Paddy Maloney RIP Co-founder and leading force behind the greatest Irish folk group of all time, the Chieftains, aged 83. They recorded 44 albums 1964 - 2012 Beloved by many generations through their collaborations with contemporary stars such as U2, The Pogues, Sting, Sinead O'Connor, Elvis Costello, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Mark Knopfler and Van Morrison. They contributed to the film soundtracks of "Braveheart", 'Gangs of New York" and "Barry Lyndon". In a piece of brilliant timing, they did their "Goodbye Tour" in 2019 and early 2020 before the Covid pandemic shut everything down...... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddy_Moloney
Sidney Poitier Aged 94 RIP Starred in To Sir With Love, great British film of the sixties, theme tune of the film was the same name, was a hit on the British charts sung by Lulu. Think she also had a part in the film.
Particularly for the last two who lived to nearly a hundred, I saw a quote something along the lines of ‘if you lived to nearly 100 and people say you died too soon it says something about the quality of your life.’
A Kiwi sports fan I knew who watched Bobby Charlton’s United play New Zealand at English Park. I used to say when he was a boy, but I’ve done the math and he must have been in his mid-20s at the time! Also went to Rufer’s All Whites against Werder Bremen and Hadlee’s last one dayer. Not a celebrity as such, but an R.I.P. nonetheless.
Phil Bennett (73) Welsh Number 10, Lions number 10, Babarians number 10. Great turn of speed and IMHO the best ever sidestep of any player. And he could kick goals. He could run with the ball and was never afraid of getting tackled.