Obituaries March 29th – April 4th 2013

Roger Ebert, Carmine Infantino, Jesus Franco, Maria Redaelli & Robert Turley have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.


Roger Ebert: June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013
Legendary film critic, Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70. Born in Urbana, Illinois, he began his writing career contributing to high-school publications and fanzines. From 1967 until his death, Ebert was the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and was one of the world's most respected in his craft. He was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, and to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ebert's musings have been syndicated to over 200 newspapers in American and around the world. He is survived by his wife, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.

Carmine Infantino: May 24, 1925 – April 4, 2013
Comic book illustrator, artist and editor, Carmine Infantino, has passed away aged 87. He was a leading figure of the Silver Age of Comic Books. Infantino was born in Brooklyn, New York, and later attended the city's School of Industrial Art. He worked for numerous publishers including Hillman Periodicals and Fawcett Comics before securing a position with the iconic DC Comic where he played a leading role in the "Flash Comics." Later in the 1960s, he also began working on the Batman series. Infantino would later become editorial director and then publisher of DC. In 2000, he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame.

Jesus Franco: May 12, 1930 – April 2, 2013
Actor, film director and writer, Jesus Franco, has passed away this week at the age of 82. Born in the Spanish capital of Madrid, Franco's first taste of success came with his 1961 movie, "The Awful Dr Orloff." It went on to achieve a cult-classic status, receiving major distribution in Britain and the U.S. Other stateside hits included "Ninety-Nine Women" and "Necronomicon." Franco worked with Christopher Lee in "The Bloody Language" and "Count Dracula." He moved to France in the 1970s and began making adult movies before moving back to the horror genre a decade later with films such as "Bloody Moon" and "Oasis of the Zombies." At the time of his death, Franco was working on his final feature film, "Al Pereira vs the Alligator Women."

Maria Redaelli: April 3, 1899 – April 2, 2013
Maria Redaelli, the oldest living person in Europe and the third oldest in the world, has passed away at the age of 113, one day before her 114th birthday. She was one of the last two Italians born before 1900. Redaelli was born near Milan in a town called Inzago and spent nearly four decades working in a silk spinning mill. In the 1970s she moved with her family to Novate Milanese where she celebrated her 113th birthday with a party organized by the town with the help of the fan-club of her favorite soccer team, Inter Milan. She was presented with a special team shirt from the club and honored with a visit by the mayor. Redaelli is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Robert Turley: September 19, 1930 – March 30, 2013
Major League baseball player, Robert "Bullet Bob" Turley, has passed away aged 82. Born in Troy, Illinois, Burley was signed as an amateur free agent by the St Louis Browns when he was 18, and played his first game 1951. Three years late he moved to the New York Yankees, where he was to spend the majority of his playing career before stints at the Los Angeles Angels and the Boston Red Sox. In 1958, Turley was awarded the Hickok Belt as the top pro athlete of the year along with the Cy Young Award in recognition of him being the league's best pitcher. The Yankees won the World Series that year, and Turley was voted the Most Valuable Player of the competition. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two stepchildren and numerous grandchildren.

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