Steve Blackmore

FADE TO BLACK(MORE) Welsh rugby player Steve Blackmore has died aged 58. He played for Cardiff RFC in the 1980s, and made an international debut during the 1987 Rugby Five Nations. This debut impressed enough for him to receive a call up to the first ever Rugby World Cup, where he played in the semifinals […]

Don Shula

WE SHULA KNOWN BETTER Don Shula, NFL coach, has died aged 90. He was the “winningest” coach in NFL history. Yes, I know. I know. I dislike the term too. But that’s what Americans call it. He was in charge of the Miami Dolphins for two Superbowl wins, including a perfect season, where they won […]

Michael McClure

HI I’M MIKE MCCLURE, YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ME FROM SUCH DDP HITS AS THIS ONE Beat Poet Michael McClure has died at the utterly unBeat age of 87. Well, I say that, imagine how Lawrence Ferlinghetti feels. McClure was one of the five poets who gave readings at the 1955 Six Gallery Readings, the event […]

Denis Goldberg

ALL THAT’S LEFT IS A DEATH OF GOLD Anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg has died from cancer. Given months to live in 2016, he held on till now.The only white member of Nelson Mandela’s band of friends put on trial in 1962, Goldberg was jail for 22 years for his involvement in the armed struggle against […]

Irrfan Khan

EXIT PURSUED BY A DINOSAUR Irrfan Khan has died aged 53 from cancer. The actor was a huge star in Indian cinema, with over thirty-two awards for a variety of Bollywood films. It was in the last decade or so that he became better known to Western audiences, however, with appearances in Oscar winners and […]

Jill Gascoine

C.A.T.S DIES Popular actress Jill Gascoine has died after a long battle with dementia. She was best known for her role in The Gentle Touch, the first TV drama ever to focus on a female police lead, pre-empting Juliet Bravo by weeks. The Gentle Touch was a massive ratings winner for ITV, and led to […]

Michael Robinson

YOU’LL NEVER DIE ALONE Footballer Michael Robinson has died after a long battle with cancer. Robinson played nearly 300 league games for Brighton and Manchester City before his move to Liverpool in 1983. Although he was only at the Merseyside club for one season, it was a memorable one in which he and the team […]

P.O. Enquist

P.O. STSCRIPT Swedish writer P.O. Enquist has died aged 85. Very popular in his homeland, he was best known for 1968 book The Legionnaires. He won several awards throughout Europe. He was a unique pick for team Ikea Nokia Lego. PO Enquist23 September 1934 – 25 April 2020unique hit

Sir Peter Jonas

GOODNIGHT CHICAGO Opera director Sir Peter Jonas has ended several years of off-on illness by dying aged 73. Jonas was chiefly linked to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,first as assistant to Sir Georg Solti, before becoming the main man from 1978 to 1985. He was then manager of English National Opera unti 1993. He was known […]

Shirley Knight

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CRYPT   Popular actress Shirley Knight has died aged 83. Nominated twice for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress – for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Sweet Bird of Youth – she had leading roles in many 60s flicks such as Sidney Lumet’s The Group […]