Obituaries, 15th – 21st of February 2013

Jerry Buss, Robert Richardson, Kevin Ayers, Richard Briers & Tony Sheridan have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.

Jerry Buss: January 27th 1933 – February 18th 2013
Entrepreneur and owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry Buss, has passed away. He was 80. He was also the owner of other sporting organizations, but it will be for his time with the Lakers that he will be most remembered, overseeing the legendary multi-championship winning team of the 1980s. 2010 saw his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Buss was born in Salt Lake City and graduated from the Wyoming University before attending the University of South California to complete a PhD in chemistry. After working for an aerospace company, he became involved in property investment which brought him a great financial reward, enabling him to realize his dream of becoming involved in the world of sport. Buss is survived by his six children and eight grandchildren.

Robert Richardson: June 26th 1937 – February 19th 2013
Robert Richardson, an American Physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize, has passed away aged 75. Born in Washington DC, Richardson graduated from Virginia Tech in 1958 before gaining a PhD from Duke University. Up until his death, Richardson was Professor of Physics at the University of Cornell, previous work included the study of the quantum properties of substances at very low temperatures. In 1972, he and his small team discovered the superfluidity of helium-3 atoms, and it was for this that they were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1996. Richardson is survived by his wife and daughter.

Kevin Ayers: August 16th 1944 – February 18th 2013
Influential British singer-songwriter and leading figure of the psychedelic movement, Kevin Ayers, passed away this week at the age of 68. Though born in the UK's Herne Bay, Ayers spent much of his childhood in Asia. He moved back to England at the age of 12 and in the late 60s formed the rock group, Soft Machine. He also had a long and successful career as a solo artist, working with the likes of Elton John, Brian Eno and Syd Barrett. Ayers was to spend time living throughout Europe before settling back in England in the mid-90s, recording his final album, "The Unfairground" in 2006. He is survived by his three daughters and a sister.

Richard Briers: January 14th 1934 – February 17th 2013
Legendary British stage, film, TV and radio actor and CBE recipient, Richard Briers, has passed away this week at the age of 79. Born in Surrey, UK, he left school with no qualifications and gained a clerical job in London. Aged 18, Briers was summoned for national service and spent two years serving in the Royal Air Force before attending drama school. His acting debut came with a role in the West End play, "Gilt and Gingerbread". Further parts included the shows "Marriage Lines", "Ever Decreasing Circles" and "Monarch of the Glen". It was his leading role in the smash hit BBC sitcom, "The Good Life" for which he will be most fondly remembered. Briers is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Tony Sheridan: May 21st 1940 – February 16th 2013
Tony Sheridan, the man who first used The Beatles as his backing band both on record and in their days of touring Hamburg in the early 1960s, has passed away at the age of 72. Born in Norwich, UK, Sheridan was a gifted musician, learning the violin aged 7 before moving on to the guitar. He founded a band in the mid-50s and together they played in clubs around London and later on TV. After being left by his band-mates in Germany, a chance encounter saw Sheridan employ the young Beatles which lead to them making a handful of songs together including "My Bonnie", now one of the most sought after vinyl records. He continued to perform and record throughout his life and also worked in radio. Sheridan is survived by his wife and son.

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