Our Loss – Jon English, George Kennedy and others

Jon English - Our Loss

Jon English

Words Are Not Enough, Turn the Page, Six Ribbons, Hollywood Seven and so much more. Jon English was one of Australia’s superstars and not just with his chart toppers. His TV and stage roles were just as impressive. From the mini series, Against the Wind where he won his Logie to the long running Jesus Christ Superstar.

Among several other gongs, h e was also the recipient of thee Entertainer of the year Mo Awards in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Jon English died on March 9 from complications after surgery for an aortic aneurysm. He was 66.

George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Although he stared in more than 200 TV and film productions, George Kennedy will be remembered as Dragline in the 1967 movie, Cool Hand Luke with Paul Newman. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his efforts.

He also portrayed (Captain) Joe Patroni in the four Airport movies and appeared as Sergeant Lew Slade in another blockbuster disaster movie from the 70’s, Earthquake.

Other movies in which Kennedy appeared include both Naked Gun films, The Dirty Dozen and The Eiger Sanction.

George Kennedy died in Idaho, aged 91.

Keith Emerson (71) 10 March. Emerson was the Emerson in Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The news of his death was announced by band mate, Carl Palmer, though no cause has been reported.

Ross Hannaford (65) 8 March. Hannaford will always be remembered as the lead guitarist and one of the co-founders of the 70’s band, Daddy Cool. Their hit single, Eagle Rock is an icon in Australian music. Ross Hannaford died from cancer.

Nancy Reagan (94) 6 March. Nancy Reagan (born Ann Robbins) was a former American First Lady. She died from heart failure.

Ray Tomlinson (74) 5 March. Tomlinson was the computer programmer who invented the email system and assigned the use of the “@” symbol. Tomlinson died from a heart attack.

Paul Couch (51) 5 March. The 1989 Brownlow medallist died of a heart attack while cycling with friends in Apollo Bay, Victoria.

Tony Dyson (68) 4 March. Dyson was the creator of Star Wars, R2-D2, arguably the most famous robot from the Big Screen. He was found dead in his home on Gozo, Malta. Although cause of death is yet to be determined, it is believed he died of natural causes.

Nancy Reagan
Nancy Reagan

Pat Conroy (70) 4 March. Conroy was the author of The Prince of Tides. Among his other works was the Lords of Discipline and the Great Santini. He died from pancreatic cancer.

Sarah Tait (33) 3 March. Sarah Tait (nee Outhwaite) was an Olympic rower competing in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games. With partner, Kate Hornsey, she won the silver in the Coxless pair in London in 2012. Sarah died from cervical cancer.

Martin Crowe (53) 3 March. Legendary New Zealand cricketer, Crowe was regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest ever batsman.

Tony Burton (78) 25 February. Actor Tony Burton is best remembered for his role in the Rocky franchise as boxing trainer, Duke Evers. He died from pneumonia.

Edgar Mitchell (85) 4 February. Ed Mitchell was an Apollo 14 astronaut. In 1971, he became the sixth man to walk on the moon.

Dave Mirra (41) 4 February. Mirra was a BMX and rallycross Extreme sports athlete. He won 24 X Games medals in his career. Mirra died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Benoît Violier (44) 31 January. Violier was the owner of the three Michelin star, Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Switzerland. He was regarded a one of the world’s best chefs. A month after the French government announced his as the best restaurant in the world, Violier was found dead from a self inflicted gun wound.

Colin Vearncombe (53) 26 January. Better know by his stage name, Black, musician Vearncombe had a hit in 1987 with a song called Wonderful Life. Black died from head injuries sustained in a car accident on January 10. He died 16 days later.

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