Thursday, October 16, 2014

Karyssa's obituary

Very interesting! I didn't realize he had been in the Army and was married with two kids when he died. Some wordiness and AP Style errors -- see dates and times. Well organized and written overall.

Rock Legend Jimi Hendrix Never Forgotten
By Karyssa Youngs

James (Jimi) Marshall Hendrix, 27, of 23 Brook Street, London, UK, died Friday, Sep. 18, 1970, due to unconfirmed drug-related circumstances.

On Nov. 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, Jimi was brought into this world by his parents,

After dropping out of Garfield Highschool at the age of 17, Jimi enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961, where he served on the 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, until his discharge in 1962 because of an injury. I DIDN'T REALIZE HE HAD BEEN IN THE ARMY His passion for playing music, however,

Jimi’s success as a musician was at only it’s WHEN IN 1966, when he met Chas Chandler, who inspired him to move to London as part of The Jimi Hendrix Experience where he became a rock icon alongside his talented band members, Noel Reding and Mitch Mitchell.

Jimi had set a legendary bar in the rock world that would not be fully recognized until after his death. The awards given to honor his great achievements include an NME Award for Most Missed in 1976, a Grammy Lifetime Achievements Award in 1992, and two Grammy Hall of Fame Awards in 1999 and 2009.

Jimi left his spouse, Eva Sundquist; his two children, Tamika Laurice James-Hendrix, and James Daniel Sundquist; his father, James Allen Hendrix; and his four siblings, Leon, Joseph, Kathy, and Pamela Hendrix. Jimi was predeceased by his mother, Lucille Jeter.

The funeral was held October 1, 1970 at 1PM

Donations in memorial contribution for the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation can be sent to PO Box 58152 Seattle, Washington 98138.

Austen's FAKE obituary

Interesting choice of subjects, Austen. "Pan's Labyrinth" is really unforgettable, I think. Nice job, overall, but lots of AP style points to review. Don't forget: commas and periods always INSIDE quotation marks. There are several instances in here in which you jam together two ideas in one sentence when they would be better expressed if each had its own sentence.

Austen Rioux
16 October 2014
Journ 300

Guillermo del Toro (1964-2014) FAKE OBITUARY

Agoura Hills, CA

Born on Oct. 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, del Toro was an accomplished film director, screenwriter, and novelist, and the son of Guadalupe del Toro and Federico del Toro. I WOULDN'T JAM HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PARENTS INTO THE SAME SENTENCE

Del Toro lived much of his early life in Guadalajara, where he first gained his passion for film while playing with his father’s old Super 8 camera. He would go on to film and produce ten INSIDE QUOTATION MARKS!! Del Toro found his niche in the bizarre and frightful, weaving fairy tale and historical stories with influences of horror to amass his fan base.

With interests beyond the world of film, del Toro found personal interest in comic books and video games, to which he has made production contributions -- I WOULD BREAK UP THE SENTENCE HERE> (and) HE owns a separate home to accommodate his collection of movies, comic books, and props. His most critically-acclaimed work, “Pan’s Labyrinth”,

Del Toro leaves behind his wife Lorenza Newton, the two of which/WHOM were former high school sweethearts while they attended the Guadalajara School of Sciences.< THIS SENTENCE ISN'T GRAMMATICAL. I'D BREAK IT INTO TWO SENTENCES He and Newton had two daughters, Marisa and Mariana, all of whom shared a home in Agoura Hills. Del Toro’s parents also currently live in the United States following their uprooting< WERE THEY FORCIBLY UPROOTED? WORD CHOICE IS CONFUSING from Guadalajara in Mexico.

Calling hours are on Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight. The funeral will be held on Sunday at the Panteon Nuevo Guadalajara cemetery in del Toro’s birthplace in Guadalajara, Mexico at noon, followed by the burial at the same location.

Memorial contributions may be made to the City of Hope cancer research center at their website at

Andrew's FAKE obituary

Nice job with this, Andrew. It would be interesting to hear whether he really did follow through and devote his life to AIDS prevention, research and finding a cure. My impression is that he did, right? A couple of AP Style points to review, including putting TV shows in quotation marks.

