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Old 06-26-2009, 08:27 PM   #16
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The two that hit me the hardest were Aaron Spelling who was my biggest inspiration in life. He came from nothing and built a life for himself on only hard work. I was deeply affected by the loss of a once in a lifetime producer whose talent can never again be emmulated and whose affect on TV can never be reproduced again.

I was also hit very hard by the death of TLC singer Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes.

Princess Diana was hard for me too as was Gianna Versaci.
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I remember being really crushed after Shari Lewis died back in 1998. I loved her. And of course I was sad after both John Ritter & Don Knotts died. But more recently, I was shocked like everyone else after Michael Jackson died. I was never a fan of his or never really listened to his music that much, but his death still hit me.
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Easily, River Phoenix. His public persona was one of a health-addict - vegetarian, anti-drug advocate, young and very healthy. Who knew about all of his private demons. The manner of David Carridines death shocked me. I guess other than overdoses and other excesses, suicides are the most surprising. Brian Keith, Ed Flanders, but especially if they are young - Ben Refro, Seung-yeon Woo. Although Ji-Hoo Kim's suicide was not as surprising given his struggles, but woke up Korea to its prejudices.
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After reading everyone's posts, I have to reply.

The death that hit me the hardest was John Ritter. I wasn't expecting it and it was so sudden and unexpected. It's almost still hard to believe. He was a great entertainer and a nice guy. He made the whole world laugh.

Another one would have to be Bea Arthur. I had no idea she was even sick. I loved her on The Golden Girls and to hear about her death was such a shock. It definitely hasn't been the same without her.

Another one would be Estelle Getty, although she had been sick for a long time, her death still hit me hard. She was a very wonderful, and unique person. She made me laugh on The Golden Girls. She will never be forgotten. She and Bea are reunited as mother and daughter in Heaven.

Don Knotts death was a shock to me as well. I loved him on The Andy Griffith Show and in the movies he did. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Incredible Mr. Limpett, and The Apple Dumpling Gang. He made me laugh. He was one of a kind. I will never forget him.

Farrah Fawcett's death was definitely a surprise. I knew she had cancer but as far as I knew she was doing well and was feeling good. I had no idea she was near the end. I loved her in The Burning Bed, it was a great movie, based on a true story; which I have read and it is excellent. She was a great actress and was still beautiful until the end. Her death was tragic.

Last but not least, is the death of Michael Jackson. Whether you were a fan of his or not, his death still hit hard. I have always enjoyed his music and his dancing. I never believed him to be guilty of molesting those boys, the parents were just out for money. I believed him when he said he was innocent. Michael Jackson isn't a child molester or a pedophile, it's not his nature. He was eccentric, yes, but that's what made him who he was. He was an icon. He was a phenomenal dancer and singer. He did so much for people and for children. The world will never be the same without him. He had a talent that nobody will ever be able to measure up to. He did what he loved to do and that was to entertain people and make them happy. People were cruel and mean to him and that was wrong. He was born to entertain and he gave us what we wanted. His death will be felt for a very long time and there will be a big hole in people's hearts and the world that can't be filled. Rest In Peace, Michael. I will always love you and will miss you. You are in Heaven with the angels now.
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His death was so unexpected, and 8 Simple Rules was a great comedy. If he didnt die, it could still be on today. May he rest in peace.
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I feel bad for all of the celebrities who have passed away but these four bothered me most of all.

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Reading all the other posts, I wanted to respond.

John Belushi's death shocked me, even though I wasn't a fan. I actually remember where I was when I was told.

When I found out about Chris Farley, the sad thing was I wasn't surprised. He died in Dec., and the Jan. before, he was on the Tonight Show, and he was so hyper, more than he usually was. He was really sweating, too and I'm thinking that I wouldn't be surprised if he had a heart attack. So he was dead less than a year later, although it wasn't a heart attack.

John Ritter was a shock, so unexpectant. Princess Diana & MJ's death were a shock becuse first you hear that something had happened to them and you think 'they're going to be OK', then you turn to CNN and they're announcing they had died.

Lucille Ball's death was just really sad because of who she was.

I thought Farrah was going to last longer, especially when it was announced that she & Ryan were going to get married.

Probably the one that hit me the hardest was Freddie Mercury of Queen. I love Queen and he is still one of my all-time favorite singers. Even though Freddie had announced the day before that he had AIDS, I did not expect him to go so quickly. I had tears in my eyes when I found out, not another celebrity death has done that. Yes, sadness, but no tears.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:01 PM   #29
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The death of soap star Ruth Warrwick (Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, All My Children) was very devestating to me because i just didn't want her to die.

Same with Eilen Hierle (Myrtyle Fairgate, All My Children) and Anna Lee (Lilia Quatermaine, General Hospital).

Shell Kepler (Nurse Amy Vinning, General hospital) was also a tough one for me.
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