Thursday, January 24, 2008

Gone too soon


It strikes me as interesting the reaction people have when celebrities pass away. Though these are people we’ve often never met in person, we can still be shocked, saddened and often devastated by their loss.

The earliest celebrity death I recall is that of Elvis Presley. I was ten at the time and not much of an Elvis fan, but I remember the shock and amazement of those around me. The King was dead and everyone was stunned.

Since then some celebrity deaths have shocked me: River Phoenix, Rebecca Schaeffer, Jessica Savitch, John Erik Hexum.

Others have saddened me: DeForest Kelly, Robert Reed, James Doohan

And others have seemed inevitable: Frank Sinatra, Liberace, John Belushi

The ones that have felt most like losing someone I know: Princess Diana, Steve Irwin

I suppose Heath Ledger falls into the first category. My heart goes out to his family. May he rest in peace.

1 comment:

Toni Sue said...

*sigh* I blogged about this too. I would have to put Heath Ledger in the last category you listed. I bonded with him in 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight's Tale. Feels like a loss of a distant family member.