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson (1959-2014)

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, 55, of Dana Point, CA, died NOT REALLY-FAKE on Thursday Oct. 16, 2014, after suffering an unexpected heart attack.

Born in East Lansing, MI

Magic attended Michigan State in his hometown of East Lansing where he was the point guard of the basketball team. He led the Spartans to the 1979 NCAA tournaments where they won the national championship, defeating Indiana State. Despite originally planning to get a degree in communication studies to become a broadcaster, INTERESTING! Earvin Jr. enter the 1979 NBA Draft where he was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Magic endured

Prior to the 1991-92 season, Magic was tested for HIV and held a press conference on Nov. 7, 1991, where he would announce his retirement. During his speech he dedicated his life to fight the disease and to find a cure. Magic started the Magic Johnson Foundation to help HIV victims and in 1992 became a member of the National Commission on Aids.AIDS IS AN ACRONYM, SO IT'S ALL CAPS 

Magic leaves behind his wife of 13 years, Earlitha “Cookie” Kelly. He had two sons, the oldest Andre Johnson, was born to Melissa Mitchell and was raised by her and visited Magic in the summers when he wasn’t playing basketball. Magic and Cookie had one son together, Earvin III, who is a star on the show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. INTERESTING! REMEMBER, TV SHOWS GO IN QUOTATION MARKS The couple also adopted a daughter, Elisa, in 1995. Magic was one of ten children leaving behind his brothers and sisters Quincy, Larry, Michael, Pearl, Lois, Kim, Evelyn, Yvonne, and Mary. 

Calling hours for Magic will be held on Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the O’Connor Mortuary of Laguna Hills, CA. followed by a burial at the Mission Cemetery in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Memorial contributions can be made out to the Magic Johnson Foundation and can be made on the

Richie's FAKE obituary

Very interesting, Richie. If I ever knew anything about Bismarck, I'd forgotten it. Now, I know he was one of the all-time masters of 
realpolitik. Some AP Style points to review, including that commas and periods always go INSIDE quotation marks. A few sentences that
need to be tweaked so they can stand alone. Don't be a stranger to commas.
Otto Eduard Leopold COMMAor as he is more commonly referred to as Otto Von Bismarck 1 COMMA (April 1815 – 30 July 1898) has died of natural causes at his Hamburg estate in the district of Friedrichsruh at the age 73.  
Bismarck, known widely by the nickname “Iron Chancellor”, COMMAS AND PERIODS ALWAYS INSIDE QUOTATION MARKS was considered to be the undisputed master of the real politick game played of his era CAN YOU BRIEFLY EXPLAIN WHY? (I SEE YOU DO BELOW.)and for his central role in the unification of Germany under Prussian rule.  He notably served as Prussia’s Minister President and later as Chancellor in the newly formed German Empire. 
Few of his era could follow the swiftness (that) WITH WHICH Bismarck changed policy or opinion for the sake of power and stability.  During his early career FOR EXAMPLE< HE SWITCHED (by switching )from the declining Liberal Party to the Catholic Center PartyCOMMA despite his deep hatred of Catholics.
With his potionPOSITION safe at homeCOMMA Bismarck rapidly instigated, through a series of diplomatic insults and posturing, three wars against Denmark, France, and Austria.  INCOMPLETE SENTENCE( MAKE IT PART OF THE SENTENCE BEFORE IT< PRECEDED BY A COMMA)>The end result of which was expanded German borders, the forcing of the once great house of Hapsburg to come to heel, and undisputed Prussian domination of the German Empire.  
From his point of power COMMABismarck over saw
Bismarck was forced to resign when Emperor Wilhelm II took power and desired a complete change in German policy. 
He died with the title The Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg which shared by his modern descendants, despite the mockery that came of having a title without the land.  Such was the humor of Wilhelm II.  
Left behind are wife Countess Marie von Bismarck-Schönhausen and son Herbert, Prince von Bismarck.
The family requests no memorial fund and the funeral specifics have been kept private on request of the family. 


Interesting, Lauren. I didn't know anything about her. I was curious to hear what the favorite line was for which she won an award. Well written, overall. Be sure to use AP style for TV and movie titles.

