The Short List – Feb ’20

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Unfortunately, banging out crude obits isn’t a paying job. Sometimes, we just don’t have the time to report on every last qualified celebrity corpse. Or possibly, there just isn’t enough available dirt on someone to throw one last shovelful in their face. But nevertheless, there are lots of people out there that would qualify as a pick that kick the bucket every day but don’t make a dent on the Dead Reckoner’s front page… until now. Each month, we’ll list the unselected celebs we either A) didn’t have time for… or B) were too boring to malign. So just in case you were wondering “whatever happened to,” this monthly post may give you some unexpected closure.

February 1, 2020
  • Andy Gill – Aged 64 years.
    Founding guitarist for Brit punkers Gang of Four.
February 8, 2020
  • Robert Conrad – Aged 84 years. Singer, actor, star of TV hits “Wild Wild West” and “Hawaiian Eye.”
February 9, 2020
  • Paula Kelly – Aged 76 years. Singer, dancer, & TV actress.  Emmy nominated for “Night Court.”
February 10, 2020
  • Lyle Mays – Aged 66 years. Grammy winning composer/keyboardist for The Pat Metheney Group.
February 11, 2020
  • Joseph Shabalala – Aged 78 years. Founding singer of South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
February 12, 2020
  • Paul English – Aged 87 years. Willie Nelson’s longtime drummer and debt collector.
February 14, 2020
  • Lynn Cohen – Aged 86 years.
    Actress in the “Sex in the City” movies and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
February 15, 2020
  • Caroline Flack – Aged 40 years. Actress, TV personality, and British sexpot.
  • Tony Fernández – Aged 57 years. 5 time All-star and 4 time Golden Glove winning MLB shortstop.
February 16, 2020
  • Jason Davis – Aged 35 years. Child actor and spoiled socialite.
  • Harry Gregg – Aged 87 years. Irish footballer, team manager, and Munich air disaster survivor.
  • Kellye Nakahara – Aged 73 years. Actress. Played Nurse Kellye in 165 episodes of M*A*S*H.
  • Zoe Caldwell – Aged 86 years.
    Stage and screen actress, 4 time Tony Award winner.
February 17, 2020
  • Andrew Weatherall – Aged 56 years. English DJ, record producer, and remixer.
  • Mickey Wright – Aged 85 years.
    LPGA powerhouse and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
  • Charles Portis – Aged 86 years.
    Western fiction author who penned “True Grit.”
February 19, 2020
  • Henry Gray – Aged 95 years. Singer & blues pianist. Worked with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, & the Rolling Stones.
February 22, 2020
  • B. Smith – Aged 70 years. Model, restauranteur, author, and TV personality.
  • “Mad” Mike Hughes – Aged 64 years. Daredevil, amateur rocketeer, and flat earth crackpot.
February 24, 2020
  • John “Sonny” Franzese – Aged 103 years. Old school Colombo family mobster, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Deep Throat” financier.
  • Ben Cooper – Aged 86 years. TV & film actor, worked almost exclusively in Westerns.
  • Diana Serra Cary – Aged 101 years. Silent film child star best known as “Baby Peggy”
February 25, 2020
  • David Roback – Aged 61 years.
    Guitarist, songwriter, co-founder of Mazzy Star.
  • Kazuhisa Hashimoto – Aged 61 years. Video game developer & inventor of the “Konami Code” (Up, up, down down…)
February 28, 2020
  • Joe Coulombe – Aged 89 years. American entrepreneur, founder of Trader Joe’s.