Obituary

  • Khushwant Singh (1915-2014): End of a literary juggernaut 20-03-2014 10:25 PM

    Khushwant Singh, one of the finest authors who elevated English writing in India with his classic works on Partition and history of Sikhs, literature and displayed an impeccable sense of wit and humour, died in New Delhi on Thursday at the age of 99. ...
  • Khushwant Singh, the man whose obit was written 31 years ago 20-03-2014 05:34 PM

    Journalist Dhiren Bhagat wrote this pre-obituary of Kushwant Singh 30 years ago. It was appeared in now defunct 'Sunday Observer'. Dhiren Bhagat died 24 years ago. This obituary appeared on February 13, 1983. I was saddened to read that Khushwant Singh passed away in his sleep last week. What a...
  • Khushwant Singh (1915-2014): 'The Sardar in the lightbulb' switches off 20-03-2014 03:26 PM

    One of India's most renowed authors, columnists and journalists Khushwant Singh died in his Sujan Singh Park home in New Delhi on March 20, 2014. He was 99. The 'Sardar in the lightbulb' logo for Khushwant Singh's widely-read column 'With Malice Towards One and All' was designed by one of...
  • Korean war veteran and grandfather of four wrote his own hilarious obituary made public after his death 18-03-2014 09:31 AM

    An 80-year-old grandfather of four and a Korean war veteran wrote his own obituary that has his family and friends in splits after his death. The obit, shared on Imgur, had blank spaces for time and day of death but otherwise covered Walter Bruhl Jr's colourful life in crisp, witty...
  • Ray Dolby, inventor, audio pioneer, founder of Dolby Laboratories dies 13-09-2013 08:05 AM

    Portland: Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80. The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukaemia this...
  • Ilya Segalovich, co-founder of Russia's top search engine Yandex, dies 29-07-2013 01:16 PM

    Moscow: Ilya Segalovich, the co-founder of Russia's largest search engine, Yandex, has died, the company said Sunday. He was 48. Segalovich died Saturday at a London hospital, Yandex director general and fellow founder Arkady Volozh said. Volozh said in the company's blog that Segalovich was diagnosed with stomach cancer last...
  • Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention 27-07-2013 12:49 PM

    Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who forced bank ATMs to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices, died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to make a high-profile presentation at a hacking conference. The New Zealand-born Jack, 35, was found dead on Thursday...
  • Pran: Those sharp yet benevolent eyes can't ever be forgotten 12-07-2013 11:20 PM

    New Delhi: Pran Krishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran, was a difficult actor to mimic. He had a voice that could fill an entire theatre, something which very few actors such as Amitabh or Dharmendra could achieve, also his style of dialogue delivery made it difficult for voice-over artists to...
  • Kerala: Theatre veteran Venukuttan Nair is dead 26-11-2012 12:14 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Noted theatre personality and Malayalam film actor P K Venukuttan Nair died here on Monday following a brief illness, family sources said. Nair (81) was a revered figure in theatre circles in Kerala and a recipient of state government award for best drama director for four times. He is...
  • Kerala: CPM stalwart P Govinda Pillai is dead 23-11-2012 10:21 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran CPM leader P Govinda Pillai passed away in a hospital here after age-related health problems, his family said on Friday. He was 86. Pillai, popularly known as PG, had been admitted to hospital about a week ago. The soft spoken ideologue of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, died...
  • Yash Chopra (1932-2012): I think I've had enough 21-10-2012 08:41 PM

    New Delhi: "I have never made romantic films. I have made films on human relations, and humans are complicated people," filmmaker Yash Chopra had said on his 80th birthday, ironically after a career spanning five decades of some of Hindi cinema's best remembered romance classics. He was the man who...
  • A progressive and liberal Pakistan will be the best tribute to Begum Nusrat Bhutto

    Diplomat's Diary |  Wajid Shamsul Hasan
    As I sit down to write a sort of obituary of Begum Nusrat Bhutto, I find my eyes dried of tears. Before me rolls a...

  • Ace music director Shrinivas Khale no more 02-09-2011 12:14 PM

    Mumbai: Renowned Marathi music director Shrinivas Khale passed away at his residence in neighbouring Thane early today following brief illness. He was 85 and is survived by wife and three daughters. Sources said 'Khale Kaka' as he was fondly called was not keeping well for the last few days and...
  • 'Jailhouse Rock' songwriter Leiber dead at 78 23-08-2011 03:31 PM

    Los Angeles: Jerry Leiber, who with longtime partner Mike Stoller wrote "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety Yak" and other hit songs that came to define early rock 'n' roll, died on Monday. He was 78. He was surrounded by family when he died unexpectedly of cardiopulmonary failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical...
  • There'll never be another Shammi Kapoor: Chopra 15-08-2011 05:22 PM

    Mumbai: Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, who attended late actor Shammi Kapoor's funeral on Monday, said there will never be anyone who can come even close to the 79-year-old actor. "I am so sad that I don't even feel like talking right now. He was a great actor. His style and...
  • Shammiji told Jaya he's tired: Big B 15-08-2011 04:53 PM