Amanda Bynes (1986-2014)

Los Angeles ADD THE STATE, USING AP STYLE- Amanda L. Bynes, 28, of Los Angeles, diedNOT REALLY/FAKE OBIT Thursday, October 16, 2014 due to injuries sustained in a car accident.

Born in Thousand Oaks, California on April 3, 1986, she was the daughter of Rick and Lynn (Organ) Bynes.

INCLUDE INFO ABOUT WHERE SHE WENT TO SCHOOLAmanda began her acting career at the tender age of 7 when she appeared in a Nestle’s candy commercial. From there the actress used her skills and talent to land a position on Nikolodeon where she became the star of her own skit-based series The Amanda Show. USE AP STYLE FOR TV SHOWS AND MOVIE TITLES - PUT THEM IN QUOTATION MARKS Amanda starred in her first big screen film at 15 when she appeared in the 2002 movie Big Fat Liar.  During her adolescent years she earned notoriety by starring in other top-grossing blockbusters such as What I Like About You and She’s The Man. Amanda’s career took a favorable turn WORD CHOICE/ONE MIGHT GATHER FROM TOOK A FAVORABLE TURN THAT WORKING IN THEATER WAS BETTER THAN IN TV AND MOVIESwhen she landed a major supporting role in the film adaption of the popular musical Hairspray.  The movie and its cast received multiple award nominations, including Best Acting Ensemble in 2007 at the Critics Choice Awards.

Before Hairspray, Amanda had received many awards including Favorite Movie Actress in 2003 for her role in What A Girl Wants and Favorite Television Actress in 1994 and again in 1999 for role on The Amanda Show at the Kids’ Choice Awards. Amanda was also nominated for Best Line from a Movie in 2010 for her part in Easy A at the MTV Movie Awards and even Favorite Female Movie Star in 2006 at the Kids’ Choice Awards in Australia. DEFINITELY INCLUDE WHAT THE BEST LINE WAS!

Following her success, Amanda faced a period of difficult times later in life. She was actively receiving treatment to improve her mental heath and was aggressively working toward living a normal and happy life.BY DOING WHAT?

Amanda is survived by her parents, Rick and Lynn (Organ) Bynes; her brother, Tommy Bynes; and her sister, Jillian Bynes.

Calling Hours are Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. WHERE? The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday from the Griffin Family Funeral Chapel of Thousand Oaks followed by a burial at 11 a.m. at the Olson Cemetery, also in Thousand Oaks.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation for Addiction Research, and mailed to P O Box 5742 Carefree, AZ 85377.

Fake Obituary Assignment

Interesting subject, Cade. Be sure to give specifics instead of generalities. For instance, instead of saying he had a troubled childhood -- or in addition to it -- say that he was arrested (if he was) and that he dropped out of high school (if he did) and name the specific high school. Pay attention to AP Style and make sure commas and periods go INSIDE quotation marks.
Cade Belisle

Photo by Steve Granitz

Actor Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg of Dorchester 43, PUT HIS AGE BEFORE HIS ADDRESS Massachusetts diedFAKE [but probably not] Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 from a fatal movie stunt accident in Boston.

Born on June 5, 1971to Alma Elaine and Donald Edward Wahlberg, WHERE? Wahlberg was the youngest of nine children.

After overcoming a troubled childhood in the 1980s, HOW WAS IT TROUBLED? WAS HE ARRESTED? DID HE DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL? Wahlberg formed with the help of his older brother, the musical group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He soon found success in the popular genre of boy-bands aided by his eccentric dance moves. CAN YOU GIVE A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF AN ECCENTRIC MOVE? Shortly after launching his singing career Wahlberg became the chief underwear model for Calvin Klein. In the early 1990s he began acting on television IN WHAT SHOWS? and a year after starting appeared on film. IN WHAT MOVIES? Wahlberg’s list of appearances only grew faster and faster

In 2006 he was nominated by the Academy Awards for best supporting actor for “The Departed”. PERIODS INSIDE QUOTATION MARKS! The 2010 film “The Fighter” whom Wahlberg starred in was nominated by the Academy for best picture of the year. Throughout his career Wahlberg has won 21 music and film related awards.

