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Milton : 1/12/2020 10:07 am
For me it was four years and two days ago when Bowie died.
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John Lennon.  
Section331 : 1/12/2020 12:29 pm : link
I was a sophomore in college when he was killed, and me and a buddy went down to Central Park that night.
Bourdain  
sems : 1/12/2020 12:38 pm : link
I really miss his show.
Chris Cornell  
Rory : 1/12/2020 1:00 pm : link
was a hard day, his music was a time piece of my past with my brother who is a musician and my late father. Also he was the grunge rockstar who made it through the dark days and survived among a group of others Cobain, Staley, Weiland. An the way he killed himself was a true reflection of how dark he was inside. just sad.

Avicci or Tim Berg the DJ superstar who really elevated EDM (electronic dance music) to becoming a household genera of music. I remember hearing "levels" during a Subaru commercial once. Avicci was my first rave/show and set a memorable experience. Also he was so young

Stuart Scott was a shocker for me because he was the face of ESPN while I was growing up. The fact he had just won the Jimmy V award and was a huge supporter of cancer research. With all the good you would see from others to help people who had cancer it was still a bitter reminder that despite all the hope there is the real truth of the inevitable.
John Lennon #1, Munson #2  
PatersonPlank : 1/12/2020 1:03 pm : link
I was in college, and actually was at a Springsteen concert at the Philly Spectrum that night. After Bruce's normal 3 encores, the lights came on then went off again, and Bruce came out and did a Beatles Medley. No one knew why, because there weren't things like cell phones back then. On the way home we heard about Lennon, Bruce must have heard backstage and come out.
one more  
Rory : 1/12/2020 1:05 pm : link
Chris Farley, talk about losing a talent who was just about to hit his prime. Seeing Adam Sandler's reaction/Euology on SNL a couple weeks later was heartbreaking, just a tragic story.
Without hesitation...Randy Rhoades ..  
EricJ : 1/12/2020 1:14 pm : link
I remember exactly where I was too on March 19th, 1982. I was playing guitar and he (and Tony below) were my number one influences.

.. and the next one that will hit me hard will be Tony Iommi. He has cancer so I am expecting it to happen at some point soon.
Rick Danko  
noro9 : 1/12/2020 1:19 pm : link
I met him a few times. He was a good guy.
Dimebag Darrell  
Jon C. in MD : 1/12/2020 1:27 pm : link
He was shot on stage by a deranged fan who was pissed that Pantera broke up. That one still get me. So fíd up.
Troy Archer  
Steve in ATL : 1/12/2020 1:28 pm : link
was a big blow.
John Witherspoon, Bernie Mac, John Singleton  
tyrik13 : 1/12/2020 1:32 pm : link
Robin Williams, Heath Ledger, Prince, Micheal Jackson, Rutger Hauer, Kristoff St. John, Nipsey Hussle, Carrie Fisher. There are others though
Sharon McAuliffe...  
Aspiring Slacker : 1/12/2020 1:35 pm : link
...in the 1986 Cape Canaveral crash in the space shuttle.

Watched it live.
Sharon  
Aspiring Slacker : 1/12/2020 1:36 pm : link
Christa*
Two  
rnargi : 1/12/2020 1:40 pm : link
Lennon and Munson
RE: John Lennon #1, Munson #2  
rnargi : 1/12/2020 1:46 pm : link
In comment 14775017 PatersonPlank said:
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I was in college, and actually was at a Springsteen concert at the Philly Spectrum that night. After Bruce's normal 3 encores, the lights came on then went off again, and Bruce came out and did a Beatles Medley. No one knew why, because there weren't things like cell phones back then. On the way home we heard about Lennon, Bruce must have heard backstage and come out.


