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  1. TheKeysOfMarinus

    The Dead of 2020

    Mark Wirtz died on Friday from Pick's disease (also known as frontotemporal dementia). He was variously a record producer, arranger, songwriter and performer who was behind classic 60s records like A Touch Of Velvet - A Sting of Brass and the unfinished A Teenage Opera project which birthed two UK hits with Keith West of Tomorrow including the 1967 no 2 smash Excerpt from A Teenage Opera.
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    Dead Pop Stars

    I'm sure many of you might have heard by now but Wayne Fontana, lead singer with the Mindbenders, died on Thursday aged 74. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/aug/07/wayne-fontana-game-of-love-dies
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    Dying Off The Radar

    I know! I was always shocked he was still with us. Would’ve loved someone like Toby Hadoke to have interviewed him but it never happened.
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    Dead Pop Stars

    Emitt was brilliant. A musical hero for me. Really sad about this.
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    Dying Off The Radar

    As noted in the Doctor Who thread, a recent one was Philip Latham who's death was announced by his family in the Telegraph announcements. A regular face in British film and TV between the 50s and 80s, sometimes as a lead - Danger Man, The Saint, The Avengers, Dracula Prince of Darkness, The Pallisers, The Cedar Tree, The Professionals, Lord President Borusa in The Five Doctors. He didn't get a single obit AFAIK. Toby Hadoke didn't even do a tweet for him.
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    British Science Fiction Series

    Twitter has been full of tweets about Louis Mahoney, and there’s been a small amount of talk about Latham including someone claiming Toby Hadoke confirmed it. As far as I can see Hadoke hasn’t mentioned it, and he has yet to receive an obit on any news sites. Maybe they’re anxious about getting it wrong but I doubt we will get any further confirmation of his death. For an actor who was in Doctor Who, Hammer Horror etc you’d expect an obit wouldn't you?
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    The 12th Death of 2020

    No idea, don’t feel very strongly about any of them so I went for Harry Belafonte because why not.
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    British Science Fiction Series

    I can't seem to access the entire announcement. For me it cuts out at "He is survived by his daughter...". Sad news anyway - he was a fine actor and was very memorable as Borusa in "The Five Doctors". I was always pleased he was still going, and was hoping maybe Toby Hadoke would get him to do an interview sometime!
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    4. Vera Lynn

    I’m the one who tweeted this! Quite pleasantly surprised how many people found it interesting.
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    Matt Johnson of The The has undergone surgery for a serious throat problem. Real nasty looking!
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    Jerry Lee Lewis

    Lloyd Price (Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Personality) was a star on Specialty Records before Little Richard - he’s still about. There’s also Leon Hughes of the Coasters, Huey “Piano” Smith, Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Most of the UK rock and rollers are still about - Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Terry Dene, Wee Willie Harris, Jim Dale. Vera Lynn counts too, she had UK number ones in the 50s.
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    27. Stirling Moss

    I've only just heard he died yesterday, and I'm all over social media. Was this news overshadowed by Tim Brooke-Taylor's death perhaps?
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    The Welsh

    I knew him. Friend to my dad. Still.. sheep jokes are always fucking side-splitting, aren't they?
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    Boris Johnson

    Awful news.
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    British Character Actors

    Aww - that's lovely!

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