In Memoriam

Those who have passed.

Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

Jonathan Demme, an Oscar-winning filmmaker, has passed away at the age of 73. Demme’s publicist Leslee Dart confirmed that the director had died of complications from esophageal cancer of which Demme revealed in 2015 that he had been battling. “Sadly, I can confirm that Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded […]

James Cotton, Blues Harmonica Pioneer, dies at 81

James Cotton, Blues Harmonica Pioneer, dies at 81

Blues harmonica player James Cotton, who rose from poverty to introduce his instrument to the rock world, died Thursday. The Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master whose full-throated sound backed such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin’ Wolf, was 81. A statement from Alligator Records, Cotton’s label, says he died Thursday […]