the New York Times.

Borah Bergman

Free-jazz pianist -- via thewire.co.uk.

Luigi Vellucci

Tenor -- via northjersey.com.