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In memoriam: Buster Cooper, Natasha Richards, Jason Miller among local artists who died in 2016

Buster Cooper

Buster Cooper



From David Bowie to Prince, Merle Haggard to George Michael, celebrity deaths were the story of the year in music and pop culture as a whole.

That was sadly the case in the local arts community too, as Tampa Bay lost a sad number of beloved arts and entertainment figures. Buster Cooper, the trombonist who toured with Duke Ellington. Jason Miller, budding opera star. Natasha Richards, a fixture of Tampa Bay's drag queen community. Rick Manners, a devoted St. Petersburg scene booster. Dave McKay, one of the most popular DJs on local radio.

Click here for Maggie Duffy's tribute to local artists who died in 2016.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 8:53am]


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