Wahlberg was a devoted Roman Catholic and has worked with many charities such as The Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children. In 2001 he founded the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

He is survived by his wife Rhea DurhamSEMI COLON four children Ella Rae Wahlberg, Michael Robert Wahlberg, Brendan Joseph Wahlberg and Grace Margaret Wahlberg. His is survived by his mother and brothers Paul Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg.

A private wake will be held Friday night for family and close friends. His funeral will be held at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday Oct. 18.

In lieu of flowers all memorial contributions may be made to the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. PROVIDE ADDRESS.

Stefan's FAKE obituary

Solid job, Stefan. I didn't realize how accomplished Justin Bieber is. A traditional obituary probably wouldn't say that someone died in the ambulance and you probably wouldn't end with the startling statement that There will be no memorial contributions.

Justin D. Bieber (1994-2014)      [FAKE]

LOS ANGELES- Justin Bieber, 20, the world famous youth pop star, diedFAKE Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in a motor vehicle accident on West Washington Boulevard. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Bieber was born on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario and was the only child of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia Mallette.

Bieber chanced his way into stardom when he was 12 years old, when Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of the So So Def record label, accidentally??? HOW WAS IT ACCIDENTALLY? HE WASN'T LOOKING FOR A NEW MUSICAL TALENT AT THE TIME? found videos of Bieber singing on YouTube, tracked him down, and signed him to a joint record label with famous singer and songwriter, Usher. Bieber quickly grew into the role of a world renowned pop star, as he  released seven albums and starred in his own self-titled concert film “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” over the course of his eight year career. He worked collaboratively with numerous musical stars, including Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Ludacris, and Chris Brown.

Bieber received numerous musical awards over the course of his career, including Artist of the Year at the 2010 American Music Awards and the 2012 American Music Awards, and was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards. In 2012, he was named by Forbes magazine as the third-most powerful celebrity in the world. In 2009, Bieber performed Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas" for U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House. His song “Baby” from his album “My World 2.0” has the most views on YouTube on a Vevo platform, and he became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. GOO DINFO

Bieber leaves behind his parents and two younger half-sibling from his father’s side, Jasmyn and Jaxon.

Calling hours are Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. WHRE? The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday from the Greater Los Angeles Funeral Home, followed by a Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery of Los Angeles.


Kurt Cobain Obituary

Kurt Cobain Obituary
By Christian Smith

Seattle- Kurt Donald Cobain, 27, of Lake Washington Boulevard, died Tuesday, April 5, 1994 from gunshot wounds.

Born in Aberdeen on February 20, 1967, he was the son of Don and Wendy Cobain.

Kurt dropped out of high school during his senior year at Aberdeen High School. Music was his passion since his childhood and in 1986, Kurt became the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Nirvana, considered one of the most influential bands of all time. Nirvana would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Kurt was an active musician in the Seattle grunge scene throughout his career and worked with other artists, including a poet named William S. Burroughs. Kurt was also a proud opponent of sexism, racism, and homophobia.

Kurt leaves his wife of two years Courtney Michelle (Harrison) Love; his daughter Frances Bean Cobain; his sister Kimberly Cobain; and his parents Don and Wendy Cobain.

A public vigil will be held on Sunday, April 10 at the Seattle Center.

There will be no memorial contributions for Kurt Cobain.

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Some AP Tips

Quotations: When using direct quotation, periods and commas are always placed INSIDE the closing quotation marks. Question marks can go inside the end quotation marks or outside, depending upon the example: "What?" she asked him.
Colons and semi-colons go outside the end quotation marks.

  • In general -- but there are many exceptions -- spell out numbers zero through nine, use numerals for 10 and above. Use figures for sports scores.
  • Percentages are always expressed as numeral followed by the word "percent." Example:The unemployment rate has risen by 12 percent.

