Legendary Batman writer, Denny O’Neil dies at age 81

Dennis J. “Denny” O’Neil has died at age 81. As confirmed by his family, the legendary comic book writer died at home of natural causes on the night of June 11.

O’Neil was best known for his work on Batman, which included writing Batman, Detective Comics, and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, as well as editing DC’s Batman titles from 1986 to 2000. He, editor Julius Schwartz, and artist Neal Adams are credited for guiding the Dark Knight back to his darker roots after a period of campiness brought on by the success of the 1960s Batman TV series.

Fred Willard, comedian, writer and actor, dies at 86

Willard’s daughter Hope announced his death in a statement, writing, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”

Astrid Kirchherr, Artist/Photographer friend of The Beatles, dies 81

German newspaper Die Zeit confirmed Kirchherr’s death, noting the photographer died of a “short, serious illness.”

“Intelligent, inspirational, innovative, daring, artistic, awake, aware, beautiful, smart, loving and uplifting friend to many,” Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn tweeted (via NME). “Her gift to The Beatles was immeasurable. She died in Hamburg on Wednesday, a few days before turning 82.

Was (Not Was) vocalist Hillard ‘Sweet Pea’ Atkinson dies aged 74

The singer was known for hits including Walk The Dinosaur and Spy In The House Of Love, and also performed with Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and Iggy Pop.

He had the voice I always wished I had,” Don Was told Billboard magazine. “When I was writing songs, I was always writing with him in mind.