Obituaries, 26th-2nd of May 2013

Jeff Hanneman, Mike Gray, Chris Kelly, Viviane Forrester & Barry Fey have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.

 

 

 

 

 Jeff Hanneman: January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013

Guitarist Jeff Hanneman has passed away this week. He was 49. He was a founding member of leading thrash metal band, Slayer. Born in Oakland, California, he developed a great interest in punk music as a youth and yearned to sought to create a faster and more menacing approach to the genre. Slayer was formed in 1981 and their first album was entitled, “Show No Mercy.” Hanneman was to contribute lyrically and musically to each one of the following bands albums, penning tunes such as “Raining Blood,” “War Ensemble” and “Angel of Death.” He also developed his own guitar, the ESP Jeff Hanneman Signature Model. Hanneman is survived by his wife, two brothers and a sister.    

 

Mike Gray: October 26, 1935 – April 30, 2013

Scribe, screenwriter, producer, director and documentary film-maker, Mike Gray, has passed away this week at the age of 77. He was born in Darlington, Indiana, and graduated from the University of Purdue before relocating to Chicago in the early 1960s. In 1965, he founded the production company Film Group, three years later making the award-winning doco, “American Revolution 2.” Gray wrote the screenplay for “The China Syndrome” and was also involved with projects such as “The Fugitive” movie and “Star Trek, The Next Generation.” His books included the “The Warning” about the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island and a look at America’s war on the drugs in “Busted.” Gray is survived by his wife and son.

 

Chris Kelly: August 11, 1978 – May, 1 2013

Rap star Chris Kelly, half of 90s duo Kriss Kross, has passed away at the age of 34. Born in Atlanta, Kelly was discovered aged only 13 performing with Chris Smith at a shopping mall. They were snapped up by Ruffhouse Records and their first album, “Totally Krossed Out,” sold in excess of four million units. It also spawned the worldwide smash-hit single, “Jump.”  In 1992, they were invited to open for Michael Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour and also made an appearance in his music video, “Jam.” Kriss Kross recorded the “Rugrats Rap” for the cartoon and even had their own Sega video game. They released further albums, both as a duo and independently, and though they were successful, never reached the dizzying heights of their debut. Kelly and Smith reunited earlier this year for a 20th Anniversary concert.    

 

Viviane Forrester: September 29, 1925 – April 30, 2013

Viviane Forrester, award-winning French writer, novelist and critic, has passed away this week at the age of 87. Born in Paris, she wrote for leading publications such as “Le Monde,” and “Le Nouvel Observateur,” founded the activist organization ATTAC and was on the jury of the Prix Femina. Forrester’s political books such as “L’horreur Econmique” gained her international recognition as she fiercely criticized the concept of globalization. She also penned biographies of Virginia Woolf and Van Gogh which resulted in the literary awards the “Prix Goncourt de la Biographie” and the “Prix Femina de l’essai.”

 

Barry Fey: 1939 – April 28, 2013

Legendary rock ‘n’ roll concert promoter Barry Fey has passed away at the age of 73. Throughout his illustrious career, he had been responsible for putting on shows for artists such as the Doors, the Rolling Stones and the Who.  Each year from 1978 to 1980, he was voted by Billboard as the promoter of the year. In 1968, he was the first man to bring Led Zeppelin to the U.S., and the following year set up the Denver Pop Festival, which was to be the last ever show by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In 1983, he helped produce U2’s film “Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky” and was voted into the Touring Hall of Fame in 1997. The same year, he received a personal message from President Bill Clinton in honor of his services to the music industry. He later took up a career in radio. Fey is survived by his four sons.

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