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Old 06-26-2009, 05:31 AM   #1
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In light of the recent losses of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, I want to pose this question.

Which celebrity deaths (any of them-long ago or recent) hit you the hardest? Either ones that you weren't expecting at all or the death of someone that you were a big fan of.

I guess the most shocking death for me was John Ritter. I heard that on the news during my lunch break and was still reeling from it several hours later.

The worst for me personally, though was probably Stanley Kammel, who was Dr. Charles Kroger on Monk. I'll never forget this. I was at a coffee shop in my office building one morning and I happened to look up at their LCD screen that has news items. I saw the headline "Monk Psych dies... cast and crew deeply saddened". At first I seriously thought it was a promo for Monk and Psych since they were in-between seasons. Then when I saw the last part, I realized that it must have been Stanley. Unfortunately, I found out about this around 7:45am, and I don't have access to the Internet at work (or anywhere near there for that matter). So I had to wait until after 11, when I went to lunch. I called my husband at work and asked him to look up what had happened for me. He told me that Stanley had died of a heart attack. It took me a REALLY long time to get over this (at least two months), and the funny thing was that I never cried over it. I never met the man, but I used to post religiously on the USA Network board on the Monk section. Stanley used to post on there as well. They had a thread where members could post questions for the actors and then the actors would go through and answer them. I was extremely touched when Stanley chose my question to answer. I really wish I could have met him, because he seemed like a wonderful man. It was like losing a friend. I don't know if this is coincidence or not, but I haven't watched Monk in ages. I hated the first episode of last season, because there was barely a mention of him. I was VERY upset over that, even though the cast did a promo commercial for heart disease in his honor. I thought they should have done a whole show in his memory or something; even spotlight Dr. Kroger since he only had a leading role in one episode. Incidentally that is one of my all-time favorite episodes.

Sorry I got carried away there! Another shocking death is when I found out that George Carlin died. My husband and I were in Vegas and we were checking out the buffet in one of the strip hotels. They had a flat screen TV on the wall and I saw Jerry Seinfeld being interviewed by Larry King. I immediately raced over to see what he was talking about and was shocked when I found out that the show was about George Carlin's passing. I felt really bad for my husband because he loved George Carlin. He talks about him a lot and tells me about all the Carlin albums he used to have. He even said that it was nice of Jerry Seinfeld to agree to go on Larry's show and talk about Carlin. I agree.



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Old 06-26-2009, 06:29 AM   #2
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For me it was John Ritter and Bernie Mac and Michael Jackson

I was shocked to hear about all but took John"s death the hardest. I cried all day and stayed glued to the television
Farrah Faucet, Micheal Jackson and Ed McMahon

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Old 06-26-2009, 05:40 PM   #7
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Elizabeth Montgomery (Untimely)

John Ritter (Untimely & totally unexpected)

Lucille Ball (unexpected)

John Lennon (the murder!)


After thinking about it both Princess Diana and JFK Jr. probably affected me most because they were the result of tragic accidents, in addition to being untimely and unexpected!

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John Ritter. I felt like I had lost a friend I had had for years, and I was only 14. It killed me and I couldn't stop thinking about it and how terrible it was and how young he was, and his family and young daughter. I was honestly very depressed because of it, but I didn't really start crying until I saw a special on him. It took a couple of years for it to really sink in. It still angers me that he had to die so young and isn't around anymore.
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John Ritter. I felt like I had lost a friend I had had for years, and I was only 14. It killed me and I couldn't stop thinking about it and how terrible it was and how young he was, and his family and young daughter. I was honestly very depressed because of it, but I didn't really start crying until I saw a special on him. It took a couple of years for it to really sink in. It still angers me that he had to die so young and isn't around anymore.
That happened to me too Ashlee. I never really cried much over a celebrity. I've gotten real sad before but not crying so much that I couldn't stop. I was like that when I watched John's tribute on TV Land that week. He really did feel like an old friend. Whenever I was down, he just cheered me up. It was so unfair that he died so young.
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There are so many in my lifetime, but thirty who stand out are:

1959: George Reeves (The Adventures of Superman; 45)
1963: President John F. Kennedy (46)
1966: Walt Disney (65)
1969: Boris Karloff (82)
1972: Dan Blocker (Bonanza; 43)
1975: Larry Fine (73) and Moe Howard (78) of The Three Stooges
1977: Elvis Presley (42), Groucho Marx (86), and Bing Crosby (73)
1979: John Wayne (72)
1980: John Lennon (40)
1986: Paul Frees (voice of Boris Badenov, Ludwig von Drake, etc.; 66)
1987: Jackie Gleason (71) and Lorne Greene (72)
1988: Daws Butler (voice of Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, etc.; 71)
1989: Lucille Ball (77) and Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny, etc. ; 81)
1991: Michael Landon (54)
1993: Fred Gwynne (66) and Bill Bixby (59)
1996: George Burns (100)
1998: Roy Rogers (86) and Buffalo Bob Smith (Howdy Doody; 80)
2001: Dale Evans (88) and George Harrison (58)
2003: Bob Hope (100) and Johnny Cash (71)
2005: Paul Winchell (82) and Don Adams (82)
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In no particular order: Fred Gwynne, Benny (Kid) Parett a boxer who died from a coma due to a KO when I was in Junior High, President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, John Ritter, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Landon, Pope John Paul I, Pope John XXIII
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Deforest Kelley (1999)
George Harrison (2001)
Maurice Gibb (2003)
James Doohan (2005)
Paul Newman (2008)
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Oh my gosh, how could I have forgotten about Maurice?? I was shocked - then I cried and cried. I still miss Mo.
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A few more:

Thurman Munson
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Waylon Jennings
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John Ritter
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