I was at King's College in Wilkes Barre. A night I'll never forget.
I wouldnít  
mitch300 : 1/12/2020 2:11 pm : link
Say hit me hardest. However, when I watch uncle buck and he says goodbye to his niece at the end I feel sad that he is gone.
Obviously  
mitch300 : 1/12/2020 2:12 pm : link
Iím talking about John Candy.
Joe  
jpkmets : 1/12/2020 5:00 pm : link
Strummer
Belushi  
PEEJ : 1/12/2020 5:35 pm : link
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Thurman Munson....  
rmc3981 : 1/12/2020 5:36 pm : link
Philip Seymour Hoffman, George Harrison and Robin Williams.
bourdain  
MM_in_NYC : 1/12/2020 5:42 pm : link
didn't think a celebrity death could hit me until that happened
Jon Lord  
Scott in Montreal : 1/12/2020 5:46 pm : link
Followed closely by Ronnie James Dio.

Those two were responsible for a lot of great times in my youth and pointed out that I was getting old.
Phil Hartman  
cjac : 1/12/2020 5:46 pm : link
.
George Harrison  
Ira : 1/12/2020 5:57 pm : link
.
Hero Worship  
giantsfan227B : 1/12/2020 6:30 pm : link
Growing up I was taught not to worship hero's. In most cases these people are not to admire. You might admire their work but they are not admirable people. I remember Daryl and Doc with Cocaine, LT with Coke and other things so when certain celebrities died in most cases I didn't feel overly bad.

I would say Neil Peart sticks out to me.

One of the best drummers and songwriters. A family man that dealt with a ton of heartache in his life. Both his daughter and wife died leaving him heartbroken. He finally found a new wife and he was only in his 60's before he passed of a 3+ year battle with brain cancer. Loved the music. Very humble man. Have been going through Youtube for Rush songs, video's, live covers.
Going back a ways, but Jim Croce  
John In CO : 1/12/2020 6:35 pm : link
dying in a plane crash. I was 10, and he was really really popular at the time. I had seen him on the Midnight Special a short time prior to his death, and I just remember, being 10, that one hit kinda hard.

More recently, id say Tom Petty, although that happened the day after the Vegas shooting and I was actually flying to Vegas that day, so kind of got overshadowed a bit at the time. But man,,,,,I was and remain a huge Petty fan.
RE: Hero Worship  
Milton : 1/12/2020 6:42 pm : link
In comment 14775660 giantsfan227B said:
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Growing up I was taught not to worship hero's.
This has absolutely nothing to do with hero worship. David Bowie was never my hero. Neither was Thurman Munson. I don't think anyone on this thread is talking about their heroes.
Thurman Munson  
Eman11 : 1/12/2020 7:17 pm : link
John Lennon
Jerry Garcia
Clarence Clemons

I'd also put the Skynard plane crash and losing some of those members as hitting me hard at the time as well as John Bonham.
RE: John Lennon #1, Munson #2  
Eman11 : 1/12/2020 7:21 pm : link
In comment 14775017 PatersonPlank said:
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I was in college, and actually was at a Springsteen concert at the Philly Spectrum that night. After Bruce's normal 3 encores, the lights came on then went off again, and Bruce came out and did a Beatles Medley. No one knew why, because there weren't things like cell phones back then. On the way home we heard about Lennon, Bruce must have heard backstage and come out.


I was at that show too and you're right, no one had any idea.

We were in the car heading back to the Shore and had WMMR on and they were simulcasting from outside the Dakota and we didn't know what the hell we were listening to for a few minutes until one of the DJ's cut in with an update on what was going on.

After a couple of oh no's and shit fuck's, I don't think the four of us said another word the whole ride home and just listened and took it all in.
RE: Warren Zevon  
j_rud : 1/12/2020 7:31 pm : link
In comment 14774803 Steve in ATL said:
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battle with cancer was another one.


"Enjoy every sandwich"

I will never forget the final interview he did with Letterman. Hard to find words to adequately describe it. Just devastatingly poignant.
John Belushi Gilda Radner  
Samiam : 1/12/2020 7:39 pm : link
Robin Williams
RE: Thurman Munson  
Poktown Pete : 1/12/2020 7:43 pm : link
In comment 14775745 Eman11 said:
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John Lennon
Jerry Garcia
Clarence Clemons

I'd also put the Skynard plane crash and losing some of those members as hitting me hard at the time as well as John Bonham.


