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.

Ronan O’Rahilly, Radio Caroline founder who inspired UK pop and pirate radio, dies aged 79

His death was announced by the radio station that is still broadcasting, who said: “In a pastime populated by unusual people, Ronan was more unusual than all of them combined.” He had been diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2013.