NYC fan, copy editor and proofreader Robert Legault died of a massive coronary sometime last week. Legault was found at his apartment in NYC over the February 23 weekend after failing to respond to the phone or e-mails. He was 58. Quite a few detailed reminiscences about Legault have been posted online, including at Making Light and SF Scope. [Thanks to Andrew Porter for the pointer.]
Update 2/28/2008: Corrected description of Legault’s work.
Andrew Porter writes: “Actor Roy Scheider, 75, whose first film role was the low-budget 1964 horror film The Curse of the Living Corpse, directed by Del Tenney, died February 10th at a Little Rock, Ark., hospital of complications from a staph infection, after suffering cancer for several years. He lived in Sag Harbor, NY. His best-known film role was in Stephen Spielberg’s Jaws (1975), and he also starred in The French Connection, All That Jazz, and Blue Thunder, amongst others.”
Greg McMullan died in a fire at his Central Virginia home on January 28. He is survived by Maya, his wife of seven years, and his stepdaughter Faeryn, who both were out of the house at the time. McMullan was a popular member of the filk community, which has rallied around Maya and is collecting donations to help her recover from losing nearly everything in the tragedy.
Update 12/5/2008: Corrected location of home, per Maya’s comment.
Andrew Porter reports that pulp artist Frank Hamilton, 89, whose work appeared in many pulp-related books and zines starting in the 1980s, died of cancer on January 28 in Gloucester, MA. Hamilton painted numerous recreations of classic “Shadow” and “Doc Savage” pulp magazine covers, as well as original works, and was co-author with Link Hullar of Amazing Pulp Heroes: A Celebration of the Glorious Pulp Magazines (1989). He was most noted for his b&w stippled effect drawings.