    New Delhi: His never-say-die attitude had begun to ebb, says megastar Amitabh Bachchan, whose wife Jaya had spoken to Shammi Kapoor a few days before he died. "He had got tired during the last two days. Never one to give up, he spoke, for the first time in a tone...
  • I'll ensure my sons know Shammi Kapoor: Hrithik 15-08-2011 04:38 PM

    New Delhi: Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, an ardent Shammi Kapoor fan, says he will introduce the magic of the late actor, who passed away on Sunday, to his two sons - Hrehaan, five, and Hridhaan, three. "Legends like Shammi Kapoor do not die...he lives, inside us, around us. A journey...
  • SRK, Ranbir bid final adieu to Shammi Kapoor 15-08-2011 12:01 PM

    Mumbai: Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, who shared screen space with Shammi Kapoor in "Chamatkar" (1992), paid his homage to the late actor at his Malabar Hill home on Sunday evening. Shah Rukh, who came in a black BMW, did not stay inside the house for very long and also...
  • Politicians mourn Shammi Kapoor's death 15-08-2011 11:53 AM

    Mumbai: Maharashtra's political fraternity on Sunday condoled the death of veteran Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor. The 79-year-old actor was on dialysis for the last few days and was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai where he breathed his last at 5:15 a.m. Maharashtra...
  • Kapoor's death shocks Kannada film industry 15-08-2011 10:55 AM

    Bangalore: Dancing King Shammi Kapoor's death early on Sunday morning has shocked many Kannada film personalities who were close to the flamboyant star who changed the course of film entertainment in his heyday. Director S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu, who helmed three Hindi films featuring Shammi Kapoor, was the first to express...
  • Family, friends pour in at Kapoor's residence 14-08-2011 06:40 PM

    Mumbai: Nephew Randhir Kapoor, grandnieces Karisma and Kareena, co-star Amitabh Bachchan, director Imtiaz Ali and many more visited the Blue Heaven Society on Malabar Hill to pay tribute to Shammi Kapoor, who breathed his last on Sunday morning at the Breach Candy Hospital. He was 79. He will be cremated...
  • Shammi Kapoor's leading ladies miss the star 14-08-2011 06:01 PM

    Mumbai: Sharmila Tagore and Saira Banu who made their Bollywood debuts with Shammi Kapoor in "Kashmir Ki Kali" and "Junglee" respectively said they will miss the star who was "high spirited and so full of life". Sharmila Tagore, who made her foray into Hindi films with Shammi Kapoor in 1961...
  • Shammi was a fabulous singer: Mangeshkar 14-08-2011 05:47 PM

    New Delhi: Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar has remembered Shammi Kapoor as a big star and good human being and revealed that the late actor was a fabulous singer. "I am very upset after hearing the demise of Shammiji. He was one of the biggest stars of Bollywood, but before that...
  • B'wood mourns the death of Shammi Kapoor 14-08-2011 01:06 PM

    Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan feels that with the demise of Shammi Kapoor Bollywood's flamboyance and joi de verve has been lost, while Riteish Deshmukh described the "Junglee" star as the most stylish actor ever. Mourning the death of the legend, actors young and old on Sunday expressed sadness over the era...
  • Father was a lively person: Aditya Raj Kapoor 14-08-2011 12:57 PM

    Mumbai: Aditya Raj Kapoor has described his father Shammi Kapoor, who died on Sunday morning, as a "happy and lively person" and has hoped his fans will pray his soul rests in peace. "He was a very happy and lively person. His life was going good. But he was on...
  • Phenomenon called Shammi Kapoor refuses to die 14-08-2011 10:10 AM

    Mumbai: His trademark dancing style, romantic antics which charmed heroines in many a Bollywood film and being a computer buff in later years created the "Shammi Kapoor phenomenon" which would be remembered by his fans forever. Being the son of Prithviraj Kapoor and brother of "showman" Raj Kapoor, carving a...
  • Colombian singer Joe Arroyo passed away 27-07-2011 03:17 PM

    Bogota: Joe Arroyo, a Colombian singer and songwriter who created his own signature style of dance music, died on Tuesday in a hospital in the Caribbean coastal city of Barranquilla, his family said. He was 56. The artist "died peacefully", his wife - Jackelin Ramon - told the press after...
  • M.I.A. dedicates song to late Amy Winehouse 26-07-2011 01:25 PM

    London: Rapper M.I.A. has unveiled a song in honour of tragic singer Amy Winehouse. The "Paper Planes" hitmaker released a track called "27", paying tribute to the gallery of rocks stars whose lives were claimed at that age, reports contactmusic.com. She told followers on Twitter.com the song was written months...
  • Winehouse drank herself to death? 25-07-2011 02:43 PM

    London: Singer Amy Winehouse, who had been struggling with an addiction problem, is believed to have drank herself to death after meeting her mother for lunch. The 27-year-old singer was found dead at her home by a bodyguard Saturday. She was believed to be "devastated" after splitting up with her...