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Writer's Block: Untimely Passing

RIP John Lennon. The list of sudden and unexpected celebrity deaths is long—Princess Di, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. Which one affected you the most on an emotional level?
I suppose that would be Heath Ledger.  Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon both died before I was born.  Kurt Cobain died before my family left the cult, so I hadn't even heard of him or his death until years later.  I hadn't heard of Princess Di until she died. I've never known any of them personally, but Heath Ledger was an actor I'd seen in 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight's Tale, and The Brothers Grimm, and I was excited to see him in The Dark Knight.

He seemed like one of those people it would be cool to hang out with, not because of some celebrity crush, but because I tend to think of celebrities as real people with real lives outside their celebrity status, and I wonder what they're like outside that life.  I was sad not just to learn of his death but to find out that he had problems severe enough that they lead to his death.  I typically want to believe the best of people and wish the best for them.  He was also only two years older than me, to the month.

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sixteenbynine
Dec. 8th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Hearing about Heath Ledger's death was deeply weird for me. The guy was just beginning to get his day in the sun, and now the sun had gone out on him.

Maybe that's not the best example for how the world can be a capricious place, but I say better to learn that somehow than not at all.
aekiy
Dec. 8th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
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