I was holding a pair of tickets to the Nugent/Skynyrd show at MSG back in the fall of '77. Then the plane crash happened. They never made the show. Nugent became the headliner, plus some band called Rex as the warmup. God, this was ages ago...
That's tough  
Jay on the Island : 1/12/2020 7:53 pm : link
I'll go with Chris Farley.
RE: RE: Thurman Munson  
Eman11 : 1/12/2020 7:58 pm : link
In comment 14775776 Poktown Pete said:
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In comment 14775745 Eman11 said:


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John Lennon
Jerry Garcia
Clarence Clemons

I'd also put the Skynard plane crash and losing some of those members as hitting me hard at the time as well as John Bonham.



I was holding a pair of tickets to the Nugent/Skynyrd show at MSG back in the fall of '77. Then the plane crash happened. They never made the show. Nugent became the headliner, plus some band called Rex as the warmup. God, this was ages ago...


Wow, we had tix for Skynyrd also.

I was lucky to have seen Zep and Bonham at MSG and was completely blown away by how great he was. I had seen other great bands, singers, guitar players etc but never a drummer like that. His passing bummed the hell out of me at the time too.
RE: RE: John Lennon #1, Munson #2  
Jim in Scranton : 1/12/2020 8:02 pm : link
In comment 14775062 rnargi said:
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In comment 14775017 PatersonPlank said:


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I was in college, and actually was at a Springsteen concert at the Philly Spectrum that night. After Bruce's normal 3 encores, the lights came on then went off again, and Bruce came out and did a Beatles Medley. No one knew why, because there weren't things like cell phones back then. On the way home we heard about Lennon, Bruce must have heard backstage and come out.



I was at King's College in Wilkes Barre. A night I'll never forget.

I'm more sorry that you were there.
Stevie Ray Vaughn  
No Where Man : 1/12/2020 8:04 pm : link
.
Elvis---there was  
rebel yell : 1/12/2020 8:14 pm : link
nobody quite like him.
RE: Rick Danko  
feelflows : 1/12/2020 8:49 pm : link
In comment 14775037 noro9 said:
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I met him a few times. He was a good guy.


Great guy. Very accessible.

That one hit me. So did Levon
RE: Anthony Bourdain  
Geomon : 1/12/2020 8:58 pm : link
In comment 14774702 BlueManCrew said:
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Not sure why exactly but I was really down when he died.

I still can't watch any of his shows to this day. It just hits me like a brick.
Tom Petty  
FranknWeezer : 1/12/2020 9:44 pm : link
I should have changed plans so maybe couldíve seen him play in Memphis the year before. I blew it. Now Wildflowers album sounds sad, instead of just mellow.
Hope's passing  
RasputinPrime : 1/12/2020 10:04 pm : link
hit me the hardest among people i've known only through the WWW.
RE: Thurman Munson  
smshmth8690 : 1/12/2020 10:10 pm : link
In comment 14774685 fireitup77 said:
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Joining the thread late, Thurm was my first thought, probably because of my age at the time.
Anthony Bourdain felt  
St. Jimmy : 1/12/2020 10:12 pm : link
like I lost a friend. There was nothing better than watching his show with a drink in hand. It felt like you were at the party.
RE: Tom Petty  
Eman11 : 1/12/2020 10:22 pm : link
In comment 14775935 FranknWeezer said:
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I should have changed plans so maybe couldíve seen him play in Memphis the year before. I blew it. Now Wildflowers album sounds sad, instead of just mellow.


