John Bain passed away at the age of 33

Game critic John Bain, more commonly known by the aliases TotalBiscuit and the Cynical Brit, passed away on 25 May 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Bain was 33.

Bain revealed in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer and was receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The cancer went into remission but later returned, spreading to his liver and his spine.

In 2015, he announced that his cancer was terminal, though he continued to work on his popular YouTube channel and The Co-Optional Podcast. Bain had announced earlier this month that he was retiring from games criticism as a result of his failing health.

Bain’s career as a game critic and personality spanned more than a decade. His YouTube channel, which was home to TotalBiscuit’s podcast and game impressions, had more than 2,2 million subscribers. Bain was also a top Steam curator, garnering more than 800,000 followers.

Our sincere condolences go out to John Bain’s family and friends.

Goodbye Princess Leia – Carrie Fisher dies aged 60

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The actress, who rose to fame with her portrayal of princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise, has died on the 27th December. The news came four days after Fisher suffered a heart attack on a flight to Los Angeles, 15 minutes before the landing. The actress received emergency treatment on the plane and once the latter had landed, was then rushed to UCLA Medical Center where she remained in intensive care until her death.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55 this morning”, said a statement from family spokesman Simon Halls. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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Aside from her famous appearance in the Star Wars movies, Fisher was known as a mental health advocate. Suffering from bipolar disorder and drug addiction, she also spoke out on her own struggles, a topic addressed among others in her semi-autobiographical novel “Postcards from the Edge” and in “Wishful Drinking”.

Several co-stars and fans have mourned the death of the actress, 80s icon, activist and face behind one of the most well-known female warriors in science-fiction on social media, stating among others that “the Force is dark today”.

A Hero among us – Rob Phoenix (Yves Robert Schaaf) has passed away at age 38

Our dear friend, acquaintance, fellow geek and cosplayer, actor and accomplished artist has left us on Saturday, the 3rd December 2016. At the young age of 38, Yves Robert Schaaf, also known as Rob Phoenix, has not only done so much for the Luxembourgish indie movie and the cosplay domain, but also tried to make the world a better place with his kindness.

There’s a huge void where Yves/Rob Phoenix, known for his friendliness and wit, left us and his presence will be remembered.

At every geek meeting,

every future Luxcon edition,

every movie event,

every “Kniddelen” stand he loved so much.

The entire GLL team’s sincere condoleances go to the family and friends of the deceased.

We miss you!

Geeks Life Luxembourg

Bud Spencer dead at 86

The Italian actor Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli) is dead. He died Monday at the age of 86 years. This was confirmed by his son Giuseppe Pedersoli on request of the German press agency in Rome.

“He has not suffered, he had us all with him and his last word was” thank you “,” Pedersoli told the Italian news agency ansa According.

Bud Spencer was the first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute, Spencer competed as a swimmer on the Italian National Team at the Olympic Summer games in both Helsinki, Finland, in 1952 and Melbourne, Australia, in 1956.

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Spencer’s first film role was in Quel fantasma di mio marito, an Italian comedy shot in 1949 and released in 1950. Then he played a member of the Praetorian Guard in Quo Vadis, a film shot in Italy, in 1951. During the 1950s and part of the 1960s, Spencer appeared in some Italian films but “his career was strictly minor league until the late 1960s.”

He changed his screen name in 1967, choosing to pay homage to Spencer Tracy as well as his favorite beer, Budweiser.

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After the name change, Spencer achieved his greatest success in spaghetti Westerns lensed for a global audience. Spencer met his future film partner, Terence Hill, on the set of Hannibal in 1959. The two made such international hits as  Vier für ein Ave Maria in 1968 and Die rechte und die linke Hand des Teufels in 1970 and They Call Me Trinity. Their dual outings made both stars famous, particularly in Europe. They went on to work together on over 20 films.

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In 2005, he entered politics, unsuccessfully standing as regional counselor in Lazio for the Forza Italia party. Spencer stated: “In my life, I’ve done everything. There are only three things I haven’t been – a ballet dancer, a jockey and a politician. Given that the first two jobs are out of the question, I’ll throw myself into politics.”

On a personal note Bud Spencer was one of my childhood Heros and he still is now and he will be forever. I watched his movies so many times and still love to watch them today. Rest in Peace you Legend.

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Our best wishes go out to Bud Spencer’s family and friends.

Christina Grimmie shot dead outside Florida concert

Singer Christina Grimmie has died at the age of 22 years. The young singer had gained popularity with her participation at the show “The Voice”.

Members of the band Before You Exit were signing autographs after a concert at Orlando’s Plaza Live when a male suspect shot Grimmie.

After investigations, it turned out that Kevin James Loibl had walked toward Christina and fatally shot her. Christina’s brother immediately tackled the suspect, stopping him from causing any more harm to her fans and the people in the surroundings. During the struggle, the suspect shot himself. He was later pronounced dead.

Our best wishes go out to Christina Grimmie’s family and friends.

Joe Fleishaker Star of Troma Movies, Dies at 62

While the name may not jump out at you at first, if you were at all a fan of Troma and their wondrous brand of horror, then you are more than well acquainted with Joe Fleishaker. It’s with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to this incredibly warm soul.

He passed away Monday at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

Fleishaker made his name starring in the cult “Toxic Avenger” franchise, along with films including “Poultrygeist,” “Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.,” “Terror Firmer” and “Tromeo and Juliet.”

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but the Brooklyn native suffered from morbid obesity and congestive heart failure, and his family suspects it was a heart attack.

On the convention circuit Fleishaker could always be found helping to man the Troma booth and greet fans with open arms and a huge smile. He will be sincerely missed.

Our best wishes go out to Joe Fleishaker’s family and friends.

Alan Rickman Passes Away at 69

Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69.

Rickman’s family reports that the actor had been suffering from cancer.

He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

He also won a Bafta Award for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

A family statement said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

Our best wishes go out to Alan Rickman’s family and friends.

David Bowie dies at 69

The singer’s death was confirmed in a Facebook post on his official page: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Bowie’s 25 albums produced a string of hits including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Fame,” “Heroes,” “Let’s Dance” and “Where Are We Now?” among many others.

His latest album, Blackstar, was released a week ago with at his 69th birthday, and had received widespread critical acclaim.

His last Music Video Lazarus and his little bit haunting.

Our best wishes go out to David Bowie’s family and friends.

Lemmy, Motörhead frontman, dies at 70

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer.

The band announced on their Facebook page that Lemmy learned of the disease on 26 December, and was at home when he died.

Lemmy, born Ian Fraser Kilmister, formed Motörhead in 1975 and was its only constant member, as singer and bassist. The band released 23 studio albums and are best known for their 1980 single Ace of Spades.

The band requested fans “play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

Our best wishes go out to Lemmy’s family and friends.

Luc Haas Passes Away at 66

We’ve learned some deeply unfortunate news: That Luc Haas passed this Monday.

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He appeared on stage one last time in December 2014, on the occasion of a gala evening organized by the Luxembourg Red Cross and the Foundation Thierry van Werveke.

With Luc Haas Luxembourg is losing one Rock- and Comic Book Legend at the same time.

Our best wishes go out to Luc Haas family and friends.