Iain Banks / Iain M. Banks (1954-2013)

Death: 9th June 2013
Location: Cremated. Majority of ashes left in urn and sunk where his fathers are sunk in Loch Shiel. Some ashes put in a rocket and fired over the Forth, some in the Grand Canal in Venice, a small amount sprinkled outside a certain cafe in Paris, and some scattered on a beach in Barra.
Cause of death: Cancer - Gallbladder
Photo taken by: 
Gil Cavalcanti

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Scottish author who wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks, and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory (1984), Banks began to write on a full-time basis. His first science fiction book, Consider Phlebas, was released in 1987, marking the start of the popular Culture series. His books have been adapted for theatre, radio and television. In 2008, The Times named Banks in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
On 3 April 2013, Banks announced on his website that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the gallbladder and was unlikely to live beyond a year.

Josephine Hart (1942-2011)

Death: 2nd June 2011
Location: Lakeside tomb located at Maurice Saatchi home Old Hall, Staplefield, West Sussex, England

Cause of death: Cancer - peritoneal

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Irish writer, author of the novel Damage (1991), which was the basis for the 1992 film of the same name, starring Jeremy Irons, Miranda Richardson and Juliette Binoche. Hart was married to Maurice Saatchi, advertising magnate and former political advisor.

A. E. Housman (Alfred Edward) (1859-1936)

Death: 30th April 1936
Location:  St. Laurence's Church,  Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Photo taken by: Brian P. Harris

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English classical scholar and poet, best known for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Lyrical and almost epigrammatic in form, the poems wistfully evoke the dooms and disappointments of youth in the English countryside.  Their beauty, simplicity and distinctive imagery appealed strongly to late Victorian and Edwardian taste.

Corín Tellado (1927-2009)


Death: 11th April 2009. 
Location: Cremated, ashes buried at her Mother's grave in Cementerio de Roces, Gijon, Asturias, Spain
Cause of death:  Stroke


Spanish writer of romantic novels that were best-sellers in several Spanish-language countries. She published more than 4,000 novels and sold more than 400-million books which have been translated into several languages. She was listed in the 1994 Guinness World Records as having sold the most books written in Spanish.  Her novels were different from other contemporary Western European romantic writers' works because she usually set them in the present and didn't use eroticism, due to the Spanish regime's strict censorship.

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

Death: 6th April 1935
Location: Oak Grove Cemetery, Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine, United States Plot: Lot 508
Cause of death: Cancer

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American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry three times: in 1922 for his first Collected Poems, in 1925 for The Man Who Died Twice, and in 1928 for Tristram.