Have you seen the Rock Doc - Echoes In The Canyon on Netflix? It's fantastic and he's in a lot of it. Passes on some great insights and as good as he was, it was sad seeing him and knowing he's gone.
No celebrity. I donít know them.  
bradshaw44 : 1/12/2020 10:26 pm : link
A good young man that worked for my families business died yesterday in Greensboro NC when his car hydroplaned during the rain storm that hit down there. He hit a tree head on and was killed instantly. His 3 week old daughter fractured her skull and has bleeding on her brain. His other two small children also suffered injuries but were of the broken bone variety. Miguel was a very hard worker and great father. His family is not in the position to suffer his loss financially. His widow is a waitress and now has to support 3 small children with no father. They are blue collar and he did not have life insurance. She had to start a go fund me to raise money for his funeral and fuel costs to get back and forth to the childrenís hospital where here kids are hospitalized. And while they hit the goal of $5,000 since just last night, I donít think she really set the goal high enough. Sheís going to need so much help. Just an awful situation.

Sorry, when I saw this thread it rubbed me the wrong way after whatís just happened. Nothing personal toward the op. Just seemed kind of trivial when related to real life.
RE: No celebrity. I donít know them.  
Milton : 1/12/2020 11:21 pm : link
In comment 14775978 bradshaw44 said:
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A good young man that worked for my families business died yesterday in Greensboro NC when his car hydroplaned during the rain storm that hit down there. He hit a tree head on and was killed instantly. His 3 week old daughter fractured her skull and has bleeding on her brain. His other two small children also suffered injuries but were of the broken bone variety. Miguel was a very hard worker and great father. His family is not in the position to suffer his loss financially. His widow is a waitress and now has to support 3 small children with no father. They are blue collar and he did not have life insurance. She had to start a go fund me to raise money for his funeral and fuel costs to get back and forth to the childrenís hospital where here kids are hospitalized. And while they hit the goal of $5,000 since just last night, I donít think she really set the goal high enough. Sheís going to need so much help. Just an awful situation.

Sorry, when I saw this thread it rubbed me the wrong way after whatís just happened. Nothing personal toward the op. Just seemed kind of trivial when related to real life.
Bowie and Munson and Bourdain and Tom Petty and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams were real people too who died in real life. There was nothing trivial about their deaths. Maybe you should get down off your high horse.
Elvis  
Rolyrock : 1/13/2020 12:18 am : link
Couldn't believe be was mortal as a boy.
Neil Peart hit me  
Gregorio : 1/13/2020 12:46 am : link
hardest. Randy Rhoads is a close second.
Alot  
mitch300 : 1/13/2020 12:50 am : link
Of musicians have been mentioned. What would have been if buddy holly didnít die in the plane crash.
Milton, I think you went off the mark calling  
BlueLou'sBack : 1/13/2020 1:28 am : link
Bradshaw44's explanation about his family's employee's car accident death as "being on a high horse."

Jeez man, he's referring to something personal and immediate to him, with an added tragedy of lack of funds or life insurance.

I don't see his post as anything "high horse."
RE: Milton, I think you went off the mark calling  
Milton : 1/13/2020 3:39 am : link
In comment 14776060 BlueLou'sBack said:
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Bradshaw44's explanation about his family's employee's car accident death as "being on a high horse."

Jeez man, he's referring to something personal and immediate to him, with an added tragedy of lack of funds or life insurance.

I don't see his post as anything "high horse."
He didn't need to call anyone else's death trivial. We've all experienced personal loss of a loved one. My father died when I was 21 and my mother died when I was 27. I have a friend whose wife died giving birth to his son on Father's Day. Now he is raising a one year old son and a five year old daughter by himself and trying to write comedy after losing the love of his life. Everyone on this thread knows what it's like to lose someone. Nobody gets to avoid personal tragedy.

But that's not what this thread is about. It's specifically about the deaths of people we don't know on a personal level, but who had such an impact on our lives that we took their death very hard. If he wanted to contribute his story anyway, that's fine, I have no problem with him being inspired to share, but he didn't need to insult the rest of us along the way. Nobody's death is trivial.

And I have nothing against bradshaw44. I'm sure he's a great guy.
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