Animation legend Lou Scheimer passed away two days ago. I haven’t found a clear cause of death, but he had been dealing with heart problems and Parkinson’s disease for years. Readers my age may know his work better than his name: his IMDB page is here.
Frederik Pohl passed away earlier today. Details are currently sparse, but they are likely to appear on his official website in due time.
Grand Master of SF Ray Bradbury passed away this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91. While Bradbury was best known for the frequently challenged and/or banned novel Fahrenheit 451, he was also known for being a prolific short story writer, with his story The Veldt being reading among many high school textbooks. In addition to Fahrenheit 451, the short story collection The Illustrated Man was adapted to an anthology film, and The Martian Chronicles was adapted to a television miniseries. Several stories where adapted to episodes of the radio series X Minus One and Dimension X, both of which can be found at Archive.org.
The staff of Bureau42.com would like to offer their condolences to Bradbury’s family. He will be missed.
As per tradition, the day before Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberry Awards (The Razzies) are given to “honor” the lowest of the low in filmmaking for the year.
Newsarama is reporting that Dwayne McDuffie, founder of Milestone Comics, and who worked on the Static Shock, and Justice League animated series, as well as the films “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” and the newly released “All-Star Superman” has passed away. Currently the cause of death has not been released. Reportedly he was in good health earlier in the week, and had been scheduled to do a signing at Golden Apple comics tomorrow evening. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
More bad news this weekend: Irvin Kershner, best known as director on The Empire Strikes Back, passed away this weekend from complications from a long but undisclosed illness.