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The 5th Crowdsource Deathlist (2020 edition)

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MOSS CROSSES THE LAST FINISH LINE

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12th April 2020

 

Legendary Formula One racer Stirling Moss has won his last race at 90 by being the next success in an ever growing list of successes. His racing career lasted from 1948 to 1962, winning a whopping 212 out of his 529 races. You'd think that means he'd be an easy candidate to win a world championship, but sadly that wasn't meant to be. He competed in the world championship 7 times between 1955 and 1961, winning 2nd four times and 3rd the other three times he raced. Still, his racing career was amazing and was since called the greatest racer who never called a world championship. After racing, he became a colour commentator for ABC's Wide World of Sports from 1962 to 1980, and he also made some one off racing appearances too. His health was reportedly poor in 2017, and he eventually stepped away from the limelight in January 2018. As such, the voters picked him for the last two years, this year increasing his position to 17th place. 

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LONG DEAD, SALLY

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9th May 2020

 

Rock and roll legend Little Richard has died in order to bring the crowdsource list into double digits. Good golly what a year it has been so far. He began his career after Sister Rosetta Tharpe overheard a 14 year Penniman singing, and she invited him to open her show. Little did she know at the time that it launched perhaps the most important figure in the history of rock. His energy, vocal styling, and flamboyant personality all became traits of rock that so many people followed him on. The song that brought him into the mainstream, "Tutti Frutti", also kicked off the long and ongoing era of very horny music men such as Mick Jagger and Justin Timberlake, for better or for worse. One thing is for certain though. His nickname "The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll" really showed how important to the music scene he was, and even as rock slowly fades away from the mainstream, his impact will never be forgotten. It showed too. He was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it began, and he also was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Recording Academy, and won a Rhapsody and Rhythm award from the National Museum of African American Music. It seemed like everything was perfect for him, until he denounced homosexuality in 2017 after being bisexual his entire life. He had health problems in recent years, and while the committee made a poor choice of dropping him, the crowdsource voters Couldn't Help It but pick him for the list. It wasn't until today though that Little Richard let the Grim Reaper in after he Kept On Knockin. The Grim Reaper sure likes to ball, eh? He debuted at spot 36 after just missing out on the list last time.

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16 minutes ago, Miracle Aligner said:

Do you keep a points rally for the folk who didn't make it onto the list? 

If you’re thinking about a particular person, sorry to say that he only got 100 points in the end. Sorry dude. 
The rest will come later...

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11 hours ago, Joey Russ said:

If you’re thinking about a particular person, sorry to say that he only got 100 points in the end. Sorry dude. 
 The rest will come later...

 

I wasn't thinking of anyone in particular just wondering if there's a massive drop off in points below a certain point. 

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VERA, WHAT HAD BECOME OF YOU?

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18th June 2020

 

The answer, Roger Waters, is dead. Vera Lynn was a national icon like none other in that time. She came into prominence as a wartime singer, and boy did she sing a lot of songs during World War 2. It was the 1939 song "We'll Meet Again" that made her a star in England in 1939. The quite nostalgic lyrics of the song really resonated with a lot of folk during the war, which eventually led to her being named "The Forces Sweetheart". A lesser known fact about that song is that it also used a very early example of a synthesizer called the Novachord, which is something you wouldn't expect to hear in a popular song in the 1930s! She had another wartime hit with "The White Cliff of Dovers", and had her own radio show started in 1941 called Sincerely Yours. It was taken off the air for 18 months though because of how the sentimental nature might undermine the 'virile' nature of the soldiers. After the war, she continued to have success, with the 1952 son "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" becoming the first song to top the US Charts by a British singer. She also made multiple appearances on BBC since the war, and in 1975 she became a dame. In 2014, one her compilation albums even outsold popular groups like The Beatles and Arctic Monkeys. She lived a long life up to 103, and unsurprisingly was very beloved by the folk on forums. This year marks her 5th appearance, jumping all the way to the 4th spot. 

