October 4, 1989 – British comedianÂ Graham Chapman dies in Maidstone, Kent, England, aged 48. A core member of the Monty Python troupe, Chapman played the title character in the religiously controversial 1979 film Life of Brian. A few weeks after his untimely death from cancer, Chapman’s fellow Pythons saw him off at a private memorial that was raucous, irreverent and profanity-laced–just as he would have liked. Chapman (a homosexual) was also an early advocate for gay rights.
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