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Jerry Stiller has died of natural causes, Ben Stiller says - CNN

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He was 92. Probably best known as Frank Costanza from Seinfeld. Also had a long-running role on The King of Queens as Arthur Spooner. Naturally, he'd had a long career even before his Seinfeld breakthrough, though; the article has some of the details.

RIP.
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I don't know who this is but her death was overshadowed (on Twitter) by people saying "Phew! I thought you said Betty WHITE!" so I feel she should get mention.

Betty Wright, Grammy-Winning Soul Singer, Dies at 66 – Variety
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Fred Willard, alas, has died. He was one of the best straight men ever.
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Ken Osmond, Eddie Haskell on "Leave It to Beaver," has died at 76

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This is a sad day for the family and millions of TV fans of Ken “Eddie Haskell” Osmond of “Leave it to Beaver” fame, who passed away today.

We met on the Republic Studios Sound Stage on one of the early episodes of the show. I sensed right off the bat that Ken was a character and a terrific actor. He created a memorable role as my best friend (people still wonder why such a wisenheimer would be my bestie!) and will forever be remembered as one of the stand-outs in television history.

We were in the same school room, in a dressing room on the set, for the first year. We remained friends for sixty-three years. Plenty of memories!! I’ll miss you, man.

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Jimmy Cobb, last surviving musician to have played on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, Dead at 91

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Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, best known for backing Miles Davis on a string of iconic records, including 1959’s Kind of Blue, has died from lung cancer at age 91, NPR reports.

Cobb, born in Washington D.C. in 1929, began his touring career with saxophonist Earl Bostic in 1950. This led to a cascading series of gigs with vocalist Dinah Washington, pianist Wynton Kelly, and saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.

His most famous work arrived at the end of that decade: Along with Davis’ modal, melodic masterpiece Kind of Blue — which Rolling Stone named the 12th-best album of all time — he joined the trumpeter on several other albums, including 1959’s Porgy and Bess, 1960’s Sketches of Spain, 1961’s Someday My Prince Will Come, and the 1962 live set Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall.

But Kind of Blue remains an unparalleled jazz landmark, and Cobb’s shimmering cymbal work and feather-light pulse helped the album achieve its otherworldly sense of cool.

“Miles would tell us all little things to do and then have us work off his idea,” Cobb told Billboard in 2019. “He trusted all of us because he knew we were all good musicians. He didn’t really have to do anything else but say what he wanted done. One time he tried to tell me something about playing the drums with both hands, and I turned to him said, ‘Um, let me play the drums!’ But we were good friends, so I could say things like that to him without worrying about getting fired.”


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Rick's enthusiasm get's borderline silly at times here but his admiration for Jimmy Cobb is heartfelt


Also worth a listen in memoriam, Jimmy Cobb's So What Band - Kind of Blue at 50, at the Bridgestone Music Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2009
Jimmy Cobb - Drums
Wallace Roney - Trumpet (also RIP 2020)
Javon Jackson - Tenor saxophone
Vincent Herring - Alto saxophone
Buster Williams - Bass
Larry Willis - Piano
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AIDS activist and playwright Larry Kramer, age 84, pneumonia.

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Larry Kramer was one of the first activists against AIDS, back when the disease didn't even have a name. In the early 1980s, Kramer witnessed hundreds, then thousands of gay men die before the government took action to stop the spread of HIV. He became a high-profile, high-volume, one-man crusade against the disease.

Kramer died Wednesday morning of pneumonia in Manhattan, Will Schwalbe, his friend and literary executor, told NPR. He was 84.

Kramer was one of the great provocateurs of the late 20th century (and below you'll see he wasn't shy about using language that might shock or offend). In the 1990 documentary Positive, he told a group of gay men, "I am going to go out screaming so f****** rudely that you will hear this coarse, crude voice of mine in your nightmares! You are going to die, and you are going to die very, very soon unless you get up off your f****** tushies and fight back!"

Kramer wasn't always what his friends called a "message queen." In the 1970s, he was an up-and-coming writer with an Oscar-nominated screenplay for his film adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel Women in Love. In 1992, he told NPR's Fresh Air, "I was in the film industry. I was on my way to making a great deal of money; I was not a gay man first by any manner of means until I became involved in fighting AIDS, and because someone close to me died. And suddenly I was no longer the white man from Yale, I was a faggot without a name."
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Immunologist Anthony Fauci states "ACT UP put medical treatment in the hands of the patients. And that is the way it ought to be ... There is no question in my mind that Larry helped change medicine in this country. And he helped change it for the better. In American medicine there are two eras. Before Larry and after Larry."
Kramer’s activism led to genuinely real, positive change in how government institutions dealt with a disease that far too many of them monumentally failed to deal properly with (hey, sounds familiar…), and he made a massive positive impact in the lives of untold numbers of patients not just in the U.S. but around the world. He was a goddamn American hero in an era that has far too few of them left. R.I.P.

ETA: It should be noted that Fauci originally wasn’t even sympathetic to Kramer at first. The fact that Fauci came around to supporting Kramer speaks volumes about both of them.
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