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FOREVERTON GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

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1st July 2020

 

Barbados cricket legend Everton Weekes has died at 95 in order to get ahead of the record pace of the Deathlist. Weekes first played on a trial match in 1945 representing Barbados on a Goodwill tour of Trinidad and Tobago. Though not the best performance he had in cricket, he certainly showed some potential for the sport. In 1948, Weekes became one of the "Three W's" alongside Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell which were known for their test debut against England. They kept a close friendship for each other long after their cricket career until their eventual deaths. As for Weekes' career,  he participated in the West Indies tour in 1948 which lead him to a batting average of 82.46 and passed 1,000 test runs in the 12th inning (one less than past deathlist hit Don Bradman). He continued to be a force to be reckoned with in cricket, eventually being named the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1951. Though he retired in 1958, he set himself as one of the greats in cricket during his career in the sport. He suffered a heart attack in July of last year and never really recovered from that heart attack. He died 2 weekes after our last hit Vera Lynn, bringing the score up to 12 hits total. Though a very impressive run so far, it still is currently one hit behind the pace of the record breaker in 2017 which suggests the list might come up short of the record...

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There's a good chance that this will be my last obit for a while, as I got some IRL stuff coming up soon. Although if more hits come during July, I should be back to writing obituaries by August or September...

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John Lewis dead - I know Joey's not going to be back until next month, so an update of sorts, I guess? List stands at 13/50 hits rn

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I thought I’d pack my computer by now but I still needed it for a few other irl stuff. Will get an obit up tonight. 

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GOOD TROUBLE, SAD DEATH

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17th July 2020

 

John Lewis, legendary civil rights icon and politician who isn't a UK department store has died at 80 to bring another successful hit to the crowdsource list. John Lewis first heard of Martin Luther King Jr at 15, eventually leading to him meeting King at 18 and Rosa Parks at 17. Those early encounters lead him to be a major leader in the civil rights movement. He was one of the original Freedom Riders in 1961, which rode interstate buses into the segregated south.  In 1963, he won a chairmanship to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. As chairman, he was part of one of the Big Six who help lead the March on Washington later that year, and during the March he gave a very impassioned speech in front of a huge crowd of hundreds of thousands. Perhaps his most famous feat was when he played a big role on the Selma to Montgomery marches in March 1965. In it, he was brutally beaten and tear gassed by the police, which eventually lead to his skull being fractured and some permanent scars he bared for the rest of his life. Eventually, he worked his way up the political system, working in the Jimmy Carter administration after a loss for a seat in Georgia's 5th congressional district. In 1986, he won that very same seat after a very contentious primary. Although his time in congress was not a perfect record by any means, he did provide many courageous votes during congress such as voting against Bill Clinton's terrible welfare reform and voting against the Iraq War. He was a political giant, and certainly among the best there was in Congress. Lewis was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the final days of 2019, and there was a question of whether he'd make the list given that Bob Hawke missed out by over 90 points last year. However, he did end up on the list pretty comfortably, going all the way to the 39th spot in under 48 hours. He is the 13th hit in an ever moving big year of deaths...

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I should be able to get access to my computer again soon (been stuck in a hotel for a while), in which case I’ll catch up on the three hits. And of course if anyone else dies from the list in these next few days I’ll write about them too. 
In other news, I believe we’re tied with the 2019 hit total at this point, though we’re one behind 2017...

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OLIVIA'S GONE WITH THE WIND

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26th July 2020

 

Hollywood Icon Olivia de Havilland has died at the ripe old age of 104 to bring another score to the Crowdsource list. Olivia was among the last of the A List actors and actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her screen career began on the 1935 film A Midsummer's Night Dream, and since that film she appeared in many classics afterwards. It was the 1938 classic The Adventures of Robin Hood that really launched her career, She appeared alongside Errol Flynn in that film and began the tradition of Flynn and De Havilland being one of Hollywood's most exciting on screen couples. Despite that distinction though, the two of them never actually pursued a relationship, though Olivia did admit she did have some attraction to Errol. Her best known role was with the 1939 classic Gone With The Wind, where she portrayed Melanie Hamilton in the film. Things went downturn from there, where she got multiple suspensions from the Warner Brothers for not following her contract, and then getting an additional 6 months due to those suspensions. She eventually got released from the contract however. Her film output gradually slowed down, where she eventually had one last television performance in 1988 before she retired for good. For many years she seemed more healthier than her A List contemporaries of her generation like Kirk Douglas and Vera Lynn, and though she did outlive both of them, she did not last too long afterwards. Still, she was making her 5th appearance on the list, and her 2nd top 10 appearance. 

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Please update this thread. Thank you! :)
At a quick glance we are missing write-ups on Sumner Redstone, Frankie Banali, Lee Kerslake, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Roberta McCain. 

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