Specialized [[{{Montages}} montage]] mostly limited to [[AwardShow award shows]], which strings together film clips featuring everyone from the show's specific field of endeavor who died during the previous year. Typically synchronized with a medley of stirring and/or sad music, with theme songs thrown in for good measure when the deceased worked in television or film.

Too often it degrades into a weird sort of popularity contest for the people at home, as the actors and actresses featured inevitably get more applause than the costume designers and writers. You have to wonder why they just don't go for the moment of silence.

Also seen on news/sports shows, usually at the end of a telecast. For example, one segment of NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics ended with an ObituaryMontage honoring sportscaster Curt Gowdy.

Not to be confused with a ReallyDeadMontage.
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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* Every broadcast of the AcademyAwards, the Grammys and the Emmys includes one.
** One Emmy telecast also had a parody courtesy of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' -- the montage presented by the boys brought up [[Main/OnceAnEpisode Kenny again and again]], and apparently ''God'' died too. And then Kenny died ''again'' when a setpiece crushed him.
** During the 2000 [=MTV=] Video Music Awards, this was parodied with a montage of ''DeaderThanDisco'' performers (i.e., Vanilla Ice) set to [[Music/MichaelJackson Michael Jackson's]] "Gone Too Soon".
* The US Sunday morning news programs, like ''This Week'', also will have montages of notable deaths during the past seven days.
* One episode of ''NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' featured a montage of people "we wish had died in the past year", featuring, among others, EltonJohn, Robbie Williams, [[Music/SpiceGirls Emma Bunton]], and Elton John (again).
* [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Michael Bluth]] sat through a Spanish-language one in uncomfortable silence when he attended the Desi Awards ceremony with his brother's girlfriend, Marta.
* There was a sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' involving an award show for psychics, which included a montage of people who were ''going'' to die that year. Needless to say, this came as a bit of a shock to the people seen in the video, ultimately including the entire audience of the show, predicted to die when the theater caught fire.

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[[folder: Media ]]

* The major news magazines ''Time'', ''People'' and so forth have weekly sections under such headings as "Milestones" or some similar name, and one of the listings will include brief biographies of notable people who passed away during the week covered, with major figures getting their own stories.
** At the end of the year, the magazines will devote an entire section to people who died during the past year. Some, like ''People'', will publish special issues, offering feature-length stories of the most notable people and full-page tributes to those not quite as prominent. ''People'' also takes it a step further, including not just pop culture personalities but servicemen and women who died in the line of duty (usually, the Middle East) from the end of December of the previous year to the week of deadline for the year-end issue (usually, the middle of the current December).

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' there is an Obituary Montage for words that were taken out of the dictionary.
** In another episode, Homer daydreams about making an acceptance speech and a robot killing him for going over the time limit. The robot then segues into an ObituaryMontage, of which the first photo is Homer himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' satirized it in an episode. A New Year's Eve 2000 news broadcast plays an ObituaryMontage of noted people who have passed in the last millennium, including Joan of Arc and, um, Norman Fell.
* Shows up in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', where it cycles past two cast members who apparently died improbable deaths. Seth Green is disappointed in how lame the montage was, and starts murdering other cast members to improve it.
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