  • Use figures, except for noon and midnight ; use colon to separate hours from minutes (4 p.m., 4:15 p.m.) Five o'clock is acceptable but time listings with a.m. or p.m. are preferred.
  • Do not use -st, -nd, -rd or -th with the numbers. It's Oct. 1 through Oct. 15 -- not Oct. 1st through Oct. 15th.
  • Spell out months if they stand alone. Abbreviate Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. when used with a specific date. My birthday is in the middle of September. My niece's birthday is Sept. 2. If you are just saying a month and a year, don't put a comma between them: October 2014.
  • Use quotation marks -- not underlining or italics -- for books, songs, television shows, computer games, oems, lectures, speeches and works of art. Leave magazines, newspapers, the Bible and reference catalogues as-is.
  •  United States is spelled out when used as a noun but often abbreviated when used as an adjective" The United States is a country. I travel with my U.S. documents.
  • Spell out the official name of something the first time you mention it; use the abbreviation after that. It's University of Massachusetts the first time you mention it and UMass after that.

  • Miles - Use figures for ALL distances. (This was a 2013 AP style change). "My flight covered 1,113 miles."  "The airport runway is 5 miles long."
  • Only use one space after a period, in between sentences. (In the days of typewriters, we used two.)

Allen Iverson Obituary (FAKE)


Allen Ezail Iverson, 39, of Philadelphia, died Thursday (fake), Oct. 16, 2014, after driving his car off the Walt Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia and into the Schuylkill River (didn’t happen).

Born in Hampton, Virginia on June 7, 1975, he was the son of Ann Iverson and Allen Broughton.

Iverson attended Bethel High School in Hampton, where he starred as a basketball and football player. He won the Associated Press High School Player of the Year in both sports, as well as multiple state championships.

Iverson then attended Georgetown University for two years. He set the school record for career points per game (22.9) and won Big East Defensive Player of the Year both years.

Iverson entered the 1996 National Basketball Association Draft, where he chose to forgo his junior and senior seasons. He was picked number one overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, and received the NBA Rookie of the Year trophy in the 1996-1997 season. Iverson won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award in the 2000-2001 season and led the 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals. Iverson won the NBA scoring title in 1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2001-2002 and 2004-2005. His average of 26.7 points per game is ranked sixth on the NBA’s all-time points per game scoring list.

Iverson also played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. He represented the United States of America in the 2004 Summer Olympics, when he played for the men’s basketball team. Iverson played overseas for Besiktas during the 2010-2011 season, a Turkish professional basketball team.

Iverson attempted to launch a career in rap music during 2000, but never released any work.

Iverson had his number three jersey retired by the 76ers in 2014.

Iverson leaves former spouse Tawanna Turner; his father Allen Broughton; his mother Ann Iverson; his two sisters Brandy and Iiesha Iverson; his sons Isaiah and Allen (II) Iverson; and his daughter Tiaura Iverson (he’s still alive).

Calling hours are Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. The funeral (fake) will be held at Medvinsky Funeral Home (fake) at 10 a.m. on Monday.

Donations can be sent to the Iverson Fund (fake).

Picture from Google images.

Tina Fey Obituary FAKE

**DISCLAIMER: This obituary is NOT real! TINA FEY is ALIVE**

Iconic movie and television actress passes

New York City- Elizabeth Stamatina (Tina) Fey, 44, of Feldman Avenue in the Upper West Side, died Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014, after a laugh attack at a local comedy club, The Comedy Cellar.

Born in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania on May 18, 1970, Fey was the daughter of Jeannec and Donald Fey.

Fey completed her high school career at Upper Darby High School in 1988 and after went on to graduate from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1992. She studied playwriting and acting and obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in drama. After graduation, Fey went on to star and produce some iconic television shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.” Fey had also been the leading lady of movies such as “Date Night” and “Baby Mama.”

Fey had accomplished much in her career, winning several Emmy’s, Peoples Choice, and Comedy Awards. She was also an avid member and donator to the Autism Speaks organization. She also contributed her time to Mercy Corps and in 2009 was the national spokeswoman for Light the Night Walk, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Fey leaves her husband of 13 years, Jeffery Wayne Richmond; her two children, Alice Zenobia and Penelope Athena Richmond, all of Upper West Side; and her parents, Jeannec and Donald Fey.

Calling hours are on Friday from 4-7:30 p.m. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Riverside Memorial Chapel of New York, New York, followed by a burial ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

Fey’s request that was when she passed any donations would be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the following website