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Sad to hear that Anita Shreve passed away just before Easter, and also Steven Bochco, who wrote two of my all time favourite US cop shows - Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue - also passed away the other day.

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"Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin passed away today at the age of 76. One of the greatest (if not the greatest) singers of all time.

May she RIP.

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I loved everything about Aretha and her music and she will be very sadly missed. There really was never a voice quite like it. 

 

Everyone has their own personal favourite song of hers, but mine will always be Angel. It just gives me goose bumps.   

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Albert Finney last week, and also author Rosamund Pilcher, who was the grand age of 94 and of course is best know for the Shell Seekers.

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I didn't know about Rosamund Pilcher. May she and also Albert Finney rest in peace :(.

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Just read that Andrea Levy passed away today. She wrote Small Island and The Long Song among others. Really saddened to hear this because I enjoyed her books so much. :(

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Sad to report several recent demises:

 

Mark Hollis (singer with 80s bank Talk Talk), last week

Keith Flint (singer with the Prodigy) - yesterday

Luke Perry - Beverly Hills 90210, he was only 52, very tragic, as are the others.

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It's so sad several celebreties passed away recently :(. May they rest in peace :(.

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Vonda N. McIntyre

 

Cut my reading teeth on her Star Trek novelisations, and also read a rather lack-lustre Star Wars book she wrote, but I have never read any of her original writings. 

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