Which Dead TV Person Got The Most (And Least) Applause At The Emmys?

The "In Memoriam" segment is an awards-show staple. Every year, we're provided a montage of those who died in the previous year; last night's Emmy Awards, though, provided a handful of dead luminaries their own, separate mini-eulogies. Of those who weren't given that honor, which one got the most appreciation from… » 9/23/13 1:20pm 9/23/13 1:20pm

Raise A Pint For The Short, Fat, Drunk, And Dead Darts Legend Jocky…

On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Mike Pesca tells the story of Scottish dartsman Jocky Wilson, who died in March. Wilson dominated the sport in the early 1980s, and spent the rest of his career as a wonderfully larger-than-life sort. Just one line from his obituary in The Guardian: "At… » 4/13/12 2:25pm 4/13/12 2:25pm

Dead Comedian Of The Week: Vaughn Meader, Assassination Victim

For Comedy Week, we're running a handful of tributes in the vein of our Dead Wrestler of the Week series. Here, Alexander Woo, a writer and co-executive producer for HBO's True Blood, eulogizes Vaughn Meader, the wildly popular JFK impersonator whose star plummeted after the assassination of his subject. He died in… » 8/11/11 2:20pm 8/11/11 2:20pm

The Right Place At The Right Time: Remembering Lorenzo Charles

In the photographs of that moment, he doesn't show an expression of power, of joy, of triumph or even relief. His eyebrows are arched back, his eyes are wide, his face drawn into a grimace. N.C. State's Lorenzo Charles does not look like a man dunking a basketball, but rather a man returning to Earth, to a world that… » 6/28/11 4:41pm 6/28/11 4:41pm

(Un)dead Wrestler Of The Week: The Undertaker

An occasional feature in which we honor the sport's fallen and examine their legacies. Today we have a special edition of Dead Wrestler of the Week: The Undertaker, who defeated Triple H last night in WrestleMania 27 and who, while still very much alive, has long been a death-obsessed figure in a death-haunted sport. » 4/04/11 4:20pm 4/04/11 4:20pm